Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Science

A Very Short Introduction

Book - 2002
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What is science? Is there a real difference between science and myth? Is science objective? Can science explain everything? This Very Short Introduction provides a concise overview of the main themes of contemporary philosophy of science. Beginning with a short history of science to set thescene, 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 thenature 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.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
ISBN: 9780192802835
Branch Call Number: 501 OKASHA
Characteristics: 144 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.


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Feb 11, 2012

It will make you think about the philosophical basis of science. It is surprising how much is based on inductive reasoning, rather than proof (deduction), but that both kinds of thinking are needing. In fact, the basis of science is not based on rationality or certainty. I was looking for more information on how the scientific method was developed and what other ideas were presented as science was developing, but did not find it in this book. However, anyone who studies or critics science should read this book, which makes you think hard about the fundamental basis of science and better understand scientific debate and why it will always exist.


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