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Science and religion : a natural
           history
        CHRISTINE LOVE-RODGERS
         NEW COLLEGE LIBRARIAN
        ...
Science and religion : a natural history

A display showcasing items from New College
Library‟s Collections on the themes ...
Several of the items in
this display are drawn
from New College
Library‟s Natural
History Collection, a
Special Collection...
Richard Brookes
(fl. 1721–1763), was
a physician and
author. These
striking animal
illustrations are
taken from Volume
1 o...
Sir Isaac Newton
(1642–1727), was a
natural philosopher and
mathematician.

This is volume X from
Samuel Horsley‟s (1733-
...
The geologist James
Hutton (1726–1797),was
born in Edinburgh, and
his life spanned the
greatest years of the
Scottish Enli...
Joseph Priestley,
(1733–1804), was a
theologian and natural
philosopher, sometime
Dissenting minister and
schoolmaster.
A ...
Edward Wells, (1667–
1727) was a Church of
England clergyman and
educationist.

This image shows a fold
out engraved illus...
In 1840 Hugh Miller
(1802–
1856), geologist, evangelic
al journalist, and writer
became editor of The
Witness, a new paper...
Hugh Miller became the
leading figure of popular
geology in the 1840s and
1850s.

His unimpeachable
Christian credentials
...
Thomas Henry
Huxley, (1825–
1895), was a biologist
who developed theories
for the evolution of man
and apes from a
common ...
Charles Kingsley
(1819–1875), novelist
and Church of England
clergyman, was
fascinated by natural
history, particularly
ma...
Arthur Eddington (1882–
1944) was a theoretical
physicist and astrophysicist

Beginning his career in
stellar research, Ed...
 New College Library Special
Accessing our                       Collections
collections
Request Special
Collections item...
Christine Love-Rodgers
New College Librarian
Academic Liaison Librarian -Divinity

Christine.Love-Rodgers@ed.ac.uk
Twitter...
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  1. 1. Science and religion : a natural history CHRISTINE LOVE-RODGERS NEW COLLEGE LIBRARIAN & ACADEMIC LIAISON LIBRARIAN, DIVINITY UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH Innovative Learning Week
  2. 2. Science and religion : a natural history A display showcasing items from New College Library‟s Collections on the themes of :  Man and the Natural World in the Enlightenment  Science and scripture  Key thinkers in Science and Religion
  3. 3. Several of the items in this display are drawn from New College Library‟s Natural History Collection, a Special Collection numbering about 175 books. This dates from the early days of New College, where „Natural Science‟ was taught until 1934. The collection covers the mid- nineteenth century controversies over evolution and natural selection, with geology particularly well represented. There is a focus on Scottish natural history and on texts by Scots writers. What is the Natural History Collection at New College Library?
  4. 4. Richard Brookes (fl. 1721–1763), was a physician and author. These striking animal illustrations are taken from Volume 1 of a series covering the whole of the natural world. A bookplate and stamp marks the item as originating from Brookes, R. A new and accurate system of the United natural history, containing, 1. The history of Presbyterian quadrupeds …London : 1763. Nat. 109 Library.
  5. 5. Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727), was a natural philosopher and mathematician. This is volume X from Samuel Horsley‟s (1733- 1806) five volume edition of Newton‟s complete works. Isaaci Newton Opera quae Exstant Omnia and printed in 1779 It came from the Edinburgh Theological Library. The endpapers show doodles and drafts Isaaci Newtoni opera quae exstant omnia / of mathematical figures. commentariis illustrabat Samuel Horsley … London 1779. Sir Isaac Newton NAT 166-167
  6. 6. The geologist James Hutton (1726–1797),was born in Edinburgh, and his life spanned the greatest years of the Scottish Enlightenment. This is the first two volume edition of this work, which laid the foundation of the modern science of geology. While Hutton was a theist, believing that a beneficent deity had designed the geological operations of the earth, his theories were controversial because they still implicitly rejected the biblical account of James Hutton / Theory of the creation. Earth. 1795 MH 3/2
  7. 7. Joseph Priestley, (1733–1804), was a theologian and natural philosopher, sometime Dissenting minister and schoolmaster. A major figure of the British Enlightenment, he is remembered today for his scientific work, such as the identification of oxygen, but in his own day he was known as a voice for liberal reform of government, education, and theology This volume was bequeathed to Free Church College Library by George Waddell of Joseph Priestley Rashiehill who died on the 21st of May 1846. The history and present state of electricity 1794 Nat 170
  8. 8. Edward Wells, (1667– 1727) was a Church of England clergyman and educationist. This image shows a fold out engraved illustration of the 'Inside of the Ark„ Wells has attempted to provide a rational plan of how all the animals required could be fitted into Noah‟s Ark. The text on adjoining pages details the precise numbers and nature of the species considered to be housed in each area. Wells, Edward. An historical geography of the Old and New Testament … 1809. Nat. 87.
  9. 9. In 1840 Hugh Miller (1802– 1856), geologist, evangelic al journalist, and writer became editor of The Witness, a new paper founded to support the congregational independence of the Free Church of Scotland. It was in this paper that the first of his Old Red Sandstone papers appeared that made him famous. A bookplate marks this volume as presented to the Protesting Free Church in 1843, making it one of the very first donations to the Hugh Miller. The Old Red new Free Church library – Sandstone, 1841. New College Library. Nat 45. Hand coloured illustration.
  10. 10. Hugh Miller became the leading figure of popular geology in the 1840s and 1850s. His unimpeachable Christian credentials helped make geology acceptable as a morally and physically improving outdoor pursuit. This volume, with its frontispiece illustration, signed Hugh Miller, has a bookplate inscribed Natural Science Class – Elder Bequest, 1869. It originally came from the collection that supported the teaching of Natural Science at New College in Hugh Miller. Testimony of the the nineteenth century. Rocks. TR/D5.
  11. 11. Thomas Henry Huxley, (1825– 1895), was a biologist who developed theories for the evolution of man and apes from a common ancestor. Man’s Place in Nature was originally published in 1863, in between Darwin‟s Origin of Species (1859) and Descent of Man (1871). Huxley‟s anatomical theories contibuted to the Victorian science and scripture debate. Thomas Henry Huxley Man’s Place in Nature – 1877 ed. C4/a1
  12. 12. Charles Kingsley (1819–1875), novelist and Church of England clergyman, was fascinated by natural history, particularly marine biology. This volume contains essays such as “On Bio- Geology” , “Thoughts in a Gravel-Pit “ and “The Natural Theology of the Future” Often controversially outspoken on social and religious issues, he supported Darwinian Charles Kingsley. theories of evolution. Scientific Lectures & Essays– 1885. Nat. 146
  13. 13. Arthur Eddington (1882– 1944) was a theoretical physicist and astrophysicist Beginning his career in stellar research, Eddington led an expedition in May 1919 to observe the solar eclipse and test one of the predictions of Einstein's bold new theory of gravitation . His success made Eddington a public figure overnight, and he went on to write highly successful popular scientific books. Eddington was a member of the Society of Friends throughout his life, and his religious beliefs shaped the direction of his scientific Arthur Eddington. Science and the work which asserted the primacy of mind or unseen world. London : G. Allen consciousness over quantum uncertainty. and Unwin, 1929. C3/b5
  14. 14.  New College Library Special Accessing our Collections collections Request Special Collections items by completing Special Collections slips – available at Helpdesk Staff fetch Special Collections items from closed stack areas – please help us by notifying your request in advance Pencils only in Special Collections reading area Photocopying may be restricted
  15. 15. Christine Love-Rodgers New College Librarian Academic Liaison Librarian -Divinity Christine.Love-Rodgers@ed.ac.uk Twitter : NewCollegeLibrarian@cloverodgers http://www.ed.ac.uk/is/new-college-library http://newcollegelibrarian.wordpress.com/

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