The Periodic Table is one of man's crowning scientific achievements. But it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in "The Disappearing Spoon" follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them. We learn that Marie Curie used to provoke jealousy in colleagues' wives when she'd invite them into closets to see her glow-in-the-dark experiments. And that Lewis and Clark swallowed mercury capsules across the country and their campsites are still detectable by the poison in the ground. Why did Gandhi hate iodine? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium? And why did tellurium lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history? From the Big Bang to the end of time, it's all in "The Disappearing Spoon".
As new wife to the Duke of Avonlea, shy and beautiful Lucinda has gained acceptance and protection–surely her harrowing past is finally behind her? Then Lucinda receives word from her enemy, and she must flee to save her husband from scandal…Justin is devastated by the disappearance of his young duchess–a woman, it seems, he doesn't know at all! How dares Lucinda think she can play him for a fool? He will not rest until he has brought his unwilling bride back to their matrimonial home…Secrets and ScandalsNothing stays secret for long in Regency Society
The civil war in Afghanistan gave unparalleled impetus to the rapacious excavations of the burial mounds and graves of Ancient Bactria, once situated on the territory of modern-day Afghanistan. All kinds of funeral offerings -mostly seals and amulets decorated with intricate narrative images - have appeared on the counters of antiques stores throughout the world. The one thing that saved these items, excavated by amateur archeologists, from disappearing altogether, was the fact that some of them ended up in large private collections and museums. It was only thanks to the kindness of true antique connoisseurs like Ron Garner, Andrew Hale and Jonathan Rosen, that the author was able to compile a summary description of these seals and amulets, in an attempt to save this precious material from disappearing forever. The subjects depicted on the seals and amulets reflect the myths of the Bactrians, giving us a unique opportunity to look into the intellectual world of a people who did not leave behind any written records. Definite parallels can be drawn between most of the images depicted on the seals and amulets, and the Syro-Hittite glyptics of the Bronze Age, leaving no question as to the historical succession of the two. The author was able to date the Bactrian seals and amulets with a certain degree of accuracy thanks to his discoveries of identical or very similar articles during scientifically-controlled excavations in neighboring Margiana (on the territory of what is now Tur...
The 2008 novel Night Music by Jojo Moyes, the bestselling author of Me Before You and two-time winner of the RNA Novel of the Year award.Isabel Delancey has always taken her gifted life for granted. But when her husband dies suddenly, leaving her with a mountain of debt, she and her two children are forced to abandon their home and move to a crumbling pile in the country.With the house falling down around them, and the last of her savings fast disappearing, Isabel turns to her neighbours, not knowing that her mere presence there has stirred up long-standing obsessions.As she fights to make her house a home, passions and lives collide. Isabel will discover an instinct for survival she never knew she had - and that a heart can play a new song . . .
Are you a Disappearing Woman? «Beverly Engel has identified a widespread problem and provided women with wise guidelines for bursting through it. She writes with compassion and insight. If you think you are a Disappearing Woman, you will drink in this book as if it were a health-giving elixir. It is!»-Susan Page, author of How One of You Can Bring the Two of You Together and If I'm So Wonderful, Why Am I Still Single? «This remarkably helpful book offers new insights into why so many women surrender their individuality in relationships. Don't wait until your hair is on fire to read it.»-Maxine Schnall, founder and Executive Director of Wives Self Help «A book of depth and power. I highly recommend it not only to women who lose themselves in their relationships with men but to the parents of adolescent girls who need to be taught how to view themselves as valuable beings separate from their relationships with men and boys.»-Michael Gurian, author of The Good Son and A Fine Young Man Do you frequently find yourself putting your lover's needs ahead of your own? Do you tend to lose yourself in your romantic relationships? Have you ever neglected your career, your friends, or even your health while in the midst of a love affair? Now, in this landmark book, Beverly Engel examines the intricate reasons why so many women submerge themselves in their relationships with men-and offers a straightforward, empowering program that you can use to free yourself from the powerful grip of this all-too-common problem and rediscover yourself as a Woman of Substance.
This book contains two stories about Daisy the Dinosaur. In the first, she has the hiccups, but Danny has the answer. And in the second story, Daisy makes a special sandwich! "Macmillan English Explorers" have been written specifically for young learners of English. They bring first language teaching methods to reading lessons in international classrooms.
A brilliant new consultant joining a busy Obs and Gynae unit should be good news—except Jed Matthews is the last person Brooke wants to see again.Her shock at coming face to face with the man who had brought her body and soul to life for one magical night six years ago pales beside the realization that Jed is eventually going to discover her secret.Brooke had her reasons for disappearing, but will Jed ever understand them—especially when he meets her young son, Toby…?