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The penultimate curiosity : how science swims in the slipstream of ultimate questions / Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs.

By: Wagner, Roger.
Contributor(s): Briggs, Andrew.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016Description: xxiii, 468 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780198747956 : (hbk.) .Subject(s): Religion and science | Religion and science -- History | Religion and science -- Social aspectsDDC classification: 201.65 Summary: When young children first begin to ask 'why?' they embark on a journey with no final destination. The need to make sense of the world as a whole is an ultimate curiosity that lies at the root of all human religions. It has, in many cultures, shaped and motivated a more down to earth scientific interest in the physical world, which could therefore be described as penultimate curiosity. These two manifestations of curiosity have a history of connection that goes back deep into the human past. Tracing that history all the way from cave painting to quantum physics, this book (a collaboration between a painter and a physical scientist that uses illustrations throughout the narrative) sets out to explain the nature of the long entanglement between religion and science: the ultimate and the penultimate curiosity. (copac)
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When young children first begin to ask 'why?' they embark on a journey with no final destination. The need to make sense of the world as a whole is an ultimate curiosity that lies at the root of all human religions. It has, in many cultures, shaped and motivated a more down to earth scientific interest in the physical world, which could therefore be described as penultimate curiosity. These two manifestations of curiosity have a history of connection that goes back deep into the human past. Tracing that history all the way from cave painting to quantum physics, this book (a collaboration between a painter and a physical scientist that uses illustrations throughout the narrative) sets out to explain the nature of the long entanglement between religion and science: the ultimate and the penultimate curiosity. (copac)

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