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The Philosopher Cat

Author : Kwong Kuen Shan
ISBN : 0434013102
Genre : Cats
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A new, lavishly illustrated book of philosophy and cats, from the author and illustrator ofThe Cat and the Tao. Kwong Kuen Shan has gathered together forty beautiful illustrations of the animal many people hold dear to their hearts, accompanied by forty Chinese proverbs or sayings. These cats are instantly recognizable: the playful and adventurous cat; the languid cat; the philosopher cat. With the same style and lightness of touch that madeThe Cat and the Taosuch a delight, this is a beautiful book that cat-lovers will treasure.
Category: Cats

Thomas Gray In Copenhagen

Author : Philip J. Davis
ISBN : 0387944931
Genre : Fiction
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A sequel to the widely successful Thomas Gray, Philosopher Cat, Philip J. Davis' latest continues the adventures of the internationally popular feline and friend. Could it be that Hans Christian Andersen - who wrote so lovingly of inchworms and ugly ducklings - was an unrepentant despiser of cats? That's the rumor that the philosophical feline, Thomas Gray, and cohort, Cambridge don Lucas Fysst, (whose last name doesn't rhyme with "fist") are determined to snuff out. In Copenhagen to attend a philosophers' convention, they go on the hunt for a missing Andersen manuscript that will set the record straight. A whimsically written and illustrated tale - part history, part parody, and all fun. Davis is Professor Emeritus of Applied Mathematics at Brown University and author of No Way: Essays on the Impossible.
Category: Fiction

Lost Joys Of Childhood

Author : Karnika Sen
ISBN : 9781948146371
Genre : Fiction
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‘How many times have I told the sun to take care of himself God only knows. I told him, Look here old boy; you are atleast trillion years old. You are no longer the young sun who used to laugh at the smoking earth and play with the stars of distant galaxy.’ ‘Have you seen the sun when he was young? My dear cow, then how old are you?’ Why is the sun so anxious about his favorite child, the earth? The law of the Fairyland forbids a fairy to touch a human being. A fairy breaks that law but she isn’t punished. Why?
Category: Fiction

Roman Portraits

Author : Paul Zanker
ISBN : 9781588395993
Genre : History
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Portrait sculptures are among the most vibrant records of ancient Greek and Roman culture. They represent people of all ages and social strata: revered poets and philosophers, emperors and their family members, military heroes, local dignitaries, ordinary citizens, and young children. The Met's distinguished collection of Greek and Roman portraits in stone and bronze is published in its entirety for the first time in this volume. Paul Zanker, a leading authority on Roman sculpture today, has brought his exceptional knowledge to the study of these portraits; in presenting them, he brings the ancient world to life for contemporary audiences. Each work is lavishly illustrated, meticulously described, and placed in its historical and cultural context. The lives and achievement of significant figures are discussed in the framework of the political, social, and practical circumstances that influenced their portrait's forms and styles—from the unvarnished realism of the late Republican period to the idealizing and progressively abstract tendencies that followed. Analyses of marble portraits recarved into new likenesses after their original subjects were forgotten or officially repudiated provide especially compelling insights. Observations on fashions in hairstyling, which typically originated with the Imperial family and spread as fast as the rulers' latest portraits could be distributed, not only edify and amuse but also link the Romans' motives and appetite for imitation to our own. More than a collection catalogue, Roman Portraits is a thorough and multifaceted survey of ancient portraiture. Charting the evolution of this art from its origins in ancient Greece, it renews our appreciation of an connection to these imposing, timeless works.
Category: History

Melodious Guile

Author : John Hollander
ISBN : 0300049048
Genre : Poetry
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Demonstrating a poet's imaginative ear and a critic's range of concern, John Hollander here writes about the "melodious guile" of poetry, explaining how poems frame parables about themselves. Hollander considers works by Spenser, Milton, Wordsworth, chiefly, plus a range of other poets including Chaucer, Keats, Rossetti, Tennyson, Frost, Stevens, and Auden. He also presents certain poems of his own, showing how they anticipate and exemplify the observations contained in this volume.
Category: Poetry


Author : Helen Brown
ISBN : 9780806538464
Genre : Pets
File Size : 76.20 MB
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From New York Times bestselling author Helen Brown comes a funny and moving account of her life-changing month as a foster mother—to a homeless cat named Bono. When Helen Brown arrived in New York for a much-anticipated visit, a fellow animal lover talked her into fostering a shelter cat. Helen visualized a sweet-natured cuddler who blinked and dozed a lot. What she got at Manhattan’s Bideawee shelter was a wide-eyed and unpredictable Persian with a punked-out haircut and a feisty attitude. Bono had become homeless during Hurricane Sandy, had survived a serious infection, and needed daily medications. As a “special needs” cat, he was an unlikely candidate for adoption. But as affection between them grew, Helen resolved to see that Bono found his forever home. She didn’t know that he would change her life in ways she never dreamed possible and teach her lessons she would cherish ever after. Just as this sweet, beleaguered, and hopeful guy deserved a fresh start, Helen too was ready for new beginnings. And so began a heartwarming, uplifting, lasting kind of love . . . Praise for the works of Helen Brown “A buoyant tale, heartfelt and open.” –Booklist “An absolute must.” —Cat World “Brown gives inspiration with her witty, adventurous story.” —RT Book Reviews “Brown writes eloquently about women, daughters, and felines.” —Kirkus Reviews
Category: Pets

Mathematical Encounters Of The Second Kind

Author : Philip J. Davis
ISBN : 9781461224624
Genre : Science
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A number of years ago, Harriet Sheridan, then Dean of Brown University, organized a series oflectures in which individual faculty members described how it came about that they entered their various fields. I was invited to participate in this series and found in the invitation an opportunity to recall events going back to my early teens. The lecture was well received and its reception encouraged me to work up an expanded version. My manuscript lay dormant all these years. In the meanwhile, sufficiently many other mathematical experiences and encounters accumulated to make this little book. My 1981 lecture is the basis of the first piece: "Napoleon's Theorem. " Although there is a connection between the first piece and the second, the four pieces here are essentially independent. The sec ond piece, "Carpenter and the Napoleon Ascription," has as its object a full description of a certain type of scholar-storyteller (of whom I have known and admired several). It is a pastiche, contain ing a salad bar selection blended together by my own imagination. This piece purports, as a secondary goal, to present a solution to a certain unsolved historical problem raised in the first piece. The third piece, "The Man Who Began His Lectures with 'Namely'," is a short reminiscence of Stefan Bergman, one of my teachers of graduate mathematics. Bergman, a remarkable person ality, was born in Poland and came to the United States in 1939.
Category: Science

Pascal The Philosopher

Author : Graeme Hunter
ISBN : 9781442667006
Genre : Philosophy
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Blaise Pascal has always been appreciated as a literary giant and a religious guide, but has received only grudging recognition as a philosopher: philosophers have mistaken Pascal’s harsh criticism of their discipline as a rejection of it. But according to Graeme Hunter, Pascal’s critics have simply failed to grasp his lean, but powerful conception of philosophy. This accessibly written book provides the first introduction to Pascal’s philosophy as an organic whole. Hunter argues that Pascal’s aim is not merely to humble philosophy, but to save it from a kind of failure to which it is prone. He lays out Pascal’s development of a more promising and fruitful path for philosophical inquiry, one that responded to the scientific, religious, and political upheaval of his time. Finally, Hunter illuminates Pascal’s significance for contemporary readers, allowing him to emerge as the rare philosopher who is spiritual, literary, and rigorous all at once – both a brilliant controversialist and a thinker of substance.
Category: Philosophy

To Understand A Cat

Author : Sam S. Rakover
ISBN : 9789027292094
Genre : Philosophy
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To understand a cat: methodology and philosophy rests on the realization that the everyday behavior of a cat (but other animals too) should be understood through a new approach, namely methodological dualism. It appeals to mechanistic explanation models and to mentalistic explanation models. It puts up the methodological idea that these models have to be combined in one theoretical structure according to the scientific game-rules. This approach shows that specific mentalistic explanations are generated from explanation models or schemes, which meet the demands of the scientific games-rules; and it proposes a new theoretical structure called the multi-explanation theory to generate particular theories, which provide us with efficient explanations for behavioral phenomena. The book delves deep into anthropomorphism, and the complex question of whether a cat has consciousness and free will, and examines the intricate relations of the mental, the computational, and the neurophysiological.(Series A)
Category: Philosophy

The Cat And The Tao

Author : Kwong Kuen Shan
ISBN : 9780743453356
Genre : Art
File Size : 85.75 MB
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Watercolor and ink drawings of cats accompany quotations from Chinese literature and philosophy chosen to reflect the simplicity, friendship, wisdom, and other qualitities also exemplified by the cat.
Category: Art