Ideas That Changed the World

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Dk Pub., 2003 - Intellectual life - 400 pages
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Authoritative, Compelling, provocative: internationally respected historian Felipe Fernandez-Armesto introduces you to the key historical and philosophical notions that have shaped our world since the dawn of civilization. Over 175 of the world's most pivotal ideas are crystallized and clearly explained -- from cannibalism to zen, from time to the unconscious, from logic to chaos theory. The author's wide-ranging and unashamedly personal analysis is accompanied by a stimulating mix of contemporary and historical images, bringing often hard-to-grasp concepts vividly to life. Chronologically Arranged, the format of this book nevertheless allows you to start at the beginning or dip in at any point. The connections between ground-breaking ideas are highlighted throughout, along with expert suggestions for thought-provoking further reading.

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User Review  - jrnewman - LibraryThing

As I perused this lengthy volume I couldn't help but notice... Open to a random page... Boom! Discussion topic! This author created an encyclopedic guide book to a cornucopia of ideas which have been ... Read full review

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User Review  - gemerritt - LibraryThing

This is perhaps one of the more unique takes on history I have ever seen. Rather than chronicle one idea as it evolved through history, trace one culture's origins bak to its roots, or discuss one ... Read full review


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