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  • Paperback: 411 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595392458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595392452
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,905,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Glenn Borchardt has forty six years of practical and theoretical experience in earth science. He has produced over three hundred scientific reports, including journal articles, book material, and computer programs. Borchardt is the Director of the Progressive Science Institute in Berkeley, California.

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It gives you a lot for the effort.
Bent K. Nielsen
He gives the logical worldview its definitions and lays out the detail thoughts, and thus articulates much of my perspective.
Paul Schroeder
The book is well written and eminently readable.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 7, 2007
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Written by Glenn Borchardt, Ph.D. (Director of the Progressive Science Institute, Berkeley, California), The Scientific Worldview: Beyond Newton and Einstein is more of a philosophy text than a science text. Questioning the twentieth century "scientific worldview" systems philosophy, which focuses too heavily upon systems and too little upon the influence of environments, "The Scientific Worldview" instead advances a system of "univironmental determinism" - a mechanism of evolution (not just Darwinian evolution, but all aspects of evolution) based on the fundamental axiom that whatever happens to something results from the infinite variety of matter in motion within and without. The ultimate logical extrapolation of the system is the predicate that the universe had no beginning and will have no end. The Scientific Worldview is most readily understandable by intermediate to advanced students and scholars of philosophy, though novice and lay readers willing to apply serious thought and study will be able to follow the complex tenets discussed. A revolutionary reexamination of longstanding conceptual assumptions about the base nature of life, the universe, and everything.

John Burroughs

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David de Hilster on July 5, 2007
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So many people try too hard to put things into boxes that are too extreme - either too much the status quo, or throwing away the baby with the bathwater. The first hint that this book takes a common sense road down the middle is that the author says that a theory of everything is impossible and says why. That is not a barrier for science going forward, but it is a prerequisite.

If you are into common sense science, looking at history and studying the past, and trying to see where science is and should go, then this is the book for you. I didn't expect this grand of a philosophy to come from Glenn Borchardt but here it is. It is an accumulation of 30 years of a journey in science of someone that has put it all together in philosophical principles and guidelines for the next century.

I have studied physics and astronomy for the last 13 years and never found a book that put science in its place so well. I have collected a trail of ideas and thoughts and philosophies over the years that I could never piece together. This book does this and then some.

If you have been questioning the "lostness" of today's science with wormholes, big bangs, black holes, relativity disappointments, and light and gravity and motion without reason, then you can find some answers here.

I didn't read this as the next theory in science. It is THE philosophy for science for the 21st century. This book should be the philosophy book for science student for the next generation and it leaves the door wide open for the next experimentalists to make sure they keep on track and not find the slippery slopes of 20th century science.

A big big surprise!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Howell on January 7, 2011
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I agree with the other reviewers that The Scientific Worldview is an important book. They have already outlined and described various details of the book so I get to discuss some different aspects.

For one, TSW is written for an audience that has some familiarity with the philosophy and methods of science, but the book is also a valuable read for those who are not as familiar. Dr. Borchardt writes clearly and provides extensive examples of the important points he makes such that any person with a serious interest or curiosity in the sciences or philosophy will gain new insights and perspectives from reading his amazingly comprehensive treatise. They will also get a quick education on many of the key historical and current topics within these subjects (even if they need to gloss over some of the more dense parts). Regardless of your level of knowledge, TSW will give you some new ideas about your view of reality. One can't ask more than that from any book.

Another aspect of TSW (and I think the most important) is that it undermines the scientific paradigm of our time. While most `popular' science books tend to be a description and an historical review of the evidence supporting some particular aspect of the current paradigm, TSW creates a new paradigm, i.e. a revolution in our view of the Universe. Science is no more immune from dogma than any other human institution. Fortunately for Dr. Borchardt, he does not risk the consequences that Copernicus, Bruno, and Galileo faced when they proposed their heresy and attempted to change the worldviews of their time.

One review of TSW states that the revolution Dr. Borchardt is proposing "will be the last step in the pre-Copernican stage of human evolution".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Schroeder on August 22, 2011
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Glenn's Worldview is an excellent and thorough book. I have never enjoyed reading philosophy so much before. I can say that he states professionally many of the thought processes that led to understand that I am a determinist. He gives the logical worldview its definitions and lays out the detail thoughts, and thus articulates much of my perspective.

Worldview focuses on the infinite and shows how all models are incomplete if defined by the finite. Philosophical views often lead that way but with the infinite comes no limits and the philosopher can always be irrefutable. Comparing the determinist vs the indeterminist - religious - views enhances overall understanding. Personally I can't understand why so many people accept indeterminist views that seem to dominate today.

Glenn explains limits to exact understanding as the interactions of the microcosm with the macrocosm which eliminates boundaries and brings in all contributing events. There can be no particular model of the universe that is fully complete and correct.

The concept of `least action', which I did not previously know about, and the second law of thermodynamics are both directional - toward slowing and cooling. As such they conflict with the eternal and thus with the infinite.

I do hope This book becomes the standard of future thought

Paul Schroeder
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I have 50 years of theoretical, experimental, and observational experience as a scientist especially interested in scientific philosophy. Although I have produced over 320 scientific reports, including journal articles, chapters, books, and computer programs, the best by far is my book, "The Scientific Worldview: Beyond Newton and Einstein" (Understanding the Universal Mechanism of Evolution)" (iUniverse, 2007). It poses the ultimate challenge to the current, wildly popular, though absurd claim that the universe is finite and that it exploded out of nothing. The book is completely logical from beginning to end in support of an infinite universe and a scientific philosophical approach that will replace the Big Bang Theory and the "systems philosophy" supporting it. The challenge for me is to get readers intelligent enough and educated enough to handle the ideas presented and to understand the book's great significance. The paradigm that I propose is antithetical to conventional physics and astronomy and cannot be taken seriously by those who hold the idealism of mathematics to be the true test of reality.

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