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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

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.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

Aladdin's Lamp, by John Freely

Aladdin's Lamp: How Greek Science Came to Europe Through the Islamic World - John Freely

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.