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The Polymath : A Cultural History from Leonardo da Vinci to Susan Sontag / Peter Burke.

Author/Creator:
Burke, Peter, author., Author,
Publication:
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2020]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (352 pages)
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Intellectuals -- History.
Knowledge, Theory of -- History.
Learning and scholarship -- History.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
The first history of the western polymath, from the fifteenth century to the present day 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 engaging, erudite 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.
Contents:
Frontmatter
CONTENTS
List of Plates
Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction: What is a Polymath?
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. The Age of Interdisciplinarity
Coda: Towards a Third Crisis
Appendix: 500 Western Polymaths
Notes
Further Reading
Index
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 28. Okt 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780300252088
OCLC:
1202462332
Publisher Number:
10.12987/9780300252088 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.