The Map of Knowledge – Violet Moller
The subtitle to this book reads “how classical ideas were lost and found: a history in seven cities”
Those cities are Alexandra, Baghdad, Córdoba, Toledo, Salerno, Palermo and Venice. Moller traces the journey taken by the ideas of three of the greatest scientists of antiquity – Euclid, Galen and Ptolemy – from the sixth century in Alexandra ending up in Venice where the 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.
By tracing the treads of knowledge from century to century and across lands she reveals the web of connections between the Islamic world and the Christendom.
“Vividly told and with a dazzling cast of characters, The Map of Knowledge, is an evocative, nuanced and vibrant account of our common intellectual heritage.”
Hardback. 332 pages.
16cm x 24.2cm x 3.2cm