The Surgeon of Crowthorne

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The Surgeon of Crowthorne

The Surgeon of Crowthorne

A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Oxford English Dictionary

  • Author: Simon Winchester
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141942045
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 224
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The making of the Oxford English Dictionary was a monumental 50 year task requiring thousands of volunteers. One of the keenest volunteers was a W C Minor who astonished everyone by refusing to come to Oxford to receive his congratulations. In the end, James Murray, the OED's editor, went to Crowthorne in Berkshire to meet him. What he found was incredible - Minor was a millionaire American civil war surgeon turned lunatic, imprisoned in Broadmoor Asylum for murder and yet who dedicated his entire cell-bound life to work on the English language.

The Surgeon of Crowthorne

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The Surgeon of Crowthorne

The Surgeon of Crowthorne

  • Author: Simon Winchester
  • Publisher: Longman
  • ISBN: 9780582435650
  • Category: Easy to read materials
  • Page: 86
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An extraordinary, true story. Dr James Murray was a quiet family man. He worked at Oxford University in the 1800s. Dr William Minor was a madman and a murderer. He lived in Broadmoor, a hospital and a prison. Together these two men worked on the Oxford English Dictionary, on of the most important works in the English language.

The Meaning of Everything

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The Meaning of Everything

The Meaning of Everything

The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary

  • Author: Simon Winchester
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 9780192805768
  • Category: English language
  • Page: 260
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Now available in paperback, The Meaning of Everything is the absorbing story behind the making of the Oxford English Dictionary. Originally mooted in 1857, it would be another 71 years before the British prime minister could celebrate the completion of 'the greatest enterprise of its kind in history'. In this delightful account of the OED's creation, Winchester introduces us to a host of extraordinary characters: the murderer who contributed from his prison cell, the brilliant but tubercular first editor Herbert Coleridge (grandson of the poet), the boisterous Frederick Furnivall (who left the project in shambles) and James Murray, the self-taught draper's son who spent a half-century bringing the project to triumphant fruition. The Meaning of Everything is a scintillating and engaging account of the creation of the greatest monument ever erected to a living language.

Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art

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Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art

Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art

The Analytic Tradition, An Anthology

  • Author: Peter Lamarque,Stein Haugom Olsen
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1119222494
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 744
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For over fifty years, philosophers working within the broader remit of analytic philosophy have developed and refined a substantial body of work in aesthetics and the philosophy of art, curating a core foundation of scholarship which offers rigor and clarity on matters of profound and perennial interest relating to art and all forms of aesthetic appreciation. Now in its second edition and thoroughly revised, Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art—The Analytic Tradition: An Anthology captures this legacy in a comprehensive introduction to the core philosophical questions and conversations in aesthetics. Through 57 key essays selected by leading scholars Peter Lamarque and Stein Haugom Olsen, this anthology collects modern classics as well as new contributions on essential topics such as the identification and ontology of art, interpretation, values of art, art and knowledge, and fiction and the imagination. New to this edition are selections which treat aesthetic experience more widely, including essays on the aesthetics of nature and aesthetics in everyday life. Other carefully-chosen pieces analyze the practice and experience of specific art forms in greater detail, including painting, photography, film, literature, music, and popular art such as comics. This bestselling collection is an essential resource for students and scholars of aesthetics, designed to foster a foundational understanding of both long-standing and contemporary topics in the field.

Ideas & Issues

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Ideas & Issues

Ideas & Issues

Upper-intermediate

  • Author: Ken Wilson
  • Publisher: Ernst Klett Sprachen
  • ISBN: 9783125084452
  • Category:
  • Page: 128
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The Meaning of Everything

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The Meaning of Everything

The Meaning of Everything

The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary

  • Author: Simon Winchester OBE
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0192545671
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 335
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'The greatest enterprise of its kind in history,' was the verdict of British prime minister Stanley Baldwin in June 1928 when The Oxford English Dictionary was finally published. With its 15,490 pages and nearly two million quotations, it was indeed a monumental achievement, gleaned from the efforts of hundreds of ordinary and extraordinary people who made it their mission to catalogue the English language in its entirety. In The Meaning of Everything, Simon Winchester celebrates this remarkable feat, and the fascinating characters who played such a vital part in its execution, from the colourful Frederick Furnivall, cheerful promoter of an all-female sculling crew, to James Murray, self-educated son of a draper, who spent half a century guiding the project towards fruition. Along the way we learn which dictionary editor became the inspiration for Kenneth Grahame's Ratty in The Wind in the Willows, and why Tolkien found it so hard to define 'walrus'. Written by the bestselling author of The Surgeon of Crowthorne and The Map That Changed the World, The Meaning of Everything is an enthralling account of the creation of the world's greatest dictionary.

Bedlam. St. Mary of Bethlehem

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Bedlam. St. Mary of Bethlehem

Bedlam. St. Mary of Bethlehem

  • Author: Terry Trainor
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • ISBN: 1471714284
  • Category:
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Eurekas and Euphorias

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Eurekas and Euphorias

Eurekas and Euphorias

The Oxford Book of Scientific Anecdotes

  • Author: Walter Gratzer
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 0191579297
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 312
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The march of science has never proceeded smoothly. It has been marked through the years by episodes of drama and comedy, of failure as well as triumph, and by outrageous strokes of luck, deserved and undeserved, and sometimes by human tragedy. It has seen deep intellectual friendships, as well as ferocious animosities, and once in a while acts of theft and malice, deceit, and even a hoax or two. Scientists come in all shapes - the obsessive and the dilettantish, the genial, the envious, the preternaturally brilliant and the slow-witted who sometimes see further in the end, the open-minded and the intolerant, recluses and arrivistes. From the death of Archimedes at the hands of an irritated Roman soldier to the concoction of a superconducting witches' brew at the very close of the twentieth century, the stories in Eurekas and Euphorias pour out, told with wit and relish by Walter Gratzer. Open this book at random and you may chance on the clumsy chemist who breaks a thermometer in a reaction vat and finds mercury to be the catalyst that starts the modern dyestuff industry; or a famous physicist dissolving his gold Nobel Prize medal in acid to prevent it from falling into the hands of the Nazis, recovering it when the war ends; mathematicians and physicists diverting themselves in prison cells, and even in a madhouse, by creating startling advances in their subject. We witness the careers, sometimes tragic, sometimes carefree, of the great women mathematicians, from Hypatia of Alexandria to Sophie Germain in France and Sonia Kovalevskaya in Russia and Sweden, and then Marie Curie's relentless battle with the French Academy. Here, then, a glorious parade unfolds to delight the reader, with stories to astonish, to instruct, and most especially, to entertain.

Agamben Dictionary

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Agamben Dictionary

Agamben Dictionary

  • Author: Alex Murray
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • ISBN: 0748688633
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 224
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This the first dictionary dedicated to the work of Giorgio Agamben, the radical Italian philosopher. Bringing together leading scholars in the field, it provides a unique and comprehensive introduction to his work, offering readers a range of clear and c

Bomb, Book and Compass

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Bomb, Book and Compass

Bomb, Book and Compass

Joseph Needham and the Great Secrets of China

  • Author: Simon Winchester
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141889896
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 336
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Before fate intervened, Joseph Needham was a distinguished biochemist at Cambridge University, married to a fellow scientist. In 1937 he was asked to supervise a young Chinese student named Lu Gwei-Djen, and in that moment began the two greatest love affairs of his life - Miss Lu, and China. Miss Lu inspired Needham to travel to China where he initially spent three dangerous years as a wartime diplomat. He established himself as the pre-eminent China scholar of all time, firm in his belief that China would one day achieve world prominence. By the end of his life, Needham had become a truly global figure, travelling endlessly and honoured by all - though banned from America because of his politics. And in 1989, after a fifty-two year affair, he finally married the woman who had first inspired his passion. The Magnificent Barbarian is Simon Winchester at his best - at once a magnificent portrait of one man's remarkable life and a riveting exploration of the country that so engaged him.