The Disappearance of Childhood (3)

  • Chapter 2 The Printing Press and the New Adult
    It is obvious that for an idea like childhood to come into being, there must be a change in the adult world. And such a change must be not only of a magnitude but of a special nature. Specifically, it...
  • Chapter1 When There Were No Children
    Like distinctive forms of dress, children's games, once so visible on the streets of our towns and cities, are also disappearing. Even the idea of a children's game seems to be slipping from our grasp...
  • Introduction
    Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.... Unlike infancy, childhood is a social artefact, not a biological category. Our genes contain no clear instructions about who is a...

Meetings with Remarkable Trees (3)

  • HOPING FOR IMMORTALITY
    After two centuries, when most beeches are dead or in their dotage, a yew is a mere stripling. At five centuries it is in its prime. Some may reach their millennium. Such is the extraordinary longevit...
  • A TREE LIKE A DRAWING BY THURBER
    Ash trees have to make their own way in the world, resented by gardeners and foresters because of their greedy offspring. Every year millions of ash 'keys' -long , thin, winged seeds - literally fa...
  • INTRODUCTION
    The second encounter took place in November 1993 when I was plant-huntingin Yunnan, in south-west China, close to the border with Tibet. Yunnan is botanically one of the treasure chess of the world, a...

A Conversation About Happiness (5)

  • Chapter 28
    She writes back. Mein Liebling, ... Happiness belongs to the self-sufficient (to quote a famous philosopher), meaning that it comes from within. You won't find it in another. You must look to your...
  • Chapter 21
    'Here we are at 1968,' begins Neil, 'and the world is a terrible place, full of pitfalls, and people who will misunderstand you.' He chews on his pipe. 'We have quite a few of you older ones leaving...
  • Chapter 14
    When the dictators are confronted by everyone, including Neil, Ena and all the staff, they concede defeat. The dictatorship is overruled and overthrown. When he is presented with our feelings, Pete is...
  • Chapter 12
    By the time I realise I can no longer recall the sound of my mother's voice, it's too late. It's gone. It was the thing that most defined her. Its absence leaves a void in my head.
  • Chapter 3
    "You'll grow out of it," she used to say. Why did I believe her? Instead she died, leaving me with my stammer. I feel my face contort as I try to get out a difficult syllable, neck clenche...

A Short History of Nearly Everything (3)

  • III: A New Age Dawns. 12 The Earth Moves
    P222 For a start, his radical notions questioned the foundations of their discipline, seldom an effective way to generate warmth in an audience. `such a challenge would have been painful enough com...
  • III: A New Age Dawns. 11 Muster Mark's Quarks
    P210 Carl Sagan in Cosmos raise the possibility that if you travelled downwards into an electron, you might find that it contained an universe of its own, recalling all those science-fiction storie...
  • I: Lost in the Cosmos. 3 The Reverend Evans' Universe
    Only about six thousand stars are visible to the naked eye from earth, and only about two thousand can be seen from any one spot. With binoculars the number of stars you can see from a single location...

The Well-Educated Mind (5)

  • 第75页
    The Second Level of Inquiry: Logic-Stage Reading ... Is this novel a "fable" or a "chronicle"? ... What does the central character (or characters) want? What is standing in his...
  • 第60页
    P60 A TEN-MINUTE HISTORY OF THE NOVEL Cleopatra and Caesar didn't amuse themselves with novels in their spare time, because the long story written in prose didn't exist in ancient times. The novel...
  • 第50页
    P50 When you read chronologically, you reunite two fields that should never have been separated in the first place: history and literature. To study literature is to study what people thought, did, b...
  • 第24页
    P24 But gathering data and reading -- understanding ideas and how people act when they try to live by those ideas -- are not the same occupation. When you gather data from a newspaper or book, you us...
  • 第13页
    原文 P13 All civilization comes through literature now, especially in our country. A Greek got his civilization by talking and looking, and in some measure a Parisian may still do it. But we, who li...