Two nonsensical stories, one about a mischievous monkey and another about a cat who cooks for her mistress, gets drunk, falls asleep, makes breakfast, and attempts to give the dog a shave. This book is an example of the many humorous picture books produced for children in the second half of the nineteenth century.
Many illustrations in this little book are printed upside down and not opposite the text to which they relate, which is a good example of the errors that can happen with the printing and binding of books in the hand press period. It is also evidence that printing for children was not the highest priority in many American print houses in the early nineteenth century.
This tiny accordion-style book was printed by Louis Prang and illustrates the Christmas classic with warmth and glee. Chromolithography, as applied here, revolutionized the use of color in book illustration. Prang went on to further success with this printing technique when he introduced the Christmas card in 1875.
Hezekiah Butterworth follows the tradition of books for boys about adventures in faraway lands from earlier in the century and adds an element of luxuriousness. The illustrated covers, decorated endpapers, and gilt stamping made these books popular Christmas gifts. His books include legends and ballads and emphasize the cultures of other lands.
One of America's greatest conservationists, Madison Grant, was also one of our most virulent scientific, that is to say, pseudo scientific race theorists. In addition to saving the American bison and the bald eagle, protecting the Redwood tree, and founding the Bronx Zoo as well as the Wildlife Conservation Society, Grant wrote a "scientific treatise," The Passing of the Great Race, in which he advanced an account of the superiority of the nordic "race" and warned against the social and biological dangers of cross-breeding with other human races. Hitler would come to describe this book, which became a national and international bestseller, as his bible.
Pandora's Lab is a pro-science book. Science fails, he believes, when it falls short of its own standards. For science to work, it needs to base its claims on data, and the studies need to be replicable. Science goes astray when scientists, who are, of course, only human, get caught up in their own ideas and their (sometimes) laudable goals. A good scientist gives up theory when it is unsupported by data. This is what the quack-doctor Andrew Wakefield refused to do when study after study showed there to be no link between autism and the MMR vaccine, and what Linus Pauling refused to do in the face of evidence that, his insistence to the contrary notwithstanding, Vitamin C was not the cure for cancer.
Alva Noë is a philosopher at the University of California, Berkeley, where he writes and teaches about perception, consciousness and art. He is the author of several books, including his latest, Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015). You can keep up with more of what Alva is thinking on Facebook and on Twitter: @alvanoe
Once upon a time in New York City, Tabitha and her brother Louis discover a box sitting in the hall of their apartment. Curious, Tabitha opens the box, allowing five imprisoned fairy tale villains to escape. Free at last, the dastardly villains begin to wreck the apartment, but when they discover that writing in Tabitha's notebook will give them control of other fictional characters, things really get dicey. Will Tabitha harness the power of her storytelling? Or will the fairy tale villains run wild in New York? A clever comedy that demonstrates the importance of villains in every story.
Jim, thanks so much for the warm welcome and a very intriguing article. I have a book, The 24-Gun Frigate Pandora 1779, from the Anatomy of the Ship series by John McKay & Ron Coleman. It gives a brief history of the ship, the fate of it's crew, captain, prisoners, and a glimpse of the wreck being explored. Also there are very detailed schematics of her hull, masts and rigging, along with photos of a model that included a replica of the actual make-shift holding cell that sat on her aft deck. Quite an adventure!
The Nautical Research Guild has published our world-renowned quarterly magazine, The Nautical Research Journal, since 1955. The pages of the Journal are full of articles by accomplished ship modelers who show you how they create those exquisite details on their models, and by maritime historians who show you the correct details to build. The Journal is available in both print and digital editions. Go to the NRG web site (www.thenrg.org) to download a complimentary digital copy of the Journal. The NRG also publishes plan sets, books and compilations of back issues of the Journal and the former Ships in Scale and Model Ship Builder magazines.
Failure to consider observation selection effects result in a kind of bias that infest many branches of science and philosophy. This book presented the first mathematical theory for how to correct for these biases. It also discusses some implications for cosmology, evolutionary biology, game theory, the foundations of quantum mechanics, the Doomsday argument, the Sleeping Beauty problem, the search for extraterrestrial life, the question of whether God exists, and traffic planning. 2b1af7f3a8