At the root of discovery — and indeed of higher education — is a thirst for knowledge, a desire to create … a yearning to understand that which no one has yet proven or explained.

This exhibit’s remarkable works, which University of Dayton faculty selected from hundreds of historically significant volumes to support the undergraduate curriculum, are not merely fruits of that yearning; they are a bedrock of modern inquiry into faith, philosophy, science, literature, art, music, and the social sciences.

Except where noted, the faculty and staff at the University of Dayton prepared the commentaries and multimedia supplements on the works in the exhibit. 

—Kathleen M. Webb, Dean of University Libraries