What Is This Thing Called Science?

This indispensable new edition brings Chalmers popular text up to date with contemporary trends and confirms its status as the best introductory textbook on the philosophy of science.Over the last 25 years this account to dethrone empiricist thought has become both a bestseller and a standard university text with translations into fifteen languages.This revised and extendThis indispensable new edition brings Chalmers popular text up to date with contemporary trends and confirms its status as the best introductory textbook on the philosophy of science.Over the last 25 years this account to dethrone empiricist thought has become both a bestseller and a standard university text with translations into fifteen languages.This revised and extended edition offers a concise and illuminating treatment of major developments in the field over the last two decades, with the same accessible style which ensured the popularity of previous editions Of particular importance is the examination of Bayesianism and the new experimentalism, as well as new chapters on the nature of scientific laws and recent trends in the realism versus anti realism debate 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
What Is This Thing Called Science This indispensable new edition brings Chalmers popular text up to date with contemporary trends and confirms its status as the best introductory textbook on the philosophy of science Over the last

  • Title: What Is This Thing Called Science?
  • Author: Alan F. Chalmers
  • ISBN: 9780335201099
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. كتاب ظاهرا يكي از مهم ترين هاي فارسي در فلسفه علمه، من كه تا الان حداقل سه بار اين كتابو تو كلاس هاي مختلف امتحان دادم :\نيمه اول كه بيشتر در مورد پوزيتيويسم و ابطال گرايي توضيح ميده به نظرم در كل خوبه اما نيمه دوم اگرچه من به شخصه انتقادات زيادي مي تونم بهش بكنم و نظر خود چالمرز [...]

    2. You may be familiar with the quote from Richard Feynman, ‘philosophy of science is about as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds’. This is entirely correct if understood sufficiently pedantically. Ornithology is of no use to birds, as birds; but birds are part of a larger world in which they are subject to forces outside their control. The actions of humans, an important part of the world birds live in, are informed to an extent by ornithology. Good ornithology will suggest, inter [...]

    3. Leí gran parte de este libro en un curso de Epistemología de las Ciencias Naturales en la facultad. Ahora lo releo para ver si es un material adecuado para mis estudiantes de secundaria. es bastante completo y claro para mí y bastante esclarecedor en cuanto al enfoque bayesiano del cual sabía poco y nada. Algunas diferenciaciones y definiciones son muy útiles; pero igual creo que es un poco elevado y áspero para dárselo a mis estudiantes. Puede ser útil como referencia, para elaborar map [...]

    4. تفاوت فسلفه ی علم و چیستی علم را باید از متخصصین این عرصه جویا شد اما کتاب مورد نظر در هر یک از دو حوزه که باشد باز هم در تحقق رسالت خود بسیار موفق است و با ترجمه ی قابل قبول سعیدزیباکلام،خواننده پس از خواندن آن حس "بیشتر دانستن" را به شکل ملموسی دریافت خواهد کرد.کتاب سوال می پرسد [...]

    5. با زجر خوندم. چقدر ترجمه بدی بود و چقدر مفاهیم مزخرف در کنار هم جمع شده بود

    6. تفسیر این کتاب از زبان دکتر مصطفی تقوی شیرینی خاص خودش را دارد. یادش بخیر

    7. I highly doubt this man wrote something we didn't already know. Boring, obvious,and his examples are pretty much for children =(

    8. اصلا فلسفه رو بهزبان فارسی نمی فهمم . دلیل این همه پیچیدگی در بحث هایی که خود فلاسفه به زیبایی و روانی زیاد توضیحشون دادن، در متون فارسی برام نامفهومه. خود آثار پوپر رو بخونید انقدر گیچ و سر در گم نمیشید که ترجمه های فارسیش رو بخونید. اصلا از ترجمه ش خوشم نیومد. اما در درک فلسفه پ [...]

    9. ترجمه در بعضي فرازها فوق العاده و در برخي مواقع بد بود. اگرچه تقريبا در هيچ كجا آزاردهنده و مخل به فهم مقصود نويسنده نميشد ولي براي مثال برخي از برگردان هاي انتخابي مترجم يا صحيح نبودند و يا گمراه كننده بودند. علاوه بر اين حروفچيني طبق معمول بد و اذيت كننده بود.خود كتاب در نيمه [...]

    10. حقیقتش را بخواهید چالمرز آموزگار خوبی بود و من در زمینه ی فلسفه ی علم چیزی نمی دانستم که بخواهم نقدی بر آن وارد کنم. نکته‌‌ای که در باب کتاب وجود داشت این بود که تماماً مثال های علم فیزیک بررسی شده بود و من از فیزیک هیچ نمی دانم. شاید همین بود که دنبال کردن را قدری برایم دشوار می [...]

    11. I read it to get an idea of Science's history. It is really interesting, and has made me realise that Psychology really has to buck its ideas up if it wants to be considered a science.

    12. Alan F. Chalmers introduces his 1982 book What Is This Thing Called Science? with the smilingly discouraging words: “we start off confused and end up confused on a higher level”. In the end does Chalmers have us more confused on the topic of modern science, than we were in prior to reading his book? Definitely! Readers most probably start to question whether science has the ultimate authority in explaining the world around us. How exactly do scientists obtain their authoritative results that [...]

    13. کتابی خوب، با ترجمه ای روان دانش آموخته ی امروزین حتی اگر با احتیاطی شکاکانه علم را معادل حقیقت نداند، رایج است که متد علمی را راهی به سوی دریافت حقیقت بداند، و این اصلی ست که شاید بسیاری از ما بدون اندیشه پذیرفته باشیم. این کتاب با تکیه بر تاریخ علم و تحلیل دقیق فلسفی در پی دری [...]

    14. The core message of this book is "Everyone else is wrong, only I am smart." Anything else you get from it is just the disguise that that message is wearing to get you to pay attention.The one thing I will give it is that Chalmers is pretty good at giving simple summaries of other people's ideas. Unfortunately he only does so in order to argue against them, and having defeated his own oversimplified versions of those ideas, claim victory over the original, more complex idea. His standard method i [...]

    15. So, you think you know what science is? And how it works? And what it tells us about reality? Chalmers' now classic text that serves as a stellar introduction to the philosophy of science while offering a comprehensive history of the philosophy of science and critical response to the various schools of thought. Chalmers covers all the main approaches of philosophy of science, from induction and falsification to Kuhn's paradigms, Feyerabend's anarchistic theory, and on through Bayesian analysis a [...]

    16. (Except the chapter on Kuhn, I read the book. I will turn back the chapter but now, I consider as I have read. Anyway.)I am not a person who is interested in philosophy of science. I am already not interested in science; albeit all of that, Chalmer's introduction book is definetely piquant for me. Vocabulary is clear and connections between basic concepts and scholars on philosophy of science are well-advised and well-organized. This book is not guide and not a kind of 90 minutes for sth book, b [...]

    17. i was thinking of two stars until the very last few pages when he says why he even bothered writing this book, when he accepts the fact that philosophy of science is useless to scientists.he is concerned with the scientific ideology that is catching on. people turning to biologists and astrophysicists to tell them about mysteries of the universe and meaning of life. thinking modern science is the ultimate standard for credibility. if you wanna read something interesting on philosophy of science, [...]

    18. La ciencia es en nuestros días una institución de prestigio, ya omnipresente en todos los ámbitos de nuestras vidas. En este libro hay un recorrido sencillo y sumario por las principales cuestiones que debemos plantearnos siquiera para comprender superficialmente que es esa cosa que llamamos ciencia, que pretende y como funciona. No esperen, como en todo lo grande, conclusiones brillantes, sino discusiones interesantes y preñadas de ideas.

    19. در کل کتاب خوبی است. البته ترجمه آقای زیبا کلام خوب نیست بسیار ثقیل ترجمه شده است.

    20. این کتاب برایم از جمله کتاب های الهام بخش برای گسترش فهم فلسفی و عمق بخشیدن به نگاه انتقادی در باب علم بوده است. بسیار دقیق و اکادمیک مثل همیشه ی دکتر زیبا کلام تدوین شده.

    21. خواندش به همه توصیه می شود.و شیوه ی علمی فکر کردن را به خوبی یاد می دهد. اما ترجمه مثل همیشه می لنگد.

    22. A very useful book for these times when everybody thinks that "the one can see a hidden truth", that "the one confidently and radically know" what a joke! This book portrays how difficult and never-ending is the way for truth and how relative is truth. I must admit that it is not an easy reading, for me, it means that I have to come back to its pages and read them again, not only to enlighten some parts but also for my teaching issues and needs - there are lot of things I can surely use, and I w [...]

    23. Chalmers endeavoured to write an introduction to the philosophy of science that could be read by anyone: you don't need any command of philosophy, and you don't need to know much about science (although some knowledge of its history would probably make the book more valuable, but then again I can't tell you that, as I myself have none!) - 'naive' inductivism, falsificationism, incommensurability, epistemological anarchism, new experimentalism, general laws and in potentia, it's all there, and it [...]

    24. The book takes up interesting aspects of what science is and gets one to think of how people "misuse" the word science and that you can not really determine anything by science. Chalmers has written the book so it is easy to read and understand the concepts. But I believe this is one book that you can not read from front to back, but have to think a lot and discuss the book with others to see their points of view. I rode the book in a class and we discussed every three chapters for about 3 hours [...]

    25. Enjoyed reading this historical/argument review of the philosophy of science. The interesting, historical examples of physics discoveries helped me understand & contrast the fundamental conceptual differences of various philosophies: different ways of approaching knowledge discovery, the limitations of systematic approaches, etc. The discussion of the inherent subjectivity in the process of science is insightful.

    26. Muy interesante libro sobre epistemología, bastante accesible dentro de lo que implica la complejidad del tema. Muy recomendable.

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