History > Front page updates January 2017
Happy New Year, everyone. Welcome to the last odd numbered year until 2021 and the last year divisible by 3 until 2022. It is something special.
I thought I'd start the year off by writing in Australasian Science magazine about science.
Recently there has been a succession of scientists, some quite famous, claiming that philosophy is dead and has been replaced by science, with particular disdain for the branch of the discipline named Philosophy of Science. (I saw a comment by a university professor where he said that philosophy had absolutely no relevance to his teaching of the scientific method. I think he was missing the point completely.) One criticism of philosophy of science is that the philosophers try to say what scientists do and this doesn't describe what actually goes on in laboratories and research establishments. This is more missing of the point, because the philosophy is really about what science is as distinct from other forms of human activity rather than how it is actually done.