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作者 Hobart, Michael E., 1944- author
書名 The great rift : literacy, numeracy, and the religion-science divide / Michael E. Hobart
出版項 Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, 2018
國際標準書號 9780674983632 (hardcover : alk. paper)
book jacket
館藏地 索書號 處理狀態 OPAC 訊息 條碼
 傅斯年圖書館西文圖書區  BL265.M3 H681 2018    在架上    30530001309640
 近史所郭廷以圖書館  201.65 H681    在架上    30550100652039
 人文社會聯圖  BL265.M3 H63 2018    在架上    30610020594016
說明 xiv, 506 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
附註 Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-492) 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 system--relational 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 religion-science 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 "thing-mathematics" 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 twenty-first century"-- Provided by publisher
A world of words and things -- Demonstrable common sense: premodern science -- Early numeracy and the classifying of mathematics -- Thing-mathematics: the medieval quadrivium -- Arithmetic: Hindu-Arabic 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
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