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Like Gleick is to Information Theory, X is to Social Choice Theory

What are some great, accessible books that would allow me to learn more about social choice theory without having to become an economist? I am thinking something along the likes of James Gleick's "popular science" Information Theory book, but for social choice theory. [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace on Apr 3, 2014 - 2 answers

Can a transcendental number raised to an algebraic power be algebraic?

Can a transcendental number such as pi, be raised to an irrational, but algebraic power resulting in an algebraic solution? Complex solutions would be acceptable. There might be a quick proof here, or there might not be. - Thanks for any help you can offer answering this! (And I promise that this isn't for a class or anything like that!)
posted by ch3cooh on Mar 2, 2013 - 3 answers

OMG, storytelling in journalism is changing. What to read abot this?

Here's an European writing a book/thesis about storytelling in journalism. What texts (linguistics, literary theory etc – preferably *not* mass communication theory) might help in analysing contemporary changes in that field? [more inside]
posted by earthwormsleg on Jan 24, 2013 - 2 answers

What is this key change?

In More Than a Feeling, the chorus, a simple I IV iv V (G C e D), finished off with an Eb chord - totally not in the key - and then transitioning to em7. What is this transition to Eb, which is not at all part of the key of G, called?
posted by plinth on Jan 8, 2013 - 11 answers

Music theorists: What makes this song so compelling?

Could anyone break this song down for me from a music theory perspective? [more inside]
posted by mermily on Dec 27, 2012 - 6 answers

Who wrote this LGTBQ theory?

Help me figure out who wrote this LGTBQ theory? [more inside]
posted by obviousresistance on Sep 4, 2012 - 11 answers

Do They Have Queen Victoria as a Pekingese?

Where can I purchase faux Victorian Aristocratic-Military Dog portraits such as those that were featured in last night's episode of The Big Bang Theory? [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 on Apr 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Design Patterns / Jazz Standards

Hello MeFi. I'm curious as to the correlation between software development Design Patterns for and Jazz Standards. Usual loot from Google: Some dude who thought of it first (and used it as a nice allegoric explanation in Programmers Stackexchange and a somewhat geeky ironic coding-related mention ("Jazz supports interaction through event listeners"). These are all nice examples of the basic similarity between the two, I'm looking for more, though. Are you aware of any materials that somehow approach this idea?
posted by lipsum on Jan 25, 2012 - 2 answers

Seperating Interlocked Rings

Consider two rings that are intertwined. (These lie in 3-dimensional space, but when you draw it on paper it looks like a venn diagram.) In 3-dimensional space they cannot be unlinked. The questions is, if you had one more dimension, can you unlink them?
posted by gzimmer on Jul 15, 2011 - 14 answers

Explain the Axis (Music System) To Me

Through "Girl From Ipanema" found This phrase in particular: "Romantic music continues with this progression, naturalizing the upper relatives, too" leaves me baffled. Lendvai's Axis System: http://www.mi.sanu.ac.rs/vismath/lends/ch1.htm. Music theorists, help me with simple examples!
posted by gregglind on Jun 1, 2011 - 5 answers

Art Fundamentals 101 for a quilter

I need Art Fundamentals 101 -- what books should I get? I need to learn more about color (mixing, harmony, schemes), value, composition, and perspective. The trick is that I will not (primarily) be applying what I learn to any particular painting medium but rather to quilt art. What books can help me study me the fundamentals of art? [more inside]
posted by LittleMy on Feb 21, 2011 - 11 answers

When an architect sits down to say, "this is what architecture should be about."

Help Me Assemble an Architectural Reading List Filter: looking for written works by notable architects which are intended as introductions to or overviews of the 'proper' practice of architecture, as the author sees it. [more inside]
posted by brightghost on Jan 6, 2011 - 15 answers

How to simultaneously exchange information?

How to simultaneously exchange information? [more inside]
posted by deadweightloss on Oct 26, 2009 - 40 answers

Long Tail Theory

Where can I learn more about the theory behind The Long Tail? I've read the book but want something more than just examples. [more inside]
posted by nam3d on Oct 25, 2009 - 6 answers

This string theory - it vibrates?

Help me find this famous quote (paragraph) about string theory? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Sep 17, 2009 - 4 answers

What books would teach me about information and data?

Let's say I wanted to educate myself to sort-of the equivalent of a Bachelor's Degree in Information and Data (not sure what the real degree would be called, but you get the idea). What should be in my syllabus? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Jul 26, 2009 - 13 answers

To me do really is a deer, a female deer ...

I just bought an ukulele, and I want to learn how to play it. Thing is, I know nothing about music in general. What should I learn? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace on Jul 23, 2009 - 32 answers

How do you stop an infinite number of suicide bombers?

Can anybody elaborate on a discussion on hypothetically stopping suicide bombers that was featured on The Unit? [more inside]
posted by cali59 on Jun 12, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me get access to a journal article...

Can anyone help me out with getting a pdf copy of Robert Cox's 1981 article - "Social Forces, States, and World Orders"? [more inside]
posted by knapah on Oct 31, 2008 - 4 answers

Help me overthink sex and romance.

What are some good books/essays/articles about human sexuality, sexual and romantic relationships, and sexual or otherwise affection-entangled activity - with an emphasis on the theoretical? I'm thinking more along the lines of Judith Butler than The Joy of Sex - so suggestions should be at least vaguely academic. (Things like Leaves of Grass count as vaguely academic). [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Mar 10, 2008 - 21 answers

What are some good primers on Narratology?

I'd like to become familiar with the basics of the Narrative Theory/Narratology. Can anyone in the know recommend a primer, or other key reading(s) -- either seminal books or articles? Assume I next to nothing about the field (so seemingly obvious citiations are welcomed); also assume that I won't be put off by thick tomes or dense prose. Thanks!
posted by .kobayashi. on Aug 4, 2005 - 19 answers

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