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God's Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science

James Hannam
Item #: D73511
Format: Paperback
Pages/Publication Date: 435 / 2017
Publisher: Icon
ISBN: 9781848311503
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(Nominated for the Royal Society Prize for History) It is a common misconception that the medieval era was characterized by universal ignorance and intolerance, posits James Hannam in this history. Citing such 13th-century inventions as eyeglasses and the mechanical clock, Hannam reveals how some of the scientific theories put forth in the so-called "Dark Ages" later influenced such thinkers as Thomas Aquinas, Copernicus, Galileo, and Isaac Newton. Along the way, Hannam also discusses how the Church—far from being a persecutor of scientists—actively facilitated some of the scientific breakthroughs of the Middle Ages.

"Wonderful.... With engaging fervor, James Hannam has set about rescuing the reputation of a bunch of half-forgotten thinkers, and he shows how they paved the way for modern science."—Mail on Sunday (UK)


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