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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly entertaining history of astronomy and religion., 1 Mar 2002
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This review is from: Gods in the Sky: Astronomy, religion and culture from the Ancients to the Renaissance (Hardcover)
I was given this book as a gift, and was surprised to find it really absorbing and interesting. It's an account of the relationship between science (particularly astronomy) and religion from ancient times to the Renaissance. It sets straight a lot of misrepresentation and confusion - although we often assume the church was anti- new scientific development, without the patronage of religious institutions science couldn't have progressed as it has. It's an engaging read, with lots of stories and characters emerging along the way.
Allan Chapman packs a massive amount of information into one book, but never loses sight of his narrative thread. It's a lengthy book, but worth the effort if you've even the slightest interest in this area. You'll be amazed at how much you didn't know!
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