Number 9

The Search for the Sigma Code : Nine Fixed Points in the Wind

Author: Cecil Balmond

Publisher: Prestel Pub

ISBN: 9783791319339

Category: Mathematics

Page: 232

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Number 9 is an enthralling mystery and a study of the intriguing world of numbers at the same time. In solving the riddle, Enjil, a boy mathematician, leads us deeper and deeper into an inner world. Diagrams and picture maps which illustrate the book show how the number nine holds the fate of other numbers, how, like a phantom, it can change and vanish, or like a virus, attack and conquer the character of other numbers. Ultimately nine is seen not just as a number but as a beginning and end, a metaphor for the closed and secretive or the open and inquisitive. Enjil is not just another person, but an animation of our restless spirit, looking for a meaning.

The Domestic and the Foreign in Architecture

Author: Sang Lee,Ruth Baumeister

Publisher: 010 Publishers

ISBN: 9064505667

Category: Architecture

Page: 375

View: 7352

For centuries, across nations, dialogue between the domestic and the foreign has affected and transformed architecture. Today these dialogues have become highly intensified. "The Domestic and the Foreign in Architecture" examines how these exchanges manifest themselves in contemporary architecture, in terms of its aesthetic potential and its practice, which, in turn, are impacted by broad economic, cultural and political issues. This book traces how diverse cultural encounters inevitably modify conventional categories, standards and codes of architecture, such as domestic identity, its political and economic representations and the negotiations with what is deemed foreign. Theoretical reflections by distinguished scholars are accompanied by interviews with some of the most influential architects practicing today, as well as stunning visual presentations by professional photographers.

God Good and Satan Evil

Author: Joseph Sener

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 164214309X

Category: Religion

Page: 368

View: 8478

The words of Mighty God are in the Old and New Testaments. His words are love letters to His human creation. They are about living on life on earth with satan and sins and redemption for salvation by establishing a direct mutual relationship with the Creator God who shows blessings every day and night. The complex process of being alive on earth is under constant attacks by satan while we are trying to prevent dangerous outcomes and not to fall into the abyss of satan. The humanity has been given free-will by God to choose either the just and right of “good” under the light of God or the dark and wrongs of the “evil” with satan. The Divine Power of God is on our side to protect while we are on a spec of dust of this universe in the eternal fabric of the space and time across the center of the incomprehensible unknown, the home of the Creator God Almighty. The creation of this universe and the earth we live on are the expressions of His Divine Love to become with us, He wants to empower us from within, with Love and never ending glory. He wants to separate satan’s evils from His star light goods. He wants us to have this short time on earth with ethical spirituality while we are on this tiny planet in circular motion around the sun of His.


Author: Cecil Balmond

Publisher: Prestel Pub

ISBN: 9783791345222

Category: Architecture

Page: 689

View: 3360

In this long-awaited follow-up to the enormously popular informal, designer, writer, and engineer Cecil Balmond invites readers into his creative process as he documents his most innovative projects in art, architecture, and bridge design. Hailed by friend and frequent collaborator Rem Koolhaas as having "almost single-handedly shifted the ground in engineering - and enabled architecture to be imagined differently," Cecil Balmond has achieved special status as a pioneer in cross-disciplinary thinking. Balmond's instinctual understanding and manipulation of forces has paved the way for generations of designers to break free from traditional systems of organization and embrace the non-linear. Crossover establishes and galvanizes these radical ideas in the emergence of new forms and contemporary aesthetics. This crucial new book outlines more than a dozen international projects and five theoretical chapters that embody the notion of Crossover which Balmond describes as the movement between Metaphor and Substance through Pattern. Navigating between the ideal and the pragmatic, Balmond creates balance between the poetic and the essential. Crossover presents Balmond's thoughts and musings and charts his conceptual journey from the original fleeting idea to finished product. Photographs, drawings, and plans for each project accompany never seen before journal notes, sketches, and in-depth commentary. The book includes the Weave Bridge at the University of Pennsylvania; the Serpentine Gallery Pavilions at London's Kensington Gardens; ArcelorMittal Orbit at the site of the London 2012 Olympics; and the world renowned CCTV tower in Beijing.

Remarkable Structures

Engineering Today's Innovative Buildings

Author: Sutherland Lyall

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

ISBN: 1568983301

Category: Architecture

Page: 224

View: 1946

"Featuring twenty-five of the most innovative recent projects from around the world, Remarkable Structures explores the critical collaboration between architect and engineer. Each project is accompanied by detailed architectural and engineering drawings, color photographs, and an explanatory text that describes the process of design and construction - often in the words of the architects and engineers themselves."--BOOK JACKET.

Urban Landscape Perspectives

Author: Giovanni Maciocco

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540767992

Category: Political Science

Page: 160

View: 1891

Urban Landscape Perspectives explores how landscape terminology can be usefully brought into the urban debate. The articles are by scholars who have a particular interest in and experience of the city project at various operative scales. They include theoretical reflections on the landscape as an eminently project-like figure. The book describes new methods and approaches dealing with the contemporary environment, whether it is from the point of view of the city or the landscape.

Beyond Measure

A Guided Tour Through Nature, Myth, and Number

Author: Jay Kappraff

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789810247027

Category: Mathematics

Page: 582

View: 5444

This book consists of essays that stand on their own but are also loosely connected. Part I documents how numbers and geometry arise in several cultural contexts and in nature: scale, proportion in architecture, ancient geometry, megalithic stone circles, the hidden pavements of the Laurentian library, the shapes of the Hebrew letters, and the shapes of biological forms. Part II shows how many of the same numbers and number sequences are related to the modern mathematical study of numbers, dynamical systems, chaos, and fractals.

The Age of Immunology

Conceiving a Future in an Alienating World

Author: A. David Napier

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226568140

Category: Philosophy

Page: 328

View: 891

In this fascinating and inventive work, A. David Napier argues that the central assumption of immunology—that we survive through the recognition and elimination of non-self—has become a defining concept of the modern age. Tracing this immunological understanding of self and other through an incredibly diverse array of venues, from medical research to legal and military strategies and the electronic revolution, Napier shows how this defensive way of looking at the world not only destroys diversity but also eliminates the possibility of truly engaging difference, thereby impoverishing our culture and foreclosing tremendous opportunities for personal growth. To illustrate these destructive consequences, Napier likens the current craze for embracing diversity and the use of politically correct speech to a cultural potluck to which we each bring different dishes, but at which no one can eat unless they abide by the same rules. Similarly, loaning money to developing nations serves as a tool both to make the peoples in those nations more like us and to maintain them in the nonthreatening status of distant dependents. To break free of the resulting downward spiral of homogenization and self-focus, Napier suggests that we instead adopt a new defining concept based on embryology, in which development and self-growth take place through a process of incorporation and transformation. In this effort he suggests that we have much to learn from non-Western peoples, such as the Balinese, whose ritual practices require them to take on the considerable risk of injecting into their selves the potential dangers of otherness—and in so doing ultimately strengthen themselves as well as their society. The Age of Immunology, with its combination of philosophy, history, and cultural inquiry, will be seen as a manifesto for a new age and a new way of thinking about the world and our place in it.

The Planet Factory

Exoplanets and the Search for a Second Earth

Author: Elizabeth Tasker

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472917758

Category: Science

Page: 288

View: 1238

Twenty years ago, the search for planets outside the Solar System was a job restricted to science-fiction writers. Now it's one of the fastest-growing fields in astronomy with thousands of exoplanets discovered to date, and the number is rising fast. These new-found worlds are more alien than anything in fiction. Planets larger than Jupiter with years lasting a week; others with two suns lighting their skies, or with no sun at all. Planets with diamond mantles supporting oceans of tar; possible Earth-sized worlds with split hemispheres of perpetual day and night; waterworlds drowning under global oceans and volcanic lava planets awash with seas of magma. The discovery of this diversity is just the beginning. There is a whole galaxy of possibilities. The Planet Factory tells the story of these exoplanets. Each planetary system is different, but in the beginning most if not all young stars are circled by clouds of dust, specks that come together in a violent building project that can form colossal worlds hundreds of times the size of the Earth. The changing orbits of young planets risk dooming any life evolving on neighbouring worlds or, alternatively, can deliver the key ingredients needed to seed its beginnings. Planet formation is one of the greatest construction schemes in the Universe, and it occurred around nearly every star you see. Each results in an alien landscape, but is it possible that one of these could be like our own home world?

New Statesman

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Great Britain

Page: N.A

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The Eye of God

A Sigma Force Novel

Author: James Rollins

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062194917

Category: Fiction

Page: 576

View: 4536

In The Eye of God, a Sigma Force novel, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins delivers an apocalyptic vision of a future predicted by the distant past. In the wilds of Mongolia, a research satellite has crashed, triggering an explosive search for its valuable cargo: a code-black physics project connected to the study of dark energy—and a shocking image of the eastern seaboard of the United States in utter ruin. At the Vatican, a package arrives containing two strange artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA evidence reveals that both came from the same body: the long dead Mongol king Genghis Khan. Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force set out to discover a truth tied to the fall of the Roman Empire, to a mystery going back to the birth of Christianity, and to a weapon hidden for centuries that holds the fate of humanity.

Statistics for the Utterly Confused, 2nd edition

Author: Lloyd R. Jaisingh

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071483381

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

View: 2985

Statistics for the Utterly Confused, Second Edition When it comes to understanding statistics, even good students can be confused. Perfect for students in any introductory non-calculus-based statistics course, and equally useful to professionals working in the world, Statistics for the Utterly Confused is your ticket to success. Statistical concepts are explained step-by-step and applied to such diverse fields as business, economics, finance, and more. The message of Statistics for the Utterly Confused is simple: you don't have to be confused anymore. Updated and expanded to give you the latest changes in the field, this up-to-the-minute edition includes many new examples of Excel output, the most widely used of all statistics programs; a new chapter on Analysis of Variance (ANOVA); and 200 additions to the 700 self-testing questions and answers. The expert author's Web site also gives you tons of fresh examples, practice problems, and strategies--so you can go from utterly confused to totally prepared in no time! Inside, you'll discover how to: Grasp the meaning of everyday statistical concepts Find out what's probable and what isn't Read, understand, and solve statistics problems Improve your scores on exams Use your skills in any field

Goldilocks and the Water Bears

The Search for Life in the Universe

Author: Louisa Preston

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472920082

Category: Science

Page: 288

View: 6269

'Highly recommended' Financial Times Today we know of only a single planet that hosts life: the Earth. But across a Universe of at least 100 billion possibly habitable worlds, surely our planet isn't the only one that, like the porridge Goldilocks sought, is just right for life? Astrobiologists search the galaxy for conditions that are suitable for life to exist, focusing on similar worlds located at the perfect distance from their Sun, within the aptly named 'Goldilocks Zone'. Such a place might have liquid water on its surface, and may therefore support a thriving biosphere. What might life look like on other worlds? It is possible to make best-guesses using facts rooted in science, and by studying 'extremophiles' – organisms such as the near-indestructible water bears, which can survive in the harshest conditions that Earth, and even space, can offer. Goldilocks and the Water Bears is a tale of the origins and evolution of life, and the quest to find it on other planets, on moons, in other galaxies, and throughout the Universe.

Personality Types

Using the Enneagram for Self-Discovery

Author: Don Richard Riso,Russ Hudson

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395798676

Category: Psychology

Page: 514

View: 8801

" The Enneagram is an extraordinary framework for understanding more about ourselves. No matter from which point of view we approach it, we discover fresh conjunctions of new and old ideas." So writes Don Riso in this expanded edition of his classic interpretation of the Enneagram, the ancient psychological system used to understand the human personality. In addition to updating the descriptions of the nine personality types, Personality Types, Revised greatly expands the accompanying guidelines and, for the first time, uncovers the Core Dynamics, or Levels of Development, within each type. This skeletal system provides far more information about the inner tension and movements of the nine personalities than has previously been published. This increased specificity will allow therapists, social workers, personnel managers, students of the Enneagram, and general readers alike to use it with much greater precision as they unlock the secrets of self-understanding, and thus self-transformation.

Science and the City

The Mechanics Behind the Metropolis

Author: Laurie Winkless

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472913221

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

View: 4813

Cities are a big deal. More people now live in them than don't, and with a growing world population, the urban jungle is only going to get busier in the coming decades. But how often do we stop to think about what makes our cities work? Cities are built using some of the most creative and revolutionary science and engineering ideas – from steel structures that scrape the sky to glass cables that help us communicate at the speed of light – but most of us are too busy to notice. Science and the City is your guidebook to that hidden world, helping you to uncover some of the remarkable technologies that keep the world's great metropolises moving. Laurie Winkless takes us around cities in six continents to find out how they're dealing with the challenges of feeding, housing, powering and connecting more people than ever before. In this book, you'll meet urban pioneers from history, along with today's experts in everything from roads to time, and you will uncover the vital role science has played in shaping the city around you. But more than that, by exploring cutting-edge research from labs across the world, you'll build your own vision of the megacity of tomorrow, based on science fact rather than science fiction. Science and the City is the perfect read for anyone curious about the world they live in.

Collective Housing

A Manual

Author: José María de Lapuerta

Publisher: Actarbirkhauser

ISBN: 9788496954151

Category: Architecture

Page: 223

View: 7768

"This overview of some major topics that affect the dialogue and pedagogy of housing originates from the 2006 course on Collective Housing at the Escuela Tecnica de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM). Based on a series of workshops lead by some of the most pivotal figures who affect and determine the character of European housing, Collective Housing: A Manual explores the origins, concepts, and design of collective housing from the professional and academic standpoint; it is a guide of the changes, pressures, and concerns that influence the realization of such a project. The particular works emerging from the collaboration between professor and student, practice and study, illuminate new avenues of thought and construction, making this compendium an invaluable contribution to the continued development of housing."--BOOK JACKET.

Digital Tectonics

Author: Neil Leach,David Turnbull,Chris Williams

Publisher: Academy Press


Category: Architecture

Page: 152

View: 4352

The old opposition between a digital culture of sensuous, ephemeral images and a tectonic culture of pragmatic building has given way to a new collaboration between the two domains, a 'digital tectonics'. Computer linked fabrication techniques of many kinds have become an integral part of the design process, while new digital tools are allowing engineers and architects to understand in far more detail the behaviour of load carrying surfaces, and to generate new architectural forms. Digital and computer-linked design techniques is one of the hottest topics in architecture and in an ever-expanding world of digital technology this book tackles the practical elements of the field.

Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Author: Sarah Scoles

Publisher: Pegasus Books

ISBN: 1681774917

Category: Science

Page: 336

View: 3664

For anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered, "Are we alone?" A brilliant examination of the science behind the search for extraterrestrial intelligence and its pioneer, Jill Tarter, the inspiration for the main character in Carl Sagan's Contact. Jill Tarter is a pioneer, an innovator, an adventurer, and a controversial force. At a time when women weren’t encouraged to do much outside the home, Tarter ventured as far out as she could—into the three-Kelvin cold of deep space. And she hasn’t stopped investigating a subject that takes and takes without giving much back. Today, her computer's screensaver is just the text “SO…ARE WE ALONE?” This question keeps her up at night. In some ways, this is the question that keep us all up at night. We have all spent dark hours wondering about our place in it all, pondering our "aloneness," both terrestrial and cosmic. Tarter’s life and her work are not just a quest to understand life in the universe: they are a quest to understand our lives within the universe. No one has told that story, her story, until now. It all began with gazing into the night sky. All those stars were just distant suns—were any of them someone else's sun? Diving into the science, philosophy, and politics of SETI—searching for extraterrestrial intelligence—Sarah Scoles reveals the fascinating figure at the center of the final frontier of scientific investigation. This is the perfect book for anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered if we are alone in the universe.

Masters of structure

engineering today's innovative buildings

Author: Sutherland Lyall

Publisher: Laurence King Publishing


Category: Architecture

Page: 224

View: 3502