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好書從來不寂寞─來自南北半球兩位頂尖學者的書評

(台灣TB新聞網)博客思出版社於今年8月、9月分別出版了作者黃毓麟的《人生就實現兩個字:改變》(“MARCH TO A DIFFERENT DRUMMER”)以及《太陽神鳥國女王:妙雨》(“The Queen”)二書,上市至今好評不斷,近日更獲得來自澳洲的學者Eric Chu與英國學者Ray Holland兩位博士評論,推薦二書相當值得收藏。

All shock me pleasantly

Dr. Eric Chu是當前世界數學界頂尖的學者之一。他是世界數學權威刊物“Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics(SIAM)”自從1951年於美國費城創立以來,極少數能擔任審查編輯的華裔數學專家,也是Monash大學高級研究員(Senior Research Fellow)。 Dr. Eric Chu在仔細讀完二書之後,很嚴謹的以中英文寫下所想,發表於臉書上:

The above two new books were given to me by Kate Hong, a good friend. Both were authored by Mr. Chris Huang (with the first dictated orally). They make interesting reading, during my lockdown in the Australian winter. 好友 Kate 送來的兩本書,都是黃毓麟先生著、口述的。在澳洲這個冬天,無聊的封城時期,是有趣的閱讀。

The second book is about the Queen 妙雨 (Wonderful Rain), who lived and ruled in the matriarchal society five and a half thousand years ago, in the early period of the Liangzhu culture (良渚文化), the last Neolithic jade culture in the Yangtze River Delta. Mainly a picture book, a model playing Queen, dressed up with jade pieces from archaeological digs and recreated costumes. It is quite an eye opener, even for an ignorant mathematician like me. The beautiful jade pieces, the associated religious ceremonies, the refined social and cultural structures and development, all shock me pleasantly. Now I really dare to claim more than five thousand years for the Chinese civilization! 第二本書「妙雨」,主角是五千五百年前,是長江流域良渚文化,後石器時代一個母系社會的女王。主要是圖片,模特兒戴上出土玉器,穿上仿古服裝,非常有趣。美麗的古玉祭器,宗教儀式,社會、文化的結構和進程,非常震撼!現在才知道中華文化真的有五千年歷史!

The first book “Change” is a history of Mr. Huang’s company the 2W Group (西華集團), a rag to rich story through 30 years from 1990. As a proud academic, I usually warn students not to admire people too quickly. However, Chris’s story is more than an interesting personal journal. It is also a reflection of the time, in terms of the development of the world economy, globalization and the rise of Asia. It is full of humanity and positive energy, in the form of warm recollections. Hopefully, Chris will write about the trade war and the Chinese-US tussle next.第一本書「改變」,是黃先生的西華集團,從 1990年開始的三十年的成功史,是一個有趣的個人旅程,反影了時代的變遷。在世界經濟的進程、國際化、亞洲崛起的背境下,一些溫暖的小回憶,充滿了人情味和正能量。

In terms of mathematics, the important topic of “calculus” is the study of change. Appropriately, the “derivative”, or the rate of change, is independent of the starting point. Like the struggle of man, no change means death, which is not a very interesting state of existence. Only changes lead to development, happiness or sadness but no regrets, as Chris will say. It is the same for kings or peasants, no matter where you start off, marching onto the road of life, to many different drummers.在數學中,微積分是一門重要的科目。微積分是關於「變化」的學問、工具,其中的「導數」形容變化的大小,它與起點無關。像人生的旅程,只有死亡是不變、沒趣的狀態。只有變化,才導致進展。不管是快樂或悲傷的,正如黃先生所說,但不會有遺憾。帝王和農民,莫問出處,只好勇敢地踏上人生之路,隨風而舞!

It truly brings history to life

Dr. Ray Holland為英國倫敦Brunel 大學榮譽院士,專精於企業品牌策略與創新(Branding Strategy and Innovation)、設計與管理(Business Systems Analysis and Design),著有“Managing Design Strategy”一書;曾任教於英國Glamorgan大學、De Montfort 大學、Anglia Polytechnic大學、Dearne Valley商學院、Salford大學、Creative Arts藝術創作大學等。Dr. Ray Holland為《太陽神鳥國女王:妙雨》這本書寫下了這麼一段話:

“……This book is made by the W. Wittlich Fine Arts Company Ltd., a division of the 2W Group. It took 2W nearly 3 years to finish the entire project.

2W formed a large team in which researchers, scholars, ancient art experts, fashion designers, textile experts, aboriginal people who can do the knitting in ancient way, models, made-up artists, photographers, publishing editors are included…… The team, finally gives a 5,000 years ancient queen a new face and introduces her with a story as a legend.

It is similar to“Death of the Iceman”an episode from the BBC2 "Horizon" series which gives ancient Iceman Öetzi a flesh and blood visual image.

It truly brings history to life. I hope it brings you much pleasure!!!”

大意是:「這整個項目是由西華集團旗下的宮華文化公司製作,花了將近3年的時間才得以完成。為此,西華組建了一個龐大的團隊,包括研究人員、學者、古代藝術專家、時裝設計師、紡織專家、以古代方式編織的原住民、模特、化妝師、攝影師、出版編輯等等。這個團隊,終於給5000年前的古老女王一個新的風貌,並介紹女王作為一個傳奇的故事。它類似於BBC2台《地平線》系列中的「冰人之死」,給了古代冰人奧茲一個有血有肉的視覺形象。我希望(閱讀它)能給你帶來快樂!!!」

好書從來不寂寞

西華集團總裁洪明雅(Kate Hong)看到兩位頂尖學者公開的書評,不禁感慨表示,1953年有一本很冷門但是很偉大的書叫做《PALE INK》(譯名為《淡淡的墨痕》或《幾近褪色的記錄》),作者Henrietta Mertz說過一句話:「人生之重酬,莫過於摯友。」我認為對於任何一位出書的作者而言,「人生之重酬,莫過於贏得知音!」好書從來不寂寞,十分開心能受到兩位博士的分享。

《人生就實現兩個字:改變》(“MARCH TO A DIFFERENT DRUMMER”) (黃毓麟口述,博客思出版,台北,2020年8月。ISBN 978-957-9267-66-3)

《太陽神鳥國女王:妙雨》(“The Queen”)(黃毓麟,蘭臺出版社,台北,2020年9月。ISBN 978-986-99137-3-7)