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Christopher Alexander has been a legendary figure in architecture for nearly 40 years. World-renowned for his revolutionary theories on the art of building, Alexander now caps his lifetime of profoundly original thinking about the meaning and purpose of architecture with this magnum opus, The Nature of Order. In these four books, Alexander constructs an entirely new cosmology, grounded in the latest scientific knowledge, and integrating the perennial wisdom of the centrality of human experience and values. In this way, Alexander reunifies for the field of architecture the 400-year old split of Body (structure) and Soul (feeling).

Alexander explores the properties of life itself, highlighting a set of well-defined structures present in all order – and in all life – from micro-organisms and mountain ranges to good houses and vibrant communities.

Taken as a whole, the four books - which are available as a complete four-volume set - create a sweeping new conception of the nature of things which is both objective and structural (hence part of science) – and also personal (in that it shows how and why things have the power to touch the human heart). A step has been taken, through which these two domains – the domain of geometrical structure and the feeling it creates – kept separate during four centuries of scientific though from 1600 to 2000, have finally been united.


Book One: The Phenomenon of Life

In The Phenomenon of Life, the first volume in this four volume masterwork, Alexander proposes a scientific view of the world in which all space-matter has perceptible degrees of life and sets this understanding of order as an intellectual basis for a new architecture. With this view as a foundation, we can ask precise questions about what must be done to create more life in our world – whether in a room… a humble doorknob… a neighbourhood… or even in a vast region.

He introduces the concept of living structure, basing it upon his theories of centres and of wholeness, and defines the fifteen properties from which, according this observations, all wholeness is built. Alexander argues that living structure is at once both personal and structural.


Book Two: The Process of Creating Life

Scientifically, this is perhaps the most exciting of the four books. How do beautiful creations come into being? Nature can make an infinite number of human faces, each one unique, each one beautiful. The same is true for daffodils, streams, and stars. But man-made creations – especially the towns and buildings of the 20th century – have only occasionally been really good, more often mediocre, and in the last 50 years have most often been deadly.

What is the reason for the difference? It hinges on the deep nature of the processes we use.

Alexander presents a living world that is of necessity generated by processes to create locally adapted spontaneous structure. In essence, he shows us how to do for buildings and cities what DNA does for grasses on the hills and trees in the forest: allowing each thing to become what it needs to be, as it arises from its own circumstances, with coherent form that flows out from the process.


Book Three: A Vision of a Living World

In the four books of The Nature of Order we have been given a new framework for perceiving and interacting with our world, a methodology for creating beautiful spaces, a cosmology where art, architecture, science, religion and secular life all work comfortably together. The third book shows us – visually, technically, and artistically – what a world built in this cosmology and framework is likely to be: what it may look like and be like.

Hundreds of examples of buildings and places are shown. New forms for large buildings, public spaces, communities, neighbourhoods, lead to discussions about equally important small scale of detail and ornament and colour. Many of the examples are built by Alexander and his colleagues; other buildings explored take us around the world and through time.

With these examples, lay people, architects, builders, artists, and students are able to make this new framework real for themselves, understand how it works, and understand its significance. The book is a feast for the eyes, and mind, and heart. Places created by living process (Book 2) have living structure (Book 1), and they connect us to our essence as people (Book 4). The seven hundred pictures of Alexander’s buildings and works of art shown in this book demonstrate in detail what he means.


Book Four: The Luminous Ground

The foundations of modern scientific thought, four centuries old, are firmly rooted in a conception that the universe is a machinelike entity, a play of baubles, machines, trinkets. To this day, our real daily experience of ourselves has no clear place in science. It is little wonder that a machinelike world-view has supported the deadly architecture of the last century.

The Luminous Ground, the fourth book of The Nature of Order, contains what is perhaps the deepest revelation in the four-volume work. Here is a geometrical view of space and matter seamlessly connected to our own private, personal experience as sentient and knowing creatures. This is not merely an emotional appendix to the scientific theory of the other books. It is at the core of the entire work, and is rooted in the fact that our two sides – our analytical thinking selves, and our vulnerable emotional personalities as human beings – are coterminous. They must be harnessed at one and the same time if we are ever to really make sense of what is around us, and be able to create a living world.

Altogether, present throughout this fourth and final book, is a new cosmology uniting matter and consciousness: consciousness inextricably joined to the substrate of matter, present in all matter, and providing all wholeness with its material, cognitive, and spiritual underpinnings. This view, though radical, conforms to our most ordinary daily intuitions. It may provide a path for those contemporary scientists who are beginning to see consciousness as the underpinning of all matter, and thus as a proper object of scientific study.

And it will change, forever, our conception of what buildings are.



We are delighted to announce that, as of 1 January 2020, titles published by the University of Oklahoma Press are available through Eurospan worldwide, excluding North America.

During its more than ninety years of continuous operation, the University of Oklahoma Press has gained international recognition as an outstanding publisher of scholarly literature. It was the first university press established in the Southwest of the USA, and the fourth in the western half of the country. The major goal of the Press is to strengthen its position as a preeminent publisher of books about the American West and Native Americans Indians, while expanding its program in other scholarly disciplines, including classical studies, environmental history, Latin America, military history, and popular music.

                     

How America Lost Its Mind
The Assault on Reason That’s Crippling Our Democracy
Thomas E. Patterson
October 2019 208pp
9780806164328 Hardback
An urgent call for rational thinking and leadership in the service of American democracy. How America Lost Its Mind maps a political landscape convulsed with distrust, gridlock, brinksmanship, petty feuding, and deceptive messaging. As dire as this picture is, and as unlikely as immediate relief might be, Thomas Patterson sees a way forward and underscores its urgency. A call to action, his book encourages us to wrest institutional power from ideologues and disruptors and entrust it to sensible citizens and leaders, to restore our commitment to mutual tolerance and restraint, to cleanse the Internet of fake news and disinformation, and to demand a steady supply of trustworthy and relevant information from our news sources.

Diplomacy Shot Down
The U-2 Crisis and Eisenhower's Aborted Mission to Moscow, 1959–1960
E. Bruce Geelhoed
March 2020 336pp, 20 b&w images
9780806164854 Hardback
A behind-the-scenes look at the unmaking of history in the early Cold War. The history of the Cold War is littered with what-ifs and, in this book, E. Bruce Geelhoed explores one of the most intriguing: what if the Soviets had not shot down the American U-2 spy plane and President Dwight D. Eisenhower had visited the Soviet Union in 1960 as planned? In a blow-by-blow description of the diplomatic overtures, the U-2 incident, and the aftermath, Diplomacy Shot Down draws upon Eisenhower’s projected itinerary and unmade speeches and statements, as well as the American and international press corps’ preparations for covering the aborted visit, to give readers a sense of what might have been.

Renegades
Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture
Edited by Luca Guido, Stephanie Pilat, Angela Person
Foreword by Aaron Betsky, President of the School of Architecture at Taliesin
March 2020 272pp, 147 images, 47 colour plates
9780806164601 Paperback
Mapping the contours of an American architecture, this book explores the fraught history of a distinctively American movement. It features essays by leading scholars and includes a wide range of images, including rare, never-before-published sketches and models. Together these essays and illustrations map the contours of an American architecture that combines the landscape and technology of the USA through experimentation and invention. Renegades for the first time fully captures the essence and conveys the importance of the American School of architecture.

 

 

New Publisher: APHA Press

21 Jan 2020 15:32:13



We are delighted to announce that, as of 1 January 2020, titles published by APHA Press are available in the UK, Continental Europe, Asia, and Oceania through Eurospan.

APHA Press, an imprint of the American Public Health Association, provides public health practitioners, scholars and students with accessible and affordable resources of the highest quality. Now in its 20th edition, their best-selling title, Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, is an invaluable reference for everyone working in the field of public health and epidemiology worldwide.


                     

Bestseller
Control of Communicable Diseases Manual
An Official Report of the American Public Health Association, 20th Edition
Edited by David L. Heymann
2015 729pp
9780875530185 Paperback
The must have resource for anyone in the field of public health. Every chapter in the 20th edition has been reworked with new chapters added. It is a timely update to a milestone reference work, ensuring the manual's relevance and usefulness to every public health professional around the world.

New
Control of Communicable Diseases: Clinical Practice
Edited by Omar Khan & David L. Heymann
Jan 2020 700pp
9780875533070 Paperback
Addressing the needs of the busy or travelling clinician, this book covers diagnosis and treatment of communicable diseases, while also providing an overview of epidemiology and prevention. It balances depth with brevity, and packs a great deal of authoritative knowledge from worldwide public health and health care experts. This is a must-have for the pockets, duffle bags, and bookshelves of all health care practitioners and global health professionals.

Control of Communicable Diseases: Laboratory Practice
Edited by Burton W. Wilcke, Jr & David L. Heymann
Feb 2019 689pp
9780875532851 Paperback
Provides as overview of the latest laboratory procedures for communicable diseases as well as information on laboratory safety practices, the critical role of quality assurance in all testing and the importance of laboratory informatics and rapid reporting processes. With in-depth detail for each disease, this is a must-have for all laboratory scientists, epidemiologists and others involved with communicable disease control. Laboratory Practice supports both planning and response for disease control.

 

Gluten-Free Rocky Road Recipe

13 Jan 2020 17:08:16

Whether you suffer from coeliac disease or are simply looking to cut gluten out of your diet, this cookbook offers hassle free recipes to satisfy all tastes and skill levels.

This cookbook by Marlisa Brown is remarkably comprehensive, covering gluten-free and allergy-friendly recipes appropriate for any occasion. Be it a luxurious three course meal, a quick cook-up for the working week or homely Sunday comfort food. As a registered dietitian, chef and president of Total Wellness Inc, Marlisa Brown (who personally has cut gluten from her diet) has the accolades to compliment her recipes.

Not only does the book offer clear scientific information about the dietary restrictions and nutritional values of each recipe, it also delivers a homely touch to gluten-free cooking with its ‘home-made’ writing style and useful tips which encourage creativity and variations to suit different tastes. As someone who regularly received forlorn looks from my Food Technology teacher I opted for a ‘quick and easy’ Rocky Road recipe to test the waters. The instructions were clear and easy to follow and the results were delicious; Marlisa can take pride in the fact that she received a thumbs up from the Eurospan team.

Most of all, the cookbook delivers on Marlisa’s own aspiration that going gluten-free ‘doesn’t have to be frustrating, time consuming, expensive or tasteless’.

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