Best Andrew Robinson books
The Story of Writing: Alphabets, Hieroglyphs & Pictograms
Best price for this book: $ 12.97
A survey of the world's major scripts, studied through sight, sound and symbolAndrew Robinson explains the interconnection between sound, symbol, and script in a succinct and absorbing text. He discusses each of the major writing systems in turn, from cuneiform and Egyptian and Mayan hieroglyphs to alphabets and the scripts of China and Japan, as well as topics such as the Cherokee “alphabet” and the writing of runes. Full coverage is given to the history of decipherment, and a provocative chapter devoted to undeciphered scripts challenges the reader: can these codes ever be broken? In this revised edition, the author reveals the latest discoveries to have an impact on our knowledge of the history of writing, including the Tabula Cortonensis showing Etruscan symbols and a third millennium BC seal from Turkmenistan that could solve the mystery of how Chinese writing evolved. He also discusses how the digital revolution has not, despite gloomy predictions, spelled doom for the printed book. In addition, the table of Maya glyphs has been revised so that they are up-to-date with current research.
Cracking the Egyptian Code: The Revolutionary Life of Jean-Francois Champollion
Best price for this book: $ 6.7
Cracking the Egyptian Code is the first biography in English of Champollion, widely regarded as the founder of Egyptology. Andrew Robinson meticulously reconstructs how Champollion cracked the code of the hieroglyphic script, describing how Champollion started with Egyptian obelisks in Rome and papyri in European collections, sailed the Nile for a year, studied the tombs in the Valley of the Kings (a name he first coined), and carefully compared the three scripts on the Rosetta Stone to penetrate the mystery of the hieroglyphic text. Robinson also brings to life the rivalry between Champollion and the English scientist Thomas Young, who claimed credit for launching the decipherment, which Champollion hotly denied. There is much more to Champollion's life than the Rosetta Stone and Robinson gives equal weight to the many roles he played in his tragically brief life, from a teenage professor in Revolutionary France to a supporter of Napoleon (whom he met), an exile, and a curator at the Louvre.
Extensively illustrated in color and black-and-white pictures, Cracking the Egyptian Code will appeal to a wide readership interested in Egypt, decipherment and code-breaking, and Napoleon and the French Revolution.
A Stitch in Time (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #27)
Andrew J. Robinson
Best price for this book: $ 200.05
Satyajit Ray: The Inner Eye
Best price for this book: $ 19.81
The Last Man Who Knew Everything: Thomas Young, The Anonymous Polymath Who Proved Newton Wrong, Explained How We See, Cured the Sick, and Deciphered the Rosetta Stone, Among Other Feats of Genius
Best price for this book: $ 42.99
Invited to contribute to a new edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, Young offered the following subjects: Alphabet, Annuities, Attraction, Capillary Action, Cohesion, Colour, Dew, Egypt, Eye, Focus, Friction, Halo, Hieroglyphic, Hydraulics, Motion, Resistance, Ship, Sound, Strength, Tides, Waves, and anything of a medical nature. He asked that all his contributions be kept anonymous.
While not yet thirty he gave a course of lectures at the Royal Institution covering virtually all of known science. But polymathy made him unpopular in the academy. An early attack on his wave theory of light was so scathing that English physicists buried it for nearly two decades until it was rediscovered in France. But slowly, after his death, great scientists recognized his genius.
Today, in an age of professional specialization unimaginable in 1800, polymathy still disturbs us. Is this kind of curiosity selfish, even irresponsible? Here is the story of a driven yet modest hero, the last man who knew everything.
Overwatch: Anthology Volume 1
Best price for this book: $ 14.1
From Soldier: 76 to Ana, Tracer to Symmetra, discover the history behind Overwatch's heroes. How did Bastion become part of the team? Why did Ana Amari disappear? Where did Tracer get her catchphrase? Learn all this and more in this hardcover anthology of the first twelve issues of Blizzard's Overwatch comics, written and illustrated by an all-star creative team including Matt Burns, Robert Brooks, Micky Neilson, Nesskain, Bengal, and more. Whether you're an Overwatch novice or a Grandmaster, this is an essential companion!
• Reveals backstories and new details about Overwatch's heroes.
• Essential companion to the international best-selling game Overwatch!
• Overwatch has won 100+ Game of the Year awards!
• Overwatch is a global phenomenon with 30 million players!
• Includes short stories by World of Warcraft: Chronicle writers Robert Brooks and Matt Burns!
Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction
Best price for this book: $ 6.11
About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.
Earthquake: Nature and Culture
Best price for this book: $ 12.45
Predator: If It Bleeds
Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Best price for this book: $ 8.08
- DEVIL DOGS by Tim Lebbon
- STONEWALL'S LAST STAND by Jeremy Robinson
- REMATCH by Steve Perry
- MAY BLOOD PAVE MY WAY HOME by Weston Ochse
- STORM BLOOD by Peter J. Wacks and David Boop
- LAST REPORT FROM THE KSS PSYCHOPOMP by Jennifer Brozek
- SKELD'S KEEP by S. D. Perry
- INDIGENOUS SPECIES by Kevin J. Anderson
- BLOOD AND SAND by Mira Grant
- TIN WARRIORS by John Shirley
- THREE SPARKS by Larry Correia
- THE PILOT by Andrew Mayne
- BUFFALO JUMP by Wendy N. Wagner
- DRUG WAR by Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Holly Roberds
- RECON by Dayton Ward
- GAMEWORLD by Jonathan Maberry
The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story Expanded Edition
Vivek J. Tiwary
Best price for this book: $ 10.19
The Fifth Beatle graphic novel recounts the untold true story of Brian Epstein-- the visionary manager who created Beatlemania and guided the Beatles from basement gigs to unprecedented international stardom. It's also an uplifting, inspirational human story about the struggle to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. This critically acclaimed and multiple award winning graphic novel has been added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives!
This new softcover edition includes an expanded sketchbook and Beatles memorabilia section, with behind-the-scenes essays and insights from writer Vivek J. Tiwary, plus 25 pages of bonus art by Andrew Robinson and Kyle Baker!