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Droll Science

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A Charm of Magpies

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The Science Magpie is Simon Flynn’s bestselling collection of enthralling facts, stories, poems and more from science’s history, from the Large Hadron Collider rap to the sins of Isaac Newton. With Antiques Roadshow regular Marc Allum as your guide, go in search of stolen masterpieces, explore the first museums, learn the secrets of the forgers and brush up on your auction technique with The Antiques Magpie. And with acclaimed nature writer Daniel Allen, join naturalists, novelists and poets as they explore the most isolated parts of the planet and discover which plants can be used to predict the weather in The Nature Magpie.

New Scientist

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New Scientist magazine was launched in 1956 "for all those men and women who are interested in scientific discovery, and in its industrial, commercial and social consequences". The brand's mission is no different today - for its consumers, New Scientist reports, explores and interprets the results of human endeavour set in the context of society and culture.

The Chasm Crossed

Author : Kit Cain
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The Chasm Crossed is about my personal spiritual journey through various schools of thought and training beginning with an early exposure to the wilds and beauty of nature in the back woods of Nova Scotia, thence to an Episcopal preparatory school, Hindu meditation techniques, a Catholic monastery, Zen meditation training, becoming a missionary in the Christian Church, and later to personal inner and outer teachers. I have always been one of those individuals compelled to reach out beyond the confines of what we see, feel, hear, taste, or smell into the area of the unknown and unprovable which has been, in the past, the rather exclusive domain of religion, spiritualiy, and mysticism. No matter what "school" of thinking or beliefs I found myself learning within, the boundaries of each school sooner or later became too limiting for my eternally questioning mind. I did, however, keep track of my thoughts, contemplations, and experiences during that 35-year period and wrote them down, sometimes as poetry, sometimes as prose, and sometimes as an entire book such as is Soul And Man. This book is a story of the journey itself without a lot of theory or contemplative thought.

Discworld and the Disciplines

Author : Anne Hiebert Alton
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This collection of new essays applies a wide range of critical frameworks to the analysis of prolific fantasy author Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books. Essays focus on topics such as Pratchett’s treatment of noise and silence and their political implications; art as an anodyne for racial conflict; humor and cognitive debugging; visual semiotics; linguistic stylistics and readers’ perspectives of word choice; and Derrida and the “monstrous Regiment of Women.” The volume also includes an annotated bibliography of critical sources. The essays provide fresh perspectives on Pratchett’s work, which has stealthily redefined both fantasy and humor for modern audiences.

In Science s Shadow

Author : Patricia Murphy
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"Through close analysis of noncanonical Victorian-era literature by Thomas Hardy, Wilkie Collins, Charles Reade, Constance Naden, and Marianne North, Murphy reveals how women were often marginalized, constricted, and defined as intellectually inferior as a result of the interplay of sociohistorical trends driven by scientific curiosity and the 'Woman Question'"--Provided by publisher.

Science Books Films

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Immortal

Author : David Goldman
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In recent times, the boundary between living and non-living has been blurred by advances in genomics, cell biology, and molecular neuroscience, whereby humans are repaired, enhanced, or made anew. Scientists and physicians are now able to keep cells, organs, and bodies alive indefinitely and can return cells or DNA to our bodies and make new cells for the purpose of treating disease or growing new tissue. Meanwhile, transhuman technologies create illusions of immortality. Immortal: Our Cells, DNA, and Bodies synthesizes what we know about life and death from a genetic, molecular, and cellular perspective, demarcates limits of knowledge, and poses new questions. Award-winning researcher and writer David Goldman examines in-depth three keys to understanding the nature and continuity of life: 1) epigenetic (ephemeral) vs genetic (durable) transgenerational memory; 2) life’s cellular nature, and the ability to make bodies from cells; and 3) the distinction between bodies and persons. Grounded in recent scientific evidence and real-life cases that test our historical understanding of life and death, Goldman probes the nature of molecular continuity in the face of mortal extinction, encompassing how changes to the DNA code can be both long-lasting and transgenerational, and the continuous nature of cellular and molecular information transmission. In tying these themes together, Immortal asks us to apply fresh scientific concepts to examine, for ourselves, the continuity of being in the face of mortality. Applies recent genetic, molecular and cellular findings to examine the boundaries between living and non-living, and between person and non-person Examines the significance of epigenetic memory and transgenerational inheritance and their uses in molecular and precision medicine Written by a thought-leader in genetic and molecular medicine

Course Notes on the Interpretation of Infrared and Raman Spectra

Author : Dana W. Mayo
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Interpretation of IR and Raman Spectra provides the fundamentals ofinterpreting IR and Raman spectra of complex molecules primarilyorganic molecules. Examinations of theory provide a basis forpredicting functional group frequency location in new molecularstructures. Generously enriched with sample exercises to help rapidlydevelop powerful interpretive skills. Includes appendices with fourteen bibliographies by subjectarea.

A Book of Sibyls

Author : Anne Thackeray Ritchie
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Delphi Complete Works of Anne Thackeray Ritchie Illustrated

Author : Anne Thackeray Ritchie
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The eldest daughter of William Makepeace Thackeray, Anne Isabella, Lady Ritchie was a prominent figure of the late Victorian literary scene. She became a woman of letters in her own right and a much admired novelist in the 1860’s and 1870’s, while in later years she enjoyed the reputation of a superb writer of memoirs and literary essays. For the first time in publishing history, this eBook presents Ritchie’s complete fictional works, with numerous illustrations, many rare texts, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1) * Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Ritchie’s life and works * Concise introductions to the novels and other texts * All 6 novels, with individual contents tables * Features rare novels appearing for the first time in digital publishing, including Ritchie’s mature masterpiece ‘Mrs. Dymond’ * Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts * Excellent formatting of the texts * Rare story collections available in no other collection * Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the short stories * Includes Ritchie’s rare non-fiction – available in no other collection * Features the author’s memoir – discover Ritchie’s literary life * Ordering of texts into chronological order and genres Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles CONTENTS: The Novels The Story of Elizabeth (1863) The Village on the Cliff (1867) Old Kensington (1873) Miss Angel (1875) From an Island (1877) Mrs. Dymond (1885) The Shorter Fiction To Esther, and Other Sketches (1869) Bluebeard’s Keys, and Other Stories (1874) Five Old Friends; And, A Young Prince (1875) Miss Williamson’s Divagations (1881) The Short Stories List of Short Stories in Chronological Order List of Short Stories in Alphabetical Order The Non-Fiction Toilers and Spinsters, and Other Essays (1874) Madame de Sévigné (1881) A Book of Sibyls (1883) Introduction to ‘Vanity Fair’ (1897) Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1900) A Discourse on Modern Sibyls (1913) The Memoir Chapters from Some Memories (1894) Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles or to purchase this eBook as a Parts Edition of individual eBooks

A Book of Sibyls

Author : Anne Thackeray Ritchie
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Conservation Science and Advocacy for a Planet in Peril

Author : Dominick A DellaSala
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Conservation Science and Advocacy for a Planet in Peril: Speaking Truth to Power helps equip scientists working on environmental and sustainability challenges with new tactics for success. Global efforts and cooperation by member states of environmental conventions have steadily increased but lack efficient and scalable mechanisms of translating conservation science to policy. The gap between science and policy is growing and very little time remains before the climate change and biodiversity lossess trigger widespread disruptions of the planet's life support systems. This book covers these important topics, providing a must read for environmental and conservation scientists, climate change activists, students, social scientists, economic professionals, sustainable businesses and policymakers. Provides an unprecedented collection of local, regional, and national case studies from scientists and practitioners engaged in outreach to decision makers and the public Covers personal accounts that bring science into policymaking, providing usable guidelines for those working to bridge this gap Includes the requisite information needed for effective communications and campaign strategies by sharing lessons learned

Nuclear Science Abstracts

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NSA is a comprehensive collection of international nuclear science and technology literature for the period 1948 through 1976, pre-dating the prestigious INIS database, which began in 1970. NSA existed as a printed product (Volumes 1-33) initially, created by DOE's predecessor, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). NSA includes citations to scientific and technical reports from the AEC, the U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration and its contractors, plus other agencies and international organizations, universities, and industrial and research organizations. References to books, conference proceedings, papers, patents, dissertations, engineering drawings, and journal articles from worldwide sources are also included. Abstracts and full text are provided if available.

The John Updike Encyclopedia

Author : Jack De Bellis
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John Updike is one of the most seminal American writers of the 20th century and one of the most prolific as well. His writing consistently reveals stylistic brilliance, and through his engagement with America's moral and spiritual problems, his works chronicle America's hopes and dreams, failures and disappointments. Though an enormously popular writer, the complexity and elegance of his works have elicited much scholarly attention. Through several hundred alphabetically arranged entries, this book provides an exceptional resource for both casual and serious readers. Whether seeking a novel summary, an authoritative analysis of subjects, elucidation of an allusion, or a point about Updike's life and manner of composition, the encyclopedia is indispensable. Extensive cross-referencing, numerous bibliographies, and a thorough index enhance its usefulness.

Handbook of Cognitive Science

Author : Paco Calvo
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The Handbook of Cognitive Science provides an overview of recent developments in cognition research, relying upon non-classical approaches. Cognition is explained as the continuous interplay between brain, body, and environment, without relying on classical notions of computations and representation to explain cognition. The handbook serves as a valuable companion for readers interested in foundational aspects of cognitive science, and neuroscience and the philosophy of mind. The handbook begins with an introduction to embodied cognitive science, and then breaks up the chapters into separate sections on conceptual issues, formal approaches, embodiment in perception and action, embodiment from an artificial perspective, embodied meaning, and emotion and consciousness. Contributors to the book represent research overviews from around the globe including the US, UK, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, France, Sweden, and the Netherlands.

Online Science Learning Best Practices and Technologies

Author : Downing, Kevin
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The continued growth in general studies and liberal arts and science programs online has led to a rise in the number of students whose science learning experiences are web-based. However, little is known about what is actually going on in web-based science courses at the level of the disciplines within liberal arts and sciences or the corresponding course design features. Online Science Learning: Best Practices and Technologies reviews trends and efforts in web-based science instruction and evaluates contemporary philosophies and pedagogies of online science instruction. This title on an emergent and vital area of education clearly demonstrates how to enrich the academic character and quality of web-based science instruction.

The Visual World in Memory

Author : James R. Brockmole
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The book examines how well we remember what we see. Research in human memory for visual material varies tremendously across the time scales, stimuli, and scenarios of interest. Because of these distinct pursuits, research in the field of 'visual memory' is in practice rather compartmentalized and as such is disseminated across a range of literatures. The Visual World in Memory pulls together this disparate field with a series of chapters, each written by a leading expert, that concisely present the state-of-the-science in all the areas of research. The result is a single source of information that bridges the divides that separate the field as a whole. Each chapter reviews and analyzes current theories and controversies regarding such issues as visual and spatial working memory, memory for visual features, conjunctions, objects, and locations, memory for faces, memory for real-world scenes, memory for visual events, the role of visual memory in motor planning and action, the relationship between visual memory, reference frames, and navigation, and visual imagery. The rigorous discussion and analysis included in each chapter will appeal to established researchers and vision scientists whilst the breadth of the book will make it an ideal companion for students learning about memory.

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The Legacy of Rousseau

Author : Clifford Orwin
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Few thinkers have enjoyed so pervasive an influence as Rousseau, who originated dissatisfaction with modernity. By exploring polarities articulated by Rousseau—nature versus society, self versus other, community versus individual, and compassion versus competitiveness—these fourteen original essays show how his thought continues to shape our ways of talking, feeling, thinking, and complaining. The volume begins by taking up a central theme noted by the late Allan Bloom—Rousseau's critique of the bourgeois as the dominant modern human type and as a being fundamentally in contradiction, caught between the sentiments of nature and the demands of society. It then turns to Rousseau's crucial polarity of nature and society and to the later conceptions of history and culture it gave rise to. The third part surveys Rousseau's legacy in both domestic and international politics. Finally, the book examines Rousseau's contributions to the virtues that have become central to the current sensibility: community, sincerity, and compassion. Contributors include Allan Bloom, François Furet, Pierre Hassner, Christopher Kelly, Roger Masters, and Arthur Melzer.