Gordon Eldridge

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (1,026 of 1,128)
Location: Brussels, Belgium
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Reading is one of life's great pleasures.

History, Languages, Literature, Food and Wine, Hiking


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,864 - Total Helpful Votes: 1026 of 1128
The Lost Battles: Leonardo, Michelangelo and the A&hellip by Jonathan Jones
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly readable, 11 Jun 2014
Jonathan Jones weaves together details of the lives and art works of Leonardo and Michelangelo to create a highly readable narrative which really captures much of the spirit of the Renaissance. The reader can really sense the spirit of rivalry and feel the emerging sense of individualism that defined the era. In creating such a readable account however, Jones often strays into overuse of emotive, hyperbolic language. He also tends to ascribe specific motivations and states of mind to his two protagonists that are based on very tenuous inferences. If you can overlook this, the book is a very enjoyable read. If that kind of thing annoys you, steer clear.
Ritual and Domestic Life in Prehistoric Europe by Richard Bradley
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Bradley's main argument is that the line between domestic life and religious ritual is much more blurred in prehistoric Europe than many archaeologists would like to believe. He makes some very powerful points and quotes some fascinating evidence. If I were to base my rating of the book purely on the points made I would rate it more highly. The argument is sometimes difficult to follow, however. Bradley often presents multiple pieces of evidence without always making clear exactly how they connect to the ongoing argument he is making. He also has a tendency to relate an abundance of detail about the particular archaeological sites he uses as evidence when only some of that detail is… Read more
Leonardo da Vinci : The First Scientist by Michael White
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different view, 3 Jun 2014
We remember Leonardo mostly for his paintings and sketches, but Michael White makes a convincing argument that Leonardo should perhaps be remembered more as the first scientist. The conception of what it means to be a scientist is very recent and Leonardo may not have practiced science as it conforms to our 21st century notions. However, White makes a convincing argument that Leonardo was the first to seriously break away from Aristotelian worldview where experimentation was not valued and to begin using both detailed observation and experimentation as a means of developing theories.

White makes use of abundant direct quotes from Leonardo himself and from contemporaries, which… Read more

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