Description : A Fields medalist recounts his lifelong transnational effort to uncover the geometric shape—the Calabi-Yau manifold—that may store the hidden dimensions of our universe. Harvard geometer and Fields medalist Shing-Tung Yau has provided a mathematical foundation for string theory, offered new insights into black holes, and mathematically demonstrated the stability of our universe. In this autobiography, Yau reflects on his improbable journey to becoming one of the world’s most distinguished mathematicians. Beginning with an impoverished childhood in China and Hong Kong, Yau takes readers through his doctoral studies at Berkeley during the height of the Vietnam War protests, his Fields Medal–winning proof of the Calabi conjecture, his return to China, and his pioneering work in geometric analysis. This new branch of geometry, which Yau built up with his friends and colleagues, has paved the way for solutions to several important and previously intransigent problems. With complicated ideas explained for a broad audience, this book offers readers not only insights into the life of an eminent mathematician, but also an accessible way to understand advanced and highly abstract concepts in mathematics and theoretical physics.
Description : Rudolf Raff is recognized as a pioneer in evolutionary developmental biology. In their 1983 book, Embryos, Genes, and Evolution, Raff and co-author Thomas Kaufman proposed a synthesis of developmental and evolutionary biology. In The Shape of Life, Raff analyzes the rise of this new experimental discipline and lays out new research questions, hypotheses, and approaches to guide its development. Raff uses the evolution of animal body plans to exemplify the interplay between developmental mechanisms and evolutionary patterns. Animal body plans emerged half a billion years ago. Evolution within these body plans during this span of time has resulted in the tremendous diversity of living animal forms. Raff argues for an integrated approach to the study of the intertwined roles of development and evolution involving phylogenetic, comparative, and functional biology. This new synthesis will interest not only scientists working in these areas, but also paleontologists, zoologists, morphologists, molecular biologists, and geneticists.
Description : Mintz has discovered a new sub-genre of fiction: the novel of vocation. In the nineteenth century, he maintains, work ceased to be merely what one did for a living or out of a sense of duty and became a vehicle for self-definition and self-realization. The change was prepared for by the growth of professions and the increase in middle-class career opportunities, He shows how George Eliot, in particular, linked these new social possibilities to the older Puritan doctrine of calling or vocation, achieving in her late novels a fictional structure that could encompass the conflicting energies of the age. In the idea of vocation she found a way to explore how far it is possible to be ambitious both for oneself and for a large cause, and a way to probe the contradictions between ambitious, self-defining work and the older institutions; of family, community, and religion. The book is solidly grounded in cultural and historical reality. Although Mintz concentrate on George Eliot and especially Middlemarch, he also examines the conceptions of self and work in Victorian biographies and autobiographies and the emergence in late-nineteenth-century fiction of the idea of the vocation of art.
Description : "A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere . . . God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous." This book is not an autobiography. It is not a confession. It is, however, certainly one of the most beautiful and insightful accounts of a person coming to faith. Here, C.S. Lewis takes us from his childhood in Belfast through the loss of his mother, to boarding school and a youthful atheism in England, to the trenches of World War I, and then to Oxford, where he studied, read, and, ultimately, reasoned his way back to God. It is perhaps this aspect of Surprised by Joy that we—believers and nonbelievers—find most compelling and meaningful; Lewis was searching for joy, for an elusive and momentary sensation of glorious yearning, but he found it, and spiritual life, through the use of reason. In this highly personal, thoughtful, intelligent memoir, Lewis guides us toward joy and toward the surprise that awaits anyone who seeks a life beyond the expected. "Lewis tempered his logic with a love for beauty, wonder, and magic . . . He speaks to us with all the power and life-changing force of a Plato, a Dante, and a Bunyan."—Christianity Today "The tension of these final chapters holds the interest like the close of a thriller."—Times Literary Supplement C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (1898–1963), one of the great writers of the twentieth century, also continues to be one of our most influential Christian thinkers. He wrote more than thirty books, both popular and scholarly, including The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Screwtape Letters, The Four Loves, Mere Christianity, and Till We Have Faces.
Description : How can you eat as much as you desire, while staying slim and attractive for life, enjoying good health and youthful vitality? How can you regain your good health and maintain it indefinitely? How can you prolong your life as much as you desire? These are essential questions, and you should always know the answers. You should be able to lose weight and maintain good health easily since your body and mind can remain proper and fit, as long as they are not harmed or unbalanced. …And even when they are harmed or unbalanced, your body and mind can still recover on their own, to offer you good health, vitality, and a beautiful appearance. Yes, but what can you do? …Because you have tried it all and you still gain weight, you feel weak many times, depressed, and you even get sick. Is it your fault? …Then why does it happen to everybody? Why is everybody sick, weak, tired, overweight, wrinkled, on stimulants, on medication, and on all drugs? Why can you not remain healthy indefinitely, the way you should, and the way your body and mind are supposed to offer? …Because many times, your body and mind remain affected indefinitely, and they cannot recover. …And now, in order for you to have your good health, vitality, happiness, and good appearance, you have to find out what harms your body and mind, you find out what keeps them unbalanced, and you cure or solve that. …What exactly do you find and cure? These main causes. …Because throughout life, and throughout the world, you have causes generating effects generating causes generating effects and so on in very large lines of causality, and this is why you have to find these first causes, the main problems generating the entire line of causality interfering with your health, vitality, looks, feelings, and bodily shape. Otherwise, you end up solving effects and symptoms but not main causes, these keep manifesting, and your mind and body are doomed to remain unhealthy, weak, and unattractive indefinitely. …And people live life in this manner, and many times, people die for these main causes, for these hidden, ignored, or unidentified main causes. …And these main dreadful causes are many, found in all domains of life and society. There are many factors affecting your health, feelings, and appearance, factors that are many times extrinsic in nature, originating in Society for example, or in Finance, Science, Agriculture, Business, Education, Politics, Entertainment and so on, to cause you to get sick today, and to make you feel weak, tired, old, and overweight. …Yet it is not enough to avoid these extrinsic harmful factors while attempting to maintain your health and vitality, since as you notice, you have to know everything about the human mind, body, health, nutrition, fitness, life, Science, and Society in order to lose weight, stay in shape, and lead a healthy life. …And you have to summate this knowledge in a comprehensive model for the human health, feelings, reasoning, behavior, meaning, appearance, and wellbeing, which is exactly what you find in this book and throughout this entire book series. This book teaches you everything about health, nutrition, and fitness to help you remain slim, healthy, vigorous, happy, vibrant, and attractive throughout life. You may learn about all problems and illnesses in health and nutrition, and how to avoid them. If you are searching for the perfect program and lifestyle offering you health, good looks, fitness, youth, and vitality, this book is for you.
Description : Fitness expert Glenn Marcella shows adults how to get in the best shape of their lives by simply acting like a child. Readers will quickly learn that the solution to weight gain, declining physical fitness and depression is so completely uncomplicated that not only would a child understand it, but children themselves, provide the solution. Without a gym membership or the use of equipment, adults of all fitness levels will be guided through a demanding and fun, head-to-toe workout inspired by simple games, activities and movements thought to be reserved only for children. The no-nonsense workouts are broken down in to 10, 20 and 30 minute options and can be performed outdoors, indoors, solo or with partners.
Description : For her entire life, Melanie Landon has hidden the fact that her half sister, Ann, is a shape-shifter, determined to protect her from a world that simply wouldn't understand. When a mans hows up asking about Ann - who has been missing for months - Melanie fears the worst, and with good reason. Freelance writer Brody Westerbrook knows about the existence of shape-shifters and intends to include Ann in the book he's writing. While Melanie is immediately drawn to the stranger she knows better than to trust him, and she denies his claim. But when Ann finally reappears, looking thin and sick, Melanie realises that exposure is the least of their worries. Protecting her sister has always been an enormous part of Melanie's life, but as Ann's health rapidly deteriorates, Melanie must come to grips with the fact that saving her may mean letting go . . .
Description : The Shape of Participation is a work of constructive theology addressed to theologians, seminarians, and thoughtful pastors. Owens engages and deepens recent popular discussions of church practices by approaching practices from the church Fathers' understanding of the church's participation in God. Through a wide-ranging engagement with theologians, both ancient and contemporary---including Cyril of Alexandria. Maximus the Confessor, Dietrich Bonhocffer, and Herbert McCabe---Owens argues that the embodied practices of the church are the church's participation in the life of God. making the church Jesus's own continued, peaceable embodiment in and for the world. This book is for theologians, pastors, and anyone who wants a deeper understanding of how the visible presence of God's church is extraordinarily good news in a violent world. "I'm grateful for this account of the church's relationship to the life of God for refusing the hopelessness of so much contemporary ecclesiology. All of us who persist in preaching or hearing the Word and receiving God's good gifts at the table will be strengthened and encouraged by Owens's theocentric understanding of what the church is up to in the world."---Beth Felker Jones wheaton College "A wonderful book---Owens takes the significant interest in `practices' that has emerged over the last decade, engages it theologically in rich ways with attention to specific eeclesial examples, and deepens it through insightful analyses of Dietrich Bonhocffer. Herbert McCabe, and Maximus the Confessor. Pastors and scholars alike will benefit from careful study of Owens's significant argument."---L. Gregory Jones Duke University "By refraining the church's practices as a participation in Christ and, indeed, as Christ's own practicing in and for the world. Owens has brought to the study of Christian practice new theological depth, shape, and creativity. Moreover, by doing this in dialogue with ancient as well as contemporary theological and philosophical sources and in a way that takes seriously the concrete, embodied church rather than remaining on the level of idealized and abstract ecclesiology, he has provided us a helpful new model for thinking about what it means to be the church."-Bryan Stone Boston University School of Theology
Description : In choosing between moral alternatives -- choosing between various forms of ethical action -- we typically make calculations of the following kind: A is better than B; B is better than C; therefore A is better than C. These inferences use the principle of transitivity and are fundamental to many forms of practical and theoretical theorizing, not just in moral and ethical theory but in economics. Indeed they are so common as to be almost invisible. What Larry Temkin's book shows is that, shockingly, if we want to continue making plausible judgments, we cannot continue to make these assumptions. Temkin shows that we are committed to various moral ideals that are, surprisingly, fundamentally incompatible with the idea that "better than" can be transitive. His book develops many examples where value judgments that we accept and find attractive, are incompatible with transitivity. While this might seem to leave two options -- reject transitivity, or reject some of our normative commitments in order to keep it -- Temkin is neutral on which path to follow, only making the case that a choice is necessary, and that the cost either way will be high. Temkin's book is a very original and deeply unsettling work of skeptical philosophy that mounts an important new challenge to contemporary ethics.