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By Dava Sobel

The dramatic human tale of an epic clinical quest: the hunt for the answer of ways to calculate longitude and the not likely triumph of an English genius. With a Foreword by means of Neil Armstrong.

‘Sobel has performed the most unlikely and made horology attractive – no suggest feat’ New Scientist

Anyone alive within the 18th century might have identified that ‘the longitude problem’ was once the thorniest medical problem of the day – and have been for hundreds of years. missing the facility to degree their longitude, sailors during the nice a while of exploration were actually misplaced at sea once they overpassed land. millions of lives, and the expanding fortunes of countries, held on a resolution.

The quest for an answer had occupied scientists and their buyers for the higher a part of centuries while, in 1714, Parliament upped the ante by way of delivering a king’s ransom (£20,000) to someone whose procedure or equipment proved winning. numerous quacks weighed in with preposterous feedback. The medical institution all through Europe – from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton – had mapped the heavens in either hemispheres in its yes pursuit of a celestial solution. In stark distinction, one guy, John Harrison, dared to visualize a mechanical solution.

Full of heroism and chicanery, brilliance and the absurd, LONGITUDE can also be a desirable short background of astronomy, navigation and clockmaking.

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Download The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race by David Hoffman PDF

By David Hoffman

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

The first complete account of the way the chilly warfare palms race ultimately got here to an in depth, this riveting narrative heritage sheds new mild at the those that struggled to finish this period of huge overkill, and examines the legacy of the nuclear, chemical, and organic guns that stay a chance today.
 
Drawing on memoirs, interviews in either Russia and the USA, and categorized files from deep contained in the Kremlin, David E. Hoffman examines the internal explanations and mystery judgements of every aspect and information the lethal stockpiles that remained unsecured because the Soviet Union collapsed. this can be the interesting tale of the way Reagan, Gorbachev, and a formerly unheralded selection of scientists, infantrymen, diplomats, and spies replaced the process history.

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Download Sweet Smell of Success (BFI Film Classics) by James Naremore PDF

By James Naremore

From Amazon: "One of the main bold movies of the Nineteen Fifties, the darkish satire candy odor of good fortune, took on McCarthyism at a time while movie studios have been cringing lower than the repressive eye of the censors and an both intimidating political and media atmosphere. Starring Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis, this movie was once the 1st of its variety to tackle the Hollywood process because it served up a dose of revenge for the left opposed to the suffocating cultural surroundings of the interval. James Naremore’s insightful examine bargains new information regarding the numerous revisions of the screenplay, negotiations with censors, and the stressful situations less than which the movie used to be shot and acquired via critics and the general public. He additionally offers a close remark at the entire product, reading the real contributions of its numerous proficient creators."

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Download Historia del mundo: De la prehistoria a nuestros días by J. M. Roberts PDF

By J. M. Roberts

L. a. magna Historia del mundo de J.M. Roberts es un ejercicio extraordinario de comprensión y síntesis, en el que el prestigioso historiador británico recorre los angeles historia common en una exhaustiva crónica de los angeles humanidad desde sus orígenes en l. a. sabana africana al mundo surgido de las cenizas de las torres gemelas.

Un iluminador relato tejido con maestría y rigor que persigue los principales procesos históricos sin dejar a un lado el arte, las religiones, los angeles economía o los avances científicos para ponerlos en relación y así desvelar el legado que ha sedimentado en los angeles configuración del mundo que vivimos. Con su maestría para l. a. narración histórica, nos cuenta el origen de las civilizaciones en Mesopotamia, el Antiguo Egipto, India, China, África y América del Sur; nos explica el Imperio romano, los angeles explosiva llegada del islam, el auge y caída del dominio samurái en Japón, los reinos medievales del África subsahariana, las conquistas mongolas, los angeles independencia de EEUU, laRevolución francesa, los imperios coloniales, las guerras mundiales o l. a. caída de l. a. URSS. Escrito con vivacidad y firmeza, esta Historia del mundo ofrece l. a. mejor y más legible historia common, por primera vez en un solo volumen.

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Download Smersh: Stalin's Secret Weapon, Soviet Military by Vadim Birstein PDF

By Vadim Birstein

SMERSH, acronym of the Russian word ‘Death to Spies’, is essentially recognized to readers as James Bond’s sinister opponent in Ian Fleming’s novels. but SMERSH was once a true association and simply as diabolical as its fictional counterpart. No details used to be to be had in this association until eventually the autumn of the Soviet Union, and its value to WWII background is sort of thoroughly unknown to students and historical past readers alike. Ostensibly an army counterintelligence association devoted to struggling with Nazis, SMERSH spent enormous effort and time terrifying its personal, together with author Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who was once arrested for writing to a fellow officer. Its actions frequently strayed into the political sphere, exemplified through the arrests of many political leaders and international diplomats in japanese Europe, together with the well-known rescuer of Hungarian Jews, Raoul Wallenberg, on the finish of WWII.

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Download Captain Scott's Invaluable Assistant: Edgar Evans by Isobel E. Williams PDF

By Isobel E. Williams

Edgar Evans was once defined through Robert Falcon Scott as 'a gigantic worker…an necessary assistant'. Having joined the Royal military as a boy sailor on the age of 15, he rose swiftly to the rank of leader petty officer, serving with a tender Scott on board HMS Majestic alongside the best way. He took half within the Discovery excursion of 1901-04, and used to be provided the Polar Medal on Scott's suggestion. In among expeditions, he knowledgeable the Royal Tournament-winning Portsmouth box gun staff. He explored extra miles of Antarctica than the other member of the Terra Nova day trip, yet his contribution has been principally missed as a result implication that, as he was once the 1st to die, he slowed up the development of the go back trip. Isobel Williams's biography of Evans corrects this misunderstanding, in addition to redresses the stability of the eye paid to the higher- and lower-deck individuals of the day trip.

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Download The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon: An Elusive by Stephanie Dalley PDF

By Stephanie Dalley

Famous in precedent days as one of many Seven Wonders of the area, the mythical putting backyard of Babylon and its position stay to at the present time a secret steeped in shadow and confusing myths. Now providing an excellent technique to a question that has challenged archeologists for hundreds of years, The secret of the striking backyard of Babylon is a thrilling tale of detection in addition to a lavishly illustrated and vividly written description of a little-known civilization.

In this impressive quantity, Stephanie Dalley, a global specialist on historic Babylonian language, gathers in a single position for the 1st time all of the fabric in this enigmatic ask yourself. Tracing the historical past of the backyard, Dalley describes how interpreting an historic Assyrian text--and evaluating it to sculpture within the British Museum--provided the clues that enabled her to pin down the place the backyard used to be located (it was once now not the Babylon we all know this present day) and to explain intimately what it may possibly have gave the impression of. the writer additionally bargains a groundbreaking description of the expertise at the back of the putting Garden's water offer, highlighting a really early incidence of the "water-raising screw." and during her dramatic and interesting reconstruction of the backyard, Dalley can also be in a position to persist with its effect on later backyard design.

Unscrambling the various legends that experience outfitted up round the backyard, together with questions on the jobs performed via Semiramis and Nebuchadnezzar, this interesting quantity exhibits why this backyard, with its amazing options, merits its position along the Pyramids and the Colossus of Rhodes as the most brilliant technical achievements of the traditional international.

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Download Denmark And Norway 1940 by Doug Dildy, John White PDF

By Doug Dildy, John White

On nine April 1940, German forces invaded Denmark, after which Norway, in an try and safe the important mineral assets of Scandinavia for his or her warfare undefined. This attack, Operation Weser¿bung, represents the 1st joint air-land-and-sea crusade within the background of war, and used to be the one such crusade deliberate, introduced, and accomplished through the 3 providers of the Wehrmacht. It additionally integrated using the rarest of German armoured autos, the Naubaufahrzeug NbFz.A/B (PzKw V/VI) experimental 'land battleship'.
This e-book describes the occasions of this tumultuous crusade that not just ended in Winston Churchill's appointment as British best Minister, but in addition observed the crippling of the German Kriegsmarine as a combating strength, because it used to be decreased to a fleet of submarines and a handful of heavy warships used as trade raiders.

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Download Technology: A World History (New Oxford World History) by Daniel R. Headrick PDF

By Daniel R. Headrick

At the present time expertise has created an international of miraculous growth, growing to be disparities of wealth and poverty, and looming threats to the surroundings. Technology: a global History bargains an illuminating backdrop to our current moment--a awesome historical past of invention world wide. Historian Daniel R. Headrick levels from the Stone Age and the beginnings of agriculture to the economic Revolution and the digital revolution of the hot prior. In tracing the transforming into energy of people over nature via more and more strong thoughts, he compares the evolution of know-how in several components of the area, supplying a much wider account than is located in different histories of know-how. We additionally detect how small adjustments occasionally have dramatic results--how, for example, the stirrup revolutionized battle and gave the Mongols a perilous virtue over the chinese language. and the way the nailed horseshoe was once a pivotal leap forward for western farmers. Enlivened with many illustrations, Technology deals a desirable examine the unfold of innovations all over the world, either as boons for humanity and as guns of destruction.

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