We were inspired to look more closely at some of the key figures that appear in our Little History books by an interaction with a reader on the Little History facebook page. We really liked the idea of finding out what the series has to say about all sorts of ‘remarkable people’, both heroes and villains, and we’re putting together this resource for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for help with your homework (!), or trying to fill a gap in your knowledge, Little History books and their cast of characters have plenty to offer.
Linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, historian, political critic and activist
Noam Chomsky is an American philosopher and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT. He is the author of over one hundred books, ranging in topics from war and politics to grammar and language acquisition. Chomsky is the co-creator of the Chomsky-Schützenberger theorem, which provides an algebraic equation for the number of words of a given length generated by an unambiguous context-free grammar. He is said to identify with anarcho-syndicalism and libertarian socialism.
We all grow up incessantly asking our parents, teachers and peers ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’. Some people never stop. In the illuminating and very readable A Little History of Philosophy, Nigel Warburton tells us about 40 of the most special questioners a …