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By Bill Bryson. 2004
This book is Bryson's quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization… - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. Bill Bryson's challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry and particle physics, and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. It's not so much about what we know, as about how we know what we know. How do we know what is in the centre of the Earth, or what a black hole is, or where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out? Some strong language. 2004.
By Heather Anne Pringle. 2001
After covering a conference of mummy experts, science reporter Heather Pringle became so intrigued with mummies that she spent a… year circling the globe, visiting leading scientists in the field. She also investigated preserved Italian saints, Scandinavian mummies in bogs, and frozen Inca princesses. Pringle researched Egyptian embalmers, the past public craze for mummy unwrappings, and the Russians' attempts to preserve Stalin, and along the way learned what mummies have to tell us about ourselves. Winner of the 2002 CNIB Torgi Award. 2001.
By David T Suzuki, Amanda McConnell. 1997
With a focus on the oceans and the water which maintains life, Suzuki discusses the need for environmental conservation. He… argues that too much water, from global warming, or water too foul from pollution, results in the destruction of all life. Winner of the 1999 CNIB Talking Book of the Year Award. 1997.
By Marshall McLuhan. 1977
Controversial when first published, this classic book theorizes that the invention of printing has shaped our lives. McLuhan looks at… politics, economics, philosophy, literature and post-Newtonian physics. Winner of the 1962 Governor General's Award for Non-fiction. c1962, 1977.
By Marq De Villiers. 1999
Everybody needs it to survive, but very few people give it any thought. Water, one of the most plentiful natural… resources in the world, has the power to give life and to take it away. De Villiers examines the numerous uses of water, the changes that have occurred in the Earth's water supply, the folklore and myths surrounding water, and the future of water as a natural resource. Winner of the 1999 Governor General's Award for Non-fiction. 1999.
By Pierre Berton. 1986
In 1917, the Canadian Corps seized and held the best-defended German bastion on the Western Front, a feat thought impossible… by the British, French and German forces. The author believes they succeeded because the men were civilians, with flexible minds unfettered by military rules. Bestseller 1986. Winner of the 1987 CNIB Talking Book of the Year Award.
By Ingeborg Boyens. 1999
According to Boyens, in the first decades of the new millennium, the majority of our food will be the product… of genetic engineering. She presents the implications of biotechnology, and illustrates the consequences this science may have for the environment, human and animal health, and the global food system. Winner of the National Business Book Award. 1999.
By Thomas F Homer-Dixon. 2000
Can we create ideas fast enough to solve the very problems - environmental, social, and technological - we have created?… Homer-Dixon calls the gap between our need for practical and innovative ideas to solve our complex problems and our actual supply of those ideas the "ingenuity gap". He argues that as the gap widens, political disintegration and violent upheaval can result and suggests ways to overcome these real problems before it is too late. Winner of the 2001 Governor General's Award for Non-fiction. 2000.
By Diarmaid MacCulloch. 2003
The Reformation is often chronicled as a single, momentous period in the history of the Church, where a number of… competing groups of reformers challenged a monolithic and corrupt Roman Catholicism over issues ranging from authority and the role of the priests to the interpretation of the Eucharist and the use of the Bible in church. MacCulloch argues instead that there were many reformations. He challenges common assumptions about the relationships between Catholic priests and laity, and explains that even within various groups of reformers there was scarcely agreement about ways to change the Church. 2004, c2003.
By Marshall McLuhan. 1962
Controversial when first published, this classic book theorizes that the invention of printing has shaped our lives. McLuhan looks at… politics, economics, philosophy, literature and post-Newtonian physics. Winner of the 1962 Governor General's Award for Non-fiction.
By John A Livingston. 1994
In the 1970s, environmentalist John Livingston began to find serious flaws in the conventional conservation argument. He began to challenge… the belief that the survival of undomesticated plants and animals in a world dominated by humans could be enabled through "resource conservation" managed by humans. He argues that our dependence on ideas -- in effect, our own domestication -- has cut us off from the natural world, and led us to believe that our domination over nature is itself "natural." Winner of the 1994 Governor General's Award for Non-fiction.
By Marshall McLuhan. 1967
Ce livre classique théorise que l'invention de l'impression a formé nos vies. McLuhan regarde la politique, les sciences économiques, la… philosophie, la littérature et la physique post-Newtonienne. c1967. Titre uniforme: The Gutenberg Galaxy.
By Jonathan Weiner. 1994
Discusses the work of Peter and Rosemary Grant, who spent more than twenty years in the Galapagos Islands researching Charles… Darwin's finches to confront Darwin's notion of evolution as a time-suspended process. Weiner incorporates research from other scientists to assert that evolution is dynamic, involving constant, even observable, change. L.A. Times Book Prize for Science and Technology. Winner of the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction. 1994.
By Margaret MacMillan. 2006
Paris, 1919 : après la " guerre qui devait mettre fin à toutes les guerres ", des hommes et des… femmes de tous les pays convergent vers la capitale pour la conférence de la Paix où va se redessiner la carte du monde. Outre les représentants des plus grandes puissances victorieuses - Wilson, Lloyd George et Clemenceau -, affluent journalistes, ambassadeurs et porte-parole de cent causes différentes - de T.E. Lawrence à la reine Marie de Roumanie, en passant par J.M. Keynes et Hô Chi Minh. Paris est alors le centre du monde, le lieu où se liquident les empires, où naissent de nouveaux pays, et où vont se nouer drames et malentendus. Quelques descriptions de violence. 2006. Titre uniforme: The peacemakers.