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HardCover. Pub Date :2013-10-29 Pages: 960 Language: English Publisher: Atria Books 1001 Ideas That Changed the Way We Think is a comprehensive guide to the most interesting and imaginative thoughts from the finest minds in history Ranging from the ancient. wisdom of Confucius and Plato to todays cutting-edge thinkers. it offers a wealth of stimulation and amusement for everyone with a curious mind Within the pages of this book you will find a wide variety of answers to the great. eternal questions:. How was the universe created and what is the place of humans within it How should a person live And how can we build a just society 1001 Ideas That Changed the Way We Think also includes a host of hypotheses that are remarkable for their sheer weirdness-from the concept of the transmigration of souls to parallel universes and the theoretical paradoxes of time travel (what happen...

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
wealth of information and pictures 15 Jan 2014
By b mcb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When I received this 941-page (not including the index) volume, I began reading at my birthyear, on up to today. Some ideas surprised me: "this didn't happen until I finished college!" Then I went back to the very beginning at pre-500 CE and skimmed through. I read pages connected with my ancestors' birthyears more closely.

This volume has over 900 striking illustrations, charts and photography which add much to the enjoyment of this volume.

I recognized several terms from watching The Big Bang Theory (every episode guarantees a laugh), such as Higgs Boson (1964) and String Theory (1969).

This book rates only 4 stars because the type-face is small with faded print. Eye-strain was a result. If we could make it 1002 Ideas, I'd recommend a darker print for this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful smorgasbord! 5 Dec 2013
By Pam Asberry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Beginning with the ancient world and ending in the contemporary period, this book deserves to be read from cover to cover, but at 960 pages, that might not be practical. To facilitate exploring, there is a detailed index of ideas by category. I chose to spend a pleasant hour just flipping through the pages, feasting on the luscious illustrations, thought-provoking quotations, and wealth of information contained in this book. For starters, I learned about the origins of biological warfare, the man who first posed the question about the chicken and the egg, and the earliest coffeehouses. If you have ever wondered about a subject, you can probably find out more about it within the pages of this book. It would make a great Christmas gift for any of those hard-to-please people on your list, but be sure to get a copy for yourself, too. Five enthusiastic stars! Very highly recommended!

NOTE: I received a copy of this book for FREE in exchange for a written review. There was no expectation that this review be either positive or negative, and I was not given any financial compensation to read the book or write the review. This information is disclosed in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 [...] Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Three year's of ideas...one day at a time 9 Dec 2013
By Brad VanAuken - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you consider yourself to be an intellectual or love to play in the world of ideas or are just plain curious about everything, this is the book for you. At 960 pages, this book can be classified as a tome. The book is organized sequentially by time period beginning with 1,600,000 BCE (human control of fire) and ends in 2012 (commercial space flight and non-junk DNA). Each page explores one or two separate ideas. In addition to its time sequencing, there is a category index at the beginning of the book and an alphabetical index at the end of the book. Most of the entries are fascinating. Some of my favorites - infinite monkey theorem, maxwell's demon, the tipping point, meme, the problem of evil, what does not kill you makes you stronger, Manichaeism, doublethink, absolute power corrupts absolutely, multiverse, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, the Fermi paradox, prisoner's dilemma, the Urey-Miller experiment - and many more. This book is not a quick read, but any given entry is. Read this book and learn something new each day...for close to three years.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A valuable resource 8 Oct 2014
By Shalom Freedman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is a wonderful learning resource. It helped me understand a whole host of ideas that I have seen referred to time and again but never quite really understood. Each entry is half a page- long with a brief description of the main idea above, and a quotation about it in its center. It is chronological and goes from the Ancient world, the Human Control of Fire to the contemporary closing with the idea that Junk DNA is not useless and superfluous as was originally thought. Its explanations are clear and concise.
I would have included as one of the ideas- the idea of 'Zionism' an idea of central significance to the Jewish people and to many others.
Its presentation of scientific religious cultural ideas is fair and impressive.
This is an outstanding resource, done with great intelligence and at times even elegance.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I love books like this - full of fun quick information 7 Dec 2013
By Book Him Danno - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
1001 ideas - are there really that many- you betcha. Ideas that have been around forever and things that have been around for a short time, but all have changed things for all of us. Here is one item from each section of the book.
· Ancient World pre – 500 CE – Clothing.
· The Middle Ages 500-1449 – All is Water – All matter is composed of water as its basic substance.
· Early Modern 1450-1779-Seperation of Powers – The division of a government’s powers into branches, each with its own responsibilities.
· Late Modern 1780-1899-Ring Theory – The study of “rings” or structures in abstract algebra, that relates integrally )in terms of whole numbers) if they are commutative, but not if noncommutative.
· Early 20th Century 1900-1949 – Antibiotics – The discovery of medication that destroys bacteria and prevents infection.
· Contemporary 1950- present – Rap Music – A style in which rhythmic and/or rhyming speech is chanted to musical backing.

I love to read and look through books like these. This is quite thick and needs two hands to handle, my only issue with this book.

A great idea for Christmas gifts for the reader in your life.
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