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Freemasonry and the Birth of Modern Science

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  61 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A fascinating book from Robert Lomas, co-author of The Hiram Key and The Second Messiah. Freemasonry and the Birth of Modern Science continues the Freemasonry saga by exploring its roots in The Royal Society, a group dedicated to the pursuit of scientific study.In a time when superstition and magic governed reason, the repressive dogma of Christian belief silenced many, an ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 4th 2004 by Fair Winds Press (first published 2003)
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Jan 01, 2013 Lenny rated it it was ok
Shelves: science, masonic
To me, the title was rather misleading. The book was a mix of a history of England/Scotland, Freemasonry, and the Royal Society. However, the three didn't come together in a significant way until the final chapter. The initial chapters wandered and were too stream of consciousness for me. I felt reading the final chapter and the appendix were most useful. Lomas several times alludes to the fact that he organized the book in the order he did the research and I think this was a mistake. It read i ...more
Chuck Springer
Jul 25, 2014 Chuck Springer rated it really liked it
The book offerings a good hypothesis of how modern science really began. It was compelling to read this tremendously examined book on the founding and development of Freemasonry in England and Scotland and its relationship to the establishment and growth of the Royal Society. I learned that it was supported of Charles II and key individuals from both sides of the civil war. While there were drawbacks due to the war against the Dutch, and natural disasters, nevertheless men of various religious a ...more
Gregg Shoemaker
May 03, 2016 Gregg Shoemaker rated it it was ok
I found this book to be poorly written and extremely difficult to read. I also found the book to have an extremely misleading title. the book was about the Royal Society not Freemasonry. These groups are completely different. Simply belonging to both does not make them linked or the same in any way. I failed to see that the author linked the two together in a sufficient manner to warrant the titles claims.
Colby Moorberg
As both a Freemason and a scientist I found this book particularly enjoyable. It is very dense, and is a great piece of scholarly writing. As such, it's not exactly an easy read, but very interesting nonetheless. I've heard so much about some of the scientists that were part of the Royal Society, and I knew many of them were Masons. However, I never knew just how intertwined these scientists were with Freemasonry.

For those of you who are interested in the history of Freemasonry but not so much a
Jan 14, 2014 Monique rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book isn't for everyone, but I've always been curious about the Freemasons and this book gives a history of how they began and the connection of Freemasons to the beginning of the Royal Society in England. With exploration of this history provides an interesting, and different for me, prospective of the history of England during the Reformation and Restoration period. Since Robert Lomas is a scientist and a member of both societies, he gives his own interesting prospective also as he uncove ...more
Aug 16, 2012 Andrew rated it liked it
Moderately decent book on the role freemasonry played in the founding of the British scientific societies.
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