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The dark side of technology by Peter Townsend

The dark side of technology by Peter Townsend

By Peter Townsend

The e-book is worried with human development and the unforeseen results of technological advances. It examines an unlimited variety of themes from medication to agriculture, together with electronics, communications, an international financial system and a burgeoning population.

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Thinking like a physicist by Thompson

Thinking like a physicist by Thompson

By Thompson

This specific number of difficulties and strategies, chosen from exam and educational questions utilized in the college of Bristol, is the 1st booklet of its variety to handle the 'art' of challenge fixing in a really confident demeanour. The reader is inspired to use uncomplicated actual rules, sensible assumptions and approximations, and simplified 'models' of advanced occasions, and to think about the constraints of the ensuing ideas - in brief to 'think like a physicist'. the issues are taken from all branches of the topic, yet such a lot care for issues which are primarily undemanding, and will for this reason be available to first and final-year undergraduates alike. The inclusion of an entire set of recommendations guarantees that the scholar can't develop into 'lost' in a difficulties, and will for this reason keep away from a lot of the disappointment linked to challenge fixing 'in the dark'. scholars who use this e-book will now not be confronted with the sensation of helplessness - even depression - skilled upon beginning an exam paper and being faced with a doubtless impenetrable set of questions, it sounds as if designed to foil even the the main diligent and attentive of scholars. they're going to now not whinge 'They did not let us know that during lectures; how have been we imagined to be aware of that?' and should be convinced while confronted with difficulties outdoors their direct adventure. As a instructing and studying relief, this e-book will end up to be a useful acquisition for academics and scholars in physics and the actual sciences, and will consequently now not be overlooked.

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Rockefeller and the Internationalization of Mathematics by Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze, E. Hiebert, H. Wußing

Rockefeller and the Internationalization of Mathematics by Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze, E. Hiebert, H. Wußing

By Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze, E. Hiebert, H. Wußing

Philanthropies funded by way of the Rockefeller relatives were well-liked within the social historical past of the 20 th century for his or her involvement in drugs and utilized technological know-how. This e-book presents the 1st precise research in their particularly short yet still influential foray into the sector of arithmetic. The careers of a new release of pathbreakers in sleek arithmetic, reminiscent of S.Banach, B.L.van der Waerden and André Weil, have been decisively laid low with their turning into fellows of the Rockefeller-funded overseas schooling Board within the Twenties. to aid advertise cooperation among physics and arithmetic Rockefeller money supported the erection of the hot Mathematical Institute in Göttingen among 1926 and 1929, whereas the increase of likelihood and mathematical information owes a lot to the production of the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris through American philanthropy at concerning the comparable time. This account attracts upon the documented review procedures in the back of those own and institutional involvements of philanthropies. It not just sheds mild on vital occasions within the historical past of arithmetic and physics of the twentieth century but in addition analyzes the comparative advancements of arithmetic in Europe and the us. a number of of the files are given of their entirety as major witnesses to the sluggish shift of the centre of worldwide arithmetic to the united states. This shift was once reinforced by means of the Nazi purge of German and ecu arithmetic after 1933 to which the Rockefeller beginning reacted with emergency courses that to that end contributed to the yankee struggle attempt. the overall old and political heritage of the occasions mentioned during this publication is the combination of festival and cooperation among some of the eu international locations and america after international struggle I, and the implications of the Nazi dictatorship after 1933. Ideological positions of either the philanthropists and mathematicians mattered seriously in that approach. Cultural bias within the choice of fellows and of disciplines supported, and the industrial predominance of yankee philanthropy, led between different issues to a restrict of the courses to Europe and the US, to an asymmetric attention of eu applicants, and to personal tastes for americans. Political self-isolation of the Soviet Union contributed to an expanding alienation of that very important mathematical tradition from Western arithmetic. through focussing on a couple of nationwide cultures the research goals to symbolize a step towards a real inter-cultural comparability in arithmetic.

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Issues in Science and Theology: What is Life? by Dirk Evers, Michael Fuller, Antje Jackelén, Knut-Willy

Issues in Science and Theology: What is Life? by Dirk Evers, Michael Fuller, Antje Jackelén, Knut-Willy

By Dirk Evers, Michael Fuller, Antje Jackelén, Knut-Willy Sæther (eds.)

This e-book explores the concept that of existence from a variety of views. Divided into 3 elements, it first examines the concept that of existence from physics to biology. It then offers insights at the idea from the views of philosophy, theology, and ethics. The e-book concludes with chapters at the hermeneutics of lifestyles, and will pay designated realization to the Biosemiotics method of the idea that. The query ‘What is Life?’ has been deliberated via the best minds all through human historical past. lifestyles as we all know it's not a substance or primary estate, yet a posh procedure. it isn't a simple activity to improve an unequivocal procedure in the direction of lifestyles combining medical, semiotic, philosophical, theological, and moral views. In its mix of those views, and its wide-ranging scope, this publication opens up degrees and identifies matters which could function intersections for significant interdisciplinary discussions of lifestyles in its various features. The e-book contains the 4 plenary lectures and chosen, revised and prolonged papers from workshops of the 14th ecu convention on technological know-how and Theology (ECST XIV) held in Tartu, Estonia, April 2012.

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Unnatural Nature of Science by Lewis Wolpert

Unnatural Nature of Science by Lewis Wolpert

By Lewis Wolpert

This e-book exhibits that a lot of our understandings approximately clinical suggestion might be corrected when we comprehend simply how "unnatural" technology truly is. Quoting scientists from Aristotle to Einstein, the writer argues that clinical principles are, with infrequent exceptions, counter-intuitive and that good judgment frequently is senseless in any respect. A passionate suggest of the sweetness and value of technology, the writer examines more than a few concerns, together with why technology and expertise are relatively diversified, why psychoanalysis isn't appropriately clinical and why philosophers and sociologists have made so little contribution to knowing science's real nature. He demonstrates the folly of maintaining scientists liable for lots of society's difficulties, and the equivalent folly of trying to technology for a miracle medication.

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The End is Nigh: A History of Natural Disasters by Henrik Svensen

The End is Nigh: A History of Natural Disasters by Henrik Svensen

By Henrik Svensen

The Lisbon Earthquake of 1755. The South Asian Tsunami of 2004. The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. typhoon Katrina in 2005. All of those are normal failures that not just brought on significant devastation yet really replaced the process heritage, and feature prompted our reactions to and views on failures ever since.Spanning millennia, the top is Nigh presents an in depth heritage of traditional failures all over the world and the way they've got formed our cultural ideals and our useful making plans. Henrik Svensen attracts from many eyewitness bills to bare the non-public tales of the sufferers of normal mess ups. via them, we're reminded that whereas the failures are usual phenomena, sufferers frequently react in comparable methods looking to clarify the catastrophe in the context of an omen or a divine warning.  A geologist, Svensen additionally explores the technological know-how in the back of the incidence of particular mess ups, and he examines no matter if weather swap is developing an atmosphere the place common mess ups are extra common and extra lethal. the tip is Nigh is as instructive because it is insightful and may attract enthusiasts of historical past and technology, in addition to coverage makers and all these looking to higher arrange for destiny calamities. “The finish is Nigh is a smart instance of storytelling throughout clinical disciplines, and in gripping prose it spans geology, geography and historical past, anthropology, sociology, and the heritage of religion.”—Apollon

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Philosophy of Science in the Twentieth Century: Four Central by Donald Gillies

Philosophy of Science in the Twentieth Century: Four Central by Donald Gillies

By Donald Gillies

This e-book lines the improvement in the course of the twentieth century of 4 significant subject matters within the philosophy of technological know-how. the subjects, selected for his or her value are expounded in a manner which doesn't presuppose any past wisdom of philosophy or technological know-how. The ebook therefore constitutes a good advent to the philosophy of technological know-how.

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Reality and Rationality by Wesley C. Salmon

Reality and Rationality by Wesley C. Salmon

By Wesley C. Salmon

This quantity of articles (most released, a few new) is a follow-up to the overdue Wesley C. Salmon's extensively learn assortment Causality And clarification (OUP 1998). It comprises either released and unpublished articles, and makes a speciality of similar components of inquiry: First, is technology a rational firm? Secondly, does technology yield aim information regarding our international, even the elements that we won't discover at once? Salmon's personal take is that aim wisdom of the realm is feasible, and his paintings in those articles facilities round proving that this is often so. Salmon's influential status within the box guarantees that this quantity can be of curiosity to either undergraduates philosophers, essentially within the philosophy of technology.

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The Triumph of Numbers: How Counting Shaped Modern Life by I. Bernard Cohen

The Triumph of Numbers: How Counting Shaped Modern Life by I. Bernard Cohen

By I. Bernard Cohen

Consulting and amassing numbers has been a characteristic of human affairs considering the fact that antiquity-from the pyramids to tax assortment to go counts for army service-but no longer until eventually the medical Revolution within the 17th century did social numbers resembling births, deaths and marriages start to be analysed. The Triumph of Numbers explores how numbers have come to imagine a number one position in technological know-how, within the operations and constitution of presidency, within the research of society, in advertising and marketing and in lots of different elements of everyday life. The overdue I.B. Cohen indicates how quantity difficulties of presidency, technology and engineering ended in the discovery of the pc. He shines a brand new gentle on wide-spread figures like Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin and Charles Dickens, and he unearths Florence Nightingale as a passionate statistician. Cohen has left us with an enticing and obtainable historical past of numbers, and an appreciation and realizing of the fundamental nature of information.

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Fabulous Science: Fact and Fiction in the History of by John Waller

Fabulous Science: Fact and Fiction in the History of by John Waller

By John Waller

The nice biologist Louis Pasteur suppressed 'awkward' info since it did not help the case he was once making. John Snow, the 'first epidemiologist' used to be doing not anything others had now not performed earlier than. Gregor Mendel, the meant 'founder of genetics' by no means grasped the elemental ideas of 'Mendelian' genetics. Joseph Lister's famously fresh medical institution wards have been truly infamous soiled. And Einstein's common relativity used to be purely 'confirmed' in 1919 simply because an eminent British scientist cooked his figures. those are only a few of the revelations explored during this publication. Drawing on present heritage of technological know-how scholarship, "Fabulous technological know-how" indicates that a lot of our best heroes of technology have been below sincere approximately their experimental information and never above utilizing associates in excessive areas to aid get their rules approved. It additionally finds that the alleged revolutionaries of the heritage of technology have been frequently not anything of the type. Prodigiously capable they might were, however the epithet of the 'man prior to his time' often obscures important contributions made their unsung contemporaries and the intrinsic benefits of principles they overturned. those distortions of the old list normally come up from our tendency to learn the current again into the earlier. yet in lots of instances, scientists owe their immortality to a mixture of amazing effrontery and their abilities as self-promoters.

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