A remarkable document of intellectual
history. Lewis S. Feuer
A splendid introduction to the man and
his ideas. Martin Gardner, The
At the age of eight, Karl Popper was puzzling
over the idea of infinity and by fifteen beginning to take a keen interest
in his father's well-stocked library of books. Unended
Quest recounts these moments and many others in the life of one
of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century. Popper witnessed
two World Wars and the collapse of Communism in the Eastern bloc, and
provides here an indispensable account of the ideas that influenced
him most, in particular his early fascination with science and philosophy.
He talks about aspects of his life rarely discussed elsewhere, such
as his love of music, the mixed feelings about his Jewish background,
and his debate with Wittgenstein and the now legendary 'poker' incident.
Popper also corresponded with a range of intellectual figures, including
Heisenberg, Schrödinger, Einstein and Russell. Yet it is as an
introduction to Popper's philosophy that Unended
Quest shines. Popper lucidly explains some of the central ideas
in his work, making this book ideal reading for anyone coming to Popper's
life and work for the first time.
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