American Enterprise, October/November 2003.
At rare times and in scattered settings, human beings have achieved great things. They have discovered truths about the way the universe works, written words that illuminate the human condition, arranged sounds and colors in ways that touch our deepest emotions. I have spent the last half-decade researching and writing a book about such achievements in the arts and sciences, beginning at 800 B.C. and stopping at 1950. The experience was a humbling one.