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Prehistory to 500 AD—the beginning of recorded human history up to the fall of the Western Roman Empire

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The Science and Mystery of How Humans Navigate the World

by M. R. O’Connor Wayfinding is a fascinating look, both sweeping and intimate, at how finding our way makes us human. O’Connor takes readers all over the world, from the frigid Arctic to Australia, talking to master navigators, scientists, and

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Railroads, the Chicago World’s Fair, and George Pullman

by Jack Kelly The year 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental rail line. The explosive growth of railroads had, by the 1890s, created the world’s greatest transportation system and made American railroad corporations the

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The History Behind the Mystery: Maze Master

by Kathleen O’Neal Gear A reporter once told me that our library could pass for a crime lab.  Skulls detailing the history of humanity line the shelves and perch on pedestals, beginning with a diminutive acrylic cast of Australopithecus afarensis,

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Inside Egypt’s Rock-Cut Tomb Chapels

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by John Romer For the majority of Westerners, the grand tour of Egypt had started in the 1870s when Thomas Cook & Sons obtained a concession from the Khedive Ismail to run Nile steamboats and dahabiyyas – luxurious sailing boats – from

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Asimov Mathematics and the Collapse of Empire

by Brian Clegg If there’s one lesson that we have learned from recent shock political results, whether it’s Brexit in the UK, or the election of Donald Trump to the White House, it is that we can’t trust the polls,

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