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Science and Religion, 400 B.C. to A.D. 1550: From Aristotle to Copernicus (Greenwood Guides to Science and Religion) Hardcover – December 30, 2004

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• Includes primary documents that allow the reader to see how important scholars of the period understood the relationship of science and religion

• Provides an annotated bibliography of the most important works on science and religion in the Middle Ages, helping students to study the topic in more detail

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Demonstrates that, contrary to popular belief, the Church in the Middle Ages viewed science positively, which made the later success of the Scientific Revolution possible.

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  • Series: Greenwood Guides to Science and Religion
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood; annotated edition edition (December 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313328587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313328589
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,797,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Charles Freeman on August 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
Edward Grant is one of the leading historians of science and so this overview of western science to 1550 is welcome. Grant surveys the three main contributors, the Greeks, Islam and the Middle Ages. Each had an important contribution to make. This book is particularly important in stressing the vital contribution the Greeks made to medieval thought.
On his first page Grant makes the point that the dialogue between religion and science goes back to Plato and Aristotle with their very different ways of finding certainty. Do you concentrate on finding empirical evidence from which to understand the material world or is there an immaterial world which can be grasped by reason? It is important to start here as often such debates get fixated on Christianity, Galileo and Darwin. If one starts with the two opposing stands of Aristotle and Plato one has a much more far ranging and satisfying debate whih goes beyond the relatively narrow perspectives of the Christians versus Dawkins.
There is a good chapter on Aristotle, in Grant's view ` probably the most significant figure in the history of Western thought up to the end of the sixteenth century' (P. 37). Despite errors in his observations ( and this has been the case with most scientists throughout history) Grant shows us that the ways in which we understand what nature is and how to appreciate and study it is due to Aristotle. It is a massive legacy. In his Chapter Three Grant shows how the Greek tradition of empirical thought spread through a variety of disciplines and was still powerful in the second century AD. Galen and Ptolemy are two giants to whom he gives appropriate accolades.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Barriquand on November 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
One does not find too often within a single book such combination of precise scholarship, objectivity, sense of perspective and clarity of exposition. Its price is modest, but beware, it might well compel you to refresh some of your ideas and knowledge on the subject.
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