Were the first scientists hermetic philosophers? What do these occult origins of modern science tell us about the universe today? The Forbidden Universe reveals the secret brotherhood that defined the world, and perhaps discovered the mind of God.
All the pioneers of science, from Copernicus to Newton via Galileo, were inspired by Hermeticism. Men such as Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Leibniz, Bacon, Kepler, Tycho Brahe - even Shakespeare - owed much of their achievements to basically occult beliefs - the hermetica.
In this fascinating study, Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince go in search of the Hermetic origins of modern science and prove that not everything is as it seems and that over the past 400 years there has been a secret agenda behind our search for truth. From the age of Leonardo da Vinci, the influence of hermetic thinking upon the greatest minds in history has been hidden, a secret held by a forbidden brotherhood in search of the mind of God.
Yet this search does not end in history but can be found in the present day - in the contemporary debates of leading evolutionists and thinkers. The significance of this hidden school can hardly be over-emphasised. Not only did it provide a spiritual and philosophical background to the rise of modern science, but its worldview is also relevant to those hungry for all sorts of knowledge even in the twenty-first century. And it may even show the way to reconciling the apparently irreconcilable divide between the scientific and the spiritual. Picknett and Prince go in search of this true foundation of modern rational thought and reveal a story that overturns 400 years of received wisdom.
Provocateurs Picknett and Prince (The Templar Revelation) return with a fascinating examination of a period long before the Common Era where they find "legendary Egyptian sage" Hermes Trismegistus and the beginnings of Hermeticism. The Corpus Hermeticum (a group of surviving texts supposedly written by Trismegistus) influenced most of the great scientific minds through the ages Ptolemy, Plato, Galileo, and Newton to name just a few. In examining Hermeticism, the authors discuss "time asymmetry" and other "violations of common sense," arguing that most physical processes "should be able to work in either direction." They argue in fascinating and erudite detail that the origins of consciousness not only built but also maintains the universe. Readers may well need to dust off their college physics and philosophy texts, but that's not too much to ask of a book that so thoroughly examines the origins of life, its possible occult origins, and "biological phenomena" that acts as "evidence for a creative force at work" in the universe. The answer is ultimately simple, and deftly explained, leaving readers open to decide for themselves.