The Physicist and the Philosopher

The Physicist and the Philosopher
Author: Jimena Canales
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 488
Release: 2016-10-04
ISBN 10: 0691173176
ISBN 13: 9780691173177
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Physicist and the Philosopher Book Review:

The explosive debate that transformed our views about time and scientific truth On April 6, 1922, in Paris, Albert Einstein and Henri Bergson publicly debated the nature of time. Einstein considered Bergson's theory of time to be a soft, psychological notion, irreconcilable with the quantitative realities of physics. Bergson, who gained fame as a philosopher by arguing that time should not be understood exclusively through the lens of science, criticized Einstein's theory of time for being a metaphysics grafted on to science, one that ignored the intuitive aspects of time. The Physicist and the Philosopher tells the remarkable story of how this explosive debate transformed our understanding of time and drove a rift between science and the humanities that persists today. Jimena Canales introduces readers to the revolutionary ideas of Einstein and Bergson, describes how they dramatically collided in Paris, and traces how this clash of worldviews reverberated across the twentieth century. She shows how it provoked responses from figures such as Bertrand Russell and Martin Heidegger, and carried repercussions for American pragmatism, logical positivism, phenomenology, and quantum mechanics. Canales explains how the new technologies of the period—such as wristwatches, radio, and film—helped to shape people’s conceptions of time and further polarized the public debate. She also discusses how Bergson and Einstein, toward the end of their lives, each reflected on his rival’s legacy—Bergson during the Nazi occupation of Paris and Einstein in the context of the first hydrogen bomb explosion. The Physicist and the Philosopher is a magisterial and revealing account that shows how scientific truth was placed on trial in a divided century marked by a new sense of time.

Unsettled

Unsettled
Author: Steven E. Koonin
Publsiher: BenBella Books
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2021-04-27
ISBN 10: 195329524X
ISBN 13: 9781953295248
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Unsettled Book Review:

"Surging sea levels are inundating the coasts." "Hurricanes and tornadoes are becoming fiercer and more frequent." "Climate change will be an economic disaster." You've heard all this presented as fact. But according to science, all of these statements are profoundly misleading. When it comes to climate change, the media, politicians, and other prominent voices have declared that "the science is settled." In reality, the long game of telephone from research to reports to the popular media is corrupted by misunderstanding and misinformation. Core questions—about the way the climate is responding to our influence, and what the impacts will be—remain largely unanswered. The climate is changing, but the why and how aren't as clear as you've probably been led to believe. Now, one of America's most distinguished scientists is clearing away the fog to explain what science really says (and doesn't say) about our changing climate. In Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn't, and Why It Matters, Steven Koonin draws upon his decades of experience—including as a top science advisor to the Obama administration—to provide up-to-date insights and expert perspective free from political agendas. Fascinating, clear-headed, and full of surprises, this book gives readers the tools to both understand the climate issue and be savvier consumers of science media in general. Koonin takes readers behind the headlines to the more nuanced science itself, showing us where it comes from and guiding us through the implications of the evidence. He dispels popular myths and unveils little-known truths: despite a dramatic rise in greenhouse gas emissions, global temperatures actually decreased from 1940 to 1970. What's more, the models we use to predict the future aren't able to accurately describe the climate of the past, suggesting they are deeply flawed. Koonin also tackles society's response to a changing climate, using data-driven analysis to explain why many proposed "solutions" would be ineffective, and discussing how alternatives like adaptation and, if necessary, geoengineering will ensure humanity continues to prosper. Unsettled is a reality check buoyed by hope, offering the truth about climate science that you aren't getting elsewhere—what we know, what we don't, and what it all means for our future.

The Last Volcano

The Last Volcano
Author: John Dvorak
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 344
Release: 2015-12-15
ISBN 10: 1605989223
ISBN 13: 9781605989228
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Last Volcano Book Review:

John Dvorak, the acclaimed author of Earthquake Storms, looks into the early scientific study of volcanoes and the life of the man who pioneered the field, Thomas Jaggar. Educated at Harvard, Jaggar went to the Caribbean after Mount Pelee exploded in 1902, killing more than 26,000 people. Witnessing the destruction and learning about the horrible deaths these people had suffered, Jaggar vowed to dedicate himself to a study of volcanoes. In 1912, he built a small science station at the edge of a lake of molten lava at Kilauea volcano in the Hawaiian Islands. Jaggar found something else at Kilauea: true love. For more than twenty years, Jaggar and Isabel Maydwell ran the science station, living in a small house at the edge of a high cliff that overlooked the lava lake, Maydwell quickly becoming one of the world’s most astute observers of volcanic activity.Mixed with tales of myths and rituals, as well as the author’s own experiences and insight into volcanic activity, The Last Volcano reveals the lure and romance of confronting nature in its most magnificent form—the edge of a volcanic eruption.

The Brain Electric

The Brain Electric
Author: Malcolm Gay
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2015-10-20
ISBN 10: 0374709629
ISBN 13: 9780374709624
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Brain Electric Book Review:

The gripping and revelatory story of the dramatic race to merge the human brain with machines Leading neuroscience researchers are racing to unlock the secrets of the mind. On the cusp of decoding brain signals that govern motor skills, they are developing miraculous technologies to enable paraplegics and wounded soldiers to move prosthetic limbs, and the rest of us to manipulate computers and other objects through thought alone. These fiercely competitive scientists are vying for Defense Department and venture capital funding, prestige, and great wealth. Part life-altering cure, part science fiction, part military dream, these cutting-edge brain-computer interfaces promise to improve lives—but also hold the potential to augment soldiers' combat capabilities. In The Brain Electric, Malcolm Gay follows the dramatic emergence of these technologies, taking us behind the scenes into the operating rooms, start-ups, and research labs where the future is unfolding. With access to many of the field's top scientists, Gay illuminates this extraordinary race—where science, medicine, profit, and war converge—for the first time. But this isn't just a story about technology. At the heart of this research is a group of brave, vulnerable patient-volunteers whose lives are given new meaning through participating in these experiments. The Brain Electric asks us to rethink our relationship to technology, our bodies, even consciousness itself—challenging our assumptions about what it means to be human.

Dragonflies

Dragonflies
Author: Pieter van Dokkum
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 175
Release: 2015-01-01
ISBN 10: 030019708X
ISBN 13: 9780300197082
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dragonflies Book Review:

Fotoboek met close-up foto's van libellen.

No Man s Land

No Man s Land
Author: Wendy Moore
Publsiher: Basic Books
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2020-04-28
ISBN 10: 1541672739
ISBN 13: 9781541672734
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

No Man s Land Book Review:

The "absorbing and powerful" (Wall Street Journal) story of two pioneering suffragette doctors who shattered social expectations and transformed modern medicine during World War I. A month after war broke out in 1914, doctors Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson set out for Paris, where they opened a hospital in a luxury hotel and treated hundreds of casualties plucked from France's battlefields. Although, prior to the war and the Spanish flu, female doctors were restricted to treating women and children, Flora and Louisa's work was so successful that the British Army asked them to set up a hospital in the heart of London. Nicknamed the Suffragettes' Hospital, Endell Street soon became known for its lifesaving treatments. In No Man's Land, Wendy Moore illuminates this turbulent moment of global war and pandemic when women were, for the first time, allowed to operate on men. Their fortitude and brilliance serve as powerful reminders of what women can achieve against all odds.

How to Bake Pi

How to Bake Pi
Author: Eugenia Cheng
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2016-05-10
ISBN 10: 9780465097678
ISBN 13: 0465097677
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How to Bake Pi Book Review:

What is math? How exactly does it work? And what do three siblings trying to share a cake have to do with it? InHow to Bake Pi, math professor Eugenia Cheng provides an accessible introduction to the logic and beauty of mathematics, powered, unexpectedly, by insights from the kitchen. We learn how the béchamel in a lasagna can be a lot like the number five, and why making a good custard proves that math is easy but life is hard. At the heart of it all is Cheng’s work on category theory, a cutting-edge "mathematics of mathematics,” that is about figuring out how math works. Combined with her infectious enthusiasm for cooking and true zest for life, Cheng’s perspective on math is a funny journey through a vast territory no popular book on math has explored before. So, what is math? Let’s look for the answer in the kitchen.

Scientific American

Scientific American
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1845
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: STANFORD:36105007764116
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Scientific American Book Review:

Monthly magazine devoted to topics of general scientific interest.

Intelligence Genes and Success

Intelligence  Genes  and Success
Author: Bernie Devlin,Stephen E. Fienberg,Daniel P. Resnick,Kathryn Roeder
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 376
Release: 2013-12-01
ISBN 10: 1461206693
ISBN 13: 9781461206699
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Intelligence Genes and Success Book Review:

A scientific response to the best-selling The Bell Curve which set off a hailstorm of controversy upon its publication in 1994. Much of the public reaction to the book was polemic and failed to analyse the details of the science and validity of the statistical arguments underlying the books conclusion. Here, at last, social scientists and statisticians reply to The Bell Curve and its conclusions about IQ, genetics and social outcomes.

Through the Shadowlands

Through the Shadowlands
Author: Julie Rehmeyer
Publsiher: Rodale Books
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2017-05-23
ISBN 10: 1623367662
ISBN 13: 9781623367664
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Through the Shadowlands Book Review:

Julie Rehmeyer felt like she was going to the desert to die. Julie fully expected to be breathing at the end of the trip—but driving into Death Valley felt like giving up, surrendering. She’d spent years battling a mysterious illness so extreme that she often couldn’t turn over in her bed. The top specialists in the world were powerless to help, and research on her disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, was at a near standstill. Having exhausted the plausible ideas, Julie turned to an implausible one. Going against both her instincts and her training as a science journalist and mathematician, she followed the advice of strangers she’d met on the Internet. Their theory—that mold in her home and possessions was making her sick—struck her as wacky pseudoscience. But they had recovered from chronic fatigue syndrome as severe as hers. To test the theory that toxic mold was making her sick, Julie drove into the desert alone, leaving behind everything she owned. She wasn’t even certain she was well enough to take care of herself once she was there. She felt stripped not only of the life she’d known, but any future she could imagine. With only her scientific savvy, investigative journalism skills, and dog, Frances, to rely on, Julie carved out her own path to wellness—and uncovered how shocking scientific neglect and misconduct had forced her and millions of others to go it alone. In stunning prose, she describes how her illness transformed her understanding of science, medicine, and spirituality. Through the Shadowlands brings scientific authority to a misunderstood disease and spins an incredible and compelling story of tenacity, resourcefulness, acceptance, and love.

Scientific American

Scientific American
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1893
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: WISC:89091833830
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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WebMD Scientific American

WebMD Scientific American
Author: David C. Dale,Daniel D. Federman,Scientific American, inc,WebMD (Firm)
Publsiher: Webmd Prof Pub
Total Pages: 2814
Release: 2003
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UOM:39015052545202
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

WebMD Scientific American Book Review:

A leading textbook in the internal medicine field for more than 25 years, this publication is based on a continually updated electronic database, where new and updated information is fully integrated monthly, and the entire database published annually in print. Each annual edition contains up to as much as 40% new and updated information, published in 2 volumes with four-color illustrations throughout. The text covers all of internal medicine, plus bio-terrorism and medical emergencies, dermatology, office gynecology, neurology, and psychiatry. More than 200 expert sub-specialists with extensive clinical experience provide clear, actionable diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Key recommendations are readily accessible in the 778 tables on drug regimens, differential diagnoses, common presenting symptoms, and risk factors. References to current best evidence support the recommendations and lead the reader to scientifically sound research.

The First Scientific American

The First Scientific American
Author: Joyce Chaplin
Publsiher: Basic Books
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2007-08-02
ISBN 10: 0465008852
ISBN 13: 9780465008858
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The First Scientific American Book Review:

Famous, fascinating Benjamin Franklin-he would be neither without his accomplishments in science. In this authoritative intellectual biography of America’s most brilliant and cosmopolitan Founding Father, Joyce Chaplin considers Franklin’s scientific work as a career in its own right as well as the basis of his political thought. The famous kite and other experiments with electricity were only part of Franklin’s accomplishments. He charted the Gulf Stream, made important observations in meteorology, and used the burgeoning science of "political arithmetic” to make unprecedented statements about America’s power. Even as he stepped onto the world stage as an illustrious statesman and diplomat in the years leading up to the American Revolution, his fascination with nature was unrelenting.

The Science of Interstellar

The Science of Interstellar
Author: Kip Thorne
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2014-11-07
ISBN 10: 0393351386
ISBN 13: 9780393351385
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Science of Interstellar Book Review:

A journey through the otherworldly science behind Christopher Nolan’s award-winning film, Interstellar, from executive producer and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Kip Thorne. Interstellar, from acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan, takes us on a fantastic voyage far beyond our solar system. Yet in The Science of Interstellar, Kip Thorne, the Nobel prize-winning physicist who assisted Nolan on the scientific aspects of Interstellar, shows us that the movie’s jaw-dropping events and stunning, never-before-attempted visuals are grounded in real science. Thorne shares his experiences working as the science adviser on the film and then moves on to the science itself. In chapters on wormholes, black holes, interstellar travel, and much more, Thorne’s scientific insights—many of them triggered during the actual scripting and shooting of Interstellar—describe the physical laws that govern our universe and the truly astounding phenomena that those laws make possible. Interstellar and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s14).

Weapons of Math Destruction

Weapons of Math Destruction
Author: Cathy O'Neil
Publsiher: Broadway Books
Total Pages: 259
Release: 2016
ISBN 10: 0553418831
ISBN 13: 9780553418835
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Weapons of Math Destruction Book Review:

Longlisted for the National Book Award New York Times Bestseller A former Wall Street quant sounds an alarm on the mathematical models that pervade modern life -- and threaten to rip apart our social fabric We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives--where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance--are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated. But as Cathy O'Neil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they're wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination: If a poor student can't get a loan because a lending model deems him too risky (by virtue of his zip code), he's then cut off from the kind of education that could pull him out of poverty, and a vicious spiral ensues. Models are propping up the lucky and punishing the downtrodden, creating a "toxic cocktail for democracy." Welcome to the dark side of Big Data. Tracing the arc of a person's life, O'Neil exposes the black box models that shape our future, both as individuals and as a society. These "weapons of math destruction" score teachers and students, sort r sum s, grant (or deny) loans, evaluate workers, target voters, set parole, and monitor our health. O'Neil calls on modelers to take more responsibility for their algorithms and on policy makers to regulate their use. But in the end, it's up to us to become more savvy about the models that govern our lives. This important book empowers us to ask the tough questions, uncover the truth, and demand change. -- Longlist for National Book Award (Non-Fiction) -- Goodreads, semi-finalist for the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards (Science and Technology) -- Kirkus, Best Books of 2016 -- New York Times, 100 Notable Books of 2016 (Non-Fiction) -- The Guardian, Best Books of 2016 -- WBUR's "On Point," Best Books of 2016: Staff Picks -- Boston Globe, Best Books of 2016, Non-Fiction

The War on Science

The War on Science
Author: Shawn Otto
Publsiher: Milkweed Editions
Total Pages: 440
Release: 2016-06-07
ISBN 10: 1571319522
ISBN 13: 9781571319524
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The War on Science Book Review:

An “insightful” and in-depth look at anti-science politics and its deadly results (Maria Konnikova, New York Times–bestselling author of The Biggest Bluff). Thomas Jefferson said, “Wherever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” But what happens when they aren’t? From climate change to vaccinations, transportation to technology, health care to defense, we are in the midst of an unprecedented expansion of scientific progress—and a simultaneous expansion of danger. At the very time we need them most, scientists and the very idea of objective knowledge are being bombarded by a vast, well-funded war on science, and the results are deadly. Whether it’s driven by identity politics, ideology, or industry, the result is an unprecedented erosion of thought in Western democracies as voters, policymakers, and justices actively ignore scientific evidence, leaving major policy decisions to be based more on the demands of the most strident voices. This compelling book investigates the historical, social, philosophical, political, and emotional reasons why evidence-based politics are in decline and authoritarian politics are once again on the rise on both left and right—and provides some compelling solutions to bring us to our collective senses, before it's too late. “If you care about attacks on climate science and the rise of authoritarianism, if you care about biased media coverage and shake-your-head political tomfoolery, this book is for you.”—The Guardian

The Scientific American Book of Great Science Fair Projects

The Scientific American Book of Great Science Fair Projects
Author: Marc Rosner,Scientific American
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2000-11-06
ISBN 10: 9780471356257
ISBN 13: 0471356255
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Scientific American Book of Great Science Fair Projects Book Review:

Shows how to perform a variety of science experiments using household materials and low-cost items for activities in astronomy, chemistry, biology, earth science, and physics.

Scientific American Reader

Scientific American Reader
Author: Scientific American
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 626
Release: 1953
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UOM:39015030952322
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Survival of the Beautiful

Survival of the Beautiful
Author: David Rothenberg
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 311
Release: 2013-01-01
ISBN 10: 1408830566
ISBN 13: 9781408830567
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Survival of the Beautiful Book Review:

'The peacock's tail makes me sick!' said Charles Darwin. That's because the theory of evolution as adaptation can't explain why nature is so beautiful. It took the concept of sexual selection for Darwin to explain that, a process that has more to do with aesthetic taste than adaptive fitness. Survival of the Beautiful is a revolutionary new examination of the interplay of beauty, art, and culture in evolution. Taking inspiration from Darwin's observation that animals have a natural aesthetic sense, philosopher and musician David Rothenberg probes why animals, humans included, have an innate appreciation for beauty - and why nature is, indeed, beautiful.

Scientific American Resource Library

Scientific American Resource Library
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1969
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UOM:49015002176288
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Scientific American Resource Library Book Review: