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Beginning with a short history of science to set the scene, Samir Okasha goes on to investigate the nature of scientific reasoning, scientific explanation, revolutions in science, and theories such as realism and anti-realism. He also looks at...
Beginning with a short history of science to set the scene, Samir Okasha goes on to investigate the nature of scientific reasoning, scientific explanation, revolutions in science, and theories such as realism and anti-realism. He also looks at philosophical issues in particular sciences, including the problem of classification in biology, and the nature of space and time in physics. The final chapter touches on the conflicts between science and religion, and explores whether science is ultimately a good thing.
About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.
1. What is science?
A very short history of science Does science have an essential nature?
Science and pseudo-science
2. Scientific reasoning
Induction and deduction Hume's problem Two types of inductive reasoning Probability and induction
3. Explanation in science
The 'covering-law' model of explanation Alternative models of explanation Can science explain everything?
4. Realism and anti-realism about science
Scientific realism Objections to scientific realism Varieties of anti-realism
5. Scientific change and scientific revolutions
Explaining scientific change Thomas Kuhn on 'normal' and 'revolutionary' science Sociological accounts of scientific change
6. Philosophical problems in physics, biology and linguistics
Leibniz versus Newton on absolute space The problem of biological classification Is knowledge of language innate
7. Science and its critics
Is science a good thing?
Science and religion The science wars
Posted November 17, 2009
This book explains the progress of ideas in science. The author tries to answer fundamental questions like "What is science?" and in his journey mentions different philosophers who gave answer to these basic question. The book contains information about Kuhn,Popper, the Empiricist etc.
It's a must read for anyone who wants a basic and comprehensive introduction to this topic.
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Posted April 28, 2012
The author has given an easy to read, short work on the philosophy of science, but his science is not good. For instance, describing the discoverry of Uranus as a "failure of Newtonian Mechanics" is wrong. It was a triumph of Newtonian MechanicsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 15, 2010
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