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In 1645 the Japanese samurai Musashi Miamoto wrote A Book of Five Rings , which described the attitudes necessary for individual success. Though he was a swordsman, his book was not limited to combat but addressed the much broader question of how to achieve…

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Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) was one of the shapers of modern consciousness through his development of the concept of the unconscious and the therapy that he evolved based on this discovery. Essential writings by Sigmund Freud, including generous excerpts of the…

Freud for Historians

by Peter Gay

|September 1, 1993

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Is psychoanalysis a legitimate tool for helping us understand the past? Many traditional historians have answered with an emphatic no, greeting the introduction of Freud into historical study with responses ranging from condescending skepticism to outrage. Now…

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An insider's provocative account of one of the most contentious debates in science today When Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould, two of the world's leading evolutionary theorists, proposed a bold new theory of evolution—the theory of "punctuated…

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This is the story of the "other" Thomas Edison-not the heroic lone inventor, but Edison the businessman, industrialist, and successful manager of one of the world's largest industrial research laboratories. Tracing his career from his boyhood to his death in…

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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., has been called the greatest jurist and legal scholar in the history of the English-speaking world. In this collection of his speeches, opinions, and letters, Richard Posner reveals the fullness of Holmes' achievements as judge,…

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At the age of four, Philip Zazove was speaking to his father, who turned away to replace some books on a shelf. "Daddy", Philip cried, "look at me when I talk!" His father replied, and Philip said, "What did you say, Daddy?" His father turned around and repeated…

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Informed by currents in sociology, cultural anthropology, and literary theory, Galileo, Courtier is neither a biography nor a conventional history of science. In the court of the Medicis and the Vatican, Galileo fashioned both his career and his science to the…

Louis Pasteur

by Patrice Debré

|October 25, 2000

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Distinguished French immunologist and physician Patrice Debré offers an extensive, balanced, and detailed account of Louis Pasteur's life, struggles, and contributions. Drawing heavily on Pasteur's own scientific notebooks and writings, Debré presents a…

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"The sordid controversies of litigants," Benjamin Cardozo once said, are "the stuff from which great and shining truths will ultimately be shaped." As one of America's most influential judges, first on New York State's Court of Appeals and then on the United…

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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., distinguished American jurist, and Patrick Augustine Sheehan, an Irish clerical-savant, enjoyed a warm and notable friendship based largely on their exchange of letters from 1903, when they first met in Ireland, until 1913, the year of…