Of all the subjects to which Leibniz applied himself none garnered more of his attention than China. China is the subject he spends the majority of hiOf all the subjects to which Leibniz applied himself none garnered more of his attention than China. China is the subject he spends the majority of his considerable intellect upon. I didn't know this before reading this book. For that reason alone it is worthwhile.
It should be noted though that it incorporates serious flaws of anachronism and provenance. It should not be used for scholarly reference to China's history or the subjects of the humanities. ...more
I enjoyed this book. I wish I was as aware and sharp as Chuck when I was 17.
I have a thing for adventure yarns. Particularly marine and whitewater riI enjoyed this book. I wish I was as aware and sharp as Chuck when I was 17.
I have a thing for adventure yarns. Particularly marine and whitewater river running. This one was entertaining and amusing. Don't take that the wrong away, please. It's tragic but Geig is an upbeat kid with his whole life ahead of him after the disasterous sinking. He expresses his sorrow admirably at the loss of a third of the ship's complement who became more than friends but family. But his irrepressible exhuberance is contageous too. I remember being that young and I envy him this singular life experience I'll never have.
Reading "The Last Voyage of the Albatross' is the next best thing. I will say this. Throughout the book I kept feeling that I wish Ridley Scott has not embellished so melodramatically. I wish he he had filmed Gieg's story the way he told it. Particularly his adventures in the Galapagos Islands. This was the point of the voyage -- to follow in Darwin's footsteps and learn. If you like adventure this one will deliver. Easy read too....more
Have the book on order. Can't wait to get it! How do I know it's *****? 'Cuz Prometheus-Movie.net has selected plates from the book lo-rez images postHave the book on order. Can't wait to get it! How do I know it's *****? 'Cuz Prometheus-Movie.net has selected plates from the book lo-rez images posted! Check it out. Got it now. Have read it 3 times and keep studying the art. It's beautiful. ...more
I liked this one very much. I don't think the Mary Renault comparison fits. It's bit too much. It's very different than Mary would have written. I havI liked this one very much. I don't think the Mary Renault comparison fits. It's bit too much. It's very different than Mary would have written. I have all of Mary's books and Sweetman's biography, so I should know. But it is good and it inspired me to reread Homer's 'The Iliad' & 'The Odyssey,' which are amazing, of course. Love is love and no matter what idiot says otherwise it is beautiful and right in its due season and context. To know love is to be human -- to not know love is to be not human. So I will say it and make myself accountable for it. Homophobes and heterosexists are inhuman and un-G-dly. All love is beauitiful and transcends this life. Read this one for that alone. The last pages make me cry and I have a few tests for humanity to which I add this one. You're not human if you don't cry when Bambi calls out for his mother after the hunter's shot is fired. You're not human if you don't cry when Ray Kinsella's voice catches as he asks his dad for a catch. You're not human if you don't cry when Ellen Mitchell's first act out of the limo is look for Dave as he walks into the mist. You're not human if you don't cry when Ennis finds Jack's shirt enclosed within his in Jack's closet. Thetis' gift to Patroclus and Achilles is a ferocious cry into the eternal. See what you think ......more
A LONG time contributor to Scientific American Magazine, Krauss has been at the forefront of theoretical physics and cosmological inquiry for decades.A LONG time contributor to Scientific American Magazine, Krauss has been at the forefront of theoretical physics and cosmological inquiry for decades. If you've kept up with his SciAm articles over these many years you might -- *might* -- feel a bit cheated because it's pretty much a compilation of those articles! But I found this book lyric and beautiful nonetheless. Nothing might not be as empty as you thought -- or nothing might be so devoid of anything that it acts in ways that are not just counterintuitive but downright unintuitive. Read it and decide for yourself. I have my suspiscions. Einstein was so remarkable for his insights. He was way ahead of his own thought and the universe's unfolding mysteries. If for no other reason, read it that you might more fully appreciate this....more
I'm not finished yet but I have a few observations.
Deleuze is the first post-modern continental philosopher to do competent math, science (physics andI'm not finished yet but I have a few observations.
Deleuze is the first post-modern continental philosopher to do competent math, science (physics and biology), theology and philosophy that it has been my pleasure to read since college.
This book is momentous. He gives a philosophic basis for chaotic complexity that is both dexterous and sublime. This is the most important work of the 20th century in humble opinion.
Superficiality would dictate that difference and repetition have no truck except glancingly with each other. This couldn't be further from the truth. Not only are they related. They are constitutive of each other. The implication of this are far-flung and far-reaching.
My whole worldview and faith are altered. Wonderful.
In examining repetition beyond the superficial generalities we come to realize difference is the interiority of repetition and repetition is the exteriority of difference. Difference in embedded in repetition for itself. Repetition results in difference expressed in itself. So what might have seemed to be mutually exclusive Deleuze teaches us is really interdependant and interrealated. Shocking and exciting....more
The best parts are the historical tracereis of the names of colors we take for granted but have no connection anymore to the "earthiness" of their oriThe best parts are the historical tracereis of the names of colors we take for granted but have no connection anymore to the "earthiness" of their origins. Like this. Crimson comes from the Greek word that approximated the name of an insect that when crushed by pestol would produce an intense dye of deep bluish red.
It is not particularly well-written -- very dense and sometimes clumsy. But, it is so fascinating that one puts up with the style because the ideas are so intriguing.
The most interesting thing I learned is that painters were also alchemists protecting their pigment recipes so fiercely. A new revolution would be precipitated by making a new color which literally changed the style and execution of art thereafter. Colors that were technologically unproduceable did not appear in artwork until they were innovated to be produceable. An artist could exclusivize his work by having the only lindseed oil pigment recipe for a new color! Only after he/she died would that color become available to other artists through the apothecarists guilds across Europe. One of the primary mercantile activities of apothecaries was the compounding and sale of artist oil pigments in paints and pastels.
They were the repositories of vast records of recipes for the production of artist paints which would morph into the burgeoning scientific discipline of chemistry serving the new needs of medicinal potions and pills. This is why many people particularly in Europe still refer to the local corner pharmacy as the apothecarist!
Ball traces the historic processes of techonological color innovation through the ages & relates it to art history through the ages.
Modern chemistry is the result of the Industrialization of the pigmentist/apothecarist artist supply trade!
Ball makes plain the color-space science of chroma, hue, value brought into the digitized cybernetic age & takes us into the technological redefinition thru space exploration imaging & transmission of what "color" is, scientifically speaking.
This is interesting. I have read many inferior books on the Great Pyramid of Khufu over the years. So many years in fact that I remember Khufu was knoThis is interesting. I have read many inferior books on the Great Pyramid of Khufu over the years. So many years in fact that I remember Khufu was known by his Greek name given by the Ptolemys: Cheops.
This book is a must read for anyone serious about Egyptology or just an amateur Egyptophile. It debunks the crazy UFOlogists and the magical fantasists. It's clever. It's a detective yarn and it jumps between now over the last 9 years and then more than 4,600 years ago over fifty years.
I won't give out any spoilers. Just read it. An architect's mind is uniquely trained to solve complex multidisciplinary problems because we have to learn how to actually build something from nothing but an idea. This book shows how powerful that talent is.
I will say this. Until I read the genesis and development of the internal ramp theory I knew nothing about it. I'm convinced it is right. The reconstruction of the sequence of events to complete the pyramid is the best part of the story. You'll be amazed at why the Grand Gallery was constructed and how it was used.
I ask you this. How was the 15-ton electrum-gilded limestone capstone -- called a "pyramidiod" -- transported and afixed to the apex??? It'll blow you away.
Here's another one.
What happened to the early construction ramp that was used extensively from year 0 thru year 14 and only erected to 1/3 of the finished height of the pyramid?
Read it to find out.
Oh, I will give you this. I finally learned where the title "architect" comes from. I knew what it meant -- I became one. But no one thought to tell me -- or more importantly -- I didn't have the initiative to find out how it come into being. It's latin for a person trained in designing, engineering and constructing arches. A useful enough profession in the Roman Empire: that's how the aquaducts, bridges and buildings were built. Well, duh, of course it was. ...more
Julia was a pioneer of women's rights in time when women were not allowed in the professions dominated by men. She was the first woman ever to be acceJulia was a pioneer of women's rights in time when women were not allowed in the professions dominated by men. She was the first woman ever to be accepted at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and successfully completed her architectural design degree.
Let me repeat that. The first women to do this in 1900.
Ultimately this biography is deeply moving and tragic.
Toward of the end of her life she thought her practice a failure. When she closed her office shUltimately this biography is deeply moving and tragic.
Toward of the end of her life she thought her practice a failure. When she closed her office she burned her entire corpus. She'd seen the rise of an American Design Style and the International School's Modernist Style and thought her Beaux-Arts Neo-Classicism as passe and anachronistic.
Boutelle did an amazing thing. She collected the copies of Morgan's work that her clients retained. This way we now are benefitted by Julia's work.
I love this women's work. Comm@rts, HOK, RTKL, Callison owe their multidisciplinarianism to Colter -- she epitomizes modern retail/hospitality total dI love this women's work. Comm@rts, HOK, RTKL, Callison owe their multidisciplinarianism to Colter -- she epitomizes modern retail/hospitality total design services. She, Julia Morgan, Greene & Greene, Bernard Maybeck & Frank Lloyd Wright were the first one to do this. She & Morgan were the first contemporary WOMEN to do this in a man's world.
Total design services for the Fred Harvey Co. from 1902 - 1948. Hopi House, The Lookout, Hermit's Rest, The Bright Angel Lodge, Grand Canyon South Village Admin Bldg, Phantom Ranch in the Canyon and The Watchtower at Desert View along the South Rim of Grand Canyon are all her's.