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Simon Winchester was born in London, England on September 28, 1944. He read geology at St. Catherine's College, Oxford. After graduation in 1966, he joined a Canadian mining company and worked as field geologist in Uganda. The following year he decided to become a journalist. His first reporting vis mere job was for The Journal, Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1969, he joined The Guardian and was named Britain's Journalist of the Year in 1971. He also worked for the Daily Mail and the Sunday Times before becoming a freelancer. He is the author of numerous books including In Holy Terror, The River at the Center of the World, The Alice Behind Wonderland, The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, and.Exactly: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World. In 2006, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to journalism and literature. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

Værker af Simon Winchester

The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary (2003) — Fortæller, nogle udgaver3,038 eksemplarer
The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World (2018) — Author & Narrator — 852 eksemplarer
The Alice Behind Wonderland (2011) 223 eksemplarer
The Best American Travel Writing 2009 (2009) — Redaktør — 124 eksemplarer
When the Earth Shakes (2015) 76 eksemplarer
Simon Winchester's Calcutta (2004) 70 eksemplarer
In Holy Terror (1974) 18 eksemplarer
Prison Diary, Argentina (1983) 15 eksemplarer
The End of the River (2020) 7 eksemplarer
The Fatal Equation 2 eksemplarer
The Classic Age 1 eksemplar
"Word Imperfect" 1 eksemplar
Shanghai Winchester (1999) 1 eksemplar
Aerial Hong Kong 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

In Other Words (2004) — Forord, nogle udgaver410 eksemplarer
The Best American Travel Writing 2001 (2001) — Bidragyder — 236 eksemplarer
The Best American Travel Writing 2005 (2005) — Bidragyder — 210 eksemplarer
The Kindness of Strangers (2003) — Forfatter — 199 eksemplarer
Weird and Wonderful Words (2002) — Forord — 161 eksemplarer
By the Seat of My Pants (2005) — Bidragyder — 145 eksemplarer
Granta 73: Necessary Journeys (2001) — Bidragyder — 140 eksemplarer
Original Letters from India (1986) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver127 eksemplarer
Granta 56: What Happened to Us? (1996) — Bidragyder — 126 eksemplarer
Tales from Nowhere (2006) — Bidragyder — 126 eksemplarer
Worlds to Explore: Classic Tales of Travel and Adventure from National Geographic (2006) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver102 eksemplarer
The Best American Travel Writing 2010 (2010) — Bidragyder — 100 eksemplarer
The Dylan Companion: A Collection of Essential Writing About Bob Dylan (1990) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver96 eksemplarer
Small World (1995) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver59 eksemplarer
What’s Language Got to Do with It? (2005) — Bidragyder — 51 eksemplarer
Unsavory Elements: Stories of Foreigners on the Loose in China (2013) — Bidragyder — 28 eksemplarer
Extreme Earth (2003) — Forord — 17 eksemplarer
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Autumn 1994 (1994) — Author "Eternal Argument" and "Two Centuries of the IRA" — 14 eksemplarer
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Autumn 1996 (1996) — Author "The Escape of the Amethyst" — 12 eksemplarer

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19. århundrede (297) amerikansk historie (192) biografi (1,575) bøger (171) bøger om bøger (317) Californien (164) cartography (162) dictionaries (232) earthquakes (173) ejer (157) engelsk (229) England (298) English language (254) etymology (146) faglitteratur (3,788) geografi (355) geologi (1,100) historie (4,861) history of science (177) Indonesien (218) Kina (468) Kindle (157) kort (177) lexicography (368) lingvistik (217) lydbog (158) læst (364) OED (327) opslagsværk (168) ordbog (484) Oxford English Dictionary (330) Psykisk sygdom (172) rejse (740) San Francisco (192) Skal læses (1,906) Sprog (873) ulæst (206) videnskab (916) volcanoes (350) words (180)

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The Man Who Loved China group read i 75 Books Challenge for 2014 (december 2014)


If ever there were a boring book, The Meaning of Everything is it. This man, Simon Winchester, managed to make the history of English words and of the Oxford English Dictionary things about which you just didn't feel like reading. Etymology is one of my favourite studies, and yet I just wanted the book to end.

It did end. Thank goodness.
ahef1963 | 56 andre anmeldelser | May 18, 2024 |
Like all of Winchester's works at times erudite, at times travelogue, at times geology lesson, at times history, at times chatty. A very good account not just of the San Francisco earthquake and fire, but plate tectonics in general, the North American plate in depth, and the San Andreas and related faults in particular. Another excellent book that left me the smarter for reading it.
tuckerresearch | 66 andre anmeldelser | May 2, 2024 |
Entertaining and mostly very readable but not up to his previous books in my opinion. I think that may be because the Atlantic really isn't one subject and the various topics don't necessarily connect.
K9VB | 55 andre anmeldelser | Apr 27, 2024 |
Books are depositories of knowledge. Now Simon Winchester has written a book about knowledge itself, “Knowing What We Know” (2023).

How is knowledge gathered? How is it used? How is it conveyed to others? How is it stored? Winchester tackles all such questions and in so doing discusses everything from oral traditions to schools to the invention of moveable type to the Encyclopedia Brittanica to Wikipedia and Google. He writes about libraries and newspapers and universities, as well as about many great individuals down through the ages from all parts of the world, from Asia to Africa to Europe to America, who have advanced the cause of knowledge.

Yet knowledge has a dark side, and Winchester does not ignore it, devoting a few pages to propaganda, which either creates fake knowledge or emphasizes one side of a question while downplaying the other. In other words, he writes about such things as politics and advertising. Unfortunately Winchester sometimes turns political himself and tosses in his own propaganda.

The most disturbing part of his book comes near the end when he wonders if knowledge may be becoming obsolete. Because of calculators, we no longer need to know even basic math. Because we have GPS. we no longer need to know much about geography. In which direction does the sun set? We no longer need to know even that. Because of Wikipedia and Google and Siri, we no longer need to know much of anything. What does this mean for the future of mankind?

Winchester packs so much into this book that it seems hard to believe that it comes in under 400 pages.
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hardlyhardy | 7 andre anmeldelser | Apr 24, 2024 |



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