The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton

Author: Thomas Merton

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 0811223094

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 446

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"This is quintessential Merton."—The Catholic Review. "The moment of takeoff was We left the ground—I with Christian mantras and a great sense of destiny, of being at last on my true way after years of waiting and wondering..." With these words, dated October 15. 1968, the late Father Thomas Merton recorded the beginning of his fateful journey to the Orient. His travels led him from Bangkok, through India to Ceylon, and back again to Bangkok for his scheduled talk at a conference of Asian monastic orders. There he unequivocally reaffirmed his Christian vocation. His last journal entry was made on December 8, 1968, two days before his untimely, accidental death. Amply illustrated with photographs he himself took along the way and fully indexed, the book also contains a glossary of Asian religious terms, a preface by the Indian scholar Amiya Chakravarty, a foreword and postscript by Brother Patrick Hart of the Abbey of Gethsemani, as well as several appendices, among them the text of Merton's final address.

Perfect Rigor

A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of the Century

Author: Masha Gessen

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547427565

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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A gripping and tragic tale that sheds rare light on the unique burden of genius In 2006, an eccentric Russian mathematician named Grigori Perelman solved the Poincare Conjecture, an extremely complex topological problem that had eluded the best minds for over a century. A prize of one million dollars was offered to anyone who could unravel it, but Perelman declined the winnings, and in doing so inspired journalist Masha Gessen to tell his story. Drawing on interviews with Perelman’s teachers, classmates, coaches, teammates, and colleagues in Russia and the United States—and informed by her own background as a math whiz raised in Russia—Gessen uncovered a mind of unrivaled computational power, one that enabled Perelman to pursue mathematical concepts to their logical (sometimes distant) end. But she also discovered that this very strength turned out to be Perelman's undoing and the reason for his withdrawal, first from the world of mathematics and then, increasingly, from the world in general.

Poincare's Prize

The Hundred-Year Quest to Solve One of Math's Greatest Puzzles

Author: George G. Szpiro

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440634289

Category: Mathematics

Page: 320

View: 7791


The amazing story of one of the greatest math problems of all time and the reclusive genius who solved it In the tradition of Fermat’s Enigma and Prime Obsession, George Szpiro brings to life the giants of mathematics who struggled to prove a theorem for a century and the mysterious man from St. Petersburg, Grigory Perelman, who fi nally accomplished the impossible. In 1904 Henri Poincaré developed the Poincaré Conjecture, an attempt to understand higher-dimensional space and possibly the shape of the universe. The problem was he couldn’t prove it. A century later it was named a Millennium Prize problem, one of the seven hardest problems we can imagine. Now this holy grail of mathematics has been found. Accessibly interweaving history and math, Szpiro captures the passion, frustration, and excitement of the hunt, and provides a fascinating portrait of a contemporary noble-genius.

Issues in General and Specialized Mathematics Research: 2013 Edition

Author: N.A

Publisher: ScholarlyEditions

ISBN: 1490106928

Category: Mathematics

Page: 1215

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Issues in General and Specialized Mathematics Research: 2013 Edition is a ScholarlyEditions™ book that delivers timely, authoritative, and comprehensive information about General Mathematics. The editors have built Issues in General and Specialized Mathematics Research: 2013 Edition on the vast information databases of ScholarlyNews.™ You can expect the information about General Mathematics in this book to be deeper than what you can access anywhere else, as well as consistently reliable, authoritative, informed, and relevant. The content of Issues in General and Specialized Mathematics Research: 2013 Edition has been produced by the world’s leading scientists, engineers, analysts, research institutions, and companies. All of the content is from peer-reviewed sources, and all of it is written, assembled, and edited by the editors at ScholarlyEditions™ and available exclusively from us. You now have a source you can cite with authority, confidence, and credibility. More information is available at

Japanese Schooling

Patterns of Socialization, Equality, and Political Control

Author: James J. Shields

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271038193

Category: Education

Page: N.A

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D-modules: Local formal convolution of elementary formal meromorphic connections

Author: Robert Gelb

Publisher: Logos Verlag Berlin GmbH

ISBN: 3832538941

Category: Mathematics

Page: 95

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According to the classical theorem of Levelt-Turrittin-Malgrange and its refined version, developed by Claude Sabbah, any meromorphic connection over the field of formal Laurent series in one variable can be decomposed in a direct sum of so called elementary formal meromorphic connections. Changing the perspective, one can also study operations that can be carried out with such special differential modules. There are already formulas for the tensor product or the local formal Fourier transform, for example. This thesis analyses the local formal convolution (the multiplicative case as well as the additive case) of two elementary formal meromorphic connections and how the convolution can itself be decomposed into a direct sum of elementary formal meromorphic connections again.

The Changing Role of Schools in Asian Societies

Schools for the Knowledge Society

Author: Kerry J. Kennedy,John Chi-Kin Lee

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134127294

Category: Education

Page: 240

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Walk into a classroom in Tokyo, New York, London or Rotterdam, and the similarities in structure, activity, purpose and style will outweigh differences in language, dress and ethnic characteristics. Learning is regulated and rationed, teaching is a process or one-way transmission of knowledge, students need to be docile and conformist, assessment needs to sift and sort the bright from the not-so-bright, and rewards will be given to those who successfully negotiate this regime. But are these the kinds of places that can meet the needs of the ‘net generation’? The Changing Role of Schools in Asian Societies is concerned with the debate about the nature of modern schooling in Asia. Traditionally schools are historical constructions reflecting the social, economic and political needs of the societies that invest in them. As Asia faces the challenges posed by the ‘knowledge economy’, its schools have taken on a new and quite different importance. This informative book outlines the broad policy contexts in which these transformations are taking place and the practical strategies that are needed to meet this objective. The authors argue that the future of Asian societies depends on a transformation that requires a fundamental restructuring of schools as we know them while maintaining their long-held cultural values. This valuable insight: provides an overview of educational issues in Asian societies establishes a broad theoretical framework in which these issues can be understood contextualizes issues by providing country case studies acknowledges the important role of culture influencing educational priorities. It should be of interest to all those working in education policy and comparative education.