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What Is This Thing Called Science?, 4e
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Table of Contents

Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the third edition
Preface to the fourth edition
IntroductionScience 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
Epilogue to the third edition
PostscriptNotes
Bibliography
Index of names

About the Author

Alan Chalmers is Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, where he taught from 1971, first in the School of Philosophy, and from 1987 in the Unit for the History and Philosophy of Science, which he was instrumental in setting up. Born in Bristol, UK, in 1939, he graduated in physics at the University of Bristol in 1961, and received an MSc in physics from the University of Manchester in 1964. He taught physics and the history of science for two years before returning to full-time study at the University of London, where he received his PhD in history and philosophy of science in 1971. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Humanities in 1997 and was a Visiting Scholar in the Philosophy Department at Flinders University from 2000 to 2010.

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