Anton Blok

Anton Blok is emeritus professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. He taught at the Radboud University of Nijmegen and was a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, the University of California, Berkeley, and Yale University. His best-known books include The Mafia of a Sicilian Village (1974), and a collection of critical essays Honour and Violence (2001). His interest in biography and innovation goes back to the early 1960s when he studied anthropol­ogy at the University of Amsterdam.

The Innovators

The Innovators

The blessings of adversity in science and art, 1500-2000

(Prometheus, 2013, 376 pages)

In The Innovators, cultural anthropologist Anton Blok throws new light on the lives and achievements of pioneers who revolu­tionized science and art over the past five centuries: adversity rather than talent alone drove them in their innovations.

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