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Natural Sciences
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I. History

1. Antiquity.

Although there is good reason to speak of natural science in the strict sense only with the dawn of the modern era, its roots actually go back to the beginnings of human history. Early scientific traditions arose from technical and practical knowledge acquired in dealing with nature, but they were also shaped by intellectual traditions that sought historical and mythological explanations for natur…

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Evers, Dirk, Berg, Christian, Murphy, Nancey, Ellis, George and Jackelén, Antje, “Natural Sciences”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 11 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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