A nice quote from Galileo by John L. Heilbron that shows:
1) One could trace the falsifiability to Jesuits of Galileo's time.
2) It could be a link between falsifiability and theology.
p. 318 ‘However, false is not useless. The motion supposed by Copernicus
can be employed in calculations, and might even be useful to the faith
if mathematicians emphasized their falsity along with their utility.
Here Inchofer had in mind the minor truth later rediscovered by Karl
Popper: “mathematicians [should] … work more and more toward trying to
falsify theories rather than to defend them“. To this anticipation of
modern epistemology Inchofer added a pinch of ancient wisdom, Urban’s
Simple in the words of the Preacher: “no man can find out the work that
God maketh from beginning to end.”‘
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