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All You Need For Beginning,
This review is from: Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (Science and Its Conceptual Foundations series) (Paperback)
This book is excellent. Smith has not only presented lucid syntheses of the entire history of philosophy of science, but he has also included at the end of each chapter suggestions for further readings.
The book is very easy to understand -- which is a feat considering some of the material that he's presenting is quite technical and inaccessible.
For the student looking to go to graduate school in the philosophy of science, this is a great start. For the student just looking to get a solid understand of where the philosophy of science stands today, this is all you need.
My only problem is that sometimes Smith presents things TOO clearly. That is, it feels like what he's saying couldn't possibly be so simple. But I think this is more of a reason to praise him than to fault him. And, again, if you wish for elaborations (some of the passages can be tantalizingly short), just sift through the suggested reading.
Bottom line: there's almost no fat whatsoever on this book. It is a lean, mean, philosophy-of-science-teaching machine.