Ask your friends. Ask your parents. Ask someone you hardly know. The Book of Questions gives you permission to ask those things that are too bold, too embarrassing, or just too difficult to ask by yourself. You will find questions of integrity; of sex; of what you would do for money; even things too personal to talk about out loud.Whether you use it as a tool for self discovery, or as a provocative way to stimulate conversation, this book constantly challenges attitudes, morals, beliefs-and it challenges you.
Delving deeper into Native American practice, Don Miguel Ruiz confronts us with three simple yet profound questions which are essential to explore at each stage of our lives: Who am I? What is real? How do I express love? A fascinating exploration on spirituality and human identity, The Three Questions is essential reading for those in pursuit of self-knowledge, understanding and acceptance.
Nikolai wants to be the best person he can be, so he asks three questions that will give him the answers. But when he helps a stranger, he realizes what the truth really is. Full-color illustrations. In order to be the best person he can be, Nikolai asks his animal friends to help him answer three important questions: ´´When is the best time to do things?´´ ´´Who is the most important?´´ and ´´What is the right thing to do?´´
It is hard to think of a better point of entry into Gramsci´s thought than his essay on the ´´Southern Question.´´ Written on the eve of Gramsci´s arrest and imprisonment, this essay anticipates many of the major issues treated in the Prison Notebooks. Indeed, Gramsci himself initially conceived of his project of study and research in prison as an elaboration of the views he had first sketched in the ´´Southern Question´´ essay. Verdicchio´s edition/ translation of this valuable work does much more than give Anglophone readers access to the text. the introduction, the annotations, and the supplementary materials he provides enable the reader to place Gramsci´s essay firmly within the context in which it was composed and at the same time to appreciate the poignancy of its insights for the present time. -Joseph Buttigieg
Does the universe embody beautiful ideas? Artists as well as scientists throughout human history have pondered this ´´beautiful question.´´ With Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek as your guide, embark on a voyage of related discoveries, from Plato and Pythagoras up to the present. Wilczek´s groundbreaking work in quantum physics was inspired by his intuition to look for a deeper order of beauty in nature. This is the deep logic of the universe-and it is no accident that it is also at the heart of what we find aesthetically pleasing and inspiring. Wilczek is hardly alone among great scientists in charting his course using beauty as his compass. As he reveals in A Beautiful Question, this has been the heart of scientific pursuit from Pythagoras and the ancient belief in the music of the spheres to Galileo, Newton, Maxwell, Einstein, and into the deep waters of twentieth-century physics. Wilczek brings us right to the edge of knowledge today, where the core insights of even the craziest quantum ideas apply principles we all understand. The equations for atoms and light are almost the same ones that govern musical instruments and sound; the subatomic particles that are responsible for most of our mass are determined by simple geometric symmetries. Gorgeously illustrated, A Beautiful Question is a mind-shifting book that braids the age-old quest for beauty and the age-old quest for truth into a thrilling synthesis. It is a dazzling and important work from one of our best thinkers, whose humor and infectious sense of wonder animate every page. Yes: The world is a work of art, and its deepest truths are ones we already feel, as if they were somehow written in our souls. Praise for A Beautiful Question: ´´An expertly curated tour across 2,500 years of philosophy and physics . . . [Frank Wilczek] has accomplished a rare feat: Writing a book of profound humanity based on questions aimed directly at the eternal.´´ -The Wall Street Journal ´´Both a brilliant exploration of largely uncharted territories and a refreshingly idiosyncratic guide to developments in particle physics.´´ -Nature ´´Inspiring and remarkably accessible . . . Wilczek´s language is lyrical and almost mystical. . . . Whatever the answer Nature will ultimately give us, we have the pleasure of engaging with an enlightened and humble mind.´´ -The Chronicle of Higher Education
Why is life the way it is? Bacteria evolved into complex life just once in four billion years of life on earth-and all complex life shares many strange properties, from sex to ageing and death. If life evolved on other planets, would it be the same or completely different? In The Vital Question, Nick Lane radically reframes evolutionary history, putting forward a cogent solution to conundrums that have troubled scientists for decades. The answer, he argues, lies in energy: how all life on Earth lives off a voltage with the strength of a bolt of lightning. In unravelling these scientific enigmas, making sense of life´s quirks, Lane´s explanation provides a solution to life´s vital questions: why are we as we are, and why are we here at all? This is ground-breaking science in an accessible form, in the tradition of Charles Darwin´s The Origin of Species, Richard Dawkins´ The Selfish Gene, and Jared Diamond´s Guns, Germs and Steel.
Many books offer information about China, but few make sense of what is truly at stake. The questions addressed in this unique volume provide a window onto the challenges China faces today and the uncertainties its meteoric ascent on the global horizon has provoked. In only a few decades, the most populous country on Earth has moved from relative isolation to center stage. Thirty of the world´s leading China experts--all affiliates of the renowned Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University--answer key questions about where this new superpower is headed and what makes its people and their leaders tick. They distill a lifetime of cutting-edge scholarship into short, accessible essays about Chinese identity, culture, environment, society, history, or policy.--