Discover how mathematical sequences abound in our natural world in this definitive exploration of the geography of the cosmos
You need not be a philosopher or a botanist, and certainly not a mathematician, to enjoy the bounty of the world around us. But is there some sort of order, a pattern, to the things that we see in the sky, on the ground, at the beach? In A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe, Michael Schneider, an education writer and computer consultant, combines science, philosophy, art, and common sense to reaffirm what the ancients observed: that a consistent language of geometric design underpins every level of the universe, from atoms to galaxies, cucumbers to cathedrals. Schneider also discusses numerical and geometric symbolism through the ages, and concepts such as periodic renewal and resonance. This book is an education in the world and everything we can't see within it.
Contains numerous b&w photos and illustrations.
Lord Purdey was shaking with anger. 'Bring back the lynx? Over my dead body!"
The environmental protestors murmured, and Rory stepped forward. 'Your hunting has destroyed our hills and left them treeless wastes, devoid of wildlife. It's time that changed.'
'Listen, you lentil-eating cat lover,' Purdey barked through the megaphone, 'men like me own Scotland. If we want to kill anything that moves and turn the whole damn place into a theme park, we'll do it.'
Someone from the group of protestors hurled a turnip. It struck Purdey and he crumpled to the ground. Just as the archaic class system he represents must eventually fall, Angus thought with a grin.
In his first two bestselling books, The Last Hillwalker and Bothy Tales, John D. Burns invited readers to join him in the hills and wild places of Scotland. In Sky Dance, he returns to that world to ask fundamental questions about how we relate to this northern landscape – while raising a laugh or two along the way. Anyone who has gazed at the majesty of the Scottish mountains will know this place and want to return to it. Now, as wild land is threatened like never before, it's time we asked ourselves what kind of future we want for the Highlands.
These days, many of us live in a state of overreactive fight-or-flight response and chronic stress. The demands of modern life pull us in all directions and can often put the meaningful connections in our lives at risk—connections to our deepest selves, to others, and even to God.But there is good news. New developments in brain science have recently proven that an intentional practice of pausing for a few minutes of meditation, prayer, or other contemplative practice actually rewires our brain in ways that make us calmer, less reactive, and better able to see the bigger picture.In Practice the Pause, spiritual director and writer Caroline Oakes offers easy-to-understand explanations of how this new brain science is confirming what every spiritual tradition has been telling us for millennia: by practicing the pause, we become more self-aware and better able to understand others. We become more "God aware." With a refreshing focus on the Eastern Christian understanding of Jesus as a master of wisdom, Oakes shines a spotlight on Jesus's own centering pause practice as a transformative path for personal and social change. We learn that even a seven-second pause practice can move us beyond the fight-or-flight responses of our ego in our daily lives and actually equip us to cultivate the common good in the world.
What if you could create unshakable confidence and unstoppable self-belief?
Award-winning confidence coach Erika Cramer, the Queen of Confidence, invites you and women everywhere to stop accepting less while also being prepared to put in the work - because creating confidence is not comfortable.
Erika shows you how to: Reclaim your confidence and stand as your fully expressed self (filter- and apology-free) Create the ultimate confidence mindset Stop obsessing about what other people think of you Let go of people-pleasing, once and for all Stop constantly comparing yourself to others
Confidence can transform your life forever! Every aspect of your own happiness, healing and self-worth begins and ends with you.
Erika includes life-altering questions and exercises, and a step-by-step guide to help you coach yourself into the confidence you deserve.
It's time to stop believing that confidence is reserved for the lucky ones, the popular ones, or the “pretty ones”. Confidence is available to each and every one of us.
Are you ready to do what it takes to create it?
An “insightful” and in-depth look at anti-science politics and its deadly results (Maria Konnikova, New York Times–bestselling author of The Biggest Bluff). Thomas Jefferson said, “Wherever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” But what happens when they aren’t? From climate change to vaccinations, transportation to technology, health care to defense, we are in the midst of an unprecedented expansion of scientific progress—and a simultaneous expansion of danger. At the very time we need them most, scientists and the very idea of objective knowledge are being bombarded by a vast, well-funded war on science, and the results are deadly. Whether it’s driven by identity politics, ideology, or industry, the result is an unprecedented erosion of thought in Western democracies as voters, policymakers, and justices actively ignore scientific evidence, leaving major policy decisions to be based more on the demands of the most strident voices. This compelling book investigates the historical, social, philosophical, political, and emotional reasons why evidence-based politics are in decline and authoritarian politics are once again on the rise on both left and right—and provides some compelling solutions to bring us to our collective senses, before it's too late. “If you care about attacks on climate science and the rise of authoritarianism, if you care about biased media coverage and shake-your-head political tomfoolery, this book is for you.”—The Guardian
'I often sit by the bank of the small river that flows through our farm in County Wicklow, fascinated by its many moods ... Getting to know a river is like reading the story of a person's life ... from its young energetic stages in the hills to the slower-moving mature river, through to the tranquil water of lakes and finally to its resting place in the sea.'
Richard Nairn is an ecologist who has been visiting waterways around Ireland for over half a century, fascinated by how they sustain and enrich our lives. Here he sets out on a year-long adventure to explore every stretch and tributary of the Avonmore River, which runs through Co. Wicklow. From source to sea, he immerses himself in the wildlife, archaeology, history and people connected to the river. Travelling to explore more of Ireland's rivers, lakes, wet woodlands, ponds and canals, Richard details encounters with dragonflies, crayfish, otters and great flocks of migratory waterbirds, and finds himself awestruck by the sense of a lost wilderness they convey.
With our waterways now under serious threat, this is a love letter to Ireland's rivers and lakes, and a reminder of what we stand to lose.
'Opens the window into a watery world. Personal yet panoramic.' Colin Stafford-Johnson, filmmaker.
The Cook's Decameron: a study in taste, containing over two hundred recipes for Italian dishes by W. G. Waters
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