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Titel: Questioning the Millennium
Verlag: Jonathan Cape, London
Zustand: Very Good
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good
Jonathan Cape 1997; A look at the millennium over each 1000 years period, good to very good in dust jacket; B&W Illustrations; 190 pages. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 7065
Inhaltsangabe: Examines the phenomenon of the millennium. The text explores the origins of the term in the biblical prophecies of the Book of Revelation and tackles questions such as: will 2000AD signal the end of time; and does the millennium end in 1999 or at the end of 2000AD.
Rezension: In this slender volume, Stephen Jay Gould addresses three questions about the millennium with his typical combination of erudition, warmth and whimsy: As a calendrical event, what is the concept of a millennium and how has its meaning shifted over time? How did the projection of Christ's 1,000-year reign become a secular measure? And when exactly will the millennium begin--January 1, 2000 or January 2, 2001? "Our urge to know is so great, but our common errors cut so deep. You just gotta love us," he states disarmingly in the preface. "And you gotta view misguided millennial passion as a primary example of our uniqueness and our absurdity--in other words, of our humanity." Gould's own curiosity about time and calendars was triggered by a 1950 issue of Life magazine, which cut the century in half with its evaluation of what had happened and its prediction of things to come, propelling his third-grade mind to the year 2000. In Questioning the Millennium, Gould promises to make no predictions (other than "an orgy of millennial books"); court no millennial epiphanies; and put forth no theories on the collective angst that typically accompanies a century's end. Instead, he answers the millennial questions which, for him, represent the intersection of undeniable reality (natural fact) and human interpretation. Gould's questions and learned answers, weaving many historical and scientific facts, are a loving inquiry into the human need for order in a vast and teeming universe.
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