Category «Folklore Mythology»

Duel at dawn: Heroes, martyrs, and the rise of modern by Amir Alexander

By Amir Alexander

Within the fog of a Paris sunrise in 1832, Évariste Galois, the twenty-year-old founding father of sleek algebra, was once shot and killed in a duel. That gunshot, indicates Amir Alexander, marked the top of 1 period in arithmetic and the start of one other. Arguing that now not even the purest arithmetic might be separated from its cultural heritage, Alexander exhibits how renowned tales approximately mathematicians are particularly morality stories approximately their craft because it pertains to the area. within the eighteenth century, Alexander says, mathematicians have been idealized as child-like, without end curious, and uniquely suited for display the hidden harmonies of the realm. yet within the 19th century, extraordinary mathematicians like Galois grew to become Romantic heroes like poets, artists, and musicians. the correct mathematician used to be now an alienated loner, pushed to despondency through an uncomprehending international. A box that have been taken with the flora and fauna, now sought to create its personal fact. larger arithmetic grew to become a global unto itself–pure and ruled exclusively via the legislation of cause. during this strikingly unique e-book that takes us from Paris to St. Petersburg, Norway to Transylvania, Alexander introduces us to nationwide heroes and outcasts, innocents, swindlers, and martyrs–all uncommonly talented creators of contemporary arithmetic. (20100413)

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Celtic Myth and Religion: A Study of Traditional Belief, by Sharon Paice Macleod

By Sharon Paice Macleod

This ebook offers a complete review of Celtic mythology and faith, encompassing quite a few facets of formality and trust. themes comprise the presence of the Celtic Otherworld and its population, cosmology and sacred cycles, knowledge texts, mythological symbolism, folklore and legends, and an appreciation of the flora and fauna. proof is drawn from the archaeology of sacred websites, ethnographic money owed of the traditional Celts and their ideals, medieval manuscripts, poetic and visionary literature, and early glossy bills of people healers and seers. New translations of poems, prayers, inscriptions and songs from the early interval (Gaulish, outdated Irish and center Welsh) in addition to the folklore culture (Modern Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, Cornish, Breton and Manx) supplement the textual content. info of this sort hasn't ever earlier than been accrued as a compendium of the indigenous knowledge of the Celtic-speaking peoples, whose traditions have persisted in quite a few kinds for nearly 3 thousand years.

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Vampyres: Genesis and Resurrection: from Count Dracula to by Christopher Frayling

By Christopher Frayling

An multiplied, absolutely illustrated, and up to date version of the vintage cultural background of vampires

Vampyres is a accomplished and generously illustrated historical past and anthology of vampires in literature, from the folklore of japanese Europe to the Romantics and past. It accommodates extracts from a big variety of sources―from Bram Stoker’s particular study notes for Dracula to penny dreadfuls, to Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber (new to this variation) that's analyzed by means of the writer in a broader cultural context.

This revised and elevated variation of the 1978 vintage brings Vampyres brand new with twenty-first-century vampire literature, together with new textual content extracts, remark, and a revised advent. For the 1st time, Christopher Frayling additionally explores the improvement of the vampire within the visible arts in 4 color-plate sections, with illustrations starting from eighteenth-century prints to twenty-first-century movie stills, demonstrating the long-lasting allure of the vampire from renowned press to fantastic paintings and, eventually, to film.

60 colour illustrations

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Undersea Adventures by R. A. Montgomery

By R. A. Montgomery

Journey below the Sea through R. A. Montgomery takes YOU on an undersea experience looking for the misplaced urban of Atlantis! 9-12 yr previous readers will discover the depths of the sea looking for this mysterious and gorgeous global, escaping gigantic squid and shark assaults, learning shipwrecks, assisting the merpeople insurgent opposed to a merciless monarchy, and escaping imprisonment!

decide upon your personal event Journey lower than the Sea is an interactive experience publication during which you choose what occurs next.

you're a deep sea explorer trying to find the famed misplaced urban of Atlantis. You pilot your individual submarine into the murky depths of the sea. Do you descend right into a deep, darkish gap you find, or demand support? Do you sign up for the underwater civilization or attempt to get away again to the skin? have you thought of trying proposal trip?

For readers who loved different titles from the pick out your personal event sequence, together with: Terror at the Titanic by way of Jim Wallace, Forecast from Stonehenge via R. A. Montgomery, and The Curse of the Pirate Mist through Doug Wilhelm.

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