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1001 Ideas That Changed the Way We Think
     

1001 Ideas That Changed the Way We Think

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by Robert Arp (Editor)
 

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An elegant addition to the successful “1001” series—a comprehensive, chronological guide to the most important thoughts from the finest minds of the past 3,000 years.

1001 Ideas That Changed the Way We Think is a comprehensive guide to the most interesting and imaginative thoughts from the finest minds in history. Ranging from the ancient

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An elegant addition to the successful “1001” series—a comprehensive, chronological guide to the most important thoughts from the finest minds of the past 3,000 years.

1001 Ideas That Changed the Way We Think is a comprehensive guide to the most interesting and imaginative thoughts from the finest minds in history. Ranging from the ancient wisdom of Confucius and Plato to today’s cutting-edge thinkers, it offers a wealth of stimulation and amusement for everyone with a curious mind.

Within the pages of this book you will find a wide variety of answers to the great, eternal questions: How was the universe created and what is the place of humans within it? How should a person live? And how can we build a just society? 1001 Ideas That Changed the Way We Think also includes a host of hypotheses that are remarkable for their sheer weirdness—from the concept of the transmigration of souls to parallel universes and the theoretical paradoxes of time travel (what happens if you travel back in time and kill your own grandfather?).

Discover how the Greek philosopher Zeno “proved” a flying arrow never moves; how modern science has shown that a butterfly’s wing can stir up an Atlantic storm; and the mathematical proof of the existence of life in other galaxies. The inspirational ideas explored here range from Gandhi’s theory of civil disobedience to Henry David Thoreau’s praise of the simple life and Mary Wollstonecraft’s groundbreaking advocacy of women’s rights. The book also covers a wide variety of lifestyle concepts, such as “rational dress” and naturism, and cultural movements including Neoclassicism, Surrealism, and Postmodernism.

Supported by a wealth of striking illustrations and illuminating quotations, 1001 Ideas That Changed the Way We Think is both an in-depth history of ideas and a delightfully browsable source of entertainment.

Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe
“The '1001' series may sound like a gimmick but it's not… Editor Robert Arp has produced a reference guide that's fun to browse.”
Booklist
"Entertaining and informative."
Library Journal
12/01/2013
Arp (Tattoos—Philosophy for Everyone: I Ink, Therefore I Am) has used his experience with bringing philosophical thinking to popular culture topics to prepare a highly attractive volume with clear explanations of complex subjects. Entries are divided into chapters covering six time periods ("Ancient World," "Middle Ages," "Early Modern," "Late Modern," "Early 20th Century," and "Contemporary") and are arranged chronologically within those eras. Topics can be located by theme (art and architecture, philosophy, politics and society, psychology, religion, and science and technology) through the "Index of Ideas by Category" at the front of the book or via the general index at the back. Entries, which are half a page to a page in length each, list the approximate date of the origin of the idea, its name, a brief description, and an explanation of its importance. The work is very generously illustrated with color photos of items or artwork related to the ideas, and an extensive list of picture credits is included. It is not stated how these ideas were chosen, but the compilation makes for educational and fascinating reading. VERDICT Recommended for circulating as well as reference collections. For undergraduates and general adult readers.—Rosanne Cordell, Northern Illinois Univ., DeKalb

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476705729
Publisher:
Atria Books
Publication date:
10/29/2013
Pages:
960
Sales rank:
393,512
Product dimensions:
6.88(w) x 8.44(h) x 2.38(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Arp is a visiting professor for the department of philosophy at Florida State University and a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Center for Biomedical Ontology. His areas of specialization include philosophy of biology, philosophy of mind, and modern philosophy. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

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