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Eminent Lives in Twentieth-Century Science and Religion

Rupke, Nicolaas A. (ed.)

Eminent Lives in Twentieth-Century Science and Religion

Second Revised and Much Expanded Edition
With chapters on: Rachel Carson, Charles A. Coulson, Theodosius Dobzhansky, Arthur S. Eddington, Albert Einstein, Ronald A. Fisher, Julian Huxley, Pascual Jordan, Robert A. Millikan, Ivan P. Pavlov, Michael I. Pupin, Abdus Salam, Edward O. Wilson

Year of Publication: 2009

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. 371 pp.
ISBN 978-3-631-58120-9 pb.  (Softcover)
ISBN 978-3-653-02106-6 (eBook)

Weight: 0.590 kg, 1.301 lbs

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Book synopsis

Can science and religion coexist in harmony? Or is conflict inevitable? In this volume an international team of distinguished scholars addresses these enduring yet urgent questions by examining the lives of thirteen eminent twentieth-century scientists whose careers were marked by the interaction of science and religion: Rachel Carson, Charles A. Coulson, Theodosius Dobzhansky, Arthur S. Eddington, Albert Einstein, Ronald A. Fisher, Julian Huxley, Pascual Jordan, Robert A. Millikan, Ivan P. Pavlov, Michael I. Pupin, Abdus Salam, and Edward O. Wilson. The richly empirical studies show a diversity of creative engagements between science and religion that defy efforts to set the two at odds.

Contents

Contents: Nicolaas A. Rupke: Introduction: Telling Lives in Science and Religion – Mark Stoll: Rachel Carson (1907-64) – Arie Leegwater: Charles Alfred Coulson (1910-74) – Jitse M. van der Meer: Theodosius Dobzhansky (1900-75) – Jason M. Rampelt: Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882-1944) – Gebhard Löhr: Albert Einstein (1879-1955) – James Moore: Ronald Aylmer Fisher (1890-1962) – Peter J. Bowler: Julian Huxley (1887-1975) – Richard H. Beyler: Pascual Jordan (1902-80) – Edward B. Davies: Robert Andrews Millikan (1868-1953) – Torsten Rüting: Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1849-1936) – Edward B. Davies: Michael Idvorsky Pupin (1858-1935) – Martin Riexinger: Abdus Salam (1926-96) – Mark Stoll: Edward Osborne Wilson (b. 1929) – Ronald L. Numbers: Epilogue: Science, Secularization, and Privatization.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Editor: Nicolaas A. Rupke is Lower Saxony Research Professor of the History of Science at Göttingen University. With a doctorate from Princeton, he held research positions at Oxford and the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Australian National University. His monographs Alexander von Humboldt: A Metabiography (2008) and Richard Owen. Biology without Darwin (2009) were recently reissued. Rupke is a fellow of Germany’s National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Göttingen Academy of Sciences.

Reviews

«The strength of Rupke’s volume lies both in the judicious selection of eight particularly interesting scientists whose stories blend well together and in his recruitment of eight brilliantly qualified authors ... [T]he truly remarkable feature of this collection is the uniformly high standard of presentation in all these diverse and engaging biographical essays.» (Owen Gingerich in Perspectives on Sciences and Christian Faith on the first edition)
«[T]he essays show scientists engaged as public intellectuals and are therefore relevant to scholars interested in science and religion in public life.» (Ruth Barton in History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences on the first edition)