Charles Freeman, The Closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason (Alfred A. Knopf: New York), 2004
Quotations at the beginning of the book:
“Blessed is he who learns how to engage in inquiry with no impulse to harm his countrymen or to pursue wrongful actions, but perceives the order of immortal and ageless nature, how it is structured.”
— Euripides, Fragment From An Unnamed Play, Fifth Century B.C.
“There is another form of temptation, even more fraught with danger. This is the disease of curiosity – It is this which drives us to try and discover the secrets of nature, those secrets which are beyond our understanding, which can avail us nothing, and which man should not wish to learn.”
— Augustine, Late Fourth/Early Fifth Century A.D.