Saturday, September 27, 2014

Book: Spinoza, a life

Brilliant biographical and historical book, splendidly depicting the Netherlands and the Jewish community in Holland in the 1600-1700 period.

Steven Nadler is one of the top world experts in Spinoza, and he gives an image of this great intellectual which is much more multifaceted and dynamic than the traditional image - tending to portray Spinoza as a very secluded and shy man. On the contrary, he had a very active social life and he was a great innovator in a lot of realms, mainly of Optics, Astronomy and Biology.

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