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Cornwell, John 1940-

Overview
Works: 49 works in 366 publications in 9 languages and 17,589 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Trials, litigation, etc  Case studies  Bibliography  Biographies  True crime stories 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: BX1378, 282.092
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Most widely held works by John Cornwell
Hitler's pope : the secret history of Pius XII by John Cornwell( Book )

47 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 2,920 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the papacy of Eugenio Pacelli, Pius XII, pontiff from 1939 to 1958, discussing his failure to speak out against Hitler's actions during World War II, and charging that the Pope's behavior was consistent with his dedication to enhancing his own power and his personal antipathy toward the Jews
Hitler's scientists : science, war, and the devil's pact by John Cornwell( Book )

27 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 1,740 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Hitler's Scientists, British historian John Cornwell explores German scientific genius in the first half of the twentieth century and shows how Germany's early lead in the new physics led to the discovery of atomic fission, which in turn led the way to the atom bomb, and how the ideas of Darwinism were hijacked to create the lethal doctrine of racial cleansing
Breaking faith : the Pope, the people, and the fate of Catholicism by John Cornwell( Book )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Cornwell probes beyond the statistics--the rising incidents of priestly pedophilia, the falling number of people attending church, the bizarre calculations behind the Vatican's saint-naming procedure--to reveal the everyday crises on the parish level: the dilemma of the gay or divorced Catholic who wants to remain in the Church; the forced hypocrisy on sexual conduct and abortion; the vexed role of women."--Jacket
The Pontiff in winter : triumph and conflict in the reign of John Paul II by John Cornwell( Book )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the life story of Pope John Paul II, with an assessment of the achievements and failings which have made him such a controversial figure in the first decade of the twenty-first century
The power to harm : mind, medicine, and murder on trial by John Cornwell( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joseph Wesbecker had been on disability leave for a year, taking Prozac for severe depression, when he killed or wounded twenty people in the plant where he had worked. Cornwell presents the story of the subsequent trial of the drug company Eli Lilly
Nature's imagination : the frontiers of scientific vision( Book )

8 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A person is not explainable in molecular, field-theoretical, or physiological terms alone." With that declaration, Nobel laureate Gerald M. Edelman goes straight to the heart of Nature's Imagination, a vibrant and important collection of essays by some of the world's foremost scientists. Ever since the Enlightenment, the authors write, science has pursued reductionism: the idea that the whole can be understood by examining and explaining each of its parts. But as this book shows, scientists in every discipline are reaching for a new paradigm that accounts for the whole - from the individual person to the universe itself. Nature's Imagination gathers together the work of thirteen leading mathematicians, astronomers, neuroscientists, and philosophers, as they discuss the revolution sweeping the sciences. Here Roger Penrose, Oliver Sacks, John Barrow, Gregory Chaitin, Maragret Boden, and others explore how and why classic reductionism is falling by the wayside in their own fields. As Freeman Dyson writes in the introduction, science is an art form, not a philosophical method, and it is always in search of new tools. Reductionism has done its work, and scientists are in search of another. Roger Penrose offers a fascinating account of irreducibility in mathematics, starting with the example of an impossible triangle - a drawing of a triangular object twisted so that could not exist in three dimensions. He breaks the triangle into three parts, showing that each corner is physically possible; only in combination is the triangle impossible. Both Penrose and mathematician Gregory Chaitin explore Godel's incompleteness theorem - as does John Barrow, who explains that Chaitin's proof of the theorem shows that, if we ever arrive at a Theory of Everything, there may be a still deeper and simpler unifying theory beyond that. Other contributors discuss the changing thinking in neuroscience, and the limitations of a mechanical view of the mind: as Oliver Sacks writes, "if we are to have a model or theory of mind as this actually occurs in living creatures in the world, it may have to be radically different from anything like a computational one." In addition, this volume includes staunch defenders of the classic scientific approach, such as Peter Atkins ("The omnicompetence of science, and in particular the simplicity its reductionist insight reveals, should be accepted as a working hypothesis until, if ever, it is proved inadequate"). The advance of science has been so startlingly swift in the last century that it has begun to approach limits never dreamed of before. This remarkable volume captures the latest thinking on where we must turn if we are to truly understand ourselves and the universe we live in
Newman's unquiet grave : the reluctant saint by John Cornwell( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Newman was the most brilliant and controversial churchman of the Victorian Age. Cornwell explores the questions of Newman's emotional life, while drawing a complex warts-and-all portrait of "a literary workaholic."
Explanations : styles of explanation in science by John Cornwell( Book )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scientists often talk about the search for meaning, and about explanations that can make sense of the universe. But what do we mean by this, and what information do these explanations give us? This title addresses this problem, to provoke and inspire reflection on how and why we explain things the way we do
Darwin's angel : a seraphic response to The God delusion by John Cornwell( Book )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the voice of a guardian angel, the author responds to the book "The God delusion" by Richard Dawkins
Coleridge, poet and revolutionary, 1772-1804; a critical biography by John Cornwell( Book )

14 editions published in 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dark box : a secret history of confession by John Cornwell( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Confession is a crucial ritual of the Catholic Church, offering absolution of sin and spiritual guidance to the faithful. Yet this ancient sacrament has also been a source of controversy and oppression, culminating, as prize-winning historian John Cornwell reveals in The Dark Box, with the scandal of clerical child abuse. Drawing on extensive historical sources, contemporary reports, and first-hand accounts, Cornwell takes a hard look at the long evolution of confession
Earth to earth by John Cornwell( Book )

15 editions published between 1982 and 1989 in English and Japanese and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A free and balanced flow : report of the Twentieth Century Fund Task Force on the International Flow of News : background paper by Colin Legum( Book )

12 editions published between 1978 and 1980 in English and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Pontiff in winter : [triumph and conflict in the reign of John Paul II] by John Cornwell( Recording )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over more than a quarter of a century, John Paul II has firmly set his stamp on the billion-member strong Catholic Church for future generations and he has become one of the most influential political figures in the world. His key role in the downfall of communism in Europe, as well as his apologies for the Catholic Church's treatment of Jews and to victims of the Inquisition, racism, and religious wars, won him worldwide admiration. Yet his papacy has also been marked by what many perceive as misogyny, homophobia, and ecclesiastical tyranny. Some critics suggest that his perpetuation of the Church's traditional hierarchical paternalism contributed to pedophiliac behavior in the priesthood and encouraged superiors to sweep the crimes under the carpet. The Pontiff in Winter brings John Paul's complex, contradictory character into sharp focus. In a bold, highly original work, John Cornwell argues that John Paul's mystical view of history and conviction that his mission has been divinely established are central to understanding his pontificate. Focusing on the period from the eve of the millennium to the present, Cornwell shows how John Paul's increasing sense of providential rightness profoundly influenced his reactions to turbulence in the secular world and within the Church, including the 9/11 attacks, the pedophilia scandals in the United States, the clash between Islam and Christianity, the ongoing debates over the Church's policies regarding women, homosexuals, abortion, AIDS, and other social issues, and much more. A close, trusted observer of the Vatican, Cornwell combines eyewitness reporting with information from the best sources in and outside the pope's inner circle. Always respectful of John Paul's prodigious spirit and unrelenting battles for human rights and religious freedom, Cornwell raises serious questions about a system that grants lifetime power to an individual vulnerable to the vicissitudes of aging and illness. The result is a moving, elegiac portrait of John Paul in the winter of his life and a thoughtful, incisive assessment of his legacy to the Church"--Summary from book flap
Hitler's scientists : [science, war, and the devil's pact] by John Cornwell( Recording )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Hitler's Scientists, British historian John Cornwell explores German scientific genius in the first half of the twentieth century and shows how Germany's early lead in the new physics led to the discovery of atomic fission, which in turn led the way to the atom bomb, and how the ideas of Darwinism were hijacked to create the lethal doctrine of racial cleansing
Philosophers and God : at the frontiers of faith and reason by Michael McGhee( Book )

14 editions published in 2009 in 4 languages and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Pope in winter : the dark face of John Paul's papacy by John Cornwell( Book )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hitler's pope : the secret history of Pius XII by John Cornwell( Recording )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eugenio Pacelli, Pius XII, was pope from 1939 to 1958. Today, still shadowed by his failure to condemn Hitler's final solution, he is at the same time nearing canonization
Powers of darkness, powers of light : travels in search of the miraculous and the demonic by John Cornwell( Book )

6 editions published between 1991 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pius XII : Der Papst, der geschwiegen hat by John Cornwell( Book )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in German and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Hitler's scientists : science, war, and the devil's pactBreaking faith : the Pope, the people, and the fate of CatholicismThe Pontiff in winter : triumph and conflict in the reign of John Paul IIThe power to harm : mind, medicine, and murder on trialNature's imagination : the frontiers of scientific visionNewman's unquiet grave : the reluctant saintExplanations : styles of explanation in scienceDarwin's angel : a seraphic response to The God delusion