Alpha Beta

Alpha Beta

How Our Alphabet Changed the Western World

Book - 2000
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An alphabet is a system for organising and recording thought. From the earliest neanderthal grunts right through to today's digital information overload, humans have needed some way of making sense of the world around them. The very earliest letters, which demonstrate this ('a' was the first sound of the Semitic word for 'ox', 'b' for 'house'), are still with us, virtually unchanged across the millennia. And while the western world today is divided by languages, it remains largely united by alphabet. Where these letters came from and how they have evolved over the years is more than just an academic exercise. John Man's ALPHA BETA tells a thrilling story of adventure, passion and intrigue.
Publisher: London : Headline, 2000.
ISBN: 9780747271369
Branch Call Number: 411.09 Man
Characteristics: 312 pages : illustrations, map.


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Jan 24, 2016

Alpha Beta --- by --- John Man.
It’s quite a complicated story; how we got from the pictograms of ancient civilizations to the latin alphabet we use today. It’s a story a story that courses through many civilizations and through a considerable span of time. Man’s book tells the story and the history of the cultures that nurtured the proto-alphabets and the alphabets themselves. The cultural history is relatively easily accessible but the technicalities of the alphabet and how it developed and the sounds it represented are not so easy to understand: this is the realm of those initiate to this esoteric realm.

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