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 Ë read ✓ The Map of Knowledge by Violet Moller î 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 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
Moller forgot to mention that throughout the centuries, most human beings on the planet couldn t read or write, and so it was the lucky, the gifted, and the self selected few who preserved important knowledge for the benefit of succeeding generations Think about a version of Fahrenheit 451, stretched over the centuries.
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com In The Map of Knowledge, Violet Moller traces the transmission of knowledge from the ancient Mediterranean, via the Abbasid and Umayyad caliphates and centuries of scholars and translators, from 500 CE to the European Renaissance This summary might sound a little dry, but Moller s semi conversational style and the content made her overview of a thousand years of history highly readable Outside of academia, I don t know that many people know how much of a debt we Westerners owe to the ancient world The ancient Greek and Graeco Egyptian scholars gave us again, Westerners our start on the scientific method, philosophy, geometry, medicine, and so many other topics We would have lost so much if it hadn t been for medieval Arab scholars and translators At the same time, however, I lament what w
This book is an interesting discussion of how classical ideas made their way through history It follows the writings of three Ancient Greek scientists Ptolemy, Euclid and Galen from their inception in Antiquity to their dissemination through the printing press in the 15th Century, via seven selected cities As a result this book is a fusion of pure history and a history of ideas Moller discusses both the fortunes of the seven cities she has chosen for example the rise of Palermo under the Normans and the fortunes of the ideas themselves for example the decline in Galenic medicine during the Renaissance The result is a decent survey of aspects of Ancient Greek thought and Medieval history Moller is strong on her discussion of the interplay between Arabic an There was a program on PBS when I was in middle or high school that was, I think, produced in the UKlike most really good science programs The program was called Connections and it would take a subject and connect all the historical dots as to how it came about and sometimes the connections between historical figures, objects, cities, places, concepts and moments would be really obscure Who knew, for example, that there was a connection between the modern concept of credit and Napoleon s problem of feeding a large army and the development of refrigeration.
The Map of Knowledge is like this.
I found myself riveted I, and I think many of us in the public school system in the US, got basic world history in high school This was usually a discrete set of historical moments that were never really connected for you in the classroom except to know that these things