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The Medical Book: From Witch Doctors to Robot Surgeons, 250 Milestones in the History of Medicineby Clifford A. Pickover
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From major events in history to todayandrsquo;s hot-button issues, The Law Book offers a comprehensive look at the rules by which we live our lives. New York Law School professor and librarian Michael Roffer presents 250 of the most fundamental, far-reaching, and often controversial cases, laws, and trials that have changed the worldandmdash;for good or bad.
Beginning with the formal compilation of laws by Babylonian king Hammurabi, circa 1700 BCE, and the Ten Commandments of the Hebrew Bible, the essays cover an incredible breadth and depth of knowledge. The topics range from Dracoandmdash;the first lawgiver of Athens, who prescribed death for even the smallest offenses and gave us the word andldquo;draconianandrdquo;andmdash;and the Corpus Juris Civilis of Emperor Justinian, who assembled and reformed the laws of the Roman Empire, to the Napoleonic Code and Charles Guiteau, the assassin who shot President Garfield in 1881 and whose trial formally introduced the insanity defense to America. Other entries take us around the globe to ancient China and medieval England, while more contemporary accounts tackle everything from civil rights, surrogacy, and assisted suicide to the 2000 U.S. presidential election, Google Books, and the fight for marriage equality.
Justice may be blind, but this collection brings the rich history of the law to light.
From Clifford Pickover comes an inspirational volume that celebrates the beauty and wisdom of physics. This gorgeous compendium features a physics quotation and stunning art on every page, along with biographical facts and birthdays of notable physicists like Christiaan Huygens, Niels Bohr, Enrico Fermi, Richard Feynman, and Max Planck. Attractive and thought provoking, The Physics Devotional makes a wonderful gift for science and math enthusiasts.and#160;
Justice may be blind, but this comprehensive collection of 250 fundamental and far-reaching cases, statutes, and trials brings the law to light. From the code of Babylonian king Hammurabi to civil rights, censorship, and the fight for marriage equality, The Law Book offers a rich look at the rules by which we live our lives.
Throughout history, the nature and mystery of death has captivated artists, scientists, philosophers, physicians, and theologians. This eerie chronology ventures right to the borderlines of science and sheds light into the darkness. Here, topics as wide ranging as the Maya death gods, golems, and sandeacute;ances sit side by side with entries on zombies and quantum immortality. With the turn of every page, readers will encounter beautiful artwork, along with unexpected insights about death and what may lie beyond.
and#8220;Since 1960 the universe has taken on a wholly new face. It has become more exciting, more mysterious, more violent, and more extreme as our knowledge concerning it has suddenly expanded. And the most exciting, most mysterious, most violent, and most extreme phenomena of all has the simplest, plainest, calmest, and mildest name-nothing more than a black hole.and#8221;
and#8212;Isaac Asimov, The Collapsing Universe, 1977
From Clifford Pickoverand#8212;the ingenious author of the phenomenally successful The Math Book and The Physics Bookand#8212;comes an inspirational volume that celebrates the beauty and wisdom of physics. This gorgeous compendium features a physics quotation and stunning art on every page, along with biographical facts and birthdays of notable physicists like Christiaan Huygens, Niels Bohr, Enrico Fermi, Richard Feynman, and Max Planck. Attractive and thought provoking, The Physics Devotional makes a wonderful gift for science and math enthusiasts.and#160;
About the Author
Internationally renowned author Clifford Pickover has published more than 40 books, translated into over a dozen languages. He is an associate editor for several journals and the author of over 200 articles on various subjects. Dr. Pickover received his PhD from Yale University's Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. He holds over 80 US patents for inventions dealing with computing technologies and interfaces, and his website, pickover.com, has received millions of visits.
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