Archive for the 'humanities' Category

Emperor’s New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

emperorBy Roger Penrose, Martin Gardner, Martin Gardner (Foreword by)

For decades, proponents of artificial intelligence have argued that computers will soon be doing everything that a human mind can do. Admittedly, computers now play chess at the grandmaster level, but do they understand the game as we do? Can a computer eventually do everything a human mind can do?
In this absorbing and frequently contentious book, Roger Penrose–eminent physicist and winner, with Stephen Hawking, of the prestigious Wolf prize–puts forward his view that there are some facets of human thinking that can never be emulated by a machine. Penrose examines what physics and mathematics can tell us about how the mind works, what they can’t, and what we need to know to understand the physical processes of consciousness.
He is among a growing number of physicists who think Einstein wasn’t being stubborn when he said his “little finger” told him that quantum mechanics is incomplete, and he concludes that laws even deeper than quantum mechanics are essential for the operation of a mind. To support this contention, Penrose takes the reader on a dazzling tour that covers such topics as complex numbers, Turing machines, complexity theory, quantum mechanics, formal systems, Godel undecidability, phase spaces, Hilbert spaces, black holes, white holes, Hawking radiation, entropy, quasicrystals, the structure of the brain, and scores of other subjects. Call Number Q325 .P415 1989

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Super Review: English Language

Friday, October 3, 2008

by Research & Education Association

Call# PE1114 .E64 2000

Product Description
REA’s Super Reviews help students brush up on tough subjects. They are more thorough than ordinary subject reviews but less complex than voluminous study guides. Numerous solved problems accompany the review and bring it to life. The English Language Super Review includes an extensive review of grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. A glossary of usage is also included. Exercises and quizzes enable students to check whether they have learned what they need to know, whether they understand the subject and have command of it.

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The Little Book of Hindu Deities

Monday, September 22, 2008

By Sanjay Patel

In The Little Book of Hindu Deities, Pixar animator Sanjay Patel brings to life Hinduism’s most important gods and goddesses in fun, full-color illustrations, each accompanied by a short, lively profile. The stories of Hindu mythology cover everything from love and jealousy to petty grievances and epic battles, with characters ranging from monsters and demons to noble warriors and divine divas. Find out why Ganesha has an elephant’s head (his father cut it off!) and why Kali, the Goddess of Time, is known as “The Black One” (she’s a bit goth). (Description from barnesandnoble.com) Call number: NB1912.H55 P38 2006

Living With Art

Friday, September 19, 2008

By Mark Getlein

Throughout the previous seven editions, this text has earned a reputation for elegance and the highest standards of quality. Living with Art helps students develop an appreciation of art by offering a clear and comprehensive introduction to the visual arts from several perspectives: themes and purposes of art; the vocabulary of art; individual art media (painting, drawing, camera arts, sculpture, architecture, etc.); and the history of art. The book is rich with illustrations drawn from a wide range of artistic cultures and time periods. (Description from barnesandnoble.com) Call number: ARH 110

The Elements of Style

Friday, September 19, 2008

By Stephen Calloway

An easy-to-use reference to 500 years of architectural details and styles — a comprehensive visual survey, period-by-period, of the styles that affected American and British architecture. Includes detailed drawings. (Description from barnesandnoble.com) Call number: NA2850 .E445 2005

Paperwork

Friday, September 19, 2008

by Nancy Williams

NC847. W55 1995

Paper and the vast array of other printing materials are one of the most discussed topics in design today. Yet despite the growing importance of issues such as the environment and recycling, many creatives, graphic designers and printers remain unaware of paper’s potential. paperwork is the only book on paper to address all the special needs and interests of the print and design industries. It features sections on paper qualities, print effects, embossing, die-cutting, binding, pop-up effects, sculptures and paper products; and a comprehensive glossary of terms and techniques with practical advice on types of paper suitable for various print and finishing processes. Selecting graphic design work from around the world which is outstanding for its originality and attention to detail, the author surveys innovative uses of paper in corporate brochure, packaging, poster and invitation design, and more. The result is a revealing and inspirational reminder of the ‘craft’ aspects and potential of graphic design, whether using traditional skills or the latest technology.

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A Leader in the Making: Essentials to Being a Leader After God’s Own Heart

Friday, August 1, 2008

By Joyce Meyer

Call Number: BV4597.53 .L43 M49 2001

If God’s hand is on your life, you probably feel like an ordinary person with an extraordinary goal. Your God-given dream is way too big for your abilities. Too big for your budget. Too big for your facilities. Too big to be humanly possible. Joyce Meyer knows from a lifetime of experience that nothing is too big for God. A nationally acclaimed teacher and leader — she’s walked in your shoes. She knows the frustrations and triumphs you’ll experience in your spiritual journey. Practical, honest and thoroughly realistic, Joyce’s teaching cuts straight to the heart of the issues that matter most. She’ll challenge you to trust God and step out in total obedience to His high calling for your life. If you’re ready to make a powerful difference in your world, ready to give God your utmost, then A Leader in the Making has the guidance you need to succeed. It is amazing how many gifted people there are who are just sitting on the sidelines of life doing nothing. You may be one of them. I can tell you that whether God uses you or not is dependent upon much more than just the gift or talent he has given you. It has everything to do with character — with maturity, with the fruit of the Spirit, with how we behave and with our heart attitude.

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The Digital Photography Book, Volume 2

Friday, August 1, 2008

By Scott Kelby

Call Number: TR267 .K4394 2007 Vol. 2

Scott Kelby, author of the groundbreaking bestseller “The Digital Photography Book, Vol. 1” is back with an entirely new book that picks up right where Vol. 1 left off. It’s more of that “Ah ha—so that’s how they do it,” straight-to-the-point, skip the techno jargon; packed with stuff you can really use today, that made Vol. 1 the world’s bestselling book on digital photography.

In Volume 2, Scott adds entirely new chapters packed with Plain English tips on using flash, shooting close up photography, travel photography, shooting people, and even how to build a studio from scratch, where he demystifies the process so anyone can start taking pro-quality portraits today! Plus, he’s got full chapters on his most requested topics, including loads of tips for landscape photographers, wedding photographers, and there’s an entire chapter devoted to sharing some of the pro’s secrets for making your photos look more professional, no matter what you’re shooting.

This book truly has a brilliant premise, and here’s how Scott describes it: “If you and I were out on a shoot, and you asked me, ‘When I use my flash, the background behind the person I’m shooting turns black. How do I fix that?’ I wouldn’t give you a lecture on flash ratios, or start a discussion on flash synchronization and rear curtain sync. I’d just say “Lower your shutter speed to 1/60 of a second. That should do it” Well, that’s what this book is all about: you and I out shooting where I answer questions, give you advice, and share the secrets I’ve learned just like I would with a friend—without all the technical explanations and techie photo speak.”

Each page covers a single concept on how to make your photography better. Every time you turn the page, you’ll learn another pro setting, tool, or trick to transform your work from snapshots into gallery prints. If you’re tired of taking shots that look “okay,” and if you’re tired of looking in photography magazines and thinking, “Why don’t my shots look like that?” then this is the book for you.

This isn’t a book of theory—full of confusing jargon and detailed concepts. This is a book on which button to push, which setting to use, and when to use it. With nearly another 200 of the most closely guarded photographic “tricks of the trade,” this book gets you shooting dramatically better-looking, sharper, more colorful, more professional-looking photos every time.

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Philosophy and Love: From Plato to Popular Culture

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

By Linnell Secomb

Call Number: BD496 .S43 2007

Philosophy and Love introduces readers to philosophical reflections on love from Plato to the present. Bringing philosophy together with popular cultural analysis, Linnell Secomb provides an interesting and engaging account of theories of love throughout history. Along the way, reflections on same-sex desire, cross-cultural love, and internet romance are considered against the ideas of Nietzsche, Beauvoir, Irigaray, Derrida, and Fanon, and other contemporary cultural commentators on the human condition. The work also looks at cultural productions of love ranging from Sappho to Frankenstein by focusing on archetypal stories of love and love gone wrong. Philosophy and Love reveals an ethics and politics of love that discloses the paradoxes, conflicts, and intensity of human love relations.

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