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Max Planck: The Life and Legacy of the Influential German Physicist Who Pioneered Quantum Theory

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures
*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading
*Includes a table of contents

“Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.” – Max Planck
There are many feel-good fictitious stories surrounding history’s most brilliant minds, and one of the most famous involves Max Planck, a friend and contemporary of Albert Einstein. The story is said to have unfolded some time during Planck’s national lecture tour in Germany in the autumn of 1918. An unnamed chauffeur escorted Planck to and from the varying universities and learning institutions on his agenda, day after day. But rather than wander off for a snack, sit down with a good book, or doze off in his chair in the back of the auditoriums, the chauffeur leaned forward with a keen ear and diligently filled the pages of his journal with notes.

After about a week or so, however, the chauffeur began to grow restless, for the traveling professor had been tasked with delivering a lecture on a certain subject, thereby making his classes more or less identical. The following day, the curious chauffeur approached his employer and boldly suggested, “Professor, I have heard you give the same lecture on quantum mechanics so many times that I now know it by heart. It must be very boring for you, so for tonight, why don’t we swap roles? I’ll deliver the lecture and you sit in the audience and wear my chauffeur’s cap.”

Intrigued, Planck agreed. Prior to entering the next lecture, the pair, now disguised as the other, arranged themselves in their respective positions and proceeded with class as normal. In an era prior to mass media and the worldwide web, such a ploy could easily be executed if done correctly. And so, the chauffeur, as it turns out, would not disappoint, and he delivered the lecture like a certified professional. The chauffeur’s presentation carried on without a hitch until one of the spectators threw him off guard with a scrupulously investigated, complex question about quantum mechanics. Most would have broken down into a shivering and sweaty pile of nerves, but the chauffeur, without missing a beat, silenced him with this response: “I’m surprised that someone from the renowned city of Munich could ask such a basic question. This being the case, I will leave my chauffeur to answer it.” With that, the “chauffeur” humored the professor with a meticulously detailed answer and a knowing glint in his eye.

The aforementioned tale has been relayed by some of the modern era’s most gifted intellectuals and entrepreneurial powerhouses, including Charlie Munger, a business partner of Warren Buffet. The decades-old allegory is imparted not as an obscure episode in Planck’s eventful life, but a story that showcases the difference between a pretentious, shallow understanding of a given subject (“chauffeur knowledge”) compared to an actual, in-depth comprehension of the subject, known as “Planck knowledge.”

With this analogy alone, one can get an idea of Planck’s importance, and what he was like. Planck has been remembered as the theoretical physicist whose revolutionary discovery of energy quanta and formulation of fundamental quantum theory allowed for countless others to expand on the knowledge of atomic processes. The immensity of Max Planck’s legacy is difficult to condense into mere words, but this excerpt from the obituary of the fabled scientist, published in The New York Times the day after his death, aptly summed it up: “Max Planck was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century, and one of the [most] outstanding intellects of all time. As father of the Quantum Theory, he ranks with the immortals of science, such as Archimedes, Galileo, Newton, and Einstein…[for it was he] who gave us a master key to the universe within the atom, to the nature of light, and radiant energy in general…”


by Al Newman

The shocking blockbuster revelation of exactly what Trump knows, but isn’t saying. Over 100 ALMOST COMPLETELY BLANK pages. Sure to be a great conversation piece, gift, and source of laughs for years!

Marcus Garvey: The Life and Legacy of the Jamaican Political Leader Who Championed Pan-Africanism

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures
*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading
*Includes a table of contents

After the Civil War, the fight for civil rights spawned a multitude of heroic African-American activists, but it is remembered in large part for the work of a few iconic African-American men of stature. Much like their later counterparts, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, the debate between gradual integration through temporary accommodation and overtly insistent activism was led by Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois. Through the last years of the 19th century, Washington’s gentler approach of enhancing black prospects through vocational education, largely accomplished with white permission and funds, seemed the popular choice. His legacy can be sensed in King’s subsequent willingness to extend an olive branch to white Americans in a sense of unity, although Washington’s propensity for accommodation held no place in King’s ministry.

Ultimately, however, the vision that oversaw the creation of the Tuskegee Institute faded in the early 20th century as black intellectualism and stiffening resolve came to the fore. This side’s greatest proponent, William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, still stands among the greatest and most controversial minds of any black leader in his country. The first African-American to receive a doctorate from Harvard University, Du Bois rose to become one of the most important social thinkers of his time in a 70-year career of combined scholarship, teaching, and activism.

The third and most improbable approach toward American civil rights for black citizens blended the beliefs of Washington and Du Bois, and it was spearheaded by global activist Marcus Aurelius Garvey. The Jamaican began his career as an activist with a devotion to Washington’s path, but he subsequently leaned to the alternative, and beyond. Beyond the worldview of both colleagues, Marcus Garvey’s bigger-than-life scheme was to establish a black-owned and managed shipping line to transport much of America’s black population back to Africa. Repatriation of black residents to the African continent had been proposed and debated before, even by Abraham Lincoln, but Garvey’s second and equally prodigious vision proposed that once the African diaspora returned to its homeland, an immense empire would assume rule over the continent, housing black cultures from around the globe. This realization of racial segregation would be a boon to black and white societies, at peace but thriving in distinctly separate cultures and economies from the white world.

No other black leader wielded such an epic influence on African societies as Garvey, the gregarious visionary who would never set foot on the African continent in his lifetime, but despite this, he was one of the few notable names from the West known to Africans. Garvey very nearly accomplished the impossible while fending off the American federal government’s attempts to frame him on any charge that would disarm his vast army of devotees. Booker T. Washington’s legacy is based on the continuing success of Tuskegee, and Du Bois co-founded the NAACP and left volumes of brilliant writing and exhortations to black America, but only Garvey inspired the first important nationalist movement of African-Americans in North America. Central to the many Pan-African Congresses, he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association, the African Communities League, and the Black Star Shipping Line. Despite being Caribbean-born, Garvey made his headquarters in New York City, and at the peak of his influence was considered the most powerful man in Harlem. In his uplifting speeches on the subject of black pride, his exhortations cast him as the father of the modern “Black is Beautiful” movement. Through his work, Garvey commanded the ear of the masses, millions in number.


by Readers Corners

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 15, 1929, and died in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968. He was an activist for the human rights of African-American communities in the United States and less favored, as well as an activist against the Vietnam War. Unlike Malcolm X and some radical movements, Luther King was characterized by fighting the injustices of these communities through peaceful discourse. In addition, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than honest ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

Author, Pianist or Dancer?

by Brenda Kay Winters

Author, Dancer or Pianist? Pianist, Author or Dancer?
No matter what the title, this ebook is about life and one lived well.

Excuse the Jumping around with subjects. That is to make one think of similarities.

America is not what people think it is.

America has her problems. Texas especially.

Why do other people dislike us so much?

Mongrels they call us while media says hurtful things from a perspective that seems to live to contort one’s thinking.

Who are you?

From this creation, if it helps just one person find and make a better life; it was worth the effort.
Winters is all of these and also legally blind. Since age eight from a childhood disease when no vaccine was on the market.

Winters holds five degrees.
Also a graduate of Texas Tech University because my parents did not think being from a top University meant much even though they could have well afforded it.

Winters put herself through the four year University by working, scholarships and loans.


by Readers Corner



by Readers Corner


What time is it on the moon?: The story of a happy childhood

by Geoff York

“my mum was dying in my arms”
“a sucking gurgling sound as the spike came out of my leg”
“No Mods or Else Rockers Teritory with one “r””
“it was a steak and kidney bomb”
“penny for the guy”
“stir the rice, stir the rice, drop the pudding in”
Growing up in the 1960’s and 70’s was fantastic, no mobile phones – we communicated face-to-face and no restrictions on being outdoors playing football, climbing trees or getting up to all sorts of other mischief. What time is it on the moon? is one mans recollection of a very happy time that will, I hope strike a cord and draw many parallels for people of my generation. If it brings back memories for other people then my work here is done.

The Strangest Suicide : The True Story of Lori Erica Ruff

by Sheila Dawkins

Lori Ruff was an identity thief whose real identity remained unknown for almost six years after her death.
As a teenager, she could not cope with the divorce of her parents and moved away. She stole a birth certificate of a young girl who died in a fire then used the certificate to get an identification card in the state of Idaho. From there, she moved to Texas and changed her name to Lori Erica Kennedy.
She would then acquire a new Social Security number and other documents in her false name.
She would get married and start a family.
But Lori’s world would soon fall apart, however, as she slowly unraveled while living the lie. This would lead to her taking her own life on Christmas Eve of 2010.
Her death would leave behind one giant question.
Who was Lori Ruff?

The Demon Within You (Urdu/Hindi/Arabic/English Combined): The Beginning to Cure

by Saleem Mohammed

There are many diseases in third world countries which most of the public do not know or have no resources or knowledge, and when conditions happen to any one of them or their relatives, they start the treatment according to the tribal knowledge they have, and because of little or no resources, they don’t go to the Doctor as well.

This story is one of the girls in the same living conditions, and I bet you, the end will leave you in complete shock.

Rambling Toward Truth: Finding God in Beauty, Art, Nature & Wanderlust

by D. Whalen

In the 1980s, a thirteen-year-old runs away from home, hitchhikes the country, and is imprisoned in the infamous drug rehab Straight for half a year before a thrilling escape. His budding wanderlust brings him to Santa Cruz, California to live in a LSD hippy camp, then to Ithaca, New York to become an organic farmer and radical environmentalist, and eventually throughout Europe with a backpack where his mind is expanded by its old world Christian culture. Upon growing marijuana and meditating in a graveyard, the young man begins to see God’s creating hand in all of nature. In philosophical musings on the natural law and the purposes of sex, a dive into the lyrics of Bob Dylan and Neil Young, a reading of Don Quixote, and upon an encounter with the Dalai Lama, he is led to a rational Creator God and eventually Christianity.

“I’m not usually a fan of memoirs, but I do love a good conversion story. This one hit on all cylinders like a trippy, modern Restless Heart or a Faust in reverse.” -JSB Morse (Author and Vine Voice Contributor)

Readers who appreciate the Russian works of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy will delight in the author’s encounters with a vast range of humanity, from hippies, drug addicts and convicts to holy men, intellectuals and saints.

“This memoir was… utterly riveting. Think of this tale as a modern-day Confessions.” -Brandon Hale (Author of the “Prince Martin” series)

D. Whalen is a lawyer, a graduate of Christendom College and the Catholic University of America, a documentary filmmaker, and world traveler.

Where Shall I Run To?

by David Liff

This is the story of Frima, A Jewish girl born in the late nineteenth century in a small village near Odessa, her journey across europe, and through two world wars. A journey through a life filled with family and friends. A simple story written with the knowledge and wisdom gained only through the successes and failures everyone experiences and yet seldom expect.

Keto Diet for Beginners: Instant Pot Cookbook 90 Day Ketogenic Diet Weight Loss Plan

by Suzy Susson


Are you tired of feeling frustrated and overweight?

Suzy Susson shares with you her secret weight loss success recipes and meal plan to easily lose weight the ketogenic way.

This all-encompassing book gives you all you need to make little changes with very huge results over the next 90 days. Equipping you with 90 days meal plan which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as Instant pot and Keto 101. This book is the key you need to start and remain with ketogenic diets.

This book includes:
A 90-Day Meal Plan easing your ketogenic diet transition with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Over 100 Recipes complete with varieties of recipes including breakfast, desserts, vegan, etc.
Introduction to Ketogenic diet and Instant pot with what you need to know about the ketogenic lifestyle.
The recipes include: Brussels Sprout Hash, Egg Casserole, Omelets, Chicken Soup, Cabbage Beef Soup, Sweet Potato, Sliced Mushrooms, Salmon Steak, Sardines, Chicken Roulade, Vegan Patties, etc.

Mandy – A transwoman’s journey to Key West

by Mandy Murray

This is the story of Mandy, born as a male, she went on to realise that she was truly female. It takes us from her childhood experiences with something that, at the time, was considered â??wrong’ through her self-discovery later in life, up to her re birth as the woman she truly is.
Her first experiences of â??coming out’ in London, exploring the world of the crossdresser, to living full time as Mandy in Key West, the most welcoming place in the world for diversity and the home of the â??One Human Family’.
Filled with insights into how Mandy feels as a woman, humorous episodes amongst her many friends in the Florida Keys and illustrated with lots of pictures giving an insight into her world, Mandy takes us on her journey that has brought her to a place where she feels truly at home.

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The Torrey Pines Murders: A Collection of True Crime

by Pete Driscoll

A True Crime anthology featuring some of the more mysterious murders of the past twenty years… The Torrey Pines beach killings are two of the most hideous, savage murders in California history, made seemingly worse by the beautiful location at which they took place. But, as time has failed to heal the wounds torn into families by these horrific events, it now seems as though the crimes that took place could have claimed a third, and maybe even a fourth, victim.
By day, the beautiful, stunning beach in San Diego, Southern California is a hot spot for sun seekers, surfers and those looking for a walk by the sea. The glittering ocean is contained, it appears, within the magnificent nearby cliffs and the long, wide soft sandy beach sneaks slowly towards an esplanade, complete with inevitable parking lot. The arches of a wide bridge provide a touch of privacy and quiet. Life towers offer safety from the waves.
As wonderful as Torrey Pines is during the day, at night it changes. The dark brings out shadows. And those shadows became a lot deeper after the night of August 12th, 1978.

Whaling for Beginners: Breach

by AXELOS Limited

A fictional story about the cybersecurity vulnerabilities of board level executives, known as ‘big fish’. It follows the story of Jim Baines, CEO of a major US packaging company who is targeted by hackers and his company’s survival hangs in the balance. Out of nowhere, hard-won reputations, hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars are all suddenly at risk.

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