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The Penultimate Curiosity

How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions

By Roger Wagner, Andrew Briggs

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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.

Product code: 9780198747956

ISBN 9780198747956
Dimensions H247xW180xS30
No. of pages 496
Publisher Oxford University Press
This book sets out to answer one of the most profound questions about the development of human thought: why it is that throughout the long journey from cave painting to quantum physics what we now refer to as 'science' and 'religion' have been so closely entangled.