Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion

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Ronald L. Numbers
Harvard University Press, Mar 31, 2009 - Science - 320 pages
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.
 

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Like many anthologies, this book was a mixed bag. The debunking of certain myths was very helpful, particularly "Medieval Christians taught that the Earth was flat," "Copernicanism demoted humans from ... Read full review

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Verdict: An illuminating study of the relationship between science and religion. Recommended without reservation for all public and especially academic libraries. Background: Funded by the Templeton ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction Ronald L Numbers
1
Myth 1 That the Rise of Christianity Was Responsible for the Demise of Ancient Science David C Lindberg
8
Myth 2 That the Medieval Christian Church Suppressed the Growth of Science Michael H Shank
19
Myth 3 That Medieval Christians Taught That the Earth Was Flat Lesley B Cormack
28
Myth 4 That Medieval Islamic Culture Was Inhospitable to Science Syed Nomanul Haq
35
Myth 5 That the Medieval Church Prohibited Human Dissection Katharine Park
43
Myth 6 That Copernicanism Demoted Humans from the Center of the Cosmos Dennis R Danielson
50
Myth 7 That Giordano Bruno Was the First Martyr of Modern Science Jole Shackelford
59
Myth 15 That the Theory of Organic Evolution Is Based on Circular Reasoning Nicolaas A Rupke
131
Myth 16 That Evolution Destroyed Darwins Faith in ChristianityUntil He Reconverted on His Deathbed James Moore
142
Myth 17 That Huxley Defeated Wilberforce in Their Debate over Evolution and Religion David N Livingstone
152
Myth 18 That Darwin Destroyed Natural Theology Jon H Roberts
161
Myth 19 That Darwin and Haeckel Were Complicit in Nazi Biology Robert J Richards
170
Myth 20 That the Scopes Trial Ended in Defeat for Antievolutionism Edward J Larson
178
Myth 21 That Einstein Believed in a Personal God Matthew Stanley
187
Myth 22 That Quantum Physics Demonstrated the Doctrine of Free Will Daniel Patrick Thurs
196

Myth 8 That Galileo Was Imprisoned and Tortured for Advocating Copernicanism Maurice A Finocchiaro
68
Myth 9 That Christianity Gave Birth to Modern Science Noah J Efron
79
Myth 10 That the Scientific Revolution Liberated Science from Religion Margaret J Osler
90
Myth 11 That Catholics Did Not Contribute to the Scientific Revolution Lawrence M Principe
99
Myth 12 That René Descartes Originated the Mind Body Distinction Peter Harrison
107
Myth 13 That Isaac Newtons Mechanistic Cosmology Eliminated the Need for God Edward B Davis
115
Myth 14 That the Church Denounced Anesthesia in Childbirth on Biblical Grounds Rennie B Schoepflin
123
Myth 23 That Intelligent Design Represents a Scientific Challenge to Evolution Michael Ruse
206
Myth 24 That Creationism Is a Uniquely American Phenomenon Ronald L Numbers
215
Myth 25 That Modern Science Has Secularized Western Culture John Hedley Brooke
224
Notes
235
List of Contributors
285
Index
291
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Ronald L. Numbers is Hilldale Professor Emeritus of the History of Science and Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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