Becoming Leonardo:An Exploded View of the Life of Leonardo da Vinci Mike Lankford
Large scale vintage wall chart with a stunning exploded view of the anatomy of the ´´Perca fluviatilis´´, (perch). Lithograph on two sheets of paper, mounted on canvas. Author and illustrator was Prof. Dr. Paul Pfurtscheller. Pfurtscheller (1855 - 1927) produced a series of 39 ´´Zoologische Wandtafeln´´ (zoological wall plates) to be used for higher educational purposes. Although he was a modest high school teacher by training he gained recognition by the scientific community worldwide for this outstanding work. This extraordinarily detailed visualization is ´´Plate 22´´ in the series and one of the most striking compositions that Pfurtscheller had created. The Pfurtscheller wall charts were first published in Vienna, Austria, in 1902, by ´A. Pichler´s Witwe & Sohn´. Later editions were also published by Dutch company ´Martinus Nijhoff´ until 1953. This item was pubished by ´Martinus Nijhoff´ presumably in the late 1920s. Beautiful use of colours, and it is still one of the lithographed editions, whereas later editions used offset-printing. Lithography of course is an enormously demanding technique - especially at this large scale - which required 15 to 20 manual print-cycles for a single piece, since each colour had to be applied separately. These colours of course were not supposed to overlap in the end. This process is what gives lithographs their extraordinary depth and unusual longevity to their colours.
Seinfeld, Friends, Frasier, ER, Cheers, Law & Order, Will & Grace… Here is the funny, splashy, irresistible insiders’ account of the greatest era in television history - told by the actors, writers, directors, producers, and the network executives who made it happen… and watched it all fall apart. Warren Littlefield was the NBC President of Entertainment who oversaw the Peacock Network’s rise from also-ran to a division that generated a billion dollars in profits. In this fast-paced and exceptionally entertaining oral history, Littlefield and NBC luminaries including Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Kelsey Grammer, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Julianna Marguiles, Anthony Edwards, Noah Wylie, Debra Messing, Jack Welch, Jimmy Burrows, Helen Hunt, and Dick Wolf vividly recapture the incredible era of Must See TV. From 1993 through 1998, NBC exploded every conventional notion of what a broadcast network could accomplish with the greatest prime-time line-up in television history. On Thursday nights, a cavalcade of groundbreaking comedies and dramas streamed into homes, attracting a staggering 75 million viewers and generating more revenue than all other six nights of programming combined. The road to success, however, was a rocky one. How do you turn a show like Seinfeld, one of the lowest testing pilots of all time, into a hit when the network overlords are constantly warring, or worse, drowning in a bottle of vodka? Top of the Rock is an addictively readable account of the risky business decisions, creative passion, and leaps of faith that made Must See TV possible. Chock full of delicious behind-the-scenes anecdotes that run the gamut from hilarious casting and programming ploys to petty jealousies and drug interventions, you’re in for a juicy, unputdownable read. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Balaban. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002998/bk_rand_002998_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On July 23, 1999, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the most powerful X-ray telescope ever built, was launched aboard the space shuttle Columbia. Since then, Chandra has given us a view of the universe that is largely hidden from telescopes sensitive only to visible light. In Chandra´s Cosmos, Wallace H. Tucker uses a series of short, connected stories to describe the telescope´s exploration of the hot, high-energy face of the universe. The book is organized in three parts: The Big, covering the cosmic web, dark energy, dark matter, and massive clusters of galaxies; The Bad, exploring neutron stars, stellar black holes, and supermassive black holes; and The Beautiful, discussing stars, exoplanets, and life. Chandra has imaged the spectacular, glowing remains of exploded stars and taken spectra showing the dispersal of their elements. Chandra has observed the region around the supermassive black hole in the center of our Milky Way and traced the separation of dark matter from normal matter in the collision of galaxies. Tucker explores the implications of these observations in an entertaining, informative narrative aimed at space buffs and general listeners alike. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Perkins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/007309/bk_tant_007309_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.