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  1. Giordano Bruno: Cause, Principle and Unity - Bruno
  2. The Expulsion Of The Triumphant Beast - Bruno
  3. The Pope and the Heretic - White
  4. The Prospect of Immortality - Ettinger
  5. The Physics of Immortality - Tipler
  6. Impossibility : The Limits of Science and the Science of Limits - Barrow

Giordano Bruno: Cause, Principle and Unity : And Essays on Magic
(Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy) (Paperback)
by Giordano Bruno, Richard J. Blackwell (Editor), Robert de Lucca (Editor), Alfonso Ingegno (Introduction), Karl Ameriks (Series Editor), Desmond M. Clarke (Series Editor)
"Addressed to the most illustrious Monsieur Michel de Castelnau Seigneur of Mauvissiere, Concressault, and Joinville, Chevalier of the Order of the most Christian King, Counsellor…"
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Giordano Bruno's notorious public death in 1600, at the hands of the Inquisition in Rome, marked the transition from Renaissance philosophy to the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century. This volume presents new translations of Cause, Principle and Unity, in which he challenges Aristotelian accounts of causality and spells out the implications of Copernicanism for a new theory of an infinite universe, as well as two essays on magic, in which he interprets earlier theories about magical events in the light of the unusual powers of natural phenomena.

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Text: English, Italian (translation)--This text refers to the Hardcover edition

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The Expulsion Of The Triumphant Beast (Paperback)
by Giordano Bruno,
Karen Silvia De Leon–Jones (Foreword),
Arthur D. Imerti (Translator)
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian—This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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“Bruno’s works… will always find a place in the heart of those who wish to move more deeply into the European Hermetic and classical spiritual inheritance.” Parabola. “[Imerti’s translation] is an event of singular importance for the diffusion of Bruno studies in countries of Anglo-Saxon culture… [It is] in many respects a model of its kind.”Italica. “Not only worth reading as a work of art and intellect, it illuminates an aspect of that crucial period which saw the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Counter-Reformation and the Inquisition.” Los Angeles Times. “The editor’s introduction is an achievement in analytical fine writing.” Christian Herald.

The itinerant Neoplatonic scholar Giordano Bruno (1548–1600), one of the most fascinating figures of the Renaissance, was burned at the stake for heresy by the Inquisition in Rome on Ash Wednesday in 1600. The primary evidence against him was the book Spaccio de la bestia trionfante, a daring indictment of the church that abounded in references to classical Greek mythology, Egyptian religion (especially the worship of Isis), Hermeticism, magic and astrology.

The author of more than sixty works on mathematics, science, ethics, philosophy, metaphysics, the art of memory, and esoteric mysticism, Bruno had a profound impact on Western thought.

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The Pope and the Heretic: The True Story of Giordano Bruno, the Man Who Dared to Defy the Roman Inquisition (Hardcover)
by Michael White
"THE GRAND INQUISITOR, the Lord Cardinal Santoro di Santa Severina, was not happy&helliip;"

Giordano Bruno, the subject of Michael White's The Pope and the Heretic, was a thoroughly modern intellect whose fate was to have lived during the late 16th century, a period characterized in large part by the Inquisition, the Church's monomaniacal suppression of what it deemed heretical thought. A "cerebral maverick," Bruno believed in and wrote about an infinite universe--something beyond Copernicus's heliocentric system, the human origins of the concept of the Trinity, and a possible amalgamation of Roman Catholic doctrine with those of ancient religions. His real crime, at least in Rome's eyes, was his belief in "free inquiry." White's biography is exemplary, in no small part because of his concise, crystal-clear discussions of the period's intellectual beliefs, the delicately tempestuous battle between papal and civil authorities, and his detailed, illuminating look at Bruno's trial and subsequent burning at the stake. The Pope and the Heretic is a trustworthy and enlightening entrance into the dizzyingly complex age of the Renaissance. --H. O'Billovich

From Publishers Weekly
What is remarkable about Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) is less his execution for heresy by the Catholic Church than the philosophy that led to his death. White, who has written biographies of Galileo, Newton and Leonardo, offers a fast-paced account of the development of Bruno's thought and the reasons why the Church considered these ideas heretical. As White points out in an account that is part history of philosophy, part biography and part church history, Bruno drew on the atomistic philosophy of Democritus, the ancient occult rituals of Egypt and other magi, and the teachings of Jesus to develop a philosophical system that challenged traditional Christian doctrines. Drawing threads from each of these disparate traditions, Bruno became the first modern pantheist, contending that every individual is a part of God and that God is in every individual. He argued that individuals could use mnemonic occult rituals to discover this unity. Bruno also believed that the universe was infinite and filled with inhabitable worlds. The philosopher was so convinced that his ideas would allow individuals to seek God that, as White demonstrates, he was mystified at being charged with heresy. Bruno influenced numerous thinkers from Galileo, Leibniz and Spinoza to Coleridge and Hegel. Although White's tightly focused study offers a nice overview of the conflict between religion and philosophy in the Renaissance, Frances Yates's splendid Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition remains the standard account of Bruno's life and work.
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The Prospect of Immortality (Unknown Binding)
by R. C. W Ettinger


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The Physics of Immortality
by Frank J. Tipler
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From Publishers Weekly
In this higly unorthodox attempt to fold theology into physics, Tipler, a Tulane professor of mathematical physics, uses quantum mechanics, information theory, modern mathematics and physics in an effort to prove the existence of God, an afterlife, heaven, purgatory and the physical resurrection of the dead. Borrowing French Jesuit paleontologist Teilhard de Chardin's concept of God as the "Omega Point," an omniscient person "on the boundary of all future time," Tipler pursues a reductionist approach. The human soul, he says, is a "software" program run on the brain's "hardware." This paradoxically leads him to embrace free will and a loving God, who will one day resurrect us all, though "whether we shall be raised is separate from the question of whether we shall be granted eternal life after being raised." Along with technical and mathematical sections of this demanding treatise, readers will find diverse material on interstellar rocket probes, Jewish messianism, the deism of America's Founding Fathers and concepts of immortality in the world's major faiths. Illustrations. Library of Science and Astronomy Book Club main selections; Reader's Subscription and Natural Science Book Club alternates; QPB selection; author tour.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
Expect to hear a great deal about this book, which will be boosted through major advertising and a 13-city author tour. Tipler, a professor of mathematical physics at Tulane, presents a scientific argument for the existence of God.
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Impossibility : The Limits of Science and the Science of Limits (Paperback)
by John D. Barrow

Perhaps it's a harbinger of the end of science that so much attention is being paid to the impossible. In Impossibility, astronomer John D. Barrow outlines a maturation pattern for areas of deep human inquiry that includes an adolescence of exciting discoveries, new formulas, and unusual predictions. As science has matured, our confidence in it has grown. We expect that science has answers, that its predictive powers are mostly accurate. But what happens when the science gets old? Oddly enough, it seems to have started trying to find the end of its own usefulness--its formulas "predict that there are things which they cannot predict, observations which cannot be made, statements whose truth they can neither affirm nor deny."

Barrow's book is a fairly tough read, delving into topics as varied as theology, art, mathematics, and cosmology in its quest to define impossibility. But for those who have noticed that, "Scientists seem no longer content merely to describe what they have done or what Nature is like; they are keen to tell their audience what their discoveries mean for an ever-widening range of deep philosophical questions," Impossibility is an intriguing look at the evolution of our thoughts on knowing everything. Without limits, there would be no science, and though our imaginations may roam freely through the realms of impossibility, we may find in the end that "what cannot be known is more revealing than what can." --Therese Littleton --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Paul Copan, Philosophy and Theology
Barrow, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Sussex, has written a very engaging and even playful book. He attempts to show how certain "laws" governing "Nature" help us to separate the possible from the impossible....Barrow's book enjoyable, informative, and thought provoking. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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