The Map of Knowledge
In The Map of Knowledge, Violet Moller traces the journey taken by the ideas of three of the greatest scientists of antiquity – Euclid, Galen and Ptolemy – through seven cities and over a thousand years. Vividly told and with a dazzling cast of characters, The Map of Knowledge is an evocative, nuanced and vibrant account of our common intellectual heritage.
I am an independent historian with a particular interest in the history of ideas and how knowledge has been transmitted through the centuries. My Ph.D was on libraries in Early Modern Britain, focusing on the organisation and collection of intellectual knowledge, which led me to look at the history of science in a wider context and resulted in The Map of Knowledge, published in February 2019. In 2016 it was awarded the RSL Jerwood Prize for Non-fiction (for a work in progress).
I started my career as a journalist, contributing articles and reviews to The Face, Arena, The Scotsman, Metro Scotland and The List amongst others, covering theatre, art, books, going out, music and culture in general. I lived in Denmark for six years where I worked as an editor and translator, in addition to various branding/research projects. On moving back to the UK, I joined the Bodleian Library as a volunteer – this resulted in being commissioned to write three small books for the Publishing Department. I graduated with MA in Classics and Medieval History and Ph.D in History from the University of Edinburgh. I live in North Buckinghamshire with my husband and our three children.
I am a presenter of the Travels Through Time history podcast which asks a wide range of brilliant historians which year they would chose if they could travel back in time. Then they take us to three special scenes or events in that year, before choosing one item to bring back to the present with them. www.tttpodcast.com
26 MAY Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye www.hayfestival.com
15 JUNE Buckingham Literary Festival www.bucklitfest.org
27 JUNE Chalke Valley History Festival, Broadchalke www.cvhf.org.uk
21 SEPT Hay Festival Segovia www.hayfestival.com/segovia/home
9 OCT Guildford Book Festival www.guildfordbookfestival.co.uk
12 OCT Classics Forum Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge www.eventbrite.co.uk
4 NOV European Space Agency, Paris www.esa.int/ESA
14 NOV Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival www.gibraltarliteraryfestival.com
17 NOV Travels Through Time podcast www.historytoday.com/podcast
5-8 MAR 2020 Aldeburgh Literary Festival www.aldeburghliteraryfestival.co.uk
19 MAY 2020 The Bath Festival www.bathfestivals.org.uk/the-bath-festival
20 JAN 2021 7pm, Stoney Words, The Crown, Market Square, Stoney Stratford www.stonywords.org.uk
The Map of Knowledge
China (Complex) – Agora Publishing • China (simplified) – Guomai Culture & Media Co. Ltd. • Arabic – Hindawi Foundation
UK – Picador
US – Doubleday
Italy – Mondadori
Spain – Taurus
Holland – Meulenhoff
France – Editions Payot
China (Complex) – Agora Publishing
China (simplified) – Guomai Culture & Media Co. Ltd.
Arabic – Hindawi Foundation