A modern understanding of the world is unthinkable without science, but what exactly is it? What does it mean to say that something is 'scientific'? How are its results justified? From the genetic basis of life, to the structures of the universe and the atom, TEACH YOURSELF PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE explores how the key ideas that shape our world have been developed.
- Investigate the history of science.
- Examine scientific method.
- Discover key philosophers and scientists.
- Explore the impact of science on Western thought.
MEL THOMPSON is a freelance writer and editor, specializing in philosophy, religion and ethics.
Introduction 1. The history of science 2. The scientific method 3. Theories, laws and progress 4. Scientific realism 5. Relativism, instrumentalism and relevance 6. Predictability and determinism 7. The philosophy of biology 8. Science and humankind 9. Cosmology 10. Science and authority Postscript: The quest for knowledge and control Glossary Taking it further Index