The Song of the Dodo

The Song of the Dodo
Author: David Quammen
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 706
Release: 1997-04-14
ISBN: 0684827123
Category: Nature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Song of the Dodo Book Excerpt:

Takes a close-up look at island biogeography, the science of the geographic distribution of life on islands, and its significance in terms of evolution and extinction

The Song of the Dodo

The Song of the Dodo
Author: David Quammen
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 704
Release: 2011-03-15
ISBN: 1439124965
Category: Nature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Song of the Dodo Book Excerpt:

David Quammen's book, The Song of the Dodo, is a brilliant, stirring work, breathtaking in its scope, far-reaching in its message -- a crucial book in precarious times, which radically alters the way in which we understand the natural world and our place in that world. It's also a book full of entertainment and wonders. In The Song of the Dodo, we follow Quammen's keen intellect through the ideas, theories, and experiments of prominent naturalists of the last two centuries. We trail after him as he travels the world, tracking the subject of island biogeography, which encompasses nothing less than the study of the origin and extinction of all species. Why is this island idea so important? Because islands are where species most commonly go extinct -- and because, as Quammen points out, we live in an age when all of Earth's landscapes are being chopped into island-like fragments by human activity. Through his eyes, we glimpse the nature of evolution and extinction, and in so doing come to understand the monumental diversity of our planet, and the importance of preserving its wild landscapes, animals, and plants. We also meet some fascinating human characters. By the book's end we are wiser, and more deeply concerned, but Quammen leaves us with a message of excitement and hope.

The Song Of The Dodo

The Song Of The Dodo
Author: David Quammen
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 704
Release: 2012-03-31
ISBN: 1448137403
Category: Nature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Song Of The Dodo Book Excerpt:

Why have island ecosystems always suffered such high rates of extinction? In our age, with all the world's landscapes, from Tasmania to the Amazon to Yellowstone, now being carved into island-like fragments by human activity, the implications of this question are more urgent than ever. Over the past eight years, David Quammen has followed the threads of island biogeography on a globe-encircling journey of discovery.

The Poetry of Victorian Scientists

The Poetry of Victorian Scientists
Author: Daniel Brown
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 330
Release: 2013-01-31
ISBN: 1107023378
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Poetry of Victorian Scientists Book Excerpt:

The first study of poetry by Victorian scientists, a unique record of the nature and cultures of Victorian science.

100 Unexpected Statements about the Song of the Dodo

100 Unexpected Statements about the Song of the Dodo
Author: Oliver Frilling
Publsiher: Lennex
Total Pages: 44
Release: 2013-04
ISBN: 9785458810555
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

100 Unexpected Statements about the Song of the Dodo Book Excerpt:

In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinction." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.

Emerging Solutions for Musical Arts Education in Africa

Emerging Solutions for Musical Arts Education in Africa
Author: Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education
Publsiher: African Minds
Total Pages: 359
Release: 2005
ISBN: 1920051112
Category: Electronic books
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Emerging Solutions for Musical Arts Education in Africa Book Excerpt:

Emerging Solutions for Musical arts Education in South Africa offers peer-reviewed articles prepared for the 2003 Conference of the Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education in Africa held in Kisumu, Maseno, Kenya. Not only does this publication voice the solutions offered by 31 authors from the African continent and beyond, but it presents in a unique and highly accessible fashion the collective voice of the conference participants. True to the spirit of ubuntu - an individual is only a person through other people (their communities) - this publication is a reflection of the essence of an overarching sub-Saharan philosophy; the contents represents a conference where papers were not presented, but where conference participants engaged to discuss solutions for the musical arts on the African continent. While the individual voice has been given its rightful place, the collective voice represents an emergent song composed by the scholarly community in oral fashion. This publication provides insight into the problems of musical arts education in Africa; and solutions for musical arts education.

Mismatch

Mismatch
Author: Ronald Giphart,Mark van Vugt
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2018-02-15
ISBN: 1472139712
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mismatch Book Excerpt:

Our brains evolved to solve the survival problems of our Stone Age ancestors, so when faced with modern day situations that are less extreme, they often encounter a mismatch. Our primitive brains put us on the wrong foot by responding to stimuli that - in prehistoric times - would have prompted behaviour that was beneficial. If you've ever felt an anxious fight or flight response to a presenting at a board meeting, equivalent to facing imminent death by sabre-toothed tiger, then you have experienced a mismatch. Mismatch is about the clash between our biology and our culture. It is about the dramatic contrast between the first few million years of human history - when humans lived as hunters and gatherers in small-scale societies - and the past twelve thousand years following the agricultural revolution which have led us to comfortable lives in a very different social structure. Has this rapid transition been good for us? How do we, using our primitive minds, try to survive in a modern information society that radically changes every ten years or so? Ronald Giphart and Mark van Vugt show that humans have changed their environment so drastically that the chances for mismatch have significantly increased, and these conflicts can have profound consequences. Reviewed through mismatch glasses, social, societal, and technological trends can be better understood, ranging from the popularity of Facebook and internet porn, to the desire for cosmetic surgery, to our attitudes towards refugees. Mismatches can also affect our physical and psychological well-being, in terms of our attitudes to happiness, physical exercise, choosing good leaders, or finding ways to feel better at home or work. Finally, Mismatch gives us an insight into politics and policy which could enable governments, institutions and businesses to create an environment better suited to human nature, its potential and its constraints. This book is about converting mismatches into matches. The better your life is matched to how your mind operates, the greater your chances of leading a happy, healthy and productive life.

Nature s Ghosts

Nature s Ghosts
Author: Mark V. Barrow, Jr.
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2011-04-15
ISBN: 0226038157
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Nature s Ghosts Book Excerpt:

The rapid growth of the American environmental movement in recent decades obscures the fact that long before the first Earth Day and the passage of the Endangered Species Act, naturalists and concerned citizens recognized—and worried about—the problem of human-caused extinction. As Mark V. Barrow reveals in Nature’s Ghosts, the threat of species loss has haunted Americans since the early days of the republic. From Thomas Jefferson’s day—when the fossil remains of such fantastic lost animals as the mastodon and the woolly mammoth were first reconstructed—through the pioneering conservation efforts of early naturalists like John James Audubon and John Muir, Barrow shows how Americans came to understand that it was not only possible for entire species to die out, but that humans themselves could be responsible for their extinction. With the destruction of the passenger pigeon and the precipitous decline of the bison, professional scientists and wildlife enthusiasts alike began to understand that even very common species were not safe from the juggernaut of modern, industrial society. That realization spawned public education and legislative campaigns that laid the foundation for the modern environmental movement and the preservation of such iconic creatures as the bald eagle, the California condor, and the whooping crane. A sweeping, beautifully illustrated historical narrative that unites the fascinating stories of endangered animals and the dedicated individuals who have studied and struggled to protect them, Nature’s Ghosts offers an unprecedented view of what we’ve lost—and a stark reminder of the hard work of preservation still ahead.

The Dodo and the Solitaire

The Dodo and the Solitaire
Author: Jolyon C. Parish
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 449
Release: 2013
ISBN: 0253000998
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dodo and the Solitaire Book Excerpt:

The most comprehensive book to date about these two famously extinct birds.

A Transatlantic History of Haitian Vodou

A Transatlantic History of Haitian Vodou
Author: Benjamin Hebblethwaite
Publsiher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2021-10-15
ISBN: 149683562X
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Transatlantic History of Haitian Vodou Book Excerpt:

Connecting four centuries of political, social, and religious history with fieldwork and language documentation, A Transatlantic History of Haitian Vodou analyzes Haitian Vodou’s African origins, transmission to Saint-Domingue, and promulgation through song in contemporary Haiti. Split into two sections, the African chapters focus on history, economics, and culture in Dahomey, Allada, and Hueda while scrutinizing the role of Europeans in fomenting tensions. The political, military, and slave trading histories of the kingdoms in the Bight of Benin reveal the circumstances of enslavement, including the geographies, ethnicities, languages, and cultures of enslavers and enslaved. The study of the spirits, rituals, structure, and music of the region’s religions sheds light on important sources for Haitian Vodou. Having royal, public, and private expressions, Vodun spirit-based traditions served as cultural systems that supported or contested power and enslavement. At once suppliers and victims of the European slave trade, the people of Dahomey, Allada, and Hueda deeply shaped the emergence of Haiti’s creolized culture. The Haitian chapters focus on Vodou’s Rada Rite (from Allada) and Gede Rite (from Abomey) through the songs of Rasin Figuier’s Vodou Lakay and Rasin Bwa Kayiman’s Guede, legendary rasin compact discs released on Jean Altidor’s Miami label, Mass Konpa Records. All the Vodou songs on the discs are analyzed with a method dubbed “Vodou hermeneutics” that harnesses history, religious studies, linguistics, literary criticism, and ethnomusicology in order to advance a scholarly approach to Vodou songs.

Stepping Forward

Stepping Forward
Author: Catherine Higgs,Barbara A. Moss,Earline Rae Ferguson
Publsiher: Ohio University Press
Total Pages: 361
Release: 2002
ISBN: 0821414550
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stepping Forward Book Excerpt:

Annotation Presents the edited proceedings of a conference held at the University of Tennessee in September 1999 at which academics from South Africa, Jamaica, and the US compare the experiences of 19th- and 20th-century black women in Africa and African diaspora communities. The volume's 18 contributions range from the theme of witchcraft and taxes in the Transkei, South Africa to women and the Civil Rights Movement in Claiborne County, Mississippi. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).

Der Gesang des Dodo

Der Gesang des Dodo
Author: David Quammen
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 973
Release: 2001
ISBN: 9783548600406
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Dodo

Dodo
Author: Alan Grihault
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 171
Release: 2005
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Dodo
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dodo Book Excerpt:

It took less than a hundred years of human influence in Mauritius to wipe out the Dodo. The delicate balance of nature was suddenly tipped and became a threat to the survival of the Dodo, which had reigned supreme on this island for thousands of years. For nearly two hundred years after its extinction, the Dodo was forgotten, and there were some doubts as to whether it actually lived at all. It seemed that these strange birds had only been part of the imagination and exaggeration of sailors. Today, the once remote island of Mauritius is home top over a million people of European, African, Indian and Chinese origin. It can boast of being one of the most stable democratic countries in the world and it is host to thousands of tourists who find shops full of Dodos in many forms, shapes and sizes. Yet, there is an unfortunate lack of information about this island's unique national icon. This book allows the reader to examine various eyewitness writings, drawings, paintings and skeletal remains, which depict the Dodo as it actually was, and helps us to understand how it was driven to extinction. It also traces what happened after the final demise of the bird, and how worldwide evidence was pieced together to provide a reasonable idea of how the Dodo lived and died.--Back cover.

The Dodo

The Dodo
Author: Errol Fuller
Publsiher: Bunker Hill Publishing, Inc.
Total Pages: 56
Release: 2004-03
ISBN: 9781593730024
Category: Nature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dodo Book Excerpt:

The story of the dodo is a classic of evolution and extinction equal in fascination to that of the dinosaur or the saber-toothed tiger. Unlike these, however, the dodo was the first recorded example of an extinction that was, in all probability, entirely caused by humans. Humankind coexisted with the dodo between 1598 and 1681 and then the dodo was gone, hunted to extinction, unable to escape the new predators that arrived in ships on the isolated island later known as Mauritius. The giant pigeon, for this was what the dodo was, evolved from ancestors that had populated the island millions of years before in the Pleistocene period, when Mauritius was far adrift of where it lies today. The pigeons colonized an island paradise abundant with food, free of any terrestrial mammalian predators. Over millions of years they lost their instinct for danger. They also lost the ability to fly, and grew bulky with sturdy running legs. For the 17th-century sailors who arrived and settled on the island, they were easy to kill and as tasty as the turtles the sailors also caught and ate. The sailors introduced domestic animals and rat as well, competitors for the dodos' habitat. So much about the dodo is unknown and will never be known, and yet, the dodo engenders much speculation.The Dodo: Extinction in Paradiseexplores the science and the mythology, the history, archaeology, and legend, as well as the dodo's place in art and literature.

Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2005
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic journals
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith Book Excerpt:

Bringing Back the Dodo

Bringing Back the Dodo
Author: Wayne Grady
Publsiher: McClelland & Stewart Limited
Total Pages: 252
Release: 2006
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bringing Back the Dodo Book Excerpt:

"This is a strikingly thought-provoking book about how the forces of evolution and extinction have shaped the living world, and the part that humans play therein. These elegant and penetrating essays speak to some of our most fundamental questions about the human and animal worlds, and confirm Grady’s standing as one of our foremost literary science writers."--pub. desc.

The David Bowie Chronology Volume 1 1947 1974

The David Bowie Chronology  Volume 1 1947   1974
Author: Patrick Lemieux
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2018-02-13
ISBN: 138759432X
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The David Bowie Chronology Volume 1 1947 1974 Book Excerpt:

The David Bowie Chronology, Volume 1, is a comprehensive look at his recording and release history. From the time he left school to pursue a career in music, David Bowie was always working. After years of struggling with bands, releasing singles and a debut album, all of which failed to chart, success first came with "Space Oddity" in 1969. The 1972 album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars made David Bowie a household name. This Chronology covers every aspect of David Bowie's recording career. It looks at his singles, albums and rarities. Demos, alternate versions, remixes and edits, side projects and his work with other artists such as Mott The Hoople and Lou Reed are all explored. The information is presented date by date in chronological order, accompanied by detailed descriptions of each song version, guest appearance, edit, non-album track and alternate version. The book also covers his tours and live appearances.

Globalisation and the South west Indian Ocean

Globalisation and the South west Indian Ocean
Author: Vinesh Y. Hookoomsing,Sandra Evers
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 235
Release: 2000
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Globalization
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Guernica

Guernica
Author: Dave Boling
Publsiher: Pan Macmillan
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2009-07-03
ISBN: 0330510371
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Guernica Book Excerpt:

An extraordinary epic of love, family, and war set in the Basque town of Guernica before, during, and after its destruction by the German Luftwaffe during the Spanish Civil War. In 1935, Miguel Navarro finds himself in conflict with the Spanish Civil Guard and flees the Basque fishing village of Lekeitio to make a new start in Guernica, the centre of Basque culture and tradition. Once there, he finds more than just a new life – he finds someone to live for. Miren Ansotegui is the charismatic and graceful dancer he meets and the two discover a love they believe nothing can destroy . . . Rich in the history of the region, the Red Baron, the Luftwaffe and even Picasso make appearances in Guernica as the fate of the Navarro family is traced through the early decades of the twentieth century. 'A heart-rending yet life-affirming story' Daily Mail

Wild Earth

Wild Earth
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1997
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Biodiversity conservation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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