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By: John Wood Campbell. Jr. (1910-1971)
Islands of Space
As Earth's faster-than-light spaceship hung in the void between galaxies, Arcot, Wade, Morey and Fuller could see below them, like a vast shining horizon, the mass of stars that formed their own island universe. Morey worked a moment with his slide rule, then said, "We made good time! Twenty-nine light years in ten seconds! Yet you had it on at only half power...." Arcot pushed the control lever all the way to full power. The ship filled with the strain of flowing energy, and sparks snapped in the air of the control room as they raced at an inconceivable speed through the darkness of intergalactic space...
Invaders from the Infinite
The famous scientific trio of Arcot, Wade and Morey, challenged by the most ruthless aliens in all the universes, blasted off on an intergalactic search for defenses against the invaders of Earth and all her allies. World after world was visited, secret after secret unleashed, and turned to mighty weapons of intense force--and still the Thessian enemy seemed to grow in power and ferocity. Mighty battles between huge space armadas were but skirmishes in the galactic war, as the invincible aliens savagely advanced and the Earth team hurled bolt after bolt of pure ravening energy--until it appeared that the universe itself might end in one final flare of furious torrential power....
By: Henry Ernest Dudeney
Amusements in Mathematics
AMUSEMENTS IN MATHEMATICSby HENRY ERNEST DUDENEYPREFACEIn issuing this volume of my Mathematical Puzzles, of which some have appeared in periodicals and others are given here for the first time, I must acknowledge the encouragement that I have received from many unknown correspondents, at home and abroad, who have expressed a desire to have the problems in a collected form, with some of the solutions given at greater length than is possible in magazines and newspapers. Though I have included a few old puzzles that have interested the world for generations, where I felt that there was something new to be said about them, the problems are in the main original...
By: A. T. Mahan (1840-1914)
|Lessons of the war with Spain and other articles|
By: William E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963)
By: Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
The Chemical History of a Candle
The Chemical History of a Candle is a series of 6 lectures on chemistry presented to a juvenile audience in 1848. Taught by Michael Faraday - a chemist and physist, and regarded as the best experimentalist in the history of science - it is probably the most famous of the Christmas Lectures of the Royal Society. Taking the everyday burning of a candle as a starting point, Faraday spans the arc from combustion and its products, via the components of water and air (oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, carbon), back to the type of combustion that happens in the human body when we breathe...
By: Poul William Anderson (1926-2001)
|Duel on Syrtis|
By: T. H. Pardo de Tavera (1857-1925)
|The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines|
By: Glenn D. Bradley (1884-1930)
The Story of the Pony Express
The Story of the Pony Express offers an in depth account behind the need for a mail route to connect the eastern U.S. with the rapidly populating west coast following the gold rush of California, the springing up of lumber camps, and all incidental needs arising from the settling of the western frontier. Here we learn of the inception of the Pony Express, its formation, successes, failures, facts, statistics, combined with many anecdotes and names of the people who were an integral part of this incredible entity which lasted but less than two years, yet was instrumental in the successful settlement of two thirds of the land mass comprising the expanding country...
By: Allan Pinkerton (1819-1884)
The Expressman and the Detective
Allan Pinkerton (1819-1884), a Scotsman by birth and a barrel-maker by trade, settled in Chicago in its infancy and founded the Pinkertons, the world's first detective agency. Though events associated with the agency after his death have tarnished the name, Pinkerton himself was one of the original human rights advocates. He was a dear friend to John Brown, an advisor to Abraham Lincoln, and 80 years ahead of his time in hiring female detectives. He was also stubborn, irascible, and an egomaniac...
|The Burglar's Fate And The Detectives|
|Bucholz and the Detectives|
By: Robert Sterling Yard (1861-1945)
The Book of the National Parks
Robert Sterling Yard (February 1, 1861 – May 17, 1945) was an American writer, journalist, and wilderness activist. Born in Haverstraw, New York, Yard graduated from Princeton University and spent the first twenty years of his career in the editing and publishing business. In 1915, he was recruited by his friend Stephen Mather to help publicize the need for an independent national park agency. Their numerous publications were part of a movement that resulted in legislative support for a National Park Service (NPS) in 1916...
By: Robert Hugh Benson (1871-1914)
Lord of the World
“Mr. Benson sees the world, four or five generations hence, free at last from all minor quarrels, and ranged against itself in two camps, Humanitarianism for those who believe in no divinity but that of man, Catholicism for those who believe in no divinity but that of God.” This apocalyptic novel from the early 1900's is sometimes deemed one of the first modern dystopias.
By: Michel Verne (1861-1925)
|In the Year 2889|
By: Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931)
Southern Horrors: Lynch Law In All Its Phases
Thoroughly appalled and sickened by the rising numbers of white-on-black murders in the South since the beginning of Reconstruction, and by the unwillingness of local, state and federal governments to prosecute those who were responsible, Ida Bell Wells-Barnett wrote Southern Horrors, a pamphlet in which she exposed the horrible reality of lynchings to the rest of the nation and to the world. Wells explained, through case study, how the federal government's failure to intervene allowed Southern states...
By: W. Hamilton Gibson (1850-1896)
|My Studio Neighbors|
By: Oliver Herford (1863-1935)
|A Child's Primer Of Natural History|
By: Margaret W. Lewis
|Object Lessons on the Human Body A Transcript of Lessons Given in the Primary Department of School No. 49, New York City|
By: Archibald Williams
|How it Works Dealing in simple language with steam, electricity, light, heat, sound, hydraulics, optics, etc., and with their applications to apparatus in common use|
By: Paul Ehrlich (1854-1915)
Histology of the Blood
This is a textbook on the science of blood and bloodwork by (1908) Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Paul Ehrlich. Should appeal to hematologists, phlebotomists, and just plain folks interested in how our bodies work.
By: Rick Raphael (1919-1994)
|A Filbert Is a Nut|
|The Thirst Quenchers|
By: James H. Schmitz (1911-1981)
|The Winds of Time|
|An Incident on Route 12|
|The Star Hyacinths|
|The Other Likeness|
|Watch the Sky|
By: John Addington Symonds (1840-1893)
A Problem in Modern Ethics
“Society lies under the spell of ancient terrorism and coagulated errors. Science is either wilfully hypocritical or radically misinformed.” John Addington Symonds struck many an heroic note in this courageous (albeit anonymously circulated) essay. He is a worthy Virgil guiding the reader through the Inferno of suffering which emerging medico-legal definitions of the sexually deviant were prepared to inflict on his century and on the one which followed. Symonds pleads for sane human values in...
By: William J. (William Josephus) Robinson (1867-1936)
|Woman Her Sex and Love Life|
By: Hugo Münsterberg (1863-1916)
Talking about viewing the Ocean "If I take the attitude of appreciation, it would be absurd to say that this wave is composed of chemical elements which I do not see; and if I take the attitude of physical explanation, it would be equally absurd to deny that such elements are all of which the wave is made. From the one standpoint, the ocean is really excited; from the other standpoint, the molecules are moving according to the laws of hydrodynamics. If I want to understand the meaning of this scene every reminiscence of physics will lead me astray; if I want to calculate the movement of my boat, physics alone can help me".(from the Introduction)
By: B. G. (Benjamin Grant) Jefferis (1851-)
|Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners A Complete Sexual Science and a Guide to Purity and Physical Manhood, Advice To Maiden, Wife, And Mother, Love, Courtship, And Marriage|
By: William Curtis (1746-1799)
|The Botanical Magazine, Vol. 1 Or, Flower-Garden Displayed|
|The Botanical Magazine, Vol. 2 or Flower-Garden Displayed|
|The Botanical Magazine, Vol. 3 Or, Flower-Garden Displayed|
|The Botanical Magazine, Vol. 4 Or, Flower-Garden Displayed|
|The Botanical Magazine, Vol. 5 Or, Flower-Garden Displayed|
|The Botanical Magazine, Vol. 6 Or, Flower-Garden Displayed|
|The Botanical Magazine Vol. 8 Or, Flower-Garden Displayed|
|The Botanical Magazine Vol. 7 or, Flower-Garden Displayed|
By: George Sutherland (1855-1905)
Twentieth Century Inventions: A Forecast
This work from 1901 predicts what technological developments will manifest in the twentieth century. The author, a technical journalist, presents ideas for inventions and new developments in the areas of power, transportation, agriculture, mining, domestic applications, electronic devices, warfare, music, art, and news. Many have come to pass. All of them provide an interesting look into how the next century was imagined and what challenges were anticipated for the progress of society. -
By: Cleveland Moffett (1863-1926)
|The Conquest of America A Romance of Disaster and Victory: U.S.A., 1921 A.D.|
By: Charles Boutell (1812-1877)
|The Handbook to English Heraldry|
By: Bradford Torrey (1843-1912)
A Florida Sketch-Book
This is a series of late-19th Century essays about Florida’s flora & fauna written by a Massachusetts-based naturalist.
|Birds in the Bush|
|The Foot-path Way|
By: Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949)
|The Life of the Bee|
|Our Friend the Dog|
By: G. E. Mitton
|The Children's Book of Stars|
By: William Morgan (1774-1826?)
|The Mysteries of Free Masonry Containing All the Degrees of the Order Conferred in a Master's Lodge|
By: Ray Vaughn Pierce
The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser
The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser In Plain English, Or, Medicine Simplified. By R.V. Pierce, M.D. INTRODUCTORY WORDS. Health and disease are physical conditions upon which pleasure and pain, success and failure, depend. Every individual gain increases public gain. Upon the health of its people is based the prosperity of a nation; by it every value is increased, every joy enhanced. Life is incomplete without the enjoyment of healthy organs and faculties, for these give rise to the delightful sensations of existence...
By: Clarence Darrow (1857-1938)
Crime: Its Cause and Treatment
Clarence Darrow was an American lawyer. He remains notable for his wit and agnosticism, which marked him as one of the most famous American lawyers and civil libertarians.In this book, Darrow expands on his lifelong contention that psychological, physical, and environmental influences—not a conscious choice between right and wrong—control human behavior. To my ears (the reader's), the author has a rather simplistic behaviourist view of human behaviour, but he argues his position with wonderful clarity...
By: Walter Bagehot (1826-1877)
|Physics and Politics, or, Thoughts on the application of the principles of "natural selection" and "inheritance" to political society|
By: Joseph Maclise
By: Fredric Brown (1906-1972)
|Earthmen Bearing Gifts|
|Hall of Mirrors|
By: John Harvey Kellogg (1852-1943)
|Plain Facts for Old and Young|
|First Book in Physiology and Hygiene|
By: Auguste Forel (1848-1931)
|The Sexual Question A Scientific, psychological, hygienic and sociological study|
By: Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924)
How to Succeed
In this volume, Orison Swett Marden explains the road to success in simple terms for the benefit of anyone, who wishes to follow in his footsteps. Over 100 years after publication, most of these lessons are still valid today.
By: Howard I. Chapelle (1901-1975)
|The Pioneer Steamship Savannah: A Study for a Scale Model United States National Museum Bulletin 228, 1961, pages 61-80|
|The Migrations of an American Boat Type|
By: Frank Herbert (1920-1986)
|Old Rambling House|
By: Douglas Houghton Campbell (1859-1953)
|Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany For High Schools and Elementary College Courses|
By: Garrett Putman Serviss (1851-1929)
|Other Worlds Their Nature, Possibilities and Habitability in the Light of the Latest Discoveries|
|Pleasures of the telescope An Illustrated Guide for Amateur Astronomers and a Popular Description of the Chief Wonders of the Heavens for General Readers|
|Edison's Conquest of Mars|
By: Edward V. Lucas (1868-1938)
|The War of the Wenuses|
By: Laurence M. Janifer (1933-2002)
|Lost in Translation|
|The Man Who Played to Lose|
|Charley de Milo|
By: Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802)
|Zoonomia, Vol. I Or, the Laws of Organic Life|
|Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life|
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Yoga sutras by Patanjali is a seminal work in yoga, this book is more about control of mind and the true goal of yoga. The sutras are extremely brief, and the translation in neat English makes it very easy for people to understand the ancient Sanskrit text. It starts with the birth and growth of spiritual man through the control of mind. In all, this is a "all in one" book for yoga philosophy written by the master himself.
By: Harold L. Goodwin (1914-1990)
Rip Foster Rides the Gray Planet
"Foster, Lieutenant, R. I. P.," blared the voice horn, and five minutes later Rip Foster was off into space on an assignment more exciting than any he had ever imagined. He could hardly believe his ears. Could a green young Planeteer, just through his training, possibly carry out orders like these? Sunny space, what a trick it would be! From the moment Rip boards the space ship Scorpius there is a thrill a minute. He and his nine daring Planeteers must cope with the merciless hazing of the spacemen commanding the ship, and they must outwit the desperate Connies, who threaten to plunge all of space into war...
|Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet|
By: United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation
|The Science of Fingerprints Classification and Uses|
By: Charles Alexander Eastman (1858-1939)
Based in part upon the author's own observations and personal knowledge, it was the aim of the book to set forth the status and outlook of the North American Indian. He addressed issues such as Indian schools, health, government policy and agencies, and citizenship in this book. In connection with his writings, Eastman was in steady demand as a lecturer and public speaker with the purpose of interpreting his race to the present age.
By: Jean-Henri Fabre (1823-1915)
|Social Life in the Insect World|
|The Wonders of Instinct Chapters in the Psychology of Insects|
|Bramble-Bees and Others|
|The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles|
This is more than a book about bees and their lives; the author talks about his cats, red ants, and insect psychology in general. Jean Henri Fabre also made waves in his native 19th Century France by insisting that girls be included in his science classes, so I dedicate this recording to certain young women who risk their lives or even the less important attentions of boys simply to learn.
Life of the Fly, With Which are Interspersed Some Chapters of Autobiography
The title tells all, along with other observations on insect life from the famed accidental entomologist of 19th Century France..
|More Hunting Wasps|
By: Elinor Glyn (1864-1943)
By: Camille Flammarion (1842-1925)
|Astronomy for Amateurs|