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Strathern, Paul 1940-

Overview
Works: 516 works in 1,783 publications in 9 languages and 36,872 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author
Classifications: QD22.M43, 193
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Most widely held works by Paul Strathern
Mendeleyev's dream : the quest for the elements by Paul Strathern( Book )

21 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 1,142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unravels the history of chemistry, from the ancient Greek philosophers to the Age of Enlightenment and beyond, focusing on the life of the Russian chemist who conceived the periodic table of elements marking the birth of modern chemistry
Napoleon in Egypt by Paul Strathern( Book )

20 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 1,062 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Details Napoleon's dramatic invasion of Egypt in 1798, the first attack on a Middle-Eastern country by a Western power in modern times. With 335 ships and 40,000 men, it was the largest long-distance seaborne force the world had ever seen. But Napoleon's assault was intended to be much more than a colonial adventure, for he took with him over one hundred and fifty scientists, mathematicians, artists, and writers - a "Legion of Culture"--With a view to bringing Western civilization to "backward" Egypt. Drawing upon newly uncovered diaries and papers, this is a portrait of Napoleon, the colorful members of his expedition, and this bold gamble. Napoleon was just twenty-eight when he invaded Egypt, and it was an episode which contained in embryo many seminal events in his later life. Epic military victories, his declaration of himself as emperor, the introduction of the Napoleonic code - all of these were foreshadowed in this brilliant, ambitious, and ultimately disastrous adventure
The artist, the philosopher, and the warrior : the intersecting lives of da Vinci, Machiavelli, and Borgia and the world they shaped by Paul Strathern( Book )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A meticulous account of Renaissance Italy during the turbulent decade around 1500, with emphasis on several important players: Alexander Borgia (also known as Pope Alexander VI) and his son Cesare, Machiavelli the philosopher-diplomat and author of The Prince, and Leonardo da Vinci--inventor, artist, and military engineer
Death in Florence : the Medici, Savonarola, and the battle for the soul of a Renaissance city by Paul Strathern( Book )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and held by 885 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"By the end of the fifteenth century, Florence was well established as the home of the Renaissance. As generous patrons to the likes of Botticelli and Michelangelo, the ruling Medici embodied the progressive humanist spirit of the age, and in Lorenzo de' Medici (Lorenzo the Magnificent) they possessed a diplomat capable of guarding the militarily weak city in a climate of constantly shifting allegiances between the major Italian powers. However, in the form of Savonarola, an unprepossessing provincial monk, Lorenzo found his nemesis. Filled with Old Testament fury and prophecies of doom, Savonarola's sermons reverberated among a disenfranchised population, who preferred medieval Biblical certainties to the philosophical interrogations and intoxicating surface glitter of the Renaissance. Savonarola's aim was to establish a 'City of God' for his followers, a new kind of democratic state, the likes of which the world had never seen before. The battle between these two men would be a fight to the death, a series of sensational events--invasions, trials by fire, the 'Bonfire of the Vanities', terrible executions and mysterious deaths--featuring a cast of the most important and charismatic Renaissance figures. Was this a simple clash of wills between a benign ruler and religious fanatic? Between secular pluralism and repressive extremism? In an exhilaratingly rich and deeply researched story, Paul Strathern reveals the paradoxes, self-doubts, and political compromises that made the battle for the soul of the Renaissance city one of the most complex and important moments in Western history"--
Marx in 90 minutes by Paul Strathern( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Strathern briskly outlines the development of Marx's thought as a philosopher and political economist; and as with all titles in this series, illuminates the man behind the ideas
Aristotle in 90 minutes by Paul Strathern( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2015 in Spanish and English and held by 737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aristotle wrote on everything from the shape of seashells to sterility, from speculations on the nature of the soul to meteorology, poetry and art, and even the interpretation of dreams. Apart from mathematics, he transformed every field of knowledge that he touched. Above all, Aristotle is credited with the founding of logic. When he first divided human knowledge into separate categories, he enabled our understanding of the world to develop in a systematic fashion. Here, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Aristotle's life and ideas, and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand his existence in the world. The book also includes selections from Aristotle's work; a brief list of suggested reading for those who wish to push further; and chronologies that place Aristotle within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy
Plato in 90 minutes by Paul Strathern( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and Turkish and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul Strathern offers a concise account of Plato's life and ideas, and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand his existence in the world. The book also include sections from Plato's work; a brief list of suggested reading for those who wish to push further; and chronologies that place Plato within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy
Nietzsche in 90 minutes by Paul Strathern( Book )

23 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reading for those who wish to push further; and chronologies that place Nietzsche within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy
The Medici : power, money, and ambition in the Italian Renaissance by Paul Strathern( Book )

5 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A vivid, dramatic and authoritative account of the most influential family in Italian history: The Medici
Kant in 90 minutes by Paul Strathern( Book )

24 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Immanuel Kant taught and wrote prolifically about physical geography yet never traveled farther than forty miles from his home in Konigsberg. How appropriate that in his philosophy he should deny that all knowledge was derived from experience. Kant's aim was to restore metaphysics. He insisted that all experience must conform to knowledge. According to Kant, space and time are subjective; along with various "categories," they help us to see the phenomena of the world though never its true reality. In Kant in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Kant's life and ideas, and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand his existence in the world. The book also includes selections from Kant's work; a brief list of suggested reading for those who wish to push further; and chronologies that place Kant within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy
Descartes in 90 minutes by Paul Strathern( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rene Descartes spent most of his childhood in solitude, a situation that also came to characterize his adult life. Happily, these countless lonely hours helped Descartes produce the declaration that changed all philosophy: "I think, therefore I am." Eventually convincing himself to doubt and disregard sensory knowledge, Descartes found he could prove his existence through his thoughts. This internal information, he believed, was the true reality; external forces were. Hopelessly deceiving. In Descartes in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Descartes's life and ideas, and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand his existence in the world. The book also includes selections from Descartes's work; a brief list of suggested reading for those who wish to push further; and chronologies that place Descartes within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy.--
Wittgenstein in 90 minutes by Paul Strathern( Book )

17 editions published between 1996 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"If we accept Wittgenstein's word for it," Paul Strathern writes, "he is the last philosopher. In his view, philosophy in the traditional sense was finished." Ludwig Wittgenstein was a superb logician who distrusted language and sought to solve the problems of philosophy by reducing them to logic. All else - metaphysics, aesthetics, ethics, finally even philosophy itself - was excluded. They were all wrong, he argued. "What we cannot speak about," he declared, "we must pass over in silence." In Wittgenstein in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Wittgenstein's life and ideas, and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand his existence in the world. The book also includes selections from Wittgenstein's work; a brief list of suggested reading for those who wish to push further; and chronologies that place Wittgenstein within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy
Einstein and relativity by Paul Strathern( Book )

31 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"We may know that Einstein was the epitome of genius, but how many of us know what his theory really means, and what its realistic implications are? Einstein and Relativity presents a distillation of Einstein's life and work within their historical and scientific contexts; and offers a truly accessible explanation of the concept that shaped the twentieth century."--BOOK JACKET. "Just a few of the big ideas covered here are Einstein's discovery that light is both a particle and a wave; how Einstein proved the existence of molecules; why there is no such thing as real time; and how Einstein's brilliance led to his worst nightmare - the atom bomb."--Jacket
A brief history of economic genius by Paul Strathern( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In A Brief History of Economic Genius, Paul Strathern brings to life the great economists and mathematicians by revealing their eccentricity and brilliance. Readers will enjoy Strathern's entertaining style as well as the extensively researched and logical tale of how these intellectual giants contributed their natural talents, ideas, and skills to the development of today's mathematical and economics concepts." "Starting with the Renaissance, Strathern unveils that these geniuses, including Pacioli, Schumpeter, von Neumann, and Nash, frequently came upon their insights and huge leaps of discovery coincidentally or in the course of their ordinary business. Strathern also explains how and why these individuals often wrestled with the physical, moral, and social implications of their work, and how mathematics, chance, and decision making are intrinsically part of human behavior."--Jacket
The Venetians : a new history : from Marco Polo to Casanova by Paul Strathern( Book )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Republic of Venice was the first great economic, cultural, and naval power of the modern Western world. After winning the struggle for ascendency in the late 13th century, the Republic enjoyed centuries of unprecedented glory and built a trading empire which at its apogee reached as far afield as China, Syria and West Africa. This golden period only drew to an end with the Republic's eventual surrender to Napoleon. The Venetians illuminates the character of the Republic during these illustrious years by shining a light on some of the most celebrated personalities of European history--Petrarch, Marco Polo, Galileo, Titian, Vivaldi, Casanova. Frequently, though, these emblems of the city found themselves at odds with the Venetian authorities who prized stability above all else, and were notoriously suspicious of any "cult of personality." Was this very tension perhaps the engine for the Republic's unprecedented rise? Rich with biographies of some of the most exalted characters who have ever lived, The Venetians is a refreshing and authoritative new look at the history of the most evocative of city states."
Sartre in 90 minutes by Paul Strathern( Book )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A brief and enlightening exploration of the philosopher's life and ideas is presented in an entertaining and accessible fashion
Hegel in 90 minutes by Paul Strathern( Book )

24 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a brief profile of the German philosopher, discusses his dialectical method, and assesses the influence of his theories
Hawking and black holes by Paul Strathern( Book )

21 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in Spanish and English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stephen Hawking's discoveries on black holes and cosmology have been hailed as opening up a new era. But how many of us really understand them, or their implications for future generations? "The Big Idea" series aims for a clear-cut presentation of complex and revolutionary scientific ideas. $
Locke in 90 minutes by Paul Strathern( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spinoza in 90 minutes by Paul Strathern( Book )

15 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a brief profile of the Dutch philosopher, discusses his works, and assesses the influence of his theories
 
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Paul Strathern Brits historicus

Paul Strathern historiador británico

Paul Strathern historien britannique

Strathern, P. 1940-

Strathern, Paul

Stretern, P. 1940-

Stretern, Pol 1940-

Sutorazān, P. 1940-

Sutorazān, Pōru 1940-

סטראת'רן, פול 1940-

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Napoleon in EgyptThe artist, the philosopher, and the warrior : the intersecting lives of da Vinci, Machiavelli, and Borgia and the world they shapedDeath in Florence : the Medici, Savonarola, and the battle for the soul of a Renaissance cityMarx in 90 minutesAristotle in 90 minutesPlato in 90 minutesNietzsche in 90 minutesKant in 90 minutes