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 INTERVIEWING THE MAGICIANS OF FORM:  PROBLEM SOLVING WITHOUT BOUNDARIES, Third Edition, is available by contacting the author at riversong80@earthlink.net.  The new edition features a revised introduction, updated bios, and an expanded bibliography, including selected web sites for further investigation and study.  Dr. George Rossman’s mineralogy interview may be found at The Mineralogical Record’s web page under Axis.  NOTE:  The two capital letters in blue that follow the description of each magician offer a brief audio excerpt from the magician’s interview.  The topic of discussion was:  How did each of the magicians first become interested in their respective fields?  The interviews were conducted in the early 1990s.

Author’s Note:  Supposing you were walking in a hallway and you heard people behind closed doors discussing problems that deal with forms using different approaches.  Wouldn’t you be curious to learn more about how each person solved his/her problems.  This book allows the reader to open these doors and actually hear how experts from different fields solve specific problems.  Each door reveals something new:  The first might deal with topology, the mathematical language of shapes;  the second might open out into a riparian environment for botanical study;  a third might examine the shapes of buildings, the province of the architect, while a forth might examine the intricate and often mysterious world of crystals and their structures.  To open the doors, just listen to an excerpt from one of the magicians, highlighted in turquoise blue.

ABOUT THE MAGICIANS:

DR. GEORGE ROSSMAN, of the California Institute of Technology, is a pioneer in discovering how minerals get their colors.  He has a website devoted to mineral spectroscopy:  minerals.gps.caltech.edu that is highly recommended.  Dr. Rossman’s lecture,”Color in Crystals” is available on the DVD, Dallas Mineral Collecting Symposium 2011, from BlueCapProductions.  For his many contributions to mineralogy, a variety of pink tourmaline was named Rossmanite.GR

Benitoite with Neptunite on Natrolite. Drawing by Dodie Hamilton.

Benitoite with Neptunite on Natrolite. Drawing by Dodie Hamilton.

DR. FRANK LANG was Professor of Biology at Southern Oregon University, and, although in his 70s, recently retraced Darwin’s famous trip to the Galapagos Islands.  He was also the radio broadcaster of Nature Notes for many years on Jefferson Public Radio in Southern Oregon.  He is a botanist with a penchant for ferns.  In his spare time, Dr. Lang is an illustrator and photographer of images drawn from nature.FL

Drawing of White Oak by Dodie Hamilton

Drawing of White Oak by Dodie Hamilton.

DR. ALMA ZOOK is currently Professor of Physics at Pomona College.  She specializes in the laboratory and astronomical spectroscopy of diatomic molecules, as well as non-linear optics and photo-refractive materials.  Dr. Zook is also interested in the physical acoustics of woodwinds.  She has written and contributed to numerous articles, including Astrophysical Journal and Astronomical Journal.AZ

Drawing of Whirlpool Galaxy by Dodie Hamilton

Drawing of Whirlpool Galaxy by Dodie Hamilton.

DR. LIONEL MARCH has taught architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles.  He is the author of numerous articles and a book, The Architecture of Form, Cambridge University Press(1976).  His book, Shape:  Algebra, Grammar, and Description, co-authored with George Stiny, was published in 1993.  Dr. March has also authored or edited:  The Geometry of EnvironmentUrban Space and Structures, and R.M.Schindler:  Composition and Construction.  His current areas of research include the topology of architecture, shape grammars, and the relationship between architecture and mathematics.LM

Falling Water home by Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo courtesy of Kirk Evans.

Falling Water home by Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo courtesy of Kirk Evans.

DR. PAUL FRENCH is Professor of Music at Southern Oregon University.  He is currently Director of Choral/Vocal Studies, and Artistic Director/Conductor for Southern Oregon Repertory Singers.  He took over the directorship of the William Ferris Chorale in 2005, and has made two CDs with them on Cedille Records.  In 2006, he conducted the west coast premiere of the Robert Levin completion of Mozart’s Mass in C Minor.  He is the composer of over 200 choral and instrumental works.PF

CAROL SCOTHORN is Professor Emerita of Dance at the University of California, Los Angeles.  She choreographed twenty-two dances for the UCLA Dance Company and produced and directed more than thirty concerts at UCLA.  Her works include Idyll I(1985)Idyll II(1986), and Brief Songs(1990).  She has worked with composers Henri Lazarov and Pia Gilbert, and continues to be an active presence in modern dance.CS

DR. STEVEN ADLER is Professor of Theatre at the University of California, San Diego, and Provost of Earl Warren College.  Professor Adler teaches classes in the history of American musical theatre, commercial theatre producing, the films of Woody Allen, and the history of directing.  He is the author of two books, both published by Southern Illinois University Press:  Rough Magic:  Making Theatre at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and On Broadway:  Art and Commerce on the Great White Way.SA

Photos from Tadashi Suzuki's Japanese production of Dionysus.

Photos from Tadashi Suzuki’s Japanese production of Dionysus.

DR. ROBERT BROOKS was Professor of Mathematics at the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.  He published over eighty mathematical papers, and was writing a book on spectral geometry before his untimely death in 2002.  Spectral geometry is a field that examines the relationship between the shape of an object and the frequencies at which it vibrates radically.  Dr. Brooks also studied “circle packings”, an attempt to search for fundamental principles of mathematics, which are expressed in the fitting of circular tiles of various sizes into prescribed areas.  His research interests revolved around the interaction between topology, geometry, and analysis.  He was especially interested in recreating the geometry and topology of a manifold from its spectrum.RB

Drawings of a sphere being pulled into a torus by Dodie Hamilton.

Drawings of a sphere being pulled into a torus by Dodie Hamilton.

DR. JOHN ENGELHARDT was a Professor of Mathematics at Southern Oregon University where he taught both mathematics and mathematics education courses.  He developed and taught an introductory course in fractal geometry at SOU.  His research interests include:  the relationship of mathematics to art, making connections in secondary mathematics through chaos theory and fractal geometry, and geometry and special visualization activities.JE

Drawing by Dodie Hamilton of the geometry of playground equipment.

Drawing by Dodie Hamilton of the geometry of playground equipment.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:    Dodie Hamilton-Brandon is a retired art teacher who has been painting, teaching, and showing her watercolors for which she has received many awards.  She is also interested in drawing and sketching.  Dodie is past President of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, and, although in her mid-nineties, remains active in the Art and Soul Gallery in Ashland, and continues to offer workshops to interested students.  

Samples of her work may be found at dodie art.com 

Watercolor by Dodie Hamilton.

Watercolor by Dodie Hamilton.

ABOUT THE EDITOR:  Dr. Robert Weiss was the founder and director of Medford Educational International, Inc., a think tank dedicated to solving specific problems in education and promoting positive educational models taken from different countries.  He was the editor of MEI’s newsletter, The Education Connection, to which he contributed numerous articles and translations.  Dr. Weiss was awarded the SUKHOMLINSKY MEDALLION  for his adapted translation of I GIVE MY HEART TO CHILDREN by the Teacher’s Training Institute in Kiev. He was co-editor with Oleg Gazman of the Institute of Pedagogical Innovations in Russia of NEW EDUCATIONAL VALUES 2.  He has conducted over 100 interviews over twenty-five years.  For his achievements, Dr. Weiss was included in the 1999 edition of WHO’S WHO IN THE AMERICAN WEST.  He is currently working on a book about writing, THE FENCE AND THE FIELD:  WRITING EXERCISES TO DELIGHT AND STIMULATE THE CREATIVE MINDand is in the process of developing a HEALTH MODULE FROM K-12.  He is interested particularly in applying mathematical reasoning to understand interactive human relationships.  Dr. Weiss is editing the papers of philosopher Allan Kurzberg, including the two essays:  “Interview with a Being from Another Planet” and “The Three Children”.  In the future he hopes to chair a group on interdisciplinary problem solving.

In the audio excerpt that follows, he shares some of his thoughts about how and why this book on problem solving came to be.RW-1

   

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:

Martin Gardner, writer of Scientific American’s “Mathematical Games”, and editor-annotator of countless books, including the definitive works:  The Annotated Alice, and More Annotated Alice: “A book built around such interviews is an excellent idea.”

Steven Smale, Professor of Mathematics, University of California at Berkeley:  “It looks quite interesting, and the drawings do give it a special character.”

Michael J. Evans, Architect: “‘He knows not London, who only London knows.’ How often those of us in creative fields–or any other field of endeavor for that matter–ignore the fertile potential of other, apparently unrelated fields to illuminate our own efforts with surprising unexpected parallels. In this volume, Dr. Weiss weaves together an amazing variety of viewpoints, drawn from fields as diverse as astronomy, musical theater, and mathematical topology, using the single, unifying thread of form. In a series of interviews with scientists, theoreticians, and practicing artists, we are taken on a delightfully rich and eclectic ride through a wide swath of human thought and endeavor, as we are invited to examine the many causes and effects of form.

As a practicing architect(and lately, a professional actor), I was surprised to find myself fascinated with the chapters on botany and fractals. Other readers, no doubt, will be drawn to other areas, as Dr. Weiss’s incisive style ensures that all the interviews are at once accessible to readers unfamiliar with the material, but never trivial. There also numerous illustrations, complementing the text and helping to explain the concepts under discussion. I found this book a valuable, entertaining, and enlightening exploration.”

Robert Brooks,  late Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, the Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa:  “I enjoyed very much reading your interview with Lionel March. I particularly found interesting his notion of ‘shape grammars’, and how you could break down an architect’s work with rules powerful enough to create new imitations. I think his ideas about an architect’s private language has mirrors in my own attitude towards topology as a language of shape.”

Arthur Feinfield, M.D., former Senior Vice-President of the American Heart Association:  “A unique and thought-provoking endeavor. Each interview provides unexpected revelations. A thoroughly enjoyable read.”

I Give My HeartI GIVE MY HEART TO CHILDREN by Vasilii Sukhomlinsky is out of print and available only from author.

NOTE:  This book is dedicated to the memory of my Ukrainian friends, Mikhail Krasovitsky and Dmitri Margulis, who supplied me with great enthusiasm, and helped me in my study of this world-renowned educator.  Mikhail Krasovitsky was the head of the Teachers Training Institute in Kiev.  Dmitri Margulis was chief editor of Ridna Shkola, a Ukrainian education journal.

WHO WAS VASILII SUKHOMLINSKY?

Vasilii Sukhomlinsky and his children after a harvest.

Vasilii Sukhomlinsky and his children after a harvest.

Vasilii Sukhomlinsky examines a tree.

Vasilii Sukhomlinsky examines a tree.

Vasilii Sukhomlinsky was a famous Ukrainian educator and Principal of a public school in Pavlysh from 1948-1970.  Although born in the Ukraine, many of his educational concepts are applicable today in the U.S. and throughout the globe.  He was one of the few noted educators to delight in teaching pre-school, because he realized that the seeds for learning need to be planted early.  Sukhomlinsky believed that it was important for children to experience words before actually learning them.  So, he took his students on nature trips, pointing out what interested them.  Later, they learned to form words and do simple drawings.  As their vocabulary grew, they were encouraged to write brief compositions on what they saw in nature.(The audio excerpt that follows contains a reading of a few of the children’s compositions.)VS  Sukhomlinsky also believed that every child should grow a rose, so each could experience being a creator of beauty. * He believed that a child attuned to beauty would develop a sensitivity towards all living beings.  He also placed great emphasis on developing empathy and compassion in children towards people in need, and taught them the true value of friendship.  During his brief life, he never wavered in his belief in children as individuals, and he tried to be their friend as well as their guide.

Vasilii Sukhomlinsky:“There should not be any nobodies–specks of dust cast upon the wind.  Each one must shine, just as billions upon billions of galaxies shine in the heavens.

Children live by their own ideas of good and evil, honor and dishonor.  They have their own criteria for beauty.  They even have their own way of measuring time;  in childhood, a day seems a year, and a year–eternity.  To gain access to this fairy-tale palace called “childhood”–I have always thought it necessary to become in some sense a child.

Play is a broad and multi-faceted concept.  Children not only play when they run as fast as they can, play may also occur in a huge expenditure of creative capabilities and imagination.  Play in the broadest sense of the term begins where there is beauty.

Not every student will be successful in theoretical thinking, will become a mathematician or physicist, a philologist or historian.  But each student is a person.  The lofty mission of the educator consists precisely in finding a hidden facet in each person, to touch it lightly with skillful hands, to select among numerous instruments what is uniquely necessary for polishing this facet.

We, the teachers, have to deal with the most tender, the most fine, the most sensitive thing in nature, a child’s brain.  When you think about a child’s brain, picture a tender rose petal holding a trembling drop of dew.  Imagine what care and tenderness you need to exhibit so that the drop does not spill after you remove the petal.  This is the very care we teachers need to show every moment.

I firmly believe that there will come a time when a person will not know what it means to strike another, what it means to insult one another.  Such suggests my educational faith, yes, and I teach the moral and social education of children.”  

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:

T. Anthony Jones, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Northeastern University, and Chief Editor of Russian Education and Society:  “The translation provided by Robert Weiss is excellent.  The text reads clearly, and is very accessible to the non-specialist.  It also manages to preserve and convey the excitement, passion, and commitment that Sukhomlinsky brought to his work with children.  Sukhomlinsky always insisted that the curriculum was not at the center of a child’s learning, but rather the quality of the human contact that takes place both in and(more importantly) outside of the classroom.

At a time when schools in the U.S. are concerned about declining educational achievement and the number of young people “lost” to education, Sukhomlinsky’s ideas and practices should attract considerable attention.”

Alan Cockerillfrom the School of Total Education, Australia:  “Sukhomlinsky considered investigative approaches to learning very important, not only in training an inquiring mind, but also in motivating a student to learn.  He often returned to the theme of the emotional bases of learning, to the idea that the student needs to experience positive feelings of wonder and discovery during the learning process.”  This excerpt is taken from Alan’s excellent, book-length study of Sukhomlinsky, Each One Must Shine:  The Educational Legacy of V.A. Sukhomlinsky.  Alan Cockerill’s Sukhomlinsky site.

Simon Soloveichik, journalist,writer, and educator:  “Children in school lose something of what makes them children.  In Sukhomlinsky’s view it was only in school that they could become genuine children.  School does not hurl contempt at childhood, it prolongs it.  What is more–it returns childhood to those who for some reason did not receive it in their family.”

Robert M. Weiss, author, writer, and educational theorist:  “I think one of Sukhomlinsky’s greatest contributions was to realize the complexity of the learning process and to provide an environment in which children would be motivated to learn.  He was interested in their development as “total human beings.”

Vasilii Sukhomlinsky accepts flowers at graduation.

Vasilii Sukhomlinsky accepts flowers at graduation.

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LAURELHURST:  LOST COMMUNITY OF THE UPPER ROGUE is out of print and available only through the author.

Beginning with the early homesteaders, this book explores the Laurelhurst community, and its relationship to the Rogue River.  Using interviews, anecdotes, numerous photographs, and archives, the book tries to recreate the life of a forgotten community in Southern Oregon.  Laurelhurst disappeared after the Lost Creek Dam was built in the late 1970s.  The videos that follow are excerpts from Stairsteps Rapid, Garden at Rogue’s Roost, and Rapid Below Tucker’s.  All videos were taken prior to the 1964 flood, and none of these spots remain:

NOTE:  This book is dedicated to the many “old timers” who shared their stories and experiences along the Upper Rogue.  It is my great hope that their memories be preserved by future generations.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:

Rose Mansfield Varni:  “I remember the Watkins man coming in his little model T truck-van to sell us his products:  vanilla, seasonings, horse liniment, salve good for man or beast.  He always had something for us kids.

I also remember when on a hot summer day, Snider’s delivery truck broke down near our ranch.  He was delivering ice cream to Prospect, and since it would not last until another truck came from Medford, he gave us all he had:  chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla.  We called all the close neighbors, and ate, and ate, and ate some more.”

Duane Kingsley, Roxy Ann Gem and Mineral Society:  “We have an intensive study and pictures of pioneer families, where they lived, where they came from, and how they made their living. Descriptions of places like Tate’s Rogue River Resort, Eastin’s Rogue Haven, Flounce Rock Ranch, Rogue’s Roost, Casey’s Auto Camp, and Laurelhurst State Park, make you want to jump in the car and go see the homes and places described.

Although extremely site specific, the reader can get the feel of pioneer life in the latter 1800s and early 1900s of Anyplace, U.S.A. I wish someone had written a book like this about my ancestors.”

Jack Caseyson of Jim Casey:  “Before the place(Casey’s Auto Camp) was organized for camping, there was nothing but trees, vines and brush…  My mother was the instigator of this whole thing.  She said, ‘I want this place, and we can make a campground out of it.  We can make a life.’  My Dad just couldn’t see it.”

Murray Weiss:  “He(Jack Vaughn) would tell me stories that were just enthralling.  He would describe to me the Indians and the Modoc Indian wars…  It really brought the West alive to me, and helped me develop my interest in western history.”

 

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PROSPECT:  PORTRAIT OF AN UPPER ROGUE COMMUNITY is out of print and available only through author.

The work is the first comprehensive history of Prospect Oregon from its origin to 2015.  It includes oral histories, “tall tales”, and an abundance of photographs.  The book also treats the relationship between the people of Prospect and the Rogue River.  The videos that follow contain excerpts of the Gorge at Prospect and Pearsoney Falls:


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:

Vicki Guarino, Mail Tribune: “By the time a community turns 100, it should have at least one book dedicated to its past. Author Robert Weiss, a college professor in California with a long history of vacations in the Upper Rogue area, has stepped in just in time with Prospect… portrait of an Upper Rogue Community.

The book begins with a general history of the community. The second section consists of chapters on two families, the Nevilles and the Nyes, and three individuals. Rose Kelley, Frances Pearson and her son, Paul. The last section focuses on the Rogue River–days spent fishing, camping and swimming in cold waters.

Weiss’ portrait of Prospect spans 108 pages, including an index that enables readers to track families, businesses and places throughout the text. Many of the pictures reprinted in the book come from the Southern Oregon Historical Society; others are from local families, who also contributed much of the information in the book.”

Frank Boothby, grandson of A.H. Boothby, owner of the Boothby House”Why, there’d be a dance at Prospect, and, well, gosh, my folks started getting ready  Saturday morning.  They’d load up some hay in the wagon, and hook up the horses, and we’d get started about noon.  And, well, maybe by the time you’d get up the road, they’d be eight or ten wagons all together headin’ for the dance.  There was an old dance hall at Prospect.  They’d have their supper. and pretty soon they’d clean up, and they’d dance ’till about one o’clock, and they’d have a midnight supper.  Of course, us kids, we’d conk out about ten o’clock, and they’d put us to bed.”

 

NEW EDUCATIONAL VALUES 2 co-editor with Nata Krylova of the Institute of Pedagogical Innovations, Russia.  Contains my article, “The Individual and the “E” Theory of Education:  Preliminary Notes for a New Science” in English and Russian.  The article was the first step towards my proposed HEALTH MODULE K-12.

 

The Three Gray HairsThe Three Gray Hairs,  a children’s story with illustrations by Dodie Hamilton 2014.  It is currently available through author.

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                                                                                   KING MACHUSH THE FIRST: A PLAY

Translated and Adapted by Robert M. Weiss is available through author. Other publications will be announced as they become available.  Thank you for taking the time to read this page!  Your comments are welcome!

 

 

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