Lost Discoveries

Author: Dick Teresi
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439128602
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Lost Discoveries, Dick Teresi's innovative history of science, explores the unheralded scientific breakthroughs from peoples of the ancient world -- Babylonians, Egyptians, Indians, Africans, New World and Oceanic tribes, among others -- and the non-European medieval world. They left an enormous heritage in the fields of mathematics, astronomy, cosmology, physics, geology, chemistry, and technology. The mathematical foundation of Western science is a gift from the Indians, Chinese, Arabs, Babylonians, and Maya. The ancient Egyptians developed the concept of the lowest common denominator, and they developed a fraction table that modern scholars estimate required 28,000 calculations to compile. The Babylonians developed the first written math and used a place-value number system. Our numerals, 0 through 9, were invented in ancient India; the Indians also boasted geometry, trigonometry, and a kind of calculus. Planetary astronomy as well may have begun with the ancient Indians, who correctly identified the relative distances of the known planets from the sun, and knew the moon was nearer to the earth than the sun was. The Chinese observed, reported, dated, recorded, and interpreted eclipses between 1400 and 1200 b.c. Most of the names of our stars and constellations are Arabic. Arabs built the first observatories. Five thousand years ago, the Sumerians said the earth was circular. In the sixth century, a Hindu astronomer taught that the daily rotation of the earth on its axis provided the rising and setting of the sun. Chinese and Arab scholars were the first to use fossils scientifically to trace earth's history. Chinese alchemists realized that most physical substances were merely combinations of other substances, which could be mixed in different proportions. Islamic scholars are legendary for translating scientific texts of many languages into Arabic, a tradition that began with alchemical books. In the eleventh century, Avicenna of Persia divined that outward qualities of metals were of little value in classification, and he stressed internal structure, a notion anticipating Mendeleyev's periodic chart of elements. Iron suspension bridges came from Kashmir, printing from India; papermaking was from China, Tibet, India, and Baghdad; movable type was invented by Pi Sheng in about 1041; the Quechuan Indians of Peru were the first to vulcanize rubber; Andean farmers were the first to freeze-dry potatoes. European explorers depended heavily on Indian and Filipino shipbuilders, and collected maps and sea charts from Javanese and Arab merchants. The first comprehensive, authoritative, popularly written, multicultural history of science, Lost Discoveries fills a crucial gap in the history of science.

Knowing Ourselves Our Story Realities

Author: Richard Atnally
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 1614682178
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Educated at Catholic schools, Richard Atnally went to graduate school at the University of Florida from 1962-6. He then went first as an Instructor and Assistant Professor of English at Yale University. After six years there he taught at three other private and public universities on the east coast for an additional twenty-nine years. He published a dozen scholarly articles, and reviews, and read several papers at the Modern Language Association. He also wrote a history of ideas manuscript and a novel. Atnally is presently living in Broomfield, Colorado with his wife, Mary. His daughter, Diane Conlin, is married to Michael, and has two children, Kevin and Julia, and teaches at the University of Colorado in Boulder. His son, David, lives in another beautiful part of the country, near Burlington, Vermont.

Kimiya S Quest

Author: Usha Mullan
Publisher: Balboa Press
ISBN: 1504389352
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Kimiya was born in India, but from a young age, she felt as though she didnt belong. Some of her earliest memories were premonitions of trivial events that may have had to do with past lives. For a young girl, it was bewildering to consider the possibility of living in different worlds or dimensions simultaneouslyto move back and forth in time and see and hear what others could not. She was locked in a stillness of knowing and yet not knowing and grew accustomed to living in silence with her ghosts, some harmless, some malicious. It was only when she came to realize that she was not alone, that her experiences were not unique, that she decided to talk about her special gift. She began to mentally replay her life, recollecting her experiences of slipping in and out of her body, weaving in and out of time. She recalled premonitions, astral travel, swirling from planet to planet, and other inexplicable events, to the point where she began to doubt her sanity.

Balancing the Common Core Curriculum in Middle School Education

Author: James Bunn
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319461060
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This book examines the idea of ‘good education’ which is thought to include a scientific and technical component, a mathematical component, a writing component, and an ethical and aesthetic component. Bunn proposes a new three-way intersection in these teachings: the basic sciences and mechanics of levering on a seesaw, the basic formulations of patterning an algebraic equation, and the basic rules for writing a sentence in English. In all three forms of inquiry, balance is the mainstay through which problems in US middle school education are brought together and analyzed.

The Biblical Basis for Modern Science

Author: Dr. Henry M. Morris
Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group
ISBN: 1614580839
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For decades, Henry Morris has been known as a defender of the Christian faith. It's an auspicious title for such a humble man, yet no one can deny that the grasp Morris has on science and faith issues is staggering. In this updated classic, Morris walks the reader through history "real history" by showing the absurdity of evolution. From a wide variety of sciences, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, and geology, Morris presents clear evidence that the Bible gives us an astonishingly accurate record of the past, present, and future.

The Undead

Author: Dick Teresi
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 0375423710
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Examines how the business of organ harvesting further complicates the process of death declaration and evaluates how death has been determined throughout history.

1491

Author: Charles C. Mann
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
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An analysis of America prior to 1492 describes how the research of archaeologists and anthropologists has transformed myths about the Americas, revealing that the cultures were far older and more advanced than previously known.

Understanding the Present

Author: Bryan Appleyard
Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
ISBN: 9781860648915
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Looks at the history of science over the course of the past four centuries and its social impact, argues that science has distorted the values of our civilization, and suggests what action can be taken to lessen science's impact on our future. Reprint.

Lost City

Author: Ted Lewin
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101652772
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Caldecott Honor-winner Ted Lewin takes readers on a thrilling journey to the wilds of Peru in this story of Hiram Bingham, who, in 1911, carved a treacherous path through snake-filled jungles and across perilous mountains in search of Vilcapampa, the lost city of the Incas. Guided the last steps by a young Quechua boy, however, he discovered not the rumored lost city, but the ruins of Machu Picchu, a city totally unknown to the outside world, and one of the wonders of the world.