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Sunday, January 24, 2010

New Issue of Dumbo Feather, just arrived!!

Issue 22 of Dumbo Feather, pass it on has arrived instore. One of my all time favourite mags, I have been a long time follower and am thrilled to be able to stock it here at New Leaves! It's $15 an issue, comes out quarterly, and the rest of my weekend will be spent devouring it.

Friday, January 22, 2010

I currently can't put down.....

Published by Icon Books and available at New Leaves for $22.99. Here's a little rundown....

Between the 8th and 15th centuries, scholars and researchers working from Samarkand in modern-day Uzbekistan to Cordoba in Spain advanced our knowledge of astronomy, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, medicine and philosophy to new heights. It was Musa al-Khwarizmi, for instance, who developed algebra in 9th century Baghdad, drawing on work by mathematicians in India; al-Jazari, a Turkish engineer of the 13th century whose achievements include the crank, the camshaft, and the reciprocating piston; ibn Sina, whose textbook Canon of Medicine was a standard work in Europe's universities until the 1600s. These scientists were part of a sophisticated culture and civilization that was based on belief in God - a picture which helps to scotch the myth of the 'Dark Ages' in which scientific advance faltered. Science writer Ehsan Masood weaves the story of these and other scientists into a compelling narrative, taking the reader on a journey through the Islamic empires of the middle ages, the cultural and religious circumstances that made this revolution possible, and its contribution to science in Western Europe. He unpacks the debates between scientists, philosophers and theologians on the nature of physical reality and limits to human reason, and explores the many reasons for the eventual decline of advanced science and learning in the Arabic-speaking world.

Saturday, January 2, 2010


Wishing you a wonderful 2010.

Pop into New Leaves for some fantastic Summer Reading Ideas if you are lucky enough to have time off to relax and recharge.

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