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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Legends of Ji Gong first appeared as a literary work during the Song Dynasty. While the original author has become obscure, the stories of Ji Gong – an immortal who mingled with ordinary people, humorously depicted as a scruffy monk – have long retained their place as part of popular culture.
Talk about Chinese culture and images of dragon boats, lion dances, red packets and mandarin oranges readily come to mind. Their common thread is that they are all considered auspicious symbols by the Chinese. This charmingly illustrated book takes you on a journey of discovery of many others:
- Animals: Phoenix, tortoise , tiger, bat, spider, deer, elephant, horse, crane, carp, goldfish and others.
- Plants: Pine, bamboo, plum peony, peach, orchid, chrysanthemum, pomegranate, gourd and others.
- Objects: Treasure bowl, money tree, copper coin, ruyi, mirror, seal, Chinese knot and ‘tower of wisdom’.
- Home items: New year couplets, dumpling, glutinous rice ball, fish, chopsticks, longevity noodles and others.
- Words: Happiness, wealth, longevity, Eight Immortals, combined characters, auspicious numbers and greetings.
Understanding the appeal of these symbols will help you to appreciate the arts and crafts displayed in Chinese homes and workplaces.
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!
The Chinese people have a history of 5,000 years of civilization. Information about the origins of Chinese traditional festivals not only helps us to understand the customs and everyday habits of the Chinese but also their rich cultural heritage. The reader will be intrigued to learn that many of the stories associated with Chinese festivals have evolved with the changes in the development of Chinese civilization and as a consequence have become an integral part of Chinese culture.
Because of the progress of science and technology, and the gradual shedding of ethnic traditions for modern and universal ways, many Chinese are no longer able to tell how their festivals originated. This is especially true of Chinese communities outside their homeland. This book on the origins of the festivals and popular stories associated with them will help the reader to appreciate how the celebration of these festivals acted as a social glue in identifying and helping the Chinese stick together as a race throughout their long history and wherever they are found.