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Henri Poincaré: Science and Hypothesis
By: Henri Poincaré
Jules Henri Poincaré (1854–1912) was one of France’s greatest mathematicians and theoretical physicists, and a philosopher of science.
As a mathematician and physicist, he made many original fundamental contributions to pure and applied mathematics, mathematical physics, and celestial mechanics. He was responsible for formulating the Poincaré conjecture, one of the most famous problems in mathematics. In his research on the three-body problem, Poincaré became the first person to discover a chaotic deterministic system which laid the foundations of modern chaos theory. He is considered to be one of the founders of the field of topology. Poincaré introduced the modern principle of relativity and was the first to present the Lorentz transformations in their modern symmetrical form. He discovered the remaining relativistic velocity transformations and recorded them in a letter to Lorentz in 1905. Thus he obtained perfect invariance of all of Maxwell’s equations, the final step in the formulation of the theory of special relativity. (Summary from Wikipedia)
Lysander Spooner: Vices are not Crimes
By: Lysander Spooner (1808-1887)
Lysander Spooner was an American individualist anarchist, entrepreneur, political philosopher, abolitionist, supporter of the labour movement, and legal theorist of the nineteenth century. Here he gives his views on the role of Governments in the private lives of their citizens (Summary by Annise)
Shakespeare: Richard II
By: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
The Tragedy of King Richard II, by William Shakespeare, is the first of the history series that continues with Parts 1 and 2 of King Henry IV and with The Life of King Henry V. At the beginning of the play, Richard II banishes his cousin Henry Bolingbroke from England. Bolingbroke later returns with an army and the support of some of the nobility, and he deposes Richard. Richard is separated from his beloved Queen, imprisoned, and later murdered. By the end of the play, Bolingbroke has been crowned King Henry IV.
Audio edited by J. M. Smallheer and John Gonzalez. (Summary by Laurie Anne Walden)
Narration, Keeper, and Lord – read by Annie Coleman
King Richard II and First Servant – read by Peter Yearsley
Northumberland and Gaunt – read by Chip
Bolingbroke – read by Kayvan Sylvan
Aumerle – read by John Gonzalez
Henry Percy – read by Michael Sirois
York – read by Martin Clifton
Mowbray – read by Mark F. Smith
Surrey and Willoughby – read by Nikolle Doolin
Salisbury – read by David Barnes
Bushy and Carlisle – read by Cecelia Prior
Bagot, Abbot, Scroop, and Exton – read by Linton
Green – read by deadwhitemales
Queen Isabel – read by Joy Chan
Duchess of York – read by Kristen McQuillin
Berkeley – read by Rainer
Ross – read by Mr. Baby Man
Fitzwater and Groom – read by Sean McKinley
Marshal – read by Lenny Glionna Jr.
Captain and First Herald – read by Hugh Mac
Duchess of Gloucester – read by Gesine
Lady – read by Maureen S. O’Brien
Gardener, Second Herald, and Second Servant – read by Kara Shallenberg
Sholem Aleichem: Jewish Children (Yudishe Kinder)
By: Sholem Aleichem (1859-1916)
Although written from a child’s perspective, this is not a kids book but a series of funny, poignant, and sometimes disturbing stories about life in a late 19th-century Russian-Jewish village — the world of my grandparents. Sholem Rabinovich (1859-1916) was born in Pereiaslav, Ukraine and later immigrated to New York. His short stories about Tevye and his daughters were freely adapted into the musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Rabinovich’s will contained the following injunction: “Let my name be recalled with laughter or not at all.” His translator, Hannah Berman, was Irish of Lithuanian descent.
Some of these stories may be too intense for younger children. (summary by Adrian Praetzellis)
Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
By: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Romeo and Juliet is an early tragedy by William Shakespeare about two teenage “star-cross’d lovers” whose “untimely deaths” ultimately unite their feuding households. The play has been highly praised by literary critics for its language and dramatic effect. It was among Shakespeare’s most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Its influence is still seen today, with the two main characters being widely represented as archetypal young lovers.
(Summary from Wikipedia)
John Locke: Two Treatises of Civil Government
By: John Locke (1632-1704)
The Two Treatises of Civil Government is a work of political philosophy published anonymously in 1689 by John Locke. The First Treatise is an extended attack on Sir Robert Filmer’s Patriarcha, which argued for a divinely-ordained, hereditary, absolute monarchy. The more influential Second Treatise outlines a theory of civil society based on natural rights and contract theory. Locke begins by describing the “state of nature,” and goes on to explain the hypothetical rise of property and civilization, asserting that the only legitimate governments are those which have the consent of the people.
Locke’s ideas heavily influenced both the American and French Revolutions. His notions of people’s rights and the role of civil government provided strong support for the intellectual movements of both revolutions. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia)