By John Higgs
The outstanding tale of the twentieth century, as instructed from the furthest fringes of technology, paintings and tradition. For readers of Bryson's A brief heritage of approximately Everything.
earlier than 1900, heritage used to be an account of significant discoveries that truly made feel. humans comprehend recommendations just like the steam engine, agriculture, or electrical energy. the 20th century, against this, gave us quantum entanglement, cubism, relativity, psychedelics, postmodernism, chaos maths, and the Somme.
this is often the tale of that complicated century as advised in the course of the rules produced on the furthest fringes of our sciences, arts, and tradition. Its forged contains recognized geniuses reminiscent of Albert Einstein, Francis Crick, and Pablo Picasso, lesser recognized geniuses like Edward Lorenz, Sergey Korolyov, or Shigeru Miyamoto, and notorious yet influential ne'er-do-wells like Timothy Leary, Aleister Crowley and Keith Richards. during this corporation we take a travel via rules as unusual as normal relativity, DNA, the unconscious, Gaia thought, and Dada.
during this brilliantly written and unique publication, John Higgs explores, with nice readability and wit, the extremes of 20th century inspiration, and in doing so exhibits how a global of empires turned an international of people. you'll by no means see the 20th century within the comparable manner again.
From the Hardcover edition.