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LAYTON, JR. UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DONALD MACKENZIE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH CARL MITCHAM PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY JEROME R. RAVETZ UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS JOAN ROTHSCHILD UNIVERSITY OF LOWELL LANCE SCHACHTERLE WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE Page 3 Critical Perspectives on Nonacademic Science and Engineering Research in Technology Studies, Volume 4 Edited By Paul T. Durbin Page 4 © 1991 by Associated University Presses, Inc. All rights reserved. 00, plus eight cents per page, per copy is paid directly to the Copyright Clearance Center, 27 Congress Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970.

2. Signatures of the Heuristic Although difficult to define, a heuristic has four signatures that make it easy to recognize: Page 36 · A heuristic does not guarantee a solution; · It may contradict other heuristics; · It reduces the search time in solving a problem; and · Its acceptance depends on the immediate context instead of an absolute standard. Let us compare the presumably known concept of a scientific law with the less-well-known concept of the heuristic with respect to these four signatures.

Outside this area is everything elsequestions that humanity cannot answer, questions that humanity cannot even ask, and pseudoquestions. Many scientists believe that no points, such as e and f, exist in this outer region. This picture admittedly leaves unidentified and certainly unresolved many important issues. In figure 1, the problems are encircled by closed curves labeled A through I. Similar to the dotted rectangle, the area inside each curve represents a set. Those that have been crosshatched, A, B, B', C, D, and I, are sets of problems that may be solved using a specific scientific or mathematical theory, principle, or law.

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