What Is This Thing Called Science?
|Subject||Philosophy of science|
What Is This Thing Called Science? is a best-selling textbook by Alan Chalmers.
The book is a guide to the philosophy of science which outlines the shortcomings of naive empiricist accounts of science, and describes and assesses modern attempts to replace them. The book is written with minimal use of technical terms. What Is This Thing Called Science? was first published in 1976, and has been translated into many languages.
- What Is This Thing Called Science?, Queensland University Press and Open University Press, 1976, pp. 157 + xvii. (Translated into German, Dutch, Italian Spanish and Chinese.)
- What Is This Thing Called Science?, Queensland University Press, Open University Press and Hackett, 2nd revised edition (6 new chapters), 1982, pp. 179 + xix. (Translated into German, Persian, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Portuguese, Polish and Danish, Greek and Estonian.)
- What Is This Thing Called Science?, University of Queensland Press, Open University press, 3rd revised edition, Hackett, 1999.
- What Is This Thing Called Science?, University of Queensland Press, Open University press, 4th edition, 2013.
- The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, by Thomas Kuhn
- The Logic of Scientific Discovery, by Karl Popper
- Rafe Champion: What is this thing called science? review (review of the 1999 edition)
- Alan Chalmers, (BSc Bristol, MSc Manchester, PhD London)
- Review of What is this Thing Called Science?
- Deborah G. Mayo: Review of the third edition of What is this Thing Called Science? in the newsletter of the Australasian Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science (AAHPSSS), 2000.