What is this Thing Called Science?

By Dr AF Chalmers

Synopsis: First published in 1976, this book is a best-selling textbook. It is a guide to the philosophy of science where Dr Chalmers wrote in the preface to the first edition:

This book is intended to be a simple, clear and elementary introduction to modern views about the nature of science. When teaching philosophy of science, either to philosophy undergraduates or to scientists wishing to become familiar with recent theories about science, I have become increasingly aware that there is no suitable single book, or even a small number of books, that one can recommend to the beginner….This book will be no substitute for the original sources for anyone wishing to pursue the topic seriously, of course, but I hope that it will provide a useful and easily accessible starting point that does not otherwise exist.” – Dr AF Chalmers

From the 3rd edition:

This new edition of Chalmers’s highly regarded and widely read work-translated into fifteen languages-is extensively rewritten and reorganized, reflecting the experience of the author, his colleagues, and correspondents in twenty years of teaching from the previous edition. Significant additions are new chapters on the Bayesian approach to science, the new experimentalism, the nature of scientific laws, and the realism/anti-realism debate. An ideal introduction to scientific method, Chalmers’s work is both accessible to beginners and a valuable resource for advanced students and scholars.

Published: 1st edition, 1976. 3rd edition, March, 1999 | ISBN-13: 978-0872204522

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Review of the book by R. Champion

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