The Faith of Scientists: In Their Own Words

The Faith of Scientists: In Their Own Words

by Nancy K. Frankenberry
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691134871

ISBN-13: 9780691134871

Pub. Date: 08/11/2008

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The Faith of Scientists is an anthology of writings by twenty-one legendary scientists, from the dawn of the Scientific Revolution to the frontiers of science today, about their faith, their views about God, and the place religion holds—or doesn't—in their lives in light of their commitment to science. This is the first book to bring together so

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The Faith of Scientists is an anthology of writings by twenty-one legendary scientists, from the dawn of the Scientific Revolution to the frontiers of science today, about their faith, their views about God, and the place religion holds—or doesn't—in their lives in light of their commitment to science. This is the first book to bring together so many world-renowned figures of Western science and present them in their own words, offering an intimate window into their private and public reflections on science and faith.

Leading religion scholar Nancy Frankenberry draws from diaries, personal letters, speeches, essays, and interviews, and reveals that the faith of scientists can take many different forms, whether religious or secular, supernatural or naturalistic, conventional or unorthodox. These eloquent writings reflect a spectrum of views from diverse areas of scientific inquiry. Represented here are some of the most influential and colossal personalities in the history of science, from the founders of science such as Galileo, Johannes Kepler, Francis Bacon, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Albert Einstein, to modern-day scientists like Carl Sagan, Stephen Jay Gould, Jane Goodall, Freeman Dyson, Stephen Hawking, Edward O. Wilson, and Ursula Goodenough. Frankenberry provides a general introduction as well as concise introductions to each chapter that place these writings in context and suggest further reading from the latest scholarship.

As surprising as it is illuminating and inspiring, The Faith of Scientists is indispensable for students, scholars, and anyone seeking to immerse themselves in important questions about God, the universe, and science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691134871
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/11/2008
Pages:
542
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Acknowledgments xvii

PART ONE: Founders of Modern Science 1
Chapter 1: Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) 3
Chapter 2: Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) 34
Chapter 3: Francis Bacon (1561-1626) 59
Chapter 4: Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) 79
Chapter 5: Isaac Newton (1643-1727) 102
Chapter 6: Charles Darwin (1809-1882) 122
Chapter 7: Albert Einstein (1879-1955) 143
Chapter 8: Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) 177

PART TWO: Scientists of Our Time
Chapter 9: Rachel Carson (1907-1964) 197
Chapter 10: Carl Sagan (1934-1996) 222
Chapter 11: Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) 249
Chapter 12: Richard Dawkins (1941-) 268
Chapter 13: Jane Goodall (1934-) 296
Chapter 14: Steven Weinberg (1933-) 317
Chapter 15: John Polkinghorne (1930-) 340
Chapter 16: Freeman Dyson (1923-) 365
Chapter 17: Stephen Hawking (1942-) 392
Chapter 18: Paul Davies (1946-) 412
Chapter 19: Edward O. Wilson (1929-) 437
Chapter 20: Stuart A. Kauffman (1939-) 452
Chapter 21: Ursula Goodenough (1944-) 475

Permission Acknowledgments 505
Index 513

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