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The Descent of Man

The Descent of Man

Charles Darwin

Fully illustrated. No book made a greater impact on the intellectual world of its first Victorian readers nor has had such an enduring influence on our thinking on science, literature, theology and philosophy. In The Descent of Man, Darwin addresses the crucial question of the origins, evolution and racial divergence of mankind…

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Friar Bacon, His Discovery of the Miracles of Art, Nature, and Magick

Friar Bacon, His Discovery of the Miracles of Art, Nature, and Magick

Roger Bacon

Roger Bacon can be placed on the boundary between magic and science. This essay starts with a strong dissenting opinion on the existence of magic; but finishes by discussing how to create a ‘Philosophers Egg’. In between, Bacon writes about the use of optics, gunpowder, and petroleum in warfare. In fact, Bacon is believed…

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Harmonies of the World

Harmonies of the World

Johannes Kepler

Johannes Kepler published Harmonies of the World in 1619. This was the summation of his theories about celestial correspondences, and ties together the ratios of the planetary orbits, musical theory, and the Platonic solids. Kepler’s speculations are long discredited. However, this work stands as a bridge between the Hermetic philosophy…

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Lectures on Evolution

Lectures on Evolution

Thomas Henry Huxley

Illustrated. This book is comprised of three lectures that Thomas Henry Huxley gave. ‘We live in and form part of a system of things of immense diversity and perplexity, which we call Nature; and it is a matter of the deepest interest to all of us that we should form just conceptions of the constitution of that system and of its past history…

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