Quakers, Jews, And Science: Religious Responses to Modernity and the Sciences in Britain, 1650-1900

Hardcover | September 22, 2005

byGeoffrey Cantor

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How do science and religion interact? This study examines the ways in which two minorities in Britain - the Quaker and Anglo-Jewish communities - engaged with science. Drawing on a wealth of documentary material, much of which has not been analysed by previous historians, Geoffrey Cantorcharts the participation of Quakers and Jews in many different aspects of science: scientific research, science education, science-related careers, and scientific institutions. The responses of both communities to the challenge of modernity posed by innovative scientific theories, such as theNewtonian worldview and Darwin's theory of evolution, are of central interest.

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How do science and religion interact? This study examines the ways in which two minorities in Britain - the Quaker and Anglo-Jewish communities - engaged with science. Drawing on a wealth of documentary material, much of which has not been analysed by previous historians, Geoffrey Cantorcharts the participation of Quakers and Jews in m...

Geoffrey Cantor is Professor of the History of Science, University of Leeds.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.08 inPublished:September 22, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Science in `Dissenting' Religious Communities2. Two Communities3. Education and Careers4. Scientific Institutions5. Trajectories in Science6. Quaker Attitudes and Practices7. Quaker Responses to Evolution8. Jewish Attitudes and Practices9. Jewish Responses to Evolution10. Historical Comparisons and Historiographical Reflections

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`Cantor has provided an invaluable contribution towards achieving a proper historical understanding of science in its relationship to religion.'Frank A. J. L. James, THES