In the first part of the previous century the new science aiming at researching the methods of improving the human race appeared. It got the name of eugenics and immediately became very popular among scientists, writers and educators. In the 1920s most of schoolchildren learned its principles at schools. Even lawyers and doctors were seriously interested in eugenics. In 1924 the Congress passed the law that would not allow people from Eastern and Southern Europe immigrate to the U.S. There were even thoughts about sterilizing unwanted people. Despite the popularity of eugenics in the English-speaking countries, Chesterton was against it. And he expressed his protest in his outstanding book that is still popular all over the world called Eugenics and Other Evils. The author claims that eugenics is one of the greatest evils of his society. As it turned out later with notorious experience of the Nazi ideas of purifying the German nation and eliminating the whole nations, especially Jews and Slavs. In this book, however, the author addresses not only eugenics but other evils of his society. Chesterton believes that socialism which was developing at that time gaining more and more popularity is one of them. As the book shows, the author has a wonderful sense of humor applying it in his story. At the same time it is scientific and in many ways rebelling. This edition contains fifty pages of extracts from the works of Chesterton's opponents to strengthen the value of the author's arguments.
After the colonists landed on the uninhabited planet every man was making an aircraft – communicators, but their tools – they disappeared! They couldn’t find even their clothes! This is a fascinating science alien planet riddle from the man writer, critic and Nebula award winner Barry Maltzberg calls "One of the twelve most influential science fiction writers Here is an enthralling science alien planet puzzle from the man writer, critic and Nebula award winner Barry Maltzberg calls "One of the twelve most influential science fiction writers". Eden, the Earth colony, is silent for eleven light years, and doesn’t answer any communications from native planet. That makes the Earth’s government go into panic. What if something terrible happened on a world already proven to have no smart and dangerous lifeforms? Or, maybe colonists do not want to answer and ignore all the messages for some strange and unknown reason? What kind of explanation for the mysterious silence of scientific colony can be found? To find the answer, government asks Extrapolators (called also Es) for help. Extrapolators are men and women with almost supernatural abilities to see the core of any problem. After having agreed to help the Earth’s leaders Extrapolators send Calvin Grey to Eden. If he finds and solves any problems, he will definitely get total admission into the ranks to the Es. Despite the fact that Grey is specially trained, he is still not prepared that well to the dangerous trip to Eden, struck by the nature disaster. Here start his adventures, described by Mark Clifton, who, with his co-author Frank Riley, won the 1955 Hugo Award for best science fiction novel of the year.
The book is full of excitement, mature philosophy and gentle irony. All that combined with really great plot makes an extremely interesting story with unbelievable ending. Despite its intellectually-oriented theme, this is a well-written novel that is not at all difficult going for the reader. Clifton writes with pure clarity and simplicity, so the novel is easy to be understood. The book is full of refined and sophisticated humor that finely interweaves with actions. Every time you read this book, you will definitely find something new, not mentioned previously. "Eight keys to Eden" is full of mysteries and surprises. This novel is basically about perception, about the way people filter all their thoughts, ideas, and words through their already existing experiences. Doing that, they miss real opportunities to process truly new information. Rather philosophical novel, don’t you think so? It will be interesting and useful for the kids and also for their parents. Easy and light, it is to be read at one breath. "Eight keys to Eden" is a classic literature ‘must have’ for everyone, who doesn’t see his life without books. This masterpiece is worth being a part of your home library or mentioning in the list of your favorite books. It totally changes the way you think, despite the fact this is a simple (as it may seem at first sight) science fiction book.
Eric Brighteyes is a famous book written by Haggard Henry Rider which describes the adventures of the main character Eric who lives in Iceland in the 10th century. The novel appeared for the first time in 1890 and since then has been translated into many languages and published in various countries. Brighteyes is not Eric's last name but his nickname that was given to him for his most distinguished trait. He is in love with a beautiful girl named Gudruda the Fair and does everything to be with her. Her father, however, being a priest of the old Norse gods, is against their love as he believes that Eric will not have a worthy future. There is also one more character who is against the couple being together. It is Swanhild, Gudruda's half-sister, who wishes to be with Eric herself and makes up many evil things to break them up. Swanhild persuades the chief Ospakar Blacktooth to court Gudrida and they become enemies with Eric. The novel is full of inrigues, adventures and love.
The Victorians' eagerness for travel writings has probably never been equaled, and nearly every major writer of the 18th century tried his hand at writing a travel book. Alexander William Kinglake was not an exception. A book of an English traveler, writer and historian, describes his journey through the Ottoman Empire to Cairo, where he resided in the times of plague. Depicting monuments and museums, it is nevertheless more about the author’s internal journey, recording of personal experience. Not without the reason, the title means “from the early dawn” or “from the East”. Written in a conversational style, this a-century-and-a-half-old work still remains fresh and original as it was when it was first published in 1844.
A “Human Comedy” of Honoré de Balzac, a French novelist and playwright, one of his earliest novels.
Eugenie Grandet was one of the most desirable fiancée of Saumur. Her father, a cooper in his past, became rich during the Revolution. The story is centred around the struggle between Eugenie and her father, which begun when she falls in love with her penniless cousin Charles. The madness about money makes him completely inhuman and cruel. Creating a human comedy Balzac posed a problem, new for the literature of that time. He aspired to portray, without pity but truthfully, the France of the 19th century, the real life of his contemporaries. In “Eugenie Grandet” he applies to the destructive power of money over people.
Balzac’s works are still popular among the wide readership, old and young, discovering in his novels the key to understanding of human soul.
This excellent, semi-technical account includes a review of classical physics (origin of space and time measurements, Ptolemaic and Copernican astronomy, laws of motion, inertia, and more) and coverage of Einstein’s special and general theories of relativity, discussing the concept of simultaneity, kinematics, Einstein’s mechanics and dynamics, and more. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This Elibron Classics book is a facsimile reprint of a 1849 edition by Richard Bentley, London.
This scarce antiquarian book is included in our special Legacy Reprint Series. In the interest of creating a more extensive selection of rare historical book reprints, we have chosen to reproduce this title even though it may possibly have occasional imperfections such as missing and blurred pages, missing text, poor pictures, markings, dark backgrounds and other reproduction issues beyond our control. Because this work is culturally important, we have made it available as a part of our commitment to protecting, preserving and promoting the world's literature. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: ON THE MORAL INFLUENCE OF ETIQUETTE AND PARADE. Some philosophers and declaimers, disgusted with the vanities of polite society, have concluded that happiness and true dignity can exist only in the savage state. Herein, I think, they are manifestly wrong. There is an intermediate state, surely, between the opposite extremes of barbarism and extravagant refinement, better suited than either of them to the free and right exercise of man's intellectual endowments and natural affections. Man was right, it appears to me, when he betook himself to soap and water; neither is he without a respectable plea for his use of combs; nor can I, in my heart, think much the worse of him, for declining to eat his meat either raw or alive. In his moral conditions too, as well as in his external circumstances, I can make many allowances for his departure from some of the simplicities of Otahcite. His emancipation from thievish propensities, for instance, may be borne with ; and his neglect of the " good old practice" of knocking young children or old persons on the head, when considered troublesome or unnecessary, is, in my opinion, absolutely commendable. These modest improvements are'within the verge of the intermediate state that I have mentioned; and no man, perhaps, in clothes and his senses, would deliberately condemn them. If there were no such state, however, and the question of preference lay between a condition purely natural or savage, and the highest degree of what we call refinementbetween a wigwam and a palace, the Boshies-men and the beau mondea man might hesitate in his decision, yet not be mad; or might finally turn from kings and their courts, and give his choice to his kindred in the woods, yet not be indifferent to the glories of human intellect, and the charms of human l... --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.