The Bumper Book of Things That Nobody Knows

1001 Mysteries of Life, the Universe and Everything

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Author: William Hartston

Publisher: Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1786490757

Category: Reference

Page: 750

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A witty and fascinating exploration of the limits of human knowledge of our planet, its history and culture, and the universe beyond. There are many, many things that nobody knows... Do animals have a sense of humour? Why do we have five fingers? What did Jesus do in his youth? Has human evolution stopped? Can robots become self-aware? What goes on inside a black hole? Bringing together The Things That Nobody Knows and Even More Things That Nobody Knows, this bumper volume takes us on a guided tour of 1,001 gaps in our knowledge of cosmology, mathematics, animal behaviour, medical science, music, art and literature.

Even More Things That Nobody Knows

501 Further Mysteries of Life, the Universe and Everything

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Author: William Hartston

Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

ISBN: 178239611X

Category: Reference

Page: 400

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There are many, many more things that nobody knows...! Why do we have five fingers? Do animals have a sense of humour? Did the universe have a beginning? What causes déjà vu? Why do cats purr? How fast did dinosaurs move? In Even More Things That Nobody Knows, William Hartston once again explores the limits of human knowledge, revealing 501 further mysteries in subjects as diverse as cosmology, mathematics, animal behaviour, medical science, music, art, language and literature. From the trivial to the profound, this is an enthralling and enlightening investigation into the things we just don't know, and which lurk tantalizingly beyond the bounds of our understanding.

The Things that Nobody Knows

501 Mysteries of Life, the Universe and Everything

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Author: William Hartston

Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

ISBN: 0857897160

Category: Reference

Page: 384

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HERE ARE MANY, MANY THINGS THAT NOBODY KNOWS . . . Why are so many giraffes gay? Has human evolution stopped? Where did our alphabet come from? Can robots become self-aware? Can lobsters recognize other lobsters by sight? What goes on inside a black hole? Are cell phones bad for us? Why can't we remember anything from our earliest years? Full of the mysteries of life, the universe and everything, The Things that Nobody Knows is a fascinating and unputdownable exploration of the limits of human knowledge of our planet, its history and culture, and the universe beyond.

Nobody Knows (The Thing That Really Matters About) Anything!

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Author: Nobody!

Publisher: Nobody!

ISBN: 0615510248

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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"Let's have Nobodies review the book before we publish it. That'll give us a jump on the critics!" Nobody! "Nobody! has written a book for Nobodies everywhere. Who knew there was a market?" Nobody on Madison Avenue "Equivalent to Martin Luther's '95 Theses' only nailed to the door of science!" Nobody in Wittenberg "Balanced skepticism!" Nobody at the Bureau of Weights and Measures

Transcendental Arguments and Science

Essays in Epistemology

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Author: P. Bieri,Lorenz Krüger,R.-P. Horstmann

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400994109

Category: Philosophy

Page: 326

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The goal of the present volume is to discuss the notion of a 'conceptual framework' or 'conceptual scheme', which has been dominating much work in the analysis and justification of knowledge in recent years. More specifi cally, this volume is designed to clarify the contrast between two competing approaches in the area of problems indicated by this notion: On the one hand, we have the conviction, underlying much present-day work in the philosophy of science, that the best we can hope for in the justifi cation of empirical knowledge is to reconstruct the conceptual means actually employed by science, and to develop suitable models for analyzing conceptual change involved in the progress of science. This view involves the assumption that we should stop taking foundational questions of epistemology seriously and discard once and for all the quest for uncontrovertible truth. The result ing program of justifying epistemic claims by subsequently describing patterns of inferentially connected concepts as they are at work in actual science is closely connected with the idea of naturalizing epistemology, with concep tual relativism, and with a pragmatic interpretation of knowledge. On the other hand, recent epistemology tends to claim that no subsequent reconstruction of actually employed conceptual frameworks is sufficient for providing epistemic justification for our beliefs about the world. This second claim tries to resist the naturalistic and pragmatic approach to epistemology and insists on taking the epistemological sceptic seriously.

The Gettysburg Nobody Knows

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Author: Gabor S. Boritt

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199832064

Category: History

Page: 288

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Gabor Boritt has invited nine leading authorities to shed new light on the greatest battle in our history, focusing in particular on the unknown, the controversial, and what might have been. What did the battle do to the people of Gettysburg? What is behind the rise of Joshua Chamberlain to the status of the Hero of the Battle? How did the common soldiers influence the battle? Readers are treated to a fresh account of Pickett's Charge from the rarely-described perspective of the Union soldiers, and to careful new analyses of the battlefield actions of General Ewell and General Daniel Sickles. And throughout the volume, there is much vivid writing, such as a stirring account of the moment when General Winfield Scott Hancock ordered the First Minnesota to "take those colors," sending the Minnesotans into a struggle that would cost most of them their lives but would help save the day for the Union. Offering the insights of America's eminent Civil War scholars, The Gettysburg Nobody Knows provides a marvelously informative reconsideration of this epic event.

A Man of Honor

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Author: George Cary Eggleston

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 146555484X

Category: Indiana

Page: 222

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Mr. Pagebrook gets up and calls an Ancient Lawgiver. Mr. Robert Pagebrook was "blue." There was no denying the fact, and for the first time in his life he admitted it as he lay abed one September morning with his hands locked over the top of his head, while his shapely and muscular body was stretched at lazy length under a scanty covering of sheet. He was snappish too, as his faithful serving man had discovered upon knocking half an hour ago for entrance, and receiving a rather pointed and wholly unreasonable injunction to "go about his business," his sole business lying just then within the precincts of Mr. Robert Pagebrook's room, to which he was thus denied admittance. The old servant had obeyed to the best of his ability, going not about his business but away from it, wondering meanwhile what had come over the young gentleman, whom he had never found moody before. "MR. ROBERT PAGEBROOK WAS 'BLUE.'" It was clear that Mr. Robert Pagebrook's reflections were anything but pleasant as he lay there thinking, thinking, thinking—resolving not to think and straightway thinking again harder than ever. His disturbance was due to a combination of causes. His muddy boots were in full view for one thing, and he was painfully conscious that they were not likely to get themselves blacked now that he had driven old Moses away. This reminded him that he had showed temper when Moses's meek knock had disturbed him, and to show temper without proper cause he deemed a weakness. Weaknesses were his pet aversion. Weakness found little toleration with him, particularly when the weakness showed itself in his own person, out of which he had been all his life chastising such infirmities. His petulance with Moses, therefore, contributed to his annoyance, becoming an additional cause of that from which it came as an effect.

The Me Nobody Knows

Children's Voices from the Ghetto

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Author: Stephen M. Joseph

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595305296

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 152

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"One of the most remarkable little books of the new publishing year...variously appealing, poignant and revealing." -Saturday Review "A book for teachers, children, and for all who do not know that the children of the ghetto are 'something special.'" -The New York Times Book Review "Some write of love, sleep, death, and darkness-things that puzzle all growing children. Most, however, write about the agonies of living in a world apart from the mainstream of American life-about dirt in the streets and violence in the home, about fear, pain, dismay, and indignation-and out of the mouths of babes, the truth hurts even more." -Book World "It's time more of us listened to these voices." -Chicago News