The true story of the infamous 18th-century automaton, linking a cast of characters such as Napoleon, Beethoven and Poe. This tale of an early chess-playing machine provides an accessible inroad into the history of the complex relationship between magic, man, mind, and machine.
Kew Garden has recently been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, ranking it alongside Stonehenge, the Pyramids and the Taj Mahal. It receives over a million visitors a year and has just been voted the UK's favourite garden.
Updated for the 2005 promotion exams, the new edition of Action Stations answers all the questions that a UK officer may have about Part II of the sergeants and inspectors promotion examination. It covers the key areas and skills of the examination including preparation, competencies, role actors and assessors and scenarios
From one of our most gifted and lyrical writers on mathematics, an exploration of the fascinating origins and critical legacy of Euclid's influential book The Elements, which still stands as a cornerstone of geometry.
As a boy, the author loved to encounter wild creatures and catch them for his back-garden zoo. In a country without many large animals, newts caught his attention first of all, as the nearest he could get to the African wildlife he watched on television. This book offers an original and perceptive memoir about our relationship with nature.
This collection of essays explores the Earth's history and processes in relation to global environmental issues. It addresses questions including soil contamination, public lands, surface and groundwater pollution, coastal erosion, global warming.
Provides a concise introduction to the study of environmental change. Illustrated throughout, each chapter provides a broad spectrum of international case studies from diverse regions along with guides to further reading.
Takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy's gale-force winds. This novel is an evocation of our contemporary moment - and a moving story of how we got here.
As the prospect of a hung parliament looms large, political protagonists can learn from the politics and personalities of the past. The author's story of coalition government begins in the 1850s, with Disraeli fighting for his political life and Queen Victoria's battle to find a Prime Minister from the Whigs and Peelites driving her to despair.