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Into the labyrinth: in search of Daidalos-bookcover

By: Michael Wilson

Into the labyrinth: in search of Daidalos

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Daidalos was a polymath who foreshadowed Leonardo da Vinci by 3,000 years and was famed as an artist, inventor, scientist and engineer. Despite his many talents and his contributions to the advancement of humanity, his interactions with those he knew resulted in mayhem, and this is what makes his life so fascinating. First of all, he was responsible for the death of three close relatives – his son, his sister and his nephew. Secondly, his actions resulted in the death of King Minos who was a son of Zeus. Thirdly, he was involved in both the creation and destruction of the monstrous bull-human hybrid known as the minotaur. Finally, the lives of two of the most important women of Crete, Queen Pasiphae (the daughter of the sun god, Helios) and her daughter, Ariadne, were devastated by his interventions.  It could be argued that his actions contributed to the downfall of the Minoan civilization and its subjugation by the Mycenaeans. This book is the story of his fascinating life, the times in which he lived and the legacy he has left us.

Michael Wilson is Emeritus Professor of Microbiology at University College London where he undertook research for more than 30 years. He has published 335 research papers and 12 books in the fields of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. He holds 13 patents and in 1991 was given the “Inventor of the Year” award by Toshiba for inventing a device that could produce pure drinking water from sewage. In 2011 he was appointed Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the President of France for his services to French culture.

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