History of Knowledge Past, Present, and Future

ISBN-10: 0345373162

ISBN-13: 9780345373168

Edition: 1992

Authors: Charles Van Doren

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A one-voume reference to the history of ideas that is a compendium of everything that humankind has thought, invented, created, considered, and perfected from the beginning of civilization into the twenty-first century. Massive in its scope, and yet totally accessible, A HISTORY OF KNOWLEDGE covers not only all the great theories and discoveries of the human race, but also explores the social conditions, political climates, and individual men and women of genius that brought ideas to fruition throughout history. "Crystal clear and concise...Explains how humankind got to know what it knows." Clifton Fadiman Selected by the Book-of-the-Month Club and the History Book Club
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/17/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638

Author to Reader
Progress in Knowledge
Kinds of Progress in Knowledge
Universal History
Primitive Man
Knowledge of Particulars
General Knowledge
Certain Knowledge
Knowledge and Happiness
Outline of the Book
Wisdom of the Ancients
Aztec and Inca
Human Sacrifice
Judaism and Christianity Compared
Judeo-Christianity and Islam Compared
Lessons from the Past
The Greek Explosion
The Problem of Thales
The Invention of Mathematics: The Pythagoreans
The Discovery of Atomic Theory: Democritus
The Problem of Thales: The Ultimate Solution
Moral Truth and Political Expediency: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle
The Fallacy of the Consequent
Greece versus Persia: The Fruitful Conflict
The Tragedy of Athens
Herodotus, Thucydides, and the Invention of History
The Spirit of Greek Thought
What the Romans Knew
Greek Theory, Roman Practice
Law, Citizenship, and Roads
What the Romans Did Not Know
Light in the Dark Ages
The Fall of Rome
Post-Roman Europe
The Triumph of Christianity: Constantine the Great
The Promise of Christianity: Augustine
After the Fall
The Middle Ages: The Great Experiment
The Struggle for Subsistence
A World of Enemies
The Problem of God
The Science of Theology
Theology in Other Religions
Principles of Theocracy
Empire and Papacy
Millennial Fears, Postmillennial Achievements
The Dispute about Truth
Peter Abelard
Bernard of Clairvaux
Thomas Aquinas
The Pyrrhic Victory of Faith over Reason
Dante's Dance
What Was Reborn in the Renaissance?
The New Style in Painting: Perspective
Man in the Cosmos
The Revival of Classical Learning: Petrarch
Inventing the Renaissance: Boccaccio
The Renaissance Man
Renaissance Men: Leonardo, Pico, Bacon
The Renaissance Man and the Ideal of Liberal Education
Renaissance Humanism
The Black Death
Gutenberg's Achievement
Renaissance Cities
The Crisis of the Theocratic State
Thomas More
Henry VIII
Martin Luther
Tolerance and Intolerance
Man at the Center
Europe Reaches Out
Mongol Empires
Marco Polo
Voyages of Discovery
Sailing Around the World
The Birth of World Trade
Trade in Ideas
Homage to Columbus
The Invention of Scientific Method
The Meaning of Science
Three Characteristics of Science
Aristotelian Science: Matter
Aristotelian Motion
The Revolt Against Aristotle
Tycho Brahe
Rules of Reason
The Galilean-Cartesian Revolution
An Age of Revolutions
The Industrial Revolution
Human Machines and Mechanical Humans
An Age of Reason and Revolution
John Locke and the Revolution of 1688
Property, Government, and Revolution
Two Kinds of Revolution
Thomas Jefferson and the Revolution of 1776
The Declaration of Independence
Property in Rights
Robespierre, Napoleon, and the Revolution of 1789
The Rise of Equality
Mozart's Don Giovanni
Goethe's Faust
The Nineteenth Century: Prelude to Modernity
The Difference Money Makes
Economic Life Before 1800: The Peasant
The Lord
The Cleric
The King
The Merchant
The Rise of the Labor Market: Economics
Faustian Development
Marxism: Theory and Practice
Marxian Insights
Economic Facts: Steam Power
Equality in the Muzzle of a Gun
The Magic of Electricity
Magical Mathematics
New Ways of Seeing
The End of Slavery
Shocking the Bourgeoisie
Darwin and Freud
The World in 1914
Economic Divisions
The Study of War
The Boer War
The Powder Keg of Europe
Character of the 1914-1918 War
Thoughts on War and Death
Causes of War
The Twentieth Century: The Triumph of Democracy
The Progress of Democracy
Theocracy in the Twentieth Century
Economic Justice
Why Not World Government?
One World, One Human Race
The Twentieth Century: Science and Technology
Greek Atomic Theory
The Revival of Atomic Theory
What Einstein Did
What the Bomb Taught Us
The Problem of Life
The Science of Heredity
How DNA Works
The Size of the Universe
The Smallness of Earth
The Big Bang and the Primordial Atom
Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle
Uncertainties of Knowledge
One Giant Step
Green Rebellion
The Terrestrial Greenhouse
Digital Computers and Knowledge
Turing Machines
Technological Dependence
Triumphs of Medicine
Drug Cultures
The AIDS Challenge
The Twentieth Century: Art and the Media
The Media and Their Messages
A Visual Revolution: Picasso, Braque, Cubism
Pollock, Rothko, and the Hexagonal Room
Urban Revolution: The Bauhaus and Le Corbusier
Literary Prophets: Yeats
A Passage to India
The Castle and the Magician
Waiting for Godot
Mass Media and Education
The Next Hundred Years
Computers: The Next Stage
The Moral Problem of Intelligent Machines
Companion Computers
The Birth of Thinking Machines
Three Worlds: Big, Little, Middle-sized
Chaos, a New Science
Mining Language: Ideonomy
Exploring the Solar System
The Message?
Man as a Terrestrial Neighbor
The Gaia Hypothesis
Genetic Engineering
Mapping the Genome
Democracy and Eugenics
War in the Twenty-first Century
Computer Revolt
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