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The History of Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by William H. Brock
The Eye: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Michael F. Land
Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions), 2nd Edition by David Norman
One Kiss or Two?: The Art and Science of Saying Hello by Andy Scott
Backstabbing for Beginners: My Crash Course in International Diplomacy by Michael Soussan
?The History of Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by William H. Brock
English | January 28th, 2016 | ASIN: B0192Z4QZS, ISBN: 0198716486 | 168 Pages | EPUB | 4.12 MB
From man’s first exploration of natural materials and their transformations to today’s materials science, chemistry has always been the central discipline that underpins both the physical and biological sciences, as well as technology.
In this Very Short Introduction, William H Brock traces the unique appeal of this fundamental science throughout history. Covering alchemy, early-modern chemistry, pneumatic chemistry and Lavoisier’s re-interpretation of chemical change, the rise of organic and physical chemistry, and the transforming power of synthesis, Brock explores the extraordinary and often puzzling transformations of natural and artificial materials, as well as the men and women who experimented, speculated, and explained matter and change.
?The Eye: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Michael F. Land
English | June 19th, 2014 | ASIN: B00KB1BRV4, ISBN: 0199680302 | 129 Pages | EPUB | 2.31 MB
The eye is one of the most remarkable achievements of evolution, and has evolved up to 40 times in different parts of the animal kingdom. In humans, vision is the most important sense, and much of the brain is given over to the processing of visual information.
In this Very Short Introduction, Michael Land describes the evolution of vision and the variety of eyes found in both humans and animals. He explores the evolution of colour vision in primates and the workings of the human eye, to consider how that contributes to our visual ability. He explains how we see in three dimensions and the basic principles of visual perception, including our impressive capacity for pattern recognition and the ability of vision to guide action.
?Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions), 2nd Edition by David Norman
English | September 21st, 2017 | ASIN: B071WMKLR3, ISBN: 0198795920 | 192 Pages | EPUB | 2.82 MB
Dinosaurs are fascinating creatures and their popularity seems never ending, fuelled by films such as Jurassic Park and documentaries such as Walking with Dinosaurs. Yet dinosaurs (or more precisely non-avian dinosaurs) last trod the Earth 65 million years ago. All we know of them today are their fossilised bones, the tracks and traces that they left behind and, in very rare instances, some of the soft tissues or even traces of their chemistry.
In many respects dinosaurs present us with one of the ultimate forensic challenges: they comprise the fragmentary remains of creatures that died many tens of millions of years ago, rather than just recently, or a few tens of years ago, which is the problem usually faced by forensic pathologists. How much do we really know about them, and to what extent can their remains inform us about ancient worlds, and indeed about the history of our planet?
In this Very Short Introduction David Norman discusses how dinosaurs were first discovered and interpreted, and how our understanding of them has changed over the past 200 years. He looks at some of the amazing discoveries that have enabled us to gain new and unexpected insights into dinosaurs as animals with natural histories and behaviours, and considers some of the biggest questions in dinosaur biology, such as the implications of them having warm blood. Norman also shows how research upon dinosaurs has been enriched, particularly in recent decades, by technological break-throughs, which complement the informed speculation and luck which have played a part in many of the major discoveries.
?One Kiss or Two?: The Art and Science of Saying Hello by Andy Scott
English | March 20th, 2018 | ASIN: B0793JJ12Z, ISBN: 146831601X | 320 Pages | EPUB | 0.51 MB
Every encounter begins with a greeting. Air-kissing, handshakes, high-fives, nose-rubs, cheek-sniffing and foot-kissing, sticking out tongues, floor-spitting, applause, and face-slapping—different cultures have developed innumerable ways of showing pleasure at someone’s arrival.
Humans have been greeting each other for thousands of years. It should be the most straightforward thing in the world, but this seemingly simple act is fraught with complications, leading to awkward misunderstandings, intercultural fumblings, and social gaffes that can potentially fracture relationships forever.
Why is that? Why are greetings so important? Is there a right and wrong way to say hello? In his illuminating book One Kiss or Two?, Andy Scott—a well-traveled former diplomat and no stranger to botched first contacts himself—takes a closer look at what greetings are all about. In discovering how they have developed over human history, he uncovers a kaleidoscopic world of etiquette, body-language, evolution, neuroscience, anthropology, and history. Through in-depth research and his personal experiences, and with the help of experts ranging from the world-famous primatologist Jane Goodall to the leading sociologist of the twentieth century Erving Goffman, Scott takes readers on a captivating journey through a subject far richer than we might have expected. By the end of it, we are able to make more sense of what lies behind greetings—and what it means to be human in the modern, cross-cultural age.
?Backstabbing for Beginners: My Crash Course in International Diplomacy by Michael Soussan
English | November 4th, 2008 | ASIN: B06XCG2WDN, ISBN: 1568584415, 1568583974 | 352 Pages | EPUB | 0.50 MB
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Ben Kingsley and Theo James, the gripping true story of a young program coordinator at the United Nations who stumbles upon a conspiracy involving Iraq’s oil reserves.
“What made this episode in our collective history possible was not so much the lies we told one another, but the lies we told ourselves.”
A recent Brown University graduate, Michael Soussan was elated when he landed a position as a program coordinator for the United Nations’ Iraq Program. Little did he know that he would end up a whistleblower in what PBS NewsHour described as the “largest financial scandal in UN history.”
Breaking a conspiracy of silence that had prevailed for years, Soussan sparked an unprecedented corruption probe into the Oil-for-Food program that exposed a worldwide system of bribes, kickbacks, and blackmail involving ruthless power-players from around the globe.
At the crossroads of pressing humanitarian concerns, crisis diplomacy, and multibillion-dollar business interests, Soussan’s story highlights core flaws of our international system and exposes the frightening, corrupting power of the black elixir that fuels our world’s economy.