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Posted March 28, 2011
Change your perspective of the Middle Ages
This thoroughly engaging and evocative book is perspective-changing. For those of us who have always equated the Middle Ages with the "Dark Ages", Dr. Hannam's concise writing details the discoveries, personalities and stories refuting that notion. He charts the evolution of scientific thought from the Fall of Rome through the dawn of the Renaissance with a comfortable balance of scholarship and storytelling. The Genesis of Science: How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution also explores the role of the Catholic Church in promoting this evolution. In fact, he makes a very strong case for the positive influence of religious thought. Overall, the language and linear nature of this writing make it both accessible and enjoyable for laypeople. Hannam charts the progress of what would form modern scientific thought through the Middle Ages. Readers may be surprised by the depth of contributions from the period. Familiar names such as Aristotle, Aquinas and Copernicus mix with the less familiar such as Buridan, Oresme and Gilbert. Readers get a taste of the intrigue of the times, lending spice to some difficult concepts. Throughout the book Hannam exercises restraint in not delving too deeply into the complex. He presents a well-reasoned argument for the respect due this long-dismissed period.
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Posted September 24, 2011
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