'm pleased I got this Lonely Planet Pocket Book, a collection of 50 methods from different cultures that aids growth of reflection and spirituality. U'm pleased I got this Lonely Planet Pocket Book, a collection of 50 methods from different cultures that aids growth of reflection and spirituality. Understandably the list is inconsistent, it is more like a set of activities, practices, sometimes just information on certain unique cultural practices ( say siesta) The book is divided into themes: Nature, Rhythm, Sharing, Focus, under which different cultural practices are classified. I found it quite informative and light read, more of a general knowledge book than any spiritual treasure. impressed with the diversity of the content and the presentation. At £4.99 makes a perfect present too. ...more
I have somewhat mixed emotions about this collection, which is more of an assortment. The selections are really good, until perhaps the ones in 20th cI have somewhat mixed emotions about this collection, which is more of an assortment. The selections are really good, until perhaps the ones in 20th century. I'm not entirely sure I agree with all the selections especially after the 25th book. The presentation is fragmented - each book being presented by different academics, which kind of breaks the flow. In addition some of the selections are transplanted from other courses, so it is or can be a repetition if you are already familiar with it.
Some of the books are presented almost as a dialogue and discussion ( very similar to podcast), which is slightly disappointing in a collection qualified as book. Overall good content, wish though they had tailored to it the actual title.
Also, there is quite a bit of overlap with Prof Rufus' 'Books That Have Made History', so if you have done that already, I'd find very little merit in doing this. ...more
A whistle-stop tour of the history of the medicine; as the title suggests the narration is pegged into important men and women who were responsible foA whistle-stop tour of the history of the medicine; as the title suggests the narration is pegged into important men and women who were responsible for making medicine what it is today. Quite a captivating read, perhaps not as detailed as some of the other books on the history of medicine, which, makes this book a good primer read for those outside medicine who are interested in its evolution and history.
I was impressed with the number of trivia or lateral sub-stories the book wrapped in its stories e.g Watson and Crick met everyday in a Cambridge pub ( The Eagle) for lunch to discuss the helical model or Jenner refused a promising offer by Captain Cook to join him on one of his voyages to settle in the country, where without desiring fame he discovered ( not invented) inoculation and many such..
Also, I've finally learnt the correct pronunciation of the name Wilhelm Röntgen.
Recommended for non medico readers, teenagers interested in humanities and pre-meds. ...more
I can't remember why I downloaded this book; I had neither heard nor known of it. I caught it on amazon while lookingSometimes a book just finds you.
I can't remember why I downloaded this book; I had neither heard nor known of it. I caught it on amazon while looking for some other book.
As I read Harnden's introduction, I knew right away it was a unique book. And in spite of his suggestion not to read it in one go, I found myself at the end of the book in 2 hours - heavy, yet strangely calm and peaceful. And like many great books, it made me pause many a times throughout my reading, and reflect - at times completely without any thought on my mind. After the book ended, I kept revisiting the chapters, rereading, on occasions checking the references, but soon I realised the book will never have a psychological end; I will have to revisit it again and again and again, as long as I will live.
Book, though technically it isn't one, is an assortment of vignettes of unique travels and journeys, forty one in total- the unencumbered journeys - as Harnden describes them are drawn from real life, fiction and in fact one of them is a bird ( the arctic tern). The journeys are arranged as chapters. The first part of each chapter gives a brief introduction of the 'traveller', the second part describes the journey and its context, and third, arranged as a list ( in a poetic skeleton) is the list of possessions these travellers carried with them during these unique, exceptional travels. The book uses Travels and journeys as a metaphor for life , and the main motif of these journeys is sparseness and the wonder of simplicity.
Some of these journeys ( lives) are well known ( Thoreau, Gandhi, Jesus ), while some of them are unbelievably incredible ( Emma Gatewood, Ephraim M'lkiara) some are awe-inspiringly informative ( I didn't know that Herzog walked from Munich to Paris to visit Eisner, or that Marcel Duchamp travelled only with a toothbrush in his jacket pocket).
In a time where all of us as a society have collectively accepted to measure the worth of our identities and lives by our possessions, the book documents that all life will eventually amount to no more than how meaningfully you lived it. No more and no less. As Harnden illustrates in his example in the introduction 'Like a single Leaf'
The only crib I can force myself to think of, is that the book has too many American examples with Europe losing out ( e.g Wittgenstein ). This means the assortment can be improved.
As I have written, the book deserves endless revisiting, and as a testament, I will carry it during all my journeys.
To keep myself reminded. That life is no more than this....more
A wonderful primer to anyone remotely interested in the history of medicine. It charts a long chronicle of the evolution of medicine from the ancientA wonderful primer to anyone remotely interested in the history of medicine. It charts a long chronicle of the evolution of medicine from the ancient theories to the present day modern science, its triumphs and failures, highlighting the most salient landmarks without getting too technical for a lay audience.
I'd also recommend it for children between of secondary school high school age bracket. ...more
This book, though small has been smouldering on my reading list for a few months now, and I finally managed to finish it today. I quite liked it; it sThis book, though small has been smouldering on my reading list for a few months now, and I finally managed to finish it today. I quite liked it; it strikes the right combination of charm and melancholy, like any ideal travel ought to be. Alain explores the idea of travel as philosophy, writing in tandem personal ideas on travel with a few informative quirky stories of travel in the history - e.g. - Baudelaire's fascination with the Orient, Humbolt's insatiable travel genius - along with his own personal stories of how he finds transformed by travel, as a person and as a dynamic between people. The prose is divided into anecdotes themed as Departure, Motives, Landscape, Art, and Return. The anecdotes are nostalgic and at times humorous.
All in all an enjoyable and informative read, I'm sure any travellers will certainly enjoy it. Crib: wish it was bigger book with deeper exploration. ...more