A Guide to the Cosmos
Great paradigm shifts in physics have often resulted from an intuitive mind subjecting simple measurements to rigorous mathematics. This stimulating and stylish guide to the universe offers a route to understanding ostensibly complex cosmological concepts, including the age and distance of stars, Einstein’s theory of gravity and the stages of the Big Bang, via simple acts of observation, measurement and reasoning which, with the help of data from scientific instruments like the Hubble telescope, anyone can perform. Off-mint with a felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Life and Wars of Rome's Greatest Enemy
The Carthaginian general Hannibal (247–183 BCE) won an enduring place in the popular imagination through his audacious expedition across the Alps with a contingent of elephants. But what were his motivations and why did his long campaign against Rome end in tragic failure? Combining evidence from ancient sources with his own experience of Hannibal-related sites, Prevas analyses the enigmatic personality and unconventional tactics of the commander whom Napoleon considered ‘the most daring of all men’. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Knud Rasmussen's Fearless Journey into the Heart of The Arctic
Knud Rasmussen (1879–1933) was unique among Arctic explorers. Rejecting the elaborate equipment, extensive supplies and large teams employed by other expeditions, he travelled with a few Inuit assistants, learning from them how to live off the land. This first full-scale biography captures the Greenland-born ethnographer’s courage, charisma and sense of adventure, records his profound respect for Inuit culture, and charts his crowning achievement, a 20,000-mile odyssey by dog-sled from Greenland to Alaska.
His Conquests, His Empire, His Legacy
Although his name has become a byword for tyranny, Genghis Khan is also credited with creating the unified trade routes that brought the cultures of Europe, the Middle East and Asia into contact, as well as some enlightened lawmaking (by medieval standards). This account of the great conqueror explores the cultural background of the nomadic Mongolian tribes and analyses the Khan's personality as well as the events that saw him acquire and rule the largest contiguous empire in history.
A Rainbow in the Night
The Tumultuous Birth of South Africa
The Dutch farmers who first settled the southern tip of Africa were sent to grow vegetables for ships rounding the Cape. But fired by their Calvinist faith, they came to see themselves as God's chosen rulers of the continent, subjugating its inhabitants and defying the might of the British Empire. Dominique Lapierre recounts the epic saga that ensued, from the rise of the apartheid state to the freedom struggle that gave birth to today's rainbow nation. Slightly off-mint.
How the Boston Tea Party Sparked a Revolution
In an action-packed drama of colonial America, Unger reveals how the original Tea Party had less to do with tea than the political ambitions of James Otis Jr, a certifiably mad lawyer, and a bankrupt brewer named Sam Adams. These two took over the Boston merchants' protest movement against British import duties, seized political power in Massachusetts, and set off a social, political and economic storm that ended with the Declaration of Independence.