The Old Boys
The Decline and Rise of the Public School
To many, public schools are an anachronistic bastion of privilege. This book charts a colourful history of schoolboy revolts, eccentric heads, scandal, decline and renewal, to argue that, on balance, their contribution to national life is a positive one. Slightly off-mint.
Iffat al Thunayan
An Arabian Queen
Based on interviews with members of the al-Faysal family, friends and acquaintances, this is the biography of ‘Iffat Al Thunayan, the politically conscious spouse of the late King Faysal bin ‘Abdul ‘Aziz Al Sa’ud (r. 1964–75) and a pillar of Saudi Arabia’s ruling family.
The Most Beautiful Universities in the World
From the ancient Italian and Spanish universities of Bologna and Salamanca, to the ultramodern Rolex Learning Centre, part of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology opened in 2010, the architecture of universities has reflected a striving for cultural and intellectual excellence. In this selection of 23 universities from 15 countries, Guillaume de Laubier presents photographic studies of their facades, libraries, ceremonial halls and teaching buildings, while writer Jean Serroy outlines the history of each institution and its architecture.
When Schooldays Were Fun
A Lighthearted Look at 'the Best Days of Our Lives'
In spite of the hard benches, stodgy food and iron discipline that feature prominently in people's memories of education in Britain before about 1970, schooldays from this period are nevertheless often fondly remembered. Covering a period from about 1900 up to the 1970s, this nostalgic miscellany of archive photographs, literary references, poems and first-hand accounts recalls the eccentric teachers, interminable lessons, withering school reports and punishing sporting trials that were once the daily lot of British schoolchildren.
Suitable both for students beginning their study of algebra and for those who want to remember what they once knew, the nine chapters of this book progress from basic principles of addition and subtraction to the solution of quadratic equations. But everything is presented as painlessly as possible, with step-by-step guides to solving each kind of problem, advice on common mistakes to avoid and illustrative drawings and diagrams.
Cradle of Chemistry
The Early Years of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh was the world's most sought-after centre for the study of chemistry in the late 18th century, with lectures by key figures such as William Cullen and Joseph Black attracting large audiences. This study of Edinburgh chemists' academic heyday comprises twelve essays on topics including the influence of the Dutch physician and chemist Herman Boerhaave, surviving chemical apparatus in the national Museums of Scotland, and the teaching of Thomas Charles Hope.
The Flower and the Green Leaf
Glasgow School of Art in the Time of Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Around the time that the Glasgow School of Art was moving into its now-famous new building, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1897, the school was granted independence to devise and implement its own curriculum, marking the beginning of a period of innovation, expansion and growing international reputation. This illustrated history reviews the first generation of students and teachers who occupied the building, examining in detail the influential work and unique educational culture that flourished there.
School Songs and Gymslips
Grammar Schools in the 1950s and 1960s
With tales from the days of indoor sandals and navy knickers, Latin verbs and transistor radios, semolina pudding and O Levels, this light-hearted social history is based on the experiences of pupils from 18 schools around the country and describes how things were for grammar school girls – at school and at home – between about 1955 and 1965.
The University of London, 1858-1900
The Politics of Senate and Convocation
FMG Willson analyses issues surrounding the consolidation of the 'external' system in 1858 and the newly established Convocation, and covers many related topics including women's degrees and the University's parliamentary seat.
The Higher Education of Women
Victorian idealization of women as 'ministering angels' had the practical result of limiting their education to 'accomplishments', providing little to occupy their minds. This work by Emily Davies, who went on to found Girton College, makes a forthright and vigorous case for the extension of professional and university education to women. First published in 1866 and reprinted, with an introduction by Janet Howarth, in 1988.