Symbols: A Universal Language

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Michael O'Mara Books, Oct 25, 2013 - 179 pages
Symbols: A Universal Language looks at the story behind the world's most famous symbols, from the peace sign to the smiley. It shows just how much importance has been attached to the smallest and simplest of ideas and features over 40 of the most significant symbols from religion, politics and popular culture down the centuries. Did you know that 15% of all tweets on twitter contain the hash tag symbol? That's over 41 million uses of # each day. Or that the 'smiley face' originated in Massachusetts in the 1960s? This fascinating book highlights the roles symbols have played throughout history and how they have shaped our understanding of the world.

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User Review  - nova_mjohnson - LibraryThing

A decent, quick little book. Had some interesting history behind various symbols and signs, but wish it could have been a little bit more in depth. A good starter book on ideas and symbols. Read full review

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User Review  - martensgirl - LibraryThing

Piercy picks several symbols and goes through the history of each one. It was a fascinating read and my only grumble is that there weren't more symbols studied. Read full review


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Joseph Piercy is the author of Slippery Tipples: A Guide to Weird and Wonderful Spirits and Liquers, Are You Turning Into Your Dad? and The Story of English. He lives in Brighton.

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