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Time 100 Ideas That Changed the World (History's Greatest Breakthroughs, Inventions and Theories) Single Issue Magazine – 2011
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The book is divided into five chronological sections: "The Ancient World," "The Middle Ages," "The Renaissance," "The Age of Enlightenment," and "Modern Times." Each section is filled with concise summaries of fundamental ideas that span the gamut of disciplines: religion, philosophy, esthetics, politics, mathematics, astronomy, physics, history, economics, biology, and many more. Basic ideas like the alphabet, democracy, infinity, and free will are here, along with more modern ones like the scientific method, equality, the separation of church and state, evolution, relativity, the Big Bang, fascism, existentialism, atheism, and extraterrestrial life.
But there are extremely practical principles as well: the inventions of gunpowder, moveable type, electricity, photography, flight, assembly lines, television, computers, and the Internet, among others. Many breakthroughs are identified with famous figures like Hammurabi, the Buddha, Confucius, Socrates, Plato, Aristote, Jesus, Gutenberg, Machiavelli, Copernicus, Descartes, Newton, Rousseau, Kant, Marx, Darwin, Nietzsche, Freud, Einstein, Lenin, and so on.
You may wonder why the concept of geometry is here, but not the plow or the wheel, or why Augustine's "The City of God" is here, but not agriculture or the city itself. Intellectual history is generally limited to ideas originating after the invention of writing, while the latter concepts are arguably traceable to prehistory, the period of time more than 5000 years ago.
If you're interested in a scholarly tome that addresses this subject, I recommend the 850-page "Ideas: A History of Thought and Invention, from Fire to Freud" (2006) by Peter Watson. Even more in-depth at 3600 pages in six volumes is the "New Dictionary of the History of Ideas" (2004), which unfortunately retails for more than $1000. Fortunately, an entire five-volume reference, simply titled "Dictionary of the History of Ideas" (1974), is freely available online from the University of Virginia Library. Google it.
While academic critics may lambaste the predominantly Western selection of concepts as well as the "mile-wide, inch-deep" approach to history, "100 Ideas That Changed the World" is nevertheless useful and enjoyable as an introduction. These are vital doctrines, theories, and ideals that are essential to contemporary thought and to any educated person. It should activate interest in further reading and additional research into particular sciences, philosophies, cultures, and historical eras, events, and individuals.
A hardcover edition of this book is also available.
This text is organized into five topics and they include the following: The Ancient World, which covers numerous important ideas such as Democracy, The Socratic Method, Aristotelian Logic, Infinity and many other topics. The second part deals with the Middle Ages and explores The problem of Evil, Free Will, Gunpowder, Trial by Jury, The Magna Carta and other issues. The third section is on The Renaissance, and includes Humanism, Classicism, Spatial Perspective, Movable Type, Niccolo Machiavelli, Utopia, The Protestant Reformation and Nicolaus Copernicus. The Fourth section covers The Age of Enlightenment, which is when many of our modern day ideas began to surface. Some of these include the following: The scientific Method, "I Think, Therefore I am", Electricity, The separation of Powers, The Free Market, Women's Rights Equality and the Separation of Church and State. The final section deals with Modern Times, which has the longest list in this text. This is just a few of the ideas listed. Romanticism, Marxism, Nationalism, Evolution, Flight, Relativity Theory, The Big Bang, Fascism, Computers, Television, Atheism, and many other topics.
In conclusion, if you are a person who loves knowledge and ideas, this text will be one you will want in your personal library. It provides a brief summary of the important 100 ideas that every educated person needs to know about.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Haiku Moments: How to read, write and enjoy haiku)