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Description - Reinventing Knowledge by Ian F. McNeely

Here is an intellectual entertainment, a sweeping history of the key institutions that have organized knowledge in the West from the classical period onward. With elegance and wit, this exhilarating history alights at the pivotal points of cultural transformation. The motivating question throughout: How does history help us understand the vast changes we are now experiencing in the landscape of knowledge?Beginning in Alexandria and its great center of Hellenistic learning and imperial power, we then see the monastery in the wilderness of a collapsed civilization, the rambunctious universities of the late medieval cities, and the thick social networks of the Enlightenment republic of letters. The development of science and the laboratory as a dominant knowledge institution brings us to the present, seeking patterns in the new digital networks of knowledge.Full of memorable characters, this fresh history succeeds in restoring the strangeness and the significance of the past.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780393065060
ISBN-10: 0393065065
Format: Hardback
(218mm x 147mm x 30mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ian F. McNeely

Ian F. McNeely teaches at the University of Oregon and lives in Eugene. Lisa Wolverton teaches at the University of Oregon and lives in Eugene.

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