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4.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive history lesson in philosophy, science and Ju, 24 July 2001
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This review is from: The Beginnings of Western Science: European Scientific Tradition in Philosophical, Religious and Institutional Context, 600 B.C. to A.D.1450 (Paperback)
The Beginning of Western Science was the textbook for a class I took with Professor Lindberg at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I found the book to be extremely informative-a lesson in western civilization, science and religion. Lindberg provides a comprehensive explanation of the creation of basic science as we know it today combined with the story of the creation, growth and influence of Judeo-Christian theology in western civilization. The book offers an amazing insight into the progression of science that parallel with the growth of Judeo-Christian beliefs. Lindberg 's study reads more like a historical novel filled with tragic heroes, as he describes key players including Greek philosophers, medieval saints and early astronomers, all who face life-threatening personal and social situations. The description of main characters' personal anguish helps draw the reader in to the story, allowing him or her to even create a picture of each character and incident, which could have been a merely general and drier recap of western science. Although based on historical fact, Lindberg interprets his views about the relationship between both disciplines. By providing the reader with a nice balance of science, philosophy and theology, Lindberg allows the reader to formulate their own opinion of who and what affected the origin and direction of science.
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