Mark Perakh made a very silly comment at Panda’s Thumb about the philosophy of science:
… let me evince my (admittedly controversial) view of philosophy of science. I dare to claim that the sole value of philosophy of science is its entertaining ability. I doubt that all the multiple opuses debating various aspects of the philosophy of science have ever produced even a minute amount of anything that could be helpful for a scientist, be he/she physicist, biologist, geologist, you name it.
Everybody’s favourite philosopher of biology the Albino Aussie AnthropoidTM posted a spirited riposte on his blog, which stimulated me to the following thought as a sort of footnote:
The following is a list of people who wrote on the philosophy of science in the 17th century. The list has no pretensions to being complete and it is in no particular order, although vaguely chronological. The educated reader might be aware that one or other of those on the list also made one or two minor contributions to the sciences.
Simon Stevin, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, Blaise Pascal, Isaac Beeckman, René Descartes, Robert Boyle, Robert Hooke, Gottfried Leibniz and Isaac Newton.