Highly recommended. Readers with an interest in science, at the lower-undergraduate level and above.(Choice)
Provide[s] a rich historical background to the interaction between science and religion.(Seymour H. Mauskopf Nuncius)
Should appeal to aficionados of science and religion interested in the interaction of culture with the development of science.(Fraser F. Fleming Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith)
An interesting, insightful, and clearly argued overview.(Edward B. Davis Isis)
Olson's meticulous treatment of the rich variety of interconnections between science and religion was a refreshing revelation. The book does an excellent job of documenting the complex tangle of interconnections between religious thought and scientific work during this time period.(Journal of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences)
The book can be warmly recommended to anyone interested in the various ways in which religion interacted with science from the beginning of the Scientific Revolution to the end of the 19th century.(William R. Shea Archives Internationale d'Histoire des Sciences)
About the Author
Richard G. Olson is a professor of history at Harvey Mudd College. He is the author of The Emergence of the Social Sciences, 1642–1792 (Twayne Press, 1993) and Science Deified and Science Defied (University of California Press, 1990).