All Shops

Go to British Wildlife

6 issues per year 84 pages per issue Subscription only

British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. Published six times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters.

Subscriptions from £25 per year

Conservation Land Management

4 issues per year 44 pages per issue Subscription only

Conservation Land Management (CLM) is a quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. CLM includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, reports of conferences and letters.

Subscriptions from £18 per year
Academic & Professional Books  History & Other Humanities  Philosophy, Ethics & Religion

What is this Thing Called Science? An Assessment of the Nature and Status of Science and its Methods

Out of Print
By: Alan F Chalmers(Author)
266 pages, no illustrations
What is this Thing Called Science?
Click to have a closer look
Select version
  • What is this Thing Called Science? ISBN: 9780335201099 Edition: 3 Paperback Dec 1999 Out of Print #90716
About this book Contents Biography Related titles Recommended titles

About this book

What is the characteristic that serves to distinguish scientific knowledge from other kinds of knowledge? What is the role of experiment in science? What is the role of theory in science? In clear, jargon-free language, the third edition of this highly successful introduction to the philosophy of science surveys the answers of the past hundred years to these central questions. The previous edition of What is this Thing Called Science?, translated into fifteen foreign languages, has been thoroughly revised in the light of two decades of teaching experience on the part of the author, and has been brought right up to date. The text has been enriched by many new historical examples and the early chapters have been reorganised, re-ordered and amplified to facilitate the introduction of beginners to the field. The new edition includes new chapters on the following topics: the new experimentalism; the Bayesian approach to science, currently in vogue; the nature of scientific laws; and, recent developments in the realism/anti-realism debate. These changes will enhance the value of What is this Thing Called Science? as a standard university text in the philosophy of science, not just on science and philosophy courses but also in the social and human sciences such as sociology and psychology, where the need is felt for an introduction to scientific method.

Contents

Preface
Introduction
Science as knowledge derived from the facts of experience
Observation as practical intervention
Experiment
Deriving theories from the facts
Induction
Introducing falsificationism
Sophisticated falsificationism
Novel predictions and the growth of science
The limitations of falsificationism
Theories as structures I Kuhn's paradigms
Theories as structures II Research programmes
Feyerabend's anarchistic theory of science
Methodical changes in method
The Bayesian approach
The new experimentalism
Why should the world obey laws?
Realism and anti-realism

Bibliography
Index

Customer Reviews

Biography

Alan Chalmers was born in Bristol, England and has a BSc in physics from the University of Bristol, an MSc in physics from the University of Manchester and a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of London. He has taught history and philosophy of science at the University of Sydney since 1971 and is now an Associate Professor there. He is the author of Science and its Fabrication (Open University Press, 1990), as well as the previous two editions of What is this Thing Called Science? and many articles on history and philosophy of science.

Out of Print
By: Alan F Chalmers(Author)
266 pages, no illustrations
Media reviews

"Crisp, lucid and studded with telling examples [...] As a handy guide to recent alarums and excursions (in the philosophy of science) I find this book vigorous, gallant and useful."
– New Scientist

"Any teacher of history, from primary school to university, can learn much from this articulate book."
Teaching History

Current promotions
Best of Winter 2018Handbook of the Bees of the British Isles (2-Volume Set)Order your free copy of our 2018 equipment catalogueBritish Wildlife