Thomas Jefferson: Lawyer, Architect, Planter, Statesman, Father of Liberty
Thomas Jefferson grew up on his father’s ranch in Western Virginia. He came from a family that owned slaves, was wealthy and had a rich history in agriculture. His paternal links were equally wealthier, with his mother coming from a line of one of the most aristocratic families in the history of the land.
The affluence from whence he was brought up however, did not blind his vision. From an early age, he had his work cut out, championing for the rights of the oppressed. We follow his journey through life, highlighting some of the major spectacles in his life, in his pursuit of reforms and the liberation of a country.
We also see the trials and tribulations that he had to go through in a bid to rid the country of the colonial rule that had been established by Great Britain, by liberating one colony after the other, until the entire country was free of colonial rule.
We also look at the major events like the introduction of a unitary form of currency that has since lived on to see the US dollar become a major benchmarking currency all over the world. The following is an insight into the life, the struggle and the eventual reforms that were brought about by Thomas Jefferson, the Father of Liberty
~ Jefferson, Thomas
1743 – 1826
3rd President of the United States
David G. John
Images of Goethe Through Schiller’s Egmont
Analyzing an unpublished script of Schiller’s adaptation of Goethe’s “Egmont”, David John examines the collaboration between the two playwrights as a means of addressing questions on the roles of text and performance. Performance, he asserts, not text, constitutes the essence of dramatic and theatrical experience.
David K. Love
Kepler and the Universe: How One Man Revolutionized Astronomy
A contemporary of Galileo and a forerunner of Isaac Newton, Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) was a pioneering German scientist and a pivotal figure in the history of astronomy. This colorful, well-researched biography brings the man and his scientific discoveries to life, showing how his contributions were every bit as important as those of Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton.
It was Kepler who first advocated the completely new concept of a physical force emanating from the sun that controls the motion of the planets–today we call this gravity and take it for granted. He also established that the orbits of the planets were elliptical in shape and not circular. And his three laws of planetary motion are still used by contemporary astronomers and space scientists.
The author focuses not just on these and other momentous breakthroughs but also on Kepler’s arduous life, punctuated by frequent tragedy and hardships. His first wife died young, and eight of the twelve children he fathered succumbed to disease in infancy or childhood. He was frequently caught up in the religious persecutions of the day. His mother narrowly escaped death when she was accused of being a witch.
Intermingling historical and personal details of Kepler’s life with lucid explanations of his scientific research, this book presents a sympathetic portrait of the man and underscores the critical importance of Kepler’s discoveries in the history of astronomy.
Kant: A Biography
This is the first full-length biography in more than fifty years of Immanuel Kant, one of the giants amongst the pantheon of Western philosophers as well as the one with the most powerful and broad influence on contemporary philosophy. It is well known that Kant spent his entire life in an isolated part of Prussia living the life of a typical university professor.
The Diaries of Paul Klee, 1898-1918
Paul Klee was endowed with a rich and many-sided personality that was continually spilling over into forms of expression other than his painting and that made him one of the most extraordinary phenomena of modern European art. These abilities have left their record in the four intimate Diaries in which he faithfully recorded the events of his inner and outer life from his nineteenth to his fortieth year. Here, together with recollections of his childhood in Bern, his relations with his family and such friends as Kandinsky, Marc, Macke, and many others, his observations on nature and people, his trips to Italy and Tunisia, and his military service, the reader will find Klee’s crucial experience with literature and music, as well as many of his essential ideas about his own artistic technique and the creative process.