Saturday, March 15, 2008

Protoscience refers to historical philosophical disciplines, developed prior to the Age of Enlightenment, that with the development of scientific method developed into science proper (prescientific). A standard example is alchemy, which from the 18th century became chemistry, or pre-modern astrology which from the 17th century became astronomy.
By extension, "protoscience" may be used in reference to any "set of beliefs or theories that have not yet been tested adequately by the scientific method but which are otherwise consistent with existing science".

Protoscience Examples

History of science

  • History of science in early cultures
    Science in the Middle Ages
    History of science in the Renaissance
    Philosophy of science
    Methodical culturalism
    Pathological science
    Fringe science
    Natural magic
    List of pseudoscientific theories
    Obsolete scientific theories