Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion

Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion

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by Ronald L. Numbers
     
 

Ronald Numbers has recruited the leading scholars in this new history of science to ­puncture the myths, from Galileo’s incarceration to Darwin’s deathbed conversion to Einstein’s belief in a personal God who “didn’t play dice with the universe.” Each chapter in Galileo Goes to Jail shows how much we have to gain bySee more details below

Overview

Ronald Numbers has recruited the leading scholars in this new history of science to ­puncture the myths, from Galileo’s incarceration to Darwin’s deathbed conversion to Einstein’s belief in a personal God who “didn’t play dice with the universe.” Each chapter in Galileo Goes to Jail shows how much we have to gain by seeing beyond the myths.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674033276
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2009
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,239,011
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 3.50(d)

Table of Contents

  • Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction

    Ronald L. Numbers


  • Myth 1. That the Rise of Christianity Was Responsible for the Demise of Ancient Science

    David C. Lindberg

  • Myth 2. That the Medieval Christian Church Suppressed the Growth of Science

    Michael H. Shank

  • Myth 3. That Medieval Christians Taught That the Earth Was Flat

    Lesley B. Cormack

  • Myth 4. That Medieval Islamic Culture Was Inhospitable to Science

    S. Nomanul Haq

  • Myth 5. That the Medieval Church Prohibited Human Dissection

    Katharine Park

  • Myth 6. That the Copernican System Demoted Humans from the Center of the Cosmos

    Dennis R. Danielson

  • Myth 7. That Giordano Bruno Was the First Martyr of Modern Science

    Jole Shackelford

  • Myth 8. That Galileo Was Imprisoned and Tortured for Advocating Copernicanism

    Maurice A. Finocchiaro

  • Myth 9. That Christianity Gave Birth to Modern Science

    Noah Efron

  • Myth 10. That the Scientific Revolution Liberated Science from Religion

    Margaret J. Osler

  • Myth 11. That Catholics Did Not Contribute to the Scientific Revolution

    Lawrence Principe

  • Myth 12. That René Descartes Originated the Mind-Body Distinction

    Peter Harrison

  • Myth 13. That Isaac Newton’s Mechanistic Cosmology Eliminated the Need for God

    Edward Davis

  • Myth 14. That the Church Denounced Anesthesia in Childbirth on Biblical Grounds

    Rennie B. Schoepflin

  • Myth 15. That the Theory of Organic Evolution Is Based on Circular Reasoning

    Nicolaas A. Rupke

  • Myth 16. That Evolution Destroyed Charles Darwin’s Faith in Christianity—until He Reconverted on His Deathbed

    James Moore

  • Myth 17. That Huxley Defeated Wilberforce in Their Debate over Evolution and Religion

    David N. Livingstone

  • Myth 18. That Darwin Destroyed Natural Theology

    Jon H. Roberts

  • Myth 19. That Darwin and Haeckel Were Complicit in Nazi Biology

    Robert J. Richards

  • Myth 20. That the Scopes Trial Ended in Defeat for Antievolutionism

    Edward J. Larson

  • Myth 21. That Einstein Believed in a Personal God

    Matthew Stanley

  • Myth 22. That Quantum Physics Demonstrated the Doctrine of Free Will

    Daniel P. Thurs

  • Myth 23. That “Intelligent Design” Represents a Scientific Challenge to Evolution

    Michael Ruse

  • Myth 24. That Creationism Is a Uniquely American Phenomenon

    Ronald L. Numbers

  • Myth 25. That Modern Science Has Secularized Western Culture

    John Hedley Brooke


  • Notes
  • List of Contributors
  • Index

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