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the changes art faced in XXth century. My main point of interest was essay called "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" because of its explorations on perception qualities of the viewers and their connection to the modern forms of art they perceive and create.

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about so-called "aura" in the works of art and where it has gone with ability to mechanically reproduce everything from a postcard to Sistine Chapel. What emotional and physiological qualities of modern public made genres like cinema one of the dominant forms of visual entertainment today.
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http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Luigi_Pirandello http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Charlie_Chaplin http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Karl_Marx

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magic, really. It was written in 16th century by one of the most prominent and mysterious pre-scientists of the time. It contains general statements as well as practical guides that will open a door into understanding of what the frontline of “scientific” discoveries of Late Renaissance looked like.

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how world was perceived in 16th century, how to compose basic chemical compounds according to Agrippa, how to perform telepathic practices and other usefull and widely used secrets of that time
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http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Virgil http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Aristotle http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Ovid

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an impact of media on society and individuals within it. It explains how changes in sensorial excitements can lead a humankind into a new era of reactions and affairs. Book was written more than half a century ago and predicts modern world media-related problems and tendencies with tremendous accuracy.

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how media evolved through XX century and what were a key ingredients of its expansion. How the way we consume information nowadays defines us a species and affects the way we interact with each other.
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http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Michael_Faraday http://www.wikiwand.com/en/James_Joyce http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Alfred_North_Whitehead

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ideas, events, wars, revolutions and scientific breakthroughs that shaped modern Europe and made it the way we know it now. This brief yet insightful guide starts at the beginning of the Roman Empire and going all the way to XX century. It also contains several visual timelines for better digesting.

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what forms of government preceded current political state, what role religion played in political affairs in different countries in different times (and how it changed its methods), how ideas turned into social reactions and how it all reflected in common people daily life.
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http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Odoacer http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Pepin_the_Short http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Otto_von_Bismarck

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the role of information development in modern societies and economies. Author goes through the recent concepts in economy, biology and physics to explain the complex world of informational structures, from the DNA molecules to Ford Motors Company, providing insightful cross-domain parallels along the way.

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what's the difference between information and its meaning, how to predict economical growth of the country knowing its informational and social capital (it gets little bit more complicated than that but still straight enough to grasp) and what are the key ingredients that keep our world from falling into the state of entropy.
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http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Ludwig_Boltzmann http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Wassily_Leontief http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Henry_Ford

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daily life prudence and the ways of keeping your own dignity and peace of mind (even while being a slave in a time of one of the most cruel Roman Emperors). Along with comments and parting words from Epictetus book will guide you into the world of moral principles of antiquity.

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lots of behavioral and thinking models, stories and dialogues of prominent Greek philosophers which they used to stand on their own even in the deadliest disputes with highest Roman officials without losing their own freedom (even if sometimes it led them straight to death or expulsion).
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http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Socrates http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Diogenes http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Zeno_of_Citium

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scientific approach, where it can lead you and what stands in opposite to it in modern world. It covers questions of moral, ethics, science and self-understanding. The book contains series of three lectures, spoken live by Mr. Feynman in 1963 at the University of Washington, Seattle.

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how to question yourself in a productive way and validate your own thoughts and ideas. How to distinguish scientific approach from anything else that might call itself so. Also there are plenty of life stories that illustrate the state of science in the XX century world.
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http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Galileo_Galilei http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Pope_John_XXIII http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Communist_Party_of_Ukraine_(Soviet_Union)

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the way counting and numbers influenced our understanding of the world throughout the history. Going from philosophical doctrines to scientific breakthroughs author tries to figure out what changed our counting habits and brought us into the digital world we live in now.

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how counting systems evolved and what left unchanged. Why we have 60 seconds in a minute, 365 days in a year and why multiplying by zero can not only drawn a ship but bring havoc into everything logical.
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http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Pythagoras http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Max_Planck http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Albert_Einstein

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the way we humans communicate through graphical representations of objects and meanings that surround our daily life starting from pre-historic times.

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how to use various symbolic systems in your work and appeal to certain thoughts or emotions with a certain shapes or compositions.
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http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Babylon http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Etruscan_civilization http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Aztec

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