The Butchering Art, by Lindsey Fitzharris -
This book reveals the shocking world of 19th century surgery on the eve of profound
transformation. Fitzharris conjures up early operating theaters - no place for the
squeamish - and surgeons, working before anesthesia, who were lauded for their speed
and brute strength. These medical pioneers knew that the aftermath of surgery was often
more dangerous than their patients' afflictions, and they were baffled by the persistent
infections. At a time when surgery couldn't have been more hazardous, an unlikely figure
stepped forward: a young, melancholy Quaker surgeon named Joseph Lister, who would
solve the deadly riddle and change the course of history.
Handbook of Biblical Archaeology, by Randall Price -
A reference resource for anyone interested in archaeology and its relevance to biblical,
theological, and apologetic studies, this handbook provides readers with a wealth of
information that complements and supplements the historical context of the Bible. A rich
array of visual images including excavations sites, coins, maps, artifacts, and historic
structures allows readers to immerse themselves in the world of the Bible, while
remaining in the comfort of their own home.
Tesla vs. Edison, by Nigel Cawthorne -
Nikola Tesla today is largely unknown and overlooked among the great scientists of the
modern era. While Thomas Edison, the most famous inventor in American history, gets
all the glory for discovering the light bulb. But it was his one-time assistant and life-long
arch nemesis, Tesla, who made the breakthrough in alternating current electricity.
Today, all homes and electric appliance run on Tesla's AC current, but 120 years ago
Tesla and Edison were billed as the "Twin Wizards of Electricity." Cawthorne helps us
decide just who really is the Electric King.
Star Wars Origami, by Chris Alexander -
Here are 36 models, clearly explained, that range in difficulty from Youngling (easy) to
Padawan (medium), Jedi Knight (difficult), and Jedi Master (tricky!). A front section
introduces origami definitions and basic folds. Illustrated with original art, Star Wars
Origami makes each creation - the essential lightsabers, the Death Star, and much
more - true to the movies.
Soonish, by Kelly Weinersmith -
What will the world of tomorrow be like?
How does progress happen? In this
smart and funny book, the author gives
us a snapshot of what is coming next -
from robot swarms to nuclear fusion
powered toasters. By weaving her own
research with interviews with the
scientists who are making these
advances happen, Weinersmith
investigates why these technologies are
needed and how they will work.
|The Future is History, by Masha Gessen -
Masha Gessen follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of
democracy in Russia. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations,
some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each
with aspirations of their own - as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers. Gessen
charts their paths against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all,
and against the war it waged on understanding itself, which ensured the unobstructed
reemergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today's terrifying and seemingly
unstoppable mafia state.