Elegant Complexity

Elegant Complexity Author Greg Carlisle
ISBN-10 0976146533
Year 2007
Pages 512
Language en
Publisher
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"Elegant Complexity is the first critical work to provide detailed and thorough commentary on each of the 192 sections of David Foster Wallace's masterful Infinite Jest. No other commentary on Infinite Jest recognizes that Wallace clearly divided the book into 28 chapters that are thematically unified. A chronology at the end of the study reorders each section of the novel into a sequential timeline that orients the reader and that could be used to support a chronological reading of the novel. Other helpful reference materials include a thematic outline, more chronologies, a map of one the novel's settings, lists of characters grouped by association, and an indexed list of references. Elegant Complexity orients the reader at the beginning of each section and keeps commentary separate for those readers who only want orientation. The researcher looking for specific characters or themes is provided a key at the beginning of each commentary. Carlisle explains the novel's complex plot threads (and discrepancies) with expert insight and clear commentary. The book is 99% spoiler-free for first-time readers of Infinite Jest."--Publisher's website.

Nanobiotechnology II

Nanobiotechnology II Author Chad A. Mirkin
ISBN-10 9783527610372
Year 2007-02-27
Pages 459
Language en
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
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This second volume on a burgeoning field retains the proven concept of the spectacularly successful first one, extending and supplementing it. Individual sections are each dedicated to nanoparticles, nanostructures and patterns, nanodevices and machines, and nanoanalytics. Essential reading for an entire generation of scientists, this authoritative survey defines one of the most important new scientific fields to have emerged for many decades.

The Paleo Project

The Paleo Project Author Marc Bubbs
ISBN-10 9781460252031
Year 2015-02-03
Pages 344
Language en
Publisher FriesenPress
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We live in a world where it's increasingly difficult to maintain your ideal bodyweight, feel happy and vibrant, and fight off pain and chronic diseases. If you simply go with the flow-consuming processed foods and struggling to find time to move and play-you'll get swept away by the current of weight gain and poor mental, emotional and physical health. In The Paleo Project, naturopathic doctor Marc Bubbs uncovers how an ancestral approach to eating dramatically affects key systems in your body. Extensively researched and packed full of assessments, lab tests and action plans, this book is an essential guide for anyone who wishes to achieve their weight loss and performance potential. You are an athlete. You were born to crawl, squat, bend, run, jump, smile and laugh along the way. These qualities are effortless and natural when we are children, yet somehow we lose touch with them as we get older. Begin The Paleo Project and reconnect with your "inner athlete" to build a better brain, a better body, a better you. Dr. Bubbs' innovative system has proven to be a game-changer for countless patients and athletes. Make YOU your project for this year!

Psychic Psychology

Psychic Psychology Author John Friedlander
ISBN-10 9781583942888
Year 2011-08-09
Pages 376
Language en
Publisher North Atlantic Books
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This useful guide from two of America’s preeminent psychics is unique in its focus on individual psychology and interpersonal relationships. It begins with simple meditations during which practitioners learn how to recognize their own psychic energy—and also determine if that energy is constrained. Psychic Psychology shows how to free energy through such tools as grounding, clearing psychic enmeshment, and finding the space from which to respond most openly, resourcefully, and generously to life. An entire chapter is devoted to exploring the specific energies men and women have based on their biological differences and helping them to deal with their own energy and that of the other sex. Friedlander and Hemsher present the everyday usefulness of clairvoyant skills within a big picture where they explain that we create our reality, but do not control it; and that the personality—like the soul—is eternal and always growing. The final section describes how psychic skills can be applied in real-world contexts, which are often ambiguous and contradictory. The book explores common issues such as dealing with selfdoubt without jumping to unwarranted, blind confidence and how to communicate effectively, with clear boundaries. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Personal Immortality by Automatic All Natural Processes

Personal Immortality by Automatic All Natural Processes Author Everett Cheney
ISBN-10 9781452003924
Year 2010-06-02
Pages 516
Language en
Publisher AuthorHouse
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This all-naturalistic book is offered in response to a growing worldwide need for a new comprehensive alternative to Supernaturalistic Theism. Modern learning and recent religion inspired human world savagery have turned off more people than ever before, from the many traditional Supernaturalistic Theistic Religions. Worldwide, more than a billion people already share all-naturalistic world views and values, but many lack an adequate chart to help navigate the rough and uncertain waters of personal living existence. This book is an effort to provide information to help the interested naturalistic reader formulate such a chart, and in the process, also explain how and why everyone automatically and unconditionally lives forever by forever ongoing all-natural processes. The concept of all things by natural processes that is described and explained in this book, could give some people a whole new understanding of Reality, and change their lives for the better in important ways. And it might also inspire some people to more fully and enthusiastically participate in the celebration of life, and when their end times near, help them make their final peace with the darkness.

David Foster Wallace s Infinite Jest

David Foster Wallace s Infinite Jest Author Stephen J. Burn
ISBN-10 9781441186324
Year 2012-04-19
Pages 144
Language en
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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Infinite Jest has been hailed as one the great modern American novels and its author, David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide in 2008, as one of the most influential and innovative authors of the past 20 years. Don DeLillo called Infinite Jest a "three-stage rocket to the future," a work "equal to the huge, babbling spin-out sweep of contemporary life," while Time Magazine included Infinite Jest on its list of 100 Greatest Novels published between 1923-2006. David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest: A Reader's Guide was the first book to be published on the novel and is a key reference for those who wish to explore further. Infinite Jest has become an exemplar for difficulty in contemporary Fiction-its 1,079 pages full of verbal invention, oblique narration, and a scattered, nonlinear, chronology. In this comprehensively revised second edition, Burn maps Wallace's influence on contemporary American fiction, outlines Wallace's poetics, and provides a full-length study of the novel, drawing out the most important themes and ideas, before surveying Wallace's post-Infinite Jest output, including The Pale King.

The Art of Game Design

The Art of Game Design Author Jesse Schell
ISBN-10 9781466598676
Year 2014-11-06
Pages 600
Language en
Publisher CRC Press
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Good game design happens when you view your game from as many perspectives as possible. Written by one of the world's top game designers, The Art of Game Design presents 100+ sets of questions, or different lenses, for viewing a game’s design, encompassing diverse fields such as psychology, architecture, music, visual design, film, software engineering, theme park design, mathematics, puzzle design, and anthropology. This Second Edition of a Game Developer Front Line Award winner: Describes the deepest and most fundamental principles of game design Demonstrates how tactics used in board, card, and athletic games also work in top-quality video games Contains valuable insight from Jesse Schell, the former chair of the International Game Developers Association and award-winning designer of Disney online games The Art of Game Design, Second Edition gives readers useful perspectives on how to make better game designs faster. It provides practical instruction on creating world-class games that will be played again and again.

Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest Author David Foster Wallace
ISBN-10 9780748130986
Year 2011-04-14
Pages 1104
Language en
Publisher Hachette UK
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Somewhere in the not-so-distant future the residents of Ennet House, a Boston halfway house for recovering addicts, and students at the nearby Enfield Tennis Academy are ensnared in the search for the master copy of INFINITE JEST, a movie said to be so dangerously entertaining its viewers become entranced and expire in a state of catatonic bliss . . . 'Wallace's exuberance and intellectual impishness are a delight, and he has deep things to say about the hollowness of contemporary American pleasure . . . sentences and whole pages are marvels of cosmic concentration . . . Wallace is a superb comedian of culture' James Wood, GUARDIAN

Stones Across the River

Stones Across the River Author Phillip Berry
ISBN-10 9780998168920
Year 2016-11-06
Pages 202
Language en
Publisher Cross Stone Press
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Now, at mid-career or beyond, you are asking: Have I reached my peak? Have I already done my best work? Those are the wrong questions. The more important question is: How do I do my best work in what are now my peak years? STONES ACROSS THE RIVER is a guidebook. A roadmap to your best work in your peak years. Phillip Berry guides you through three key areas of your journey: personal development, coping with adversity, and lessons in leadership. The book reflects the author's entrepreneurial journey while blending elements of the philosophical, spiritual, and pragmatic. What is your best work? What are your peak years? STONES ACROSS THE RIVER will help you answer those questions for yourself.

Elegance

Elegance Author Ali Rahim
ISBN-10 9780470029688
Year 2007-03-23
Pages 128
Language en
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
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Elegance represents an important watershed in architectural design. Since the onset of computer-driven technologies, innovative designers have, almost exclusively, been preoccupied with the pursuit of digital techniques. This issue of AD extrapolates current design tendencies and brings them together to present a new type of architecture, one that is seamlessly trying processes, space, structure and material together with beauty. ‘Elegance’ here is cast with a new contemporary meaning as it is applied to work that is effortlessly complex. It is analogous to an elegant algorithm that uses a small amount of initiative code to great effect. In a structure elegance may be expressed by a complex surface that retains its continuity and integrity even when punctured. In many ways, Elegance marks a coming of age for, ‘digital architecture’, as architects become more adept at producing complexity and integrating digital design technologies, production and assembly systems producing elegant solutions. It is the potent finesse that is often associated with the work of Zaha Hadid Architects and other featured architects, such as Mark Goulthorpe of Decoi and Hani Rashid of Asymptote.

Computational Complexity

Computational Complexity Author Christos H. Papadimitriou
ISBN-10 0020153082
Year 1994
Pages 523
Language en
Publisher MacMillan Publishing Company
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The first unified introduction and reference for the field of computational complexity. Virtually non-existent only 25 years ago, computational complexity has expanded tremendously and now comprises a major part of the researh activity in theoretical science.

Living with Complexity

Living with Complexity Author Donald A. Norman
ISBN-10 9780262296878
Year 2010-10-29
Pages 312
Language en
Publisher MIT Press
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If only today's technology were simpler! It's the universal lament, but it's wrong. In this provocative and informative book, Don Norman writes that the complexity of our technology must mirror the complexity and richness of our lives. It's not complexity that's the problem, it's bad design. Bad design complicates things unnecessarily and confuses us. Good design can tame complexity.Norman gives us a crash course in the virtues of complexity. Designers have to produce things that tame complexity. But we too have to do our part: we have to take the time to learn the structure and practice the skills. This is how we mastered reading and writing, driving a car, and playing sports, and this is how we can master our complex tools. Complexity is good. Simplicity is misleading. The good life is complex, rich, and rewarding -- but only if it is understandable, sensible, and meaningful.

The Edge of Evolution

The Edge of Evolution Author Michael J. Behe
ISBN-10 1416559043
Year 2007-06-05
Pages 336
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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When Michael J. Behe's first book, Darwin's Black Box, was published in 1996, it launched the intelligent design movement. Critics howled, yet hundreds of thousands of readers -- and a growing number of scientists -- were intrigued by Behe's claim that Darwinism could not explain the complex machinery of the cell. Now, in his long-awaited follow-up, Behe presents far more than a challenge to Darwinism: He presents the evidence of the genetics revolution -- the first direct evidence of nature's mutational pathways -- to radically redefine the debate about Darwinism. How much of life does Darwin's theory explain? Most scientists believe it accounts for everything from the machinery of the cell to the history of life on earth. Darwin's ideas have been applied to law, culture, and politics. But Darwin's theory has been proven only in one sense: There is little question that all species on earth descended from a common ancestor. Overwhelming anatomical, genetic, and fossil evidence exists for that claim. But the crucial question remains: How did it happen? Darwin's proposed mechanism -- random mutation and natural selection -- has been accepted largely as a matter of faith and deduction or, at best, circumstantial evidence. Only now, thanks to genetics, does science allow us to seek direct evidence. The genomes of many organisms have been sequenced, and the machinery of the cell has been analyzed in great detail. The evolutionary responses of microorganisms to antibiotics and humans to parasitic infections have been traced over tens of thousands of generations. As a result, for the first time in history Darwin's theory can be rigorously evaluated. The results are shocking. Although it can explain marginal changes in evolutionary history, random mutation and natural selection explain very little of the basic machinery of life. The "edge" of evolution, a line that defines the border between random and nonrandom mutation, lies very far from where Darwin pointed. Behe argues convincingly that most of the mutations that have defined the history of life on earth have been nonrandom. Although it will be controversial and stunning, this finding actually fits a general pattern discovered by other branches of science in recent decades: The universe as a whole was fine-tuned for life. From physics to cosmology to chemistry to biology, life on earth stands revealed as depending upon an endless series of unlikely events. The clear conclusion: The universe was designed for life.

Complexity

Complexity Author Nam P. Suh
ISBN-10 9780195178760
Year 2005
Pages 300
Language en
Publisher Oxford University Press on Demand
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Nam P. Suh focussed his axiomatic design theories on methods to understand and deal with complexity. Suh is a well-respected designer and researcher in the fields of manufacturing and composite materials. He is best known for his systems that aim to speed up and simplify the process of design for manufacturing. The 'axioms' in axiomatic design refer to a process to help engineers reduce design specifications down to their simplest components, so that the engineers can produce the simplest possible solution to a problem. Complexity, besides being a key area of burgeoning research in disciplines interested in complex systems and chaos theory (like computer science and physics), is a complicating factor in engineering design that many engineers find difficult to overcome. Suh's multidisciplinary exploration of complex systems is meant to eliminate much of the confusion and allow engineers to accommodate complexity within simple, elegant design solutions.