The is the story of Joseph Vacher a serial killer termed the "French Ripper" though he killed more than London's Jack The Ripper. The descriptions ofThe is the story of Joseph Vacher a serial killer termed the "French Ripper" though he killed more than London's Jack The Ripper. The descriptions of the forensic science and psychiatric practice of the period are very interesting....more
This book has repeatedly been described as one of the most important or influencial of recent decades. This is not unreasonable. This small but except
This book has repeatedly been described as one of the most important or influencial of recent decades. This is not unreasonable. This small but exceptionally well written book contains a great deal of wisdom and advice. Some aspects, particularly thouse relating to technologies, have been overtaken by events but others, especially those related to morals or culture have sttod the test of time very well and remain important today.
One step onto this ontological escalator with British biologist Cohen and British mathematician Stewart ( Does God Play Dice?
From Publishers Weekly
One step onto this ontological escalator with British biologist Cohen and British mathematician Stewart ( Does God Play Dice? ) and readers will zoom right to the metaphysical floor, where science displays its most basic assumptions. In the last 10 years, scientific thought has been marked by frequent paradigm shifts--from classical laws to chaos theory and complexity. In the first half of this book, the authors attempt to review the quantum world for general readers, an effort that is frequently undercut by their playful approach, e.g., a conversation about the organization of development between Augusta Ada, Lord Byron's daughter and "a founding figure in computer science," and Wallace Lupert, a fictitious modern biologist. Moving on to examine the basis for a belief in simplicity, they introduce two new concepts: simplexity and complicity. The former refers to the tendency of a simpler order to emerge from complexity, the latter is a kind of interaction between coevolving systems that supports a tendency toward complexity. The authors, hoping to challenge orthodoxy and to stimulate thought, confound rather than clarify. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
First there was chaos theory, best described in James Gleick's Chaos: The Making of a New Science ( LJ 8/87); then came complexity theory, the subject of Roger Lewin's Complexity: Life at the Edge of Chaos ( LJ 9/1/92). Perhaps the next inevitable unifying theory of science to emerge is simplicity. Whereas the former two schools of thought seek philosophical congruences between divergent trends in modern science, simplicity, as conceived by Cohen and Stewart (a reproductive biologist and a mathematician, respectively), goes farther to examine the underlying physical reasons why these unities exist. This is a cleverly written, whirlwind tour of science that stretches the mind and, in a few places, strains credulity. Still, the authors freely admit that they are being speculative, and they invite their readers to accompany them upon their intellectual journey. Mind benders like this book usually appeal to a rather small but fanatical readership. Mid-sized public and undergraduate libraries should consider it. - Gregg Sapp, Montana State Univ. Libs., Bozeman Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.