The Genesis of Science

The Genesis of Science

How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution

eBook - 2011
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Here are some facts you probably didn?t learn in school: ?People in the Middle Ages did not think the world was flat?in fact, medieval scholars could prove it wasn?t ?The Inquisition never executed anyone because of their scientific ideas or discoveries (actually, the Church was the chief sponsor of scientific research and several popes were celebrated for their knowledge of the subject) ?It was medieval scientific discoveries, methods, and principles that made possible western civilization?s ?Scientific Revolution? If you were taught that the Middle Ages were a time of intellectual stagnation, superstition, and ignorance, you were taught a myth that has been utterly refuted by modern scholarship. As a physicist and historian of science James Hannam shows in his brilliant new book, The Genesis of Science: How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution, without the scholarship of the ?barbaric? Middle Ages, modern science simply would not exist. The Middle Ages were a time of one intellectual triumph after another. As Dr. Hannam writes, ?The people of medieval Europe invented spectacles, the mechanical clock, the windmill, and the blast furnace by themselves. Lenses and cameras, almost all kinds of machinery, and the industrial revolution itself all owe their origins to the forgotten inventors of the Middle Ages.? In The Genesis of Science you will discover ?Why the scientific accomplishments of the Middle Ages far surpassed those of the classical world ?How medieval craftsmen and scientists not only made discoveries of their own, but seized upon Eastern inventions?printing, gunpowder, and the compass?and improved them beyond the dreams of their originators ?How Galileo?s notorious trial before the Inquisition was about politics, not science ?Why the theology of the Catholic Church, far from being an impediment, led directly to the development of modern science Provocative, engaging, and a terrific read, James Hannam?s Genesis of Science will change the way you think about our past?and our future.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Regnery Pub., 2011
ISBN: 9781596981553
Branch Call Number: 509.02 Ha
Description: 1 online resource (xxiii, 454 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Jun 26, 2017

Yes. Me, too. Thank you Naturalist! Please read The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise by Morera.
*****what a wonderful book! Never stop searching. I can easily see how a book such as this is upsetting to many people.

Dec 19, 2016

When I read a review like the one Naturalist wrote I definitely plan to read the book. Actually what Naturalist wrote is not a real review. I doubt he's even read the book.

Aug 18, 2016

Tell that to Giordano Bruno! born 1548, burned at the stake for heresy by the Roman Inquisition in 1600

and read some real history:
“Light From the East - 2011 How the Science of Medieval Islam Helped to Shape the Western World”
“Aladdin's Lamp - 2009 How Greek Science Came to Europe Through the Islamic World”
both by John Freely
“A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom”, Vol. I and II, 1896 ... by Andrew Dickson White 1832-1918
"The Ornament of the World - 2002 How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created A Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain"
by Maria Rosa Menocal


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings

LibraryThing Series Information


Find it at CRRL

To Top