The Polymath: A Cultural History from Leonardo da Vinci to Susan Sontag Audiobook, by Peter Burke Play Audiobook Sample

The Polymath: A Cultural History from Leonardo da Vinci to Susan Sontag Audiobook

The Polymath: A Cultural History from Leonardo da Vinci to Susan Sontag Audiobook, by Peter Burke Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Nigel Patterson Publisher: Tantor Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: September 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781705245064

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

17

Longest Chapter Length:

59:11 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

03:08 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

41:40 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

1

Publisher Description

The first history of the western polymath, from the fifteenth century to the present day

From Leonardo Da Vinci to John Dee and Comenius, from George Eliot to Oliver Sacks and Susan Sontag, polymaths have moved the frontiers of knowledge in countless ways. But history can be unkind to scholars with such encyclopaedic interests. All too often these individuals are remembered for just one part of their valuable achievements.

In this engaging, erudite account, renowned cultural historian Peter Burke argues for a more rounded view. Identifying 500 western polymaths, Burke explores their wide-ranging successes and shows how their rise matched a rapid growth of knowledge in the age of the invention of printing, the discovery of the New World, and the Scientific Revolution. It is only more recently that the further acceleration of knowledge has led to increased specialization and to an environment that is less supportive of wide-ranging scholars and scientists.

Spanning the Renaissance to the present day, Burke changes our understanding of this remarkable intellectual species.

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About Nigel Patterson

Nigel Patterson, British audiobook narrator and AudioFile Earphones Award winner, has many credits as a stage, screen, and voiceover actor that influence his powerful characterization across a broad range of genres. A graduate of the University of Oxford, he is fluent in French and Spanish.