Sunday, October 13, 2013

Ideas: A History of Thought and Invention, from Fire to Freud

Published in 2005, this book, by Peter Watson, is an ambitious accounting of the most important ideas in history. It begins with the idea of tool-making, going on through the long history of ideas as they developed throughout the world. Ancient Greece, Rome, India, China, Europe, religion, science, secularism, and psychology, and on to the electron, the element and the elusive self.

Fascinating book, written in easily understood language, it is a fun read. It is also instructive and food for thought and discussion.

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