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Bolt of Fate: Benjamin Franklin and His Electric Kite Hoax
Tucker, Thomas
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Darwin and the Science of Evolution
Tort, Patrick
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The Kid of Coney Island : Fred Thompson and the Rise of American Amusements
Register, Woody
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1 Bateson, Mary Catherine With a Daughter's Eye: a Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson
0688039626 / 9780688039622; This is a deep and loving memoir by the daughter of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, legends in anthropology. The author looks back to an extraordinary childhood as she describes worlds found and created for her by parents who translated their passionate interests into images a child could share. Bateson does not describe an idyllic childhood, for the pain of separation was frequent and predictable. Her parents divorced, after living apart for years, when she was eleven. As an adult, anthropologist Mary C. Bateson became her parents' colleague. She recounts the fascinating paths traveled separately by each of these groundbreaking scientists, and describes complex ties that endured between Margaret and Gregory until their deaths. Includes notes and selected bibliography. Numerous photographs included within the text.; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall
William Morrow & Company
New York, 1984, First American Edition
Hardcover
Fine in Fine dust jacket


000649; 
Price: 11.04 USD
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2 Register, Woody The Kid of Coney Island : Fred Thompson and the Rise of American Amusements
0195144937 / 9780195144932; In this book the author shows how Fred Thompson got his start as a creator and promoter of carnival shows and the world's fairs, including the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893, and he traces Thompson's career. He was one of the original promoters of Coney Island, where he built Luna Park, and other amusement parks. Thompson built the mammoth Hippodrome Theater in Manhattan, noted for their spectacular (and spectacularly costly) staging effects. He marketed to adult consumers a world of make-believe and childlike play, crafting his own image as "the boy who never grew up. " 399 pages, including photographs throughout the book. The DJ is clipped. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Oxford University Press, Incorporated
New York, Ny, U. S. A., 2001, First Edition
Hardcover
Fine in Fine dust jacket


001136; 
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3 Tort, Patrick Darwin and the Science of Evolution
0810921367 / 9780810921368; In 1859 the British naturalist Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species, describing the concept of natural selection. According to this revolutionary theory, plant and animal species are not fixed, but evolve, adapting to changing environments and to the pressures of competition. This celebrated book laid the foundation for modern evolutionary theory and sparked an impassioned debate on the origins of humankind that pitted secular science against traditional religious dogma. He altered the science of biology and changed forever the way we understand ourselves and our place in the world. Part biography, part history of science, part social documentary, this book takes readers along on Darwin's fantastic voyage of discovery. Included is part of the Scopes Monkey Trial, where a fourteen-year-old student testified. His testimony is included. This is a beautifully-published book; although small it is heavy due to the heavy glossy paper used. The color photographs are beautiful, and many diagrams, black & white photographs, and drawings are included. His "Child's Story" is also at the end of the book. A wonderful book for learning about Evolution. 159 pages including Documents, Further Reading, a list of illustrations and an index. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.
Harry N Abrams Inc
Boston, Massachusetts, U. S. A., 2001, 
Softcover
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Illustrated by Photographs, Drawings; 
001546; 
Price: 7.36 USD
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4 Tucker, Thomas Bolt of Fate: Benjamin Franklin and His Electric Kite Hoax
1891620703 / 9781891620706; NEW - Nearly every schoolchild in America knows that Benjamin Franklin flew a kite during a thunderstorm in the summer of 1752. The kite conducted electricity and thew a spark from a key that Franklin attached to the kite's string. He thereby proved that lightning and electricity were one. In this book, Tom Tucker revisits the scientific scene of the mid-eighteenth century; a jostling experimental arena that attracted philosophers, aristocrats, celebrated beauties, wheeler-dealers and social climbers. What no one has successfully proven until now - and what few have suggested - is that Franklin never flew the kite at all. He was an enthusiastic hoaxer and his quick wits and natural mischievousness served him well throughout his career as he launched a number of pranks and deceptions. With the electric kite, he managed the greatest hoax of them all. 297 pages including an index, bibliography, and end notes. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Public Affairs
New York, New York, U. S. A., 2003, First Edition
Hardcover
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Illustrated by Photographs and Drawings; 
002274; 
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5 Wilson, Dorothy Clarke Take My Hands: the Remarkable Story of Dr. Mary Verghese
This is a biography of a very intelligent, warm and determined woman. A daughter of a plantation owner in South India, Mary Verghese decided early in life that she wanted to be useful to her newly independent country. She went to medical school and became a surgeon, but shortly after graduation she was in an accident that made her a paraplegic. How she reconstructed her life and learned to perform delicate surgery while seated in a wheel chair and indeed became a fully qualified rehabilitation specialist are just some of the tremendous successes included. The tan and marbled binding has no wear but the spine is tilted forward a bit. The jacket has two tears about 1" long, and the back appears to have gotten wet. This did not damage the book at all. The spine is lightly sunned on the jacket. An inscription is written on the front end papers. Price not clipped. ; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall
McGraw Hill
New York, 1963, Third Printing
Hardcover
Near Fine in Fair dust jacket


000425; 
Price: 7.82 USD
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