Fractals: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

From the contours of coastlines to the outlines of clouds, and the branching of timber, fractal shapes are available far and wide in nature. during this Very brief Introduction, Kenneth Falconer explains the fundamental thoughts of fractal geometry, which produced a revolution in our mathematical realizing of styles within the 20th century, and explores the wide variety of functions in technological know-how, and in features of economics.

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Oxford's Very brief Introductions sequence deals concise and unique introductions to a variety of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary conception to heritage, and Archaeology to the Bible. now not easily a textbook of definitions, each one quantity during this sequence presents trenchant and provocative--yet consistently balanced and complete--discussions of the important concerns in a given self-discipline or box. each Very brief creation offers a readable evolution of the topic in query, demonstrating how the topic has built and the way it has prompted society. ultimately, the sequence will surround each significant educational self-discipline, delivering all scholars an available and considerable reference library. regardless of the quarter of research that one deems vital or beautiful, regardless of the subject that fascinates the overall reader, the Very brief Introductions sequence has a convenient and cheap consultant that may most likely turn out indispensable.

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Lippincott's Illustrated Q&A Review of Anatomy and Embryology

Lippincott's Illustrated Q&A evaluation of Anatomy and Embryology deals up to date, clinically proper board-style questions—perfect for direction assessment and board prep. nearly four hundred multiple-choice questions with unique resolution causes disguise usually validated subject matters in anatomy and embryology, together with medical subject matters addressed in Moore, Clinically orientated Anatomy and Sadler, Langman's clinical Embryology. Readers will locate USMLE-style medical vignette questions in addition to content material evaluate questions. The booklet is seriously illustrated with anatomical photos, medical photographs that painting symptoms, and radiological photographs together with ultrasounds, puppy scans, MRIs, CT scans, and X-rays.

Online entry to the questions and solutions on a better half site presents versatile learn options.

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Science Was Wrong: Startling Truths About Cures, Theories, and Inventions "They" Declared Impossible (English and English Edition)

By Kathleen Marden

Months sooner than the Wright brothers’ ancient flight at Kitty Hawk, a most sensible scientist declared that “no attainable blend of identified elements, identified forces of equipment and recognized sorts of strength could be united in a realistic [flying] machine...” Germ conception was once first complicated in historical anskrit texts hundreds of thousands of years in the past, yet wasn’t greatly accredited till overdue within the nineteenth century. area trip was once declared “utter bilge” in 1956 by way of the British astronomer Royal, certainly one of a protracted line of scientists who “proved” it was once very unlikely. all through heritage, it's been tricky, even most unlikely, to advertise the reputation of latest discoveries. but over the last centuries, there was a veritable explosion of recent therapies, theories, recommendations, and innovations that experience revolutionized aviation, area go back and forth, communications, medication, and conflict. such a lot of them, in fact, have been deemed “impossible.” technological know-how was once improper is an engaging number of tales concerning the pioneers who created or suggestion up the “impossible” therapies, theories, and innovations “they” stated couldn’t paintings. what percentage have suffered or died simply because treatments weren’t accredited? what number innovations were quashed? How a lot development was once behind schedule or denied? you'll turn out shaking your head in disbelief or even disgust as you study the solutions.

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Thinking in Systems: A Primer

By Donella H. Meadows

In the years following her function because the lead writer of the foreign bestseller, Limits to Growth―the first booklet to teach the results of unchecked progress on a finite planet― Donella Meadows remained a pioneer of environmental and social research till her premature loss of life in 2001.

Thinking in Systems, is a concise and the most important ebook supplying perception for challenge fixing on scales starting from the private to the worldwide. Edited by means of the Sustainability Institute’s Diana Wright, this crucial primer brings structures considering out of the area of desktops and equations and into the tangible international, exhibiting readers the way to enhance the systems-thinking abilities that suggestion leaders around the globe reflect on serious for 21st-century life.

Some of the largest difficulties dealing with the world―war, starvation, poverty, and environmental degradation―are basically approach disasters. they can't be solved by means of solving one piece in isolation from the others, simply because even doubtless minor information have huge, immense strength to undermine the easiest efforts of too-narrow thinking.

While readers will examine the conceptual instruments and strategies of structures pondering, the center of the e-book is grander than technique. Donella Meadows was once often called a lot for nurturing confident results as she was once for delving into the technology at the back of worldwide dilemmas. She reminds readers to be aware of what's vital, not only what's quantifiable, to stick humble, and to stick a learner.

In a global turning out to be ever extra complex, crowded, and interdependent, Thinking in Systems is helping readers keep away from confusion and helplessness, step one towards discovering proactive and potent solutions.

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Extraterrestrial Intelligence and Human Imagination: SETI at the Intersection of Science, Religion, and Culture (Space and Society)

The hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) represents some of the most major crossroads at which the assumptions and strategies of medical inquiry come into direct touch with―and in lots of situations clash with―those of faith. certainly, on the center of SETI is identical query that motivates many attracted to faith: what's the position of humanity within the universe? either scientists concerned with SETI (and in different components) and people attracted to and devoted to a few spiritual traditions are engaged in considering a lot of these questions, no matter if their respective techniques and solutions range considerably. This publication explores this intersection with a spotlight on 3 center issues: 1) the connection among technology and faith because it is expressed in the framework of SETI study, 2) the underlying assumptions, a lot of that are tacitly established upon cultural values universal in American society, that experience formed the ways that SETI researchers have conceptualized the character in their undertaking and represented principles concerning the strength effect touch may need on human civilization, and three) what kind of empirical proof we would have the capacity to entry as a manner of brooding about the social effect that touch with alien intelligence may have for humanity, from either spiritual and cultural views. The ebook  built due to a path the writer teaches on the collage of Texas at Austin: faith, technological know-how, and the hunt for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

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Bursting the Limits of Time: The Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Revolution

In 1650, Archbishop James Ussher of Armagh joined the long-running theological debate at the age of the earth through famously asserting that construction had happened on October 23, 4004 B.C. even if generally challenged in the course of the Enlightenment, this trust in a six-thousand-year-old planet used to be in basic terms laid to leisure in the course of a revolution of discovery within the overdue eighteenth and early 19th centuries. during this fairly short interval, geologists reconstructed the immensely lengthy heritage of the earth-and the particularly fresh arrival of human lifestyles. Highlighting a discovery that considerably altered current perceptions of a human's position within the universe up to the theories of Copernicus, Darwin, and Freud did, Bursting the boundaries of Time is a herculean attempt through one of many world's most desirable specialists at the historical past of geology and paleontology to cartoon this historicization of the wildlife within the age of revolution.

Addressing this highbrow revolution for the 1st time, Rudwick examines the information and practices of earth scientists during the Western global to teach how the tale of what we now name "deep time" used to be pieced jointly. He explores who used to be chargeable for the invention of the earth's background, refutes the concept that of a rift among technology and faith in courting the earth, and info how the research of the heritage of the earth helped outline a brand new department of technological know-how known as geology. Rooting his research in a close learn of basic assets, Rudwick emphasizes the lasting value of box- and museum-based learn of the eighteenth and 19th centuries.

Bursting the boundaries of Time, the end result of greater than 3 a long time of study, is the 1st certain account of this huge section within the heritage of science.

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The Discovery of the Germ: Twenty Years That Transformed the Way We Think About Disease (Revolutions in Science)

By John Waller

From the time of Hippocrates to that of Louis Pasteur, the clinical career depended on believable yet nearly thoroughly fallacious principles concerning the motives of and most sensible remedies for infectious disorder. Bleeding, purging, and mysterious nostrums remained staple treatments, and surgeons, usually donning filthy butcher's aprons, blithely unfold an infection from sufferer to sufferer. Then among 1879 and 1900 got here the germ revolution. After 20 years of medical virtuosity, amazing feats of highbrow braveness, sour own rivalries, and a wide dose of fine fortune, medical professionals got here to gain infectious ailments are as a result of microscopic organisms. the invention of the germ resulted in secure surgical procedure, large-scale vaccination courses, dramatic advancements in hygiene and sanitation, and the pasteurization of dairy items. particularly, it set the level for the emergence of antibiotic medicine.

John Waller presents perception into 20 years within the background of drugs that profoundly replaced the way in which we view illness. He indicates how the germ revolution used to be made attainable not just through the danger taking and uncooked ambition of a number of amazing late-century pioneers, but additionally via the groundwork―including blunders and close to misses―of previous generations of scientists. wealthy in human drama, The Discovery of the Germ charts how, why, and by means of whom germ conception was once reworked from a hotly disputed hypothesis to a significant guiding principle of contemporary drugs. It examines the tips and experiments of the giants of microbiology, Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch, in addition to much less popular figures similar to Casimir-Joseph Davaine, Waldemar Haffkine, and Almroth Wright.

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Warum Spinat nur Popeye stark macht: Mythen und Legenden in der modernen Wissenschaft

By Ernst Peter Fischer

Einstein warfare ein Schulversager? Ernst Peter Fischer weiß es besser …

Bestsellerautor Ernst Peter Fischer begibt sich auf einen äußerst aufschlussreichen und unterhaltsamen Streifzug durch die Wissenschaftsgeschichte und widmet sich ihren Mythen und Legenden. Macht Spinat wirklich stark? Nutzen wir tatsächlich nur einen Bruchteil unseres Gehirns? Und wachsen Haare schneller, wenn guy sie rasiert? Diese und viele weitere Fragen nimmt Fischer unter die Lupe und räumt dabei nicht nur mit zahlreichen großen und kleinen Irrtümern auf, sondern erklärt wichtige Grundlagen und faszinierende Phänomene der modernen Naturwissenschaften.

In der Geschichte der Wissenschaften sind über die Jahre und Jahrhunderte Mythen entstanden, die sich hartnäckig halten und immer wieder weitergegeben werden: in Büchern, in Vorträgen und Seminaren, aber auch bei Plaudereien auf Partys und nicht zuletzt im net.

Bestsellerautor Ernst Peter Fischer widmet sich diesen Irrtümern und geht ihnen auf den Grund. So fragt er unter anderem, warum alle Welt immer noch davon ausgeht, dass Alexander Fleming so nebenbei und eher aus Schlamperei das Penicillin entdeckt hat, oder wieso sich Generationen von Eltern bei schlechten Schulnoten ihrer Kinder stets damit getröstet haben, dass das Genie Einstein in der Schule auch keine Leuchte warfare. Ebenso macht sich Fischer auf die Spur moderner Mythen, angeblicher wissenschaftlicher Wahrheiten, wie etwa, dass in den Genen unser Leben vorprogrammiert ist oder dass der Mensch am Tag mehrere Liter Wasser trinken muss.

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Fundamentals of GPS Receivers: A Hardware Approach

By Dan Doberstein

Basics of GPS receivers covers GPS receivers' thought and perform. The e-book starts with the fundamentals of GPS receivers and strikes onward to extra complicated fabric. The publication examines 3 varieties of GPS receiver implementations: first is the customized layout by way of the writer; moment is an general layout, now a part of the open resource community; the 3rd pertains to the receiver designed by way of JPL /NASA. every one receiver is exclusive permitting the reader to work out how every one layout solves an identical difficulties. Chapters speak about provider section measurements and GPS time and frequency measurements. the general textual content is dimension orientated rather than processing the measurements. With a spotlight at the basics of measurements the reader could be construction their instinct for the actual phenomenon at paintings.

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The Second Tree: Of Clones, Chimeras and Quests for Immortality

By Elaine Dewar

The moment Tree documents a organic revolution that may switch how you take into consideration the cloth international, your individual lifestyles or even the inevitability of your personal death

Genetic scientists are busily pushing again the limits of the humanly attainable, hiking the branches of a tree of existence that has been grafted by means of guy, now not God. Elaine Dewar chronicles the lives, the discoveries, and the feuds between sleek biologists, exploring how they've got crafted the instruments to change human evolution. She travels the globe at the path of Charles Darwin and his highbrow descendants, telling the tale of James D. Watson and his associate Francis Crick, who first defined DNA; of Frederick Sanger, who invented how you can series genes and gained Nobel prizes; of the pc scientists who placed the human genome at the world-wide-web. She visits businesses which are attempting to flip cloned sheep into pharmacies at the hoof, to resurrect prize cows from the grave, to transplant human genes into mice — eventually trying to supply us immortality in items whereas attempting to preserve traders chuffed. As those stories spill out, we discover out how biologists research via doing: tearing mice and worms and flies and human eggs aside, twinning disparate animal cells and genes jointly — developing clones and chimeras as outlandish as any sphinx.

In public, study biologists frequently convey their sturdy intentions approximately curing the large ailments. In deepest, a lot of them are pressured by means of livid struggles to be wealthy, well-known and primary. Dewar lays naked the reasons, conflicts and fears of the lads and ladies whose activity it truly is to trespass the bounds of what laypeople give some thought to moral and sacred.

From the Hardcover edition.

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