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Evolution of the Horse Brain

By Tilly Edinger
  • ISBN Code: : 0813710251
  • Publisher : Geological Society of America
  • Pages : 177
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Available in paperback for the first time, Gareth Griffith's book provides a comprehensive critical account of the political ideas of one of the most influential commentators of the twentieth century. With close reference to a range of Shaw's texts, from the Fabian tracts to the plays, Gareth Griffith draws out the central theoretical messages of Shaw's engagement with politics. The first part of the book provides an intellectual biography, while at the same time analysing Shaw's key concerns in relation to his Fabianism, arguments for equality of income and ideas on democracy and education. Part Two looks at those areas which Shaw approached as long-standing historical problems or dramas requiring immediate thought or action; sexual equality, the Irish question, war, fascism and sovietism. The book is directed to the general reader as well as to specialists. It will be central reading for anyone seeking to understand Shaw's life, and literary and political writings, or the development of political thinking in this century, or the problems and potential inherent in socialism.

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History of the Conquest of Peru

By William H. Prescott
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  • Publisher : Cosimo, Inc.
  • Book Code : 1602068755
  • Total of Pages : 556
  • Category : History
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First published in 1847, The History of the Conquest of Peru was a companion piece to The History of the Conquest of Mexico. Readers will follow along with famous explorers like Francisco Pizarro and Pedro de la Gasca as they wage war against the native tribes and establish cities that have lasted to this day. In order to orient the reader, Prescott begins with a description of the Incas and their society. The main action of the invasion proceeds quickly, and the natives are easily overtaken. But unlike the conquest of Mexico, which ended in a valiant struggle for the capital, the conquest of Peru became a series of battles between the victorious Spaniards themselves. Peru could not rightly be said to be conquered until the Spanish crown put an end to the internal bickering. Students of history will enjoy this extensive account of the history of Peru. American historian, writer, and scholar WILLIAM HICKLING PRESCOTT (1796-1859) was a regular contributor to the prestigious Boston literary journal North American Review. Among his many books are 1837's The History of the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella the Catholic, a critical and popular success in both America and Europe.

Chronicles of Border Warfare

By Alexander S. Withers
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  • Publisher : Heritage Books
  • Book Code : 1556137818
  • Total of Pages : 334
  • Category : History
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A treasure trove of descriptions of events from the perspective of the early settlers of the border regions beyond the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains (and extending as far as Cincinnati and parts of KY). Focuses mainly on the last half of the 18th cen

The Inverted Bowl

By George H A Cole
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  • Publisher : World Scientific
  • Book Code : 1908978139
  • Total of Pages : 364
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 624
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The present well-established study of planets orbiting stars other than our Sun, the exoplanets, was reviewed by the author in his earlier book Wandering Stars. This new and exciting field of study has expanded quickly, particularly due to technological advances in both Earth-based telescopes and, more recently, in the application of automatic space vehicles. Well over 300 exoplanets have now been catalogued, each of mass comparable to or greater than those of the major planets of the Solar System. Earth-sized bodies remain out of reach for the present. The data obtained so far show that the distribution of major planets in our Solar System is the exception rather than the rule, contrary to earlier expectations. A few exoplanet systems do, nevertheless, give the promise of broadly Solar System conditions with the possibility of Earth-like components in appropriate orbits. This immediately raises the age-old question of whether there can be life elsewhere in the Universe and whether this might involve advanced technologically-capable beings like ourselves. The topic is explored in this workbook. To gain a balanced perspective on these matters, the arguments are set against the broad panorama of the Universe on the one hand and on the evolution of life on Earth leading to Homo sapiens on the other. More than this, the apparatus for achieving technological excellence, such as the development of appropriate energy sources and the invention of the required mathematical skills, is also included. This wide range of arguments is unusual. This notebook-cum-workbook provides a firm and comprehensive introduction to these studies. It is written by an expert in the field for readers beginning to ponder these questions seriously. It is hoped that the reader will extend the arguments further as the subject develops. A special feature is an extensive compendium to act as the beginnings of a personal inventory. The Inverted Bowl is in a very real sense a companion to Wandering Stars. Contents: Planets Orbiting the Sun and Other StarsThe Dynamic EarthLife in Water: The PrecambrianLife Develops in the PhanerozoicHominids — Homo SapiensA Universe of Exo-Life?Appendices:Discovering the CosmosFurther CommentsThe Strange World of the AtomSources of EnergyThe Language of Science: Developing Mathematics Readership: Undergraduates and lecturers in astrophysics, astronomy and geophysics, as well as lay people. Keywords:Exoplanets;Solar System;Planets;UniverseReviews:“The Inverted Bowl gives a wide overview of the matters connected with the presence of life in the Universe. This is intrinsically a multidisciplinary subject, involving, for example, astronomy, geology, biology and theory of evolution. Cole makes a good work of giving an introductory account of these matters. The book is clearly written and well structured … The book also offers an extensive set of appendices and a compendium of relevant references, which might serve as a precious guide for further study.”Contemporary Physics

The History of the Conquest of Peru

By William H. Prescott
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  • Publisher : Modern Library
  • Book Code : 0679641777
  • Total of Pages : 734
  • Category : History
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Originally published in 1847, History of the Conquest of Peru, a companion volume to William H. Prescott's masterly History of the Conquest of Mexico, continues his vivid chronicle of Spanish exploits in the New World. The book's commanding vision of Pizarro's tumultuous overthrow of the Inca empire has secured its reputation as a classic in the literature of Latin American history. 'History of the Conquest of Peru represents an author's triumph over his materials,' observed Donald G. Darnell, one of the historian's several biographers. 'Prescott exploits to the fullest any opportunities for dramatic effects that history might provide him. . . . If there is one [distinguishing] feature of the Conquest of Peru . . . it is the portrayal of the Spanish character, that striking fusion of courage, cruelty, pride, and gallows humor. . . . We seem to be overhearing dialogue and observing firsthand the interaction between the Spaniards as they struggle for control of an empire. . . . Although Peru lacks a noble protagonist . . . it is still an immensely readable history. The description of the Inca civilization, particularly its wealth, the precise explanation of the cause of the conflict between the conquerors, and the depiction of the Spanish character--these together with the careful research, the sheer abundance of anecdotes, and the exploitation of primary materials all contribute to the history's continuing popularity.'

The Mathematics of Life

By Ian Stewart
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  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Book Code : 9780465024407
  • Total of Pages : 368
  • Category : Science
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Biologists have long dismissed mathematics as being unable to meaningfully contribute to our understanding of living beings. Within the past ten years, however, mathematicians have proven that they hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of our world -- and ourselves. In The Mathematics of Life, Ian Stewart provides a fascinating overview of the vital but little-recognized role mathematics has played in pulling back the curtain on the hidden complexities of the natural world -- and how its contribution will be even more vital in the years ahead. In his characteristically clear and entertaining fashion, Stewart explains how mathematicians and biologists have come to work together on some of the most difficult scientific problems that the human race has ever tackled, including the nature and origin of life itself.

The History of the Conquest of Mexico

By Prescott, William
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  • Publisher : Aegitas
  • Book Code : 177313812X
  • Total of Pages : 586
  • Category : History
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William H. Prescott published his History of the Conquest of Mexico in 1843 and The New York Times stated that it “has remained surprisingly unsurpassed since its publication.” Prescott was one of the most eminent historians of the 19th century. The Aztec Empire was one of the most remarkable civilizations to have ever existed. The Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire was one of the most significant events in the Spanish colonization of the Americas. The Spanish campaign began in February 1519, and was declared victorious on August 13, 1521, when a coalition army of Spanish forces and native Tlaxcalan warriors led by Hernán Cortés and Xicotencatl the Younger captured the emperor Cuauhtemoc and Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec Empire. Following Christopher Columbus' establishment of permanent European settlement in the Caribbean, the Spanish authorized expeditions or entradas for the discovery, conquest, and colonization of new territory, using existing Spanish settlements as a base. Many of those on the Cortés expedition of 1519 had never seen combat before. In fact, Cortés had never commanded men in battle before. However, there was a whole generation of Spaniards who participated in expeditions in the Caribbean and Tierra Firme (Central America), learning strategy and tactics of successful enterprises. The Spanish conquest of Mexico had antecedents with established practices. The fall of the Aztec Empire was the key event in the formation of the Spanish overseas empire, with New Spain, which later became Mexico, a major component.