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Fahrenheit 451 (Science Fiction)
Fahrenheit 451 (Science Fiction)
von Ray Bradbury
  Taschenbuch

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4.0 von 5 Sternen A book to be burnt!, 14. März 2004
"Fahrenheit 451" presents a state whose organisation guarantees happiness for everyone. Isn't that what all of us strive for, happiness? Isn't that what all children ask for, 24-hour entertainment? Yes, it is. So how stupid Montag must be that he wants all this destroyed. Now it's your turn. I instantly ask you: Do not commit the same blunder! Take the book and burn it! It is the only thing it deserves because otherwise it will take happiness away from you. Burn it! Burn it right now!
But wait, just a second. What is it, I wonder, something so marvellous, so wonderful that Montag is willing to give everything else up for it. It is something we still have and take for granted, something we are going to lose if we do not pay attention. "Free will" we call it.
This thought-provoking novel will wake you up to ignorance. It confronts all readers alike with the question how far it is away and what can be done to prevent it.
"Fahrenheit 451" is a highly entertaining book. But at the same time it demonstrates that literature does not only have the function to entertain the readers but to make people alert to threatening developments.
But can this progress really be stopped?
I can only too well imagine Mildred as my granddaughter and I feel ashamed at the thought of it.
I like the book because it is, in my opinion, quite realistic and therefore equally shocking. So it made me open my eyes for a second and look upon the world differently. Nevertheless, I believe that books will not need to be burnt. People themselves will stop reading. This way no bad power will take human's free will. They will indeed give it away voluntarily. That is why I doubt that it is really effective to write utopian books like "F 451" because these who tend to become non-thinkers will not read them and these who will read them do not tend to become non-thinkers. But this is another cup of tea.
My favourite part of the book is the beginning when Montag gradually launches to grasp life, especially the conversations with Clarisse. "Are you happy?" , Clarisse asks Montag, but at the same time the question is addressed to the reader. I love that question. It could be compared to the routined "How are you?" - a question that most of all deserves an answer, even so seldom gets one. Searching for an answer, you regain total consciousness. In our world with more work and less time people seem to forget very often to live. Clarisse brings home to them that they should relax for a moment and look at the world, perceive it intensively as there is life and pleasure in everything. In that respect our society today resembles the one in "F 451" very much. "I feel bored." - perhaps one of the best known sentences. Does it really make a difference whether you watch TV on one or on four walls? Take a look at TV statistics. The mass of the people spend half of their lives in front of the television ( - the other half sleeping ...). Furthermore, I was very amused by the portrayal of marriage as it goes totally in line with the picture of it I have on my mind. Who calls "F 451" utopian? From my view, it is a contemporary history book!
"I did not cry at death but at not crying at death" is my absolutely favourite sentence in the novel. It reflects Montag's mental state as well as how unemotional people are at his time. On the other hand it again also well illustrates that it does not take place somewhen in the distant future. Already nowadays people become more and more unemotional. We have not experienced hunger or poverty. We get almost everything we want. As we do not know real pain, torture and yearning we feel less intensively.
All in all I think this is a very good novel so
read it, read it today - it might be forbidden tomorrow!


Walden Two
Walden Two
von Burrhus Frederic Skinner
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein Paradies auf Erden! Könnten wir's ertragen?, 14. März 2004
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Walden Two (Taschenbuch)
Eine utopische Welt - gibt es so was? Glück und Freude überall, jederzeit? Wir können uns so etwas kaum vorstellen, genauso geht es dem Ich-Erzähler des Buches, der den Leser auf eine Erlebnisreise in eine besondere Welt entführt.
Ein Verhaltensforscher hat seine eigene Welt gegründet, in der alle Menschen glücklich und zufrieden sind.
Nun führt der Verhaltensforscher den Ich-Erzähler durch seine Welt und erklärt ihm das Prinzip. Streit gibt es nicht, weil kein Neid vorkommt, da man alles haben kann. Unglückliche Liebe ist abgeschafft. Alles ist umsonst, dafür gibt es eine Arbeitspflicht. Dabei verlangen verschieden harte Berufe unterschiedlich lange Arbeitszeiten, so braucht eine Putzfrau z.B. nur 1 Stunde, ein Professor dagegen muss 10 Stunden arbeiten, da er mehr Spaß hat. Der Spaß wird anhand der Nachfrage gemessen.
Es scheint eine perfekte Welt, doch der Ich-Erzähler bleibt genauso kritisch wie der Leser. So hakt er an allen Stellen nach und probiert alles zu analysieren. Im Leser wächst die Spannung, was denn nun faul ist an dieser Welt.
Natürlich, nichts läuft ohne Manipulation, aber dies ist kein Geheimnis in Walden Two. Es gibt keine „wahre" Liebe, aber auch das wirkt unwichtig gegen die ganzen Vorteile.
Bis zum Ende findet der Ich-Erzähler nichts, was man dem Verhaltensforscher wirklich zu Lasten legen könnte. Dennoch kann er sich nicht mit der Welt anfreunden. So ähnlich geht es dem Leser. Wir glauben einfach nicht an eine perfekte Welt. Homen homini lupus est - der Mensch dem Mensch ein Wolf ist. Was anderes kommt für uns nicht in Frage. Aber man sollte sich einmal auf das Gedankenexperiment einlassen.
Dieser Roman besteht fast ausschließlich aus Gesprächen, eine andauernde, unglaublich interessante Diskussion zwischen dem Verhaltensforscher und dem Ich-Erzähler.
Ist Kommunismus möglich? Bedarf er der Manipulation? Wie weit ist Manipulation erlaubt, wenn sie dem Nutzen dient? Die Antworten bleiben offen. Es gibt kein Schwarz-Weiß, es gibt nur Tausende von Argumenten.
Das faszinierendste Buch, das ich je gelesen habe!!!
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Tutorials in Introductory Physics and Homework Package (Educational Innovation- Physics)
Tutorials in Introductory Physics and Homework Package (Educational Innovation- Physics)
von Lillian C. McDermott
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 59,55

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Do you know what understanding feels like?, 13. März 2004
physics not as usual
based on years of teaching experience
developed by a Washington education group
Contents:
Part I: Mechanics
Part II: Electricity and magnetism
Part III: Waves
Part IV: Optics
Part V: Selected Topics (Hydrostatics, Thermodynamics, Modern Physics)
Evaluation of a student:
Physics - the science of wild formula plugging in. That is what most pupils remember from school. Every physicist of course knows that there is "a bit" more behind it.
Therefore, this book is designed to give students a deeper insight into the way of thinking of a physicist. It does not work without formula but it puts stress on the fact that you have to choose your formulas on purpose. Therefore you have to analyse the circumstances beforehand. Its concept is to guide the students' thinking into the right direction by stating the right questions. This way you learn to think analytically. One question is followed by more questions. In case you answered the first one wrongly you will sooner or later meet an inconsistency throughout the subsequent questions. Thus, a book with the answers does not exist as the concept of the book would not work if anyone looked up the answer right away. This book teaches you that you can arrive at a solution although you think that you cannot do it. But then the analytical process starts and you will see. That is what is very special to the book because you get the answer without anyone giving it to you. That is what makes working with the book very satisfying because you really get the feeling of having understood what you are doing and you are proud of having worked through to the answer which seemed so far away at the beginning. This way you also better memorize the basic principles of physics. On the other hand it is in my opinion very, very important that you solve additional quantitative problems so that you learn to transfer your knowledge to problems and that you can use what you have just learned because it is a great problem for a student of math and physics that they never have the slightest idea "what the hell for they will ever need that in later life".
I recommend this book to all teachers of physics at a high school for the 11th to 13th grade.
It will even be a pleasure even for the teacher himself working through the book because you will get to know different approaches to well-known material as well as many little aspects you have probably never thought of - I promise!
I would rather not recommend this book to autodidacts. It is good in addition to lessons but you will not be able to understand physics only by working through this book and an instructor is needed from time to time to clear up open questions.
The only disadvantage I see about this book is that it is quite time-consuming. We have developed this inner yearn of fast effectiveness. This is not what the book provides. But take the time! On the long term it will be more effective to do physics one time intensively.
It's worth every minute!


Fremdsprachentexte. Universal-Bibliothek Nr. 9172(2): Death of a Salesman: Certain Private Conversations in Two Acts and a Requiem
Fremdsprachentexte. Universal-Bibliothek Nr. 9172(2): Death of a Salesman: Certain Private Conversations in Two Acts and a Requiem
von Manfred Pütz
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Preis: EUR 4,80

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4.0 von 5 Sternen from a pupil's point of view, 6. Oktober 2002
It is a widespread cliché among pupils that literature in class has to be terrible. Facing all books with this deep-ingrained negative attitude, pupils will always rather struggle through texts than find pleasure in it. So, to my shame be it spoken, I really like Miller's drama "Death of a Salesman".
If pupils say it is hard to understand the connections, I will totally go in line with it. Vivid scenes from the past are woven into the current action and it is not easy to distinguish both what belongs to which time and what is real and what takes place in Willy's imagination. I really got confused while reading, but exactly that challenge, namely to get behind the complex structure, made me enjoy the play.
Not only the challenge but also many other aspects make the story in my opinion a worthwhile read.
Firstly, the style is impressive. The vivid and realistic language is full of emotion and lets the reader this way dive into Middle-Class life as it really is/ was. It goes straight to the point and does not pretend that everything is great.
Secondly, I like the (well-portioned) mixture of reality, flashbacks and imagination. This varying creates some tension and makes the play lively and, connected with that, exciting.
Moreover, I can recommend the play in particular to all those who take a greater interest in psychology. It shows what affects humans in general and discusses implicitly the motif for suicide in detail. Additionally, the great number of very different characters give the reader a chance to investigate various character types and their reactions to certain influences. So it is with respect to psychology really interesting.
Besides, the message of the play will always stay up-to-date. Society tends to convey certain standards and unwritten rules for example that one should be popular and successful. Following this example, many people get lost and do not notice that they are giving up their own values. They are gradually becoming someone else. Miller prompts his readers to think about themselves and who they actually are. They are again reminded that they must never forget who they are as individuals and that they must never betray their ideals or adopt attitudes towards life because of peer-pressure.
I like this message although hardly anyone will taylor oneself by it.
Furthermore, the play informed me about the "American Dream" but it was an easy and exciting read which seems contradictory because normally informative texts are reputated being exhausting. However, it does not only explain what the "A. D." is but illustrates it quite well in a story and also exemplifies that there are two sides to the "A. D.". So the author looks critically upon the "A. D.". This pleased me.
In conclusion I would recommend this drama to everyone because it promises entertainment on different levels. On the other hand bear in mind that you cannot just read through it.


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