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Lost knowledge : the concept of vanished technologies and other human histories

Author: Benjamin B Olshin
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2019]
Series: Technology and change in history, v. 16.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Lost Knowledge : The Concept of Vanished Technologies and Other Human Histories examines the idea of lost knowledge, reaching back to a period between myth and history. It investigates a peculiar idea found in a number of early texts: that there were civilizations with knowledge of sophisticated technologies, and that this knowledge was obscured or destroyed over time along with the civilization that had created  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Olshin, Benjamin B., author.
Lost knowledge
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2019]
(DLC) 2018060003
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin B Olshin
ISBN: 9789004352728 9004352724
OCLC Number: 1081377323
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 458 pages).
Contents: Speculations and fantasies --
Ancient tales of flying machines --
Magic mirrors and early televisions --
The missing land of Atlantis --
Rings and dangerous powers --
The nature, encoding, and transmission of knowledge --
Conclusions: What did they mean?
Series Title: Technology and change in history, v. 16.
Responsibility: by Benjamin B. Olshin.

Abstract:

"Lost Knowledge : The Concept of Vanished Technologies and Other Human Histories examines the idea of lost knowledge, reaching back to a period between myth and history. It investigates a peculiar idea found in a number of early texts: that there were civilizations with knowledge of sophisticated technologies, and that this knowledge was obscured or destroyed over time along with the civilization that had created it. This book presents critical studies of a series of early Chinese, South Asian, and other texts that look at the idea of specific 'lost' technologies, such as mechanical flight and the transmission of images. There is also an examination of why concepts of a vanished 'golden age' were prevalent in so many cultures. Offering an engaging and investigative look at the propagation of history and myth in technology and culture, this book is sure to interest historians and readers from many backgrounds"--

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