The Transmission of Knowledge: from Ancient Wisdom to Modern Magic
PRAISE FOR KNOWING WHAT WE KNOW: 'An ebullient, irrepressible spirit invests this book. It is erudite and sprightly in a way that will be familiar to anyone who has read Winchester's wonderful histories of the Krakatoa eruption, the origins of the Oxford English Dictionary and the Atlantic (among others)' Sunday Times 'A book about transmitting knowledge by someone who has made his name by doing just that in the most erudite and entertaining way possible . . . a delightful compendium of the kind of facts you immediately want to share with anyone you encounter . . . Simon Winchester has firmly earned his place in history . . . as a promulgator of knowledge of every variety, perhaps the last of the famous explorers who crisscrossed the now-vanished British Empire and reported what they found to an astonished world' New York Times 'From schoolhouses in ancient Sumeria and Aboriginal "songlines" to GPS, Wikipedia, Google and beyond, Winchester traverses the human history of information storage and transmission in a pageant of colourful, eloquent tableaux... Don't pigeonhole Knowing What We Know as "information science". Rather, think of it as an intellectual autobiography: one richly stocked, ever-curious mind's account of the multiple ways in which stored knowledge may open the road to understanding' Financial Times 'Winchester is a knowledge keeper for our times, and he does us all a service by writing it down' Wall Street Journal '[Winchester] might be appropriately dubbed the One-Man Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge of our own era. Whatever his subject, Winchester leavens deep research and the crisp factual writing of a reporter . . . with an abundance of curious anecdotes, footnotes and digressions. His prose is always clear, but it is also invigorated with pleasingly elegant diction ... Informative and entertaining throughout' Washington Post
Simon Winchester grew up beside the Atlantic in South West England and studied geology at Oxford. He is the bestselling author of The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, Krakatoa, The Map That Changed the World, The Surgeon of Crowthorne (The Professor and the Madman), The Fracture Zone, Outposts and Korea, among many other titles. In 2006 he was awarded the OBE. He lives in western Massachusetts and New York City.