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The Mystery of Things - A. C. Grayling

The Mystery of Things

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Published: 21st October 2004
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'Human genius has done much, and promises much, in the way of removing the mystery from many things in our world; at the same time it recognises and honours the mystery in things too.' In this collection A.C. Grayling extends the range of his previous two books to show how much understanding people can gain about themselves and their world by reflecting on the lessons offered by science, the arts (including literature) and history. Covering subjects as diverse as Jane Austen's EMMA, the Rosetta Stone, Shakespeare, the Holocaust, quantum physics, Galileo, and even alien abductions, A..C. Grayling's latest collection is a rich source for reflection and contemplation over the mysteries of life.

"It is no disrespect to either author to describe AC Grayling's latest work as a thinking person's Schott's Miscellany." WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY "Anthony Grayling is a philosopher by trade but he's also a latter-day Renaissance Man, as this collection of his journalism shows." SUNDAY TELEGRAPH "Fast becoming Britain's philosopher of choice... Certainly more of substance and merit than a mountain of Paulo Coelho." THE HERALD "In covering the fields of art, history and science, Grayling's thoughts sweep over a vast landscape of knowledge, offering an alluring glimpse and encouraging greater study on the reader's part. How refreshing, ultimately, in this age of dumbing down, to be asked to learn and inform oneself without a hint of condescension." THE IRISH TIMES

Introductionp. 1
A Miscellany of Arts
Art, War, and Powerp. 7
Alberti and the Renaissancep. 13
Art and the Eastp. 16
Bruegel (sic), Breughel (sic), and Brueghel (sic)p. 19
Art and Naturep. 22
Collectingp. 26
Cities of Edenp. 28
Cities and Buildingsp. 30
The City in Modern Culturep. 37
William Burroughs' Last Journalsp. 40
The Winter's Talep. 43
Shakespeare's Geniusp. 46
Jane Austen's Emmap. 56
Virgil and the Classicsp. 59
Wagner and Philosophyp. 67
G. H. Lewes and Goethep. 69
The Film Director as Artistp. 73
The Left and High Culturep. 76
Five Women Speaking Frenchp. 88
Simone de Beauvoirp. 88
Louise d'Epinayp. 91
Madame du Deffandp. 93
The Brontes in Belgiump. 96
Aspects of History
Historyp. 103
Heritage and Historyp. 106
The Bible as Historyp. 109
European Thought before 1914p. 112
German Resistance to Hitlerp. 117
The Fall of Berlinp. 119
Christopher Hill and the English Revolutionp. 122
Eric Hobsbawmp. 124
Freud, Moses and Edward W. Saidp. 127
Anti-Semitism and the Holocaustp. 130
The Rosetta Stonep. 137
Hannibal and the Alpsp. 139
Machiavellip. 142
The History of Philosophyp. 145
Spectating Science
Reviewing Sciencep. 155
Science and Knowledgep. 156
The History of Sciencep. 159
A Final Theoryp. 164
Quantum Possibilitiesp. 167
The Origins of the Universep. 170
The Second Edition of A Brief History of Timep. 173
Early Manp. 176
Archaeology and Geneticsp. 179
Galileo and the Vatican, Newton and Alchemyp. 182
Marie Curiep. 185
The Human Codep. 188
The Brainp. 192
Consciousnessp. 194
Life in the Universep. 201
Alien Abductionsp. 207
Science and Anti-Sciencep. 215
The Future of Humanityp. 221
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ISBN: 9780753820193
ISBN-10: 0753820196
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 21st October 2004
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.6  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.24

A.C. Grayling

A.C. Grayling is Master of the New College of the Humanities, London, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. Until 2011 he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He believes that philosophy should take an active, useful role in society.

He is the author of many books, including The Meaning of Things and Towards the Light: The Story of the Struggles for Liberty in the Modern West, and has been a regular contributor to The Times, Financial Times, Observer, Independent on Sunday, Economist, Literary Review, New Statesman and Prospect. He has been a Booker Prize judge and is a frequent and popular contributor to radio and television programmes, including Newsnight, Today, In Our Time, Start the Week and CNN news.

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