Erwin Schrödinger and the Quantum Revolution

Erwin Schrödinger and the Quantum Revolution

Erwin Schrödinger and the Quantum Revolution by John Gribbin
2013 | EPUB | 724.57KB

A lively, fascinating biography of the father of quantum mechanics by the bestselling author of the science classic, In Search of Schrodinger's Cat.

Erwin Schrodinger, best known for his famous "Schrodinger's Cat" paradox, is one of the most famous physicists of the early twentieth century and a member of a new generation of quantum physicists, including Werner Heisenberg, Paul Dirac, and Niels Bohr. Yet Schrodinger's scientific discoveries only scratch the surface of what makes him so fascinating. More rumpled than Einstein, a devotee of eastern religion and philosophy, and infamous for his alternative lifestyle, his major contribution to physics--and the work for which he received the Nobel Prize in 1933--was to some extent a disappointment to him. Regardless, Schrodinger's masterpiece became an important part of the new physics of his time. This book tells the story of Schrodinger's surprisingly colorful life during one of the most fertile and creative moments in the history of science.

The first accessible, in-depth biography of the Nobel Prize-winning Austrian physicist Erwin Schrodinger.

The Reason Why: The Miracle of Life on Earth

The Reason Why: The Miracle of Life on Earth

The Reason Why: The Miracle of Life on Earth by John Gribbin
2011 | EPUB | 1.82MB

Does one planet really matter among the immensity of the Cosmos? John Gribbin is here to persuade us that it does.

In this ground-breaking and provocative new book Gribbin argues that we owe our existence to the impact of a 'supercomet' with Venus 600 million years ago. But this is only part of the story, just one of the astronomical and geophysical reasons why the Earth is special. For the first time, he makes the link between the whole series of cosmic events that have affected the Earth and given rise to our intelligent civilization - a civilization, Gribbin argues, that is unique within our Milky Way Galaxy. Even if other Earths are common, and life itself may be common, the kind of intelligent, technological civilization that has emerged on Earth occurs only here. If humankind can survive the present environmental crises, the whole of the galaxy may become our home. And if not, our demise may be an event of literally universal significance.

Theories of the World [Second Revised Edition]

Theories of the World [Second Revised Edition]

Theories of the World from Antiquity to the Copernican Revolution [Second Revised Edition] by Michael J Crowe
2001 | EPUB | 8.32MB

Newly revised edition of Professor Crowe's accessible, enlightening book re-creates the change from an earth-centered to a sun-centered conception of the solar system. The work is organized around a hypothetical debate: Given the evidence available in 1615, which system (Ptolemaic, Copernican, Tychonic, etc.) was most deserving of support?

The Scientific Revolution

The Scientific Revolution

The Scientific Revolution by Steven Shapin
1998 | PDF | 100.64MB

We all have at least a vague notion of the essence of the scientific revolution--a transition to mechanistic and materialist accounts of nature, bold experimentation, the rise of a clear scientific method. What Steven Shapin accomplishes in his lucid and concise retelling of the old tale is a complete dismantling of this so-called "essence." Not that these characteristics of the scientific revolution didn't exist, but that the shift to them was halting and spotty, even among many of the thinkers we find most representative of the revolution. An excellent overview with an impressive bibliographical essay that covers works on virtually every imaginable aspect.

The Alternative Answer: The Nontraditional Investments

The Alternative Answer: The Nontraditional Investments

The Alternative Answer: The Nontraditional Investments That Drive the World's Best-Performing Portfolios by Bob Rice
2013 | EPUB | 1.77MB

The Alternative Answer by Bob Rice is the first book to explain the new world of alternative investing strategies, showing how to use these new products for inflation-protected income, risk-adjusted growth, and long-term wealth transfer.

The Yale Endowment keeps only 6% of its investments in US stocks, but its portfolio has produced a 100% gain over the past decade. Indeed, the world’s elite investors have long relied on alternative investments to produce their superior returns. Until now those options were the exclusive purview of institutions and the super wealthy, but today any informed investor can play the same game.

A rainbow of investment options such as timber, startups, MLPs, hedged strategies, managed futures, infrastructure, cat bonds, peer-to-peer lending, farmland, and dozens of other non-traditional strategies can provide dramatically better gains, with less total risk, than the standard choices. In The Alternative Answer, Bob Rice, Bloomberg TV’s Alternative Investment Editor, leads an entertaining and easy-to-understand tour of this world, and suggests specific alternative investments for all four key “jobs” of a portfolio: safely generating more current income; decreasing risks of economic shocks; significantly increasing long-term profits; and protecting purchasing power over time.

Regardless of experience or net worth, readers will learn exactly what to do to substantially improve their investment performance—in the same way that the world’s best investors already do. Stocks and bonds alone aren’t nearly enough. Investors need an Alternative Answer, and now they have it.

Creative People Must Be Stopped: 6 Ways We Kill Innovation

Creative People Must Be Stopped: 6 Ways We Kill Innovation

Creative People Must Be Stopped: 6 Ways We Kill Innovation by David A Owens
2011 | EPUB | 3.64MB

A framework for overcoming the six types of innovation killers.

Everybody wants innovation—or do they? Creative People Must Be Stopped shows how individuals and organizations sabotage their own best intentions to encourage "outside the box" thinking. It shows that the antidote to this self-defeating behavior is to identify which of the six major types of constraints are hindering innovation: individual, group, organizational, industry-wide, societal, or technological. Once innovators and other leaders understand exactly which constraints are working against them and how to overcome them, they can create conditions that foster innovation instead of stopping it in its tracks.

The author's model of constraints on innovation integrates insights from the vast literature on innovation with his own observations of hundreds of organizations. The book is filled with assessments, tools, and real-world examples.

  • The author's research has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, London Guardian and San Jose Mercury News, as well as on Fox News and on NPR's Marketplace
  • Includes illustrative examples from leading organizations
  • Offers a practical guide for bringing new ideas to fruition even within a previously rigid organizational culture

This book gives people in organizations the conceptual framework and practical information they need to innovate successfully.

America Beyond Capitalism

America Beyond Capitalism

America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy by Gar Alperovitz
2004 | EPUB | 4.07MB

As discontent with the economic and political status quo mounts in the wake of the “great recession”, America Beyond Capitalism is a book whose time has come.

Gar Alperovitz’s expert diagnosis of the long-term structural crisis of the American economic and political system is accompanied by detailed, practical answers to the problems we face as a society. Unlike many books that reserve a few pages of a concluding chapter to offer generalized, tentative solutions, Alperovitz marshals years of research into emerging “new economy” strategies to present a comprehensive picture of practical bottom-up efforts currently underway in thousands of communities across the United States.

All democratize wealth and empower communities, not corporations: worker-ownership, cooperatives, community land trusts, social enterprises, along with many supporting municipal, state and longer term federal strategies as well. America Beyond Capitalism is a call to arms, an eminently practical roadmap for laying foundations to change a faltering system that increasingly fails to sustain the great American values of equality, liberty and meaningful democracy.

Food Allergies: A Complete Guide for Eating

Food Allergies: A Complete Guide for Eating

Food Allergies: A Complete Guide for Eating When Your Life Depends on It by Scott H Sicherer
2013 | EPUB | 2.33MB

Posing the questions that anyone with food allergies will think to ask—and then some— Food Allergies provides practical, emotional, and scientific guidance on the topics that affect your life. Allergy expert Scott H. Sicherer addresses the full spectrum of food allergies, from mild to life threatening, from single foods to food families, clearing up misconceptions along the way. He explains how exposure to foods can bring about an allergic response, describes the symptoms of food allergy, and illuminates how food allergies develop. He also recommends tests for diagnosing both food allergies and chronic health problems caused by food allergies—such as eczema, hives, and respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms.

Food Allergies thoroughly explains how to prevent exposure to a known allergen at home, at school, in restaurants, and elsewhere and what to do if exposure occurs, including how to handle an anaphylactic emergency. Dr. Sicherer also reviews food reactions that are not allergic (such as lactose intolerance), advises how to get adequate nutrition when you must avoid dietary staples, and discusses whether allergies ever go away (they do—and then sometimes they return).

Tai Chi: The Perfect Exercise

Tai Chi: The Perfect Exercise

Tai Chi--The Perfect Exercise: Finding Health, Happiness, Balance, and Strength by Arthur Rosenfeld
2013 | EPUB | 2.26MB

Time magazine has called tai chi “the perfect exercise,” while the Harvard Health Review dubbed this martial art form “medication in motion.” Like yoga before it, Tai Chi’s popularity has increased dramatically in recent years, with classes popping up everywhere. But it is still often stereotyped as slow and only for elderly people.

Now, this indispensible guide offers an accessible, user-friendly approach to this dynamic, rich, ancient tradition, grounding the beginner in tradition and basic technique while offering the more experienced practitioner insights, history, and inspiration.

Tai Chi—The Perfect Exercise shares the myriad mental and physical benefits of the practice, including easing chronic pain and illness, dealing with stress, and resolving conflicts more easily. Tai Chi is the answer for anyone—regardless of level of fitness or strength—looking for an exercise program that develops the mind as well as the body.

Drugs 2.0: The Web Revolution

Drugs 2.0: The Web Revolution

Drugs 2_0: The Web Revolution That's Changing How the World Gets High by Mike Power
2013 | EPUB | 507.89KB

A few years ago, deals were done in dimly-lit side streets or on the phone via a friend of a friend. Today, you can order every conceivable pill or powder with the click of a mouse. But the online market in narcotics isn't just changing the way drugs are bought and sold; it's changing the nature of drugs themselves. Enterprising dealers are using the web to engage highly skilled foreign chemists to tweak the chemical structures of banned drugs - just enough to create a similar effect, just enough to render them legal in most parts of the world. Drugs such as mephedrone (aka miaow-miaow) are marketed as 'not for human consumption', but everyone knows exactly how they're going to be used - what they can't know is whether their use might prove fatal.

From UK dancefloors to the offices of apathetic government officials, via social networking sites and underground labs, Mike Power explores this agile, international, virtual subculture that will always be one step ahead of the law.

What Do Women Want?

What Do Women Want?

What Do Women Want: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire by Daniel Bergner
2013 | EPUB | 200.56KB

In What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire, critically acclaimed journalist Daniel Bergner disseminates the latest scientific research and paints an unprecedented portrait of female lust: the triggers, the fantasies, the mind-body connection (and disconnection), the reasons behind the loss of libido, and, most revelatory, that this loss is not inevitable.

Bergner asks: Are women actually the less monogamous gender? Do women really crave intimacy and emotional connection? Are women more disposed to sex with strangers and multiple pairings than either science or society have ever let on? And is “the fairer sex” actually more sexually aggressive and anarchic than men?

While debunking the myths popularized by evolutionary psychology, Bergner also looks at the future of female sexuality. Pharmaceutical companies are pouring billions of dollars to develop a “Viagra” for women. But will it ever be released? Or are we not yet ready for a world in which women can become aroused at the simple popping of a pill?

Insightful and illuminating, What Do Women Want? is a deeper exploration of Daniel Bergner's provocative New York Times Magazine cover story; it will spark dynamic debates and discussions for years to come.

Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer [Audiobook]

Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer [Audiobook]

Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer [Audiobook] by Steven Millhauser
2011 | MP3@48 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 51 mins | 182.47MB

The American Dream is a theme so compelling it resonates throughout our culture. In Martin Dressler, Steven Millhauser creates a young man who, in dedicating his life to it, becomes a symbol of that dream. Powerful, lyrical, finely crafted, this best-selling book won the Pulitzer Prize, was a National Book Award finalist, and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Martin Dressler, son of an immigrant cigar maker, believes he can achieve anything if he works hard enough. At the turn of the century, he rises from the shadows of his father's shop in New York City to become a powerful entrepreneur and builder of hotels. But, as he contemplates this land of almost limitless opportunity, his plans grow impossibly grand. Through the curve of Martin's spectacular rise and eventual downfall in the business world, his tale remains a uniquely American one. Martin may not always control an empire, but he will always be able to dream.

Heliopolis [Audiobook]

Heliopolis [Audiobook]

Heliopolis [Audiobook] by James Scudamore
2009 | MP3@48 kbps | 10 hrs 24 mins | 203.29MB

As a child Ludo is plucked out of the shantytown where he was born and transported to a world of languid, cosseted luxury. Now twenty-seven, he works high above the above the sprawling metropolis of São Paulo for a vacuous 'communications company'. But this is not his world, and this is not a simple rags-to-riches story: Ludo's destiny moves him around like a chess piece, showing him both extremities of opulent excess and abject poverty, taking him to the brink of madness and brutality.

The Executioner's Song

The Executioner's Song

The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
2012 | EPUB | 4.13MB

Winner of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize.

In what is arguably his greatest book, America's most heroically ambitious writer follows the short, blighted career of Gary Gilmore, an intractably violent product of America's prisons who became notorious for two reasons: first, for robbing two men in 1976, then killing them in cold blood; and, second, after being tried and convicted, for insisting on dying for his crime. To do so, he had to fight a system that seemed paradoxically intent on keeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death.

Norman Mailer tells Gilmore's story--and those of the men and women caught up in his procession toward the firing squad--with implacable authority, steely compassion, and a restraint that evokes the parched landscapes and stern theology of Gilmore's Utah. The Executioner's Song is a trip down the wrong side of the tracks to the deepest sources of American loneliness and violence. It is a towering achievement--impossible to put down, impossible to forget.

Marilyn: A Biography [Audiobook]

Marilyn: A Biography [Audiobook]

Marilyn: A Biography [Audiobook] by Norman Mailer
2012 | MP3@48 kbps | 10 hrs 24 mins | 214.46MB

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death. Now, in unabridged audio for the first time, we present Norman Mailer's acclaimed in-depth biography of Hollywood's most enduring icon.

This extraordinary biography of the legendary screen star Marilyn Monroe was originally published in 1973 by Norman Mailer, one of America's most important writers of the second half of the Twentieth Century. Mailer, the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, was the first writer to explore the relationship between Monroe and Bobby Kennedy. When published, this book was the subject of Time and Life magazine cover stories, was on The New York Times Bestseller List and became a full selection of the Book of the Month Club.

Londoners [Audiobook]

Londoners [Audiobook]

Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now - As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It, and Long for It [Audiobook] by Craig Taylor
2012 | MP3@48 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 10 mins | 292.22MB

Here are the voices of London - rich and poor, native and immigrant, women and men. From the woman whose voice announces the stations on the London Underground to the man who plants the trees along Oxford Street; from a Pakistani currency trader to a Guardsman at Buckingham Palace - together, these voices paint a vivid, epic and wholly fresh portrait of 21st Century London.

Craig Taylor, an acclaimed journalist, playwright, and writer, spent five years exploring the city and listening to its residents to create this amazingly rich portrait of London.

How Hitler Could Have Won World War II

How Hitler Could Have Won World War II

How Hitler Could Have Won World War II: The Fatal Errors That Lead to Nazi Defeat by Bevin Alexander
2000 | EPUB | 6.8MB

Most of us rally around the glory of the Allies' victory over the Nazis in World War II. The story is often told of how the good fight was won by an astonishing array of manpower and stunning tactics. However, what is often overlooked is how the intersection between Adolf Hitler's influential personality and his military strategy was critical in causing Germany to lose the war.

With an acute eye for detail and his use of clear prose, acclaimed military historian Bevin Alexander goes beyond counterfactual "What if?" history and explores for the first time just how close the Allies were to losing the war. Using beautifully detailed, newly designed maps, How Hitler Could Have Won World War II exquisitely illustrates the important battles and how certain key movements and mistakes by Germany were crucial in determining the war's outcome. Alexander's harrowing study shows how only minor tactical changes in Hitler's military approach could have changed the world we live in today.

How Hitler Could Have Won World War II untangles some of the war's most confounding strategic questions, such as:

  • Why didn't the Nazis concentrate their enormous military power on the only three beaches upon which the Allies could launch their attack into Europe?
  • Why did the terrifying German panzers, on the brink of driving the British army into the sea in May 1940, halt their advance and allow the British to regroup and evacuate at Dunkirk?
  • With the chance to cut off the Soviet lifeline of oil, and therefore any hope of Allied victory from the east, why did Hitler insist on dividing and weakening his army, which ultimately led to the horrible battle of Stalingrad?

Ultimately, Alexander probes deeply into the crucial intersection between Hitler's psyche and military strategy and how his paranoia fatally overwhelmed his acute political shrewdness to answer the most terrifying question: Just how close were the Nazis to victory?

Why did Hitler insist on terror bombing London in the late summer of 1940, when the German air force was on the verge of destroying all of the RAF sector stations, England's last defense?

With the opportunity to drive the British out of Egypt and the Suez Canal and occupy all of the Middle East, therefore opening a Nazi door to the vast oil resources of the region, why did Hitler fail to move in just a few panzer divisions to handle such an easy but crucial maneuver?

On the verge of a last monumental effort and concentration of German power to seize Moscow and end Stalin's grip over the Eastern front, why did the Nazis divert their strength to bring about the far less important surrender of Kiev, thereby destroying any chance of ever conquering the Soviets?

Mao's Great Famine [Audiobook]

Mao's Great Famine [Audiobook]

Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962 [Audiobook] by Frank Dikötter
2012 | MP3@48 kbps + EPUB | 15 hrs 18 mins | 315.51MB
“Between 1958 and 1962, China descended into hell. Mao Zedong threw his country into a frenzy with the Great Leap Forward, an attempt to catch up to and overtake Britain in less than 15 years The experiment ended in the greatest catastrophe the country had ever known, destroying tens of millions of lives."

So opens Frank Dikötter's riveting, magnificently detailed chronicle of an era in Chinese history much speculated about but never before fully documented because access to Communist Party archives has long been restricted to all but the most trusted historians. A new archive law has opened up thousands of central and provincial documents that "fundamentally change the way one can study the Maoist era." Dikötter makes clear, as nobody has before, that far from being the program that would lift the country among the world's superpowers and prove the power of Communism, as Mao imagined, the Great Leap Forward transformed the country in the other direction. It became the site not only of "one of the most deadly mass killings of human history,"--at least 45 million people were worked, starved, or beaten to death--but also of "the greatest demolition of real estate in human history," as up to one-third of all housing was turned into rubble.

The experiment was a catastrophe for the natural world as well, as the land was savaged in the maniacal pursuit of steel and other industrial accomplishments. In a powerful meshing of exhaustive research in Chinese archives and narrative drive, Dikötter for the first time links up what happened in the corridors of power-the vicious backstabbing and bullying tactics that took place among party leaders-with the everyday experiences of ordinary people, giving voice to the dead and disenfranchised. His magisterial account recasts the history of the People's Republic of China.

The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush [Audiobook]

The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush [Audiobook]

The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream [Audiobook] by H W Brands
2003 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 26 hrs 35 mins | 988.88MB

“I have found it.” These words, uttered by the man who first discovered gold on the American River in 1848, triggered the most astonishing mass movement of peoples since the Crusades. California’s gold drew fortune-seekers from the ends of the earth. It accelerated America’s imperial expansion and exacerbated the tensions that exploded in the Civil War. And, as H. W. Brands makes clear in this spellbinding book, the Gold Rush inspired a new American dream—the “dream of instant wealth, won by audacity and good luck.”

Brands tells his epic story from multiple perspectives: of adventurers John and Jessie Fremont, entrepreneur Leland Stanford, and the wry observer Samuel Clemens—side by side with prospectors, soldiers, and scoundrels. He imparts a visceral sense of the distances they traveled, the suffering they endured, and the fortunes they made and lost. Impressive in its scholarship and overflowing with life, The Age of Gold is history in the grand traditions of Stephen Ambrose and David McCullough.

Ancient Egypt: 1000 Facts

Ancient Egypt: 1000 Facts

Ancient Egypt: 1000 Facts by Belinda Gallagher
2010 | EPUB | 14.05MB

Discover ancient Egypt and find out what daily life was like in this fascinating civilization. Everything from the lives of pharaohs through to art and culture is included, and stunning images make this a fantastic visual guide.

Sharks: 1000 Facts

Sharks: 1000 Facts

Sharks: 1000 Facts by Anna Claybourne, Belinda Gallagher
2006 | EPUB | 15.1MB

This book covers everything you ever wanted to know about sharks. They cover anatomy, feeding, hunting, species, habitats, and myths.

Dinosaurs: 1000 Facts

Dinosaurs: 1000 Facts

Dinosaurs: 1000 Facts by Steve Parker, Belinda Gallagher
2008 | EPUB | 16.94MB

Step back in time to a world of prehistoric monsters! Discover everything you need to know about dinosaurs with this brilliant book. One hundred facts, fantastic illustrations and hilarious cartoons give you the inside story on these amazing reptiles, while fun quizzes test your knowledge. So what are you waiting for? Get reading!

Creating HDR Photos: The Complete Guide

Creating HDR Photos: The Complete Guide

Creating HDR Photos: The Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Photography by Harold Davis
2012 | EPUB | 31.52MB

Since the days of the first photographs, artists have used various techniques to extend the range of lights and darks in their photos. Photographic masters such as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston spent countless hours burning and dodging their prints to create images with extended dynamic range.

With the advent of digital photography, new horizons in extending dynamic range are possible. HDR techniques now make it easy to extend the dynamic range of an image well beyond the capability of the human eye.

In Creating HDR Photos, bestselling author Harold Davis covers the complete HDR workflow, from choosing the subjects that work best for HDR through processing RAW files to unlock the dynamic power of HDR. You’ll learn how to photograph multiple exposures and blend them into a single HDR image using various software programs. Best of all, you will find out how to control the style of your HDR images, from subtle to hyper-real, using a range of photographic and post-processing techniques.

Packed with stunning image examples, Creating HDR Photos brings this essential digital technique within every photographer’s grasp.

Digital Nature Photography

Digital Nature Photography

Digital Nature Photography by Jon Cox
2003 | EPUB | 30.63MB

Digital Nature Photography is the definitive how-to book on photographing nature with a digital camera. Focusing primarily on the art of taking the picture in the field—rather than just manipulating the image after it has been shot—this comprehensive guide is geared to the nature photographer who is fairly new to the world of digital cameras.

Packed with step-by-step directions and resplendent full-color examples from the author’s own body of work, readers will receive hands-on practice with lighting, composition, landscapes, sunrises, sunsets, animal portraits, close-ups, manipulating and storing images, and much more. The essential reference for every level of photographer, Digital Nature Photography guides the reader through a magnificent and unique visual experience into the natural world.

Looters, Photographers, and Thieves

Looters, Photographers, and Thieves

Looters, Photographers, and Thieves: Aspects of Italian Photographic Culture in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries by Pasquale Verdicchio
2011 | PDF | 129.13MB

Working toward an analysis of the influence of photography on the construction of an Italian "type" to serve the mandates of the new nation in the 1860s, this book engages the work of writers and photographers who have addressed or participated in this venture. From Giovanni Verga and Italo Calvino writings to the conceptual visual philosophy of Tommaso Campanella and Luigi Ghirri's photography; from the Arcadic gaze of Baron von Gloeden to Tina Modotti's revolutionary vision, the works analyzed in this book have all contributed in shaping our contemporary visual vocabulary. And, while Italy is at the center of my considerations, the ideas that populate this work are in many ways globally applicable and relevant.

Looters, Photographers, and Thieves seeks to contribute to the fascinating discourse on the photographic image and its specific uses in the representation of racial, ethnic and gender difference, and suggest how the isolation of images according to the dictates of power relations might influence and condition ways of seeing.

Finally, this book is meant as a locus where the images produced in the shaping of notions of citizenship and cultural relevance in nineteenth and twentieth century Italy might reveal the processes of the imaginary. As such, the arguments and images in each chapter thread through each other to propose ways by which to approach disparate subjects and forms in order to envision photographers themselves as seers rather than gazers.

The Edible Landscape

The Edible Landscape

The Edible Landscape by Tom MacCubbin
1998 | EPUB | 105.73MB

If you live in Florida and like to grow your own food, this is the book to have. MacCubbin gives plenty of useful information for growing every fruit and vegetable one can grow in Florida. He provides helpful tips for each. He even gives hints on growing exotics.

150 Best New Apartment Ideas

150 Best New Apartment Ideas

150 Best New Apartment Ideas by Francesc Zamora Mola
2011 | EPUB | 144.77MB

Anirresistible package for homeowners and architects alike, the latest volume in Harper Design’s 150 Best series features inspirational profiles of 150 of the most exciting contemporary apartments from around the world.

Curated by acclaimed architecture and design journalist Ana G. Canizares, editor of 150 Best House Ideas and Great New Buildings of the World, the groundbreaking 150 Best New Apartment Designs delivers a robust collection of the most innovative advances in modern apartment design.

Hundreds of full-color photographs spread across more than 600 pages reveal the best in eco-conscious architecture, low-maintenance design, and other cutting-edge trends that are redefining spatial design, in an indispensible asset for creating the apartment of tomorrow, today.

The Travels of Marco Polo [Audiobook]

The Travels of Marco Polo [Audiobook]

The Travels of Marco Polo [Audiobook] by Marco Polo
2003 | MP3@64 kbps + PDF | 11 hrs 36 mins | 317.43MB

Chosen as one of the ten best adventure books of all time by National Geographic Adventure, The Travels of Marco Polo remains a wondrous and exciting story. Chronicling the thirteenth-century world from his birthplace, Venice, to the far reaches of Asia, Marco Polo tells of the peoples he meets as he travels by foot, horse, and boat through places like Persia, the land of the Tartars, Tibet, and, most important, China. There he stays at the court of Kublai Khan, venturing to both the capital of Beijing and Shangtu, made immortal in Coleridge's poem "Xanadu."

We become travelers along with Polo, visiting cultures he only heard about in tales that seemed more like legends than reality. He records small details of domestic life, as well as commenting on how medicine is practiced and how marriages are arranged. He finds that the Chinese actually do use paper currency instead of the gold and silver currency of the West. He is amazed by a black stone that burns for hours to heat their homes, thus learning about coal. Engaging with people who follow Islam and Buddhism, he perceives their religions as best he can through the lens of his own Christianity. And he regales the reader with the great battles fought during Kublai Khan's reign.

Finally he returns to Venice after a three-year journey and almost twenty years away. Going by way of India and Sumatra, being kidnapped and robbed, he is no longer the youth of seventeen. A few years after his return, he is taken in battle with the Genoese and dictates this book to a fellow prisoner. Now, seven hundred years later, it is still a gripping look at a legendary place and time.

[Narrated By Walter Covell]

Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu

Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu

Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu by Laurence Bergreen
2007 | EPUB | 5.96MB

As the first European to travel extensively throughout Asia, Marco Polo was the earliest bridge between East and West. His famous journeys took him across the boundaries of the known world, along the dangerous Silk Road, and into the court of Kublai Kahn, where he won the trust of the most feared and reviled leader of his day. Polo introduced the cultural riches of China to Europe, spawning centuries of Western fascination with Asia.

In this lively blend of history, biography, and travelogue, acclaimed author Laurence Bergreen separates myth from history, creating the most authoritative account yet of Polo's remarkable adventures. Exceptionally narrated and written with a discerning eye for detail, Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu is as riveting as the life it describes.