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on 12 October 2010
This is the first book i've read dedicated to the philosophy of science and it won't be the last, because it has introduced some deeply important questions about fundamental reasoning and what makes science work. It will challenge a lot of preconceptions using well-structured arguments and real world examples, and gives a good account of how science progresses, the thinking behind Popper's ideas of falsification (it turns out not as cut and dry as many think), and introduces Kuhn's groundbreaking theories on scientific progress and Paradigm shifts, offering sustained criticism from logic of both empiricist views and those from Kuhn. There is a quick disclaimer for those who would cite Kuhn's work as giving impetus to cultural relativism, and there are some good examples of philosophical problems in science, such as the notion of absolute space and biological classification. there are also some great arguments for the realist-anti-realist debate, a debate I had not really thought existed.

Personally, I would've liked a little more about Karl Popper's theories, but that is trivial. The book is a short one and does give a good account of how science progressed to this point in the first chapter, which sets the scene nicely.

An excellent read for both scientists and philosophers.
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on 21 September 2011
I found this book to offer a structured introduction into the subject. It covers important matters such as the historical context and the methods of thought used; such as deductive and inductive reasoning. The author uses various case examples in order to explain the matter at hand, such as Hempel's Model and the theory of Brownian motion. Once the main topics have been covered, including the various approaches to science and defining what it is, the author introduces topics of a more metaphysical nature such as the 'Realist vs Anti-Realist' debate. Throughout all the chapters, not only does the author explain the topic at hand, but he also continues to outline the problems and refutations that surround the issues discussed, these include Hume's problem of induction as well as the 'theory ladeness' of data.

The book is structured with concise information which presents and explains the issues whilst opening the door to further analysis through the inclusion of the various viewpoints and problems which are posed, including the supposed shortcomings of the philosophy of science. Further reading is presented on each chapter in the notes section of the book. It must be stressed that the strong point of this book is it's clear structured presentation of the information, which many authors lack. A lack of order and can often be a source of much confusion for a reader and so it's always a boon to find information laid out like in this work.
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on 30 October 2015
This book does so many things that most philosophy books fail at. It is short, does not dent you wallet or bag and is easy(ish) to read.

It is not however short on content. As a scientist it will provoke you to think about truth and validity in new ways, as a philosopher it will give substance and insight to some of the apparent difficulties, vagueness and lack of rigour of the 'The Scientific Method'.
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on 8 November 2016
This was quite an interesting work on Philosophy of Science, a interesting subject which should really be more well known, as so many assume that Science and philosophy have no relation. In the short space of the book a lot of different material is covered, from logical empiricism to realism vs anti-realism to philosophical issues that pertain to specific scientific disciplines. My only criticism is that the discussion Karl Popper somewhat simplified his philosophy.
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on 11 April 2018
Good service. Handy, but limited point of view.
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on 24 October 2016
Really loved this book. A really brilliantly written and well compiled book that encourages further reading. I highly recommend it
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on 7 June 2015
Apart from the unfortunate spelling mistakes, this book does come up trumps as an overview of the subject and really does what is says on the cover. Its systematic approach makes it an easy read for anyone wanting an insight to the subject, and has all the key points for reference.
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on 4 July 2013
This book de-mystifies scientific thinking for the non-scientist. Anyone who is not a scientist but who deals regularly with scientists will find this book extremely helpful in understanding how these people think and why they reason the way they do. The book also flags up why we should not feel overwhelmed by arguments just because they are based on science - there are often other factors and other types of evidence that carry equal or greater weight in some circumstances.
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on 27 August 2017
Very clear and straightforward presentation. Not overwhelmingly technical so should be useful for scientists and interested non-scientists. A good starting point for comparison with other aspects of philosophy.
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on 6 December 2014
I recommend this book to anyone who has had to endure a CHIP course: Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology as part of either their degree or postgrad. Read this book and all will become clear.
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