What We Are Reading Today: The Evolution of Knowledge by Jurgen Renn

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Updated 15 January 2020

What We Are Reading Today: The Evolution of Knowledge by Jurgen Renn

This book presents a new way of thinking about the history of science and technology, one that offers a grand narrative of human history in which knowledge serves as a critical factor of cultural evolution. 

Jürgen Renn examines the role of knowledge in global transformations going back to the dawn of civilization while providing vital perspectives on the complex challenges confronting us today in the Anthropocene — this new geological epoch shaped by humankind.

Renn reframes the history of science and technology within a much broader history of knowledge, analyzing key episodes such as the evolution of writing, the emergence of science in the ancient world, the Scientific Revolution of early modernity, the globalization of knowledge, industrialization, and the profound transformations wrought by modern science. 

He investigates the evolution of knowledge using an array of disciplines and methods, from cognitive science and experimental psychology to earth science and evolutionary biology.


Egyptian actress Magda Al-Sabahi dies at 88

Her career spans for three decades. (AFP)
Updated 17 January 2020

Egyptian actress Magda Al-Sabahi dies at 88

DUBAI: Renowned Egyptian actress Magda Al-Sabahi died Thursday in her Cairo home, her daughter Ghada Nafa confirmed.

In 1956, Al-Sabahi founded her own film production company.

Her career spans for three decades. Before she retired from acting, Al-Sabahi appeared in over 60 films, however she notably known for her roles in “El-Naseh” in 1949, “Al-Ragol Allazy Ohebo” in 1962 and “El-Omr Lahza” in 1978.

In 1956, Al-Sabahi founded her own film production company. She was also elected as president of the “Egyptian Women in Film Association” in 1995.