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Author Everdell, William R.

Title The first moderns : profiles in the origins of twentieth-century thought / William R. Everdell
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [1997]
©1997

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Description xi, 501 pages ; 23 cm
Contents 1. Introduction: What Modernism Is and What It Probably Isn't -- 2. The Century Ends in Vienna: Modernism's Time Lost, 1899 -- 3. Georg Cantor, Richard Dedekind, and Gottlob Frege: What Is a Number, 1872-1883 -- 4. Ludwig Boltzmann: Statistical Gases, Entropy, and the Direction of Time, 1872-1877 -- 5. Georges Seurat: Divisionism, Cloisonnism, and Chronophotography, 1885 -- 6. Whitman, Rimbaud, and Jules Laforgue: Poems without Meter, 1886 -- 7. Santiago Ramon y Cajal: The Atoms of Brain, 1889 -- 8. Valeriano Weyler y Nicolau: Inventing the Concentration Camp, 1896 -- 9. Sigmund Freud: Time Repressed and Ever-Present, 1899 -- 10. The Century Begins in Paris: Modernism on the Verge, 1900 -- 11. Hugo de Vries and Max Planck: The Gene and the Quantum, 1900 -- 12. Bertrand Russell and Edmund Husserl: Phenomenology, Number, and the Fall of Logic, 1901 -- 13. Edwin S. Porter: Parts at Sixteen per Second, 1903 -- 14. Meet Me in Saint Louis: Modernism Comes to Middle America, 1904
15. Albert Einstein: The Space-Time Interval and the Quantum of Light, 1905 -- 16. Pablo Picasso: Seeing All Sides, 1906-1907 -- 17. August Strindberg: Staging a Broken Dream, 1907 -- 18. Arnold Schoenberg: Music in No Key, 1908 -- 19. James Joyce: The Novel Goes to Pieces, 1909-1910 -- 20. Vassily Kandisky: Art with No Object, 1911-1912 -- 21. Annus Mirabilis: Vienna, Paris, and St. Petersburg, 1913 -- 22. Discontinuous Epilogues: Heisenberg and Bohr, Godel and Turing, Merce Cunningham and Michael Foucault
Summary Study of the origins of modernist thought, by a poet and teacher roams across disciplinary lines, commenting on fields as disparate as mathematics and moving pictures. Enthusiastically recommended. LJ Review
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 423-461) and index
Subject Artists -- History -- 20th century.
Biography -- 20th century.
Intellectuals -- History -- 20th century.
Modernism (Aesthetics)
Science -- History -- 20th century.
Intellectual life -- History -- 20th century.
Scientists -- History -- 20th century.
Thought and thinking -- History -- 20th century.
LC no. 96044334
ISBN 0226224805 (cloth : alk. paper)