The Collapse of Chaos

Discovering Simplicity in a Complex World
Author: Ian Stewart,Jack Cohen
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141938285
Category: Science
Page: 512
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Do we live in a simple or a complex universe? Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart explore the ability of complicated rules to generate simple behaviour in nature through 'the collapse of chaos'. 'The most startling, thought-provoking book I've read all year. I was pleased to learn that most of the things I thought I knew were wrong' -- Terry Pratchett

Hermeneutic Philosophy of Science, Van Gogh’s Eyes, and God

Essays in Honor of Patrick A. Heelan, S.J.
Author: B.E. Babich
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401717672
Category: Science
Page: 500
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This richly textured book bridges analytic and hermeneutic and phenomenological philosophy of science. It features unique resources for students of the philosophy and history of quantum mechanics and the Copenhagen Interpretation, cognitive theory and the psychology of perception, the history and philosophy of art, and the pragmatic and historical relationships between religion and science.

Complexity Science and World Affairs


Author: Walter C. Clemens Jr.
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438449038
Category: History
Page: 268
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Following his 1978 publication of a translation of two other sections of the Tibetan Buddhist work completed in 1402 A.D., Alex Wayman (Sanscrit, Columbia U.) offers the section of the Lam rim chen mo that deals with the thought of enlightenment and the stages of instruction for budding bodhisattvas. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Trends in Enterprise Knowledge Management


Author: Imed Boughzala,Jean-Louis Ermine
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470394420
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 292
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Knowledge Management (KM) encompasses a wide range of tools and methods that are at the heart of the information and communication society and provide solutions that rely as much on organization as on technology. This title brings together contributions from authors from a range of countries who are recognized as leading figures in this field, both in an academic and a practical sense. It describes the strategic aspects of KM and defines the underlying principles in terms of management, life cycle, process, methods and tools involved in this discipline. Several approaches to the running of KM within organizations are then discussed. The influence of KM on the performance of a company is analyzed and guidelines are given on various KM approaches that can be used to achieve specific goals. Finally, several case studies of companies that have put KM at the heart of their organizational strategy are given to demonstrate how this approach has been put into practice. Given the practical approach taken by this book and the considerable advantages that a good handling of KM can bring to an organization, this title will be of great interest to those involved in this field.

Autoimmunity


Author: Andrzej Górski,Hubert Krotkiewski,Michal Zimecki
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401009813
Category: Medical
Page: 207
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This book presents an excellent review of the mechanisms underlying the phenomena of autoimmunity. It provides not only an update of the field's state of the art, but also presents new concepts in the fundamentals and treatment of autoimmune disorders. The finest example of the new approach is understanding the nature of autoimmunity and the treatment of autoimmune diseases is the introductory article. The author opposes the current dogma that autoimmune disorders should be treated with immunosuppressors, and postulates rather the activation of the immune system, which may lead to redirecting the immune response to the protective, Th-2 type of immunity. A series of articles deals with several aspects of the subject, such as the generation, progression, and regulation of autoimmune phenomena. The roles of pathogens, apoptosis, cytokines, complement components, and regulatory T cells are described, as well as the association between the immune and neurohormonal systems in major autoimmune disorders. This is not a textbook, but it is highly recommended for clinicians and university workers, and as supplementary reading for lecturers and students.

Inventions of Teaching

A Genealogy
Author: Brent Davis
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135610762
Category: Education
Page: 256
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Inventions of Teaching: A Genealogy is a powerful examination of current metaphors for and synonyms of teaching. It offers an account of the varied and conflicting influences and conceptual commitments that have contributed to contemporary vocabularies--and that are in some ways maintained by those vocabularies, in spite of inconsistencies and incompatibilities among popular terms. The concern that frames the book is how speakers of English invented (in the original sense of the word, "came upon") our current vocabularies for teaching. Conceptually, this book is unique in the educational literature. As a whole, it presents an overview of the major underlying philosophical and ideological concepts and traditions related to knowledge, learning, and teaching in the Western world, concisely introducing readers to the central historical and contemporary discourses that shape current discussions and beliefs in the field. Because the organization of historical, philosophical, theoretical, and etymological information is around key conceptual divergences in Western thought rather than any sort of chronology, this text is not a linear history, but several histories--or, more precisely, it is a genealogy. Specifically, it is developed around breaks in opinion that gave or are giving rise to diverse interpretations of knowledge, learning, and teaching--highlighting historical moments in which vibrant new figurative understandings of teaching emerged and moments at which they froze into literalness. The book is composed of two sorts of chapters, "branching" and "teaching." Branching chapters include an opening treatment of the break in opinion, separate discussions of each branch, and a summary of the common assumptions and shared histories of the two branches. Teaching chapters offer brief etymological histories and some of the practical implications of the terms for teaching that were coined, co-opted, or redefined within the various traditions. Inventions of Teaching: A Genealogy is an essential text for senior undergraduate and graduate courses in curriculum studies and foundations of teaching and is highly relevant as well for students, faculty, and researchers across the field of education.

Reinventing Curriculum

A Complex Perspective on Literacy and Writing
Author: Linda Laidlaw
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113561069X
Category: Education
Page: 236
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In this book, Linda Laidlaw explores the questions: What happens when children begin to write? Why is it that the teaching and practice of writing seems at times to be difficult in schools? How might teachers work differently to create more inviting spaces for developing literacy? The premise is that written texts and literacy processes are developed within a complex "weave" of particular contexts, or ecologies, and the unique particularity of the learner's experiences, histories, memories and interpretations. Laidlaw offers new information about writing and literacy pedagogy linked to current research in the complexity sciences and cognition, and considers the possibilities that might emerge for pedagogy when alternative metaphors, images, and structures are considered for writing and curriculum. The volume includes qualitative and narrative description of writing and literacy situations, events, and pedagogy, and elaborates the historical, theoretical, and curricular background in which such instruction exists within contemporary schooling. Reinventing Curriculum: A Complex-Perspective on Literacy and Writing: *addresses literacy through a focus on writing rather than on reading; *develops an approach to literacy and writing pedagogy that incorporates recent theories and research on learning and the complexity sciences; *examines perspectives on writing from both a teaching perspective and that of the work of writers; *makes connections between the acquisition of literacy to research in other domains; *examines both the benefits and the "costs" of literacy; and *challenges "commonsense" understandings within instruction, for example, that literacy teaching and learning can occur apart from other aspects of children's learning, context, and subjectivity, or that learning occurs individually rather than collectively. This book is important reading for researchers, professionals, teacher educators, and students involved in literacy education and writing instruction, and an excellent text for courses in these areas.

South Africa and the Global Hydrogen Economy

The Strategic Role of Platinum Group Metals
Author: Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA)
Publisher: Real African Publishers
ISBN: 1920655700
Category: Science
Page: 400
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South Africa and the Global Hydrogen Economy is the publication of a MISTRA research project on the use of strategic minerals in the global putative hydrogen economy. The book highlights the global significance of platinum group metals (PGM) and explores the strategic opportunities that arise out of South Africa's endowment of these strategic resources. From their extraction to their applications in fuel cells, what options are available for the country, the region and the world to better leverage this endowment towards supporting growth and development objectives? In view of their expanding range of applications, do PGM need the hydrogen economy? Conversely, does the hydrogen economy need PGM? Addressed to all industry stakeholders, including those in the public and private sectors, the options explored in this book are based on a thorough analysis of the global dynamics that should inform policy and business models related to PGM.

Vierteljahrsschrift der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft in Zürich


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Science
Page: N.A
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History and philosophy of science for African undergraduates


Author: Helen Lauer
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Science
Page: 684
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Soundbite culture

the death of discourse in a wired world
Author: David Slayden,Rita Kirk Whillock
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc
ISBN: 9780761908715
Category: Social Science
Page: 298
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Drawing on the insights of a distinguished group of international scholars from a variety of disciplines, Soundbite Culture combines theory with case analysis to describe and account for the environment within which discourse has declined, and what has replaced it and why. The authors explore the implications of their premise by investigating various media, their methods, and their social, cultural and political implications. Topics include targeted direct mail campaigns, polling, infomercials, Internet identities, radio talk shows, and film depictions.

Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science


Author: Babette E. Babich
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Hermeneutics
Page: 484
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Teilhard in the 21st Century

The Emerging Spirit of Earth
Author: Arthur Fabel,Donald Patrick St. John
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Philosophy
Page: 256
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Almost fifty years after his death the work of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French Jesuit mystic and scientist, continues to shape contemporary work in spirituality, theology, and the interaction of science and religion. These essays show how this giant of the twentieth century sheds light on the most urgent spiritual challenges of our time. Book jacket.

Storytelling Magazine


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Folklore
Page: N.A
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Science, mind, and the universe

an introduction to natural philosophy
Author: Helmut Moritz
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Science
Page: 298
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Why Numbers Count

Quantitative Literacy for Tomorrow's America
Author: Lynn Arthur Steen
Publisher: College Board
ISBN: N.A
Category: Reference
Page: 194
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Discusses the kind of quantitative skills students will need to reason and solve problems in the computer age

Urban Morphology

Journal of the International Seminar on Urban Form
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Architecture
Page: N.A
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Science and the Retreat from Reason


Author: John Gillott,Manjit Kumar
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Irrationalism (Philosophy)
Page: 287
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This book looks for the roots of the public's waning faith in science. Providing a clear and accessible introduction to key areas of modern scientific thought, the authors challenge our new fear and loathing of science.

Design and Information in Biology

From Molecules to Systems
Author: J. A. Bryant,M. W. Collins,Mark A. Atherton
Publisher: Wit Pr/Computational Mechanics
ISBN: N.A
Category: Science
Page: 465
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Highlighted with individual contributions from eminent specialists, these multiauthored volumes combine authority, inspiration and state-of-the-art knowledge. Both informative and inspiring they are designed to appeal to scientists and interested laypeople alike. Volume 2 complements and extends the scope of the first, with the biological viewpoint being stressed. Following an introductory chapter on design as understood in biology, the various aspects of the biological information revolution are addressed. Areas discussed include molecular structure, the genome, development, and neural networks. A section on information theory provides a link with engineering, and the scope is also broadened to include the implications of motion in nature and engineering.

Chaotics

An Agenda for Business and Society in the 21st Century
Author: Georges Anderla,Anthony Dunning,Simon Forge
Publisher: Praeger Studies on the 21st Ce
ISBN: 9780275956912
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 224
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The book examines personal identity and its loss in modern society, as well as the search for new contacts and gratification through technology.