Ptolemy in Perspective: Use and Criticism of his Work from Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century (Archimedes)

By Alexander Jones

Ptolemy was once crucial actual scientist of the Roman Empire, and for a millennium and a part his writings on astronomy, astrology, and geography have been types for imitation, assets for brand new paintings, and objectives of feedback. Ptolemy in standpoint lines reactions to Ptolemy from his personal occasions to ours. The 9 experiences exhibit the advanced techniques through which an old scientist and his paintings received and accordingly misplaced an overreaching recognition and authority.

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The New Blackwell Companion to the City

This booklet considers the country of the town and modern urbanisation from quite a number highbrow and foreign views.

  • The such a lot interdisciplinary number of its kind
  • Provides a modern replace on city considering that builds on good demonstrated debates within the field
  • Uses the town to discover fiscal, social, cultural, environmental and political matters extra broadly
  • Includes contributions from non Western views and cities

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Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics

By Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit has made a vocation of touring into tough territory and reporting again, as an environmentalist, antiglobalization activist, and public highbrow. Storming the Gates of Paradise, an anthology of her crucial essays from the prior ten years, takes the reader from the Pyrenees to the U.S.--Mexican border, from San Francisco to London, from open sky to the private mines, and from the antislavery struggles of 2 hundred years in the past to today’s highway protests. The approximately 40 essays gathered the following contain a special guidebook to the yank panorama after the millennium—not simply the deserts, skies, gardens, and barren region parts that experience lengthy made up Solnit’s material, however the social panorama of democracy and repression, of borders, ruins, and protests. She ventures into territories as darkish as legal and as elegant as a vast vista, revealing attractiveness within the cruelest panorama and political fight within the such a lot it appears serene view. Her creation units the tone and the book’s overarching topics as she describes Thoreau, leaving the detention center cellphone the place he were constrained for refusing to pay warfare taxes and continuing on to his favourite huckleberry patch. during this means she hyperlinks excitement to politics, brilliantly demonstrating that the trail to paradise has frequently run via prison.

These startling insights on present affairs, politics, tradition, and background, continuously expressed in Solnit’s pellucid and sleek prose, continuously revise our perspectives of the differently usual and favourite. Illustrated all through, Storming the Gates of Paradise represents contemporary advancements in Solnit’s pondering and gives the reader a breathtaking global view enriched by means of her frequently provocative, inspiring, and hopeful observations.

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Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies

By Alastair Bonnett

A travel of the world’s hidden geographies—from disappearing islands to forbidden deserts—and a beautiful testomony to how mysterious the area is still today

At a time whilst Google Maps road View can take you on a digital travel of Yosemite’s remotest trails and cellphones double as navigational structures, it’s not easy to visualize there’s any uncharted floor left on the earth. In Unruly Places, Alastair Bonnett is going to a few of the main unforeseen, offbeat areas on the planet to reinspire our geographical imagination.

Bonnett’s awesome travel comprises relocating villages, mystery towns, no man’s lands, and floating islands. He explores areas as disorienting as Sandy Island, an island integrated on maps until eventually simply years in the past although it by no means existed. Or Sealand, an deserted gun platform off the English coast British citizen claimed as his personal sovereign state, issuing passports and crowning his spouse as a princess. Or Baarle, a patchwork of Dutch and Flemish enclaves the place jogging from the grocery store’s produce part to the beef counter can contain crossing nationwide borders.

An intrepid consultant down the line less traveled, Bonnett finds that the main notable locations in the world will be hidden in undeniable sight, simply round the nook out of your house or underfoot on a wooded course. excellent for city explorers, wasteland ramblers, and armchair tourists struck by way of wanderlust, Unruly Places will swap how you see the areas you inhabit.

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Where Is the Parthenon?

Discover the ruins of the Parthenon, essentially the most recognized and gorgeous areas within the world!
    
Athens, Greece, is better identified for the Parthenon, the ruins of an historical temple accomplished in 438 BC to honor the goddess Athena. yet what many folks do not know is that it merely served as a temple for a pair hundred years. It then turned a church, then a mosque, and by means of the top of the 1600s served as a storehouse for munitions. while an enemy military fired thousands of cannon balls on the Acropolis, one without delay hit the Parthenon. a lot of the sculpture was once destroyed, 300 humans died, and the location fell into break. this day, viewers proceed to flock to this global recognized landmark, which has develop into an emblem for historical Greece, democracy, and glossy civilization. contains black-and-white illustrations and a foldout colour map!

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Atmosphere, Weather and Climate

By Richard J Chorley

This publication offers a accomplished advent to climate methods and weather conditions worldwide, their saw variability and adjustments, and projected destiny developments. generally revised and up-to-date, this 9th variation keeps its attempted and confirmed constitution whereas incorporating contemporary advances within the box. From transparent causes of the fundamental actual and chemical ideas of the ambience, to descriptions of local climates and their alterations, the e-book provides a finished assurance of worldwide meteorology and climatology. during this re-creation the newest medical rules are back expressed in a transparent, non-mathematical matter.

New positive aspects include:

  • extended and up-to-date remedy of atmospheric models
  • final bankruptcy on weather variability and alter has been thoroughly rewritten to take account of the IPCC 2007 medical assessment.
  • new four-colour textual content layout that includes over 30 color plates
  • over 360 diagrams were redrawn in complete color to enhance readability and relief understanding.

Atmosphere, climate and Climate is still an vital resource for all these learning the earth’s surroundings and international weather, even if from environmental and earth sciences, geography, ecology, agriculture, hydrology, or comparable disciplinary views. Its pedagogic worth is greater by way of a number of positive factors: studying issues on the commencing of every bankruptcy and dialogue themes at their finishing, packing containers on topical matters and on 20th century advances within the field.

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Colored Property: State Policy and White Racial Politics in Suburban America (Historical Studies of Urban America)

Northern whites within the post-World warfare II period started to aid the main of civil rights, so why did lots of them proceed to oppose racial integration of their groups? hard traditional knowledge in regards to the progress, prosperity, and racial exclusivity of yank suburbs, David M. P. Freund argues that prior makes an attempt to respond to this question have neglected a transformation within the racial taking into consideration whites and the position of suburban politics in effecting this modification. In "Colored Property," he exhibits how federal intervention spurred a dramatic shift within the language and common sense of residential exclusion-away from invocations of a legendary racial hierarchy and towards speak of markets, estate, and citizenship. Freund starts off his exploration via tracing the emergence of a strong public-private alliance that facilitated postwar suburban development around the kingdom with federal courses that considerably favorite whites. Then, exhibiting how this nationwide tale performed out in metropolitan Detroit, he visits zoning board and town council conferences, info the efforts of local "property development" institutions, and reconstructs battles over race and housing to illustrate how whites discovered to view discrimination no longer as an act of racism yet as a valid reaction to the wishes of the marketplace. Illuminating government's strong but still-hidden function within the segregation of U.S. towns, "Colored estate" offers a dramatic new imaginative and prescient of metropolitan development, segregation, and white id in smooth America.

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Encyclopedia of Caves and Karst Science

The Encyclopedia of Caves and Karst Science includes 350 alphabetically prepared entries. the subjects contain cave and karst geoscience, cave archaeology and human use of caves, paintings in caves, hydrology and groundwater, cave and karst historical past, and conservation and administration. The Encyclopedia is extensively illustrated with images, maps, diagrams, and tables, and has thematic content material lists and a complete index to facilitate looking and browsing.

 

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Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome, The Penguin (Hist Atlas)

The Roman Empire continues to be the most formative affects at the historical past of Europe and its perfect of a united Europe has haunted politicians ever due to the fact. This atlas strains the increase and fall of the 1st nice multinational nation - the Roman Empire. It examines its provinces and towns, its exchange and financial system, its armies and frontier defences, follows its international wars and internecine struggles, and charts its transformation right into a Christian theocracy and assesses its lasting impression.

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City (Key Ideas in Geography)

By Phil Hubbard

City presents an obtainable but severe advent to 1 of the main suggestions in human geography. regularly on the center of discussions in social concept, the definition and specification of ‘the urban’ still is still illusive. during this quantity, Phil Hubbard locates the concept that of ‘the urban’ inside present traditions of social proposal, supplying a foundation for knowing its various usages and meanings via a severe dialogue of the contribution of key authors and thinkers.

Written in a full of life and obtainable kind, the person chapters of City supply a thematic assessment of 4 dominant methods of drawing close towns:

  • as lived-in places
  • as imagined spaces
  • as networks of association
  • as applied sciences of flow.

Drawing on a various variety of literatures and case reports, the e-book spells out the significance of a geographical viewpoint at the urban, suggesting that it is just by means of bringing those alternative ways of mapping the town jointly that we will be able to start to make feel of cities.

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