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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars classroom warm-up, coffeetable topper, 10 minute filler, mosaic history masterpiece?, April 28, 2006
This review is from: Ideas That Changed the World (Hardcover)
There's much truth in the other reviewers' comments, this book has many aspects and could just as easily be hated by a die-hard academic and it could be loved by a science degree 'haver' like myself.

The book is a time-line of sorts spanning the first (as far as we can imagine) idea in mankind's history through to modern inventions (spawned by an idea, of course) in society.

Ideas are presented in chapters of sorts by what evolutionary/historic time period/epoch they ocurred in, yet the whole book glides along easily and isn't at all broken up by this.

Nice air-brushed pictures, quotes, further-reading suggesitons dot the page to break up well-written shortish textx on the idea at hand.

So far I paint a nice picture but the downside, for some readers, will be that there isn't a deep/sound treatment of the ideas (conversly every idea has a further-reading list), since the scope is so broad; and for some, the smooth style will be too sickly-sweet glossy magazine (for others an anti-dote to heavy text-vomiting uni-course texts).

I'd recomment this strongly to anyone like me who needs to gain an overviews/perspective, to have interests awoken and so forth. I'd also recommend it to teachers of subjects like philosophy, history, society, culture etc.

For me, it's an idea-a-day new year's resolution to learn more about the world I tread and the history of my species... a gem of a book. 4.49 stars.
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