The Mysterious Universe [New Revised Edition]

Author: Sir James Hopwood Jeans

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 1787207927

Category: Science

Page: 99

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The Mysterious Universe is a science book by the British astrophysicist Sir James Jeans. It is an expanded version of the Rede Lecture delivered at the University of Cambridge in 1930, and begins with a full-page citation of the famous passage in Plato’s Republic, Book VII, laying out the allegory of the cave. It makes frequent reference to the quantum theory of radiation, begun by Max Planck in 1900, to Einstein’s general relativity, and to the new theories of quantum mechanics of Heisenberg and Schrödinger, of whose philosophical perplexities the author seemed well aware. This New Revised Edition was first published in 1932. A popular book to this day, and a valuable addition to any reader’s science book collection.

The Mysterious Universe

Supernovae, Dark Energy, and Black Holes

Author: Ellen B. Jackson,Nic Bishop

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618563258

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 60

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Follows Dr. Alex Fillippenko and his High-Z Supernova Search Team as they use the Keck telescope in Hawaii to look for supernovae, find black holes, and study the effects of dark energy.

Virginia Woolf and the Discourse of Science

The Aesthetics of Astronomy

Author: Holly Henry

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521812979

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 208

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This book was first published in 2003. Holly Henry investigates how advances in astronomy in the early twentieth century had a shaping effect on Woolf's literature and aesthetics as well as on the work of modernist British writers including Vita Sackville-West, H. G. Wells, Olaf Stapledon, Bertrand Russell, and T. S. Eliot. The 1920s and 30s witnessed a pervasive public fascination with astronomy that extended from the US, where Edwin Hubble in 1923 definitively determined that entire galaxies existed beyond the Milky Way, to England, where London's intellectuals discussed Sir James Jeans's popular astronomy books and the newly explored expanses of space. In re-evaluating the cultural context out of which Modernism emerged, Henry contends that Woolf, through her own fascination with astronomy, formulated a global vision that helped shape her fiction and her pacifist politics. Henry's study includes examinations of scientific and literary archival material and sheds light on Woolf's texts and recent re-evaluations of Modernism.

Man and This Mysterious Universe

Author: Shamcher Bryn Beorse

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780978348571

Category:

Page: 158

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A SYNTHESIS OF MODERN LIFE: A VISIONARY OVERVIEW OF THE EFFORT AND MISSION OF HUMANITY by Shamcher Bryn Beorse (Brynjolf Bjorset) The book Man and this Mysterious Universe was originally described as a synthesis of the many aspects of modern civilization, bringing within its scope the contribution of the East as well as of the West, showing how it has grown from the civilization of the past and how it will probably develop into the civilization of the future. Or as the author put it more simply: a survey of Western and Eastern Sciences. Ranging through various disciplines from Everyday Life, Art, Education, World Events and Mysticism, Beorse describes the evolution of humanity and the responsibilities of each of us in this process. Seen all together, they convey an image of the totality of the human endeavour: occurring both outside of time and in time, on schedule, as a great play. "This comprehensive and refreshing picture is sorely needed at this time of narrow outlook and overspecialization," wrote the distinguished psychologist, educator and author, Dr. Philip B. Ballard. Inspired to write by the great sage, Inayat Khan, Beorse combined three former works into one for Man and This Mysterious Universe. Written during WWII, then added to with new information, the book was first published in 1949. His previous work, Distribute or Destroy, had been in the field of economics. Beorse further widened his scope in this publication, whose title refers to the popular physics book by James Jeans, This Mysterious Universe. Here Beorse inserts humanity into this assessment of a universe of vibrations and events, creating Man and This Mysterious Universe. "There is no great difference between rock, a tree, a man or a loving thought carving its way through the universe like a ray of the sun."

Human Rights and Human Diversity

An Essay in the Philosophy of Human Rights

Author: Alan John Mitchell Milne

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 9780887063664

Category: Law

Page: 186

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This original and provocative book is concerned with fundamental questions in moral, political, and legal philosophy. It challenges both supporters and sceptics alike to rethink their ideas about human rights. The author explains that human life is not the same everywhere, noting that there are different traditions of culture and civilization. He argues that an adequate idea of human rights must take such a diversity seriously, and unlike the UN Declaration, it must not presuppose Western institutions and values. This theory of human rights developed by Milne deals systematically with the philosophical issues it raises. He shows that human rights can only be a minimum standard, not a panacea for the troubles of humanity. And that this significance, although modest, should not be underrated.

Das Ende der Geschichten

Author: Scarlett Thomas

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644446113

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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Die Wohnung ist feucht, das Konto leer und Megs Freund ein wahrer Jammerlappen. Sie hat einen anderen geküsst. Und das große Romanprojekt steckt seit Jahren in einer Sackgasse. Um die Miete zu zahlen, schreibt Meg wie am Fließband Abenteuerromane für Teenager. Doch dann fällt ihr ein Buch in die Hände, das behauptet: Wir sind alle schon tot und bereiten uns in einer simulierten Welt auf das perfekte ewige Leben vor. Eine deprimierende Vorstellung oder die große Chance? Meg stellt fest, dass ihr Leben geprägt ist von absurden Zufällen und magischen Begebenheiten. Sie beginnt, der Theorie Glauben zu schenken ... Eine großartige, schwindelerregende Reise durch die Welt des Geschichtenerzählens, die Rätsel des Lebens und der Liebe. «Scarlett Thomas ist ein Genie!» Douglas Coupland «Ein Genuss – kraftvoll und eindringlich.» Philip Pullman

Berkeley’s Renovation of Philosophy

Author: Gavin Ardley

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401188726

Category: Philosophy

Page: 179

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In this work I have endeavoured to see Berkeley in his contemporary setting. On the principle that philosophy is ultimately about men, not about abstract problems, I have tried to see Berkeley the philosopher as an expression of Berkeley the man. When this is done, what is perennial in the philosophy may be discerned in and through what is local and temporal. Berkeley then emerges as a pioneer reformer; not so much an innovator as a renovator; one who set out to rescue phi losophy from the enthusiasms of the preceding age; one who strove to seat philosophy once more on the broad human and common sense foundations laid by Plato and Aristotle. Critical studies of some of the more striking of Berkeley's epistemo logical arguments are legion. They commenced with the young Berke ley's first appearance in print, and have continued to this day. But whether they take the form of professions of support for Berkeley, or of bald refutations of Berkeley's supposed fallacies, or whether, like the contemporary "analytical" studies of Moore, Warnock, and Austin, they are subtle exposures of alleged deeply concealed logical muddles, they all tend to share one common characteristic: they select and abstract from the totality of Berkeley, and miss the robust simplicity and universality of Berkeley's intentions. It is the intentions which control the whole, and give the right perspective in which to view the various items.

A History of Women Philosophers

Volume IV: Contemporary Women Philosophers, 1900-Today

Author: M.E. Waithe

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780792328087

Category: Social Science

Page: 471

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Like their predecessors, and like their male counterparts, most women philosophers of the 20th century have significant expertise in several specialities. Moreover, their work represents the gamut of 20th century philosophy's interests in moral pragmatism, logical positivism, philosophy of mathematics, of psychology, and of mind. Their writings include feminist philosophy, classical moral theory reevaluated in light of Kant, Mill, and the 19th century feminist and abolitionist movements, and issues in logic and perception. Included in the fourth volume of the series are discussions of L. Susan Stebbing, Edith Stein, Hedwig Conrad Martius, Simone de Beauvoir, Simone Weil, Mary Whiton Calkins, Gerda Walther, and others. While pre-20th century women philosophers were usually self-educated, those of the 20th century had greater access to academic preparation in philosophy. Yet, for all the advances made by women philosophers over two and a half millennia, the philosophers discussed in this volume were sometimes excluded from full participation in academic life, and sometimes denied full professional academic status.

Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations

Author: Elizabeth Knowles

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199208956

Category: Reference

Page: 479

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More than five thousand quotations, that range in time from Scott's Antarctic expedition in 1912 to the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, are gathered in a comprehensive, updated resource that evokes a fascinating picture of the social, political, cultural, and scientific highlights of modern times.

Organismus und Freiheit

Ansätze zu einer philosophischen Biologie

Author: Hans Jonas

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 3647013110

Category: Religion

Page: 342

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Man, God, and the Universe

Author: I K Taimni

Publisher: Quest Books

ISBN: 0835631370

Category: Philosophy

Page: 491

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The deepest concern of every thinking individual must surely be with the three great subjects which comprise the title of the book, and with the relationships between them. The profound concepts inevitably involved in a discussion of such a theme are presented with great clarity and wisdom, and the many diagrams and charts with which the ideas are illustrated are invaluable aids to comprehension. East and West meet here in enlightened synthesis. Chapters include such topics as Cosmic Consciousness, The Monad and the Logos, Involution and Evolution, Mathematics as the Basis of Manifestation and Reality and Consciousness. The book also includes both a glossary and index.

Philosophers

Author: N.A

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199831869

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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Steve Pyke, a photographer whose work is a regular feature of The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, is known for his stunning portraits of prominent authors, artists, actors, and intellectuals. In this riveting collection, which he has been working on for twenty-five years, Pyke presents 100 black-and-white portraits of contemporary philosophers, photographed in his distinctive style. The effect of his technique can be startling but always revealing, showing insight into personality while shedding new light on the philosophical temperament. These fascinating portraits feature virtually every major philosopher working in the West, including Anthony Appiah, David Chalmers, Umberto Eco, Ruth Marcus, Richard Rorty, Roger Scruton, and Peter Singer, among others. The facing page of each portrait contains a brief piece written by the subject on the nature of philosophy and their place in it. For this volume, Arthur C. Danto has written a foreword and Jason Stanley has interviewed Pyke. Both a who's who of philosophy today and a stunning gallery of captivating images, this marvelous volume is the long-awaited sequel to Pyke's original collection, published in 1993.

The Fate of Wonder

Wittgenstein's Critique of Metaphysics and Modernity

Author: Kevin M. Cahill

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231528116

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

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Kevin M. Cahill reclaims one of Ludwig Wittgenstein's most passionately pursued endeavors: to reawaken a sense of wonder around human life and language and its mysterious place in the world. Following the philosopher's spiritual and cultural criticism and tying it more tightly to the overall evolution of his thought, Cahill frames an original interpretation of Wittgenstein's engagement with Western metaphysics and modernity, better contextualizing the force of his work. Cahill synthesizes several approaches to Wittgenstein's life and thought. He stresses the nontheoretical aspirations of the philosopher's early and later writings, combining key elements from the so-called resolute readings of the Tractatus with the "therapeutic" readings of Philosophical Investigations. Cahill shows how continuity in Wittgenstein's cultural and spiritual concerns informed if not guided his work between these texts, and in his reading of the Tractatus, Cahill identifies surprising affinities with Martin Heidegger's Being and Time—a text rarely associated with Wittgenstein's early formulations. In his effort to recapture wonder, Wittgenstein both avoided and undermined traditional philosophy's reliance on theory. As Cahill relates the steps of this bold endeavor, he forms his own innovative, analytical methods, joining historicist and contextualist approaches to text-based, immanent readings. The result is an original, sustained examination of Wittgenstein's thought.