Immortal Game A History of Chess, or How 32 Carved Pieces on a Board Illuminated Our Understanding of War, Art, Science and the Human Brain

ISBN-10: 0385510101
ISBN-13: 9780385510103
Edition: 2006
Authors: David Shenk
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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/5/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Why has one game, alone among the thousands of games invented and played throughout human history, not only survived but thrived within every culture it has touched? What is it about its thirty-two figurative pieces, moving about its sixty-four black and white squares according to very simple rules, that has captivated people for nearly 1,500 years? Why has it driven some of its greatest players into paranoia and madness, and yet is hailed as a remarkably powerful intellectual tool? Nearly everyone has played chess at some point in their lives. Its rules and pieces have served as a metaphor for society, influencing military strategy, mathematics, artificial intelligence, and literature and the arts. It has been condemned as the devil's game by popes, rabbis, and imams, and lauded as a guide to proper living by other popes, rabbis, and imams. Marcel Duchamp was so absorbed in the game that he ignored his wife on their honeymoon. Caliph Muhammad al-Amin lost his throne (and his head) trying to checkmate a courtier. Ben Franklin used the game as a cover for secret diplomacy. In his wide-ranging and ever-fascinating examination of chess, David Shenk gleefully unearths the hidden history of a game that seems so simple yet contains infinity. From its invention somewhere in India around 500 A.D., to its enthusiastic adoption by the Persians and its spread by Islamic warriors, to its remarkable use as a moral guide in the Middle Ages and its political utility in the Enlightenment, to its crucial importance in the birth of cognitive science and its key role in the aesthetic of modernism in twentieth-century art, to its twenty-first-century importance in the development ofartificial intelligence and use as a teaching tool in inner-city America, chess has been a remarkably omnipresent factor in the development of civilization.

David Shenk a former fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University, he has written for Harper's Wired, Salon, The New Republic, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker, and is an occasional commentator for NPR's "All Things Considered". He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

"Understanding is the essential weapon" : chess and our originsp. 13
House of wisdom : chess and the Muslim Renaissancep. 29
The morals of men and the duties of nobles and commoners : chess and Medieval obligationp. 43
Making men circumspect : modern chess, the accumulation of knowledge, and the march to infinityp. 65
Benjamin Franklin's opera : chess and the enlightenmentp. 87
The emperor and the immigrant : chess and the unexpected gifts of warp. 107
Chunking and tasking : chess and the working mindp. 123
"Into its vertiginous depths" : chess and the shattered mindp. 141
A victorious synthesis : chess and Totalitarianism in the twentieth centuryp. 163
Beautiful problems : chess and modernityp. 185
"We are sharing our world with another species, one that gets smarter and more independent every year" : chess and the new machine intelligencep. 199
The next war : chess and the future of human intelligencep. 227
The rules of chessp. 245
The immortal game (recap) and five other great games from historyp. 255
Benjamin Franklin's "The morals of chess"p. 281
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