This wonderful book researches different mythologies of the sun from the ancient Sumeria till the Christianity. The author claims that most of holidays connected with the sun in Christianity originated as myths in ancient cultures. It explains why so many religions before Christianity had the same sun myths and different sun gods for representation of them. The author is convinced that Christianity with its appearance also borrowed various facts from the sun myth story.This process was quite long and sometimes even painful. The way Sarah Elizabeth Titcomb depicts the first sun myths is really fascinating. She is not claiming that Jesus himself was a complete myth but she insists that the certain mythologies made their contribution to His images, although there are no direct proof to it. Titcomb, though, does a wonderful job when finding and applying precious evidence to determine this.
Beard Charles Austin’s History of the United States is a textbook about the American history from its founding to the XIX century. The author explains the historical processes and facts that are reciprocal according to the law of cause and effect. The main advantage of the book is that history isn’t just narrated chronologically but arranged thematically, mostly paying attention to the social and economic aspects as the dominant determinants but not war strategy. Besides the inner historical developments there are described the relations with other countries, the most important of which are ones with Europe.
An Elementary Treatise on Electricity is a research book written by James Clerk Maxwell. The lecture notes made by Clerk Maxwell and given by him to members of the Cavendish Laboratory are in the basis of the book. There you can find the description of the experiments that show the most important facts about electric charge as a quantity which can be measured, also conclusions from these facts and the detail description of electricity as a phenomenon. The book contains 53 figures and 6 plates, as well as articles from Clerk Maxwell´s landmark book Electricity and Magnetism.
This book is one of the print collection volumes of the Cornell University Library, and was first published and appeared in 1914. Owing to scan of the texts and Kirtas Technologies, which helped to convert the text to JPG 2000 format, one can find various marginal notes from the original edition on the pages of this volume. A classic work of G. Moxley Sorrel, amazingly perceptive and evocative sketches of high command of the Army of Northern Virginia, and of lesser known but important soldiers. The truth about the Civil War, written from memory.
This is fascinating book which would be interesting both for children and for adults who still remember the holiday of Halloween and its attributes like carved pumpkins with candles inside, jack-lanterns, changing clothes, witches and everything like that. Ruth Edna Kelley describes the origins of the modern holiday of Halloween which can be found in the religious and cultural traditions of the ancient tribes including Celts, Irish, Scots, Welsh, Britons and Germans. The author also studies the development of Halloween in the 19th and 20th century and the role in plays in the life of Americans and other people in the world. The book also contains Halloween poems, games and fortune-telling.
"Readers of the super hit LaHaye/Jenkins series will enjoy a different perspective on the end-times, as Sydney Watson's novel of Christ's return takes place in turn-of-the-century London. In this classic story, journalist Tom Hammond becomes the witness of the scandal rapture of the church and its consequences. Set in London, the language and style of writing are definitely from that time period, and interesting facts about horse-drawn cabs, lighting lanterns when they enter a house really make this book charming. Reading "In the Twinkling of An Eye" might become an incredible experience for some readers as they will learn many things about the second coming of Christ. If you like the currently popular "Left Behind" books, then you will certainly enjoy this book too.
Since 1836 these books with exotic adventures, carrying away tales, beautiful poems and amusing fables have attracted children. The Third Eclectic Reader includes "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," "The Wind and the Sun," and "We Are Seven."
Count Alfred Habdank Skarbek Korzybski was a Polish-American philosopher and scientist. First of all, he is famous for suggesting and developing the theory of general semantics. His first book called â€˜Manhood of Humanity: The Science and Art of Human Engineeringâ€™ was published in 1921. In his book he suggested and explained a new theory of humankind. Korzybski considered humankind to be a time-binding class of life. The crown of philosopherâ€™s work is founding of a discipline that he called general semantics. As the scientist said, you shouldnâ€™t confuse general semantics with semantics, which is actually an absolutely different subject. The main principles of general semantics, endue time-binding, are given and explained in â€˜Science and Sanityâ€™, which was published in 1933.
In â€˜Manhood of Humanity: The Science and Art of Human Engineeringâ€™ Korzybski wrenches all the principles of modern economics, religion and ethics, simply starting with a new type of classification. The classification itself is elementary. It is based on extensional approach to humanity and life in general, rather than on an intensional approach based on systems of metaphysics. No doubt there would be much less poverty, pain and grief in the world, if everyone found time to read this book. In his book, the author suggested the government to be the institution that would help to increase time-binding. Alfred Korzybski begins his book with solving the problems of the world. The question is whether the â€˜natureâ€™ of human can change, involving well-known fact that human is an animal. Of course, all our political, social institutions, and even everyone of us live according to general jungle law of "survival of the fittest" as the 'strongest'. Although, Charles Darwin wrote about surviving of the fittest, not the strongest. Thatâ€™s why Korzybski that the functional re-definition was necessary as it differentiated the evolutionary development better. Where plants have an equivalence to Chemical-binders: capacity to convert energy(for example, photosynthesis) into growth, etc. Next is that animals have an equality to Space-binders: capacity to move to find food. While humans have an equivalence to Time-binders: capacity to improve on the accumulated abstractions of others then transmitting it for future generations. All these ideas bring us to answering old questions. For example, why do revolutions along with wars happen? It is all because Science, Engineering, etc., as a time-binding process develops geometrically, while our moral, social 'opinions'('prejudices'), etc., progresses arithmetically, non-empirically. For instance, on many occasions people in discussion groups have protested against technological progress, yet it is not the technology that becomes the problem but their uses due to mis-evaluations. Further that our values for power (charisma as in leadership or-both exchange as in wealth), esteem, life-style, etc., remains based on a duplicity which includes the conquest of the living by prostituting the time-binding knowledge created by the dead. Instead Korzybski advocates co-operation in place of 'competition'; whilst self-improvement in place of 'greed', 'territorialism', 'capitalism', etc. Thus Korzybski argues that humans are not by 'nature''fixed innate', but changeable through nurture; however to discover how this becomes possible, further why we 'copy animals in our nervous reactions'(the consequences)- required further research, culminating in "Science And Sanity".
George Washington Cable's Strange True Stories of Louisiana was first published in 1888. It consists of seven captivating and amazing, but still true stories set in Louisiana. The book starts with Cable’s telling his readers how he acquired these other seven stories. These are true stories from people who lived in Creole Louisianna (from 1782 to after the Civil War), a time hardly intelligible to us now. That’s why the stories must have been strange to George Cable himself, because rather long time had passed even before his birth, then the stories impressed him a lot.
The first story “The Young Aunt with White Hair" is a tragic one and depicts the horrors experienced by a young woman on the long journey to New Orleans from Germany: she was robbed by sailors on the ship; saw murder of her husband and baby; almost became a chief's dinner. She underwent many severe trials that her hair eventually turned snow white in a few hours, instead of decades, and she never recovered from the experience. In the second story we feel no more tragic, but bright and happy humor and suspense that make "The Two Sisters" just plain fun to read. Two teenage girls Francoise and Suzanne, that are totally different in character, travel through the "wilds" of Atchafalaya swamp to North Louisiana in 1795. The next story "Alix de Morainville" reads like a fairy tale: the birth-deformed baby farmed out to a peasant family, many other adventurous events and eventually introduction to Queen Marie Antoinette; Aleix's grand wedding at Notre Dame Cathedral; the beginning of the French Revolution; death of her first husband; rescue; and flight first to England and then to Louisiana. The other story "Salome Muller, The White Slave," tells the story about the German woman who lost most of her family on the way to Louisianna. Salome became a slave. Only in some about 20 years her case was taken to the State Supreme Court by her family. So Salom was ultimately released. "The Haunted House in Royal Street" tells about the house of Madam Lalaurie. Once when the fire started the owner tried to save only her possessions, but not her slaves. And the last story "War Diary of a Union Woman in the South" is a diary of a Union woman who lived in the South during the Civil War.