Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are respectfully cautioned that this website contains images of people who have passed away.

What Is This Thing Called Science?

This indispensable new edition brings Chalmers' popular text up to date with contemporary trends and confirms its status as the best introductory textbook on the philosophy of science.

Available. Dispatched 2-3 business days

This revised and extended edition offers a concise and illuminating treatment of major developments in the field over the last two decades, with the same accessible style which ensured the popularity of previous editions. Of particular importance is the examination of Bayesianism and the new experimentalism, as well as new chapters on the nature of scientific laws and recent trends in the realism versus anti-realism debate.

Alan Chalmers

Alan Chalmers

Alan Chalmers was born in Bristol, England in 1939. He graduated in physics at the University of Bristol in 1961, and received an MSc at the University of Manchester in 1964. He taught physics and the history of science for two years before returning to full-time study at Chelsea College, University of London, where he received his PhD in history and philosophy of science in 1971. Dr Chalmers first came to Australia in 1971 as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Sydney, and is now an Associate Professor in the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science there. He was recently elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities.