By Steven Johnson
In Ghost Map Steven Johnson tells the tale of the terrifying cholera epidemic that engulfed London in 1854, and the 2 not going heroes - anaesthetist medical professional John Snow and affable clergyman Reverend Henry Whitehead - who defeated the ailment via a mix of neighborhood wisdom, clinical examine and map-making.
In telling their amazing tale, Johnson additionally explores an entire international of rules and connections, from city terror to microbes, ecosystems to the good Stink, cultural phenomena to road lifestyles. Re-creating a London choked with airborne dirt and dust, dirt lots, slaughterhouses and scavengers, Ghost Map is ready how large populations dwell jointly, how towns can kill - and the way they could shop us.
By Jay Cornell
Transhumanism is a world stream that advocates using technological know-how and expertise to beat the "natural" barriers skilled through humanity via such advancements as:
- the Singularity--the construction of computing device intelligences that exceed the capacities of our organic brains
- the skill to copy person minds and placed them into solid-state our bodies or digital environments
- individual keep an eye on over psychological and emotional states for boosting functionalities and/or ecstasies
Some of this can be taking place now. a few of it really is nonetheless within the minds of dreamers.
In approximately 90 A-Z entries, Transcendence offers a multilayered examine the accelerating advances in man made intelligence, cognitive technological know-how, genomics, info expertise, nanotechnology, neuroscience, area exploration, artificial biology, robotics, and digital worlds which are making transhumanism a fact. Entries variety from Cloning and Cyborg Feminism to fashion designer infants and Memory-Editing medications. moreover, the booklet notes ancient predecessors and personalities, either in mythology and history--ranging from Timothy Leary to Michael Jackson to Ray Kurzweil. It additionally introduces the tradition round Transhumanism, masking the entire geeky obsessions of the Transhumanist stream.
By Frances Yates
Publish 12 months note: First released in 1966 by way of college Of Chicago Press and via Taylor & Francis in 1999
A innovative publication approximately mnemonic innovations, and their relation to the heritage of philosophy, technological know-how, and literature.
The historical Greeks, to whom a educated reminiscence used to be of significant importance—as it used to be to every body earlier than the discovery of printing—created an complex reminiscence process, according to a method of impressing "places" and "images" at the brain. Inherited and recorded through the Romans, this artwork of reminiscence handed into the ecu culture, to be revived, in occult shape, on the Renaissance, and especially by means of the unusual and memorable genius, Giordano Bruno. Such is the most subject of Frances Yates's detailed and targeted publication, during which she sheds mild on such varied topics as Dante's Divine Comedy, the shape of the Shakespearian theater, and the background of historic structure. apart from its intrinsic fascination, this booklet is a useful contribution to aesthetics and psychology, and to the background of philosophy, of technology, and of literature.
By Jay Harman
Master the musculoskeletal anatomy and pathology you want to know! those 210 flash playing cards use impressive illustrations created through, and within the form of, grasp scientific illustrator Frank H. Netter, MD that can assist you try out your wisdom of bones, muscle groups, ligaments, tendons, and joints. Netter illustrations are supplemented with medical, radiographic, and arthroscopic photos depicting the commonest musculoskeletal pathologies. A revered healthcare professional assistant-orthopaedist group guarantees that each one of the knowledge at the playing cards is accurate and correct to scientific practice, leading to a powerful instrument for self study!
- Updated variation gains extra bony landmark coverage and extra medical correlates.
- High-quality Netter scientific and anatomical illustrations, in addition to radiographic and arthroscopic perspectives, make sure that it is possible for you to to spot musculoskeletal constructions regardless of how they're presented.
- Coverage of every musculoskeletal area comprises studies of bony anatomy, radiographic anatomy, joints, muscle tissues, arteries and nerves, diversity of movement, and linked pathologic conditions―all the medical wisdom you need.
- Multiple muscle tissue are frequently lined on a unmarried card to stress the muscle mass' courting to each other and the areas among them.
By Andrew Robinson
Genius is the identify we provide to a top quality of labor that transcends type, superstar, popularity, and acceptance. someway, genius abolishes either the time and where of its beginning. Shakespeare's performs and Mozart's melodies and harmonies proceed to maneuver humans in languages and cultures some distance faraway from their local England and Austria. equally, Darwin's principles are nonetheless required interpreting for each operating biologist; they proceed to generate clean considering and experiments worldwide. the 1st concise research of genius in either the humanities and the sciences, this Very brief Introduction makes use of the lifestyles and paintings of favourite geniuses--including Homer, Leonardo, Tolstoy, Marie Curie, Galileo, and Newton--to remove darkness from either the person and the final elements of genius. specifically, Robinson explores the jobs of expertise, heredity, parenting, schooling, education, labor, intelligence, character, psychological disease, idea, eureka moments, and success, within the making of genius.
By Tom Standage
The Victorian web tells the colourful tale of the telegraph's construction and noteworthy impression, and of the visionaries, oddballs, and eccentrics who pioneered it, from the eighteenth-century French scientist Jean-Antoine Nollet to Samuel F. B. Morse and Thomas Edison. the electrical telegraph nullified distance and shrank the realm swifter and additional than ever ahead of or when you consider that, and its tale mirrors and predicts that of the net in different ways.
By Philip Ball
Are there "natural legislation" that govern the ways that people behave and arrange themselves, simply as there are actual legislation that govern the motions of atoms and planets? not likely because it could appear, such legislation now appear to be rising from makes an attempt to convey the instruments and ideas of physics into the social sciences. those new discoveries are a part of an outdated culture. within the 17th century the thinker Thomas Hobbes, dismayed by way of the upcoming civil conflict in England, determined that he could determine what sort of executive was once wanted for a good society. His resolution sparked a brand new mind set approximately human habit in trying to find the "scientific" ideas of society.
Adam Smith, Immanuel Kant, Auguste Comte, and John Stuart Mill pursued this concept from varied political views. yet those philosophers lacked the instruments that smooth physics can now carry to undergo at the subject. Philip Ball exhibits how, through the use of those instruments, we will be able to comprehend many facets of mass human habit. when we realize that we don't make such a lot of our judgements in isolation yet are suffering from what others come to a decision, we will begin to figure a shocking and even perhaps annoying predictability in our legislation, associations, and customs.
Lively and compelling, Critical Mass is the 1st booklet to deliver those new rules jointly and to teach how they healthy in the broader historic context of a rational look for larger how you can live.
By Jean-Pierre Paulet
Los angeles ville est devenue un thème de réflexion essentiel. Alors que l’urbanisation se complexifie sans cesse, il est nécessaire d’expliquer les théories et d’exposer les enjeux récents de l’urbanisation générale : plus de l. a. moitié de l. a. inhabitants vit désormais en ville. Après avoir décrit l. a. complexité des dynamiques urbaines, le présent manuel montre que l’urbanisation révèle le niveau de développement. Demeure un problème majeur et universel : l’étalement urbain qui se surajoute à l’opposition récurrente des centres et de leurs périphéries. Enfin, los angeles ville doit être contain comme un espace vécu dans lequel il faut toujours enrayer los angeles dégradation de l’environnement et réduire les inégalités. Conçue dans un souci de clarté pédagogique, los angeles présente édition est entièrement révisée et enrichie de records originaux mis à jour. Elle s’adresse aux étudiants des universités et des grandes écoles, ainsi qu’à tous ceux qui veulent comprendre los angeles mondialisation des villes d’aujourd’hui.