Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy (Bloomsbury Revelations)

By Manuel De Landa

First released 10 years in the past, Manuel DeLanda's Intensive technology and digital Philosophy rapidly demonstrated itself as a landmark textual content in modern continental suggestion. DeLanda the following attracts at the realist philosophy of Gilles Deleuze to the area of philosophy of technology.

As good as modern philosophical insights, the booklet additionally tackles new advancements in geometry, complexity idea and chaos thought to carry new insights to our knowing of a systematic wisdom liberated from conventional rules of essence.

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History: Fiction or Science?, Volume 1

By Anatoly T. Fomenko

Heritage: Fiction or technological know-how? is the main explosive tractate on background ever written - besides the fact that, each thought it includes, regardless of how unorthodox, is sponsored through sturdy medical information. The publication is well-illustrated, includes over 446 graphs and illustrations, copies of old manuscripts, and numerous proof testifying to the falsity of the chronology used these days, which by no means stop to amaze the reader. Eminent mathematician proves that: Jesus Christ used to be born in 1153 and crucified in 1186 The outdated testomony refers to mediaeval occasions. Apocalypse used to be written after 1486. Does this sound uncanny? This model of occasions is substantiated by means of not easy evidence and good judgment - verified via new astronomical learn and statistical research of historical resources - to a better quantity than every thing you could have learn and heard approximately background sooner than. The dominating historic discourse in its present kingdom was once basically crafted within the XVI century from a slightly contradictory jumble of resources akin to innumerable copies of historic Latin and Greek manuscripts whose originals had vanished at midnight a while and the allegedly irrefutable evidence provided by way of overdue mediaeval astronomers, resting upon the ability of ecclesial specialists. the vast majority of its parts are blatantly unfaithful! For a few of us, it shall in all probability be fairly stressful to determine the extraordinary edifice of classical background to show into an ominous simulacrum brooding over the snake pit of mediaeval politics. two times so, in truth: the 1st seeing the mythical millenarian dirt at the historic marble develop into a trifling layer of airborne dirt and dust - one who meticulous unprejudiced learn can finally eliminate. the second one, and larger, assault of unease comes with the attention of simply what number parts of human wisdom nonetheless belief the 3 elephants of the consensual chronology to help them. not anything can treatment that aside from a person chronological revolution occurring within the minds of a giant adequate variety of humans.

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The White Planet: The Evolution and Future of Our Frozen World

By Jean Jouzel

From the Arctic Ocean and ice sheets of Greenland, to the glaciers of the Andes and Himalayas, to the nice frozen barren region of Antarctica, The White Planet takes readers on a spellbinding medical trip in the course of the shrinking international of ice and snow to inform the tale of the expeditions and discoveries that experience reworked our figuring out of world weather. Written by means of 3 the world over well known scientists on the middle of many breakthroughs in ice center and weather technology, this booklet presents an remarkable firsthand account of the way the "white planet" impacts international climate--and how, in flip, worldwide warming is altering the frozen international.

Jean Jouzel, Claude Lorius, and Dominique Raynaud chronicle the daunting clinical, technical, and human hurdles that they and different scientists have needed to conquer so that it will get to the bottom of the mysteries of prior and current weather swap, as printed via the cryosphere--the dynamic frozen areas of our planet. Scientifically impeccable, updated, and obtainable, The White Planet brings state-of-the-art weather examine to basic readers via a brilliant narrative. this is often a vital booklet for someone who desires to comprehend the inextricable hyperlink among weather and our planet's icy regions.

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The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery

By George Johnson

A New York Times extraordinary publication of 2013

When the lady he enjoyed used to be clinically determined with a metastatic melanoma, George Johnson got down to study every little thing he may possibly in regards to the sickness and the folk who spend their careers attempting to comprehend and to struggle it. What he stumbled on is a revolution below way—an explosion of latest principles approximately what melanoma particularly is and the place it comes from.

Deftly excavating and illuminating many years of research and research, rooted in each self-discipline from evolutionary biology to online game idea and physics, Johnson explores what we know—and what we nonetheless don't—about melanoma, and why a medication is still this type of slippery objective. all through his pursuit, Johnson clarifies the human adventure of melanoma with grace, bearing witness to the punishing gauntlet of consultations, surgical procedures, unique remedies, and different remedies. via Johnson’s radiant prose and authoritative viewpoint on technology, he's taking us on an experience in the course of the heritage and up to date advances in melanoma learn that may problem every little thing you notion you knew in regards to the disease.

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Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History

By Florence Williams

An enticing narrative approximately an enormous, life-giving organ and its imperiled smooth fate.

do you know that breast milk comprises elements just like hashish? Or that it’s bought on the net for 262 occasions the cost of oil? Feted and fetishized, the breast is an evolutionary masterpiece. yet within the smooth global, the breast is altering. Breasts have become higher, arriving prior, and attracting newfangled chemical substances. more and more, the chances are stacked opposed to us within the fight with breast melanoma, even between males. What makes breasts so mercurial―and so vulnerable?

during this informative and hugely interesting account, intrepid technological know-how reporter Florence Williams units out to discover the most recent clinical findings from the fields of anthropology, biology, and medication. Her research follows the existence cycle of the breast from puberty to being pregnant to menopause, taking her from a plastic surgeon’s place of work the place she learns concerning the significance of cup dimension in Texas to the laboratory the place she discovers the presence of environmental pollution in her personal breast milk. the result's a desirable exploration of the place breasts got here from, the place they've got ended up, and what we will do to avoid wasting them. 12 illustrations

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The Beginning and the End: The Meaning of Life in a Cosmological Perspective (The Frontiers Collection)

In this attention-grabbing trip to the sting of technological know-how, Vidal takes on titanic philosophical questions: Does our universe have a starting and an finish or is it cyclic? Are we by myself within the universe? what's the position of clever lifestyles, if any, in cosmic evolution? Grounded in technology and devoted to philosophical rigor, this ebook provides an evolutionary worldview the place the increase of clever existence isn't an twist of fate, yet could be the foremost to unlocking the universe's private mysteries. Vidal exhibits how the fine-tuning controversy may be complex with machine simulations. He additionally explores no matter if usual or man made choice may carry on a cosmic scale. In probably his boldest speculation, he argues that indicators of complicated extraterrestrial civilizations are already found in our astrophysical information. His conclusions invite us to determine the which means of lifestyles, evolution and intelligence from a singular cosmological framework that are meant to stir debate for years to come.

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The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life

By Nick Lane

“One of the private, such a lot illuminating books concerning the historical past of existence to were released in fresh years.” ―The Economist

The Earth teems with existence: in its oceans, forests, skies and towns. but there’s a black gap on the center of biology. we don't comprehend why complicated existence is how it is, or, for that topic, how lifestyles first begun. In The important Question, award-winning writer and biochemist Nick Lane substantially reframes evolutionary historical past, declaring an answer to conundrums that experience questioned generations of scientists.

For and a part billion years, from the very origins of lifestyles, single-celled organisms akin to micro organism developed with no altering their simple shape. Then, on only one celebration in 4 billion years, they made the bounce to complexity. All complicated existence, from mushrooms to guy, stocks perplexing positive factors, similar to intercourse, that are unknown in micro organism. How and why did this radical transformation happen?

The resolution, Lane argues, lies in power: all existence in the world lives off a voltage with the energy of a lightning bolt. development at the pillars of evolutionary thought, Lane’s speculation attracts on state of the art examine into the hyperlink among power and mobilephone biology, on the way to convey a compelling account of evolution from the very origins of lifestyles to the emergence of multicellular organisms, whereas providing deep insights into our personal lives and deaths.

Both rigorous and spell binding, The important Question offers an answer to life’s important query: why are we as we're, and certainly, why are we the following at all?

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From Eros to Gaia

By Freeman Dyson

Readers of Freeman Dyson’s earlier books, aggravating the Universe, guns and desire, and limitless in All instructions, have chanced on for themselves what Dyson unearths the following: that he was once a author lengthy sooner than he grew to become a exclusive scientist.

The target of this new publication, as Dyson says, is to open home windows, to allow the specialists contained in the temple of technological know-how see out, and to permit the normal voters outdoor see in.” during this method an immensely large variety of rules, humans, modern historical past, and discoveries of many varieties cross in review.

Beginning with an editorial he did as a toddler and finishing with fresh paintings, he is going from Eros, the god or younger ardour, to Gaia, the fertile life-giving mother-planet Earth. The pilgrimage is an effective metaphor for the lifetime of a writer.

This ebook is filled with discoveries. within the corporation of 1 of the main lucid minds of our time, one techniques nice males and difficulties valuable to our universal lifestyles. continuously there's heat, kindness, excessive intelligence and humor. Dyson is intimate with either technology and man.

Whether he's facing the issues of physics or politics, even if he's engrossed in astronomy or literature, even if he's focusing on an African village of area technology, Dyson’s view is usually “infinite in all directions,” consistently following the trail of range, consistently maintaining his eye at the ask yourself of our earth and the well-being and happiness of its population.

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Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA

By E.G. Vallianatos

When you order a meal in a cafe, you won’t locate malathion, kelthane or arsenic indexed at the menu as an component of your entrée, yet those and rankings of alternative insecticides and unsafe chemical substances are within the nutrition we devour. they're dumped into the surroundings the place they seep into our water offer and drift within the air we breathe. using those poisons is approved--or at times, easily ignored--by the Environmental security enterprise.

Poison Spring files, in devastating aspect, the EPA’s corruption and misuse of technology and public belief. In its half-century of life, the enterprise has again and again bolstered the chemical-industrial complicated via endorsing lethal chemical substances, botching box investigations, turning a blind eye to poisonous mess ups, and swallowing the self-serving claims of undefined. E. G. Vallianatos, who observed the EPA from the interior for greater than twenty years with emerging dismay, unearths in Poison Spring how the business enterprise has allowed our lands and waters to be poisoned with extra poisonous chemical substances than ever. nobody who cares for the flora and fauna, or for the overall healthiness of destiny generations, can forget about this strong exposé.

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