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Plato at the Googleplex
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 480

Plato at the Googleplex

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2015-01-06
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  • Publisher: Vintage

Originally published in hardcover: New York: Pantheon, a division of Random House LLC, 2014.

Betraying Spinoza
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 304

Betraying Spinoza

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2009-01-16
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  • Publisher: Schocken

Part of the Jewish Encounter series In 1656, Amsterdam’s Jewish community excommunicated Baruch Spinoza, and, at the age of twenty–three, he became the most famous heretic in Judaism. He was already germinating a secularist challenge to religion that would be as radical as it was original. He went on to produce one of the most ambitious systems in the history of Western philosophy, so ahead of its time that scientists today, from string theorists to neurobiologists, count themselves among Spinoza’s progeny. In Betraying Spinoza, Rebecca Goldstein sets out to rediscover the flesh-and-blood man often hidden beneath the veneer of rigorous rationality, and to crack the mystery of the breac...

36 Arguments for the Existence of God
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 506

36 Arguments for the Existence of God

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2011
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  • Publisher: Vintage

Psychology professor Cass Seltzer finds his relationship challenged by a former girlfriend's invitation to join her biochemistry experiment in immortality, an effort that is complicated by his ongoing quest to understand religion.

Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel (Great Discoveries)
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 296

Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel (Great Discoveries)

A portrait of the eminent twentieth-century mathematician discusses his theorem of incompleteness, relationships with such contemporaries as Albert Einstein, and untimely death as a result of mental instability and self-starvation.

Strange attractors
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 276

Strange attractors

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1993-03-04
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  • Publisher: Viking Pr

The hidden order that lies at the heart of life's apparent chaos shapes seven stories that explore the intertwining of heart, soul, and intellect and journey through the mysterious maze of consciousness and love. Tour.

Properties of Light
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 256

Properties of Light

A grand gothic novel of the outer reaches of passion -- of the body and of the mind -- PROPERTIES OF LIGHT is a mesmerizing tale of consuming love and murderous professional envy that carries the reader into the very heart of a physics problem so huge and perplexing it thwarted even Einstein: the nature of light. Caught in the entanglements of erotic and intellectual passion are three physicists: Samuel Mallach is a brilliant theoretician unhinged by the professional glory he feels has been stolen from him; Dana is his intriguing and gifted daughter, whose desperate devotion to her father contributes to the tragic undoing of Justin Childs, her lover and her father's protege. All three are wo...

Mazel
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 368

Mazel

Mazel means luck in Yiddish, and luck is the guiding force in this magical and mesmerizing novel that spans three generations. Sasha Saunders is the daughter of a Polish rabbi who abandons the shtetl and wins renown as a Yiddish actress in Warsaw and New York. Her daughter Chloe becomes a professor of classics at Columbia. Chloe's daughter Phoebe grows up to become a mathematician who is drawn to traditional Judaism and the sort of domestic life her mother and grandmother rejected.

The Mind-body Problem
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 303

The Mind-body Problem

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1985
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  • Publisher: Laurel

Renee Feuer Himmel falls in love with and marries a brilliant mathematician, only to learn he is only attracted to her physically, not emotionally

Strange attractors
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 276

Strange attractors

Rebecca Goldstein's first novel. The Mind-Body Problem, established her as a writer of uncommon talent and versatility. Her most recent, The Dark Sister, caused one reviewer to comment that, "with this book, one has the exhilarating sense of reading a writer who has discovered the full possibilities of her talent." And, as you might expect from a writer trained as a philosopher, Rebecca Goldstein turns the full force of her dazzling energy and intelligence to this, her first collection of stories. These are stories that carry the weight and complexity of novels, whose characters are so beautifully developed that they come to haunt the reader long after the last page has been turned. Only Reb...

The Dark Sister
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 285

The Dark Sister

If you like the fiction of Henry James, the psychology of his brother William, and have a taste for Gothic mysteries you will enjoy The Dark Sister. The novel is a curious mixture of the Victorian repressiveness about sex, intricate stories within stories, and Jewish humor. With a new afterword