Monday, January 31, 2011

Encyclopedia of Modern China

David Pong, editor in chief
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The book received a prestigious American Library Association RUSA award as one of ten outstanding reference sources for 2010.

Encyclopedia of Modern China provides critical information on the most populous country and most dynamic trade market in the world: the people, politics, economics, religion, philosophy, traditions, art, and literature of this ancient and enduring civilization is explored from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day.
Given China's increasing role in world affairs, its modern history and culture are of great interest to many, and this work is designed to bring reliable and accessible facts and analysis to students, professionals, and others who study and interact with China and her people.
• Commissioned contributors from colleges and universities in China and around the world provide authoritative content and fresh scholarly analysis
• Scores of tables, charts, graphs, and maps illustrate key points
• A glossary appendix listing transliteration of unique names, terms, and expressions
• A cumulative index, cross references, and lists of related topics
• All articles end with bibliographies and sources for reference and further reading
• A chronology of Chinese history since 1800
• An appendix of primary sources
• Thematic outline of contents
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為什麼過節 : 中國節日文化之精神

孫秉山 编著
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中國傳統的所有節日,有著一個共同的主旨。也就是說中國傳統的節日,共同追尋著一個深層的終極目的,那就是,這所有的節日都各自在適當的時間、適宜的場合,運用節日中的各項活動,來適時地調節和協調人與人、人與天地萬物的關係;也就是協調著 “天、地、人三才”的關係,以期達到人人和諧的社會與“天人合一”的境界。

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

Edited by Elizabeth Knowles
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“When a thing has been said and well said, have no scruple: take it and copy it” – Anatole France
A major new edition [Seventh Edition] of the most authoritative dictionary of quotations available brings you the wit and wisdom of past and present--from the ancients of East and West to the global village of the 21st century. Find that half-remembered line in a browser’s paradise of over 20,000 quotations for all occasions, comprehensively indexed for ready reference. Whether you lean towards the words of Jane Austen: ‘Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure’, or the advice of Paris Hilton: ‘Dress cute wherever you go. Life is too short to blend in’, the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations provides the ultimate answer to the questions ‘Who said that? (and when, and why)’.
Drawing on Oxford's unrivalled dictionary research program and unique language monitoring, almost 1,000 new quotations have been added to this seventh edition from over 500 authors, from Mary Wollstonecraft and Sarah Palin to Herman Hesse and William Hazlitt. These include classic quotations from established names for which new evidence of current usage has been found, such as ‘The worth of a soul cannot be told’ (the African writer and former slave Olaudah Equiano) and ‘Work first—love next’ (American writer and feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman), as well as earlier quotations used by well-known literary authors from around the English-speaking world, e.g. the maxim of Confucius for a ruler, ‘If you desire what is good, the people will be good’ (quoted by Thoreau), and the view of the Phrygian Stoic philosopher Epictetus that ‘Not things, but opinions about things, trouble men’ (cited by Laurence Sterne).
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你可以更了不起 : 解構你的心智魔力 (Mind Magic)

約翰羅倫斯・米勒 (John Laurence Miller)
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Monday, January 17, 2011

Developing More Curious Minds

By John Barell
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… He believes many students have become too passive in their learning, accepting information and "facts" as presented in textbooks, classes, and the media. Drawing on anecdotes from educators and his own life, Barell describes practical strategies to spur students' ability and willingness to pose and answer their own questions. Antarctica expeditions, outer space discoveries, dinosaur fossils, literature, and more help define the importance of developing an inquisitive mind, using such practices as
* Maintaining journals on field trips,
* Using questioning frames and models when reading texts,
* Engaging in critical thinking and problem-based learning, and
* Integrating inquiry into curriculum development and the classroom culture. To become habits of mind, students' daily curiosities must be nurtured and supported. Barell draws a vivid map to guide readers to "an intelligent revolution" in which schools can become places where educators and students imagine and work together to become active citizens in their society.
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Monday, January 10, 2011

Climate Change: In Context

Edited by Brenda Wilmoth Lerner & K. Lee Lerner
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The book received a prestigious American Library Association RUSA award as one of ten outstanding reference sources for 2009.

Offers coverage of the history, politics, and ethical debates related to climate change, including the impact of climate change on daily life, trade and commerce, travel, and the future of both industrialized and impoverished nations. Provides insights on leading social issues and spurs critical thinking about the impact of environmental issues on daily life and globalization.
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大學之理念 = The Idea of a University

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Monday, January 3, 2011

The Climate Diet : How You Can Cut Carbon, Cut Costs, and Save the Planet

Jonathan Harrington
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We live in a world of excess. We consume too much of everything—food, clothes, cars, bricks and mortar. Our bingeing is often so extreme that it threatens our own health and well being. And we are not the only ones who are getting sick.
The Earth—which provides the food, air, water and land that sustains us—is also under severe pressure. Gluttonous consumption of nature's trans-fats—carbon-based fossil fuels, deforestation and unsustainable resource use—is disrupting the global temperature-regulating machine that mother nature has carefully maintained for millions of years. Try as she may to keep from running a fever, the environmental reengineering wrought by six billion people, like a force of nature, is warming our world. At some point, something just has to give. We either take steps to put our personal lifestyles and planetary systems back into balance or we suffer the consequences.
So, what does any unhealthy overweight person do when the doctor tells him or her that they are eating themselves into an early grave? Go on a diet!
The Climate Diet offers an optimistic, easy to understand and engaging message. It has never been easier for families to cut back on their use of fossil fuels and protect the climate all while saving money. By using the familiar language of weight loss, The Climate Diet explains climate change concepts, problems and solutions in ways that anyone can easily understand. Following a five-step climate diet plan, families will be able to count their carbon calories, learn how to reduce them and aim for one of four different levels of achievement: Participant, Bronze, Silver and Gold, each of which can be tailored to fit almost any lifestyle.
This is the must-have guide to the most important diet ever. If we all participate, the greenhouse gas emissions bulge can be beaten, leaving us with a slim healthy planet now and for the future.
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生活簡單就是享受 (Simplify Your Life)

愛琳.詹姆絲 (Elaine St. James)
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* 衣櫥不要太大,大了就想多買衣服。
* 關掉電視機吧!因為它佔掉我們太多時間了。
* 不要電話一響,就反射式地急著接。
* 在家裡度假吧!不要出去人擠人。
* 檢討你的購物習慣,不要為買而買!
* 不要做行事曆的奴隸!
* 少工作,多讓自己享受人生吧!
* 學習如何大笑吧!
* 每個月讓自己獨處一天。
* 一次只做一件事。
* 找個時間看夕陽吧!
* 學習說「不」!
* 散步要比去健身院好。