The Last Alchemist in Paris by Lars Öhrström

The Last Alchemist in Paris
  • Title : The Last Alchemist in Paris
  • Author : Lars Öhrström
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 019966109X
  • Pages : 257
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  • Language : English
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La 4eme de couv. indique : "This is a book about discovery and disaster, exploitation and invention, warfare and science, and the relationship between human beings and the chemical elements that make up our planet. It is an introduction to chemistry as you never thaught it at school."


Curious Tales from Chemistry by Lars Öhrström

Curious Tales from Chemistry
  • Title : Curious Tales from Chemistry
  • Author : Lars Öhrström
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191637068
  • Pages : 272
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  • Language : English
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This is a book about discovery and disaster, exploitation and invention, warfare and science - and the relationship between human beings and the chemical elements that make up our planet. Lars Ohrstrom introduces us to a variety of elements from S to Pb through tales of ordinary and extraordinary people from around the globe. We meet African dictators controlling vital supplies of uranium; eighteenth-century explorers searching out sources of precious metals; industrial spies stealing the secrets of steel-making. We find out why the Hindenburg airship was tragically filled with hydrogen, not helium; why nail-varnish remover played a key part in World War I; and the real story behind the legend of tin buttons and the downfall of Napoleon. In each chapter, we find out about the distinctive properties of each element and the concepts and principles that have enabled scientists to put it to practical use. These are the fascinating (and sometimes terrifying) stories of chemistry in action.


On the Scent by Paolo Pelosi

On the Scent
  • Title : On the Scent
  • Author : Paolo Pelosi
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0198719051
  • Pages : 256
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  • Language : English
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In humans, the perception of odours adds a fourth dimension to life, from the scent of flowers, the aroma of foods, and all the subtle smells in the environment. But how many types of odours can we distinguish? Why do we like the food we like? Which are the most powerful odorants, and how well does the human sense of smell perform compared with that of a dog or a butterfly? The sense of smell is highly complex, and such complexity discouraged scientists for a long time, leaving the world of smell in an atmosphere of mystery. Only recently, thanks to the new tools furnished by molecular biology and neuroscience, are we beginning to answer these questions, uncovering the hidden secrets of our sense of smell, and decoding the language used by most animals to communicate. In this book, Paolo Pelosi, one of the leading figures in the development of the science of olfaction, recounts how the chemical alphabet behind smell has been pieced together over the past three decades. Drawing on anecdotes from his own scientific career, and celebrating the rich variety of smells from herbs to flowers to roast coffee and freshly baked bread, he weaves together an engaging and remarkable account of the science behind the most elusive of our senses.


Library Journal by N.A

Library Journal
  • Title : Library Journal
  • Author : N.A
  • Publisher :
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  • Pages : N.A
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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.


The Library Journal Official Organ of the American Library Association Chiefly Devoted to Library Economy and Bibliography by N.A

The Library Journal Official Organ of the American Library Association Chiefly Devoted to Library Economy and Bibliography
  • Title : The Library Journal Official Organ of the American Library Association Chiefly Devoted to Library Economy and Bibliography
  • Author : N.A
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  • Pages : N.A
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Molecule-Based Materials by Lars Öhrström,Krister Larsson

Molecule-Based Materials
  • Title : Molecule-Based Materials
  • Author : Lars Öhrström,Krister Larsson
  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • ISBN Code : 9780080459851
  • Pages : 324
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  • Language : English
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The properties of a material depend not only on the specific atoms and molecules it contains, but also on the arrangement of these in space. Many of these three-dimensional arrangements are described as "3D-nets" or "3D-networks". Molecule-Based Materials: The Structural Network Approach is about the synthesis, description, nomenclature and analysis of such nets and the relation of the nets to the physical properties of the materials. It introduces the mathematics, and includes a short guide to programs useful for retrieving, analysing and naming nets. Complete with illustrations and examples of coordination polymer and hydrogen bonded nets, this unique easy-to-read book examines all aspects of 3D nets and will undeniably prove itself valuable to newcomers, well-seasoned students and researchers working in crystallography, inorganic or organic chemistry. * Covers all aspects of molecule-based 3D nets, complete with 3D illustrations * Contains summary tables of all nets * Easy reading eliminates the need for background knowledge in crystallography or mathematics


The Academy and Literature by N.A

The Academy and Literature
  • Title : The Academy and Literature
  • Author : N.A
  • Publisher :
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  • Pages : N.A
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The Poetical gazette; the official organ of the Poetry society and a review of poetical affairs, nos. 4-7 issued as supplements to the Academy, v. 79, Oct. 15, Nov. 5, Dec. 3 and 31, 1910


The Academy by N.A

The Academy
  • Title : The Academy
  • Author : N.A
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An Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry by Graham L. Patrick

An Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry
  • Title : An Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry
  • Author : Graham L. Patrick
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199697396
  • Pages : 789
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  • Language : English
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This volume provides an introduction to medicinal chemistry. It covers basic principles and background, and describes the general tactics and strategies involved in developing an effective drug.


A Brief History of Chemistry by Michael S Ridenour

A Brief History of Chemistry
  • Title : A Brief History of Chemistry
  • Author : Michael S Ridenour
  • Publisher : Lulu.com
  • ISBN Code : 136537601X
  • Pages : N.A
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Observations and Predictions of Eclipse Times by Early Astronomers by J.M. Steele

Observations and Predictions of Eclipse Times by Early Astronomers
  • Title : Observations and Predictions of Eclipse Times by Early Astronomers
  • Author : J.M. Steele
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN Code : 9401595283
  • Pages : 324
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Eclipses have long been seen as important celestial phenomena, whether as omens affecting the future of kingdoms, or as useful astronomical events to help in deriving essential parameters for theories of the motion of the moon and sun. This is the first book to collect together all presently known records of timed eclipse observations and predictions from antiquity to the time of the invention of the telescope. In addition to cataloguing and assessing the accuracy of the various records, which come from regions as diverse as Ancient Mesopotamia, China, and Europe, the sources in which they are found are described in detail. Related questions such as what type of clocks were used to time the observations, how the eclipse predictions were made, and how these prediction schemes were derived from the available observations are also considered. The results of this investigation have important consequences for how we understand the relationship between observation and theory in early science and the role of astronomy in early cultures, and will be of interest to historians of science, astronomers, and ancient and medieval historians.


Science and Empires by P. Petitjean,Cathérine Jami,A.M. Moulin

Science and Empires
  • Title : Science and Empires
  • Author : P. Petitjean,Cathérine Jami,A.M. Moulin
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN Code : 9401125945
  • Pages : 418
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SCIENCE AND EMPIRES: FROM THE INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM TO THE BOOK Patrick PETITJEAN, Catherine JAMI and Anne Marie MOULIN The International Colloquium "Science and Empires - Historical Studies about Scientific De velopment and European Expansion" is the product of an International Colloquium, "Sciences and Empires - A Comparative History of Scien tific Exchanges: European Expansion and Scientific Development in Asian, African, American and Oceanian Countries". Organized by the REHSEIS group (Research on Epistemology and History of Exact Sciences and Scientific Institutions) of CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), the colloquium was held from 3 to 6 April 1990 in the UNESCO building in Paris. This colloquium was an idea of Professor Roshdi Rashed who initiated this field of studies in France some years ago, and proposed "Sciences and Empires" as one of the main research programmes for the The project to organize such a colloquium was a bit REHSEIS group. of a gamble. Its subject, reflected in the title "Sciences and Empires", is not a currently-accepted sub-discipline of the history of science; rather, it refers to a set of questions which found autonomy only recently. The terminology was strongly debated by the participants and, as is frequently suggested in this book, awaits fuller clarification.


The Spectator by N.A

The Spectator
  • Title : The Spectator
  • Author : N.A
  • Publisher :
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  • Pages : N.A
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East-Asian Archaeoastronomy by Zhenoao Xu,W. Pankenier,Yaotiao Jiang

East-Asian Archaeoastronomy
  • Title : East-Asian Archaeoastronomy
  • Author : Zhenoao Xu,W. Pankenier,Yaotiao Jiang
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • ISBN Code : 9789056993023
  • Pages : 440
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  • Language : English
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Historical astronomical records can play an important role in modern research, especially in the case of ancient Chinese observational data: sunspot and aurora records are important for the study of solar variability; solar and lunar eclipse records for the study of the Earth's rotation; records of Comet Hally for the study of orbital evolution; "guest star" records for the study of supernova remnants; planetary conjunction records for research in astronomical chronology. In the past, Western scientists have not been able to exploit these valuable data fully because the original records were difficult to gather and interpret, and complete English translations have not been available. East-Asian Archaeoastronomy is the first comprehensive translation into English of such historical records for modern research. The book also features an introduction to East Asian astronomy and offers guidance on how to use the records effectively. It will not only be a valuable research tool for astronomers but should also be of great interest to historians of China and Chinese science.


Encyclopedia of the Elements by Per Enghag

Encyclopedia of the Elements
  • Title : Encyclopedia of the Elements
  • Author : Per Enghag
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN Code : 3527612343
  • Pages : 1309
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  • Language : English
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Famous for its history of numerous element discoverers, Sweden is the origin of this comprehensive encylopedia of the elements. It provides both an important database for professionals as well as detailed reading ranging from historical facts, discoverers' portraits, colour plates of mineral types, natural occurrences, and industrial figures to winning and refining processes, biological roles and applications in modern chemistry, engineering and industry. Elemental data is presented in fact tables which include numerous physical and thermodynamic properties, isotope lists, radiation absorption characteristics, NMR parameters, and others. Further pertinent data is supplied in additional tables throughout the text. Published in Swedish in three volumes from 1998 to 2000, the contents have been revised and expanded by the author for this English edition.


The Rhubarb Connection and Other Revelations by Lars Öhrström,Jacques Covès

The Rhubarb Connection and Other Revelations
  • Title : The Rhubarb Connection and Other Revelations
  • Author : Lars Öhrström,Jacques Covès
  • Publisher : Royal Society of Chemistry
  • ISBN Code : 1788010949
  • Pages : 212
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  • Language : English
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Pink warships that vanish at dusk, urinary maladies of an emperor, and a gold test for cocaine - behold the chemistry of metal ions as never before. In this book you will learn about the sarcophagus molecule, the Chen-Kao test, and how murderers can be caught blue-handed with the wonders of glowing luminol. You will also meet the hidden chemistry of metal ions in everyday life, from the clever modern devices that measure blood-sugar levels, to the leather on your shoes and chewing gum stuck to their soles. Expect to encounter a fair share of heroes and villains, real and fictional, scientist and layperson. Such characters include an ex-MI5 employee running a hospital ward in London amid falling German V1 rockets, a notorious racing cyclist, a proud butler and the lady who first proposed nuclear fission (it's not who you think it is). With engaging, humorous and intelligent prose, the reader will discover the fascinating back-stories of chemical discoveries and inventions where metal ions have played a major role. Featuring a foreword by popular science communicator Dr Raychelle Burks of St. Edward's University, Texas.


The New International Encyclopædia by Daniel Coit Gilman,Harry Thurston Peck,Frank Moore Colby

The New International Encyclopædia
  • Title : The New International Encyclopædia
  • Author : Daniel Coit Gilman,Harry Thurston Peck,Frank Moore Colby
  • Publisher :
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  • Pages : N.A
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  • Language : English
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Bow Bells by N.A

Bow Bells
  • Title : Bow Bells
  • Author : N.A
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The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

The Disappearing Spoon
  • Title : The Disappearing Spoon
  • Author : Sam Kean
  • Publisher : Random House
  • ISBN Code : 0857520261
  • Pages : 391
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  • Language : English
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Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium (Cd, 48)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? And why did tellurium (Te, 52) lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history? The periodic table is one of our crowning scientific achievements, but it's also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, betrayal and obsession. The fascinating tales in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, gold and every single element on the table as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, conflict, the arts, medicine and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them. Why did a little lithium (Li, 3) help cure poet Robert Lowell of his madness? And how did gallium (Ga, 31) become the go-to element for laboratory pranksters? The Disappearing Spoon has the answers, fusing science with the classic lore of invention, investigation, discovery and alchemy, from the big bang through to the end of time.


The Opposable Mind by Roger L. Martin

The Opposable Mind
  • Title : The Opposable Mind
  • Author : Roger L. Martin
  • Publisher : Harvard Business Press
  • ISBN Code : 1422148106
  • Pages : 224
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  • Language : English
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If you want to be as successful as Jack Welch, Larry Bossidy, or Michael Dell, read their autobiographical advice books, right? Wrong, says Roger Martin in The Opposable Mind. Though following best practice can help in some ways, it also poses a danger: By emulating what a great leader did in a particular situation, you'll likely be terribly disappointed with your own results. Why? Your situation is different. Instead of focusing on what exceptional leaders do, we need to understand and emulate how they think. Successful businesspeople engage in what Martin calls integrative thinking creatively resolving the tension in opposing models by forming entirely new and superior ones. Drawing on stories of leaders as diverse as AG Lafley of Procter & Gamble, Meg Whitman of eBay, Victoria Hale of the Institute for One World Health, and Nandan Nilekani of Infosys, Martin shows how integrative thinkers are relentlessly diagnosing and synthesizing by asking probing questions including: What are the causal relationships at work here? and What are the implied trade-offs? Martin also presents a model for strengthening your integrative thinking skills by drawing on different kinds of knowledge including conceptual and experiential knowledge. Integrative thinking can be learned, and The Opposable Mind helps you master this vital skill.


Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik

Stuff Matters
  • Title : Stuff Matters
  • Author : Mark Miodownik
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN Code : 0544236041
  • Pages : 252
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  • Language : English
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A world-leading materials scientist presents an engrossing collection of stories that explain the science and history of materials, from the plastic in our appliances to the elastic in our underpants, revealing the miracles of engineering that seep into our everyday lives. 25,000 first printing.


Heinrich Caro and the Creation of Modern Chemical Industry by Carsten Reinhardt,Anthony S. Travis

Heinrich Caro and the Creation of Modern Chemical Industry
  • Title : Heinrich Caro and the Creation of Modern Chemical Industry
  • Author : Carsten Reinhardt,Anthony S. Travis
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN Code : 9780792366027
  • Pages : 453
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  • Language : English
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Heinrich Caro (1834-1910) was the inventor of new chemical processes that in the two decades commencing in 1869 enabled BASF of Ludwigshafen, Germany, to take first place among manufacturers of synthetic dyestuffs. The cornerstones of Caro's success were his early training as calico (cotton) printer in Germany, and his employment at a chemical firm in Manchester, England. Caro was a creative research chemist, a highly knowledgeable patent specialist and expert witness, and a brilliant manager of science-based chemical technology. This first full-length scientific biography of Heinrich Caro delineates his role in the emergence of the industrial research laboratory, the forging of links between academic and industrial chemistry, and the development of modern patent law. Major chemical topics include the rise of classical organic chemistry, collaboration with Adolf Baeyer, artificial alizarin and indigo, aniline dyes, and other coal-tar products, particularly intermediates.


Nanotechnology for the Energy Challenge by Javier García-Martínez

Nanotechnology for the Energy Challenge
  • Title : Nanotechnology for the Energy Challenge
  • Author : Javier García-Martínez
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN Code : 9783527629305
  • Pages : 440
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  • Language : English
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Unique in providing an overview of the subject on the scientific level, this book presents the current state of the art with regard to different aspects of sustainable energy production and its efficient storage. The broad scope ranges from nanomaterials for energy production, via fuel cells and nanostructured materials for fuel production, right up to supercapacitors and climate change. Edited by a rising star within the community, this is an invaluable work on a hot topic for materials scientists, solid state, surface and physical chemists, as well as those chemists working in industry and chemical engineers.


Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks

Uncle Tungsten
  • Title : Uncle Tungsten
  • Author : Oliver Sacks
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • ISBN Code : 0804172153
  • Pages : 352
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  • Language : English
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Long before Oliver Sacks became a distinguished neurologist and bestselling writer, he was a small English boy fascinated by metals–also by chemical reactions (the louder and smellier the better), photography, squids and cuttlefish, H.G. Wells, and the periodic table. In this endlessly charming and eloquent memoir, the author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings chronicles his love affair with science and the magnificently odd and sometimes harrowing childhood in which that love affair unfolded. In Uncle Tungsten we meet Sacks’ extraordinary family, from his surgeon mother (who introduces the fourteen-year-old Oliver to the art of human dissection) and his father, a family doctor who imbues in his son an early enthusiasm for housecalls, to his “Uncle Tungsten,” whose factory produces tungsten-filament lightbulbs. We follow the young Oliver as he is exiled at the age of six to a grim, sadistic boarding school to escape the London Blitz, and later watch as he sets about passionately reliving the exploits of his chemical heroes–in his own home laboratory. Uncle Tungsten is a crystalline view of a brilliant young mind springing to life, a story of growing up which is by turns elegiac, comic, and wistful, full of the electrifying joy of discovery.


Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg

Smilla's Sense of Snow
  • Title : Smilla's Sense of Snow
  • Author : Peter Hoeg
  • Publisher : Delta
  • ISBN Code : 0385315147
  • Pages : 469
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  • Language : English
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Presents the story of Smilla Qaavigaaq Jasperson, who investigates a Danish company's files to uncover the mystery behind her six-year-old neighbor's deadly fall.


Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air by Joseph Priestley

Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air
  • Title : Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air
  • Author : Joseph Priestley
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 399
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The Pharmaceutical Era by N.A

The Pharmaceutical Era
  • Title : The Pharmaceutical Era
  • Author : N.A
  • Publisher :
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  • Pages : N.A
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The New York Times Book Review by N.A

The New York Times Book Review
  • Title : The New York Times Book Review
  • Author : N.A
  • Publisher :
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The Alchemist's Notebook by Byron Craft

The Alchemist's Notebook
  • Title : The Alchemist's Notebook
  • Author : Byron Craft
  • Publisher : CreateSpace
  • ISBN Code : 9781492883098
  • Pages : 270
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  • Language : English
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Still Thinking in 3 Dimensions?There are no hiding places.....Faren, a shell-shocked Vietnam vet, and his wife, Janet, inherit an old country estate in Germany around the time that Faren's company transfers him to the same area. The two soon discover that the coincidence is really too good to be true. Their home rests near a timeworn door into the earth that is poised to open, exposing all to a horde of four-dimensional beings. Soon the line between our reality and that other space-time will be blurred forever, leaving mankind to be consumed by shrill, shrieking terror.Only one man has the slimmest chance to save our planet and, even though he has no place to hide, he prefers to run.In the style of H.P. Lovecraft, Byron Craft brings the Cthulhu mythos and the Necronomicon back to life with "The Alchemist's Notebook" leading the reader through a terrifying Lovecraftian web of mystery, horror and apocalyptic doom.


New York Times Saturday Review of Books and Art by N.A

New York Times Saturday Review of Books and Art
  • Title : New York Times Saturday Review of Books and Art
  • Author : N.A
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The Periodic Table by Primo Levi,Raymond Posenthal

The Periodic Table
  • Title : The Periodic Table
  • Author : Primo Levi,Raymond Posenthal
  • Publisher : Viking
  • ISBN Code : 9780241956816
  • Pages : 194
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  • Language : English
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An extraordinary work in which each of the 21 chapters takes its title and starting point from one of the elements in the periodic table. Mingling fact and fiction, history and anecdote, Levi uses his training as a chemist and his experiences as a prisoner in Auschwitz to illuminate the human condition.


The Art of Game Design by Jesse Schell

The Art of Game Design
  • Title : The Art of Game Design
  • Author : Jesse Schell
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • ISBN Code : 0123694965
  • Pages : 520
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  • Language : English
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Anyone can master the fundamentals of game design - no technological expertise is necessary. The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses shows that the same basic principles of psychology that work for board games, card games and athletic games also are the keys to making top-quality videogames. Good game design happens when you view your game from many different perspectives, or lenses. While touring through the unusual territory that is game design, this book gives the reader one hundred of these lenses - one hundred sets of insightful questions to ask yourself that will help make your game better. These lenses are gathered from fields as diverse as psychology, architecture, music, visual design, film, software engineering, theme park design, mathematics, writing, puzzle design, and anthropology. Anyone who reads this book will be inspired to become a better game designer - and will understand how to do it.


Learning From the Octopus by Rafe Sagarin

Learning From the Octopus
  • Title : Learning From the Octopus
  • Author : Rafe Sagarin
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • ISBN Code : 0465029817
  • Pages : 320
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  • Language : English
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"How the study of ecology and evolution can fortify us against disaster and war"--


Thinking about Life by Paul S. Agutter,Denys N. Wheatley

Thinking about Life
  • Title : Thinking about Life
  • Author : Paul S. Agutter,Denys N. Wheatley
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN Code : 1402088663
  • Pages : 267
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  • Language : English
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Our previous book, About Life, concerned modern biology. We used our present-day understanding of cells to ‘define’ the living state, providing a basis for exploring several general-interest topics: the origin of life, extraterrestrial life, intelligence, and the possibility that humans are unique. The ideas we proposed in About Life were intended as starting-points for debate – we did not claim them as ‘truth’ – but the information on which they were based is currently accepted as ‘scientific fact’. What does that mean? What is ‘scientific fact’ and why is it accepted? What is science – and is biology like other sciences such as physics (except in subject m- ter)? The book you are now reading investigates these questions – and some related ones. Like About Life, it may particularly interest a reader who wishes to change career to biology and its related subdisciplines. In line with a recommendation by the British Association for the Advancement of Science – that the public should be given fuller information about the nature of science – we present the concepts underpinning biology and a survey of its historical and philosophical basis.


Trends in the Historiography of Science by K. Gavroglu,Y. Christianidis,Efthymios Nicolaides

Trends in the Historiography of Science
  • Title : Trends in the Historiography of Science
  • Author : K. Gavroglu,Y. Christianidis,Efthymios Nicolaides
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN Code : 9401735964
  • Pages : 460
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  • Language : English
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The articles in this volume have been first presented during an international Conference organised by the Greek Society for the History of Science and Technology in June 1990 at Corfu. The Society was founded in 1989 and planned to hold a series of meetings to impress upon an audience comprised mainly by Greek students and scholars, the point that history of science is an autonomous discipline with its own plurality of approaches developed over the years as a result of long discussions and disputes within the community of historians of science. The Conference took place at a time when more and more people came to realise that the future of the Greek Universities and Research Centres depends not only on the progress of the institutional reforms, but also very crucially on the establishment of new and modern subject areas. Though there have been significant steps towards such a direction in the physical sciences, mathematics and engineering, the situation in the so-called humanities has been, at best, confusing. Political expediencies of the post war years and ideological commitments to a glorious, yet very distant past, paralysed the development of the humanities and constrained them within a framework which could not allow much more than a philological approach.


Plastic Fantastic by Eugenie Samuel Reich

Plastic Fantastic
  • Title : Plastic Fantastic
  • Author : Eugenie Samuel Reich
  • Publisher : St. Martin\'s Griffin
  • ISBN Code : 9780230623842
  • Pages : 272
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  • Language : English
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Highly regarded science journalist Eugenie Samuel Reich recounts the case of wunderkind physicist Jan Hendrik Schön, who faked the discovery of a new superconductor at the world famous Bell Laboratories. Many of the world's top scientific journals and experts, including Nobel Prize-Winners, supported Schön, only to learn that they were the victims of the biggest fraud in science. What drove Schön, by all accounts a mild-mannered, modest, and obliging young man, to tell such outrageous lies? Reich dives into the riveting world of science to examine how fraud perpetuates itself today. Schön's rise and fall will be an essential and fascinating account of the missteps of the scientific community for years to come.


The Development of Modern Chemistry by Aaron J. Ihde

The Development of Modern Chemistry
  • Title : The Development of Modern Chemistry
  • Author : Aaron J. Ihde
  • Publisher : Courier Corporation
  • ISBN Code : 0486642356
  • Pages : 851
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  • Language : English
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From ancient Greek theory to the explosive discoveries of the 20th century, this authoritative history shows how major chemists, their discoveries, and political, economic, and social developments transformed chemistry into a modern science. 209 illustrations. 14 tables. Bibliographies. Indices. Appendices.


Books of the Brave by Irving Albert Leonard

Books of the Brave
  • Title : Books of the Brave
  • Author : Irving Albert Leonard
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780520079908
  • Pages : 453
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Since its original publication in 1949, Irving A. Leonard's pioneering Books of the Brave has endured as the classic account of the introduction of literary culture to Spain's New World. Leonard's study documents the works of fiction that accompanied and followed the conquistadores to the Americas and goes on to argue that popular texts influenced these men and shaped the way they thought and wrote about their New World experiences. For the first time in English, this edition combines Leonard's text with a selection of the documents that were his most valuable sources--nine lists of books destined for the Indies. Containing a wealth of information that is sure to spark future study, these lists provide the documentary evidence for what is perhaps Leonard's greatest contribution: his demonstration that royal and inquisitorial prohibitions failed to control the circulation of books and ideas in colonial Spanish America. Rolena Adorno's introduction signals the lasting value of Books of the Brave and brings the reader up to date on developments in cultural-historical studies that have shed light on the role of books in Spanish American colonial culture. Adorno situates Leonard's work at the threshold between older, triumphalist views of Spanish conquest history and more recent perspectives engendered by studies of native American peoples. With its rich descriptions of the book trade in both Spain and America, Books of the Brave has much to offer historians as well as literary critics. Indeed, it is a highly readable and engaging book for anyone interested in the cultural life of the New World. Since its original publication in 1949, Irving A. Leonard's pioneering Books of the Brave has endured as the classic account of the introduction of literary culture to Spain's New World. Leonard's study documents the works of fiction that accompanied and followed the conquistadores to the Americas and goes on to argue that popular texts influenced these men and shaped the way they thought and wrote about their New World experiences. For the first time in English, this edition combines Leonard's text with a selection of the documents that were his most valuable sources--nine lists of books destined for the Indies. Containing a wealth of information that is sure to spark future study, these lists provide the documentary evidence for what is perhaps Leonard's greatest contribution: his demonstration that royal and inquisitorial prohibitions failed to control the circulation of books and ideas in colonial Spanish America. Rolena Adorno's introduction signals the lasting value of Books of the Brave and brings the reader up to date on developments in cultural-historical studies that have shed light on the role of books in Spanish American colonial culture. Adorno situates Leonard's work at the threshold between older, triumphalist views of Spanish conquest history and more recent perspectives engendered by studies of native American peoples. With its rich descriptions of the book trade in both Spain and America, Books of the Brave has much to offer historians as well as literary critics. Indeed, it is a highly readable and engaging book for anyone interested in the cultural life of the New World.


Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr by Mary E. King,Mary King,UNESCO Staff,Unesco

Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr
  • Title : Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr
  • Author : Mary E. King,Mary King,UNESCO Staff,Unesco
  • Publisher : UNESCO
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  • Pages : 529
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Gandhi's wisdom and strategies have been employed by many popular movements. Martin Luther King Jr. adopted them and changed the course of history of the United States. This book reviews major twentieth-century nonviolent theorists and their struggles.


The Design and Engineering of Curiosity by Emily Lakdawalla

The Design and Engineering of Curiosity
  • Title : The Design and Engineering of Curiosity
  • Author : Emily Lakdawalla
  • Publisher : Springer
  • ISBN Code : 331968146X
  • Pages : 394
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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This book describes the most complex machine ever sent to another planet: Curiosity. It is a one-ton robot with two brains, seventeen cameras, six wheels, nuclear power, and a laser beam on its head. No one human understands how all of its systems and instruments work. This essential reference to the Curiosity mission explains the engineering behind every system on the rover, from its rocket-powered jetpack to its radioisotope thermoelectric generator to its fiendishly complex sample handling system. Its lavishly illustrated text explains how all the instruments work -- its cameras, spectrometers, sample-cooking oven, and weather station -- and describes the instruments' abilities and limitations. It tells you how the systems have functioned on Mars, and how scientists and engineers have worked around problems developed on a faraway planet: holey wheels and broken focus lasers. And it explains the grueling mission operations schedule that keeps the rover working day in and day out.