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Fire, Ice, and Physics: The Science of Game of Thrones

Fire, Ice, and Physics: The Science of Game of Thrones
$17.95

by Rebecca Thompson BMC '01 

Exploring the science in George R. R. Martin's fantastical world, from the physics of an ice wall to the genetics of the Targaryens and Lannisters

Game of Thrones is a fantasy that features a lot of made-up science--fabricated climatology (when is winter coming?), astronomy, metallurgy, chemistry, and biology. Most fans of George R. R. Martin's fantastical world accept it all as part of the magic. A trained scientist, watching the fake science in Game of Thrones, might think, "But how would it work?" In Fire, Ice, and Physics, Rebecca Thompson turns a scientist's eye on Game of Thrones, exploring, among other things, the science of an ice wall, the genetics of the Targaryen and Lannister families, and the biology of beheading. Thompson, a PhD in physics and an enthusiastic Game of Thrones fan, uses the fantasy science of the show as a gateway to some interesting real science, introducing GOT fandom to a new dimension of appreciation.

Thompson starts at the beginning, with winter, explaining seasons and the very elliptical orbit of the Earth that might cause winter to come (or not come). She tells us that ice can behave like ketchup, compares regular steel to Valyrian steel, explains that dragons are "bats, but with fire," and considers Targaryen inbreeding. Finally she offers scientific explanations of the various types of fatal justice meted out, including beheading, hanging, poisoning (reporting that the effects of "the Strangler," administered to Joffrey at the Purple Wedding, resemble the effects of strychnine), skull crushing, and burning at the stake.

Even the most faithful Game of Thrones fans will learn new and interesting things about the show from Thompson's entertaining and engaging account. Fire, Ice, and Physics is an essential companion for all future bingeing.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780262539616
Publication Date: 
November 10, 2020
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Railroads of the Eastern Shore

Railroads of the Eastern Shore
$21.99

by Treese, Loretta '73


 

The history of the Delmarva Peninsula is inextricably entwined with the story of its railroads. The earliest railroads were short, locally funded lines. The dream to connect Norfolk directly to Eastern Seaboard cities farther north was first realized by the New York, Philadelphia & Norfolk Railroad in the 1880s. The line ran north-south along the peninsula to Cape Charles City, Virginia, where freight cars were loaded onto barges for the trip across the Chesapeake Bay. This line was eventually absorbed by the giant Pennsylvania Railroad, and the ferry service was eclipsed when the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was completed in 1964. For more than a century, though, railroads played a critical role in the development of the Eastern Shore. Regional historian Lorett Treese tells this story.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781467147026
Publication Date: 
March 15, 2021
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Price of Pride: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

Price of Pride: A Pride and Prejudice Variation
$16.99

by Asja Young BMC '81 - published under the psuedonym Abigail Reynolds

In Love with His Brother's Betrothed...

As far as Fitzwilliam Darcy is concerned, the only good thing to come of Elizabeth Bennet's bitter refusal of his heart and his hand was his new resolve to prove himself a better man. He'd done it, too, by closing the painful distance between himself and his estranged younger brother, Drew. And now Drew is newly engaged to be married...to Elizabeth Bennet.

Family duty forces Darcy to support the engagement, especially since even the smallest hint of disapproval could ruin the brothers' hard-won reconciliation. But how can he bear to watch his brother marry the woman he loves? To see her in Drew's arms, bearing Drew's children, and forever out of his reach?

An Accidental Compromise

Elizabeth has no choice but to accept an engagement to handsome Drew Darcy. He's amiable, educated, and respectable, and if it weren't for his last name, she wouldn't even mind the idea. But to marry the brother of the gentleman she'd so coldly rejected only months before? Especially now that she realizes her feelings for him are far from sisterly. How can she marry Drew while longing for his brother? But the cost of breaking her engagement would be ruination, and with it, the loss of any hope of a life with Darcy.

Trapped by loyalty, love, and propriety, there is no way out. But old family secrets haunt the Darcy brothers. Could those secrets, when brought out in the open, change everything?

This intensely emotional variation on Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice will make you fall in love with Elizabeth and Darcy all over again.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781954417014
Publication Date: 
December 15, 2020
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Marguerite de Navarre's Shifting Gaze

Marguerite de Navarre's Shifting Gaze
$49.95

by Elizabeth Zegura BMC '71 

Marguerite de Navarre's Heptaméron, composed in the 1540s and first published posthumously in 1558 and 1559, has long been an interpretive puzzle. De Navarre (1492-1549), sister of King Francis I of France, was a controversial figure in her lifetime. Her evangelical activities and proximity to the Crown placed her at the epicenter of her country's internecine strife and societal unrest. Yet her short stories appear to offer few traces of the sociopolitical turbulence that surrounded her.In Marguerite de Navarre's Shifting Gaze, however, Elizabeth Zegura argues that the Heptaméron's innocuous appearance camouflages its serious insights into patriarchy and gender, social class, and early modern French politics, which emerge from an analysis of the text's shifting perspectives. Zegura's approach, which focuses on visual cues and alternative standpoints and viewing positions within the text, hinges upon foregrounding "les choses basses" (lowly things) to which the devisante (storyteller) Oisille draws our attention in nouvelle (novella) 2 of the Heptaméron, using this downward, archaeological gaze to excavate layers of the text that merit more extensive critical attention.While her conclusions cast a new light on the literature, life, and times of Marguerite de Navarre, they are nevertheless closely aligned with recent scholarship on this important historical and literary figure.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780367346720
Publication Date: 
May 21, 2019
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