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

Watson, Peter

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ISBN 10: 006621064X / ISBN 13: 9780066210643
Editorial: Harper Collins, New York, New York, 2005
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Peter Watson described the history of ideas , from deep antiquity to the present day, leading to a new way of understanding our world and ourselves. A masterwork of thought! Book is in very good condition with clean and tight pages. Inventory $000615 Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. N° de ref. de la librería 000615

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Título: Ideas: A History of Thought and Invention, ...

Editorial: Harper Collins, New York, New York

Año de publicación: 2005

Encuadernación: Hard Cover

Condición del libro:Very Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good

Edición: First Edition..

Tipo de libro: Hard Cover

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In this hugely ambitious and stimulating book, Peter Watson describes the history of ideas, from deep antiquity to the present day, leading to a new way of understanding our world and ourselves.

The narrative begins nearly two million years ago with the invention of hand-axes and explores how some of our most cherished notions might have originated before humans had language. Then, in a broad sweep, the book moves forward to consider not the battles and treaties of kings and prime ministers, emperors and generals, but the most important ideas we have evolved, by which we live and which separate us from other animals. Watson explores the first languages and the first words, the birth of the gods, the origins of art, the profound intellectual consequences of money. He describes the invention of writing, early ideas about law, why sacrifice and the soul have proved so enduring in religion. He explains how ideas about time evolved, how numbers were conceived, how science, medicine, sociology, economics, and capitalism came into being. He shows how the discovery of the New World changed forever the way that we think, and why Chinese creativity faded after the Middle Ages.

In the course of this commanding narrative, Watson reveals the linkages down the ages in the ideas of many apparently disparate philosophers, astronomers, religious leaders, biologists, inventors, poets, jurists, and scores of others. Aristotle jostles with Aquinas, Ptolemy with Photius, Kalidasa with Zhu Xi, Beethoven with Strindberg, Jefferson with Freud. Ideas is a seminal work.

About the Author:

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 exposés 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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