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Win a Copy of Tracks and Shadows

Publishers Weekly calls it “Achingly beautiful” and Jim Harrison says it’s “an immediate classic.” Tracks and Shadows is both an absorbing autobiography of a celebrated field biologist and a celebration of beauty in nature. Harry W. Greene, award-winning author of Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature, delves into the poetry of field biology, showing how nature eases our [more...]

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Draw a Proof, Win a Book

Nathan Schneider, author of the forthcoming book God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet (June 2013) is running a contest over at his website, The Row Boat, in which he asks readers to draw a proof of what they believe. Read Schneider’s description of the contest below.

What Do You Believe? How [more...]

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What’s your favorite title by Mark Twain?

As some of you may have heard, we’ll be releasing The Autobiography of Mark Twain later this year. Heck, we’ve even put up a lovely website, thisismarktwain.com, to highlight some of the new material to be found only in the Autobiography.  But we’re well aware that readers of Mark Twain have had years and years, [more...]

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Crack the Code to Win the Grand Prize!

It’s your last chance to crack the code and win the Book of Codes Sweepstakes! Today we’ll give away a copy of The Book of Codes, and the Grand Prize—$100 worth of UC Press books.

Decipher the mystery message in this video and send us a direct message [more...]

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The History behind the Fifth Day’s Code: The Theban Alphabet

The esoteric implements of the medieval necromancer included magic circles, conjurations, sacrifices, swords, and prayer; magical alphabets were also highly significant. Circles were traced on the ground, often accompanied by various mystical symbols drawn from a mixture of Christian and occult ideas. At the opportune time and location, sacrifices and animal offerings were often provided [more...]

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The History behind the Fourth Day’s Code: Hobo Chalk Marks

Just how the hobo chalk marks system developed, nobody knows, but as a means of providing vital information (frequently as a matter of life or death – or prison) of often considerable complexity, it remains unparalleled. The marks were left on boxcars, signposts, town signs, mailboxes, and fence posts.— Excerpted from The Book of [more...]

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Crack the Code, Day 4: Ride the Rails

Ride the rails on today’s Crack the Code Sweepstakes. Decipher the hidden message in this video, and send us
the answer via direct message on Twitter @ucpress, before midnight EST/ 9PM PST tonight.

We’ll select a winner at random from all eligible entries and announce it on Twitter (limit [more...]

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The History Behind the Third Day's Code: ASCII

The most popular and long-lived encoding language is called ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange). With this system all of the letters of the alphabet, all of the numerals, and many of the [more...]

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Crack the Code, the Third Challenge

The mystery deepens on the third day of our Crack the Code Sweepstakes. Your assignment: Decode the hidden message in this video, and send us the answer via direct message on Twitter @ucpress, before midnight EST / 9PM PST tonight. We’ll select a winner at random from [more...]

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Crack the Code, Day 2

It’s the second day of our Crack the Code Sweepstakes. There’s a hidden message in this video. You have until midnight EST / 9PM PST tonight to crack the code, and send us a direct message on Twitter @ucpress with the answer. We’ll select a winner at [more...]

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