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A journey of discovery by a group of American writers to an emerging Central European nation.
Instruments of Science
This authoritative reference covers 325 scientific instruments ranging from antiquity to the present, and from the mundane to the highly sophisticated. Entries explain how they work and trace their invention, development, distribution and use. Fully illustrated and complete with bibliographies, it will be particularly useful to students and scholars of modern science and technology. Reflecting contemporary practice, it examines instruments used for testing and monitoring, as well as those used for research, and even considers a number of widely used laboratory organisms (such as drosophila and e.coli) as instruments.
The History of Alexander
Alexander the Great (356-323 BC), who led the Macedonian army to victory in Egypt, Syria, Persia and India, was perhaps the most successful conqueror the world has ever seen. Yet although no other individual has attracted so much speculation across the centuries, Alexander himself remains an enigma. Curtius' History offers a great deal of information unobtainable from other sources of the time. A compelling narrative of a turbulent era, the work recounts events on a heroic scale, detailing court intrigue, stirring speeches and brutal battles - among them, those of Macedonia's great war with Persia, which was to culminate in Alexander's final triumph over King Darius and the defeat of an ancient and mighty empire. It also provides by far the most plausible and haunting portrait of Alexander we possess: a brilliantly realized image of a man ruined by constant good fortune in his youth.
The Book in Japan
This study of the history of the book in Japan is an essential reference work covering all aspects of book production and the circulation of texts in pre-modern Japan, including libraries, censorship and readership.
Hidden Histories of Science
In a collection of original essays delivered as lectures at the New York Public Library in 1994, Stephen Jay Gould, Jonathan Miller, Oliver Sacks, Daniel Kevles, and Richard Lewontin illuminate a broad range of episodes in the history of science.
The News Shapers The Sources Who Explain the News
Analysts, political scientists, scholars, and consultants,--The News Shapers describes the elite club of individuals that the media approach for inside information, background, or predictions concerning the outcome of still-unfolding stories. Although they are presented as detached experts, Lawrence C. Soley uncovers their long histories of partisanship as former government officials or politicians, and charges that most of the shapers have no better credentials than the millions of people to whom the news media never turn. Soley's findings, based on a University of Minnesota study which examined three major networks' evening newscasts during 1987-1988, reveal that a small number of white, politically conservative men associated with Washington-based think tanks, former Republican administrations, and private, East Coast universities virtually monopolize political discourse in the mass media. Dispelling the myth of the media's liberal bias, Soley discusses the shortcomings of both print and broadcast journalism which lead to selection of partisan news analysts, and the effects of their commentaries on foreign and domestic affairs. Special attention is given to Henry Kissinger, Washington Think Tanks, and the media's handling of the conflict with Iraq. The News Shapers identifies the experts, their past political affiliations, and their often thin academic credentials. It is highly recommended for scholars in communications, journalism, and political science, as well as for newspaper readers and television news viewers.
Jean Baudrillard Art and Artefact
This bookoffers a major reappraisal of Jean Baudrillard's thoughts on the image, radical illusion and media culture. Here for the first time, through a number of highly accessible interviews and recent essays, Baudrillard introduces what he calls the stunning clarity' of the photographic, and fascinatingly outlines his present thoughts on urban reality, aesthetics, virtual reality and new media technologies, in the light of his practice as a photographer. The book is illustrated with eight colour plates of Baudrillard's photographs and includes a number of provocative and illuminating responses to his recent writings from noted Baudrillard scholars. It also includes a definitive bibliography of critical responses to Baudrillard's writings on media culture, art and photography.
Conservation of Glass
Includes a complete chemical examination of the causes of the deterioration of glass and discusses the possibilities of damage by conservation techniques that have not been fully tested. Provides the theoretical background and the practical procedures used in conserving different kinds of glass. Since the 1960s there has been a great upsurge of interest in the conservation of glass, and expecially of painted (stained) glass, with a concomitant change in emphasis from the work being carried out by museum technicians (or, in the case of painted glass, glaziers who have served an apprenticeship) to the use of trained conservator. This change has required by introduction of thoroughgoing instruction in conservation subjects, accompanied by scientific studies of the causes of deterioration of glass and of the possibilities of harm being done by conservation techniques that have not been fully tested. Much of the work on painted glass has been published only in various newsletters, and consequently there is a need for a book in which these techniques, and also those developed for vessel glass and for the conservation of excavated waterlogged glass, are described fully. This book, now for the first time in paperback, supplies both the theoretical background and the practical procedures used in conserving these different kinds of glass. Includes theoretical background and practical procedures Available in paperback for the first time