Curious Attractions

Essays on Writing

Author: Debra Spark

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472068975

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 175

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Nine essays discuss topics of fiction writing that include finding inspiration, devleoping a personal style, and creating a resonating closing line.

Ohio Oddities

A Guide to the Curious Attractions of the Buckeye State

Author: Neil Zurcher

Publisher: Gray & Company, Publishers

ISBN: 1598510479

Category: Travel

Page: 228

View: 5834

The Buckeye State has no shortage of strange, silly, goofy, quirky, eccentric, and just plain weird places, people, and things--if you know where to look. Discover the World's Largest Cuckoo Clock, the nation's only vacuum cleaner museum, Balto the Wonder Dog, the "bottomless" Blue Hole of Casalia, and lots more hard-to-believe stuff!

Santa's Village

Author: Phillip L. Wenz

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738561011

Category: History

Page: 15

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Victorian Los Angeles

From Pio Pico to Angels Flight

Author: Charles Epting

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1626196087

Category: History

Page: 144

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Before the oil boom and rise of Hollywood brought today's renowned landmarks to downtown Los Angeles, an entirely different and often forgotten high Victorian city existed. Prior to Union Station, there was the impressive Romanesque Arcade Station of the Southern Pacific line in the 1880s. Before UCLA, the Gothic Revival State Normal School stood in place of today's Los Angeles Public Library. Elsewhere the city held Victorian pleasure gardens, amusement piers and even an ostrich farm, all lost to time and the rapid modernization of a new century. Local author Charles Epting reveals Los Angeles's unknown past at the turn of the twentieth century through the prominent citizens, events and major architectural styles that propelled the growth of a nascent city.

An Essay on Magnetic Attractions, and on the Laws of Terrestrial and Electro Magnetism

Comprising a Popular Course of Curious and Interesting Experiments on the Latter Subject, and an Easy Experimental Method of Correcting the Local Attraction of Vessels on the Compass in All Parts of the World. With an Appendix Containing the Results of Experiments Made on Ship Board, from Latitude 61S̊. to Latitude 80N̊

Author: Peter Barlow

Publisher: N.A


Category: Electromagnetism

Page: 368

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Scientific Papers

Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Geology

Author: Michael Faraday,Hermann L. F. Von Helmholtz

Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

ISBN: 1616401079

Category: History

Page: 374

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Author names not noted above: Sir William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Simon Newcomb, Sir Archibald Geikie Originally published between 1909 and 1917 under the name "Harvard Classics," this stupendous 51-volume set-a collection of the greatest writings from literature, philosophy, history, and mythology-was assembled by American academic CHARLES WILLIAM ELIOT (1834-1926), Harvard University's longest-serving president. Also known as "Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf," it represented Eliot's belief that a basic liberal education could be gleaned by reading from an anthology of works that could fit on five feet of bookshelf. Volume XXX collects foundational essays from the 19th century that expanded our knowledge of and prompted further study in the fields of physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology: [ from English natural philosopher MICHAEL FARADAY (1791-1867), "The Forces of Matter" and "The Chemical History of a Candle" [ from German physicist HERMANN VON HELMHOLTZ (1821-1894), "On the Conservation of Force" and "Ice and Glaciers" [ from English mathematician SIR WILLIAM THOMSON, LORD KELVIN (1824-1907), "The Wave Theory of Light" and "The Tides" [ from Canadian-American astronomer Simon Newcomb (1835-1909), "The Extent of the Universe" [ from Scottish geologist Sir Archibald Geikie (1836-1924), "Geographical Evolution."

Good for the Jews

Author: Debra Spark

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472027522

Category: Fiction

Page: 284

View: 8905

". . . a smart, sprightly, sex-drenched, and neatly plotted novel . . ." ---Alan Cheuse, National Public Radio and the Chicago Tribune "Spark is at her sly, funny, and cutting best in her third novel, a clever and affecting variation on the biblical story of Esther." ---Booklist "Spark's prose is tight, funny, insightful and occasionally heartbreaking as it probes the current education system, the arts and society's ills." ---Publishers Weekly Good for the Jews is a smart, funny, sexy novel set in Madison, Wisconsin, during the Bush administration. Part mystery and part stranger-comes-to town story, Good for the Jews is loosely based on the biblical book of Esther. Like Esther, Debra Spark's characters deal with anti-Semitism and the way that powerful men---and the women who love them---negotiate bureaucracies. At the core of the story of right and wrong are young, attractive Ellen Hirschorn and her older cousin Mose, a high school teacher who thinks he knows, in fact, what is "good for the Jews"---and for Ellen, too. Their stories intertwine with those of the school superintendent, his ex-wife and son, and a new principal. Workplace treachery, the bonds of family, coming of age, and romantic relationships all take center stage as the characters negotiate the fallout from a puzzling fire. Spark's evocative writing style and sharp, understanding treatment of her diverse characters draw the reader into this surprising page-turner, a finalist for the 2009 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award. Debra Spark is the author of two previous novels, The Ghost of Bridgetown and Coconuts for the Saint, as well as Curious Attractions: Essays on Fiction Writing. She's been a fellow at Radcliffe College's Bunting Institute and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts award. Her short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in publications including Food and Wine, Esquire, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Yankee. She is a professor at Colby College and teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She lives with her husband and son in North Yarmouth, Maine.

Minds, Machines, and the Multiverse


Author: Julian Brown

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743242637

Category: Computers

Page: 400

View: 6411

The traditional and ubiquitous digital computer has changed the world by processing series of binary ones and zeroes...very fast. Like the sideshow juggler spinning plates on billiard cues, the classical computer moves fast enough to keep the plates from falling off. As computers become faster and faster, more and more plates are being added to more and more cues. Imagine, then, a computer in which speed is increased not because it runs faster, but because it has a limitless army of different jugglers, one for each billiard cue. Imagine the quantum computer. Julian Brown's record of the quest for the Holy Grail of computing -- a computer that could, in theory, take seconds to perform calculations that would take today's fastest supercomputers longer than the age of the universe -- is an extraordinary tale, populated by a remarkable cast of characters, including David Deutsch of Oxford University, who first announced the possibility of computation in the Alice-in-Wonderland world of quantum mechanics; Ed Fredkin, who developed a new kind of logic gate as a true step toward universal computation; and the legendary Richard Feynman, who reasoned from the inability to model quantum mechanics on a classical computer the logical inevitability of quantum computing. For, in the fuzzily indeterminate world of the quantum, new computing power is born. Minds, Machines, and the Multiverse details the remarkable uses for quantum computing in code breaking, for quantum computers will be able to crack many of the leading methods of protecting secret information, while offering new unbreakable codes. Quantum computers will also be able to model nuclear and subatomic reactions; offer insights into nanotechnology, teleportation, and time travel; and perhaps change the way chemists and biotechnologists design drugs and study the molecules of life. Farthest along the trail blazed by these pioneers is the ability to visualize the multiple realities of the quantum world not as a mathematical abstraction, but as a real map to a world of multiple universes...a multiverse where every possible event -- from a particular chess move to a comet striking the Earth -- not only can happen, but does. Incorporating lively explanations of ion trap gates, nuclear magnetic resonance computers, quantum dots, quantum algorithms, Fourier transforms, and puzzles of quantum physics, and illustrated with dozens of vivid diagrams, Minds, Machines, and the Multiverse is a mind-stretching look at the still-unbuilt but fascinating machines that, in the words of physicist Stanley Williams, "will reshape the face of science" and offer a new window into the secrets of an infinite number of potential universes.

Managing Visitor Attractions: New Directions

Author: Bruce Prideaux,Alan Fyall,Anna Leask,C. Michael Hall,Professor and Head of the Centre for Tourism C Michael Hall, Prof,StephenW Boyd,Richard Voase,Stavros Christadoulakis,Ken Robinson,Victor T.C. Middleton,Terry Stevens,F. Kazasis,G. Anestis,Stephen Wanhill,Geoffrey Wall,Joan C Henderson,BradleyM Braun,Martin McCracken,Derek Robbins,Philip Goulding,Myra Shackley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113638121X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 313

View: 900

'Managing Visitor Attractions' is a unique text that provides a cutting edge insight into the issues, principles and practices of visitor attractions today and into the future. Divided into five parts, the book tackles the following topics: · the role and nature of visitor attractions · the development of visitor attraction provision · the management of visitor attractions · the marketing of visitor attractions · future issues and trends With contributions from around the world, the book is illustrated with up-to-date, international case studies from the UK, USA, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, China, Denmark and Canada. It is an essential text for undergraduate and postgraduate students of visitor attraction management, written by subject specialists with a wealth of experience in this field.

Atlas Obscura

Entdeckungsreisen zu den verborgenen Wundern der Welt

Author: Joshua Foer,Ella Morton,Dylan Thuras

Publisher: Mosaik Verlag

ISBN: 3641207118

Category: Social Science

Page: 480

View: 2841

Der außergewöhnlichste Reiseführer der Welt Der Atlas Obscura sieht nur auf den ersten Blick aus wie ein Reiseführer. Es ist vor allem ein Buch zum Lesen und Träumen – eine Wunderkammer voller unerwarteter, bizarrer und mysteriöser Orte, die gleichermaßen Wunderlust und Wanderlust hervorrufen. Jede einzelne Seite dieses außergewöhnlichen Buchs erweitert unseren Horizont und zeigt uns, wie wunderbar und schräg die Welt in Wirklichkeit ist. Fesselnde Texte, hunderte von fantastischen Fotos, überraschende Fakten und Karten für jede Region des Globus machen es nahezu unmöglich, nicht gleich die nächste Seite aufzuschlagen und weiterzuschmökern! Eine erstaunliche Liebeserklärung an die Welt, in der wir leben.

Summit Hill

Author: Lee Mantz

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738565002

Category: History

Page: 127

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While walking along the top of Sharp Mountain in 1791, Philip Ginder kicked up a piece of black stone that turned out to be anthracite coal. This discovery paved the way for a million-dollar coal industry that thrived for more than a century and spawned the birth of Summit Hill. In early 1827, a nine-mile stretch of the Switchback Gravity Railroad was built for the purpose of hauling coal from Summit Hill to the Lehigh River in Mauch Chunk. By the end of the century, the Switchback was the number two tourist attraction in America, second only to Niagara Falls. Many of the early buildings are no longer standing, but thanks to postcards and photographers of the time, many images of Summit Hill's lost places have been preserved.

Miss Sedgewick and the Spy

Author: Geraldine Burrows

Publisher: Five Star (ME)

ISBN: 9780786222155

Category: Fiction

Page: 263

View: 2387

With Napoleon Bonaparte in exile, Europe is once again open to travelers. In a remote area of the French countryside, the sensible Miss Drusilla Sedgewick encounters the legendary Col. MacRory Holt, Wellington's top military intelligence officer. Holt, impressed by Drusilla's cool nerve, quick wits, and idiomatic French, wishes to recruit her into the "Great Game" of spying. Dru agrees and soon finds herself immersed in intrigue. Despite Holt's disconcerting habit of materializing in her bedroom at odd hours in various disguises, Dru finds herself experiencing a most unladylike excitement at being in Holt's company.

Proceedings ...

Author: Canadian Transit Association

Publisher: N.A


Category: Transportation

Page: N.A

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Curious Minds

How a Child Becomes a Scientist

Author: John Brockman

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0375423427

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 9431

What makes a child decide to become a scientist? •For Robert Sapolsky–Stanford professor of biology–it was an argument with a rabbi over a passage in the Bible. •Physicist Lee Smolin traces his inspiration to a volume of Einstein’s work, picked up as a diversion from heartbreak. •Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a psychologist and the author of Flow, found his calling through Descartes. Murray Gell-Mann, Nicholas Humphrey, Freeman Dyson . . . 27 scientists in all write about what it was that sent them on the path to their life's work. Illuminating memoir meets superb science writing in stories that invite us to consider what it is–and what it isn’t–that sets the scientific mind apart. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Contemporary Collecting

Objects, Practices, and the Fate of Things

Author: Kevin M. Moist,David Banash

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 081089114X

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 292

View: 7721

In Contemporary Collecting: Objects, Practices, and the Fate of Things, Kevin M. Moist and David Banash have assembled several essays that examine collecting practices on both a personal and professional level. These essays situate collectors and collections in a contemporary context and also show how our changing world finds new meaning in the legacy of older collections. Arranged by such themes as “Collecting in a Virtual World,” “Changing Relationships with Things,” “Collecting and Identity—Personal and Political,” and “Collecting Practices and Cultural Hierarchies,” these essays help illuminate the role of objects in our lives.

Country Life

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Country life

Page: N.A

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson,Edward Everett Hale

Publisher: N.A


Category: Authors, American

Page: 135

View: 3473

Two Unpublished Essays

The Character of Socrates, The Present State of Ethical Philosophy

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Publisher: N.A


Category: Ethics

Page: 81

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Author: Edward Everett Hale

Publisher: N.A


Category: Authors, American

Page: 135

View: 7140