Interesting New Books: November/December 2011

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Archive of interesting books (from October 2008)

   

Patron Saints for Postmoderns

Book cover: Patron Saints for Postmoderns: Ten from the Past Who Speak to Our Future


Patron Saints for Postmoderns: Ten from the Past Who Speak to Our Future / Chris R. Armstrong, IVP Books, ISBN-10: 0830837191, ISBN-13: 978-0830837199

"For those who have been tempted to think that Christian history has little to teach the contemporary church, Patron Saints for Postmoderns may come as a delightful and unexpected surprise. In his beautifully crafted and well-researched volume, Chris Armstrong provides his readers with a winsome and convincing argument for the continued relevance of the past. Patron Saints for Postmoderns is both a treasure trove of valuable insight and a genuine joy to read." (Garth M. Rosell, professor of church history, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary ) [from Amazon.com]

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Musimathics: The Mathematical Foundations of Music (Volume 1)

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Musimathics: The Mathematical Foundations of Music (Volume 1), Gareth Loy, The MIT Press, ISBN-10: 0262516551, ISBN-13: 978-0262516556

"Volume 1 of Musimathics is the ideal introduction to the science of musical acoustics and composition theory, and volume 2 succeeds as no other tutorial does in making the theory of computer music and digital signal processing accessible to a broad audience. Loy's typically careful treatment leads to a book that combines readability and fun with exhaustive and meticulous coverage of each of the topics he addresses. It can serve equally well as an introduction and as a desk reference for experts." -- Stephen Travis Pope , CREATE Lab, Department of Music, University of California, Santa Barbara [from Amazon.com]

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Musimathics: The Mathematical Foundations of Music (Volume 2)

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Musimathics: The Mathematical Foundations of Music (Volume 2), Gareth Loy, The MIT Press, ISBN-10: 026251656X
ISBN-13: 978-0262516563

"From his long and successful experience as a composer and computer-music researcher, Gareth Loy knows what is challenging and what is important. That comprehensiveness makes Musimathics both exciting and enlightening. The book is crystal clear, so that even advanced issues appear simple. Musimathics will be essential for those who want to understand the scientific foundations of music, and for anyone wishing to create or process musical sounds with computers." -- Jean-Claude Risset, Laboratoire de Mécanique et d'Acoustique, CNRS, France [from Amazon.com]

Musimathics: The Mathematical Foundations of Music (Volume 2): contents

   

Loving Psychoanalysis: Technique and Theory in the Therapeutic Relationship

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Loving Psychoanalysis: Technique and Theory in the Therapeutic Relationship, Susan S. Levine, Jason Aronson, Inc., ISBN-10: 0765706245, ISBN-13: 978-0765706249

Playful, yet profound, Susan Levine's book, Loving Psychoanalysis, makes the too-often forbidding world of psychoanalysis accessible to everyone by her unique writing style. She writes evocatively and artistically on topics ranging from My Fair Lady and leopards to courage and fractals. As she candidly describes her own experiences with her analysands, she conveys the essence of the analytic relationship. In her writing the reader feels the personal touch of Montaigne blending with the bright colors of Chagall. Levine's insightful and original view of analysis leaps from the pages—a view embodying an experience which is authentic, aesthetic, loving, and deeply helpful. Her enthusiasm is contagious. This alone recommends this book for her analytic colleagues as well as for all potential analysands who will appreciate Levine's insights into the essential humanity of today's analysts. (Axel Hoffer, M.D.)

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Information Users and Usability in the Digital Age

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Information Users and Usability in the Digital Age By G.G. Chowdhury, Sudatta Chowdhury, Facet Publishing, ISBN: 1856045978

Information users and usability constitute the main building blocks of today's electronic information world. This important new text is the first to give a holistic overview of all of the necessary issues relating to information users and the usability of information services in the digital world, including user-centred design, and the characteristics and behaviour of information users. This book helps readers understand why information users and the usability of information services are important and equips them to play a proper role in designing user-centred information systems and services and to properly exploit information services for the maximum benefit of users. It covers all of the major issues, the current situation and what the various research studies from around the world show. It includes chapters, covering: information users; human information behaviour; usability of information systems and services; usability: internet and web information services; usability: digital libraries and information services; barriers to information access and usability; the digital divide and social inclusion; the digital divide and usability of digital information services: the global perspectives; and, current issues and trends. It is an essential reading for researchers and practitioners interested in the design and evaluation of digital information systems and services, as well as for students on library, information, and digital library courses.

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Embodied Faith

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Embodied Faith: Reflections on a Materialist Spirituality, Ola Tjorhom, Eerdmans Pub Co, ISBN-10: 0802862748, ISBN-13: 978-0802862747

"Outlines a new, practical, down-to-earth Christian spirituality. The materialist spirituality in Embodied Faith is biblically grounded, and it smells of earth even as it offers a taste of heaven. Taking an observation of St. Benedict as his starting po"

Embodied Faith: Reflections on a Materialist Spirituality: contents

   

Dust: The Inside Story of its Role in the September 11th Aftermath

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Dust: The Inside Story of its Role in the September 11th Aftermath, Paul J. Lioy, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; 1 edition (March 16, 2010), ISBN-10: 1442201487, ISBN-13: 978-1442201484

One of the first scientists to take samples from Ground Zero after the destruction of the Twin Towers, Lioy shares his personal and professional perspectives on the World Trade Center dust. What was in the material that rained down after the disintegration of these buildings? Why did officials wrongly choose to focus on the release of asbestos? How did the size of the dust particles influence the development of the World Trade Center Cough among rescue workers and other New Yorkers? When were respirators used on site and what changes should be made to respirator design now? Dust answers these, and many other, questions about the environmental effects, public policy initiatives, health outcomes and scientific findings that played a critical role in the aftermath of September 11th. Beyond providing insightful analysis of what happened then, this book details the significant steps we need to take in order to better prepare for future catastrophes.

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Filmische Grenzen und Nachbarschaften

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Filmische Grenzen und Nachbarschaften. Konrad Klejsa/ Schamma Schahadat (Hg.) Marburg. Schüren, 2011. ISBN 978-3-89472-569-3

„Zwischen Deutschland und Polen besteht eine komplizierte Nachbarschaft. Gerade der Film bildet die wechselhaften politischen Beziehung beider Länder ab, und nicht selten wurde er auch selbst zu einem politischen Werkzeug. So gab es bereits in den 1920er Jahren zahlreiche deutsche Filme, die antipolnische Propaganda machten. Nach 1945 finden sich in polnischen Filmen häufig antideutsche Motive und Stereotypisierungen, die den Richtlinien der Kommunistischen Partei entsprachen. Trotz der angespannten politischen Ausgangslage entstanden in dieser Zeit bereits erste Koproduktionen zwischen Polen und den beiden deutschen Staaten. Einige Polnische Filmschaffende wie Andrzej Wajda oder Krzysztof Zanussi bekamen so die Möglichkeit, im Westen zu arbeiten. Mit dem Zusammenarbeit zwischen Deutschland und Polen weiter intensiviert.“

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Meine polnische Bibliothek

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Meine polnische Bibliothek: Literatur aus neun Jahrhunderten. Hrsg. und übersetzt von Karl Dedecius. Leipzig. Insel Verlag, 2011. ISBN 978-3-458-17499-8

„Die Anthologie versammelt die Texte der wichtigsten Autoren der polnischen Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte vom Mittelalter bis zum Ende des 20. Jahrhunderts. Sie gibt einen Einblick in die Geschichte eines Landes, das sich im Mittelalter von der Ostsee bis zum Schwarzen Meer erstreckte, im 18. Jahrhundert von der Landkarte geteilt wurde und erst 1918 wieder als souveräner Staat erstand. Es folgten die großen Tragödien des 20. Jahrhunderts – Krieg, Holocaust und Emigration -, die ihre Spuren in der Literatur hinterließen.“

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Books in our future : Perspectives and Proposals

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Books in our future : Perspectives and Proposals. Ed. by John Y. Cole. Library of Congress, 1984. ISBN 0-8444-0554-X

“What is the future of the traditional book in the electronic age? How are the new technologies and other influences affecting books, reading, and learning in America?”

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Anxiety Disorders: Psychological Approaches To Theory And Treatment

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Anxiety Disorders: Psychological Approaches To Theory And Treatment (Perspectives in Clinical Psychology), Michelle G. Craske, Basic Books; 1 edition (November 13, 1998), ISBN-10: 0813332508, ISBN-13: 978-0813332505

Anxiety Disorders: Psychological Approaches to Their Theory and Treatment is a distinctive textbook combining theoretical research developments with a discussion of the nature and treatment of anxiety disorders. Designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as for mental health professionals, the book presents psychological approaches to the conceptualization and treatment of adult anxiety disorders. Emphasizing theoretical and research developments in the areas of cognitive psychology, neuroscience, learning theory, and clinical psychology, Michelle G. Craske provides a cohesive presentation of issues that have a direct treatment application. Anxiety disorders discussed include: panic disorder and agoraphobia, social phobia, specific phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder.The first half of the book covers clinical and diagnostic presentation, etiological models, empirically supported treatment approaches, mechanisms of therapeutic change, methods for enhancing treatment effectiveness and efficiency, and integration of psychological and pharmacological treatment approaches. Recent theoretical and research developments are related to each topic. The second half of the book covers each anxiety disorder in detail, including conceptualization, treatment outcome data, application of research developments, and areas in need of further research. In addition, a detailed analysis of the most effective treatment is included for each anxiety disorder. A thorough list of references and resources appears at the end of the book. Thanks to its coverage of theoretical and empirical issues as well as treatment methods, Anxiety Disorders and Their Treatment is sure to be of relevance to researchers and mental health professionals as well as students

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A Companion to the Works of Johann Gottfried Herder

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A Companion to the Works of Johann Gottfried Herder. Ed. by Hans Adler and Wulf Koepke. Rochester, New York. Camden House, 2009. ISBN 978-1-57113395-3.

Johann Gottfried Herder (1744-1803) is one of the great names of the classical age of German literature. One of the last universalists, he wrote on aesthetics, literary history and theory, hagiography, anthropology, psychology, education, and theology; translated and adapted poetry from ancient Greek, English, Italian, even from Persian and Arabic; collected folksongs from around the world; and pioneered a better understanding of non-European cultures. A student of Kant’s, he became Goethes mentor in Strasbourg, and was a mastermind of the Sturm und Drang and a luminary of classical Weimar. But the wide range of Herder’s interests and writings, along with his unorthodox ways of seeing things, seems to have prevented him being fully appreciated for any of them. His image has also been clouded by association with political ideologies, the proponents of which ignored the message of Humanität in his texts. So although Herder is acknowledged by scholars to be one of the great thinkers of European Enlightenment, there is no up-to-date, comprehensive introduction to his works in English, a lacuna this book fills with seventeen new, specially commissioned essays.

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