Peter Watson





Peter Watson

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Education: educated at the universities of Durham, London and Rome.

Deputy editor of New Society.

Part of the 'Insight' team of The Sunday Times for four years.

New York correspondent of The Times.

Has written for the Observer, The New York Times, Punch and The Spectator.

Author of thirteen books.

Presented several television programs about the arts.

Research Associate at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, at the University of Cambridge since 1998.


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The Modern Mind: An Intelle...
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The German Genius: Europe's...
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Landscape of Lies
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A Terrible Beauty: The Peop...
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The Great Divide: History a...
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The Age of Atheists: How We...
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Sotheby's:  The Inside Story
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The Caravaggio Conspiracy
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“One of the many innovations of modernism was the new demands it placed on the audience. Music, painting, literature, even architecture, would never again be quite so 'easy' as they had been.”
Peter Watson, A Terrible Beauty: The People and Ideas That Shaped the Modern Mind: A History

“For many scientists, as Lyotard concedes, scientific knowledge is the only form of knowledge there is, but if so, how then do we understand fairy stories and law?”
Peter Watson, A Terrible Beauty: The People and Ideas That Shaped the Modern Mind: A History

“...a useful coorective to the triumphalism of some scientists. For example, Maddox went out of his way to emphasise the provisional nature of much physics - he referred to black holes as 'putative' only, to the search for theories of everything as 'the embodiment of a belief, even a hope' and stated that the reason why the quantum gravity project is 'becalmed' right now is because 'the problem to be solved is not yet fully understood' and that the idea that the universe began with a Big Bang 'will be found to be false'.”
Peter Watson, A Terrible Beauty: The People and Ideas That Shaped the Modern Mind: A History

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