Genius At Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway [EPUB]
14 July 2015, 08:10
2015 | EPUB | 15.18MB
An unabashed original, John Horton Conway is Archimedes, Mick Jagger, Salvador Dali, and Richard Feynman all rolled into one--a singular mathematician, with a rock star's charisma, a sly sense of humor, a polymath's promiscuous curiosity, and a burning desire to explain everything about the world to everyone in it.
Born in Liverpool in 1937, Conway found fame as a barefoot Cambridge professor. He discovered the Conway groups in mathematical symmetry, and invented the aptly named surreal numbers, as well as the cult classic Game of Life--more than a cool fad, Life demonstrates how simplicity generates complexity and the game provides an analogy for all mathematics and the entire universe. Moving to Princeton in 1987, as a mathemagician he deployed cards, ropes, dice, coat hangers, and even the odd Slinky as props to extend his winning imagination and share his mathy obsessions with signature contagion. He is a jet-setting ambassador-at-large for the beauties of all things mathematical.
Genius At Play is an intimate investigation into the mind of an endearing genius, laying bare Conway's personal and professional idiosyncrasies. The intimacy comes courtesy of the man himself. He generously granted Roberts full access, though not without the occasional grudge and grumble: "Oh hell," he'd say. "You're not going to put that in the book. Are you?!?"
The Trouble with Truth: A Memoir [EPUB]
13 July 2015, 17:01
2014 | EPUB | 1.18MB
The Trouble with Truth begins when a love-starved child, thrilled with a ride in her dad's sports car on a mountain outing, discovers he has taken her on a date with one of his co-ed students while mom cleans house in her Peter Pan blouse and Ferragamo pumps back home in Burbank; or maybe it begins when she falls in love and swiftly says "I do" to her Sun Valley ski instructor, who not long after, staggers in from an overnight drunk and threatens her with a gun while she protects herself behind a bed sheet.
Beth Kelly feels trapped in a continuous cycle of destructive relationships. First there’s Roland, the handsome ski instructor who turns out to be a liar and a drunk, fully capable of threatening Beth with a gun to prevent her from leaving him.
Breaking free from Roland after she makes a failed suicide attempt, Beth meets tight-lipped Sam, who is, sadly, Roland redux. Meanwhile, Roland still calls whenever he needs money, twisting Beth’s emotions for his own gain.
Beth seems doomed to continue making self-destructive choices, both in her relationships and career, until renowned therapist and author Jean C. Jenson (Reclaiming Your Life) changes everything. Jenson helps Beth see the world truthfully, a painful process but ultimately one that liberates Beth. As Jean notes, “The truth will set you free. But first it will make you miserable.”
A true story told with a sharp sense humor skillfully blended with a clear and compassionate voice meant to smooth what could be, and was, a rather perilous journey. Beth’s tale spotlights the pitfalls of searching for love when you've never been loved, and how our self-perceptions color how we love, forgive, and live. A thoughtful mixing of setting, scene, and action with memorable characters, The Trouble with Truth is a memoir unique in style and scope. It redefines the meaning of family and everything we've ever been taught to call love. It is about domestic abuse and what that looks like minus black eyes and broken jaws. It is about shining the light on the truth. It is about how you mend a broken heart. It is a hopeful, happy story meant to spotlight a subject the author confronted not only in her own life but also daily for fifteen years as director of the Crisis Hotline in Ketchum, Idaho.
Bloomsbury's Outsider: A Life of David Garnett [EPUB]
13 July 2015, 15:31
2015 | EPUB | 4.36MB
Literary Sensation, Lover, Libertine, Family Man
Award-winning novelist and towering figure of the 20th century British literary landscape, David Garnett was a Bloomsbury insider ultimately pushed to the margins. In this, the first biography of Garnett, (known as Bunny), author Sarah Knights – who has had unprecedented access to Garnett's papers – goes beyond stereotype and myth to present a clear sighted account of this often contradictory figure.
Trained as a scientist, Garnett worked as a novelist and wrote exquisite prose. Lady into Fox was made into a Rambert ballet and Aspects of Love into an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. In the First World War, he was a conscientious objector whereas in the Second he worked for British intelligence. A free love enthusiast, he nevertheless married. He loathed literary criticism but became a leading literary critic.
Born into the Victorian period, Garnett's life spanned two World Wars, the Swinging Sixties and beyond. From pre-Revolutionary Russia, by way of Indian Nationalists in London and carefree Neo-Paganism, Garnett's early life was packed with adventure. Propelled by a desire to be constantly in love, he dazzled men and women, believing the person mattered, irrespective of gender. An overnight literary sensation in the 1920s he was at the centre of literary London. Confidante and mentor of many writers, T. E. Lawrence, Rupert Brooke, D. H. Lawrence, Joseph Conrad and H. G. Wells, were among his friends. Garnett felt most at home with the Bloomsbury Group, in particular with Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, his lover, with whom he lived during the First World War. Their long friendship was threatened, however, when Garnett's cradle-side prophecy to marry their daughter Angelica came true.