Stranger Than We Can Imagine

Stranger Than We Can Imagine

Author: John Higgs

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 9781780226576

Page: 320

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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'.

Stranger Than We Can Imagine

In The 20th Century: An Alternative History, John Higgs argues that before 1900, history seemed to make sense.

Stranger Than We Can Imagine

Author: John Higgs

Publisher: Soft Skull Press

ISBN: 9781593766269

Page: 341

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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.

Stranger Than You Can Imagine

Stranger Than You Can Imagine. The span of subject matter in this book is enormous, and the range covers a wide spectrum.

Stranger Than You Can Imagine

Author: Donald Coverdell

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781435745414

Page: 220

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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.

Stranger Than We Can Imagine

the only way of ensuring one's immortality.' Joyce wanted to be studied. As he
said in an interview with Harper's magazine, 'The demand that I make of my
reader is that he should devote his whole life to reading my works.' In this respect
there ...

Stranger Than We Can Imagine

Author: John Higgs

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297870904

Page: 352

View: 374

'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'.

Stranger Than We Can Think

"Tell me you see that half burned, half rotting infant crawling toward me there."
She pointed. "It's chomping. It wants to eat me." Screaming as she scrambled to
her feet, she stumbled backward, tumbling over those behind her. "What? Where
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Stranger Than We Can Think

Author: Miik YS

Publisher: Miik YS

ISBN:

Page: 197

View: 409

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.

The Soddit

As the Philosopher once said: The world is not only stranger than we imagine,
but stranger than we can imagine, and more imaginative than we can imagine
too, which is something of a contradiction, don't you think, where was I? Hold on,
 ...

The Soddit

Author: Adam Roberts

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0575100370

Page: 352

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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.

How to Think about Weird Things

Before Columbus , was the earth really flat because everyone believed it to be ?
Did it only “ become " round after the consensus opinion changed ? 19 The truth
is not only stranger than you imagine , it is stranger than you can imagine .

How to Think about Weird Things

Author: Theodore Schick

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages

ISBN:

Page: 300

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Designed to help readers sharpen their reasoning skills, this book takes a critical look at over 50 paranormal or mysterious claims.

Truth is Stranger Than Publicity

The tree could very easily have been converted into a floor space to hold the
horses . But then , as I said , this is legend . But those were the days of prime
enjoyment , close to nature , seeing it up close like we're supposed to , I think and
then ...

Truth is Stranger Than Publicity

Author: Alton Delmore

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 188

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A rare and revealing first-person account of the early country music industry from the perspective of a renowned songwriter and performer. First published in 1977, Truth Is Stranger Than Publicity brings to life the world of the early Grand Ole Opry and the struggles of country music's first generation of professional musicians. Alton Delmore's candor and the depth of detail in his narrative make Truth Is Stranger Than Publicity more than just a resource for historians; the book is also an engrossing tale of struggle and perseverance.

The New Renaissance

But we have no reason to think that the process will end , or that the next
discovery will be less strange than the last . As J . B . S . Haldane succinctly put it
, the world is not only stranger than we imagine , it is stranger than we can
imagine .

The New Renaissance

Author: Douglas S. Robertson

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN:

Page: 200

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Comparing the advent of the computer to the invention of language, writing, and printing, the author demonstrates how the computer has transformed human civilization and predicts its future effects on science, education, the arts, and everyday life. UP.

Analog Science Fiction Fact

I think he's right that we stand on go to smaller places where they can't be a
precipice of a sort , but not the kind he seen ... quotes the old saw that the Unicall
Big Money Fusion ( BMF ) , will never verse is not only stranger than we
imagwork .

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Classic Philosophical Questions

The case is , then , that when I say , “ Lust is a bad motive , ” it is a proposition that
merely concerns the import of the word ... Or of the nature of the universe open to
us by the new astronomies and cosmologies , stranger than we imagine and ...

Classic Philosophical Questions

Author: James A. Gould

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 9780131407411

Page: 617

View: 548

First published over thirty years ago, "Classic Philosophical Questions" has presented decades of students with the most compelling classic and contemporary readings on the most enduring and abiding questions in philosophy. The anthology, topically arranged, uses debate and argument as vehicles to teach students the fundamentals of philosophy while also demonstrating that philosophy is a discourse spanning centuries. "James A. Gould" and "Robert J. Mulvaney" continue to provide students with interesting, intriguing essays from major philosophers in a distinctive presentation, often involving a pro/con format, to ensure that both the apparent and subtle points of argument are both meaningful and clear. Features of this new edition: Sections on epistemology and metaphysics introduced earlier in this edition New readings from Martha Nussbaum and Martin Luther King, Jr. Concise, student-friendly introductions to each philosopher and reading Helpful study and reflection questions focus students' reading and improve comprehension

New Statesman Society

As someone once said , “ The universe is not only stranger than we imagine ; it's
stranger than we can imagine . ” Thanks for the added bonus of coverage of one
aspect of that universe from an unexpected source . a historian , is that reports of
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The Old Farmer s Almanac 2009

Elliott Dear God, Thank you for the baby brother but what I prayed for was a
puppy. ... Eddington. has become more and more appropriate: "Not only is the
universe stranger than we imagine, " he said, "but it is stranger than we can
imagine.

The Old Farmer s Almanac 2009

Author: Robert (Established in 1792) Thomas

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781571984616

Page: 288

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Containing besides the large number of Astronomical Calculations and the Farmer's Calendar for every month in the year, a variety of new, useful & entertaining matter.

School Administration as a Craft

I get it from being aware that not only is the world stranger than we would
imagine , but it is stranger than we could possibly imagine and some of the things
I uncover are the strangest . I move around a lot from school to school and , you
know ...

School Administration as a Craft

Author: Arthur Blumberg

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN:

Page: 238

View: 628

Electronics World Wireless World

The right to provide answers At the risk of being still further misinterpreted , I
would like to clarify a central point that ... the universe is not only stranger than we
imagine , it is probably stranger than we can imagine , and the best that we can
do ...

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The Black Insider

And when soldiers crook fingers about the trigger then it ' s time for me to give a
hearing to another nervous breakdown . That joke can cure a ... This is not only
stranger than we imagine but stranger than we can imagine . We cannot all afford
 ...

The Black Insider

Author: Dambudzo Marechera

Publisher: Africa Research and Publications

ISBN:

Page: 128

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The first volume of Marechera's work to appear since his death in 1987, the title piece, and major work in the collection, was written in London in 1987. It is featured along with three short stories and two poems from the same period.

Astronomy

Then recognize that , because light - gathering power is paramount , you want to
select the largest aperture telescope with ... Big Surprises Observing is filled with
surprises , for the universe is filled with objects stranger than we can imagine .

Astronomy

Author: Michael Zeilik

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 528

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Time

Or maybe Mercury was one of dozens of Mars - size objects believed to have
been zipping around our newborn solar system until a massive ... Some think it
than metaphor may be at work here — specif- started as a fairly straightforward
adaptation ically , brain science . ... the early 20th century physicist who said , "
Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine , it is stranger than we can
imagine .

Time

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