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The Resource The polymath : a cultural history from Leonardo Da Vinci to Susan Sontag, Peter Burke

The polymath : a cultural history from Leonardo Da Vinci to Susan Sontag, Peter Burke

Label
The polymath : a cultural history from Leonardo Da Vinci to Susan Sontag
Title
The polymath
Title remainder
a cultural history from Leonardo Da Vinci to Susan Sontag
Statement of responsibility
Peter Burke
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From Leonardo Da Vinci to John Dee and Comenius, from George Eliot to Oliver Sacks and Susan Sontag, polymaths have moved the frontiers of knowledge in countless ways. But history can be unkind to scholars with such encyclopaedic interests. All too often these individuals are remembered for just one part of their valuable achievements. In this account, renowned cultural historian Peter Burke argues for a more rounded view. Identifying 500 western polymaths, Burke explores their wide-ranging successes and shows how their rise matched a rapid growth of knowledge in the age of the invention of printing, the discovery of the New World and the Scientific Revolution. It is only more recently that the further acceleration of knowledge has led to increased specialisation and to an environment that is less supportive of wide-ranging scholars and scientists. Spanning the Renaissance to the present day, Burke changes our understanding of this remarkable intellectual species
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1937-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Burke, Peter
Dewey number
305.5/520922
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HM728
LC item number
.B87 2020
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Intellectuals
  • Learning and scholarship
  • Knowledge, Theory of
  • Intellectuals
  • Knowledge, Theory of
  • Learning and scholarship
Label
The polymath : a cultural history from Leonardo Da Vinci to Susan Sontag, Peter Burke
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The Age of Interdisciplinarity
  • Machine generated contents note: 1.
  • East and West -- 2.
  • The Age of the `Renaissance Man', 1400 -- 1600 -- 3.
  • The Age of `Monsters of Erudition', 1600 -- 1700 -- 4.
  • The Age of the `Man of Letters', 1700 -- 1850 -- 5.
  • The Age of Territoriality, 1850 -- 2000 -- 6.
  • A Group Portrait -- 7.
  • Habitats -- 8.
Control code
on1121610476
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 327 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780300250022
Lccn
2019952805
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour)
Label
The polymath : a cultural history from Leonardo Da Vinci to Susan Sontag, Peter Burke
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The Age of Interdisciplinarity
  • Machine generated contents note: 1.
  • East and West -- 2.
  • The Age of the `Renaissance Man', 1400 -- 1600 -- 3.
  • The Age of `Monsters of Erudition', 1600 -- 1700 -- 4.
  • The Age of the `Man of Letters', 1700 -- 1850 -- 5.
  • The Age of Territoriality, 1850 -- 2000 -- 6.
  • A Group Portrait -- 7.
  • Habitats -- 8.
Control code
on1121610476
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 327 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780300250022
Lccn
2019952805
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour)

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