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The only trouble is, none of these stories are true. As common mythology, they drift around the academic world without ever being carefully examined. They have become accepted as plain historical fact among the general public, and are regularly trotted out in school texts and the media.
This accessible and well-referenced book aims to put these myths to rest by looking at the evidence, and discovering what really happened.
Dr Kirsten Birkett was the editor of the quarterly journal, kategoria: a critical review, in which the chapters in this book first appeared. She has written extensively on the history and philosophy of science, and the relationship between science and Christianity.
Click here for the introduction and a sample chapter. (338Kb PDF)