♥ Book Title : A Most Ingenious Paradox
☯ Full Synopsis : "Written more than a century ago and initially regarded even by their creators as nothing more than light entertainment, the fourteen operas of Gilbert & Sullivan emerged over the course of the twentieth century as the world's most popular body of musical-theater works, ranking second only to Shakespeare in the history of English-language theater. Despite this resounding popularity and proven longevity, most books written about the duo have focused on the authors rather than the works. With this detailed examination of all fourteen operas, Gayden Wren fills the void. His bold thesis finds the key to the operas' longevity, not in the clever lyrics, witty dialogue, or catchy music, but in the central themes underlying the characters and stories themselves. Like Shakespeare's comedies, Wren shows, the operas of Gilbert & Sullivan endure because of their timeless themes, which speak to audiences as powerfully now as they did the first time they were performed. Written out of an abiding love for the Savoy operas, this volume is essential reading for any devotee of these enchanting works, or indeed for anyone who loves musical theater."Article| Gayden Wren| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Sleight of Mind
☯ Full Synopsis : "Exploring more than seventy-five well-known paradoxes in mathematics, philosophy, physics, and the social sciences showing how reason and logic can dispel the illusion of contradiction. Paradox is a sophisticated kind of magic trick. A magician's purpose is to create the appearance of impossibility, to pull a rabbit from an empty hat. Yet paradox doesn't require tangibles, like rabbits or hats. Paradox works in the abstract, with words and concepts and symbols, to create the illusion of contradiction. There are no contradictions in reality, but there can appear to be. In Sleight of Mind, Matt Cook and a few collaborators dive deeply into more than 75 paradoxes in mathematics, physics, philosophy, and the social sciences. As each paradox is discussed and resolved, Cook helps readers discover the meaning of knowledge and the proper formation of concepts--and how reason can dispel the illusion of contradiction. The journey begins with "a most ingenious paradox" from Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance. Readers will then travel from Ancient Greece to cutting-edge laboratories, encounter infinity and its different sizes, and discover mathematical impossibilities inherent in elections. They will tackle conundrums in probability, induction, geometry, and game theory; perform "supertasks"; build apparent perpetual motion machines; meet twins living in different millennia; explore the strange quantum world--and much more."Article| Matt Cook| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks
☯ Full Synopsis : "Every rock is a tangible trace of the earth’s past. The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks tells the fascinating stories behind the discoveries that shook the foundations of geology. In twenty-five chapters—each about a particular rock, outcrop, or geologic phenomenon—Donald R. Prothero recounts the scientific detective work that shaped our understanding of geology, from the unearthing of exemplary specimens to tectonic shifts in how we view the inner workings of our planet. Prothero follows in the footsteps of the scientists who asked—and answered—geology’s biggest questions: How do we know how old the earth is? What happened to the supercontinent Pangea? How did ocean rocks end up at the top of Mount Everest? What can we learn about our planet from meteorites and moon rocks? He answers these questions through expertly chosen case studies, such as Pliny the Younger’s firsthand account of the eruption of Vesuvius; the granite outcrops that led a Scottish scientist to theorize that the landscapes he witnessed were far older than Noah’s Flood; the salt and gypsum deposits under the Mediterranean Sea that indicate that it was once a desert; and how trying to date the age of meteorites revealed the dangers of lead poisoning. Each of these breakthroughs filled in a piece of the greater puzzle that is the earth, with scientific discoveries dovetailing with each other to offer an increasingly coherent image of the geologic past. Summarizing a wealth of information in an entertaining, approachable style, The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks is essential reading for the armchair geologist, the rock hound, and all who are curious about the earth beneath their feet."Article| Donald R. Prothero| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : From 'now' to Dark Matter
☯ Full Synopsis : "Considering and exploring two major ideas, 'Time as only Now' and 'Mass as the confinement of Energy', gives a new interpretation to numerous cosmological problems in standard Big bang evolution including a unique suggestion on the nature of Dark Matter. This profound change does not refute Relativity, rather merely requires a variable exchange. Yet, it does resolve a few tired paradoxes of space-time and considers what else may constitute the interior of a Black hole. Become aware of 'D#'s, a Lookback-loop. Cosmological Feynman diagrams, a Bowen condensation analog and Gre theory, new ideas herein. The latter makes use of Optical refraction physics in contrast to Strings, and offers testability in both macro & micro universe scales. A big order but quite a revelation - check it out! If you have ever read a popular science book before, refreshingly, this one neither assumes you never got past high school, needing to learn it all from scratch or that you're a PhD and math genius to understand. "From Now to Dark matter" has a very readable text including numerous creative ideas with some anecdotal humor thrown in."Article| Noel Eberz| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Magic Apples
☯ Full Synopsis : "MAGIC APPLES is a daily reader with 366 reflections to mull. The topics are broad in scope with a liberal approach. Drawn from the authors experience as a teacher, parent, coach, musician and big kid, the reflections are an eclectic mix of food for thought. Every 6th day is a silly story intended to produce those healing endorphins we all need to keep our equilibrium. There are plenty of opportunities to laugh, cry and to agree or disagree. If you need to escape from autopilot and enhance your life-long learning skills, MAGIC APPLES should give you lots to chew on. If you desire a modern approach to traditional tales, new ways to love your fellowtravelers and the chance to laugh at the human condition, a magic apple each day will be to your delight."Article| Lee Steels| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Cambridge Companion to Gilbert and Sullivan
☯ Full Synopsis : "An international team of contributors, including film director Mike Leigh, presents fresh insights into the work of Gilbert and Sullivan."Article| David Eden| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : A Wittgensteinian Way with Paradoxes
☯ Full Synopsis : "A Wittgensteinian way with paradoxes tackles some of the classic philosophical paradoxes that have puzzled philosophers over the centuries and explores how they can be dissolved using the ‘therapeutic’ method of Wittgenstein, according to the ‘resolute’ reading of the latter’s work. The book shows how, by contrast, we should give more serious consideration to real, ‘lived paradoxes’, some of which can be harmful psychically, morally or politically, but others of which can be beneficial."Article| Rupert Read| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Gilbert and Sullivan
☯ Full Synopsis : "An examination of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operas, and how parody was used in the culture wars of late-nineteenth-century England."Article| Carolyn Williams| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : A Bridge to Advanced Mathematics
☯ Full Synopsis : "This helpful "bridge" book offers students the foundations they need to understand advanced mathematics. The two-part treatment provides basic tools and covers sets, relations, functions, mathematical proofs and reasoning, more. 1975 edition."Article| Dennis Sentilles| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Adverse Genres in Fernando Pessoa
☯ Full Synopsis : "Poet, short-story writer, feverish inventor--Fernando Pessoa was one of the most innovative figures shaping European modernism. Known for a repertoire of works penned by multiple invented authors--which he termed heteronyms--the Portuguese writer gleefully subverted the notion of what it means to be an author. Adverse Genres in Fernando Pessoa offers an introduction to the fiction and the "profusion of selves" that populates the enigmatic author's uniquely imagined oeuvre. To guide readers through the eclectic work fashioned by Pessoa's heteronyms, K. David Jackson advances the idea of "adverse genres" revealing genre clashes to be fundamental to the author's paradoxical and contradictory corpus. Through the invented "coterie of authors," Pessoa inverted the usual relationships between form and content, authorship and text. In an inspired, paradoxical, and at times absurd mixing of cultural referents, Pessoa selected genres from the European tradition (Ricardo Reis's Horatian odes, ?lvaro de Campos's worship of Walt Whitman, Alberto Caeiro's pastoral and metaphysical verse, and Bernardo Soares's philosophical diary), into which he inserted incongruent contemporary ideas. By creating multiple layers of authorial anomaly Pessoa breathes the vitality of modernism into traditional historical genres, extending their expressive range. Through examinations of "A Very Original Dinner," the "Cancioneiro," love letters to Ophelia Queir?s, "The Adventure of the Anarchist Banker," Pessoa's collection of quatrains derived from Portuguese popular verse, the Book of Disquietude, and the major poetic heteronyms, Jackson enters the orbit of the artist who exchanged a normal life for a world of the imagination."Article| K. David Jackson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The German Tradition in Literature 1871-1945
☯ Full Synopsis : "This book attempts to generalize, and to link German literature since 1871 with the forces which move the society which produces it."Article| Ronald Gray| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism is a multi-authored interdisciplinary guide to the study of Christian mysticism, with an emphasis on the third through the seventeenth centuries. The book is thematically organized in terms of the central contexts, practices and concepts associated with the mystical life in early, medieval and early modern Christianity. This book looks beyond the term 'mysticism', which was an early modern invention, to explore the ways in which the ancient terms 'mystic' and 'mystical' were used in the Christian tradition: what kinds of practices, modes of life and experiences were described as 'mystical'? What understanding of Christianity and of the life of Christian perfection is articulated through mystical interpretations of scripture, mystical contemplation, mystical vision, mystical theology or mystical union? This volume both provides a clear introduction to the Christian mystical life and articulates a bold new approach to the study of mysticism."Article| Amy Hollywood| Statement ..."