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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0998337501
- Publisher: DV Books (January 13, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 13, 2017
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- Language: English
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There is lot to be gained from this volume, as what we mostly know of the Renaissance is given second place in history books. Only after we have digested the significant progress from the industrialization age, we get to know this era, though it was the first in order of precedence. Somehow, it is less important. The stories about the Florentine Medici family who established the seed of modern banking would have never crossed my path if it weren’t for this curious tale by Di Silvio. It is also interesting to see how have money and power affected art, and to draw a parallel to today’s events - not that different. Even majestic artists such as Leonardo and Michelangelo were dependent on the whims of the most powerful men from the age they lived in!
This volume also contains references to the work of Gutenberg and Petrarca, and, as the author explains, although we view the Enlightenment era through the lens of art and poetry, it actually set in stone many beginnings related to the capitalist enterprises we see nowadays, as well as pragmatic and technical solutions to our modern lives.
Just the right read to get some perspective in the era of massive digitalization.
Title: Tales of Titans: From the Renaissance to the Electro/Atomic Age Vol. 2 / Rich DiSilvio Description: New York, USA: DV Books, an imprint of Digital Vista, inc. Identifiers: ISBN 978-0-9983375-0-0 (paperback) | ISBN 978-0-9983375-1-7 (eBook) Subjects: Biographies ; History--Biography ; Life histories | Kings, Renaissance--Italy | Queens, Rulers | Scientists--Biography | Historical Fiction--History and Criticism.
He gives prominence to:
LEO & NICCOLÓ MACHIAVELLI
QUEEN ELIZABETH I
EDISON & TESLA
EINSTEIN & FERMI all titans in their fields.
A titan is an extremely important person. Albert Einstein was a titan in the world of science.
The noun titan comes from Greek mythology, in which the Titans were a race of gods. Today, a titan is someone who is god-like, or powerful and influential in a certain field. Shakespeare was a titan of literature, and The Beatles were titans of music.
The author set up a document In the form of this book which resembles an encyclopedia celebrating achievements by influential persons that propelled with their theories, knowledge, astronomical discoveries, philosophies, the world forward as we know it today.
The author concentrates on time in Europe and America when unrestrained thought were given wings. As such, the dissemination of human knowledge more readily took flight, having an immense impact on human education, inspiration and progress., specifically showing how the Catholic Church's penchant for control knew no bounds. Political and intellectual power play shaped the times.
The timeline covered is 1400 to 1945
"In summation, ancient Greek and Roman texts did reinvigorate Western theological, academic, and philosophical realms of learning, however, these influences would more fully reveal themselves during the distant Enlightenment era of the eighteenth century. Far more crucial were the pragmatic political, military, technological, and capitalistic aspects gained from ancient Rome, as these caused the most dramatic and life-altering events during the Renaissance.
The Florentines not only revived Roman architecture, engineering, and visual arts to build prestige as well as civic and spiritual pride, but of equal or perhaps even greater importance was their new banking system and expansive trade network. As stated, this bolstered their economies and living standards, and it pervasively swept throughout Europe. Naturally, the emphasis on capitalism and entrepreneurialism altered not only their own era but quite significantly all others that followed."
Very well describes is the historical and scientific miliieu of that time where the reader can sit back and enjoy the a concise account of intelligent, interesting and formative elements that connect into a universe of knowledge, from The Renaissance to the Atomic Age. He gives credit to formidable pioneers, like the Medici of Florence who grew to be the most powerful bankers in Europe. By the 1400s, the Medici family was one of the primary forces that fueled the Renaissance by bolstering the economy and being patrons to the arts, science, music, philosophy, education, and architecture.
Other works by DiSilvio:
Tales of Titans-- A Three book series
My Nazi Nemesis (GOLD AWARD WINNER) is a fast-paced thriller.
A Blazing Gilded Age is the touching account of a poor coal-mining family’s struggles and a searing look at the ugly underbelly of a golden era, one that transformed from an agrarian backwater into a world superpower.
Liszt’s Dante Symphony: An unconventional thriller/mystery, replete with ciphers, spies, serial murders, and two intertwining tales that cover the rise of Hitler’s Nazi Germany from its Prussian roots under Otto von Bismarck. It features, Liszt, Rossini, Ingres, Einstein, a string of composers, artists, scientists, and politicians, including Napoleon III and Adolf Hitler.
The Winds of Time is a robust, nonfictional tome that analyzes the key titans and main cultures that shaped Western civilization, while also debunking many of the myths and scribes that intentionally or mindlessly revised history, whereby misleading and distorting our understanding of history as well as our ability to truly learn from it.
YA children’s books: Meet My Famous Friends and Danny and the DreamWeaver, the latter is penned under the pseudonym Mark Poe.
DiSilvio's commentary and scrutiny of the evolution of knowledge is based on
Darwin’s scrutiny and the subsequent investigative sciences that have proven that all things in nature serve as keys—keys that are mandatory to unlocking mankind’s quest to better understand the world around us, to advance, and ultimately to survive.
DiSilvo further says:
"Furthermore, they should awaken us to conservation and preservation, and, of course, to the sanctity of all life on Earth. For to destroy or exterminate anything in nature only serves to destroy these keys and their ability to unlock vital doorways to knowledge, thus inevitably crippling our own grand journey of advancing toward total enlightenment and revealing God’s handiwork."
Thank you mater of the word and knowledge empowering us readers to think.
9 October 2017