Ulrich Schnabel: Leisure. Blessing Verlag (Hardcover, Social & Cultural Studies)


The science of doing nothing

Original Title: Muße

Hardcover with jacket, 288 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-89667-434-0
€ 19.95 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Blessing

Date of publication: December 8, 2010
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Rights sold to: Czech Republic (Dauphin), Korea (Gana), Poland (Muza), Slovakia (Citadella), Spain (Plataforma)

Ulrich  Schnabel - Leisure


We need it, we look for it, we fear it: the power of leisure

Pressure of work and our fascination for new communication technologies have made us forget how to relax. "More time for myself" is the answer people regularly give when asked by opinion pollsters what they miss most, only then immediately to go straight back to the never-ending exposure to the drumfire of communications and to boldly plunge into the flood of information. Yet brain researchers and neurologists have long since discovered how important phases of doing nothing and planning nothing are, when the circuits in the brain and the nerves can regenerate and renew their strength.

Great ideas need time and leisure, as can be seen from untold examples: it was not at his desk while bending over formulae that Isaac Newton had his brilliant idea about gravity, but out in the orchard while he was serenely looking at an apple. The structure of the benzene ring came to the chemist Friedrich Kekulé in a dream.

Ulrich Schnabel demonstrates how valuable leisure is and how we can manage to escape the general quickening of the speed of life, at least for a while.


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