By Peter Swirski

ISBN-10: 081011495X

ISBN-13: 9780810114951

A sequence of interviews and significant dialogues with the past due Stanislaw Lem whose writings were translated into over forty languages and feature offered over 35 million copies. should you merely comprehend him as a novelist, A Stanislaw Lem Reader is a wonderful creation to Lem's philosophy, medical hypothesis, literary feedback, and social conception, whereas final completely obtainable to readers unexpected with any of his works.

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My own relation to music is altogether different. For me the process ended with Beethoven; to Bach I could not warm up too much, and there is nothing I can do about it. For that matter, I totally adore Chopin, but cannot tolerate atonal music - Stravinsky means absolutely nothing to me. I prefer Beethoven's Fifth Symphony to the Seventh, and the Ninth induces in me a state of wild ecstasy. And I am not even sure that I could articulate why it should be so. My attitude to various philosophical systems is essentially no different.

However, when all is considered, this is not a matter which can be decided by an appeal to a simple monodimensional analysis. The developments of the recent years indicate that even Americans are losing their edge. You can hear all across the United States cries of dismay, deploring the deteriorating quality of American secondary and postsecondary education. On the other hand, the Japanese have made immense strides in this area. I am well acquainted with this situation since my son has been studying physics in the States.

Mind you, they can be quite inefficient; they are like a coarse sieve, which many important things may slip through. We would still have to select and choose among whatever it is that they might be analyzing for us. This is even more true in the domains that are currently undergoing rapid growth and expansion. Take genetics, for example. The pace of proliferation and diversification in genetic research is so horrific that the field, still relatively homogeneous not so long ago, now has branched out beyond belief.

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