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The Map of Knowledge

by Moller, Violet Paperback / softback, 352 pages
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Pan Macmillan 
19/03/2020 
United Kingdom 

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A vibrant and evocative account of how the great scientific ideas of the ancient world were lost and found. Violet Moller traces the journey taken by the ideas of three of the greatest scientists of antiquity - Euclid, Galen and Ptolemy - through seven cities and over a thousand years. In it, we follow them from sixth-century Alexandria to ninth-century Baghdad, from Muslim Cordoba to Catholic Toledo, from Salerno's medieval medical school to Palermo, capital of Sicily's vibrant mix of cultures, and - finally - to Venice, where that great merchant city's printing presses would enable Euclid's geometry, Ptolemy's system of the stars and Galen's vast body of writings on medicine to spread even more widely.

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