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    What is this thing called science?: an assessment of the nature and status of science and its methods.Alan Francis Chalmers - 1976 - St. Lucia, Qld.: Univ. Of Queensland Press.
    Co-published with the University of Queensland Press. HPC holds rights in North America and U. S. Dependencies. Since its first publication in 1976, Alan Chalmers's highly regarded and widely read work--translated into eighteen languages--has become a classic introduction to the scientific method, known for its accessibility to beginners and its value as a resource for advanced students and scholars. In addition to overall improvements and updates inspired by Chalmers's experience as a teacher, comments from his readers, and recent developments in (...)
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    Science and its Fabrication.Alan Francis Chalmers - 1990 - Univ of Minnesota Press.
    While acknowledging its theory-ladeness, Chalmers (history and philosophy, U. of Sydney) defends the objectivity of scientific knowledge against those critics for whom such knowledge is both subjective and ideological.
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    What is This Thing Called Science?: An Assessment of the Nature and Status of Science and its Methods.Alan Francis Chalmers - 1982 - Indianapolis: Hackett Pub. Co..
    Since its first publication in 1976, Alan Chalmers's highly regarded and widely read work--translated into eighteen languages--has become a classic introduction to the scientific method, known for its accessibility to beginners and its value as a resource for advanced students and scholars. -- Amazon.com.
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  4. The lack of excellency of Boyle's mechanical philosophy.Alan Chalmers - 1993 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 24 (4):541-564.
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    One Hundred Years of Pressure: Hydrostatics From Stevin to Newton.Alan F. Chalmers - 2017 - Cham: Springer Verlag.
    This monograph investigates the development of hydrostatics as a science. In the process, it sheds new light on the nature of science and its origins in the Scientific Revolution. Readers will come to see that the history of hydrostatics reveals subtle ways in which the science of the seventeenth century differed from previous periods. The key, the author argues, is the new insights into the concept of pressure that emerged during the Scientific Revolution. This came about due to contributions from (...)
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  6. Drawing philosophical lessons from Perrin’s experiments on Brownian motion: A response to van Fraassen.Alan Chalmers - 2011 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 62 (4):711-732.
    In a recent article, van Fraassen has taken issue with the use to which Perrin’s experiments on Brownian motion have been put by philosophers, especially those defending scientific realism. He defends an alternative position by analysing the details of Perrin’s case in its historical context. In this reply, I argue that van Fraassen has not done the job well enough and I extend and in some respects attempt to correct his claims by close attention to the historical details.
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    Boyle and the origins of modern chemistry: Newman tried in the fire.Alan F. Chalmers - 2010 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 41 (1):1-10.
    William Newman construes the Scientific Revolution as a change in matter theory, from a hylomorphic, Aristotelian to a corpuscular, mechanical one. He sees Robert Boyle as making a major contribution to that change by way of his corpuscular chemistry. In this article it is argued that it is seriously misleading to identify what was scientific about the Scientific Revolution in terms of a change in theories of the ultimate structure of matter. Boyle showed, especially in his pneumatics, how empirically accessible, (...)
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  8. The Theory‐Dependence of the Use of Instruments in Science.Alan Chalmers - 2003 - Philosophy of Science 70 (3):493-509.
    The idea that the use of instruments in science is theory‐dependent seems to threaten the extent to which the output of those instruments can act as an independent arbiter of theory. This issue is explored by studying an early use of the electron microscope to observe dislocations in crystals. It is shown that this usage did indeed involve the theory of the electron microscope but that, nevertheless, it was possible to argue strongly for the experimental results, the theory of dislocations (...)
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    Experiment versus mechanical philosophy in the work of Robert Boyle: a reply to Anstey and Pyle.Alan Chalmers - 2002 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 33 (1):187-193.
    We can distinguish ‘mechanical’ in the strict sense of the mechanical philosophers from ‘mechanical’ in the common sense. My claim is that Boyle's experimental science owed nothing to, and offered no support for, the mechanical philosophy in the strict sense. The attempts by my critics to undermine my case involve their interpreting ‘mechanical’ in something like the common sense. I certainly accept that Boyle's experimental science was productively informed by mechanical analogies, where ‘mechanical’ is interpreted in a common sense. But (...)
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  10. Making sense of laws of physics.Alan Chalmers - 1999 - In Howard Sankey (ed.), Causation and Laws of Nature. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 3--16.
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    Intermediate causes and explanations: The key to understanding the scientific revolution.Alan Chalmers - 2012 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 43 (4):551-562.
    It is instructive to view the scientific revolution from the point of view of Robert Boyle’s distinction between intermediate and ultimate causes. From this point of view, the scientific revolution involved the identification of intermediate causes and their investigation by way of experiment as opposed to the specification of ultimate causes of the kind involved in the corpuscular matter theories of the mechanical philosophers. The merits of this point of view are explored in this paper by focussing on the hydrostatics (...)
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    Atomism from the 17th to the 20th century.Alan Chalmers - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    So the laws of physics needn't lie.Alan Chalmers - 1993 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 71 (2):196 – 205.
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    Towards an objectivist account of theory change.Alan Chalmers - 1979 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 30 (3):227-233.
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    Viewing past science from the point of view of present science, thereby illuminating both: Philosophy versus experiment in the work of Robert Boyle.Alan Chalmers - 2016 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 55:27-35.
  16. Is Bhaskar's realism realistic.Alan Chalmers - 1988 - Radical Philosophy 49:18-23.
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    A revisionist history of atomism: Chalmers, Alan. The Scientist’s atom and the Philosopher’s stone: how science succeeded and philosophy failed to gain knowledge of atoms. 2009, Springer, 288 pp, €99,95 HB.Rom Harré, Paul Needham, Eric Scerri & Alan Chalmers - 2010 - Metascience 19 (3):349-371.
    Contribution to a symposium on Alan Chalmer's The Scientist’s Atom and the Philosopher’s Stone: How Science Succeeded and Philosophy Failed to Gain Knowledge of Atoms (Springer, Dordrecht, 2009).
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    The Heuristic Role of Maxwell's Mechanical Model of Electromagnetic Phenomena.Alan F. Chalmers - 1985 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 17 (4):415.
  19. Atom and aether in nineteenth-century physical science.Alan F. Chalmers - 2008 - Foundations of Chemistry 10 (3):157-166.
    This paper suggests that the cases made for atoms and the aether in nineteenth-century physical science were analogous, with the implication that the case for the atom was less than compelling, since there is no aether. It is argued that atoms did not play a productive role in nineteenth-century chemistry any more than the aether did in physics. Atoms and molecules did eventually find an indispensable home in chemistry but by the time that they did so they were different kinds (...)
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    Klein on the origin of the concept of chemical compound.Alan Chalmers - 2011 - Foundations of Chemistry 14 (1):37-53.
    Ursula Klein has argued that Geoffroy’s table of chemical affinities, published in 1718, marked the emergence of the concepts of chemical compound and chemical combination central to chemistry. In this paper her position is summarised and then modified to render it immune to criticism that has been levelled against it. The essentials of Geoffroy’s chemistry are clarified and adapted to Klein’s picture by way of a detailed comparison of it with Boyle’s corpuscular chemistry that proceeded Geoffroy’s by over half a (...)
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    Understanding science through its history: a response to Newman.Alan Chalmers - 2011 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 42 (1):150-153.
    The paper is a response to William Newman’s rebuttal of a critique of his account of the origins of modern chemistry by Alan Chalmers. A way in which the nature of science can be illuminated by history of science is identified and an account of how this can be achieved in the context of a study of the work of Boyle defended in the face of Newman’s criticism. Texts from the writings of Boyle that are cited by Newman as posing (...)
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  22. Galileo's telescopic observations of Venus and Mars.Alan Chalmers - 1985 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 36 (2):175-184.
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    Hasok Chang: Is Water H 2 O? Evidence, Pluralism and Realism, Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science.Alan Chalmers - 2013 - Science & Education 22 (4):913-920.
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    What is this thing called science?Alan Francis Chalmers - 2013 - Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company.
    Co-published with the University of Queensland Press. HPC holds rights in North America and U. S. Dependencies. Since its first publication in 1976, Alan Chalmers's highly regarded and widely read work--translated into eighteen languages--has become a classic introduction to the scientific method, known for its accessibility to beginners and its value as a resource for advanced students and scholars. In addition to overall improvements and updates inspired by Chalmers's experience as a teacher, comments from his readers, and recent developments in (...)
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    Can Scientific Theories Be Warranted?Alan Chalmers - 2010 - In Deborah G. Mayo & Aris Spanos (eds.), Error and Inference: Recent Exchanges on Experimental Reasoning, Reliability, and the Objectivity and Rationality of Science. Cambridge University Press. pp. 58.
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    Galilean Relativity and Galileo's Relativity.Alan Chalmers - 1993 - In S. French & H. Kamminga (eds.), Correspondence, Invariance and Heuristics. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 189--205.
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    Methodological individualism: an incongruity in Popper's philosophy.Alan F. Chalmers - 1985 - In Gregory Currie & Alan Musgrave (eds.), Popper and the human sciences. Hingham, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 73--87.
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    Retracing the ancient steps to atomic theory.Alan Chalmers - 1998 - Science & Education 7 (1):69-84.
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    Qualitative novelty in seventeenth-century science: Hydrostatics from Stevin to Pascal.Alan F. Chalmers - 2015 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 51:1-10.
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  30. Cartwright on fundamental laws: A response to Clarke.Alan Chalmers - 1996 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 74 (1):150 – 152.
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    Galileo on the Dissipative Effect of a Rotating Earth.Alan Chalmers - 1983 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 14 (4):315.
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    Planetary distances in copernican theory.Alan Chalmers - 1981 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 32 (4):374-375.
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    Atomism Before Its Time.Alan Chalmers - 2006 - Metascience 15 (3):515-518.
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  34. Aristotle: Critic or Pioneer of Atomism?Alan F. Chalmers - unknown
    Aristotle is typically construed as a critic of atomism. He was indeed a critic of atomism of the extreme kind formulated by Democritus, according to which bulk matter is made of nothing other than unchangeable pieces of universal matter possessing shape and size and capable of motion in the void. However, there is a weaker kind of atomism involving the assumption that macroscopic substances have least parts which have properties sufficient to account for the properties of the bulk substances that (...)
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    Author’s response.Alan Chalmers - 2000 - Metascience 9 (2):198-203.
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    Boyle's analysis of laws.Alan Chalmers - 1999 - In Howard Sankey (ed.), Causation and Laws of Nature. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 14.
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    Creating a social space for modern science: Joseph Agassi: The very idea of modern science: Francis Bacon and Robert Boyle. Dordrecht: Springer, 2013, xvii+315pp, €106.95 HB.Alan Chalmers - 2013 - Metascience 23 (1):173-177.
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    Did democritus ascribe weight to atoms?Alan Chalmers - 1997 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 75 (3):279 – 287.
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    Guest editorial.Alan Chalmers - 2012 - Foundations of Chemistry 14 (1):3-6.
    Guest editorial Content Type Journal Article Category Editorial Pages 1-4 DOI 10.1007/s10698-012-9147-z Authors Alan Chalmers, Unit for History and Philosophy of Science, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia Journal Foundations of Chemistry Online ISSN 1572-8463 Print ISSN 1386-4238.
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    Giving `Substance' to Chemistry.Alan Chalmers - 2004 - Metascience 13 (1):109-111.
  41. How to defend science against scepticism: A reply to Barry Gower.Alan Chalmers - 1989 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 40 (2):249-253.
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    Is a Law Reasonable to a Hume?Alan Chalmers - 1992 - Cogito 6 (3):125-129.
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    Non-teleological progress in hydrostatics from practitioners’ knowledge to scientific knowledge: Alan Chalmers: One hundred years of pressure: Hydrostatics from Stevin to Newton. Dordrecht: Springer, 2017, ix+197pp, €99.99 HB.Alan Chalmers - 2019 - Metascience 28 (2):197-202.
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  44. Planetary distances and copernican theory: A reply.Alan Chalmers - 1983 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 34 (4):372-374.
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    Philosophy of Science in the Twentieth Century: Four Central ThemesDonald Gillies.Alan Chalmers - 1994 - Isis 85 (4):744-744.
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    Robert Boyle’s mechanical account of hydrostatics and pneumatics: fluidity, the spring of the air and their relationship to the concept of pressure.Alan Chalmers - 2015 - Archive for History of Exact Sciences 69 (5):429-454.
    This article in an attempt to identify the precise way in which Robert Boyle provided a mechanical account of the features that distinguish liquids and air from solids and from each other. In his pneumatics, Boyle articulated his notion of the ‘spring’ of the air for that purpose. Pressure appeared there only in a common, rather than in a technical, sense. It was when he turned to hydrostatics that Boyle found the need to introduce a technical sense of pressure to (...)
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    Review. Science, reason, and rhetoric. Henry Krips, J E McGuire, Trevor Melia.Alan Chalmers - 1997 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 48 (3):444-446.
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    The Case Against a Universal, A-Historical Scientific Method.Alan Chalmers - 1985 - Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 5 (6):555-567.
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  49. The life of theory in the new experimentalism : can scientific theories be warranted?Alan Chalmers - 2009 - In Deborah G. Mayo & Aris Spanos (eds.), Error and Inference: Recent Exchanges on Experimental Reasoning, Reliability, and the Objectivity and Rationality of Science. Cambridge University Press.
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    The Sociology Of Knowledge And The Epistemological Status Of Science.Alan Chalmers - 1988 - Thesis Eleven 21 (1):82-102.
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