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Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing
Snyder, Laura J.
On a summer day in 1674, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek gazed through a tiny lens set into a brass holder and discovered a never-before imagined world of microscopic life. At the same time, in a nearby attic, the painter Johannes Vermeer was using another optical device, a camera obscura, to experiment with... (more)

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Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic
Stewart, Matthew
The ideas that inspired the American Revolution were neither British nor Christian but largely ancient, pagan, and continental: the fecund universe of the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius, the potent (but nontranscendent) natural divinity of the Dutch heretic Benedict de Spinoza. Drawing deeply ... (more)

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Professor Borges: A Course on English Literature
Borges, Jorge Luis
A startling, idiosyncratic, fresh, and highly opinionated tour of English literature from Beowulf to Oscar Wilde. Borges’s lectures -- delivered extempore by a man of extraordinary erudition -- bring the canon to remarkably vivid life. Translated into English for the first time, the lectures are acc... (more)

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Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece
Gorra, Michael
A revelatory biography of the American master, as told through the lens of his greatest novel. Traveling to Florence, Rome, Paris, and England, Gorra sheds new light on James's family, the European literary circles -- George Eliot, Flaubert, Turgenev -- in which James made his name, and the psycholo... (more)

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Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra Del Fuego to the Arctic
Brownlee, Peter John, ed. & Piccoli, Valéria, et al.
The first comprehensive treatment of landscape painting to encompass both American continents, this catalogue is brilliantly illustrated with 260 color images, including works by US artists Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Church, and Georgia O'Keeffe; Canadian artists Joseph Légaré, Frances Anne Hopkins,... (more)

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Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson, and the Debate That Changed Our Understanding of Time
Canales, Jimena
On April 6, 1922, in Paris, the physicist Albert Einstein and the philosopher Henri Bergson publicly debated the nature of time, a topic on which they held radically divergent ideas. Jimena Canales here tells the remarkable story of how this explosive debate transformed our understanding of time and... (more)

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Collected Works of Spinoza: Volume II
Spinoza, Benedictus de
Provides, for the first time in English, a truly satisfactory edition of all of Spinoza's writings, with accurate and readable translations, based on the best critical editions of the original-language texts, edited and translated by Edwin M. Curley, a scholar who has published extensively on the ph... (more)

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Complete Works of Primo Levi
Levi, Primo
Primo Levi became a heroic figure in the annals of 20th-century literature for If This Is a Man, his haunting account of Auschwitz, and for The Periodic Table, a memoir of the years before and after his transportation from his native Italy as an anti-Fascist partisan and a Jew. Yet Levi's body of wo... (more)

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Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States
Wood, Gordon S.
In a series of elegant and illuminating essays, a renowned historian explores the ideological origins of the revolution and the founders' attempts to forge an American democracy. As Wood reveals, while the founders hoped to create a virtuous republic of yeoman farmers and disinterested leaders, they... (more)

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Lagoon: How Aristotle Invented Science
Leroi, Armand Marie
Aristotle looms large over the history of Western thought, but the subject he loved most was biology. He wrote vast volumes about animals, describing them, classifying them, studying where and how they lived and how they developed. Biologist Armand Marie Leroi revisits Aristotle's writings and the p... (more)

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