Language : English
Published : 2018-01-01
Pages : 220
“Gina Says”: Adventures in the Blogosphere String War
In the summer of 2006 two books attacking string theory, a prominent theory in physics, appeared: Peter Woit’s “Not Even Wrong” and Lee Smolin’s “The Trouble with Physics.” A fierce public debate, much of it on weblogs, ensued. Gina is very curious about science blogs. Can they be useful for learning about or discussing science? What happens in these blogs and who participates in them? Gina is eager to learn the issues and to form her own opinion about the string theory controversy. She is equipped with some academic background, including in mathematics, and has some familiarity with academic life. Her knowledge of physics is derived mainly from popular accounts. Gina likes to debate and to argue. She is fascinated by questions about rationality and philosophy, and was exposed to various other scientific controversies in the past. This book uses the blog debate on string theory to discuss blogs, science, and mathematics. Meandering over various topics from children’s dyscalculia to Chomskian linguistics, the reader may get some sense of the chaotic and often confusing scientific experience. The book tries to show the immense difficulty involved in getting the factual matters right, and interpreting fragmented and partial information.
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This book unravels the mystery behind Chinese martial arts, or wushu, an exotic branch of traditional Chinese culture. It traces how the rough and ready brawls of Chinese cavemen matured into the polished gongfu of Shaolin and Wudang warriors. But the art of gongfu is more than just martial abilities – it is also about philosophy and chivalry code. This volume sheds light on the legend of Bruce Lee, the Yue Maiden Sword and tells you more:
- Do the Acupoint Tapping, Light Skills (qinggong), and ”straying down demonic paths” that we see in period drama really exist?
- What are the various boxing and weapon arts, and the various schools and styles?
- Are E’mei Sect, Huashan Sect, Kunlun Sect, Kongtong Sect and Natural Sect documented in Chinese history?
This is an easy and entertaining read, and a must-buy for budding martial-art fans. Be dazzled by the power and grace of Chinese martial arts, which stands tall in a class of its own!
For over 1500 years, Shaolin martial arts teachings have spread through the world from the foot of Mt Song. Over centuries, the monks of Shaolin Temple have become synonymous with Chinese martial arts while cultivating the virtues of Buddhism.
Learn the legends of Shaolin and unveil the mysteries surrounding the Shaolin warrior monks.
- Who founded Shaolin Temple?
- What are the various schools and styles of Shaolin martial arts?
- Was there a fighting nun in Shaolin?
- What is the Hall of Wooden Men in Shaolin?
- The mystery of the Southern Shaolin and more.
An entertaining read for all budding martial arts enthusiasts and those who want to explore the wonders of Shaolin Kung Fu!
In this volume, CHINESE AUSPICIOUS CULTURE, we examine how Chinese folk customs have evolved over the centuries to become a natural science that combines multidisciplinary, geography, zoology, architecture and psychology. All these are elements of Chinese auspicious culture, which has been practised by the Chinese for fortune, prosperity and longevity. In order to survive in a world beset with calamities, the ancient Chinese had developed a variety of taboos and customs that must be observed, and they remain the guidelines for the people today.
Are you familiar with some of these Chinese customs?
- Handing out Lunar New Year money gifts to children.
- Preparing glutinous rice dumplings for a reunion.
- Choosing an auspicious date to give birth or get married.
Understanding Research is an accessible and visually-appealing introduction to research. Whether students become producers or consumers of research, this text shows them that the subject is both interesting and highly relevant for their lives and professional work.