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Bolt of Fate: Benjamin Franklin and His Electric Kite Hoax

By: Tucker, Thomas

Price: $8.28

Publisher: New York, New York, U. S. A., Public Affairs: 2003

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 002274

ISBN: 1891620703

Condition: New in New dust jacket


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 Frankli... View more info

Darwin and the Science of Evolution

By: Tort, Patrick

Price: $7.36

Publisher: Boston, Massachusetts, U. S. A., Harry N Abrams Inc: 2001

Seller ID: 001546

ISBN: 0810921367

Condition: New with no dust jacket


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 worl... View more info

Take My Hands: the Remarkable Story of Dr. Mary Verghese

By: Wilson, Dorothy Clarke

Price: $7.82

Publisher: New York, McGraw Hill: 1963

Edition: Third Printing

Seller ID: 000425

Condition: Near Fine in Fair dust jacket


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 wea... View more info

The Kid of Coney Island : Fred Thompson and the Rise of American Amusements

By: Register, Woody

Price: $14.72

Publisher: New York, Ny, U. S. A., Oxford University Press, Incorporated: 2001

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 001136

ISBN: 0195144937

Condition: Fine in Fine dust jacket


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 page... View more info

With a Daughter's Eye: a Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson

By: Bateson, Mary Catherine

Price: $11.04

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Company: 1984

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 000649

ISBN: 0688039626

Condition: Fine in Fine dust jacket


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 sep... View more info