The University: An Illustrated History

The University: An Illustrated History

by Fernando Tejerina
     
 

The transmission of knowledge lies at the heart of civilization. In the ancient world, science drew life from two sources. Master artisans honed their practical wisdom and passed it on from one generation to the next. Elsewhere, philosophers, sages, and divines engaged in debate and lent increasingly complex form to human thought. These two traditions--technique and… See more details below

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The transmission of knowledge lies at the heart of civilization. In the ancient world, science drew life from two sources. Master artisans honed their practical wisdom and passed it on from one generation to the next. Elsewhere, philosophers, sages, and divines engaged in debate and lent increasingly complex form to human thought. These two traditions--technique and theory--have served ever since as the vessels of knowledge and of human experience itself.

The University, written in a concise, readable style by distinguished scholars drawn from a wide range of disciplines, brings us the events, the people, the cities, and the institutions that gave shape to this vast and absorbing story. The closing section opens our eyes to fascinating prospects, and makes a robust contribution to the discussion on the challenges and uncertainties faced by universities today.

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This oversized volume, arranged in roughly chronological order, examines the rise of a formalized structure for passing knowledge to future generations. Across thousands of years and around the world, there have been attempts to preserve knowledge, increase it, regulate it, share it, and pass it on. Over 30 academic writers here contribute essays on educational institutions, from early Mesopotamian cultures to the university's role in an electronically connected, worldwide society. Tejerina, a former professor at the University of Valladolid in Spain, collects essays that examine the strengths of public vs. private institutions, the movement of education from castles and monasteries to today's bustling cities, and how universities have changed from offering instruction in a narrow set of often religious and scientific topics to broad-based educational models and specialized research institutions. The numerous photographs from around the world are stunning and detailed. The final chapter focuses on the architecture of the university. VERDICT A coffee-table book of thoughtful essays for college-level historians and educators and anyone with an interest in the rise of the university system around the world.—Margaret Knapp, Trinity Valley Sch. Lib., Fort Worth, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590206447
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
04/28/2011
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
11.60(w) x 11.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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