Monday, June 18, 2018

Leonardo da Vinci

Walter Isaacson
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“A powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life...a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it.” —The New Yorker

The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography.

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.

He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history’s most creative genius.

His creativity, like that of other great innovators, came from having wide-ranging passions. He peeled flesh off the faces of cadavers, drew the muscles that move the lips, and then painted history’s most memorable smile. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper. Isaacson also describes how Leonardo’s lifelong enthusiasm for staging theatrical productions informed his paintings and inventions.

Leonardo’s delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it—to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different.

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鄭楚衡, 達仁, 盧韋斯
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Monday, June 11, 2018

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

Steven Pinker
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"My new favorite book of all time." --Bill Gates

If you think the world is coming to an end, think again: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science. 

Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. This progress is not the result of some cosmic force. It is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing.

Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. But more than ever, it needs a vigorous defense. The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature--tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, magical thinking--which demagogues are all too willing to exploit. Many commentators, committed to political, religious, or romantic ideologies, fight a rearguard action against it. The result is a corrosive fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperation.

With intellectual depth and literary flair, Enlightenment Now makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.

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40個教育提案 : 把快樂帶回給香港學生

Agnes Miling Kaneko Chan (陳美齡)
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Hong Kong education and its issues have captured significant attention in recent years. Notable examples include the education reform, national education curriculum, liberal studies, STEM, Chinese history and cultures, TSA, and extra HK$5 billion for education. While we believe that every policy is initiated by a sound vision, the education policies have created immense pressure and discontent on students, teachers, and parents. What are the root causes - problems with execution? Insufficient support? Lack of resources? Something's wrong with our philosophy of education? In this book, Dr. Agnes Chan will give you 40 proposals to bring happiness back to education students.


Monday, June 4, 2018

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World

Andrea Wulf
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The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism.


One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The James Wright Award for Nature Writing, the Costa Biography Award, the Royal Geographic Society's Ness Award, the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award

Finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the Royal Society Science Book Prize, the Kirkus Prize Prize for Nonfiction, the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award

A Best Book of the Year: The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Economist, Nature, Jezebel, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, New Scientist, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Evening Standard, The Spectator

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The Cabinets of Curiosities. From the Natural Sciences to the Art of Nature. Collections from France and Hong Kong” exhibition introduces Hong Kong audiences to over 250 natural and artificial artefacts from 10 museums, galleries and private collections. The displays reveal European collectors’ fascination with exotic animals, plants, minerals and art objects unknown in the West until a few hundred years ago. Organised by City University of Hong Kong in collaboration with Le French May Arts Festival, the exhibition is being held from 25 May to 19 August at CityU Exhibition Gallery (Gallery). READ MORE


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Monday, May 28, 2018

American Pastoral

Philip Roth
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Philip Roth (March 19, 1933 – May 22, 2018) was an American novelist. American Pastoral is one of Philip Roth's masterpieces. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998.

American Pastoral is an elegy for the American century's promises of prosperity, civic order, and domestic bliss. Roth's protagonist is Swede Levov, a legendary athlete at his Newark high school, who grows up in the booming postwar years to marry a former Miss New Jersey, inherit his father's glove factory, and move into a stone house in the idyllic hamlet of Old Rimrock. And then one day in 1968, Swede's beautiful American luck deserts him.

For Swede's adored daughter, Merry, has grown from a loving, quick-witted girl into a sullen, fanatical teenager—a teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism. And overnight Swede is wrenched out of the longed-for American pastoral and into the indigenous American berserk. Compulsively readable, propelled by sorrow, rage, and a deep compassion for its characters, American Pastoral gives us Philip Roth at the height of his powers.

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立體書(pop-up book)最早誕生於13世紀的英國。最初,立體書是提供成人使用的資訊處理工具,在中世紀的歐洲則被應用在天文、醫學等專業領域,直到18世紀中期,專供兒童閱讀的立體童書才逐漸面市。


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Monday, May 21, 2018

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong about the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund
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“One of the most important books I’ve ever read―an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.” – Bill Gates

“Hans Rosling tells the story of ‘the secret silent miracle of human progress’ as only he can. But Factfulness does much more than that. It also explains why progress is so often secret and silent and teaches readers how to see it clearly.” ―Melinda Gates

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends―what percentage of the world’s population live in poverty; why the world’s population is increasing; how many girls finish school―we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.

In Factfulness, Professor of International Health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. They reveal the ten instincts that distort our perspective―from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of us and them) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse).

Our problem is that we don’t know what we don’t know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases.

It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. That doesn’t mean there aren’t real concerns. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most.

Inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, Factfulness is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world and empower you to respond to the crises and opportunities of the future.

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人生問題的有益答案 : 偉大思想家如何解決你的煩惱 (Great Thinkers)

The School of Life; 艾倫‧狄波頓 (Alain de Botton) 主編
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Monday, May 14, 2018

The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization

Martin Puchner
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The story of literature in sixteen acts—from Homer to Harry Potter, including The Tale of Genji, Don Quixote, The Communist Manifesto, and how they shaped world history

In this groundbreaking book, Martin Puchner leads us on a remarkable journey through time and around the globe to reveal the powerful role stories and literature have played in creating the world we have today. Through sixteen foundational texts selected from more than four thousand years of world literature, he reveals how writing has inspired the rise and fall of empires and nations, the spark of philosophical and political ideas, and the birth of religious beliefs.

We meet Murasaki, a lady from eleventh-century Japan who wrote the first novel, The Tale of Genji, and follow the adventures of Miguel de Cervantes as he battles pirates, both seafaring and literary. We watch Goethe discover world literature in Sicily, and follow the rise in influence of The Communist Manifesto. Puchner takes us to Troy, Pergamum, and China, speaks with Nobel laureates Derek Walcott in the Caribbean and Orhan Pamuk in Istanbul, as well as the wordsmiths of the oral epic Sunjata in West Africa. This delightful narrative also chronicles the inventions—writing technologies, the printing press, the book itself—that have shaped people, commerce, and history. In a book that Elaine Scarry has praised as “unique and spellbinding,” Puchner shows how literature turned our planet into a written world.

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過於喧囂的孤獨 (Too Loud a Solitude)

赫拉.巴爾 (Hrabal, Bohumil)
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一九五四到一九五八年之間,赫拉巴爾曾於布拉格一處廢紙回收站當了四年打包工。據他自己說,他到這裏工作之後不久,便產生了要寫這麼一篇小說的想法,這個想法在他腦海裏醞釀了二十年之久。廢紙收購站的四年生活給他的感受如此之深,使他一直沒有放棄這個題材,而是不斷地對它加以補充,進行反覆的深刻思考。 故事主角是在廢紙收購站工作了三十五年的打包工漢嘉,他把珍貴的書從廢紙堆中挑出來,藏在家裡、藏在腦裡,他狂飲啤酒、啃噬著書本裡的思想和詞句,他從一無所知的青年變成滿腹詩書的老人,韓波的詩文、老子的《道德經》、萊布尼茨的情史,是他信手拈來的記憶,康德的話語是他感傷喃喃的聲音。





Monday, May 7, 2018

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

Matthew Walker
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A New York Times bestseller

The first sleep book by a leading scientific expert—Professor Matthew Walker, Director of UC Berkeley’s Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab—reveals his groundbreaking exploration of sleep, explaining how we can harness its transformative power to change our lives for the better.

Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life—eating, drinking, and reproducing—the purpose of sleep remained elusive.

An explosion of scientific discoveries in the last twenty years has shed new light on this fundamental aspect of our lives. Now, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker gives us a new understanding of the vital importance of sleep and dreaming. Within the brain, sleep enriches our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming mollifies painful memories and creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge to inspire creativity.

Walker answers important questions about sleep: how do caffeine and alcohol affect sleep? What really happens during REM sleep? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? How do common sleep aids affect us and can they do long-term damage? Charting cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and synthesizing decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood, and energy levels; regulate hormones; prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes; slow the effects of aging; increase longevity; enhance the education and lifespan of our children, and boost the efficiency, success, and productivity of our businesses. Clear-eyed, fascinating, and accessible, Why We Sleep is a crucial and illuminating book.

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決斷的演算 : 預測、分析與好決定的11堂邏輯課 (Algorithms to Live By)

布萊恩‧克里斯汀 (Brian Christian), 湯姆‧葛瑞菲斯 (Tom Griffiths)
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Monday, April 30, 2018

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

David Allen
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In today's world, yesterday's methods just don't work. In Getting Things Done, veteran coach and management consultant David Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. Allen's premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective productivity and unleash our creative potential. In Getting Things Done Allen shows how to:

* Apply the "do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it" rule to get your in-box to empty
* Reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations
* Plan projects as well as get them unstuck
* Overcome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmed
* Feel fine about what you're not doing

From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done can transform the way you work, showing you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

Based on the premise that productivity is directly proportional to one's ability to handle tasks in a relaxed manner, the author offers strategies for self-management that minimize stress and enhance one's focus and efficiency.

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精準學習 : 「羅輯思維」最受歡迎的個人知識管理精進指南

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  • 買了很多書,下載了幾十G的電子書、音頻節目,但從沒真正打開來讀過?
  • 看了N多書、上了N多課,但回過頭來,卻發現似乎什麼也沒記住?
  • 越學越覺得要學的東西太多,不知從何入手,感到焦慮?
  • 學習很努力,但是進步卻很慢,沒找到「開竅」關鍵?



Monday, April 23, 2018

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

by Michael Wolff
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#1 New York Times Bestseller

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country―and the world―has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

This riveting and explosive account of Trump’s administration provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office, including:
-- What President Trump’s staff really thinks of him
-- What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama
-- Why FBI director James Comey was really fired
-- Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn’t be in the same room
-- Who is really directing the Trump administration’s strategy in the wake of Bannon’s firing
-- What the secret to communicating with Trump is
-- What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers

Never before in history has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion.

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文學是一場寧靜的奮鬥 : 香港未有文學館

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過去幾年,文學在香港,社群支持度大大增加。香港文學館的倡議運動,在其中扮演了重要的角色,凝聚社群,引起了頗大的聲勢。運動自2009 年6 月起始,迄本書編纂的2015 年6 月為止,恰好走過了六個年頭。本書想為大家說的是這樣一個故事:「空中樓閣,在地文學」。





Monday, April 16, 2018


Ray Dalio
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#1 New York Times Bestseller

“Significant...The book is both instructive and surprisingly moving.” —The New York Times

Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past forty years to create unique results in both life and business—and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.

In 1975, Ray Dalio founded an investment firm, Bridgewater Associates, out of his two-bedroom apartment in New York City. Forty years later, Bridgewater has made more money for its clients than any other hedge fund in history and grown into the fifth most important private company in the United States, according to Fortune magazine. Dalio himself has been named to Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Along the way, Dalio discovered a set of unique principles that have led to Bridgewater’s exceptionally effective culture, which he describes as “an idea meritocracy that strives to achieve meaningful work and meaningful relationships through radical transparency.” It is these principles, and not anything special about Dalio—who grew up an ordinary kid in a middle-class Long Island neighborhood—that he believes are the reason behind his success.

In Principles, Dalio shares what he’s learned over the course of his remarkable career. He argues that life, management, economics, and investing can all be systemized into rules and understood like machines. The book’s hundreds of practical lessons, which are built around his cornerstones of “radical truth” and “radical transparency,” include Dalio laying out the most effective ways for individuals and organizations to make decisions, approach challenges, and build strong teams. He also describes the innovative tools the firm uses to bring an idea meritocracy to life, such as creating “baseball cards” for all employees that distill their strengths and weaknesses, and employing computerized decision-making systems to make believability-weighted decisions. While the book brims with novel ideas for organizations and institutions, Principles also offers a clear, straightforward approach to decision-making that Dalio believes anyone can apply, no matter what they’re seeking to achieve.

Here, from a man who has been called both “the Steve Jobs of investing” and “the philosopher king of the financial universe” (CIO magazine), is a rare opportunity to gain proven advice unlike anything you’ll find in the conventional business press.

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生涯探索與規劃 : 我的生涯手册 (Career Exploration and Planning: My Career Manual)

吳芝儀 著
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Monday, April 9, 2018

The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage

Mel Robbins
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National Bestseller!
How to enrich your life and destroy doubt in 5 seconds.

Throughout your life, you've had parents, coaches, teachers, friends and mentors who have pushed you to be better than your excuses and bigger than your fears. What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing how to push yourself?

Using the science of habits, riveting stories and surprising facts from some of the most famous moments in history, art and business, Mel Robbins will explain the power of a “push moment.” Then, she’ll give you one simple tool you can use to become your greatest self.

It takes just five seconds to use this tool, and every time you do you’ll be in great company. More than 8 million people have watched Mel’s TEDx Talk, and executives inside of the world’s largest brands are using the tool to increase productivity, collaboration, and engagement.

In The 5 Second Rule, you’ll discover it takes just five seconds to:
  • Become confident
  • Break the habit of procrastination and self-doubt
  • Beat fear and uncertainty
  • Stop worrying and feel happier
  • Share your ideas with courage
The 5 Second Rule is a simple, one-size-fits-all solution for the one problem we all face—we hold ourselves back.

The secret isn’t knowing what to do—it’s knowing how to make yourself do it.

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區塊鏈革命 : 比特幣技術如何影響貨幣、商業和世界運作 (Blockchain Revolution)

唐.泰普史考特 (Don Tapscott) , 亞力士.泰普史考特 (Alex Tapscott)
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• 你是躍躍欲試的創業家,想要找到新平台大展身手。
• 你熱愛音樂,希望創作者不被層層剝削,確實靠自己的作品謀生。
• 你關心食安,想知道超市商品的真正來源。
• 你有定期投資的習慣,但微薄的投資利潤,總是被交易手續費吃掉。
• 你是Airbnb的房客,除了租金,還得多付6%~12%的服務費。


「區塊鏈是資訊科學史上最具決定性的關鍵發明之一,閱讀本書,將可以讓你了解它影響力深遠的運用方式。」──馬克.安德森(Marc Andreessen),網景共同創辦人

「泰普史考特父子的這本書,揭露了如何在下一波科技推動的巨變中求生與發展,很有機會成為我們這個世代最具代表性的作品之一。」──克雷頓.克里斯汀生(Clayton Christensen),《創新的兩難》作者

「只要是思慮周密的人,都試圖了解這項革命性的科技,以及它對於世界的影響,而泰普史考特父子卻已經站上時代的浪頭,為我們帶來這期盼已久的一部作品。」──丹.舒爾曼(Dan Schulman),PayPal執行長


Monday, April 2, 2018

Bit by Bit : Social Research in the Digital Age

Matthew J. Salganik
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An innovative and accessible guide to doing social research in the digital age

In just the past several years, we have witnessed the birth and rapid spread of social media, mobile phones, and numerous other digital marvels. In addition to changing how we live, these tools enable us to collect and process data about human behavior on a scale never before imaginable, offering entirely new approaches to core questions about social behavior. Bit by Bit is the key to unlocking these powerful methods―a landmark book that will fundamentally change how the next generation of social scientists and data scientists explores the world around us.

Bit by Bit is the essential guide to mastering the key principles of doing social research in this fast-evolving digital age. In this comprehensive yet accessible book, Matthew Salganik explains how the digital revolution is transforming how social scientists observe behavior, ask questions, run experiments, and engage in mass collaborations. He provides a wealth of real-world examples throughout and also lays out a principles-based approach to handling ethical challenges.

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你該殺死那個胖子嗎? 為了多數人幸福而犧牲少數人權益是對的嗎? 我們今日該如何看待道德哲學的經典難題 (Would You Kill the Fat Man?)

大衛‧愛德蒙茲 (David Edmonds)
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榮獲美國專業與學術傑出哲學出版獎(The PROSE awards)




Monday, March 26, 2018

Travelling to Infinity : My Life with Stephen

Jane Hawking
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Professor Stephen Hawking is one of the most famous and remarkable scientists of our age and author of the scientific bestseller "A Brief History of Time", which sold over 25 million copies across the world and will be adapted as a children's book in the Autumn of next year. In this compelling memoir his first wife, Jane Hawking, relates the inside story of their extraordinary marriage. As Stephen's academic renown soared, his body was collapsing under the assaults of motor neurone disease, and Jane's candid account of trying to balance his 24-hour care with the needs of their growing family will be inspirational to anyone dealing with family illness. The inner-strength of the author, and the self-evident character and achievements of her husband, make for an incredible tale that is always presented with unflinching honesty; the author's candour is no less evident when the marriage finally ends in a high-profile meltdown, with Stephen leaving Jane for one of his nurses, while Jane goes on to marry an old family friend. In this exceptionally open, moving and often funny memoir, Jane Hawking confronts not only the acutely complicated and painful dilemmas of her first marriage, but also the faultlines exposed in a relationship by the pervasive effects of fame and wealth. The result is a book about optimism, love and change that will resonate with readers everywhere.

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是設計,讓城市更快樂 : 找回以「人」為本的大街小巷,創造人與人的互動連結 (Happy City)

查爾斯‧蒙哥馬利 (Charles Montgomery)
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Monday, March 19, 2018

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Max Tegmark
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New York Times Best Seller

How will Artificial Intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology—and there’s nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who’s helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.

How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose? What career advice should we give today’s kids? How can we make future AI systems more robust, so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, replacing humans on the job market and perhaps altogether? Will AI help life flourish like never before or give us more power than we can handle?

What sort of future do you want? This book empowers you to join what may be the most important conversation of our time. It doesn’t shy away from the full range of viewpoints or from the most controversial issues—from superintelligence to meaning, consciousness and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos.

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大數據 : 「數位革命」之後, 「資料革命」登場 : 巨量資料掀起生活、工作和思考方式的全面革新 (Big Data)

麥爾荀伯格 (Viktor Mayer-Schonberger) 、庫基耶 (Kenneth Cukier)
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Monday, March 12, 2018

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant
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#1 New York Times Best Seller
Named a Best Book of 2017 by Barnes & Noble and Amazon

After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. “I was in ‘the void,’” she writes, “a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe.” Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.

Option B combines Sheryl’s personal insights with Adam’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. Beginning with the gut-wrenching moment when she finds her husband, Dave Goldberg, collapsed on a gym floor, Sheryl opens up her heart—and her journal—to describe the acute grief and isolation she felt in the wake of his death. But Option B goes beyond Sheryl’s loss to explore how a broad range of people have overcome hardships including illness, job loss, sexual assault, natural disasters, and the violence of war. Their stories reveal the capacity of the human spirit to persevere . . . and to rediscover joy.

Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us. Even after the most devastating events, it is possible to grow by finding deeper meaning and gaining greater appreciation in our lives. Option B illuminates how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to everyday struggles, allowing us to brave whatever lies ahead...

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香港音樂的前世今生 : 香港早期音樂發展歷程 (1930s-1950s)

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本書正是費女士等十位香港音樂界和政界名人,通過口述訪談,娓娓道出他們在二戰前後鮮為人知與音樂結緣的經過。從Uncle Ray郭利民、林樂培、沈鑒治、費明儀、盧景文、何承天、東尼·卡比奧、蕭炯柱、黎小田、羅乃新的珍貴憶述,勾畫出香港音樂的前世與今生。





Monday, March 5, 2018

Creating Great Choices: A Leader's Guide to Integrative Thinking

by Jennifer Riel,‎ Roger L. Martin
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Move Beyond Trade-Off Thinking

When it comes to our hardest choices, it can seem as though making trade-offs is inevitable. But what about those crucial times when accepting the obvious trade-off just isn't good enough? What do we do when the choices in front of us don't get us what we need? In those cases, rather than choosing the least worst option, we can use the models in front of us to create a new and superior answer. This is integrative thinking.

First introduced by world-renowned strategic thinker Roger Martin in The Opposable Mind, integrative thinking is an approach to problem solving that uses opposing ideas as the basis for innovation. Now, in Creating Great Choices, Martin and his longtime thinking partner Jennifer Riel vividly illustrate how integrative thinking works, and how to do it.

The book includes fresh stories of successful integrative thinkers that will demystify the process of creative problem solving, as well as practical tools and exercises to help readers engage with the ideas. And it lays out the authors' four-step methodology for creating great choices, which can be applied in virtually any context. The result is a replicable, thoughtful approach to finding a "third and better way" to make important choices in the face of unacceptable trade‐offs.

Insightful and instructive, Creating Great Choices blends storytelling, theory, and hands-on advice to help any leader or manager facing a tough choice.

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打開狄波諾的思考工具箱:從「水平思考」到「六頂思考帽」,有效收割點子的發想技巧 (Serious Creativity)

愛德華.狄波諾 (Edward de Bono)
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愛德華.狄波諾Edward de Bono






Monday, February 26, 2018

Swimming in Hong Kong

Stephanie Han
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Stephanie Han’s award-winning stories cross the borders and boundaries of Hong Kong, Korea, and the United States. This is an intimate look at those who dare to explore the geography of hope and love, struggle with dreams of longing and home, and wander in the myths of memory and desire.

Stephanie Han’s Swimming in Hong Kong was the finalist for the AWP Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction as well as the Spokane Prize. She is City University of Hong Kong’s first English literature PhD.

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思考的藝術:52 個非受迫性思考錯誤 (The Art of Thinking Clearly)

魯爾夫.杜伯里 (Rolf Dobelli)
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Monday, February 19, 2018

iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us

Jean M. Twenge
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A highly readable and entertaining first look at how today’s members of iGen—the children, teens, and young adults born in the mid-1990s and later—are vastly different from their Millennial predecessors, and from any other generation, from the renowned psychologist and author of Generation Me.

With generational divides wider than ever, parents, educators, and employers have an urgent need to understand today’s rising generation of teens and young adults. Born in the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s and later, iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. With social media and texting replacing other activities, iGen spends less time with their friends in person—perhaps why they are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness.

But technology is not the only thing that makes iGen distinct from every generation before them; they are also different in how they spend their time, how they behave, and in their attitudes toward religion, sexuality, and politics. They socialize in completely new ways, reject once sacred social taboos, and want different things from their lives and careers. More than previous generations, they are obsessed with safety, focused on tolerance, and have no patience for inequality. iGen is also growing up more slowly than previous generations: eighteen-year-olds look and act like fifteen-year-olds used to.

As this new group of young people grows into adulthood, we all need to understand them: Friends and family need to look out for them; businesses must figure out how to recruit them and sell to them; colleges and universities must know how to educate and guide them. And members of iGen also need to understand themselves as they communicate with their elders and explain their views to their older peers. Because where iGen goes, so goes our nation—and the world.

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快思慢想 (Thinking, Fast and Slow)

康納曼 (Daniel Kahneman)
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Monday, February 12, 2018

China: Five Thousand Years of History & Civilization

Edited by The Editorial Committee of Chinese Civilization: A Source Book, City University of Hong Kong
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This richly illustrated chronicle of Chinese civilization furnishes general readers and scholars alike with an authoritative overview of Chinese history, art and culture, from the pre-historic era to the early twentieth century, touching upon recurring themes and developments and synthesizing more than five thousand years of evolution and transition.

Written with precision and flair by a host of leading academics from Beijing and Hong Kong, this single volume is a welcome addition to the study of world civilizations, a broad yet detailed chronological sweep through time. Every aspect of Chinese civilization is explained, interpreted, contextualized and brought to life with well-balanced commentary and photographic documentation.

The result is a fascinating distillation of the past, an indispensable guide that renders the ancient past relevant to China today and to the rest of the world.

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我比別人更認真 : 刻意練習讓自己發光 (Talent Is Overrated)

傑夫.柯文 (Geoffrey Colvin)
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不過事實還不僅如此,所有我們看得到的天才人物其實必定經過「刻意練習」(deliberate practice)的洗禮,對練習結果進行分析,從失敗中吸取教訓,以科學的方法進行苦練,才有可能斬露頭角,讓所有人刮目相看。


Monday, February 5, 2018

Reading Hong Kong, Reading Ourselves

Edited by Janel Curry,‎ Paul Hanstedt
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This book, written by fourteen reflective scholars about living and learning from Hong Kong, builds on the growing interest of using “place” as text while providing a model of deepening cross-cultural encounters. Each chapter is written in a personal and experiential style, exploring Hong Kong through the lenses of a range of disciplines that shaped individual author's perceptions and encounters.

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看電影容易,看懂一部電影卻需要慢慢咀嚼細味。電影以講故事為主,講甚麼樣的故事,悲歡離合,離不開身處的社會。觀眾從電影看社會,拍電影的,也需要關懷社會,了解社會, 洞悉人生,才能拍出感動人心的作品。觀眾能夠感動,其實就是因為電影將人生寫得透徹入微,讓看的人有共鳴。



Monday, January 29, 2018

Becoming an Academic Writer: 50 Exercises for Paced, Productive, and Powerful Writing

Patricia Goodson
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With its friendly, step-by-step format, Becoming an Academic Writer by Patricia Goodson helps writers improve their writing by engaging in deep and deliberate practice―a type of practice adopted by expert performers in areas such as sports or music. Featuring 50 exercises, this practical, self-paced guide is flexibly organized so readers can either work their way through all of the exercises in order or focus on the specific areas where they need additional practice building their skills.

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中國女權 : 公民知識分子的誕生

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All

Tom Kelley and David Kelley
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IDEO founder and Stanford creator David Kelley and his brother Tom Kelley, IDEO partner and the author of the bestselling The Art of Innovation, have written a powerful and compelling book on unleashing the creativity that lies within each and every one of us.

Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the "creative types." But two of the leading experts in innovation, design, and creativity on the planet show us that each and every one of us is creative. In an incredibly entertaining and inspiring narrative that draws on countless stories from their work at IDEO, the Stanford, and with many of the world's top companies, David and Tom Kelley identify the principles and strategies that will allow us to tap into our creative potential in our work lives, and in our personal lives, and allow us to innovate in terms of how we approach and solve problems. It is a book that will help each of us be more productive and successful in our lives and in our careers.

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小說與我 = Fiction and I

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Negotiating the Nonnegotiable: How to Resolve Your Most Emotionally Charged Conflicts

Daniel Shapiro
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** Grand Prize Winner of the 2017 Nautilus Book Award

Are you struggling to deal with conflict in your life? In Negotiating the Nonnegotiable, Harvard negotiation expert Daniel Shapiro introduces a groundbreaking method to bridge the toughest divides—whether with family members, colleagues, or in the polarized world of politics. He reveals the hidden power of identity in fueling conflict, and presents a practical framework to reconcile even the most contentious situations. Field-tested around the world, the results are empowering.

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注意!這是我的個人資料私隱 (Watchout! This is My Personal Data Privacy)

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個人資料 由你掌握 齊齊做個「私隱話事人」!



為提高「保障、尊重個人資料」的意識,香港個人資料私隱專員公署聯同香港城市大學出版社出版《注意!這是我的個人資料私隱》一書。本書根據《私隱條例》,以淺白的語言,並附以具啟發性的個案,詳細介紹保障個人資料的法律權利,從生活的不同層面分析私隱外洩的陷阱,並以多個真實個案剖析《私隱條例》的法律根據與原則,讓你懂得如何保護個人資料。書中除了介紹條例下六個保障資料原則的要求及主要豁免條款以外,亦就不同範疇解答私隱疑難及提供各項實用提示。 此外,本書亦從人力資源管理、物業管理、資訊及通訊科技、直接促銷等角度,解答有關收集及使用個人資料的問題,讓讀者避免在不知情的情況下觸犯《私隱條例》。