Mathematics

Do Colors Exist?

Author: Seth Stannard Cottrell

Publisher: Birkhäuser

ISBN:

Category: Mathematics

Page: 278

View: 470

Why do polished stones look wet? How does the Twin Paradox work? What if Jupiter were a star? How can we be sure that pi never repeats? How does a quantum computer break encryption? Discover the answers to these, and other profound physics questions! This fascinating book presents a collection of articles based on conversations and correspondences between the author and complete strangers about physics and math. The author, a researcher in mathematical physics, responds to dozens of questions posed by inquiring minds from all over the world, ranging from the everyday to the profound. Rather than unnecessarily complex explanations mired in mysterious terminology and symbols, the reader is presented with the reasoning, experiments, and mathematics in a casual, conversational, and often comical style. Neither over-simplified nor over-technical, the lucid and entertaining writing will guide the reader from each innocent question to a better understanding of the weird and beautiful universe around us. Advance praise for Do Colors Exist?: “Every high school science teacher should have a copy of this book. The individual articles offer enrichment to those students who wish to go beyond a typical ‘dry curriculum’. The articles are very fun. I probably laughed out loud every 2-3 minutes. This is not easy to do. In fact, my children are interested in the book because they heard me laughing so much.” – Ken Ono, Emory University
Philosophy

Goethe's Way of Science

Author: David Seamon

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN:

Category: Philosophy

Page: 324

View: 965

Examines Goethe's neglected but sizable body of scientific work, considers the philosophical foundations of his approach, and applies his method to the real world of nature.
Business & Economics

The Big Questions

Author: Steven E. Landsburg

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

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Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 119

What's wrong with stealing? What's the best way to blood test a pot-bellied pig? Should we tolerate intolerance? In the wake of his enormously popular books, The Armchair Economistand More Sex is Safer Sex, Steven Landsburg uses concepts from maths, economics and physics to address the big questions in philosophy: Where does knowledge come from? What's the difference between right and wrong? Do our beliefs matter? Is it possible to know everything? Provocative, utterly entertaining and always surprising, The Big Questions challenges readers to re-evaluate their most fundamental beliefs and reveals the relationship between the loftiest philosophical quests and our everyday lives.
Science

Rainbows, snowflakes, and quarks

Author: Hans Christian Von Baeyer

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies

ISBN:

Category: Science

Page: 192

View: 813

A physicist's elegant explanations of how ordinary phenomena reveal the complex and profound beauty of the natural world.
Religion

Choosing Reality

Author: B. Alan Wallace

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 199

View: 811

Compares theories about the nature of objective reality, and describes the views of Buddhism on the ideas of mind, body, and reincarnation
Philosophy

Essays on the Context, Nature, and Influence of Isaac Newton’s Theology

Author: J.E. Force

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN:

Category: Philosophy

Page: 226

View: 715

This collection of essays is the fruit of about fifteen years of discussion and research by James Force and me. As I look back on it, our interest and concern with Newton's theological ideas began in 1975 at Washington University in St. Louis. James Force was a graduate student in philosophy and I was a professor there. For a few years before, I had been doing research and writing on Millenarianism and Messianism in the 17th and 18th centuries, touching occasionally on Newton. I had bought a copy of Newton's Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John for a few pounds and, occasionally, read in it. In the Spring of 1975 I was giving a graduate seminar on Millenarian and Messianic ideas in the development of modem philosophy. Force was in the seminar. One day he came very excitedly up to me and said he wanted to write his dissertation on William Whiston. At that point in history, the only thing that came to my mind about Whiston was that he had published a, or the, standard translation of Josephus (which I also happened to have in my library. ) Force told me about the amazing views he had found in Whiston's notes on Josephus and in some of the few writings he could find in St. Louis by, or about, Whiston, who was Newton's successor as Lucasian Professor of mathematics at Cambridge and who wrote inordinately on Millenarian theology.
Science

Skeptics And True Believers

Author: Chet Raymo

Publisher: Random House

ISBN:

Category: Science

Page: 304

View: 658

Acknowledging that the scientific and the spiritual communities are increasingly split, Raymo builds strong bridges between them. He ilustrates his arguement with an array of thought-provoking stories, such as the remarkable migratory flight of a small bird called the Red Knot; the long, glorious glide of the Comet Hyakutake across the night sky; a hilarious alien abduction that didn't happen. Together, they are compelling evidence that religion should embrace the reliable knowledge of the world that science provides, while at the same time science should respect and nourish humankind's need for spiritual sustenance. 'Miracles are explainable, ' Raymo paraphrases the writer Tim Robinson, 'it is the explanations that are miraculous'. For anyone drawn to reflect on life's meaning and purpose, Chet Raymo's uncomprimising skepticism and reverence for mystery will affirm and inspire.
Self-Help

الإبداع الجاد استخدام قوة التفكير الجانبي لخلق أفكار جديدة

Author: إدوارد دي بونو

Publisher: العبيكان للنشر

ISBN:

Category: Self-Help

Page: 475

View: 538

بفرض أني كنت سأجلس ذات مرة وأقول في نفسي إني أحتاج إلى فكرة جديدة هنا [أدخل مجال حاجة حقيقية] ماذا كنت سأفعل؟ كنت سأجري بحثا وأحاول الخروج بفكرة منطقية جديدة. كنت سأجلس وأعبث بأصابعي أملا بأن يأتيني الإلهام. كنت سأطلب من شخص مبدع أن يقدم لي فكرة. كنت سأدعو مجموعة من الناس للقيام بعملية عصف فكري على وجه السرعة.