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Human accomplishment : the pursuit of excellence in the arts and sciences, 800 B.C. to 1950

Author: Charles A Murray
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"The heart of Human Accomplishment is a series of descriptive chapters: on the giants in the arts and what sets them apart from the merely great; on the differences between great achievement in the arts and in the sciences; on the meta-inventions, 14 crucial leaps in human capacity to create great art and science; and on the patterns and trajectories of accomplishment across time and geography." "Straightforwardly  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles A Murray
ISBN: 006019247X 9780060192471
OCLC Number: 52047270
Description: xx, 668 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part 1 A Sense of Accomplishment 1 --
Part 2 Identifying the People and Events That Matter 57 --
Part 3 Patterns and Trajectories 245 --
Part 4 On the Origins and Decline of Accomplishment 383.
Responsibility: Charles Murray.

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"The heart of Human Accomplishment is a series of descriptive chapters: on the giants in the arts and what sets them apart from the merely great; on the differences between great achievement in the arts and in the sciences; on the meta-inventions, 14 crucial leaps in human capacity to create great art and science; and on the patterns and trajectories of accomplishment across time and geography." "Straightforwardly and undogmatically, Charles Murray takes on some controversial questions: Why has accomplishment been so concentrated in Europe? Among men? Since 1400? He presents evidence that the rate of great accomplishment has been declining in the last century, asks what it means, and offers a rich framework for thinking about the conditions under which the human spirit has expressed itself most gloriously."--Dust jacket.

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