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The Penultimate Curiosity: How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions

Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs


This book sets out to answer one of the most important, vexed, and profound questions about the development of human thought: What lies at the root of the long entanglement between science and religion? Why throughout our journey from cave painting to quantum physics have attempts to describe the physical world that we can see been so closely enmeshed with the aspiration to see beyond the rim of the visible world? The university cities of Oxford and Cambridge each contain a remarkable invocation with a fascinating history. Both are set in the seminal scientific buildings of the university, and ... More

Keywords: science and religion, Oxford, Cambridge, science and faith, physical world

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198747956
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747956.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger Wagner, author
Artist and writer

Andrew Briggs, author
Professor of Nanomaterials, University of Oxford, UK

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Part I In the Beginning I

Part II God-Driven Science

Part III Encounters in Alexandria

Part IV The Long Argument

Part V The Open Book of Heaven

Part VI Priests of Nature

Part VII The Ocean of Truth

Part VIII Voyages of Discovery

Part IX In the Beginning II

Part X Through the Laboratory Door

Part XI Epilogue