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Published: February 2021
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BIC Subject: Ancient history: to c 500 CE
Published By: Bloomsbury
 
Published: 02-Feb-2021
Format: Paperback, 480 pages, 0x0mm
ISBN: 9781786077851
Stock Code: 6077851
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'Immensely learned and ambitious -seam-bursting eclecticism and polymathic brio - This is by any standards a significant book and its author deserves high praise.'
Literary Review

To imagine to see that which is not there is the startling ability that has fuelled human development and innovation through the centuries. As a species we stand alone in our remarkable capacity to refashion the world after the pictures in our minds.
Traversing the realms of science, politics, religion, culture, philosophy and history, Felipe Fern indez-Armesto reveals the thrilling and disquieting tales of our imaginative leaps. Through groundbreaking insights in cognitive science, he explores how and why we have ideas in the first place, providing a tantalising glimpse into who we are and what we might yet accomplish. Fern indez-Armesto shows that bad ideas are often more influential than good ones; that the oldest recoverable thoughts include some of the best; that ideas of Western origin often issued from exchanges with the wider world; and that the pace of innovative thinking is under threat.'Immensely learned and ambitious -seam-bursting eclecticism and polymathic brio - This is by any standards a significant book and its author deserves high praise.'
Literary Review

To imagine to see that which is not there is the startling ability that has fuelled human development and innovation through the centuries. As a species we stand alone in our remarkable capacity to refashion the world after the pictures in our minds.
Traversing the realms of science, politics, religion, culture, philosophy and history, Felipe Fern indez-Armesto reveals the thrilling and disquieting tales of our imaginative leaps. Through groundbreaking insights in cognitive science, he explores how and why we have ideas in the first place, providing a tantalising glimpse into who we are and what we might yet accomplish. Fern indez-Armesto shows that bad ideas are often more influential than good ones; that the oldest recoverable thoughts include some of the best; that ideas of Western origin often issued from exchanges with the wider world; and that the pace of innovative thinking is under threat.
Felipe Fern indez-Armesto is an award-winning British historian and the author of several bestselling books, including 1492, Ideas that Changed the World and The Americas. He lives in Indiana and is a professor of history at the University of Notre Dame.