the journal of the history of ideas

The most beautiful things I've ever seen come in map forms, of course. (Beauty is form, form is function.)

Here's a map of the people in whom the natural history of ideas cascaded down through the ages and across the planet.

It's missing a few early, basic ones (O Paleolithic hand-ax wielders, O flinters and fire inventors, how many times you must have discovered but never passed on your secrets!), and a few modern favorites aren't scored yet (Italo Calvino, quanto ti adoro, how could you merely be subsumed by Borges?) - but the broad strokes of the people who won the race for ideas are there.

You watched them on PBS when you were a kid, you read some of them in a Medieval History course you took in college, then you worked for one or two of their modern equivalents. But you never saw how they were all connected until now.


Blogger Lee said...

Um, that map doesn't include L. Ron Hubbard; it is, therefore, completely lacking. Seriously, without Xenu and Thetans, we wouldn't have important things like gravity and the color aubergine.

10:07 PM  
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