Science and Religion: Recommended Further Reading
Toby E. Huff, The Rise of Early Modern Science: Islam, China, and the West(New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006). An extensively researched, thoughtful study of contrasting patterns of thought in European, Chinese, and Islamic civilization.
Joseph Needham, The Grand Titration: Science and Society in East and West(Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1969). Recommended for its enlightening and original perspectives on the structural differences between Eastern and Western approaches to science.
Nathan Sivin, “Why the Scientific Revolution Did Not Take Place in China—or Did It?” Environmentalist 5, no. 1 (1985). Recommended for its groundbreaking insight into why non-European cultures followed paths that would not lead to a scientific revolution.
Alan Cromer, Uncommon Sense: The Heretical Nature of Science(New York: Oxford University Press, 1993). Recommendedfor its clear explanation of the unique nature of scientific cognition.
Stephen Gaukroger, The Emergence of a Scientific Culture (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006). Amodern, deeply researched investigation into the emergence of scientific culture as a new way of thinking about the universe.
E. A. Burtt, The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Science (New York: Dover Publications, 1924/2003). Afternearly a century, this book remains fresh with its insights into the frames of thinking of the pioneers of the Scientific Revolution.
Arthur Koestler, The Sleepwalkers: A History of Man’s Changing Vision of the Universe(London: Penguin, 1989). Recommendedfor its lively, incisive probe into the lives and thought of several key instigators of the Scientific Revolution, especially Kepler and Galileo.
Mario Livio, Is God a Mathematician?(New York: Simon & Schuster, 2009). Recommendedfor its wide-ranging analysis of mathematics as a universal language, and the cosmological implications of its universality.