The professionally managed corporation was a new type of institution. Sloan and [Donaldson] Brown wanted a description of its functioning to bequeath to their successors. Drucker wanted to explore the responsibilities of such an institution, and what rendered its enormous authority legitimate – questions his paymasters did not much wish to raise. GM ignored Drucker’s book.
her work was fueled by her obsessive interest in her own story and her knack for improving on the facts with every new version of the same event.
Enter the well-known “secularization theory” that reigned almost unchallenged until the 1970s. In perhaps its most influential form, it was propounded by Max Weber (1864–1920) and, to put it too simply, claimed that there is a necessary connection between modernity and religion: As modernity advances, religion retreats. This near-inexorable process is called secularization.
Georg Cantor, a German mathematician, had developed a “transfinite arithmetic” to calculate with the infinitely many infinities he had discovered, each infinitely larger than the previous one. his work was a “disease” from which mathematics would surely be cured some day, thought French mathematician Henri Poincare.
It seemed to show how one could penetrate into a deeper reality simply by thinking about ideas, abstractions that moved and unfolded through time.
Updates to my recommended reading ... added to posts on these authors:
Kevin J. Hayes on the life and libraries of Thomas Jefferson
Virginia Postrel on Friedrich Hayek
Elizabeth Station on collecting the letters of Samuel Beckett
Leszek Kolakowski on the legacy of Karl Marx