Synopses & Reviews
- Which was the last country to abolish slavery?
- Which is the only amendment to the U.S. Constitution ever to be repealed?
- How did King Henry II of England provide a procedural blueprint for criminal law?
These are just a few of the thought-provoking questions addressed in this beautifully illustrated book. Join author Michael H. Roffer as he explores 250 of the most fundamental, far-reaching, and often-controversial cases, laws, and trials that have profoundly changed our worldandmdash;for good or bad. Offering authoritative context to ancient documents as well as todayandrsquo;s hot-button issues, The Law Book presents a comprehensive look at the rules by which we live our lives. It covers such diverse topics as the Code of Hammurabi, the Ten Commandments, the Trial of Socrates, the Bill of Rights, womenandrsquo;s suffrage, the insanity defense, and more. Roffer takes us around the globe to ancient Rome and medieval England before transporting us forward to contemporary accounts that tackle everything from civil rights, surrogacy, and assisted suicide to the 2000 U.S. presidential election, Google Books, and the fight for marriage equality.
Organized chronologically, the entries each consist of a short essay and a stunning full-color image, while the andldquo;Notes and Further Readingandrdquo; section provides resources for more in-depth study. Justice may be blind, but this collection brings the rich history of the law to light.
What could be more fascinating than the workings of the human mind? This stunningly illustrated survey in Sterling's Milestones series chronicles the history of psychology through 250 landmark events, theories, publications, experiments, and discoveries. Beginning with ancient philosophies of well-being, it touches on such controversial topics as phrenology, sexual taboos, electroshock therapy, multiple personality disorder, and the nature of evil.
Mathand#39;s infinite mysteries unfold in this paperback edition of the bestselling TheMath Book. Beginning millions of years ago with ancient andldquo;ant odometersandrdquo; and moving through time to our modern-day quest for new dimensions, prolific polymath Clifford Pickover covers 250 milestones in mathematical history. Among the numerous concepts readers will encounter as they dip into this inviting anthology: cicada-generated prime numbers, magic squares, and the butterfly effect. Each topic is presented in a lavishly illustrated spread, including formulas andand#160;real-world applications of the theorems.
Covering everything from ancient herbs to cutting-edge chemicals, this new volume in the popular Milestones series looks at 250 crucial moments in the development of life-altering, life-saving, and sometimes life-endangering drugs. Describing the discovery and chemistry of drugs like alcohol, opium, hemlock, the smallpox vaccine, Xanax, and AZT, this lush edition also features the scientists, doctors, and companies who brought them to us.
Throughout history, humans everywhere have searched for remedies to heal our bodies and minds. Covering everything from ancient herbs to cutting-edge chemicals, this book in the hugely popular Milestones series looks at 250 of the most important moments in the development of life-altering, life-saving, and sometimes life-endangering pharmaceuticals. Illustrated entries feature ancient drugs like alcohol, opium, and hemlock; the smallpox and the polio vaccines; homeopathic cures; and controversial medical treatments like ether, amphetamines, and Xanaxand#8212;while shining a light on the scientists, doctors, and companies who brought them to us.
Mathand#8217;s infinite mysteries and beauty unfold in this follow-up to the best-selling The Science Book. Beginning millions of years ago with ancient and#8220;ant odometersand#8221; and moving through time to our modern-day quest for new dimensions, it covers 250 milestones in mathematical history. Among the numerous delights readers will learn about as they dip into this inviting anthology: cicada-generated prime numbers, magic squares from centuries ago, the discovery of pi and calculus, and the butterfly effect. Each topic gets a lavishly illustrated spread with stunning color art, along with formulas and concepts, fascinating facts about scientistsand#8217; lives, and real-world applications of the theorems.
Following his hugely successful The Math Book and The Physics Book, Clifford Pickover now chronicles the advancement of medicine in 250 entertaining, illustrated landmark events. Touching on such diverse subspecialties as genetics, pharmacology, neurology, sexology, and immunology, Pickover intersperses and#8220;obviousand#8221; historical milestones--the Hippocratic Oath, general anesthesia, the Human Genome Project--with unexpected and intriguing topics like and#8220;truth serum,and#8221; the use of cocaine in eye surgery, and face transplants.
Following the hugely successful The Science Book
and The Math Book
comes a richly illustrated chronology of physics, containing 250 short, entertaining, and thought-provoking entries.and#160;In addition to exploring such engaging topics as dark energy, parallel universes, the Doppler effect, the God particle, and Maxwell's demon, the book's timeline extends back billions of years to the hypothetical Big Bang and forward trillions of years to a time of and#8220;quantum resurrection.and#8221; Like the previous titles in this series, The Physics Book
helps readers gain an understanding of major concepts without getting bogged down in complex details.
We live in a golden age of astronomy and space exploration that may allow us to unravel the biggest mysteries of the cosmos. The Space Book is a gateway into worlds beyond our planet. Astronomer and planetary scientist Jim Bell presents 250 groundbreaking astronomical events, from the formation of galaxies to the discovery of water ice on Mars. Beautiful images accompany each entry, and every page reveals a new wonder of the Universe.
We live in a truly golden age of astronomy and space exploration that may allow us to unravel some of the biggest mysteries of all: How did the Universe begin? Are there other Earth-like planets out there? Are we alone? The Space Book
is a gateway into these kinds of questionsand#8212;and moreand#8212;for anyone interested in the worlds beyond our planet.
Expanding the series that began with the highly successful volumes The Science Book and The Math Book, astronomer and planetary scientist Jim Bell presents 250 of the most groundbreaking astronomical events, from the formation of galaxies to the recent discovery of water ice on Mars. Beautiful photographs or illustrations accompany each entry. Open the book to any page to discover some new wonder or mystery about the Universe around us.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.
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.
About the Author
Wade E. Pickren received his PhD in Psychology and the History of Science from the University of Florida. Currently, he is Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at Ithaca College and the Editor of History of Psychology
. Pickren served as the Historian of the American Psychological Association from 1998 to 2012 and recently completed a term as President of the Society for General Psychology. Additionally, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of the History of Psychology
and President of the Society for the History of Psychology. He works with an extensive international network of psychologists, and his professional affiliations include the New York Academy of Science, Cheiron: International Society for the History of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Eastern Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science.and#160;Philip Zimbardo is one of the most distinguished living psychologists, having served as President of the American Psychological Association, designed and narrated the award winning 26-part PBS series, Discovering Psychology
, and published more than 50 books and 400 articles and chapters, including Shyness
(Addison Wesley), The Lucifer Effect
(Random House), The Time Cure
(Simon and Schuster), and The Time Paradox
(Jossey-Bass). A professor emeritus at Stanford University, he received his PhD in psychology from Yale University and is best known for his controversial Stanford Prison Experiment that highlighted the ease with which college students cross the line between good and evil when caught up in the matrix of situational and systemic forces. Dr. Zimbardo is currently teaching in the PsyD consortium program at Palo Alto University and lecturing worldwide.