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The Consolations of Philosophy von Alain De Botton
The Consolations of Philosophy von Alain De Botton
4.0 von 5 Sternen Don't worry Be happy, 21. Juli 2000
When a man who has just suffered a serious problem (eg. his house burnt down) is interviewed on the news, and he remains calm and composed ("At least I got out alive, things could be worse"), the reporter describes him as being philosophical.
De Botton takes being philosophical to another level, demonstrating that even philosophers can be "philosophical". He takes six philosophers and culls from their writings (in the case of Socrates, Plato's) ways to handle difficulties in life.
He offers:
Socrates on being unpopular ("We shouldn't care all that much about what the populace will say of us, but about what the expert on matters of justice and… Mehr dazu
The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of t&hellip von Robert Lacey
The authors tell us that death, disease and discomfort were daily companions for people living c.1000 AD. Churchill's epigram of 'blood, toil, sweat, tears' would aptly apply to fellow Englishmen, one millenium removed. But this was also a time of learning, commerce, legal development, and religious devotion (albeit marred by (1st) millennial madness). The Medievals were certainly no idiots. Lacey and Danziger capture the tenor of that fascinating age. They write: "What C.S. Lewis called the "snobbery of chronology" encourages us to presume that just because we happen to have lived after our ancestors and can read books which give us some account of what happened… Mehr dazu
Why Do Buses Come in Threes: The Hidden Mathematic&hellip von Robert Eastaway
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this is an entertaining look at math and how it permeates our lives and pervades nature. the authors cover a variety of topics ranging from explaining coincidences to why we always get stuck in traffic jams. the best chapter is ch.1, titled Why can't I find a four leaf clover? they explain how Fibonacci's series turn up so often in plants (the number of petals, for example, is always a, or a multiple of, a fibonacci number), as well as the golden ratio, pi, and why cells in beehives are shaped like hexagons. the pervasiveness of hidden mathematics in nature can make one wonder whether there's an intelligence behind it all.
the book also contains a number of mathematical… Mehr dazu