The Forbidden Universe
The Occult Origins of Science and the Search for 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 its seems and that over the past 400 years there has been a secret agenda behind our search for truth. For 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..."--Dust jacket flap.