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The Great Rift

Literacy, Numeracy, and the Religion-Science Divide

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$42.00 • £33.95 • €38.00

ISBN 9780674983632

Publication Date: 04/16/2018

Academic Trade

520 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

23 halftones, 38 line illustrations, 13 tables

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  • Preface and Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: The Rift between Science and Religion
  • I. A Prayer and a Theory: The Classifying Temper
    • Religio and Scientia
    • 1. A World of Words and Things
    • 2. Demonstrable Common Sense: Premodern Science
  • II. From the “Imagination Mathematical” to the Threshold of Analysis
    • Teeming Things and Empty Relations
    • 3. Early Numeracy and the Classifying of Mathematics
    • 4. Thing-Mathematics: The Medieval Quadrivium
    • 5. Arithmetic: Hindu-Arabic Numbers and the Rise of Commerce
    • 6. Music: Taming Time, Tempering Tone
    • 7. Geometry: The Illusions of Perspective and Proportion
    • 8. Astronomy: The Technologies of Time
  • III. Galileo and the Analytical Temper
    • The Moment of Modern Science
    • 9. The Birth of Analysis
    • 10. Toward the Mathematization of Matter
    • 11. Demonstrations and Narrations: The Doctrine of Two Truths
  • Epilogue: The Great Rift Today
  • Appendixes
  • Illustration Credits
  • Notes
  • Index

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