📒 The End Of Alchemy by Mervyn King

Genre : Business & Economics
Publisher : Hachette UK
ISBN_10 : 9781408706121
Copyright Year : 2016-03-03
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'A fearless and important book . . . The End of Alchemy isn't just an elegant guide to the history of economic ideas. It also gives a genuine insider's account' Telegraph The past twenty years saw unprecedented growth and stability followed by the worst financial crisis the industrialised world has ever witnessed. In the space of little more than a year what had been seen as the age of wisdom was viewed as the age of foolishness. Almost overnight, belief turned into incredulity. Most accounts of the recent crisis focus on the symptoms and not the underlying causes of what went wrong. But those events, vivid though they remain in our memories, comprised only the latest in a long series of financial crises since our present system of commerce became the cornerstone of modern capitalism. Alchemy explains why, ultimately, this was and remains a crisis not of banking - even if we need to reform the banking system - nor of policy-making - even if mistakes were made - but of ideas. In this refreshing and vitally important book, former governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King - an actor in this drama - proposes revolutionary new concepts to answer the central question: are money and banking a form of Alchemy or are they the Achilles heel of a modern capitalist economy?

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📒 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Genre : Fiction
Publisher : HarperCollins
ISBN_10 : 9780062416216
Copyright Year : 2015-02-24
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A special 25th anniversary edition of the extraordinary international bestseller, including a new Foreword by Paulo Coelho. Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations. Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

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Genre : Business & Economics
Publisher : Profile Books
ISBN_10 : 9781782831549
Copyright Year : 2015-09-03
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Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2016 We all depend on the finance sector. We need it to store our money, manage our payments, finance housing stock, restore infrastructure, fund retirement and support new business. But these roles comprise only a tiny sliver of the sector's activity: the vast majority of lending is within the finance sector. So what is it all for? What is the purpose of this activity? And why is it so profitable? John Kay, a distinguished economist with wide experience of the financial sector, argues that the industry's perceived profitability is partly illusory, and partly an appropriation of wealth created elsewhere - of other people's money. The financial sector, he shows, has grown too large, detached itself from ordinary business and everyday life, and has become an industry that mostly trades with itself, talks to itself, and judges itself by reference to standards which it has itself generated. And the outside world has itself adopted those standards, bailing out financial institutions that have failed all of us through greed and mismanagement. We need finance, but today we have far too much of a good thing. In Other People's Money John Kay shows in his inimitable style what has gone wrong in the dark heart of finance.

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Genre : History
Publisher : Columbia University Press
ISBN_10 : 9780231145398
Copyright Year : 2013-12-01
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In the middle of the fourteenth century, the Franciscan friar John of Rupescissa sent a dramatic warning to his followers: the end times were coming; the apocalypse was near. Rupescissa's teachings were unique in his era. He claimed that knowledge of the natural world, and alchemy in particular, could act as a defense against the calamity of the last days. He treated alchemy as medicine (his work was the conceptual forerunner of pharmacology), and reflected emerging technologies and views that sought to combat famine, plague, religious persecution, and war. In order to understand scientific knowledge as it is today, Leah DeVun asks that we revisit the Black Death, the Hundred Years' War, and the Avignon Papacy through Rupescissa's eyes. The advances he pioneered, along with the exciting strides made by his contemporaries, shed critical light on future developments in medicine, pharmacology, and chemistry.

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📒 Unelected Power by Paul Tucker

Genre : Business & Economics
Publisher : Princeton University Press
ISBN_10 : 9780691196305
Copyright Year : 2019-09-10
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Tucker presents guiding principles for ensuring that central bankers and other unelected policymakers remain stewards of the common good.

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📒 Disknowledge by Katherine Eggert

Genre : History
Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN_10 : 9780812247510
Copyright Year : 2015-10-02
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'Disknowledge': knowing something isn't true, but believing it anyway. In this book, Katherine Eggert explores the crumbling state of learning in the 16th and 17th centuries. Even as the shortcomings of Renaissance humanism became plain to see, many intellectuals of the age had little choice but to treat their familiar knowledge systems as though they still held. Humanism thus came to share the status of alchemy: a way of thinking simultaneously productive and suspect, reasonable and wrongheaded.

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📒 The Secrets Of Alchemy by Lawrence M. Principe

Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
Publisher : University of Chicago Press
ISBN_10 : 9780226923789
Copyright Year : 2012-12-10
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"This ele­gant, readable book…covers the history of alchemy from its shadowy origins in Hellenistic Egypt to its scholarly recovery in the 20th century” (Anthony Grafton, Science). In The Secrets of Alchemy, science historian and practicing chemist Lawrence M. Principe dispels commonly held misconceptions about alchemy and sheds light on what it was, how it began, and how it influenced a range of other ideas and pursuits. Principe demonstrates the importance of alchemy during its heyday in early modern Europe, and explores its enduring place in literature, fine art, theater, and religion as well as its recent acceptance as a serious subject of study for historians of science. Principe also introduces readers to some of the most fascinating alchemists, such as Zosimos and Basil Valentine, whose lives dot alchemy’s long reign from the third century and to the present day. Through his discussion of alchemists and their times, Principe pieces together clues from obscure texts to reveal alchemy’s secrets, and uses them to recreate many of the most famous recipes in his lab, including those for the “glass of antimony” and “philosophers’ tree.”

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Genre : History
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
ISBN_10 : 052162228X
Copyright Year : 1999-11-13
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This book is about Elizabethan England's most famous 'scientist' or natural philosopher John Dee and his 'conversations with angels'.

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📒 The End Of Banking by Jonathan McMillan

Genre : Banks and banking
Publisher : Zero/One Economics Gmbh
ISBN_10 : 3952438502
Copyright Year : 2014
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In this thought-provoking book, Jonathan McMillan dissects banking to reveal its inner workings. He cuts through the complexity of modern finance and explains how banking almost crashed our financial system. Banking is broken, and McMillan reveals why we can no longer fix it. The digital revolution turns out to be the game changer that calls for the end of banking. But McMillan refrains from merely pointing out flaws. Building on economic research and a rigorous analytical approach, he goes on to provide an innovative blueprint for a modern financial system. The End of Banking transforms our understanding of the financial system. It identifies the root cause of today's problems with banking and presents a solution that stands out against existing reform proposals.

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📒 Juggling Dynamite by Danielle Park

Genre : Business & Economics
Publisher : Insomniac Press
ISBN_10 : 9781897415115
Copyright Year : 2009-09-16
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With straight talk and real life stories, this book shows you how to protect your investments so that neither you nor your money are trampled by the myths and herd mentality of the marketplace. Investing can be challenging. Compounding the problem are the pressures that stem from the profit-seeking investment sales industry and the business media. In Juggling Dynamite, portfolio manager Danielle Park reveals the insider wisdom you need to build and preserve your wealth through the market cycles. Park explains how investors can benefit from understanding cycles, the cost of mutual funds, and the evaluation of stock prices. This book will equip you with the tools to make your portfolio grow using active investing and market timing. Juggling Dynamite will enable you to reach that elusive brass ring: lasting financial success.

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