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God's Philosophers

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  • 435 Nombre de pages
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The adjective 'medieval' is a synonym for superstition and ignorance. Yet without the work of medieval scholars there could have b... Lire la suite
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The adjective 'medieval' is a synonym for superstition and ignorance. Yet without the work of medieval scholars there could have been no Galileo, no Newton and no Scientific Revolution. This title traces the neglected roots of modern science in the medieval world.

'Hannam...gives us a great sense of the porousness of the medieval mind.'

Auteur

James Hannam is a graduate of both Oxford and Cambridge where he studied physics and then gained a PhD in the history of science. He lives in Kent with his wife and two children.



Résumé
This is a powerful and a thrilling narrative history revealing the roots of modern science in the medieval world. The adjective 'medieval' has become a synonym for brutality and uncivilized behavior. Yet without the work of medieval scholars there could have been no Galileo, no Newton and no Scientific Revolution. In "God's Philosophers", James Hannam debunks many of the myths about the Middle Ages, showing that medieval people did not think the earth is flat, nor did Columbus 'prove' that it is a sphere; the Inquisition burnt nobody for their science nor was Copernicus afraid of persecution; no Pope tried to ban human dissection or the number zero. "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. Decisive progress was also made in technology: spectacles and the mechanical clock, for instance, were both invented in thirteenth-century Europe. Charting an epic journey through six centuries of history, "God's Philosophers" brings back to light the discoveries of neglected geniuses like John Buridan, Nicole Oresme and Thomas Bradwardine, as well as putting into context the contributions of more familiar figures like Roger Bacon, William of Ockham and Saint Thomas Aquinas.

Informations sur le produit

Titre: God's Philosophers
Auteur:
Code EAN: 9781848311503
ISBN: 1848311508
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Faber And Faber Ltd.
nombre de pages: 435
Poids: 331g
Taille: H195mm x B126mm x T30mm
Parution: 01.05.2010
Année: 2010
Auflage: Repr.