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Mary Archer, Neil deGrasse Tyson, John Conway, Maureen Thomas, Elisabeth Bronfen, Derek Scott, Tony Benn
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  • Date Published: January 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107628267

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  • In this book, first published in 2006, seven internationally renowned writers address the theme of Power from the perspective of their own disciplines. Energy expert Mary Archer begins with an exploration of the power sources of our future. Astronomer Neil Tyson leads a tour of the orders of magnitude in the cosmos. Mathematician and inventor of the Game of Life John Conway demonstrates the power of simple ideas in mathematics. Screenwriter Maureen Thomas explains the mechanisms of narrative power in the media of film and videogames, Elisabeth Bronfen the emotional power carried by representations of life and death, and Derek Scott the power of patriotic music and the mysterious Mozart effect. Finally, celebrated parliamentarian Tony Benn critically assesses the reality of power and democracy in society.

    • Interdisciplinary perspectives on the theme of Power
    • Contains contributions from leading figures including Mary Archer, Neil deGrasse Tyson, John Conway, Maureen Thomas, Elisabeth Bronfen, Derek Scott, Tony Benn
    • Easily accessible for the general reader
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107628267
    • length: 152 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 8 mm
    • weight: 0.25kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Alan Blackwell and David MacKay
    1. Sustainable power Mary Archer
    2. Powers of ten Neil deGrasse Tyson
    3. The Power of Mathematics John Conway
    4. The power of narrative - 2D/3D/4D Maureen Thomas
    5. The power of life and death Elisabeth Bronfen
    6. The power of music Derek Scott
    7. Power and democracy Tony Benn.

  • Editors

    Alan Blackwell, University of Cambridge

    David MacKay, University of Cambridge


    Mary Archer, Neil deGrasse Tyson, John Conway, Maureen Thomas, Elisabeth Bronfen, Derek Scott, Tony Benn

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