God's Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science
A powerful and thrilling narrative history revealing the roots of modern science in the medieval world. The adjective 'medieval' has become a synonym for brutality and uncivilised behaviour. Yet without the work of medieval scholars there could have been no Galileo, no Newton and no Scientific Revolution. In God's Philosophers, James Hannam debunks many of the myths about the Middle Ages, showing that medieval people did not think the earth was flat, nor did Columbus 'prove' that it is a sphere; the Inquisition burnt nobody for their science nor was Copernicus afraid of persecution; no Pope tried to ban human dissection or the number zero. God's Philosophers is a celebration of the forgotten scientific achievements of the Middle Ages - advances which were often made thanks to, rather than in spite of, the influence of Christianity and Islam. Decisive progress was also made in technology: spectacles and the mechanical clock, for instance, were both invented in thirteenth-century Europe. Charting an epic journey through six centuries of history, God's Philosophers brings back to light the discoveries of neglected geniuses like John Buridan, Nicole Oresme and Thomas Bradwardine, as well as putting into context the contributions of more familiar figures like Roger Bacon, William of Ockham and Saint Thomas Aquinas
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Review: God's Philosophers: How The Medieval World Laid The Foundations Of Modern ScienceUser Review - Iqbal Yusoff - Goodreads
I definitely recommend this book to the readers of medieval history, history of science, and church but it's not thorough enough. Hannam is a good writer, the stories are good but some of them are controversial. Read full review
Review: God's Philosophers: How The Medieval World Laid The Foundations Of Modern ScienceUser Review - Eddy Allen - Goodreads
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 ... Read full review
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