Come può un matematico credere in Dio? Un luogo comune nato con l'Illuminismo vuole che gli scienziati siano atei o agnostici. La ricerca della verità perseguita attraverso la scienza sarebbe infatti incompatibile con qualunque convinzione di tipo religioso. Per Antonio Ambrosetti, scienziato di grande e riconosciuto valore e cristiano dichiarato, la matematica e la religione appartengono a due sfere distinte dell'esperienza umana, che possono coesistere in modo proficuo e reciprocamente stimolante. In particolare l'autore discute la pretesa onnipotenza della matematica, in base alla quale molti ritengono di poter dimostrare matematicamente tutto. La matematica ha molti limiti e, comunque, non può essere usata né per dimostrare né tanto meno per negare l'esistenza di Dio. Anche se forse può aiutarci ad avvicinare il suo mistero e a coglierne la grandezza.
Dio e l'ipercubo
Author: Francesco Malaspina
Publisher: Effatà Editrice
Certo può sembrare strano accostare i quattro vangeli e l'ipercubo, la teoria di Cantor degli insiemi e della loro cardinalità al mistero stesso di Dio, l'insieme vuoto e la costruzione dei numeri naturali all'Incarnazione e alla kenosis del Figlio di Dio, gli spazi metrici, gli omeomorfismi tra insiemi e le funzioni continue al regno di Dio, o, ancora, le varietà topologiche all'esperienza della carità. Si tratta di recuperare un modo di pensare capace di vedere le cose non solo in se stesse come nell’approccio scientifico, ma anche come simboli. E anche in questo senso il confronto con la matematica, che vive di simboli, appare di grande interesse. Come altri hanno utilizzato altre arti per parlare della bellezza del cristianesimo, così ci si può legittimamente servire della astratta e limpida bellezza della matematica per parlare di Gesù Cristo. Dalla Postfazione di Ferruccio Ceragioli --- La matematica è bellezza, poesia, fantasia e allora, coraggio, lasciamola parlare un po’ di Cristo!
How Numbers Rule the World
Author: Doctor Lorenzo Fioramonti
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.
Numbers dominate global politics and, as a result, our everyday lives. Credit ratings steer financial markets and can make or break the future of entire nations. GDP drives our economies. Stock market indices flood our media and national debates. Statistical calculations define how we deal with climate change, poverty and sustainability. But what is behind these numbers? In How Numbers Rule the World, Lorenzo Fioramonti reveals the hidden agendas underpinning the use of statistics and those who control them. Most worryingly, he shows how numbers have been used as a means to reinforce the grip of markets on our social and political life, curtailing public participation and rational debate. An innovative and timely exposé of the politics, power and contestation of numbers.
Freud's Own Cookbook
Author: James Hillman, Charles Boer
A parody of Freud's writings, features his theories about food and cooking, and recipes for his favorite dishes
Most philosophers of mathematics treat it as isolated, timeless, ahistorical, inhuman. Reuben Hersh argues the contrary, that mathematics must be understood as a human activity, a social phenomenon, part of human culture, historically evolved, and intelligible only in a social context. Hersh pulls the screen back to reveal mathematics as seen by professionals, debunking many mathematical myths, and demonstrating how the "humanist" idea of the nature of mathematics more closely resembles how mathematicians actually work. At the heart of his book is a fascinating historical account of the mainstream of philosophy--ranging from Pythagoras, Descartes, and Spinoza, to Bertrand Russell, David Hilbert, and Rudolph Carnap--followed by the mavericks who saw mathematics as a human artifact, including Aristotle, Locke, Hume, Mill, and Lakatos. What is Mathematics, Really? reflects an insider's view of mathematical life, and will be hotly debated by anyone with an interest in mathematics or the philosophy of science.
This book focuses on two of the most cited figures in the debate on radical education, Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) and Paulo Freire (1921-1997). Both regarded forms of adult education as having an important role to play in the struggle for liberation from oppression. Peter Mayo examines the extent to which their combined insights can provide the foundation for a theory of transformative adult education. He considers their respective contributions to the development of such a theory, analyzes their ideas comparatively and identifies some of the limitations in their work for incorporation into a theory. The book concludes with a major synthesis of their ideas in the context of other adult educators' more recent contributions in order to develop a theory of transformative adult education.
Author: Fr. Gabriele Amorth
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Following up his international best-selling book, An Exorcist Tells His Story, Fr. Gabriele Amorth, the renowned chief exorcist of Rome, expands on some of the key topics of his previous book, covering important details about demonic or occult issues. He uses concrete examples from his own experiences and those of other exorcists to illustrate and substantiate his points. Since satanic sects, occultism, s‚ances, fortune-tellers and astrologers are so widespread today, Father Amorth asks the question why is it so difficult today to find an exorcist, or a priest who is an expert in this field? The example and the teaching of Christ is very clear, as is the tradition of the Church. But today's Catholics are often misinformed. Exorcisms are reserved for appointed priests, while all believers can make prayers of liberation. What is the difference? What norms must be followed? What problems are still open and unresolved in this field? The new book by Father Amorth answers these and many other questions, supporting his discourse with a rich exposition of recent facts. A valuable, practical and instructive manual for priests and lay people, on how to help many who are suffering.
Memoirs of an Exorcist
Author: Marco Tosatti, Gabriele Amorth
Publisher: Open Road Media
International bestselling author Father Amorth tells his stories of standing face-to-face with the devil as the chief exorcist for the Vatican for twenty-five years. Few people know that before he became a priest, Father Gabriele Amorth served in the pro-Allied Italian forces during World War II and earned a law degree. He discovered his true calling when he met exorcist Father Candido. Ever since, he has faced the devil every day, relieving thousands of believers of their suffering through religious rites and the power of prayer. Memoirs of an Exorcist recounts Amorth’s many impressive stories of healing and faith, as gathered by famed journalist Marco Tosatti.
Author: Lori A. Roggman, Lisa K. Boyce, Mark S. Innocenti
Publisher: Brookes Pub
Accessible, easy-to-follow guide to teaching parents and other caregivers to value and support a child's development.
Authors Ward Cheney and David Kincaid show students of science and engineering the potential computers have for solving numerical problems and give them ample opportunities to hone their skills in programming and problem solving. NUMERICAL MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING, 7th Edition also helps students learn about errors that inevitably accompany scientific computations and arms them with methods for detecting, predicting, and controlling these errors. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
This 1882 biography is an essential starting point for studying the brilliant and influential nineteenth-century physicist James Clerk Maxwell.
Author: Stephen LaBerge
Publisher: Sounds True
The average person spends nearly 25 years of their life sleeping. But you can get a lot more from sleeping than just a healthy night’s rest. With the art of lucid dreaming—or becoming fully conscious in the dream state—you can find creative inspirations, promote emotional healing, gain rich insights into your waking reality, and much more. Now, with Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life, Stephen LaBerge invites you on a guided journey to learn to use conscious dreaming in your life. Distilled from his more than 20 years of pioneering research at Stanford University and the Lucidity Institute—including many new and updated techniques and discoveries—here is the most effective and easy-to-learn tool available for you to begin your own fascinating nightly exploration into Lucid Dreaming. Guided dream practices on CD (or download) include: Two trance inductions into the lucid-dream state Two daytime exercises designed to trigger lucid dreams at night LaBerge’s breakthrough MILD technique for increasing lucid-dream probability fivefold or more A Tibetan-yoga dream practice
Predicated on the notion that mathematics has been a growing source of aesthetic inspiration in culture, this volume celebrates where the two intermesh. It is a meditation on the performances and cultural events, all mathematics-related, performed in Bologna in 2004, is dedicated to all those who are curious about mathematics, but also more generally about theatre, cinema, literature, arts and science. Thanks to the DVD, one can readers can relive various events through the voices and the images of the participants.
Shapes of Apocalypse
Author: Andrea Oppo
Publisher: Myths and Taboos in Russian Cu
This collective volume aims to highlight the philosophical and literary idea of apocalypse within key examples in the Slavic world during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From Russian realism to avant-garde painting, from the classic fiction of the nineteenth century to twentieth-century philosophy, not omitting theatre, cinema or music, the concepts of "end of history" and "end of present time" are specifically examined as conditions for a redemptive image of the world. To understand this idea is to understand an essential part of Slavic culture, which, however divergent and variegated it may be, converges on this specific myth in a surprising manner.