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Paul Strathern has a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Philosophy and lectures at Kingston University. Strathern is the author of several novels, including A Season in Abyssinia, which won a Somerset Maugham prize, and Mendeleyev's Dream: The Quest for the Elements. He has also published two series of show more books, one on philosophy: Philosophers in 90 Minutes, and another on science, but is best known for his 39 short biographies of philosophers and scientists (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Nietzsche in 90 Minutes (1996) 257 copies
Plato in 90 Minutes (1996) 247 copies
Wittgenstein in 90 Minutes (1996) 219 copies
Napoleon in Egypt (2007) 191 copies
Descartes in 90 Minutes (1996) 189 copies
Kant in 90 Minutes (1996) 185 copies
Aristotle in 90 Minutes (1996) 174 copies
Hume in 90 Minutes (1998) 157 copies
Kierkegaard in 90 Minutes (1997) 134 copies
Spinoza in 90 Minutes (1998) 120 copies
Sartre in 90 Minutes (1998) 119 copies
Hegel in 90 Minutes (1997) 116 copies
Socrates in 90 Minutes (1997) 110 copies
Confucius in 90 Minutes (1998) 100 copies
Locke in 90 Minutes (1901) 97 copies
The Florentines (2021) 94 copies
Marx in 90 Minutes (2001) 90 copies
Machiavelli in 90 Minutes (1998) 87 copies
Turing and the Computer (1997) 87 copies
A Brief History of Medicine (2005) 87 copies
Foucault in 90 Minutes (1901) 85 copies
Schopenhauer in 90 Minutes (1973) 83 copies
Einstein and Relativity (1997) 82 copies
St. Augustine in 90 Minutes (1997) 81 copies
Hawking and Black Holes (1997) 80 copies
Rousseau in 90 Minutes (2002) 72 copies
Newton and Gravity (1997) 71 copies
Heidegger in 90 Minutes (2002) 64 copies
Pythagoras and His Theorem (1997) 60 copies
Derrida in 90 Minutes (2000) 59 copies
Crick, Watson and DNA (1997) 52 copies
Darwin and Evolution (1998) 42 copies
Bohr and Quantum Theory (1998) 41 copies
Leibniz in 90 Minutes (2000) 40 copies
Archimedes and the Fulcrum (1998) 34 copies
Curie and Radioactivity (1998) 32 copies
Dewey in 90 Minutes (2002) 30 copies
Oppenheimer and the Bomb (1998) — Author — 29 copies
Berkeley in 90 Minutes (2000) 28 copies
The Essential Aristotle (2002) 25 copies
Borges in 90 Minutes (2006) 24 copies
James Joyce in 90 Minutes (2005) 23 copies
Kafka in 90 Minutes (2004) 23 copies
J.S. Mill in 90 Minutes (2002) 21 copies
Beckett in 90 Minutes (2005) 17 copies
D.H. Lawrence in 90 Minutes (2005) 14 copies
One man's war (1973) 11 copies
Season in Abyssinia (1972) 7 copies
Poe en 90 minutos (2006) 5 copies
Turkije (1995) 3 copies
Os Caminhos Terrestres (1994) 1 copy
Newton 1 copy

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I had no idea about Leibniz recruiting multiple patrons to the point that his first sponsor, Hanover, effectively arrested him upon return from drumming up business.
 
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Kavinay | Oct 30, 2023 |
Although I can understand some of the complaints I just don't see them diminishing what Paul Strathern is trying to do. If you want a quick concise history of the Medici's then you can't do much better than this. Then if you are interested in learning more there are plenty histories that are longer and more academic.
 
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everettroberts | 13 other reviews | Oct 20, 2023 |
Strathern does a great job pointing out how Nietzsche's estranged sister was the very worst person to take care of him given how she rewrote his work toward the antisemitic politics of her husband.
 
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Kavinay | 5 other reviews | Oct 10, 2023 |
Kant's dad was Scottish?! Never learned that in school.
Great job by Strathern to move beyond the easy caricature of Kant and stress his passion for resuscitating metaphysics and empiricism in response to skepticism.
 
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