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In the twelfth century, Christians in Europe began to build a completely new kind of church - soaring, spacious monuments flooded with light from immense windows. These were the first Gothic churches, the crowning example of which was the cathedral of Chartres: a revolution in thought embodied in stone and glass, and a bridge between the ancient and modern worlds. In Universe of Stone, Philip Ball explains the genesis and development of the Gothic style. He argues that it signified a profound change in the social, intellectual and theological climate of Western Christendom. As the church represented nothing less than a vision of heaven on earth, this shift in architectural style marked the beginning of the argument between faith and reason which continues today, and of a scientific view of the world that threatened to dispense with God altogether.
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Philip Ball writes regularly in the scientific and popular media and worked for many years as an editor for physical sciences at Nature. His books cover a wide range of scientific and cultural phenomena, and include Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads To Another (winner of the 2005 Aventis Prize for Science Books), The Music Instinct, Unnatural: The Heretical Idea of Making People, Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything and Serving The Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Science Under Hitler.Review:
"[Ball] has a knack for translating difficult concepts into lucid prose: he offers a refreshingly sceptical guided tour of Chartres Cathedral and the intellectual contents that helped produce it" Daily Telegraph "Lucid and resplendent...a model of explanatory writing" -- John Carey Sunday Times "Consistently and healthily sceptical ... an intelligent, enjoyable and well-produced book which deserves a wide audience" Times Literary Supplement "An original and imaginative synthesis of art history and history of science" History Today "Lucid and resplendent" The Times
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Book Description Vintage Books USA, 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110099499444