Zero

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Zero

Zero

The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

  • Author: Charles Seife
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press
  • ISBN: 1782837329
  • Category: Mathematics
  • Page: N.A
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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK The Babylonians invented it, the Greeks banned it, the Hindus worshipped it, and the Christian Church used it to fend off heretics. Today it's a timebomb ticking in the heart of astrophysics. For zero, infinity's twin, is not like other numbers. It is both nothing and everything. Zero has pitted East against West and faith against reason, and its intransigence persists in the dark core of a black hole and the brilliant flash of the Big Bang. Today, zero lies at the heart of one of the biggest scientific controversies of all time: the quest for a theory of everything. Within the concept of zero lies a philosophical and scientific history of humanity. Charles Seife's elegant and witty account takes us from Aristotle to superstring theory by way of Egyptian geometry, Kabbalism, Einstein, the Chandrasekhar limit and Stephen Hawking. Covering centuries of thought, it is a concise tour of a world of ideas, bound up in the simple notion of nothing.

The Writer’s Harbrace Handbook

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The Writer’s Harbrace Handbook

The Writer’s Harbrace Handbook

  • Author: Cheryl Glenn,Loretta Gray
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • ISBN: 1111354294
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 944
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THE WRITER’S HARBRACE HANDBOOK, Fifth Edition, is grounded in the belief that an understanding of the rhetorical situation--the writer, reader, message, context, and opportunity for writing--provides the best starting point for effective writing and reading. This comprehensive handbook guides student writers in employing that rhetorical understanding as they choose the most effective information to include, the best arrangement of that information, and the most appropriate language to use. The text moves students through the steps that constitute successful writing, from finding appropriate topics and writing clear thesis statements to arranging ideas and developing initial drafts. THE WRITER’S HARBRACE HANDBOOK also provides several sample student papers in various disciplines, along with instruction for successfully completing similar assignments. This edition has been updated to address the criteria in the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing as established by various governing bodies of writing instructors such as CWPA, NCTE, and NWP. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Alpha And Omega

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Alpha And Omega

Alpha And Omega

The Search For The Beginning And The End Of The Universe

  • Author: Charles Seife
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1446465861
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 359
  • View: 8568
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Since A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME scientists have been in the midst of a revolution in cosmology. Gradually, astronomers and physicists are answering questions that have plagued mankind since prehistory: how was the universe born, how will it end? They are even now peering into the cradle of the universe - and into its grave. By the beginning of next year, scientists will have a clue to some of the answers. These will be among the greatest triumphs of science. This book tells that story and will reveal results of the most advanced experiments in cosmology ever conducted. It's a tale of men solving the insoluble, of the controversy and anger of rivals after the same goal. Even more thrillingly - it is a lucid explanation of new scientific ideas that stretch man's powers of understanding to their highest levels.

Breaking up Time

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Breaking up Time

Breaking up Time

Negotiating the Borders between Present, Past and Future

  • Author: Chris Lorenz,Berber Bevernage
  • Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
  • ISBN: 3647310468
  • Category: History
  • Page: 274
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Geschichte kommt ohne Zeit nicht aus – doch was ist historische Zeit? Diese Frage ist selten gestellt und noch weniger beantwortet worden. In diesem Buch analysieren prominente Historiker und Philosophen aus einer globalen Perspektive, wie Gesellschaften und mit ihnen Historiker Gegenwart, Vergangenheit und Zukunft voneinander unterscheiden und miteinander in Beziehung setzen. Zentral sind dabei die Fragen, inwiefern Historiker Geschichte selbst aktiv gestalten und welche ethischen und politischen Konsequenzen sich daraus ergeben.

The Why of Things

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The Why of Things

The Why of Things

Causality in Science, Medicine, and Life

  • Author: Peter V. Rabins
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231535457
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 304
  • View: 1196
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Why was there a meltdown at the Fukushima power plant? Why do some people get cancer and not others? Why is global warming happening? Why does one person get depressed in the face of life's vicissitudes while another finds resilience? Questions like these—questions of causality—form the basis of modern scientific inquiry, posing profound intellectual and methodological challenges for researchers in the physical, natural, biomedical, and social sciences. In this groundbreaking book, noted psychiatrist and author Peter Rabins offers a conceptual framework for analyzing daunting questions of causality. Navigating a lively intellectual voyage between the shoals of strict reductionism and relativism, Rabins maps a three-facet model of causality and applies it to a variety of questions in science, medicine, economics, and more. Throughout this book, Rabins situates his argument within relevant scientific contexts, such as quantum mechanics, cybernetics, chaos theory, and epigenetics. A renowned communicator of complex concepts and scientific ideas, Rabins helps readers stretch their minds beyond the realm of popular literary tipping points, blinks, and freakonomic explanations of the world.

The Zeronauts

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The Zeronauts

The Zeronauts

Breaking the Sustainability Barrier

  • Author: John Elkington
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1849713979
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 276
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A world of 9 billion people by mid-century will demand fundamental changes in our mindsets, behaviors, cultures, and overarching paradigm. Just as our species broke the Sound Barrier during the 1940s and 1950s, a new breed of innovator, entrepreneur, and investor is lining up to break the Sustainability Barrier. In this book, John Elkington introduces the Zeronauts – a new breed of innovator, determined to drive problems such as carbon, waste, toxics, and poverty to zero – as well as creating the first Zeronaut Roll of Honor, spotlighting 50 pioneers in the field of zero. Zeronauts are innovating in an astonishing range of areas, tackling hugely diverse economic, social, environmental, and governance challenges. To give a sense of progress to date, we zero in on five key challenges (the 5Ps): population growth, pandemics, poverty, pollution, and proliferation. The power of zero has been trumpeted, notably in relation to zero defects. This book spotlights key lessons learned in the field of total quality management – and introduces a five-stage "Pathways to Zero" model, running through from the Eureka! discovery moment to the point where a new way of doing things becomes endemic in the economy. In order to move from incremental to transformative change, we must embrace wider framings, deeper insights, higher targets, and longer time scales. This book investigates some ways in which leading Zeronauts are pushing change in relevant directions, with cases drawn from a spectrum of human activity – from water profligacy to human genital mutilation. If we learn from these pioneers, the twenty-first century could be our best yet.

A Companion to the Global Renaissance

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A Companion to the Global Renaissance

A Companion to the Global Renaissance

English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion

  • Author: Jyotsna G. Singh
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1118651227
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 424
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Featuring twenty one newly-commissioned essays, A Companion to the Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion demonstrates how today's globalization is the result of a complex and lengthy historical process that had its roots in England's mercantile and cross-cultural interactions of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. An innovative collection that interrogates the global paradigm of our period and offers a new history of globalization by exploring its influences on English culture and literature of the early modern period. Moves beyond traditional notions of Renaissance history mainly as a revival of antiquity and presents a new perspective on England's mercantile and cross-cultural interactions with the New and Old Worlds of the Americas, Africa, and the East, as well with Northern Europe. Illustrates how twentieth-century globalization was the result of a lengthy and complex historical process linked to the emergence of capitalism and colonialism Explores vital topics such as East-West relations and Islam; visual representations of cultural 'others'; gender and race struggles within the new economies and cultures; global drama on the cosmopolitan English stage, and many more

The Origins of Business, Money, and Markets

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The Origins of Business, Money, and Markets

The Origins of Business, Money, and Markets

  • Author: Keith Roberts
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231526857
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 368
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To understand business and its political, cultural, and economic context, it helps to view it historically, yet most business histories look no further back than the nineteenth century. The full sweep of business history actually begins much earlier, with the initial cities of Mesopotamia. In the first book to describe and explain these origins, Roberts depicts the society of ancient traders and consumers, tracing the roots of modern business and underscoring the relationship between early and modern business practice. Roberts's narrative begins before business, which he defines as selling to voluntary buyers at a profit. Before business, he shows, the material conditions and concepts for the pursuit of profit did not exist, even though trade and manufacturing took place. The earliest business, he suggests, arose with the long distance trade of early Mesopotamia, and expanded into retail, manufacturing and finance in these command economies, culminating in the Middle Eastern empires. (Part One) But it was the largely independent rise of business, money, and markets in classical Greece that produced business much as we know it. Alexander the Great's conquests and the societies that his successors created in their kingdoms brought a version of this system to the old Middle Eastern empires, and beyond. (Part Two) At Rome this entrepreneurial market system gained important new features, including business corporations, public contracting, and even shopping malls. The story concludes with the sharp decline of business after the 3rd century CE. (Part Three) In each part, Roberts portrays the major new types of business coming into existence. He weaves these descriptions into a narrative of how the prevailing political, economic, and social culture shaped the nature and importance of business and the status, wealth, and treatment of business people. Throughout, the discussion indicates how much (and how little) business has changed, provides a clear picture of what business actually is, presents a model for understanding the social impact of business as a whole, and yields stimulating insights for public policy today.

Book Lust

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Book Lust

Book Lust

Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason

  • Author: Nancy Pearl
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books
  • ISBN: 1570616590
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 304
  • View: 8589
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What to read next is every book lover's greatest dilemma. Nancy Pearl comes to the rescue with this wide-ranging and fun guide to the best reading new and old. Pearl, who inspired legions of litterateurs with "What If All (name the city) Read the Same Book," has devised reading lists that cater to every mood, occasion, and personality. These annotated lists cover such topics as mother-daughter relationships, science for nonscientists, mysteries of all stripes, African-American fiction from a female point of view, must-reads for kids, books on bicycling, "chick-lit," and many more. Pearl's enthusiasm and taste shine throughout.

Zero Limits

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Zero Limits

Zero Limits

The Secret Hawaiian System for Wealth, Health, Peace, and More

  • Author: Joe Vitale,Ihaleakala Hew Len
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 047089332X
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 256
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