Understanding Media

Understanding Media
Author: Marshall McLuhan
Publsiher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 396
Release: 2016-09-04
ISBN 10: 9781537430058
ISBN 13: 153743005X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Understanding Media Book Review:

When first published, Marshall McLuhan's Understanding Media made history with its radical view of the effects of electronic communications upon man and life in the twentieth century.

Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science

Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science
Author: Martin Gardner
Publsiher: Courier Corporation
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2012-05-04
ISBN 10: 0486131629
ISBN 13: 9780486131627
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science Book Review:

Fair, witty appraisal of cranks, quacks, and quackeries of science and pseudoscience: hollow earth, Velikovsky, orgone energy, Dianetics, flying saucers, Bridey Murphy, food and medical fads, and much more.

What Does it Mean to be Human Life Death Personhood and the Transhumanist Movement

What Does it Mean to be Human  Life  Death  Personhood and the Transhumanist Movement
Author: D. John Doyle
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 213
Release: 2018-09-01
ISBN 10: 3319949500
ISBN 13: 9783319949505
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

What Does it Mean to be Human Life Death Personhood and the Transhumanist Movement Book Review:

This book is a critical examination of the philosophical and moral issues in relation to human enhancement and the various related medical developments that are now rapidly moving from the laboratory into the clinical realm. In the book, the author critically examines technologies such as genetic engineering, neural implants, pharmacologic enhancement, and cryonic suspension from transhumanist and bioconservative positions, focusing primarily on moral issues and what it means to be a human in a setting where technological interventions sometimes impact strongly on our humanity. The author also introduces the notion that death is a process rather than an event, as well as identifies philosophical and clinical limitations in the contemporary determination of brain death as a precursor to organ procurement for transplantation. The discussion on what exactly it means to be dead is later applied to explore philosophical and clinical issues germane to the cryonics movement. Written by a physician/ scientist and heavily referenced to the peer-reviewed medical and scientific literature, the book is aimed at advanced students and academics but should be readable by any intelligent reader willing to carry out some side-reading. No prior knowledge of moral philosophy is assumed, as the various key approaches to moral philosophy are outlined early in the book.

The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection
Author: Charles Darwin
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 1897
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UCSD:31822000639062
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Realization of Star Trek Technologies

The Realization of Star Trek Technologies
Author: Mark E. Lasbury
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2016-08-24
ISBN 10: 331940914X
ISBN 13: 9783319409146
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Realization of Star Trek Technologies Book Review:

As Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary, the futuristic tools of Kirk, Spock, Scott, and McCoy continue to come to life. This book merges Star Trek scientific lore—how the science of the time informed the implementation of technology in the series—and the science as it is playing out today. Scientists and engineers have made and continue to develop replicators, teletransporters, tractor beams, and vision restoring visors. This book combines the vision of 1966 science fiction with the latest research in physics, biotechnology, and engineering.

Entrepreneurship As Social Change

Entrepreneurship As Social Change
Author: Chris Steyaert,Daniel Hjorth
Publsiher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2008-01-01
ISBN 10: 1847204422
ISBN 13: 9781847204424
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Entrepreneurship As Social Change Book Review:

. . . a reflective and scholarly work that presents exciting and challenging views to mainstream entrepreneurship. . . The four books comprising the series would certainly be a valuable addition to any entrepreneurship library. However, each book also stands alone as an individual purchase. Lorraine Warren, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research The narrative and flow of the book is superb and very interesting to read. The book is well edited and thought provoking which makes it an interesting read. Vanessa Ratten, Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy This book the third in the Movements in Entrepreneurship series examines entrepreneurship as a societal phenomenon. It provides an in-depth study of the social aspects of entrepreneurship, illustrating how entrepreneurship affects society. The need to move beyond economy to disclose entrepreneurship in its societal forms is demonstrated, as is the relevance of our understanding of entrepreneurship as a societal phenomenon. The contributors show that entrepreneurship is a society-creating force and as such, it evokes new questions for entrepreneurship research and attempts to engage with new theoretical formulations. They begin with discussions on early Schumpeter and a rhetorical analysis of the current academic literature on social entrepreneurship. They go on to present myriad contextual examples of how entrepreneurship can shape social change, and indicate how this is initiated through various social settings, relationships and communities. Through rich empirical work this book explores the social of social entrepreneurship and in doing so shows us how entrepreneurship is at home where society is created. As such, it will prove a fascinating read for academics, researchers and students with an interest in entrepreneurship, sociology and economic sociology.

Rare Earth Frontiers

Rare Earth Frontiers
Author: Julie Michelle Klinger
Publsiher: Cornell University Press
Total Pages: 340
Release: 2018-01-15
ISBN 10: 1501714619
ISBN 13: 9781501714610
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Rare Earth Frontiers Book Review:

Owing to their unique magnetic, phosphorescent, and catalytic properties, rare earths are the elements that make possible teverything from the miniaturization of electronics, to the enabling of green energy and medical technologies, to supporting essential telecommunications and defense systems. An iPhone uses eight rare earths for everything from its colored screen, to its speakers, to the miniaturization of the phone?s circuitry. On the periodic table rare earth elements comprise a set of seventeen chemical elements (the fifteen lanthanides plus scandium and yttrium). There would be no Pokmǒn Go without rare earths. Rare Earth Frontiers is a work of human geography. Klinger looks historically and geographically at the ways rare earth elements in three discrete but representative and contested sites are given meaning.

Architects of Buddhist Leisure

Architects of Buddhist Leisure
Author: Justin Thomas McDaniel
Publsiher: University of Hawaii Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2018-04-30
ISBN 10: 082487675X
ISBN 13: 9780824876753
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Architects of Buddhist Leisure Book Review:

Buddhism, often described as an austere religion that condemns desire, promotes denial, and idealizes the contemplative life, actually has a thriving leisure culture in Asia. Creative religious improvisations designed by Buddhists have been produced both within and outside of monasteries across the region—in Nepal, Japan, Korea, Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. Justin McDaniel looks at the growth of Asia’s culture of Buddhist leisure—what he calls “socially disengaged Buddhism”—through a study of architects responsible for monuments, museums, amusement parks, and other sites. In conversation with noted theorists of material and visual culture and anthropologists of art, McDaniel argues that such sites highlight the importance of public, leisure, and spectacle culture from a Buddhist perspective and illustrate how “secular” and “religious,” “public” and “private,” are in many ways false binaries. Moreover, places like Lek Wiriyaphan’s Sanctuary of Truth in Thailand, Suối Tiên Amusement Park in Saigon, and Shi Fa Zhao’s multilevel museum/ritual space/tea house in Singapore reflect a growing Buddhist ecumenism built through repetitive affective encounters instead of didactic sermons and sectarian developments. They present different Buddhist traditions, images, and aesthetic expressions as united but not uniform, collected but not concise: Together they form a gathering, not a movement. Despite the ingenuity of lay and ordained visionaries like Wiriyaphan and Zhao and their colleagues Kenzo Tange, Chan-soo Park, Tadao Ando, and others discussed in this book, creators of Buddhist leisure sites often face problems along the way. Parks and museums are complex adaptive systems that are changed and influenced by budgets, available materials, local and global economic conditions, and visitors. Architects must often compromise and settle at local optima, and no matter what they intend, their buildings will develop lives of their own. Provocative and theoretically innovative, Architects of Buddhist Leisure asks readers to question the very category of “religious” architecture. It challenges current methodological approaches in religious studies and speaks to a broad audience interested in modern art, architecture, religion, anthropology, and material culture.

The Zombie Survival Guide

The Zombie Survival Guide
Author: Max Brooks
Publsiher: Broadway Books
Total Pages: 254
Release: 2003
ISBN 10: 1400049628
ISBN 13: 9781400049622
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Zombie Survival Guide Book Review:

An illustrated, comprehensive guide to surviving an attack by hordes of the predatory undead explains zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective weaponry and defense strategies, how to outfit one's home for a long siege, and how to survive in any territory or terrain. Original. 35,000 first printing.

Water in the Middle East and in North Africa

Water in the Middle East and in North Africa
Author: Fathi Zereini,Wolfgang Jaeschke
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 369
Release: 2013-03-09
ISBN 10: 3662108666
ISBN 13: 9783662108666
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Water in the Middle East and in North Africa Book Review:

This volume presents the latest research related to the current water situation, as well as its significance for the peaceful coexistence of the neighbouring countries. The book focuses on crucial topics: water resources, water protection, water management and water as a source of conflict. Topics such as sewage disposal and soil protection, as well as the transfer of environmental technology are also discussed.

A Convenient Death

A Convenient Death
Author: Alana Goodman,Daniel Halper
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2020-06-02
ISBN 10: 0593192249
ISBN 13: 9780593192245
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Convenient Death Book Review:

Who killed Jeffrey Epstein? Two journalists look for answers. A must-read for fans of the Netflix docuseries Filthy Rich. In A Convenient Death, investigative reporters Alana Goodman and Daniel Halper search for the truth of what really happened to Jeffrey Epstein. With access to Epstein's victims and lawyers, to doctors, Wall Street insiders and law enforcement officers, they reveal the dirty secrets and sinister ties that may have driven someone in Epstein’s circle to take matters into their own hands. On the morning of August 10, 2019, Epstein, friend and financier to the rich and powerful, was found unresponsive in his prison cell in lower Manhattan, where he awaited his second trial for sexual predation and other crimes. He was rushed to a local hospital and one hour later pronounced dead by suicide. Across the world, a sinister web of powerful billionaires, celebrities, and politicians, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, had reason to sigh with relief at news of Epstein’s death. Having flown on his private planes and visited his many homes—the sites of so many illicit activities—they had much to lose if their transgressions were ever exposed. And now, Epstein was silenced for good. But cracks in the official story soon emerged. And the questions kept coming: · Why did the surveillance cameras in front of Epstein’s cell stop working that night? · Why was Epstein's cellmate transferred out and never replaced? · Why was a high-profile prisoner so suddenly taken off suicide watch and left unguarded for eight hours? Was Epstein murdered to protect the powerful people who feared what he might reveal? The American public deserves to know the truth. With this book, they can finally understand the facts and decide for themselves.

Life in the Universe

Life in the Universe
Author: Joseph Seckbach,Julian Chela-Flores,Tobias Owen,FRANCOIS Raulin
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 387
Release: 2005-03-21
ISBN 10: 9781402023712
ISBN 13: 1402023715
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Life in the Universe Book Review:

closetoStockholm,StanleyMillergavetheopeninglectureofaconferenceontheMol- ularEvolutionofLife. OnapictureItook,asaco-arrangeroftheseevents,Stanleyisseen approachinginhisusual,modestway,morefocussedonscienti?cdiscussionthanonthe camera. Last but not least, I shall tell you the true story about when we learned that Stanley isanenthusiasticenvironmentalist,inthebestsenseoftheword. About25yearsago,in Stockholm, Stanley, my wife and I strolled in the King's Garden. Its elmtrees were full 7 J. Seckbach et al. (eds. ), Life in the Universe,7–8. C 2004 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands. 8 of young people who, some even spending nights in the trees, prevented the authorities from removing the elmtrees, by ax and saw. Also Stanley signed a petition to save the elmtrees—andtheyweresaved! Stanley, I believe that your greatness as a scientist and as a friend must be linked to the many facets of your wonderful personality. We much look forward to your lecture. THE BEGINNING OF CHEMICAL EVOLUTION EXPERIMENTS Recollections and Perspectives 1 2 3 S. L. MILLER , J. L. BADA , and A.

Impacts of Invasive Species on Coastal Environments

Impacts of Invasive Species on Coastal Environments
Author: Christopher Makowski,Charles W. Finkl
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 482
Release: 2018-07-24
ISBN 10: 3319913824
ISBN 13: 9783319913827
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Impacts of Invasive Species on Coastal Environments Book Review:

This book focuses on the global threats to coastal environments from invasive, non-native species and examines how these alien biological species adversely alter landscapes and socioeconomic conditions as well as the psychological attitudes and perceptions of local inhabitants and tourists. Designed for the professional or specialist in marine science, coastal zone management, biology, and related disciplines, this volume appeals to those not only working directly with invasive flora and fauna species, but also those individuals involved in a wide array of coastal related fields. Examples and case studies of coastal invasive species are drawn from many different geographic areas worldwide, including North and South America, Europe, Oceania, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and Africa.

Creativity and Innovation in the Music Industry

Creativity and Innovation in the Music Industry
Author: Peter Tschmuck
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 281
Release: 2006-01-18
ISBN 10: 9781402042744
ISBN 13: 1402042744
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Creativity and Innovation in the Music Industry Book Review:

This book charts the effects of new communication technologies and the Internet on the creation of music in the early 21st century. It examines how the music industry will be altered by the Internet, music online services and MP3-technology. This is done through an integrated model based on an international history of the industry since the phonograph’s invention in 1877, and thus, the history of the music industry is described in full detail for the first time.

White Coat Tales

White Coat Tales
Author: Robert B. Taylor
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2010-04-28
ISBN 10: 9780387730806
ISBN 13: 038773080X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

White Coat Tales Book Review:

This collection of intriguing stories offers profound insights into medical history. It highlights what all health professionals should know about the career path they have chosen. Each chapter presents a number of fascinating tales of legendary medical innovators, diseases that changed history, insightful clinical sayings, famous persons and their illnesses, and epic blunders made by physicians and scientists. The book relates the stories in history to what clinicians do in practice today and is ideal reading for physicians, residents, medical students and all clinicians.

The History of Science Fiction

The History of Science Fiction
Author: A. Roberts
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2005-11-28
ISBN 10: 0230554652
ISBN 13: 9780230554658
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The History of Science Fiction Book Review:

The History of Science Fiction traces the origin and development of science fiction from Ancient Greece up to the present day. The author is both an academic literary critic and acclaimed creative writer of the genre. Written in lively, accessible prose it is specifically designed to bridge the worlds of academic criticism and SF fandom.

Life on Earth and other Planetary Bodies

Life on Earth and other Planetary Bodies
Author: Arnold Hanslmeier,Stephan Kempe,Joseph Seckbach
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 534
Release: 2012-10-29
ISBN 10: 940074966X
ISBN 13: 9789400749665
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Life on Earth and other Planetary Bodies Book Review:

A trio of editors [Professors from Austria, Germany and Israel] present Life on Earth and other Planetary Bodies. The contributors are from twenty various countries and present their research on life here as well as the possibility for extraterrestrial life. This volume covers concepts such as life’s origin, hypothesis of Panspermia and of life possibility in the Cosmos. The topic of extraterrestrial life is currently ‘hot’ and the object of several congresses and conferences. While the diversity of “normal” biota is well known, life on the edge of the extremophiles is more limited and less distributed. Other subjects discussed are Astrobiology with the frozen worlds of Mars, Europa and Titan where extant or extinct microbial life may exist in subsurface oceans; conditions on icy Mars with its saline, alkaline, and liquid water which has been recently discovered; chances of habitable Earth-like [or the terrestrial analogues] exoplanets; and SETI’s search for extraterrestrial Intelligence.

Phenology An Integrative Environmental Science

Phenology  An Integrative Environmental Science
Author: Mark Schwartz
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 564
Release: 2003-10-31
ISBN 10: 1402015801
ISBN 13: 9781402015809
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Phenology An Integrative Environmental Science Book Review:

Phenology is the study of plant and animal life cycle events, which are triggered by environmental changes, especially temperature. Wide ranges of phenomena are included, from first openings of leaf and flower buds, to insect hatchings and return of birds. Each one gives a ready measure of the environment as viewed by the associated organism. Thus, phenological events are ideal indicators of the impact of local and global changes in weather and climate on the earth's biosphere. Assessing our changing world is a complex task that requires close cooperation from experts in biology, climatology, ecology, geography, oceanography, remote sensing and other areas. This book is a synthesis of current phenological knowledge, designed as a primer on the field for global change and general scientists, students and interested members of the public. With contributions from a diverse group of over fifty phenological experts, covering data collection, current research, methods and applications, it demonstrates the accomplishments and potential of phenology as an integrative environmental science.

German Images of the Self and the Other

German Images of the Self and the Other
Author: Felicity Rash
Publsiher: Palgrave Macmillan
Total Pages: 222
Release: 2012-10-17
ISBN 10: 0230282652
ISBN 13: 9780230282650
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

German Images of the Self and the Other Book Review:

This monograph is a detailed linguistic analysis of the discourse of German nationalism, colonialism and Anti-Semitism using a methodological framework devised by Ruth Wodak et al., the Discourse Historical Approach. It pays particular attention to the discourse strategies, argumentation topoi and metaphors used by a selection of representative authors of both political propaganda and fiction. The study shows how the analysis of linguistic and social behavior and the connection between them sheds light on the nature and effects of human behavior, and on the motives and reasoning behind human actions. Within the context of nationalism and prejudiced behaviors, the construction in discourse of individual and group 'self-images' and the discursive means of contrasting these with 'other-images' is of major significance. It is widely believed that a self-image can only be formed if an image of a so-called "Other" exists as a focus of contrast and (frequently) suspicion and antipathy, which in extreme cases can lead to fear and hatred. Fear and hatred of the 'Other' in the form of racism and racial anti-Semitism, and the discursive representation of these, is therefore a major focus of this study.

Palaeobiology II

Palaeobiology II
Author: Derek E. G. Briggs,Peter R. Crowther
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 600
Release: 2008-04-15
ISBN 10: 0470999284
ISBN 13: 9780470999288
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Palaeobiology II Book Review:

Palaeobiology: A Synthesis was widely acclaimed both for its content and production quality. Ten years on, Derek Briggs and Peter Crowther have once again brought together over 150 leading authorities from around the world to produce Palaeobiology II. Using the same successful formula, the content is arranged as a series of concise articles, taking a thematic approach to the subject, rather than treating the various fossil groups systematically. This entirely new book, with its diversity of new topics and over 100 new contributors, reflects the exciting developments in the field, including accounts of spectacular newly discovered fossils, and embraces data from other disciplines such as astrobiology, geochemistry and genetics. Palaeobiology II will be an invaluable resource, not only for palaeontologists, but also for students and researchers in other branches of the earth and life sciences. Written by an international team of recognised authorities in the field. Content is concise but informative. Demonstrates how palaeobiological studies are at the heart of a range of scientific themes.