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Charles Darwin: And the Evolution Revolution
Posted By : anjer | Date : 03 Aug 2021 09:04 | Comments : 6

Rebecca Stefoff, Charles Darwin: And the Evolution Revolution (Oxford Portraits in Science)
Oxford University Press | ISBN 0195089960 | 1996 | PDF | 1 MB | 129 pages

ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES, published in 1858, transformed our view of the world and made Charles Darwin one of the most controversial figures in science. This new biography looks at the person behind the controversy whose earth-shaking discoveries and ideas remain as exciting and interesting as today's headlines.
Einstein A to Z
Posted By : anjer | Date : 03 Aug 2021 08:48 | Comments : 3

Karen C. Fox, Einstein A to Z
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. | ISBN 0471466743 | 2004 | PDF | 3.30 MB | 321 pages

Tackling a human life in alphabetical order is a fascinating task. Instead of a continuous story that includes highs and lows, descriptions of a personality with both strengths and weaknesses, a tale of triumphs coupled with failures, an encyclopedia spotlights a single topic to the exclusion of others. Every aspect of the subject’s life is presented starkly and without mitigating factors. Most important, you will learn that the contradictions of Einstein’s life could not obscure his contributions. His theories, one more elegant than the last, nourished and created the very foundation for twentiethcentury science. Ultimately, as we wrote this book, we realized that Einstein quite simply was all his contradictions simultaneously: stubborn, brilliant, modest, self-centered, generous, passionate. A biography presented in bite-size entries, as this book is, offers the chance to see the truth behind an icon in a way that is rarely possible.
John Dee: 1527-1608
Posted By : anjer | Date : 28 Jul 2022 15:35 | Comments : 5

Charlotte Fell Smith, John Dee: 1527-1608
Ibis Publishing | ISBN 0892541040 | 2004 | PDF | 1.34 MB | 158 pages

The first complete biography of the 14th-century scientist, philosopher, and magician. Essential for students who want a full understanding of the ground from which the esoteric arts have grown.
Homer (Blackwell Introductions to the Classical World)
Posted By : anjer | Date : 26 Jul 2022 10:54 | Comments : 2

Barry B. Powell, Homer (Blackwell Introductions to the Classical World)
Blackwell Publishers | ISBN 0631233865 | 2004 | PDF | 2.48 MB | 189 pages

The earliest and greatest works of Greek literature - the Iliad and the Odyssey - have been attributed since antiquity to the poet Homer. This concise book is an ideal introduction to the poet and his two great epics. Assuming no prior knowledge of Greek, the author supplies all the background information necessary to understand the poems. The book presents an overview of the "Homeric question," considering the authorship, composition, and transmission of the poems.
Ludwig Boltzmann: The Man Who Trusted Atoms
Posted By : mowmow | Date : 24 Jul 2022 19:28 | Comments : 4

Ludwig Boltzmann: The Man Who Trusted Atoms
Oxford University Press, USA | ISBN 0198570643 | 2022-02-10 | PDF | 486 pages | 19,21MB

This book presents the life and personality, the scientific and philosophical work of Ludwig Boltzmann, one of the great scientists who marked the passage from 19th- to 20th-Century physics. His rich and tragic life, ending by suicide at the age of 62, is described in detail. A substantial part of the book is devoted to discussing his scientific and philosophical ideas and placing them in the context of the second half of the 19th century. The fact that Boltzmann was the man who did most to establish that there is a microscopic, atomic structure underlying macroscopic bodies is documented, as is Boltzmann's influence on modern physics, especially through the work of Planck on light quanta and of Einstein on Brownian motion. Boltzmann was the centre of a scientific upheaval, and he has been proved right on many crucial issues. He anticipated Kuhn's theory of scientific revolutions and proposed a theory of knowledge based on Darwin. His basic results, when properly understood, can also be stated as mathematical theorems. Some of these have been proved: others are still at the level of likely but unproven conjectures. The main text of this biography is written almost entirely without equations. Mathematical appendices deepen knowledge of some technical aspects of the subject.

Mussolini in the First World War: The Journalist, The Soldier, The Fascist
Posted By : mowmow | Date : 24 Jul 2022 19:20 | Comments : 3

Mussolini in the First World War: The Journalist, The Soldier, The Fascist
Berg Publishers | ISBN 1845200527 | 2022-01-15 | PDF | 224 pages | 812 KB

How did Mussolini come to fascism? Standard accounts of the dictator have failed to explain satisfactorily the transition from his pre-World War I "socialism" to his post-war fascism. This controversial new book is the first to examine Mussolini's political trajectory during the Great War through his journalistic writings, speeches and war diary. The author argues that the 1914-18 conflict provided the catalyst for Mussolini to clarify his deep-rooted nationalist tendencies. He demonstrates that Mussolini's interventionism was already anti-socialist and anti-democratic in the early autumn of 1914 and shows how in and through the experience of the conflict the future Duce fine-tuned his authoritarian vision of Italy in a state of permanent mobilization for war.
The Oxford Companion To Shakespeare
Posted By : anjer | Date : 24 Jul 2022 07:50 | Comments : 1

Michael Dobson and Stanley Wells, The Oxford Companion To Shakespeare
Oxford University Press | ISBN 0198117353 | 2001 | PDF | 26.8 MB | 575 pages

From the conjectured identity of the Dark Lady of the Sonnets to misprints in the First Folio, from Shakespeare's favorite figures of speech to the staging of Othello in South Africa, The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare offers the most comprehensive coverage available on all aspects of Shakespeare's life and works.

Heinrich Harrer - Seven Years in Tibet (Repost)
Posted By : mowmow | Date : 18 Jul 2022 19:33 | Comments : 3

Heinrich Harrer - Seven Years in Tibet
Tarcher | ISBN 0874778883| 2021-08-25 | PDF | 352 pages | 1.65 MB

In a motion picture starring Brad Pitt, SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET is the autobiographical account of a young Austrian adventurer and the escape from an internment camp that changed his life forever. In 1943, Heinrich Harrer, a noted mountain climber and skier, slipped out of captivity in India and made his way through the Himalayan passes to the Forbidden City of Lhasa in Tibet. From destitute vagabond, he rose to the position of tutor and confidant to the fourteen-year-old Dalai Lama. Until their parting in 1950, when the Chinese Communists overran the country, his close relationship with the revered holy man profoundly altered his way of living, even his way of thinking.
Marie Curie: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies)
Posted By : tmobile | Date : 16 Jul 2022 23:13 | Comments : 3

Marie Curie: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies)
Greenwood Press| ISBN 0313325294 | 2021-09-30 | PDF | 184 pages | 752 KB

Marie Curie (1867-1934) was one of the most important woman scientists in history, and she was one of the most influential scientists--man or woman--of the 20th century. Curie postulated that radiation was an atomic property, a discovery that has led to significant scientific developments since. She was also the first person to use the term "radioactivity." Her perseverance led to the discovery of two new elements, polonium and radium. This combination of creativity and perseverance netted her two Nobel Prizes, one in physics and the second in chemistry. This book, however, looks at more than her scientific achievements. While Curie is often portrayed as a stern, one-dimensional woman so totally committed to her science that she was incapable of complex emotions, the truth is that the opposite is the case. Marie Curie: A Biography covers her entire lifetime, beginning with her early life and education in a Poland under the oppressive rule of the czar of Russia.

Alanis Obomsawin: The Vision of a Native Filmmaker (American Indian Lives)
Posted By : pariman | Date : 16 Jul 2022 19:27 | Comments : 1

Randolph Lewis, "Alanis Obomsawin: The Vision of a Native Filmmaker (American Indian Lives)"
University of Nebraska Press | ISBN 0803229631 | May 1, 2022 | PDF | 262 Pages | 2MB

In more than twenty powerful films, Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin has waged a brilliant battle against the ignorance and stereotypes that Native Americans have long endured in cinema and television. In this book, the first devoted to any Native filmmaker, Obomsawin receives her due as the central figure in the development of indigenous media in North America.
Isaac Newton (Lives and Legacies Series)
Posted By : tmobile | Date : 15 Jul 2022 22:11 | Comments : 3

Isaac Newton (Lives and Legacies Series)
Cambridge University Press | ISBN 019530070X | 2021-09-27 | DJVU |160 pages | 835 kb

Quarrelsome and quirky, a disheveled recluse who ate little, slept less, and yet had an iron constitution, Isaac Newton rose from a virtually illiterate family to become one of the towering intellects of science. Now, in this fast-paced, colorful biography, Gale E. Christianson paints an engaging portrait of Newton and the times in which he lived. We follow Newton from his childhood in rural England to his student days at Cambridge, where he devoured the works of Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo, and taught himself mathematics. There ensued two miraculous years at home in Woolsthorpe Manor, where he fled when plague threatened Cambridge, a remarkably fertile period when Newton formulated his theory of gravity, a new theory of light, and calculus--all by his twenty-fourth birthday. Christianson describes Newton's creation of the first working model of the reflecting telescope, which brought him to the attention of the Royal Society, and he illuminates the eighteen months of intense labor that resulted in his Principia, arguably the most important scientific work ever published. The book sheds light on Newton's later life as master of the mint in London, where he managed to convict and hang the arch criminal William Chaloner (a remarkable turn for a once reclusive scholar), and his presidency of the Royal Society, which he turned from a dilettante's club into an eminent scientific organization. Christianson also explores Newton's less savory side, including his long, bitter feud with Robert Hooke and the underhanded way that Newton established his priority in the invention of calculus and tarnished Liebniz's reputation. Newton was an authentic genius with all too human faults. This book captures both sides of this truly extraordinary man. A volume in Oxford's Lives and Legacies series. Brief, erudite, and inviting, the exciting new Lives and Legacies series offers a fresh look at some of the greatest minds in the humanities and sciences. Written by prominent authors, these engaging volumes will shed light on the life and work of our leading intellectual, artistic, and historical figures.
Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake
Posted By : mowmow | Date : 11 Jul 2022 03:03 | Comments : 5

Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake
Broadway | ISBN 0767905385 | 2000 | PDF | 304 pages | 4.31 MB

Frank W. Abagnale, alias Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams, and Robert Monjo, was one of the most daring con men, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was twenty-one. Known by the police of twenty-six foreign countries and all fifty states as "The Skywayman," Abagnale lived a sumptuous life on the lam-until the law caught up with him. Now recognized as the nation's leading authority on financial foul play, Abagnale is a charming rogue whose hilarious, stranger-than-fiction international escapades, and ingenious escapes-including one from an airplane-make Catch Me If You Can an irresistible tale of deceit.
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
Posted By : mowmow | Date : 11 Jul 2022 02:58 | Comments : 5

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
Random House | ISBN0375504907 | 2022-03-25 | PDF | 368 pages | 2.31 MB

We all have dreams—things we fantasize about doing and generally never get around to. This is the story of Azar Nafisi’s dream and of the nightmare that made it come true. For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. They were all former students whom she had taught at university. Some came from conservative and religious families, others were progressive and secular; several had spent time in jail. They were shy and uncomfortable at first, unaccustomed to being asked to speak their minds, but soon they began to open up and to speak more freely, not only about the novels they were reading but also about themselves, their dreams and disappointments. Their stories intertwined with those they were reading—Pride and Prejudice, Washington Square, Daisy Miller and Lolita—their Lolita, as they imagined her in Tehran.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
Posted By : mowmow | Date : 11 Jul 2022 02:47 | Comments : 4

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
Bantam | ISBN 0553277472 | 2022-04-01 | PDF | 400 pages | 4.31 MB

The extraordinary story of a man's quest for truth. It will change the way you think and feel about your life. "The cycle you're working on is a cycle called 'yourself.'"
Baghdad without a Map and Other Misadventures in Arabia
Posted By : mowmow | Date : 11 Jul 2022 02:40 | Comments : 0

Baghdad without a Map and Other Misadventures in Arabia
Plume | ISBN 0452267455 | 2022-01-01 | PDF | 288 pages | 1.31 MB

Horwitz has the touch, the ability to astutely capture the ludicrous essence of an experience while filling in all the pertinent socio-historic details. He chews qat with the Yemenis, plays soccer with the Sudanese Dinka refugees and listens to an endless refrain of "You are the perfume of Iraq, oh Saddam" in Baghdad. Horwitz' eye and wit are equally sharp, and his book is an exceptionally good read.