Dreams of Other Worlds describes the unmanned space missions that have opened new windows on distant worlds. Spanning four decades of dramatic advances in astronomy and planetary science, this book tells the story of eleven iconic exploratory missions and how they have fundamentally transformed our scientific and cultural perspectives on the universe and our place in it.The journey begins with the Viking and Mars Exploration Rover missions to Mars, which paint a startling picture of a planet at the cusp of habitability. It then moves into the realm of the gas giants with the Voyager probes and Cassini´s ongoing exploration of the moons of Saturn. The Stardust probe´s dramatic round-trip encounter with a comet is brought vividly to life, as are the SOHO and Hipparcos missions to study the Sun and Milky Way. This stunningly illustrated book also explores how our view of the universe has been brought into sharp focus by NASA´s great observatories--Spitzer, Chandra, and Hubble--and how the WMAP mission has provided rare glimpses of the dawn of creation.Dreams of Other Worlds reveals how these unmanned exploratory missions have redefined what it means to be the temporary tenants of a small planet in a vast cosmos. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matthew Josdal. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018223de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the 1960s, British historian Jonathan Riley-Smith first began studying the knightly orders of the Middle Ages that formed after the First Crusade. By the late 1970s, he had begun writing books from a ´´revisionist´´ point of view, challenging the common belief that the Crusades were motivated by fanaticism, and were designed to plunder the Holy Lands. To an extent, Riley-Smith´s 1986 book The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading overturned this previously held view. Riley-Smith came to his conclusions after studying handwritten documents held in churches across Western Europe, in which Crusaders explained their personal reasons for heading out on the ´´holy war.´´ He then pioneered the use of computer spreadsheets to cross-reference data on individual Crusaders and their families, which allowed him to paint a much more complete picture than had been seen previously. He came to the conclusion that most Crusaders were actually motivated by spiritual devotion and a genuine desire to atone for past sins. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Macat.com. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/063898de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A brilliant author, scientist, and adventurer who has been called ´´the real Indiana Jones´´, Dr. Charles Pellegrino takes us on a remarkable journey from the Nile to the Tigris-Euphrates rivers - crossing time, legend, and ancient lands to explore the unsolved mysteries of the Old Testament. Return to Sodom and Gomorrah is an epic saga of discovery that interweaves science, history, and suspense - the first book ever to bring archaeologists, scientists, and theologians together to examine the same evidence. In this enthralling revelatory adventure, Pellegrino introduces us to dedicated pioneers like Benjamin Mazar, Leonard Woolley, and T. E. Lawrence, who retraced the steps of Moses to demystify the Exodus and the Flood. In the process, he enables us to view ancient relics in an extraordinary new light - as both fascinating windows on the past and vivid signposts to the future. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard M. Davidson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/010561de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The story of the Crusades (1095-1291) is of two centuries of repeated invasion and occupation of Muslim kingdoms by Western European Catholics. This was in response to Muslim conquests of Christian lands from the 7th century on. The story has been told and retold in Western histories - but only from the Western perspective. Hillenbrand´s collection of authentic Islamic sources, many previously untranslated or inaccessible, tells the Crusades from an entirely Muslim point of view. For the first time, the era´s Muslim voices can be heard fully, and their accounts challenge narratives of the Crusades that have been subsequently accepted in the West and the East. Their different understandings of jihad, the often-friendly relations between Muslims and Crusaders, the widespread inter-Arab warfare and near indifference to the invaders´ religious beliefs may well surprise listeners. Given today´s worldwide political and religious conflicts, interest in the Crusades is greater than ever. And again, misinformation and propaganda is everywhere. Hillenbrand´s book remains crucial in telling the real Muslim side of this story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Macat.com. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/063896de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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