Measuring the New World: Enlightenment Science and South America (Hardcover)

Measuring the New World: Enlightenment Science and South America (Hardcover)

Neil Safier,"Measuring the New World"
University Of Chicago Press | September 15, 2008 | ISBN: 0226733556 | PDF | 428 pages | 2.93mb

Prior to 1735, South America was largely terra incognita to many Europeans. But that year, the Paris Academy of Sciences sent a joint French and Spanish mission to the Spanish American province of Quito (in present-day Ecuador) to study the curvature of the Earth at the Equator—an expedition that would put South America on the map and in the minds of Europeans for centuries to come. Equipped with quadrants and telescopes, the mission’s participants referred to the transfer of scientific knowledge from Europe to the Andes as a “sacred fire” passing mysteriously through European astronomical instruments to curious observers in South America.
By looking at the social and material traces of this expedition, Measuring the New World examines the transatlantic flow of knowledge in reverse—from West to East. Through ephemeral monuments and geographical maps, from the Andes to the Amazon River, the book explores how the social and cultural worlds of South America contributed to the production of European scientific knowledge during the Enlightenment. Neil Safier uses the notebooks of traveling philosophers, including Charles-Marie de La Condamine and others, as well as maps and specimens from the expedition, to place this particular scientific endeavor in the larger context of early modern print culture and the emerging intellectual category of scientist as author.

The Night the Old Regime Ended: August 4,1789, and the French Revolution

The Night the Old Regime Ended: August 4,1789, and the French Revolution

The Night the Old Regime Ended: August 4,1789, and the French Revolution
Publisher: JPennsylvania State University Press | ISBN: 0271022337 | edition 2003 | PDF | pages 240 | 13,5 mb

If the Fall of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, marks the symbolic beginning of the French Revolution, then August 4 is the day the Old Regime ended, for it was on that day (or, more precisely, that night) that the National Assembly met and undertook sweeping reforms that ultimately led to a complete reconstruction of the French polity. What began as a prearranged meeting with limited objectives suddenly took on a frenzied atmosphere during which dozens of noble deputies renounced their traditional privileges and dues. By the end of the night, the Assembly had instituted more meaningful reform than had the monarchy in decades of futile efforts. In The Night the Old Regime Ended, Michael Fitzsimmons offers the first full-length study in English of the night of August 4 and its importance to the French Revolution.

Twenty-Three Minutes to Eternity: The Final Voyage of the Escort Carrier USS Liscome Bay

Twenty-Three Minutes to Eternity: The Final Voyage of the Escort Carrier USS Liscome Bay

Twenty-Three Minutes to Eternity: The Final Voyage of the Escort Carrier USS Liscome Bay
Publisher: University Alabama Press | ISBN: 0817313699 | edition 2004 | PDF | pages 288| 1,82 mb

On November 24, 1943, a Japanese torpedo plunged into the starboard side of the American escort carrier USS Liscome Bay. The torpedo struck the thin-skinned carrier in the worst possible place - the bomb storage area. The resulting explosion could be seen 16 miles away, literally ripping the Liscome Bay in half and killing 644 of her crew. In terms of lives lost, it was the costliest carrier sinking in United States naval history. Liscome Bay's loss came on her first combat operation: the American invasion of the Gilbert Islands. Despite her short career, she touched a number of remarkable and famous lives. Doris Miller, the first black American sailor to win the Navy Cross, lost his life, as did Rear Admiral Henry Mullinax, one of the Navy's first "air admirals." John Crommelin was the senior officer to survive the sinking. Later in his career, Crommelin, a decorated naval aviator himself, sparked the famous Revolt of the Admirals, which helped save the role of naval aviation in America's Cold War military. James Noles's account of the Liscome Bay and those who served aboard her is based on interviews with the ship's survivors and an unpublished memoir that the ship's pay officer made available to the author. This readable, compelling book pays homage to the crew by telling their story of experience and sacrifice.

Kolomoki: Settlement, Ceremony, and Status in the Deep South, A.D. 350 to 750

Kolomoki: Settlement, Ceremony, and Status in the Deep South, A.D. 350 to 750

Kolomoki: Settlement, Ceremony, and Status in the Deep South, A.D. 350 to 750
Publisher: University Alabama Press | ISBN: 0817350179 | edition 2003 | PDF | pages 272 | 3,45 mb

Kolomoki - one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the southeastern United States - includes at least nine large earthen mounds in the lower Chattahoochee River valley of southwest Georgia. The largest, Mound A, rises approximately 20 meters above the terrace that borders it. From its flat-topped summit, a visitor can survey the string of smaller mounds that form an arc to the south and west. Archaeological research had previously placed Kolomoki within the Mississippian period (ca. A.D. 1000-1500) primarily because of the size and form of the mounds. But this book presents data for the main period of occupation and mound construction that confirm an earlier date, in the Woodland period (ca. A.D. 350-750). Even though the long-standing confusion over Kolomoki's dating has now been settled, questions remain regarding the lifeways of its inhabitants. Thomas Pluckhahn's research has recovered evidence concerning the level of site occupation and the house styles and daily lives of its dwellers. He presents here a new, revised history of Kolomoki from its founding to its eventual abandonment, with particular attention to the economy and ceremony at the settlement. This study makes an important contribution to the understanding of "middle range" societies, particularly the manner in which ceremony could both level and accentuate status differentiation within them. It provides a readable overview of one of the most important - but historically least understood - prehistoric Native American sites in the United States.

J.K.Rowling - The Tales of Beedle the Bard

J.K.Rowling - The Tales of Beedle the Bard

J.K.Rowling, «The Tales of Beedle the Bard»
J.K.Rowling | ISBN: 0545128285 | English | MP3 (64kb/s, 44kHz) + PDF | 54 MB

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.

Names familiar from the Harry Potter novels sprinkle the pages, including Aberforth Dumbledore, Lucius Malfoy and his forebears, and Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington (or “Nearly Headless Nick”), as well as other professors at Hogwarts and the past owners of the Elder Wand. Dumbledore tells us of incidents unique to the Wizarding world, like hilariously troubled theatrical productions at Hogwarts or the dangers of having a “hairy heart.” But he also reveals aspects of the Wizarding world that his Muggle readers might find all too familiar, like censorship, intolerance, and questions about the deepest mysteries in life.

The Somatosensory System: Deciphering the Brain's Own Body Image

The Somatosensory System: Deciphering the Brain's Own Body Image

The Somatosensory System: Deciphering the Brain's Own Body Image
CRC | November 13, 2001 | 424 pages | PDF | ISBN: 0849323363 | 10 MB

The somatosensory system is unique in that it conveys information to the central nervous system (CNS) about both external and internal sensory environments. Recent technological and conceptual advances in the field have allowed great strides to be made in the description and understanding of how the CNS manages information about its own image. This knowledge, apart from its obvious scientific merit, is quickly leading to clinical applications in the realm of neurorehabilitation after the peripheral nerve injury and during recovery from stroke.The Somatosensory System: Deciphering the Brain's Own Body Image presents both new and past research in the understanding of how the brain deals with its own body image. It provides a review of pertinent literature and offers comprehensive descriptions of state-of-the-art technical approaches. The material includes new frameworks for the conceptualization of the system's representations, scientific and clinical applications that stem from these approaches based on the new concepts, and a discussion of new directions and new tools for the study of the interface of the brain and the body.

The Western San Juan Mountains: Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History

The Western San Juan Mountains: Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History

The Western San Juan Mountains: Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History
Rob Blair | University Press of Colorado | Pages: 406 | 1996-05 | ISBN: 0870813781 | PDF | 2.63 MB

The San Juan Skyway winds its way up, over, and through canyons, mesas, plateaus, mountains, plains, and valleys. The sheer variety of landforms makes the Skyway a veritable classroom for the amateur naturalist and historian.
The most complete work published on the natural history of southwest Colorado’s majestic mountain system, The Western San Juan Mountains: Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History is designed to be used while exploring the scenic 235-mile paved San Juan Skyway, which passes through Durango, Silverton, Ouray, Telluride, Dolores, and Cortez.

The Western San Juan Mountains covers the physical environment, the biological communities, the human history, and points of interest represented on milepost signs along the highway. Some of the many topics covered include: how the San Juan Mountains were formed; why the landscape is so rugged and picturesque; why the vegetation changes from the lowlands to the alpine heights; energy and mineral resources of the area; why these mountains intrigued early explorers; factors that influence the unpredictable weather; and the first-known inhabitants.

Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley

Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley

Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley
Christopher John Farley | Amistad | Pages: 224 | 2007-06-01 | ISBN : 0060539925 | PDF | 1.29 MB

Bob Marley was a reggae superstar, a musical prophet who brought the sound of the Third World to the entire globe. Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley goes beyond the myth of Marley to bring you the private side of a man few people ever really knew. Drawing from original interviews with the people closest to Marleyincluding his widow, Rita, his mother, Cedella, his bandmate and childhood friend, Bunny Wailer, his producer Chris Blackwell, and many others—Legend paints an entirely fresh picture of one of the most enduring musical artists of our times.

This is a portrait of an artist as a young man, from his birth in the tiny town of Nine Miles in the hills of Jamaica, to the making of his debut international record, "Catch a Fire." We see Marley on the tough streets of Trench Town before he found stardom, struggling to find his way in music, in love and in life, and we take the wild ride with him to worldwide acceptance and adoration. From the acclaimed journalist, Christopher John Farely, the author of the bestselling AALIYAH and the reporter who broke the story on Dave Chappelle's retreat to South Africa, Legend is bursting with fresh insights into Marley and Jamaica, and is the definitive story of Marley's early days.

The Rats, the Bats and the Ugly

The Rats, the Bats and the Ugly

Eric Flint, Dave Freer,"The Rats, the Bats and the Ugly"
Publisher: Baen | ISBN: 0743488466 | edition September 14, 2004 | PDF | 400 pages | 2.4 mb

The intrepid team of mentally uplifted rats and bats, and their vat-born human leader had not only pulled off the only victory the beleaguered colony's feeble and bungling military forces had won against the invading aliens, but had also uncovered the secret that the invaders were really a feint, being under the control of the other aliens which the naive humans had thought were their allies. Unfortunately, that was the easy part, because now they had to convince their boneheaded military bureaucracy, burdened with incompetents and riddled with quisling humans, of their discovery, and keep from being courtmarshalled, drugged into submission, or executed by the human traitors. And they had to do this quickly, before the aliens launched their surprise attack. Fortunately, they had found a way around the alien's mental programming. What's more, the daring and resourceful Fluff - apparently the ineffectual pet of one of the colony's ruling class, but in reality a hidalgo without peer - was on their side. Only Fluff can save us now…

Batman: The Ultimate Guide to the Dark Knight (HC)

Batman: The Ultimate Guide to the Dark Knight (HC)

Batman: The Ultimate Guide to the Dark Knight (HC)
Scott Beatty | Dorling Kindersley Books | CBR | ISBN 0756611210 | Updated Edition | February 28 2005 | 144 Pages | 41.85 MB

Created by Bob Kane in the late 1930s, Batman is one of the world's greatest fictional heroes. "The Ace of Detectives," "The Caped Crusader," "The Dark Knight"--each generation has coined its own favorite nickname to describe this ultimate crime fighter as he wages a relentless war on a gallery of bizarre but deadly villains. For the updated and expanded edition of Batman: The Ultimate Guide to the Dark Knight, DK has been permitted unparalleled access to the archives of DC Comics, the publishers of Batman. Spectacular artworks reveal key installations and equipment, such as the Batcave, the Batmobile, the Batsuit, and the weapons contained in Batman's Utility Belt. Crucial events and characters of the Batman legend are illustrated with spectacular images from the original DC comic books. This new edition covers the most significant post-millenial storylines, plus additional information on the Caped Crusader's classic Silver and Golden Age exploits from the late 1930s to the early 1970s. --

The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East

The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East

The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East
Language: English | EPUB / MOBI | ISBN-10: 046502307X | 2015 | 512 pages | 5 MB / 8 MB

In 1914 the Ottoman Empire was depleted of men and resources after years of war against Balkan nationalist and Italian forces. But in the aftermath of the assassination in Sarajevo, the powers of Europe were sliding inexorably toward war, and not even the Middle East could escape the vast and enduring consequences of one of the most destructive conflicts in human history. The Great War spelled the end of the Ottomans, unleashing powerful forces that would forever change the face of the Middle East.

A Controversial Spirit: Evangelical Awakenings in the South

A Controversial Spirit: Evangelical Awakenings in the South

A Controversial Spirit: Evangelical Awakenings in the South (Religion in America) by Philip N. Mulder
English | Apr. 18, 2002 | ISBN: 0195131630 | 245 Pages | PDF | 1 MB

A Controversial Spirit offers a new perspective on the origins and nature of southern evangelicalism. Most recent historians have focused on the differences between evangelicals and non-evangelicals. This has led to the perception that during the "Era of Awakenings" (mid-18th and early 19th century) American evangelicals constituted a united front. Philip N. Mulder dispels this illusion, by examining the internal dynamics of evangelicalism. He focuses on the relationships among the Presbyterians, Baptists, and Methodists who introduced the new religious mood to the South between 1740 and 1820. Although the denominations shared the goal of saving souls, he finds, they disagreed over the correct definition of true religion and conversion. The Presbyterians and Baptists subordinated the freedom, innovation and experience of the awakenings to their particular denominational concerns. The Methodists, on the other hand, were more aggressive and innovative advocates of the New Light awakenings. They broke through the insularity of the other two groups and revolutionized the religious culture of the emerging nation.

The refashioning of catholicism, 1450-1700

The refashioning of catholicism, 1450-1700

The refashioning of catholicism, 1450-1700 by Robert Bireley
English | 1999 | ISBN: 0333660811 | 239 Pages | PDF | 23 MB

Throughout its history, Christianity has adapted to contemporary society and culture in order to reach people effectively and have an impact on the world. This process often evokes controversy. Certainly this is the case in the current century, and so it was in the sixteenth. Robert Bireley argues that early modern Catholicism, the period known more traditionally as the Counter Reformation, was both shaped by and an active response to the profound changes of the sixteenth century–the growth of the state; economic expansion and social dislocation; European colonialism across the seas; the Renaissance; and, of course, the Protestant Reformation. Bireley finds that there were two fundamental, contrasting desires that helped shape early modern Catholicism: the desire especially of a lay elite to lead a full Christian life in the world and the widespread desire for order and discipline after the upheavals of the long sixteenth century. He devotes particular attention to new methods of evangelization in the Old World and the New, education at the elementary, secondary, and university levels, the new active religious orders of women as well as men, and the effort to create a spirituality for the Christian living in the world.

The Ayes Have It: The history of the Queensland Parliament, 1957-1989

The Ayes Have It: The history of the Queensland Parliament, 1957-1989

The Ayes Have It: The history of the Queensland Parliament, 1957-1989 by John Wanna
English | Apr. 18, 2011 | ISBN: 1921666307 | 756 Pages | PDF | 4 MB

‘The Ayes Have It’ is a fascinating account of the Queensland Parliament during three decades of high-drama politics. It examines in detail the Queensland Parliament from the days of the ‘Labor split’ in the 1950s, through the conservative governments of Frank Nicklin, Joh Bjelke- Petersen and Mike Ahern, to the fall of the Nationals government led briefly by Russell Cooper in December 1989. The volume traces the rough and tumble of parliamentary politics in the frontier state. The authors focus on parliament as a political forum, on the representatives and personalities that made up the institution over this period, on the priorities and political agendas that were pursued, and the increasingly contentious practices used to control parliamentary proceedings.

The Beauty and the Beast

The Beauty and the Beast

The Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanna Barbot de Villenueve
English | 2017 | ISBN: 0062456210 | 208 Pages | EPUB | 10.2 MB

MinaLima, the award-winning design studio behind the graphics for the Harry Potter film franchise and the creators of the illustrated<em> Jungle Book</em> and Peter Pan, reimagine the beloved French fairy tale <em>The Beauty and the Beast</em> in this deluxe unabridged edition illustrated with stunning full-color artwork and nine 3-D interactive features&#8212;published to coincide with the release of the blockbuster Disney live-action musical film starring Emma Watson, Ian McKellen, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, and Emma Thompson.
Generations of readers have been bewitched by the epic love story of a beautiful young girl imprisoned in the magical castle of a monstrous beast. Now, the classic fairy tale is brought to life in this spectacular illustrated edition as originally envisioned by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740.
<em>The Beauty and the Beast</em> is packed with&#160;specially commissioned, full-color artwork and nine exclusive interactive features, including:
• &#160;a fold-out map of the rich French city where the Merchant (Beauty&#8217;s father) and his family reside;
• a fold out that reveals the interior of the Beast&#8217;s enchanted palace;
• a series of flaps (similar to an Advent calendar) that open to reveal different entertainments; available to Beauty in the Beast&#8217;s palace;
• a dial of the ring Beauty turns on her finger to return to the Beast.This unique gift edition takes readers on a captivating journey through a mystical land filled with enchanting inhabitants. MiniLima&#8217;s imaginative artwork, exquisite detail, and engaging design recreate this timeless romantic adventure as never before in a lush unabridged gift edition sure to be cherished for years to come.
Disney&#8217;s live-action movie musical version of <em>Beauty and the Beast</em>, directed by Bill Condon (<em>Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Dreamgirls</em>), stars Harry Potter alumna Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Luke Evans as Gaston, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, and Audra McDonald as Garderobe.

Blue Skies and Blood: The Battle of the Coral Sea by Edwin P. Hoyt

Blue Skies and Blood: The Battle of the Coral Sea by Edwin P. Hoyt

Blue Skies and Blood: The Battle of the Coral Sea by Edwin P. Hoyt
I Books | ISBN: 0743458354 | Feb 2003 | Pages 240 | HTML, Jpgs in Rar | 1,7Mb

The first definitive account of one of the most critical naval battles of World War II in the Pacific! Spring 1942: Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, America was reeling under the successive Japanese victories in Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines and more. Desperate to stop what was seen as an inexorable Japanese advance toward Australia, the weak U.S. Navy intercepted the larger Japanese fleet in the Coral Sea. The Battle of the Coral Sea ushered a new era in sea warfare. For the first time ever opposing fleets used carrier-launched aircraft to fight each other. It was a fight that would determine the future of the war.

The Darrow Enigma

The Darrow Enigma

Melvin L. Severy,"The Darrow Enigma"
CreateSpace | 2008-11-08 | ISBN: 1440433119 | 258 Pages | PDF | 1.24 MB

A death takes place in Boston in the early 1900's gaslight era, and chronicles the mysterious death of 62-year-old John Darrow, who openly stated having a premonition that he was going to be murdered. The death takes place in a closed room in which there are 5 other people: the family physician Dr. Ned (the story's narrator) Gwen (the victim's beautiful daughter), Maitland (our protagonist; a chemist/lawyer), and two other guests of the family. All the doors and windows are closed except the window on the East side which is open about 6 inches. Darrow is in the center of the room with the other five in different parts of the room. He was seated on a high backed chair, a full 8 feet away from the open east side window. Is it a natural death, a suicide or murder most foul? A detecting competition arises between George Maitland and police Inspector Godin, reportedly the best detective in the U.S., who concludes his investigation overnight.

Literacy and the Politics of Writing

Literacy and the Politics of Writing

Albertine Gaur " Literacy and the Politics of Writing "
Intellect (UK) | Pages: 188 | 2000-05 | ISBN-1841500119 | PDF | 8MB

With the growth of modern information technology, it is time to re-examine the concept and purpose of writing, and question the long cherished idea that the alphabet stands at the apex of a hierarchy towards which all proper forms of writing must necessarily progress. This book shows that the primary purpose of writing is the ability to store and transmit information, information essential to the social, economical and political survival of a particular group. Writing, in whatever form, allows the individual the interact with the group, to acquire an amount of knowledge that far outweighs the scope of memory (oral traditions), and to be free to manipulate this knowledge and arrive at new conclusion. Providing a quick and easy entrance to information related to the subject, the volume contains a network of references leading the reader towards further information, and most entriesare listed with bibliographical notes. Contents include:

Negotiating for the Past: Archaeology, Nationalism, and Diplomacy in the Middle East, 1919-1941

 Negotiating for the Past: Archaeology, Nationalism, and Diplomacy in the Middle East, 1919-1941

James F. Goode " Negotiating for the Past: Archaeology, Nationalism, and Diplomacy in the Middle East, 1919-1941 "
University of Texas Press | Pages: 307 | 2007-07-01 | ISBN-029271498X | 4.9 MB

This book lacks some indispensable sources on the history of archaeological explorations in Southwest Asia (or what has been called Middle East) in the period between the two World Wars. The main theme upon which the author concentrates is that the rise of a sort of nationalism or nationalistic governments in Egypt, Iran, and Turkey led to manifold uses of historical relics and monuments in order to foment the countries' development. The focus of the book is apparently Iran in the 1930s, but the author doesn't seem to be in full control of his sources. Having said that, the book takes advantage of a number of US archival documents, which is the positive point, but they should have been checked and used along with other unpublished and published sources (French and Iranian archives, in particular)in order to produce a substantial study of the history of archaeology in the Middle East.

Reading Rock Art: Interpreting the Indian Rock Paintings of the Canadian Shield

Reading Rock Art: Interpreting the Indian Rock Paintings of the Canadian Shield

Margaret Grace Rajnovich " Reading Rock Art: Interpreting the Indian Rock Paintings of the Canadian Shield "
Natural Heritage | Pages: 192 | 1995-06 | ISBN- 0920474721 | PDF | 13MB

Over 400 rock paintings adorn the Canadian Shield from Quebec, across Ontario and as far west as Saskatchewan. The pictographs are the legacy of the Algonkian-speaking Cree and Ojibway, whose roots may extend to the beginnings of human occupancy in the region almost 10,000 years ago. Archaeologist Grace Rajnovich spent fourteen years of field research uncovering a multitude of clues as to the meanings of the paintings. She has written a text which is unique in its ability to 'see' the paintings from a traditional native viewpoint. Skillfully weaving the imagery, metaphors and traditions of the Cree and Ojibway, the author has recaptured the poetry and wisdom of an ancient culture. Chief Willie Wilson of the Rainy River Band considers Grace's work 'innovative and original'.