Ideas: A History of Thought and Invention, from Fire to Freud

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - History - 848 pages
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Peter Watson's hugely ambitious and stimulating history of ideas from deep antiquity to the present day—from the invention of writing, mathematics, science, and philosophy to the rise of such concepts as the law, sacrifice, democracy, and the soul—offers an illuminated path to a greater understanding of our world and ourselves.

 

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I am in two minds about this book. On the one hand, I was deeply stimulated and intrigued by most of the information and in the book. On the other hand, I found myself vociferously disagreeing with a ... Read full review

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User Review  - neurodrew - LibraryThing

Jan 3, 2010 8:04 PM Ideas, A History: From Fire to Freud Peter Watson I read this continuously for about two weeks, with one break to tackle another shorter book. This general history of ideas and ... Read full review

Contents

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About the author (2009)

Peter Watson has been a senioreditor at the London Sunday Times, a New York correspondentof the London Times, a columnist for theLondon Observer, and a contributor to the New YorkTimes. He has published three exposÚs on the world ofart and antiquities, and is the author of several booksof cultural and intellectual history. From 1997 to 2007he was a research associate at the McDonald Institutefor Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge.He lives in London.

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