Exact Thinking in Demented Times

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Exact Thinking in Demented Times

Exact Thinking in Demented Times

The Vienna Circle and the Epic Quest for the Foundations of Science

  • Author: Karl Sigmund
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0465096964
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 480
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A dazzling group biography of the early twentieth-century thinkers who transformed the way the world thought about math and science Inspired by Albert Einstein's theory of relativity and Bertrand Russell and David Hilbert's pursuit of the fundamental rules of mathematics, some of the most brilliant minds of the generation came together in post-World War I Vienna to present the latest theories in mathematics, science, and philosophy and to build a strong foundation for scientific investigation. Composed of such luminaries as Kurt Gödel and Rudolf Carnap, and stimulated by the works of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper, the Vienna Circle left an indelible mark on science. Exact Thinking in Demented Times tells the often outrageous, sometimes tragic, and never boring stories of the men who transformed scientific thought. A revealing work of history, this landmark book pays tribute to those who dared to reinvent knowledge from the ground up.

Quantum Profiles

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Quantum Profiles

Quantum Profiles

Second Edition

  • Author: Jeremy Bernstein
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0190056886
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 272
  • View: 2613
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What was Albert Einstein like as a person? How did J. Robert Oppenheimer's religious background impact his scientific endeavors? Why did John Stewart Bell get into physics in the first place? Prolific science writer Jeremy Bernstein has followed up on his original Quantum Profiles, published in 1990, with seven added profiles: Wendell Furry, Philipp Frank, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Victor Weisskopf, Tom Lehrer, Max Jammer, and Robert Serber. The profiles on John Stewart Bell, John Wheeler, and Albert Einstein from the first edition have been revised and expanded, as well. Bernstein presents each profile carefully, and the context provided in these historical profiles is revolutionary in each approach. Bernstein's unique academic and social background allows readers to fully grasp the character profiles in each chapter. With a conversational writing style, Bernstein lets readers get to know these ten prolific physicists-from personalities to historical and scientific significance-in a whole new way.

Kinds Come First

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Kinds Come First

Kinds Come First

Age, Gender, Class, and Ethnicity Give Meaning to Measures

  • Author: Jerome Kagan
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • ISBN: 0262355051
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 216
  • View: 9363
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An argument that the meaning of a psychological or biological measure depends on the age, gender class, and ethnicity of the human subject. In Kinds Come First, the distinguished psychologist Jerome Kagan argues that—contrary to the common assumption—age, gender, social class, and ethnicity affect the outcomes of psychological measures, and he questions the popular practice that uses statistical procedures to remove the effects of these categories to confirm a favored predictor-outcome relation. The idea that psychological measures have meanings that transcend the kinds of subjects, Kagan writes, reflects a premature hope of discovering broadly generalizable conclusions. In Kinds Come First, Kagan hopes to persuade investigators otherwise. Kagan examines the unique properties of the four categories, making the case that life stage, gender, class, and ethnicity affect psychological measures in complex, nontrivial ways. He discusses the relevance of a person's developmental stage to many outcomes, focusing on the interval from five to twelve months, when working memory and the ability to relate the past to the present expands. He cites evidence suggesting that a person's gender, class of rearing, and ethnicity, within a particular society, are better predictors of health, arrest record, cognitive skills, and current life satisfaction than either their genomes or answers to a personality questionnaire. Finally, Kagan argues, the biological properties that are more common in one gender, class, or ethnic group, are not a defensible basis for restricting access to an educational program, vocation, or position of authority. A society can ignore such differences in order to honor an ethical imperative for equality without incurring serious costs.

Critical Thinking

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Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum

  • Author: Anne Bradstreet Grinols
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 365
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Hogg's Instructor

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Hogg's Instructor

Hogg's Instructor

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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Titan

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Titan

Titan

A Monthly Magazine...

  • Author: James Hogg
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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Critique Et Clinique

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Critique Et Clinique

Critique Et Clinique

  • Author: Gilles Deleuze
  • Publisher: Verso
  • ISBN: 9780860916147
  • Category: Art and science
  • Page: 221
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Deleuze believed that philosophy cannot be undertaken independently of science and art. These essays testify to his long-term desire to dismantle the barriers between art and its adjacent domains.

Organic Mental Disease

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Organic Mental Disease

Organic Mental Disease

  • Author: F.R. Freemon
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 9401172862
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 248
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This book is written for the clinician who cares for adult patients with organic mental disease-with dysfunction of the brain producing mental symptoms. It should be read from cover to cover in order to get an overview of the field, if this misshapen mass of art, knowledge, tradition, and myth can be called a field. Since organic mental patients, often depressed themselves, sometimes induce depression in their physicians, I have inter spersed a few amusing anecdotes and outrageous analogies to raise morale. This book is not intended to be a step-by-step cookbook, but rather to discuss principles which each practitioner can adapt to his own patient population. Nor is it intended to be an encyclopedic reference work, although sufficient quotation to the medical literature should permit the interested reader to plunge to whatever depth he desires. The present editorial custom in the United States requires combined male and female pronouns. According to this fad, the previous paragraph should have ended "he or she desires" or "hel she desires. " With a few exceptions, men and women suffer organic mental disease with equal frequency and equal severity, therefore all male pronouns and adjectives used in this book are intended to be neuter. When I refer to the patient's spouse as "his wife," please imagine that half the time it reads "her husband. " The author thanks his excellent typists, Beth Gehrke and Elizabeth Jaeckle.

Turbulence at 67 Inches

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Turbulence at 67 Inches

Turbulence at 67 Inches

The Autobiography

  • Author: Howard Camner
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 145006941X
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 612
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Turbulence at 67 Inches is a life story and a rant in one. The book follows the life of acclaimed poet Howard Camner. The writing is at once brutally honest, very funny, at times heartbreaking, and often inspiring. The journey begins during the Bicentennial. It is America’s 200th birthday. Camner has just been awarded the title of “Most Artistic Body of 1976” in a body painting contest. But at the moment he is sitting in the shallow end of the Atlantic Ocean about to run naked through a very crowded beach. He is not doing it for fun. He is doing it because he has no choice. Seconds after his run begins, several angry men are giving chase in an attempt to kill him. So sets the stage for a life that becomes one wild problem after another. There are encounters with the most bizarre characters this planet has to offer, including a talking dog, a guy who claims that he and his invisible companion are on the lam from a police force from another planet, a woman who fries up Manhattan sewer rats for dinner, and the Devil himself; just to name some of the saner ones. After the streaking episode, which turned into a run for his life, the book hurls us back to the early 1960s where as a young boy the author is trying to figure out who he is. Finding himself in direct competition with the next door neighbor’s talking dog, the boy transforms himself into several memorable characters, including a werewolf, a superhero, a mad scientist, a fake musician, and a secret agent. All of these lead to disastrous moments. Still he plods along, convinced that he is destined for...something. 17 proves to be a difficult and pivotal year with the loss of his grandfather who taught him wisdom the hard way and that one should always wear socks when kissing a girl. Devastated by the loss, the author threatens to use martial arts that he doesn’t know how to use on a future homicidal drug kingpin, becomes a criminal himself, gets repeatedly attacked by a man running for public office, and loses his virginity to an outfielder’s mitt. Needing an outlet other than sex with baseball gloves, he finds that he has a knack for poetry. In 1979 at the age of 22 he heads for New York City to take his place in the literary world. Somehow it clicks and he finds his voice as the headliner with the West End Poetry Troupe. New York provides several narrow escapes, a taste of fame, collisions with a vast array of human oddities, and an on-stage confrontation with a waiter that left the waiter possibly dead and our hero in hiding. This led to a breakdown and a three month period of seclusion with no human contact whatsoever. Snatched from death by his father, he returns to Miami for a brief stint as a beach bum and falls for a Midwestern girl. Following her to Chicago, his life is threatened by her father, so he returns to Miami and meets another girl who makes his life a nightmare because he bought her a Nutty Buddy ice-cream cone instead of the cherry Popsicle she wanted. Narrowly escaping being murdered by a transvestite hooker, he heads for Los Angeles to be rich and famous. His screenplay “Duck, Duck, Goose” creates havoc in Hollywood causing an affair between two Hollywood producers and the break up of a prominent management team. Distraught over the mess his screenplay has caused he turns to acting, falling under the protection of Hell’s Angels on one film and ruining a $30,000 scene in another. He befriends the Mayor of Munchkinland, takes up with a psychotic bitch in Beverly Hills, and risks his life to save the lives of some hummingbirds. Feeling confident after rescuing the hummingbirds, he creates and hosts the worst talk show in the history of television where he interviews Death among other offbeat celebrities, and soon embarks on a mission to seek out celebrity ghosts. Avoiding fame and fortune like no one else has, Camner exits Los Angeles and returns to Florida where he almost gets murdered in a swamp. After a confrontation with a large trigger-happy c

Desert Fire

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Desert Fire

Desert Fire

The Diary of a Cold War Gunner

  • Author: Andrew Gillespie
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword
  • ISBN: 1473813530
  • Category: History
  • Page: 340
  • View: 1784
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Forming part of the Royal Artillery's historical series, Desert Fire is the Battery Commander of O Battery (The Rockett Troop), 2nd Field Regiment RA's gripping description of the Gulf War. His first-hand account brings to life the power and destructive force of modern massed artillery and is a fitting tribute to all members of the Royal Regiment who played such a vital role in the desert campaign. Shows detailed plans and maps of events first time around in the Gulf.