Worldviews An Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science

ISBN-10: 1405195630
ISBN-13: 9781405195638
Edition: 2nd 2010
Authors: Richard DeWitt
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Book details

List price: $23.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 10/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

List of figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction
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
Philosophical Interlude: Problems and Puzzles of Induction
Falsifiability
Instrumentalism and Realism
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
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
Chapter Notes and Suggested Reading
References
Index

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