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The great rift : literacy, numeracy, and the religion-science divide, Michael E. Hobart

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The great rift : literacy, numeracy, and the religion-science divide
Title
The great rift
Title remainder
literacy, numeracy, and the religion-science divide
Statement of responsibility
Michael E. Hobart
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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.--
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1944-
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Hobart, Michael E.
Dewey number
201/.65
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BL265.M3
LC item number
H63 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Religion and science
  • Numeration
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics, Medieval
  • Science, Renaissance
  • Signs and symbols
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The great rift : literacy, numeracy, and the religion-science divide, Michael E. Hobart
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The moment of modern science
  • The birth of analysis
  • Toward the mathematization of matter
  • Demonstrations and narrations: the doctrine of two truths
  • A world of words and things
  • Demonstrable common sense: pre-modern 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
Control code
on1006451858
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 506 pages
Isbn
9780674983632
Lccn
2017045244
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1006451858
Label
The great rift : literacy, numeracy, and the religion-science divide, Michael E. Hobart
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The moment of modern science
  • The birth of analysis
  • Toward the mathematization of matter
  • Demonstrations and narrations: the doctrine of two truths
  • A world of words and things
  • Demonstrable common sense: pre-modern 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
Control code
on1006451858
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 506 pages
Isbn
9780674983632
Lccn
2017045244
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1006451858

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