Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Magic, Mystery, and Science: The Occult in Western Civilization” as Want to Read:
Magic, Mystery, and Science: The Occult in Western Civilization
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Magic, Mystery, and Science: The Occult in Western Civilization

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  3 reviews
"[P.D. Ouspensky's] yearning for a transcendent, timeless reality--one that cancels out physical disintegration and death--figures into science at some fundamental level.

Einstein found solace in his theory of relativity, which suggested to him that events are ever-present in the space-time continuum. When his friend Michele Besso passed on shortly before his own death, he
...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Indiana University Press (first published October 1st 2003)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Magic, Mystery, and Science, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Magic, Mystery, and Science

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 94)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Kirsten
A really excellent overview of the history of magic and the occult in the west, with a focus on the ways that magic and science have been much more closely related in the past than they are considered to be at present. The authors see the occult as having as much of a role in shaping Western civilization as Greek rationalism or Judeo-Christian beliefs. It's fascinating and highly readable. The only real downside is that since it touches on so many different topics and time periods, it's hard to ...more
Janice Liedl
A sweeping survey of occult beliefs across western history. Not strictly chronological, not strictly thematic but interesting nonetheless and full of great leads for readers to follow outside the book. I will be using this in a new course we hope to launch next year but I'll supplement with materials where I feel the collection is lacking.
Jamie
What a cool read. I recommend reading this as a follow-up to Dawkins' The God Delusion for maximum mind-fucking.

Monique Haynes
Monique Haynes marked it as to-read
Mar 28, 2015
Celia
Celia marked it as to-read
Mar 15, 2015
Wholesome Obsessive
Wholesome Obsessive marked it as to-read
Mar 15, 2015
Melissa
Melissa marked it as to-read
Feb 23, 2015
Joseph Gomez
Joseph Gomez marked it as to-read
Jan 27, 2015
Sam
Sam marked it as to-read
Dec 28, 2014
Alyssa
Alyssa marked it as to-read
Oct 26, 2014
Stacy Metals
Stacy Metals marked it as to-read
Oct 18, 2014
James
James marked it as to-read
Oct 03, 2014
Alix Gustav
Alix Gustav marked it as to-read
Sep 24, 2014
Von Angelo
Von Angelo marked it as to-read
Aug 20, 2014
Mike
Mike is currently reading it
Aug 12, 2014
Amanda
Amanda marked it as to-read
Jul 26, 2014
Jess
Jess marked it as to-read
Jul 16, 2014
Francis
Francis marked it as to-read
Jun 29, 2014
Lisa
Lisa marked it as to-read
May 04, 2014
Aytaç
Aytaç marked it as to-read
Apr 08, 2014
Moon And
Moon And marked it as to-read
Apr 08, 2014
Angela Martin
Angela Martin is currently reading it
Mar 28, 2014
Ryan Rafalski
Ryan Rafalski marked it as to-read
Mar 07, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Federal Law Enforcement at the Borders and Ports of Entry: Challenges and Solutions, 8th Report by the Committee on Governmental Reform, U.S. House of Representatives Nicole Oresme's de Visione Stellarum on Seeing the Stars: A Critical Edition of Oresme's Treatise on Optics and Atmospheric Refraction, with an Introduction, Commentary, and English Translation Airport Baggage Screening: Meeting Goals and Ensuring Safety-Are We on Target?: Congressional Hearing Department of Defense Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program: Unproven Force Protection - Congressional Hearing Defense Vaccines: Force Protection or False Security? - Congressional Hearing

Share This Book