..´´. groundbreaking... clear, straightforward, and economical....seminal... ´´ -- American Anthropologist ´´This is achallenging book... a remarkable contribution to African intellectual history.´´-- International Journal of African HistoricalStudies ´´Mudimbe´s description of the struggles over Africa´sself-invention are vivid and rewarding. From Blyden to Sartre, Temples to Senghor, Mudimbe provides a bold and versatile resume of Africa´s literary inventors.´´-- Village Voice Literary Supplement ..´´. a landmarkachievement in African studies.´´ -- Journal of Religion inAfrica In this unique and provocative book, Zairean philosopherand writer V. Y. Mudimbe addresses the multiple scholarly discourses that exist --African and non-African -- concerning the meaning of Africa and beingAfrican.
Many of the traditions which we think of as very ancient in their origins were not in fact sanctioned by long usage over the centuries, but were invented comparatively recently. This book explores examples of this process of invention - the creation of Welsh and Scottish ´national culture´; the elaboration of British royal rituals in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; the origins of imperial rituals in British India and Africa; and the attempts by radical movements to develop counter-traditions of their own. It addresses the complex interaction of past and present, bringing together historians and anthropologists in a fascinating study of ritual and symbolism which poses new questions for the understanding of our history.
Mistaking Africa:Curiosities and Inventions of the American Mind Curtis Keim
Iron Chest:Vladimink´S Evil Invention Tswelelo Piet Mashita
The History of Gragorgix:An Epic Journey of Discovery, Invention and Adventure Derek Trevor Rowswell
From the bestselling author of the acclaimed Chaos and Genius comes a thoughtful and provocative exploration of the big ideas of the modern era: Information, communication, and information theory. Acclaimed science writer James Gleick presents an eye-opening vision of how our relationship to information has transformed the very nature of human consciousness. A fascinating intellectual journey through the history of communication and information, from the language of Africa´s talking drums to the invention of written alphabets; from the electronic transmission of code to the origins of information theory, into the new information age and the current deluge of news, tweets, images, and blogs. Along the way, Gleick profiles key innovators, including Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, Samuel Morse, and Claude Shannon, and reveals how our understanding of information is transforming not only how we look at the world, but how we live. A New York Times Notable Book A Los Angeles Times and Cleveland Plain Dealer Best Book of the Year Winner of the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
´´Highly recommended for high school and ambitious middle school readers.” (School Library Journal)´´A valuable addition to STEM-themed collections.´´ (VOYA)An in-depth look into the extraordinary life of the world’s most important entrepreneur, Elon MuskA fascinating and easily accessible young listeners’ adaptation of Ashlee Vance’s New York Times best-selling Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future. The version for adults has been praised as ´´riveting” (The Financial Times), ´´spirited” (The Wall Street Journal), and ´´masterful” (Vice). Now younger listeners can hear about this innovative leader who is revolutionizing three industries at once: space, automotive, and energy.There are few people in history who could match Elon Musk’s relentless drive and vision. A modern combination of famous inventors and industrialists like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Steve Jobs, Elon is the man behind companies such as SpaceX, Tesla Motors, SolarCity, and PayPal that are transforming the way we live.With exclusive access to Elon, his family, and his friends, this book traces Elon’s journey from a kid in South Africa to a young man in the United States, his dramatic technical inventions, and his world-changing companies. Elon has sparked new levels of innovation in the world, and this book gives young listeners a detailed but fast-paced look at his story.A Junior Library Guild Selection! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fred Sanders. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005779/bk_harp_005779_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jack Aubrey´s long service is at last rewarded: he is promoted to the rank of Commodore and given a squadron of ships to command. His mission is twofold: to make a large dent in the slave trade off the coast of Africa and, on his return, to intercept a French fleet set for Bantry Bay with a cargo of weapons for the disaffected among the Irish. Invention and surprise follow at every turn in this tale of 19th-century seamanship, as rich, as compelling, and as masterly as any of its predecessors. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Hardy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/000051/bk_hcuk_000051_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.