By Collin Dickey
Starting dramatically with the outlet of Haydn s grave days after his dying in October 1820, Cranioklepty takes us on a unprecedented historical past of a weird type of obsession. the will to possess the skulls of the recognized, for research, on the market, for public (and deepest) reveal, appears instinctual and impossible to resist in a few humans. the increase of Phrenology at the start of the nineteenth century in basic terms fed that fascination with the idea that genius leaves its mark at the very form of the top. The after-death tales of Franz Joseph Haydn, Ludwig Beethoven, Swedenborg, Sir Thomas Browne etc have by no means sooner than been instructed in such element and vividness. totally illustrated with a few marvelous pictures, it is a attention-grabbing and authoritative background of principles carried alongside at the in charge pleasures of an anthology of real-after-life gothic stories.
By Richard Hollingham
This day, striking surgical breakthroughs are making limb transplants, face transplants, and a number of different formerly un dreamed of operations attainable. yet getting right here has now not been an easy tale of scientific growth. In Blood and Guts, veteran technological know-how author Richard Hollingham weaves a compelling narrative from the foremost moments in surgical background. we've a ringside seat within the working theater of collage university clinic in London as world-renowned Victorian health professional Robert Liston plays a amazing amputation in thirty seconds-from first lower to ultimate sew. techniques resembling Joseph Lister's antiseptic process, the 1st open-heart surgical procedure, and Walter Freeman's lobotomy operations, between different breakthroughs, are delivered to lifestyles in those pages in brilliant element. this can be renowned technological know-how writing at it's top.
By Eric Winsberg
Computer simulation was once first pioneered as a systematic instrument in meteorology and nuclear physics within the interval following global conflict II, however it has grown speedily to turn into indispensible in a large choice of medical disciplines, together with astrophysics, high-energy physics, weather technology, engineering, ecology, and economics. electronic machine simulation is helping examine phenomena of significant complexity, yet how a lot will we learn about the bounds and chances of this new clinical perform? How do simulations examine to conventional experiments? And are they trustworthy? Eric Winsberg seeks to respond to those questions in Science within the Age of desktop Simulation.
Scrutinizing those factor with a philosophical lens, Winsberg explores the impression of simulation on such matters because the nature of clinical facts; the position of values in technological know-how; the character and position of fictions in science; and the connection among simulation and test, theories and information, and theories at diverse degrees of description. Science within the Age of machine Simulation will transform many of the middle concerns in philosophy of technology, in addition to our simple figuring out of the position of the electronic machine within the sciences.
By Paul C. W. Davies
In "God and the recent Physics", Paul Davies explains how technology has come of age, and will now supply a surer route to divinity than faith. technology is now at the verge of answering our such a lot profound questions about the character of life. the following Paul Davies explains how the far-reaching discoveries of modern physics are revolutionizing our international and, specifically, throwing gentle on some of the questions previously posed through faith, similar to: Why is there a universe? the place did we come from? what's existence? How is the area equipped? interpreting topics from the production to the soul, loose will to time, black holes to miracles, he travels via technology and faith to teach us that there's extra to the realm than meets the attention. "Excellent...explains with fluent simplicity the various profoundest questions of cosmology". ("Daily Telegraph"). "One of the best technology writers of this generation". ("Independent"). "Paul Davies is our greatest advisor to this unusual new world". ("Observer"). "A checklist of subject matters to which he refers could represent an overview for a dictionary of up to date medical pleasure. His type is obvious, attention-grabbing, chatty". ("The occasions greater schooling Supplement"). Paul Davies is Director of the past heart for primary recommendations in technological know-how, and co-Director of the Cosmology Initiative, either at Arizona country college. An internationally-acclaimed physicist, author and broadcaster, Davies is the writer of a few twenty award-winning books, together with "The Eerie Silence: trying to find Ourselves within the Universe", "The Goldilocks Enigma: Why is the Universe most excellent for Life?" and "The brain of God: Science" and the "Search for final Meaning".
By William Byers
In today's unpredictable and chaotic global, we glance to technology to supply sure bet and answers--and frequently blame it while issues get it wrong. The Blind Spot finds why our religion in medical simple task is a perilous phantasm, and the way basically by way of embracing science's inherent ambiguities and paradoxes will we actually get pleasure from its attractiveness and harness its potential.
Crackling with insights into our so much puzzling modern dilemmas, from weather switch to the worldwide monetary meltdown, this ebook demanding situations our so much sacredly held ideals approximately technological know-how, expertise, and development. whilst, it exhibits how the key to raised technology are available the place we least anticipate it--in the doubtful, the ambiguous, and the necessarily unpredictable. William Byers explains why the subjective aspect in medical inquiry is in reality what makes it so dynamic, and deftly balances the necessity for sure bet and rigor in technology with the both very important desire for creativity, freedom, and downright ask yourself. Drawing on an array of interesting examples--from Wall Street's overreliance on algorithms to supply walk in the park in doubtful markets, to undecidable difficulties in arithmetic and computing device technology, to Georg Cantor's paradoxical yet real statement approximately infinity--Byers demonstrates how we will and needs to study from the life of blind spots in our clinical and mathematical understanding.
The Blind Spot bargains a wholly new mind set approximately technological know-how, one who highlights its strengths and boundaries, its unrealized promise, and, especially, its unavoidable ambiguity. It additionally issues to a extra refined method of the main intractable difficulties of our time.
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By M. Keith Booker
The Fifties are extensively considered as the golden age of yankee technological know-how fiction. This booklet surveys quite a lot of significant technological know-how fiction novels and flicks from the lengthy 1950s--the interval from 1946 to 1964--when the tensions of the chilly struggle have been at their top. the yank technology fiction novels and movies of this era truly replicate chilly struggle anxieties and tensions via their specialise in such subject matters as alien invasion and nuclear holocaust. during this feel, they resemble the observations of social and cultural critics throughout the comparable period.
Meanwhile, American technological know-how fiction of the lengthy Fifties additionally engages its ancient and political contexts via an interrogation of phenomena, reminiscent of alienation and routinization, that may be noticeable as results of the advance of yank capitalism in this interval. This fiscal pattern is a part of the increase of the worldwide phenomenon that Marxist theorists have known as overdue capitalism. hence, American technological know-how fiction in this interval displays the increase of past due capitalism and participates within the beginnings of postmodernism, defined through Frederic Jameson because the cultural common sense of overdue capitalism.
By Simon J. Knell
Stephen Jay Gould borrowed from Winston Churchill whilst he defined the conodont animal as a "riddle wrapped in a secret inside of an enigma." This animal confounded technological know-how for greater than a century. a few suggestion it a slug, others a fish, a malicious program, a plant, even a primitive ancestor of ourselves. The checklist of chances grew and but a solution to the riddle by no means appeared any closer. might the animal that left in the back of those miniscule fossils often called conodonts ever be pointed out? 3 times the animal used to be "found," yet each one used to be particularly a special animal. have been any of them particularly the only? Simon J. Knell takes the reader on a trip via a hundred and fifty years of clinical pondering, imagining, and arguing. Slowly the animal starts to bare strains of itself: its way of life, its impressive evolution, its witnessing of significant catastrophes, its routine over the outside of the planet, and eventually its anatomy. this day the conodont animal continues to be possibly the main disputed creature within the zoological world.
By René Descartes
René Descartes used to be a significant determine within the medical revolution of the 17th century. In his Discourse on approach he defined the distinction among arithmetic and experimental sciences, and the level to which each and every possible in attaining sure bet. Drawing on his personal paintings in geometry, optics, astronomy and body structure, Descartes constructed the hypothetical approach that characterizes smooth technology, and this quickly got here to switch the conventional thoughts derived from Aristotle. a lot of Descartes' so much radical principles - similar to the disparity among our perceptions and the realities that reason them - were hugely influential within the improvement of recent philosophy.
By David Pugh, Philip L. Woodworth
Knowing sea-level strategies, equivalent to ocean tides, hurricane surges, tsunamis, El Niño and rises as a result of weather switch, is vital to making plans powerful coastal defence. development on David Pugh's vintage e-book Tides, Surges and suggest Sea-Level, this considerably multiplied, full-colour booklet now accommodates significant fresh technological advances within the parts of satellite tv for pc altimetry and different geodetic concepts (particularly GPS), tsunami technology, dimension of suggest sea point and analyses of utmost sea degrees. The authors talk about how each one surveying and measuring procedure enhances others in offering an realizing of present-day sea-level swap and extra trustworthy forecasts of destiny adjustments. Giving the how and the why of sea-level swap on timescales from hours to centuries, this authoritative and intriguing e-book is perfect for graduate scholars and researchers in oceanography, marine engineering, geodesy, marine geology, marine biology and climatology. it's going to even be of key curiosity to coastal engineers and governmental policy-makers.
By Connie Barlow