Friday, January 27, 2006

Pacific Ocean, Study and exploration

Andrew Sharp, The Discovery of the Pacific Islands (1960, reprinted 1985), summarizes the work of 121 explorers of the area and their contributions to charting the Pacific. J.C. Beaglehole, The Exploration of the Pacific, 3rd ed. (1966), and The Life of Captain James Cook (1974), are classics on the subject. Ernest S. Dodge, Beyond the Capes: Pacific Exploration from Captain Cook to the Challenger, 1776–1877 (1971), provides a thorough coverage of this important period.

Friday, November 18, 2005


Aurelian, born near the Danube River, had established himself as an army officer when, about 260, from outside pressure and

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Brazil, Literature

Brazil has had many world-renowned literary figures whose cumulative writings are regarded by many to be richer than those of Portugal because of their variety of ethnic and regional themes. Joaquim Machado de Assis, the son of a freed slave, was a leading voice of the 19th century with his romantic novels. In the 20th century the Northeast produced a particularly wide

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Paul Of Thebes, Saint

According to St. Jerome, his biographer, Paul fled to the Theban desert during the persecution of Christians (249–251) under the Roman emperor Decius. Thereafter, he lived a life of prayer and penitence in a cave, dying at the reputed age of 113. Jerome considered

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Sorbian Languages

Also called  Lusatian, or Wendish,   closely related West Slavic languages or dialects; their small number of speakers in eastern Germany are the survivors of a more extensive medieval language group. The centre of the Upper Sorbian speech area is Bautzen, near the border with the Czech Republic, while Cottbus, near Poland, is the centre for Lower Sorbian. The oldest written record of Sorbian dates from

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Computer Virus

A virus consists of a set of instructions that attaches itself to other computer programs, usually in the computer's operating system,

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Hindenburg, Paul Von

Hindenburg was the son of a Prussian officer of old Junker (aristocratic)