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Curiosity An eclectic history of human curiosity a great feast of ideas and a memoir of a reading life from an internationally celebrated reader and thinker Curiosity has been seen through the ages as the imp

  • Title: Curiosity
  • Author: Alberto Manguel
  • ISBN: 9780300184785
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An eclectic history of human curiosity, a great feast of ideas, and a memoir of a reading life from an internationally celebrated reader and thinker Curiosity has been seen through the ages as the impulse that drives our knowledge forward and the temptation that leads us toward dangerous and forbidden waters The question Why has appeared under a multiplicity of guisesAn eclectic history of human curiosity, a great feast of ideas, and a memoir of a reading life from an internationally celebrated reader and thinker Curiosity has been seen through the ages as the impulse that drives our knowledge forward and the temptation that leads us toward dangerous and forbidden waters The question Why has appeared under a multiplicity of guises and in vastly different contexts throughout the chapters of human history Why does evil exist What is beauty How does language inform us What defines our identity What is our responsibility to the world In Alberto Manguel s most personal book to date, the author tracks his own life of curiosity through the reading that has mapped his way Manguel chooses as his guides a selection of writers who sparked his imagination He dedicates each chapter to a single thinker, scientist, artist, or other figure who demonstrated in a fresh way how to ask Why Leading us through a full gallery of inquisitives, among them Thomas Aquinas, David Hume, Lewis Carroll, Rachel Carson, Socrates, and, most importantly, Dante, Manguel affirms how deeply connected our curiosity is to the readings that most astonish us, and how essential to the soaring of our own imaginations.

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Mars Curiosity Facts about the Mars Science Laboratory The Mars Science Laboratory and its rover centerpiece, Curiosity, is the most ambitious Mars mission yet flown by NASA The rover landed on Mars in with a primary mission to find out if Mars Ideas about Curiosity TED From a scientist s perspective, life is one big experiment These talks demonstrate that science doesn t just happen it takes determination, unwavering curiosity and a big leap into the unknown. Curiousity definition of Curiousity by The Free Dictionary What the Greek king said excited the vizir s curiousity, and he said to him, Sire, I beg your majesty to have the condescension to tell me what the vizir said to King Sindbad. Curiosity MSL Solar System Exploration NASA Science This self portrait of NASA s Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the Mojave site, where its drill collected the mission s second taste of Mount Sharp. Curiosity Character Lab Why does curiosity matter When you re curious about something, you process it deeply, rather than superficially You also voluntarily spend time learning about things that spark your curiosity. Curiosity definition and meaning Collins English Dictionary Curiosity is a desire to know about something Ryle accepted out of curiosity than anything else an enthusiasm and genuine curiosity about the past To satisfy our own curiosity Curiosity Synonyms, Curiosity Antonyms Thesaurus The boy came forward, and examined the stranger with curiosity He handed the letter to Robert, who surveyed it with curiosity A pioneer is a brave fellow, with the courage of his own curiosity. Raw Images Mars Science Laboratory Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity exploring the planet mars facts, information, videos and pictures Curiosity About Us Curiosity is on a mission to make learning easier and fun than it has ever been Our goal is to ignite curiosity and inspire people to learn. 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      • Alberto Manguel

        Alberto Manguel born 1948 in Buenos Aires is an Argentine born writer, translator, and editor He is the author of numerous non fiction books such as The Dictionary of Imaginary Places co written with Gianni Guadalupi in 1980 and A History of Reading 1996 The Library at Night 2007 and Homer s Iliad and Odyssey A Biography 2008 , and novels such as News From a Foreign Country Came 1991 Manguel believes in the central importance of the book in societies of the written word where, in recent times, the intellectual act has lost most of its prestige Libraries the reservoirs of collective memory should be our essential symbol, not banks Humans can be defined as reading animals, come into the world to decipher it and themselves.


    1. ‏"ألبرتو مانغويل" مثقّفٌ ثرثار. ‏يحدّثنا في كتابه هذا -في ما يقارب الـ 400صفحة- عن الكوميديا الإلهية لدانتي. الكتاب القديم ‏الذي ارتبط به مؤخرًا، وقرأه كثيرًا وأحبّه وقرأ عنه وحوله الكثير. ‏يمرّ "مانغويل" بمحطّاتٍ معينة من رحلة "دانتي" الأخروية، وفي كلّ محطّة تنساب الحكايات ‏ [...]

    2. There is a sadness to reading ‘Curiosity’, as it is quite possibly Manguel’s final such book. He is my favourite author of books-about-books, as his writing is thoughtful, profound, humane, and informed by a lifetime of reading. Here, Manguel talks about suffering a stroke and his intuition that he will not live much longer, something he has made peace with. Nonetheless, this is not an inherently unhappy book. Rather, it is tribute to the curiosity of humanity about the world, each other, [...]

    3. радячи людям альберто мангуеля, я зазвичай кажу, що це такий умберто еко, тільки аргентинський (і, звісно, згадую еталонний фрагмент із «історії читання», у якому борхес приходить із мамою до книгарні, де працює юний альберто). але не знаю, чи це порівняння може пояснити, як с [...]

    4. The book greets the reader with the most challenging of questions revolving around the infamous 'who?' 'what?' & the 'whys' of life as a whole and our presence as actors within. I do confess it was exhausting to read as its perhaps for the more educated pallet, but still I was not insulted. If you've read any of his works previously it might be best if you keep that pattern and then after visit this one as it may get you familiarised with how he conducts the verbal exchange of thoughts and r [...]

    5. Mi biblioteca no es una colección de certezas, sino un asilo de dudas. Se emprende un viaje, el mapa es un libro y cada una de las palabras escritas en éste son una posibilidad de camino, pues cada palabra abre un nuevo campo: ninguna palabra es sólo presente, sino pasado y futuro también, conjugadas y sintetizadas en una sola pregunta que se vuelve brújula para guiarnos en nuestra empresa: ¿por qué?"La curiosidad es el arte de hacerse preguntas" Plantea Manguel al inicio del libro. ¿Y q [...]

    6. "In the opening pages of this ambitious memoir—in which its author tracks the career of his own curiosity through a lifetime of dedicated reading within a capacious framework of the literary history of human inquisitiveness through the ages—he mentions that he was almost sixty when he first encountered Dante’s Commedia, the work of literature that did more than any other to guide him through the production of his unusually challenging task. Such a gargantuan project seeks proper scaffoldin [...]

    7. In ‘Curiosity’ Alberto Manguel uses Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’ as its backbone from which he meanders down branches of literary and anthropological exploration on the subject of curiosity.Manguel has a unique method of presenting an autobiographical style of essay writing, which can at times seem to take on a life all of its own and appear to wander off the subject, ‘Curiosity’ is no exception. However, what a reader encounters during this book are many literary boxes of delights and [...]

    8. كتاب الفضول كتاب ضخم بالتساؤلات التي يطرحها ويعمل على إيجاد الإجابات المناسبة لها. اتخذ من الكوميديا الإلهية لدانتي مرجعاً في كل طرح يطرحه بأسلوب صعب لا يستسيغه سوى متخصص في قسم الآداب سواء لغة عربية أو علم اجتماع أو فلسفة. لكنني استمتعت به وشعرت أن الزمن يعود بي لأيام الجام [...]

    9. Not a biography of the theory or science of curiosity, but rather a series of meditations on humanity's great existential questions set in the framework of Dante's Inferno and explored through classic literature and philosophy. A feast for any intellectually curious reader or lover of the classics.

    10. Read this book!!! I realized a long time ago the reason I read is because of my curiosity. Manguel uses Dante's Divine Comedy as a touch stone for explorng the asking of questions. The book is dense and erudite. Again, read this book!!

    11. Manguel explores philosophical questions from the starting place of Dante's Inferno. Didn't always work for me -- I felt he was trying too hard to make a connection.

    12. A book to read slowly and in pieces. Really a series of essays on a common theme - curiosity - weaving through a reading of literary history and particularly through Dante's Commedia (The Divine Comedy). I haven't read Commedia and I take some comfort in Manguel's admission that he came to it late - in his 60s. I've added it to my "To Read" list.I'll come back to this book again and again as I think about what it means to know and understand the world - to think deeply and meaningfully.

    13. um manancial de erudição partilhado por Alberto Manguel em defesa da curiosidade, da busca pelo saber e pelo conhecimento. no seu melhor, a partilha de memórias e leituras que vão de carroll a hume, passando por santo agostinho. e no entanto, o epicentro do livro está na divina comédia de dante que, se não tiver sido degustada pelos leitores desta "história", acaba por entorpecer um pouco o desfrute deste livro e dos seus significados.

    14. Difícil fazer de um livro claramente muito bem escrito e repleto de referências para explicar a origem da curiosidade, mas para uma mente simples como a minha e que, principalmente, ainda não leu a maior parte das obras referenciadas (Divina Comédia, Ilíada), é como ouvir uma piada que claramente foi boa, mas você não entendeu

    15. Fascinating but dense. Perhaps the first book I self consciously identified as middle aged while reading. More a series of essays looped into a Dante theme than a book, we take a scattergun tour of philosophy and history. Sad and raw and thoughtful all at the same time.

    16. Жаль, этой книги не было на русском языке, когда я читала «Божественную комедию». С одной стороны, захватывающий литературный анализ произведения Данте, а с другой — увлекательное эссе, полное личных историй и воспоминаний самого Мангеля.

    17. A thoughtful musing on curiosity, what, who and how through the journey of life supported with Dante's Divine Commedia. Reading Curiosity has inspired me to read the Commedias. It was a thought provoking read begging to be re-read for deeper understanding.

    18. Alberto ManguelI had some good moments with this book, and some rather dull ones. As always Alberto Manguel is a treasure trove of stories and of thoughts about language and the curious act of reading and writing that defines us as human beings. At times reading Curiosity feels like having a wonderful coffee house conversation with your most cultivated and literate friend. I love the chapter about Quipu, the Inca writing system and the prince of Sansevero, for example, or the thoughts about gree [...]

    19. Uma história erudita e abrangente sobre a curiosidade, o combustível da evolução da humanidade. A Divina Comédia de Dante ocupa um lugar de charneira neste caldeirão de cultura. Pensadores da Grécia Antiga, Roma, Idade Média, até à atualidade dão o "seu contributo" a este livro, onde aparecem também apontamentos muito pessoais de Alberto Manguel.

    20. In my frequent variegated riffings - to which I am prone for a number of legitimate reasons, which I will abstain from specifying - I am wont to prize curiosity as a principal - a spiritual principal no less - of near unsurpassed precedence when it comes to engendering a life well lived. It is not below me to remonstrate the hordes of volk who medicate (with medication) doldrums, that bummed-out feeling, low-level baseline depression (not the clinical variety which makes the world a gray nothing [...]

    21. Browsing the Waterstone's shelves for a book, Curiosity caught my attention. Everything about the book, from cover to concept, appeared to express the genre and style of reading that stimulates my mind. The experience didn't disappoint. Commenting on this book by Alberto Manguel, evokes a sense of engaging in an intellectual battle with a superior mind. Like the Economist book jacket quote, I too would agree that reading Manguel is as 'taking a walk or an unhurried meal with an erudite cosmopoli [...]

    22. Dificilmente lerei a Divina Comédia mas a estrutura deste livro (perguntas, perguntas) espelha-se e explica-se na obra de Dante Alighieri, às vezes de uma maneira um pouco forçada (anacronicamente forçada, direi eu). Cada capítulo é uma pergunta e o desenvolvimento apresenta-se em duas partes: a primeira é uma reflexão biográfica do autor e é de longe a mais interessante. A segunda procura uma associação/explicação/interpretação na Divina Comédia e nem sempre me foi satisfatóri [...]

    23. Este livro é empacotado de maneira a enganar o leitor. Pelo título / sinopse, parece-se tratar de um estudo sobre a curiosidade humana através de figuras literárias - o que de certa forma o livro é, mas por apenas 15% do tempo. Na maior parte do tempo, este livro lê-se como uma tese, uma dissertação detalhada (e longuíssima) sobre "A Divina Comédia". Os trechos em que Manguel fala de sua infância e adolescência e de sua relação com os livros e o mundo são excelentes - como o são [...]

    24. Alberto Manguel es, desde este año, director de la Biblioteca Nacional de Argentina. En este libro se plantea preguntas comunes, generales, sobre la vida, la verdad, la justicia, el destino, y las enhebra con la trama de la Divina Comedia. Cada capítulo comienza con un recuerdo personal, que suele ser la mejor parte. Los capítulos en sí varían en tono; algunos más filosóficos, otros más científico-académicos. No es posible resumir el libro de esta manera. No he leído la Divina Comedia [...]

    25. This is a difficult book, in part because it assumes so much of its readers. It asks that we accept Manguel's rather non-linear approach to examining deep philosophical questions through the lens of Dante and the various literary ripples around the Divine Comedy. The autobiographical bits are engaging, but Manguel's rambling style can be off-putting.

    26. This book is one man's struggle with all the why questions humans face. He uses everything he has ever known to explore these questions.Everyone needs something to remind them that they don't know everything. This book did that for me, thankfully.

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