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Privacy Statement

Malaspina Great Books does not actively collect nor does it share any private information about its visitors with third parties.


Malaspina Great Books is a biographical database on Great Ideas. These are the living ideas that have shaped, defined and directed world culture for over 2,500 years. By definition the Great Ideas are radical. As such they are sometimes misread, or distorted by popular simplifications. Understanding a Great Idea demands personal engagement. Our selection of Great Ideas is drawn from literature and philosophy, science, art, music, theatre (drama) and cinema. We also include biographies of pivotal historical and religious figures, as well as contributions from women and other historically under-represented minorities. The result is an integrated multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary database built upon the framework of a Great Books Core List developed by Mortimer Adler (1902-2001) nearly 50 years ago.


This site is designed for the educational and personal use of students, scholars, and the public. Any commercial use or publication of materials contained herein without authorization is strictly prohibited. Our appreciation is extended to the University of Haifa Library, Christus Rex, WebMuseum, the National Gallery of Canada, Carol Gerten-Jackson and Mark Harden. Thanks also to Dave Lampson [ Classical Net (TM)] for the structural inspiration of these pages. Thanks also to Professor Lon Spight (UNLV) [Classical Composers Picture Archive] for suggestions and image resources. A very special thanks and appreciation to Eric W. Weisstein, one of the web's greatest talents and intellectual resources. We also appreciate and acknowledge the resources available from one of the finest science archives on the web, The MacTutor History of Mathematics. This site was established Dec 12, 1995 and is dedicated to the memory of my father, broadcaster and writer Bill (William) Russell McNeil II (1924-2003).

Bill McNeil (1924-2003) and Louis Armstrong (1900-1971) ca. 1955


Copyright (c) 1995-2003 Malaspina Great Books. Unless otherwise specified, permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify only those materials contained in articles in this database adapted in whole or in part from Wikipedia under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts.


The author warrants, to the best of his knowledge, that the proprietary interests of other individuals and organizations cited herein have been duly referenced (as per fair use laws) and permissions have, when required, been granted or are noted as pending. Should there be omissions, they are inadvertent and the author should be notified so that the necessary corrections may be made.


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