Download E-books Five Equations that Changed the World: The Power and Poetry of Mathematics PDF

By Michael Guillen

A Publishers Weekly most sensible ebook of 1995!

Dr. Michael Guillen, recognized to thousands because the technological know-how editor of ABC's Good Morning America, tells the attention-grabbing tales in the back of 5 mathematical equations.

As a customary contributor to daytime's preferred morning information convey and an teacher at Harvard collage, Dr. Michael Guillen has earned the dignity of thousands as a transparent and enjoyable advisor to the exhilarating international of technology and arithmetic.

Now Dr. Guillen unravels the equations that experience ended in the innovations and occasions that signify the fashionable international, considered one of which -- Albert Einstein's recognized strength equation, E=mc2 -- enabled the production of the nuclear bomb. additionally printed are the mathematical foundations for the moon touchdown, plane go back and forth, the electrical generator -- or even lifestyles itself.

Praised via Publishers Weekly as "a fully obtainable, superbly written exploration of the powerful mathematical imagination," and named a top Nonfiction ebook of 1995, the tales at the back of The 5 Equations that modified the World, as instructed by way of Dr. Guillen, aren't simply chronicles of technological know-how, but in addition gripping dramas of jealousy, repute, warfare, and discovery.

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Download E-books Between Science and Religion: The Engagement of Catholic Intellectuals with Science and Technology in the Twentieth Century PDF

By Phillip M. Thompson

In exploring the function of Catholic intellectuals in enticing technology and know-how within the 20th century, this booklet at first offers a history context for this evolution by way of analyzing the Modernism challenge within the first bankruptcy. as a way to unpack the next evolution, Thompson then concentrates in separate chapters at the specified contributions of 4 particular Catholic intellectuals, Jacques Maritain (1882–1973), Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881–1955), Bernard Lonergan (1904–1984), and Thomas Merton (1915–1968). All of those intellectuals skilled a point of legit restraint of their efforts yet via their specific highbrow trajectories, they contributed to another engagement of the Church with technology and expertise. within the ultimate chapters, the e-book first stories the alterations in the institutional Church within the 20th century towards technological know-how and expertise. ultimately, it then applies a few key beliefs of the 4 intellectuals to anneal and expand John Paul II's method of "critical openness" to indicate how the Church can now have interaction technology and know-how.

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Download E-books Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines PDF

By Richard A. Muller

"A must-read for destiny presidents." --?New Scientist?

we are living in advanced, harmful occasions. Barack Obama and his successors might want to comprehend if Iran's nascent nuclear strength is a real danger to the West, if biochemical guns usually are constructed through terrorists, if there are achievable choices to fossil fuels that are meant to be nurtured and supported by means of the govt., if nuclear strength may be inspired, and what's the true fact approximately international warming. this is often "must-have" details for all presidents―and citizens―of the twenty-first century. Winner of the 2009 Northern California e-book Award for basic Nonfiction. seventy three figures and illustrations

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Download E-books The Penultimate Curiosity: How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions PDF

Whilst teenagers first start to ask 'why?' they embark on a trip with out ultimate vacation spot. the necessity to make experience of the realm as an entire is an final interest that lies on the root of all human religions. It has, in lots of cultures, formed and stimulated a extra all the way down to earth medical curiosity within the actual international, which can accordingly be defined as penultimate interest.

These manifestations of interest have a background of connection that is going again deep into the human prior. Tracing that background all of the method from cave portray to quantum physics, this ebook (a collaboration among a painter and a actual scientist that makes use of illustrations in the course of the narrative) units out to give an explanation for the character of the lengthy entanglement among faith and technological know-how: the final word and the penultimate curiosity.

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Download E-books Gamma: Exploring Euler's Constant (Princeton Science Library) PDF

By Julian Havil

Among the various constants that seem in arithmetic, ?, e, and i are the main universal. Following heavily at the back of is ?,, or gamma, a relentless that arises in lots of mathematical components but keeps a profound experience of puzzle.

In a tantalizing mix of historical past and arithmetic, Julian Havil takes the reader on a trip via logarithms and the harmonic sequence, the 2 defining components of gamma, towards the 1st account of gamma's position in mathematics.

Introduced by means of the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler (1707-1783), who figures prominently during this ebook, gamma is outlined because the restrict of the sum of one + half + third + . . . as much as 1/n, minus the normal logarithm of n--the numerical price being 0.5772156. . .. yet in contrast to its extra celebrated colleagues ? and e, the precise nature of gamma continues to be a mystery--we do not even comprehend if gamma could be expressed as a fraction.

Among the varied subject matters that come up in this historic odyssey into primary mathematical principles are the best quantity Theorem and crucial open challenge in arithmetic today--the Riemann speculation (though no evidence of both is offered!).

Sure to be well liked by not just scholars and teachers yet all math aficionados, Gamma takes us via international locations, centuries, lives, and works, unfolding alongside the best way the tales of a few amazing arithmetic from a few extraordinary mathematicians.

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Download E-books The War on Science: Who's Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About It PDF

By Shawn Lawrence Otto

"Wherever the folk are good informed," Thomas Jefferson wrote, "they might be depended on with their very own government." yet what occurs once they aren't? In every issue of recent society--from climate change to vaccinations, transportation to expertise, overall healthiness care to defense--we are in the middle of an unprecedented expansion of clinical growth and a simultaneous enlargement of probability. on the very time we'd like them so much, scientists and the assumption of target wisdom are being bombarded via an unlimited, well-funded, three-part warfare on technology: the identification politics battle on technology, the ideological warfare on technological know-how, and the economic conflict on science.

The result's an unprecedented erosion of notion in Western democracies as citizens, policymakers, and justices actively forget about the facts from science, leaving significant policy decisions to be dependent extra at the calls for of the main strident voices.  

Shawn Lawrence Otto's provocative new booklet investigates the old, social, philosophical, political, and emotional purposes for why and the way evidence-based politics are in decline and authoritarian politics are once more at the upward push, and gives a imaginative and prescient, a controversy, and a few compelling recommendations to carry us to our collective senses, ahead of it really is too late.

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Download E-books Explaining Technical Change: A Case Study in the Philosophy of Science (Studies in Rationality and Social Change) PDF

By Jon Elster

Technical swap, outlined because the manufacture and amendment of instruments, is mostly idea to have performed a huge position within the evolution of clever lifestyles on the earth, corresponding to that of language. during this quantity, first released in 1983, Jon Elster techniques the examine of technical swap from an epistemological viewpoint. He first units out the most equipment of medical clarification after which applies these tips on how to the various relevant theories of technical switch. specifically, Elster considers neoclassical, evolutionary, and Marxist theories, when additionally devoting a bankruptcy to Joseph Schumpeter's influential conception.

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Download E-books Introduction to the Philosophy of Science: Cutting Nature at Its Seams PDF

By Robert Klee

Introduction to the Philosophy of technology: slicing Nature at Its Seams is a transparent and full of life rationalization of key innovations and matters within the philosophy of technological know-how. It surveys the sphere from positivism to social constructivism, concentrating on the metaphysical implications of technology as a kind of data collecting that explains what the area is admittedly like, whereas concurrently arguing for the prevalence of a holistic version of medical theories over competing versions. An cutting edge characteristic is using immunology because the relevant area of representation, not like different philosophy of technology texts that draw examples predominantly from physics. The textual content additionally offers Thomas Kuhn's version of technology basically and thoroughly, rectifying the infamous and frequent misinterpretations projected upon it long ago. Klee discusses either conventional versions of technological know-how and replacement interpretations, such a lot particularly nonfeminist and feminist versions encouraged by means of the paintings of Kuhn. Richly illustrated and entire with a word list of over 80 key phrases, this ebook serves as a great textual content for undergraduates, since it offers a hugely available and modern research of technological know-how as a kind of inquiry in a position to revealing to us the constitution of the world.

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Download E-books Frankenstein's Children: Electricity, Exhibition, and Experiment in Early-Nineteenth-Century London (Princeton Legacy Library) PDF

By Iwan Rhys Morus

During the second one region of the 19th century, Londoners have been enthralled by way of a wierd fluid referred to as electrical energy. In reading this era, Iwan Morus strikes past the normal specialize in the distinguished Michael Faraday to debate different electric experimenters, who aspired to stunning public monitors in their discoveries. Revealing connections between such varied fields as medical lecturing, laboratory study, telegraphic verbal exchange, business electroplating, patent conventions, and leading edge clinical treatments, Morus additionally exhibits how electric tradition was once built-in right into a new machine-dominated, purchaser society. He sees the heritage of technology as a part of the background of construction, and emphasizes the hard work and fabric assets had to make electrical energy work.

Frankenstein's Children explains that Faraday, together with his colleagues on the Royal Society and the Royal establishment, checked out technology because the province of a hugely proficient elite, who provided their summary photo of nature in basic terms to choose teams. The booklet contrasts Faraday's perspectives with these of different practitioners, to whom technology was once a pragmatic, skill-based task open to all. In venues reminiscent of the Galleries of useful technological know-how, electric phenomena have been provided to a public much less unique yet no much less enthusiastic and curious than Faraday's audiences. William Sturgeon, for example, emphasised development equipment and showing electric phenomena, whereas chemists, instrument-makers, and renowned academics supported the London electric Society. those formerly little studied "electricians" contributed a lot to the delivery of "Frankenstein's children"--the no longer thoroughly benign results of electrical energy on a brand new client world.

Originally released in 1998.

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