50 Idées Qui Ont Changé Le Monde -John Farndon - Editions L'express
- Author (s): John Farndon
- Publisher: Editions L'press
- Language: French
- Publication: 24/05/2012
- Format: Medium, from 350g to 1kg
- Number of pages: 350
- Number of books: 1
- Shipping: 412
- Dimensions: 21.20 x 13.80 x 2.20
Without marriage, would men have recognized their children? Without the pottery, would they have had the chance to taste wine or beer? Without sailing, James Cook would not have discovered Australia and America would not be colonized by Europeans. Without the wheel, you wouldn't be able to withdraw money from the ATM. And without epic poetry, there are no adventure films! John Farndon reveals to us through 50 stories the incredible and often controversial story which has seen the founding ideas of today's world emerge and evolve: from the most basic - tea, coffee, refrigeration - to the most complex - quantum theory, the laws of motion, hope. For better or for worse, big ideas change our way of life, such as fire, metals or the Internet. They govern the functioning of our society: democracy, capitalism, monotheism ... They try to rectify injustices: the abolition of slavery, feminism ... This book invites us to reflect on what constitutes a great idea and to savor the colossal ingenuity of mankind.
John Farndon is English. He's the author of plays, songs and over 100 books, covering knowledge-based topics like Do You Think You're Clever? (Icon Books), general culture work for the general public based on entrance questionnaires to the University of Cambridge and Oxford. He has been shortlisted four times for the Junior Science Book Prize and his bestseller Do Not Open (Dorling Kindersley) received the US National Book Award.