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    In a Sunburned Country
    Hardcover (06 June, 2000)
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    Bill Bryson follows his Appalachian amble, A Walk in the Woods, with the story of his exploits in Australia, where A-bombs go off unnoticed, prime ministers disappear into the surf, and cheery citizens coexist with the world's deadliest creatures: toxic caterpillars, aggressive seashells, crocodiles, sharks, snakes, and the deadliest of them all, the dreaded box jellyfish. And that's just the beginning, as Bryson treks through sunbaked deserts and up endless coastlines, crisscrossing the "under-discovered" Down Under in search of all things interesting.

    Bryson, who could make a pile of dirt compelling--and yes, Australia is mostly dirt--finds no shortage of curiosities. When he isn't dodging Portuguese man-of-wars or considering the virtues of the remarkable platypus, he visits southwest Gippsland, home of the world's largest earthworms (up to 12 feet in length). He discovers that Australia, which began nationhood as a prison, contains the longest straight stretch of railroad track in the world (297 miles), as well as the world's largest monolith (the majestic Uluru) and largest living thing (the Great Barrier Reef). He finds ridiculous place names: "Mullumbimby Ewylamartup, Jiggalong, and the supremely satisfying Tittybong," and manages to catch a cricket game on the radio, which is like

    listening to two men sitting in a rowboat on a large, placid lake on a day when the fish aren't biting; it's like having a nap without losing consciousness. It actually helps not to know quite what's going on. In such a rarefied world of contentment and inactivity, comprehension would become a distraction.

    "You see," Bryson observes, "Australia is an interesting place. It truly is. And that really is all I'm saying."Of course, Bryson--who is as much a travel writer here as a humorist, naturalist, and historian--says much more, and does so with generous amounts of wit and hilarity.Australia may be "mostly empty and a long way away," but it's a little closer now. --Rob McDonald ... Read more

    Isbn: 0767903854
    Subjects:  1. 20th Century Description And Travel    2. Australia    3. Australia & Oceania - General    4. Australia/Oceania - Australia    5. Bryson, Bill    6. Description    7. Description and travel    8. Essays & Travelogues    9. Travel    10. Travel - General    11. United States - General    12. Journeys    13. Travel / General   

    Nothing If Not Critical: Selected Essays on Art and Artists
    by Robert Hughes
    Paperback (01 February, 1992)
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    Isbn: 014016524X
    Sales Rank: 25328
    Subjects:  1. Art & Art Instruction    2. Criticism    3. History - General    4. Literary Criticism   


    Harlot by the Side of the Road
    Paperback (03 March, 1998)
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    Isbn: 0345418824
    Sales Rank: 175886
    Subjects:  1. Bible - Commentaries - General    2. Bible - CriticismInterpretation - Old Testament    3. Bible - Topical Studies    4. Bible.    5. Criticism, interpretation, etc    6. Judaism - History    7. O.T.    8. Religion    9. Religion - Biblical Studies    10. Sex in the Bible    11. Violence in the Bible    12. Religion / Judaism / History   


    Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud
    by Robert L. Park
    Hardcover (15 May, 2000)
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    Editorial Review

    Scientific error, says Robert Park, "has a way of evolving ... from self-delusion to fraud. I use the term voodoo science to cover them all: pathological science, junk science, pseudoscience, and fraudulent science." In pathological science, scientists fool themselves. Junk science refers to scientists who use their expertise to befuddle and mislead others (usually juries or lawmakers). Pseudoscience has the trappings of science without any evidence. Fraudulent science is, well, fraud--old-fashioned lying.

    Park is well-acquainted with voodoo science in all its forms. Since 1982, he has headed the Washington, D.C., office of the American Physical Society, and he has carried the flag for scientific rationality through cold fusion, homeopathy, "Star Wars," quantum healing, and sundry attempts to repeal the laws of thermodynamics. Park shows why a "disproportionate share of the science seen by the public is flawed" (because shaky science is more likely to skip past peer review and head straight for the media), and he gives a good tour of recent highlights in Voodoo. He has a rare ability to poke holes compassionately, without excoriating those taken in by their fondest wishes. Park is less forgiving of scientists (especially Edward Teller) when he thinks they've fallen down on the job, a job that should include helping the public separate the scientific wheat from the voodoo chaff. --Mary Ellen Curtin ... Read more

    Isbn: 0195135156
    Subjects:  1. Fraud in science    2. General    3. History    4. Philosophy & Social Aspects    5. Science    6. Science/Mathematics    7. Social aspects    8. Sociology Of Science    9. United States   

    The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (2 Vol. Set; Thumb Indexed Edition)
    by Lesley Brown, WilliamShorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Princ Little
    Hardcover (01 November, 1993)
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    Isbn: 0198612710
    Sales Rank: 273793
    Subjects:  1. Dictionaries    2. Dictionaries - General    3. English Language Dictionaries    4. English language    5. Etymology    6. Literary Criticism    7. Reference    8. English   

    Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
    by James W. Loewen
    Paperback (03 September, 1996)
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    Isbn: 0684818868
    Sales Rank: 319
    Subjects:  1. Historiography    2. History    3. History - General History    4. History: American    5. Indians of North America in te    6. Indians of North America in textbooks    7. Study & Teaching    8. Textbooks    9. Thanksgiving Day in textbooks    10. United States    11. United States - General    12. United States History (General)    13. Education / General   


    Legends , Lies& Cherished Myths of World History
    by R. Shenkman
    Paperback (01 July, 1994)
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    Isbn: 0060922559
    Sales Rank: 21499
    Subjects:  1. Errors, inventions, etc    2. History    3. History - General History    4. History: World    5. Humor    6. Miscellanea    7. Reference    8. World - General    9. History / General   


    Laboratory Earth
    by Steven H. Schneider
    Paperback (15 September, 1998)
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    Editorial Review

    Stephen H. Schneider is a big player in the study of global warming. As a climatologist at Stanford and as author and editor of several books on the greenhouse effect, including the Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather and Global Warming, his insights into the impact of industrial emissions on climate change influence policy makers and environmental activists alike. In Laboratory Earth, Schneider has digested the complex and quantitative details of global warming into an accessible overview of the scientific situation that never slides into simplification.The details of global warming can at times seem overwhelming, but Schneider's slim volume admirably attempts to tell this story with the sense of importance and immediacy he clearly believes it deserves. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0465072801
    Subjects:  1. Earth Sciences    2. Earth Sciences - General    3. Environmental Science    4. Environmental Studies    5. General    6. Human Geography    7. Science    8. Science/Mathematics   


    National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Weather
    Turtleback (15 October, 1991)
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    Isbn: 0679408517
    Sales Rank: 14985
    Subjects:  1. Climate    2. Climatology    3. Handbooks, manuals, etc    4. Nature    5. Nature / Field Guide Books    6. Nature/Ecology    7. North America    8. Observers' manuals    9. Weather    10. Weather Forecasting    11. Nature / Weather   


    The Third Chimpanzee : The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal
    by Jared Diamond
    Paperback (02 December, 1992)
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    Editorial Review

    Jared Diamond states the theme of his book up-front: "How the human species changed, within a short time, from just another species of big mammal to a world conqueror; and how we acquired the capacity to reverse all that progress overnight." The Third Chimpanzee is, in many ways, a prequel to Diamond's prize-winning Guns, Germs, and Steel. While Guns examines "the fates of human societies," this work surveys the longer sweep of human evolution, from our origin as just another chimpanzee a few million years ago. Diamond writes:

    It's obvious that humans are unlike all animals. It's also obvious that we're a species of big mammal down to the minutest details of our anatomy and our molecules. That contradiction is the most fascinating feature of the human species.

    The chapters in The Third Chimpanzee on the oddities of human reproductive biology were later expanded in Why Is Sex Fun? Here, they're linked to Diamond's views of human psychology and history.

    Diamond is officially a physiologist at UCLA medical school, but he's also one of the best birdwatchers in the world. The current scientific consensus that "primitive" humans created ecological catastrophes in the Pacific islands, Australia, and the New World owes a great deal to his fieldwork and insight. In Diamond's view, the current global ecological crisis isn't due to modern technology per se, but to basic weaknesses in human nature. But, he says, "I'm cautiously optimistic. If we will learn from our past that I have traced, our own future may yet prove brighter than that of the other two chimpanzees."--Mary Ellen Curtin ... Read more

    Isbn: 0060984031
    Subjects:  1. Anthropology - General    2. Effect of human beings on    3. Evolution    4. Human evolution    5. Life Sciences - Biology - General    6. Life Sciences - Evolution - Human    7. Nature    8. Science/Mathematics    9. Social evolution    10. Sociology    11. Social Science / Anthropology / General   


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