Bede: 'On the Nature of Things' and 'On Times'

Bede On the Nature of Things and On Times The Venerable Bede composed On the Nature of Things and On Times at the outset of his career in AD shaping a mass of difficult and sometimes dangerous material on the mathematical and physical ba

  • Title: Bede: 'On the Nature of Things' and 'On Times'
  • Author: Calvin B. Kendall Calvin B. Kendall Faith Wallis Bede
  • ISBN: 9781846314964
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Venerable Bede composed On the Nature of Things and On Times at the outset of his career in AD 703, shaping a mass of difficult and sometimes dangerous material on the mathematical and physical basis of time into a lucid and well organized account that laid the framework for much of Carolingian and scientific thought.Available here for the first time in EnglThe Venerable Bede composed On the Nature of Things and On Times at the outset of his career in AD 703, shaping a mass of difficult and sometimes dangerous material on the mathematical and physical basis of time into a lucid and well organized account that laid the framework for much of Carolingian and scientific thought.Available here for the first time in English language translation for the first time, these two short works represent an attempt to show Christianity connecting coherently with natural history and vice versa Building on insights found in Isidore of Seville s earlier work of the same name, On the Nature of Things addresses creation and recapitulates the idea of the four elements In On Times, Bede breaks from Seville s structure, separating out and considering the chapters on time This work also introduces Bede s computus the practical yet intensely polemical science for determining the dates of Easter Bede s views are bound up with the integrity of nature as God s creation and the theological significance of Christ s death and resurrection, and these extensively annotated translations mark an essential contribution to the ecclesiastical history that is crucial to an understanding of early medieval science.

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    1. This book is loads of fun. Bede's known more for his history writing than his scientific studies, but he was quite the mathematician and pretty fascinated with how the cosmos fit together. He's also a nice antidote to the idea (that won't seem to go away) that medieval people were anti-intellectual or hated science, or anything like that.Bede's a big fan of a good synecdoche and he really likes finding ways in which the days of the week line up with Genesis story of Creation, and how they align [...]

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