Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction

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  • Title: Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author: Samir Okasha
  • ISBN: 9780192802835
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 the scene, Samir Okasha goes on to investigate the nature of scientific reasoning, scieWhat 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 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.
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    I have a bad habit I tend to be too lenient when it comes to rating books, I m sort of easily molded by new ideas I m trying to amend this So I ll not be rating this a 5 star The term Philosophy of science might be a bit puzzling After all, scientists don t bother much about philosophy and undergrads of science doesn t have to take a course in philosophy to do well science However, there ARE some assumptions and attitudes implicit in scientific activities which scientists don t talk much explici [...]

    A deserving 5 I found this book, excellent The author was well informed on the subject, knew the most controversial aspects and managed to put the most important ones in the book also Pr Okasha used different arguments in different fields of science in order to explain different facets of this amazing field While the book was short, it was accurate, convincing, page turner, enjoyable If I want to criticize this work, I would say that the post script could have been comprehensive, and an all rou [...]

    mini review I ve left this book unrated because I find it rather hard to rate non fiction This book is well written and I imagine it would be very easy for someone with very little knowledge of philosophy to understand most of it because of this, I found it a little basic and underwhelming The book briefly covers a few key debates in the philosophy of science and I admire the author s ability to whittle down these lengthy and complex arguments to a couple of pages As an overview for a non philos [...]

    It was a greaaaat book suggested to me by a really good friend It made me think about the aspects of science i hadn t thought of before to be honest with you a book teaching you how to talk gholonbe solonbe to others

    This is the ideal introduction for someone with little to no background regarding the philosophy of science It is probably too simple for anyone with a bachelors degree in philosophy Ergo, if you re a science student, who hasn t taken a philosophy course, you may like this book.The book first sets out to show what are the primary philosophical issues regarding science For instance, what is it that connects biology, physics, and chemistry, but not biblical studies, and witch craft Is it method Th [...]

    I finished reading the book about a month ago, but I m reviewing it now As most Oxford Short Introduction Series books go, this is an easy to read, concise guide to the field Philosophy of science is a very broad subject, so inevitably some corners are cut when you have to fit everything in 144 pages The book has 7 chapters The first chapter deals with the question of What science is The author gives some illuminating examples from the history of science, mostly from physics and biology Then, he [...]

    A book of this size will never do justice to such an extensive subject as the philosophy of science but what this covers, it does so extremely well, thanks largely to the author s clear writing and to a good choice of subjects The fundamentals of induction, explanation, realism and scientific change are all explained intelligibly, arguments are presented with corresponding counterarguments, and where necessary, topics are introduced with the right amount of background information for example, th [...]

    This is a fantastic introduction to the philosophy of science It is very brief and covers a broad range of topics some rather superficially So, this is definitely not a thorough introduction, but a very well written primer This book will acquaint you with the core concepts and debates within the philosophy of science, and whet your appetite for further reading the author provides a nice list for further reading broken down chapter by chapter If you re already familiar with the philosophy of scie [...]

    Philosophy of Science A Very Short Introduction by Samir Okasha Philosophy of Science is the introductory study of the scientific branch of knowledge If you are curious about how the methods of science work at a basic level this is the book for you Professor of Philosophy of Science, Samir Okasha embarks upon a brief tour that addresses questions concerning assumptions that scientists take for granted This 160 page book is composed of the following seven chapters 1 What is science , 2 Scientific [...]

    From Oxford comes another little jewel of a book, a model for the efficient use of the English language.Samir Okasha looks at the methods of science and the ideas of critics who ask us to think a bit carefully before we declare that what science tells us is unquestionably true and objective The power of science is undeniable in its practicality The theories that support our modern world of technology are based on reason, reason that suggests experiments whose results either support or undermine [...]

    A Very Short Introduction to the Philosophy of Science was overall really nicely put together There is one glaring flaw though There was no mention whatever of the frequentist Bayesian controversy As far as I can recall, probability was mentioned only once in connection to epistemology rather than saying we know or don t know something for sure, which is bound up with philosophical difficulties, we can assess probabilities of it between 0 and 1 instead I know it s a very short introduction after [...]

    This book was assigned for my philosophy of worldviews and science class.I thought it was overall very good He does not waste time covering tons of super basic things that anyone picking up this book should already know In fact, he does not even define certain terms, going off the assumption that readers will either know these terms or be able to quickly look them up.This was both a pro and a con It freed up Mr Okasha to cover a lot of ground in just over 125 pages, delving into depths I would n [...]

    This is an excellent introduction to the study of the philosophy of science, and should be read than once I admit that I often have to read books twice in order to really retain the information in them, and this book is no exception in fact, I think I just finished my third reading, and I still learned from it.The author tackles many of the key issues in the field in an easily accessible manner In the course of doing so, he introduces the reader to many important philosophers and their ideas Fo [...]

    Quality overview, and certainly serves a purpose, but for most the suggested reading will be the most valuable part of the book, and rightfully so.

    This is a very good book if we take its title as a standard A very short introduction I like the way the author introduced about the history of science, the way that arguments are made when weaknesses of a model are premises to introduce another one However some points I don t really agree For example, the author gave examples of the Hempel s covering law model of explanation s weakness First example is General laws Light travels in straight lines Laws of trigonometryParticular facts Angle of el [...]

    Whenever I read a news article that announces something akin to, say, neutrinos moving faster than the speed of light, I think to myself how quick these scientists are to make such front page proclamations And then how quickly the refutations are conveyed, somewhere, eventually, if only on page B 22 Little did I know that such skepticism in science , its process and procedure, was so well founded and frequently agreed with This brief book, in terms of quality, was pretty devoid of opinion and st [...]

    A lot of recent popular nonfiction is in desperate, desperate need of editing By contrast, this very short introduction is a concise, clearly written, engaging little book that moves along briskly and is a pleasure to read It is aimed at an audience with minimal or no background in the philosophy of science If you have already taken a class in philosophy of science or have read extensively on the topic, you will probably find the presentation too elementary However, if, like me, you have had onl [...]

    Found this a helpful intro that touches on various sciences and the relationship of philosophy to them with the modern need for including historical analysis Okasha s writing is accessible enough for those at a college reading level, though sometimes indulging in excessive statements I appreciate his presentation of opposing views, but feel Okasha is too much in favor of one view over the other at times I don t understand why the title is not History and Philosophy of Science though, since the b [...]

    The author is clear in explaining philosophical problems in science starting from the general questions on the nature of scientific thought and practice to specific problems in some of the sciences Some of the explanations of ideas could have used simpler language, but it was generally easy to follow The range of topics dealt with is nice, but, as another reviewer said, I had a sense of uneven coverage Successes and failures of competing ideas in the debates are explained well, though the curren [...]

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