Books et al.History of Science

Faith in science

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Science  20 Mar 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6228, pp. 1321
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa0313

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In Huxley's Church and Maxwell's Demon, Matthew Stanley uses the contrasting values of the devout Christian physicist James Clerk Maxwell and his contemporary—Thomas Henry Huxley, the agnostic biologist known as "Darwin's bulldog" to illustrate the transition from theistic to naturalistic science in the late nineteenth century. In his review, Crosbie Smith praises Stanley for producing a well-researched tome that is sure to "challenge the general reader and stimulate academic discussion," but questions his use of Maxwell as a representative example of a theistic practitioner of science.