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Author DeWitt, Richard

Title Worldviews : an introduction to the history and philosophy of science / Richard DeWitt

Publ Info Chichester, West Sussex, U.K. ; Malden, Mass. : Wiley-Blackwell, 2010
Edition Second edition
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Descript x, 376 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [366]-370) and index
Contents Part I: Fundamental issues. Worldviews -- Truth -- Empirical facts and philosophical/conceptual facts -- Confirming and disconfirming evidence and reasoning -- The Quine-Duhem thesis and implications for scientific method -- Falsifiability -- Instrumentalism and realism -- Part II: The transition from the Aristotelian worldview to the Newtonian worldview. The structure of the universe on the Aristotelian worldview -- The preface to Ptolemy's Almagest: the earth as spherical, stationary, and at the center of the universe -- Astronomical data: the empirical facts -- Astronomical data: the philosophical/conceptual facts -- The Ptolemaic system -- The Copernican system -- The Tychonic system -- Kepler's system -- Galileo and the evidence from the telescope -- A summary of problems facing the Aristotelian worldview -- Philosophical and conceptual connections in the development of the new science -- Overview of the new science and the Newtonian worldview -- Philosophical interlude: what is a scientific law? -- The development of the Newtonian worldview, 1700-1900 -- Part III: Recent developments in science and worldviews.The special theory of relativity -- The general theory of relativity -- Overview of the empirical facts, mathematics, and interpretations of quantum theory -- Quantum theory and locality: EPR, Bell's theorem, and the aspect experiments -- Overview of the theory of evolution -- Philosophical and conceptual implications of evolution -- Worldviews: Concluding thoughts
LC subject Science -- History
Science -- Philosophy
ISBN 9781405195638 (pbk.)
1405195630 (pbk.)