Name: Genius & Anxiety – Norman Lebrecht
Size: 8.85 MB
Title: Genius & Anxiety
Author: Norman Lebrecht
Total pages: 392 str.
A unique chronicle of the years 1847-1947, the century when the Jewish people changed the world-and it changed them.
In a hundred-year period, a handful of men and women changed the way we see the world. Many of them are well known-Marx, Freud, Proust, Einstein, Kafka. Others have vanished from collective memory despite their enduring importance in our daily lives. Without Karl Landsteiner, for instance, there would be no blood transfusions or major surgery. Without Paul Ehrlich, no chemotherapy. Without Siegfried Marcus, no motor car. Without Rosalind Franklin, genetic science would look very different. Without Fritz Haber, there would not be enough food to sustain life on earth.
What do these visionaries have in common? They all had Jewish origins. They all had a gift for thinking in wholly original, even earth-shattering ways. In 1847 the Jewish people made up less than 0.25% of the world’s population, and yet they saw what others could not. How?…