36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Very useful and informative,
This review is from: The Scientific Revolution and the Origins of Modern Science (Studies in European History) (Paperback)
Many people will buy this because it is the 'set book' for the Open University course AS208. It was a very good choice for that course, because it is up-to-date, easy to read, and covers a great deal of ground in a limited number of pages. It contains an extremely useful and extensive list of other puiblications on the history of science, for deeper study, complete with Henry's comments about each of them.
The author certainly knows his subject. He has succeeded in condensing a vast field of knowledge into a small space, and only a person who is a true expert can achieve that. He follows the current mainstream school of thought that religion and science were not 'enemies'; whilst this will come as no surprise to scientific historians, it might - at least initially - surprise those who have been brainwashed into believing that the Roman Catholic Church hated science.
If you're not an Open University student, I think you will find this book very useful. I can't think of another book that covers so much ground, so effectively, so succinctly. It goes way beyond the 'popular science' accounts of Newton and so on, but in a very non-academic style, which anyone can understand. If you're interested in the history of science, and its relationship with religion, I'd say this super little book is a must.
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