- Publisher Worldviews: An Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science is an ideal text for those coming to the history and philosophy of science for the first time.
- Covers the key historical developments and philosophical themes and topics that have impacted upon our scientific view of the world around us
- Introduces fundamental conceptual issues, including truth, empirical facts and philosophical/conceptual "facts", falsifiability, and instrumentalism /realism
- Analyzes the transition from the Aristotelian worldview to the Newtonian worldview
- Explores challenges to our own western worldview brought on by developments in twentieth-century science, most notably relativity theory and quantum theory
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"The author is to be commended for the rare clarity of his writing, and for the truly impressive, most useful diagrams exemplifying many abstruse concepts and theses of quantum and relativistic theories. Unlike many other introductions to philosophy of science, DeWitt's book is at once historically informative and philosophically thorough and rigorous. Chapter notes, suggested readings, and references enhance its value". Choice, October 2004 "Quite simply, this is one of the most accessible - and teachable - introductions to the history and philosophy of science I've seen in over two decades of teaching. DeWitt's exposition and discussion - manifestly honed by extensive classroom teaching experience - are exceptionally clear, and helpfully complimented by some of the best diagrams I've seen. DeWitt thus makes complex ideas and developments cogent and straightforward, especially for undergraduates and those approaching the history and philosophy of science for the first time." Charles Ess, Drury University "Richard DeWitt's Worldviews is a splendid introductory text. It is organized around themes - traditions and their overthrow - geared to engage undergraduates. It is historically informed and philosophically sensible. Best of all, it abounds in examples skillfully drawn from the physical sciences and made accessible to the non-specialist. The philosophy of science students encounter through Worldviews will strike them as the philosophy of real science - the science of Newton, Einstein, Copernicus, and Aristotle - and not some denatured surrogate for science concocted by philosophers so that it might succumb to the tools of their trade." Laura Ruetsche, University of Pittsburgh "This is a brilliantly clear introduction (and indeed reframing) of the history and philosophy of science in terms of world-views and thier elements......In addition, the book is incredibly well-informed from both a scientific and philosophical angle. Highly recommended." Scientific and Medical Network "Written in clear and comprehensible prose and supplemented by effective diagrams and examples, Worldviews is an ideal text for anyone new to the history and philosophy of science. As the reader will come to find out, DeWitt is a gifted writer with the unique ability to break down complex and technical concepts into digestible parts, making Worldviews a welcoming and not overwhelming book for the introductory reader." History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, vol. 28-2
Worldviews: An Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science is an ideal text for those coming to the history and philosophy of science for the first time.