A Miscellany of Letters
Originally deriving from pictograms, letter forms have been developed, refined and adapted for myriad uses, from a simple clear typeface for advertising to a decorated animal alphabet for children. This highly illustrated exploration of the history and use of letters begins with an essay detailing the development of the Western alphabet and then, using each letter as a starting point, explores how it has been creatively employed by artists, designers, typographers and publishers.
The Complete Guide to Flexibility and Movement
Essential for the prevention of chronic pain, injuries and the improvement of muscle tone, stretching can also lower blood pressure, ease stress and increase alertness. This extensive collection of exercises is organized by body part, covering everything from the eyes to the toes, and includes sections on yoga, pregnancy and working with a partner. Each stretch is clearly photographed, with step-by-step instructions and an explanation of its benefits.
The Secret Language of Animals
Primates, carnivores and hoofed animals share basic expressive similarities such as the use of ears and eyes to show excitement, alarm or aggression. This book explains how such actions can be interpreted and reveals how an understanding of environment can make sense of behaviour. Starting with a primer on how such core motivations as feeding, breeding and avoiding predators influence conduct and demeanour, the book is in sections dealing with animals in different regions, and is illustrated with detailed line drawings.
An Exploration of Alan Dudley's Curious Collection
Based on an unsurpassed private collection, this lavish book is a survey of the skull – in humans and other mammals, and also birds, reptiles and fish. Exploring anatomy and species-specific features such as horns, teeth, beaks and bills, the author also discusses the skull as a powerful symbol in art, culture and religion. Specimens are displayed in more than 300 photographs, ranging from an ostrich to an orangutan, and from a crocodile to a seahorse, with notes highlighting interesting features.
Inventors and Inventions
Yorkshire road contractor Percy Shaw developed his 'cat's eye' reflector device in the 1930s – a simple but critical innovation that soon spread all over the world. This attractively illustrated book explores many such inventions that have shaped human progress and characterize modern civilization. Covering a range of fields it traces, for example, innovation in communication from the quill pen to global positioning systems, and progress in medicine from the invention of spectacles in the 13th century to genetic engineering.
How Smart Are You?
Test Your Math IQ
How to improve your number skills: these 50 ten-question quizzes have an IQ-style scoring system that enables you to compare your performance with the average mark. The tests cover decimals and fractions, interest and percentages, means and medians and pose a range of algebraic word problems, interspersed with brief biographies of great mathematicians from Pythagoras to Andrew Wiles, who solved Fermat’s Last Theorem in 1994. American spelling and elastic closure.