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Great Astronomers: Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1726) was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist and theologian who has been considered by many to be the greatest and most influential scientist who ever lived. His monograph Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, published in 1687, laid the foundations for most of classical mechanics. In this work, Newton described universal […]


Genre: Biography & autobiography, Non-Fiction, Science & Technology

Confessions of a Young Man

The Confessions of a Young Man is a memoir by Irish novelist George Moore who spent about 15 years in his teens and 20s in Paris and later London as a struggling artist. The book is notable as being one of the first English writings which named important emerging French Impressionists; for its literary criticism; […]


Genre: Biography & autobiography, Non-Fiction

Apologia Pro Vita Sua

Apologia Pro Vita Sua (Latin: A defence of one’s life) is the classic defence of the religious opinions of John Henry Newman, published in 1864 in response to what he saw as an unwarranted attack on himself, the Catholic priesthood, and Roman Catholic doctrine by Charles Kingsley. The work quickly became a bestseller and has […]


Genre: Biography & autobiography, Non-Fiction, Religion

Great Astronomers: William Herschel

Sir Frederick William Herschel, (Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel) (1738–1822) was a German-born British astronomer, telescope maker, and composer. He became famous for the first discovery of a planet not visible to the naked eye, the planet Uranus, and two of its major moons (Titania and Oberon), and two moons of Saturn. He was the first person […]


Genre: Biography & autobiography, Non-Fiction, Science & Technology

Free As In Freedom

“Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman’s Crusade for Free Software” is a free book licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It is a biography of Richard Stallman, an American software freedom activist and computer programmer. In 1983 he launched the GNU Project to create a free Unix-like operating system, and in Ocober 1985 he […]


Genre: Biography & autobiography, Non-Fiction

Roughing It

Roughing It follows the travels of young Mark Twain through the Wild West during the years 1861–1867. After a brief stint as a Confederate cavalry militiaman, he joined his brother Orion Clemens, who had been appointed Secretary of the Nevada Territory, on a stagecoach journey west. Twain consulted his brother’s diary to refresh his memory […]


Genre: Biography & autobiography, Humor, Non-Fiction

The Confessions

In his Confessions Jean-Jacques Rousseau tells the story of his life, from the formative experience of his humble childhood in Geneva, through the achievement of international fame as novelist and philosopher in Paris, to his wanderings as an exile, persecuted by governments and alienated from the world of modern civilization. In trying to explain who […]


Genre: Biography & autobiography, Non-Fiction