Who was Theophrastus? History seems to have consigned his reputation to oblivion. He was a student of Plato and contemporary of Aristotle. Together, he and Aristotle developed a structure of inquiry, providing the foundations for the sciences.
In Looking for Theophrastus, Laura Beatty has written a beautiful book that logs her travels around the islands and places that Theophrastus would have lived, worked and thought, as she attempts to unravel millennia of knowledge and ‘stand behind the shoulder’ of this brilliant thinker.