Hidden Connections

The Hidden Connections
by Fritjof Capra

Fritjof Capra, bestselling author of The Tao of Physics and The Web of Life, here explores another frontier in the human significance of scientific ideas—applying complexity theory to large-scale social interaction.

In the 1980s, complexity theory emerged as a powerful alternative to classic, linear thought. A forerunner of that revolution, Fritjof Capra now continues to expand the scope of that theory by establishing a framework in which we can understand and solve some of the most important issues of our time. Capra posits that in order to sustain life, the principles underlying our social institutions must be consistent with the broader organization of nature. Discussing pertinent contemporary issues ranging from the controversial practices of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to the Human Genome Project, he concludes with an authoritative, often provocative plan for designing ecologically sustainable communities and technologies as alternatives to the current economic globalization.


The Etymologicon
by Mark Forsyth

This perfect gift for readers, writers, and literature majors alike unearths the quirks of the English language. For example, do you know why a mortgage is literally a “death pledge”? Why guns have girls’ names? Why “salt” is related to “soldier”? Discover the answers to all of these etymological questions and more in this fascinating book for fans of of Eats, Shoots & Leaves.

The Etymologicon is a completely unauthorized guide to the strange underpinnings of the English language. It explains how you get from “gruntled” to “disgruntled”; why you are absolutely right to believe that your meager salary barely covers “money for salt”; how the biggest chain of coffee shops in the world connects to whaling in Nantucket; and what, precisely, the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening. This witty book will awake the linguist in you and illuminate the hidden meanings behind common words and phrases, tracing their evolution through all of their surprising paths throughout history.


Hidden Connections and Double Meanings
by David Wells

Everything in mathematics has many meanings — every diagram and every figure, every sum and every equation can be "seen" in different ways, just as every sentence in English or in algebra can be variously read and interpreted. This book explores mathematical topics by pointing out remarkable similarities and taking a fresh look at familiar items. Loaded with thought-provoking facts and surprises, it explores the relationships between mathematics and humor, shows how mathematicians use metaphors to name the nameless and to point to hidden connections, and presents a series of challenging puzzles that offer thought-provoking fun.
You don’t have to be a mathematician to appreciate this playful approach to numbers, patterns, graphs, and pictures. Author David Wells focuses on insight and imagination rather than technique, emphasizing the mystery, intrigue, and other pleasurable aspects of mathematics. Hints for the captivating problems and puzzles appear at the end of the book, in addition to complete solutions.

The World’s Most Influential Fashion Designers
by Nöel Palomo-Lovinski

This handsomely illustrated volume examines fifty of the most influential fashion designers of the past 100 years. Each designer’s most significant creations are illustrated and discussed in light of how they survived the test of time, and then went on to influence fashion to the present day. The author categorizes leading fashion designers as follows–

  • Designers as Celebrities: Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Isaac Mizrahi, and others
  • Defining Women for a New Generation: Gabrielle Chanel (20s and 50s), Claire McCardell (40s) Halston (70s), and others
  • Designers as Artisans: Mariano Fortuny, Cristobal Balenciaga, Hohji Yamamoto, Olivier Theyskins, and others
  • Designers as Futurists: Pierre Cardin, Andre Courreges, Thierry Mugler, and others
  • Designers as Modernists: Francisco Costa, Jill Sander, Raf Simmons, and others
  • Designers as Historians: John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood
  • Designers as Conceptualists: Elsa Schiaparelli, Hussein Chalayan, Alexander McQueen, and others

    This comprehensive analysis of fashion design and how it has evolved is complemented with more than 350 color illustrations.


Intergenerational Linkages
by Vern L. Bengtson, Robert A. Harootyan

Published in cooperation with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), this volume contains the results of a national study intended to better our understanding of the many linkages between generations in American society. This study, undertaken by eminent researchers in gerontology, unveiled a complex set of attitudes and behaviors – hidden connections – between different age groups in our society, including family relationships, formal volunteering and informal help, and other types of intergenerational transfers. This volume will be of interest to researchers, policy makers, and students in gerontology, political science, and family studies.

Hidden Connections
by Edward Charles, Anne Charles

Who and what is really being smuggled into the US from Mexico? Are jihadists and suicide bombers among the gardeners, dish washers, and day laborers Americans hire to do their menial jobs? Our heroes, Mike and Andy on a trip to Arizona discover wide open, unsecure areas of the border that are allowing half a million aliens to sneak into the US each year. They are appalled. Upon returning home they creatively invent a foolproof device that deters aliens from sneaking across. They return to Arizona and develop a volunteer group called the Guardians. The Guardians rely on help from the Wounded Warrior Project to watch over these desolate rural areas. Once this new ‘weapon’ designed by Mike and Andy is employed, the Guardians are able to report every smuggler to the border patrol. Soon, the entire Arizona border is made secure.But no one thought about the question – What would happen when the drug lords, smugglers and who knows who else are prevented from sneaking into the US? Once the border is secured, ugly politics emerge between the US and Arizona concerning states rights. The president is trapped between national and international politics, while Mike and Andy’s lives are thrust into peril. Will their courageous efforts save the US from an attack worse than 9-11?

Your Network Is Your Net Worth
by Porter Gale

An internationally known public speaker, entrepreneur, and marketing executive shares practical, up-to-date tips for mastering the skills of networking.

Networking doesn’t have to be that frenzied old-school game of calendars packed with stuffy power lunches and sterile evenings at community business gatherings. We’ve entered a new era, one in which shifting cultural values and the explosion of digital technology enable us to network in vastly more efficient, more focused, and more enjoyable ways.

A fresh take on How to Win Friends and Influence People, Your Network Is Your Net Worth is an entertaining, straightforward guide filled with revealing case studies, hands-on advice, and innovative strategies for building your network. Written by sought-after speaker, entrepreneur, and marketing executive Porter Gale, with a foreword by Apple evangelist and bestselling author Guy Kawasaki, this book shows you how to establish, expand, and nurture your connections both online and off.

New ways to network are popping up every day—and Gale tells you how to make the most of them—but even traditional networking opportunities are not the same animals that they once were, and we need to shift our attitudes and approaches accordingly. Networking has evolved from a transactional game to a transformational process. Whereas once it was about power plays, now it’s about charting your own course, following your passions, and making meaningful connections, which in turn increase your happiness and productivity.

In addition to chronicling her own rise from an ad agency intern to an in-demand consultant, Gale also shares the inspiring stories of so many others who live by this networking model: a military wife who connects with social media communities while her husband is deployed overseas, a young woman blog-ger battling leukemia, a dyslexic politician who wins elections by telling stories, and the CEO of a Major League Baseball team who once made a phone call that changed the course of his life. When you focus on your passions and reorganize your networking around your values and beliefs, you will discover the kind of lasting relationships, personal transformation, and, ultimately, tangible wealth that are the foundation for happiness and success. With a message both timely and important, Your Network Is Your Net Worth is the definitive handbook to Networking 2.0.


Brain Trust
by Colm A. Kelleher

When the cattle-borne sickness known as Mad Cow Disease first appeared in America in 2003, authorities were quick to assure the nation that the outbreak was isolated, quarantined, and posed absolutely no danger to the general public.
What we were not told was that the origins of the sickness may already have been here and suspected for a quarter of a century.

This illuminating exposé of the threat to our nation’s health reveals for the first time how Mad Cow Disease (a.k.a. Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) has jumped species, infecting humans in the form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), and may be hidden in the enormous increase in the number of Alzheimer’s cases since 1979.
Detailing the history and biology of Mad Cow Disease, Brain Trust discloses how an investigation into the mysterious deaths in a group of cannibals in a remote part of the world evolved into a research program in the United States that may have had unforeseen and frightening consequences.
The shocking questions examined include:
• Have millions of Americans already been exposed to the prions known to cause Mad Cow Disease through years of eating tainted beef?
• Does the epidemic of prion disease spreading like wildfire through the nation’s deer and elk pose a threat to hunters and venison eaters?
• Are the cattle mutilations discovered in the last 30 years part of a covert, illegal sampling program designed to learn how far the deadly prions have spread throughout the nation’s livestock and beef products?
Exposing the devastating truth about Mad Cow Disease and a new theory of the possible consequences of a little-known government research program and the potential national health catastrophe that may be the result, Brain Trust inoculates Americans with an effective cure: the truth.

The World’s Most Influential Fashion Designers
by Nöel Palomo-Lovinski

This survey of 50 of the considered most influential designers, ranging from early designers such as Paul Poiret to contemporary cutting edge talent such as Hussein Chalayan. Each designer’s creations are shown in detail, and graphic timelines and cross references. The timelines demonstrate design influence through the generations.


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