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God's philosophers : how the medieval world laid the foundations of modern science

Author: James Hannam
Publisher: London : Icon Books, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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God's Philosophers is a celebration of the forgotten scientific achievements of the Middle Ages - advances which were often made thanks to, rather than in spite of, the influence of Christianity and Islam. --from publisher description.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Hannam
ISBN: 9781848310704 1848310706 9781848311503 1848311508
OCLC Number: 360205337
Description: ix, 435 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: The truth about science in the Middle Ages --
After the fall of Rome: progress in the early Middle Ages --
The mathematical pope --
The rise of reason --
The twelfth-century renaissance --
Heresy and reason --
How pagan science was Christianised --
Bloody failure: magic and medicine in the Middle Ages --
The secret arts of alchemy an astrology --
Roger Bacon and the science of light --
The clockmaker: Richard of Wallingford --
The Merton calculators --
The apogee of medieval science --
new horizons --
Humanism and the Reformation --
The polymaths of the sixteenth century --
The workings of man: medicine and anatomy --
Humanist astronomy and Nicolaus Copernicus --
Reforming the heavens --
Galileo and Giordano Bruno --
Galileo and the new astronomy --
The trial and triumph of Galileo --
Conclusion: A scientific revolution?
Responsibility: James Hannam.

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Presents a narrative history that reveals the roots of modern science in the medieval world. This book debunks many of the myths about the Middle Ages, showing that medieval people did not think the  Read more...

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