Monday, March 28, 2016

Resilience: How to Cope When Everything Around You Keeps Changing

Liggy Webb
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BOUNCE BACK FROM WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT YOU

Stressful situations are a fact of life. Job insecurity, financial burden, relationship doubt are all too familiar. Some people approach them with confidence and poise, facing change and challenges head on. Others back away slowly into a corner and become quivering wrecks at the mere thought of them. So what is it that makes some people cope with these adverse situations so well? It s not about what is happening to you, but how you react to it. It s about your resilience.

Happiness guru Liggy Webb is here to help us all find positivity and inner strength to cope with stressful situations. Arming you with a personal toolkit to handle day to day challenges, and providing strategies for thriving in uncertain times Liggy shows you how to increase your bouncibility and bounce back from whatever negative things life throws at you.

Timely topic with governments across the world promoting happiness on the one hand and dealing with vast economic uncertainty and austerity on the other

Easy to digest, anecdotal and practical guide with lots of common sense advice

Contains timely examples and tips tailored for coping with difficult times

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

方法論Ⅲ-研究之建設

劉勝驥 著
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《方法論III:研究之建設》是一本跨越學門整合社會科學各科之方法論輝煌巨著,全書十四章 ...... 本書由1概念→2變項→3策略,完成研究論文的「問題意識建構」;為進一步統計分析推論之需;接著→4範疇→5排序→6測量,整理研究材料的基本觀念與方法,完成研究論文的資料鑑定。從事「質性研究」則:7解釋→8關係→9意識形態,是社會科學質性研究提出各項新理論入門方法。從事「量化研究」則:10行為→11模式→12系統→13制度,是科學量化研究理念,一旦模式、系統、制度建構成功,其研究發現將是您給學術界增添了一項新定理或新公式。

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Monday, March 21, 2016

A Scientific Approach to Writing for Engineers and Scientists

Robert E. Berger
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A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO WRITING

Technical ideas may be solid or even groundbreaking, but if these ideas cannot be clearly communicated, reviewers of technical documents--e.g., proposals for research funding, articles submitted to scientific journals, and business plans to commercialize technology--are likely to reject the argument for advancing these ideas.

The problem is that many engineers and scientists, entirely comfortable with the logic and principles of mathematics and science, treat writing as if it possesses none of these attributes. The absence of a systematic framework for writing often results in sentences that are difficult to follow or arguments that leave reviewers scratching their heads.

This book fixes that problem by presenting a "scientific" approach to writing that mirrors the sensibilities of scientists and engineers, an approach based on an easily-discernable set of principles. Rather than merely stating rules for English grammar and composition, this book explains the reasons behind these rules and shows that good reasons can guide every writing decision.

This resource is also well suited for the growing number of scientists and engineers in the U.S. and elsewhere who speak English as a second language, as well as for anyone else who just wants to be understood.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

18歲前就該讀的哈佛人生哲理

王愛民 著
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 哈佛是社會菁英寶地,不是因為哈佛人天生就是菁英,而是因為他們的視野更高,志向更遠,付出的更多。我們也要有菁英意識,要努力、努力再努力,鍛鍊自己,培養自己,讓優秀成為一種習慣,讓自己脫穎而出,讓自己成為時代的菁英,菁英中的菁英。

「先有哈佛,後有美利堅合眾國」,哈佛人驕傲地將這句話寫入了自己的校史。這絕不是哈佛人的自誇,哈佛早就已經成為一種成功與榮譽的象徵。它被譽為「美國人的思想庫」。

哈佛創校三百年來,為全世界造就了大批的人才:七位美國總統,三十多位諾貝爾獎得主、三十多位普利茲獎得主與數十家跨國公司總裁。

到底哈佛靠什麼打造了這些人?難道他們的教育中有著什麼不為人知的秘密?

實際上,哈佛能夠培養出如此多的頂尖級人才,不僅僅在於其課堂上傳授的知識,更在於其在承載了厚重歷史的前提下、在歲月中沉澱下來的引人深思的智慧。這些智慧潛藏在哈佛的各個角落和師生生活的每一個細節之中。在其靈秀之氣中長期耳濡目染,人們便會於不知不覺中脫胎換骨,進入一種高素質、高水準、高格調的境界。

哈佛,不只是一所大學的名字,更是一種精神,一種智慧。百年哈佛帶給世界的不僅僅是優秀的人才,還有經典而深刻的人生哲學。哈佛已經成為很多年輕人夢想開始的地方。

我們每個人都有必要做做百年哈佛的學生,學習它教給我們的人生哲學。哈佛的人生哲學需要我們拜讀,它的智慧是指引一生的航標。在它帶給我們的智慧和哲理面前,我們不能有絲毫的懈怠。

為此,我們編著了這本名為《18歲前就該讀的哈佛人生哲理》一書。這是一本青少年的成長讀物,也是修身養性的人生指南。書中圍繞著哈佛哲理精神,精心選擇了一百多個哲理小故事,它們或幽默風趣,或發人深省,而且每一個故事後面還附有一段精彩的點評。

本書內容包括了夢想、品質、習慣、機遇等各個方面,沒有冗長的說教,只有無窮無盡的榜樣力量。本書從各個角度充分詮釋了哈佛的哲理精髓,觸及了人生中最樸素的感情和人性中最本質的東西,並挖掘出成功中最豐富的內涵。

本書通俗易懂,不僅能為我們的心靈撥開一絲愁雲,還可帶來閱讀的愉快體驗。讀這本書,你會感覺到幾百年來的哈佛智慧就像涓涓細流在你的心頭流淌。無須親自走進哈佛校園,此書就會帶給你對哈佛的深刻體驗。在書中,你可以聆聽哈佛教授的精彩哲思,可以品味哈佛大學的濃郁氣息。走進此書,你就會像一個智者一樣低頭沉思……

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, March 14, 2016

What the Best College Students Do

Ken Bain
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The author of the best-selling book What the Best College Teachers Do is back with more humane, doable, and inspiring help, this time for students who want to get the most out of college―and every other educational enterprise, too.

The first thing they should do? Think beyond the transcript. The creative, successful people profiled in this book―college graduates who went on to change the world we live in―aimed higher than straight A’s. They used their four years to cultivate habits of thought that would enable them to grow and adapt throughout their lives.

Combining academic research on learning and motivation with insights drawn from interviews with people who have won Nobel Prizes, Emmys, fame, or the admiration of people in their field, Ken Bain identifies the key attitudes that distinguished the best college students from their peers. These individuals started out with the belief that intelligence and ability are expandable, not fixed. This led them to make connections across disciplines, to develop a “meta-cognitive” understanding of their own ways of thinking, and to find ways to negotiate ill-structured problems rather than simply looking for right answers. Intrinsically motivated by their own sense of purpose, they were not demoralized by failure nor overly impressed with conventional notions of success. These movers and shakers didn’t achieve success by making success their goal. For them, it was a byproduct of following their intellectual curiosity, solving useful problems, and taking risks in order to learn and grow.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

不安於「是」:西洋女性文學十二家

李根芳 著
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以西洋文學中的女性主體和建構為主題,探討女性文學的六大議題:族群與歷史、成長與背叛、婚姻與獨立、纖弱與堅強、驚悚與奇詭、欲望與身體。每一主題以兩個經典文學作品為例,透過說故事的方式,細膩分析女性作者如何把這些議題寫入作品之中,使其發光、發熱,昇華為散發美感的經典作品。

淺顯流暢的文字,引領讀者一窺女性書寫的歷史,探索西方女性主義關切的重點議題,表現女性安穩的「是」或不安於「是」。選題精要並具新意,作者除推薦相關作品的中譯版本,更在導讀中翻譯作品精華片段,堪稱近年來最佳的西洋女性文學導讀。

※精選十二位重量級的西洋女作家,介紹其生平故事及膾炙人口的作品,包括湯亭亭、吳爾芙、奧斯汀、莫里森等。

※書中討論了十八世紀至二十世紀的經典女性書寫,文類涵蓋了詩、小說、戲劇等,論述之間不掉書袋,輕鬆中帶有一定深度,另附延伸閱讀書單,最適合剛對文學萌生興趣的讀者。

※翻譯名家李根芳教授以淺顯易讀的文字,搭配說書般的敘事口吻,與讀者分享每一篇經典作品的精妙之處。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, March 7, 2016

Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future

Martin Ford
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Winner of the 2015 FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award
A New York Times Bestseller
Top Business Book of 2015 at Forbes
One of NBCNews.com 12 Notable Science and Technology Books of 2015

What are the jobs of the future? How many will there be? And who will have them? We might imagine—and hope—that today’s industrial revolution will unfold like the last: even as some jobs are eliminated, more will be created to deal with the new innovations of a new era. In Rise of the Robots, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Martin Ford argues that this is absolutely not the case. As technology continues to accelerate and machines begin taking care of themselves, fewer people will be necessary. Artificial intelligence is already well on its way to making “good jobs” obsolete: many paralegals, journalists, office workers, and even computer programmers are poised to be replaced by robots and smart software. As progress continues, blue and white collar jobs alike will evaporate, squeezing working- and middle-class families ever further. At the same time, households are under assault from exploding costs, especially from the two major industries—education and health care—that, so far, have not been transformed by information technology. The result could well be massive unemployment and inequality as well as the implosion of the consumer economy itself.

In Rise of the Robots, Ford details what machine intelligence and robotics can accomplish, and implores employers, scholars, and policy makers alike to face the implications. The past solutions to technological disruption, especially more training and education, aren’t going to work, and we must decide, now, whether the future will see broad-based prosperity or catastrophic levels of inequality and economic insecurity. Rise of the Robots is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what accelerating technology means for their own economic prospects—not to mention those of their children—as well as for society as a whole.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

長鏡頭下的張愛玲:影像、書信、出版

蘇偉貞 著
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遊牧者上路,靠的正是記憶。一九五二年張愛玲離開上海後就未曾回去,赴美後的創作於今看內容不脫重寫、自傳、自白,說明了這些作品如同記憶結晶,不斷折射著她的回返路線。

作者以同時為小說家又為評論家的視角,洞察創作與人生的織理;以影像、哲學、精神分析、創作美學等不同角度與分析脈絡,依據全新出土之書信與著作,重啟張愛玲研究。更以曾為媒體編輯身分與作家張愛玲往返寫信的親身體驗,從張愛玲的小說、劇本、筆記、書信、未完成與散佚稿件……勾勒出一幅比張任何一部作品都更驚人的層層疊疊建構:或者,一切都是小說家的虛構,便虛構地完成了小說家的人生。

  繼《孤島張愛玲》後,
  小說家學者蘇偉貞又一次對張愛玲的析論與細說
  全書以影像、書信、出版三大面向綜論張愛玲的創作意象與內涵
  是極具新意與創意的「看張」論述

本書以張愛玲與電影的淵源開始進行析論,曾經參與編劇的〈傾城之戀〉〈太太萬歲〉乃至〈不了情〉,張愛玲究竟欲傳遞何種訊息,以及這些影像作品與其創作,乃至真實生活中的關係,作者皆有深入的論述。

在〈生成-書信:張愛玲的創作-演出〉中,作者有意證明如果釐清張愛玲書信中重要事件之經緯,就能找到張愛玲小說-書信-人生相關的詰問與答案。作者另附記了他任職報社編輯時,與張愛玲的書信往返十數封,寫就〈張愛玲的書信演出──自誇與自鄙〉,其中細膩的析論,可為張愛玲本人性格提供註解。

在〈連環套:張愛玲的出版美學〉,作者援引了二○○九年出版的「自白體」長篇小說《小團圓》作為評說的主體,往復呼應張愛玲與胡蘭成間的情事,乃至其創作與人生,堪為讀者留下一格「張-看」「看-張」的窗。

〈重回前方,台灣行〉收錄張愛玲訪台唯一新聞報導,〈鴉片床與診療椅的心理治療檔案〉從精神分析學角度切入〈金鎖記〉的人物心理及人生悲劇,深刻反射張愛玲孤絕性格。

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