ספטמבר 2019







133 OWE

Owens, Susan 

The ghost : a cultural history

London : Tate Publishing, [2019].


 Introduction -- The living and the dead -- Questionable shapes -- Ghost for a new age -- Terror and wonder -- Appearances and disappearances -- A haunted century -- Re-inventing ghosts


 [This book] delves into a wealth of literary and artistic sources, including illuminated manuscripts, woodcut engravings, magic-lantern slides, paintings, prints, poems, novels and stories, providing a fresh take on a subject that has fascinated us for centuries. In this broad cultural history, Susan Owens reveals what these spirits and apparitions can tell us about our culture and about ourselves, and explores how ghosts have inhabited a wide range of roles from medieval times to the present day. A dazzling range of artists are featured, including William Blake, Henry Fuseli, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, Paul Nash and Jeremy Deller, alongside writers such as John Donne, William Shakespeare, Samuel Pepys, Daniel Defoe, Mary Shelley, Emily Bronte, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Hilary Mantel and Sarah Waters.



 Ghosts in art

 Ghosts in literature

 Great Britain -- Civilization




159.9 KNI

Knight, Kam author

Mind mapping : improve memory, concentration, communication, organization, creativity, and time management

[Charleston, South Carolina] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing], [2012]


 This is a comprehensive guide to learning about a wonderful technique called mind maps. Mind maps are an amazing organizational and creativity tool that can improve memory, concentration, communication, organization, creativity, and time management. This book is the ultimate resource on the topic of mind maps. In a short time, it can enhance your skills in reading, writing, learning, note taking, brainstorming, planning, productivity, and so much more.


 Geographical perception

 Creative thinking





159.9 MIL

Miles, Carven 

Mind mapping : comprehensive beginners guide to learn simple and effective methods in mind mapping

[Place of publication not identified] : Carven Miles, [2019]


 Have you ever tried using mind maps in determining the possible results of your actions? Learning the basics of mapping will guide you in simplifying the challenges and different situations you are likely to face. You will, therefore, get the best outcome ever. You can determine possible consequences to a specific action while uncovering linkages.Mind mapping is the best option for those who are not gifted with the power to innovatively think.


 Problem solving -- Graphic methods

 Decision making -- Graphic methods.




159.922.7 DES

Designing modern childhoods : history, space, and the material culture of children

New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2008].


 Introduction: Good to think with : history, space, and modern childhood / Marta Gutman and Ning de Coninck-Smith -- Connecting with the landscape : campfires and youth culture at American summer camps, 1890-1950 / Abigail A. Van Slyck -- A (better) home away from home : the emergence of children’s hospitals in an age of women’s reform / David C. Sloane -- Sick children and the thresholds of domesticity : the Dawson-Harrington families at home / Annmarie Adams and Peter Gossage -- The "Meyers Park experiment" in Auckland, New Zealand, 1913-1916 / Anéne Cusins-Lewer and Julia Gatley -- A breath of fresh air : open-air schools in Europe / Anne-Marie Châtelet -- Molding the republican generation : the landscapes of learning in early republican Turkey / Zeynep Kezer -- Nomadic schools in Senegal : manifestations of integration or ritual performance? / Kristine Juul -- Adventure playgrounds and postwar reconstruction / Roy Kozlovsky -- The view from the back step : White children learn about race in Johannesburg’s suburban homes / Rebecca Ginsburg -- Children and the Rosenwald schools of the American South / Mary S. Hoffschwelle -- The geographies and identities of street girls in Indonesia / Harriot Beazley -- Coming of age in suburbia : gifting the consumer child / Alison J. Clarke -- Inscribing Nordic childhoods at McDonald’s / Helene Brembeck -- "Board with the world" : youthful approaches to landscapes and mediascapes / Olav Christensen -- Migrating media : anime media mixes and the childhood imagination / Mizuko Ito -- Epilogue: The islanding of children : reshaping the mythical landscapes of childhood / John R. Gillis


 With the advent of urbanization in the early modern period, the material worlds of children were vastly altered. In industrialized democracies, a broad consensus developed that children should not work, but rather learn and play in settings designed and built with these specific purposes in mind. Unregulated public spaces for children were no longer acceptable; and the cultural landscapes of children’s private lives were changed, with modifications in architecture and the objects of daily life. In Designing Modern Childhoods, architectural historians, social historians, social scientists, and architects examine the history and design of places and objects such as schools, hospitals, playgrounds, houses, cell phones, snowboards, and even the McDonald’s Happy Meal. Special attention is given to how children use and interpret the spaces, buildings, and objects that are part of their lives, becoming themselves creators and carriers of culture. The authors extract common threads in children’s understandings of their material worlds, but they also show how the experience of modernity varies for young people across time, through space, and according to age, gender, social class, race, and culture.


 Children -- History

 Children -- Design for children

 Children -- Social conditions

 Children -- Social life and customs

 Architecture and children

 Children’s paraphernalia

 Child consumers

 Children and adults -- History.




159.953 HOR

Horsley, Kevin 

Unlimited memory : how to use advanced learning strategies to learn faster, remember more and be more productive

[Place of publication not identified] : TCK Publishing, [2016].


 And You’re About to Learn How to Use His Memory Strategies to Learn Faster, Be More Productive and Achieve More Success Most people never tap into 10% of their potential for memory. In this book, you’re about to learn: How the World’s Top Memory Experts Concentrate and Remember Any Information at Will, and How You Can Too Do you ever feel like you’re too busy, too stressed or just too distracted to concentrate and get work done? In Unlimited Memory, you’ll learn how the world’s best memory masters get themselves to concentrate at will, anytime they want. When you can easily focus and concentrate on the task at hand, and store and recall useful information, you can easily double your productivity and eliminate wasted time, stress and mistakes at work.








316.72 BRO

 Brown, Bill 

 Other things

Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2019]


 Things in theory -- The matter of modernism -- The secret life of things (Virginia Woolf) -- The modernist object and another thing (Man Ray) -- Concepts and objects, words and things (Philip K. Dick) -- Unhuman history -- The unhuman condition (Hannah Arendt/Bruno Latour) -- Object relations in an expanded field (Myra Goldberg/Harold Searles) -- Objects, others, and us (Brian Jungen) -- Kitsch kulchur -- How to do things with things: a toy story (Shawn Wong) -- Reification, reanimation, and the American uncanny (Spike Lee) -- Commodity nationalism and the lost object -- A little history of light (Dan Flavin/ Gaston Bachelard)


 From the pencil to the puppet to the drone—the humanities and the social sciences continue to ride a wave of interest in material culture and the world of things. How should we understand the force and figure of that wave as it shapes different disciplines? Other Things explores this question by considering a wide assortment of objects—from beach glass to cell phones, sneakers to skyscrapers—that have fascinated a range of writers and artists, including Virginia Woolf, Man Ray, Spike Lee, and Don DeLillo. The book ranges across the literary, visual, and plastic arts to depict the curious lives of things. Beginning with Achilles’s Shield, then tracking the object/thing distinction as it appears in the work of Martin Heidegger and Jacques Lacan, Bill Brown ultimately focuses on the thingness disclosed by specific literary and artistic works. Combining history and literature, criticism and theory, Other Things provides a new way of understanding the inanimate object world and the place of the human within it, encouraging us to think anew about what we mean by materiality itself.


 Material culture

 Object (Philosophy)

 Object (Philosophy) in literature

 Material culture in literature

 Material culture in art




323.1 TAM

Tamir, Yael 

Why nationalism

Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2019]


 Foreword / by Dani Rodrik -- A Personal Note -- Part I: The return of history. The New Nationalism ; Never Say Never ; Untidy Compromises ; The Two Faces of Janus ; Nutopia -- Part II: Love and Marriage: the virtues of Nationalism. Living beyond Our Psychological Means ; Nation Building ; National Creativity ; This Place We Call Home ; La Vie Quotidian ; Subjects into Citizens ; A Short History of the Cross-Class Coalition -- Part III: A Divided House. The Breakdown of the Cross-Class Coalition ; One Nation, Divided, under Stress ; The Elephant in the Room ; The Birth of a Nationalist ; The Nationalism of the Vulnerable ; The Nationalism of the Affluent -- Part IV: A New Social Contract. Liberal Nationalism ; This Is the Time ; A Race to the Bottom


 Around the world today, nationalism is back―and it’s often deeply troubling. Populist politicians exploit nationalism for authoritarian, chauvinistic, racist, and xenophobic purposes, reinforcing the view that it is fundamentally reactionary and antidemocratic. But Yael (Yuli) Tamir makes a passionate argument for a very different kind of nationalism―one that revives its participatory, creative, and egalitarian virtues, answers many of the problems caused by neoliberalism and hyperglobalism, and is essential to democracy at its best. In Why Nationalism, she explains why it is more important than ever for the Left to recognize these qualities of nationalism, to reclaim it from right-wing extremists, and to redirect its power to progressive ends. Far from being an evil force, nationalism’s power lies in its ability to empower individuals and answer basic human needs. Using it to reproduce cross-class coalitions will ensure that all citizens share essential cultural, political, and economic goods. Shifting emphasis from the global to the national and putting one’s nation first is not a way of advocating national supremacy but of redistributing responsibilities and sharing benefits in a more democratic and just way. In making the case for a liberal and democratic nationalism, Tamir also provides a compelling original account of the ways in which neoliberalism and hyperglobalism have allowed today’s Right to co-opt nationalism for its own purposes. Provocative and hopeful, Why Nationalism is a timely and essential rethinking of a defining feature of our politics.




 Right and left (Political science)





TB_512.8 LAY

Lay, David C. 

Linear algebra and its applications / Fifth edition

Boston, Massachusetts : Pearson, [2016]


 1. Linear equations in linear algebra -- 2. Matrix algebra -- 3. Determinants -- 4. Vector spaces -- 5. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors -- 6. Orthogonality and least squares -- 7. Symmetric matrices and quadratic forms -- 8. The geometry of vector spaces


 Algebras, Linear




McRobie, Allan 

The seduction of curves : the lines of beauty that connect mathematics, art, and the nude

Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2017]


 1. The Alphabet of Beautiful Curves -- 2. The Fold -- 3. The Cusp -- 4. The Swallowtail -- 5. The Butterfly -- 6. The Wigwam -- 7. Lips, Beaks, Gull, Goose -- 8. The Persistence of Cusps -- 9. Moire and Dupin -- 10. The Umbilics -- 11. Catastrophe Optics -- 12. The Rainbow -- 13. Gravitational Lenses -- 14. Stability -- 15. Morphogenesis -- 16. Gabo -- 17. The Pregnance of Curves -- 18. Thom -- 19. Dali


 A lavishly illustrated book that explores the language of curves that spans the human body, science, engineering, and artCurves are seductive. These smooth, organic lines and surfaces-like those of the human body-appeal to us in an instinctive, visceral way that straight lines or the perfect shapes of classical geometry never could. In this large-format book, lavishly illustrated in color throughout, Allan McRobie takes the reader on an alluring exploration of the beautiful curves that shape our world-from our bodies to Salvador Dali’s paintings and the space-time fabric of the universe itself.The book focuses on seven curves-the fold, cusp, swallowtail, and butterfly, plus the hyperbolic, elliptical, and parabolic "umbilics"-and describes the surprising origins of their taxonomy in the catastrophe theory of mathematician Rene Thom. In an accessible discussion illustrated with many photographs of the human nude, McRobie introduces these curves and then describes their role in nature, science, engineering, architecture, art, and other areas. The reader learns how these curves play out in everything from the stability of oil rigs and the study of distant galaxies to rainbows, the patterns of light on pool floors, and even the shape of human genitals. The book also discusses the role of these curves in the work of such artists as David Hockney, Henry Moore, and Anish Kapoor, with particular attention given to the delicate sculptures of Naum Gabo and the final paintings of Dali, who said that Thom’s theory "bewitched all of my atoms."A unique introduction to the language of beautiful curves, this book may change the way you see the world.



 Curves in engineering

 Geometry, Plane


 Form (Aesthetics)

 Geometry in art




518.2 JEF

Jeffrey, Alan, Hui-Hui Dai

 Handbook of mathematical formulas and integrals /  Fourth edition

Amsterdam : Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier, [2008].


 Quick Reference List of Frequently Used Data -- Numerical, Algebraic, and Analytical Results for Series and Calculus -- Functions and Identities -- Derivatives of Elementary Functions -- Indefinite Integrals of Algebraic Functions -- Indefinite Integrals of Exponential Functions -- Indefinite Integrals of Logarithmic Functions -- Indefinite Integrals of Hyperbolic Functions -- Indefinite Integrals Involving Inverse Hyperbolic Functions -- Indefinite Integrals of Trigonometric Functions -- Indefinite Integrals of Inverse Trigonometric Functions -- The Gamma, Beta, Pi, and Psi Functions -- Elliptic Integrals and Functions -- Probability Integrals and the Error Function -- Fresnel Integrals, Sine and Cosine Integrals -- Definite Integrals -- Different Forms of Fourier Series -- Bessel Functions -- Orthogonal Polynomials -- Laplace Transformation -- Fourier Transforms -- Numerical Integration -- Solutions of Standard Ordinary Differential Equations -- Vector Analysis -- Systems of Orthogonal Coordinates -- Partial Differential Equations and Special Functions -- The z-Transform -- Numerical Approximation -- Solutions of Elliptic, Parabolic and Hyperbolic Equations -- Qualitative Properties of the Heat and Laplace Equation.


 The extensive additions, and the inclusion of a new chapter, has made this classic work by Jeffrey, now joined by co-author Dr. H.H. Dai, an even more essential reference for researchers and students in applied mathematics, engineering, and physics. It provides quick access to important formulas, relationships between functions, and mathematical techniques that range from matrix theory and integrals of commonly occurring functions to vector calculus, ordinary and partial differential equations, special functions, Fourier series, orthogonal polynomials, and Laplace and Fourier transforms. During the preparation of this edition full advantage was taken of the recently updated seventh edition of Gradshteyn and Ryzhik’s Table of Integrals, Series, and Products and other important reference works. Suggestions from users of the third edition of the Handbook have resulted in the expansion of many sections, and because of the relevance to boundary value problems for the Laplace equation in the plane, a new chapter on conformal mapping, has been added, complete with an atlas of useful mappings. •Comprehensive coverage in reference form of the branches of mathematics used in science and engineering •Organized to make results involving integrals and functions easy to locate •Results illustrated by worked examples


 Mathematics -- Tables.

 Mathematics -- Formulae.




53 ALL

All-optical signal processing : data communication and storage applications

Cham : Springer, [2015]


 From the Contents: Pulse shaping and optical arbitrary waveform generation -- Temporal and spectral nonlinear pulse shaping methods in optical fibers -- Materials and structures for waveguide nonlinear photonics -- Optical regeneration -- All-optical nonlinear guided wave switching -- Wideband and noise-inhibited signal manipulation in dispersion engineered parametric mixers.


 This book provides a comprehensive review of the state-of-the art of optical signal processing technologies and devices. It presents breakthrough solutions for enabling a pervasive use of optics in data communication and signal storage applications. It presents presents optical signal processing as solution to overcome the capacity crunch in communication networks. The book content ranges from the development of innovative materials and devices, such as graphene and slow light structures, to the use of nonlinear optics for secure quantum information processing and overcoming the classical Shannon limit on channel capacity and microwave signal processing. Although it holds the promise for a substantial speed improvement, today’s communication infrastructure optics remains largely confined to the signal transport layer, as it lags behind electronics as far as signal processing is concerned. This situation will change in the near future as the tremendous growth of data traffic requires energy efficient and fully transparent all-optical networks. The book is written by leaders in the field.



 Classical electrodynamics

 Optics and electrodynamics

 Signal, image and speech processing.

 Optics, optoelectronics, plasmonics and optical devices




535.1 NON

Nonlinear guided wave optics : a testbed for extreme waves

 Bristol : IOP Publishing, [2017]


 Content: 1. Extreme events in forced oscillatory media in zero, one and two dimensions -- 1.1. Introduction -- 1.2. Zero dimensions -- 1.3. One dimension -- 1.4. Two dimensions -- 1.5. Conclusion -- 2. Extreme waves in stimulated backscattering and frequency conversion processes -- 2.1. Introduction -- 2.2. Fundamental rogue wave solutions -- 2.3. Higher-order rogue wave solutions -- 2.4. Rogue wave solutions in the degenerate case -- 2.5. Rogue wave existence and baseband MI -- 2.6. Numerical simulations -- 2.7. Conclusions -- 3. Irreversibility and squeezing of shock waves -- 3.1. Introduction -- 3.2. Hydrodynamic approximation of dispersive shock waves -- 3.3. Highly non-local limit and irreversibility -- 3.4. Squeezing -- 3.5. Conclusions -- 4. Observation of the rupture of a photon dam in an optical fiber -- 4.1. Introduction -- 4.2. Theory of classic and dispersive dam breaking -- 4.3. Experiment -- 4.4. Conclusions -- 5. Instabilities and extreme events in all-normal dispersion mode-locked fibre lasers -- 5.1. Introduction -- 5.2. All-normal dispersion mode-locked fibre lasers -- 5.3. Stable mode-locking -- 5.4. Noise-like emission -- 5.5. Real-time measurements and extreme Raman fluctuations -- 5.6. Soliton explosions -- 5.7. Metastable dark solitons in radiation build-up dynamics -- 5.8. Conclusions -- 6. Extreme wave dynamics from incoherent dissipative solitons in fiber laser cavities -- 6.1. Introduction : the notion of incoherent dissipative solitons -- 6.2. Dissipative rogue waves from chaotic pulse bunching -- 6.3. Extreme vector waves -- 6.4. Conclusions -- 7. Ubiquitous nature of modulation instability : from periodic to localized perturbations -- 7.1. Introduction -- 7.2. Breather formalism -- 7.3. Experimental demonstrations -- 7.4. Localized noise-driven modulation instability -- 7.5. Conclusions -- 8. Rogue waves in photorefractive media -- 8.1. Introduction --  8.2. Spatial rogue waves in photorefractive ferroelectrics -- 8.3. Optical instabilities and strong wave turbulence -- 8.4. Incoherence, saturation, and solitons in extreme waves -- 8.5. Future developments -- 9. Vector rogue waves driven by polarisation instabilities -- 9.1. Introduction -- 9.2. Bright and dark rogue waves in mode-locked fibre laser -- 9.3. Synchronisation and desynchronisation phenomena in a long cavity Er-doped fibre laser -- 9.4. Summary -- 10. Fundamental rogue waves and their superpositions in nonlinear integrable systems -- 10.1. Introduction -- 10.2. NLSE rogue waves -- 10.3. Splitting of higher-order rogue waves -- 10.4. Extended equation -- 10.5. Integrable extensions -- 10.6. Infinitely long NLSE extensions -- 10.7. Conclusions -- 11. Are rogue waves really rogue? -- 11.1. Introduction -- 11.2. Definition of rogue waves : predictability -- 11.3. Rogue waves in the multi-filament scenario -- 11.4. Comparison of the three different rogue wave supporting systems -- 11.5. Filament rogue waves -- 11.6. Predictability of rogue waves -- 11.7. Conclusion -- 12. Rogue waves in integrable turbulence : semi-classical theory and fast measurements -- 12.1. Introduction -- 12.2. Semi-classical limit of focusing 1D-NLSE and rogue waves -- 12.3. Integrable turbulence and the inverse scattering transform method -- 12.4. Experiments in optical fibers -- 12.5. Conclusion -- 13. Rogue wave formation in highly birefringent fiber -- 13.1. Introduction -- 13.2. Model and linear stability analysis -- 13.3. Statistical analysis of the RW in the highly birefringent fiber -- 13.4. Results in the normal dispersion regime -- 13.5. Results in a normal dispersion -- 13.6. Conclusion -- 14. Spatiotemporal nonlinear dynamics in multimode fibers -- 14.1. Introduction -- 14.2. Spatial beam self-cleaning -- 14.3. Theoretical models of spatiotemporal dynamics --  14.4. Spatiotemporal instabilities -- 14.5. Supercontinuum generation -- 15. Noise-initiated dynamics in nonlinear fiber optics -- 15.1. Introduction -- 15.2. Modulation instability and breather solutions -- 15.3. Noise-driven modulation instability -- 15.4. Measuring chaotic dynamics in real time -- 15.5. Conclusions -- 16. Cavity soliton dynamics and rogue waves in driven Kerr cavities -- 16.1. Introduction -- 16.2. Spatiotemporal chaos in Lugiato-Lefever model -- 16.3. Cavity soliton dynamics and rogue waves in the delayed LLE -- 16.4. Conclusions


 The research on extreme waves is a very active field of research in physical and human sciences, such as hydrodynamics and oceanography, geology, meteorology, biological systems, financial markets, and medical sciences. In the last ten years, extreme or rogue waves have also been observed in nonlinear optics, particularly in the context of nonlinear pulse propagation in optical fibers. Experiments and theory have rapidly progressed on nonlinear optical extreme waves, showing that guided wave nonlinear optics and fiber lasers provide a relatively simple, accessible and controllable test bed for the observations and accurate statistical studies of extreme wave phenomena that obey the same universal rules, which apply to a large ensemble of different physical systems. In spite of substantial and rapid scientific progress in this area, which led to a number important cross-fertilizations between optics and hydrodynamics rogue and extreme wave phenomena (such as the dynamics of modulation instabilities and Peregrine solitions), there is no comprehensive treatment of optical extreme wave research. With introductory material to make the subject area accessible to non-specialists such as graduate and PhD students, and researchers working in other areas where extreme waves are relevant, this book features contributions by prominent scientists in this emerging field.


 Nonlinear optics

 Optical wave guides




620.9 JEN

Nick Jenkins, Janaka Ekanayake

 Renewable energy engineering

Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, [2017].


 This text provides a quantitative yet accessible overview of renewable energy engineering practice including wind, hydro, solar thermal, photovoltaic, ocean and bioenergy. Suitable for engineering undergraduates as well as graduate students from other numerate degrees, the text is supported by worked examples, tutorial chapters providing background material and end-of-chapter problems.


 Renewable energy sources

 Electric power systems




620.9 PER

Perelmuter, Viktor 

Renewable energy systems : simulation with Simulink® and SimPowerSystemsTM

Boca Raton : CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, [2017].


 Chapter 1. SimPowerSystems TM models -- chapter 2. Models of the elements and devices -- chapter 3. Simulation of power electronics -- chapter 4. Electric generators -- chapter 5. Simulation of the renewable electrical sources -- chapter 6. Wind generator system simulation.


 The development of renewable sources for electrical energy has become a mainstream focus in the field of electrical engineering. This book can be used by both engineers and researchers working to develop new electrical systems and investigate existing ones. Additionally, it can serve as a guide for undergraduate and graduate students during their study of electrical fields. The electrical devices that are used in renewable sources have complicated inner structures, and methods of computer simulation make the development of these systems easier and faster. Simulink, and its toolbox SimPowerSystems, is the most popular means for simulation of electrical systems. The topic of wind-generator (WG) systems simulation merits detailed consideration; therefore, this text covers an in-depth exploration of the simulation of WG systems, systems with batteries, photovoltaic systems, fuel elements, microturbines, and hydroelectric systems.


 Renewable energy sources

 Electric power systems




E83.51 SUM

 S. Sumathi, L. Ashok Kumar, P. Surekha.

Solar PV and wind energy conversion systems : an introduction to theory, modeling with MATLAB/SIMULINK, and the role of soft computing techniques / 

Cham : Springer, 2015.


 Introduction -- Application of MATLAB/SIMULINK in Solar PV Systems -- Soft Computing Techniques in Solar PV -- Wind Energy Conversion Systems -- Soft Computing Techniques in WECS -- Hybrid Energy Systems -- Grid Integration Techniques in Renewable Energy Systems -- Harmonic Reduction Techniques in Renewable Energy Systems -- Fuel Cell and Converters -- Appendices.


This textbook starts with a review of the principles of operation, modeling and control of common solar energy and wind-power generation systems before moving on to discuss grid compatibility, power quality issues and hybrid models of Solar PV and Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS). MATLAB/SIMULINK models of fuel cell technology and associated converters are discussed in detail. The impact of soft computing techniques such as neural networks, fuzzy logic and genetic algorithms in the context of solar and wind energy is explained with practical implementation using MATLAB/SIMULINK models. This book is intended for final year undergraduate, post-graduate and research students interested in understanding the modeling and control of Solar PV and Wind Energy Conversion Systems based on MATLAB/SIMULINK.


 Photovoltaic power generation -- Computer simulation.

 Wind energy conversion systems -- Computer simulation.

 Soft computing

 Energy harvesting




‫ ‪658.562(076) לים בשן ‬

‫ בשן, אביבה 

בעיות ופתרונות בנושאים: דגימת קבלה ובקרת איכות סטטיסטית

כפר סבא : לוגיק, מערכות ייעוץ והדרכה, ספרות אקדמית ומקצועית בניהול, תשע"ה 2014 ‬



 Quality control

 Quality control -- Statistical methods.

 Quality control -- Statistical methods -- Problems, exercises, etc.

 Process control -- Statistical methods.

 Quality assurance -- Statistical methods -- Problems, exercises, etc.

 Total quality management -- Statistical methods -- Problems, exercises, etc



681.3 BRY

Randal E. Bryant, David R. O’Hallaron

Computer systems : a programmer’s perspective /  Third edition.

 Boston : Pearson, [2016].


 Part I: Program Structure and Execution Chapter 1: A Tour of Computer Systems Chapter 2: Representing and Manipulating Information Chapter 3: Machine-Level Representation of Programs Chapter 4: Processor Architecture Chapter 5: Optimizing Program Performance Chapter 6: The Memory Hierarchy Part II: Running Programs on a System Chapter 7: Linking Chapter 8: $t Exceptional Control Flow Chapter 9: Virtual Memory Part III: Interaction and Communication Between Programs Chapter 10: System-Level I/O Chapter 11: Network Programming Chapter 12: Concurrent Programming Appendix Error Handling.


 Computer systems: A Programmer’s Perspective explains the underlying elements common among all computer systems and how they affect general application performance. Written from the programmer’s perspective, this book strives to teach students how understanding basic elements of computer systems and executing real practice can lead them to create better programs. Spanning across computer science themes such as hardware architecture, the operating system, and systems software, the Third Edition serves as a comprehensive introduction to programming. This book strives to create programmers who understand all elements of computer systems and will be able to engage in any application of the field--from fixing faulty software, to writing more capable programs, to avoiding common flaws. It lays the groundwork for students to delve into more intensive topics such as computer architecture, embedded systems, and cybersecurity. This book focuses on systems that execute an x86-64 machine code, and recommends that students have access to a Linux system for this course. Students should have basic familiarity with C or C++. MasteringEngineering® not included. Students, if MasteringEngineering is a recommended/mandatory component of the course, please ask your instructor for the correct ISBN and course ID. MasteringEngineering should only be purchased when required by an instructor. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information. MasteringEngineering is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment product designed to personalize learning and improve results. With a wide range of interactive, engaging, and assignable activities, students are encouraged to actively learn and retain tough course concepts.


 Computer science

 Computer systems

 Computer programming



 User interfaces (Computer systems)




681.3.04 HEA

Head, Val 

Designing interface animation : meaningful motion for user experience

Brooklyn, New York : Rosenfeld Media, [2016].


 Part I: The case for animation -- 1: Why you can’t ignore animation -- 2: -- You already know more about animation than you think -- 3: Modern principles of interactive animation -- Part II: Using animation to solve design problems 4: Using animation to orient and give context -- 5: Using animation to direct focus and attention -- 6: Using animation to show cause and effect -- 7: Using animation for feedback -- 8: Using animation to demonstrate -- 9:Using animation to express your brand -- Part III: Animation in your work and process -- 10: Where animation fits in your design process -- 11: Prototyping your animation ideas -- 12: Animating responsibly


 Effective interface animation deftly combines form and function to improve feedback, aid in orientation, direct attention, show causality, and express your brand’s personality. Designing Interface Animation shows you how to create web animation that balances purpose and style while blending seamlessly into the user s experience. This book is a crash course in motion design theory and practice for web designers, UX professionals, and front-end developers alike.


 Computer animation

 Web site development

 Web sites -- Design.




681.3.07.01PYTHON LUT

Lutz, Mark

Learning Python : [powerful object-oriented programming ; covers Python 2.6 and 3.x] / Fourth edition

Beijing : O’Reilly, [2009]


This new edition of ’Learning Python’ provides programmers with a comprehensive and updated introduction to the interactive, object-oriented scripting language. The book introduces basic elements of the latest release of Python 2.5 and covers new features and addresses new topics of interest

Title Sub.

 Python (Computer program language)


 Object-oriented programming (Computer science)




 ‪7.01 שבי ‬

‫ שביד, גלעד 

איזה יופי : מסגרת תאורטית של אסתטיקה חזותית

ירושלים : מוסד ביאליק, [תשע"ו 2016] ‬



  ‫ השאלות מהי מהות היופי; מהו מקור היופי; האם היופי הוא אוניברסלי או אישי, ועוד שאלות שעניינן ביופי, מעסיקות זה אלפי שנים בני אדם חושבים ומי שעוסקים ביופי. בספר זה, על שני חלקיו, מנסה המחבר לבחון מחדש את סוגיית היופי החזותי והשאלות הקשורות בו, ולהציע תאוריה כללית בנידון. נקודת המוצא שלו היא שהיופי החזותי התפתח במהלך האבולוציה ככלי המשרת את צורכי ההישרדות של הפרט. בחלקו הראשון של הספר מציג המחבר את הרקע התאורטי להתפתחות הרגש האסתטי, ובכלל זה ההשלכות האסתטיות של חוש הראייה, אופן תפקודו והמטלות שעמן הוא מתמודד; ההשפעות של האינטראקציה עם הסביבה שבה התפתח האדם על התפיסה האסתטית; הפרמטרים הקובעים יופי וכיעור, בהתאמה לאורח חיי האדם, וכן המנגנונים הביולוגיים שאולי יש להם השפעות אסתטיות חשובות. בחלקו השני של הספר מפרט המחבר את התאוריה האסתטית שלו, ובכלל זה את גורמי העיבוד העיקריים הקובעים העדפות אסתטיות, את הגורמים המשפיעים על הרגש האסתטי ועוצמתו ואת סוגי היופי החשובים. גלעד שביד למד ארכיטקטורה ולימודים מתקדמים בתכנון ערים ב’בצלאל’, והוא מוסמך המכון ללימודים עירוניים ואזוריים באוניברסיטה העברית. את עבודת הדוקטורט שלו, שעסקה בפרמטרים יסודיים של אסתטיקה בסביבה, עשה בבית הס ‬


 Aesthetics -- Philosophy.

 Perception (Philosophy)

 Visual perception




7.01 CRE

Creative placemaking : research, theory and practice

London ; New York : Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, [2019].


 Creative placemaking : reflections on a 21st century American arts policy initiative / Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa Nicodemus -- Spaces of vernacular creativity reconsidered / Tim Edensor and Steve Millington -- Turning local interests into local action : community-based art and the case of Wrecked! : on the intertidal zone / Dominic Walker -- Arrivals and departures : navigating an emotional landscape of belonging and displacement at Barangaroo in Sydney, Australia / Sarah Barns -- A case for human-scale social space in Mumbai / Aditi Nargundkar Pathak -- A rural case : beyond creative placemaking / Margo Handwerker -- Creative placemaking in Peri-urban Gothenburg : mission impossible? / Michael Landzelius and Peter Rundqvist -- A conversation between a collaborating artist and curator : placemaking, socially engaged art, and deep investment in people / Jim Walker and Shauta Marsh -- Temporary spatial object/architecture as a typology for placemaking / Torange Khonsari -- Place guarding : activist art against gentrification / Stephen Pritchard -- Outros epaços : apathy and lack of engagement in participatory processes / Luísa Alpalhão -- Towards beauty and a civics of place : notes from the Thriving Cities Project / Anna Marazuela Kim and Joshua J Yates -- From indicators to face validity to theory and back again : measuring outcomes of U.S. creative placemaking projects / Sunil Iyengar -- Moving into the beyond : what’s next for creative placemaking? / Anita McKeown and Cara Courage.


 "This book makes a significant contribution to the history of placemaking, presenting grassroots to top-down practices and socially engaged, situated artistic practices and arts-led spatial inquiry that go beyond instrumentalising the arts for development. The book brings together a range of scholars to critique and deconstruct the notion of creative placemaking, presenting diverse case studies from researcher, practitioner, funder and policymaker perspectives from across the globe. It opens with the creators of the 2010 White Paper that named and defined creative placemaking, Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, who offer a cortically reflexive narrative on the founding of the sector and its development. This book looks at vernacular creativity in place, a topic continued through the book with its focus on the practitioner and community-placed projects. It closes with a consideration of aesthetics, metrics and, from the editors, a consideration of the next ten years for the sector


 Arts and society -- Case studies.

 Community arts projects -- Case studies.

 Place (Philosophy) -- Case studies.




7.034(45) FRA (STR)

 Angelico Fra 

Fra Angelico and the rise of the Florentine Renaissance

 London ; Thames & Hudson, [2019]


 Fra Angelico and the Rise of the Florentine Renaissance investigates the beginnings of Florentine Renaissance art, with the friar painter Fra Angelico at the centre of the story. Fra Angelico is one of the great masters of Renaissance art and responsible for its early achievements in Florence alongside the painters Masaccio, Masolino, Uccello and Filippo Lippi, the sculptors Ghiberti, Donatello, and Nanni di Banco, and the architect Brunelleschi. 0Fra Angelico is sometimes seen as separate from his contemporaries, because of his status as a friar. A reconsideration of the chronology of his key early works demonstrates that not only was he a full participant in the artistic culture of his times, but a key innovator: the Prado’s great Annunciation Altarpiece, Fra Angelico’s breakthrough work from the mid-1420s, is the first Renaissance-style altarpiece in Florence. The Altarpiece has been the subject of extensive conservation and technological research at the Prado, the results of which are presented for the first time here. This catalogue focuses around that masterpiece, as well as two other recently acquired Fra Angelico paintings: the Alba Madonna and the Funeral of Saint Anthony Abbot.00Exhibition: Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain


 Angelico fra approximately 1400-1455,


 Art, Italy -- 15th century

 Painters -- Italy -- 15th century.

 Art, Renaissance -- Italy -- Florence.




7.039 GEN

Generative design : visualize, program, and create with JavaScript in p5.js

Hudson, New York : Princeton Architectural Press, [2018]


 Generative design, once known only to insiders as a revolutionary method of creating artwork, models, and animations with programmed algorithms, has in recent years become a popular tool for designers. By using simple languages such as JavaScript in p5.js, artists and makers can create everything from interactive typography and textiles to 3D-printed furniture to complex and elegant infographics. This updated volume gives a jump-start on coding strategies, with step-by- step tutorials for creating visual experiments that explore the possibilities of color, form, typography, and images. Generative Design includes a gallery of all- new artwork from a range of international designers—fine art projects as well as commercial ones for Nike, Monotype, Dolby Laboratories, the musician Bjork, and others


 Computer art

 Computer drawing

 Graphic arts -- Data processing.

 Generative programming (Computer science)

 Computer-aided design

 JavaScript (Computer software)




7.048 KIE

Kiely, Orla 

A life in pattern : [and how it can make you happy without even noticing]

London : Conran Octopus, [2018].


 Orla Kiely has opened her archives to explore a life dedicated to print. From her earliest and most iconic pattern, Stem, to the evolution of her print design encompassing the worlds of fashion, homewares and beyond, Orla shares the full range of patterns and designs that she has produced since establishing her brand in 1995. This is a celebration of Orla’s entire body of work - of colour, of print and of a handbag loved by women all over the world. Foreword written by Leith Clark, founder of The Violet Book and previously Lula magazine.


 Kiely, Orla.


 Repetitive patterns (Decorative arts)

 Printed fashion apparel

 Color in design

 Textile design

 Textile fabrics

 Fashion design




7.05-053.2 BIR

Birks, Kimberlie 

Design for children : play, ride, learn, eat, create, sit, sleep

London ; Phaidon Press, [2018]


 Small in size but big in ideas / Kimberlie Birks -- Design for children matters / Lora Appleton -- Play, ride, learn, eat, create, sit, sleep -- Endnotes -- Index by category -- Index by designer -- Index by product


 A comprehensive, genre-defining survey of children’s product and furniture design from Bauhaus to today Design for Children, a must-have book for all style-conscious and design-savvy readers, documents the evolution of design for babies, toddlers, and beyond. The book spotlights more than 450 beautiful, creative, stylish, and clever examples of designs created exclusively for kids - from toys, furniture, and tableware, to textiles, lights, and vehicles. Contemporary superstars and twentieth-century masters, including Philippe Starck, Nendo, Marc Newson, Piero Lissoni, Kengo Kuma, and Marcel Wanders, are showcased.


 Industrial design

 Children’s paraphernalia -- Design -- Pictorial works.

 Children’s furniture


 Industrial design -- Pictorial works.

 Infants’ supplies

 Product design




7.052 MAR

Bella Martin, Bruce Hanington.

Universal methods of design : 100 ways to research complex problems, develop innovative ideas, and design effective solutions

Beverly, Massachusetts : Rockport Publishers, [2012].


 Incomplete contents:A/B testing -- AEIOU -- Affinity diagramming -- Artifact analysis -- Automated remote research -- Behavioral mapping -- Bodystorming -- Brainstorm graphic organizers -- Business origami -- Card sorting -- Case studies -- Cognitive mapping -- Cognitive walkthrough -- Collage -- Competitive testing -- Concept mapping -- Content analysis -- Content inventory & audit -- Contextual design -- Contextual inquiry -- Creative toolkits -- Critical incident technique -- Crowdsourcing -- Cultural probes -- Customer experience audit -- Design charette -- Design ethnography -- Design workshops -- Desirability testing -- Diary studies -- Directed storytelling -- Elito method -- Ergonomic analysis -- Evaluative research -- Evidence-based design -- Experience prototyping -- Experience sampling method -- Experiments -- Exploratory research -- eyetracking -- Flexible modeling -- Fly-on-the-wall observation -- Focus groups -- Generative research -- Graffiti walls -- Heuristic evaluation -- Image boards -- Interviews -- KJ technique -- Kano analysis -- Key performance indicators -- Laddering -- Literature reviews -- The love letter & the breakup letter -- Mental model diagrams -- Mind mapping -- Observation -- Parallel prototyping -- Participant observation -- Participatory Action Research (PAR) -- Participatory design -- Personal inventories -- Personas -- Photo studies -- Picture cards -- Prototyping -- Questionnaires -- Rapid Iterative Testing & Evaluation (RITE) -- Remote moderated research -- Research through design -- Role-playing -- Scenario description swimlanes -- Scenarios -- Secondary research -- Semantic differential -- Shadowing -- Simulation exercises -- Site search analytics -- Speed dating -- Stakeholder maps -- Stakeholder walkthrough -- Storyboards -- Surveys -- Task analysis -- Territory maps -- Thematic networks -- Think-aloud protocol -- Time-aware research -- Touchstone tours -- Triading -- Triangulation --


This comprehensive reference provides a thorough and critical presentation of 100 research methods, synthesis/analysis techniques, and research deliverables for human centered design, delivered in a concise and accessible format perfect for designers, educators, and students. Whether research is already an integral part of a practice or curriculum, or whether it has been unfortunately avoided due to perceived limitations of time, knowledge, or resources, Universal Methods of Design serves as an invaluable compendium of methods that can be easily referenced and utilized by cross-disciplinary teams in nearly any design project. This essential guide: Dismantles the myth that user research methods are complicated, expensive, and time-consuming. Creates a shared meaning for cross-disciplinary design teams. llustrates methods with compelling visualizations and case studies. Characterizes each method at a glance. Indicates when methods are best employed to help prioritize appropriate design research strategies. Universal Methods of Design distills each method down to its most powerful essence, in a format that will help design teams select and implement the most credible research methods best suited to their design culture within the constraints of their projects.


 Design -- Research -- Methodology.

 Research -- Methodology.

 Human-computer interaction




72 CHO

Choma, Joseph 

 Études for architects

Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, [2018]


 Noun and Verb -- Making with Rules -- Shapes Carving Shapes -- Plane Surface Volume -- Curves with Lines -- Scale and Material -- Case Studies


 Organized around a series of pedagogical exercises, this book provides a visual journey through a series of games architects can play as a means to design. Aimed specifically at beginner design students, learning objectives include: computational thinking and making, introduction to design as an iterative, reflective, and rigorous process, ideas of continuity and discontinuity, and understanding the bias and constraints of analog and digital tooling. The text is simple and straightforward to understand and in addition the author draws explanatory diagrams to elaborate on each exercise’s description. He also includes visually compelling student work to provide insight into the possibilities of each exercise. Finally, the book includes eighteen case studies from Europe, the USA, Mexico, and Asia to inspire and inform.


 Architecture -- Study and teaching.

 Architecture -- Problems, exercises, etc.

 Architects -- Training of.

 Architecture -- Case studies.




72 OZK

Özkar, Mine 

Rethinking basic design in architectural education : foundations past and future

 London ; New York : Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, [2017].


 pt. I. Early beginnings -- pt. II. Looking to the future.


Rethinking Basic Design in Architectural Education provides historical and computational insights into beginning design education for architecture. Inviting the readers to briefly forget what is commonly known as basic design, it delivers the account of two educators, Denman W. Ross and Arthur W. Dow, from the turn of the twentieth century in Northeast America, interpreting key aspects of their methodology for teaching foundations for design and art. This alternate intellectual context for the origins of basic design as a precursor to computational design complements the more haptic, more customized, and more open-source design and fabrication technologies today. Basic design described and illustrated here as a form of low-tech computation offers a setting for the beginning designer to consciously experience what it means to design. Individualized dealings with materials, tools, and analytical techniques foster skills and attitudes relevant to creative and technologically adept designers. The book is a timely contribution to the theory and methods of beginning design education when fast-changing design and production technology demands change in architecture schools’ foundations curricula.


 Architecture -- Study and teaching.

 Architecture -- Curricula.

 Design -- Study and teaching.




75.036.7(73) DEK

De Kooning, Willem 

De Kooning

New York : Harry N. Abrams, Inc, [1979]


Willem de Kooning -- Interview with the artist -- Statements by the artist. What abstract art means to me ; Content is a glimpse -- Chronology


 Willem De Kooning is the outstanding painter of the ideological epoch in American art


 De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997,


 Art, Modern -- 20th century.

 Artists -- American -- 20th century.

 Painting, American -- 20th century

 Painting, Modern -- 20th century

 Abstract expressionism -- United States.

 Sculpture, Abstract -- United States




76.026 LAT

Latin, Matej

Better web typography for a better web

[Place of publication not identified] : Matej Latin, [2017].


Better Web Typography for a Better Web is a book based on a top-rated online course explaining typography to people who build web sites—web designers and web developers. The author, Matej Latin, takes complex concepts such as vertical rhythm, modular scale and page composition, and explains them in an easy-to-understand way. The content of the book is accompanied by live code examples and the readers go through a process of designing and building an example website as they go through the book. This is a new typography book for a new medium, the rules haven’t changed much, everything else has.


 Graphic design (Typography)

 Web typography.

 Graphic arts

 Type and type-founding



77.04(73) SHE

Sherman, Cindy 

Cindy Sherman : clowns

Munich : Schirmer/Mosel, [2004/2012]


 On the occasion of the upcoming Cindy Sherman retrospective exhibition in the New York Museum of Modern Art in 2012, we are pleased to present one of her most fanciful photographic series, Clowns. Having astonished the art world with her "role portraits" for almost 40 years—her History Portraits and Untitled Film Stills are milestones of conceptual portraiture—she explores the horror of laughter and the laughable in Clowns. Sherman said: "I came to clowns to show the complex emotional abysses of a painted smile." This volume presents the entire series of eighteen color photographs created between 2003 and 2004, which justify her reputation as one of the most outstanding and influential artists of our time.


Sherman, Cindy, 1954-


 Photography, Artistic

 Photographers -- United States -- 20th century.

 Artists -- United States -- 20th century.

 Portrait photography

 Clowns in art




77.043 WAR

Warhol, Andy 1928-1987 photographer

 Andy Warhol : polaroids 1958-1987

Koln : Taschen, [2017]


 Instant Andy instant art / by Richard B. Woodward = Instant Andy instantkunst / von Richard B. Woodward = L’instant Andy art instantane / par Richard B. Woodward -- 1958-1968 -- 1969-1970 -- 1971-1972 -- 1973-1974 -- 1975-1979 -- 1980-1983 -- 1984-1987 -- Appendix: Selected biographies of the sitters.


 Andy Warhol was a relentless chronicler of life and its encounters. Carrying a Polaroid camera from the late 1950s until his death in 1987, he amassed a huge collection of instant pictures of friends, lovers, patrons, the famous, the obscure, the scenic, the fashionable, and himself. Created in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation, this book features hundreds of these instant photos. Portraits of celebrities such as Mick Jagger, Alfred Hitchcock, Jack Nicholson, Yves Saint Laurent, Pelé, Debbie Harry are included alongside images of Warhol’s entourage and high life, landscapes, and still lifes from Cabbage Patch dolls to the iconic soup cans. Often raw and impromptu, the Polaroids document Warhol’s era like Instagram captures our own, offering a unique record of the life, world, and vision behind the Pop Art maestro and modernist giant.


 Warhol, Andy 1928-1987


 Portrait photography -- United States -- 20th century.

 Photography, Artistic

 Instant photography

 Pop art

 Artists -- United States -- 20th century.

 Celebrities -- Portraits

 Painters -- United States -- 20th century.




811.111 DOW

Downes, Colm 

Cambridge English for job-hunting

Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, [2008]


 Unit 1. Research and preparation -- Unit 2. Writing an impressive CV -- Unit 3. Effective cover letters -- Unit 4. Successful interviews -- Unit 5. Advanced interview techniques -- Unit 6. Follow up

Abstract  Cambridge English for Job-hunting is designed to develop the specialist English language knowledge and communication skills that job-seekers need to apply for and secure jobs. Ideal for both working professionals and those new to the world of employment, the course comprises six standalone units covering core areas such as CV preparation, cover letter writing, and answering interview questions. Authentic materials such as genuine CVs and cover letters give learners practical experience in understanding and preparing vital documents. The course also offers valuable advice to help improve job-hunters’ confidence, including help with difficult interview questions and how to present yourself effectively.


 English language -- Usage -- Study and teaching.

 Resumes (Employment)

 Business writing

 Job hunting

 English language -- Textbooks for foreign speakers

 English language -- Spoken English

 English language -- Sound recordings for foreign speakers.

 Business communication -- Foreign speakers.

 Interpersonal communication -- Foreign speakers.




‫ ‪82-4=411.16 ארי ‬

 ‫ אריאל, ננה  ‬

מניפסטים : כתבים של אי-נחת על סף המאה העשרים ואחת

רמת גן : אוניברסיטת בר אילן, תשע"ט 2018 ‬


‫ מבוא - כתבים של אי נחת -- פרק ראשון. על מניפסטים : קווים לדמותו של המניפסט -- לעשות דברים עם מילים: המניפסט כפעולה -- מניפסטים, לגיטימציה והבניית מיתוסים -- אמנות עשיית המניפסט -- הממד הדיאלוגי של המניפסט -- "מניפסט הוא תמיד וגם אף-פעם לא!" -- פרק שני. דברי אנשים החפצים דבר-מה": מסורת עברית של כתיבת מניפסטים : מניפסטים מייסדים: בין היסטוריה למיתוס -- מבנה ז’אנרי -- הרטוריקה של המניפסט -- ואף-על-פי-כן – מניפסט -- פרק שלישי. מניפסטים מייסדים במפנה המאה העשרים ואחת : מרד שפוף ומרד זקוף -- מתוך החלל הריק -- "למי זה נחוץ?": כנות וספקנות -- בין מניפסט לפרודיה עליו: שלילה עצמית, התחזות ומשחק -- מי "אנחנו"? מניפסטים והמאבק החברתי -- סוף דבר - מסימן קריאה לסימני שאלה -- אנתולוגיה - מבחר מניפסטים מייסדים: ספרות, אמנות ותרבות 2011-1981. ‬


‫ על הרטוריקה של המניפסט, על עוצמותיו ועל חולשותיו, ועל הופעותיו המרעישות והמצטנעות על סף המאה העשרים ואחת בתרבות העברית. -- כריכה אחורית. ‬


 Hebrew essays

 Literary manifestos

 Political manifestoes

 Hebrew essays -- Political aspects




82:1 BOS

Boscagli, Maurizia 

Stuff theory : everyday objects, radical materialism

New York : Bloomsbury, [2014].


 Introduction : Of Jena glassware and potatoes : matter in the moment -- 1. Homeopathic Benjamin : a flexible poetics of matter -- 2. For the unnatural use of clothes : fashion as cultural assault -- 3. Paris circa 1968 : cool space, decoration, revolution -- 4. "You must remember this" : memory objects in the age of erasable memory -- 5. Garbage in theory : waste aesthetics -- Envoi : What should we do with our stuff?


 Stuff, the hoard of minor objects which have shed their commodity glamor but which we refuse to recycle, flashes up in fiction, films and photographs as alluring, unruly reminder of how people and matter are intertwined. Stuff is modern materiality out of bounds that refuses to be contained by the western semiotic system. It declines its role as the eternal sidekick of the subject, and thus is the ideal basis for a counter-narrative of materiality in flux. Can such a narrative, developed by the new materialism, reinvigorate the classical materialist account of human alienation from commodities under capital? By shifting the discussion of materiality toward the aesthetic and the everyday, the book both embraces and challenges the project of new materialism. It argues that matter has a politics, and that its new plasticity offers a continued possibility of critique. Stuff Theory’s five chapters illustrate the intermittent flashes of modern ’minor’ materiality in twentieth-century modernity as fashion, memory object, clutter, home de;cor, and waste in a wide range of texts: Benjamin’s essays, Virginia Woolf’s and Elfriede Jelinek’s fiction, Rem Koolhaas’ criticism, 1920s German photography and the cinema of Tati, Bertolucci, and Mendes. To call the commodified, ebullient materiality the book tracks stuff, is to foreground its plastic and transformative power, its fluidity and its capacity to generate events. Stuff Theory interrogates the political value of stuff’s instability. It investigates the potential of stuff to revitalize the oppositional power of the object. Stuff Theory traces a genealogy of materiality: flashpoints of one kind of minor matter in a succession of cultural moments. It asserts that in culture, stuff becomes a rallying point for a new critique of capital, which always works to reassign stuff to a subaltern position. Stuff is not merely unruly: it becomes the terrain on which a new relation between


 Material culture in literature.

 Personal belongings in literature.

 Personal belongings in art.

 Property in literature.




821.111(73) BRO

Brown, Bill

A sense of things : the object matter of American literature

Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2003].


 The idea of things and the ideas in them -- The tyranny of things -- The nature of things -- Regional artifacts -- The decoration of houses -- The death and life of things : modernity and modernism.


 "Brown’s new study explores the roots of modern America’s fascination with things and the problem that objects posed for American literature at the turn of the century. This was an era when the invention, production, distribution, and consumption of things suddenly came to define a national culture. Brown shows how crucial novels of the time made things not a solution to problems, but problems in their own right. Writers such as Mark Twain, Frank Norris, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Henry James ask why and how we use objects to make meaning, to make or remake ourselves, to organize our anxieties and affections, to sublimate our fears, and to shape our wildest dreams. Offering a remarkably new way to think about materialism. A Sense of Things will be essential reading for anyone interested in American literature and culture."--Jacket.


 American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.

 American fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.

 Material culture in literature.

 Economics and literature -- United States -- History -- 19th century.

 Material culture -- United States -- History -- 19th century.

 Production (Economic theory) in literature.

 Consumption (Economics) in literature.

 Possessiveness in literature.




821.111(73) MAL

Malewitz, Raymond 

The practice of misuse : rugged consumerism in contemporary American culture

Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2014].


 Misuse : from aesthetics to practice -- Theaters of rugged consumerism -- The garden in the machine : biomimetic hybrids and the tragedy of singular use -- The rugged consumer Bildungsroman -- Ritual, play, and neoliberal rugged consumerism -- The commodity at the end of the world.


 This title examines the oppositional emergence and eventual ideological containment of ’rugged consumers’ in late 20th century American literature, who creatively misuse, reuse, and repurpose the objects within their environments to suit their idiosyncratic needs and desires. The book shows how certain authors position their rugged consumers within the intertwined American myths of primal nature and rugged individualism, creating left- and right-libertarian maker communities that are sceptical of both traditional political institutions and (in its pre-neoliberal state) globalised corporate capitalism.


American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.

 Consumption (Economics) in literature.

 Material culture in literature.

 Consumption (Economics) -- United States.

 Material culture -- United States.