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Mini Big Ideas: A Little Book of Big Innovations (Hardcover)

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'Witty, knowledgeable and mind-expanding' RICHARD FISHER | 'A joyful romp' TOM HARFORD | 'A fun and inspiring teaser for curious minds' JÉRÉMIE HARRIS

Every so often, a new idea comes along that changes everything. Vaccinations. Relativity. Fascism. Can we imagine a world before the invention of writing? What would Christianity have looked like without with a concept of hell? Sometimes these ideas come along suddenly: Copernicus suggesting the earth revolves around the sun; Gutenberg's printing press, Darwin's theory of evolution. Sometimes they evolve over generations: the institution of marriage; the development of animal husbandry; the understanding of genetics. Either way, once the idea gains a foothold, nothing is the same again.

This fascinating little book tells the stories behind 150 revolutionary concepts and explains why they are important. Taken from the realms of science, politics, society, religion and technology, these are the big ideas that have changed the world - in a nutshell.

About the Author

Jonny Thomson taught philosophy in Oxford for more than a decade before turning to writing full-time. He's a staff writer at Big Think, where he writes about philosophy, theology, psychology and occasionally other subjects when he dares step out of his lane. His first book, Mini Philosophy, is an award-winning, international bestseller, and has been translated into twenty languages. Jonny also runs the 'Mini Philosophy' Instagram and Facebook accounts (@philosophyminis).

Praise For…

A joyful romp through the history of civilisation, full of snackable curiosities.

Like fitting an elephant into a thimble, Jonny Thomson manages to cram some of the world's biggest, grandest ideas into only a few hundred words. Witty, knowledgeable and mind-expanding.—Richard Fisher, author of THE LONG VIEW

Who knew that the biggest ideas in the universe could fit in such a small package? Mini Big Ideas is a delightful introduction to some of the most profound discoveries and open questions in science and philosophy. A fun andinspiring teaser for curious minds that will fit in your purse, or your man-purse, or whatever you use to carry stuff around with you.—Jeremie Harris, author of QUANTUM PHYSICS MADE ME DO IT

Product Details
ISBN: 9781472298560
ISBN-10: 147229856X
Publisher: Wildfire
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English