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The Map of Knowledge: How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found: A History in Seven Cities
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Violet Moller
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The Map of Knowledge: How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found: A History in Seven Cities

Violet Moller


9781509829606

Picador


History;
Early history: c 500 to c 1450&1500;
Historical geography;
Christianity;
Islam


Hardback

304 pages

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'An epic treasure hunt into the highways and byways of stored knowledge across faiths and continents.' John Agard, poet and playwright In The Map of Knowledge Violet Moller traces the journey taken by the ideas of three of the greatest scientists of antiquity - Euclid, Galen and Ptolemy - through seven cities and over a thousand years. In it, we follow them from sixth-century Alexandria to ninth-century Baghdad, from Muslim Cordoba to Catholic Toledo, from Salerno's medieval medical school to Palermo, capital of Sicily's vibrant mix of cultures, and - finally - to Venice, where that great merchant city's printing presses would enable Euclid's geometry, Ptolemy's system of the stars and Galen's vast body of writings on medicine to spread even more widely.

In tracing these fragile strands of knowledge from century to century, from east to west and north to south, Moller also reveals the web of connections between the Islamic world and Christendom, connections that would both preserve and transform astronomy, mathematics and medicine from the early Middle Ages to the Renaissance.

Vividly told and with a dazzling cast of characters, The Map of Knowledge is an evocative, nuanced and vibrant account of our common intellectual heritage.

By:   Violet Moller
Imprint:   Picador
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 242mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 38mm
Weight:   632g
ISBN:   9781509829606
ISBN 10:   1509829601
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   March 2019
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Section - i: Preface Chapter - 1: The Great Vanishing Chapter - 2: Alexandria Chapter - 3: Baghdad Chapter - 4: Cordoba Chapter - 5: Toldedo Chapter - 6: Salerno Chapter - 7: Sicily Chapter - 8: Venice Chapter - 9: 1500 and beyond Acknowledgements - ii: Acknowledgements Section - iii: Bibliography Chapter - iiii: Notes Index - iiiii: Index

Violet Moller is a historian and writer, living in Oxford.


Superb . . . Ambitious but concise, deeply researched but elegantly written, and very entertaining, The Map of Knowledge is popular intellectual history at its best * Telegraph * An exceptionally bold and important book -- Daisy Hay, author of <i>Young Romantics</i> An epic treasure hunt into the highways and byways of stored knowledge across faiths and continents. -- John Agard, poet and playwright A lovely debut from a gifted young author. Violet Moller brings to life the ways in which knowledge reached us from antiquity to the present day in a book that is as delightful as it is readable -- Peter Frankopan, author of <i>The Silk Roads</i> The Map of Knowledge is extremely important and insightful. It shines a light on how we know what we know about antiquity and the people and cultures we have to thank for the preservation and interpretation of ancient wisdom. We need much more of this! -- Professor Michael Scott, author of <i>Ancient Worlds: An Epic History of East and West</i> Euclid's Elements is the seed from which my subject of mathematics grew. Thanks to Violet Moller's fascinating and meticulous account I've had a glimpse of just how this text, together with works by Ptolemy and Galen, blossomed as they wound their way through the centuries and the seven cities at the heart of her book. What an adventure. -- Marcus du Sautoy, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford<i> </i>and author of<i> The Creativity Code</i> A sumptuous, glittering, endlessly fascinating book, written with passion, verve and humour. -- Catherine Nixey, author of <i>The Darkening Age</i>

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