Alan Chalmers

Associate Professor Alan Chalmers

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 1997
  • Section(s): Philosophy And History Of Ideas, History


Alan Chalmers works in the history and philosophy of the physical sciences. He is a member of an international group of scholars who are intent on integrating the history and the philosophy of science. Alan has published on seventeenth-century physics and chemistry, nineteenth-century chemistry and nineteenth-century electromagnetic theory and the history of atomism. His more philosophically-oriented research includes symmetry in physics, the nature of laws in physics and Brownian motion. His book, What is This Thing Called Science?, has become a standard teaching resource in the philosophy of science and is available in nineteen languages.

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