Author: Theodore Gray
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal
In his highly anticipated sequel to The Elements, Theodore Gray demonstrates how the elements of the periodic table combine to form the molecules that make up our world. Everything physical is made up of the elements and the infinite variety of molecules they form when they combine with each other. In Molecules, Theodore Gray takes the next step in the grand story that began with the periodic table in his best-selling book, The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe. Here, he explores through fascinating stories and trademark stunning photography the most interesting, essential, useful, and beautiful of the millions of chemical structures that make up every material in the world. Gray begins with an explanation of how atoms bond to form molecules and compounds, as well as the difference between organic and inorganic chemistry. He then goes on to explore the vast array of materials molecules can create, including: soaps and solvents; goops and oils; rocks and ores; ropes and fibers; painkillers and dangerous drugs; sweeteners; perfumes and stink bombs; colors and pigments; and controversial compounds including asbestos, CFCs, and thimerosal. Theodore Gray is the author of The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe; Theo Gray's Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do At Home, But Probably Shouldn't; Mad Science 2: Experiments You Can Do At Home, But Still Probably Shouldn't; and Popular Science magazine's "Gray Matter" column. With his company Touch Press, Gray is the developer of best-selling iPad and iPhone apps, including The Elements, Solar System, Disney Animated, The Orchestra, The Waste Land, and Skulls by Simon Winchester. He lives in Urbana, Illinois. Nick Mann is the photographer of The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe. Aside from having photographed more elements and compounds than probably anyone in the world, he is an accomplished landscape, sports, and event photographer. He lives in Urbana, Illinois.
One of the world’s most beloved and bestselling writers takes his ultimate journey -- into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer. In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail -- well, most of it. In In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand -- and, if possible, answer -- the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world’s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Marie-Anne Lescourret
Publisher: Ivan R Dee
Traces the life of Peter Paul Rubens, discusses his paintings and technique, and explores his reputation as an accomplished diplomat to offer a new perspective on his work and his world
Author: Auguste Rodin, Anne-Marie Bonnet
Publisher: Stewart Tabori & Chang
Par quels cheminements l'espèce humaine est-elle devenue ce qu'elle est aujourd'hui ? Pour y répondre, Jean Baechler fait appel à l'archéologie, à l'ethnographie, à l'histoire et à la sociologie comparée. Son livre, porté par le savoir de toute une vie, reconstitue dans toute sa richesse la longue aventure de l'Homo sapiens depuis ses plus lointaines origines. Dans cette histoire universelle, déroulée sur des centaines de millénaires, l'auteur distingue trois ères successives. L'ère paléolithique, qui s'étend sur cent à deux cents mille ans, saisit l'homme dans son histoire naturelle, vivant en bandes et en tribus comme une espèce animale parmi d'autres, autonome, adapté à ses milieux et capable de résoudre tous ses problèmes. Une deuxième ère, déclenchée par la fin de la dernière glaciation, dure une dizaine de millénaires. Elle est marquée par l'émergence et l'extension du pouvoir politique, la constitution de royaumes et d'empires, le passage à la production alimentaire et artisanale, l'apparition de religions universelles. La troisième ère, commencée il y a environ cinq siècles, n'a pas atteint son terme. Elle a ouvert, d'abord aux Européens puis à tous les humains, une nouvelle étape de l'histoire humaine. Nous y vivons encore. Ce livre montre que, par-delà toutes les tribulations des sociétés anciennes et modernes, c'est la même nature humaine qui a produit les histoires les plus diverses. Il décrit l'émergence des grandes civilisations traditionnelles et en analyse l'évolution millénaire. Il observe dans l'histoire de la Chine la transition exemplaire de la tribu à l'empire, voie dont les autres civilisations se sont plus ou moins écartées. Par des détours imprévisibles, mais intelligibles, écrit Jean Baechler, l'Europe n'a pas connu l'unification impériale. Elle a exploré, en revanche, toutes les virtualités politiques pour aboutir à la modernité éclatée - scientifique, démocratique, individualiste - qui est toujours la nôtre. Membre de l'Institut, professeur à la Sorbonne, Jean Baechler est l'auteur de nombreux ouvrages, notamment Démocraties (1985), Le Capitalisme (1995) et Nature et histoire (2000).
Every soldier is shown on a full page, front and back with numerous detail shots of head gear, equipment etc. The chronological order of the original edition is retained, while the widest selection of types of Third Reich armed forces members is featured, from the most famous uniforms to the more obscure. In addition to land forces, this book also offers a wide selection of airmen and sailor uniforms.
Holding Up the Universe
Author: Jennifer Niven
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
A New York Times Bestseller From the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places comes a heart-wrenching story about what it means to see someone—and love someone—for who they truly are. Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone. Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours. Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are—and seeing them right back. "Niven is adept at creating characters. . . . [Libby's] courage and body-positivity make for a joyful reading experience." --The New York Times “Holding Up the Universe . . . taps into the universal need to be understood. To be wanted. And that’s what makes it such a remarkable read.” —TeenVogue.com,“Why New Book Holding Up the Universe Is the Next The Fault in Our Stars” "Want a love story that will give you all the feels? . . . You'll seriously melt!"—Seventeen Magazine