Author: John Higgs
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
The twentieth century should make sense. It's the period of history that we know the most about, an epic geo-political narrative that runs through the First World War, Great Depression, Second World War, American Century and fall of the Berlin Wall. But somehow that story doesn't quite lead into the world we find ourselves in now, this bewildering twenty-first century, adrift in a network of constant surveillance, unsustainable competition, tsunamis of trivia and extraordinary opportunity. Time, then, for a new perspective. With John Higgs as our guide, we step off the main path and wander through some of the more curious backwaters of the twentieth century, exploring familiar and unfamiliar territory alike, finding fresh insight on our journey to the present day. We travel in the company of some of the most radical artists, scientists, geniuses and eccentrics of their age. They show us that great innovations such as relativity, cubism, quantum mechanics, postmodernism and chaos maths are not the incomprehensible, abstract horrors that we assume them to be, but signposts that bring us to the world we live in now. John Higgs brings us an alternative history of the strangest of centuries. He shows us how the elegant, clockwork universe of the Victorians became increasingly woozy and uncertain; and how we discovered that our world is not just stranger than we imagine but, in the words of Sir Arthur Eddington, 'stranger than we can imagine'.
In The 20th Century: An Alternative History, John Higgs argues that before 1900, history seemed to make sense.
Author: John Higgs
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
In The 20th Century: An Alternative History, John Higgs argues that before 1900, history seemed to make sense. We can understand innovations like electricity, agriculture and democracy. The Twentieth Century, in contrast, gave us relativity, cubism, quantum mechanics, the id, existentialism, Stalin, psychedelics, chaos mathematics, climate change and postmodernism. In order to understand such a disorienting barrage of unfamiliar and knotty ideas, Higgs shows us, we need to shift the framework of our interpretation and view them within the context of a new kind of historical narrative. Instead of looking at it as another step forward in a stable path, we need to look at the Twentieth Century as a seismic chaotic shift, upending all linear narratives. Higgs invites us to join us as he journeys across a century about which we know too much” in order to grant us a new perspective on it. He brings a refreshingly non-academic, eclectic and infectiously energetic approach to his subjects and a unique ability to explain how complex ideas connect and intersectwhether he's discussing Einstein's theories of relativity, the beat poets interest in Eastern thought or the bright spots and pitfalls of the American Dream.
As he said in an interview with Harper's magazine, 'The demand that I make of ... nudge them into Praise for Stranger Than We Can Imagine Title Page Dedication.
Author: John Higgs
Publisher: Hachette UK
'An illuminating work of massive insight' Alan Moore 'A sensational book. Heartily recommended' Rufus Hound It is the century about which we know too much, yet understand too little. With disorientating ideas such as relativity, cubism, the id, existentialism, chaos mathematics and postmodernism to contend with, the twentieth century, John Higgs argues, cannot fit easily into a traditional historical narrative. Time, then, for a new perspective. Higgs takes us on a refreshingly eclectic journey through the knotty history of the strangest of centuries. In the company of radical artists, scientists, geniuses and eccentrics, he shows us how the elegant, clockwork universe of the Victorians became increasingly woozy and uncertain; and how in the twentieth century we discovered that our world is not just stranger than we imagine, but 'stranger than we can imagine'.
'I can't hear you if you mutter like that,' bellowed Gandef petulantly. ... world is not only stranger than we imagine, but stranger than we can imagine, ...
Author: Adam Roberts
Publisher: Hachette UK
Bingo Sac Grabbins is asked by the coughing wizard Gandef and some (oddly Welsh) dwarves to help them relieve the great dragon Smug of his gold. SF author and Tolkien scholar Adam Roberts has written a parody that is both hilarious and intelligent. With knowing digs at the fantasy genre in general and the mystique that has built around Middle Earth in particular this will make Tolkien's 21st century readers laugh in a way that BORED OF THE RINGS made his fans of 1969 laugh.
"Tell me you see that half burned, half rotting infant crawling toward me there." She pointed. ... Just imagine what a roomful of strangers can do to you.
Author: Miik YS
Publisher: Miik YS
A group of strong women cope with what life throws at them, relying only on their brains, their spirit, and one another. More than a story of people struggling through multiple disasters, it’s one of grappling with reality. Is there only one reality? You’d think. But we all interpret what’s really going on in our own way. Are some people deluded, or are they focusing on a single facet of reality because it’s so vast that no one can comprehend all of it? That drives the title, part of a quote by Heisenberg. In quantum mechanics, one concept is that observing an event may impact it. The characters deal with that phenomenon, so the chapter titles are song titles showing how the songs’ imagery influenced the author’s vision in ways unrelated to the crux of the songs. These considerations heighten the depth of the story while melding events such as being stranded on a gondola over a gorge, trapped in a mountaintop resort devastated by an earthquake and avalanche, and even battling monsters and demons in addition to other survivors. Oops, I broke the world. Enjoy.
When Everton and I arrive at my house, my mother says hello and tells me dinner is in ten ... been through more than you can imagine,” Everton says quietly.
Author: Philippa Dowding
The sequel to The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden, shortlisted for the OLA Red Maple Award. I wander around like any normal, paranoid, self-absorbed teenager. Do we all think we’re being chased by deadly entities, I wonder? Probably, but how many of us actually are? Gwendolyn Golden, Night Flyer, floats over the cornfields all summer. What draws her to the same spot, night after night? All she knows is that change is coming: she’s starting high school plus there’s a strange new boy in town. He’s Everton Miles and he’s a Night Flyer, too. Soon the mismatched teenagers face dangers they never imagined, including a fallen Spirit Flyer, a kidnapping, and the eternal darkness of The Shade. How will Gwendolyn handle her new life and grade nine? With help from the Night Flyer’s Handbook and her strange new friend, it might not be that hard. CCBC’s Best Books for Kids & Teens (Spring 2017) Selection
It's “stranger than you can imagine”! I'm sorry, I do not think you can meditate yourself into this mental space, at least not the modern person in 45 ...
Author: Traveling Nobody
Follow an everyman explorer through a series of vision quests aimed at truth, meaning, purpose, and fulfillment. The human will to understand aided by the mushroom, ayahuasca, and cannabis unveil the episodic nature of life. The everyman lens of these narratives is merely one version of the infinite mythological character that we are. This journaled pursuit of continual understanding is heavily influenced by self-responsibility, truthful speech and action, direct experience, and Natural Law. You will relate. Truth is immutable but realized uniquely and unfolded in the progress of this everyman. The aim is to minimize unnecessary suffering and attain the highest possible good. Curiosity demands a committed strive for the transcendent ideal. What could be attained?
Stranger Than You Can Imagine. The span of subject matter in this book is enormous, and the range covers a wide spectrum.
Author: Donald Coverdell
Stranger Than You Can Imagine. The span of subject matter in this book is enormous, and the range covers a wide spectrum. This work is a collection of astonishing stories, bizarre human oddities, incredible events, inexplicable happenings, the paranormal and supernatural, the will to survive, astonishing feats, botanical marvels, extraordinary people, wonders of nature, encounters with angels, UFO's, and alien abductions, fascinating creatures, the Near Death Experience, psychic dreams, and strange unexplained phenomenon. Each chapter can be read independently. The research took more than five years to complete, and is quite compelling.
It's bigger and stranger than we can imagine— and it's just the first part of this journey. What comes next is going to be even bigger and stranger.
Author: John Scalzi
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
New York Times bestselling author John Scalzi takes readers on an epic romp of galactic conquest and exploration in the Old Man’s War series. This box set includes: Old Man's War, The Ghost Brigades, and The Last Colony Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity's resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force, which shields the home planet from too much knowledge of the situation. What's known to everybody is that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don't want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. Old Man’s War John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army, with only the vaguest idea what to expect. Because the actual fight is far more difficult than he can imagine—and what he will become is far stranger. The Ghost Brigades At first, Jared is a perfect soldier, but as another man's memories slowly surface, Jared begins to intuit the reasons for their betrayal. Time is running out: The alliance is preparing its offensive, and some of them plan worse things than humanity's mere military defeat. The Last Colony Retired from his fighting days, John Perry and his wife, Jane, are pulled back into the political arena, and into the thick of interstellar politics, betrayal, and war. Old Man's War Series #1 Old Man’s War #2 The Ghost Brigades #3 The Last Colony #4 Zoe’s Tale #5 The Human Division #6 The End of All Things Short fiction: “After the Coup” At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Stranger. Than. We. Can. Imagine? 12 That's not the only bizarre situation that comes about with negative temperature. Bizarre though it may seem, ...
Author: James D Stein
Publisher: Hachette UK
Our fascination with numbers begins when we are children and continues throughout our lives. We start counting our fingers and toes and end up balancing checkbooks and calculating risk. So powerful is the appeal of numbers that many people ascribe to them a mystical significance. Other numbers go beyond the supernatural, working to explain our universe and how it behaves. Cosmic Numbers, mathematics professor James D. Stein traces the discovery, evolution, and interrelationships of the numbers that define our world. Everyone knows about the speed of light and absolute zero, but numbers like Boltzmann's constant and the Chandrasekhar limit are not as well known, and they do far more than one might imagine: They tell us how this world began and what the future holds. Much more than a gee-whiz collection of facts and figures, Cosmic Numbers illuminates why particular numbers are so important -- both to the scientist and to the rest of us.
The Nature of the Evidence As the chapters unfold, it will also become ... is stranger than you imagine; the universe is stranger than you can imagine'.
Author: Paul Heelas
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
This insightful and provocative journey through spiritual landscapes explores the ways in which spiritualities of life have been experienced and understood in Western society, and argues that today’s myriad forms of holistic spirituality are helping us to find balance in face of the stifling demands of twenty-first century living. An enlightening book which explores the ways in which spirituality has been experienced and valued in Western society Traces the development of modern spirituality, from the origins of Romanticism in the eighteenth century, through to the counter-cultural sixties and on to the wellbeing culture of today Explores the belief that modern spirituality is merely an extension of capitalism in which people consume spirituality without giving anything back Contends that much of the wide range of popular mind-body-spirit practices are really an ethically charged force for the ‘good life’, helping us to find balance in the demands of twenty-first century living Written by an acknowledged world-leader working in the field Completes a trilogy of books including The Spiritual Revolution (2005, with Linda Woodhead) and The New Age Movement (1996), charting the rise and influence of spirituality today.
Otherwise, why would they recruit seventyfiveyearolds? ... It's bigger and stranger than we can imagine—and it's just the first part of this journey.
Author: John Scalzi
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
The universe is a dangerous place in John Scalzi's Old Man's War, the first in The Old Man's War series. At seventy-five years old, John Perry is after a fresh start – so, naturally, he joins the army. Earth's military machine can transform elderly recruits, restoring their lost youth. But in return, its Colonial Defence Force demands two years of hazardous service in space. This is how Perry finds himself in a new body, crafted from his original DNA. A genetically enhanced and upgraded new body, ready for battle. But upgrades alone won't keep Perry safe. He'll be fighting for his life on the front line as he defends humanity's colonies from hostile aliens. He'll pay the price for his choices, and he'll discover the universe is even more dangerous than he imagined. Continue the gripping space war series with The Ghost Brigades.
It's very hard though, you know, to know a little, or to guess a little, and not want to—to help, ... Longer and stranger than we can imagine.
Author: John Crowley
Publisher: Hachette UK
Edgewood is many houses, all put inside each other, or across each other. It's filled with and surrounded by mystery and enchantment: the further in you go, the bigger it gets. Smoky Barnable, who has fallen in love with Daily Alice Drinkwater, comes to Edgewood, her family home, where he finds himself drawn into a world of magical strangeness. Crowley's work has a special alchemy - mixing the world we know with an imagined world which seems more true and real. Winner of the WORLD FANTASY AWARD, LITTLE, BIG is eloquent, sensual, funny and unforgettable, a true Fantasy Masterwork. Winner of the WORLD FANTASY AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL, 1982.
In the former , we can believe ourselves to be penetrating deeper and deeper ... not merely stranger than you imagine , it is stranger than you can imagine ...
Author: G. L. S. Shackle
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Even a decade after the end of the 1914-1918 war, economic theory assumed that the world was tranquil and orderly. By 1939 an economic slump without parallel, allied to the re-emergence of military ambition in Europe, had brought economic theorists face to face with reality. In this classic book, first published in 1967, Professor Shackle provides a study, in exact and professional language, of the precise nature, structure, presuppositions, language and inter-relations of the theories which were formulated in these fourteen years - unparalleled in the whole history of economics except perhaps by the years of the Physiocrats and Adam Smith. These theories are not prototypes on the way to something better but are of essential and permanent importance.
more rapid this time than the first (must have been the residual starch in her ... “Stranger than you can imagine.” “You have no idea what I can imagine.
Author: Ira Nayman
Publisher: Elsewhen Press
The fourth book of Ira Nayman’s increasingly improperly named Transdimensional Authority series (really, would it have killed him to plan the series more in advance? George R. R. Martin planned the first 137 books in his series – it will take more generations in his family to write than the books themselves actually chronicle – before he wrote a single word, and everybody knows where they stand with him), features Time Agency agent Radames Trafshanian. When she’s not trying to impress her good friend in the Transdimensional Authority, her very special friend, if you know what we mean (and, if you do, could you please tell us, because we’re not entirely certain…), Radames is busy trying to solve crimes against time (that is, crimes that are themselves against time, not trying to solve them against time – she’s not on the clock… well, she sort of is, but you know what we mean don’t you. You don’t? Well then, you’ll have to read It’s Just the Chronosphere Unfolding as it Should to find out). In this novel, which is not nearly as parenthetical as the previous sentence may have led you to believe, we accompany Radames on her latest case, followed by her previous case (time travel’s like that) and on the way we find out much more about the origin of the Time Agency itself and why it’s organised like a Library, which is very timely (see what we did there?). Featuring guest appearances by Noomi Rapier, Elvis Presley and Margaret Atwo–.
If you're using questionnaires, then you should heed this advice and have someone ... stranger than we imagine, but also being stranger than we can imagine.
Author: Gordon Rugg
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
IF YOU ARE ABOUT TO DO A RESEARCH PROJECT, THEN THIS IS THE IDEAL GUIDE FOR YOU. A Gentle Guide to Research Methodsexplains what research is, andguides you through choosing and using the method best suited to yourneeds, with detailed examples from a wide range of disciplines. It alsogives you practical nuts and bolts advice about how to avoid classicproblems and how to get the most out of your project. Written in a down-to-earth and highly accessible style, this unique bookprovides an overview of the big picture of research and of how this linksto practical details. It covers the whole process of conducting research,including: Choosing a research topic and research design Data collection methods Data analysis and statistics Writing up The authors also provide invaluable advice about planning your researchso that it can help you with your career plans and life aspirations. Drawing on numerous examples from student projects,A Gentle Guideto Research Methodswill guide you through your project towards ahappy ending.