Just another GR refugee. Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.
I was excited on starting this book, as the subject interests me: how the scientific knowledge of the ancient Greeks and Romans came to Medieval Europe via the Arab world.
Unfortunately, this book was organized "X of Y, known in the Middle Ages as 'Shazaam,'" then a list of the thinker's dates, and his main ideas. For each scientist/philosopher, one after the other. This repetitious format bored me, and did not do justice to the material covered. Frankly, it reminded me of a study list for an exam.
Also, there were problems of focus and organization, and frankly too much extraneous material for a non-specialist reader (an inundation, for the length of the book).
I guess my lingering impression of this book is disappointment at a wasted opportunity.