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Robinson, Andrew 1957-

Works: 102 works in 682 publications in 17 languages and 24,264 library holdings
Genres: History  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Musical films  Film adaptations 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Contributor, Other, Author of introduction, Translator, Creator
Classifications: P211, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Andrew Robinson
Sudden genius? : the gradual path to creative breakthroughs by Andrew Robinson( )

16 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 2,193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Creativity takes many forms, but are there characteristics shared by those perceived as geniuses in their chosen domain of art or science? In this highly readable account, Andrew Robinson considers the nature of genius. We begin by looking at the scientific study of creativity. From talent, intelligence, and versatility to memory, dreams, and mental illness, we find that there can be many ingredients to exceptional creativity. The central part of the book analyses periods of creative achievement and breakthrough in the lives of five scientists and five artists--including Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection, Curie's discovery of radium, Einstein's theory of special relativity, Mozart's composing of The Marriage of Figaro, Virginia Woolf's writing of Mrs Dalloway, and Champollion's decipherment of the Egyptian hieroglyphic system. Robinson follows the trail that led these ten remarkable individuals from childhood to their greatest achievements as adults. His personal choices reflect the variety of creativity and genius and of the factors involved in their accomplishments
The story of writing by Andrew Robinson( Book )

94 editions published between 1966 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 1,981 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to writing from discovery to decipherment, from clay tablet to computer screen, from ice age to space age. Contents include how writing works, Egyptian hieroglyphs, alphabets, Chinese and Japanese writing, etc
Writing and script : a very short introduction by Andrew Robinson( )

16 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Starting with the origins of writing five thousand years ago, with cuneiform and Egyptian hieroglyphs, Andrew Robinson explains how these early forms of writing developed into hundreds of scripts including the Roman alphabet and the Chinese characters. He reveals how the modern writing system we take for granted - including airport signage and electronic text messaging - resemble ancient scripts much more closely than we think."--Jacket
Exceptional creativity in science and technology : individuals, institutions, and innovations by Andrew Robinson( )

11 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the evolution of science and technology, laws governing exceptional creativity and innovation have yet to be discovered. The historian Thomas Kuhn, in his influential study The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, noted that the final stage in a scientific breakthrough such as Albert Einstein's theory of relativity--that is, the most crucial stage--was "inscrutable." The same is still true half a century later. Yet, there has been considerable progress in understanding many of the stages and facets of exceptional creativity and innovation. In Exceptional Creativity in Science and Technology editor Andrew Robinson gathers together a diverse group of contributors to explore this progress. This new collection arises from a symposium with the same title held at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), in Princeton. Organized by the John Templeton Foundation, the symposium had as its chair the late distinguished doctor and geneticist Baruch S. Blumberg, while its IAS host was the well-known physicist Freeman J. Dyson--both of whom have contributed chapters to the book. In addition to scientists, engineers, and an inventor, the book's fifteen contributors include an economist, entrepreneurs, historians, and sociologists, all working at leading institutions, including Bell Laboratories, Microsoft Research, Oxford University, Princeton University, and Stanford University. Each contributor brings a unique perspective to the relationships between exceptional scientific creativity and innovation by individuals and institutions. The diverse list of disciplines covered, the high-profile contributors (including two Nobel laureates), and their fascinating insights into this overarching question--how exactly do we make breakthroughs?--will make this collection of interest to anyone involved with the creative process in any context, but it will be especially appealing to readers in scientific and technological fields."--
Lost languages : the enigma of the world's undeciphered scripts by Andrew Robinson( Book )

33 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and Arabic and held by 1,308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Investigates famous examples of unsolved scripts and codes, in an account that recalls the stories of three forefront decipherments including the Egyptian hieroglyphs, the Maya glyphs, and the Minoan Linear B clay tablets
Einstein : a hundred years of relativity by Andrew Robinson( Book )

41 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 1,252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An illustrated study commemorating the centenary of Albert Einstein's "Annus Mirabilis Papers" of 1905, his four articles that provided a foundation for modern physics and revolutionized the world's understanding of space, time, energy, matter, and light
Satyajit Ray : the inner eye : the biography of a master film-maker by Andrew Robinson( )

10 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and held by 1,192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The definitive biography of a cinema giant, this volume is based on extensive interviews with Ray himself, his actors & collaborators, & a deep knowledge of Bengali culture. This new edition has been revised & updated, covering Ray's final films & his artistic legacy
The Apu trilogy : Satyajit Ray and the making of an epic by Andrew Robinson( )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 1,004 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"I can never forget the excitement in my mind after seeing 'Pather Panchali'", noted Akira Kurosawa. Satyajit Ray's three films about the boyhood, adolescence and manhood of Apu, 'Pather Panchali' (1955), 'Aparajito' (1956) and 'The World of Apu' (1959) - collectively known as The Apu Trilogy - are established classics of world cinema. The Trilogy was the chief reason for Satyajit Ray's receiving a Hollywood Oscar for lifetime achievement in 1992, just before his death. This book by Ray's biographer and world authority Andrew Robinson is the first full study of the Trilogy. Robinson
The story of measurement by Andrew Robinson( Book )

18 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in 6 languages and held by 867 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This fully illustrated survey explains the ideas behind measurement units and measuring instruments, and shows how they are applied to both the physical universe - electrons, earth and stars - and the human body and mind." "Part fascinating history, part cutting-edge science, it explores everything measurable, from temperature, earthquakes and radioactivity to music, blood and social attitudes, as well as the origins of the metric system in the French Revolution. It is a story that transports the reader from Hubble space telescope images of galaxies at the edge of the known world to intelligence tests of the innermost recesses of the mind."--Jacket
The Shape of the world by Simon Berthon( Book )

18 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 816 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of the exploration, measurement, and mapping of planet earth
Rabindranath Tagore : the myriad-minded man by Krishna Dutta( Book )

28 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 803 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These prose translations from Rabindranath Tagore have stirred my blood as nothing has for years," wrote W.B. Yeats in 1912, a year before Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, becoming the first Asian writer so honored. Traveling the world for several decades and sharing both his artistic and spiritual gifts with millions, Tagore was praised and admired in his time like no other twentieth-century writer as a spiritual seer and a literary genius
Cracking the Egyptian code : the revolutionary life of Jean-François Champollion by Andrew Robinson( Book )

31 editions published between 2012 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cracking the Egyptian Code is the first biography in English of Champollion, widely regarded as the founder of Egyptology. Andrew Robinson meticulously reconstructs how Champollion cracked the code of the hieroglyphic script, describing how Champollion started with Egyptian obelisks in Rome and papyri in European collections, sailed the Nile for a year, studied the tombs in the Valley of the Kings (a name he first coined), and carefully compared the three scripts on the Rosetta Stone to penetrate the mystery of the hieroglyphic text. Robinson also brings to life the rivalry between Champollion and the English scientist Thomas Young, who claimed credit for launching the decipherment, which Champollion hotly denied. There is much more to Champollion's life than the Rosetta Stone and Robinson gives equal weight to the many roles he played in his tragically brief life, from a teenage professor in Revolutionary France to a supporter of Napoleon (whom he met), an exile, and a curator at the Louvre
The last man who knew everything : Thomas Young, the anonymous polymath who proved Newton wrong, explained how we see, cured the sick, and deciphered the Rosetta stone, among other feats of genius by Andrew Robinson( Book )

23 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relates the life of the remarkable man who made major contributions in such fields as physics, languages, and music, describing how he proposed the light-wave theory and the three-color theory of vision, and was instrumental in the deciphering of the Rosetta Stone
Satyajit Ray : the inner eye by Andrew Robinson( Book )

28 editions published between 1989 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrayal of noted Indian film maker Satyajit Ray's life and achievements from a perspective that takes into account his family background and the many disparate influences on him, from orthodox Hinduism and Tagore to Hollywood movies and classical music
The man who deciphered Linear B : the story of Michael Ventris by Andrew Robinson( Book )

27 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and Japanese and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"More than a century ago, in 1900, one of the great archaeological finds of all time was made in Crete. Arthur Evans discovered what he believed was the palace of King Minos, with its notorious labyrinth, home of the Minotaur. As a result, Evans was to become obsessed with one of the epic intellectual stories of the modern era: the search for the meaning of Linear B, the mysterious script found on clay tablets amid the ruined palace." "Evans died without achieving his objective and it was left to the enigmatic young man Michael Ventris to 'crack' the code in 1952. This is the first book to tell not just the story of Linear B but also that of the 'modest genius' who deciphered it. Based on hundreds of unpublished letters, interviews with survivors and other primary sources, Andrew Robinson's riveting account takes the reader through the life of this intriguing and contradictory man - a dazzling linguist but a divided soul. Stage by stage, we see how he finally achieved the breakthrough that revealed Linear B as the earliest comprehensible European writing system, more than half a millennium older than the Greek of Homer." "The man who solved what has been dubbed 'the Everest of Greek archaeology' was a complex and private figure, an amateur in classical scholarship (he trained as an architect). His tragic death in a car crash at the age of 34 only heightens the fascination of how his brilliant intuitions succeeded in resolving an ancient mystery where all the experts had failed."--Jacket
Rabindranath Tagore : an anthology by Rabindranath Tagore( Book )

12 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in English and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains a play, short stories, a novel travel writings, letters, songs, epigrams, and essays by India's, indeed Asia's, first Nobel prize winner for literature
The music room by Sachindranath Biswas( Visual )

3 editions published in 2011 in Bengali and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evokes the crumbling opulence of the world of a fallen aristocrat desperately clinging to his way of life. His greatest joy is the music room in which he has hosted lavish concerts over the years, now a shadow of its former vivid self. An incandescent depiction of the clash between tradition and modernity, and a showcase for some of India's most popular musicians of the day
Genius : a very short introduction by Andrew Robinson( Book )

11 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first concise study of genius in both the arts and the sciences, using the life and work of famous geniuses to illuminate this phenomenon.-publisher description
Einstein on the run : how Britain saved the world's greatest scientist by Andrew Robinson( Book )

9 editions published between 2019 and 2021 in English and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first account of the role Britain played in Einstein's life-first by inspiring his teenage passion for physics, then by providing refuge from the Nazis. In autumn 1933, Albert Einstein found himself living alone in an isolated holiday hut in rural England. There, he toiled peacefully at mathematics while occasionally stepping out for walks or to play his violin. But how had Einstein come to abandon his Berlin home and go "on the run"? In this lively account, Andrew Robinson tells the story of the world's greatest scientist and Britain for the first time, showing why Britain was the perfect refuge for Einstein from rumored assassination by Nazi agents. Young Einstein's passion for British physics, epitomized by Newton, had sparked his scientific development around 1900. British astronomers had confirmed his general theory of relativity, making him internationally famous in 1919. Welcomed by the British people, who helped him campaign against Nazi anti-Semitism, he even intended to become a British citizen. So why did Einstein then leave Britain, never to return to Europe?
Earthquake by Andrew Robinson( Book )

14 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book describes two millennia of major earthquakes and their effects on societies around the world; the ways in which cultures have mythologized earthquakes through religion, the arts and popular culture; and the science of measuring, understanding and trying to predict earthquakes."--Book jacket
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The story of writing
The story of writingWriting and script : a very short introductionLost languages : the enigma of the world's undeciphered scriptsEinstein : a hundred years of relativitySatyajit Ray : the inner eye : the biography of a master film-makerThe Apu trilogy : Satyajit Ray and the making of an epicThe story of measurementRabindranath Tagore : the myriad-minded man
Alternative Names
Andrew Robinson

Robinson, Andrew Coulthard 1957-

Robinson, W. Andrew 1957-

Robinson, William Andrew Coulthard 1957-

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William Andrew Robinson

أندرو روبنسون، 1957-

دبليو. أندرو روبنسون

ویلیام اندرو رابینسون

ডব্লিউ অ্যান্ড্রু রবিনসন

ডব্লিউ অ্যান্ড্রু রবিনসন ব্রিটিশ লেখক ও সংবাদপত্র সম্পাদক

로빈슨, 앤드루

로빈슨, 앤드루 1957-

로빈슨, 앤드류 1957-

ロビンソン, アンドルー