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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 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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Anchoresses: 10 facts about the Life of Solitude

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by Robyn Cadwallader Anchoresses In Christianity, an anchoress is a woman who chooses to withdraw from the world to live a solitary life of prayer and mortification. Julian of Norwich was an anchoress whose writings tell of her life and

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Copernicus: The Formula for Genius

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by Ian Goldin and Chris Kutarna Copernicus: The formula for flourishing genius A flourishing of genius like that of Copernicus does not just “happen.” It arises as a result of specific social and intellectual conditions that enable creativity to shine

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