Victorians and the Prehistoric: Tracks to a Lost World - Michael Freeman
Victorians and the Prehistoric As the Victorians excavated the earth to create canals and railways in the early part of the nineteenth century, geological...... more
Victorians and the Prehistoric As the Victorians excavated the earth to create canals and railways in the early part of the nineteenth century, geological discoveries brought to light new narratives of the prehistoric, ideas that resounded in British society, art, and literature of the period. This engaging and generously illustrated book explores the Victorian fascination with all things prehistoric. Michael Freeman shows how ... Full description
Map That Changed the World CD: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology - Simon Winchester
Simon Winchester has a very simple formula, of which The Map That Changed the World is a perfect example--namely that the history we have forgotten is...... more
Simon Winchester has a very simple formula, of which The Map That Changed the World is a perfect example--namely that the history we have forgotten is infinitely more interesting than the history with which we are all familiar. After the success of The Surgeon of Crowthorne, which documented the life of WC Minor, the American surgeon and major contributor to the first Oxford English Dictionary, Winchester now turns his attention to William Smith, the 19th-century Briton who can justly lay claim to being the founding father of geology. The book has all the usual attributes of a pacy historical read: a self-educated, unrecognised scientist spends years roaming the British countryside, compiling a map of the geological layers beneath the surface, only to have his ideas ripped off and to wind up homeless and penniless in Yorkshire with a wife who is going bonkers. And it gets better: in a bizarre Dickensian twist, Smith finally gets his just accolades when he is recognised by a kindly liberal nobleman and is reintroduced to London society as the geologist par excellence. Of itself, the story would be more than enough recommendation but there is a subtext running though the book that is in many ways just as compelling--namely, how some parts of history get written in stone and others in dust. Most secondary-school students get to learn of Charles Darwin and The Voyage of the Beagle. Yet how many people could stick their hands up and say they had heard of Smith? But is evolution any more important a field as geology? Is history ultimately an exercise in who has the best PR? Winchester may not have the answer, but he'll certainly make you think.--John Crace
The Beach: A History of Paradise on Earth - Lena Lencek
In The Beach: The History of Paradise on Earth, Lena Lencek and Gideon Bosker chart the history of beaches from the time of their formation to the present,...... more
In The Beach: The History of Paradise on Earth, Lena Lencek and Gideon Bosker chart the history of beaches from the time of their formation to the present, examining the shifting significance of beaches to Western cultures through the centuries. Lencek and Bosker are capable historians whose love of beaches shines through in their writing. They assert that the way people approach the beach reflects their culture's current beliefs about sexuality, class divisions, aesthetics and leisure. At times, the authors go a bit overboard in proving how important beaches are to society, but it is easy to forgive them because this book is crammed with interesting titbits and choice sentences, such as, "The sands of Oregon's Florence Beach squeak with the high-pitched bark of distant chihuahuas." Great old movie posters, photographs and odd tourist brochures are sprinkled throughout the book, enlivening the text. After a chapter on the geological makeup of sand and beaches, the authors chronicle the waxing and waning popularity of beaches through the ages. It seems that people did not always think of the beach as a good place to kick back, get a tan and leaf through a book with lots of pictures. During the Middle Ages many Europeans avoided the sea, in part because they believed water was connected to the horrible plagues that occasionally devastated the region. Later, an entrepreneur convinced the British upper class that drinking saltwater was a good way to cure "windiness of the spirit" and other ailments. Gradually, the rich figured out that the beach is not only healthful, it's fun! Technological innovations made it easier to get to the beach, and so more people of all classes went there. Swimsuit styles changed as textiles, sexual mores and ideals of beauty evolved. This book should appeal to many readers because it is packed with plenty to ponder between naps on the beach, such as the origins of suntan lotion, the development of the Australian crawl and the singing dunes of Kauai, Hawaii. -- Jill Marquis
Advantages: broad range of topics covered, great teaching and support Disadvantages: some people see geology as an easy option....its not, but it is great
...I applied to do geology at various Universities, and had the grades and offers for Bristol, Southampton and Plymouth.
I chose Plymouth because of the structure of the course, and the great friendly 'family' atmosphere I experienced when visiting and loved every moment of it.
There are several options for a geology based course you can:
(Like me) Do a Bsc Geological Sciences (3years...
Advantages: Accurate, Detailed, Well Organised. Disadvantages: None
...This guide covers the geology of London and the Thames Valley. It s a British Geological Survey publication and therefore contains the most up to date and fully accurate data.
The regional guide summarises the main stratal divisions and rock types for the region. It is divided into chapters according to time periods and the associated rock types. It's therefore very easy to find specific...
Advantages: Makes a good meal Disadvantages: None really
...suppose as meat content can vary and sometimes be very low in today?s sausage) banger I tend to prefer a cheese and onion or at least a savoury version. I find that the imitation sausages don?t usually taste very close to meat and can often be quite dry. But a few months ago I first saw Quorn Chef?s Selection ?Best of British? sausages and these have changed my mind. Before trying these I think I must...