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: 1400034086
ISBN-13: 9781400034086
Edition: N/A
Authors: David Shenk
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/2/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Chess is the most enduring and universal game in history. Here, bestselling author David Shenk chronicles its intriguing saga, from ancient Persia to medieval Europe to the dens of Benjamin Franklin and Norman Schwarzkopf. Along the way, he examines a single legendary game that took place in London in 1851 between two masters of the time, and relays his own attempts to become as skilled as his Polish ancestor Samuel Rosenthal, a nineteenth-century champion. With its blend of cultural history and Shenk's personal interest, "The Immortal Game" is a compelling guide for novices and aficionados alike.

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.

Prologue
Introduction
Piece and Mows
Openings: (When: We Come From)
'Understanding Is the Essential Weapon': Chess and Our Origins
The Immortal Game: Move 1
House of Wisdom: Chess and the Muslim Renaissance
The Immortal Game: Move 2
The Morals of Men and the Duties of Nobles and Commoners: Chess and Medieval Obligation
The Immortal Game: Move 3
Making Men Circumspect: Modern Chess, the Accumulation of Knowledge, and the March to Infinity
The Immortal Game: Moves 4 and 5
Middlegame: (Who We Are)
Benjamin Franklin's Opera: Chess and the Enlightenment
The Immortal Game: Moves 6 and 7
The Emperor and the Immigrant: Chess and the Unexpected Gifts of War
The Immortal Game: Moves 8 and 9
Chunking and Tasking: Chess and the Working Mind
The Immortal Game: Moves 10 and 11
"Into Its Vertiginous Depths": Chess and the Shattered Mind
The Immortal Game: Moves 12-16
A Victorious Synthesis: Chess and Totalitarianism in the Twentieth Century
The Immortal Game: Moves 17-19
Beautiful Problems: Chess and Modernity
The Immortal Game: Moves 20 and 21
Endgame (Where We Are Going)
"We Are Sharing Our World with Another Species, One That Gets Smarter and More Independent Every Year": Chess and the New Machine Intelligence
The Immortal Game: Moves 22 and 23 (Checkmate)
The Next War: Chess and the Future of Human Intelligence
Coda
Acknowledgments
The Rules of Chess
The Immortal Game (Recap) and Five Other Great Games from History
Benjamin Franklin's "The Morals of Chess"
Sources and Notes
Index

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