Kresta in the Afternoon – May 21, 2009 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – The Beginnings of Western Science

    The Beginnings of Western Science was, and remains, a landmark in the history of science, shaping the way students and scholars understand these critically formative periods of scientific development. It has reemerged in a second edition that includes revisions on nearly every page, as well as several sections that have been completely rewritten. For example, the section on Islamic science has been thoroughly retooled to reveal the magnitude and sophistication of medieval Muslim scientific achievement. And the book now reflects a sharper awareness of the importance of Mesopotamian science for the development of Greek astronomy. We talk with author David Lindberg about the current state of our understanding of more than two millennia of science.

    Second Topic – L’Osservatory Romano Needs a New Editor

    The Editor-in-chief of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano explained today to Paulo Rodari, a Vatican analyst for the daily “Il Riformista,” that President Barack Obama’s speech to graduates of Notre Dame was very respectful and that he “is not a pro-abortion president.” Deal Hudson says the newspaper needs a new editor. He is here to make his case.

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