Passionate Minds

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Passionate Minds

Passionate Minds

Emilie du Chatelet, Voltaire, and the Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment

  • Author: David Bodanis
  • Publisher: Crown
  • ISBN: 9780307497246
  • Category: History
  • Page: 384
  • View: 6249
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It was 1733 when the poet and philosopher Voltaire met Emilie du Châtelet, a beguiling—and married—aristocrat who would one day popularize Newton’s arcane ideas and pave the way for Einstein’s theories. In an era when women were rarely permitted any serious schooling, this twenty-seven-year-old’s nimble conversation and unusual brilliance led Voltaire, then in his late thirties, to wonder, “Why did you only reach me so late?” They fell immediately and passionately in love.Through the prism of their tumultuous fifteen-year relationship we see the crumbling of an ancient social order and the birth of the Enlightenment. Together the two lovers rebuilt a dilapidated and isolated rural chateau at Cirey where they conducted scientific experiments, entertained many of the leading thinkers of the burgeoning scientific revolution, and developed radical ideas about the monarchy, the nature of free will, the subordination of women, and the separation of church and state. But their time together was filled with far more than reading and intellectual conversation. There were frantic gallopings across France, sword fights in front of besieged German fortresses, and a deadly burning of Voltaire’s books by the public executioner at the base of the grand stairwell of the Palais de Justice in Paris. The pair survived court intrigues at Versailles, narrow escapes from agents of the king, a covert mission to the idyllic lakeside retreat of Frederick the Great of Prussia, forays to the royal gambling tables (where Emilie put her mathematical acumen to lucrative use), and intense affairs that bent but did not break their bond.Along with its riveting portrait of Voltaire as a vulnerable romantic, Passionate Minds at last does justice to the supremely unconventional life and remarkable achievements of Emilie du Châtelet—including her work on the science of fire and the nature of light. Long overlooked, her story tells us much about women’s lives at the time of the Enlightenment. Equally important, it demonstrates how this graceful, quick-witted, and attractive woman worked out the concepts that would lead directly to the “squared” part of Einstein’s revolutionary equation: E=mc2.Based on a rich array of personal letters, as well as writings from houseguests, neighbors, scientists, and even police reports, Passionate Minds is both panoramic and intimate in feeling. It is an unforgettable love story and a vivid rendering of the birth of modern ideas.

Passionate Minds

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Passionate Minds

Passionate Minds

The Inner World of Scientists

  • Author: Lewis Wolpert,Alison Richards
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780198549048
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 240
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In Passionate Minds, Lewis Wolpert investigates the style and motivation of some of the most eminent scientists in the world. In this stimulating collection of conversations, scientists in fields as diverse as particle physics and evolutionary biology explore how their backgrounds have shaped their careers, aspirations, and discoveries.

Passionate Minds

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Passionate Minds

Passionate Minds

Women Rewriting the World

  • Author: Claudia Roth Pierpont
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0307773310
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 320
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With a masterful ability to connect their social contexts to well-chosen and telling details of their personal lives, Claudia Roth Pierpont gives us portraits of twelve amazingly diverse and influential literary women of the twentieth century, women who remade themselves and the world through their art. Gertrude Stein, Mae West, Margaret Mitchell, Eudora Welty, Ayn Rand, Doris Lessing, Anais Nin, Zora Neale Hurston, Marina Tsvetaeva, Hannah Arendt and Mary Mccarthy, and Olive Schreiner: Pierpont is clear-eyed in her examination of each member of this varied group, connectng her subjects firmly to the issues of sexual freedom, race, and politics that bound them to their times, even as she exposes the roots of their uniqueness. "Pierpont['s] graceful essays are at once erudite and personal in their focus." ?The Boston Globe "One of the most ceaselessly interesting books I've read in some time." ?Lorrie Moore, The New York Review of Books

Passionate Minds

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Passionate Minds

Passionate Minds

The Great Enlightenment Love Affair

  • Author: David Bodanis
  • Publisher: Little Brown GBR
  • ISBN: 9780316730877
  • Category: Authors, French
  • Page: 312
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David Bodanis presents this history of the turbulent love affair that fired the Enlightenment's intellectual revolution.

The Passionate Mind

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The Passionate Mind

The Passionate Mind

A Manual for Living Creatively with One's Self

  • Author: Joel Kramer
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • ISBN: 9780938190127
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Page: 122
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In The Passionate Mind, Joel Kramer asserts that "what we believe determines much of what we think and do: the way we move, the way we respond to people, how we think of ourselves, how we see the world in general." His basic message, stated in short, clear prose, is that passion is to be found only in the present moment, and mainly through becoming aware of the thoughts flowing through our minds, and through the primal process of observing our thoughts, they begin to self-correct. From the author of The Guru Papers, The Passionate Mind is a wonderful journey for anyone seeking to discover how to look at oneself.

The Passionate Mind

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The Passionate Mind

The Passionate Mind

Sources of Destruction and Creativity

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • ISBN: 9781412838191
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 331
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Consciousness, declares Robin Fox, is "out of context." Useful as an adaptation in the Stone Age, it brought humanity to the top of the food chain but has now created a world it cannot control. The Passionate Mind explores this paradox not through academic demonstration but through satiric dialogues, blank-verse ruminations, lyric, narrative and comic verse, and Aesopian fables. This mix of genres and styles forces us out of our usual linear modes of thinking to confront a harsh thesis. Because of consciousness we cannot operate without ideas, but once in thrall to ideas--whether of love, power, religion, or ideology--we cannot operate without destructiveness lest we become imprisoned by them. The range of subjects and genres Fox covers includes a verse summary of the key points of human evolution, a conference of farm animals ruminating on their social problems, visions of a desperate future from a neolithic hunter and a shaman at Lascaux, Kafkaesque trial scenes, and a new version of "God is dead." George Washington, having lost at Yorktown is put on trial with Adams, Jefferson, and Benedict Arnold giving evidence. Through the persona of Humbert Humbert as decadent Europe, the new world of Lolita/America is faced with the consequences of its pursuit of happiness. Scandinavian utopianism and salvation through romantic eros get their turn, and the basic "design failure" of humanity is examined in a Platonic dialogue. A bullfight and the struggle for existence in New Jersey farming lead up to a monologue from a decidedly unlikely Jesus who turns out to be part of an alien plan to control an otherwise out of control human race. Through this kaleidoscopic mix, Fox mounts a case for a thorough revision of consciousness that breaks "realistic" boundaries between science, the humanities, religion, and myth. "If ever there was a book to show that there is more than one way to say' anthropology, this is it."--Ivan Brady, American Anthropologist "A beautiful, strange worka wild, free book."--Dame Iris Murdoch Robin Fox is University Professor of Social Theory at Rutgers University and the author of Conjectures and Confrontations, Reproduction and Succession, and The Challenge of Anthropology, all available from Transaction.

The Passionate Mind Revisited

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The Passionate Mind Revisited

The Passionate Mind Revisited

Expanding Personal and Social Awareness

  • Author: Joel Kramer,Diana Alstad
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • ISBN: 1583948147
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 400
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The Passionate Mind Revisited takes readers on a liberating inner journey into the workings of their mind that can transform the way people look at themselves and the world. This expanded inquiry reflects the authors’ own and the world’s evolution since The Passionate Mind came out in 1974. The original book focusing on the individual is now extended to social and philosophical spheres and global challenges, exploring how the world’s life-threatening dramas are largely a function of people’s genetic and cultural conditioning, worldviews, beliefs, and values. Kramer and Alstad assert that humanity is on an evolutionary cusp requiring further awareness and conscious social evolution. Worldviews can create rigid beliefs and narrow identities that are destructive in a world of global impact. While acknowledging the fallibility of any mental construction, the book offers an evolutionary worldview deemed more likely than traditional worldviews or scientific materialism. In exploring what it is to be a human social animal, The Passionate Mind Revisited offers fresh vantage points on life’s core issues: the nature of thought, authority and belief, pleasure and pain, desire and fear, identity, love and care, freedom, power, gender, time, meditation, violence, and evolution. By demonstrating how to inwardly see and break through one’s conditioning, the authors delve deeply into the nature and processes of the mind, including how subjectivity filters perception. This approach to self-inquiry can help free people from mechanical responses that develop from unexamined beliefs and habits. Dysfunctional worldviews and their values inhibit the creative solutions much needed in a perilous world of runaway change. This book, through its discussion and methodology, fosters curiosity and truth-seeking. Kramer and Alstad offer new insights on personal and global issues that can facilitate a necessary shift to conscious social evolution.

Apología de un matemático

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Apología de un matemático

Apología de un matemático

  • Author: Godfrey Harold Hardy
  • Publisher: CAPITÁN SWING LIBROS
  • ISBN: 8412090624
  • Category: Mathematics
  • Page: 160
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G.H. Hardy fue uno de los mejores matemáticos de este siglo, reconocido entre sus contemporáneos como un "matemático auténtico, el más puro entre los puros". Esta Apología, escrita emotivamente cuando su poder creativo matemático estaba ya en su ocaso, es un relato brillante y cautivador de las matemáticas consideradas como mucho más que una ciencia, que nos proporciona una de las mejores visiones de cómo discurre la mente de un matemático en pleno proceso de trabajo. De hecho, este libro está ampliamente considerado como una de las mejores penetraciones en la mente de un matemático profesional, escrita para profanos. En sus páginas, Hardy defiende el valor de la matemática teórica más abstracta y la belleza como valor indispensable de las buenas teorías matemáticas por encima de otros valores como su aplicabilidad o relevancia para los problemas de física. Cuando fue publicada en inglés por primera vez, Graham Greene la aclamó, junto con los cuadernos de notas de Henry James, como "la mejor narración de lo que representa el ser un artista creativo". El prólogo de C. P. Snow a la edición inglesa proporciona algunas claves de la vida de Hardy, incluyendo las anécdotas relativas a su colaboración con el matemático indio Ramanujan, sus aforismos y su pasión por el críquet. Este es un relato único de la fascinación por las matemáticas y de uno de sus exponentes más convincentes de los tiempos modernos.

Atlantic Monthly

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Atlantic Monthly

Atlantic Monthly

A Magazine of Literature, Art and Politics

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category:
  • Page: N.A
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The Atlantic Monthly

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The Atlantic Monthly

The Atlantic Monthly

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: American literature
  • Page: N.A
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