The first edition of Worldviews was widely hailed as one of the most accessible introductions to the history and philosophy of science –– with author Richard DeWitt garnering particular critical acclaim for his ability to present complex concepts in a thoroughly engaging manner. This updated Second Edition continues its focus on fundamental conceptual issues, exploring the transition from the Aristotelian to Newtonian worldviews, and further considering the challenges to our Western worldview brought about by recent developments, particularly relativity theory, quantum theory, and evolutionary theory. In addition, three new chapters are included that feature extensive coverage of scientific laws, evolutionary theory, and the philosophical/conceptual implications of evolution. By providing readers at all levels with the critical tools necessary for reflecting on the nature and development of Western scientific thought, Worldviews: An Introduction to the History and Philosophy of...

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