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Guide to The Planets By Richard Pearson
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This book takes the reader on a tour of the planets and lessor bodies of our solar system and the search for life on our neighbours in space. The night sky is a wonder, from the fixed and almost... More > changeless stars to the brief appearances of comets it offers a universe of fascinating objects to view. With little more than a pair of binoculars or a small telescope millions of light years of space are available to all. Guide to the Planets has been written by Richard Pearson with amateur astronomers in mind. This book will guide you through space and introduce you to the pleasures of amateur astronomy.< Less
2019 Celestial Handbook By Richard Pearson
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The night sky is a wonder, from the fixed and almost changeless stars to the brief appearances of comets it offers a universe of fascinating objects to view. With little more than a pair of... More > binoculars or a small telescope millions of light years of space are available to all. The Celestial Handbook has been written by Richard Pearson with astro-photographers in mind who is constantly on the lookout for astronomical events to photograph during the year ahead. Also the amateur astronomer, this book will guide you through space and introduce you to the pleasures of amateur astronomy.< Less
The Greek Philosophers By Richard Pearson
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This rare antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations. Ancient Greek philosophy arose in the 6th century BC and... More > continued throughout the Hellenistic period and the period in which Ancient Greece was part of the Roman Empire. Philosophy was used to make sense out of the world in a non-religious way. It dealt with a wide variety of subjects, including astronomy, mathematics, political philosophy, ethics, metaphysics, ontology, logic, biology, rhetoric and aesthetics. Greek philosophy has influenced much of Western culture since its inception. Alfred North Whitehead once noted: "The safest general characterisation of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato". Clear, unbroken lines of influence lead from ancient Greek and Hellenistic philosophers to Early Islamic philosophy, the European Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment.< Less
The History of Ilkeston By Richard Pearson
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Ilkeston is a town within the Borough of Erewash, in Derbyshire, England. It lies on the River Erewash, from which the local borough takes its name. Its population at the 2001 census was 37,550,... More > increasing to 38,640 at the 2011 Census. Its major industries were traditionally coal mining, iron working and lace making / textiles, but these have all but disappeared in the last few decades. Ilkeston was probably founded in the 6th century AD, and gets its name from its supposed founder, Elch or Elcha, who was an Anglian chieftain ("Elka's Tun" = Elka's Town). The town appears as Tilchestune in the Domesday Book when it was owned principally by Gilbert de Ghent. Gilbert also controlled nearby Shipley, West Hallam and Stanton by Dale. Ilkeston was created a borough by Queen Victoria in 1887.< Less
Dale Abby By Richard Pearson
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The Augustinian canons moved to Dale Abbey in 1162 from their previous home at Calke Abbey. A few years later they were replaced by Premonstratensian canons from Tupholme and finally, a few years... More > after this, by another group of Premonstratensians from Welbeck. All these attempts failed, primarily due to the isolation of the area and the lack of good arable land amidst the thick woodlands. From around the year 1199, the Abbey became well established enough—and with the acquisition of further lands, tithes and other properties—to survive for the next 340 years. Although a relatively large establishment, the abbey was home to no more than 24 canons. The Abbey provided priests at Ilkeston, Heanor, Kirk Hallam and Stanton by Dale. The Abbey owned around 24,000 acres (97 km) of land. Much would have been leased or rented out or used for grazing or for the production of produce for the residents of the Abbey.< Less
HISTORY OF NOTTINGHAM By Richard Pearson
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Classical Reprints of Historic Manuscripts: This work is by John Blackner. He was born in nearby Ilkeston, Derbyshire, about 1770. After serving an apprenticeship to a stocking-maker, John... More > Blackner migrated to Nottingham. His education was wholly neglected in his early youth, however, this book is the pinnacle of his passion for local history. Published in Nottingham in 1815 at the turn of the 19th century, this work is illustrated with BW images, and is written in a fascinating and interesting style, in which the Author John Blackner describes Nottingham in detail from its humble beginnings.< Less
The Greek Philosophers Book 2 By Richard Pearson
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Ancient Greek philosophy arose in the 6th century BC and continued throughout the Hellenistic period and the period in which Ancient Greece was part of the Roman Empire. Philosophy was used to make... More > sense out of the world in a non-religious way. It dealt with a wide variety of subjects, including astronomy, mathematics, political philosophy, ethics, metaphysics, ontology, logic, biology, rhetoric and aesthetics. Greek philosophy has influenced much of Western culture since its inception. Alfred North Whitehead once noted: "The safest general characterisation of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato". Clear, unbroken lines of influence lead from ancient Greek and Hellenistic philosophers to Early Islamic philosophy, the European Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment.< Less
Early Greek Philosophy By Richard Pearson
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Philosophy (from Greek φιλοσοφία, philosophia, literally "love of wisdom" is the study of general and fundamental problems concerning... More > matters such as existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. The term was probably coined by Pythagoras (c. 570–495 BCE). Philosophical methods include questioning, critical discussion, rational argument, and systematic presentation. Classic philosophical questions include: Is it possible to know anything and to prove it? What is most real? Philosophers also pose more practical and concrete questions such as: Is there a best way to live? Is it better to be just or unjust (if one can get away with it)? Do humans have free will? Historically, "philosophy" encompassed any body of knowledge. From the time of Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle to the 19th century, "natural philosophy" encompassed astronomy, medicine, and physics.< Less
The Origin of Species By Richard Pearson
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On the Origin of Species (or more completely, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life), published on 24 November 1859,... More > is a work of scientific literature by Charles Darwin which is considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology. Darwin's book introduced the scientific theory that populations evolve over the course of generations through a process of natural selection. It presented a body of evidence that the diversity of life arose by common descent through a branching pattern of evolution. Darwin included evidence that he had gathered on the Beagle expedition in the 1830s and his subsequent findings from research, correspondence, and experimentation.< Less
The History of Nottingham By Richard Pearson
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John Blackner (1770–1816) was editor of The Statesman and author of a history of Nottingham. Blackner was born at Ilkeston, Derbyshire. After serving an apprenticeship to a stocking-maker in... More > his native place, he migrated to Nottingham. His education was wholly neglected in early youth and it is related that he could not even write his name when he was married. Blackner however had strong natural abilities including a facility for making rhymes, and a fluency of speech together with being tall and commanding. As a youth he had always been obliged to get some companion to record his ideas. Blackner now learnt to write and compiled A History of Nottingham. His works are much referred to today by local historians.< Less

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