Imagining the World: Unexplored Global Collections at Columbia

Religion and Science

These same questions that disturb and puzzle and confound us have in their turn occurred to all the wise men; not one has been omitted; and each has answered them, according to his ability, by his words and his life.—(Henry Thoreau, Walden)

Examples of religious as well as scientific documents from various cultures, backgrounds, disciplinary outlooks, religious backgrounds and praxes serving different functions, are on display here. The various items, e.g. a handwoven prayer, an illuminated manuscript, scrolls, a miniature Quran, a cuneiform Babylonian clay tablet, Spinoza’s Opera Posthuma, a shadow table, as well as some mathematical and astronomical tables and charts all bear witness to the human quest for knowledge and meaning across times and cultures.

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