At the heart of relativity theory, quantum mechanics, string theory, and much of modern cosmology lies one concept: symmetry. In Why Beauty Is Truth, world-famous mathematician Ian Stewart narrates the history of the emergence of this remarkable area of study. Stewart introduces us to such characters as the Renaissance Italian genius, rogue, scholar, and gambler Girolamo Cardano, who stole the modern method of solving cubic equations and published it in the first important book on algebra, and the young revolutionary Evariste Galois, who refashioned the whole of mathematics and founded the field of group theory only to die in a pointless duel over a woman before his work was published. Stewart also explores the strange numerology of real mathematics, in which particular numbers have unique and unpredictable properties related to symmetry. He shows how Wilhelm Killing discovered 'Lie groups&#8221; with 14, 52, 78, 133, and 248 dimensions-groups whose very existence is a profound puzzle. Finally, Stewart describes the world beyond superstrings: the 'octonionic&#8221; symmetries that may explain the very existence of the universe.
In the pages of The Massive, the Ninth Wave was struggling to repair a broken world. But before that, they were the preeminent global environmental-rescue unit, taking on criminals, polluters, politicians, and rogue states. The Massive: Ninth Wave tells these stories in a stylish, high-action, done-in-one format, reuniting the entire creative team from the original series. Critically acclaimed writer Brian Wood and artist Garry Brown go back to the beginning with the Ninth Wave environmental action unit, sharing stories from the front lines of the eco-war. 'Brian Wood's The Massive proves that there's room for political comics.'-Complex 'Much like DMZ, the glimpses of savagery [in The Massive] are unsettling because this world isn't as divorced from ours as we'd like it to be.'-IGN 'In a period where Wood's name seems to pop up all over the industry, this series has emerged as one of his most ambitious and rewarding so far.'-IGN 'Between [The Massive] and Saga, be happy that we're in the middle of a renaissance for sci-fi comics.'-MTV Geek
This novel is a sequel to Damiano. Set against the turbulent backdrop of the Italian Renaissance, this alternate history takes place in a world where real faith-based magic exists. Our hero is Damiano Dalstrego. He is a wizard's son, an alchemist and the heir to dark magics. Shattered by the demonic fury of his dark powers, Damiano Delstrego has forsaken his magical heritage to live as a mortal man. Accompanied only by the guidance of the Archanagel Raphael, the chidings of a brash young rogue, and the memory of a beautiful pagan witch, Damiano journeys across a plague-ridden French countryside in search of peace. But the Father of Lies reaches out once again to grasp him. And to avert the hellish destiny awaiting him, Damiano must challenge the greatest forces of darkness, armed only with the power of his love and the music of his lute. The final volume of this story is Raphael. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicholas Tecosky. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/005367/bk_adbl_005367_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pulled forward in time by the Guild of a distant future, Assassin 101 is tasked with tracking down a rogue agent before he can return to his time. What he finds is a web of espionage bent on destruction and domination, and a family secret makes the assassin doubt his own future. Sebastian Caine, a top-level Apprentice, has duped the Guild into complacency. Sentenced to death for his crimes, he escapes into the past. Plans for a new life hinge on drastically changing the timeline.Rick Brewer has been a guinea pig for Guild scientists since his capture. Along with Assassin 97, he is sent to retrieve Caine, but his growing affection towards her becomes more pronounced as they bounce through the Renaissance in search of Caine. When Assassin 97 is captured and tortured, Brewer must make the ultimate sacrifice.To rescue Assassin 97, Brewer and Assassin 101 must violate Guild law and, with it, accept possible execution. Can Assassin 101 save his wife and his future, or will the Guild leave her to history? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rick McVey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/106859/bk_acx0_106859_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Journalist Mike Stanton and writer Carlo Rotella on this edition of Fresh Air. Mike Stanton heads the investigative reporting team at The Providence Journal in Rhode Island. In 1994 he shared the Pulitzer Prize for his investigative reporting exposing widespread corruption at the Rhode Island Supreme Court. His new book is The Prince of Providence: The True Story of Buddy Cicani: America's Most Notorious Mayor, Some Wiseguys and the Feds. Cianci was a visionary mayor who presided over the city's renaissance, but he was also ruthless, corrupt, and a rogue. In 1990 he made a comeback as Mayor after being driven from office in 1984 when he was convicted of felony assault. In 2001 he was convicted of racketeering and is now in prison. Carlo Rotella looks at inside world of boxing in his new book, Cut Time: An Education at the Fights. Rotella is also the author of the book, Good With Their Hands: Boxers, Bluesmen, and Other Characters from the Rust Belt. Rotella is a professor at Boston College where he teaches American literature, American Studies, urban literatures and cultures, and creative and nonfiction writing. (Broadcast Date: August 18, 2003) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/030818/rt_whyy_030818_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For fans of Max Brooks's The Zombie Survival Guide and zombie aficionados everywhere, a hilarious debut novel about life (and love) after death.Meet Andy Warner, a recently deceased everyman and newly minted zombie. Resented by his parents, abandoned by his friends, and reviled by a society that no longer considers him human, Andy is having a bit of trouble adjusting to his new existence. But all that changes when he goes to an Undead Anonymous meeting and finds kindred souls in Rita, an impossibly sexy recent suicide with a taste for the formaldehyde in cosmetic products, and Jerry, a 21-year-old car-crash victim with an exposed brain and a penchant for Renaissance pornography. When the group meets a rogue zombie who teaches them the joys of human flesh, things start to get messy, and Andy embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will take him from his casket to the SPCA to a media-driven class-action lawsuit on behalf of the rights of zombies everywhere.Darkly funny, surprisingly touching, and gory enough to satisfy even the most discerning reader, Breathers is a romantic zombie comedy (rom-zom-com, for short) that will leave you laughing, squirming, and clamoring for more. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kirby Heyborne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/001946/bk_rand_001946_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.