André Klukhuhn / André Klukhuhn – Light

André Klukhuhn – Light

André Klukhuhn – Light

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About the book

The seventeenth century is not just the period in European cultural history that largely coincides with the early Enlightenment. It is also the period known as the Golden Age in the history of the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands. In France and England people looked with apprehension upon this new, rich state, this colonial world power without a king, without a court of nobles, with self-government by a people.

René Descartes and Baruch Spinoza were dominant in philosophy, Christiaan Huygens and Antoni van Leeuwenhoek in science, Rembrandt van Rijn and Johannes Vermeer in art, and Joost van den Vondel and Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft in literature. For most of them, light was of fundamental importance. This book is about the light that in the seventeenth century was concentrated so brilliantly in a small geographical area, enabling it to gain a crucial position in world history and bringing about an unprecedented revolution.  


'In fact with the invention of optical instruments, there and then, in the most "enlightened" part of Europe, eyes were opened and the source struck from which all our current knowledge about multidimensional time-space has sprung, from the big bang and black holes to elementary particles, nanatechnology and superstrings.'


André Klukhuhn is a chemist and a philosopher. In 2003 his major work The History of Thought was published, of which a fully revised edition appeared in 2013. In 2008 he published All People are called Janus.

© Patrick Post

Additional book information

  • philosophy/history
  • ISBN 9789023498780
  • Number of pages: 254
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: € 23,99
  • English sample available