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God and Geometry
God and Geometry

God and Geometry

When Space was God


220 Pages, 6.5 x 9.5

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF

Trade Paper, $59.95 (US $59.95) (CA $80.95)

Publication Date: June 2019

ISBN 9788378863960

Rights: US & CA

Copernicus Center Press (Jun 2019)

Price: $59.95


Why God and Geometry? This particular combination can be surprising for the unacquainted with the history of philosophy, yet everyone who has learnt anything of Plato knows that "God geometrises continually." Then, if the entire history of philosophy boils down to a handful of footnotes to Plato, as Alfred North Whitehead believed, one or some of them must refer to the relationship between geometry and God. As both philosophy and geometry have long been among the areas of my interest, I simply could not have failed to investigate what it means that "God practices mathematics." There are a plethora of works on the history of geometry, both comprehensive and focused on individual periods. There are also plenty of course books in the history of philosophy, and no fewer course books and monographic works on the history of the Christian dogma. The author is keen to see what you can find out studying works of both the types, something that has never been tackled straightforwardly in any of them. Making no claim on completeness, the book succeeds in paving the way and grasping a handful of ideas that are hidden from the view while the reader examines one side of this conjunction.

Author Biography

Michal Kazimierz Heller (born March 12, 1936 in Tarnów) is a Polish professor of philosophy at the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Kraków, Poland, and an adjunct member of the Vatican Observatory staff. He also serves as a lecturer in the philosophy of science and logic at the Theological Institute in Tarnów. A Roman Catholic priest belonging to the diocese of Tarnów, Heller was ordained in 1959. In 2008 he received the Templeton Prize for his works in the field of philosophy.