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Sunday, November 05, 2017

Suggested Books of the Week 44, 2017

Check out these books below by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, TradePub and Ancient Origins.

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The Value of Intellectual Styles

 
The Value of
Intellectual Styles
Intellectual styles are individuals' preferred ways of using their abilities. This book provides the first comprehensive and systematic review of existing research on the value and desirability of different intellectual styles...

Professor Zhang elucidates the practical value of cultivating diverse intellectual styles, especially Type I styles, in both academic and nonacademic settings, and lays the groundwork for future research to advance the field of intellectual styles and to inform scholarly work in other academic disciplines.
  • Should help clarify the confusion over the long-standing controversial issue regarding the value of intellectual styles - among researchers, practitioners, and the general public
  • Pertains to diverse academic disciplines and concerns various domains of people's lives across cultural contexts so researchers (both in the field and in other disciplines), educators, business professionals, and laypeople alike should find the book enlightening and useful
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Teaching Computational Creativity

Teaching Computational Creativity
Teaching Computational Creativity examines the new interdisciplinary pedagogies of today's coding-intensive interactive media and design curricula. Students, researchers and faculty will find a comprehensive overview of educational practices pertaining to innovation fields such as digital media, 3D printing, agile development, physical computing, games, dance, collaboration, teacher education and online learning...

Here, the intertwining of (what many consider mutually exclusive) artistic sensitivities and computational skills plays an essential role, calling forth a new kind of undergraduate curriculum attuned to the interweaving of skillsets and theoretic knowledge needed to create and innovate with ever-changing technologies.
  • Represents different disciplinary perspectives   
  • Provides theories connected to practices and contexts  
  • Offers a forum for practitioner-educators to reflect on their teaching practices  
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Living Philosophy - A Historical Introduction to Philosophical Ideas 

Living Philosophy, Second Edition, is a historically organized, introductory hybrid text/reader that guides students through the story of philosophical thought from the Pre-Socratics to the present, providing cultural and intellectual background and explaining why key issues and arguments remain important and relevant today. Women philosophers are well represented throughout the text. They include Mary Wollstonecraft, Simone de Beauvoir, Hélène Cixous, Martha Nussbaum, Alison Jaggar, Annette Baier, Virginia Held, and many more. Non-Western philosophers are also included: Avicenna, Averroës, Maimonides, Buddha, Lao-Tzu, and Confucius.
Featuring an exceptionally clear and accessible writing style, this unique volume brings philosophy to life with well-chosen excerpts from philosophers' works, abundant in-text learning aids, and compelling color photos and illustrations.
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Philosophy Here and Now - Powerful Ideas in Everyday Life 
 
Philosophy Here
and Now
Powerful Ideas in
Everyday Life
Philosophy Here and Now: Powerful Ideas in Everyday Life, Second Edition, is a hybrid text/reader that helps students understand, appreciate, and even do philosophy. The book emphasizes philosophical writing, reinforced with step-by-step coaching in how to write argumentative essays and supported by multiple opportunities to hone critical thinking. It shows students how philosophy applies to their own lives and brings the subject to life with engaging chapter-ending literary selections, abundant illustrations, and a wealth of pedagogical features.

  • A comprehensive introductory chapter lays the groundwork for philosophical thinking 
  • Six types of text boxes--"Philosophy Now," "Philosophers at Work," "Philosophy Lab," "What Do You Believe," "Writing to Understand: Critiquing Philosophical Views," and "Writing to Understand: Arguing Your Own Views" demonstrate the value and relevance of philosophy 
  • Additional pedagogical elements make the material even more engaging and accessible. These include marginal critical-thinking questions, marginal quotes, a timeline, key terms (boldfaced at their first appearance and listed and defined at the end of each chapter), marginal definitions, and a glossary. 
  • Charts, tables, and color photos keep students visually engaged 
  • Fictional or narrative selections--followed by "Probing Questions"--at the end of each chapter explore and dramatize the philosophical issues discussedA "How to Write a Philosophy Paper" appendix offers concise, step-by-step guidance in crafting an effective philosophical essay
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Over the Edge - How to Break Out of the Comfort Zone

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This book is for the people who made the decision to better themselves and try new things but always get stuck at some point.

What will you learn from this eBook about the comfort zone:
  • What is it and how does it work?
  • What are the risks of staying in the comfort zone for the rest of your life?
  • What are the benefits of breaking out?
  • How to get the motivation to make the first steps?
  • How to get out of the comfort zone?
Supercharge your personal development by breaking out of the comfort zone. 
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Sign and the Seal: The Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant 

Sign and the Seal:
The Quest for the Lost Ark
of the Covenant
The fact of the Lost Ark of the Covenant is one of the grant historical mysteries of all time. To believers, the Ark is the legendary vesel holding the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments. The Bible contains hundreds of references to the Ark's power to level mountains, destroy armies, and lay waste to cities. The Ark itself, however, mysteriously disappears from recorded history sometime after the building of the Temple of Solomon.
After ten years of searching through the dusty archives of Europe and the Middle East, as well as braving the real-life dangers of a bloody civil war in Ethiopia, Graham Hancock has succeeded where scores of others have failed. This intrepid journalist has tracked down the true story behind the myths and legends -- revealing where the Ark is today, how it got there, and why it remains hidden.
Part fascinating scholarship and part entertaining adventure yarn, tying together some of the most intriguing tales of all time -- from the Knights Templar and Prester John to Parsival and the Holy Grail -- this book will appeal to anyone fascinated by the revelation of hidden truths, the discovery of secret mysteries. 
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Enjoy your reading!  

Source: Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press,
TradePub and Ancient Origins


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