Nature is the Worst

500 reasons you'll never want to go outside again

Author: E. Reid Ross

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1440599084

Category: Humor

Page: 272

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500 of the most absurd and horrifying things that happen in nature! Crashing waves, stunning sunsets, sprawling landscapes. Nature is beautiful, right? Wrong. Nature Is the Worst. Need proof? The giant pitcher plant not only eats bugs, it's large enough to trap small mammals. Almost 90 percent of the koala population in Australia has chlamydia. A hailstorm in Bangladesh in 1986 killed 92 people with giant balls of ice weighing more than 2 pounds apiece. Crocodiles can climb trees. The poisonous Dracunculus vulgaris, or voodoo lily, smells like rotting flesh, looks like it's splattered in blood, and features a central black spike that can grow up to 4 feet tall. Cats often kill their first litter. A "haboob" is a biblically-huge wall of dust that can reduce visibility to zero, reach a height of 5,000 feet and stretch as far as 100 miles wide. Vampire bats are totally real, and yes, they love blood. Nature Is the Worst contains hundreds of cringe-worthy, shocking facts you never knew about nature that prove the world is a terrifying--and sometimes very strange--place.

Optimal Protection from Impact, Shock and Vibration

Author: Dimitry V Balandin,Nikolai N. Bolotnik,Walter D. Pilkey

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9789056997014

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 472

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Systems that provide protection from impact, shock and vibration are held up by sophisticated physical principles. In this volume, the author explores those principles in a straightforward manner. All aspects of the theory of optimal isolation are presented, from a description of the systems that use these principles to the design of such systems and the limits of the approach. The text offers several examples of how optimal isolation has been applied in real-world situations, thus serving to emphasize and elucidate the explanation of the theory. Optimal Protection From Impact, Shock and Vibration is ideal for applied engineers and mathematicians, whether students or professionals, who need to understand optimal protection.

Summa Theologica (All Complete & Unabridged 3 Parts + Supplement & Appendix + interactive links and annotations)

Author: Thomas Aquinas

Publisher: e-artnow

ISBN: 8074842924

Category: Religion

Page: 578

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This carefully crafted ebook: "Summa Theologica (All Complete & Unabridged 3 Parts + Supplement & Appendix + interactive links and annotations)" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. This ebook is the best-known work of Thomas Aquinas (c.1225–1274). Although unfinished, the Summa is "one of the classics of the history of philosophy and one of the most influential works of Western literature." It is intended as an instructional guide for moderate theologians, and a compendium of all of the main theological teachings of the Catholic Church. It presents the reasoning for almost all points of Christian theology in the West. The Summa Theologica is divided into three parts, and each of these three parts contains numerous subdivisions. Part 1 deals primarily with God and comprises discussions of 119 questions concerning the existence and nature of God, the Creation, angels, the work of the six days of Creation, the essence and nature of man, and divine government. Part 2 deals with man and includes discussions of 303 questions concerning the purpose of man, habits, types of law, vices and virtues, prudence and justice, fortitude and temperance, graces, and the religious versus the secular life. Part 3 deals with Christ and comprises discussions of 90 questions concerning the Incarnation, the Sacraments, and the Resurrection. Some editions of the Summa Theologica include a Supplement comprising discussions of an additional 99 questions concerning a wide variety of loosely related issues such as excommunication, indulgences, confession, marriage, purgatory, and the relations of the saints toward the damned. Scholars believe that Rainaldo da Piperno, a friend of Aquinas, probably gathered the material in this supplement from a work that Aquinas had completed before he began working on the Summa Theologica. It seeks to describe the relationship between God and man and to explain how man’s reconciliation with the Divine is made possible at all through Christ. To this end, Aquinas cites proofs for the existence of God and outlines the activities and nature of God. Approximately one-half of the Summa Theologica then examines the nature and purpose of man. Finally, Aquinas devotes his attention to the nature of Christ and the role of the Sacraments in effecting a bridge between God and man. Within these broad topical boundaries, though, Aquinas examines the nature of God and man in exquisite detail. His examination includes questions of how angels act on bodies, the union of body and soul, the cause and remedies of anger, cursing, and the comparison of one sin with another. Aquinas is attempting to offer a truly universal and rational view of all existence. Thomas Aquinas, O.P. (1225 – 1274), also Thomas of Aquin or Aquino, was an Italian Dominican priest, and an immensely influential philosopher and theologian in the tradition of scholasticism, within which he is also known as the "Doctor Angelicus", "Doctor Communis", and "Doctor Universalis". He was the foremost classical proponent of natural theology, and the father of Thomism. His influence on Western thought is considerable, and much of modern philosophy was conceived in development or refutation of his ideas, particularly in the areas of ethics, natural law, metaphysics, and political theory.

Serbia in Light and Darkness

Author: Nicholai Velimirovic,Randall Cantuar

Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

ISBN: 1602068046

Category: History

Page: 200

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Originally published in 1916, Serbia in Light and Darkness is Velimirovic's retelling of the history of his people. He wishes to share with the Western world the story of his people at their best and the story of his people at their worst-a history that many are completely unfamiliar with. Velimirovic speaks on the character of the Serbian soul and how the suffering endured by his countrymen has forged them into a unique people with an abiding faith. Offering a deep understanding of culture and national pride, this small book will be of interest to religious scholars, historians, and anyone with a passion for understanding international relations. Serbian bishop NIKOLAJ VELIMIROVIC (1880-1956) was a member of the Orthodox church and prominent, though controversial theological writer: though canonized by the Orthodox church, some of his writings are considered anti-Semitic. Among his most prominent writings are The Religious Spirit of the Slavs (1916) and Beyond Sin and Death (1914).

Think and Grow Rich

Author: Napoleon Hill

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440628238

Category: Self-Help

Page: 320

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Here are money-making secets that can change your life. Inspired by Andrew Carnegie's magic formula for success, this book will teach you the secrets that will bring you a fortune. It will show you not only what to do but how to do it. Once you learn and apply the simple, basic techniques revealed here, you will have mastered the secret of true and lasting success. And you may have whatever you want in life.

Your Magic Power to be Rich!

Author: Napoleon Hill

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440629188

Category: Self-Help

Page: 528

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The ultimate all-in-one prosperity bible, featuring updated editions of the greatest works by the champion wealth builder of all time, Napoleon Hill. The timeless personal success writings of Napoleon Hill have inspired millions of readers to reach for and achieve their dreams since his debut book appeared in 1928. Now, three of Hill's most dynamic titles are available together for the first time, revised and updated in this convenient omnibus edition: Think and Grow Rich, one of the bestselling books of all time and one of the most successful reissues in recent publishing history, is Hill's landmark volume on wealth building. The Magic Ladder to Success, available nowhere else, is the volume in which Hill first distilled the seventeen factors that make up his "Law of Success" philosophy. These seventeen factors are composed of specific beliefs and actions that enable leaders to triumph in many fields. The Master-Key to Riches is the actual handbook once used by Hill and certified teachers of his success methods. This is the reference that the master teacher provided for the teaching of his ideas. While all three titles are revised to avoid arcane language or points of references, each features the full range of ideas and exercises that appeared in the original volumes. These are the self-help classics that most marked Hill's success as the greatest prosperity teacher in history. Together, they provide the ultimate guide to attaining the life of your dreams.

The Computational Beauty of Nature

Computer Explorations of Fractals, Chaos, Complex Systems, and Adaptation

Author: Gary William Flake

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262561273

Category: Computers

Page: 493

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Gary William Flake develops in depth the simple idea that recurrent rules can produce rich and complicated behaviors.

Nature-Based Tourism in Peripheral Areas

Development or Disaster?

Author: Prof. C. Michael Hall,Prof. Stephen W. Boyd

Publisher: Channel View Publications

ISBN: 1845413202

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 296

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This book provides one of the first detailed examinations of the problems of nature-based tourism development in peripheral areas. A diverse range of environments is used to illustrate the challenges and difficulties of managing nature-based tourism resources. A central theme throughout the book is the degree of opportunity that nature-based tourism provides as the basis for peripheral region development.

The nature and state of the English drama

a lecture delivered at a meeting of the Syncretic Association, at the Gallery of British Artists, Suffolk Street, on ... January 28th, 1841 ...

Author: Frederick Guest Tomlins

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 24

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The Gallery of Nature and Art

Or, A Tour Through Creation and Science, Comprising New and Entertaining Descriptions of the Most Surprising ... Phenomena of Nature ... in Every Part of the Habitable World ...

Author: Edward Polehampton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Engraving

Page: N.A

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The Nature of Clinical Medicine

The Return of the Clinician

Author: Eric J. Cassell

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199974888

Category: Medical

Page: 304

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Clinical medicine, as a thinking discipline, is concerned not only with what clinicians do, but why. When physicians act in medicine they have some purpose or goal in mind. What they actually do and how they go about it is in the service of their purposes and their goals. Such goals cover a wide range of topics centering on patients, the doctor-patient relationship, the acts of doctoring patients, and the goals involved in being a physician among other physicians working within the institutions of medicine. The Nature of Clinical Medicine takes its direction from a catalog of goals of medicine that range from the expected diagnosis and treatment of diseases to wider concerns for patients, for physicians, and for medicine itself. The chapters are specific in teaching the kinds of knowledge that clinicians require in order to be able to achieve these goals. The central focus of the clinician and of this book is the patient. According to Eric Cassell, everything else, including the disease, is secondary. Using many examples from real-life medical practice, each chapter examines the different kinds of thought involved in caring for the patient. Cassell takes on a variety of difficult issues, from thinking about values to developing wisdom. The care of the dying, what thinking itself is, and finally, why would one want to do this exciting and rewarding but difficult work, come under discussion in this book.

Shakespeare & the Denial of Death

Author: James L. Calderwood

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9780870235832

Category: Drama

Page: 233

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Examines how Shakespeare dramatizes the strategies people use to deal with death's inevitability, discusses the nature of Shakespearean tragedy, and also looks at the theme of immortality.

The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Medicine

Author: Eric J. Cassell

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199882649

Category: Psychology

Page: 336

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This is a revised and expanded edtion of a classic in palliative medicine, originally published in 1991. With three added chapters and a new preface summarizing our progress in the area of pain management, this is a must-hve for those in palliative medicine and hospice care. The obligation of physicians to relieve human suffering stretches back into antiquity. But what exactly, is suffering? One patient with metastic cancer of the stomach, from which he knew he would shortly die, said he was not suffering. Another, someone who had been operated on for a mior problem--in little pain and not seemingly distressed--said that even coming into the hospital had been a source of pain and not suffering. With such varied responses to the problem of suffering, inevitable questions arise. Is it the doctor's responsibility to treat the disease or the patient? And what is the relationship between suffering and the goals of medicine? According to Dr. Eric Cassell, these are crucial questions, but unfortunately, have remained only queries void of adequate solutions. It is time for the sick person, Cassell believes, to be not merely an important concern for physicians but the central focus of medicine. With this in mind, Cassell argues for an understanding of what changes should be made in order to successfully treat the sick while alleviating suffering, and how to actually go about making these changes with the methods and training techniques firmly rooted in the doctor's relationship with the patient. Dr. Cassell offers an incisive critique of the approach of modern medicine. Drawing on a number of evocative patient narratives, he writes that the goal of medicine must be to treat an individual's suffering, and not just the disease. In addition, Cassell's thoughtful and incisive argument will appeal to psychologists and psychiatrists interested in the nature of pain and suffering.

The Worst It Can Be Is A Disaster

The Life Story of Braham Murray and the Royal Exchange Theatre

Author: Braham Murray

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408147858

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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The Worst It Can Be is a Disaster is the autobiography of Braham Murray, founding director of the Royal Exchange Manchester which in 2006 celebrated its thirtieth anniversary. With a foreword by Sir Tom Courtenay. Born into a Jewish family, Braham Murray struggled against his parents' expectations that he should follow them into the world of commerce; instead he became at twenty-two the youngest artistic director in the country when he took over Century Theatre, a theatre company based in Manchester. Detailing his relationships and the theatrical successes and flops along the way, the narrative takes us through his early years with Century Theatre, with the 69 Theatre Company, and the birth of the Royal Exchange Manchester in the heart of Manchester in 1976. Twenty years later, the theatre rose from the ashes of the IRA bomb brilliantly opening a new production on time just ten days after the bomb had destroyed the city centre. The role and influence of the author's Jewish heritage and of his key collaborators - including Caspar Wrede and Michael Elliott - are explored in this illuminating and inspiring account of one of English theatre's great directors. 'Braham's passion is sometimes overwhelming, sometimes annoying but completely inspirational. It's his passion that the Royal Exchange has thrived on, and this book is full of his passion for the theatre.' Robert Lindsay