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Great Astronomers:  James Bradley

by Robert Stawell Ball

James Bradley (1693–1762) was the English astronomer who served as Astronomer Royal from 1742, succeeding Edmund Halley. He is best known for two fundamental discoveries in astronomy, the aberration of light...

Apologia Pro Vita Sua

by John Henry Newman

Apologia Pro Vita Sua (Latin: A defence of one's life) is the classic defence of the religious opinions of John Henry Newman, published in 1864 in response to what he saw as an unwarranted attack on himself,...

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

by Mary Wollstonecraft

Writing in an age when the call for the rights of man had brought revolution to America and France, Mary Wollstonecraft produced her own declaration of female independence in 1792. Passionate and forthright,...

Protagoras

The Cenci

Twenty Rules For Writing Detective Stories

Fire Worship

La Constantin

The Epistle to Can Grande

by Dante Alighieri

Dante's letter to Lord Can Grande della Scala, concerning the Divine Comedy in general, the Paradiso in particular, and the method to be used for interpretation.

The Description of Wales

by Giraldus Cambrensis

Williams' classic edition of Hoare's classic translation is here augmented with almost 200 new annotations concerning quotations, language, geography, history, and customs alluded to in the text.

Great Astronomers:  William Parsons (3rd Earl of Rosse)

by Robert Stawell Ball

William Parsons, the 3rd Earl of Rosse, (1800–1867) was an Anglo-Irish astronomer who made several large telescopes. His 72-inch telescope, the "Leviathan", built in 1845, was the world's largest telescope...

Gorgias

Great Astronomers: John Pond

by Agnes Mary Clerke

John Pond (1767–1836) was appointed as 6th Astronomer Royal in February 1811, succeeding Dr. Nevil Maskelyne. Of a mild and unassuming character, Pond neither sought nor attained a popular reputation. His...

Cetywayo and his White Neighbours

Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail

by Ezra Meeker & Howard R. Driggs

The Oregon Trail--what suggestion the name carries of the heroic toil of pioneers! Yet a few years' ago the route of the trail was only vaguely known. Then public interest was awakened by the report that one...

Joan of Naples

Hawthorne

The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

by Sir John Mandeville

"Jehan de Mandeville", translated as "Sir John Mandeville", is the name claimed by the compiler of a singular book of supposed travels, written in Anglo-Norman French, and published between 1357 and 1371. By...

Nisida

The Hacker Crackdown

by Bruce Sterling

A journalist investigates the past, present, and future of computer crimes, as he attends a hacker convention, documents the extent of the computer crimes, and presents intriguing facts about hackers and their...