The Fractalist

Memoir of a Scientific Maverick


Author: Benoit Mandelbrot

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307378608

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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A fascinating memoir from the man who revitalized visual geometry, and whose ideas about fractals have changed how we look at both the natural world and the financial world. Benoit Mandelbrot, the creator of fractal geometry, has significantly improved our understanding of, among other things, financial variability and erratic physical phenomena. In The Fractalist, Mandelbrot recounts the high points of his life with exuberance and an eloquent fluency, deepening our understanding of the evolution of his extraordinary mind. We begin with his early years: born in Warsaw in 1924 to a Lithuanian Jewish family, Mandelbrot moved with his family to Paris in the 1930s, where he was mentored by an eminent mathematician uncle. During World War II, as he stayed barely one step ahead of the Nazis until France was liberated, he studied geometry on his own and dreamed of using it to solve fresh, real-world problems. We observe his unusually broad education in Europe, and later at Caltech, Princeton, and MIT. We learn about his thirty-five-year affiliation with IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center and his association with Harvard and Yale. An outsider to mainstream scientific research, he managed to do what others had thought impossible: develop a new geometry that combines revelatory beauty with a radical way of unfolding formerly hidden laws governing utter roughness, turbulence, and chaos. Here is a remarkable story of both the man’s life and his unparalleled contributions to science, mathematics, and the arts.

Effective Teacher Development

Theory and Practice in Professional Learning


Author: Bob Burstow

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474231888

Category: Education

Page: 152

View: 7383

The responsibility for facilitating effective continuing professional development (CPD) is based firmly in schools. Frequently, decisions are based on gut feeling, advertisements received or prior experiences. Effective Teacher Development encourages readers to move beyond this and to enhance their strategic decision making in order to effectively develop CPD programmes within their school, partner schools, federations or school chains. The theory behind CPD is explored, drawing on research and evidence from recent practice, including a 10-year international longitudinal study of the effectiveness of professional development to teachers. Readers are supported to develop their understanding of the whole life cycle of a CPD programme, from setting up a new programme to evaluating the effectiveness of existing provision. Chapter summaries and navigational tools support readers looking for guidance on particular issues and questions encourage readers to reflect on the impact of suggestions in their own particular context. Effective Teacher Development is essential reading for all involved in designing, implementing and developing effective CPD programmes.

Philosophy and the 'Dazzling Ideal' of Science


Author: Graham McFee

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3030216756

Category: Philosophy

Page: 338

View: 9786

Recent decades have seen attacks on philosophy as an irrelevant field of inquiry when compared with science. In this book, Graham McFee defends the claims of philosophy against attempts to minimize either philosophy’s possibility or its importance by deploying a contrast with what Wittgenstein characterized as the “dazzling ideal” of science. This ‘dazzling ideal’ incorporates both the imagined completeness of scientific explanation—whereby completing its project would leave nothing unexplained—and the exceptionless character of the associated conception of causality. On such a scientistic world-view, what need is there for philosophy? In his defense of philosophy (and its truth-claims), McFee shows that rejecting such scientism is not automatically anti-scientific, and that it permits granting to natural science (properly understood) its own truth-generating power. Further, McFee argues for contextualism in the project of philosophy, and sets aside the pervasive (and pernicious) requirement for exceptionless generalizations while relating his account to interconnections between the concepts of person, substance, agency, and causation.

Race and Social Change

A Quest, A Study, A Call to Action


Author: Max Klau

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119359414

Category: Education

Page: 384

View: 6700

A powerful study illuminates our nation's collective civic fault lines Recent events have turned the spotlight on the issue of race in modern America, and the current cultural climate calls out for more research, education, dialogue, and understanding. Race and Social Change: A Quest, A Study, A Call to Action focuses on a provocative social science experiment with the potential to address these needs. Through an analysis grounded in the perspectives of developmental psychology, adaptive leadership and complex systems theory, the inquiry at the heart of this book illuminates dynamics of race and social change in surprising and important ways. Author Max Klau explains how his own quest for insight into these matters led to the empirical study at the heart of this book, and he presents the results of years of research that integrate findings at the individual, group, and whole system levels of analysis. It's an effort to explore one of the most controversial and deeply divisive subject's in American civic life using the tools of social science and empiricism. Readers will: Review a long tradition of classic, provocative social science experiments and learn how the study presented here extends that tradition into new and unexplored territory Engage with findings from years of research that reveal insights into dynamics of race and social change unfolding simultaneously at the individual, group, and whole systems levels Encounter a call to action with implications for our own personal journeys and for national policy at this critical moment in American civic life At a moment when our nation is once again bitterly divided around matters at the heart of American civic life, Race and Social Change: A Quest, A Study, A Call to Action seeks to push our collective journey forward with insights that promise to promote insight, understanding, and healing.

Geometry and Trigonometry


Author: Britannica Educational Publishing

Publisher: Britannica Educational Publishing

ISBN: 1622755286

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

View: 9761

This stimulating volume offers a broad collection of the principles of geometry and trigonometry and contains colorful diagrams to bring mathematical principles to life. Subjects are enriched by references to famous mathematicians and their ideas, and the stories are presented in a very comprehensible way. Readers investigate the relationships of points, lines, surfaces, and solids. They study construction methods for drawing figures, a wealth of facts about these figures, and above all, methods to prove the facts. They learn about triangle measure for circular motion, sine and cosine, tangent and secant, and trigonometric functions that are applied to right triangles.


the patterns of chaos : a new aesthetic of art, science, and nature


Author: John Briggs

Publisher: Touchstone Books


Category: Mathematics

Page: 192

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Thought Through My Eyes

Writing about Art


Author: Klaus Ottmann

Publisher: Spring

ISBN: 9780882145785

Category: Art

Page: 224

View: 4836

In this volume, the acclaimed art critic and curator, and author of The Essential Mark Rothko and The Genius Decision: The Extraordinary and the Postmodern Condition, has gathered the bulk of his published essays on art: essays that combine the author's background as a philosopher with the vison and ideas of contemporary artists.

Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age


Author: Greg Satell

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 1259862240

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 6363

Map the innovation space—and blaze a path to profits and growth Countless books, articles, and other advice promise leaders solutions to the complex challenges they face. Some offer quick, silver-bullet remedies—a straight line to success!—and some are so technical that readers get lost before they begin. Now, there’s Mapping Innovation, a refreshing alternative in the crowded business innovation space. Engaging and informative without sacrificing substance and expertise, this groundbreaking guide provides thorough background on some of the greatest innovations of the past century as well as . It details the processes that advanced them from inception to world-changing products—and shows you how to replicate their success. Business innovation expert Greg Satell helps you find your way by revealing the four models of innovation: Basic Research, Breakthrough Innovation, Sustaining Innovation, and Disruptive Innovation. One size does not fit all, so he provides a framework—the Innovation Matrix—for discovering which “type” of innovation process best suits the problem you need to solve. It’s about asking the right questions, so that you can apply the right strategies to the problems you need to solve. In the end, you’ll have a crystal clear model for disrupting the marketplace, scaling your efforts to propel your enterprise forqward, and leverage digital platforms to your advantage. Mapping Innovation offers a simple and accessible but powerful approach to developing a strategy that will put you light years ahead of the competition!.

The Nineties


Author: Judith Condon

Publisher: Heinemann/Raintree

ISBN: 9780739813423

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 5974

Traces the events, trends, and important people of the 1990s, including science, technology, fashion, music, art, architecture, sports, entertainment, and news.

Tug Boat


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: TeX (Computer file)

Page: N.A

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