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Simplicity Ideals Of Practice In Mathematics And The Arts

Author : Roman Kossak
ISBN : 9783319533858
Genre : Mathematics
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To find "criteria of simplicity" was the goal of David Hilbert's recently discovered twenty-fourth problem on his renowned list of open problems given at the 1900 International Congress of Mathematicians in Paris. At the same time, simplicity and economy of means are powerful impulses in the creation of artworks. This was an inspiration for a conference, titled the same as this volume, that took place at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in April of 2013. This volume includes selected lectures presented at the conference, and additional contributions offering diverse perspectives from art and architecture, the philosophy and history of mathematics, and current mathematical practice.
Category: Mathematics

Mathematical Cultures

Author : Brendan Larvor
ISBN : 9783319285825
Genre : Mathematics
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This collection presents significant contributions from an international network project on mathematical cultures, including essays from leading scholars in the history and philosophy of mathematics and mathematics education.​ Mathematics has universal standards of validity. Nevertheless, there are local styles in mathematical research and teaching, and great variation in the place of mathematics in the larger cultures that mathematical practitioners belong to. The reflections on mathematical cultures collected in this book are of interest to mathematicians, philosophers, historians, sociologists, cognitive scientists and mathematics educators.
Category: Mathematics

The Bright Stuff

Author : C. J. Simister
ISBN : 0273728172
Genre : Academic achievement
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Teach your child the real secrets to success in life. There is so much your child will learn at school. But there are other, vital things that are all too frequently absent from a busy school's syllabus, yet which are increasingly recognised as just asessential to your child's future. These secrets of success include qualities such as curiosity, independent thinking, perseverance, determination, individuality and a willingness to weigh up risks and solve problems. In The Bright Stuff, leading child education expert C J Simister takes one secret of success at a time and offers a treasure trove of imaginative, playful and above all fun activities, games and exercises that you can use to preserve, nurture and enhance your child's extraordinary potential, making sure it does not remain untapped. All are designed to fit in with everyday family life, involving little or no preparation. Appealing to a wide range of ages, they are ideal for keeping children amused in spare moments - over a meal, in the car, even when stuck in the queue at the supermarket. And while they are enjoying themselves, your children will be developing crucial qualities such as initiative, alertness and an investigative spirit. They will also be learning to form innovative ideas, to discern sense from nonsense and to use failure as a useful springboard for progress. Table of Contents Introduction •How to stimulate independent thinking. •How to grow a vivid imagination. •How to be alert and observant. •How to kindle a burning curiosity. •How to develop a 'let's find out' approach. •How to encourage originality and creativity. •How to become innovative and inventive. •How to discover the magic of persistence. •How to take the right sort of risk. •How to learn from failure as well as success. •How to sort sense from nonsense. •How to think flexibly. •How to make wise decisions. •How to enjoy solving problems. •How to have 'social savvy'. •How to develop initiative and forward thinking. Background reading
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Author : Marion Zimmer Bradley
ISBN : 9780575114012
Genre : Fiction
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Wycherly Musgrave doesn't have good luck with cars and alcohol. Trying to outrun the memory of a young woman he may have killed in a drunk-driving accident, Wych sends his expensive sports car sailing off the road...and, with his unusual impossible luck, survives the crash with no more than a few bumps and bruises. The car is totaled, stranding Wycherly in the tiny mountain town of Morton's Fork. Making the best of a bad situation, Wych decides to try and dry out. Wycherly isn't Morton's Fork's only unusual guest this summer: A movie star has taken up residence in a converted schoolhouse. Sinah Dellon left Morton's Fork as an infant foundling. Now she's come home to learn who her people were - and why she has the ability to read minds. But Sinah's psychic powers do not help her with the townsfolk, who turn from her in fear and hatred. Equally untrustworthy, according to the residents of Morton's Fork, are the RV-load of researchers from the Bidney Institute, come to investigate centuries of reported hauntings, vanishings, poltergeists, and other phenomena. They too are poking around in things better left unexplored. Before long, Truth Blackburn, heroine of Bradley's novel Ghostlight, discovers that the source of the psychic storm is a renegade Gate - and one with a connection to Truth's own tangled past. But she cannot close the Gate alone, and the true Keeper is nowhere to be found. In despair, Wycherly Musgrave has made a pact with evil. In fear, Sinah Dellon feels her soul slipping away under attack from a vengeful spirit. In dread, Truth Blackburn must make a great sacrifice to save all the people of Morton's Fork, and the man she loves, from the power of the Gate.
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Brave New Interfaces

Author : Jan Cornelis
ISBN : 9789054874164
Genre : Computers
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Compiled by the CROSSTALKS program for policy-probing scientific issues, this volume reflects on the meaning and impact of existing and future interfaces--and what the added value could be. Offering a broad analysis of the individual, social, and economic impacts that the next generation of interfaces will have, its unique interdisciplinary approach combines the perspectives of artists, academics, and businesspeople.
Category: Computers