Magisteria : the entangled histories of science and religion / Nicholas Spencer
- Spencer, Nicholas
- London, England : Oneworld Publications, 2023.
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- Physical Description:
- xii, 467 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Introduction: the natures of the beast -- Part 1. Science and religion before science or religion -- 1. The nature of natural philosophy: science and religion in the ancient world -- 2. A fragile balance: science and Islam -- 3. Ambiguous and argumentative: science and Judaism -- 4. Science in Christendom -- 5. 1543 and all that -- Part 2. Genesis -- 6. Galileo Galilei -- 7. The many births of science -- 8. The perils of perfect harmony -- 9. Mechanising the soul -- Part 3. Exodus -- 10. About time -- 11. The balance -- 12. Globalisation -- 13. Peace and war -- Part 4. The ongoing, entangled histories of science and religion -- 14. The trial of the century -- 15. Entangled and uncertain -- 16. Infantile delusions -- 17. Storming the heavens -- 18. Irreducibly complex -- 19. Artificial anxieties.
- "Most things you 'know' about science and religion are myths or half-truths. The real history of science and religion is rich, strange and personal. It's about the role of religion in inspiring, and strangling, science before the scientific revolution. It's about the sincere but eccentric faith and the quiet, creeping doubts of the most brilliant scientists in history. Above all, it's about the question of what it means to be human and who gets to say - an ever more urgent question in the twenty-first century. From eighth-century Baghdad to the frontiers of AI today, via medieval Europe, nineteenth-century India and Soviet Russia, Magisteria sheds a new light on this complex story."--Dust jacket flap.
- 0861544617 (hardcover)
9780861544622 (ePub ebook)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 419-450) and index.
- Endowment Note:
- Renee Cohen Friedman and Robert S. Friedman Libraries Endowment
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