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Human Accomplishment: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 B.C.-1950
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Harperaudio
Publication date November 1, 2003
Binding Cassette/Spoken Word
Edition Abridged
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780060577223
ISBN-10 0060577223
Dimensions 1.50 by 3.75 by 7.25 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $29.95
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A sweeping survey of more than four thousand of history's most significant thinkers, achievers, and creators cites the contributions and influence of key figures in such areas as science, mathematics, philosophy, music, literature, and art.
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So begins Charles Murray's unique account of human excellence from the age of Homer to our own time. Employing techniques that historians have developed over the last century but that have rarely been applied to books written for the general public, Murray compiles inventories of the people who have been essential to the stories of literature, music, art, philosophy, and the sciences -- a total of 4,002 men and women from around the world, ranked according to their eminence.

The heart of Human Accomplishment is a series of enthralling descriptive chapters: on the giants in the arts and what sets them apart from the merely great; on the differences between great achievement in the arts and in the sciences; on the meta-inventions, 14 crucial leaps in human capacity to create great art and science; and on the patterns and trajectories of accomplishment across time and geography.

Why has accomplishment been so concentrated in Europe? Among men? Since 1400? Charles Murray presents evidence that the rate of great accomplishment has been declining in the last century, asks what it means, and offers a rich framework for thinking about the conditions under which the human spirit has expressed itself most gloriously.



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