New PDF release: A History of Knowledge: Past, Present, and Future

By Charles Van Doren

ISBN-10: 0345373162

ISBN-13: 9780345373168

A one-voume connection with the background of rules that could be a compendium of every thing that humankind has inspiration, invented, created, thought of, and perfected from the start of civilization into the twenty-first century. great in its scope, and but completely available, A heritage of information covers not just all of the nice theories and discoveries of the human race, but in addition explores the social stipulations, political climates, and person women and men of genius that introduced rules to fruition all through history.
"Crystal transparent and concise...Explains how humankind received to understand what it knows."
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Wisdom -- f!! the Ancients ll Aztec and Inca When the Spanish conquistadores reached the Valley of Mexico in 1 5 19, and the high Valley of the Andes thirteen years later, in 1 532, they were astonished to discover flourishing cities with large populations ruling over empires that rivaled in extent the largest countries of Europe. The Aztec, in Mexico, and the I nca, in Peru, were both remarkable civilizations. Both crumbled before the challenge of European arms. The Aztec empire was gone within a year after the arrival of Hernan Cortes.

Muhammad began to preach to his immediate family and close ac­ quaintances, but he soon found himself beset by opposition at Mecca, the most prosperous center of Arabia in his time. Within ten years, it was apparent that his position had become very difficult, and he began to plan an escape from his native city. He left Mecca for Medina, accompanied by about seventy-five followers, on September 24, 622, the date of the Hegira, or "emigration"; in that year, the traditional starting point of Islamic history, the Islamic calendar begins.

The major totalitarian regimes of our time have engaged their peoples in massive construction projects, partly for the glory of the regime, partly so that no one should suffer--or enjoy-the restlessness of the unem­ ployed. And every tyrant in history has attempted to insulate his people from all kinds of knowledge except the most practical. A knowledgeable populace will always seek both freedom and justice, precisely those things tyrants do not wish to give them. Mesopotamia The earliest examples of Chinese writing date from the Shang Dynasty (eighteenth to twelfth century Be) .

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