The Best of All Possible Worlds

Author: Karen Lord
Publisher: Del Rey
ISBN: 0345534050
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When their homeland is destroyed, the survivors of a proud and aloof alien society struggle to reach out to the rest of the galaxy for aid and understanding while striving to preserve their cherished way of life, a situation that leads to an unexpected bond between an alien man and a human woman. By the award-winning author of Redemption in Indigo. 20,000 first printing.

Candide

Author: Voltaire
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486117634
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DIVVoltaire's brilliant satire on the follies of man, in the original French, with a new and exacting English translation on the opposing page. Weller's critical introduction illuminates the satire's enduring appeal. /div

The Best of All Possible Worlds

Author: B. Steven Verney
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781499533330
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This novel, set in Amherst, Massachusetts, tells the story of a promising philosophy PHD student, Sam O'Connor, who takes a life-changing journey to Switzerland to attend an advanced ten-week curse on Transcendental Meditation as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Sam is challenged by Maharishi to create and teach a class on Being which integrates Eastern and Western philosophies. The subsequent success of Sam's lectures at Amherst College propels him onto the national stage, but midway through a book tour tragedy strikes, and in its wake Sam fades quickly into obscurity and nine years of deep introspection. Sam has a chance encounter with Julian Driscoll, a philosophy major at Amherst College, and they begin meeting at a local cafe to discuss enlightenment, consciousness, and the causes of suffering. Julian coaxes Sam to once again confront his destiny.

The Best of All Possible Worlds

Author: Ivar Ekeland
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226199959
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Optimists believe this is the best of all possible worlds. And pessimists fear that might really be the case. But what is the best of all possible worlds? How do we define it? Is it the world that operates the most efficiently? Or the one in which most people are comfortable and content? Questions such as these have preoccupied philosophers and theologians for ages, but there was a time, during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when scientists and mathematicians felt they could provide the answer. This book is their story. Ivar Ekeland here takes the reader on a journey through scientific attempts to envision the best of all possible worlds. He begins with the French physicist Maupertuis, whose least action principle asserted that everything in nature occurs in the way that requires the least possible action. This idea, Ekeland shows, was a pivotal breakthrough in mathematics, because it was the first expression of the concept of optimization, or the creation of systems that are the most efficient or functional. Although the least action principle was later elaborated on and overshadowed by the theories of Leonhard Euler and Gottfried Leibniz, the concept of optimization that emerged from it is an important one that touches virtually every scientific discipline today. Tracing the profound impact of optimization and the unexpected ways in which it has influenced the study of mathematics, biology, economics, and even politics, Ekeland reveals throughout how the idea of optimization has driven some of our greatest intellectual breakthroughs. The result is a dazzling display of erudition—one that will be essential reading for popular-science buffs and historians of science alike.

Of All Possible Worlds

Author: William Tenn
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1681465345
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It was a good job and Max Alben knew whom he had to thank for it-his great-grandfather. "Good old Giovanni Albeni," he muttered as he hurried into the laboratory slightly ahead of the escorting technicians, all of them, despite the excitement of the moment, remembering to bob their heads deferentially at the half-dozen full-fleshed and hard-faced men lolling on the couches that had been set up around the time machine.

The Best of All Possible Worlds

Author: Steven M. Nadler
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691145318
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Discusses the relationship between three great philosophers of the Age of Reason and their thoughts on evil and why it existed.

Topics in the Philosophy of Possible Worlds

Author: Daniel Nolan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135728143
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This book discusses a range of important issues in current philosophical work on the nature of possible worlds. Areas investigated include the theories of the nature of possible worlds, general questions about metaphysical analysis and questions about the direction of dependence between what is necessary or possible and what could be.

Redemption in Indigo

Author: Karen Lord
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1459602692
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Karen Lord 's debut novel, which won the prestigious Frank Collymore Literary Prize in Barbados, is an intricately woven tale of adventure, magic, and the power of the human spirit.Paama 's husband is a fool and a glutton. Bad enough that he followed her to her parents ' home in the village of Makende, now he 's disgraced himself by murdering livestock and stealing corn. When Paama leaves him for good, she attracts the attention of the undying ones - the djombi - who present her with a gift: the Chaos Stick, which allows her to manipulate the subtle forces of the world. Unfortunately, a wrathful djombi with indigo skin believes this power should be his and his alone.Bursting with humor and rich in fantastic detail, Redemption in Indigo is a clever, contemporary fairy tale that introduces readers to a dynamic new voice in Caribbean literature. Lord 's world of spider tricksters and indigo immortals, inspired in part by a Senegalese folk tale, will feel instantly familiar - but Paama 's adventures are fresh, surprising, and utterly original.

Candide and Other Stories

Author: Voltaire
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191604984
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'If this is the best of all possible worlds, then what must the others be like?' Young Candide is tossed on a hilarious tide of misfortune, experiencing the full horror and injustice of this 'best of all possible worlds' - the Old and the New - before finally accepting that his old philosophy tutor Dr Pangloss has got it all wrong. There are no grounds for his daft theory of Optimism. Yet life goes on. We must cultivate our garden, for there is certainly room for improvement. Candide is the most famous of Voltaire's 'philosophical tales', in which he combined witty improbabilities with the sanest of good sense. First published in 1759, it was an instant bestseller and has come to be regarded as one of the key texts of the Enlightenment. What Candide does for chivalric romance, the other tales in this selection - Micromegas, Zadig, The Ingenu, and The White Bull - do for science fiction, the Oriental tale, the sentimental novel, and the Old Testament. This new edition also includes a verse tale based on Chaucer's The Wife of Bath's Tale, in which we discover that most elusive of secrets: What Pleases the Ladies. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.