Here is an intellectual extravaganza, a dazzling history of the key institutions that have shaped and channeled knowledge in the West from the classical period to the present. Fashioned with elegance and wit, this exhilarating survey carries us through the pivotal points of institutional change and cultural transformation. It is full of memorable characters, from the flamboyant founder of the great library at Alexandria and the arrogant medieval logician Peter Abelard to the dashing global adventurer von Humboldt. In its compact history we find the perfect context for understanding the vast changes we are experiencing now in the landscape of knowledge.
Author: Ian F. McNeely Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company Published: 09/01/2009 Pages: 344 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 0.85lbs Size: 8.40h x 5.40w x 0.90d ISBN: 9780393337716
Review Citation(s): New York Review of Books 12/23/2010 pg. 95
About the Author McNeely, Ian F.: - Ian F. McNeely teaches at the University of Oregon and lives in Eugene.Wolverton, Lisa: - Lisa Wolverton teaches at the University of Oregon and lives in Eugene.