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Deceptive Beauties

Author : Christian Ziegler
ISBN : 9780226982977
Genre : Nature
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Confucius called them the “king of fragrant plants,” and John Ruskin condemned them as “prurient apparitions.” Across the centuries, orchids have captivated us with their elaborate exoticism, their powerful perfumes, and their sublime seductiveness.But the disquieting beauty of orchids is an unplanned marvel of evolution, and the story of orchids is as captivating as any novel. As acclaimed writer Michael Pollan and National Geographic photographer Christian Ziegler spin tales of orchid conquest in Deceptive Beauties: The World of Wild Orchids, we learn how these flowers can survive and thrive in the harshest of environments, from tropical cloud forests to the Arctic, from semi-deserts to rocky mountainsides; how their shapes, colors, and scents are, as Darwin put it, “beautiful contrivances” meant to dupe pollinating male insects in the strangest ways. What other flowers, after all, can mimic the pheromones and even appearance of female insects, so much so that some male bees prefer sex with the orchids over sex with their own kind? And insects aren’t the only ones to fall for the orchids’ charms. Since the “orchidelirium” of the Victorian era, humans have braved the wilds to search them out and devoted copious amounts of time and money propagating and hybridizing, nurturing and simply gazing at them. This astonishing book features over 150 unprecedented color photographs taken by Christian Ziegler himself as he trekked through wilderness on five continents to capture the diversity and magnificence of orchids in their natural habitats. His intimate and astonishing images allow us to appreciate up close nature’s most intoxicating and deceptive beauties.
Category: Nature

The Proof Of Prophethood

Author : Imâm-ı Rabbânî
Genre : Religion
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In this precious book written by Imâm-ı Rabbânî Ahmed Fârûkî Serhendi, one of the greatest savants of Islam, explained are the proof of Prophethood, the special features of a Prophet that distinguish him from other men, a miracle, the Prophethood of Muhammad ׳alayhissalâm. In addition to this, the lives of great savants of Islam such as Sayyed Abdülhakîm-i Arvâsî, Sayyed Fehîm-i Arvâsî, Sayyed Tâhâ-i Hakkârî and Hüseyn Hilmi bin Sa’id Effendi are briefly narrated.
Category: Religion


Author : Richard Wistreich
ISBN : 9781351557979
Genre : Music
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Claudio Monteverdi is now recognized as the towering figure of a critical transitional moment of Western music history: relentless innovator in every genre within chamber, church and theatre music; self-proclaimed leader of a 'new dispensation' between words and their musical expression; perhaps even 'Creator of Modern Music'. During recent years, as his arrestingly attractive music has been brought back to life in performance, so too have some of the most outstanding musicologists focussed intensely on Monteverdi as they worked through the 'big' questions in the historiography and hermeneutics of early Baroque music, including musical representation of language; compositional theory; social, institutional, cultural and gender history; performance practices and more. The 17 articles in this volume have been selected by Richard Wistreich to exemplify the best scholarship in English and because each, in retrospect, turns out to have been a ground-breaking contribution to one or more significant strands in Monteverdi studies.
Category: Music

The Rousseauian Mind

Author : Eve Grace
ISBN : 9780429665226
Genre : Philosophy
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Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) is a major figure in Western Philosophy and is one of the most widely read and studied political philosophers of all time. His writings range from abstract works such as On the Social Contract to literary masterpieces such as The Reveries of the Solitary Walker as well as immensely popular novels and operas. The Rousseauian Mind provides a comprehensive survey of his work, not only placing it in its historical context but also exploring its contemporary significance. Comprising over forty chapters by a team of international contributors the Handbook covers: The predecessors and contemporaries to Rousseau’s work The major texts of the 'system' Autobiographical texts including Confessions, Reveries of the Solitary Walker and Dialogues Rousseau’s political science The successors to Rousseau’s work Rousseau applied today. Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy, Rousseau’s work is central to the study of political philosophy, the Enlightenment, French studies, the history of philosophy and political theory.
Category: Philosophy

London 1066 1914

Author : Xavier Baron
ISBN : STANFORD:36105022771252
Genre : History
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Combining rare eyewitness descriptions and contemporary interpretations from a variety of sources and genres, this work presents a panoramic view of the changing life and cityscape of London over the course of more than eight centuries, from the time of the Norman Conquest to the First World War. Extensive literary selections in poetry and prose are complemented by readings from chronicles, travel memoirs, sociological and cultural studies and excerpts from major novels which evoke the spirit of London. The three volumes ofLondon1066-1914offer a varied gathering of texts that celebrate and describe, condemn and satirize, document and interpret the life of a complex and changing metropolis from its early development to its apex as a world center of power and influence in commerce, politics, the arts and culture.
Category: History

Marriage From The Heart

Author : Donald R. Downing
ISBN : 9781615790821
Genre : Religion
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Marriage is God's idea. He has no bad ideas. He brought Eve to Adam, married them and they lived as husband and wife for over 900 years (Genesis 2:21-25 and 5:5). By this, we can conclude that divorce was not God's idea but Satan's idea, to destroy God's ideas, plans and purpose of marriage between a man and a woman. We seek to find the right person when the greater picture is to be the right person. Man sets the time for the wedding, but God sets the time for the marriage. There is a great difference between a wedding and a marriage. Many walk down the aisle to be wedded for all the wrong reasons. Saying "I do" and placing wedding rings upon fingers does not always mean they are married within their hearts. This book reveals that a man and a woman may marry, and yet not be a true husband and wife. It stresses the importance of friendship, courtship, engagement and being married from the heart. Introducing a revolutionary approach to the covenant of marriage, this book addresses commitment, romance, love, keeping a right heart, a sound mind and a pure relationship. Dr. Donald R. Downing is a heart physician and specialist from God to the body of Christ. He has written over 12 books, and considers Marriage from the Heart to be one of his most important writings. He believes the only way to defeat the high rate of divorce and separation is to restore romance to the relationship and to be truly married from the heart. FEATURING DRS. MELVIN AND ROBIN THORNHILL Melvin and Robin Thornhill are the founders and presidents of Destiny New Image Ministries. They have a combined 50 years of experience in family and marriage counseling.
Category: Religion

Code Of Federal Regulations

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ISBN : OSU:32437121407189
Genre : Administrative law
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Special edition of the Federal Register, containing a codification of documents of general applicability and future effect ... with ancillaries.
Category: Administrative law

The Sacred Trust

Author : Pinchas Stolper
ISBN : 0899066402
Genre : Religion
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Rabbi Pinchas Stolper, one of our generation's inspirational leaders, turns his talented pen to discuss one of life's most delicate areas: love, dating, and marriage. With the illumination of the Torah's rich and positive teachings, he brings new meaning, purpose and elevation to our lives. He offers timely insights firmly rooted in timeless teachings. This is an important book filled with wisdom, sensitivity and sound advice.
Category: Religion

The Theosophist

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ISBN : UCAL:B2989218
Genre : Theosophy
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Category: Theosophy