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Physical Nature of a Used Bookstore

Physical Nature of a Used Bookstore

sequiturbooksadmin 04/12/2016 2
 Often when I survey my books I am reminded of a quote from the wonderful Terry Pratchett: “The truth is that even big collections of ordinary books distort space, as can readily be proved by anyone who has been around a really old-fashioned secondhand bookshop, one of those that look as though they were designed by M. Escher on a bad day and has more staircases than storeys and those rows of shelves which end in little doors that are too small for a full-sized human to enter.  The relevant equation is:  Knowledge = power = energy = matter = mass;  a good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole ...
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Sarat Das and the Re-Discovery of Tibet

Sarat Das and the Re-Discovery of Tibet

sequiturbooksadmin 05/07/2016 0
The Story of Sarat Das and re-discovery of Tibet. Sarat Chandra Das (1849-1917) was a Bengali scholar of Tibet.  Das has been described as "a traveler, explorer...linguist, a lexicographer, an ethnographer and an eminent Tibetologist." (Waller, p. 193)  Das was also a British spy.  Born in Chittagong, Das trained as an engineer in Calcutta.  He became headmaster of the Bhutia Boarding School in Darjeeling.  Bhutia was a school for Sikkimese and Tibetan boys, many of who would be trained to fill a special place in the British colonial regime, the role of a Pundit.  Das became a "pundit" (and an...
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Franklin's Experiments in Elecricity

Franklin's Experiments in Elecricity

sequiturbooksadmin 12/06/2016 0
Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky - Benjamin West In 1751 the Royal Society published Benjamin Franklin's book, "Experiments and Observations on Electricity: Made in Philadelphia in America."  Franklin described his scientific findings in a series of letters to Peter Collinson, a Quaker merchant and Society fellow in London who provided Franklin with a Leyden or Leiden jar.    A Leiden jar is a primitive capacitor (also known as a condenser) that stores static electricity like a battery.  In a 1752 experiment Franklin flew a specially designed kite with his son William in a th...
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Father Henson

Father Henson

sequiturbooksadmin 01/06/2016 1
Many people don't realize that Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was based on the true story of a former Maryland slave, Joshiah Henson. Born into slavery at Port Tobacco, Charles County, Maryland, Henson lived and worked on a plantation in what is now North Bethesda (Rockville), a few miles from the Capital beltway.  Henson was a powerful figure in his own right.  His story is that of the underground railroad, finding refuge and freedom in the Dawn settlement in Canada, and devoting his life to abolitionism and his new community.  Henson went on to serve as an officer in the British...
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