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China Hunters Club (Classic Reprint) Forgotten Books
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Excerpt from The China Hunters Club It was a charming idea to make a book like this, in which the romance of domestic potteries in New England homes serves to illustrate the history of Ceramic Art in connection with the early use of its products in America. I have been requested to introduce the volume with testimony to the genuine character of the specimens illustrated and described, and the trustworthy nature of the information given in connection with them. It is a sincere pleasure to comply with this request; for the little book contains a large amount of valuable information not to be found elsewhere, and which lovers of old pottery and its associations, like myself, have in vain sought heretofore to obtain. What kinds of china and pottery our grandmothers used, how far the short but wonderful history of Ceramic Art in England is exemplified in American houses, these and kindred questions have great interest. The China Hunters Club has done much toward answering them. I have had opportunities from time to time, during the past two years, of seeing each of the specimens here illustrated and many of those descried. Some are in the possession of private families, sanctified by such associations that no collector, however enthusiastic, would dream of adding them to his cabinet. Others are in various collections. One or two are my own. I have heard from their owners the histories of many of the pieces as here related. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
Gaia Hypothesis University of Chicago Press
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In 1965 English scientist James Lovelock had a flash of insight: the Earth is not just teeming with life; the Earth, in some sense, is life. He mulled this revolutionary idea over for several years, first with his close friend the novelist William Golding, and then in an extensive collaboration with the American scientist Lynn Margulis. In the early 1970s, he finally went public with the Gaia hypothesis, the idea that everything happens for an end: the good of planet Earth. Lovelock and Margulis were scorned by professional scientists, but the general public enthusiastically embraced Lovelock and his hypothesis. People joined Gaia groups; churches had Gaia services, sometimes with new music written especially for the occasion. There was a Gaia atlas, Gaia gardening, Gaia herbs, Gaia retreats, Gaia networking, and much more. And the range of enthusiasts was-and still is-broad. In The Gaia Hypothesis, philosopher Michael Ruse, with his characteristic clarity and wit, uses Gaia and its history, its supporters and detractors, to illuminate the nature of science itself. Gaia emerged in the 1960s, a decade when authority was questioned and status and dignity stood for nothing, but its story is much older. Ruse traces Gaia's connection to Plato and a long history of goal-directed and holistic-or organicist-thinking and explains why Lovelock and Margulis' peers rejected it as pseudoscience. But Ruse also shows why the project was a success. He argues that Lovelock and Margulis should be commended for giving philosophy firm scientific basis and for provoking important scientific discussion about the world as a whole, its homeostasis or - in this age of global environmental uncertainty - its lack thereof. Melding the world of science and technology with the world of feeling, mysticism, and religion, The Gaia Hypothesis will appeal to a broad range of readers, from students and scholars of the history and philosophy of science to anyone interested in New Age culture.
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