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The Guardian of All Things: The Epic Story of Human Memory
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher St Martins Pr
Publication date August 21, 2012
Pages 290
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780312620318
ISBN-10 0312620314
Dimensions 1 by 6.25 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.08 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $25.99
Other format details sci/tech
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A fascinating exploration of the history of memory and human civilization

Memory makes us human. No other animal carries in its brain so many memories of such complexity nor so regularly revisits those memories for happiness, safety, and the accomplishment of complex tasks. Human civilization continues because we are able to pass along memories from one person to another, from one generation to the next.

The Guardian of All Things is a sweeping scientific history that takes us on a 10,000-year-old journey replete with incredible ideas, inventions, and transformations. From cave drawings to oral histories to libraries to the internet, The Guardian of All Things is the history of how humans have relentlessly pursued new ways to preserve and manage memory, both within the human brain and as a series of inventions external to it. Michael S. Malone looks at the story of memory, both human and mechanical, and the historic turning points in that story that have not only changed our relationship to memory, but have also changed our human fabric. Full of anecdotes, history, and advances of civilization and technology, The Guardian of All Things is a lively, epic journey along a trajectory of history no other book has ever described, one that will appeal to the curious as well as the specialist.



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from St Martins Pr (August 21, 2012)
9780312620318 | details & prices | 290 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.08 lbs | List price $25.99
About: A fascinating exploration of the history of memory and human civilizationMemory makes us human.
Paperback
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9781250023230 | details & prices | 290 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $15.99
About: A fascinating exploration of the history of memory and human civilizationMemory makes us human.

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