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Stranger Than We Can Imagine!

book cover image: Stranger than we can imagine: An alternative history of he 20th century

The story of a confusing century that embodied stranger ideas.

John Higgs' new book Stranger Than We Can Imagine: An Alternative History of the 20th Century is the story of a confusing century that embodied stranger ideas such as quantum entanglement, cubism, psychedelics, postmodernism, and chaos maths.

These ideas, produced from the furthest fringes of our science, arts, and culture are discoveries that stand in stark contrast to the discoveries of the previous century.  Those discoveries - the steam engine, agriculture and electricity were discoveries we could understand and appreciate as we could see the usefulness of their application.  Life made sense.

In this new book Higgs showcases personalities that range from geniuses like Einstein and Picasso to infamous persons such as Aleister Crowley and Keith Richards and a wide range in between.  Higgs explores the century with wit and clarity.  This is a view of the 20th century that will transorm some of the notions you might have and perhaps change the way you view the world around you.  It is an amazing, and fun, read.