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our readers must admit, is no mean feat. Guiding the reader through the key arguments of the classic figures of Western political philosophy from Plato through to the modern era, this revised edition includes new essays on Aristotle’s politics, Confucianism, Nazism and Islamic philosophy, as well as additional material on Roman law, anarchism and anti-capitalism. The book finishes with a discussion of modern liberalism and conservatism. 334 pages with useful timelines. £17.99 NOW £5.50


68712 IMAGES OF MUHAMMAD: Narratives


of the Prophet: in Islam Across the Centuries by Tarif Khalidi


A book about the Prophet by a leading Muslim scholar and translator of the Qur’an is a major event in religious understanding. Khalidi builds up images of ideal conduct for its central figure and shows the values shared by the Sunni, Shia and Sufi sects. Deliberately using the controversial name “Muhammad”, he seeks to restore emphasis on the love of Muhammad as comforter, friend, intercessor, and family member which “runs like blood in the veins of his community”. He starts with the core story of the Prophet’s life, born in Mecca around 570 A.D. and receiving revelations in about 610, when he began to preach the faith. The turning point in his career was when he moved to Medina in 622, later adopted as the first year in the Muslim calendar. The author is aware of the difficulty of reaching any conclusion about what a historical person was really like, but starting with the Qur’an, he considers the many images of Muhammad in all their rich complexity. 342pp. $27 NOW £7


68304 ANGEL VISIONS II: More True Stories of People Who Have Had Contact with Angels, and How You Can


Too! by Doreen Virtue The author has combed through thousands of reports of angel visions in order to bring you the most touching and revealing accounts possible. These are reports about both children and adults who have seen, heard, talked to and even


detected the scent of their guardian angels, deceased loved ones and ascended masters. From these stories, and from the author’s research, you too can learn how to contact these heavenly beings. The book includes instructions for beginners as well as intermediate and advanced students of psychic development, to help everyone to see, hear and feel the presence of their angels. 187 paperback pages. £9.99 NOW £4


68715 LITTLE TALKS WITH GOD by Catherine of Siena


St. Catherine (1347-80) is one of the most beloved spiritual teachers of all time. Born the 24th of 25 children, she decided as a young girl not to marry and instead joined the third order of Dominicans. She lived during the ferment of the late Middle Ages and was known both for her mystical experiences and for the way she would instruct and even scold bishops, popes, clergy and anyone who may have lost sight of God. Presented here in a convenient and compact volume are the profound writings taken from her Dialogues, intended for the widest possible readership. In these intense and searching paragraphs she offers up petitions to God, discovers true and false emotions, and explores her famous image of Christ as the Bridge. A masterpiece of Christian mystical literature. Softback, 144pp with remainder mark. £7.50 NOW £2.50


68718 MARPA: Tibetan Translator Mystic by Jungney Lhamo


Marpa Lotsawa (1012-1097), sometimes known as Lhodak Marpa Chokyi Lodro or commonly as Marpa the Translator was a Tibetan Buddhist Teacher credited with the transmission of many Buddhist teachings to Tibet from India, including the teachings and lineages of Vajrayana and Mahamudra. He spent many years translating Buddhist scriptures and 16 Songs are beautifully reproduced at the end of this biography. Marpa is perhaps best known through his closest disciple, Milarepa. The book narrates Marpa’s three journeys to India, his many hardships and success in mastering the tantric teachings, translating them and taking them to Tibet and establishing the Kagyu Lineage which continues to this day. Lovely line art, 174pp in paperback.


$14.95 NOW £4.50 68719 MEDITATIONS FROM MECHTHILD OF


MAGDEBURG edited by Henry Carrigan Mechthild was born to noble parents sometime between 1207 and 1210 in Germany. She reports that when she was 12 years old she was ‘greeted’ by the Holy Spirit so that ‘she could no longer give in to serious daily sin.’ This outpouring of the Holy Spirit continued for the next 31 years and it brought her love and sorrow and sweetness and glory. Around 1250 she began to write the book we now have as ‘The Flowering Light of the God Head’. She openly denounced the abuses of the medieval church, particularly its materialism. As she seeks mystical union, Mechthild depicts her struggle with Lucifer, who tries constantly to disrupt her relationship with God, as well as God’s love sickness for Mechthild’s heart. She borrows luminous imagery from the Song of Songs to express her constant longing to be in God’s heart. Edited and mildly modernised. 126pp in paperback.


£8.50 NOW £3 68737 RAG AND BONE: A Journey Among the


World’s Holy Dead by Peter Manseau Superbly entertaining, always well-informed and occasionally moving, Peter Manseau’s book recounts his journeys round the world to study the veneration of relics of holy people. In the 13th century Marco Polo wrote about Kublai Khan’s attempts to procure the teeth and hair of Adam, though modern scholars consider that the relics in question were actually ascribed to the Buddha. Manseau visits the French pathologist Dr Charlier who works on murder victims in the morning and the relics of Joan of Arc in the afternoon. He travels to Aleppo to see the remains of Zacharias, father of John the Baptist, revered as a prophet by Muslims like many other figures of Christianity and Judaism. In Goa he visits the toes of the Jesuit St. Francis Xavier, remarking caustically that Xavier was “a college dropout and a lousy missionary”. 256pp. £18.99 NOW £5.50


SCIENCE


Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else.


- Charles Dickens, Hard Times 69045 MASSIVE: The Hunt


for the God Particle by Ian Sample


We are sure that our readers will have seen the recent kerfuffle in the world of subatomic physics concerning the proof of the existence of what has become known as the “God Particle” - the Higgs boson. The theory goes that this is particle which gives matter its mass, and is thus the last building block of life, the


Universe and everything. But, in order to understand the Higgs boson, we first have to prove it exists, and this utterly gripping book is the story of how the world’s top particle physicists have fared in that endeavour. Weaving together the personal stories and intense rivalries of the teams involved, this is the four decade tale of grand ambition, trans-Atlantic competition, clashing egos, great discoveries and spectacular failures. Award-winning science writer Ian Sample has had unprecedented access to the key players in the quest, including the man after whom the particle is named, the reclusive theoretical physicist Professor Peter Higgs. With the work carried on at the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN site in Switzerland we are most likely as close as we are going to get to proving its existence and the origin of mass itself. A massive story in every way. 307pp. £20 NOW £6.50


69064 AFTERGLOW OF CREATION


by Marcus Chown


Subtitled ‘Decoding the Message from the Beginning of Time’, this book was first published in 1993 and is here reprinted. It tells the story of the leftover heat of the Big Bang. Remarkably, that heat is still around us today. One percent of the static on your television screen is the afterglow of the Big Bang which has travelled across space for 13.7 billion


years before being intercepted by your TV aerial. The very last thing it touched was the fireball of the Big Bang, which was the biggest cosmological discovery of the past century, followed by the imaging of the afterglow by NASA’s Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite in 1992. The trigger for the book was the extraordinary ‘baby photo’ of the Universe. Steven Hawking called it ‘the discovery of the century, if not of all time’. Scientist George Smoot referred to it as ‘like seeing the face of God’, then all hell broke loose. Working as a science-news editor at New Scientist magazine in London, the author followed the story and decided to write this wonderful popular science book. Since the book’s publication, he has added much material about two important developments - the launch in 2001 of the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy (WMAP) probe and the discovery of the biggest mass component of the Universe in 1998. This ‘dark energy’ is invisible, fills all of space, and its repulsive gravity is speeding up the expansion of the Universe. Nobody knows what it is. A compelling and exuberant tale of the human side of science. 256pp in paperback. £8.99 NOW £3.50


69262 DINOSAUR DOCTOR: The Life and Work of Gideon


Mantell by Edmund Critchley Gideon Mantell (1790-1850) was a respected surgeon and a pioneering geologist and palaeontologist. Using his skill in comparative anatomy, he pieced together unidentified bone fragments found in chalk quarries to evaluate the modes of life of early dinosaurs including the Iguanodon, his most famous discovery. From


the flora and fauna of the rock strata, Mantell established the Age of Reptiles, and he revealed how the soft bodies of animalcules formed the chalk. His collection of antiquities and fossils of every size was exhibited to the public, and later formed a major section of the British Museum. He became embroiled in Whig politics and support for the underdog, and his journal and correspondence provide a fascinating insight into the social history of the period. The need to achieve financial stability frequently conflicted with his scientific endeavours but, despite this, he became a famous writer and lecturer. Although he achieved great acclaim in prehistoric research, his life was dogged by scientific rivalry, family misfortunes, overweening ambition, and an accident leading to the distortion of his spine, which eventually became a prize exhibit of the Royal College of Surgeons! 256 paperback pages with family trees. £18.99 NOW £7.50


65635 BOOK OF NUMBERS by Tim Glynne-Jones


What is so magnificent about the number 7, and why is 13 unlucky? From algebra to astrology, music to mythology, religion to recreation, science to superstition, this superb book embraces the infinitely broad subject and puts it all in order - beginning with 0. Packed with statistics, Rubik’s Cube, dirty tricks, prime numbers, facts and trivia, photos and cartoon illus, woodcuts and puzzles. 192pp.


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66291 EINSTEIN: THE LIFE OF A GENIUS: Box Set by Walter Isaacson


The name Albert Einstein is synonymous with genius. From his remarkable theory of relativity and the famous equation E=mc2 squared to his concept of a unified field theory, no one has contributed as much to science in the last century. It reveals the man behind the science, from his early years and experiments in Germany and his work at the Swiss Patent Office to his marriages and children, as well as his role in the development of the atomic bomb and his work for civil rights groups in the United States. 96 large format pages in sturdy slip-case, overflowing with illustrations in b/w and colour and rare


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facsimile memorabilia of historic importance. All the documents written in German are translated at the end of the book. £30 NOW £5


66780 JOY OF X: How Algebra Shapes Your Daily


Life by Michael Willers There are few disciplines which polarise opinion as comprehensively as mathematics. For mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) maths was “the most original creation of the human spirit”, but for others it is the most daunting and incomprehensible of subjects. Let The Joy of X take


you on a gentle jaunt through the science of algebra and mathematics in general, taking in practical examples you had probably never even considered before, gentle exercises for the grey matter and fascinating chunks of historical background on the way. 176pp, linen bound with b/w photos, drawings and diagrams. £9.99 NOW £4.50


67518 LOST ART OF WALKING by Geoff Nicholson


Subtitled ‘The History, Science, Philosophy and Literature of Pedestrianism’, Nicholson is a master chronicler of the hidden subversive twists on a seemingly normal activity. He finds people who walk only at night, or naked, or in the shape of a circle or a cross, or for thousands of miles at a time, in costume, for causes, for no reason whatsoever. Walking is a rich tradition that has inspired writers like Charles Dickens, musicians like Bob Dylan and filmmakers like Buster Keaton. 276pp. £24.95 NOW £4


67521 MAKING OF MR. GRAY’S ANATOMY:


Bodies, Books, Fortune, Fame by Ruth Richardson


Here is the story of how the young and ambitious Mr Henry Gray and the talented, diffident Mr Henry Vandyke Carter created the ‘Doctor’s Bible’. Here we encounter the publishers, wood engravers whose craft would soon vanish, the printers and even the women who folded and stitched together the book’s pages. The book was rooted in the heart of the Empire, ranging across the elegant terraces and cluttered backstreets of London from Belgravia to the City. We read about microscopy, medical fame, commerce, destitution, disease and not least, spirited from the workhouses and mortuaries of London, the unnamed dead whose corpses provided the material for Carter’s drawings. They were to make Gray’s Anatomy famous worldwide. Paperback, line art and woodcuts. 324pp in softback. £9.99 NOW £4.50


68115 ORIGINS OF FORM by Christopher Williams


Starting with crystalline structure and wood grain, the author goes on to wrought iron and the principles of support involved in struts and ties, drawing a comparison between the tiger and the Warren Truss, a straight beam supported at each end. The Tyrannosaurus is a double cantilever, while the bison is an arch and a cantilever. The skeletal system of fish is streamlined to function without the pull of gravity, in contrast to land animals which are structured to orient themselves against a one- directional pull. In design, adaptive morphology is the key to functionality, discarding variants least economical in energy, form and material, as seen in the development of simple tools such as the hammer, spade or wrench. 143pp, softback, drawings on most pages. 27x21cm. £15.99 NOW £6


68120 SPOTLIGHT INTERACTIVE: Stargazer by Robin Scagell


Pull apart the Velcro fasteners and pull back the white tab to activate the battery operated audio system then press away on the buttons. They will light up the belts of Orion and Taurus, Canis Major, Auriga, Gemini and Canis Minor in the night sky from January to March, Leo and Virgo, Ursa Major and Boötes, Centurus and Crux from the night sky April to June - and this is only halfway through this fabulous night sky interactive fold out map. The voiceover provides identification for these constellations. Also in the pack is a 60 page Guide to the Night Skies book with star maps, illustrations and colour photographs of constellations, nebulae, star clusters, planets and galaxies. Suit ages eight to adult. £20.35 NOW £9.50


68180 HOW LONG IS A PIECE OF STRING? by Rob Easterway and Jeremy Wyndham In this sequel to the bestselling ‘Why Do Buses Come in Threes?’, you will find the answers to many intriguing questions of everyday life. Discover the astonishing ’37% rule’ for blind dates, the avoidance tactic of the gentleman’s urinal and an extraordinary scam that has been devised to get rich quick. There are also some clever techniques for detecting fraud and the reason why epidemics sweep across a nation and disappear just as quickly. 226pp in paperback, diagrams. £7.99 NOW £4


68227 AMBER: The Natural


Time Capsule by Andrew Ross


The insects and other animal, vegetable and mineral inclusions found in fossilised amber recovered today provide scientists with a unique resource for gaining insights into the history of life on Earth, and in this book Andrew Ross provides a


highly engaging overview of amber, its inclusions and what we have thus far learned. We learn exactly how amber is formed, where it is found and how to distinguish the genuine from the fake. It also describes its many uses and the invaluable scientific information it has provided. Central to the book are the detailed keys and stunning colour photos, including a great number from the collection held at the Natural History Museum not presently on view to the general public. 112pp, colour. $29.95 NOW £8


68358 CAN YOU PLAY CRICKET ON MARS? And Other Scientific Questions Answered by Patrick Moore


Is there life on Mars? Moving on to other planets, we might ask how long a year is on Uranus? Could anyone live on Mercury? Does Venus have a moon like ours? How long is a day on Venus? Does Earth have a second moon? Will the sun go on shining forever? The Andromeda Galaxy is rushing towards our own Milky Way, though by the time they collide Earth might not


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exist. These questions are answered in a lively, readable manner by one of the most famous astronomers of our time. Diagrams and photos, 221pp. £12.99 NOW £3.75


68243 POISONS: A History from Hemlock to Botox


by Peter Macinnis


Did you know that Jack the Ripper’s crazed behaviour may have been the result of eating arsenic, a popular cure-all of the day? Or that Victorian women used a form of deadly nightshade to dilate their pupils in order to attract men? You will find these and many other


fascinating anecdotes in this informative and witty tour of the uses, and misuses, of lethal toxins through the ages. You may be surprised to learn that poisons actually do far more good than harm. Many plants use them to protect themselves against predators, and our own bodies produce toxins that kill cells, a necessary process for organ survival. A macabre delight. 239 pages with line drawings, dramatis personae and glossary of poisons. $25 NOW £5


68283 MYTHS OF CREATION by Philip Freund


This classic study of mythology, religious belief and scientific theory on the origins of the Universe should appeal to a wide group of readers. The author has examined a range of texts such as the Old Testament, the Upanishads and the Epic of Gilgamesh. He estimates that 500 flood legends have been told by more than 250 tribes and peoples from around the world, and poses the interesting question: Why should a Polynesian have a legend which is almost exactly like one told by a Nordic nomad? Are myths primitive history based on literal fact, or a means of expressing profound tribal wisdom and psychological and sexual truth? 304 pages with line drawings. £14.95 NOW £5


68300 EDISON AND THE ELECTRIC CHAIR: A Story of Light and Death by Mark Essig


In 1879, Thomas Edison unveiled a world-changing invention - the light bulb. A decade later, despite having been an avowed opponent of the death penalty, Edison threw his laboratory resources and reputation behind the creation of the electric chair. At the same time as he was promoting his direct-current lines, his


bitter rival, George Westinghouse, was undercutting his business with the less expensive alternating-current system. Edison persuaded state officials to reject other methods in favour of electricity. But there was a snag: only Westinghouse’s alternating-current would cause certain death! Was Edison genuinely concerned about a humane method of execution, or just out to make a profit? 358 pages. £20 NOW £4


68673 A DREAM OF UNDYING FAME: How Freud Betrayed his Mentor and Invented


Psychoanalysis by Louis Breger In the late 1870s, Sigmund Freud met an established physician named Josef Breuer. Breuer became his mentor and trusted friend, providing the young doctor with financial support, patient referrals and new ideas on the inner workings of the mind. His most valuable gift was the description of his treatment of Anna O - a female ‘hysteric’ who would become the first case in Freud and Breuer’s joint publication, Studies on Hysteria. This classic work has revolutionised the way we understand unconscious motivation, neurotic symptoms, childhood trauma, the ‘talking cure’ and more. But it was also a turning point in Breuer and Freud’s partnership, as Freud’s soaring aspirations started to come between the two pioneers of psychoanalysis. Here the author reveals how Freud minimized Breuer’s role in his book and in his life. 146 pages. £13.99 NOW £5


68696 EDGE OF PHYSICS by Anil Ananthaswamy


Physicists are trying to understand the furthest reaches of space and the furthest extremes of matter and energy. The author sets out in search of the telescopes and detectors that promise to answer the biggest questions in modern cosmology - why is the Universe expanding at an ever faster rate? What is the nature of the ‘dark matter’ that makes up almost a quarter of the Universe? Why does the Universe appear fine-tuned for life and are there other universes besides our own? We are taken inside the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope on Mount Paranal where four massive domes open up to the sky each night. And we are taken inside an abandoned iron mine in Minnesota where half-mile thick rock shields physicists as they hunt for elusive dark- matter particles and to ice sheets and research sites, the subterranean lair of the Large Hadron Collider. The National Geographic News writer explains it all so clearly for the layman. 322pp, illus. Remainder mark. $25 NOW £7


68697 ELEGANT UNIVERSE: Superstrings, Hidden


Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene


In a rare blend of scientific insight and elegant writing, author of the bestselling Fabric of the Cosmos peels away the layers of mystery surrounding string theory to reveal a universe that consists of 11 dimensions, where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself and all


matter - from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas - is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy. He uses examples ranging from an amusement park ride to ants on a garden hose to illustrate the beautiful yet bizarre realities that modern physics is unveiling. A delightful, lucid voyage through modern physics that brings the reader closer than ever to understanding how the universe works. 447 paperback pages, illus. $16 NOW £5


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