Lives in the Renaissance
ANNOUNCEMENTS, 21 Feb 2022
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service
Human History as Cultural History
We need to reform our teaching of history so that the emphasis will be placed on the gradual growth of human culture and knowledge, a growth to which all nations and ethnic groups have contributed.
A New Freely Downloadable Book
18 Feb 2022 – I would like to announce the publication of a book which presents many aspects of science and culture in the Renaissance.
The Renaissance (meaning “Re-birth”) was a period of excitement and innovation during which Europe rediscovered the knowledge that had been lost with the burning of the Great Library of Alexandria and the decline of the brilliant Greek and Hellenistic civilizations.
The Renaissance owes much to the Islamic civilization of the Middle Ages which preserved the writings of such great ancient figures as Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Hypocrites and Galen and transmitted them to the west.
Paper and printing, both invented in China, were brought. to the west during the Renaissance, and they paved the way for the explosion of knowledge which took place.
In the 12th Century, the city of Toledo in Spain was a center of translation of Greek classical manuscripts from Arabic to Latin. It was a period of tolerance in Spain, when the three Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, lived together in friendly cooperation.
Another route by which ancient knowledge was transmitted to Europe was through the Greek scholars who came to the west from Byzantium, bringing with them classical manuscripts.
The Renaissance started in Italy, especially in the trading cities of Florence and Venice. Figures such as Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Michelangelo and Raphael belong to the Italian Renaissance. Later, the Renaissance moved northward, producing great contributions to human culture from such men as Rembrandt, Shakespeare and Newton.
The Renaissance was a crucial step towards the creation of the modern world, as we know it today.
The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge from the following link:
The book is part of a series on cultural history. Here are links the other books in the series that have, until now, been completed:
LIVES IN THE ANCIENT WORLD
LIVES IN THE 17TH CENTURY
LIVES IN THE 18TH CENTURY
LIVES IN THE 19TH CENTURY
LIVES IN THE 20TH CENTURY
LIVES IN BIOLOGY
LIVES OF SOME GREAT NOVELISTS
LIVES IN MATHEMATICS
LIVES IN EXPLORATION
LIVES IN EDUCATION
LIVES IN POETRY
LIVES IN PAINTING
LIVES IN ENGINEERING
LIVES IN ASTRONOMY
LIVES IN CHEMISTRY
LIVES IN MEDICINE
LIVES IN ECOLOGY
LIVES IN PHYSICS
LIVES IN ECONOMICS
LIVES IN THE PEACE MOVEMENT
Other books and articles about global problems are on these links:
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John Scales Avery, Ph.D., who was part of a group that shared the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize for their work in organizing the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, is a member of the TRANSCEND Network and Associate Professor Emeritus at the H.C. Ørsted Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is chairman of both the Danish National Pugwash Group and the Danish Peace Academy and received his training in theoretical physics and theoretical chemistry at M.I.T., the University of Chicago and the University of London. He is the author of numerous books and articles both on scientific topics and on broader social questions. His most recent books are Information Theory and Evolution and Civilization’s Crisis in the 21st Century (pdf). Website: https://www.johnavery.info/
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