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Measure of All Things: The Seven-Year Odyssey and Hidden Error that Transformed

By: Alder, Ken

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Publisher: FREE PR: 6/16/2012

Seller ID: 9780743216760

ISBN: 0743216768

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In June 1792, amidst the chaos of the French Revolution, two intrepid astronomers set out in opposite directions on an extraordinary journey. Starting in Paris, Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Delambre would make his way north to Dunkirk, while Pierre-Francois-Andre Mechain voyaged south to Barcelona. Their mission was to measure the world, and their findings would help define the meter as one ten-millionth of the distance between the pole and the equator -- a standard that would be used "for all people, for all time." "The Measure of All Things" is the astonishing tale of one of history's greatest ... View more info

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Measure of All Things: The Seven-Year Odyssey and Hidden Error That Transformed

By: Alder, Ken

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Seller ID: 9780743216753

ISBN: 074321675X

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"The truth belongs to everyone, but error is ours alone.""-- The Measure of All Things"Amidst the chaos of the French Revolution, two intrepid astronomers set out in opposite directions from Paris to measure the world, one voyaging north to Dunkirk, the other south to Barcelona. Their findings would help define the meter as one ten-millionth of the distance between the pole and the equator, a standard that has since swept the planet. "The Measure of All Things" is the astonishing story of one of history's greatest scientific quests, a mission to measure the Earth and define the meter for... View more info

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1789: The Threshold of the Modern Age

By: Andress, David

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Seller ID: 9780374100131

ISBN: 0374100136

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The world in 1789 stood on the edge of a unique transformation. At the end of an unprecedented century of progress, the fates of three nations--France; the nascent United States; and their common enemy, Britain--lay interlocked. France, a nation bankrupted by its support for the American Revolution, wrestled to seize the prize of citizenship from the ruins of the old order. Disaster loomed for the United States, too, as it struggled, in the face of crippling debt and inter-state rivalries, to forge the constitutional amendments that would become known as the Bill of Rights. Britain, a count... View more info

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Shores of Knowledge: New World Discoveries and the Scientific Imagination

By: Appleby, Joyce

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Publisher: W W NORTON & CO INC:

Seller ID: 9780393239515

ISBN: 0393239519

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When Columbus first returned to Spain from the Caribbean, he dazzled King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella with exotic parrots, tropical flowers, and bits of gold. Inspired by the promise of riches, countless seafarers poured out of the Iberian Peninsula and wider Europe in search of spices, treasure, and land. Many returned with strange tales of the New World. Curiosity began to percolate through Europe as the New World's people, animals, and plants ruptured prior assumptions about the biblical description of creation. The Church, long fearful of challenges to its authority, could no longer su... View more info

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Cultures of the West A History Volume Two: Since 1350

By: Backman, Clifford R

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Publisher: OXFORD UNIV PR:

Seller ID: 9780195388916

ISBN: 0195388917

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The Cultures of the West: A History focuses on the ways in which the major ideas and passions of Western culture developed, internally, and how they interacted with the broader world-for good and for ill. The development of such key ideas as religion, science, and philosophy form the central narrative of this book. The Cultures of the West stands apart from other textbooks in a variety of ways, the first being thematic unity. What did people think and believe, throughout our history, about human nature, the right way to live, God, the best forms of government, or the meaning of human life?... View more info

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Time's Pendulum

By: Barnett Jo Ellen

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Publisher: MARINER BOOKS: 7/12/2011

Seller ID: 0156006499

ISBN: 0156006499

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A perfect balance of science, history, and sociology, Time's Pendulum traces the important developments in humankind's epic quest to measure the hours, days, and years with accuracy, and how our concept of time has changed with each new technological breakthrough. Written in an easy-to-follow chronological format and illustrated with entertaining anecdotes, author Jo Ellen Barnett's history of timekeeping covers everything from the earliest sundials and water clocks, to the pendulum and the more recent advances of battery-powered, quartz-regulated wrist watches and the powerful radioactive "cl... View more info

From Dawn to Decadence 1500 to the Present: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life

By: Barzun, Jacques

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Publisher: 5/11/2014

Seller ID: 9780060175863

ISBN: 0060175869

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Highly regarded here and abroad for some thirty works of cultural history and criticism, master historian Jacques Barzun has now set down in one continuous narrative the sum of his discoveries and conclusions about the whole of Western culture since 1500.In this account, Barzun describes what Western Man wrought from the Renaisance and Reformation down to the present in the double light of its own time and our pressing concerns. He introduces characters and incidents with his unusual literary style and grace, bringing to the fore those that have "Puritans as Democrats," "The Monarch's R... View more info

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From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present

By: Barzun, Jacques

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Publisher: HARPER COLLINS: 3/8/2014

Seller ID: 9780060928834

ISBN: 0060928832

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Highly regarded here and abroad for some thirty works of cultural history and criticism, master historian Jacques Barzun has now set down in one continuous narrative the sum of his discoveries and conclusions about the whole of Western culture since 1500.In this account, Barzun describes what Western Man wrought from the Renaisance and Reformation down to the present in the double light of its own time and our pressing concerns. He introduces characters and incidents with his unusual literary style and grace, bringing to the fore those that have "Puritans as Democrats," "The Monarch's R... View more info

Enterprise in Oil a History of Shell Oil

By: Beaton, Kendall

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Seller ID: B000UDKH96

ISBN: B000UDKH96

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City of Falling Angels

By: Berendt, John

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Publisher: 6/9/2012

Seller ID: 9781594200618

ISBN: 1594200610

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Against the Gods : The Remarkable Story of Risk

By: Bernstein, Peter L.

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Publisher: JOHN WILEY & SONS INC:

Seller ID: 9780471295631

ISBN: 0471295639

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A Business Week, New York Times Business, and USA Today Bestseller "Ambitious and readable . . . an engaging introduction to the oddsmakers, whom Bernstein regards as true humanists helping to release mankind from the choke holds of superstition and fatalism." -The New York Times "An extraordinarily entertaining and informative book." -The Wall Street Journal "A lively panoramic book . . . Against the Gods sets up an ambitious premise and then delivers on it." -Business Week "Deserves to be, and surely will be, widely read." -The Economist " A] challenging book, one that ma... View more info

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Good Old Days: They Were Terrible!

By: Bettmann, Otto L.

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Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE INC:

Seller ID: 9780394709413

ISBN: 0394709411

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Great Speeches of the 20th Century (Dover Thrift Editions)

By: Blaisdell, Bob

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Creators: A History of Heroes of the Imagination

By: Boorstin, Daniel

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Publisher: VINTAGE BOOKS: 5/6/2013

Seller ID: 9780679743750

ISBN: 0679743758

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Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself

By: Boorstin, Daniel J.

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Publisher: VINTAGE BOOKS: 2/24/2014

Seller ID: 0394726251

ISBN: 0394726251

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Seekers: The Story of Man's Continuing Quest to Understand His World

By: Boorstin, Daniel J.

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Publisher: 6/20/2012

Seller ID: 9780679434450

ISBN: 0679434453

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Throughout history, from the time of Socrates to our own modern age, the human race has sought the answers to fundamental questions of life: Who are we? Why are we here? The Seekers in history of our great Western heritage of ideas, told through the lives of the speakers who still speak to us: from Moses and Aristotle and Plato through Thucydides, Thomas Moore, Machiavelli, and Voltaire to Karl Marx, Carlyle, Emerson, and Einstein -- to mention only a few.Daniel Boorstin once again shows that his ability to present challenging ideas, coupled with sharp portraits of great writers and thinker... View more info

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Seekers: The Story of Man's Continuing Quest to Understand His World

By: Boorstin, Daniel J.

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Publisher: VINTAGE BOOKS: 4/9/2011

Seller ID: 9780375704758

ISBN: 0375704752

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A "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year From the author of The Discoverers and The Creators, an incomparable history of man's essential questions: "Who are we?" and "Why are we here?" Daniel J. Boorstin, the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Americans, introduces us to some of the great pioneering seekers whose faith and thought have for centuries led man's search for meaning. Moses sought truth in God above while Sophocles looked to reason. Thomas More and Machiavelli pursued truth through social change. And in the modern age, Marx and Einstein found meaning... View more info

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Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That De

By: Brandt, Allan M.

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Publisher: BASIC BOOKS:

Seller ID: 9780465070480

ISBN: 0465070485

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From agriculture to big business, from medicine to politics, "The Cigarette Century" is the definitive account of how smoking came to be so deeply implicated in our culture, science, policy, and law. No product has been so heavily promoted or has become so deeply entrenched in American consciousness. "The Cigarette Century" shows in striking detail how one ephemeral (and largely useless) product came to play such a dominant role in so many aspects of our lives--and deaths. View more info

Wheels of Commerce: Civilization & Capitalism 15th-18th Century, Vol. 2

By: Braudel, Fernand

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Publisher: 7/8/2016

Seller ID: 9780060150914

ISBN: 0060150912

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Structures of Everyday Life (Civilization & Capitalism, Vol. 1)

By: Braudel, Fernand

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Publisher: 10/20/2011

Seller ID: 0060912944

ISBN: 0060912944

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