Pi in the sky

counting, thinking, and being
Author: John D. Barrow
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: N.A
Category: Mathematics
Page: 317
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Discusses the history and nature of mathematics, describes the origins of counting, and looks at the individuals who have made important mathematical discoveries

New Theories of Everything

The Quest for Ultimate Explanation
Author: John D. Barrow
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019954817X
Category: Science
Page: 260
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Cosmology & the universe.

The End of the World and the Ends of God

Science and Theology on Eschatology
Author: John Polkinghorne,Michael Welker
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781563383120
Category: Religion
Page: 309
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In this provocative collection of essays, scientists, theologians, ethicists, and biblical scholars look at eschatology through their various lenses.

Holding On to Reality

The Nature of Information at the Turn of the Millennium
Author: Albert Borgmann
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226066226
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 282
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Holding On to Reality is a brilliant history of information, from its inception in the natural world to its role in the transformation of culture to the current Internet mania and is attendant assets and liabilities. Drawing on the history of ideas, the details of information technology, and the boundaries of the human condition, Borgmann illuminates the relationship between things and signs, between reality and information. "[Borgmann] has offered a stunningly clear definition of information in Holding On to Reality. . . . He leaves room for little argument, unless one wants to pose the now vogue objection: I guess it depends on what you mean by nothing."—Paul Bennett, Wired "A superb anecdotal analysis of information for a hype-addled age."—New Scientist "This insightful and poetic reflection on the changing nature of information is a wonderful antidote to much of the current hype about the 'information revolution.' Borgmann reminds us that whatever the reality of our time, we need 'a balance of signs and things' in our lives."—Margaret Wertheim, LA Weekly

Panther in the Sky


Author: James Alexander Thom
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0307763145
Category: Fiction
Page: 704
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"Thom shows how, in honest, capable hands, fictionalized biography can add verisimilitude to the life and times of this extraordinary America....The dialogue has the ring of reality about it....Thom is able to get into the thoughts and emotions of his characters...." DEE BROWN LOS ANGELES TIMES Rich, colorful and bursting with excitment, this remarkable story turns James Alexander Thom's power and passion for American history to the epic story of Tecumseh's life and give us a heart-thumping novel of one man's magnificent destiny--to unite his people in the struggle to save their land and their way of life from the relentless press of the white settlers. From the Paperback edition.

Thinking about Physics


Author: Roger G. Newton
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691095530
Category: Science
Page: 198
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Physical scientists are problem solvers. They are comfortable "doing" science: they find problems, solve them, and explain their solutions. Roger Newton believes that his fellow physicists might be too comfortable with their roles as solvers of problems. He argues that physicists should spend more time thinking about physics. If they did, he believes, they would become even more skilled at solving problems and "doing" science. As Newton points out in this thought-provoking book, problem solving is always influenced by the theoretical assumptions of the problem solver. Too often, though, he believes, physicists haven't subjected their assumptions to thorough scrutiny. Newton's goal is to provide a framework within which the fundamental theories of modern physics can be explored, interpreted, and understood. "Surely physics is more than a collection of experimental results, assembled to satisfy the curiosity of appreciative experts," Newton writes. Physics, according to Newton, has moved beyond the describing and naming of curious phenomena, which is the goal of some other branches of science. Physicists have spent a great part of the twentieth century searching for explanations of experimental findings. Newton agrees that experimental facts are vital to the study of physics, but only because they lead to the development of a theory that can explain them. Facts, he argues, should undergird theory. Newton's explanatory sweep is both broad and deep. He covers such topics as quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, field theory, thermodynamics, the role of mathematics in physics, and the concepts of probability and causality. For Newton the fundamental entity in quantum theory is the field, from which physicists can explain the particle-like and wave-like properties that are observed in experiments. He grounds his explanations in the quantum field. Although this is not designed as a stand-alone textbook, it is essential reading for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, professors, and researchers. This is a clear, concise, up-to-date book about the concepts and theories that underlie the study of contemporary physics. Readers will find that they will become better-informed physicists and, therefore, better thinkers and problem solvers too.

The Idea of Progress


Author: Arnold Burgen,Peter McLaughlin,Jürgen Mittelstraß
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110820420
Category: Philosophy
Page: 252
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Half the Sky

Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Author: Nicholas D. Kristof,Sheryl WuDunn
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 9780307267146
Category: Political Science
Page: 294
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A Pulitzer Prize-winning husband-and-wife team speaks out against the oppression of women in the developing world, sharing example stories about victims and survivors who are working to raise awareness, counter abuse, and campaign for women's rights.

Is God a Mathematician?


Author: Mario Livio
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781416594437
Category: Mathematics
Page: 320
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Bestselling author and astrophysicist Mario Livio examines the lives and theories of history’s greatest mathematicians to ask how—if mathematics is an abstract construction of the human mind—it can so perfectly explain the physical world. Nobel Laureate Eugene Wigner once wondered about “the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics” in the formulation of the laws of nature. Is God a Mathematician? investigates why mathematics is as powerful as it is. From ancient times to the present, scientists and philosophers have marveled at how such a seemingly abstract discipline could so perfectly explain the natural world. More than that—mathematics has often made predictions, for example, about subatomic particles or cosmic phenomena that were unknown at the time, but later were proven to be true. Is mathematics ultimately invented or discovered? If, as Einstein insisted, mathematics is “a product of human thought that is independent of experience,” how can it so accurately describe and even predict the world around us? Physicist and author Mario Livio brilliantly explores mathematical ideas from Pythagoras to the present day as he shows us how intriguing questions and ingenious answers have led to ever deeper insights into our world. This fascinating book will interest anyone curious about the human mind, the scientific world, and the relationship between them.

A Handbook of Media and Communication Research

Qualitative and Quantitative Methodologies
Author: Klaus Bruhn Jensen
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134589999
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 352
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A Handbook of Media and Communications Research presents qualitative as well as quantitative approaches to the analysis and interpretation of media, covering perspectives from both the social sciences and the humanities. The Handbook offers a comprehensive review of earlier research and a set of guidelines for how to think about, plan, and carry out studies of media in different social and cultural contexts. Divided into sections on the history, systematics and pragmatics of research, and written by internationally acknowledged specialists in each area, the Handbook will be a standard reference work for students and researchers.

Life of Pi


Author: Yann Martel
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544103757
Category: Fiction
Page: 401
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Yann Martel's beloved Life of Pi-- recently made into a stunning 3D film directed by Ang Lee-- is now available in a deluxe pocket edition with leatherette cover.

Navigating Early


Author: Clare Vanderpool
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0385742096
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 306
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"Odyssey-like adventure of two boys' incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters"--

Lucy in the Sky


Author: Anonymous
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1442451874
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 267
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A diary by an unnamed 16-year-old drug addict from an upper middle-class neighborhood in Santa Monica documents the ruination of her life after experimenting with drugs and alcohol at a party, after which she rejects everything she once cared about. By the author of O. Simultaneous.

It's the Thought That Counts


Author: David R. Hamilton
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1458771938
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 296
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IT'S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS When pharmaceutical scientist David R. Hamilton, Ph.D., observed the results of tests on new drugs, he noticed that patients receiving control placebo pills reported the same level of improvement as those receiving the actual drug. Seeing this result repeat itself time and time again, he became fascinated by the mind-body connection and started to research the work of scientists, mystics, and healers in this field. The result is this groundbreaking book, in which Hamilton explains how the mind and emotions can influence the well-being of your body and even the structure of your DNA. You'll learn about: the physical impact of meditation, why sending healing thoughts to a person in need is so beneficial, the power of love and its impact on body cells, and all the many ways in which your thoughts affect you. .

The Mathematica Journal


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Mathematica (Computer file)
Page: N.A
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Sixty Days and Counting


Author: Kim Stanley Robinson
Publisher: Spectra
ISBN: 9780553903508
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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By the time Phil Chase is elected president, the world’s climate is far on its way to irreversible change. Food scarcity, housing shortages, diminishing medical care, and vanishing species are just some of the consequences. The erratic winter the Washington, D.C., area is experiencing is another grim reminder of a global weather pattern gone haywire: bone-chilling cold one day, balmy weather the next. But the president-elect remains optimistic and doesn’t intend to give up without a fight. A maverick in every sense of the word, Chase starts organizing the most ambitious plan to save the world from disaster since FDR–and assembling a team of top scientists and advisers to implement it. For Charlie Quibler, this means reentering the political fray full-time and giving up full-time care of his young son, Joe. For Frank Vanderwal, hampered by a brain injury, it means trying to protect the woman he loves from a vengeful ex and a rogue “black ops” agency not even the president can control–a task for which neither Frank’s work at the National Science Foundation nor his study of Tibetan Buddhism can prepare him. In a world where time is running out as quickly as its natural resources, where surveillance is almost total and freedom nearly nonexistent, the forecast for the Chase administration looks darker each passing day. For as the last–and most terrible–of natural disasters looms on the horizon, it will take a miracle to stop the clock . . . the kind of miracle that only dedicated men and women can bring about. From the Hardcover edition.

The Observatory


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Astronomy
Page: N.A
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The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets


Author: Simon Singh
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1620402777
Category: Art
Page: 253
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Based on interviews with the writers of The Simpsons and accompanied by images from the show, facsimiles of scripts, paintings and drawings and other imagery, this fascinating book reveals the meaningful mathematical concepts behind the most successful show in TV history.

The Sculptor in the Sky


Author: Teal Swan
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1456747231
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 160
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"You can not have a life, you can not lose a life... You are life. It is you who hold the power to decide yourself back onto the path you intended...the path of welcoming and becoming your own bliss." The Sculptor In The Sky, the new book by spiritual catalyst, Teal Scott takes you on a journey of rediscovery of the universe of god and of yourself. This extraordinary book challenges us to reconnect with the eternal essence of our being and to expand our ideas about the reality we live in It is a must have for the curious, the wanting and the ready. A provocative guide to answering the questions that every person asks at some point in their life.