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The Immortal Game - A History of Chess

David Shenk

A surprising, charming, and ever-fascinating history of the seemingly simple game that has had a profound effect on societies the world over. Why has one game, alone among the thousands of games invented and played throughout human history, not only survived but thrived within every culture it has touched? What is it about its thirty-two figurative pieces, moving about its sixty-four black and white squares according to very simple rules, that has captivated people for nearly 1,500 years? Why has it driven some of its greatest players into paranoia and madness, and yet is hailed as a remarkably powerful educational tool? Nearly everyone has played chess at some point in their lives. Its rules and pieces have served as a metaphor for society including military strategy, mathematics, artificial intelligence, literature, and the arts. It has been condemned as the devil's game by popes, rabbis, and imams, and lauded as a guide to proper living by different popes, rabbis, and imams. In his wide-ranging and ever fascinating examination of chess, David Shenk gleefully unearths the hidden history of a game that seems so simple yet contains infinity. From its invention somewhere in India around 500 A.D., to its enthusiastic adoption by the Persians and its spread by Islamic warriors, to its remarkable use as a moral guide in the Middle Ages and its political utility in the Enlightenment, to its crucial importance in the birth of cognitive science and its key role in the new aesthetic of modernism in 20th century art, to its 21st century importance to the development of artificial intelligence and use as a teaching tool in inner-city America, chess has been a remarkably omnipresent factor in the development of civilization. Indeed as Shenk shows, some neuroscientists believe that playing chess may actually alter the structure of the brain, that it may for individuals be what it has been for civilization: a virus that makes us smarter. From the Hardcover edition.

A surprising, charming, and ever-fascinating history of the seemingly simple game that has had a profound effect on societies the world over. Why has one game, alone among the thousands of games invented and played throughout human history, not only survived but thrived within every culture it has touched? What is it about its thirty-two figurative pieces, moving about its sixty-four black and white squares according to very simple rules, that has captivated people for nearly 1,500 years? Why has it driven some of its greatest players into paranoia and madness, and yet is hailed as a remarkably powerful educational tool? Nearly everyone has played chess at some point in their lives. Its rules and pieces have served as a metaphor for society including military strategy, mathematics, artificial intelligence, literature, and the arts. It has been condemned as the devil's game by popes, rabbis, and imams, and lauded as a guide to proper living by different popes, rabbis, and imams. In his wide-ranging and ever fascinating examination of chess, David Shenk gleefully unearths the hidden history of a game that seems so simple yet contains infinity. From its invention somewhere in India around 500 A.D., to its enthusiastic adoption by the Persians and its spread by Islamic warriors, to its remarkable use as a moral guide in the Middle Ages and its political utility in the Enlightenment, to its crucial importance in the birth of cognitive science and its key role in the new aesthetic of modernism in 20th century art, to its 21st century importance to the development of artificial intelligence and use as a teaching tool in inner-city America, chess has been a remarkably omnipresent factor in the development of civilization. Indeed as Shenk shows, some neuroscientists believe that playing chess may actually alter the structure of the brain, that it may for individuals be what it has been for civilization: a virus that makes us smarter. From the Hardcover edition.
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A surprising, charming, and ever-fascinating history of the seemingly simple game that has had a profound effect on societies the world over. Why has one game, alone among the thousands of games invented and played throughout human history, not only survived but thrived within every culture it has touched? What is it about its thirty-two figurative pieces, moving about its sixty-four black and white squares according to very simple rules, that has captivated people for nearly 1,500 years? Why has it driven some of its greatest players into paranoia and madness, and yet is hailed as a remarkably powerful educational tool? Nearly everyone has played chess at some point in their lives. Its rules and pieces have served as a metaphor for society including military strategy, mathematics, artificial intelligence, literature, and the arts. It has been condemned as the devil's game by popes, rabbis, and imams, and lauded as a guide to proper living by different popes, rabbis, and imams. In his wide-ranging and ever fascinating examination of chess, David Shenk gleefully unearths the hidden history of a game that seems so simple yet contains infinity. From its invention somewhere in India around 500 A.D., to its enthusiastic adoption by the Persians and its spread by Islamic warriors, to its remarkable use as a moral guide in the Middle Ages and its political utility in the Enlightenment, to its crucial importance in the birth of cognitive science and its key role in the new aesthetic of modernism in 20th century art, to its 21st century importance to the development of artificial intelligence and use as a teaching tool in inner-city America, chess has been a remarkably omnipresent factor in the development of civilization. Indeed as Shenk shows, some neuroscientists believe that playing chess may actually alter the structure of the brain, that it may for individuals be what it has been for civilization: a virus that makes us smarter. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Rick Adamson

Length:

6h 12m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:50


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:44


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:03


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:53


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:54


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:03


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:00


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:03


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:52


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:57


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:12


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:29


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:55


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:37


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:05


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:45


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:53


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:08


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:06


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:58


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:57


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:05


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:59


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:02


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:55


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:43


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:27


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:44


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:55


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:09


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:53


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:01


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:54


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:03


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:52


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:10


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:02


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:05


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:00


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:05


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:12


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:26


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:53


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:31


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:48


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:52


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:03


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:50


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:03


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:05


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:53


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:11


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:59


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:59


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:09


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:57


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:37


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:59


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:10


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:49


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:08


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:59


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:01


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:52


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:02


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:04


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:01


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:06


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:59


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:12


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:01


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:50


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:08