The Meaning of Science

Tim Lewens


The Meaning of Science

The Meaning of Science

  • Title: The Meaning of Science
  • Author: Tim Lewens
  • ISBN: 9780141977423
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Paperback

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What is science Is it uniquely equipped to deliver universal truths Or is it one of many disciplines art, literature, religion that offer different forms of understanding In The Meaning of Science, Tim Lewens offers a provocative introduction to the philosophy of science, showing us for example what physics teaches us about reality, what biology teaches us about humWhat is science Is it uniquely equipped to deliver universal truths Or is it one of many disciplines art, literature, religion that offer different forms of understanding In The Meaning of Science, Tim Lewens offers a provocative introduction to the philosophy of science, showing us for example what physics teaches us about reality, what biology teaches us about human nature, and what cognitive science teaches us about human freedom Drawing on the insights of towering figures like Karl Popper and Thomas Kuhn, Lewens shows how key questions in science matter, often in personal, practical and political ways.


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It's traditional for scientists to get the hump about philosophy of science. As Tim Lewens, Professor of the Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge points out, the great Richard Feynman was highly dismissive of the topic. But most of us involved in science writing do recognise its importance, and I was very much looking forward to this book. I'll get the reason it doesn't get five stars out of the way first. This is because the book misses out a whole chunk of philosophy of science [...]

The Meaning of Science, an introductory text on the philosophy of science and part of a wider Pelican series, is an admirable effort to distill and simplify the main topics and their history within the philosophy of science.Lewens begins with elucidating some of the epistemological uncertainties which are inherent in the sacred scientific method. Here we meet Popper and Kuhn. Popper questioned whether science could prove anything (it could only postulate and disprove theories), and Kuhn who cast [...]

Pelican books have a wonderful if now not terribly well known place in this country's cultural history. They hark back to a time when popular culture didn't seem to be constantly chasing the lowest common denominator, but where there was a place for intellectual optimism, for a Reithian spirit of self improvement.The Meaning of Science follows the relaunch of Pelican books in 2014 and its retro light blue cover brings strong memories of parental bookcases.The content of the book is a cut above m [...]

This is an enjoyably old-fashioned kind of book that wanders with agreeable authority over eclectic topics in both the sciences and in philosophy, these topics being linked by their considerable importance and continued interest. Much of the first half deals with Popper and Kuhn, and dispenses with both, although not very convincingly. In rejecting Popper, Lewens sees inconsistency or even irrationality in expecting Einstein's Relativity to hold up in the face of the recent (but later rejected) [...]

A friendly introduction to the philosophy of science, dealing with Popper and Kuhn, human nature, free will, and the realism/anti-realism debate. (Lewens himself defends a version of scientific realism). The book is lucid and accessible and serves as an excellent introduction. I would have liked more space for thinkers like Feyerabend and Lakatos, but otherwise a fair overview of the subject.

In the introduction to his book, Tim Lewens provides a warming assurance to the reader that a knowledge of neither Science nor Philosophy is a pre-requisite for grasping the nuances contained within "The Meaning of Science". However such an assurance is reneged upon in the very first Chapter when the author proceeds to provide a complicated overview of concepts such as Inference Induction, corroboration and falsificationism as elegantly elucidated by one of the greatest philosophers of all time [...]

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As the title said, an introduction to philosophy of science- what is science, why does it matter, does it matter how we do it? Later chapters do recall some concepts introduced earlier, but each chapter can be taken as its own philosophical essay complete with suggested further reading at the end of each. I personally found it to be a little slow in the middle, but definitely an interesting read. Science philosophy really should be discussed more frequently among scientists, but maybe as like a [...]

This is an excellent introduction to a number of philosophical issues with science. It starts with a discussion on the philosophy behind the process of science and extends into issues facing science such as determinism. The writing style is wonderful throughout and uses some interesting examples to explain each concept.

A lovely and thought provoking introduction to a field I know nothing about. It offers plenty of suggestions for further reading which I think are quite useful.

Great introductory text for those who really value the science of ours

The worst book that has ever been written on the subject. The author absolutely doesn't have a clue

Free WillThis is an utterly readable and enjoyable text for anyone with an interest not just in science or philosophy but also human evolution, the question of free will and even economics. The first part is a treatment of what constitutes a science including candidates such as homeopathy. There follows a statement in very accessible language of what it all means for us, a layman's guide (has to be said, an intelligent one) to what current scientific thinking makes of issues that occupy many of [...]

A very enjoyable introduction to several topics in old school general philosophy of science (induction, realism, science vs. pseudo-science, Kuhn) that feels a lot less dusty than other introductions. The second half is a super-readable collection of overviews of sexy topics in philosophy of biology and the social sciences: ideology and science, altruism and evolution, human nature, and challenges to freedom from recent findings in neuroscience.

Richard Feynman said famously said“Philosophy of science is about as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds.”But scientists are supposed to have bigger brains than birds, and to be curious. This is a very good briefing for any of us wanting to know what the people with the binoculars are thinking. Shockingly, some of it is quite insightful. And of course, ornithologists have helped to preserve habitat for birds on occasion.

This is the first book I have read about philosophy of science. It is a light read and very explanatory. In the early chapters there is a very clear explanation of what true science is, and how we can differentiate it against something that is not.

An overview of the nature of science and how it informs philosophical questions about free will, truth, and the nature of man.

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