In Praise of Idleness
A Timeless Essay by Bertrand Russell
Arguing that idleness makes us happier, kinder and more creative, Russell’s celebrated 1932 essay is all too relevant in our age of multi-tasking and digital overload. It appears here with a great modern humourist’s introduction, afterword and illustrations.
Wingfield College and its Patrons
Piety and Prestige in Medieval Suffolk
Wingfield College was founded in the mid-14th century in a bid for power by a fast-rising mercantile family. This collection of papers combines research into the site’s history and archaeology, with a DVD featuring reconstructions of both college and castle.
Peterson's Egghead's Guide to Calculus
A component of any higher-level maths course, calculus is notoriously difficult to comprehend and this manual uses verbal, mathematical, graphical and illustrative explanations to help students grasp the fundamental concepts of the subject. The opening chapters review the algebra and trigonometry required for an understanding of calculus and the ‘egghead’ character then moves on to deal with limits, differentiation, integration and integrals.
Cars, Trains, Ships & Planes
A Visual Encyclopedia of Every Vehicle
When it comes to travelling by land, air or sea, humans have shown remarkable creativity. From the penny farthing and George Stephenson’s Rocket, through the record-breaking Blue Bird to today’s supercars, spacecraft and nuclear submarines, this is a visual tour of the history of vehicles. Age 9+
A Children's Encyclopedia
Beginning with their formation and the power of features such as volcanoes, tsunamis and underwater currents, this exploration of the oceans continues with a closer look at a vast range of sea life. Concise text and colourful photographs present information on animals including predators of the open ocean, shallow water fish, coral reefs and creatures living in coastal or polar regions, before a final section on human activity discusses topics such as research and conservation. Age 6+
To Our Brothers
Memorials to a Lost Generation in British Schools
In the years after the First World War, Britain’s public schools, in common with thousands of communities across the country, erected memorials honouring their war dead. Ranging from wooden crosses returned from makeshift graves near the battlefields to new buildings, and including panels listing the dead, stained glass windows, statues and books of remembrance, the memorials in 49 schools are surveyed in this handsome, illustrated volume, with details of each school’s way of remembering its fallen old boys and masters.
Too Marvellous for Words!
Award-winning writer Julie Welch describes Felixstowe College as just like Malory Towers: her schoolgirl experiences there included pillow fights, midnight feasts and swotting for exams. This memoir of boarding-school life in the 1960s, however, covers topics Enid Blyton avoided, such as homesickness, anorexia and sex. Tracking down fellow boarders and an old teacher, Welch pieces together the school’s history and documents her own part in its story.
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.
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.