Conjuring the Universe

Conjuring the Universe

Author: Peter Atkins

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192542793

Category: Science

Page: 280

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The marvellous complexity of the Universe emerges from several deep laws and a handful of fundamental constants that fix its shape, scale, and destiny. There is a deep structure to the world which at the same time is simple, elegant, and beautiful. Where did these laws and these constants come from? And why are the laws so fruitful when written in the language of mathematics? Peter Atkins considers the minimum effort needed to equip the Universe with its laws and its constants. He explores the origin of the conservation of energy, of electromagnetism, of classical and quantum mechanics, and of thermodynamics, showing how all these laws spring from deep symmetries. The revolutionary result is a short but immensely rich weaving together of the fundamental ideas of physics. With his characteristic wit, erudition, and economy, Atkins sketches out how the laws of Nature can spring from very little. Or arguably from nothing at all.

Conjuring the Universe

Conjuring the Universe

Author: Peter William Atkins

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198813378

Category: Science

Page: 207

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The marvellous complexity of the Universe emerges from several deep laws and a handful of fundamental constants that fix its shape, scale, and destiny. There is a deep structure to the world which at the same time is simple, elegant, and beautiful. Where did these laws and these constants come from? And why are the laws so fruitful when written in the language of mathematics? Peter Atkins considers the minimum effort needed to equip the Universe with its laws and its constants. He explores the origin of the conservation of energy, of electromagnetism, of classical and quantum mechanics, and of thermodynamics, showing how all these laws spring from deep symmetries. The revolutionary result is a short but immensely rich weaving together of the fundamental ideas of physics. With his characteristic wit, erudition, and economy, Atkins sketches out how the laws of Nature can spring from very little. Or arguably from nothing at all.

The Conjuring

The Conjuring

Author: Kevin J. Wetmore Jr.

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 9781800343979

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 121

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In 2013 an apparently simple, back-to-basics scary movie transformed horror cinema for the rest of the decade. Based on the allegedly true story of the Perron family haunting and subsequent investigation by ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren, The Conjuring has to-date spawned six sequels and prequels, making up a Conjuring ‘universe’ that has taken over a billion dollars around the world. The New York Times called The Conjuring ‘a fantastically effective haunted-house movie’ which, following his earlier film Insidious, established director James Wan as a force in horror cinema. In this Devil’s Advocates, horror scholar Kevin Wetmore examines what elements in the film are truly terrifying, how the filmmakers’ claims of being based on a true story hold up against the actual history of the haunting and the Warrens, and the relationship between The Conjuring and the many films in its universe. Along the way this book also considers how games, toys and dolls play an important role in the series, offers a critique of gender roles in the films, and asks the question, what is actually ‘conjured’ in The Conjuring? The delightful result is an in-depth, close reading of a film that uses standard horror tropes masterfully to create a truly scary film.

How To Write A Horror Movie

How To Write A Horror Movie

Author: Neal Bell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429619359

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 170

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How to Write a Horror Movie is a close look at an always-popular (but often disrespected) genre. It focuses on the screenplay and acts as a guide to bringing scary ideas to cinematic life using examples from great (and some not-so-great) horror movies. Author Neal Bell examines how the basic tools of the scriptwriter’s trade - including structure, dialogue, humor, mood, characters, and pace – can work together to embody personal fears that will resonate strongly on screen. Screenplay examples include classic works such as 1943’s I Walked With A Zombie and recent terrifying films that have given the genre renewed attention like writer/director Jordan Peele’s critically acclaimed and financially successful Get Out. Since fear is universal, the book considers films from around the world including the ‘found-footage’ [REC] from Spain (2007), the Swedish vampire movie, Let The Right One In (2008) and the Persian-language film Under The Shadow (2016). The book provides insights into the economics of horror-movie making, and the possible future of this versatile genre. It is the ideal text for screenwriting students exploring genre and horror, and aspiring scriptwriters who have an interest in horror screenplays.

The Calculus Story

The Calculus Story

Author: David Acheson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192526724

Category: Mathematics

Page: 160

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Calculus is the key to much of modern science and engineering. It is the mathematical method for the analysis of things that change, and since in the natural world we are surrounded by change, the development of calculus was a huge breakthrough in the history of mathematics. But it is also something of a mathematical adventure, largely because of the way infinity enters at virtually every twist and turn... In The Calculus Story David Acheson presents a wide-ranging picture of calculus and its applications, from ancient Greece right up to the present day. Drawing on their original writings, he introduces the people who helped to build our understanding of calculus. With a step by step treatment, he demonstrates how to start doing calculus, from the very beginning.

Behind the Horror

Behind the Horror

Author: Lee Mellor

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd

ISBN: 9780241478233

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 309

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Uncover the twisted tales that inspired the big screen's greatest screams. Which case of demonic possession inspired The Exorcist? What horrifying front-page story generated the idea for A Nightmare on Elm Street? Which film was based on the infamous skin-wearing murderer Ed Gein? Unearth the terrifying and true tales behind some of the scariest Horror movies to ever haunt our screens, including the Enfield poltergeist case that was retold in The Conjuring 2 and the serial killers who inspired Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. Behind the Horror dissects these and other bizarre tales to reveal haunting real-life stories of abduction, disappearance, murder, and exorcism.

Baroque Aesthetics in Contemporary American Horror

Baroque Aesthetics in Contemporary American Horror

Author: Gabriel Eljaiek-Rodríguez

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030882518

Category: Aesthetics, Baroque in motion pictures

Page: 184

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This book traces a trend that has emerged in recent years within the modern panorama of American horror film and television, the concurrent--and often overwhelming--use of multiple stock characters, themes and tropes taken from classics of the genre. American Horror Story, Insidious and The Conjuring are examples of a filmic tendency to address a series of topics and themes so vast that at first glance each taken separately would seem to suffice for individual films or shows. This book explores this trend in its visible connections with American Horror, but also with cultural and artistic movements from outside the US, namely Baroque art and architecture, Asian Horror, and European Horror. It analyzes how these hybrid products are constructed and discusses the socio-political issues that they raise. The repeated and excessive barrage of images, tropes and scenarios from distinct subgenres of iconic horror films come together to make up an aesthetic that is referred to in this book as Baroque Horror. In many ways similar to the reactions provoked by the artistic movement of the same name that flourished in the XVII century, these productions induce shock, awe, fear, and surprise. Eljaiek-Rodríguez details how American directors and filmmakers construct these narratives using different and sometimes disparate elements that come together to function as a whole, terrifying the audience through their frenetic accumulation of images, tropes and plot twists. The book also addresses some of the effects that these complex films and series have produced both in the panorama of contemporary horror, as well as in how we understand politics in a divisive world that pushes for ideological homogenizations. Gabriel Eljaiek-Rodríguez is a Colombian writer and academic. He teaches at Spelman College in Atlanta, USA, and has written extensively on the Latin American Gothic, Horror cinema, and cultural migration. He has published Selva de fantasmas: El gótico en la literatura y el cine latinoamericanos (2017); The Migration and Politics of Monsters in Latin American Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), and Colombian Gothic in Cinema and Literature (2021).

Breakthrough

Breakthrough

Author: Marcus Chown

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571374588

Category: Science

Page: 288

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The spellbinding stories of the scientists whose eureka! breakthroughs in modern physics reveal science's astonishing predictive power. 'An excellent popular science book.' DARA Ó BRIAIN 'A thoroughly informative and entertaining read.' ANNA BURNS, Booker Prize-winning author of Milkman 'One of the best-written books about phsyics I have ever come across.' POPULAR SCIENCE 'Highly entertaining and accessible.' IRISH TIMES 'Fascinating, life enhancing entertainment.' PROSPECT 'Thoroughly enjoyable . . . Chown has down it again.' BBC SKY AT NIGHT Breakthrough takes us on a breathtaking, mind-altering tour of the eureka! moments of modern physics. Charting the spellbinding stories of the scientists who predicted and discovered the existence of unknown planets, black holes, invisible force fields, ripples in the fabric of space-time, unsuspected subatomic particles and even antimatter, Marcus Chown reveals science's greatest mystery: its astonishing predictive power. *** Breakthrough was previously published in 2020 in hardback under the title The Magicians.

The Cinema of James Wan

The Cinema of James Wan

Author: Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476643328

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 221

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An auteur and the creator of multiple cinematic universes, James Wan has become one of the most successful directors in history, his films breaking box office records worldwide. Yet there is little scholarship on Wan's work. This collection of new essays fills the gap with contributions from around the globe offering analysis of his film and television productions, including Saw (2004), Aquaman (2018) and The Conjuring Universe franchise, along with less well-known works like Death Sentence (2007), Dead Silence (2007) and his pilot for the new MacGyver series. For the first time, Wan's films are explored in-depth from wide range of critical perspectives.

The Ghost in the Image

The Ghost in the Image

Author: Cecilia Sayad

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190065768

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 169

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"The Ghost in the Image offers a new take on the place that supernatural phenomena occupy in everyday life by examining the horror genre in fiction, documentary and participative modes. The book covers a variety of media: spirit photography, ghost-hunting reality shows, documentary and fiction films based on the Amityville and Enfield hauntings, found-footage horror movies, experiential cinema, survival games, and creepypasta. These works transform our interest in ghosts into an interactive form of entertainment. Through a transmedial approach to horror, this book investigates our expectations about the ability of photography and video to work as evidence. A historical examination of technology's role in at once showing and forging truths invites questions about our investment in its powers, which is pertinent to the so-called post-fact scenario. Behind our obsession with documenting everyday life lies the hope that our cameras will reveal something extraordinary. The obsessive search for ghosts in the image, however, shows that the desire to find them is matched by the pleasure of calling a hoax"--

Ghost Encounters Magazine May 2021

Ghost Encounters Magazine May 2021

Author: GEM

Publisher: Ghost Encounters Magazine

ISBN:

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 41

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In the first issue of Ghost Encounters Magazine we cover the journey of India's most prolific horror author Neil D'Silva as he talks about his methods, things he is scared off, his upcoming projects and more about his life. We also had a lovely chat with Ms. Alisha 'Priti' Kirpalani, progeny of the famed Ramsays and Author of 'Ghosts In Our Backyard' Know from a Paranormal Investigator's point of view, what they think about the Conjuring Universe, a Metaphysicians take on Near Death Experience, the uncanny resemblance between Witches and Metaphysicians, difference between Psychics and Psychos, the PAIRS team investigation at the cursed village and other topics from the Paranormal and Horror world.

Lurking Under the Surface

Lurking Under the Surface

Author: Brandon R. Grafius

Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishers

ISBN: 9781506481623

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 205

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Religion and horror, while seemingly at odds with each other, are expressions of the same human anxieties and hopes, and frequently reach the same destination via different paths. With these important areas of overlap, horror and religion can interpret and challenge each other--and us, in the way we live our personal lives.