新概念英语必背优异文章精读 The modern city 现代城市2014-09-04
In the organization of industrial life the influence of the factory upon the physiological and mental state of the workers has been completely neglected.Modern industry is based on the conception of the maximum production at lowest cost, in order that an individual or a group of individuals may earn as much money as possible.
新概念英语必背优异文章精读 Galileo reborn 伽利略的复生2014-09-04
In his own lifetime Galileo was the centre of violent controversy; but the scientific dust has long since settled, and today we can see even his famous clash with the Inquisition in something like its proper perspective. But, in contrast, it is only in modern times that Galileo has become a problem child for historians of science.
新概念英语必背优异文章精读 Knowledge and progress 常识和前进2012-04-27
Why does the idea of progress loom so large in the modern world? Surely because progress of a particular kind is actually taking place around us and is becoming more and more manifest.Although mankind has undergone no general improvement in intelligence or morality, it has made extraordinary progress in the accumulation of knowledge.
新概念英语必背优异文章精读 Education 教育2012-04-24
Education is one of the key words of our time. A man without an education, many of us believe, is an unfortunate victim of adverse circumstances, deprived of one of the greatest twentieth-century opportunities. Convinced of the importance of education, modern states invest in institutions of learning to get back interest in the form of a large group of enlightened young men and women who are potential leaders.
新概念英语必背优异文章精读 Secrecy in industry 工业中的隐秘2012-04-22
Two factors weigh heavily against the effectiveness of scientific research in industry. One is the general atmosphere of secrecy in which it is carried out, the other the lack of freedom of the individual research worker. In so far as any inquiry is a secret one, it naturally limits all those engaged in carrying it out from effective contact with their fellow scientists either in other countries or in universities, or even, often enough, in other departments of the same firm.
新概念英语必背优异文章精读 The sporting spirit体育的精力2012-04-21
I am always amazed when I hear people saying that sport creates goodwill between the nations, and that if only the common peoples of the world could meet one another at football or cricket, they would have no inclination to meet on the battlefield.Even if one didn't know from concrete examples (the 1936 Olympic Games, for instance) that international sporting contests lead to orgies of hatred, one could deduce it from general principles.
新概念英语必背优异文章精读 Matterhorn man马特霍恩山区人2012-04-21
Modern alpinists try to climb mountains by a route which will give them good sport, and the more difficult it is, the more highly it is regarded.In the pioneering days, however, this was not the case at all.The early climbers were looking for the easiest way to the top, because the summit was the prize they sought, especially if it had never been attained before.
新概念英语必背优异文章精读 Spare that spider不要损伤蜘蛛2012-04-18
Why, you may wonder, should spiders be our friends? Because they destroy so many insects, and insects include some of the greatest enemies of the human race.Insects would make it impossible for us to live in the world; they would devour all our crops and kill our flocks and herds, if it were not for the protection we get from insect-eating animals.
新概念英语必背优异文章精读 Finding fossil man 发现化石人2012-04-18
We can read of things that happened 5,000 years ago in the Near East, where people first learned to write.But there are some parts of the world where even now people cannot write.
新概念英语必背优异文章精读 Collecting 保藏2012-04-17
Those who never have to move house become indiscriminate collectors of what can only be described as clutter.
新概念英语必背优异文章精读 Too early and too late 太早和太晚2012-04-17
Only in a sparsely-populated rural community is it possible to disregard it. In ordinary living, there can be some tolerance of unpunctuality.
新概念英语必背优异文章精读 In the public interest 为了大众的利益2012-04-15
The Scandinavian countries are much admired all over the world for their enlightened social policies. Sweden has evolved an excellent system for protecting the individual citizen from high-handed or incompetent public officers.
新概念英语必背优异文章精读 Instinct or cleverness? 是天性仍是机敏2012-04-15
They sting or bite without provocation; they fly uninvited into our rooms on summer nights, or beat ageist our lighted windows.
新概念英语必背优异文章精读 New Year resolutions 新年的决计2012-04-12
The New Year is a time for resolutions. Mentally, at least, most of us could compile formidable lists of ‘dos’ and ‘don'ts’. The same old favourites recur year in year out with monotonous regularity.
新概念英语必背优异文章精读 The power of the press 新闻报道的威力2012-04-12
Acting on the contention that facts are sacred, reporters can cause untold suffering to individuals by publishing details about their private lives. Newspapers exert such tremendous influence that they can not only bring about major changes to the lives of ordinary people but can even overthrow a government.
新概念英语必背优异文章精读 Too high a price? 价值太高?2012-04-09
However, there is an even more insidious kind of pollution that particularly affects urban areas and invades our daily lives, and that is noise. Burglar alarms going off at any time of the day or night serve only to annoy passers-by and actually assist burglars to burgle.
新概念英语必背优异文章精读 Speed and comfort 又方便又舒适2012-04-09
It is almost impossible to take your mind off the journey. Reading is only a partial solution, for the monotonous rhythm of the wheels clicking on the rails soon lulls you to sleep.
新概念英语必背优异文章精读 Fully insured 全稳妥2012-04-07
It is not uncommon to hear that a shipping company has made a claim for the cost of salvaging a sunken ship. But the claim made by a local authority to recover the cost of salvaging a sunken pie dish must surely be unique.
新概念英语必背优异文章精读 Who's who 真假难辨2012-04-07
It has never been explained why university students seem to enjoy practical jokes more than anyone else. Students specialize in a particular type of practical joke: the hoax.
新概念英语必背优异文章精读 Illusions of Pastoral Peace 安静田园生活的遥想2012-04-05
Most of my friends live in the city, yet they always go into raptures at the mere mention of the country.
新概念英语必背优异文章精读 The first calender 最早的日历2012-04-05
Future historians will be in a unique position when they come to record the history of our own times. They will hardly know which facts to select from the great mass of evidence that steadily accumulates.
新概念英语必背优异文章精读 A happy discovery 走运的发现2012-04-02
Antique shops exert a peculiar fascination on a great many people. The more expensive kind of antique shop where rare objects are beautifully displayed in glass cases to keep them free from dust is usually a forbidding place.
新概念英语必背优异文章精读 Nothing to sell and nothing to buy2012-04-02
Though it may be possible to measure the value of material good in terms of money, it is extremely difficult to estimate the true value of the services which people perform for us.
新概念英语必背优异文章精读 A day to remember 难忘的一天2012-03-31
Meanwhile, the traffic piled up behind. It took the police nearly an hour to get the traffic on the move again. In the meantime, the lorry driver had to sweep up hundreds of broken bottles. Only two stray dogs benefited from all this confusion, for they greedily devoured what was left of the cake. It was just one of those days!
新概念必背优异文章精选:A skeleton in the cupboard家丑2012-03-31
We often read in novels how a seemingly respectable person or family has some terrible secret which has been concealed from strangers for years.