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The Runaway Species - How Human Creativity Remakes the World (Hardcover, Main): David Eagleman, Anthony Brandt The Runaway Species - How Human Creativity Remakes the World (Hardcover, Main)
David Eagleman, Anthony Brandt 1
R484 R363 Discovery Miles 3 630 Save R121 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Our relentless drive to create makes us unique among living creatures. What is special about the human brain that enables us to innovate? Why don't cows choreograph dances? Why don't squirrels build elevators to their treetops? Why don't alligators invent speedboats? Weaving together the arts and sciences, neuroscientist David Eagleman and composer Anthony Brandt explore the need for novelty, the simulation of possible futures, and the social components that drive the inventiveness of our species. Taking us on a tour of human creativity from Picasso to concept cars to umbrellas to lunar travel, Brandt and Eagleman explore the cognitive software that generates new ideas, and illuminate the key facets of a creative mentality. Through understanding our ability to innovate - our most profound, mysterious, and deeply human capacity - we can meet the challenge of remaking our constantly shifting world.

The Runaway Species - How Human Creativity Remakes the World (Paperback): David Eagleman, Anthony Brandt The Runaway Species - How Human Creativity Remakes the World (Paperback)
David Eagleman, Anthony Brandt
R400 R326 Discovery Miles 3 260 Save R74 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The Runaway Species - How Human Creativity Remakes the World (Paperback, Main - Reissue): David Eagleman, Anthony Brandt The Runaway Species - How Human Creativity Remakes the World (Paperback, Main - Reissue)
David Eagleman, Anthony Brandt
R374 R258 Discovery Miles 2 580 Save R116 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Our relentless drive to create makes us unique among living creatures. What is special about the human brain that enables us to innovate? Why don't cows choreograph dances? Why don't squirrels build elevators to their treetops? Why don't alligators invent speedboats? Weaving together the arts and sciences, neuroscientist David Eagleman and composer Anthony Brandt explore the need for novelty, the simulation of possible futures, and the social components that drive the inventiveness of our species. Taking us on a tour of human creativity from Picasso to concept cars to umbrellas to lunar travel, Brandt and Eagleman explore the cognitive software that generates new ideas, and illuminate the key facets of a creative mentality. Through understanding our ability to innovate - our most profound, mysterious, and deeply human capacity - we can meet the challenge of remaking our constantly shifting world.

The Runaway Species - How Human Creativity Remakes the World (Hardcover): David Eagleman, Anthony Brandt The Runaway Species - How Human Creativity Remakes the World (Hardcover)
David Eagleman, Anthony Brandt
R558 R443 Discovery Miles 4 430 Save R115 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The Fast (Paperback): Anthony Brandt The Fast (Paperback)
Anthony Brandt
R167 Discovery Miles 1 670 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The Man Who Ate His Boots - The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Passage (Paperback, New): Anthony Brandt The Man Who Ate His Boots - The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Passage (Paperback, New)
Anthony Brandt
R354 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R65 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

After the triumphant end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, the British took it upon themselves to complete something they had been trying to do since the sixteenth century: find the fabled Northwest Passage. For the next thirty-five years the British Admiralty sent out expedition after expedition to probe the ice-bound waters of the Canadian Arctic in search of a route, and then, after 1845, to find Sir John Franklin, the Royal Navy hero who led the last of these Admiralty expeditions. Enthralling and often harrowing, "The Man Who Ate His Boots "captures the glory and the folly of this ultimately tragic enterprise.

Following the Equator (Paperback): Mark Twain Following the Equator (Paperback)
Mark Twain; Introduction by Anthony Brandt
R291 R276 Discovery Miles 2 760 Save R15 (5%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

How I did loath that journey around the world--except the sea-part & India.- Mark Twain, letter to W. D. Howells, 4/2/1899

Following The Equator is an account of Mark Twain's round-the-world lecture tour of 1895/96. The book opens in Paris, from which Twain sets out on his journey. In New York, his wife, Olivia, and daughter Clara decide to continue on the tour with Twain. The family sets out from New York accompanied by Major Pond, the tour manager for the North American leg. Following a stop in British Columbia, the travelers set sail on the Pacific Ocean.

After avoiding Hawaii due to a cholera epidemic, the ship lands at Suva, part of the Fiji Islands. After a short stay, Twain moves on to Australia, with his first stop in Sydney. Here he spends considerable space telling about Australian history, society, and people. A stop in Wagga-Wagga brings up the story of the Tichborne Claimant. In Melbourne, Twain relates the story of how Olivia once received a letter in which is discussed Twain's death on a lecture tour in Australia. The author makes numerous stops in mining regions of Australia, including Stawell, Ballarat, and Bendigo. In the latter stop, Twain encounters Mr. Blank, the sole member of the Mark Twain Club, of Corrigan Castle, Ireland. He is also the man who wrote the letter to Olivia about Twain's death.

The travelers next stop briefly at Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, and then move on to several towns in New Zealand. In Nelson, the group learns of the Maungatapu Murders, the sole event of historical importance to occur in the town. After a quick stop in Auckland, the capital, Twain visits Wanganui, where the Maori people and culture are discussed. The partyreturns to Australia to spend Christmas in Melbourne and New Year's at Adelaide, before setting sail for Ceylon, India.

The first stop in India is Bombay, which Twain finds to be a fabulous city of great contradictions: great wealth and extreme poverty, ornate palaces and ramshackle hovels. Twain gives a lengthy description of his interesting experiences while taking in Bombay, including a religious ceremony, the wedding of a 12-year-old girl, and a murder trial. The party takes the train to Baroda, where Twain rides an elephant. A longer train ride to Allahabad - the City of God - follows, where a religious ceremony is being held. Next stop is Benares, an important religious center, where they take a cruise on the Ganges. The journey through India continues, with stops in Calcutta, Darjeeling, and numerous other cities. At this point, Twain relates the history of the Great Mutiny of 1857, in which the Indian people revolted against the British.

Upon leaving India, the party heads for Durban, South Africa, after a brief stop at Mauritius and Mozambique. Brief stops at Johannesburg, Cape Town, and other towns round out the relatively brief South Africa portion of the book. The lecture tour here ends, and the travellers head back to Southampton, England.

The personalities of the ship's crew and passengers, the poetry of Australian place-names, and the success of women's suffrage in New Zealand, among other topics, are the focus of his wry humor and redoubtable powers of observation. Following the Equator is an evocative and highly unique American portrait of nineteenth-century travel and customs.

Thomas Jefferson Travels (Paperback): Anthony Brandt Thomas Jefferson Travels (Paperback)
Anthony Brandt
R245 R193 Discovery Miles 1 930 Save R52 (21%) Out of stock

The first-ever collection of Thomas Jefferson's entire body of travel writing showcases his wide-ranging interests and eloquent observations recorded on journeys throughout the eastern United States and Europe, spanning from 1765 to 1826.

The South Pole - A Narrative History of the Exploration of Antarctica (Paperback): Anthony Brandt The South Pole - A Narrative History of the Exploration of Antarctica (Paperback)
Anthony Brandt
R230 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R49 (21%) Out of stock

The discovery and exploration of Antarctica is revealed through memoirs, letters, and ship's logs, including James Cook's first glimpse of the South Pole in the eighteenth century, as well as Richard Byrd's winter in Antarctica alone. Reprint.

The Pushcart Book of Essays (Hardcover): Anthony Brandt The Pushcart Book of Essays (Hardcover)
Anthony Brandt
R593 R533 Discovery Miles 5 330 Save R60 (10%) Out of stock

What an Immense wealth of talent has appeared in the first quarter-century of The Pushcart Prize editions, and much of that talent has been displayed in the essays.

From the start in 1976, well before the current plethora of essay anthologies, the editors of The Pushcart Prize recognized and celebrated the essay; over the years the series has witnessed the development of many forms of the genre, including a strong renaissance in the personal essay. This monumental collection selects opinions and reflections on much of the social, literary, and political history of recent decades.

The Runaway Species - How Human Creativity Remakes the World (Standard format, CD): David Eagleman, Anthony Brandt The Runaway Species - How Human Creativity Remakes the World (Standard format, CD)
David Eagleman, Anthony Brandt; Narrated by Mauro Hantman
R910 R686 Discovery Miles 6 860 Save R224 (25%) Out of stock
The Runaway Species - How Human Creativity Remakes the World (MP3 format, CD): David Eagleman, Anthony Brandt The Runaway Species - How Human Creativity Remakes the World (MP3 format, CD)
David Eagleman, Anthony Brandt; Narrated by Mauro Hantman
R543 R418 Discovery Miles 4 180 Save R125 (23%) Out of stock
The Adventures of Theodore Roosevelt (Paperback): Theodore Roosevelt, Anthony Brandt The Adventures of Theodore Roosevelt (Paperback)
Theodore Roosevelt, Anthony Brandt
R245 R193 Discovery Miles 1 930 Save R52 (21%) Out of stock

The wide ranging adventures of outdoorsman, naturalist and U.S. President, Theodore Roosevelt, are collected in this anthology of African safaris, ranch life in the American West, and a peril filled trip down Brazil's legendary River of Doubt.

The Tragic History of the Sea - Shipwreck from the Bible to Titanic (Paperback): Anthony Brandt The Tragic History of the Sea - Shipwreck from the Bible to Titanic (Paperback)
Anthony Brandt
R247 R205 Discovery Miles 2 050 Save R42 (17%) Out of stock

Is there any tale more thrilling than a shipwreck? Disaster at sea is an ever-present peril, inspiring ancient legends, great works of fiction, and countless yarns of deadly typhoons, vessels consumed by fire, and desperate castaways alone on an empty ocean. Before Homer composed the "Odyssey," sailors were already telling their terrifying stories, and Anthony Brandt has culled only the very best for this essential and engrossing chronicle of shipwrecks through the ages.
Brandt's selections range from the apostle Paul to Mark Twain to the "Titanic" disaster. "The Tragic History of the Sea" draws from tales around the globe: the doomed Medusa, whose survivors were abandoned to their fate by a cowardly crew, to live on only in a famous painting in the Louvre; the infamous Essex and her fatal cruise which inspired Melville's "Moby Dick;" and the harrowing wreck of the "Wager," which left the earlier Lord Byron, the poet's kinsman, starving on Patagonia's bleak shores.
A riveting anthology of high adventure and astonishing survival against all odds, this storm-tossed voyage through history's gales and across unforgiving seas represents the best of a storytelling tradition that goes back centuries. Each extraordinary tale is linked to the next by Brandt's expert annotations and commentary, which sets them in context, provides a wealth of maritime and literary background and places this volume of shipwreck tales in a class by itself.

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