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Fascinating! Although the story of Descartes Bones fate is interesting, it is just the framework for the much more interesting foundations of modern scince. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Luis Miramontes
The book has pages missing. Cut out and ripped out. Unacceptable.Published 9 months ago by ab5tract
A strange and fascinating story. Shorto's history books often read like fiction, and this is no exception. Read morePublished 15 months ago by E. Dent
I appreciate the thorough scholarship and thoughtfulness that went into this work. Descartes was known to me previously only in the vaguest sense. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Holly Dahlman
This is a fabulous history of (especially French) intellectual culture in the early modern period, with frequent reference to the impact of that period into the Enlightenment,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ryan Mease
It is exciting to read about Descartes and the way the world was then (in 1640). It is obvious Ralph Waldo Emerson read Descartes and was probably influenced in his views about... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Pamela Dow
i choose this rating because, even though is a very interesting topic, tghe history and the fa ts are complicated to follow.Published 19 months ago by Alejandro Garcia Lastra
Have read several of Shorto's works and this is the least compelling. Saying that - understand that it was the subject and not the author that challenged my attention. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Cathy K