Although soccer had long been the world’s game when Michael J. Agovino first encountered it in 1982, here it was just a poor cousin to American football, to be found on obscure UHF channels and in foreign magazines. But as Agovino himself passionately pursued soccer, Americans got wise and turned it into one of the most popular sports in the country. Agovino’s love affair with soccer is a portrait of the game’s culture and an intimate history of the sport’s coming of age in the United States. Agovino’s quest takes him from the unkempt field in the Bronx where he taught himself to play to some of the sport’s most storied venues and historic matches. With Agovino we travel from school fields to Giants Stadium, then from England to Germany, Italy, and Spain, along the way taking in the final days of the North American Soccer League, the 1994 World Cup, and the birth of Major League Soccer. Offering the perspective of fan, player, and journalist, Agovino chronicles his obsession with the sport and its phenomenal evolution.
Astronomy, astrophysics and space research have witnessed an explosive development over the last few decades. The new observational potential offered by space stations and the availability of powerful and highly specialized computers have revealed novel aspects of the fascinating realm of galaxies, quasars, stars and planets. The present completely revised 5th edition of The New Cosmos provides ample evidence of these dramatic developments. In a concise presentation, which assumes only a modest prior knowledge of mathematics and physics, the book gives a coherent introduction to the entire field of astronomy and astrophysics. At the same time it takes into account the art of observation and the fundamental ideas behind their interpretation. Like its predecessors, this edition of The New Cosmos will provide new insight and enjoyment not only to students and researchers in the fields of astronomy, physics and earth sciences, but also to a wide range of interested amateurs.
A compendious anthology of women's writing on film. As viewers, actresses, directors and writers, women were centrally involved in cinema throughout the first half of the twentieth centuryindeed film-going was the most important way in which women participated in the era's urban mass culture. However, the significance of women's early contributions has until now remained scant and dispersed, eclipsed in historical opinion formed through the texts of men. In magisterial scale and including extracts from Woolf, HD, Flanner and others, Red Velvet Seat restores this film culture to visibility, using women's written accounts to understand the significance of cinema for them. With birth control pioneer Marie Stopes, novelist Virginia Woolf, social reformer Jane Addams, Imagist poet H. D., New Yorker correspondent Janet Flanner, black actress Fredi Washington, labor organizer Mary Heaton Vorse, psychoanalyst Barbara Low, suffragist Lillie Devereux Blake, and lesbian activist Barbara Deming.
In Smithsonian Intimate Guide to the Cosmos, Dana Berry takes readers on a dazzling tour of the cosmos, from Earth's orbit to the farthest reaches of space. He complements the extraordinary images with clear, up-to-date, and straightforward explanations of cosmology—from the explosive origins of our own universe to the possible existence of countless others beyond it.
Explains how science has proven that at least eleven different dimensions exist and discusses why those dimensions support evidence that God exists, what God's involvement in each dimension is, how scientific research has proven the Bible's declaration of God's role in creation, and other related topics.