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Alpha Beta How 26 Letters Shaped the Western World

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ISBN-10: 047141574X

ISBN-13: 9780471415749

Edition: 2000

Authors: John Man

List price: $24.95
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The amazing saga of our quest for written language "A fascinating story."-New Scientist "This book comes at the perfect moment-as we rediscover the importance in early reading of cracking the alphabetic code .' "-Times Educational Supplement In the tradition of the international bestseller The Universal History of Numbers, John Man has written a wonderfully engaging narrative that could be considered the "universal history" of letters. Alpha Beta shows how our alphabet came to be, from man's earliest scratches on bone to the first wedge-shaped marks in Mesopotamian clay, from the Pharaoh's hieroglyphics to the Torah's innovative characters, from Homer's quest to the lost culture of the…    
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/13/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Foreword
Introduction: Of Giants and Genius
The Trouble with Pictures
The Bearable Burden of Syllables
Letters in the Wilderness
The Search for the Perfect Alphabet
Into Sinai
The Land of Purple
The Selfish Alphabet
The Great Leap Forward
Why We Don't Write Etruscan
The Limits to Growth
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index