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This month’s best historical reads

The Map of Knowledge: How Classical Ideas were Lost and Found

By Violet Moller

Picador, £20, hardback, 304 pages

Books charting the history of an idea can be a little esoteric, lacking the immediacy of more specific topics. Violet Moller’s look at centuries of scientific development solves that problem by basing its story in seven cities, including Alexandria, Baghdad and Venice. And what developments they were: astronomy medicine and mathematics all transformed human civilisation, and led to remarkable cooperation and collaboration between cultures along the way If, say the streets of 10th-century Baghdad seem a little remote, Moller’s travelogue of ideas brings such places vividly to life – and explains how the modern world came into being along the way

ABOVE: A 13th-century miniature by Arab scholar al-Hariri showing a physician tending a patient
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