- The Curious Life of Robert Hooke: The Man Who Measured London
A biography of a brilliant, largely forgotten maverick - a major figure in the 17th-century cultural and scientific revolutions. The brilliant, largely forgotten maverick Robert Hooke was an engineer, surveyor, architect and inventor who was appointed London's Chief Surveyor after the Great Fire of 1666. Throughout the 1670s he worked tirelessly with his intimate friend Christopher Wren to rebuild London, personally designing many notable public and private buildings, including the monument to the fire. He was the first Curator of Experiments at the Royal Society, and author and illustrator of 'Micrographia', a lavishly illustrated volume of fascinating engravings of natural phenomena as seen under the new microscope. He designed an early balance-spring watch, was a virtuoso performer of public anatomical dissections of animals, and kept himself going with liberal doses of cannabis and poppy water (laudanum). Hooke's personal diaries - as cryptically confessional as anything Pepys wrote - record a life rich with melodrama. He came to London as a fatherless boy of thirteen to seek his fortune as a painter, rising by his wits to become an intellectual celebrity. He never married, but formed a long-running illicit liaison with his niece. A dandy, boaster, workaholic, insomniac and inveterate socialiser in London's most fashionable circles, Hooke's irascible temper and passionate idealism proved fatal for his relationships with men of influence, most notably with Sir Isaac Newton, who, after one violent row, wiped Hooke's name from the Royal Society records and destroyed his portrait. In this lively and absorbing biography, Lisa Jardine at last does Hooke and his achievements justice. Illuminating London's critical role in the emergence of modern science, she rediscovers and decodes a great original thinker of indefatigable curiosity and imagination, a major figure in the 17th-century intellectual and scientific revolution.
- HOW TO DEVELOP YOUR SIXTH SENSE
A Practical Guide to developing your own extraordinary powers.
We all have the potential to develop our psychic and intuitive abilities. Through using this book, you may discover that you are a natural healer or a latent clairaudient. You could awaken a powerful clairvoyant vision. Activating your psychic potential is safe, transformational, and fun.
exercises to encourage your unique psychic abilities
techniques for awakening your inner wisdom
ways to develop the latest powers of your mind
affirmations, visualizations, and practical guidance to enhance your spiritual growth
- Hardcore Troubadour: The Life and Near Death of Steve Earle
If Steve Earle weren't a living, breathing person, he'd be a character in a blues song -- a raucous ballad about a gifted rebel who drank too much, lost most of his women in a blizzard of crack and cocaine addiction, and always came out on the wrong side of the law. Somewhere in the midst of all this, he also managed to weld rock to country, the Beatles to Springsteen, and bluegrass to punk, establishing himself among the most thoroughly original and politically astute musicians of his generation. Granted unrestricted access to Steve and his family and friends, Lauren St John has given us a sometimes shocking, often moving, and completely unvarnished biography of one of America's most talismanic sons.
- China: The Beautiful Cookbook
The cuisines of Asia are among the most intriguing in the world, blending taste and tradition in remarkable combinations. Even so, many food lovers have never had the pleasure of sampling authentic Asian dishes. Now, with Asia The Beautiful Cookbook, you can enjoy the culinary creations of fourteen Asian countries first-hand as you embark on a temptation-filled tour that begins in Japan and ends on the enchanting isle of Sri Lanka.
To capture the essence of Asia's cuisines, author Jacki Passmore spent more than fifteen years gathering the best recipes from hundreds of expert cooks. In this book she shares her finds; here are over 200 memorable dishes-from appetizers to desserts--beautifully photographed in glorious detail.
In the chapter on Japan, for example, you will find recipes and photos showing how to prepare sushi and tempura, along with less well-known specialties such as crab hotpot and abalone steamed in sake. From Burma comes the country's national dish, mohinga, rice vermicelli in a robust fish broth. India and Thailand contribute their famous spicy curries; Indonesia and Malaysia, their rich desserts. No matter which country you choose to explore first, you will find endless ways to create traditional and exotic meals.
To guide you, nearly every recipe is accompanied by helpful notes describing the origins and characteristics of the dish; along with tips on ingredients and utensils. Finally, an extensive glossary offers insights into some of the more unusual Asian cooking terms.
For the adventurous cook and the armchair traveller alike, Asia The Beautiful Cookbook offers a lasting tribute to a fascinating continent. Far more than a collection of recipes, it provides an evocative look at the Asian people and the magical lands in which they live.
- Cool Names for Babies
The up-to-the-minute word on what's hot and what's not in baby names. Every new parent faces the dilemma of what to call their baby - should you stick to something traditional? Or come up with something unfamiliar? Since its first publication in 2004, Cool Names for Babies has become the last word in what names are cool and how to choose one for your child. This latest edition is packed with up-to-date info on today's most popular choices, as well as the most recent offerings from the celebrity name game. In addition, Cool Names for Babies suggests how you can use your imagination and source names from the past, from art, place names, literature, colours, nature,the music scene,and even video games! How about taking Gwyneth Paltrow's fruit name route, but opting for something a little more exotic, such as Papaya or Tamarillo? Or why not try revamping a more common name by adding an extra letter so that Amos becomes Ramos? Or, as Jordan soars in popularity, how about going for another river such as Amazon or Seine? More and more parents are looking for unusual and individual ideas, which are not catered for in traditional babies' names books, this is the title for them. It's fun; it's informative; and it's packed with inspiration. Chapters cover: * Mainstream names * Famous names * Old names * Creative names