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The Moth In The Iron Lung

Author : Forrest Maready
ISBN : 1717583679
Genre : Poliomyelitis
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A fascinating account of the world's most famous disease-polio- told as you have never heard it before. Epidemics of paralysis began to rage in the early 1900s, seemingly out of nowhere. Doctors, parents, and health officials were at a loss to explain why this formerly unheard of disease began paralyzing so many children-usually starting in their legs, sometimes moving up through their abdomen and arms. For an unfortunate few, it could paralyze the muscles that allowed them to breathe. Why did this disease start to become such a horrible problem during the late 1800s? Why did it affect children more often than adults? Why was it originally called teething paralysis by mothers and their doctors? Why were animals so often paralyzed during the early epidemics when it was later discovered most animals could not become infected? The Moth in the Iron Lung is a fascinating biography of this horrible paralytic disease, where it came from, and why it disappeared in the 1950s. If you've never explored the polio story beyond the tales of crippled children and iron lungs, this book will be sure to surprise.
Category: Poliomyelitis

Moths To The Flame

Author : Gregory J. E. Rawlins
ISBN : 0262680971
Genre : Computers
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"For two decades now I've been awaiting a book explaining computers and their social consequences to literate readers without using any unnecessary jargon or pedantry--or math. I wanted such a book to lend to all those friends who've pestered me about computers and to all the computer science students who've asked me about computers over the years. I particularly wanted a book that I could buy for my father, who's an accountant of the old school, to explain something of the mysterious world I live in." Gregory Rawlins, who teaches artificial intelligence at Indiana University, got tired of waiting for that book and decided to write it himself. In Moths to the Flame he takes us on a humorous yet thought-provoking tour of the world wrought by modern technology, a technology, he points out, that is rooted deep inside the military: a technology that when applied to everyday life, may have startling results. Unlike space technology, today's technological race won't simply bring us Tang-flavored Velcro. Rawlins educates by entertaining. His stories and anecdotes enliven and surprise us while increasing our awareness of technology itself as a player in the political and commercial climate of our times. In our headlong rush toward networked humanity Rawlins raises serious concerns about our future jobs and our future wars: we can figure out what kind of job to get today if we know where technology is taking us tomorrow. The book's first four chapters explore the worlds of privacy, virtual reality, publishing, and computer networks, while the last four focus on social issues such as warfare, jobs, computer catastrophes, and the future itself. Throughout unusual, eye-opening analogies and historical comparisons--from Egyptian hieroglyphics to the sewing machine to the codebreakers of World War II--give us a context for the computer age, showing how new technologies have always bred intertwined hope and resistance. Provocative yet balanced and sophisticated, Moths to the Flame is an indispensable guidebook to the future: a Baedeker for the Brave New World. A Bradford Book
Category: Computers

Moth Or How I Came To Be With You Again

Author : Thomas Heise
ISBN : 9781936747566
Genre : Poetry
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“Thomas Heise has written a deeply moving account of loss, migration, and memory that blurs the line between poetry and prose” (Montreal Review of Books). The narrator in Thomas Heise’s adventurous novel tries to fuse together his present and past, abandonment by his parents, childhood in an orphanage, and a strong sense of disconnection from his adult life. The story is written in columnar, densely lyrical sections, looping and vertiginously dropping into the speaker’s past, across several cities in Europe. W.G. Sebald, Samuel Beckett, and Michelangelo Antonioni’s films come to mind, especially L’Avventura and Red Desert. Heise’s language is precise (dirigibles “no larger than a fennel seed”) and his lush, unfolding sentences offer a great, gorgeous pleasure. Moth is a haunting, one-of-a-kind novel that will stay with the reader for a long, long time. “Neither memoir, poem, nor novel, Moth is somehow all three—an effusive ramble through the space of language and the language of memory . . . Heise seems capable of doing anything with words.” —Publishers Weekly “It’s impossible to convey in a few lines the enormous pleasures of this book—the beauty of the design, the incandescent prose, its rigor and intelligence. A deeply melancholic and moving work of art.” —Carole Maso, author of The Room Lit by Roses “The silence between the words, between the pages is terrific.” —Michael Martone, author of The Blue Guide to Indiana
Category: Poetry

The Geek Atlas

Author : John Graham-Cumming
ISBN : 9780596555627
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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The history of science is all around us, if you know where to look. With this unique traveler's guide, you'll learn about 128 destinations around the world where discoveries in science, mathematics, or technology occurred or is happening now. Travel to Munich to see the world's largest science museum, watch Foucault's pendulum swinging in Paris, ponder a descendant of Newton's apple tree at Trinity College, Cambridge, and more. Each site in The Geek Atlas focuses on discoveries or inventions, and includes information about the people and the science behind them. Full of interesting photos and illustrations, the book is organized geographically by country (by state within the U.S.), complete with latitudes and longitudes for GPS devices. Destinations include: Bletchley Park in the UK, where the Enigma code was broken The Alan Turing Memorial in Manchester, England The Horn Antenna in New Jersey, where the Big Bang theory was confirmed The National Cryptologic Museum in Fort Meade, Maryland The Trinity Test Site in New Mexico, where the first atomic bomb was exploded The Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, California You won't find tedious, third-rate museums, or a tacky plaque stuck to a wall stating that "Professor X slept here." Every site in this book has real scientific, mathematical, or technological interest -- places guaranteed to make every geek's heart pound a little faster. Plan a trip with The Geek Atlas and make your own discoveries along the way.
Category: Technology & Engineering

The Hometown Texas Girl Trilogy

Author : Sharon McAnear
ISBN : 9781634092357
Genre : Fiction
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Transport yourself back to the turbulent 1960s alongside Jemmabeth Forrester as she comes into adulthood in the West Texas Panhandle. She has always been a good girl, but she is not afraid to learn from a truckload of mistakes. As the Vietnam War begins and romance plays tug of war, Jemma will hear advice from many of Chillaton’s colorful citizens, but in the end, she’ll have to work out her own faith and choose her own path.
Category: Fiction

Limbodeswill S Wain

Author : M.F. Dail
ISBN : 9781490729589
Genre : Fiction
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Dickey Tonking, a favorite student of troubled professor Barry Richter, is called upon to deliver a paper to an assembly of peers during Richters illness. In doing so, he radically distorts the original text and almost unconsciously includes ideas of his own. But when the professor dies in a fire that looks suspiciously like a suicide, his protg is left to face the academic consequences. Worse yet, when Dickey unwittingly becomes involved in an attempted murder of a girl by a jealous lover, he shoots the villain during a scuffle. As the girl, Cissy, flees the scene, both she and Dickey have no idea they will soon begin a rocky relationship with unforeseen consequences. To escape the police after the shooting, Dickey travels to South Africa, where he hopes to rekindle a liaison with a doctor; however, she soon terminates the relationship. Just as Dickey finds himself intrigued by a nurse, the police finally catch up with him. He is flown home under guard, tried, and sentenced to several years in jail. Visited by Cissy in prison, Dickey is relieved when his innocence is finally acknowledged. But now only time will tell whether their relationship will lastor whether he will ever be able to shake his obsession with the nurse he left behind. Limbodeswills Wain shares the tale of a young mans coming-of-age journey as he faces many challenges, learns to love, and discovers his destiny.
Category: Fiction

Biology For Aqa

Author : Ann Fullick
ISBN : 0435583557
Genre : Biology
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This resource has separate books for biology, chemistry and physics. Each book is accompanied by a teacher's resource pack on customizable CD-ROM or as a printed pack. The series is designed to work in conjunction with the Coordinated Science for AQA series, so that coordinated and separate science can be taught alongside each other.
Category: Biology


Author : Richard Edwin Day
ISBN : WISC:89099780157
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