"In this volume, the author provides a succinct and approachable introduction to the field of philosophy of science. The book is written without assuming its readers have any philosophical training. Its style is casual, with plenty of examples and humor yet, importantly, "Science" gets across the technical details of some of the most central and influential philosophical positions, concepts, and arguments of the field. Because it is both short and extremely easy to read, this volume provides ideal supplementary material for those engaging the primary textbooks of this field for the first time. I have used it more than once for an introductory course in the philosophy of science, and it has worked well in this role. For my students, this book made for a welcome and helpful contrast to those volumes in terms of tone and approachability. Although other more cumbersome textbooks force instructors to structure their courses in a certain way, French's publication instead complements a course structured by primary works. In short, Science is an admirably concise and accessible basic introduction to the philosophy of science, one which enables its readers to go on to tackle more esoteric and dense primary philosophical textbooks." The Quarterly Review of Biology, September 2009
About the Author
Steven French is Professor of the Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds, UK. He is the author of Science and Partial Truth (OUP, 2003) and numerous articles on the philosophy of science.