An episode from 7/19/22: Tonight I read from & comment on three sections from Jacques Barzun’s book From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the Present: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life:
- The expedition of French scholars that followed Napoleon into Egypt
- (24: 18) The invention of the printed book, and what it meant to education and literacy
- (44:00) On the Salem Witch trials of 1692, and how closely science at the time was allied with superstition
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