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The Waste Books

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg


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PUBLISHED: 31st October 2000
ISBN: 9780940322509
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German scientist and man of letters Georg Christoph Lichtenberg was an 18th-century polymath: an experimental physicist, an astronomer, a mathematician, a practicing critic both of art and literature. He is most celebrated, however, for the casual notes and aphorisms that he collected in what he called his Waste Books. With unflagging intelligence and encyclopedic curiosity, Lichtenberg wittily deflates the pretensions of learning and society, examines a range of philosophical questions, and tracks his own thoughts down hidden pathways to disconcerting and sometimes hilarious conclusions. Lichtenberg's "Waste Books" have been greatly admired by writers as very different as Tolstoy, Einstein, and Andre Breton, while Nietzsche and Wittgenstein acknowledged them as a significant inspiration for their own radical work in philosophy. The record of a brilliant and subtle mind in action, "The Waste Books" are above all a powerful testament to the necessity, and pleasure, of unfettered thought.
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  • Paperback
    $35.05
PUBLISHED: 31st October 2000
ISBN: 9780940322509
ANNOTATION:
German scientist and man of letters Georg Christoph Lichtenberg was an 18th-century polymath: an experimental physicist, an astronomer, a mathematician, a practicing critic both of art and literature. He is most celebrated, however, for the casual notes and aphorisms that he collected in what he called his Waste Books. With unflagging intelligence and encyclopedic curiosity, Lichtenberg wittily deflates the pretensions of learning and society, examines a range of philosophical questions, and tracks his own thoughts down hidden pathways to disconcerting and sometimes hilarious conclusions. Lichtenberg's "Waste Books" have been greatly admired by writers as very different as Tolstoy, Einstein, and Andre Breton, while Nietzsche and Wittgenstein acknowledged them as a significant inspiration for their own radical work in philosophy. The record of a brilliant and subtle mind in action, "The Waste Books" are above all a powerful testament to the necessity, and pleasure, of unfettered thought.

Annotation

German scientist and man of letters Georg Christoph Lichtenberg was an 18th-century polymath: an experimental physicist, an astronomer, a mathematician, a practicing critic both of art and literature. He is most celebrated, however, for the casual notes and aphorisms that he collected in what he called his Waste Books. With unflagging intelligence and encyclopedic curiosity, Lichtenberg wittily deflates the pretensions of learning and society, examines a range of philosophical questions, and tracks his own thoughts down hidden pathways to disconcerting and sometimes hilarious conclusions. Lichtenberg's "Waste Books" have been greatly admired by writers as very different as Tolstoy, Einstein, and Andre Breton, while Nietzsche and Wittgenstein acknowledged them as a significant inspiration for their own radical work in philosophy. The record of a brilliant and subtle mind in action, "The Waste Books" are above all a powerful testament to the necessity, and pleasure, of unfettered thought.

Publisher Description

The most celebrated of Lichtenberg's works.

Author Biography

German scientist and man of letters Georg Christoph Lichtenberg was an eighteenth century polymath: an experimental physicist, an astronomer, a mathernatician, a practicing critic of art and literature.

Product Details

Author
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Pages
235
Publisher
New York Review of Books
Series
New York Review Books Classics
Language
English
Translator
R.J. Hollingdale
ISBN-10
0940322501
ISBN-13
9780940322509
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Year
2000
Publication Date
2000-10-31
Country of Publication
United States
Translated from
German
Short Title
WASTE BKS
Edition
Main