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An Evening with Simon Winchester (virtual event)

May 21, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

An Evening with Simon Winchester, “Knowing What We Know: The Transmission of Knowledge: From Ancient Wisdom to Modern Magic”

*** US orders only. We only ship books to addresses in the US.

Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event:

Sunday, May 21, 2023, 3pm PST/6pm EST

An Evening with Simon Winchester

“Knowing What We Know: The Transmission of Knowledge: From Ancient Wisdom to Modern Magic”


  • $40 Ticket: Virtual Admission + a signed copy of the book
  • Ticket includes opportunity to watch the event on video-on-demand for five days, thru May 26 at midnight.
  • Books ship one week after the event.

From the creation of the first encyclopedia to Wikipedia, from ancient museums to modern kindergarten classes. In Knowing What We Know: The Transmission of Knowledge: From Ancient Wisdom to Modern Magic, Simon Winchester examines how humans acquire, retain, and pass on information and data, and how technology continues to change our lives and our minds.

With the advent of the internet, any topic we want to know about is instantly available with the touch of a smartphone button. With so much knowledge at our fingertips, what is there left for our brains to do? At a time when we seem to be stripping all value from the idea of knowing things—no need for math, no need for map-reading, no need for memorization—are we risking our ability to think? As we empty our minds, will we one day be incapable of thoughtfulness? And what will the world be like if no one in it is wise?

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, The Map That Changed the World, and Krakatoa, all of which were bestsellers. In 2006, Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. He lives in western Massachusetts.

“The acclaimed Winchester leaps nimbly from cuneiform writings through Gutenberg to Google and Wikipedia as he examines … how we acquire, retain, and pass on information—and how technology’s current capability to do those things for us might be threatening our ability to think.” — Library Journal


May 21, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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