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One, Two, Three


Absolutely Elementary Mathematics

David Berlinski


Pantheon 2011
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In a fascinating exploration of the foundation of mathematics, filled with illuminating historical anecdotes and asides, David Berlinski takes on the In a fascinating exploration of the foundation of mathematics, filled with illuminating historical anecdotes and asides, David Berlinski takes on the simplest questions that can be asked: What is a number? How do addition, subtraction, multiplication and division actually work? What are geometry and logic? As he delves into these subjects, he reveals the beauty and complexity behind their seemingly simple exteriors, making clear how and why these mercurial, often slippery concepts are essential to who we are. ...more
 

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Love from Nancy


The Letters of Nancy Mitford

Charlotte Mosley

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Sceptre 1994
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Nancy Mitford (1904-1973) was one of the great letter writers of last century, and her sparkling correspondence to her famous family and wide circle oNancy Mitford (1904-1973) was one of the great letter writers of last century, and her sparkling correspondence to her famous family and wide circle of friends sheds an extraordinary light on their lives and the times in which they lived. The first published collection of Nancy Mitford's correspondence, this volume draws on 8,000 letters spanning six decades from 1912 to 1973. With introductions, notes and biographical notes on recipients. ...more
 

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Easy as Pi


The Countless Ways We Use Numbers Every Day

Jamie Buchan


Reader's Digest 2010
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Numbers are all-pervasive in our world; Pythagoras even said they rule the universe. This guide to the numbers of everyday life explains how they inflNumbers are all-pervasive in our world; Pythagoras even said they rule the universe. This guide to the numbers of everyday life explains how they influence our religion, myth, fiction and linguistic idioms, why some numbers are considered lucky or unlucky, how they are exploited in games and scams, and their vital role in the realms of mathematics and science....more
 

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Steaming through Britain


A History of the Nation's Railways

Chris Ellis; Greg Morse


Conway 2010
Hardback Illustrated
 

Starting with the very earliest use of rails, this richly illustrated history follows the whole sequence of the development of the railways in BritainStarting with the very earliest use of rails, this richly illustrated history follows the whole sequence of the development of the railways in Britain up to today's preservation projects. ...more
 

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Father Brown set


Five volumes

GK Chesterton


Penguin 2013
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GK Chesterton's improbable super-sleuth, the little Roman Catholic priest with wonderful powers of observation, intuition and reasoning, made his firsGK Chesterton's improbable super-sleuth, the little Roman Catholic priest with wonderful powers of observation, intuition and reasoning, made his first appearance in The Blue Cross, published The Story-Teller magazine in 1910. Chesterton condensed a world of paradox, profundity and surprises into his stories and 100 years later they are as entertaining as ever. This set contains all five collections: The Innocence ..., The Wisdom ..., The Incredulity ..., The Secret ... and The Scandal of Father Brown. This set of five books is exclusive to Postscript - set counts as one volume. ...more
 

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The Royal Stuarts


A History of the Family that Shaped Britain

Allan Massie


Thomas Dunne 2010
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The Stuart dynasty ruled Scotland for three centuries and Great Britain and Ireland for one. Theirs is a tale of brilliance and bravery, all too oftenThe Stuart dynasty ruled Scotland for three centuries and Great Britain and Ireland for one. Theirs is a tale of brilliance and bravery, all too often marred by disaster - the execution of Mary Queen of Scots, the Civil War, and the overthrow of James VII and II. This adventurous, opinionated history offers a sympathetic reading of their strengths and weaknesses, from their rise to power in 14th century Scotland to the bitter exile after the failure of the Jacobite uprisings....more
 

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Croydon Tramways


Including the South Metropolitan Electric Tramways and Lighting Company

Robert J Hendry


Capital Transport 
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From the first single decked horse drawn trams in 1879 to the Croydon Tramlink in 1998, Croydon has been a centre of tramway operation for over a centFrom the first single decked horse drawn trams in 1879 to the Croydon Tramlink in 1998, Croydon has been a centre of tramway operation for over a century. Robert J Harley has compiled a detailed history of its trams and trolleybuses up to the 1950s, covering the networks, rolling stock, economics and politics of tram use. Packed with archive photographs, maps, plans and memorabilia, this is a colourful commemoration of an important part of transport history....more
 

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Philip's Astro Box


Contains All You Need to Start the Fascinating Hobby of Astronomy

Philip's


Philip's 2010
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This starter kit for budding astronomers includes a planisphere - an adjustable circular chart that shows the position of the stars and constellationsThis starter kit for budding astronomers includes a planisphere - an adjustable circular chart that shows the position of the stars and constellations, as viewed from the northern hemisphere, at any given hour during the year - a large fold-out star chart and a month-by-month 'star finder' guide. The boxed set also contains a book, Stargazing with a Telescope, that explains how to choose, set up and use a telescope to observe and photograph the night sky. ...more
 

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Who's Who in Christianity



Lavinia Cohn-Sherbok


Routledge 1998
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Covering both the Eastern and Western Christian traditions, from New Testament times to the present, this volume offers an invaluable guide to the menCovering both the Eastern and Western Christian traditions, from New Testament times to the present, this volume offers an invaluable guide to the men and women who have influenced the course of Christian history, including the founding fathers, saints, popes, philanthropists, theologians, monarchs, missionaries and heretics. The A-Z of entries describes the lives, opinions and achievements of personalities from Peter Abelard to Ulrich Zwingli, with bibliographic references for major figures and a glossary of theological terms. ...more
 

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Austerity Britain


1945-51

David Kynaston


Bloomsbury 2007
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David Kynaston's study of postwar Britain has quickly become a classic in the five years since its 2007 publication. The history of six tumultuous yeaDavid Kynaston's study of postwar Britain has quickly become a classic in the five years since its 2007 publication. The history of six tumultuous years, it describes the resurrection of an exhausted country and how Clement Attlee's Labour Government shaped the political, economic and social landscape for the remainder of the 20th century. The book includes an astonishing variety of contemporary voices, from the Chingford housewife coping with rationing to the pipe dreams of an optimistic pit worker. ...more
 

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Mr Brown's War


A Diary from the Home Front

Helen D Millgate

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History Press 2011
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Richard Brown was a draughtsman - a reserved occupation during the Second World War - and also 'did his bit' as an air-raid warden, Home Guard member Richard Brown was a draughtsman - a reserved occupation during the Second World War - and also 'did his bit' as an air-raid warden, Home Guard member and occasional Fire Watcher. Throughout the war he kept a diary in which he recorded war news as gleaned from the radio, newspapers and hearsay and also described life in wartime Britain - rationing, blackout restrictions, interrupted sleep - offering a unique insight into the burden placed on those civilians coping with a full-time job and the extra demands of war work....more
 

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Strawberry Hill


Horace Walpole's Gothic Castle

Anna Chalcraft; Judith Viscardi


Frances Lincoln 2011
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Horace Walpole's 'little play-thing house' at Twickenham was one of the earliest examples of the Gothic Revival, a medieval fantasy at odds with 18th Horace Walpole's 'little play-thing house' at Twickenham was one of the earliest examples of the Gothic Revival, a medieval fantasy at odds with 18th century architectural norms. To mark its recent restoration, this handsome volume takes the reader on a richly illustrated, room-by-room tour of the house; and it draws on Walpole's letters to explore the ideas that shaped this brilliant, fragile marvel, the construction methods employed, and the pattern of his life there. ...more
 

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Atomic


The First War of Physics and the Secret History of the Atom Bomb: 1939-1949

Jim Baggott


Icon 2009
Paperback 
 

How did the world's most fearsome weapons come to be created? Jim Baggott discusses how the Second World War changed the relationship between scientisHow did the world's most fearsome weapons come to be created? Jim Baggott discusses how the Second World War changed the relationship between scientists and the military as the fear that enemies might threaten with atomic bombs prompted efforts to develop the technology. His accessible account of this arms race asks to what extent the physicists knowingly inspired it and includes newly released details of such episodes as the penetration of the Manhattan Project by Soviet spies....more
 

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Sea Wolves


The Extraordinary Story of Britain's WW2 Submarines

Tim Clayton


Abacus 2011
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The highly skilled crews who manned British submarines during the Second World War fought in the front line and undertook some of the most dangerous mThe highly skilled crews who manned British submarines during the Second World War fought in the front line and undertook some of the most dangerous missions of the war. Operating close to shore in mined waters, the Sea Wolves attacked German shipping off Norway, disrupted Rommel's supply lines in the Mediterranean and savaged Japan's routes to Burma; but also suffered devastating casualties. Tim Clayton tells the thrilling stories of tough, resourceful men in constant danger of what one wreck survivor described as 'vital horror'....more
 

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Voices of History 2


Arts, Science and Exploration

British Library


British Library 2005
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Alfred Tennyson reading from Maud, Howard Carter describing his discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, Albert Einstein discussing the responsibility of the Alfred Tennyson reading from Maud, Howard Carter describing his discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, Albert Einstein discussing the responsibility of the scientists who helped develop the atomic bomb: this set of two audio CDs features 38 such historic recordings drawn from the British Library Sound Archive. The tracks include extracts from radio broadcasts, speeches and commercial recordings, with notes on the speakers in the accompanying booklet. Running time: 139 minutes. ...more
 

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