Wednesday, January 25, 2006

RSA Royal Designers for Industry collection

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The Royal Designers for Industry collection in the Library.

The collection holds personally donated books and pamphlets from a selection of past and present RDI's.

More information on the RDI faculty here.

Mike Dempsey's article on this years Royal Designers, Built to last is featured in December's RSA e-journal.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

January new books

Some recent additions to the RSA Fellows' Library:

Alain Finkielkraut
The Wisdom of Love
University of Nebraska Press, 2001. 128.46 FIN

This book aims to unsettle the easy distinction between cultural liberalism and conservatism; using the philosophic thought of Levinas to create a new position in debates about multiculturalism. This book examines the seemingly contradictory claims of universalism and partisanship to the ethnic or racial ‘other’.
Prospect magazine top 100 Global intellectuals

Margaret A. Boden,
The creative mind: myths and mechanisms
Routledge, 2nd edition, 2003, 153.35 BOD
How is it possible to think new thoughts? What is creativity and can science explain it? When The Creative Mind: Myths and Mechanisms was first published, Margaret A. Boden's bold and provocative exploration of creativity broke new ground. Boden uses examples such as jazz improvisation, chess, story writing, physics, and the music of Mozart, together with computing models from the field of artificial intelligence to uncover the nature of human creativity in the arts. This second edition has been updated to include recent developments in artificial intelligence.

Corinne Maier
Hello laziness! Why hard work doesn't pay

Orion, 2005, 158.7 MAI
This book is an intellectually enlightening yet tongue-in-cheek call to arms for office-workers the world over to do less if they want to achieve more.

Available to borrow by RSA Fellows - contact the Library for details. Ask about our Freepost service.