By Frauke Uhlenbruch
This quantity explores a biblical textual content as utopia - a "no-place". It comprises reception old case experiences that concentrate on the biblical passage numbers thirteen. In numbers thirteen a spot is defined which has the singular potential to mirror the fears and hopes of these who stumble upon it: Believers desire to discover a promised land actually; students wish to discover a spot on a map; a technology fiction reader fears that we've got to do with a very likely damaging alien message.
By Tom Shachtman
Technology and experimentation have been on the middle of the Founding Fathers' philosophies and activities. The Founders relentlessly tinkered, invented, farmed via clinical rules, star-gazed, have been enthusiastic about math, used clinical analogies and medical pondering of their political writing, and fell in love with applied sciences. They conceived of the USA of the USA as a grand "experiment" within the medical which means of the note. George Washington's include of an experimental vaccination for smallpox stored the yank military in 1777. He was once additionally thought of the main clinical farmer within the state. John Adams based a systematic society and wrote public help of technology into the Massachusetts structure. The president of one other medical society, Thomas Jefferson, confident its top lighting to coach Meriwether Lewis for the Lewis and Clark day trip; his statement of Independence used to be so suffused with medical pondering that it used to be referred to as Newtonian. Benjamin Franklin's repute as an "electrician" gave him the prestige to cajole France to assist the United States win the innovative conflict. Thomas Paine invented smokeless candles, underwater bombs, and the first-ever iron span bridge. In Gentlemen Scientists and Revolutionaries, Tom Shachtman offers the entire tale of the way the highbrow pleasure of medical discoveries had a robust impact on America's Founding Fathers.
By Freeman Dyson
«Il titolo Infinito in ogni direzione ha due significati. Allude alle illimitate possibilità dell’universo, che esso sviluppa prendendo coscienza di se stesso attraverso l’azione della vita e dell’intelligenza. Ma si riferisce anche alle enormi responsabilità dell’umanità come custode della vita su un piccolo pianeta.» Così Freeman J. Dyson definisce i punti di riferimento del suo discorso sulla scienza, che mette costantemente a confronto i risultati della ricerca più aggiornata in campo fisico, astronomico, biologico con gli interrogativi più stringenti dell’etica e della politica. Quali sono le strade che l. a. scienza contemporanea esplora nella sua indagine sulle origini della vita e sulla sua evoluzione? Quali i dilemmi cui portano i risultati della ricerca? Quali le scelte necessarie perché le raffinate tecnologie prodotte dal progresso scientifico vengano usate in step with il progresso dell’umanità e non consistent with l. a. sua distruzione? A questo intreccio di temi di appassionante attualità e di domande rivolte al futuro, Freeman Dyson porta il suo illuminante e inventivo contributo: una riflessione che lega l. a. scienza alla filosofia, il gusto della scoperta all’attenzione costante alle componenti spirituali del pensiero e della vita umana.
By David K. Randall
An engrossing exam of the technological know-how in the back of the little-known international of sleep.
Like many people, journalist David ok. Randall by no means gave sleep a lot inspiration. that's, till he all started sleepwalking. One hour of darkness crash right into a hallway wall despatched him on an research into the unusual technological know-how of sleep.
In Dreamland, Randall explores the study that's investigating these darkish hours that make up approximately a 3rd of our lives. Taking readers from army battlefields to children’s bedrooms, Dreamland exhibits that sleep isn't so simple as it kind of feels. Why did the result of one sleep research switch the bookmakers’ odds for yes Monday evening soccer video games? Do girls sleep in a different way than males? And for those who kill a person if you are sleepwalking, does that count number as murder?
This ebook is a journey of the customarily abnormal, occasionally demanding, and consistently attention-grabbing issues that cross on within the atypical international of sleep. You’ll by no means examine your pillow an analogous method again.
By Brian Fagan
The earlier fifteen thousand years--the whole span of human civilization--have witnessed dramatic sea point alterations, which all started with quick worldwide warming on the finish of the Ice Age, whilst sea degrees have been greater than seven hundred ft less than glossy degrees. Over the following 11 millennia, the oceans climbed in matches and begins. those swift adjustments had little impact on these people who skilled them, in part simply because there have been so few humans on the earth, and likewise simply because they have been in a position to alter without difficulty to new coastlines.<U></U><U></U>
Global sea degrees stabilized approximately six thousand years in the past with the exception of neighborhood alterations that triggered frequently particularly major alterations to locations just like the Nile Delta. So the curve of inexorably emerging seas flattened out as city civilizations built in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and South Asia. The earth's inhabitants boomed, quintupling from the time of Christ to the commercial Revolution. The hazard from the oceans elevated with our crowding alongside shorelines to stay, fish, and trade.<U></U><U></U>
Since 1860, the area has warmed considerably and the ocean's climb has speeded. the ocean point alterations are cumulative and sluggish; nobody understands once they will finish. The Attacking Ocean, from celebrated writer Brian Fagan, tells a story of the emerging complexity of the connection among people and the ocean at their doorsteps, a complexity created now not via the oceans, that have replaced yet little. What has replaced is us, and the variety of us on the earth.
Technology is the tutorial magazine of the yank organization for the development of technological know-how and is taken into account one of many world’s so much prestigious medical journals. The peer-reviewed magazine, first released in 1880 is circulated weekly and has a print subscriber base of round 130,000. simply because institutional subscriptions and on-line entry serve a bigger viewers, its expected readership is 1000000 humans.
By Noga Arikha
Physicians in historic Greece believed 4 humours flowed in the human body—blood, phlegm, black bile, and choler—determining a person's future health, temper, and personality. now not till the 17th century could a extra complicated view of the anatomy start to emerge. yet through then humoural conception had already develop into deeply ingrained in Western language and thought—and endures to today in magnificent ways.
Interweaving the histories of medication, technological know-how, psychology, and philosophy, Passions and Tempers explores the uncanny patience of those variable, invisible fluids. it's going to swap how we view our actual, psychological, and emotional selves.
By K. C. Cole
For plenty of folks, physics, like math, has continually been something of puzzle and complexity. In First You construct a Cloud, ok. C. Cole presents cogent reasons via lively prose, metaphors, and anecdotes, permitting us to realize the nuances of physics-gravity and lightweight, colour and form, quarks and quasars, debris and stars, strength and energy. We additionally come to work out how the actual global is so deeply intertwined with the ways that we expect approximately tradition, poetry, and philosophy. Cole, one in all our preeminent technology writers, serves as a consultant into the area of such mythical medical minds as Richard Feynman, Victor Weisskopf, brothers Frank Oppenheimer and J. Robert Oppenheimer, Philip Morrison, Vera Kistiakowsky, and Stephen Jay Gould.
By David Ingram, Daphne Vince Prue, Peter J. Gregory
Most normal gardening books pay attention to how and whilst to hold out horticultural initiatives equivalent to pruning, seed sowing and taking cuttings. This e-book is exclusive in explaining in basic phrases a few of the technology that underlies those practices. it truly is mostly a publication of 'Why' - Why are vegetation eco-friendly? Why should still one minimize underneath a leaf node whilst taking cuttings? Why do crops want loads water? however it additionally is going directly to take care of the 'How', delivering purpose in the back of the sensible suggestion. The insurance is wide-ranging and finished and contains the fundamental constitution and functioning of backyard crops, nomenclature, genetics and plant breeding, environmental components affecting development, equipment of propagation and construction, pest and ailment regulate, and submit harvest administration and garage. released on behalf of the Royal Horticultural Society, this e-book should be a most dear textual content for these sitting the RHS normal exam, and horticultural scholars at certificates and degree degrees; it is going to additionally attract gardeners, growers and scientists.
By Christopher Russell, Vassilis Angelopoulos
The ARTEMIS project used to be initiated via skillfully relocating the 2 outermost Earth-orbiting THEMIS spacecraft into lunar orbit to behavior unparalleled twin spacecraft observations of the lunar atmosphere. ARTEMIS stands for Acceleration, Reconnection, Turbulence and Electrodynamics of the Moon's interplay with the solar. certainly, this quantity discusses preliminary findings on the topic of the Moon’s magnetic and plasma environments and conductivity of the lunar interior.
This paintings is geared toward researchers and graduate scholars in either heliophysics and planetary physics.