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Book details
  • Genre:PSYCHOLOGY
  • SubGenre:Mental Health
  • Language:English
  • Pages:208
  • Format:Hardcover
  • Hardcover ISBN:9781543954418

Sometimes My Leqerville Friends Left Our Apartment Through the Front Door

The Life of an American Scientist

by Melvin Shaw

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Overview
Most of this book was discovered, or, rather, rediscovered, by Melvin during a move. Chapters he had written at various points of change or of reflection in his life were buried in a box in a closet—he had assumed they were lost. Once reacquainted with them, he was motivated to get to work on them, to bring them together cohesively, and to share them. Our review of them, and Melvin's desire to present them, was chronological, beginning with Melvin's birth, and thus did the overall effort become his memoir. Melvin continued to write and to revise as we worked, sometimes to get things right, sometimes to bridge a gap, sometimes to express his thoughts on our current world. Melvin begins with his experiences growing up in the 1940s and 1950s in "Leqerville," a working-class Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. From there, he carries us through his years as a student athlete at Brooklyn College, his graduate studies at the Case Institute of Technology, his professional career at the United Technologies Research Laboratory and at Wayne State University, and his experiences as a psychologist.
Description
Most of this book was discovered, or, rather, rediscovered, by Melvin during a move. Chapters he had written at various points of change or of reflection in his life were buried in a box in a closet—he had assumed they were lost. Once reacquainted with them, he was motivated to get to work on them, to bring them together cohesively, and to share them. Our review of them, and Melvin's desire to present them, was chronological, beginning with Melvin's birth, and thus did the overall effort become his memoir. Melvin continued to write and to revise as we worked, sometimes to get things right, sometimes to bridge a gap, sometimes to express his thoughts on our current world. Melvin begins with his experiences growing up in the 1940s and 1950s in "Leqerville," a working-class Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. From there, he carries us through his years as a student athlete at Brooklyn College, his graduate studies at the Case Institute of Technology, his professional career at the United Technologies Research Laboratory and at Wayne State University, and his experiences as a psychologist. Overall, Melvin focuses on transitions—childhood to adulthood, metropolitan to provincial, provincial to suburban, multicultural to mono-cultural and back again—through the lens of a Jewish American who came of age during a time of great American prosperity. What makes Melvin's perspective unique is that he is both a physicist and a psychologist, an academic who is also enmeshed in the non-academic, suburban world. Throughout this book he frames religio- and geopolitical conflicts against the background of his own his triumphs and failures, bringing to bear his wisdom on subjects as far ranging as stickball and the presidency of Donald Trump.
About the author
Melvin P. Shaw is a psychologist and psychotherapist in private practice in Birmingham, Michigan. He was formerly the Administrative Director of Associates of Birmingham, an outpatient psychiatric clinic affiliated with the Henry Ford Health System. He maintained a second career as a physicist until 1996. He began his career at the United Technology Research Laboratories in 1964 and is presently Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he was appointed Professor in 1970. He also served at Wayne as Adjunct Professor of Physics, Director of the Research Institute for Engineering Sciences, and Chairman of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was also a member of the faculty of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism. He has published more than eighty papers in scientific and professional journals, co-authored three physics books, and co-edited one psychology book. He has taught courses at the Case Institute of Technology, Trinity College, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Yale University, and has consulted and lectured extensively at many universities and corporations around the world. He is listed in Outstanding Educators in America and Who's Who in America and has received two Wayne State University Faculty Recognition Awards for outstanding contributions to scholarship and learning. He is a Fellow of the American Physical society and an Associate Member of the American Psychological Association. He has appeared many times as a guest on local television talk shows. Most important about Melvin, his core contains an ongoing hoopster, mambonik, and fresser.
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