The Genesis of Science: How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution

The Genesis of Science How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution Maybe the Dark Ages Weren t So Dark Afterall 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 i

  • Title: The Genesis of Science: How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution
  • Author: James Hannam
  • ISBN: 9781596981553
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Maybe the Dark Ages Weren t So Dark Afterall 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 tThe Inquisition never executed anyone because of their scientific ideas or discoveries actually, the Church was the chief sponsor of scientific research and several Maybe the Dark Ages Weren t So Dark Afterall 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 tThe 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 discoverWhy the scientific accomplishments of the Middle Ages far surpassed those of the classical worldHow 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 originatorsHow Galileo s notorious trial before the Inquisition was about politics, not scienceWhy the theology of the Catholic Church, far from being an impediment, led directly to the development of modern scienceProvocative, engaging, and a terrific read, James Hannam s Genesis of Science will change the way you think about our past and our future.

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    • James Hannam

      Dr James Hannam is a British historian of science who lives in Kent with his wife and two children James majored in Physics at Oxford and has a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge.His articles have boon published in magazines such as The Spectator, New Scientist, Standpoint and First Things.



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    • It seems that I sometimes have and controversial and nonconformist taste in history books. I don’t generally like tabloid style, sensationalistic controversy for its own sake, especially if this is based on dubious assumptions or modern judgement- but sometimes controversy might spark my interest. One thing that attracted me to this book was the extreme polarization of opinion- the way that historians and interested laypeople seemed to love it, but many with secular humanists hated it. As a st [...]


    • God's Philosophers is a well written introduction to medieval natural philosophy. Throughout, Hannam argues that 'science' did not emerge from nowhere with Copernicus or Galileo. Rather, there is a long history of medieval natural philosophy that predates the so-called scientific-revolution and made it possible.Being something of a fan of medieval philosophy myself, I can't help but endorse Hannam's thesis, not only because I agree with it, but also because it's right (haha).Something interestin [...]


    • very readable. i only wish i had it in hard copy so i could throw it at people's heads when they say "dark ages" (hissssss)obably my favorite bit was "One noted theologian and astrologer, Richard Holcott (d. 1349), had used his art to confidently predict a peaceful death for himself. Maybe, lying in his pallet as the Black Death ravaged his body, he wondered where his calculations had gone wrong." cold as ICE.


    • Full review is < Here.In brief, there is some fascinating information in this book, and the bibliography points to years of more in-depth reading for the type so disposed (I am that type). Hannam has uncovered a myriad of nuggets of knowledge gleaned from thousands of pages of dreary and torturous scholasticism (the practice of laboriously reasoning one's way to artificially reconciling Aristotle et al with Christian doctrine and scripture) that prefigure the scientific discoveries of the Ren [...]


    • This is one of the most fascinating history books that I've read! Somehow we leave primary and secondary school history education with the preconception that the Middle Ages were dark and filthy place and that it's people were some sort of backwater bumpkins. Unless you take the time and effort to read history, or to study it and become a medievalist it's likely you'll never break those preconceptions. This book does that in delightful 20-something chapters. The book is a joy to read; Mr. Hannam [...]


    • The middle ages have always seemed like a wasteland as far as scientific discovery is concerned, and after reading this book it still kind of does. Nevertheless, God's Philosophers sheds some much needed light on the efforts of discovery in this time period and corrects many of the prejudices against it. Enlightening and interesting.


    • Hannam's argument is that medieval science - 'natural philosophy' - and its practitioners have been sadly, even criminally overlooked, and his book seeks to bring to the readers attention the developments in scientific understanding over the Middle Ages, and the men who made them (yep, all men, all the time).As Hannam points out, 'medieval' as a word has connotations of backwards, benighted, superstitious. To generalise, we tend to think (if we think at all about such things) that no science of [...]


    • Nothing is simple, particularly history where facts are sometimes ignored or re-adjusted to fit an ideological narrative. According to popular opinion the Middle Ages were the Dark Ages, a time of stagnation and persecution, witch-hunts and the belief that the world was flat as a pizza. Progress only came in the Renaissance period when free-thought somehow came into being after Columbus sailed the ocean blue to prove the world was round and Galileo discovered the earth revolved around the sun on [...]


    • This book is called "The Genesis of Science: How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution", and that title is quite descriptive. I think when I picked it up, I was thinking something more like "how Christianity launched the Scientific Revolution", but the book is really a history of science in the "dark ages" (which were in fact not so dark), and the role that the Church played with nascent science at that time is best described, as the author puts it, as a "creative tension" [...]


    • I've recently finished this book and would like to post my thoughts. I was able to breeze through the book in a relatively short time because I am fascinated with the Middle Ages and the history of science. Hannam is certainly providing a valuable service by offering a counterweight to the irrational denigration of the Middle Ages in popular culture. Certainly, the propagandists throughout history who have distorted the Middle Ages as a time of darkness are being exposed by objective modern hist [...]


    • Being a medievalist, I skipped large parts of the book that did not contribute in any way to my knowledge, but I have still learnt new things. There was certainly nothing about the mean speed theorem in my medieval philosophy class. For someone who is not a historian, this is an excellent book, even though not perfectly free from misguided assumptions (like the complete uselessness of medieval medicine), or out-dated information (the use of stirrups had spread across Europe much earlier than the [...]


    • Hannam makes the argument that the development in philosophical thinking and study of the natural world in the middle ages is the cornerstone on which science was built during the later “scientific revolution” and that the role of the Catholic Church and medieval philosophy in the development of science is undervalued today. Hannam is a fantastic writer, in that he provides an engrossing history of the middle ages—especially providing interesting biosketches of the important philosophers o [...]


    • I really, really enjoyed this book. The fact that it took me so long is not the relevant factor; the fact that I finished it is.We think of the time between 476 and 1492, give or take a decade, as "not much happened besides the Crusades." Nothing could be further from the truth. This documents how the discipline of natural philosophy--the study of the natural world--became our three main branches of science. Biology, the study of medicine and the body, chemistry and its embarrassing grandfather [...]


    • I liked this book. I'm no expert on the Middle Ages, and I'm afraid I held several stereotypical misconceptions of the period that Hannam artfully demolishes in this very interesting (if you're interested in this sort of thing) read. For example, most educated people in the Middle Ages did not believe the world was flat, and Columbus' sailors did not fear sailing off the edge of the world; the church was not opposed to the advancement of scientific knowledge, as is evidenced by the fact that mos [...]


    • Mr. Hannam is a Christian apologist, but, having said that, this is a fascinating history of the evolution of science from the Medieval world of Europe and through Early Modern Europe. It meant for those that have not read widely in Medieval European history and those that have not thought critically about the traditional reading of science history and the Medieval Catholic Church. In many ways it will be an eye-opening experience for the average reader. The style is accessible but intelligent. [...]


    • A very interesting read. It tackles long held assumptions. One example Christians or specifically the Roman Catholic church did not prohibit human dissection. For further proof read news.harvard/gazette/storyIt is important to source our facts and study them versus parroting long held assumptions.


    • Shows how the middle ages were not devoid of scientific effort, and how it set the stage for later scientific discoveries. Covers a fair number of generally unknown scientists, but scientifically significant.


    • Written from a historical stance, this book lays out how Christianity has influence, and even given birth to modern science.



    • The short version of the history of Europe involves a long period of intellectual stagnation following the fall of the Roman Empire until the Renaissance began in the 1400s. The Catholic Church was a slight help in some respects by salvaging some historical records and such, but was mostly a hindrance as its leadership refused to acknowledge any possible scientific advances if they contradicted the Bible.Physicist and science historian James Hannam would beg to differ. In his 2001 book, The Gene [...]


    • A wonderful book for laymen like me. It feels partisan at times, but it does its best to shatter the stereotypes about the Dark Middle Ages and the sudden scientific revolution in the 16th century, when Galileo and Kopernik picked up ancient Greek scrolls and discovered everything. That's caricatural, but pretty close to what I was taught at school. Well, this book may well convince you it wasn't like that.First of all, the Church was the absolute nemesis of science as it is usually portrayed. A [...]


    • I love the history of science so I've read a lot of narratives that skip right from ancient Greece to Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo. Apart from how frustratingly eurocentric this is, it also of course skips a huge swathe of time. Which, just as eurocentrism means we miss out a lot of the story, the historical prejudice against the "Dark Ages" means westerners miss a lot of the context of how the Renaissance and modernity came to be what they are.This book is trying to counteract that, and is de [...]


    • In God's Philosophers, James Hannam exhumes the body of the Middle Ages in an effort to exonerate this supposedly dark age of the charge of stifling the progress of humankind. Having never questioned the thesis that our Medieval forebears quashed the advance of science, my first glance at the subtitle of this book immediately made me interested. I was excited to devour the work and sate this newborn curiosity. Did it satisfy? well for starters, the book is not brief. It is a respectable 344 page [...]


    • It's widely accepted that the intellectual progress of the Western world stagnated during the Middle Ages, primarily because the hidebound Christian church had its foot on the neck of science. In fact, the roots of the scientific revolution were growing throughout the Middle Ages, and largely through the work of Christian clerics. This book explores the work of philosophers such as Gerbert, Lanfranc, Anselm, Abelard, William of Conches, Roger Bacon, Thomas Aquinas, Cecco, Richard of Wallingford, [...]


    • Title says it all, which was one of the reasons that kept me from reading it till now. The author supports a highly unpopular opinion that the medieval times were times of scientific and intellectual progress.On the contrary, this turned out to be one of the beautiful features of this book: As you read through the pages, fully aware of the author's opinion, you get can easily separate fact from opinion and thus, formulate your own judgement since facts are not clouded by his views. Personally, I [...]


    • If your only source of information about the dark and middle ages comes from films, TV and osmosis from a western post enlightenment milieu then this book is a must read.The author deserves much credit for creating a book that is both highly accessible to the general public as well as being rigorously researched and referenced. Hannam presents a compelling case that there is much misinformation about the attitudes of the Christian Church towards learning and progress during the Dark and middle a [...]


    • This was an interesting read, debunking some long-standing myths about Church doctrine and science in the Middle Ages such as the fact that the Church did not actually believe the earth was flat and they did not stand in the way of progress as previously believed. I was also interested to read about the origination of the nursery rhyme 'Frere Jacques' which is based on the duty of a particular monk who had the unenviable task of waking at the crack of dawn to sound the monastery bell to call the [...]


    • Modern history is gradually realizing that the popular conception of the Middle Ages as the "Dark Ages" and the period immediately following it as the "Renaissance" is not only incorrect, but was foisted on us by the arrogance of the humanists of the early 16th Century. Hannam's book "The Origins of Science" (I read the American version by that name) is a great book that outlines - in a readable and high-level way - the significant contributions of medieval scholars, theologians, and natural phi [...]


    • A good read meant to finally kill the myth of medieval stagnation that has been popularized in mainstream culture for way too long.Starting from agriculture, weapons, mechanical clocks and culminating with the university system and the gradual advancements in astronomy (without these advancements there would have been no Galileo), the book highlights the achievements of the middle ages, correctly stating that after the 13th century, Western Europe was already surpassing the rest of the world in [...]


    • A very good introduction to the "continuity thesis" of the development of physics, which states that physics, from Aristotle through the Middle Ages up to the present day, underwent a continuous development, the result of which is today's modern physics.A good sequel to this book is: Medieval Cosmology: Theories of Infinity, Place, Time, Void, and the Plurality of Worlds, which shows that the Middle Age physicists were able to formulate precise, very modern questions and offer penetratingly clea [...]


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