Reinventing Knowledge: From Alexandria to the Internet

By Ian F. McNeely

“It has the ability to wrench universal facets of historical past into new and awesome shapes.”―Laura Miller, Salon

this is an highbrow extravaganza, a stunning background of the most important associations that experience formed and channeled wisdom within the West from the classical interval to the current. formed with attractiveness and wit, this exhilarating survey includes us throughout the pivotal issues of institutional switch and cultural transformation. it really is jam-packed with memorable characters, from the flowery founding father of the nice library at Alexandria and the conceited medieval truth seeker Peter Abelard to the rushing worldwide adventurer von Humboldt. In its compact historical past we discover the ideal context for figuring out the mammoth adjustments we're experiencing now within the panorama of data. 6 illustrations

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