Roy Porter

  • For generations the traditional focus for those wishing to understand the roots of the modern world has been France on the eve of the Revolution. Porter certainly acknowledges France's importance, but here makes an overwhelming case for consideringBritain the true home of modernity - a country driven by an exuberance, diversity and power of invention comparable only to twentieth-century America. Porter immerses the reader in a society which, recovering from the horrors of the Civil War and decisively reinvigorated by the revolution of 1688, had emerged as something new and extraordinary - a society unlike any other in the world.

  • Perdus au cours des vicissitudes de l'histoire ou condamnés par l'Église naissante, les textes « apocryphes » réunis dans cette Bible oubliée ont continué à circuler par des voies souterraines, dans des groupes discrets ou des Églises excentrées comme l'Église éthiopienne, tout en continuant d'influencer les courants majoritaires. Ces versants occultés de la littérature biblique sont rendus accessibles dans une lecture suivie, situés et interprétés par J.R. Porter, théologien anglais de renom.
    Attribuées à des grandes figures bibliques comme Abraham, Hénoch, Elie, Paul, Pierre ou Philippe, ces paroles nous font vivre la création des anges, la déchéance de Satan, aussi bien que la vie quotidienne de l'enfant Jésus. Adam et Eve donnent chacun leur version de la Chute, tandis que le Christ délivre des aphorismes gnostiques dans l'Évangile de Thomas.
    Témoins d'une Antiquité où florissaient les vocations prophétiques et les interprétations divergentes, ces voix sont restituées par J. R. Porter dans une polyphonie tour à tour apocalyptique et essénienne, judéo-chrétienne et gnostique.

  • Major addition to the world-famous 'Oxford Quotations' range Scholarly but accessible Charts the progress of the great ideas of science, from Archimedes to Einstein and beyond Full author descriptions and word-finding index for easy reference The original words announcing great scientific discoveries, from the first 'Eureka!' to the cloning of Dolly the sheep, can all be found in this fascinating addition to the world-famous 'Oxford Quotations' range. An essential reference tool, put together over 15 years with the assistance of a distinguished team of specialist advisers, it includes full author descriptions, exact sources, and a word-finding index for easy reference. Scholarly but accessible, it also presents the human face of science, as scientists reflect on achievements and failures in their own lives and those of others. Darwin not only describes natural selection, but carefully assesses the pros and cons of marriage, while James Clerk Maxwell constructs an electric but poetic Valentine as well as his 'demon'. From Archimedes to Einstein and beyond, the Oxford Dictionary of Scientific Quotations charts the progress of the great ideas of science.

    'Schrödinger's wave-mechanics is not a physical theory but a dodge - and a very good dodge too.' Arthur Eddington 'I have little patience with scientists who take a board of wood, look for its thinnest part and drill a great number of holes where drilling is easy.' Albert Einstein 'Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.' Rosalind Franklin 'I do not feel obliged to believe that that same God who has endowed us with senses, reason, and intellect has intended to forgo their use and by some other means to give us knowledge which we can attain by them.' Galileo Galilei 'I try to identify myself with the atoms...I ask what I would do if I were a carbon atom or a sodium atom.' Linus Pauling Readership: Scientists plus anyone interested in history and philosophy of science or history of ideas.