RANDOM THOUGHTS FROM AN AGING BRAIN

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Xlibris Corporation, Aug 2, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 207 pages
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This book recounts more than seven decades of the author’s adventures (and misadventures), interspersed with reflections on the joys and tribulations of membership in the human race. Here are accounts of her travels by bicycle through Africa and the Middle East, and by PMV through the highlands of New Guinea, with asides on the glories of human diversity. The story of her lifelong pursuit of learning, from a one-room schoolhouse in rural France to the halls of MIT, is sprinkled with musings on the problems of learning and teaching. Further, the author pursues her passion for truth and justice from the streets (and jails) of Washington and Boston, to the wilds of Los Angeles.
 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
7
PREFACE
9
AGING
13
HOME
16
CHANGE
20
KIN
24
DEATH
40
IDENTITY
43
QUESTIONS
98
BELIEFS
101
XENOPHILIA
106
JOURNEY
108
MEMORY
140
VOYAGE
144
UNFAIR
163
PROTEST
168

GUILT
52
RELATIONSHIPS
56
SICKNESS
67
TIME
72
WHY?
76
NOW
81
EDUCATION
85
FAILURE
183
OUTRAGE
191
LOYALTY
196
YAHOOS
199
ZERO
205
Back Cover
208
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About the author (2005)

Lucy Horwitz, a retired mathematics professor, has had two main passions in her life: teaching and writing, these being supported by an addiction to learning and reading.  She holds degrees in English, Philosophy, Mathematics, Education and Cognitive Psychology.  She has read widely,  from ancient history to modern murder mysteries.  Her writings also cover a wide range, from    the textbook  Statistics for Social Change to the memoir Random Thoughts from an Aging Brain.  For many years she was the contributing science editor for The Boston Book Review, and has also published a number of technical articles on the cognitive aspects of learning mathematics.  This is her first, but probably not  her last, venture into the world of fiction.
 

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