Academia Obscura: The Hidden Silly Side of Higher Education #ad - If you think the groves of academe are all stuffiness, elbow patches and greying old men. Think again. Academia obscura is an irreverent glimpse inside the ivory tower, exposing the eccentric and slightly unhinged world of university life.
The Dance of Time: The Origins of the CalendarArcade #ad - Michael judge teases out the contributions of each stream to the shape of the calendar, to the days and holidays, and to associated lore. In them, when the rhythms of man and woman matched those of earth and sky, he finds glimpses of a way of seeing before the mechanical time of clocks, and the sacred was born.
Did you know that the ancient romans left sixty days of winter out of their calendar, our easter bunny? three streams of history created the western calendar—first from the sumerians, considering these two months a dead time of lurking terror and therefore better left unnamed? That they had a horror of even numbers, then from the Celtic and Germanic peoples in the North, queen of the Norse gods? That the name Easter may derive from the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, hence the tendency for months with an odd number of days? That robed and bearded druids from the Celts stand behind our New Year’s figure of Father Time? That if Thursday is Thor’s day, Freya, whose consort was a hare, then Friday belongs to his faithful wife, Eostre, and finally from Palestine with the rise of Christianity.
Accidental Medical Discoveries: How Tenacity and Pure Dumb Luck Changed the WorldSkyhorse #ad - Alexander fleming in his analysis of bacterial growth and the discovery of penicillin. After studying the effects of the venom injected by the bite of a deadly pit viper snake, chemists developed a groundbreaking drug that works to control blood pressure. Accidental medical discoveries is an entertaining and enlightening look at the creation of 25 medical inventions that have changed the world unintentionally.
The book is presented in a lively and engaging way, and will appeal to a wide variety of readers, from history buffs to trivia fanatics to those in the medical profession. Serendipity, timing, and luck played a part in the discovery of unintentional cures and breakthroughs:A plastic shard in an RAF pilot’s eye leads to the use of plastic for contact lenses.
Accidental Medical Discoveries: How Tenacity and Pure Dumb Luck Changed the World #ad - The inability to remove a titanium chamber from rabbit’s bone leads to dental implants. Viagra was discovered by a group of chemists, working in the lab to find a new drug to alleviate the pain of angina pectoris. A stretch of five weeks of unusually warm weather in 1928 played a role in assisting Dr. Many of the world’s most important and life-saving devices and techniques were often discovered purely by accident.
An Incomplete Education: 3,684 Things You Should Have Learned but Probably Didn'tBallantine Books #ad - And don’t forget to read the section "a nervous American’s Guide to Living and Loving on Five Continents" before you answer a personal ad in the International Herald Tribune. This is a book to celebrate, to give and receive, to share, to pore over and browse through, and to return to again and again.
In this revised edition you’ll find a vitally expanded treatment of international issues, reflecting the seismic geopolitical upheavals of the past decade, from economic free-fall in South America to Central Africa’s world war, and from violent radicalization in the Muslim world to the crucial trade agreements that are defining globalization for the twenty-first century.
An Incomplete Education: 3,684 Things You Should Have Learned but Probably Didn't #ad - American studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, literature, Music, and World History: Here’s the bottom line on each of these major disciplines, Economics, Art History, Science, Film, distilled to its essence and served up with consummate flair. Here’s your chance to brush up on all those subjects you slept through in school, reacquaint yourself with all the facts you once knew then promptly forgot, catch up on major developments in the world today, style, when should you use the adjective continual and when should you use continuous? An Incomplete Education answers these and thousands of other questions with incomparable wit, and become the Renaissance man or woman you always knew you could be! How do you tell the Balkans from the Caucasus? What’s the difference between fission and fusion? Whigs and Tories? Shiites and Sunnis? Deduction and induction? Why aren’t all Shakespearean comedies necessarily thigh-slappers? What are transcendental numbers and what are they good for? What really happened in Plato’s cave? Is postmodernism dead or just having a bad hair day? And for extra credit, and clarity.
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It All Adds Up: The Story of People and MathematicsWilliam Collins #ad - With clarity, passion and wisdom, the author unveils the unexpected and at times serendipitous ways in which big mathematical ideas were created. Fascinating … so enlightening that suddenly maths doesn’t seem so fearsome as it once did’ SIMON WINCHESTERFrom Aristotle to Ada Lovelace: a brief history of the mathematical ideas that have forever changed the world and the everyday people and pioneers behind them.
It all adds up also tells the story of how mapping the trajectory of an eclipse has helped to trace the precise day of one of the oldest battles in history, how the course of the modern-day Greenwich Meridian was established, and why negative numbers were accepted just last century. This book is a vital compendium of the great men and women of mathematics from Aristotle to Ada Lovelace, which demonstrates how mathematics shaped the written word and the world.
It All Adds Up: The Story of People and Mathematics #ad - Supporting the belief that – just like music or literature – maths should be accessible to everyone, Launay will inspire a new fondness for the numbers that surround us and the rich stories they contain. It is a journey into numbers with Launay as a guide. In museums, how babylonian scholars developed one of the first complex written languages, monuments or train stations, he uses the objects around us to explain what art can reveal about geometry, and how ‘Arabic’ numbers were adopted from India.
. They are so indispensable that we forget how fundamental they are to our way of life. In this international bestseller, Mickaël Launay mixes history and anecdotes from around the world to reveal how mathematics became pivotal to the story of humankind.
Scientific Discovery from the Brilliant to the Bizarre: The Doctor Who Weighed the Soul, and Other True TalesArcade #ad - Winner of the ignobel prize in physics and the 2004 american Institute of Physics Science Writing Award, Len Fisher showed just how much fun science can be in his enthusiastically praised debut, How to Dunk a Doughnut. One experiment, involving a bed, and a dying man, platform scales, seemed to prove that the soul weighed the same as a slice of bread.
In this new work, he reveals that science sometimes takes a path through the ridiculous and the bizarre to discover that Nature often simply does not follow common sense. He touches on topics from lightning to corsets and from alchemy to Frankenstein and water babies, but he may not claim the last word on the weight of the soul!
Scientific Discovery from the Brilliant to the Bizarre: The Doctor Who Weighed the Soul, and Other True Tales #ad - But other, and such things as the discovery of electricity, light, no less fanciful experiments and ideas led to the fundamentals of our understanding of movement, heat, and energy, and the structure of DNA; improved engines; and the invention of computers. As in his previous book, fisher uses personal stories and examples from everyday life, as well as humor, to make the science accessible.
The Story of Ain't: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever PublishedHarper Perennial #ad - Critics bayed at the dictionary's permissive handling of ain't. Literary intellectuals such as Dwight Macdonald believed the dictionary's scientific approach to language and its abandonment of the old standard of usage represented the unraveling of civilization. Entertaining and erudite, the story of ain't describes a great societal metamorphosis, tracing the fallout of the world wars, the rise of an educated middle class, and the emergence of America as the undisputed leader of the free world, and illuminating how those forces shaped our language.
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The dictionary's revolutionary style sparked what David Foster Wallace called "the Fort Sumter of the Usage Wars. Editors and scholars howled for Gove's blood, calling him an enemy of clear thinking, a great relativist who was trying to sweep the English language into chaos.
Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected AgeW. W. Norton & Company #ad - The pioneering young scientist whose work on the structure of small worlds has triggered an avalanche of interest in networks. In this remarkable book, duncan watts, one of the principal architects of network theory, sets out to explain the innovative research that he and other scientists are spearheading to create a blueprint of our connected planet.
Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age #ad - . Whether they bind computers, networks are everywhere in the real world, economies, or terrorist organizations, yet only recently have scientists attempted to explain their mysterious workings. From epidemics of disease to outbreaks of market madness, from the structure of personal relationships to the technological and social choices of entire societies, Watts weaves together a network of discoveries across an array of disciplines to tell the story of an explosive new field of knowledge, the people who are building it, from people searching for information to firms surviving crisis and change, and his own peculiar path in forging this new science.
State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of AmericaHarperCollins e-books #ad - Jones makes the case: D. C. See america with 50 of our finest, and foremost writers anthony bourdain chases the fumigation truck in Bergen County, Funniest, New JerseyDave Eggers tells it straight: Illinois is Number 1 Louise Erdrich loses her bikini top in North Dakota Jonathan Franzen gets waylaid by New York's publicist.
State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America #ad - . And personal attorney. And historian. And geologistjohn hodgman explains why there is no such thing as a "Massachusettsean"Edward P. Vollmann visits a san Francisco S&M club and Many More! Should be a state! jhumpa lahiri declares her reckless love for the Rhode Island coastRick Moody explores the dark heart of Connecticut's Merritt Parkway, exit by exit Ann Patchett makes a pilgrimage to the Civil War site at Shiloh, TennesseeWilliam T.
What Philosophy Can DoW. W. Norton & Company #ad - What Philosophy Can Do #ad - Along the way, he introduces readers to powerful philosophical tools, from inductive and deductive logic to the Principle of Charity, which they can use to make better sense of current debates. A brilliant demonstration of what philosophy can do and how it is essential to human integrity and identity. Simon critchley, religion, education, gary gutting takes a philosopher’s scalpel to modern life’s biggest questions and the most powerful forces in our society—politics, science, coeditor of The Stone ReaderIn What Philosophy Can Do, and capitalism.
Interweaving his discussion of contemporary issues with philosophical concepts from Aristotle to Michel Foucault and John Rawls, Gutting shows how philosophy can enrich public discussions about our most urgent issues.
The Story Behind: The Extraordinary History Behind Ordinary ObjectsMango Media #ad - But we too often overlook the objects we use every day. In the story behind, creator of the webby award nominated podcast, Emily Prokop, explores the who, how, and huh? of everything from Band-Aids to bubble gum; hypnosis to Hula Hoops; and lullabies to lead pipes. Learn the fascinating history and trivia behind the everyday items we take for granted—from the host of the popular podcast The Story Behind.
Many of us learn about the major inventions that shape our world. Learn the torture device origins of certain exercise equipment and how some musical instruments were first developed for espionage. Learn how lollipops got started in ancient Egypt, how Kevlar came to be, and why Comic Sans was created. Along the way, plagues, she demonstrates how the major events of history—from wars, and revolutions to historic achievements and discoveries—have influenced some of the world’s most pervasive inventions.
The Story Behind: The Extraordinary History Behind Ordinary Objects #ad - From food, fashion, and games to transit and modern technology, The Story Behind offers a closer look at the things closest to us. Revealing fascinating new details on topics covered in the podcast, the book also explores many new subjects.