Constellations, Planets, Galaxies
From our own Sun to unimaginably distant galaxy clusters, this guide to the cosmos outlines theories about the Universe, the Big Bang and extra-terrestrial life before describing astronomical bodies – planets, meteors, comets and stars – and ending with a chapter on observing the night sky. Slightly off-mint. Age 10+
Beyond the Map
Unruly Enclaves, Ghostly Places, Emerging Lands and Our Search for New Utopias
Not marked on any official map, new islands are emerging from the ocean, villages are disappearing beneath it, sea-forts declare independence and utopian communities are founded. This book explores 39 such extraordinary places. Here are the elusive Minkies in the English Channel, islands created in the South China Sea by a People’s Republic determined to expand its territory and influence, a ‘city without ground’, and the new Arctic being revealed as a result of global warming.
Illustrated with photographs drawn from the Archive of Historic England, as well as newly commissioned aerial images, this volume charts the development of the British seafront over the past 300 years. Historian Allan Brodie blends a chronological, geographic and architectural account with a photographic record of seaside experiences, from ice creams and donkey rides to deckchairs and Punch-and-Judy shows, and chronicles how, with the growth of tourism, the natural coastline has evolved into a man-made world of piers, promenades and fun palaces.
The Michelin Men
Driving an Empire
After taking over the family rubber business, Edouard Michelin's striking innovation, in 1891, was a removable pneumatic bicycle tyre. This idea, together with brother André's marketing genius, was the foundation of a phenomenal rise in the company's fortunes. This highly readable history tells the story of how the two brothers' groundbreaking efforts built a global empire and helped to create a tourist industry around motoring with their famous Michelin guides and maps. Off-mint.
The Zero Carbon Car
Green Technology and the Automotive Industry
Electric cars were popular in America before Henry Ford's Model T revolutionized the industry, and there were even petrol-electric hybrids available as early as 1899. Today motor manufacturers are experimenting with a host of emissions-reducing technologies that explore every aspect of the car from its motive power to the construction and operation of every component. This book traces the history of green technology in the automotive industry and assesses and explains the latest developments.
The Magic of a Name
The Rolls-Royce Story (Part Two)
The 1950s and 1960s were pivotal in the development of Rolls-Royce, consolidating its reputation as the world's premier builder of both luxury cars and aircraft engines. This second volume of the company's history tells the story of how it took a lead in jet technology and expanded its sales in these first decades after the war before a financial crisis resulted in nationalization in 1971, and its subsequent recovery during the 1970s and 1980s.