The Faith of Scientists: In Their Own Words

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Nancy Frankenberry
Princeton University Press, 2008 - Religion - 523 pages
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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.

  

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Contents

Galileo Galilei 15641642
3
Johannes Kepler 15711630
34
Francis Bacon 15611626
59
Blaise Pascal 16231662
79
Isaac Newton 16431727
102
Alfred North Whitehead 18611947
177
Scientists of Our Time
195
Rachel Carson 19071964
197
Jane Goodall 1934
296
Steven Weinberg 1933
317
Freeman Dyson 1923
365
Stephen Hawking 1942
392
Paul Davies 1946
412
Edward O Wilson 1929
437
Stuart A Kauffman 1939
452
Ursula Goodenough 1944
475

Carl Sagan 19341996
222
Stephen Jay Gould 19412002
249
Richard Dawkins 1941
268
Permission Acknowledgments
505
Index
513
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About the author (2008)

Nancy K. Frankenberry is the John Phillips Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College. Her books include "Radical Interpretation in Religion" and "Religion and Radical Empiricism".

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