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Details of Alpha Beta: How the Alphabet Shaped the Western World
- Exact title of book
- Alpha Beta: How the Alphabet Shaped the Western World
- Book author
- John Man
- Apr 28, 2009
- PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
- File size (in PDF)
- 2880 kB
Some brief overview of book
John Man follows the trail of the alphabet from its origins in Ancient Egypt to its present form, and considers how it shaped the western world. The idea behind the alphabet that language with all its wealth of meaning can be recorded with a few meaningless signs is an extraordinary one. So extraordinary, in fact, that it has occurred only once in human history in Egypt about 4,000 years ago, newly discovered origins that this book is the first to detail.
Alpha Beta then follows the emergence of the western alphabet as it evolved into its present form, contributing vital elements to our sense of identity along the way. The Israelites used it to define their God, the Greeks to capture their myths, the Romans to display their power. And today, it seems on the verge of yet another expansion through the internet.
Tracking the alphabet as it leaps from culture to culture, John Man weaves discoveries, mysteries and controversies into a story of fundamental historical significance.
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