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  • Published: 24 September 2014
  • ISBN: 9780141394534
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592
  • RRP: $27.99

The Sleepwalkers

A History Of Man's Changing Vision Of The Universe




Passionate, provocative and lyrically told, The Sleepwalkers is the remarkable story of how man grew to understand the universe.

Arthur Koestler's extraordinary history of humanity's changing vision of the universeIn this masterly synthesis, Arthur Koestler cuts through the sterile distinction between 'sciences' and 'humanities' to bring to life the whole history of cosmology from the Babylonians to Newton. He shows how the tragic split between science and religion arose and how, in particular, the modern world-view replaced the medieval world-view in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. He also provides vivid and judicious pen-portraits of a string of great scientists and makes clear the role that political bias and unconscious prejudice played in their creativity.

  • Published: 24 September 2014
  • ISBN: 9780141394534
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592
  • RRP: $27.99

About the author

Arthur Koestler

Arthur Koestler was born in Budapest in 1905. He attended the University of Vienna before working as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, Berlin and Paris. For six years he was an active member of the Communist Party, and was captured by Franco in the Spanish Civil War. In 1940 he came to England, adopting the language with his first book in English, Scum of the Earth. His publications manifest a wide range of political, scientific and literary interests, and include Darkness at Noon, Arrow in the Blue and The Invisible Writing. He died in 1983 by suicide, having frequently expressed a belief in the right to euthanasia.

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