Occam's Razor

Pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitas.
(Plurality should not be posited without necessity.)

William of Ockham (1285-1347)

A more easily understood phrasing of Occam's Razor is:

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) paraphrased Occam's Razor this way:

A short biography of William of Ockham is available on the web.

For an example using Occam's Razor try this page. The site also contains more links about Occam's Razor.

Archer Mayor, a mystery writer based in Vermont, likes the concept so much that he titled one of his Joe Gunther mysteries Occam's Razor.

Steven Constable has a web page on Occam's inversion. An early reference on Occam's inversion is:
Constable, S. C., R. L. Parker, and C. G. Constable, 1987, Occam's Inversion: a practical algorithm for generating smooth models from EM sounding data, Geophysics, 52, 289-300. Get the paper in PDF format.

Searching the web for Occam's Razor will find many websites.

Last updated February 20, 2008, by William P. Clement.
© William P. Clement 2008