Alternate Realities: Mathematical Models of Nature and Man by John L. Casti

By John L. Casti

Compliment for exchange Realities Mathematical types of Nature and guy "???covers the main issues thoroughly and competently in the context of present wisdom. certainly, to my wisdom, there is not any ebook which does so approximately as thoroughly and well." ???George Leitmann, college of California, Berkeley "Surveys an intensive volume of recent mathematics???introduces and descriptions a few of these simple smooth principles for the non-specialist." ???Donald G. Saari, Northwestern collage "A subtle and glossy textual content on mathematical modelling???much extra entire than any of its opponents presently at the market." ???George Klir, country college of recent York at Binghamton "Casti???s method is courageous in developing conceptual mappings among truth and mathematical notions. The publication is pioneering in nature." ???Myron B. Allen, collage of WyomingAn Instructor's guide offering targeted strategies to the entire difficulties within the publication is on the market from the Wiley editorial division.

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Eventually additional tests indicated she suffered from macular degeneration, a disease that was causing her to slowly lose sight. ”49 When she asked about learning Braille, she was told it was unnecessary and too hard. Perhaps the triumph narrative played a role here. If she could manage to read without Braille, she could appear normal. In fact, she was ingenious about ‹nding ways to adapt: she read with magnifying glasses and held the book close to her face. This caused pain above her eye that spread to her forehead and other eye and also caused pain in her neck and shoulder muscles.

Doctors, therapists, and even parents often encouraged or even insisted that children with polio live out the triumph narrative, sometimes to the point of cruelty. Mee describes being placed in boiling tubs of water, swathed in hot, wet wool blankets that were then wrapped in plastic sheets for two or three hours, and having his limbs stretched. Although these treatments often did nothing to improve a child’s ability to move his or her legs or hands, their uselessness went unacknowledged even by the children undergoing them.

6 I use the term triumph narrative to refer primarily to the myth that those who are ill can confront their illness as a battle, do so with courage, and ‹nally triumph and share with others the lessons they have learned. As a concept the triumph narrative incorporates or makes reference to several predominant cultural myths—the Christian story that suggests salvation is a reward for suffering; the Horatio Alger myth whose moral is that people can, with hard work and determination, The Cultural Story of Triumph / 21 pull themselves up by their bootstraps; the New Age myth that implies illness can be controlled by proper behavior or attitude; and what I call the myth of the beautiful sufferer, which suggests that a person can remain beautiful even when terribly ill.

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