Elegant Objects

Author: Yegor Bugayenko

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform



Page: 230

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TL;DR There are 23 practical recommendations for object-oriented programmers. Most of them are completely against everything you've read in other books. For example, static methods, NULL references, getters, setters, and mutable classes are called evil.

Elegant Objects

Russian Edition

Author: Yegor Bugayenko




Page: 290

View: 836

TL;DR There are 23 practical recommendations forobject-oriented programmers. Most of them arecompletely against everything you've read in otherbooks. For example, static methods, NULL references,getters, setters, and mutable classes are called evil.

Ultraverse Roleplaying System

Author: Bruce Adams

Publisher: Bruce Adams



Page: 218

View: 521

Ultraverse is a fast-paced system designed to create superheroic, fantasy, science fiction and countless other types of adventures for players. Each player assumes their own role as a character in each campaign that the Gamemaster (GM) creates. Ultraverse is designed to emulate the fictional powers and abilities found in the pages of four-color comic books. Polyhedral dice such as d20, d12, d10, d8, d6 and d4 are required for play in Ultraverse. Hexagonal or Square maps are useful but not required for playing. I have tried to make the system easy to understand, fast-paced, and simple for players to get started. I am proud to have created Ultraverse and hope the readers have fun gaming!

Polyverse Supers

Author: Bruce Adams

Publisher: Bruce Adams




View: 154

Fast paced Superhero Gaming! Polyverse Supers allows a GM to create campaigns with colorful npcs, heroes and villains. Included are rules for creation of bases and vehicles as well as random character creation. Super Hero Roleplaying!Make the superhero YOU want!70 customizable powers!Adders and Subtractors make powers unique!Over 100 Problems to make characters stand out!Create bases and vehicles!Random character creation rules!Point based system!

Explaining Beauty in Mathematics: An Aesthetic Theory of Mathematics

Author: Ulianov Montano

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media


Category: Philosophy

Page: 220

View: 949

This book develops a naturalistic aesthetic theory that accounts for aesthetic phenomena in mathematics in the same terms as it accounts for more traditional aesthetic phenomena. Building upon a view advanced by James McAllister, the assertion is that beauty in science does not confine itself to anecdotes or personal idiosyncrasies, but rather that it had played a role in shaping the development of science. Mathematicians often evaluate certain pieces of mathematics using words like beautiful, elegant, or even ugly. Such evaluations are prevalent, however, rigorous investigation of them, of mathematical beauty, is much less common. The volume integrates the basic elements of aesthetics, as it has been developed over the last 200 years, with recent findings in neuropsychology as well as a good knowledge of mathematics. The volume begins with a discussion of the reasons to interpret mathematical beauty in a literal or non-literal fashion, which also serves to survey historical and contemporary approaches to mathematical beauty. The author concludes that literal approaches are much more coherent and fruitful, however, much is yet to be done. In this respect two chapters are devoted to the revision and improvement of McAllister’s theory of the role of beauty in science. These antecedents are used as a foundation to formulate a naturalistic aesthetic theory. The central idea of the theory is that aesthetic phenomena should be seen as constituting a complex dynamical system which the author calls the aesthetic as process theory. The theory comprises explications of three central topics: aesthetic experience (in mathematics), aesthetic value and aesthetic judgment. The theory is applied in the final part of the volume and is used to account for the three most salient and often used aesthetic terms often used in mathematics: beautiful, elegant and ugly. This application of the theory serves to illustrate the theory in action, but also to further discuss and develop some details and to showcase the theory’s explanatory capabilities.

Vital Beauty

Reclaiming Aesthetics in the Tangle of Technology and Nature

Author: Joke Brouwer

Publisher: V2_ publishing


Category: Art

Page: 252

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In this book, leading philosophers, anthropologists, political thinkers and artists take a closer look at what the idea of beauty can mean to their disciplines, in an effort to redefine what beauty is and what it means to design practice and art. The conception of beauty presented in Vital Beautyaims to draw a line under a century filled with excessive worship of the sublime in art and architecture. Vital beauty, in this book, is conceived as a form of beauty that is imperfect and impure. Over 150 years ago, British art critic John Ruskin came up with the concept and thereby liberated beauty from classical perfection and harmony. In this he acknowledged the fact that we live in a world of currents and forces and that these forces bring forth objects. Vital beauty might just be the ideal label for the combination of the vitality of material and information flows, and the beautiful mountains, clouds, books and edifices that they produce.

My Life in 100 Objects

Author: Margaret Randall

Publisher: New Village Press


Category: Biography & Autobiography


View: 337

Traces the remarkable life of a feminist poet through the items and images that have have defined her experiences My Life in 100 Objects is a personal reflection on the events and moments that shaped the life and work of one extraordinary woman. With a masterful, poetic voice, Margaret Randall uses talismanic objects and photographs as launching points for her nonlinear narrative. Through each “object,” Randall uncovers another part of herself, starting in a museum in Amman, Jordan, and ending in the Latin American Studies Association in Boston. Interwoven throughout are her most precious relationships, her growth as an artist, and her brave, revolutionary spirit. As Randall’s adventures often coincide with important moments in history, many of her objects provide a transcontinental glimpse into social upheavals and transitions. She shares memories from her years in Cuba (1969 to 1980) and Nicaragua (1980 to 1984), as well as briefer periods in North Vietnam (immediately preceding the end of the war in 1975), and Peru (during the government of Velasco Alvarado). In her introduction, Randall states, “objects and places have always been alive to me.” Her history too is alive, as much of a means to consider our own present as it is to glimpse her vibrant past.

Half-hours at the Sea-side

Or, Recreations with Marine Objects

Author: John Ellor Taylor



Category: Marine animals

Page: 260

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Reflections on Programming Systems

Historical and Philosophical Aspects

Author: Liesbeth De Mol

Publisher: Springer


Category: Philosophy

Page: 286

View: 554

This book presents a historical and philosophical analysis of programming systems, intended as large computational systems like, for instance, operating systems, programmed to control processes. The introduction to the volume emphasizes the contemporary need of providing a foundational analysis of such systems, rooted in a broader historical and philosophical discussion. The different chapters are grouped around three major themes. The first concerns the early history of large systems developed against the background of issues related to the growing semantic gap between hardware and code. The second revisits the fundamental issue of complexity of large systems, dealt with by the use of formal methods and the development of `grand designs’ like Unix. Finally, a third part considers several issues related to programming systems in the real world, including chapters on aesthetical, ethical and political issues. This book will interest researchers from a diversity of backgrounds. It will appeal to historians, philosophers, as well as logicians and computer scientists who want to engage with topics relevant to the history and philosophy of programming and more specifically the role of programming systems in the foundations of computing.

Elegant Simplicity

The Art of Living Well

Author: Satish Kumar

Publisher: New Society Publisher


Category: Self-Help

Page: 210

View: 517

“A profound and accessible guide to an ecological civilization of peace, material sufficiency, and spiritual abundance for all.” —David Korten, international-bestselling author of When Corporations Rule the World Consumerism drives the pursuit of happiness in much of the world, yet as wealth grows unhappiness abounds, compounded by the grave problems of climate change, pollution, and ecological degradation. We’ve now reached both an environmental and spiritual dead-end that leaves us crying out for alternatives. Elegant Simplicity provides a coherent philosophy of life that weaves together simplicity of material life, thought, and spirit. In it, Satish Kumar, environmental thought leader and former monk, distills five decades of reflection and wisdom into a guide for everyone, covering: · The ecological and spiritual principles of living simply · Shedding both “stuff” and psychological baggage · Opening your mind and heart to the deep value of relationships · Embedding simplicity in all aspects of life including education and work · Merging science and spirituality for a coherent worldview. Elegant Simplicity is a life guide for everyone wanting off the relentless treadmill of competition and consumption and seeking a life that prioritizes the ecological integrity of the Earth, social equity, and personal tranquility and happiness. “Satish Kumar embodies the elegance of simplicity . . . follow his path to make your life simple, elegant, and inspiring.” —Deepak Chopra, New York Times–bestselling author “In this moving and eloquent book, Satish Kumar takes us through his own journey to a simpler, happier life with a low ecological footprint.” —David Suzuki, award-winning geneticist, author, broadcaster, and environmental activist

Objects of Virtue

Art in Renaissance Italy

Author: Luke Syson

Publisher: Getty Publications


Category: Art

Page: 288

View: 272

You are what you own. So believed many of the elite men and women of Renaissance Italy. The notion that a person's belongings transmit something about their personal history, status, and "character" was renewed in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Objects of Virtue explores the multiple meanings and values of the objects with which families like the Medici, Este, and Gonzaga surrounded themselves. This lavishly illustrated volume examines the complicated relationships between the so-called "fine arts"--painting and sculpture--and artifacts of other kinds for which artistry might be as important as utility-furniture, jewelry, and vessels made of gold, silver, and bronze, precious and semi-precious stone, glass, and ceramic. The works discussed were designed and made by artists as famous as Andrea Mantegna, Raphael, and Michelangelo, as well as by lesser-known specialists--goldsmiths, gem-engravers, glassmakers, and maiolica painters.

Making the American Home

Middle-class Women & Domestic Material Culture, 1840-1940

Author: Marilyn Ferris Motz

Publisher: Popular Press


Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 212

View: 415

The transformation of a house into a home has been in our culture a traditional task of women. The articles examine this process as they reflected the role of American middle-class women as homemakers in the years 1840–1940.

A Day in the New York Crystal Palace, and how to Make the Most of it

Being a Popular Companion to the "Official Catalogue", and a Guide to All the Objects of Special Interest in the New York Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations

Author: William Carey Richards

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam


Category: Electronic book

Page: 168

View: 696

Crania Britannica

Delineations and Descriptions of the Skulls of the Aboriginal and Early Inhabitants of the British Islands: with Notices of Their Other Remains. By Joseph Barnard Davis and John Thurnam

Author: Joseph Barnard Davis



Category: Craniology--Great Britain

Page: 4

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Objects for Concurrent Constraint Programming

Author: Martin Henz

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media


Category: Computers

Page: 171

View: 472

Concurrent constraint programming (ccp) is a recent development in programming language design. Its central contribution is the notion of partial information provided by a shared constraint store. This constraint store serves as a communication medium between concurrent threads of control and as a vehicle for their synchronization. Objects for Concurrent Constraint Programming analyzes the possibility of supporting object-oriented programming in ccp. Starting from established approaches, the book covers various object models and discusses their properties. Small Oz, a sublanguage of the ccp language Oz, is used as a model language for this analysis. This book presents a general-purpose object system for Small Oz and describes its implementation and expressivity for concurrent computation. Objects for Concurrent Constraint Programming is written for programming language researchers with an interest in programming language aspects of concurrency, object-oriented programming, or constraint programming. Programming language implementors will benefit from the rigorous treatment of the efficient implementation of Small Oz. Oz programmers will get a first-hand view of the design decisions that lie behind the Oz object system.

The Self Between

From Freud to the New Social Psychology of France

Author: Eugene Webb

Publisher: University of Washington Press


Category: Psychology

Page: 272

View: 615

After the disappointing events of the 1960s, including the loss of Algeria, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, and the American war in the former French colony of Indo-China, people in France began to look seriously to Freudianism in the transformed version of Jacques Lacan, for a new way of understanding human relations and the relations between human beings and society. The movement in France is not specifically psychoanalytic but developed against such a background. Psychoanalytic thought acquired the kind of centrality in French intellectual life once associated with existentialism and Marxism and later with structuralism--a centrality it probably never possessed in the United States, even at the peak of its popularity. The movement was a reassessment and rethinking of Freud�s thought and influence, and it iwa a movement that was almost unknown to the American public.