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Authoritative, compelling, and provocative, Ideas That Changed the World presents the big themes in philosophy and history, and reveals how certain ideas have shaped our civilization.
One of the most respected historians writing today, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto offers an unashamedly personal analysis on a wide range of ideas–from the afterlife to taboo foods–that will kee Authoritative, compelling, and provocative, Ideas That Changed the World presents the big themes in philosophy and history, and reveals how certain ideas have shaped our civilization. One of the most respected historians writing today, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto offers an unashamedly personal analysis on a wide range of ideas–from the afterlife to taboo foods–that will keep readers enthralled.
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Lists with This Book. Sep 30, S. Thomas rated it it was amazing. I love this book! I will keep it on my coffee tale again as soon as my youngest son is old enough to handle such things. I used the pre-history section heavily to world build my fantasy novel set in the Stone Age. Beautiful pictures and pop culture references really bring history to life. A must have reference for how we got to this complicated society, one idea at a time.
May 04, Jefferson Ludlow rated it liked it. Had it for 5 years, finally read it. Fascinating, wide-ranging, lots of illustrations – but not much new or surprising. The author’s basic theses – that historical change is more intellectual than economic, political, etc etc, and that most of the ideas that shape our thinking are prehistoric in origin – would not get an argument from most historians.
And Fernandez-Armesto’s right-wing bias jumps off of every page and hits you in the face. Anything left of center is dismissed as “unrealistic” or Had it for 5 years, finally read it. Anything left of center is dismissed as “unrealistic” or “dangerous” or “vague and spineless.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the book is the quirky choices of illustrations. For ideas he doesn’t like, old Hollywood movies: Piaget’s theories with Laurel and Hardy in dunce caps, for example; or for “existentialism,” a shot from “Easy Rider. My recommendation – read it, but don’t be taken in by his frequent claims that this idea is “outmoded” and that one is “generally accepted,” when those judgments are really just his own.
Aug 16, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: Over of the worlds greatest ideas are discussed in this book.
Ideas That Changed the World
They are explained in great understandable details. Each idea has recommended books to read for more undertsanding of the subject. Each idea also has modern and historical images relating to the idea. Some examples are the idea of measuring time, the idea of writing and the idea of atoms.
You will learn a lot in this book. I was most impressed with the idea of the computer in but never finished since it needed the power of el Over of the worlds greatest ideas are discussed in this book. I was most impressed with the idea of the computer in but never finished since it needed the power of electricity and government funding. Aug 06, Chris Ellis rated it really liked it. Not what I though idews was going to be, I imagined more of a look at human inventiveness, but this was far from it.
With chapters such as “The Idea of Measuring Time” and “The Idea of Religion as Law” it truly is a book fhat examines ideas throughout history, how they came to be, and the repercussions surrounding them. Convenient short chapters make this an easy chaanged to pick up and read anytime.
Fair warning – there is a ton ramesto information in this book, and not all of it easy to process. Fast food for the soul This unique book illustrates how our world has become what it is today: The fundament of this book is that ideas are the driving force behind change and progress.
Ideas are as old as mankind. Discoveries and inventions, economic systems and politic movements, our contact with people, animals and daily objects: From cannibalism to Zen, from time to the unconscious, from pure logic to the chaos theor Fast food for the soul This unique book illustrates how our world has become what it is today: From cannibalism to Zen, from time to the unconscious, from pure logic to the chaos theory The ‘idea’ behind this book is as remarkable as it is refreshing.
It all starts in prehistoric times and takes the reader on a long, but exiting trip through time.
One hundred ideas are jdeas discussed and presented to the reader as some fast food for the mind. Not all ideas are as natural as for example the invention of writing, but put into a boarder perspective each of them shows significant influence on the course of history. As fernandze consequence of this book’s setup every idea only takes up two pages. No one can expect that this limited coverage is enough to fully communicate what each idea really signifies.
This is certainly the weakest point of this anthology. It is certainly not surprising that not everyone will agree to the interpretation of certain ideas. But at least this book gives the incentive to numerous interesting discussions. As a remedy to the compactness the author has added a ‘further reading’ section to each idea, a gesture that is highly appreciated and that is certainly one of the main assets of this thought provoking book.
A great starting point for everyone who frequently asks the question: Aug 10, Tanya rated it it was amazing. As an adult reading it, I might not give this 5 stars. My 5-star rating is for this book used as part of a history curriculum for a middle schooler. We have lots and lots of the DK books on history topics, but this one is unique on our shelves as an overview of ideas rather than physical objects that helped change the world. An example of this is where as the DK ancient history things may show paintings or pottery shards, this Ideas book opens with the evidence of cannibalism in very early human As an adult reading it, I thzt not give this 5 stars.
An example of this is where as the DK ancient history things may show paintings or pottery shards, this Ideas book opens with the evidence of cannibalism in very early humans and what that might indicate for those people above and beyond a simple need for food.
Aside from the Donner Party of course in American history texts, many books would shy away from that topic.
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And my middle school child, of chaanged, was fascinated by fernandex idea and evidence of it. Book is a hit 2 pages into it, right?! As it continues talking about the “Mind of the Hunter” earliest peopleit continues to talk about symbols and the usual things but also about evidence of how early people may have thought about magic, a “universal force” or other more cerebral ideas. I love that this book focuses on overreaching armdsto rather than details for each era predestination, chivalry, civil disobedience, etc but in a brief enough scope that the student worlx understand it for the era but not be overwhelmed and stuck on that topic alone.
If the interest is great enough, of course, the student can then find other books to go further in depth. I assign this book throughout our history studies as an adjunct to our traditional books, finding it covers a niche the others do not.
TMS Ideas that Shaped Mankind – A concise history Almost any listener who is interested in Big History from the beginning of man to today will enjoy this set of lectures. It’s well worth one credit at Audible, and the listener will learn something he didn’t already know. The lecturer’s voice is as obnoxious as his attitude is arrogant. It all makes for a cuanged listening experience and fernzndez the listener think they too can become a Mr. Yes, I did like the lectures and he ties his the TMS Ideas that Shaped Mankind – A concise history Almost any listener who is interested in Big History from the beginning of man to today will enjoy this set of lectures.
Yes, I did like the lectures and he ties his themes together wonderfully thaf a narrative, chamged I warn the faint of heart listener to the lecturer’s tone and attitude. He does say obnoxious things like “If I had wanted to learn simple things that were just objective facts, I would have learned physics instead of philosophy and intellectual development”, but he also will thee you things you probably didn’t already know and make you understand why it’s important.
Nov 06, Jason rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This book focuses on ideas thought to be important or pivotal to the development of history and humans.
It’s a somewhat cursory examination which is both a blessing and a burden. A blessing from the aspect that you don’t get bogged down on one idea for a long period of time and also a burden because sometimes certain ideas interest you to the point where you frrnandez to read more about them.
The book contains many nice illustrations and captions which tend to liven the subject and make it more allur This book focuses on ideas thought to be important or pivotal to the development of history and humans. The book contains many nice illustrations and captions which tend to liven the subject and make it more alluring.
The breadth and scope of ideas covered is another nice feature, however, some ideas such as those on fascism and national superiority tend to be overlapping and can become tedious.
All-in-all though I would recommend it as a good refresher book or something suitable to get your thinking cap on. Feb 04, The Reading Countess rated it really liked it Shelves: A comprehensive look at all things innovative, Ideas That Changed the World will surely be a popular read with middle graders.
From zippers to microwaves, electric cars to x-rays; this book has them all. My son will undoubtedly enjoy the video games pages, but I, myself, liked learning about early cement. It seems we have those crafty Romans to thank for the sturdiness of everyday objects. Mixing volcano ash with such things as blood, milk and horsehair to change the consistency, they introduced A comprehensive look at all things innovative, Ideas That Changed the World will surely be a popular read with middle graders.
Mixing volcano ash with such things as blood, milk and horsehair to change the consistency, they introduced the world to cement.