說明 
xiv, 506 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm 

text rdacontent 

unmediated rdamedia 

volume rdacarrier 
附註 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 349492) and index 

"In their search for truth, contemporary religious believers and modern scientific investigators hold many values in common. But in their approaches, they express two fundamentally different conceptions of how to understand and represent the world. Michael E. Hobart looks for the origin of this difference in the work of Renaissance thinkers who invented a revolutionary mathematical systemrelational numeracy. By creating meaning through numbers and abstract symbols rather than words, relational numeracy allowed inquisitive minds to vault beyond the constraints of language and explore the natural world with a fresh interpretive vision. The Great Rift is the first book to examine the religionscience divide through the history of information technology. Hobart follows numeracy as it emerged from the practical counting systems of merchants, the abstract notations of musicians, the linear perspective of artists, and the calendars and clocks of astronomers. As the technology of the alphabet and of mere counting gave way to abstract symbols, the earlier "thingmathematics" metamorphosed into the relational mathematics of modern scientific investigation. Using these new information symbols, Galileo and his contemporaries mathematized motion and matter, separating the demonstrations of science from the linguistic logic of religious narration. Hobart locates the great rift between science and religion not in ideological disagreement but in advances in mathematics and symbolic representation that opened new windows onto nature. In so doing, he connects the cognitive breakthroughs of the past with intellectual debates ongoing in the twentyfirst century" Provided by publisher 

A world of words and things  Demonstrable common sense: premodern science  Early numeracy and the classifying of mathematics  Thingmathematics: the medieval quadrivium  Arithmetic: HinduArabic numbers and the rise of commerce  Music: taming time, tempering tone  Geometry: the illusions of perspective and proportion  Astronomy: the technologies of time  The birth of analysis  Toward the mathematization of matter  Demonstrations and narrations: the doctrine of two truths 
主題 
Religion and science  History


Numeration  History


Mathematics  History


Mathematics, Medieval


Science, Renaissance


Signs and symbols  History

