London’s Natural History (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 3)

Author: R. S. R. Fitter

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 000740607X

Category: Nature

Page: 296

View: 7176

London's Natural History describes how the spread of man’s activities has affected the plants and animals in them, destroying some and creating others. This edition is exclusive to newnaturalists.com
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The Breeding Birds of the London Area

The Distribution and Changing Status of London's Breeding Birds in the Closing Years of the 20th Century

Author: Jan Hewlett

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Birds

Page: 294

View: 3442

Posted in Birds

Geographical Guide to Floras of the World

An Annotated List with Special Reference to Useful Plants and Common Plant Names

Author: Sidney Fay Blake,Alice Cary Atwood

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Agriculture

Page: N.A

View: 5599

Posted in Agriculture

Miscellaneous Publication

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Agriculture

Page: 742

View: 8328

Posted in Agriculture

Miscellaneous Publication

Author: Sidney Fay Blake

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Agriculture

Page: N.A

View: 945

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Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads

The Culture and Evolution of Natural History Museums

Author: Stephen T. Asma

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195347463

Category: Science

Page: 320

View: 1169

The natural history museum is a place where the line between "high" and "low" culture effectively vanishes--where our awe of nature, our taste for the bizarre, and our thirst for knowledge all blend happily together. But as Stephen Asma shows in Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads, there is more going on in these great institutions than just smart fun. Asma takes us on a wide-ranging tour of natural history museums in New York and Chicago, London and Paris, interviewing curators, scientists, and exhibit designers, and providing a wealth of fascinating observations. We learn how the first museums were little more than high-toned side shows, with such garish exhibits as the pickled head of Peter the Great's lover. In contrast, today's museums are hot-beds of serious science, funding major research in such fields as anthropology and archaeology. "Rich in detail, lucid explanation, telling anecdotes, and fascinating characters.... Asma has rendered a fascinating and credible account of how natural history museums are conceived and presented. It's the kind of book that will not only engage a wide and diverse readership, but it should, best of all, send them flocking to see how we look at nature and ourselves in those fabulous legacies of the curiosity cabinet."--The Boston Herald.
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Dry Store Room No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum (Text Only)

Author: Richard Fortey

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007362951

Category: Science

Page: 320

View: 6134

This edition does not include illustrations. ‘Dry Store Room No. 1’ is an intimate biography of the Natural History Museum, celebrating the eccentric personalities who have peopled it and capturing the wonders of scientific endeavour, academic rigour and imagination.
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A Treasury of Deception

Liars, Misleaders, Hoodwinkers, and the Extraordinary True Stories of History's

Author: Michael Farquhar

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440626642

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 3311

We may say that honesty is the best policy, but history—to say nothing of business, politics, and the media—suggests otherwise. In this infinitely citable book, the author of two bestselling treasuries of scandal recounts some of the greatest deceptions of all time. With what forged document did the Vatican lay claim to much of Europe? Who wrote Hitler’s diaries? Why do millions still believe the vague doggerel that Nostradamus passed off as prophecy? Organizing his material by theme (con artists, the press, military trickery, scientific fraud, imposters, great escapes, and more), Michael Farquhar takes in everything from the hoodwinking of Hitler to Vincent “the Chin” Gigante’s thirty-year crazy act. A Treasury of Deception is a zestful, gossipy exposé—and celebration—of mendacity. A Treasury of Deception also includes: Ten tricksters from scripture Ten great liars in literature Ten egregious examples of modern American doublespeak Ten classic deceptions from Greek mythology
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British Colonial Realism in Africa

Inalienable Objects, Contested Domains

Author: Deborah Shapple Spillman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230378013

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 245

View: 5950

What role do objects play in realist narratives as they move between societies and their different systems of value as commodities, as charms, as gifts, as trophies, or as curses? This book explores how the struggle to represent objects in British colonial realism corresponded with historical struggles over the material world and its significance.
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A Short History of Nearly Everything

Author: Bill Bryson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409095487

Category: Science

Page: 672

View: 1312

Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays safely at home he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History of Nearly Everything is his quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. Bill Bryson's challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry and particle physics, and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. The ultimate eye-opening journey through time and space, A Short History of Nearly Everything is the biggest-selling popular science book of the 21st century, and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.
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Fossils

Author: Richard A. Fortey

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 9781402762543

Category: Nature

Page: 256

View: 3759

Discusses the formation of fossils, describes how they are used by scientists to reconstruct the history of the earth, and offers guidance on starting a fossil collection.
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Religious Objects in Museums

Private Lives and Public Duties

Author: Crispin Paine

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 085785299X

Category: Art

Page: 192

View: 1697

In the past, museums often changed the meaning of icons or statues of deities from sacred to aesthetic, or used them to declare the superiority of Western society, or simply as cultural and historical evidence. The last generation has seen faith groups demanding to control 'their' objects, and curators recognising that objects can only be understood within their original religious context. In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in the role religion plays in museums, with major exhibitions highlighting the religious as well as the historical nature of objects. Using examples from all over the world, Religious Objects in Museums is the first book to examine how religious objects are transformed when they enter the museum, and how they affect curators and visitors. It examines the full range of meanings that religious objects may bear - as scientific specimen, sacred icon, work of art, or historical record. Showing how objects may be used to argue a point, tell a story or promote a cause, may be worshipped, ignored, or seen as dangerous or unlucky, this highly accessible book is an essential introduction to the subject.
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DuMont Reise-Taschenbuch Reiseführer London

Author: Annette Kossow

Publisher: DuMont Reiseverlag

ISBN: 3770172361

Category: Travel

Page: 288

View: 9273

Der Reiseführer im Taschenbuchformat Die Millionenstadt ist eine der Trendmetropolen Europas. Sie besitzt bunte Märkte und interessante Stadtteile zum Shoppen sowie die heißesten Nachtclubs, aber auch idyllische Plätze zum Erholen und viele urige Pubs, für die London berühmt ist. Und natürlich gibt es auch die weltbekannten Sehenswürdigkeiten wie Big Ben oder Tower Bridge, die roten Doppeldeckerbusse und die Black Cabs, die Bärenfellmützen der Gardeoffiziere und Museen von Weltklasse. Dass Autorin Annette Kossow sich in London gut auskennt, ist unausweichlich: schließlich wohnt sie seit über einem Jahrzehnt in der britischen Metropole. Man kann sich getrost von ihr an die Hand nehmen lassen, um gezielt zu den Highlights der Stadt zu kommen. Und natürlich auch zu ihren ganz persönlichen Lieblingsorten! Auf 10 Entdeckungstouren können Sie aktiv Neues entdecken, hinter die Kulissen schauen, eine ganz persönliche Beziehung zu London entwickeln. Ausgewählte Adressen, jeweils mit einem aussagekräftigen Schlagwort bewertet, und zahlreiche Infos für alle, die Wert auf eine aktive und kreative Reisegestaltung legen, bieten das Rüstzeug für jeden, der individuell unterwegs sein möchte. Der Magazinteil von Londonexpertin Ingrid Nowell beleuchtet mit frischer journalistischer Kompetenz die für das Reiseziel relevanten Themen, vermittelt kulturelles, soziales und historisches Hintergrundwissen und fördert das Verständnis für die Eigenarten der Londoner. 10 x Auf Entdeckungstour ! In die Tate Britain - zu den Werken William Turners Ein morgendlicher Bummel durch Soho The Home of Cricket - ein Besuch bei Lord's Spaziergang durch das Londoner Gerichtsviertel Wohnen in viktorianischer Zeit - zwei Künstlerhäuser Auf Treidelpfaden den Regent's Canal entlang Besichtigung als Still-Life-Drama - zu Gast im Dennis Severs House Bell Foundry - Besuch in Englands ältester Glockengießerei Globe Theatre - ein Bühnenhaus wie zu Shakespeares Zeit Ein Ausflug in die Docklands - Londons maritime Geschichte Die Karten Satellitenaufnahme von London Übersichtskarte mit den Highlights der Stadt 16 Stadtviertelkarten und Detailpläne: sämtliche Adressen sind anhand eines farbigen Nummernsystems verortet Übersichtskarte: Großraum London Underground-Plan Plus: Extra-Reisekarte zum Herausnehmen
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Dry Storeroom No. 1

The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum

Author: Richard A. Fortey

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated

ISBN: 9780307263629

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 335

View: 6903

Reveals the hidden treasures of London's Natural History Museum and the people, research, and passions that created the museum, in a study of the social history of the scientific accomplishments of the past two centuries.
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A History of the World

Author: Andrew Marr

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0230767532

Category: History

Page: 500

View: 5695

Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean. He looks at cultures that have failed and vanished, as well as the origins of today’s superpowers, and finds surprising echoes and parallels across vast distances and epochs. This is a book about the great change-makers of history and their times, people such as Cleopatra, Genghis Khan, Galileo and Mao, but it is also a book about us. For ‘the better we understand how rulers lose touch with reality, or why revolutions produce dictators more often than they produce happiness, or why some parts of the world are richer than others, the easier it is to understand our own times.’ Fresh, exciting and vividly readable, this is popular history at its very best.
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A New Zealand Book of Beasts

Animals in Our Culture, History and Everyday Life

Author: Annie Potts

Publisher: Auckland University Press

ISBN: 1869407733

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

View: 8461

A New Zealand Book of Beasts is a groundbreaking examination of the interactions between humans and 'nonhuman animals' - both real and imagined - in New Zealand's arts and literature, popular culture, historiography, media and everyday life. Structured in four parts - Animal Icons, Animal Companions, Art Animals and Controversial Animals - the Book of Beasts touches on topi as diverse as moa-hunting and the SPCA, pest-control and pet-keeping, whaling and whale-watching; on species ranging from sheep to sperm whales and from pekapeka to possums; and on the works of authors and artists as various as Samuel Butler and Witi Ihimaera, Lady Mary Anne Barker and Janet Frame, Michael Parekowhai and Don Binney, Bill Hammond and Fiona Pardington. In examining through literature, art and culture the ways New Zealanders use and abuse, shape and are shaped by, glorify and co-opt, and describe and imagine animals, the authors tell us a great deal about our society and culture: how we understand our own identities and those of others; how we regard, inhabit and make use of the natural world; and how we think about what to buy, eat, wear, watch and read. This is an engaging, original and scholarly rigorous book of cultural criticism and a thoughtful addition to New Zealand literature.
Posted in Literary Criticism