The World’s Greatest Idea (Hardback)

John Farndon

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Where would humanity be now without fire, vaccinations, farming – or wine? A great idea is one that has changed the path of human civilisation. But which is the greatest of them all? John Farndon, author of the bestselling Do You Think You’re Clever?, has set out to find the answer. A distinguished panel of experts agreed on a list of 50 ideas, and each chapter of The World’s Greatest Idea sees Farndon explore the argument for a different one. The candidates are intriguingly varied: Electricity grids enable us to power our cities, but then sewers allowed those cities to grow. Without the wheel, modern civilisation would be pretty much impossible, but take away Logic and we’d lose the essential structures for rational thought …But then what would be the point of all of this without the idea of romance? The World’s Greatest Idea is an enthralling voyage of discovery through the most powerful intellectual, social, scientific and creative brainwaves humans have ever had. They are ranked in the book determined by a public vote on But will you agree with the verdict?

John Farndon is the author of many books on contemporary issues, including China Rises and India Booms (Virgin), and Bird Flu and Iran in the Everything You Need to Know series (Icon). He also writes widely for children, including the best-selling Do Not Open (Dorling Kindersley), and has been shortlisted four times for the Junior Science Book Prize. He is also the author Do You Think You’re Clever? The Oxford and Cambridge Questions, also published by Icon Books.

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about this book

ISBN: 9781848311961

Price: 12.99 GBP 26.00 CAD 20.95 USD 12.99 GBP

Pages: 256

Publication date: 07/10/2010

Category: History & Current Affairs

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