Gravity by Brian Clegg [EPUB]

Gravity by Brian Clegg [EPUB]
Gravity: How the Weakest Force in the Universe Shaped Our Lives by Brian Clegg
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.69/0.41MB

A history of gravity, and a study of its importance and relevance to our lives, as well as its influence on other areas of science.

Physicists will tell you that four forces control the universe. Of these, gravity may the most obvious, but it is also the most mysterious. Newton managed to predict the force of gravity but couldn’t explain how it worked at a distance. Einstein picked up on the simple premise that gravity and acceleration are interchangeable to devise his mind-bending general relativity, showing how matter warps space and time. Not only did this explain how gravity worked – and how apparently simple gravitation has four separate components – but it predicted everything from black holes to gravity’s effect on time. Whether it’s the reality of anti-gravity or the unexpected discovery that a ball and a laser beam drop at the same rate, gravity is the force that fascinates.

The Royal Stuarts [EPUB]

The Royal Stuarts [EPUB]
The Royal Stuarts: A History of the Family That Shaped Britain by Allan Massie
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.56/0.82MB

In this fascinating and intimate portrait of the Stuarts, author Allan Massie takes us deep into one of history’s bloodiest and most tumultuous reigns. Exploring the family's lineage from the first Stuart king to the last, The Royal Stuarts is a panoramic history of the family that acted as a major player in the Scottish Wars of Independence, the Union of the Crowns, the English Civil War, the Restoration, and more.

Drawing on the accounts of historians past and present, novels, and plays, this is the complete story of the Stuart family, documenting their path from the salt marshes of Brittany to the thrones of Scotland and England and eventually to exile. The Royal Stuarts brings to life figures like Mary, Queens of Scots, Charles I, and Bonnie Prince Charlie, uncovering a family of strong affections and fierce rivalries. Told with panache, this is the gripping true story of backstabbing, betrayal, and ambition gone awry.

Heretics and Heroes [EPUB]

Heretics and Heroes [EPUB]
Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World by Thomas Cahill
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 16.55/16.08MB

From the inimitable bestselling author Thomas Cahill, another popular history—this one focusing on how the innovations of the Renaissance and the Reformation changed the Western world. A truly revolutionary book.

In Volume VI of his acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill guides us through the thrilling period of the Renaissance and the Reformation (the late fourteenth to the early seventeenth century), so full of innovation and cultural change that the Western world would not experience its like again until the twentieth century. Beginning with the continent-wide disaster of the Black Death, Cahill traces the many developments in European thought and experience that served both the new humanism of the Renaissance and the seemingly abrupt religious alterations of the increasingly radical Reformation. This is an age of the most sublime artistic and scientific adventure, but also of newly powerful princes and armies and of newly found courage, as many thousands refuse to bow their heads to the religious pieties of the past.

It is an era of just-discovered continents and previously unknown peoples. More than anything, it is a time of individuality in which a whole culture must achieve a new balance if the West is to continue.

Mysteries of the Middle Ages [EPUB]

Mysteries of the Middle Ages [EPUB]
Mysteries of the Middle Ages: And the Beginning of the Modern World by Thomas Cahill
2008 | EPUB + MOBI | 21.29MB

From the bestselling author of How the Irish Saved Civilization, a fascinating look at how medieval thinkers created the origins of modern intellectual movements.

After the long period of decline known as the Dark Ages, medieval Europe experienced a rebirth of scholarship, art, literature, philosophy, and science and began to develop a vision of Western society that remains at the heart of Western civilization today, from the entry of women into professions that had long been closed to them to the early investigations into alchemy that would form the basis of experimental science. On visits to the great cities of Europe-monumental Rome; the intellectually explosive Paris of Peter Abelard and Thomas Aquinas; the hotbed of scientific study that was Oxford; and the incomparable Florence of Dante and Giotto-acclaimed historian Thomas Cahill brilliantly captures the spirit of experimentation, the colorful pageantry, and the passionate pursuit of knowledge that built the foundations for the modern world.

Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea [EPUB]

Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea [EPUB]
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter by Thomas Cahill
2004 | EPUB + MOBI | 7.81/7.19MB

In the fourth volume of the acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill brings his characteristic wit and style to a fascinating tour of ancient Greece.

The Greeks invented everything from Western warfare to mystical prayer, from logic to statecraft. Many of their achievements, particularly in art and philosophy, are widely celebrated; other important innovations and accomplishments, however, are unknown or underappreciated. In Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, Thomas Cahill explores the legacy, good and bad, of the ancient Greeks. From the origins of Greek culture in the migrations of armed Indo-European tribes into Attica and the Peloponnesian peninsula, to the formation of the city-states, to the birth of Western literature, poetry, drama, philosophy, art, and architecture, Cahill makes the distant past relevant to the present.

Greek society is one of the two primeval influences on the Western world: While Jews gave us our value system, the Greeks set the foundation and framework for our intellectual lives. They are responsible for our vocabulary, our logic, and our entire system of categorization. They provided the intellectual tools we bring to bear on problems in philosophy, mathematics, medicine, physics, and the other sciences. Their modes of thinking, considered in classical times to be the pinnacle of human achievement, are largely responsible for the shape that the Christian religion took.

But, as Cahill points out, the Greeks left a less appealing bequest as well. They created Western militarism and, in making the warrior the ultimate ideal, perpetrated the assumption that only males could be entrusted with the duties of citizenship. The consequences of their exclusion of women from the political sphere and the social segregation of the sexes continue to reverberate today.

Full of surprising, often controversial, insights, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea is a remarkable intellectual adventure—conducted by the most companionable guide imaginable. Cahill’s knowledge of his sources is so intimate that he has made his own fresh translations of the Greek lyric poets for this volume.

Desire of the Everlasting Hills [EPUB]

Desire of the Everlasting Hills [EPUB]
Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus by Thomas Cahill
1999 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.91/1.39MB

In Desire of the Everlasting Hills, Thomas Cahill takes up his most daring and provocative subject yet: Jesus of Nazareth, the central figure of Western civilization.

Introducing us first to "the people Jesus knew," Thomas Cahill describes the oppressive Roman political presence, the pervasive Greek cultural influence, and especially the widely varied social and religious context of the Judaism in which Jesus moved and flourished. These backgrounds, essential to a complete understanding of Jesus, lead to the author's stunningly original interpretation of the New Testament--much of it based on material from the ancient Greek brilliantly translated by the author himself--that will delight readers and surprise even biblical scholars.

Thomas Cahill's most unusual skill may lie in his ability to bring to life people of a faraway world whose concerns seem at first to be utterly removed from the present day. We see Jesus as a real person, sharp-witted and sharp-tongued, but kind, humorous, and affectionate, shadowed by the inevitable climax of crucifixion, the cruelest form of execution ever devised by humankind. Mary, while not quite the "perpetual virgin" of popular piety, is a vivid presence and forceful influence on her son. And the apostle Paul, the carrier of Jesus' message and most important figure in the early Jesus movement (which became Christianity), finds rehabilitation in Cahill's realistic, revealing portrait of him.

The third volume in the Hinges of History series, this unique presentation of Jesus and his times is for believers and nonbelievers alike (for Jews and Christians, it is intended by the author as an act of reconciliation). With the same lively narration and irresistible perceptions that characterize How the Irish Saved Civilization and The Gifts of the Jews, Thomas Cahill invites readers into an ancient world to commune with some of the most influential people who ever lived.

The Gifts of the Jews [EPUB]

The Gifts of the Jews [EPUB]
The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels by Thomas Cahill
1998 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.42MB/665.42KB

The author of the runaway bestseller How the Irish Saved Civilization has done it again. In The Gifts of the Jews Thomas Cahill takes us on another enchanting journey into history, once again recreating a time when the actions of a small band of people had repercussions that are still felt today.

The Gifts of the Jews reveals the critical change that made western civilization possible. Within the matrix of ancient religions and philosophies, life was seen as part of an endless cycle of birth and death; time was like a wheel, spinning ceaselessly. Yet somehow, the ancient Jews began to see time differently. For them, time had a beginning and an end; it was a narrative, whose triumphant conclusion would come in the future. From this insight came a new conception of men and women as individuals with unique destinies--a conception that would inform the Declaration of Independence--and our hopeful belief in progress and the sense that tomorrow can be better than today. As Thomas Cahill narrates this momentous shift, he also explains the real significance of such Biblical figures as Abraham and Sarah, Moses and the Pharaoh, Joshua, Isaiah, and Jeremiah.

Full of compelling stories, insights and humor, The Gifts of the Jews is an irresistible exploration of history as fascinating and fun as How the Irish Saved Civilization.

Pathway to Prosperity [EPUB]

Pathway to Prosperity [EPUB]
Pathway to Prosperity: The 12 Steps to Financial Freedom by Pat Mesiti
2013 | EPUB | 1.48MB

An inspiring guide to getting off the road to more debt and financial insecurity and on the road to wealth and financial freedom.

You can take charge of your financial future. You can reduce your debt, increase your net worth and enjoy a life of prosperity. You can stop struggling, doing things the way you've always have, and embark on a new pathway to wealth. So what's stopping you? According to bestselling motivational author and wealth building advisor, Pat Mesiti, it's all about identifying what's wrong with the way you think and feel about money and the path they've put you on. And it's about creating a new, more prosperous path for yourself.

  • Provides you with the tools you need to create your own roadmap to greater wealth and financial security
  • Gives you priceless insights into your wealth-defeating mindset and how to stop repeating the same mistakes and start building wealth by design—not by chance
  • Offers proven prescriptions for digging your way out of the debt-heavy financial rut you're in so you can start building wealth right away
  • Features numerous inspiring case studies of Mesiti clients and mentees who found financial freedom following his "shift your mind, touch your heart" approach to wealth

The Debt-Free Spending Plan [EPUB]

The Debt-Free Spending Plan [EPUB]
The Debt-Free Spending Plan: An Amazingly Simple Way to Take Control of Your Finances Once and for All by Joanneh Nagler
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.56/0.89MB

Anyone suffering under the crushing weight of debt knows how impossible it can seem to find a way out. It’s overwhelming—and the more complicated the proposed solution, the harder it is to stick with it.

That’s why The Debt-Free Spending Plan is SIMPLE. It doesn’t require sifting through chapters of high-minded financial advice or digging up your past spend ing history. It assumes you need help RIGHT NOW, and gives it to you. You will learn to:

  • Downsize expenses without feeling deprived
  • Allocate money as it comes in and put together an easy-to-manage bill-paying plan
  • Adjust for inevitable overspend ing
  • Pay off debt without gouging expenses and (believe it or not) start saving

The plan is clear, easy, and takes just five minutes a day—and it doesn’t matter if you make $14,000 or $14 million. With straightforward daily spending strategies and effortless expense tracking tools, you will soon find yourself on the road to financial freedom—all before the next billing cycle.

17 Proven Currency Trading Strategies [EPUB]

17 Proven Currency Trading Strategies [EPUB]
17 Proven Currency Trading Strategies: How to Profit in the Forex Market by Mario Singh
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 10.68/14.34MB

With an average of $4.3 trillion exchanged per day, the Foreign Exchange (Forex) market is the largest and the most actively traded market in the world. Countless money-making opportunities abound in the Forex market every day for savvy traders equipped with the right knowledge and tools. But how does an amateur investor take advantage of these opportunities to earn high returns? This book provides a comprehensive solution to this question by arming you with the same knowledge and tools that these savvy Forex traders have.

Written by Mario Singh, head of the prestigious FX1 Academy, the largest Forex education firm in the Far East, 17 Proven Currency Trading Strategies is a plain-English guide designed for anyone—from beginners to professionals, and everyone in between—looking to quickly master the knowledge and skills needed to win big in the booming Forex market.

Following the first section that explains in plain English—what is Forex trading, how money is made in the Forex "game", the six major players involved, and the importance of knowing one's Trader Profile—the second section focuses on specific and practical guidance, which includes:

  • A "Trader Profile Test" to help the reader get a clear picture of his natural trading style and which of five trading profiles he belongs to (Scalper, Day Trader, Swing Trader, Position Trader, or Mechanical Trader)
  • 17 proven trading strategies (between 2 to 5 strategies for each trader profile) for the reader to immediately start cashing in on the Forex market
  • Descriptions of an array of real-world trading scenarios, with tips on how to address them
  • A section that shows the reader how to custom-tailor a trading system designed for his sensibilities and risk tolerance
  • Forex hedging strategies for finance professionals at multinational corporations
  • And much more

Short on theory and long on practical insights and step-by-step guidance, 17 Proven Currency Trading Strategies is an indispensable working resource for investors and traders of every classification—from retail investors and fund managers, to portfolio managers and institutional investors—looking to expand their trading horizons and win big in the Forex game.

And, whether you're a recent college grad or a baby boomer preparing to retire; a middle manager or business owner; or looking for a reliable second income stream, this book can help you to achieve the financial independence you want and deserve by trading the Forex market, no matter what your life stage, income bracket, or professional standing.

The Official Get Rich Guide to Information Marketing [EPUB]

The Official Get Rich Guide to Information Marketing [EPUB]
The Official Get Rich Guide to Information Marketing: Build a Million Dollar Business Within 12 Months, 2nd Edition by Robert Skrob
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.63/1.94MB

Why do some business owners get rich while others struggle to get by? Because success is not a result of working harder than everyone else--it's about building a business that enables you to accumulate wealth.

Step into the world of information marketing, where people package their passion and interests into a business, creating an extraordinary income and lifestyle! Be personally coached by Robert Skrob, the president of the Information Marketing Association. Uncover the secrets of creating your own information marketing empire.

  • Master the five steps to internet information marketing success: Salutation, Presentation, Consummation, Perseverance, and Enticement.
  • Use the Power of ONE--a proven trick that gets visitors to stay and interact with your site.
  • Learn proven ways to capture more than 80 percent of visitors' names and e-mail addresses.
  • Use three profit-proven models that inspire sales.
  • Learn the seven laws for effective order forms.
  • Discover how to drive customers instead of traffic.
  • How to follow in the footsteps of 12 successful information marketers--case studies inside
  • Also, get the inside scoop from today's most successful, online information marketers!

Discover exactly what you need to do to launch your business, generate sales, and deposit money into your checking account before the end of TODAY.

How to Understand Business Finance, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

How to Understand Business Finance, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
How to Understand Business Finance, 2nd Edition by Robert Cinnamon, Brian Helweg-Larsen, Paul Cinnamon
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.53/2.57MB

The modern marketplace is increasingly unpredictable and there is an ever-greater need for non-financial managers to understand the financial and management accounting process. How to Understand Business Finance, 2nd Edition is not written by an accountant and actually relates to running a business in a real market. It provides a quick and effective course from the perspective of the pursuit of business growth, and describes a business proceeding from initial set-up through its first year of trading. As well as learning how to understand the balance sheet and profit and loss account, readers will also grasp the principles of: market dynamics; budgeting and forecasting; fixed and variable costs; break-even analysis; the difference between profit and cash; financial ratios for measuring business performance; investment appraisal; stock market ratios; shareholder value; financial measures for improving business performance, and much more.

Due Diligence and the Business Transaction [EPUB]

Due Diligence and the Business Transaction [EPUB]
Due Diligence and the Business Transaction: Getting a Deal Done by Jeffrey W Berkman
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.7/1.31MB

Due Diligence and the Business Transaction: Getting a Deal Done is a practical guide to due diligence for anyone buying or selling a privately held business or entering into a major agreement with another company.

When you’re buying a business, it’s wise to conduct due diligence. That's the process of investigating and verifying the firm’s finances, labor record, exposure to environmental issues, store of intellectual property, hard assets, ownership structure, and much more. If you don’t, you may later stumble into serious, costly problems, or you may pay an inflated price for the business. This book not only shows you how to conduct such an examination and what to look for, but it will also help you uncover hidden issues that some sellers might not want you to know about.

Conversely, this book shows smart business sellers how to conduct due diligence on their own firms to arrive at the right sales price, uncover issues that might scare off buyers or investors, solve lingering problems before a sale, and more. Done right, due diligence can help sellers ensure they sell the business for the best price and with the least risk. Due Diligence and the Business Transaction will help you understand when to conduct due diligence, whom to include, and how to spot the red flags that signal danger. In addition, you will learn:

  • How to conduct due diligence when contemplating a joint venture, business loan, franchise opportunity, or manufacturing deal
  • How to calibrate the correct scope and breadth of the due diligence investigation depending on your situation
  • How the results of due diligence may and often will change the elements of the final deal
  • How to draft due diligence documents so they protect your interests
  • What successful deals look like

Corporate attorney and due diligence expert Jeffrey W. Berkman interweaves critical action points, guidelines and procedural steps, case studies, and due diligence questionnaires, checklists, and documents. The veteran of many business deals, Berkman's advice will help you avoid business-crippling mistakes and make the best deal possible.

What you’ll learn

  • The nature and purpose of due diligence
  • When you need to perform due diligence
  • Why it is important for sellers of a business or issuers in private placements to conduct due diligence before going to the market
  • How to scale the scope and breadth of due diligence, depending on the nature of the transaction
  • Who you need to involve when conducting due diligence
  • How to find landmines that may otherwise come back to wreck the business you just bought
  • How to best use the knowledge you gain through due diligence

Who this book is for

Due Diligence and the Business Transaction is for business people or organizations who are buying, selling, or investing in a business or engaging in joint ventures with other companies. It will help them understand how to gain critical information and use it wisely to get the best deal possible.

Getting a Business Loan: Financing Your Main Street Business [EPUB]

Getting a Business Loan: Financing Your Main Street Business [EPUB]
Getting a Business Loan: Financing Your Main Street Business by Ty Kiisel
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.98/0.75MB

Every day, Main Street businesses wrestle with the challenge of finding the cash to finance growth or use as working capital. The local banker often wants a credit score of 720, three or more years in business, and a fat savings account. No wonder local bankers approve only 10% of loan applications.

Getting a Business Loan: Financing Your Main Street Business shares something your local banker might not want you to know—small business owners have options. And this book describes those alternative lending sources in detail, as well as traditional sources of funding like banks and credit unions.

Half of all business startups don’t make past their fifth birthday—and often because they can’t find the financing required to sustain their operations. Whether you own a small restaurant, a bicycle shop, a hardware store, a small manufacturing company, or a service business, Getting a Business Loan offers easy-to-understand descriptions of loan options that can keep you going, as well as practical advice on where to look for money and how to apply.

What would you do with an extra $40,000? Expand your restaurant? Hire a new employee to fulfill a new contract? Buy a needed piece of equipment? Getting a Business Loan will:

  • Detail how bankers look at you and your loan application
  • Explain the menu of non-bank financing options available to business owners, like asset-based lending, factoring, merchant cash advance, local “hard money,” and more
  • Show how to locate potential lenders via the Internet and other means
  • Show how to prepare before you visit the lender or fill out an application

Main Street businesses aren’t limited by the local bank’s footprint any more. There are people and institutions all across the country that lend money to small business owners. If you want to find the money you need to strengthen and expand your business, Getting a Business Loan will show you how.

What you’ll learn

  • How to speak to your banker about a loan
  • The different types of loans available at your local bank or credit union
  • How to qualify for an SBA loan
  • Alternative financing options, where to find them, and how to apply
  • Using the Internet to find money for your business
  • What to do if you don’t qualify
  • Options for business owners in dire straits

Who this book is for

Getting a Business Loan is for the 7 million+ Main Street business owners with fewer than 100 employees, the backbone of the American economy.

Startup Communities [EPUB]

Startup Communities [EPUB]
Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City by Brad Feld
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.8/1.01MB

An essential guide to building supportive entrepreneurial communities

Startup communities are popping up everywhere, from cities like Boulder to Boston and even in countries such as Iceland. These types of entrepreneurial ecosystems are driving innovation and small business energy. Startup Communities documents the buzz, strategy, long-term perspective, and dynamics of building communities of entrepreneurs who can feed off of each other's talent, creativity, and support.

Based on more than twenty years of Boulder-based entrepreneur turned-venture capitalist Brad Feld's experience in the field--as well as contributions from other innovative startup communities--this reliable resource skillfully explores what it takes to create an entrepreneurial community in any city, at any time. Along the way, it offers valuable insights into increasing the breadth and depth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem by multiplying connections among entrepreneurs and mentors, improving access to entrepreneurial education, and much more.

  • Details the four critical principles needed to form a sustainable startup community
  • Perfect for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists seeking fresh ideas and new opportunities
  • Written by Brad Feld, a thought-leader in this field who has been an early-stage investor and successful entrepreneur for more than twenty years

Engaging and informative, this practical guide not only shows you how startup communities work, but it also shows you how to make them work anywhere in the world.

Currency Trading For Dummies, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

Currency Trading For Dummies, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
Currency Trading For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Brian Dolan
2011 | EPUB | 9.34MB

Your plain-English guide to currency trading

Forex markets can be one of the fastest and most volatile financial markets to trade. Money can be lost or made in a matter of seconds, and forex markets are always moving. So how do you keep up? This hands-on, friendly guide shows you how the forex market really works, what moves it, and how you can actively trade in it — without losing your head!

  • All the world's a stage — get an easy-to-follow introduction to the global forex market and understand its size, scope, and players
  • Show me the money — take a look at the major fundamental and economic drivers that influence currency values and get the know-how to interpret data and events like a pro
  • Prepare for battle — discover different types of trading styles and make a concrete strategy and game plan before you act on anything
  • Pull the trigger — establish a position in the market, manage the trade while it's open, and close out on the most advantageous terms

Open the book and find:

  • Currency trading conventions and tools
  • Key characteristics of successful traders
  • Trading pitfalls to avoid and risk management rules to live by
  • How major currencies typically trade
  • Why it's important to be organized and prepared
  • The 411 on buying and selling simultaneously
  • Tips for understanding rollovers and interest rates

Learn to:

  • Grasp currency quotes
  • Capitalize on the foreign exchange market
  • Manage risk and reward
  • Use the forces that drive currency movements
  • Identify key traits of individual currency pairs

Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World [EPUB]

Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World [EPUB]
Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World by Anne Jamison
2013 | EPUB | 1.71MB

What is fanfiction, and what is it not? Why does fanfiction matter? And what makes it so important to the future of literature?

Fic is a groundbreaking exploration of the history and culture of fan writing and what it means for the way we think about reading, writing, and authorship. It’s a story about literature, community, and technology—about what stories are being told, who’s telling them, how, and why.

With provocative discussions from both professional and fan writers, on subjects from Star Trek to The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Harry Potter, Twilight, and beyond, Fic sheds light on the widely misunderstood world(s) of fanfiction—not only how fanfiction is transforming the literary landscape, but how it already has.

Cold-Case Christianity [EPUB]

Cold-Case Christianity [EPUB]
Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels by J Warner Wallace
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 15.88/8.28MB

Written by an L. A. County homicide detective and former atheist, Cold-Case Christianity examines the claims of the New Testament using the skills and strategies of a hard-to-convince criminal investigator.

Christianity could be defined as a “cold case”: it makes a claim about an event from the distant past for which there is little forensic evidence. In Cold-Case Christianity, J. Warner Wallace uses his nationally recognized skills as a homicide detective to look at the evidence and eyewitnesses behind Christian beliefs. Including gripping stories from his career and the visual techniques he developed in the courtroom, Wallace uses illustration to examine the powerful evidence that validates the claims of Christianity.

A unique apologetic that speaks to readers’ intense interest in detective stories, Cold-Case Christianity inspires readers to have confidence in Christ as it prepares them to articulate the case for Christianity.

Fighter Boys: The Battle of Britain, 1940 [EPUB]

Fighter Boys: The Battle of Britain, 1940 [EPUB]
Fighter Boys: The Battle of Britain, 1940 by Patrick Bishop
2003 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.38/3.37MB

The summer of 1940 was supposed to be the beginning of the end of Britain. Europe had fallen to Hitler's storm troops with terrifying speed, and once the Royal Air Force was destroyed, Britain was next. But that was precisely where the Nazis stumbled. For 123 days, while Herman Goering sent wave after wave of Luftwaffe fighters to rain down fire on Britain, three thousand young RAF airmen fought back with a ferocity and agility that stunned the world. Now in this riveting book, military historian and journalist Patrick Bishop presents the first account of this critical campaign told from the perspective of the pilots themselves.

Drawing on interviews with scores of surviving pilots as well as diaries and letters never seen before, Bishop re-creates with astonishing intimacy and clarity this excruciating, exhilarating war of nerves. In their own words, the pilots describe what it felt like when an engine exploded, a parachute failed to open, a swarm of Messerschmitts surrounded their plane, a bomb fell on their home village, a comrade's plane "went in" (their bland term for a high speed crash into the ground). Had the RAF failed, a successful German invasion would have been inevitable-and the pilots knew it. Under unimaginable pressure, these nineteen- and twenty-year-old heroes brought down the world's most powerful air force and saved their nation-and the free world.

The Unfinished Game [EPUB]

The Unfinished Game [EPUB]
The Unfinished Game: Pascal, Fermat, and the Seventeenth-Century Letter that Made the World Modern by Keith Devlin
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.32/0.32MB

Before the mid-seventeenth century, scholars generally agreed that it was impossible to predict something by calculating mathematical outcomes. One simply could not put a numerical value on the likelihood that a particular event would occur. Even the outcome of something as simple as a dice roll or the likelihood of showers instead of sunshine was thought to lie in the realm of pure, unknowable chance.

The issue remained intractable until Blaise Pascal wrote to Pierre de Fermat in 1654, outlining a solution to the “unfinished game” problem: how do you divide the pot when players are forced to end a game of dice before someone has won? The idea turned out to be far more seminal than Pascal realized. From it, the two men developed the method known today as probability theory.

In The Unfinished Game, mathematician and NPR commentator Keith Devlin tells the story of this correspondence and its remarkable impact on the modern world: from insurance rates, to housing and job markets, to the safety of cars and planes, calculating probabilities allowed people, for the first time, to think rationally about how future events might unfold.

The Way of the SEAL [EPUB]

The Way of the SEAL [EPUB]
The Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed by Mark Divine with Allyson Edelhertz Machate
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.83/0.73MB

In the Way of the SEAL, ex-Navy Commander Mark Divine reveals exercises, meditations and focusing techniques to train your mind for mental toughness, emotional resilience and uncanny intuition. Along the way you’ll reaffirm your ultimate purpose, define your most important goals, and take concrete steps to make them happen. A practical guide for businesspeople or anyone who wants to be an elite operator in life, this book will teach you how to:

  • Lead from the front, so that others will want to work for you
  • Practice front-sight focus, the radical ability to focus on one thing until victory is achieved
  • Think offense, all the time, to eradicate fear and indecisiveness
  • Smash the box and be an unconventional thinker so you’re never thrown off-guard by chaotic conditions
  • Access your intuition so you can make “hard right” decisions
  • Achieve twenty times more than you think you can
  • and much more

Blending the tactics he learned from America’s elite forces with lessons from the Spartans, samurai, Apache scouts, and other great warrior traditions, Divine has distilled the fundamentals of success into eight powerful principles that will transform you into the leader you always knew you could be.

Learn to think like a SEAL, and take charge of your destiny at work, home and in life.

A Brief History of Infinity [EPUB]

A Brief History of Infinity [EPUB]
A Brief History of Infinity: The Quest to Think the Unthinkable by Brian Clegg
2003 | EPUB | 1.14MB

We human beings have trouble with infinity - yet infinity is a surprisingly human subject. Philosophers and mathematicians have gone mad contemplating its nature and complexity - yet it is a concept routinely used by schoolchildren. Exploring the infinite is a journey into paradox. Here is a quantity that turns arithmetic on its head, making it feasible that 1 = 0. Here is a concept that enables us to cram as many extra guests as we like into an already full hotel. Most bizarrely of all, it is quite easy to show that there must be something bigger than infinity - when it surely should be the biggest thing that could possibly be.

Brian Clegg takes us on a fascinating tour of that borderland between the extremely large and the ultimate that takes us from Archimedes, counting the grains of sand that would fill the universe, to the latest theories on the physical reality of the infinite. Full of unexpected delights, whether St Augustine contemplating the nature of creation, Newton and Leibniz battling over ownership of calculus, or Cantor struggling to publicise his vision of the transfinite, infinity's fascination is in the way it brings together the everyday and the extraordinary, prosaic daily life and the esoteric.

Whether your interest in infinity is mathematical, philosophical, spiritual or just plain curious, this accessible book offers a stimulating and entertaining read.

Subliminal [Audiobook]

Subliminal [Audiobook]
Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior [Audiobook] by Leonard Mlodinow, read by the Author
2012 | MP3@96 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs | 328.0MB

Leonard Mlodinow, the best-selling author of The Drunkard’s Walk and coauthor of The Grand Design (with Stephen Hawking), gives us a startling and eye-opening examination of how the unconscious mind shapes our experience of the world and how, for instance, we often misperceive our relationships with family, friends, and business associates, misunderstand the reasons for our investment decisions, and misremember important events.

Your preference in politicians, the amount you tip your waiter—all judgments and perceptions reflect the workings of our mind on two levels: the conscious, of which we are aware, and the unconscious, which is hidden from us. The latter has long been the subject of speculation, but over the past two decades researchers have developed remarkable new tools for probing the hidden, or subliminal, workings of the mind. The result of this explosion of research is a new science of the unconscious and a sea change in our understanding of how the subliminal mind affects the way we live.

Employing his trademark wit and lucid, accessible explanations of the most obscure scientific subjects, Leonard Mlodinow takes us on a tour of this research, unraveling the complexities of the subliminal self and increasing our understanding of how the human mind works and how we interact with friends, strangers, spouses, and coworkers. In the process he changes our view of ourselves and the world around us.

Engines of War [EPUB]

Engines of War [EPUB]
Engines of War: How Wars Were Won & Lost on the Railways by Christian Wolmar
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 5.15/5.34MB

Before the nineteenth century, armies had to rely on slow and unreliable methods of transportation to move soldiers and equipment during times of conflict. But with the birth of the railroad in the early 1830s, the way wars were fought would change forever.

In Engines of War, renowned expert Christian Wolmar tells the story of that transformation, examining all the engagements in which railways played a part from the Crimean War and American Civil War through both world wars, the Korean War, and the Cold War with its mysterious missile trains. He shows that the 'iron road' not only made armies far more mobile, but also greatly increased the scale and power of available weaponry. Wars began to be fought across wider fronts and over longer timescales, with far deadlier consequences.

From armored engines with their swiveling guns to track sabotage by way of dynamite, railway lines constructed across frozen Siberian lakes and a Boer war ambush involving Winston Churchill, Engines of War shows how the railways - a fantastic generator of wealth in peacetime - became a weapon of war exploited to the full by governments across the world.

The Cold War (Sutton Pocket Histories) [EPUB]

The Cold War (Sutton Pocket Histories) [EPUB]
The Cold War (Sutton Pocket Histories) by Priscilla Roberts
2013 | EPUB | 1.1MB

The Cold War dominated international relations in the second half of the 20th century in an all-embracing ideological and military conflict between communism and democracy. This survey shows the Cold War as the consequence of the breakdown of the existing international system during the two world wars and a new great power alignment which emerged to fill the vacuum created in both Europe and Asia as existing states and imperial powers lost their former predominance.

The text draws on recent scholarship on the Cold War, based not only upon materials from US, British, Canadian, Australian and European sources, but also upon those from Soviet, Eastern European and Asian sources that only became available in the 1990s. The author aims to shed new light on familiar events such as the Berlin crisis, the Sino-Soviet split, detente, the Sino-American rapprochement of the 1970s and 80s, and the ultimate collapse of communism and the Soviet empire in Europe.

The book also compares the Cold War's domestic impact on the various countries involved, and assesses the degree to which, the Cold War's influence on the international scene remains pervasive.

The Tsar's Doctor [EPUB]

The Tsar's Doctor [EPUB]
The Tsar's Doctor: The Life and Times of Sir James Wylie by Mary McGrigor
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.78/1.17MB

Born in Kincardine in 1767, James Wylie became one of the most celebrated doctors in Europe and the centre of two of the most fascinating and enduring conspiracy theories in Russian history.

Having performed the first tracheotomy operation to be carried out in Russia on Count Kutaisof, one of the Tsar Paul I's favourites, Wylie was made the Tsar's personal doctor. When the Tsar was assassinated in March 1801, Wylie made his first steps into infamy when he signed the death certificate, mysteriously giving apoplexy, in place of strangulation, as the cause. Wylie went on to serve the Tsar's son, Alexander I, devotedly for twenty-four years; he was with him at Tilsit, when he concluded a treaty with Napoleon and was as a field surgeon at the battles of Austerlitz, Jenna and at Borodino where he reputedly carried out 200 operations on the field.

Tolstoy is thought to have made him the doctor who features in "War and Peace". Following Napoleon's defeat, Wylie accompanied Alexander on his triumphant entry into Paris and subsequently went with him to England, where the Prince Regent knighted him at the Tsar's special request. Following the Treaty of Vienna, Alexander returned to Russia before travelling to the Crimea - where he contracted Crimean fever. In spite of Wylie's protestations, the Tsar refused to take any form of medication and died soon afterwards. Once again Wylie signed the death certificate, but rumour soon spread through the Empire that the Tsar, who had become intensely religious, had escaped to live in Siberia where, some time later, he emerged as a visionary monk.

In The Tsar's Doctor, Mary McGrigor unravels the many mysteries surrounding Wylie's life and his involvement with the Romanov dynasty, using contemporary evidence and Wylie's own diaries to examine the details of his great achievements and his participation in several of the most momentous events in 19th century Russian history.

A Brief History of Venice [EPUB]

A Brief History of Venice [EPUB]
A Brief History of Venice: A New History of the City and Its People by Elizabeth Horodowich
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.44/0.7MB

Imagine a place where the gap between rich and poor is minimal, where the ruling elite govern democratically, and despite having no walls, battlements or ramparts is virtually unconquerable for a thousand years.

The lost continent of Atlantis? No, it's an island (or islands) in the north Adriatic Sea--Venice. From 800 to 1800 Venice ruled the Mediterranean and was among the richest nations on earth. The populace was business-minded, educated, and free, and tolerant of differing races and religions. While the surrounding world was ruled by kings, Venice was a republic ruled by a council of enlightened business leaders, similar to the United States Senate today. What set Venice apart from other republics, is that it lasted so long. Why did it last? Unlike the Roman republic, it had no territorial ambitions. It never conquered other nations and expanded its borders, and thus had no conquering hero--no Julius Caesar--to contend with. Venice's sole ambition was trade--and making lots of money, which it did. Venice had few poor and hungry because it encouraged everyone to partake in trade, even sailors aboard its trading vessels.

Elizabeth Horodowich writes well and knows how to turn history into a good read. The history of Venice ought to be taught in school, if nothing else for what it teaches us about the virtue of republics. Venetian rulers weren't perfect, but they were light years ahead of the rest of the world in how they governed and managed to thrive in a hostile world.

A Short History of England [EPUB]

A Short History of England [EPUB]
A Short History of England by Simon Jenkins
2011 | EPUB | 38.57MB

This is a definitive concise account of our remarkable past. From the Battle of Catterick (AD 598) to the premiership of Tony Blair, one of Britain's most respected journalists, Simon Jenkins, weaves together a strong narrative with all the most important and interesting dates in a book that characteristically is as stylish as it is authoritative. There have been long synoptic histories of England but until now there has been no standard short work covering all significant events, themes and individuals. Published with the support of the National Trust, and beautifully illustrated, this magisterial history will be the standard work for years to come.

Alamo Traces [EPUB]

Alamo Traces [EPUB]
Alamo Traces: New Evidence and New Conclusions by Thomas Ricks Lindley
2003 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.97/4.53MB

Destined to be a controversial history of one of the most popular Americna landmarks, Alamo Traces is Thomas Ricks Lindley's masterpiece. Fifteen years of research makes this critical examination of the Alamo story a volume of historical truth and accuracy. The author burrows deep into the records and shovels away deposits of myth, folklore, and faulty research that are generations deep. Never wavering in its search for the bedrock of fact, this convincing speculation about what might really have happened during that courageous fight for independence.

Hidden Facts of the Founding Era [EPUB]

Hidden Facts of the Founding Era [EPUB]
Hidden Facts of the Founding Era by Bill Fortenberry
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.58/0.35MB

Have you ever wondered how some authors can claim that the founding fathers of America were Christians while other authors claim that those very same founders were atheists, deists or even theistic rationalists? In this artfully written volume, Christian apologist and debater Bill Fortenberry examines several of the quotes from our founding fathers that are frequently used to argue against the Christian heritage of America. In doing so, Mr. Fortenberry opens up to us a treasury of facts about our nation's founding that have been hidden by modern scholarship.

  • Did you know that Benjamin Franklin only experimented with deism as a teenager and that he soon rejected it entirely? Did you know that at the age of twenty-nine he wrote three, bold defenses of his Christian faith?
  • Did you know that John Adams called the French Enlightenment thinkers cowards and atheists who were destitute of common sense? Did you know that he frequently referred to Jesus Christ as his Savior?
  • Did you know that George Washington recorded a prayer expressing his acceptance of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for his sins? Did you know that he left the Masonic Lodge as a young man, that he denied being a member of any lodge during the founding era of our nation and that he referred to masonry as being mere child's play?

By opening and bringing to light the original writings of the founding era, Bill Fortenberry provides American Christians with an invaluable defense of our nation’s Christian heritage.

The Internal Enemy [EPUB]

The Internal Enemy [EPUB]
The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor
2013 | EPUB | 2.43MB

This searing story of slavery and freedom in the Chesapeake by a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian reveals the pivot in the nation’s path between the founding and civil war.

Frederick Douglass recalled that slaves living along Chesapeake Bay longingly viewed sailing ships as "freedom’s swift-winged angels." In 1813 those angels appeared in the bay as British warships coming to punish the Americans for declaring war on the empire. Over many nights, hundreds of slaves paddled out to the warships seeking protection for their families from the ravages of slavery. The runaways pressured the British admirals into becoming liberators. As guides, pilots, sailors, and marines, the former slaves used their intimate knowledge of the countryside to transform the war. They enabled the British to escalate their onshore attacks and to capture and burn Washington, D.C. Tidewater masters had long dreaded their slaves as "an internal enemy." By mobilizing that enemy, the war ignited the deepest fears of Chesapeake slaveholders. It also alienated Virginians from a national government that had neglected their defense. Instead they turned south, their interests aligning more and more with their section.

In 1820 Thomas Jefferson observed of sectionalism: "Like a firebell in the night [it] awakened and filled me with terror. I considered it at once the knell of the union." The notes of alarm in Jefferson's comment speak of the fear aroused by the recent crisis over slavery in his home state. His vision of a cataclysm to come proved prescient. Jefferson's startling observation registered a turn in the nation’s course, a pivot from the national purpose of the founding toward the threat of disunion. Drawn from new sources, Alan Taylor's riveting narrative re-creates the events that inspired black Virginians, haunted slaveholders, and set the nation on a new and dangerous course.

Blood, Iron and Gold [Audiobook]

Blood, Iron and Gold [Audiobook]
Blood, Iron and Gold: How the Railways Transformed the World [Audiobook] by Christian Wolmar, read by Michael Tudor Barnes
2010 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 15 hrs 26 mins | 423.8MB

Blood, Iron, and Gold reveals the huge impact of the railways as they spread rapidly across the world, linking cities that had hitherto been isolated, stimulating both economic growth and social change on an unprecedented scale. From Panama to the Punjab, Christian Wolmar describes the vision and determination of the pioneers who developed railways that would one day span continents, as well as the labour of the navvies who built this global network.

Wolmar shows how cultures were enriched - and destroyed - by the unrelenting construction and how they had a vital role in civil conflict, as well as in two world wars. Indeed, the global expansion of the railways was key to the spread of modernity and the making of the modern world.

Hoboes by Mark Wyman [EPUB]

Hoboes by Mark Wyman [EPUB]
Hoboes: Bindlestiffs, Fruit Tramps, and the Harvesting of the West by Mark Wyman
2010 | EPUB | 2.53MB

When the railroad stretched its steel rails across the American West in the 1870s, it opened up a vast expanse of territory with very few people but enormous agricultural potential: a second Western frontier, the garden West. Agriculture quickly followed the railroads, making way for Kansas wheat and Colorado sugar beets and Washington apples. With this new agriculture came an unavoidable need for harvest workers—for hands to pick the apples, cotton, oranges, and hops; to pull and top the sugar beets; to fill the trays with raisin grapes and apricots; to stack the wheat bundles in shocks to be pitched into the maw of the threshing machine. These were not the year-round hired hands but transients who would show up to harvest the crop and then leave when the work was finished.

Variously called bindlestiffs, fruit tramps, hoboes, and bums, these men—and women and children—were vital to the creation of the West and its economy. Amazingly, it is an aspect of Western history that has never been told. In Hoboes: Bindlestiffs, Fruit Tramps, and the Harvesting of the West, the award-winning historian Mark Wyman beautifully captures the lives of these workers. Exhaustively researched and highly original, this narrative history is a detailed, deeply sympathetic portrait of the lives of these hoboes, as well as a fresh look at the settling and development of the American West.

Che: The Diaries of Ernesto Che Guevara [EPUB]

Che: The Diaries of Ernesto Che Guevara [EPUB]
Che: The Diaries of Ernesto Che Guevara
2009 | EPUB | 2.85MB

The book of the two-part epic movie on Che Guevara starring Benicio Del Toro as the legendary revolutionary.

Director Steven Soderbergh has based his two-part movie "Che" (Part 1: The Argentine and Part 2: Guerrilla) on two classic diaries written by Che Guevara: Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War (an account of the guerrilla movement led by Fidel Castro that overthrew the Batista dictatorship in 1959) and Bolivian Diary (Che’s famous, unfinished diary discovered in his backpack when he was captured and killed in Bolivia in October 1967).

Che includes a selection from each book, showing the young Argentine’s evolution from the wide-eyed medical student of the Motorcycle Diaries-era to the revolutionary hero the world knows as Che.

Features:

  • Key excerpts from Che’s Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War, his final Bolivian Diary, and his fiery address to the UN General Assembly, New York in December 1964.
  • Che’s first encounter with Fidel Castro in Mexico, when he immediately commits himself to join the guerrilla expedition to Cuba.
  • The dramatic moment when Che has to decide his future either as a doctor or a guerrilla fighter, symbolized by the choice of two backpacks: one with medicine, the other with ammunition.
  • Che’s poetic letter to his parents before he sets out on the fateful Bolivia mission.
  • Maps, chronology, and a useful glossary.
  • 24 pages of original photos from the period
  • Movie tie-in cover.
  • Blurbs by Benicio del Toro and Steven Soderbergh.

50 Timeless Scientists [PDF]

50 Timeless Scientists [PDF]
50 Timeless Scientists by Krishna K Murty
2008 | PDF | 11.81MB

Here we have scientists who missed Nobel Prize and those whom Nobel missed. A Nobel Prize awarded to Pauling was branded as an insult! But he is the only one to receive two unshared Nobels. Bardeen promised Swedish king that he would return and he did for another Nobel. An agricultural Scientist received a Peace Nobel Prize. Yes! What is peace without food? Barbara Mcclintock refused to publish her papers anguished at the hostile scientific community, but Nobel committee discovered her in 1983.

Then we have scientists who received awards in prison cells, scientists who made discoveries in the prison cells. Tesla was thrown out of his own labs, cheated by another great man but his alternating current runs our homes now. Carlson went from pillar to post with his photocopy machine and sooner or later we may have a Xerox of human being. Townes received the revelation for LASER on a park bench. When Maiman made the practical Laser, a Hollywood actress wondered if it is a death Ray.

Medicines from Jenner, Pasteur and the like consigned some diseases to history. If only Subba Rao lived a few years more, he would have killed some more diseases. A trio of scientists transformed the twentieth century by inventing the transistor. To top it all, a scientist who was not allowed to go on a holiday invented the microchip.

A school teacher testified in the court to save his old student, Fansworth from greedy corporations for his rightful invention, the television. Davy openly accepted his student as his greatest discovery, Michael Faraday indeed!

New York Times reversed its ridicule ladled out on a rocket scientist after 40 years only after man landed on the moon. Pauli discovered Neutrinos but could not believe their existence. When proved, he kept his promise of champagne casket.

You have them all! It is not a weary chronology of oft repeated Einstein or Newton but a delightful journey into the biographies some of the unsung heroes through their trials and tribulations, eurekas and euphorias, their pleasures and pains, and their dreams and delusions.

The Pluto Files [EPUB]

The Pluto Files [EPUB]
The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet by Neil deGrasse Tyson
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.59/1.65MB

The New York Times best-selling author chronicles America's love affair with Pluto, man's best (celestial) friend.

In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union voted Pluto out of planethood. Far from the sun, wonder Pluto has any fans. Yet during the mounting debate over rallied behind the extraterrestrial underdog. Disney created an irresistible pup by the same name, and, as one NASA scientist put it, Pluto was "discovered by an American for America." Pluto is entrenched in our cultural, patriotic view of the cosmos, and Neil deGrasse Tyson is on a quest to discover why.

Only Tyson can tell this story: he was involved in the first exhibits to demote Pluto, and, consequently, Pluto lovers have freely shared their opinions with him, including endless hate mail from third graders. In his typically witty way, Tyson explores the history of planet recently been judged a dwarf.

Chasing Venus [Audiobook]

Chasing Venus [Audiobook]
Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens [Audiobook] by Andrea Wulf, read by Robin Sachs
2012 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 12 mins | 223.37MB

The author of the highly acclaimed Founding Gardeners now gives us an enlightening chronicle of the first truly international scientific endeavor—the eighteenth-century quest to observe the transit of Venus and measure the solar system.

On June 6, 1761, the world paused to observe a momentous occasion: the first transit of Venus between the earth and the sun in more than a century. Through that observation, astronomers could calculate the size of the solar system—but only if they could compile data from many different points of the globe, all recorded during the short period of the transit. Overcoming incredible odds and political strife, astronomers from Britain, France, Russia, Germany, Sweden, and the American colonies set up observatories in remote corners of the world, only to have their efforts thwarted by unpredictable weather and warring armies. Fortunately, transits of Venus occur in pairs: eight years later, the scientists would have another opportunity to succeed.

Chasing Venus brings to life the personalities of the eighteenth-century astronomers who embarked upon this complex and essential scientific venture, painting a vivid portrait of the collaborations, the rivalries, and the volatile international politics that hindered them at every turn. In the end, what they accomplished would change our conception of the universe and would forever alter the nature of scientific research.

Dance of the Photons [EPUB]

Dance of the Photons [EPUB]
Dance of the Photons: From Einstein to Quantum Teleportation by Anton Zeilinger
2010 | EPUB | 1.59MB

Einstein’s steadfast refusal to accept certain aspects of quantum theory was rooted in his insistence that physics has to be about reality. Accordingly, he once derided as “spooky action at a distance” the notion that two elementary particles far removed from each other could nonetheless influence each other’s properties—a hypothetical phenomenon his fellow theorist Erwin Schrödinger termed “quantum entanglement.”

In a series of ingenious experiments conducted in various locations—from a dank sewage tunnel under the Danube River to the balmy air between a pair of mountain peaks in the Canary Islands—the author and his colleagues have demonstrated the reality of such entanglement using photons, or light quanta, created by laser beams. In principle the lessons learned may be applicable in other areas, including the eventual development of quantum computers.

The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments [EPUB]

The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments [EPUB]
The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments by George Johnson
2008 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.8/1.83MB

From the acclaimed New York Times science writer George Johnson, an irresistible book on the ten most fascinating experiments in the history of science—moments when a curious soul posed a particularly eloquent question to nature and received a crisp, unambiguous reply.

Johnson takes us to those times when the world seemed filled with mysterious forces, when scientists were dazzled by light, by electricity, and by the beating of the hearts they laid bare on the dissecting table.

We see Galileo singing to mark time as he measures the pull of gravity, and Newton carefully inserting a needle behind his eye to learn how light causes vibrations in the retina. William Harvey ties a tourniquet around his arm and watches his arteries throb above and his veins bulge below, proving that blood circulates. Luigi Galvani sparks electrical currents in dissected frog legs, wondering at the twitching muscle fibers, and Ivan Pavlov makes his now-famous dogs salivate at ascending chord progressions.

For all of them, diligence was rewarded. In an instant, confusion was swept aside and something new about nature leaped into view. In bringing us these stories, Johnson restores some of the romance to science, reminding us of the existential excitement of a single soul staring down the unknown.

Why We Lie [EPUB]

Why We Lie [EPUB]
Why We Lie: The Evolutionary Roots of Deception and the Unconscious Mind by David Livingstone Smith
2007 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.66/0.37MB

Deceit, lying, and falsehoods lie at the very heart of our cultural heritage. Even the founding myth of the Judeo-Christian tradition, the story of Adam and Eve, revolves around a lie. We have been talking, writing and singing about deception ever since Eve told God, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." Our seemingly insatiable appetite for stories of deception spans the extremes of culture from King Lear to Little Red Riding Hood, retaining a grip on our imaginations despite endless repetition. These tales of deception are so enthralling because they speak to something fundamental in the human condition. The ever-present possibility of deceit is a crucial dimension of all human relationships, even the most central: our relationships with our very own selves.

Now, for the first time, philosopher and evolutionary psychologist David Livingstone Smith elucidates the essential role that deception and self-deception have played in human--and animal--evolution and shows that the very structure of our minds has been shaped from our earliest beginnings by the need to deceive. Smith shows us that by examining the stories we tell, the falsehoods we weave, and the unconscious signals we send out, we can learn much about ourselves and how our minds work.

Readers of Richard Dawkins and Steven Pinker will find much to intrigue them in this fascinating book, which declares that our extraordinary ability to deceive others--and even our own selves--"lies" at the heart of our humanity.

Brain Trust [EPUB]

Brain Trust [EPUB]
Brain Trust: 93 Top Scientists Reveal Lab-Tested Secrets to Surfing, Dating, Dieting, Gambling, Growing Man-Eating Plants, and More by Garth Sundem
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 5.37/4.7MB

Blind Them... with SCIENCE!

How much better would your life be if you had an army of Nobel Laureates, MacArthur 'geniuses' and National Medal of Science winners whispering tips in your ear about your body language, or how to resist that impulse purchase you'll regret tomorrow, or when to sell your car - or even helping you trick your spouse into doing the dishes?

With this mighty little tome, you can have the next best thing - because Brain Trust is packed with bite-sized scientific wisdom on our everyday challenges, hand-delivered to you direct from the galaxy's biggest brains. Based entirely on interviews with an incredible lineup of luminaries from the fields of neuroscience, economics, anthropology, music, mathematics, and more, Brain Trust is full of cutting-edge science that'll help you see the real world better - and smarter.

Discover:

  • what advanced math can teach you about getting all your chores done today
  • how creating a 'future self' can help you shop smarter at the grocery store
  • what prairie voles can teach us about love
  • how the science of happiness can help you trick lawyers into doing charity work
  • the components of gullibility, and how they can help you scam-proof yourself
  • the secrets to building your very own army of cyborg beetles
  • how memetic information can help you exploit altruism for good...or evil
  • why eating for eight hours can help you lose weight
  • the behavioral economics behind selling your junk for big bucks on eBay
  • how to get more pleasure for less price
  • ...And much, much more.

Self-Therapy by Jay Earley [Audiobook]

Self-Therapy by Jay Earley [Audiobook]
Self-Therapy: Transform Stuck Parts of Yourself into Inner Resources of Strength, Love, and Freedom [Audiobook] by Jay Earley
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + PDF | 6 hrs 30 mins | 270.47MB

How to Open a Healing Dialogue with the Many Parts of Your Psyche

Psychotherapy works through dialogue between the therapist and client—but what if you could have an effective healing dialogue with yourself? "Because our minds are actually a home to many sub-personalities," Dr. Jay Earley explains, "we have the ability to heal ourselves by engaging directly with the each of our parts." With Self-Therapy, Dr. Earley offers a complete audio training course in a revolutionary therapy called Internal Family Systems (IFS), a powerful psychological tool for finding freedom from chronic emotional issues such as depression and anxiety, and creating internal harmony where the aspects of your psyche are working together for your well-being.

Your True Self—The Wellspring of Inner Healing

The IFS method teaches you how to access the Self—the grounded, spiritual center of your being that is the source of all healing. You’ll learn to engage with each of your parts from your Self with open curiosity, compassion, and love. Dr. Earley offers guided practices and step-by-step instructions for healing the exiled parts that carry emotional wounds from childhood, the protectors that try to shield you from pain, the inner critics that judge you and undermine your self-worth, the parts that make you procrastinate or overeat, and more.

"Each part of us is trying to help or protect us," explains Dr. Jay Earley. "Though they may unintentionally cause suffering by being stuck in the past, we can learn to transform them into caring allies." Self-Therapy is a complete training course in a revolutionary method for inner exploration, psychological self-healing, and cultivating love for your whole being.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Internal Family Systems—an effective tool for creating harmony among our many sub-personalities
  • Recognizing the Self—how to operate from the grounded and compassionate core of your being
  • Why many of our parts remain stuck in childhood, and how to release them
  • Protectors—how their efforts to wall us off from pain can keep us from fully experiencing life
  • Exiles—helping the parts that hold our deepest wounds to heal and transform
  • Inner Critics—techniques for turning self-sabotaging parts into Inner Champions
  • Practical guidance for "un-blending" from a part that has taken you over
  • How to bring harmony to parts of ourselves that are in conflict with each other
  • More than seven hours of guided practices, step-by-step instructions, and immersive training in IFS therapy from Dr. Jay Earley

Better Health Through Natural Healing, 3rd Edition [EPUB]

Better Health Through Natural Healing, 3rd Edition [EPUB]
Better Health Through Natural Healing: How to Get Well without Drugs or Surgery, 3rd Edition by Ross Trattler, Shea Trattler
2013 | EPUB | 4.97MB

The definitive reference book for alternative medicine, health and healing, nutrition, herbs and herbal medicine, and natural health care is fully updated in this third edition.

First published in 1985, Better Health through Natural Healing has become one of the most successful and authoritative resources of its type, with more than 1.5 million copies sold worldwide. Since the original publication of this comprehensive guide, alternative therapies have become more and more accepted by the mainstream, and patients and practitioners of the wider medical community are embracing complementary medicine as an effective treatment option for a range of medical conditions.

This third edition has been fully revised by Dr. Ross Trattler with the assistance of his son, osteopath Shea Trattler, to encompass recent developments in holistic medicine and healing.

The first part of the book clearly explains the principles of natural medicine, including diet, osteopathy, naturopathy, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, and homoeopathy. The second part offers practical advice for the treatment of over 100 common diseases and ailments that individuals and families face. The A-Z compendium ranges from acne and alcoholism to menstrual disorders and migraines to warts and whooping cough.

A comprehensive self-help guide to natural medicine, Better Health through Natural Healing is an essential reference book for health care practitioners and for anyone seeking to heal illness effectively with natural treatments.

Aging as a Spiritual Practice [Audiobook]

Aging as a Spiritual Practice [Audiobook]
Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser [Audiobook] by Lewis Richmond, read by Fred Sullivan
2012 | MP3 VBR + EPUB + MOBI | 6 hrs 02 mins | 256.65MB

In Aging as a Spiritual Practice, Buddhist priest and teacher, Lewis Richmond, describes the four stages of aging, providing an uplifting look at life's enriching journey.

Drawing on the teachings of Buddhism, he urges us to rejoice in getting older, not to fight it; to adapt to a different way of living rather than trying to chase a mythical elixir of youth in a quest to stay younger for longer. He says: 'Everything is aging, all the time. We age from our first breath. The problem is not aging per se, but our view of it'.

Whether you're 30, 60 or 100 there are life-enhancing lessons to learn and a wealth of opportunities in which to experience true joy. With traditional Zen exercises and anecdotes from people of all ages sharing their positive experiences, Lewis teaches us to embrace change and see aging as simply an opening up of new paths. He shows us how we often fail to appreciate the wisdom we develop as we go through life and teaches us that to truly develop contentment we must spend more time with our close ones and in looking inwards at ourselves.

5-Minute Mindfulness [EPUB]

5-Minute Mindfulness [EPUB]
5-Minute Mindfulness: Simple Daily Shortcuts to Transform Your Life by David B Dillard-Wright, Heidi E Spear, Paula Munier
2011 | EPUB | 2.69MB

Mindfulness is just a moment away!

You don't need to hide yourself away on a mountaintop for decades to achieve enlightenment. You can do it right in your own home, at work, even in the car on your daily commute. All it takes a 5 minutes—and an open mind. With 5-Minute Mindfulness, readers find quick and easy ways to calm their minds, soothe their psyches, and sustain their spirits. These potent, portable practices, meditations, postures, and exercises can be done anywhere, anytime—mini-enlightenments that can create a lifetime of joy, peace, and serenity.

Body Trainer for Men [PDF]

Body Trainer for Men [PDF]
Body Trainer for Men by Ray Klerck
2013 | PDF | 19.01MB

Working out but not getting results? If you’re seeking improved fitness and muscle tone or a slimmer, more ripped physique, Body Trainer for Men is your ticket to an ideal physique.

Fitness expert and writer Ray Klerck, one of the world’s most sought-after personal trainers, has produced a comprehensive fitness guide specifically tailored to the unique needs and goals of men. In this book, you will find workout programmes that can be performed at home or in the park as well as in the gym, making this resource completely accessible and convenient.

Body Trainer for Men offers solutions to the most common issues men face inside and outside the gym. So if you are stressed or overweight and want to muscle up in a short time, now you have the means to fix these problems without spending for a personal trainer.

The methods and training plans are all linked, so rather than being forced into a particular goal, you can make desired improvements concurrently. Whatever your present needs or future goals may be, you’ll find the advice in this guide 100 per cent effective.

Formula 50 [EPUB]

Formula 50 [EPUB]
Formula 50: A 6-Week Workout and Nutrition Plan That Will Transform Your Life by 50 Cent, Jeff O'Connell
2012 | EPUB | 10.04MB

Get fit like 50 Cent: The phenomenally fit superstar rapper reveals his strategic six-week workout plan for achieving a ripped body—and developing the mental toughness to stay in shape for a lifetime.

Survival is a recurring theme of 50 Cent’s lyrics, and his life. That’s why, with obesity rates soaring and fitness levels declining, he wants to give everyone an all-access pass to his premium plan for lifelong fitness. In Formula 50, the mega-successful entertainer and entrepreneur unleashes the power of metabolic resistance training (MRT), the key ingredient that has helped him achieve the famously buff physique that makes his music videos sizzle.

Through MRT, 50 Cent’s fitness plan breaks down the barriers between traditional weight training and cardio workouts, accelerating fat loss while building muscle and improving overall fitness. Designed for a six-week rollout for total mind-body transformation, the Formula 50 regimen builds willpower while it builds physical power. In addition to motivation, nutrition is another key element; readers will discover the unique dietary combinations that fuel 50 Cent’s workouts. Coauthored with Jeff O’Connell, health journalist and editor-in-chief at Bodybuilding.com (the world’s largest fitness website), the book delivers a payoff that goes beyond six-pack abs and flab-free pecs: This is a fitness plan that boosts energy, endurance, flexibility, and mobility. The result is a body you’ve always dreamed of—and the mindset to attain the rest of your dreams.

The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding [EPUB]

The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding [EPUB]
The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding: The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revised by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Dobbins
1998 | EPUB | 31.27MB

From elite bodybuilding competitors to gymnasts, from golfers to fitness gurus, anyone who works out with weights must own this book -- a book that only Arnold Schwarzenegger could write, a book that has earned its reputation as "the bible of bodybuilding."

Inside, Arnold covers the very latest advances in both weight training and bodybuilding competition, with new sections on diet and nutrition, sports psychology, the treatment and prevention of injuries, and methods of training, each illustrated with detailed photos of some of bodybuilding's newest stars.

Plus, all the features that have made this book a classic are here:

  • Arnold's tried-and-true tips for sculpting, strengthening, and defining each and every muscle to create the ultimate buff physique
  • The most effective methods of strength training to stilt your needs, whether you're an amateur athlete or a pro bodybuilder preparing for a competition
  • Comprehensive information on health, nutrition, and dietary supplements to help you build muscle, lose fat, and maintain optimum energy
  • Expert advice on the prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries
  • Strategies and tactics for competitive bodybuilders from selecting poses to handling publicity
  • The fascinating history and growth of' bodybuilding as a sport, with a photographic "Bodybuilding Hall of Fame"
  • And, of course, Arnold's individual brand of inspiration and motivation throughout

Covering every level of expertise and experience, The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding will help you achieve your personal best. With his unique perspective as a seven-time winner of the Mr. Olympia title and all international film star, Arnold shares his secrets to dedication, training, and commitment, and shows you how to take control of your body and realize your own potential for greatness.

Healthy Intelligent Training [PDF]

Healthy Intelligent Training [PDF]
Healthy Intelligent Training: The Proven Principles of Arthur Lydiard by Keith Livingstone
2010 | PDF | 9.33MB

The biggest dream of every ambitious athlete is to win an Olympic Medal. Healthy Intelligent Training is the ultimate training guide for athletes and their coaches on their way to Olympic Gold.

Athletes and coaches find straightforward answers to all training issues such as training intensity, overtraining and nutrition.

The successful middle distance training program is based on the proven principles of the outstanding coach Arthur Lydiard.

Running: A Year Round Plan [PDF]

Running: A Year Round Plan [PDF]
Running: A Year Round Plan by Jeff Galloway
2005 | PDF | 19.61MB

You don't have to wonder what to do each day. This book will organize your running life, telling you how to run (with other optional exercises) throughout the year to prepare for the goal of your choice - even if you want to be a more consistent runner. With each week's workouts, you'll receive a motivational tip, with suggestions about how to increase your running enjoyment. Jeff Galloway has run in the Olympics and has coached over 150,000 people. Here, he reveals the plans used by his highly successful runners, which any person can follow in a minimum of time compared to other training programs.

Whether you just want to make it around your block, or you're training for a marathon, this book will provide the motivation, and tell you whether a goal is realistic. With Running: A Year Round Plan you can follow the specific workouts needed to get you ready for your challenge.

100 Reasons to Run...Now! [PDF]

100 Reasons to Run...Now! [PDF]
100 Reasons to Run Now: How to Jumpstart Your Run by Jeff Galloway
2012 | PDF | 9.36MB

Additionally each page in this book offers a different kind of inspiration: to start the workout, push through challenges, set personal records, or simply avoid putting "zero" in the training journal for the day. Each day, the reader can first pick the type of motivation needed and then choose the appropriate subject for that day. Included with some of the information are practical tips to make the training a bit more fun or more productive.

Half-Marathon: A Complete Guide For Women [PDF]

Half-Marathon: A Complete Guide For Women [PDF]
Half-Marathon: A Complete Guide For Women by Jeff Galloway, Barbara Galloway
2012 | PDF | 10.01MB

Author of the best-seller Half-Marathon: You Can Do It, Galloway now offers together with his wife a state-of-the-art book on the highly popular half-marathon distance especially for women. Jeff's trademarked run-walk-run method has helped hundreds of thousands of average people to get off the couch, train for marathons and half-marathons without injury and has helped veterans to improve times. This book offers a step-by-step program for women that starts with setting up your training each week.

Jeff and Barbara will show you how to select a realistic goal, and which workouts are needed to prepare for various performances. The book is loaded with tips especially for women on how to stay motivated, eliminate aches, pains, and injuries, with the minimum training needed to enjoy other aspects of life.

Half-Marathon: You Can Do It [EPUB]

Half-Marathon: You Can Do It [EPUB]
Half-Marathon: You Can Do It by Jeff Galloway
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.98/4.76MB

Jeff's trademarked run-walk-run method has helped hundreds of thousands of average people to get off the couch, train for marathons and half-marathons without injury and has helped veterans to improve times.

This book offers a step-by-step program that starts with setting up your training each week. Jeff will show you how to select a realistic goal, and which workouts are needed to prepare for various performances. The book is loaded with tips on how to stay motivated, eliminate aches, pains, and injuries, with the minimum training needed to enjoy other aspects of life.

Strength Training for Women (Body Coach) [EPUB]

Strength Training for Women (Body Coach) [EPUB]
Strength Training for Women (Body Coach) by Paul Collins
2012 | PDF | 10.62MB

Strength Training for Women has been developed as a training guide as more women begin to understand the health benefits of this activity.

Strength Training for Women is written in five parts. First, you will be educated about general strength training terminology. Second, major muscle groups of the body will be pinpointed, providing strength training exercises used in a gym using hand weights (dumbbells), barbells, various cable, pin loaded and weighted machines. Third, you will be provided with a series of strength training routines for use in the gym. Fourth is a body weight workout routine that can be performed at home or whilst travelling. Fifth is the take anywhere hand weight routine for the whole body.

Through regular participation in strength training, many women find a positive outcome with body image, confidence and self-esteem since the body changes shape as fat is reduced and lean muscle is maintained.

Strength Training for Men (Body Coach) [PDF]

Strength Training for Men (Body Coach) [PDF]
Strength Training for Men (Body Coach) by Paul Collins
2009 | PDF | 18.37MB

Strength Training for Men adds a new dimension to muscular development with its revolutionary 'Core-Power' Conversion Training System that takes the guesswork out of training and offers a unique learning experience for achieving the ultimate athletic body. "Strength Training for Men" conditions your body for muscular gains and increasing athletic performance. "The Body Coach", includes practical, easy-to-follow strength training routines that help guide you through basic lifting techniques to more advanced Olympic-lifting power progressions.

The book is loaded with relevant information for any athlete, coach or trainer at any level. It contains all the fundamentals for building a safe, efficient strength training program, whilst sequencing exercises towards the development of explosive power through Paul's breakthrough Core-Strength to Power Conversion Training System. Best of all, each exercise and program is clearly and simply explained.

Ask a Ninja Presents: The Ninja Handbook [EPUB]

Ask a Ninja Presents: The Ninja Handbook [EPUB]
Ask a Ninja Presents: The Ninja Handbook by Douglas Sarine, Kent Nichols
2008 | EPUB | 4.34MB

DEADLY NINJA WISDOM FOR THE NON-NINJA

Carefully consider the joy of your soft-headed ignorance before you begin to run, flip, and jump along the Ninja Path.

After much debate and in a spirit of morbid amusement, the International Order of Ninjas has chosen to produce The Ninja Handbook, the first-ever secret ninja training guide specifically designed for the non-ninja.

Most non-ninjas who handle these delicate, deadly pages will die–probably in an elaborately horrific and painful manner. But whether your journey lasts five seconds or five days or (rather inconceivably) five years, all those who bravely take up this text and follow the tenets and trials laid out within will die knowing they were as ninja as they possibly could’ve been.

For the true of heart or the extremely lucky, this powerful and honorable manuscript contains such phenomenal ninja wisdom as:

  • How to create and name your very own lethal ninja clan
  • The proper weapon to use when fighting a vampire pumpkin
  • Why clowns and robots are so dangerous on the Internet
  • Easy-to-follow charts showing when to slice and when to stab
  • How to execute such ultradeadly kicks as the Driving Miss Daisy
  • Why pretty much every ninja movie ever made sucks
  • How to make a shoggoth explode using well-placed foliage
  • What the heck a shoggoth is and why you’ll need to make it explode
  • Death Aide certification
  • And much more ninjafied enlightenment on every shuriken-sharp page!

The Secret Karate Techniques: Kata Bunkai [PDF]

The Secret Karate Techniques: Kata Bunkai [PDF]
The Secret Karate Techniques: Kata Bunkai by Helmut Kogel
2012 | PDF | 25.19MB

This book is aimed at both the experienced Karate student and those just starting up to finding their way through the theoretical and historical background of Karate and in the practice of the so-called 'secret techniques'. Reading the book, it becomes easy to see Karate's relationship to other Asian Martial Arts systems. Its content includes Basic Techniques, Tuite (Lever) Techniques, Chin Na-Techniques (Hold and Control), Nage Waza (Throws), Shime Waza (Strangling Techniques) and Kyusho (weak points) Techniques.

In this book, we have tried to analyze Tuite and Kyusho Techniques from a modern anatomical point of view and to this aim have put together a new type of graphic illustration. At its hub is the Karate Kata, which contains all of the techniques mentioned above and which is invaluable for daily training once the various levels of the Bunkai (application) have been understood.

The depth of these levels of understanding is layered according to the Omote (obvious interpretation) for the beginner and the Chuden Techniques (middle level) for the more advanced. The hidden, or secret, techniques open themselves up to the higher Master levels, which are described as Okuden.