Monday, December 27, 2010

The Nature Handbook : A Guide to Observing the Great Outdoors

Nature is full of fascinating stories, stories that attract our attention at a young age and keep us amazed throughout our entire lives. The need to understand nature draws us back to its simple beauty again and again, yet underneath this simplicity lies a complex web of associations and patterns. The Nature Handbook does what no other field guide does: explores and explains nature through these connecting patterns, revealing them to the many different types of nature lovers. All naturalists-- from birders to gardeners, hikers to environmentalists, wildflower enthusiasts to butterfliers-- will appreciate the different approach of the Handbook, even those whose interest in the natural world is just beginning to develop. Naturalists who are already well versed in one group of organisms--birders, for example--will find new explanations and patterns for their favorite group, as well as new patterns all around them that they had previously overlooked. Observations in the Handbook are arranged in the three main sections of plants, animals, and habitats. These sections are then connected through discussions of the relationship of size and shape, adaptations, distribution patterns, behavior, and diversity of life. Since the emphasis is on patterns rather than individual species, each chapter has cross-references to related topics …
The book is designed to invite browsing, and readers will gain a rich ecological perspective and insight. Curiosity about the world around us is a basis for human learning; The Nature Handbook serves to aid all nature lovers in their quest for understanding the many stories that our living world provides.
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閱讀大師的智慧 : 19位世界哲學大師影響人生的150篇經典哲理散文

張秀華 編著
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Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas at the Movies : Images of Christmas in American, British and European Cinema

Edited by Mark Connelly
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Whether we love it or hate it, Christmas has always played a special role in the cinema, and Christmas movies like It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street have a special place in popular affections. Christmas at the Movies takes a good look at these popular films, decoding the messages they convey about popular preoccupations and attitudes and about the different societies that produce them. Written in an entertaining and illuminating style, this book gives a brand new view of Christmas and its rituals.
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During the nineteenth century the family reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was one of the rituals of Christmas. In the latter part of the twentieth century, the ritual television showing of Frank Capra’s film It’s a Wonderful Life took its place. This is symptomatic of the process by which cinema became an integral part of the celebration of Christmas in the twentieth century …
We can read about the role of the Christmas film in wartime both in Britain and America, the cinematic career of Santa Claus and the rise and rise in popular esteem of It’s a Wonderful Life. But all is not just joy to the world and peace and goodwill to all men in the cinematic Christmas. There is a darker side, gleefully analyzed by Kim Newman, in which the schmaltz and saccharine conventions of White Christmas are undercut by the depredations of a parade of psycho santas and Christmas slashers …
(Excerpt from “General Editor’s Introduction” of the book by Jeffrey Richards)

除了美麗之外 : 20個新世代成功女人的動人故事 (DotCom Divas)

伊麗莎白・卡拉賽 (Elizabeth Carlassare)
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這本書證明了機會的大門永遠為有才幹、有熱誠又能堅持的人們所敞開。令人耳目一新的是,這些創業家都剛好是優秀的女性,她們看到了潛在的機會並且緊緊抓住它們。」-麥拉.哈特(Myra Hart),哈佛商學院管理實務教授。
「卡拉賽這本書不單只適合女性,而是所有想嶄露頭角的創業者都必需一讀的好書。她精心歸納出創業成功之關鍵-也就是堅持、遠見、彈性、以及建立良好團隊的重要性-如同由領航者親身敘述一般。我大力推薦這本書。」-海蒂.羅森(Heidi Roizen),軟體銀行創業投資公司(Softbank Venture Capital)總經理 。
「卡拉賽從非常吸引人的角度來觀察這些充滿創業動機的女性,她們推動了許多現今處於領導地位的事業。在數位經濟之中,本書提供了追求成功所需學習的教訓和策略。」-艾倫.漢考克(Ellen M. Hancock),出行者通訊(Exodus Communications)董事長暨總裁。……

Monday, December 13, 2010

Stress, Coping, and Development : An Integrative Perspective

Carolyn M. Aldwin; foreword by Emmy E. Werner
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How do people cope with stressful experiences? What makes a coping strategy effective for a particular individual? This volume comprehensively examines the nature of psychosocial stress and the implications of different coping strategies for adaptation and health across the lifespan. Carolyn M. Aldwin synthesizes a vast body of knowledge within a conceptual framework that emphasizes the transactions between mind and body and between persons and environments. She analyzes different kinds of stressors and their psychological and physiological effects, both negative and positive. Ways in which coping is influenced by personality, relationships, situational factors, and culture are explored. The book also provides a methodological primer for stress and coping research, critically reviewing available measures and data analysis techniques.
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打不死的樂觀 (Hard Optimism)

普賴斯.普里切特 (Price Pritchett)
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用打死不退的樂觀面對人生中的每一個挑戰。現在這個年頭,思考模式、思維、以及情緒決定了我們的工作績效。舉凡我們對事情的看法、對自身的感受都會造成影響。《打不死的樂觀》書中提供十二道經過實地驗證的有力實踐法則,說明怎樣剷除心中負面的想法,並效法勝利者的態度 — 評估契機、克服阻礙、並以正面的能量影響周遭的人。
• 掌握並剷除悲觀的想法
• 無論發生的事情是好是壞,都要秉持樂觀的態度來解讀
• 以「正向再評價」(positive reappraisal)來面對問題和處理失望的情緒
• 了解何時、怎樣可以利用負面的想法取得優勢
• 運用個人優勢(signature strength)
• 以感恩和諒解趕走負面的想法

Monday, December 6, 2010

Eat That Frog! : 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

By Brian Tracy
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Every idea in this book is focused on increasing your overall levels of productivity, performance, and output and on making you more valuable in whatever you do. You can apply many of these ideas to your personal life as well. Each of these twenty one methods and techniques is complete in itself. All are necessary. One strategy might be effective in one situation and another might apply to another task. All together, these twenty one ideas represent a smorgasbord of personal effectiveness techniques that you can use at any time, in any order or sequence that makes sense to you at the moment. The key to success is action. These principles work to bring about fast, predictable improvements in performance and results. The faster you learn and apply them, the faster you will move ahead in your career guaranteed! There will be no limit to what you can accomplish when you learn how to Eat That Frog!
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張健鵬, 胡足靑 主編
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…… 因為職業的關係,多年來我先後採訪過多位成功人士,成功當然都意味著財富、地位。他們在追述自己成功的經歷時,大多會抖落出一兩個小故事,有自己親歷困境時的頓悟與體驗,更多的是別人的小故事,甚至是流傳已久的寓言,童話或民間故事。這些故事給予他們莫大的精神營養,他們從中汲取的信念與智慧對自己的成功有著很重要的作用。他們也經常把這些故事講給員工部屬及朋友們聽:這比講別的更直接,形象,生動,傳神。
有的小故事也許多年前曾聽過,有的乍一看覺得平淡無奇,但靜下心,帶著自己對生命與事業的體驗,細細品味,會有全新的感覺 ……
(摘錄自書中 “智慧在此隱藏—解開桎梏心靈的鎖鏈” — 總序,劍朋)

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Student's Guide to Exam Success

By Eileen Tracy
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Exams frighten almost everyone. Fear of failure (and fear of success) can inhibit learning. Students will always perform better if they have the necessary emotional resources in the run-up to their exams ...
In addition to fundamental student skills such as timetabling, note-taking, memorising, research, use of the internet, essay-writing and exam technique, The Student's Guide to Exam Success offers ground-breaking advice on developing emotional strength in response to the increasingly heavy demands that are made on students in the modern world. It offers a variety of strategies which will help students to: develop self-awareness; find out how to stop procrastinating and worrying about results, and start to enjoy their work; learn about the dangers of swotting; develop the necessary confidence to handle reading lists, coursework, presentations and practicals; and learn to deal with tutors, lecturers and examiners.
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愛‧生活與學習 (Living, Loving & Learning)

利奥‧巴士卡力 (Leo Buscaglia)
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…… 收集在本書中的,都是作者平時上課的講稿,以及公開演講的講文,共有十三章,包括了:愛是行為的潤滑劑、建立自我、光明的源處、是橋不是牆、明日之犢、知己、選擇人生等等。由於作者是教育及輔導教授,他的觀點也著重在人性的疏導及行為的教育上,但是他並未用教育的專有名詞來嚇唬一般讀者,他的文字極為口語化,而哲理也極為淺顯,讓人讀起來不覺枯燥乏味,茲節錄部分如下:
• 知識不是智慧,閉門造車也不是智慧,智慧來自於對知識的應用,智慧也來自於你自覺的渺小。
• 你只是一個開始,目前的你,只有你能見到的部分;未來的你,卻是無限而有待你去找尋和努力的。
• 愛,因為你能愛,而不是你必須去愛。給予,因為你願意奉獻。花開,不是因為解人間的愁。人活著,能愛,能生活,也就有了快樂。
• 忘記了昨日的是非,面對著來日的光明。
• 人生不是孤獨的旅程,人生是由許多人共同的經驗,互相的影響而累積成的「現在」時刻……
《愛‧生活與學習》以鼓勵個人行為的肯定及內心的信仰為主。我們不愛自己,如何能愛社會、國家呢?一個人不學習、不開懷,怎能有快樂的生活?教育學家馬斯羅(Abraham Maslow)曾把人類的學習過程分為四個階段──求溫飽,求安全,求相愛關懷,以及求內心的成就感。在今日的社會中,溫飽與安全已非難事,但是我們必須在人類彼此的關懷及內心的長進中,繼續努力。舒適的生活並不難追求,但是要生活得舒適而快樂,卻必須由內心的不斷充實和人類的相互關懷中獲得,而這種獲得,也就是人性中最大的成就感。
(摘錄自書中 “一本充滿愛與理性的書”— 譯者序, 簡宛, 1983)

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Craft of Research

By Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams
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With more than 400,000 copies now in print, The Craft of Research is the unrivaled resource for researchers at every level, from first-year undergraduates to research reporters at corporations and government offices ...
The Craft of Research explains how to build an argument that motivates readers to accept a claim; how to anticipate the reservations of readers and to respond to them appropriately; and how to create introductions and conclusions that answer that most demanding question, “So what?”
The third edition includes an expanded discussion of the essential early stages of a research task: planning and drafting a paper. The authors have revised and fully updated their section on electronic research, emphasizing the need to distinguish between trustworthy sources (such as those found in libraries) and less reliable sources found with a quick Web search. A chapter on warrants has also been thoroughly reviewed to make this difficult subject easier for researchers.
Throughout, the authors have preserved the amiable tone, the reliable voice, and the sense of directness that have made this book indispensable for anyone undertaking a research project.
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智者的邏輯 : 邏輯入門的第一堂課

陳文江, 秦美珠 著
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• 看故事學邏輯的方式,使人在最輕鬆與富趣味的過程中融會貫通。
• 耳熟能詳的中外名人、典故、笑話故事,信手捻來皆能說明邏輯原理。
• 以故事案例的解析,讓讀者在無形中學會邏輯原理與運用形式,同時可以訓練說話和思考的智慧。

Monday, November 15, 2010

Culture and Leadership, Across the World : The GLOBE Book of In-Depth Studies of 25 Societies

Edited by Jagdeep S. Chhokar, Felix C. Brodbeck, Robert J. House
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Culture and Leadership Across the World: The GLOBE Book of In-Depth Studies of 25 Societies is the second major publication of GLOBE (Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness), a groundbreaking, large-scale project on international management research featuring contributions from nearly 18,000 middle managers from 1,000 organizations in 62 countries, perhaps the largest project of its kind ever undertaken. This volume effectively presents a complex collection of global research addressing the culture of particular countries, leadership qualities within those countries, and recommendations on how managers should conduct business in countries other than their own.
A massive effort with a cross-cultural focus and broad international appeal, this book explores:
• how leadership is conceptualized and enacted in its cultural milieu;
• quantitative data including middle manager questionnaires, unobtrusive measurement, and participant observation data;
• qualitative research from interviews, focus groups, and media analyses; and
• theoretical and methodological pitfalls that arise in the effort to develop universal management theories.
This book is a coherent and well-organized presentation of the findings of the GLOBE Project and will appeal to scholars in leadership, management, international business, cultural studies; and also to practicing managers.
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龔伯洪 著
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不要望文生義,以為粵劇就是廣東戲劇的統稱。粵劇雖是廣東最大的地方劇種,但廣東地方戲還有潮劇、漢劇、雷劇等多個劇種。也不要以為粵劇歷史上以來就是用粵語唱的戲,雖然當代粵劇是用粵語演唱,但早期粵劇卻曾經用近似普通話的 “桂林官話”(也稱 “戲棚官話")演唱,如今演粵劇也偶爾唱幾句 “官話”,老人家說這是 “傳統”。


Monday, November 8, 2010

Chinese Opera : Images and Stories

Siu Wang-Ngai with Peter Lovrick
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…This book is meant for many people. Devotees of the theatre, east or west, will find Siu Wang-Ngai's photographs a delight. They make the Chinese approach to drama concrete and vivid. The accompanying text gives these readers further access to this performance tradition by explaining the dramatic conventions and the stories. Those with a passion for China can use the photographs and text as an entry into traditional Chinese society, which still lives on the opera stage. The plays and commentary give them an intimate look at the lives of emperors, scholars, generals, common folk, and outlaws. Finally, this book is meant for all those who enjoy a good story. Chinese opera has a rich repertoire drawn from history, legends, myths, folk tales, and classic novels. These stories are full of colourful characters and surprising turns. It is not necessary to be interested in the Chinese dramatic tradition to sit back, like the Chinese audience of a regional opera, and enjoy a good yarn. Siu Wang-Ngai's record of regional opera performance makes these yarns come alive.
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李歐梵 著
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最近幾年,我發現自己的中文文章有點精神分裂。我對於當代文化的關注,似乎已經超過學術研究的範圍,而想親身介入,用一種較主觀的文體作文化批評,所以學術的深度不足。但另一方面我似乎又不願意放棄學院中的文化理論,甚至在雜文中也引經據典,生怕學界同行以為我已淪落江湖,做不了學者。然而我對近十年來美國學院中的 “文化研究”(culture studies) 的理論導向,也頗有不滿之處,它非但不注視文化本身的意涵—特別是在一個世界性的多元語境—而且往往把文化作為學院政治的符碼,多以性別和種族的“弱勢”立場來反對資本主義的主流文化。把這種理論用以分析美國以外的其他地區的文化,免不了就有偏差,往往主題先行,表態至上,而對於細節的掌握和分析失之淺漏,而且語言過度抽象,長篇大論之餘,反而不知所云。
我的這一種矛盾反應,形之於文,就表現在這兩本集子(另一本《都市漫遊者:文化觀察》)的各篇雜文之中 ……

Monday, November 1, 2010

100 Ways to Boost Your Self-confidence : Believe in Yourself and Others Will Too

By Barton Goldsmith
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100 Ways to Boost Your Self-Confidence is packed with practical wisdom that is easy to apply. Dr. Barton Goldsmith shows you how to believe in yourself and how to become the kind of person whom others are drawn to believe in. When you don’t believe in yourself, everything is more difficult …
100 Ways to Boost Your Self-Confidence will show you how to:
• Discover the essence of your personal power and belief in yourself.
• Create the life you want with practical feel good behaviors.
• Reduce your doubts, increase your self-worth and make your world a better place.
• Improve the quality of your relationships by changing the way you think about yourself and how others think about you.
• Become your best self by employing these easy-to-use techniques.
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有效發揮大腦潛能 : 達致學業及事業上的成功

謝家安 著
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Monday, October 25, 2010

Discover True North : A 4-Week Approach to Ignite Your Passion and Activate Your Potential

By Anne Bruce
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Created by leading motivational speaker and corporate trainer Anne Bruce, this highly effective plan helps participants discover their own "true north" in order to find a focus for success. Throughout Discover True North are invaluable exercises, worksheets, and insights for personal growth developed from Bruce's work with thousands of workshop members and clients throughout the world--from Sprint and Ben & Jerry's to The American Red Cross and the London Institute of Management.
Unlike other goal-oriented processes that call for long-range three-to-five-year life plans, working through this unique four-week formula helps unlock potential immediately--today. Readers will learn how to:
• Activate and learn to rely on the inner compass to define life direction
• Create a Life Board of Directors
• Make the critical choices that move life forward
• Pinpoint their emotional and intellectual competencies
• Discover the "Einstein Approach" to bringing forth your own genius
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自卑與超越 (What Life Should Mean to You)

A.阿德勒 (Alfred Adler)
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Monday, October 18, 2010

The Words of Peace: Selections from the Speeches of the Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize

Selected and edited by Irwin Abrams; foreword by President Jimmy Carter
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“In our private and individual lives, all of us have a need to seek for heroes. In our own personal ambitions and life—analysis of what opportunities present themselves to us, the talents that we have, the unpredictable future—we need those on whom we can depend as a pattern. How can we live an exemplary existence? The measurement of that, the pattern for it, the guide for our own lives, comes from our heroes. How can we justify our dreams? How can we confirm our beliefs? How can we prove to ourselves that what we have been taught as children is true? How can we alleviate our doubts? How can we, in our own often naturally dormant lives, be inspired to action, sometimes even at the sacrifice of our own immediate well-being? We derive those inspirations from heroes.” These are my considered thoughts about heroes, presented in a speech in 1986. The Nobel Peace Prize was established to honor the heroes of peace, and this small book presents a collection of well-chosen excerpts from their addresses at Oslo, drawn both from acceptance speeches and from the lectures which each prize winner is expected to deliver.
(Excerpt from the Foreword by Jimmy Carter, US ex-president and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate)

城市與狗 (The Time of the Hero)

馬里奧·巴爾加斯·略薩 (Mario Vargas Llosa)
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作者馬里奧·巴爾加斯·略薩 (Mario Vargas Llosa),1936年生於秘魯,2010年諾貝爾文學獎得主,他不僅是作家、詩人,有小說、劇本、散文隨筆、詩、文學評論、政論雜文等創作,也曾導演舞臺戲劇、電影和主持廣播電視節目及從政。

…… 小說《城市與狗》不只抨擊萊昂西歐·普拉多軍校對年輕軍校生施加的暴行,且從男性職責和扭曲的軍事教育下所產生的後果,正面挑戰對男性的錯誤觀念!……

Monday, October 11, 2010

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Restoring the Character Ethic

By Stephen R. Covey
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The Maturity Continuum
The Seven Habits are not a set of separate or piecemeal psych-up formulas. In harmony with the natural laws of growth, they provide an incremental, sequential, highly integrated approach to the development of personal and interpersonal effectiveness. They move us progressively on a Maturity Continuum from dependence to independence to interdependence...

(Excerpt from the “The Seven Habits—An Overview” of the book)

The 7 habits include:
Habit 1: Be Proactive—Principles of Personal Vision
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind—Principles of Personal Leadership
Habit 3: Put First Things First—Principles of Personal Management
Habit 4: Think Win/Win—Principles of Interpersonal Leadership
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood—Principles of Empathic Communication
Habit 6: Synergize—Principles of Creative Cooperation
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw—Principles of Balanced Self-Renewal

幽默就是力量 = Humor Power

赫伯·特魯 (Herb True)
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Monday, October 4, 2010

Technology Matters : Questions to Live With

By David E. Nye
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We use technology to shape our world, yet we think little about the choices we are making. In Technology Matters, Nye tackles ten central questions about our relationship to technology, integrating a half-century of ideas about technology into ten cogent and concise chapters, with wide-ranging historical examples from many societies. He asks: Can we define technology? Does technology shape us, or do we shape it? Is technology inevitable or unpredictable? (Why do experts often fail to get it right?)? How do historians understand it? Are we using modern technology to create cultural uniformity, or diversity? To create abundance, or an ecological crisis? To destroy jobs or create new opportunities? Should "the market" choose our technologies? Do advanced technologies make us more secure, or escalate dangers? Does ubiquitous technology expand our mental horizons, or encapsulate us in artifice?
These large questions may have no final answers yet, but we need to wrestle with them—to live them, so that we may, as Rilke puts it, "live along some distant day into the answers."
(Excerpt from the publisher’s website)

別鬧了 , 費曼先生 : 科學頑童的故事 (Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! : Adventures of a Curious Character)

費曼 (Richard Feynman)
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Monday, September 27, 2010

The Britannica Guide to the 100 Most Influential Scientists: The Most Important Scientists from Ancient Greece to the Present Day

Introduction by John Gribbin
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Who are the most important men and women whose notions and theories have changed the world? When Isaac Newton claimed that he only saw further because he stood on the shoulders of giants, he alluded to the long list of geniuses that came before him. The history of science is the story of great discoveries, flashes of intuition that have changed the way people see the world, hard work and arduous calculation in the laboratory. The Britannica Guide to 100 Most Influential Scientists is a celebration of the lives and work of the men and women who have changed the way we look at the world, the universe, and ourselves. Includes contributions from top name scientists and writers such James Gleick on Richard Feynman; Michio Kaky on Einstein and Sir Harold Kroton on the Fulleriene (for which he won an Nobel Prize). The Britannica Guide to 100 Most Influential Scientists is introduced by John Gribbin. He is the author of nearly 100 popular science books …
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潮平岸闊 : 高錕自述

高錕 著
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Monday, September 20, 2010

Cultural Intelligence : Individual Interactions Across Cultures

By P. Christopher Earley, Soon Ang
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In a global market where international teams, initiatives, and joint ventures are increasingly common, it is extremely important for people to integrate themselves quickly in new cultures. Effective strategies for selecting and training people on global perspectives are critical for managing businesses.
Current theories in management and psychology do not provide adequate frameworks to explain the successes or failures of people working and managing in foreign cultures. In this book, the authors develop the idea of cultural intelligence and examine its three essential facets: cognition, the ability to develop patterns from cultural cues; motivation, the desire and ability to engage others; and behavior, the capability to act in accordance with cognition and motivation.
In their presentation of this new conceptual framework, the authors provide a critical review of the existing literature. They explore the fundamental nature of cultural intelligence and its relationship to other frameworks of intelligence.
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Monday, September 13, 2010

Creativity : When East Meets West

Edited by Sing Lau, Anna N.N. Hui, and Grace Y.C. Ng
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What actually is creativity? And what contributes to its conceptualization and development? For decades, these and other questions have fascinated researchers, educators, parents and laymen alike, and equally so in the East and West. The present collection of chapters is a continuous attempt in answering and exploring the above questions from both Eastern and Western perspectives. Readers may find some answers satisfactory, whereas others bewildering. This is in fact the reality of creativity research and education.
(Excerpt from the Preface of the book)


程千帆, 孫望 選評
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Monday, September 6, 2010

A Gentle Guide to Research Methods

By Gordon Rugg and Marian Petre
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A Gentle Guide to Research Methods explains what research is, and guides you through choosing and using the method best suited to your needs, with detailed examples from a wide range of disciplines. It also gives you practical "nuts and bolts" advice about how to avoid classic problems and how to get the most out of your project.
Written in a down-to-earth and highly accessible style, this unique book provides an overview of the "big picture" of research and of how this links to 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 research so that it can help you with your career plans and life aspirations.
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六頂思考帽 (Six Thinking Hats)

波諾 (Edward de Bono)
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Monday, August 30, 2010

Motivation and Learning Strategies for College Success : A Self-management Approach

By Myron H. Dembo
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The primary purpose of the textbook is to help students change aspects of their motivation and learning strategies …  The process of change begins by observing and reflecting on one’s own behavior and then determining what needs to be changed and learning how to change. The features of this textbook are designed to identify the components of academic learning that contribute to high achievement, help students learn and practice effective learning and study strategies, and then complete self-management studies whereby they are taught a process for improving their academic behavior.
... six components that students need to control to become successful learners—motivation, methods of learning, time management, physical and social environment, and performance. These components serve as the basis for organizing and integrating the content throughout the text. Further, this focus allows for the integration of both motivation and learning strategies.
(Excerpt from the Preface of the book)

性格解析(Personality Plus)

弗洛倫斯.妮蒂雅 (Florence Littauer)
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…… 書中所述的四種基本性格類型:活潑型、完美型、力量型及和平型已經成為我們日常交流中非常自然的一部份,特別是對於了解我們自己和理解他人有着前所未有的效果。
在你認識了自己和別人的性格之後,了解到人和人之間不同的性格類型存在着許多差異,而不再強求別人認同自己或者讓自己刻意扭曲去迎合他人,特別是婚姻關係和家庭關係以及上司和下屬的關係。在這個基礎上,你才能與他人建立真實、自然、和諧的關係,才能夠與這個世界上最重要的人建立最融洽、最祥和的關係,這個人就是你自己! ……
(摘錄自書中“譯者序”, 江雅苓,1998)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Decision Making and Problem Solving Strategies

by John Adair
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There are three forms of applied thinking that everyone needs: decision making, problem solving, and creative thinking. Decision Making and Problem Solving will help readers master the processes of practical thinking that lie behind effective decision making, problem solving, and creative thinking. Using checklists, exercises, and case studies, this book enables anyone to understand key concepts such as: how the mind works, the principles of effective thinking, how to develop a framework for decision making, how to use a simple model for making decisions and solving problems, how to sharpen up creative thinking skills, and how to develop your thinking skills in the future. An expert on management thinking, John Adair will help managers and leaders of all levels ensure that the best decisions are taken, that problems are solved in the optimum way, and that the creative ideas and innovations so necessary for tomorrow's business flow freely.
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AQ逆境商数 (Adversity Quotient)

保羅・史托兹 (Paul G. Stoltz)
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(摘錄自書中“原出版者的話”, 1998)

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Power of Purpose: Creating Meaning in Your Life and Work

By Richard J. Leider
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Purpose is that deepest dimension within us—our central core or essence—where we have a profound sense of who we are, where we came from, and where we're going. Purpose is the quality we choose to shape our lives around. Purpose is a source of energy and direction.
Nothing shapes our lives as much as the questions we ask, or refuse to ask, throughout our lives. Purpose, however, is not a question that we can answer once and be done with it. We typically bring up the question of purpose about every ten years throughout our lives. At those times and during major life transitions, we ask questions like:
• Who am I?
• What am I meant to do here?
• What am I trying to do with my life?
...This book is for you if you're asking those three or questions such as:
• I feel that I've missed my calling in life. How do I find it?
• I've successfully reached midlife. Is that all there is? What's next?
• I've been growing spiritually. How do I connect my spiritual growth to my work? …

(Excerpt from “Introduction—The Purpose Quest” of the book)

你的誤區 (Your Erroneous Zones)

威勒・德爾(Wayne W. Dyer)
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這本書概述了一種獲得幸福的引人入勝的方法。這種方法依賴於你自己的責任和義務,加上你對生活的熱愛,以及你當時選擇的目標理想。……這本書的每一章都像是一個討論會。……每章都考察了一種特定的心理誤區或一種自我毀滅的行為。…… 本書的要旨在於幫助你了解你陷入這種自我毀滅行為誤區的原因。本書 也詳細敍述了陷入這種誤區的各種不同的行為表現。……又考察了執迷於這些並不能給你帶來幸福的行為原因。……每一章的結尾都附有根除自我貶損行為的對策。……貫穿本書的是兩個中心主題。第一個主題主要論述你對自己情緒的選擇能力。……第二個主題也就是好好地把握你的現在。……
(摘錄自書中序言, 2001)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Dealing with Difficult People

By Roy Lilley
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Workplaces are filled with all types of people, and some of them can be very difficult to get along with. By understanding difficult people and their behaviors, a savvy individual can resolve the awkward and problematic situations created by difficult people. Dealing with Difficult People looks at difficult behavior – what drives it and how to cope with it. Issues Roy Lilley discusses include: recognizing the seven types of difficult person, handling aggressive people, handling conflict, motivating lazy colleagues, dealing with difficult customers, and handling complaints.
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吳淡如 著
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有些話像一記悶棍,不經意地敲了你的腦袋一下;有些話像突來的陣雨,洗清了生活中久積的泥垢;有些話輕輕一敷,治療你心靈裡又癢又痛的皮膚病;被忘記的理性或感性忽然間甦醒了,你的人生腳步因而微微地調整了方向。簡單的一句話,使我們忽然懂得成長。 現代人面臨著人心徬徨、生命無常,為事業擔心、為家庭煩憂的種種困境,不知該如何面對未來,也不懂如何讓自己活得聰明,挫折與壓力讓我們過得一點都不輕鬆自在……。
林白夫人說:一個良好的關係就像雙人舞一樣,在舞蹈中,如果抓住舞伴不放,勢必使舞步僵硬。愛因斯坦說:我沒有特別的天分,只是好奇心十分強烈而已。 短短的一句話,你的人生會有什麼樣的想法?…… 45句富有啟發性的智慧名言,加上吳淡如真性情、真感覺的心情抒發,你不再恐懼生命、你知道看重現在;你會選擇勇敢、你明白愛情不需要代言人;你就是你!

Monday, August 2, 2010

How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life

By Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton
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The Theory of the Dipper and the Bucket
Each of us has an invisible bucket. It is constantly emptied or filled, depending on what others say or do to us. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it’s empty, we feel awful.
Each of us also has an invisible dipper. When we use that dipper to fill other people’s buckets — by saying or doing things to increase their positive emotions — we also fill our own bucket. But when we use that dipper to dip from others’ buckets — by saying or doing things that decrease their positive emotions — we diminish ourselves.
Like the cup that runneth over, a full bucket gives us a positive outlook and renewed energy. Every drop in that bucket makes us stronger and more optimistic.
But an empty bucket poisons our outlook, saps our energy, and undermines our will. That’s why every time someone dips from our bucket, it hurts us.
So we face a choice every moment of every day: We can fill one another’s buckets, or we can dip from them. It’s an important choice — one that profoundly influences our relationships, productivity, health, and happiness.
(Excerpt from the Introduction of the book)

是或不 (Yes or No)

斯賓塞・約翰遜 (Spencer Johnson)
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成功是件非常個人的事。它對我們每一個人而言都代表了不同的意義 ……
幸福和滿足看起來是與這趟旅程中所收獲的豐富經驗有關,而不是你知道你已經到達的那一刻。你不可能得到了成功之後,就坐下來享用它,把它當是一根巨大的、不會融化的棒棒糖。這也就是為甚麼那些自畫式的誤區最後讓我們感覺空虛,渴望聽到事實的真相。成功不是一個目的地,它是一趟旅程 ……

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Research Student's Guide to Success

By Pat Cryer
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Why use this book?
Research should be fascinating and fulfilling, packed with intellectual excitement. If this is to be your experience, you need to appreciate that ways of working which proved effective for taught courses, important as they still are, are no longer enough. New skills and strategies need to be developed. This book introduces them, as collected from students and supervisors across a range of disciplines and from a range of universities, colleges and other institutions of higher education throughout the world.
(Excerpt from Chapter 1 of the book)

溝通人生 :心理交往學

金盛華,楊志芳,趙凱 著
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所謂心理交往,就是日常生活中所談的人際交往。它包括兩個方面的含義。從動態的角度說,當我們提及心理交往或人際交往時,意指人與人之間的信息溝通和物質的交換 ……
從靜態的角度說,人際交往指人與人之間已經形成起來的關係,亦即通常所說的人際關係。這種關係是通過直接交往所產生的情感的積澱,是人與人之間相對穩定的情感紐帶 ……

Monday, July 19, 2010

Successful Presentation Skills

By Andrew Bradbury
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Effective communication is essential for business success. From training new employees to building a rapport with potential clients, the ability to deliver information, whilst achieving maximum impact, is a skill that all business people need, yet many find difficult to master. This fully revised edition continues to provide practical advice, addressing the common problems people face when making a presentation. Ideal for the inexperienced speaker or anyone wanting to improve their communication skills, Successful Presentation Skills includes tips on how to: overcome nerves; be concise; understand body language; and, use visual aids effectively.
... it includes up-to-date information and tips to achieve a first-class presentation, including advice on structuring a presentation and the advantages of using PowerPoint technology. This is an indispensable guide to communicating with confidence.
(Excerpt from Start-Up Books)


潘意敏,潘崢崢 編著
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Monday, July 12, 2010

Traditions of Writing Research

Edited by Charles Bazerman, Robert Krut, Karen Lunsford, Susan McLeod, Suzie Null, Paul Rogers, and Amanda Stansell
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Traditions of Writing Research reflects the different styles of work offered at the Writing Research Across Borders conference. Organized by Charles Bazerman, one of the pre-eminent scholars in writing studies, the conference facilitated an unprecedented gathering of writing researchers. Representing the best of the works presented, this collection focuses solely on writing research, in its lifespan scope bringing together writing researchers interested in early childhood through adult writing practices. It brings together differing research traditions, and offers a broad international scope, with contributor-presenters including top international researchers in the field.
The volume's opening section presents writing research agendas from different regions and research groups. The next section addresses the national, political, and historical contexts that shape educational institutions and the writing initiatives developed there. The following sections represent a wide range of research approaches for investigating writing processes and practices in primary, secondary, and higher education. The volume ends with theoretical and methodological reflections.
This exemplary collection, like the conference that it grew out of, will bring new perspectives to the rich dialogue of contemporary research on writing and advance understanding of this complex and important human activity.
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風格的要素 = The Elements of Style

威廉・斯特倫克 (William Strunk)
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張五常推崇的一本小書叫做 The Elements of Style,說是這本書直截了當,一二三四列出規例,英語怎麼寫可取,怎麼寫不可取,不必解釋,沒有哲理。那當然是對的,卻也不太容易做到。文筆要清楚明白,先決條件不是造句的功力,而是思想的清晰。易言之,看通事體,董理思緒,加上肚子裡的學問有條不紊,寫文章有了經驗,文筆才會清楚明白。這是一條漫長的道路。
董橋 著名作家和翻譯家

本書是專為英文寫作課而編寫的,該課程將英文寫作實踐和文學研究緊密地結合在一起。本書的目的是扼要闡明簡明的英語風格所具備的一些要 點。它還通過重點分析一些寫作要點,應用原則和 對一些最常犯的寫作毛病的分析 ……
本書僅僅涉及到英語風格很小的一部分,但是, 根據本書作者的經驗,學生一旦掌握了這些要點,再對照他們過去寫作時所遇到的問題,都會感到豁然開朗,從而獲益良深。

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Personal Efficiency Program: How to Get Organized to Do More Work in Less Time

By Kerry Gleeson
This book is the culmination of experiences gleaned from the many highly effective people that we at the Institute for Business Technology have coached and trained over the past 20 years. The focus of our work has been on the process of personal productivity. What do these highly productive people do? How do they do it? Can their work behaviors be boiled down to principles we all can apply? The book is a near-complete set of the timesaving ideas and behaviors of these highly successful people. The book also includes proven strategies we have developed to help our clients embrace these productivity ideas and make them part of their behaviors.
Charles Dickens once said: “I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.” This quote conveys many critical ingredients to success in work and life: habits of punctuality, order, diligence, determination, and concentration.
(Excerpt from the Preface, c2004)