The Freakonomics of math—a math-world superstar unveils the hidden beauty and logic of the world and puts its power in our hands The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In How Not to Be Wrong, Jordan Ellenberg shows us how terribly limiting this view is: Math isn’t confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do—the whole world is shot through with it. Math allows us to see the hidden structures underneath the messy and chaotic surface of our world. It’s a science of not being wrong, hammered out by centuries of hard work and argument. Armed with the tools of mathematics, we can see through to the true meaning of information we take for granted: How early should you get to the airport? What does “public opinion” really represent? Why do tall parents have shorter children? Who really won Florida in 2000? And how likely are you, really, to develop cancer? How Not to Be Wrong presents the surprising revelations behind all of these questions and many more, using the mathematician’s method of analyzing life and exposing the hard-won insights of the academic community to the layman—minus the jargon. Ellenberg chases mathematical threads through a vast range of time and space, from the everyday to the cosmic, encountering, among other things, baseball, Reaganomics, daring lottery schemes, Voltaire, the replicability crisis in psychology, Italian Renaissance painting, artificial languages, the development of non-Euclidean geometry, the coming obesity apocalypse, Antonin Scalia’s views on crime and punishment, the psychology of slime molds, what Facebook can and can’t figure out about you, and the existence of God. Ellenberg pulls from history as well as from the latest theoretical developments to provide those not trained in math with the knowledge they need. Math, as Ellenberg says, is “an atomic-powered prosthesis that you attach to your common sense, vastly multiplying its reach and strength.” With the tools of mathematics in hand, you can understand the world in a deeper, more meaningful way. How Not to Be Wrong will show you how.
In two plays, an invalid woman tries to stop an unidentified person from killing her after overhearing the plot over the phone, and a driver tries to rid himself of a ghostly hitchhiker that follows him during a cross-country road trip.
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Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism
Author: W. Joseph Campbell
Publisher: Univ of California Press
"If daily journalism constitutes history's first rough draft, then Getting it Wrong certainly reveals how rough that draft can be. Joseph Campbell is a dogged and first-rate scholar."--Neil Henry, Dean, University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism "Dr. Campbell has done meticulous research that examines ten media myths in context. This book rightfully calls us to rethink some significant errors that have become a part of our history and our collective memories. It is just downright interesting reading."--Wallace B. Eberhard, recipient of the American Journalism Historians Association Kobre Award for Lifetime Achievement
Dr. Pennell will nur, dass sein Sohn nach Hause zurückkommt. Aber Crain Dalton findet heraus, dass die Mafia den Jungen als Entertainer für die höchsten Tiere will, indem er ein VR Spiel um den ultimativen Einsatz spielt – seinem eigenen Leben. Selbst Ärzte mit einem Berg verstecktem Geld leiden, wenn ihr Teenager-Sohn in Casinos herumlungert und eine Prostituierte als Freundin hat. Ein nettes Vorstadtmädchen, das dich deine versautesten Phantasien ausleben lässt. Kann Crain Don Pennell rechtzeitig finden und ihn retten? Beim Craps ist ein Wrong Bettor jemand, der sein Geld gegen die Würfelnden setzt. Die meisten Zocker hassen sie, da sie das Pech an den Tisch bringen sollen. In der nahen Zukunft entwickeln sich Computerspiele zu Virtual Reality Spielen. Spieler erleben eine alternative Realität und Zuschauer können an dem Spaß ihres Spiels teilhaben. Gladiatoren benötigen nicht länger physische, komplexe Arenen, Stadien oder Spielstätten. Sie kämpfen in technisch ausgefeilten Netzwerken. Der Gewinner kriegt ein Vermögen. Der Verlierer stirbt. Währenddessen schauen Mafiapaten, Politiker und gelangweilte Reiche zu ... und spielen ihre Wetten. In „Der Wrong Bettor“ erleben wir eine Zukunft nach dem ökonomischen Niedergang einer großen Rezession, kombiniert mit High Tech Fortschritten – und es wird nicht schön. 30 Jahre war die Geschichte nicht mehr verfügbar, bis jetzt. Das Original „The Wrong Bettor“ erschien im ARCHON 7 PROGRAM BOOK, July 1983.
Warum Führungskräfte in komplexen Situationen versagen
Author: Lars Vollmer
Publisher: Orell Füssli Verlag
Category: Business & Economics
Lars Vollmer weiß, dass viele Führungskräfte sich auf Modelle aus dem Studium oder der Business-School verlassen. Diese Modelle können aber mit den immer komplexer werdenden Prozessen in Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft nicht mithalten. Anhand spannender Beispiele macht er das typische Fehlverhalten vieler Manager deutlich und zeigt, warum wir unsere lineare Denkweise zugunsten komplexer Herangehensweisen aufgeben müssen. Es geht darum, zu lernen, in unvorhersehbaren, chaotischen Systemen zu agieren. Dafür liefert der Autor uns die Denkmodelle. "Wrong Turn ist sensationell. Was zunächst als humorvolle Managerunterhaltung beginnt, endet als harte Nuß für Führungskräfte. Wie diese zu knacken ist, beschreibt der Ingenieur Lars Vollmer erstaunlich konkret." Dr. Wolfgang Menzel, Continental
Deutschlands neues Magazin rund um den blutigen Film
Author: Andreas Port
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
Deutschlands neues Magazin rund um den blutigen Film mit den Reviews zu Dredd 3D, Wrong Turn 5, Adam Chaplin, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, Inbred, Dear God No, Tall Man, Killer Joe, Famine, Lake Placid 4, Rise of the Zombies, A cadaver Christmas, Grave Encounters 2, Bait 3D, Rites of Spring, Cockneys vs Zombies und noch vielen mehr + Preview Specials "Die Top Filme 2013" & "Evil Dead - Was erwartet uns im Remake?" und einem Interwie mit Oliver Krekel
Forty-year-old university professor Stuart Treece is rather set in his ways, and in the midst of the changing attitudes of the ’50s, his encounters with the younger generation are making him feel decidedly alien. When he falls disastrously in love with one of his students all his efforts to acclimatize are hilariously undermined. Timeless and brilliant, Eating People is Wrong is Malcolm Bradbury’s first novel, and established him as a master of satire.
This volume is a comprehensive collection of critical essays on The Taming of the Shrew, and includes extensive discussions of the play's various printed versions and its theatrical productions. Aspinall has included only those essays that offer the most influential and controversial arguments surrounding the play. The issues discussed include gender, authority, female autonomy and unruliness, courtship and marriage, language and speech, and performance and theatricality.
Gesine Schmidt wurde für ihre Theaterstücke mehrfach ausgezeichnet. Ihre doku-fiktionalen Werke kreisen um das Thema »Normalität und Abweichung« und sind stets Ergebnis aufwändiger Recherchen. Ihre Perspektive auf unsere gesellschaftliche Gegenwart ist ethnologischer Art. Ihre literarisch verdichteten Texte spitzen Wirklichkeit zu und spielen mit Erwartungen und Bedeutungen, um neue Sichtweisen zu ermöglichen.
The Treason, Trials and Transportation to New South Wales of Lower Canadian Rebels
Author: Beverley Boissery
In 1839 fifty-eight men left Montreal for the penal colony of New South Wales. They were ordinary people who had been caught up in the political whirlwind of the 1838 rebellion. Even though they were all civilians, they had been tried by court martial. Convicted of treason, their properties forfeited to the crown, they paid a heavy price for rebellion. And as convicts in Australia, they were considered the lowest of a bad lot. During their years there, however, they earned the respect of Sydney’s citizens.
This is an impressive work: carefully structured, researched and written . . . a refreshingly lucid account that is both intellectually stimulating and professionally helpful.-Janet McCalman Addicts are generally regarded with either pity or grave disapproval. But is being addicted to something necessarily bad? These attitudes are explicit both in contemporary medical literature and in popular, self-help texts. We categorise addiction as unnatural, diseased and self-destructive. We demonise pleasure and desire, and view the addict as physically and morally damaged. Helen Keane's thought-provoking text examines these assumptions in a new light. In asserting that the 'wrongness' of addiction is not fixed or indeed obvious, she presents a refreshing challenge to more conventional accounts of addiction. She also investigates the notion that people can be addicted to eating, love and sex, just as they are to drugs and alcohol. What's Wrong with Addiction? shows that most of our ideas about addiction take certain ideals of health and normality for granted. It exposes strains in our society's oppositions between health and disease, between the natural and the artificial, between order and disorder, and between self and other.
Apologies can be profoundly meaningful, yet many gestures of contrition - especially those in legal contexts - appear hollow and even deceptive. Discussing numerous examples from ancient and recent history, I Was Wrong argues that we suffer from considerable confusion about the moral meanings and social functions of these complex interactions. Rather than asking whether a speech act 'is or is not' an apology, Smith offers a highly nuanced theory of apologetic meaning. Smith leads us though a series of rich philosophical and interdisciplinary questions, explaining how apologies have evolved from a confluence of diverse cultural and religious practices that do not translate easily into secular discourse or gender stereotypes. After classifying several varieties of apologies between individuals, Smith turns to apologies from collectives. Although apologies from corporations, governments, and other groups can be quite meaningful in certain respects, we should be suspicious of those that supplant apologies from individual wrongdoers.
The classic ethics text written by one of contemporary philosophy’s most skilled, ardent teachers, Louis P. Pojman, is now revised by best-selling author and editor of the INTERNET ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY, James Fieser. ETHICS: DISCOVERING RIGHT AND WRONG, Seventh Edition, offers a concise yet comprehensive overview of the fundamental objectives and outlooks of ethical theory. Written with Pojman’s hallmark engaging, conversational manner with strong supporting pedagogy, this book challenges students to develop their own moral theories and to reason through ethical problems for themselves. The text even-handedly raises critical questions and fosters independent thinking within a rigorous presentation that draws numerous examples from both classical and contemporary sources. This edition maintains the text’s clarity and strengths with its non-dogmatic style and generous presentation of various positions. This revision includes more feminist and multicultural ethical perspectives. The book clearly and logically guides your students from initial chapters that discuss general concerns about meta-ethics to presentations of major moral theories. Later chapters address special topics in personal and religious ethics as well as the most recent developments in moral theory. Study questions for each chapter and useful bibliographies further assist students delving deeper into philosophy. A companion website offers additional support with material on Divine Command theory and how to write ethics papers (found previously as appendices in the book) as well as essay questions and numerous interactive learning aids. An alternate edition of this text with key readings from Aristotle, Kant, and Mill bound into the back is also available. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.