Press Release: The Da Vinci Globe by Stefaan Missinne

Leonardo da Vinci´s 1504 Globe authenticated 

Leonardo´s circular map from South -America´s 1503 coastline discovered at the British Library  

New Book released by Cambridge Scholars Publishing 

***Embargo: July 26th 15.00 GMT*** 

Leonardo da Vinci, already established as one of the artistic and scientific giants in world history, was also the creator of the oldest globe to depict the New World, according to a new book by the Belgian Professor Stefaan Missinne who lives in Vienna and published today by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. The globe was produced in 1504, a mere 12 years after the European discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus in 1492.

The book reaches its dramatic conclusions based on six years of interdisciplinary research. The evidence cited includes:

  • A 1503 preparatory drawing illustrating the New World identified in Da Vinci’s papers in the British Library. This drawing was previously thought, mistakenly, to be of the moon. International experts now agree that this drawing is the first known cartographic depiction of America by Leonardo.
  • The cartography on the globe, which like Leonardo’s drawing portrays the coastline of South America, a distinctive small longitudinal width of Africa, and the absence of North and Central America which instead are covered by a vast ocean reaching to Asia.
  • The presence of arsenic in a red metal droplet on the surface of the globe, which was detected using X- Ray fluorescence. In the Renaissance, only Leonardo is known to have written about adding arsenic to copper to keep it from losing its reddish luster. A copper cast from the Da Vinci globe kept at the New York Public Library, the Lenox globe, does not have the green patina characteristic of old copper exposed to the air.
  • The use of chiaroscuro, pentimenti, triangular shapes, the mathematics of the scale reflecting Leonardo’s written dimension of the planet earth, the intricate design of a hybrid marine monster based on Leonardo’s description on how to create such an imaginative monster and a large ship in the open sea this itself based on the content of a manuscript from Francesco of Sienna from Leonardo’s own personal library and a coded enigma

Leonardo himself wrote in 1504: “my world globe I want returned back from my friend Giovanni Benci” and “The knowledge of past times and of the places of the earth is both an ornament and nutriment to the human mind.”

A selection of endorsements includes:

-The Head of the Historical Vatican State Archive, Dr. J. Ickx, who stated: “The Ostrich Egg Globe and its twin (i.e. the Lenox Globe at the New York Public Library) are from the hand of none other than Leonardo da Vinci.

-The French Mona Lisa Expert, Pascal Cotte from Paris, who said: “I hereby confirm the evidence of the left-handedness of the engravings on the Ostrich Egg Globe. As Leonardo was the only left-handed artist in his workshop, I hereby endorse the hypothesis of Leonardo da Vinci’s authorship.

-Retired University Professor from Florence, Dr. Leonardo Rombai, who said: “Professor Missinne´s discovery is, without doubt, of the greatest importance.”

The list of acknowledgements in the book contains over one hundred international experts.

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For further information on the book, including all press enquiries, contact Antonia Bowler, Assistant Publisher at CSP:

Email: antonia.bowler@cambridgescholars.com

Direct Telephone: +44(0)1912658277

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Press Release: Optical Metrology with Interferometry

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Optical Metrology with Interferometry

By Dahi Ghareab Abdelsalam Ibrahim

Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Release Date: 1st October 2019

The accurate measurements of surface topography are becoming important to many applications in both engineering and science. Optical interferometry is considered a preferable technique for featuring accurate 3D surface profiling since it is non-contacting, non-destructive and highly accurate. In combination with computers and other electronic devices, optical interferometry has become faster, more reliable, more convenient and more robust. There is now a wealth of new optical interferometry techniques on the market, or being developed in academia, that can measure surface topography with high precision. Each method has both its strong points and its limitations. This book explains in detail the basics of optical interferometry, their common language, generic features and limitations, and their simulation and uncertainties. Moreover, it provides an introduction to new frontiers in optical interferometry, including terahertz technology and optical frequency combs.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dahi Ghareab Abdelsalam Ibrahim received his BS and MS in Physics from Minia University, Egypt, in 1997 and 2001, respectively. He holds a PhD in Optical Metrology, and is currently Professor of Optical Metrology in Engineering and Surface Metrology at the National Institute of Standards, Egypt. He has published around 73 peer-reviewed papers and three book chapters.

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Nils Clausson’s Arthur Conan Doyle’s Art of Fiction shortlisted for prestigious Crime Fiction Award

Nils Clausson’s book Arthur Conan Doyle’s Art of Fiction: A Revaluation has been shortlisted for Crime Fest’s H.R.F. Keating Award. The H.R.F. Keating Award is for the best biographical or critical book related to crime fiction first published in the British Isles in 2018. The award is named after H.R.F. ‘Harry’ Keating, one of Britain’s most esteemed crime novelists, crime reviewers and writer of books about crime fiction. The winning author receives a commemorative Bristol Blue Glass award.

Nils Clausson is Professor Emeritus at the University of Regina, Canada, where he taught for 30 years before retiring. Specializing in Victorian and early 20th-century British literature, he has published over 35 articles on a wide range of authors, including Benjamin Disraeli, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Oscar Wilde, H. G. Wells, Matthew Arnold, G. K. Chesterton, D. H. Lawrence, Joseph Conrad, Siegfried Sassoon, George Orwell, and Wilfred Owen, as well as on such topics as genre theory, detective fiction, the poetry of the Great War, and fin-de-siècle aestheticism. His articles on Conan Doyle have appeared in The Victorian Newsletter, Journal of Narrative Theory, English Literature in Transition, and the Journal of Popular Culture. He convened the Arthur Conan Doyle International Symposium at the University of Regina in 2008, and has presented papers on Conan Doyle at conferences in Canada and the UK. He is currently researching for a book on Disraeli’s novels.

This groundbreaking book rescues Arthur Conan Doyle from the sub-literary category of popular fiction and from the myth of Sherlock Holmes. Instead of following new historicists and postcolonialists and asking what Conan Doyle’s fiction reveals about its author and what it tells us about Victorian attitudes to crime, class, Empire and gender, this provocative and convincingly argued literary study shifts the critical emphasis to the neglected art of the novels, tales and stories. It demonstrates through close reading that they can be read the same way as canonical literary fiction. Unapologetically polemical and written in an accessible, jargon-free style, this book will stimulate debate and provoke counterarguments, but most importantly it will send readers, both within and outside the academy, back to the fiction with heightened understanding and renewed pleasure. At a time when evaluation has virtually disappeared from literary studies, this iconoclastic book returns it to the centre.

For more information about the book and to order a copy click here.

TV interview: Nikolett Bogár on her book, The Fashion Industry and Eating Disorders: The Dangers of the Catwalk

On the 10th July author Nikolett Bogár appeared on Hungarian National Television channel M1 to talk about her book The Fashion Industry and Eating Disorders: The Dangers of the Catwalk. Her interview is linked below and starts at around nine minutes and thirty seconds in.

https://www.mediaklikk.hu/video/ma-delutan-2019-07-10-i-adas-5/ 

Nikolett Bogár graduated from Semmelweis University, Hungary, and is a pharmacist in the same city. Formerly, she was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, and won Elite Model Look Hungary in 2008, which launched her modeling career. In 2011, she started full-time modeling on the international market and worked for fashion houses such as Giorgio Armani, Chanel, and Dior amongst others. She quit modeling in 2013 and started further education. Her research interests focus on the sociocultural background of eating disorders, especially the role of the fashion industry in the maintenance of the slimness ideal. Several of her articles on this topic have been published.

Nikolett writes the book alongside Ferenc Túry. Ferenc Túry, MD, PhD is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, and has been Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the Institute of Behavioral Sciences of Semmelweis University, Hungary, since 2001. He attended Debrecen Medical School and Kossuth University of Debrecen, Hungary. Between 2007 and 2016, he was the Chair of the Institute of Behavioural Sciences at Semmelweis, and his main fields of interest are psychosomatics, eating disorders, and family therapy. He has published more than 350 original papers, including 13 books.

The world of fashion models is attractive for everybody. For the average audience, a fashion model’s life is glamourous, elegant and enviable, and many young women aspire to follow such ideals. Today, in the age of modern information technologies, there are endless tools for communicating with the world related to fashion.

The daily lives of fashion models can be followed by the masses on social media platforms; they have become influencers, and millions follow the image they represent. However, in the background, there is stress and tension. The fashion industry creates fierce competition, and the models are under intense pressure concerning their body shape. Slimness is a fundamental requirement. This, in turn, leads to an increased risk of eating disorders: fashion models are more prone to develop anorexia or bulimia like symptoms.

The book investigates the role of the representatives of the fashion industry in the excessive ideal of slimness and in the enhanced risk of developing eating disorders. Ensuring the health of the models must be a fundamental aspect of the industry.

To read an extract of the book or place an order please click here to go to the Cambridge Scholars Publishing Website.

Competition Announcement: 6 Word Story Contest

Andrew Rixon and Cathryn Lloyd, the editors of The Story Cookbook: Practical Recipes for Change are running a contest alongside The Story Conference in Melbourne, Australia in November 2019. All you have to do to win is share a six word story about a time when you’ve been at your best at work to win a copy of The Story Cookbook!

Stories and storytelling represent powerful creative processes for communication and change across personal, organisational and community contexts. With over 80 activities collected from contributors around the world, The Story Cookbook is one of the most comprehensive collections of story-based activities currently available. The book, organised by menu courses, provides the reader with a treasure trove of activities ranging from elegant relationship-building story techniques to more complex story processes such as quantum storytelling, genre bending and provenance. Designed in an easy-to-follow format, the smorgasbord of storytelling ideas that fill this book provide rich pickings to apply and adapt for all sorts of situations. This enticing resource is a must-read for consultants, facilitators, educators, change makers and leaders interested in working with story and narrative techniques for positive change in individuals, organisations and communities.

If you would like to read a thirty page extract please click here.

For more information on how to enter this competition please go to: http://www.thestoryconference.com.au/2019/06/6-word-story-contest/

 

500th Anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci: Lecture by Prof. Dr. Stefaan Missinne at the University of Vienna

This quarter has been very busy for one of our authors, Stefaan Missinne. He appeared at the 500th Anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci and performed a lecture at the University of Vienna. He is pictured in the Journal of Cercle Diplomatique (CD_02-2019_153_Le Rendezvous_Stefaan Missinne_230x148). He and his wife also met with the Chancellor of Austria, Dr. Bierlein at a diplomatic reception in Vienna (pictured below).

Professor Stefaan Missinne received his PhD from the Economics University in Vienna in 1990. He is Laureate of the Prince Albert Foundation and Managing Director of the Ginkgo GmbH. As a collector of antique maps, globes, old paintings and art chamber objects, he was a scholar of the Viennese art expert, Count Eugen von Philippovich. He is a member of the International Map Collectors’ Society, the Washington Map Society, the International Coronelli Society for Research on Globes and Scientific Instruments, the Leonardo da Vinci Society, the International Society for the History of the Map and the Austrian Society for the History of Science. His publications include “A Newly Discovered Early Sixteenth-Century Globe Engraved on an Ostrich Egg: The Earliest Surviving Globe Showing the New World 1504”, “America’s Birth Certificate: The Oldest Globular World Map: c. 1507”, and, with Dr Geert Verhoeven, “Unfolding Leonardo da Vinci’s Globe (AD 1504) to Reveal Its Historical Map”. Professor Missinne is an esteemed scholar of the late leading da Vinci authority Carlo Pedretti, who is honoured in the quality and scope of the research in this book.

His book, The Da Vinci Globe, stems from a chance discovery at a distinguished London map fair in 2012 by a Belgian globe collector produced the most unique of finds: a distinct globe with mysterious images, such as old ships, sailors, a volcano, a hybrid monster, pentimenti, waving patterns, conic individualised mountains, curving rivers, vigorous coastal lines, chiaroscuro and an unresolved triangular anagram, which remains an enigma.

The globe is hand-engraved in great detail on ostrich egg shells from Pavia by a left-handed Renaissance genius of unquestionable quality. It shows secret knowledge of the map world from the time of Columbus, Cabral, Amerigo Vespucci and Leonardo da Vinci. Central and North America are covered by a vast ocean. The da Vinci globe originates from Florence and dates from 1504. It marks the first time ever that the names of countries such as Brazil, Germania, Arabia and Judea have appeared on a globe.

A Leonardo drawing for this globe, showing the coast of the New World and Africa has been discovered in the British Library.

This book brings the reader through a fabulous journey of scholars, maps, riddles, rebuses, iconographic symbols and enigmatic phrases such as HIC SVNT DRACONES to illuminate the da Vinci globe. It details 500 years of mystery, fine scholarship and expert forensic testing at numerous material science laboratories the world over.

The Da Vinci globe now takes its rightful place, surpassing the Lenox globe, its copper-cast identical twin, as the most mysterious globe of our time. As such, this monograph is an essential text in Leonardo studies and in the history of cartography.

If you would like to read this book a thirty page extract is available here.

Prof. Dr. Stefaan Missinne with the Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria Dr. Brigitte Bierlein and Mrs. Mag. Andrea Missinne at a diplomatic reception in Vienna on July 5th 2018:

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Global Theme: Independence Day 4th July

The 4th of July is US Independence Day.  Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States on 4th July, 1776. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States and is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. For more information about Independence Day click here.

To mark Independence Day, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling titles that are related to Independence Day and American History.

To redeem your discount, simply add the book(s) to your basket and enter the promotional code INDEPENDENCE19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st July 19.

The Greatest Events in American HistoryDonald Elder III, Michael F. Shaughnessy (2018-10-01) ‘Since time immemorial, history has been punctuated by a series of events—some large, some small—that have shaped civilizations. In this classic text, two historians examine some of the most important events in American history which have shaped the American experience and impacted the drive for democracy and freedom. Indeed, some of these incidents have shaped other countries and other nations and literally the free world. This book is an in-depth examination of those crucial, critical episodes.’

Henry Cabot Lodge, Alexander Hamilton and the Political Thought of the Gilded Age, H.G. Callaway (2019-02-01) ‘We are currently witnessing a renewal of broad public interest in the life and career of Alexander Hamilton – justly famed as an American founder. This volume examines the possible present-day significance of the man, noting that this is not the first revival of interest in the statesman. Hamilton was a major background figure in the GOP politics of the Gilded Age, with the powerful US Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, Sr. drawing on Hamilton to inspire a new, assertive American role in the world. Hamilton was first prominent as a soldier and aide to General Washington, and believed in centralization of power in the federal government and an energetic presidency. He founded the American financial system as the first Secretary of the Treasury, and was a great moving force of America’s first nationalist-conservative party – the Federalists. As shown here, close scholarly attention to Lodge’s biography brings out the darker sides of the celebrated hero. Hamilton’s deeper conviction was the need of an elitist “aristocratic republic,” and he was an advocate of military-commercial empire. The Gilded Age Hamilton revival helped inspire the Spanish-American war of 1898 and an American overseas empire. This book will be of interest for students and professionals in political philosophy, political science, American history and American studies.’

‘Black Lives Matter’: Cross-Media Resonance and the Iconic Turn of Language, Lucia Abbamonte, (2018-04-01) ‘This volume focuses on the ongoing protest in the US against racial discrimination and racial profiling, which often result in the loss of black lives at the hands of police agents, a phenomenon that has recently attracted unprecedented media attention. The topics dealt with here, such as the relevance of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, are currently included in a variety of education curricula in the US, and, in like manner, this book can be used in first and second level degrees in linguistic and cultural studies, communication, media studies and political sciences. It contains well-developed methodological sections (with tables, figures, graphs and notes), where the tenets of critical discourse analysis are concisely illustrated from its Foucauldian roots up to the more recent developments of multimodal critical discourse analysis and positive discourse analysis, as well as the contribution of the Sidney School with their emphasis on mapping culture through narrative genres and the wealth of resources for discourse analysis provided by the appraisal framework.’

Trumpism: The Politics of Gender in a Post-Propitious America, Laura Finley, Matthew Johnson, (2018-05-01) ‘Timely and important, this collection focuses on the meaning of the 2016 presidential campaign and the election of Donald J. Trump as it relates to gender. Authored by scholars in political science, international studies, sociology, peace and conflict studies, psychiatry, and social work, as well as feminist activists from various backgrounds, chapters focus on campaigning for Hillary Clinton; how Trump won the election over a highly qualified female candidate; Trump’s hyper-masculine posturing; the meaning of the election for marginalized populations; the effect of the election on survivors of sexual assault; proposed policies related to women; and how to teach and parent in the era of Trump. Further, the book offers an appendix of recommended resources for persons seeking to better understand the election and its effect on gender relations in 2016 and beyond.’