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 …
(Excerpt from amazon.com)

潮平岸闊 : 高錕自述

高錕 著
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提起高錕教授,即時會想起他的光纖、寬頻通訊等科學技術上的成就。本書是作者的七十自述,除了讓讀者一覽他闖蕩世界科技文明、周遊列國的廣闊人生之外,還與讀者分享他對人、對世界的開闊視野。“潮平岸闊”既可以用來形容今天的寬頻傳送,何嘗不是作者生命形態的最佳寫照。《潮平岸闊─高錕自述》裡的高錕,不止“光纖之父”一面。本書共十五章,首章先寫與廝守四十多年的夫人美芸相識相遇,及後共結連理的生活細節,隨之倒敘童年往事,以及鮮有詳細披露的留學生活。
這是作者的巧心安排:科技事業與家庭兼重,以“邂逅”居全書之首,見科技學者對人文、人倫價值之肯定。第六、七、八三章詳細交代光纖發明、改良、大量生產的過程。這方面的成功令他在創新科技事業上闖出一個又一個高峰。第九至十二章是光纖之外的社會貢獻,以及平凡而溫馨豐富的家庭生活。出掌中大,是重投華人世界,尋根問源。最後三章是回顧過去、展望未來的宏觀陳述。
(摘錄自博客來網路書店)




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.
(Excerpt from amazon.com)

日本近現代抒情詩選

李芒,蘭明 編譯
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這本抒情詩集的編譯目的簡明,一供欣賞,二供研究。
…… 我們的主要目的是向讀者提供適於欣賞的佳作,兼顧詩人的發展軌跡,並僅憑我們的個人感覺和識見,粗略說明詩人們不同的語言質地及其形態和得失。……
對於日本近現代抒情詩自身歷史的細分,當然可以採用類似啟蒙時代、成形與成熟時代、變革時代、戰後詩的時代這樣的分法,而在我們看來,與其作這樣人工的枯燥的空間分割,不如首先體悟把握彌漫在這幾片不同的天空中的同一 世紀的的整 體氛圍和情感、情緒趨向——二十世紀文明史上一個既是遲到者又是領先者的東方島國民族的衝動與彷徨、放縱與控制、昂揚與頹唐 …… 在作過這種宏觀領略後,則可傾力去把握那些燦爛的金果——動人心旌的詩作或詩歌現象。 首先,我們需要認識島崎藤村。藤村的作為不僅在於他的詩以自由大膽的形象與主題,表現了強烈的反封建傳統觀念的意識 ……
其次,北原白秋、三本露風、木下杢太郎、萩原朔太郎與堀口大學、西條八十等這兩組人物,可謂是詩歌王國的驕子 ……
最後,在戰後一般詩壇,我們以為鮎川信夫、谷川俊太郎、大岡信、田村隆一等人是值得多加流盼的。他們不僅在當時的詩界的佼佼者,如今大多還作為詩界的頭面人物活躍於詩壇(主要是批評領域)。把他們的作品與前人相比照,可以看出,雖然他們的創作衝動和構思激發點,也主要源於對自身感覺的發現和對人類生命共振現象的體悟,對語言的狂熱情感和冒險欲望 ……
(摘錄自前言)

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)

日本漢詩選評

程千帆, 孫望 選評
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在日本,以漢語寫成的文學作品,以詩為盛,漢詩是日本文學,特別是日本古代文學的有機組成部分。在日本文學漫長的歷史發展中,漢詩人寫出了數量既多質量又高的作品。中日兩國,語言雖異,但文字部分相同,因而漢語古典詩歌這種藝術樣式,能夠長期地風行日本。不僅朝野廣為傳誦,而且群起取則,抒情言志,運用自如,詩人輩出,卓然成家。這是國際文化交流史上非常值得珍視的現象,也是一衣帶水的兩個鄰邦在源遠流長的交往中結出的豐碩成果。……
漢詩在日本興起、發展、繁榮,到形成獨特的“日本漢詩”風格,最後終於式微,大約有一千三百年之久。考察一下日本漢詩的風會遷移,不難發現與中國詩歌的發展、詩家的主張,每有桴鼓相應、鐘磬和聲之處。東瀛詩苑宗唐宗宋、復古變革之爭,獨尊一家或兼收並蓄之別,往往或遲或早受着中國詩壇風尚的影響。
中日兩國詩人,同用漢語及其詩歌藝術形式進行創作,這實在是饒有興味的現象。……
(摘錄自前言,吳錦)

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.
(Excerpt from amazon.co.uk)

六頂思考帽 (Six Thinking Hats)

波諾 (Edward de Bono)
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思維是人類發展的動力。然而,我們絕對不能自滿於這項最重要的技巧。無論我們的思維方式多好,仍然需要精益求精。……

本課程只有一個簡單的概念,就是要使思考者能夠一次只做一件事。他(或她)能夠將情感與邏輯分開,將創造力與信息分開,以此類推,這個概念來自六頂思考帽。戴上其中一頂就代表使用一種思維方式。……

這六頂思考帽讓我們能夠指揮自己的思想,正如樂團指揮一般。我們可以按照自己的意願,叫出任何一種思維方式。同樣地,這種技巧對會議的進行也有幫助,我們可以使與會人士脫離一般的思維軌道,使他們能以不同的思維方式,來解決手邊的事務。

(摘錄自前言,2002)