Science and Humanity: A Humane Philosophy of Science and Religion

ISBN : 9780198824589

Andrew Steane
320 ページ
138 x 216 mm

An Oxford physics professor gives a fascinating reply to Richard Dawkins and Sean Carroll. For the general educated reader, this book presents the nature of the physical world, and the role of well-motivated religious response. It aims to reconfigure the whole public understanding of science. Science does not present a machine-like paradigm for the physical world, but something much more rich and subtle. It does not replace other avenues of truth-seeking, such as the arts and humanities. Darwinian evolution in particular is re-examined, allowing it to act by its own rules without bringing in logical fallacies. Human values such as fair treatment, consideration, and so on are forms of truth-speaking as objective as any other. But they require a personal response. Religious response is the natural partner to all of this, but it should not be misconstrued. It is presented freshly in the final part of the book.


1 Introduction
Part I: Science and philosophy
2 Light
3 The structure of science, part 1
4 The structure of science, part 2
5 Logic and knowledge: the Babel fallacy
6 Reflection
7 Purpose and casue
8 Darwinian evolution
9 The tree
10 What science can and cannot do
11 What must be embraced, not derived
12 Religious language
13 The Unframeable Picture
14 A farewell to Hume
15 Drawing threads together
16 Extraterrestrial life
17 Does the universe suggest design, purpose, goodness or concern?
Part II: Breathing
18 Silence
19 The human community
20 Encounter
21 The human being
22 Witnessed to


Andrew Steane is a Professor of Physics at Oxford University and a Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. His research includes experimental and theoretical Quantum Computing, atomic physics, and Special Relativity. He co-discovered quantum error correction. His research group, co-led by David Lucas, has pioneered the ion trap approach to quantum computing. He is the author of two undergraduate physics textbooks, and of Faithful to Science: the role of science in religion (OUP 2014). He was awarded the Maxwell Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics (2000). He is married to Emma Steane; they have three children.