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A Many-Colored Glass

By Freeman J. Dyson
  • ISBN Code: : 0813931436
  • Publisher : University of Virginia Press
  • Pages : 176
  • Category : Science
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Freeman Dyson’s latest book does not attempt to bring together all of the celebrated physicist’s thoughts on science and technology into a unified theory. The emphasis is, instead, on the myriad ways in which the universe presents itself to us--and how, as observers and participants in its processes, we respond to it. "Life, like a dome of many-colored glass," wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley, "stains the white radiance of eternity." The author seeks here to explore the variety that gives life its beauty. Taken from Dyson’s recent public lectures--delivered to audiences with no specialized knowledge in hard sciences--the book begins with a consideration of the practical and political questions surrounding biotechnology. As he seeks how best to explain the place of life in the universe, Dyson then moves from the ethical to the purely scientific. The book concludes with an attempt to understand the implications of biology for philosophy and religion. The pieces in this collection touch on numerous disciplines, from astronomy and ecology to neurology and theology, speaking to the lay reader as well as to the scientist. As always, Dyson’s view of human nature and behavior is balanced, and his predictions of a world to come serve primarily as a means for thinking about the world as it is today.

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  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Book Code : 1663215715
  • Total of Pages : 300
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 335
  • Pdf File: thinking-about-it.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Steve Propp most often writes novels, with serious intellectual themes. But this nonfiction book contains writings and essays dealing with a wide variety of topics in the areas of science, religion, philosophy, and politics. The first section includes expansions of topics that were briefly covered in his earlier nonfiction book, Inquiries: Philosophical (2002). Subjects include: Science and the Multiverse; Time Travel; Extraterrestrial Life; Artificial Intelligence; Life after Death, and more. The second section consists of twelve “Lay Sermons,” such as could be addressed to a religious congregation, on topics such as: the Image of God; the Problem of Suffering; Social Justice; Forgiveness; hurtful “divisions” based on gender, sexual orientation, etc.; “Negative” images in the mass media, and others. The third section contains thirty brief topical essays, such as: Family; Education; Loneliness; Freedom; Authority; Justice; Progress; Individuality; Civility; Technology; Emotions; and even Holidays. The final section has several previously unpublished writings.

A Coat of Many Colors

By Walter H. ConserJr.
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  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Book Code : 0813138302
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : History
  • Members : 747
  • Pdf File: a-coat-of-many-colors.pdf

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While religious diversity is often considered a recent phenomenon in America, the Cape Fear region of southeastern North Carolina has been a diverse community since the area was first settled. Early on, the region and the port city of Wilmington were more urban than the rest of the state and thus provided people with opportunities seldom found in other parts of North Carolina. This area drew residents from many ethnic backgrounds, and the men and women who settled there became an integral part of the region's culture. Set against the backdrop of national and southern religious experience, A Coat of Many Colors examines issues of religious diversity and regional identity in the Cape Fear area. Author Walter H. Conser Jr. draws on a broad range of sources, including congregational records, sermon texts, liturgy, newspaper accounts, family memoirs, and technological developments to explore the evolution of religious life in this area. Beginning with the story of prehistoric Native Americans and continuing through an examination of life at the end of twentieth century, Conser tracks the development of the various religions, denominations, and ethnic groups that call the Cape Fear region home. From early Native American traditions to the establishment of the first churches, cathedrals, synagogues, mosques, and temples, A Coat of Many Colors offers a comprehensive view of the religious and ethnic diversity that have characterized Cape Fear throughout its history. Through the lens of regional history, Conser explores how this area's rich religious and racial diversity can be seen as a microcosm for the South, and he examines the ways in which religion can affect such diverse aspects of life as architecture and race relations.

Drug Efficacy, Safety, and Biologics Discovery

By Sean Ekins,Jinghai J. Xu
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 0470431806
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Medical
  • Members : 649
  • Pdf File: drug-efficacy-safety-and-biologics-discovery.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Drug Efficacy, Safety, and Biologics Discovery: Emerging Technologies and Tools covers key emerging technologies in pharmaceutical R & D and how they have substantially impacted (or are currently impacting) drug discovery. The cross-disciplinary collaborations implicit in integrating these technologies with drug discovery operations will fuel the engine for future innovations. This book cuts across the multiple areas of drug discovery, each chapter authored by pioneers in that field, making for a broad appeal to the chemical and biological scientists and technologists involved in drug discovery and development.

Black & White in a Multi-Colored America

By Freeda J. Simmons-McMillan
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  • Publisher : WestBow Press
  • Book Code : 1449770371
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 311
  • Pdf File: black-white-in-a-multi-colored-america.pdf

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The subject of race (particularly as relates to interracial dating and marriage) has long been considered strongly controversial. I maintain that any lack of acceptance on the part of the races (where it still exists) is largely the result of a lack of familiarity—one to another. Knowledge, insight, and the dispelling of stereotypical rumor are each important elements necessary to bridge the racial gap that yet remains. The purpose of this book is to provide the material necessary to gain a greater understanding of just how truly connected we are as a people. While we will each possess our own individual dreams, hopes, fears, and insecurities, it is hopeful that (above all) we will recognize the presence and plan of God within each of our lives. The following material has been written in such a format that one can simply begin by opening the book on any given page (even starting in the middle if so desired). In your reading, it is my hope that you will glean valuable information along the way. The composition of material is likened to that of a family scrapbook or album whose contents are assorted snippets, sentimental tokens, and snapshots of life. You might also compare it to a recipe, where a “dash of this, and a sprig of that” enter into the mix. Subjects range from healthcare to cuisine and even manage to include encapsulated brief short story. The material is intended to educate, inform, and enlighten. Moreover, may it serve as a reminder of the obligation we all bear to show respect for all races and nationalities—looking beyond title, race, or ethnicity. In essence, seeking to know the true person, the heart, the genuine soul—the individual.

Dreams of Earth and Sky

By Freeman Dyson
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  • Publisher : New York Review of Books
  • Book Code : 1590178556
  • Total of Pages : 312
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 822
  • Pdf File: dreams-of-earth-and-sky.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In this sequel to The Scientist as Rebel (2006), Freeman Dyson—whom The Times of London calls “one of the world’s most original minds”—celebrates openness to unconventional ideas and “the spirit of joyful dreaming” in which he believes that science should be pursued. Throughout these essays, which range from the creation of the Royal Society in the seventeenth century to the scientific inquiries of the Romantic generation to recent books by Daniel Kahneman and Malcolm Gladwell, he seeks to “break down the barriers that separate science from other sources of human wisdom.” Dyson discusses twentieth-century giants of physics such as Richard Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Paul Dirac, and Steven Weinberg, many of whom he knew personally, as well as Winston Churchill’s pursuit of nuclear weapons for Britain and Wernher von Braun’s pursuit of rockets for space travel. And he takes a provocative, often politically incorrect approach to some of today’s most controversial scientific issues: global warming, the current calculations of which he thinks are probably wrong; the future of biotechnology, which he expects to dominate our lives in the next half-century as the tools to design new living creatures become available to everyone; and the flood of information in the digital age. Dyson offers fresh perspectives on the history, the philosophy, and the practice of scientific inquiry—and even on the blunders, the wild guesses and wrong theories that are also part of our struggle to understand the wonders of the natural world.

A Cultural History of Color in the Medieval Age

By Carole P. Biggam,Kirsten Wolf
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1350193488
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Art
  • Members : 357
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Book Short Summary:

A Cultural History of Color in the Medieval Age covers the period 500 to 1400. The medieval age saw an extraordinary burst of color - from illuminated manuscripts and polychrome sculpture to architecture and interiors, and from enamelled and jewelled metalwork to colored glass and the exquisite decoration of artefacts. Color was used to denote affiliation in heraldry and social status in medieval clothes. Color names were created in various languages and their resonance explored in poems, romances, epics, and plays. And, whilst medieval philosophers began to explain the rainbow, theologians and artists developed a color symbolism for both virtues and vices. Color shapes an individual's experience of the world and also how society gives particular spaces, objects, and moments meaning. The 6 volume set of the Cultural History of Color examines how color has been created, traded, used, and interpreted over the last 5000 years. The themes covered in each volume are color philosophy and science; color technology and trade; power and identity; religion and ritual; body and clothing; language and psychology; literature and the performing arts; art; architecture and interiors; and artefacts. Carole P. Biggam is Honorary Senior Research Fellow in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Glasgow, UK. Kirsten Wolf is Professor of Old Norse and Scandinavian Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Volume 2 in the Cultural History of Color set. General Editors: Carole P. Biggam and Kirsten Wolf The Cultural Histories Series A Cultural History of Color is part of The Cultural Histories Series. Titles are available as hardcover sets for libraries needing just one subject or preferring a tangible reference for their shelves or as part of a fully-searchable digital library. The digital product is available to institutions by annual subscription or on perpetual access via www.bloomsburyculturalhistory.com . Individual volumes for academics and researchers interested in specific historical periods are also available in print or digitally via www.bloomsburycollections.com .

Making Stained Glass Panels

By Michael Johnston
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  • Publisher : Stackpole Books
  • Book Code : 0811736385
  • Total of Pages : 208
  • Category : Crafts & Hobbies
  • Members : 758
  • Pdf File: making-stained-glass-panels.pdf

Book Short Summary:

When many people think of stained glass, they think first of windows or suncatchers. This book teaches beginning stained glass crafters how to make these very projects. Starting with detailed instructions for the most basic steps in working with stained glass, such as cutting glass and using a soldering iron, this book guides readers through the process of building a large stained glass panel. It includes multiple designs that can be mixed and matched and built in the reader's choice of color scheme to create a personalized project. Michael Johnston is the author of Making Stained Glass Lamps (978-0-8117-3616-8) and Making Stained Glass Boxes (978-0-8117-3594-0), and the expert consultant for Basic Stained Glass Making (978-0-8117-2846-1) and Beyond Basic Stained Glass Making (978-0-8117-3363-2). He operates Rainbow Vision studio in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Lily Briscoe's Chinese Eyes

By Patricia Laurence
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  • Publisher : Univ of South Carolina Press
  • Book Code : 1611171768
  • Total of Pages : 536
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 956
  • Pdf File: lily-briscoe-s-chinese-eyes.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Lily Briscoe's Chinese Eyes traces the romance of Julian Bell, nephew of Virginia Woolf, and Ling Shuhua, a writer and painter Bell met while teaching at Wuhan University in China in 1935. Relying on a wide selection of previously unpublished writings, Patricia Laurence places Ling, often referred to as the Chinese Katherine Mansfield, squarely in the Bloomsbury constellation. In doing so, she counters East-West polarities and suggests forms of understanding to inaugurate a new kind of cultural criticism and literary description. Laurence expands her examination of Bell and Ling's relationship into a study of parallel literary communities—Bloomsbury in England and the Crescent Moon group in China. Underscoring their reciprocal influences in the early part of the twentieth century, Laurence presents conversations among well-known British and Chinese writers, artists, and historians, including Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, G. L. Dickinson, Xu Zhimo, E. M. Forster, and Xiao Qian. In addition, Laurence's study includes rarely seen photographs of Julian Bell, Ling, and their associates as well as a reproduction of Ling's scroll commemorating moments in the exchange between Bloomsbury and the Crescent Moon group. While many critics agree that modernism is a movement that crosses national boundaries, literary studies rarely reflect such a view. In this volume Laurence links unpublished letters and documents, cultural artifacts, art, literature, and people in ways that provide illumination from a comparative cultural and aesthetic perspective. In so doing she addresses the geographical and critical imbalances—and thus the architecture of modernist, postcolonial, Bloomsbury, and Asian studies—by placing China in an aesthetic matrix of a developing international modernism.

An American Type: A Novel

By Henry Roth
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  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Book Code : 0393080897
  • Total of Pages : 273
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 439
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Book Short Summary:

“His early novel Call It Sleep was his Ulysses. His late work An American Type is his Grapes of Wrath.”—Thane Rosenbaum, Los Angeles Times This “glorious, evocative, literary novel for the ages” (Los Angeles Times) has finally taken its place within the great canon of American fiction. Set during the Great Depression, against a backdrop of New York’s glimmering skyscrapers and Los Angeles’s seedy motor courts, this autobiographical work concludes the unparalleled saga of Henry Roth, whose classic Call It Sleep, published in 1934, went on to become one of Time’s 100 best American novels of the twentieth century. With echoes of Nathanael West and John Steinbeck, An American Type is a heartrending statement about American identity and the universal transcendence of love.

Annals of Solitude

By Stephen Pax Leonard
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 166673828X
  • Total of Pages : 190
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  • Members : 207
  • Pdf File: annals-of-solitude.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This philosophical travelogue is a record of the joys (and frustrations) of disconnecting from our complicated, modern existence and living, at a time of climate upheaval, a simple life as close to nature as possible. Eager to know what life might be like if we choose another path, Leonard lived for a year in a cabin in the most remote Arctic settlement he could find and discovered how the paraphernalia of modern living conspires to eliminate our dreams. In the manner of a flat-earther, he went to the High Arctic not just in search of the ice edge, but also to examine the boundaries of our human psyche. No longer ruled by time and blessed by transcendences that flashed him the totality of life, he found harmony with the external world led to an inner dialogue that challenged everything he had known before. Whilst sitting aloof at the top of the world watching humanity having gone astray with our actions threatening to literally change the color of the map, he put the small and great into perspective with the aid of a poetry volume.