The fascinating stories of the animals that changed civilizations.
A guide to fifty metals, alloys, rocks, and organic minerals that have impacted history discusses the use of plutonium to power the Voyager space probes and the possiblity that Napoleon was poisoned by wallpaper containing arsenic.
Celebrates over two hundred years of technological innovation from 1801 to the present, looking at fifty machines that influenced such fields as computing, media, transportation, energy, industry, and agriculture.
This is a beautifully presented guide to the plants that have had the greatest impact on human civilisation. Entries range from crops like rice and wheat that feed whole populations, to herbs and spices that are highly prized for their medicinal qualities. Each entry is a fascinating look at the most influential plants known to mankind.
"Filled with unusual and unexpected stories and facts, this illustrated survey of the most important historical and contemporary railway lines around the world will captivate a wide audience, from the curious browser to researching students. The book organizes the railroads chronologically, considering each according to its greatest impact on social, commercial, political, engineering, and military history. Maps plus more than 200 elegant drawings, photographs and paintings as well as dozens of sidebars highlight the concise, engaging text. The fifty railroads span history, from the first in public passenger travel (Wales, 1807) to Japans speed-record breaking "Bullet.""--Provided by publisher.
• Fifty Railways that Changed the Course of History is afascinating and beautifully presented guide to the train lines and rail companies thathave had the greatest impact on modern civilization. • Entries range from the Metropolitan Line of the LondonUnderground, the world’s first underground railway, to the Pacific Railroad, thefirst transcontinental railroad in North America. • In order to justify the assertion that they literally 'changedthe course of history,' each railway is judged by its influence in fivecategories: Engineering, Society, commerce, Politics, and Military.
An NPR Best Book of 2018 "How to Invent Everything is such a cool book. It's essential reading for anyone who needs to duplicate an industrial civilization quickly." --Randall Munroe, xkcd creator and New York Times-bestselling author of What If? The only book you need if you're going back in time What would you do if a time machine hurled you thousands of years into the past. . . and then broke? How would you survive? Could you improve on humanity's original timeline? And how hard would it be to domesticate a giant wombat? With this book as your guide, you'll survive--and thrive--in any period in Earth's history. Bestselling author and time-travel enthusiast Ryan North shows you how to invent all the modern conveniences we take for granted--from first principles. This illustrated manual contains all the science, engineering, art, philosophy, facts, and figures required for even the most clueless time traveler to build a civilization from the ground up. Deeply researched, irreverent, and significantly more fun than being eaten by a saber-toothed tiger, How to Invent Everything will make you smarter, more competent, and completely prepared to become the most important and influential person ever. You're about to make history. . . better.
Make history come alive! This book helps librarians and teachers as well as readers themselves find books they will enjoy—titles that will animate and explain the past, entertain, and expand their minds.
Gordon Sumner was born in a mainly working-class area of North Tyneside, England, in 1951. Decades later, we would come to know him as Sting, one of the world’s best-selling music artists. Sting was the lead singer of the Police from 1977 to 1984 before launching a hugely successful solo career. In Sting:From Northern Skies to Fields of Gold, popular music scholar Paul Carr argues that the foundations of Sting’s creativity and drive for success were established by his birthplace, with vestiges of his “Northern Englishness” continuing to emerge in his music long after he left his hometown. Carr frames Sting’s creative impetus and output against the real, imagined, and idealized places he has occupied. Focusing on the sometimes-blurry borderlines between nostalgia, facts, imagination, and memories—as told by Sting, the people who knew (and know) him, and those who have written about him—Carr investigates the often complex resonance between local boy Gordon Sumner and the star the world knows as Sting. Published to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of the formation of the definitive line-up of the Police, this is the first book to examine the relationship between Sting’s working class background in Newcastle, the life he has consequently lived, and the creativity and inspiration behind his music.
Serving students and general readers alike, this encyclopedia addresses the myriad and profound ways foods have shaped the world we inhabit, from prehistory to the present. • Overviews the foods that have changed the world from prehistory to the present • Gives attention to the relationships between foods and religious movements, such as the connections between fish, bread, and wine and the rise of Christianity • Enables readers to grasp the connections between the history of foods and the Columbian Exchange
"A much-needed guide to animal-related professions, Careers with Animals is a vital resource for the animal lover looking to plan his or her future. Author Ellen Shenk provides straightforward and accurate introductions to a wide range of potential careers--everything from familiar jobs such as veterinarian and zookeeper to cat breeder, animal chiropractor, dog show judge, and other more unusual pursuits"--Amazon.
The author retraces the main stages of the Hebrew language and demonstrate how they are directly linked to the development of Jewish philosophy in the various periods and to the changes to which the Jewish people were subjected in the course of its eventful history.
Invasion ecology is the study of the causes and consequences of the introduction of organisms to areas outside their native range. Interest in this field has exploded in the past few decades. Explaining why and how organisms are moved around the world, how and why some become established and invade, and how best to manage invasive species in the face of global change are all crucial issues that interest biogeographers, ecologists and environmental managers in all parts of the world. This book brings together the insights of more than 50 authors to examine the origins, foundations, current dimensions and potential trajectories of invasion ecology. It revisits key tenets of the foundations of invasion ecology, including contributions of pioneering naturalists of the 19th century, including Charles Darwin and British ecologist Charles Elton, whose 1958 monograph on invasive species is widely acknowledged as having focussed scientific attention on biological invasions.