To miss this basic fact is to distort everything. Whether Newton appreciated the value of pre-Columbian potatoes or the work of al Haytham is insignificant in comparison to the new faith in the order of nature, which could be traced by reasoned observation to every detailed occurrence. Though we may now have serious reservations about the value of this 'faith', its most distinctive feature has been its universality, neither arbitrary nor European, deeming phrases such as 'Islamic' science or 'Indian' metaphysics to be meaningless.
Unfortunately, Mr Sardar's own 'ethnocentricity' prevents him from recognising what A. N. Whitehead discerned to be the 'one source of origin' for science, namely the Christian 'medieval insistence on the rationality of God'.
St Leonard's Mayfield School
Mayfield, East Sussex
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