The Chemical Wedding by Christian Rosencreutz: A Romance in Eight Days by Johann Valentin Andreae in a New Version [EPUB]

The Chemical Wedding by Christian Rosencreutz: A Romance in Eight Days by Johann Valentin Andreae in a New Version [EPUB]
The Chemical Wedding by Christian Rosencreutz: A Romance in Eight Days by Johann Valentin Andreae in a New Version by John Crowley
2016 | EPUB | MB

Often described as an alchemical allegory, John Crowley instead decided this is “the first science fiction novel.” After all “it’s fiction; it’s about the possibilities of a science; and it’s a novel.” No matter what else it might be, it’s definitely “one of the great outlandish stories in Western literature.” Illustrated throughout with weird and fascinating woodcuts by Theo Fadel.

The Great Wall of China by Franz Kafka [EPUB]

The Great Wall of China by Franz Kafka [EPUB]
The Great Wall of China by Franz Kafka
2007 | EPUB | 1.73MB

Drawing directly on original manuscripts, this collection comprises the major short stories published after Kafka’s death. It includes The Great Wall of China, Blumfeld, An Elderly Bachelor, Investigations of a Dog and his great sequences of aphorisms, with fables and parables on subjects ranging from the legend of Prometheus to the Tower of Babel. Allegorical, disturbing and possessing a dream-like clarity, these writings are quintessential Kafka.

The End of Imagination [EPUB]

The End of Imagination [EPUB]
The End of Imagination by Arundhati Roy
2016 | EPUB | 1.93MB

The End of Imagination brings together five of Arundhati Roy's acclaimed books of essays into one comprehensive volume for the first time and features a new introduction by the author.

This new collection begins with her pathbreaking book The Cost of Living—published soon after she won the Booker Prize for her novel The God of Small Things—in which she forcefully condemned India’s nuclear tests and its construction of enormous dam projects that continue to displace countless people from their homes and communities. The End of Imagination also includes her nonfiction works Power Politics, War Talk, Public Power in the Age of Empire, and An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire, which include her widely circulated and inspiring writings on the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, the need to confront corporate power, and the hollowing out of democratic institutions globally.

Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean [TTC Video]

Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean [TTC Video]
Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean [TTC Video] by Robert Garland
Course No 3300 | AVI, XviD, 640x480 | MP3, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 36x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 6.16GB

In the 1st century B.C., Rome's matchless armies consolidated control over the entire Mediterranean world, and Greece lay vanquished along with scores of other formerly independent lands—yet the Roman poet Horace saw something special in Greece when he wrote "Greece, the captive, made her savage victor captive."

What did Horace mean by this paradoxical quote?
What did Greek culture symbolize to the militarily successful Romans?
How did the Greeks, in turn, view their Latin-speaking rulers?
How did these two independent branches of ancient civilization develop and then become inextricably entwined, with implications for all of subsequent Western culture?

The answers to these and other intriguing questions require an understanding not just of Rome but of Greece as well. Integrated approaches to teaching Greek and Roman history, however, are a rarity in academia. Most scholars are historians of either Greek or Roman history and perform research solely in that specific field, an approach that author and award-winning Professor Robert Garland considers questionable.

"It's only by studying the two cultures in connection with each other that we can come to an understanding of that unique cultural entity that is 'Greco-Roman,'" he notes.

Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean is an impressive and rare opportunity to understand the two dominant cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world in relation to one another. Over the course of 36 lectures, Professor Garland explores the many ways in which these two very different cultures intersected, coincided, and at times collided.

Explore Greco-Roman Culture

The relationship between the Greeks and the Romans has virtually no parallel in world history. Greece and Rome's relationship resembled a marriage: two distinct personalities competing in some areas, sharing in others, and sometimes creating an entirely new synthesis of the two civilizations.

This synthesis created the extraordinary culture that we call Greco-Roman: a unique fusion of civilizations that encompasses statecraft, mythology, language, philosophy, fine arts, architecture, science, and much else. "The term suggests there was an unbreakable tie between the two cultures," says Professor Garland. "And indeed there was. What would Rome have been without the imprint of the Greeks, and what would we know about the Greeks were it not for the Romans?"

Professor Garland cites three critical reasons why an understanding of the Greco-Roman world is so important to us here in the 21st century:

  • The connections between the two civilizations remind us that culture is not created and owned by a single people, but is enriched through the contributions of others.
  • The relationship between the Greeks and Romans is somewhat analogous to the relationship between the British and the Americans.
  • An integrated study of the Greeks and Romans helps us understand how each profoundly influenced the other.

Follow Twin Historical Paths

Greece and Rome begins by asking who the Greeks and Romans were, what their images of themselves were, and how they organized their societies. From there, you explore their first historical interactions through trade and, inevitably, war, as Roman influence began to spread into the eastern Mediterranean.

The world of the Greeks that the Romans encountered during the 3rd to 1st centuries B.C. was the spectacular Hellenistic civilization created by the conquests of Alexander the Great. It was a unified Greek culture with stunning artistic and intellectual achievements that thoroughly captivated the Romans.

Roman political interactions with the Greeks, however, were another matter.

You follow the long series of wars in which the Romans at first preserved Greek independence and then, having grown impatient with Greek ingratitude, duplicity, and infighting, eventually resorted to the efficient brutality for which Rome's legions were renowned. In 30 B.C., with the death of Cleopatra, the last of the Ptolemaic Greek rulers, Rome had conquered not only every Greek land but the entire Mediterranean world.

A Rich Cultural Partnership

For the next half millennium, Greece and Rome were inseparable. "There's never been anything quite like it," Professor Garland says. "Greece and Rome are two cultures joined at the hip, arguably the most special and the most important cultural relationship in all of history."

Greece and Rome goes beyond the political and military stories and immerses you in the details of life in Classical antiquity. You investigate Greek and Roman approaches to human universals such as death, leisure, and sex. You also witness the emergence and development of an integrated Greco-Roman culture as reflected in religion, art, architecture, medicine, science, technology, literature, education, and philosophy.

For example:

  • Much of what we think of today as Classical Greek art is, in fact, copies commissioned by wealthy Roman connoisseurs.
  • Romans displayed a love-hate relationship with Greece, epitomized by the Roman politician Cato the Elder, who was deeply immersed in Greek culture but who publicly denounced its corrupting influence.
  • Educated Romans were predominantly bilingual, speaking also Greek.
  • The prolific writer Plutarch recognized the value of examining the Greeks and Romans alongside one another without prejudice and wrote a celebrated set of parallel biographies of famous Greeks and Romans.

Despite all their similarities, Greeks and Romans were different enough that each engaged in cultural stereotyping of the other, which amounted to latent nationalism. Throughout the lectures, you explore some of their more substantive cultural differences, including:

  • Religion: Greek religion was anthropomorphic, with deities displaying human form and manner. Early Romans did not believe in deities but rather in numina—divine powers that had precise functions but no physical identity.
  • Views of foreigners: Romans were far more diverse in origin than the Greeks, which made them more open to foreigners. This had profound effects, as the Romans used grants of citizenship as a political tool to cement and expand the Roman Empire.
  • Construction: The largest structures in the Greek world were theaters, some of which could hold 20,000 to 40,000 people. The Romans had a more grandiose concept of public space, as seen in the Circus Maximus, in which 250,000 spectators could assemble to watch a chariot race.
  • Thinking: The Greeks delighted in analyzing the world and asking questions about the nature of existence, the constitution of the ideal state, and the definition of virtue. For their part, the Romans, though they also studied philosophy, were content to run the world.

An Expert in the Classical World

Professor Garland has spent his entire career immersed in classical studies and in the worlds of ancient Greece and Rome.

His academic research focuses on the cultural, religious, social, and political histories of these two civilizations. He has written numerous books on subjects ranging from the politics of Athenian religion and disability in the Greco-Roman world to daily life in ancient Greece and the idea of celebrity in antiquity.

Delight in the wide variety of sources—literature, archaeology, the visual arts, coinage, inscriptions—that he draws upon in order to assemble a fascinating and complex picture of these two great civilizations. Value his mastery of detail on his subject, as he helps you to reach important conclusions from an analysis of the shared cultural features of Greece and Rome. And appreciate how Dr. Garland always keeps Greece and Rome focused on how this material affects us in the present day.

"I profoundly believe that Greece and Rome are inside us, both as destructive and as creative forces," he says. "They've taught us our ways of being a human being and of seeing the world. We are their heirs and their guardians, a heavy but invigorating challenge."

Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean [TTC Video]

An Introduction to Formal Logic [TTC Video]

An Introduction to Formal Logic [TTC Video]
An Introduction to Formal Logic [TTC Video] by Steven Gimbel
Course No 4215 | M4V, AVC, 720x404 | AAC, 160 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | 2.55GB

Flawed, misleading, and false arguments are everywhere. From advertisers trying to separate you from your money, to politicians trying to sway your vote, to friends who want you to agree with them, your belief structure is constantly under attack.

Logic is intellectual self-defense against such assaults on reason and also a method of quality control for checking the validity of your own views. But beyond these very practical benefits, informal logic—the kind we apply in daily life—is the gateway to an elegant and fascinating branch of philosophy known as formal logic, which is philosophy’s equivalent to calculus. Formal logic is a breathtakingly versatile tool. Much like a Swiss army knife for the incisive mind, it is a powerful mode of inquiry that can lead to surprising and worldview-shifting conclusions.

Award-winning Professor of Philosophy Steven Gimbel of Gettysburg College guides you with wit and charm through the full scope of this immensely rewarding subject in An Introduction to Formal Logic, 24 engaging half-hour lectures that teach you logic from the ground up—from the fallacies of everyday thinking to cutting edge ideas on the frontiers of the discipline. Professor Gimbel’s research explores the nature of scientific reasoning and the ways in which science and culture interact, which positions him perfectly to make advanced abstract concepts clear and concrete.

Packed with real-world examples and thought-provoking exercises, this course is suitable for everyone from beginners to veteran logicians. Plentiful on-screen graphics, together with abundant explanations of symbols and proofs, make the concepts crystal clear.

For the Logician in All of Us

You will find that the same rational skills that help you spot the weaknesses in a sales pitch or your child’s excuse for skipping homework will also put you on the road to some of the most profound discoveries of our times, such as Kurt Gödel’s incompleteness theorems, which shook the foundations of philosophy and mathematics in the 20th century and can only be compared to revolutions in thought such as quantum mechanics. But Gödel didn’t need a lab to make his discovery—only logic.

A course with a surprising breadth and depth of applications, An Introduction to Formal Logic will appeal to:

  • critical thinkers who aspire to make better decisions, whether as doctors, lawyers, investors, managers, or others faced with the task of weighing conflicting options
  • lovers of intellectual history, who wish to trace one of the most influential and underappreciated currents of thought from antiquity to the present day
  • students of philosophy, for whom logic is the gold standard for evaluating philosophical arguments and a required course for mastery of the discipline
  • students of mathematics, who want to understand the foundations of their field and glimpse the machinery that drives every mathematical equation ever written
  • anyone curious about how computers work, for programs know nothing about words, sentences, or even numbers—they only comprehend logic
  • those fascinated with language, the brain, and other topics in cognitive science, since logic models grammar, meaning, and thought better than any other tool

Logic Is Your Ally

Professor Gimbel begins by noting that humans are wired to accept false beliefs. For example, we have a strong compulsion to change our view to match the opinion of a group, particularly if we are the lone holdout—even if we feel certain that we are right. From these and other cases of cognitive bias where our instincts work against sound reasoning, you begin to see how logic is a marvelous corrective that protects us from ourselves. With this intriguing start, An Introduction to Formal Logic unfolds as follows:

  • Logical concepts: You are introduced to deductive and inductive arguments and the criteria used to assess them—validity and well-groundedness. Then you learn that arguments have two parts: conclusions (that which is being argued for) and premises (the support given for the conclusion).
  • Informal logic: Often called critical thinking, this type of logical analysis looks at features other than the form of an argument—hence “informal.” Here, you focus on establishing the truth of the premises, as well as spotting standard rhetorical tricks and logical fallacies.
  • Inductive reasoning: Next you learn to assess the validity of an argument using induction, which examines different cases and then forms a general conclusion. Inductive arguments are typical of science, taking what we already know and giving us logical permission to believe something new.
  • Formal symbolic deductive logic: Known as “formal” logic because it focuses on the form of arguments, this family of techniques uses symbolic language to assess the validity of a wide range of deductive arguments, which infer particulars from general laws or principles.
  • Modal logic: After an intensive exploration of formal logic, you venture into modal logic, learning to handle sentences that deal with possibility and necessity—called modalities. Modal logic has been very influential in the philosophy of ethics.
  • Current advances: You close the course by looking at recent developments, such as three-valued logical systems and fuzzy logic, which extend our ability to reason by denying what seems to be the basis of all logic—that sentences must be either true or false.

Learn the Language of Logic

For many people, one of the most daunting aspects of formal logic is its use of symbols. You may have seen logical arguments expressed with these arrows, v’s, backwards E’s, upside down A’s, and other inscrutable signs, which can seem as bewildering as higher math or an ancient language. But An Introduction to Formal Logic shows that the symbols convey simple ideas compactly and become second nature with use. In case after case, Professor Gimbel explains how to analyze an ambiguous sentence in English into its component propositions, expressed in symbols. This makes what is being asserted transparently clear.

Consider these two sentences: (1) “A dog is a man’s best friend.” (2) “A dog is in the front yard.” Initially, they look very similar. Both say “A dog is x” and seem to differ only in the property ascribed to the dog. However, the noun phrase “a dog” means two completely different things in these two cases. In the first, it means dogs in general. In the second, it denotes a specific dog. These contrasting ideas are symbolized like so:

1. "x(Dx→Bx)

2. $x(Dx&Fx)

You will discover that many consequential arguments in daily life hinge on a similar ambiguity, which dissolves away when translated into the clear language of logic.

Professor Gimbel notes that logical thinking is like riding a bicycle; it takes skill and practice, and once you learn you can really go places! Logic is the key to philosophy, mathematics, and science. Without it, there would be no electronic computers or data processing. In social science, it identifies patterns of behavior and uncovers societal blind spots—assumptions we all make that are completely false. Logic can help you win an argument, run a meeting, draft a contract, raise a child, be a juror, or buy a shirt and keep from losing it at a casino. Logic says that you should take this course.

An Introduction to Formal Logic [TTC Video]

Ancient Greek Civilization [TTC Video]

Ancient Greek Civilization [TTC Video]
Ancient Greek Civilization [TTC Video] by Jeremy McInerney
Course No 323 | AVI, XviD, 640x480 | MP3, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 4.66GB

Why do the ancient Greeks occupy such a prominent place in conceptions of Western culture and identity? What about them made generations of influential scholars and writers view Hellenic culture as the uniquely essential starting point for understanding the art and reflection that define the West? Does this view tell the whole story?

The Ancestors of Us All

Clearly, the Greeks are a source of much that we esteem in our own culture: democracy, philosophy, tragedy, epic and lyric poetry, history-writing, our aesthetic sensibilities and ideals of athletic competition, and more. Blazoned above the portal of Apollo's temple at Delphi were the words, "Know thyself." For us, this injunction to self-awareness also commands knowledge of the Greeks.

With Professor Jeremy McInerney as your teacher, you'll come away with fresh knowledge on one of humanity's most golden ages. A native Australian, Professor McInerney is Associate Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves on the Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. He has excavated Greek sites in Israel, at Corinth, and on Crete.

Our customers are very enthusiastic about Professor McInerney. "The quality of the course is so high, I hate to see it end," writes one. Another says, "Professor McInerney's lectures are among the finest I have ever heard. He is articulate, thoughtful, and engaging. I learned more from this course than from any book I have read on the subject."

Our Mediterranean Origins

Spanning roughly 1,000 years, from 1500–400 B.C.E., this course covers the Late Bronze Age to the time of Philip II of Macedon and his son Alexander the Great in the late 4th century B.C.E. Professor McInerney traces the complex web of links between our present and its Mediterranean origins. With him, you explore ancient Greek civilization in the light shed by the newest and best research and criticism. The course expands understanding of history, literature, art, philosophy, religion, and more.

The lectures pay special attention to the two crucial centuries from 600–400 B.C.E.—the era of the Persian and Peloponnesian wars and of classical Athens as described in the histories of Herodotus and Thucydides and the philosophic dialogues of Plato.

Magnificent Minoan Crete and Mycenae

The first 12 lectures introduce you to Greek civilization from its earliest discernible beginnings up to the Persian War. In them, you learn to see ancient Greece split in two: a period of magnificent achievement that plunged to darkness, and a second flowering of that civilization that is the foundation of our own.

Minoan civilization on the island of Crete and Mycenaen civilization on the mainland were the two great Greek civilizations of the Bronze Age. They left behind magnificent ruins, art, and artifacts, but no written histories. In Lectures 1–8 you:

  • Explore these extraordinarily advanced cultures
  • Learn why their collapse around 1200 B.C.E. puzzles scholars to this day
  • Hear the full story of Heinrich Schliemann, who found Mycenae by following clues in Homer's poems
  • Review the finding made only in the 1950s that showed us that Mycenae was, in fact, Greek
  • See how a new and distinct Archaic culture—one that revered Homer's epics—arose in the Age of Heroes after the collapse of Crete and Mycenae
  • Discover how much the Greeks gained from their contacts with other ancient societies (the alphabet, among other things, came from the Semitic peoples of Syria and the Eastern Mediterranean)
  • Understand how Spartan warrior culture was forced on the Spartans because they enslaved a nearby region
  • Explore the causes and effects of Greek colonization from France to the Ukraine
  • See how a uniquely "Greek" identity was based in part on the Oracle at Delphi and the Olympic Games; non-Greeks were not admitted to either.

The first section of the course examines the origins of democracy, which grew out of authoritarian government. And you see here how much of our freedom we owe to Cleisthenes, who created the democratic government under which Athens flourished for two centuries—and how he ingeniously designed it to undermine established power and allegiance.

The Persians, the Peloponnesian War, and the Arrival of the Macedonians

The course's second 12 lectures include the compelling histories of the Persian War (490–479 B.C.E.) and the Peloponnesian War (431–404 B.C.E.).

First united by their common enemy in Persia, Professor McInerney explains how much the Persian War came to define the Greeks—and us. The notion of freedom they developed in response to Persian power is one we inherit. After the Persian War, the Greeks developed their sense of identity as the antagonists of the Eastern world, a tension to which the West has been heir ever since.

After the defeat of the Persians, Athens rose to hegemony over the Greek world. You see how the Athenians' trade and power were developed and imposed on the Mediterranean. And you learn some surprising facts about this Golden Age:

  • Greek tragedy began as a religious ritual to purge the audience of "uncivilized" emotions.
  • Greek art was often an intensely and explicitly competitive enterprise.
  • Athenian culture depended heavily on slavery. Professor McInerney addresses the charge that Athens only prospered because it had slaves under its heel.

Two lectures are devoted to the clash between Athens and Sparta in the Peloponnesian War. Socrates served as a soldier in that struggle.

After Athens was defeated, its philosophers rose to their full achievement in the work and lives of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, reinforcing the old axiom that defeat is the greatest muse for political philosophy. Professor McInerney delivers a provocative interpretation of the trial of Socrates.

In its postwar "decline," Athens defined the contours of philosophy and science for more than 1,000 years and produced great drama, art, and literature.

Toward the end of the 4th century B.C.E., Macedonian kings dominated Greece. Philip and his son, Alexander (who was tutored by Aristotle), created a Pan-Hellenic culture again to unite the Greeks against their common enemy—Persia.

In short decades, Greek power would extend from Egypt to the Hindu Kush.

Differences and Affinities

Just as the divide between East and West still exists, so does one separating our world from that of the ancients. We must remember that the Hellenic world had many values, beliefs, and mores at odds with our own. In ancient Greece:

  • Slavery was common
  • Women suffered complete exclusion from public life
  • Homosexuality was an accepted aristocratic practice in Athens, Sparta, and other city-states.

As Professor McInerney shows, such differences do not imply that the culture of ancient Greece holds no meaning for us. Rather, it should spur us to deepen our engagement with the Greeks, for their differences can teach us as much as our affinities with them.

Germany Ascendant (The Rise of Germany), 1939-1941: The War in The West, Volume 1 [Audiobook]

Germany Ascendant (The Rise of Germany), 1939-1941: The War in The West, Volume 1 [Audiobook]
Germany Ascendant (The Rise of Germany), 1939-1941: The War in The West, Volume 1 [Audiobook] by James Holland, read by Leighton Pugh
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 26 hrs 42 mins | 729.83MB

Are you ready for the truth about World War Two?

In the first of an extraordinary three-volume account of the war on land, in the air and at sea, James Holland not only reveals the truth behind the familiar legends of the Second World War but he also unveils those lesser known events which were to have the greatest significance.

The first book to consider the economic, political and social as well as the military aspects of World War Two, this is a unique retelling of a monumental event in all its terrible and majestic glory.

Holland has spent over 12 years unearthing new research, visiting archives, battlefields and the very people who fought and lived through the conflict. He has, in his own accessible and inimitable style, written an account to redefine our understanding of the war. It is unlike anything else on the subject.

A Man Called Intrepid [Audiobook]

A Man Called Intrepid [Audiobook]
A Man Called Intrepid: The Incredible WWII Narrative of the Hero Whose Spy Network and Secret Diplomacy Changed the Course of History [Audiobook] by William Stevenson, read by David McAlister
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 21 hrs 27 mins | 447.86MB

The classic real-life story of the superspy whose vast intelligence network helped defeat the Nazis in World War II.

A Man Called Intrepid is the account of the world's first integrated intelligence operation and of its master, William Stephenson. Codenamed INTREPID by Winston Churchill, Stephenson was charged with establishing and running a vast, worldwide intelligence network to challenge the terrifying force of Nazi Germany. Nothing less than the fate of Britain and the free world hung in the balance as INTREPID covertly set about stalling the Nazis by any means necessary.

First published in 1976, A Man Called Intrepid was an immediate bestseller. With over thirty black-and-white photographs and countless World War II secrets, this book revealed startling information that had remained buried for decades. Detailing the infamous Camp X training center in Ontario, Canada; the miraculous breaking of the Ultra Code used by the Enigma Machine; and dozens of other stories of clandestine missions, A Man Called Intrepid is an undisputed modern classic.

TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking [Audiobook]

TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking [Audiobook]
TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking [Audiobook] by Chris Anderson, read by Chris Anderson, Tom Rielly, Kelly Stoetzel
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 31 mins | 207.54MB

For anyone who has ever been inspired by a TED talk…

…this is an insider's guide to creating talks that are unforgettable.

Since taking over TED in the early 2000s, Chris Anderson has shown how carefully crafted short talks can be the key to unlocking empathy, stirring excitement, spreading knowledge, and promoting a shared dream. Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience's worldview. Done right, a talk is more powerful than anything in written form.

This book explains how the miracle of powerful public speaking is achieved, and equips you to give it your best shot. There is no set formula; no two talks should be the same. The goal is for you to give the talk that only you can give. But don't be intimidated. You may find it more natural than you think.

Chris Anderson has worked behind the scenes with all the TED speakers who have inspired us the most, and here he shares insights from such favorites as Sir Ken Robinson, Amy Cuddy, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Salman Khan, Dan Gilbert, Mary Roach, Matt Ridley, and dozens more - everything from how to craft your talk's content to how you can be most effective on stage. This is the 21st-century's new manual for truly effective communication and it is a must-listen for anyone who is ready to create impact with their ideas.

Theodore Gray's Completely Mad Science, The Complete and Updated Edition [EPUB]

Theodore Gray's Completely Mad Science, The Complete and Updated Edition [EPUB]
Theodore Gray's Completely Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do at Home but Probably Shouldn't: The Complete and Updated Edition by Theodore Gray
2016 | EPUB | 211.4MB

The ultimate Theodore Gray collection, Theodore Gray's Completely Mad Science collects every one of Gray's dramatic, visually spectacular, and enlightening scientific experiments into one complete volume.

Bestselling author Theodore Gray has spent more than a decade dreaming up, executing, photographing, and writing about extreme scientific experiments, which he then published between 2009 and 2014 in his monthly Popular Science column "Gray Matter."

Previously published in book form by Black Dog in two separate volumes (Mad Science and Mad Science 2), these experiments, plus an additional 5, are available now in one complete book.

Completely Mad Science is 432 pages of dazzling chemical demonstrations, illustrated in spectacular full-color photographs. Experiments include: Casting a model fish out of mercury (demonstrating how this element behaves very differently depending upon temperature); the famous Flaming Bacon Lance that can cut through steel (demonstrating the amount of energy contained in fatty foods like bacon); creating nylon thread out of pure liquid by combining molecules of hexamethylenediamine and sebacoyl chloride; making homemade ice cream using a fire extinguisher and a pillow case; powering your iPhone using 150 pennies and an apple, and many, many more.

India: The Ancient Past: A History of the Indian Subcontinent from c. 7000 BCE to CE 1200, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

India: The Ancient Past: A History of the Indian Subcontinent from c. 7000 BCE to CE 1200, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
India: The Ancient Past: A History of the Indian Subcontinent from c. 7000 BCE to CE 1200, 2nd Edition by Burjor Avari
2016 | EPUB | 9.98MB

India: The Ancient Past provides a clear and systematic introduction to the cultural, political, economic, social and geographical history of ancient India from the time of the pre-Harappan culture nine thousand years ago up until the beginning of the second millennium of the Common Era. The book engages with methodological and controversial issues by examining key themes such as the Indus-Sarasvati civilization, the Aryan controversy, the development of Vedic and heterodox religions, and the political economy and social life of ancient Indian kingdoms.

This fully revised and updated second edition includes:

  • Three new chapters examining the differences and commonalities between the north and south of India;
  • Extended discussion on contested issues, such as the origins of the Aryans and the role of feudalism in ancient India;
  • New source excerpts to introduce students to the most significant works in the historiography of India, and questions for discussion;
  • Study guides, including a list of key issues, suggested readings and a selection of internet sources for each chapter;
  • Specially designed maps to illustrate different time periods and geographical regions

This richly illustrated guide provides a fascinating account of the early development of Indian culture and civilization that will appeal to all students of Indian history.

Never Be Late Again, 7 Cures for the Punctually Challenged [AZW3]

Never Be Late Again, 7 Cures for the Punctually Challenged [AZW3]
Never Be Late Again, 7 Cures for the Punctually Challenged by Diana DeLonzor
2003 | AZW3 | 0.79MB

Do you feel as though you are always running behind? You've tried setting your clocks ahead and getting up earlier, yet your days are still filled with last minute dashes to the finish line. Based on psychological studies and extensive research, "Never Be Late Again" reveals that chronic lateness is a surprisingly difficult habit to overcome, and its causes run deeper than just poor time management. In this entertaining and practical book, you'll discover:

  • The root causes of lateness and procrastination
  • How anxiety, time perception, and adrenaline affect time management
  • The most common mistakes late people make
  • Tips for overcoming the psychological obstacles that hold you back
  • 7 unique and simple secrets to managing your time more effectively.

A bonus chapter for the timely offers effective tips for dealing with chronically late friends, family members, and employees - a must read for the timely.

Deep Thinking: What Mathematics Can Teach Us About the Mind [EPUB]

Deep Thinking: What Mathematics Can Teach Us About the Mind [EPUB]
Deep Thinking: What Mathematics Can Teach Us About the Mind by William Byers
2014 | EPUB | 0.74MB

There is more than one way to think. Most people are familiar with the systematic, rule-based thinking that one finds in a mathematical proof or a computer program. But such thinking does not produce breakthroughs in mathematics and science nor is it the kind of thinking that results in significant learning. Deep thinking is a different and more basic way of using the mind. It results in the discontinuous “aha!” experience, which is the essence of creativity. It is at the heart of every paradigm shift or reframing of a problematic situation.

The identification of deep thinking as the default state of the mind has the potential to reframe our current approach to technological change, education, and the nature of mathematics and science. For example, there is an unbridgeable gap between deep thinking and computer simulations of thinking. Many people suspect that such a gap exists, but find it difficult to make this intuition precise. This book identifies the way in which the authentic intelligence of deep thinking differs from the artificial intelligence of “big data” and “analytics”.

Deep thinking is the essential ingredient in every significant learning experience, which leads to a new way to think about education. It is also essential to the construction of conceptual systems that are at the heart of mathematics and science, and of the technologies that shape the modern world. Deep thinking can be found whenever one conceptual system morphs into another.

The sources of this study include the cognitive development of numbers in children, neuropsychology, the study of creativity, and the historical development of mathematics and science. The approach is unusual and original. It comes out of the author's lengthy experience as a mathematician, teacher, and writer of books about mathematics and science.

Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save The Economy [EPUB]

Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save The Economy [EPUB]
Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save The Economy by Elly Blue
2014 | EPUB | 1.3MB

Bikenomics provides a surprising and compelling new perspective on the way we get around and on how we spend our money, as families and as a society. The book starts with a look at Americans' real transportation costs, and moves on to examine the current civic costs of our transportation system. Blue tells the stories of people, businesses, organizations, and cities who are investing in two-wheeled transportation. The multifaceted North American bicycle movement is revealed, with its contradictions, challenges, successes, and visions.

The Etiquette Edge: Modern Manners for Business Success [AZW3]

The Etiquette Edge: Modern Manners for Business Success [AZW3]
The Etiquette Edge: Modern Manners for Business Success by Beverly Langford
2016 | AZW3 | 0.64MB

Intelligence, ambition, and skill will start you on the road to success, but without strong communications skills, social savvy, and a sense of appropriate behavior...you won’t get far.

The Etiquette Edge gives you a crash course on modern business manners. New advice explains how to navigate sticky situations at work, including digital interactions that are easy to misinterpret—and hard to mend. From interviewing etiquette and dress codes to working in close quarters and communicating upward, you’ll master the essentials of making a great impression and building relationships, including how to:

  • Be smart about how—and when—you use your smartphone
  • Handle difficult conversations with tact and finesse
  • Check texts and emails for content and tone
  • Create a polished image on social media
  • Conduct meetings (in person, online, or over lunch) with poise and confidence
  • And more

In our era of entitlement, saying thank-you and giving praise are increasingly rare—but these simple acts are far from empty gestures. They’re refreshing reflections of respect. Inconsiderate people and poor conduct may permeate the workplace, but success comes to those who play by a better set of rules.

Law for Small Business For Dummies, UK Edition [EPUB]

Law for Small Business For Dummies, UK Edition [EPUB]
Law for Small Business For Dummies, UK Edition by Clive Rich
2016 | EPUB | 1.54MB

Learn to:

  • Protect your business from the most common risks small businesses face
  • Deal with issues before a dispute arises
  • Get access to handy contract templates
  • Manage contracts, data protection, partnership agreements, and more

Your own in-house legal advisor – at your fingertips 24/7

Learning small business law doesn't need to be a big hassle. This clear-cut guide provides the knowledge you need without confusing jargon or unnecessary details. From making sense of contracts to avoiding disputes before they arise – and everything in between – you'll soon have answers to legal questions you didn't even know to ask!

  • Do your due diligence – start your small business on the right foot by confidently choosing your business framework, setting up its legal structure, finding a funding partner and closing the agreement
  • Mind your step in the legal minefield – find out how to cook up a tasty contract with suppliers for products or services, play fair when contracting with customers and start international expansion
  • Protect what you own – get savvy about safeguarding your intellectual properties, coping with workplace obligations to employees and accurately acquiring and exploiting software
  • Overcome pitfalls – stay in business by snuffing or managing legal risks, winning and avoiding disputes, dealing with liquidation and banking against bankruptcy

Open the book and find:

  • What you need to know about being a sole trader
  • The ins and outs of operating as a limited company or running a partnership
  • No-nonsense explanations of funding formalities
  • How to deal with licenses and leases
  • The legal blueprint for growing your business
  • The top legal mistakes to avoid
  • Ten secrets of negotiation
  • What you should expect from your lawyer

Forbes Guide to the Markets: Becoming a Savvy Investor, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

Forbes Guide to the Markets: Becoming a Savvy Investor, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
Forbes Guide to the Markets: Becoming a Savvy Investor, 2nd Edition by Forbes LLC, Marc M Groz
2009 | EPUB | 1.9MB

From the leader in financial information, a fully updated guide to investing in today's markets

This accessible book is a practical guide to the financial markets. Designed to help both the new and experienced investor gain sufficient understanding and knowledge to invest wisely and confidently in today's turbulent markets, it covers all the elements necessary to become financially street smart-from products, players, and procedures to rules, regulators, and risk/reward trade-offs.

Filled with solid investment principles, the Forbes Guide to the Markets, Second Edition is completely revised and updated to reflect new trends and changes in the markets.

  • New topics discussed include the introduction and implementation of ETFs, the role of hedge funds, and the effects of the subprime crisis
  • Updated and revised chapters contain buying and selling techniques, fundamental, technical and quantitative analysis, and futures and options information
  • Highlights key terms and contains a complete glossary

An essential resource for both the new or seasoned investor, this authoritative resource is a must-read for anyone aspiring to become a savvy investor.

All About Commodities [EPUB]

All About Commodities [EPUB]
All About Commodities by Tom Taulli
2011 | EPUB | 4.46MB

GENERATE BIG PROFITS WITH TODAY’S HOT TEST COMMODITIES!

During the average trading day, trillions of dollars’ worth of commodities change hands. If you want to snatch some profits from this booming market, you fi rst need to understand all the fundamentals—and All About Commodities is the place to go.

Without the confusing jargon and complex language of other investing guides, this book uses simple language to explain what drives price fluctuations of commodities—from energy, industrial metals, and mines to livestock, agriculture, and precious metals—and how to design a powerful, reliable strategy for profi ting from them. Learn everything there is to know about:

  • Using futures and options to enter the commodities market
  • Risks unique to commodities trading—and how to manage them
  • Ways to identify important patterns to steer your investing decisions
  • The benefits and disadvantages of commodity funds

All About Derivatives, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

All About Derivatives, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
All About Derivatives, 2nd Edition by Michael Durbin
2010 | EPUB | 7.0MB

All About Derivatives, Second Edition, presents the complex subject of financial derivatives with a clarity and coherence you won't find in other books. Using real-world examples and simple language, it lucidly illustrates what derivatives are and why they are so powerful. This second edition of All About Derivatives provides a rock-solid foundation on:

  • The most common contracts available to you in today's market
  • Key concepts such as cost of carry, settlement, valuation, and payoff
  • Proven methods for establishing fair value
  • How leverage can work for you—and against you
  • The various derivative contracts traded today, including forwards, futures, swaps, and options
  • Pricing methods and mathematics for determining fair value
  • Hedging strategies for managing and reducing different types of risk

INCLUDES A BRAND-NEW CHAPTER ON THE ROLE DERIVATIVES PLAYED IN THE 2008 FINANCIAL MELTDOWN

All About Market Indicators [EPUB]

All About Market Indicators [EPUB]
All About Market Indicators by Michael Sincere
2010 | EPUB | 3.08MB

Why did professional trader and Market Wizard Linda Raschke move completely out of the stock market three days before a major crash? And what motivated Fred Hickey, a Barron's Roundtable participant and editor of a monthly investment newsletter, to send out an alert to his subscribers three months before an October crash? And why did economist Bernard Baumohl recommend going long in the midst of one of the greatest recessions since the Great Depression? Is it luck or is it really possible to forecast what the market will do next? By the time you finish All About Market Indicators, you'll have an answer.

Indicators covered include:

* VIX, * Stochastics, * Volume, * Moving Averages, * Bollinger Bands, * Put Call Ratio, * Breadth, * Momentum, * Sentiment Surveys, * Price, * Relative Strength, * Trend, and * Economic

This book answers the question: "What's the market going to do next?" In addition, you get in-depth interviews with key figures in the world of market indicators, including:

Gerald Appel, Richard Arms, Bernard Baumohl, John Bollinger, Thomas DeMark, Dr. Alexander Elder, Ken Fisher, Fred Hickey, William J. O'Neil, Linda Raschke, Brett Steenbarger, Dr. Van Tharp, Larry Williams And others...

All About Bonds, Bond Mutual Funds, and Bond ETFs, 3rd Edition [EPUB]

All About Bonds, Bond Mutual Funds, and Bond ETFs, 3rd Edition [EPUB]
All About Bonds, Bond Mutual Funds, and Bond ETFs, 3rd Edition by Esme Faerber
2009 | EPUB | 2.63MB

Access the unprecedented potential of bond investing!

Bonds have come a long way in recent years. No longer just a relatively safe and secure investment, bonds now offer the potential for capital appreciation in addition to interest income. All About Bonds, Bond Mutual Funds, and Bond ETFs is the key to understanding both traditional and new types of bond investments.

This detailed but accessible introduction covers everything from basic bond characteristics to fixed-income investment techniques. You'll gain a thorough education on such topics as yield, liquidity, duration, convexity, valuation, and emerging markets and find the answers to many questions a bond investor will ask, such as:

  • What percentage of my portfolio should be dedicated to bonds?
  • What are the newest products and where do I find them?
  • What are the risks involved with investing in bonds, bond mutual funds and bond ETFs?
  • How can I use the Internet to my advantage?

Whether you're involved in the bond market already or about to enter it, All About Bonds, Bond Mutual Funds, and Bond ETFs will guide you though the process of choosing the best bonds for your needs, evaluating their performance, and managing a bond portfolio.

The Collected Works of Spinoza, Volumes I and II: Complete Digital Edition [EPUB]

The Collected Works of Spinoza, Volumes I and II: Complete Digital Edition [EPUB]
The Collected Works of Spinoza, Volumes I and II: Complete Digital Edition by Benedictus de Spinoza
2016 | EPUB | 3.99MB

The Collected Works of Spinoza: Complete Digital Edition, combining volumes I and II, provides for the first time in English, a truly satisfactory edition of all of Spinoza’s writings, with accurate and readable translations, based on the best critical editions of the original-language texts, done by a scholar who has published extensively on the philosopher’s work.

The first volume contains Spinoza’s single most important work, the Ethics, and four earlier works: the Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect, the Short Treatise on God, Man, and His Well-Being, Descartes’ “Principles of Philosophy,” and Metaphysical Thoughts. Also included are Spinoza’s letters from the periods when these works were being written.

The centerpiece of the second volume is Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise, a landmark work in the history of biblical scholarship, the first argument for democracy by a major philosopher, and a forceful defense of freedom of thought and expression. This work is accompanied by Spinoza’s later correspondence, much of which responds to criticism of the Theological-Political Treatise. The volume also includes his last work, the unfinished Political Treatise, which builds on the foundations of the Theological-Political Treatise to offer plans for the organization of nontyrannical monarchies and aristocracies.

The elaborate editorial apparatus—including prefaces, notes, glossary, and indexes—assists the reader in understanding one of the world’s most fascinating, but also most difficult, philosophers. Of particular interest is the glossary-index, which provides extensive commentary on Spinoza’s technical vocabulary.

A milestone of scholarship more than forty-five years in the making, The Collected Works of Spinoza is an essential edition for anyone with a serious interest in Spinoza or the history of philosophy.

The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri: Paradiso [EPUB]

The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri: Paradiso [EPUB]
The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri: Paradiso by Dante Alighieri, translated by Allen Mandelbaum
2016 | EPUB | 51.96MB

This brilliant new verse translation by Allen Mandelbaum captures the consummate beauty of the third and last part of Dante's Divine Comedy. The Paradiso is a luminous poem of love and light, of optics, angelology, polemics, prayer, prophecy, and transcendent experience. As Dante ascends to the Celestial Rose, in the tenth and final heaven, all the spectacle and splendor of a great poet's vision now becomes accessible to the modern reader in this highly acclaimed, superb dual language edition. With extensive notes and commentary.

The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri: Purgatorio [EPUB]

The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri: Purgatorio [EPUB]
The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri: Purgatorio by Dante Alighieri, translated by Allen Mandelbaum
2016 | EPUB | 22.52MB

"The enjoyment of The Divine Comedy is a continuous process," observed T.S. Eliot. "It is not necessary to understand the meaning first to enjoy the poetry...our enjoyment of the poetry makes us want to understand the meaning."

Arguably the greatest single poem ever written, The Divine Comedy presents Dante Alighieri's all-encompassing vision of the three realms of Christian afterlife. In the Purgatorio, Dante struggles up the terraces of Mount Purgatory, still guided by Virgil, in continuation of his difficult ascent to purity.

"The clean force of the original comes through with astonishing success," said poet and translator Dudley Fitts in praise of John Ciardi's rendition of the Purgatorio. "Dante cannot speak in English, perhaps; but Ciardi has given us the next best thing—a credible, passionate persona of the poet, stripped of the customary guards of rhetoric and false decoration, strong and noble in utterance."

The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri: Inferno [EPUB]

The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri: Inferno [EPUB]
The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri: Inferno by Dante Alighieri, translated by Allen Mandelbaum
2016 | EPUB | 18.14MB

In this superb translation with an introduction and commentary by Allen Mandelbaum, all of Dante's vivid images--the earthly, sublime, intellectual, demonic, ecstatic--are rendered with marvelous clarity to read like the words of a poet born in our own age.