A History of Knowledge: Past, Present, and Future

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Ballantine Books, 1992 - History - 422 pages
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A one-voume reference to the history of ideas that is a compendium of everything that humankind has thought, invented, created, considered, and perfected from the beginning of civilization into the twenty-first century. Massive in its scope, and yet totally accessible, A HISTORY OF KNOWLEDGE covers not only all the great theories and discoveries of the human race, but also explores the social conditions, political climates, and individual men and women of genius that brought ideas to fruition throughout history.
"Crystal clear and concise...Explains how humankind got to know what it knows."
Clifton Fadiman
Selected by the Book-of-the-Month Club and the History Book Club

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Van Doren, once editorial director of the Encyclopedia Brittanica , has produced a miniature encyclopedia, organized to show that there is progress in knowledge. He praises Columbus for giving us "a ... Read full review

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Van Doren's book is a work of Cultural Terrorism
He asserts that the Greeks invented , matamatics, silence and freed man from the Fetters of Religion. He stands in Error on all Three Counts
. Leaving out Thousands of years of African and Asian knowledge makes Pandora and intellectual criminal. It is not by accident that he fails to reveal where the Greeks like Pythagoras that he credited with the invention of mathematics went to school.
It is self-evident that thousand of years before Pythagoras was born the greatest mathematical monument in ancient recorded history, The African pyramids, we're standing. To assert that the Greeks were abstract thinkers and Africans and Asians empirical is an unsupported act of disrespect and cultural terrorism.
This attempted call cultural poisoning did not work on me, don't let it work on you. A word to the wise should be sufficient.


Wisdom of the Ancients
The Greek Explosion
What the Romans Knew

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About the author (1992)

Dr. Charles Van Doren earned advanced degrees in both literature and mathematics from Columbia University, where he later taught English and was the Assistant Director of the Institute for Philosophical Research. He also worked for Encyclopedia Britannica in Chicago.

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