Introduction Sources-The Ancient World and the Early Church The Middle Ages Introduction to the Renaissance The Renaissance Mass The Madrigal Introduction to the Baroque Style Features of Baroque Music and a Brief Tutorial on Pitch, Motive, Melody, and Texture The Rise of German Nationalism in Music Fugue Baroque Opera, Part 1 Part 2 Baroque Sacred Music, Part 1-The Oratorio Part 2-The Lutheran Church Cantata Baroque Instrumental Forms, Part 1-Passacaglia Part 2-Ritornello Form and the Baroque Concerto The Enlightenment and an Introduction to the Classical Era The Viennese Classical Style, Homophony, and the Cadence Classical-Era Form-Theme and Variations Minuet and Trio I-Baroque Antecedents Minuet and Trio II Rondo Sonata-Allegro Form I, Part 1 Part 2 Classical-Era Form-Sonata-Allegro Form II Classical-Era Orchestral Genres-The Symphony The Solo Concerto Classical-Era Opera-The Development of Opera Buffa Mozart and the Operatic Ensemble The French Revolution Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67, Part 1 Part 2 Introduction to Romanticism Formal Challenges and Solutions in Early Romantic Music-Miniatures-Lieder and Chopin Program Symphony-Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, Part 1 Part 2 Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera-Bel Canto Opera Giuseppe Verdi Nineteenth-Century German Opera-Nationalism and Experimentation Richard Wagner The Concert Overture, Part 1 Part 2 Romantic Nationalism-Post-1848 Musical Nationalism Russian Nationalism The Early Twentieth Century and the Modernist Movement-An Introduction The Search for a New Musical Language-Debussy Stravinsky Schönberg...more
A lot of combative anthropology over characterizations of prehistoric man. Does pose some interesting challenges to a few ideas I took at face value fA lot of combative anthropology over characterizations of prehistoric man. Does pose some interesting challenges to a few ideas I took at face value from some of my other favorite academics though. The tone is a little defensive at times, but the book does offer a more holistic evolutionary understanding of human sexuality and the patterns thereof, and in many areas that are otherwise not openly discussed in the general American public....more
A simple, straightforward, practical primer on common sources of friction in a close relationship and the kinds of values each gender typically emphasA simple, straightforward, practical primer on common sources of friction in a close relationship and the kinds of values each gender typically emphasizes. Certainly a reduction of men and women to their archetypal traits, but not with a great loss of value in the advice given. ...more
Interesting for its chapters on the mechanisms and principles behind psychedelic chemicals, and for illuminating the difficult process of trying to fuInteresting for its chapters on the mechanisms and principles behind psychedelic chemicals, and for illuminating the difficult process of trying to fund institutional research into such highly regulated chemicals, but somewhat unsatisfying as a whole otherwise.
Besides the topics mentioned above, the main contents of the book are anecdotal trip reports from individuals in the DMT study, which are interesting accounts, albeit limited to the controlled study environment. Unfortunately, Strassman justifies some dubiously scientific speculation based on the reports of his subjects, venturing into the possibilities of divine access and alternate realities (which sure, is possible, but the study isn't evidence).
I read and enjoyed the introductory sections of this book with enthusiasm, but by the end I was feeling somewhat disappointed by tenuous analyses and rather tepid conclusions. Happy to have learned more about the research regardless....more
Where did the big bang happen? It happened everywhere.*
A trip around big ideas in physics and the cosmological rules (re: the symmetries) that governWhere did the big bang happen? It happened everywhere.*
A trip around big ideas in physics and the cosmological rules (re: the symmetries) that govern our universe, The Universe in the Rearview Mirror: How Hidden Symmetries Shape Reality is an easy read covering some less easy theoretical concepts. Relativity (general and special), sub-atomic particle physics, the directionality of time itself, all are among the topics illustrated by author Dave Goldberg. Goldberg, an astrophysicist by trade and frequently asked physicist on io9.com, skillfully delivers conceptually dense material with levity, in a familiar format well suited for the general scientifically-minded readership, and with an often tongue-in-cheek style much like I imagine he employs when teaching his undergraduates at Drexel University.
Like any good survey of a scientific field, The Universe in the Rearview Mirror** is salted liberally with quotes from historically influential figures. One that Goldberg utilizes in his introduction as a succinct justification of the book's premise comes from Nobel laureate Phil Anderson:
"It is only slightly overstating the case to say that physics is the study of symmetry."
And from there each chapter of the book gives a progressively compelling case for why such a statement, characterizing physics as the study of symmetry, is indeed only slightly overstating the case. Building from the more intuitive forms of symmetry (e.g. the symmetry of a [rearview] mirror; CPT symmetry; Lorentz invariance) up through mind-bending internal symmetries, critical at the most fundamental levels of physics, and ultimately on to how the breaking of certain symmetries is the crucial factor to the universe we see around us, The Universe in the Rearview Mirror orders the daunting complexities of modern theoretical physics into elegant underlying symmetries, allowing the rest of us to make some sense of it, even if only a little bit.
Of course the symmetries don't explain everything. But they aren't supposed to either. In fact much of the book has author Dave Goldberg pointing out just how wrong we often are when it comes to understanding this material intuitively. The theme of symmetries gives us a model with which to gain a better working understanding of the universe. And yet, in the end what we have is still a model and not the universe. Werner Heisenberg said it best:
"We have to remember that what we observe is not nature herself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning."
*Why did the Big Bang happen everywhere? Because the universe expands like a stretching rubber sheet, not an explosion. **While there isn't a footnote on every page, this book probably does have nearly as many footnotes as it does pages. If you don't like writing with frequent asides consider yourself warned. References to the bottom of the page aside, the notes themselves are often chuckle-worthy....more
Fascinating behavioral economics from Ariely as usual. Still, more a book about firming up scientific reasons for behavior we often deal with intuitivFascinating behavioral economics from Ariely as usual. Still, more a book about firming up scientific reasons for behavior we often deal with intuitively, and therefore not always surprising in its findings (e.g. systematically, everybody feels comfortable cheating a little bit). The consistency across experimental manipulations is perhaps the most striking result in the book....more
A book written by scientists rather than journalists or the professional practitioners themselves (and in this case better for it). Excellent cognitivA book written by scientists rather than journalists or the professional practitioners themselves (and in this case better for it). Excellent cognitive science to illuminate our automatic subconscious. The authors don't simply explain how the tricks are done, but also why each type of trick can consistently fool us in general by exploiting gaps in our awareness. Overall I enjoyed the book a bit more than I was expecting at the outset!...more
Part intrigue, part survival story, part anthropological observation, all with the philosophical notions of duality in mind. "Light is the left hand oPart intrigue, part survival story, part anthropological observation, all with the philosophical notions of duality in mind. "Light is the left hand of darkness."...more
Exclusively dedicated to detailing growth (good) vs. fixed (bad) mindset. Interesting psychology behind the idea of growth vs. fixed mindset, but it'sExclusively dedicated to detailing growth (good) vs. fixed (bad) mindset. Interesting psychology behind the idea of growth vs. fixed mindset, but it's so broadly applied that the book's catalog of concept illustrations reads like anecdotal support for a less credible folk psychology in a typical self-help book. The book is convincing nonetheless and sometimes inspiring, perhaps even enlightening to readers who will identify with the fixed mindset depictions, but I personally was hoping for more discussion of the psychological principles than the profiles....more
Good, practical advice I wish I had followed (first chapter: don't quit your day job yet). Advocates a realistic time frame and gives a kind of realitGood, practical advice I wish I had followed (first chapter: don't quit your day job yet). Advocates a realistic time frame and gives a kind of reality-check motivation in lieu of purely positive thinking and platitudes. The author speaks to groups professionally so the audiobook is very well presented....more