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Why is the night sky dark? How do dolphins sleep without drowning? Why do hangovers occur? Will time travel ever be a reality? What makes a knuckleball appear to flutter? Why are craters always round? There's only one source to turn to for the answers to the most puzzling and thought-provoking questions about the world of science: Scientific American. Writing in a fun and accessible style, an esteemed team of scientists and educators will lead you on a wild ride from the far reaches of the universe to the natural world right in your own backyard. Along the way, you'll discover solutions to some of life's quirkiest conundrums, such as why cats purr, how frogs survive winter without freezing, why snowflakes are symmetrical, and much more. Even if you haven't picked up a science book since your school days, these tantalizing Q & A's will shed new light on the world around you, inside you, below you, above you, and beyond!
This book tells the story of the Scientific Buddha, "born" in Europe in the 1800s but commonly confused with the Buddha born in India 2,500 years ago. The Scientific Buddha was sent into battle against Christian missionaries, who were proclaiming across Asia that Buddhism was a form of superstition. He proved the missionaries wrong, teaching a dharma that was in harmony with modern science. And his influence continues. Today his teaching of "mindfulness" is heralded as the cure for all manner of maladies, from depression to high blood pressure. In this potent critique, a well-known chronicler of the West's encounter with Buddhism demonstrates how the Scientific Buddha's teachings deviate in crucial ways from those of the far older Buddha of ancient India. Donald Lopez shows that the Western focus on the Scientific Buddha threatens to bleach Buddhism of its vibrancy, complexity, and power, even as the superficial focus on "mindfulness" turns Buddhism into merely the latest self-help movement. The Scientific Buddha has served his purpose, Lopez argues. It is now time for him to pass into nirvana. This is not to say, however, that the teachings of the ancient Buddha must be dismissed as mere cultural artifacts. They continue to present a potent challenge, even to our modern world.
This book presents a broad overview of numerical methods for solving all the major problems in scientific computing.
Scientific Data Analysis using Jython Scripting and Java presents practical approaches for data analysis using Java scripting based on Jython, a Java implementation of the Python language. The chapters essentially cover all aspects of data analysis, from arrays and histograms to clustering analysis, curve fitting, metadata and neural networks. A comprehensive coverage of data visualisation tools implemented in Java is also included. Written by the primary developer of the jHepWork data-analysis framework, the book provides a reliable and complete reference source laying the foundation for data-analysis applications using Java scripting. More than 250 code snippets (of around 10-20 lines each) written in Jython and Java, plus several real-life examples help the reader develop a genuine feeling for data analysis techniques and their programming implementation. This is the first data-analysis and data-mining book which is completely based on the Jython language, and opens doors to scripting using a fully multi-platform and multi-threaded approach. Graduate students and researchers will benefit from the information presented in this book.
Conventional wisdom has long held that scientists are neither better nor worse than anyone else, that personal virtue does not necessarily accompany technical expertise, and that scientific practice is profoundly impersonal. Shapin, however, here shows how the uncertainties attending scientific research make the virtues of individual researchers intrinsic to scientific work. Further, Shapin argues that the radical uncertainties of much of contemporary science have made personal virtues more central to its practice than ever before, and he also reveals how radically novel aspects of late modern science have unexpectedly deep historical roots.
The fundamental principles of the scientific method are essential for enhancing perspective, increasing productivity, and stimulating innovation. These principles include deductive and inductive logic, probability, parsimony and hypothesis testing, as well as science's presuppositions, limitations, ethics and bold claims of rationality and truth. The examples and case studies drawn upon in this book span the physical, biological and social sciences; include applications in agriculture, engineering and medicine; and also explore science's interrelationships with disciplines in the humanities such as philosophy and law. Informed by position papers on science from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Academy of Sciences and National Science Foundation, this book aligns with a distinctively mainstream vision of science. It is an ideal resource for anyone undertaking a systematic study of scientific method for the first time, from undergraduates to professionals in both the sciences and the humanities.
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This exciting book by three pioneers in the new field of cognitive science discusses important discoveries about how much babies and young children know and learn, and how much parents naturally teach them.It argues that evolution designed us both to teach and learn, and that the drive to learn is our most important instinct. It also reveals as fascinating insights about our adult capacities and how even young children -- as well as adults -- use some of the same methods that allow scientists to learn so much about the world. Filled with surprise at every turn, this vivid, lucid, and often funny book gives us a new view of the inner life of children and the mysteries of the mind.
As if history and nature had not provided wonders enough, through the ages humans themselves have contrived more marvels to deceive one another. Sometimes they have concocted evidence when none was available to prove pet theories; sometimes their intention has been to impress or defraud; sometimes they have acted merely for sport. Robert Silverberg tells the stories of a baker's dozen of these scientific hoaxers in a lively, good-humored book that ranges through time and across continents. Here are perpetual-motion machines and space rockets, men on the moon and serpents in the sea. The rogues' gallery is a varied one: Dr. Mesmer, who cast his hypnotic spell on eighteenth-century Paris; Charles Dawson, whose Piltdown Man challenged evolution; Dr. Cook, with his tale of "discovering" the North Pole; and many others. These are fascinating stories and more than just entertainment. The author explains the scientific background against which the hoaxes appeared and the detective work that led to their exposure. The schemers teach us to be alert, to challenge the evidence, and to appreciate the healthy skepticism that characterizes the scientific method.
Boldly go to worlds where no one has gone before. Explore exotic new worlds and fantastic tales that appeared in the pages of the most popular pulp fiction magazines of the 1930's and 1940's. "Pulp-fiction devotees need to put Hubbard's works on their MUST-READ lists." --BooklistThe Collection includes: The Great Secret, If I Were You, International Book Awards Finalists: The Crossroads & A Matter of Matter, When Shadows Fall, Danger in the Dark, Greed, The Tramp, Beyond All Weapons and The Professor Was a Thief
Amid the Canary Islands lies the massive crater of the volcano Cumbre Vieja. Scientists theorize that one day the volcano will erupt, triggering a series of events that will lead to a tsunami higher than any in recorded history. This mega-tsunami, with waves of more than 150 feet in height, would ravage Europe, Africa, and ultimately the East Coast of the United States, causing immeasurable loss of life and destruction ... After Professor Paul Landon, the world's most prominent geophysicist, is found with a bullet in his head, it is discovered that Ravi Rashood--America's nemesis and the former SAS officer who is now the head of Hamas--has hatched a diabolical plot against the West: to fire a nuclear-tipped guided cruise missile-Scimitar SL-2, named for the curved sword of the Muslim warrior Saladin--into the volcano Cumbre Vieja. United States Admiral Arnold Morgan, the retired National Security Adviser, and the Pentagon know it's not a joke when Rashood, accompanied once again by his wife, the Palestinian Shakira, explodes Mount St. Helens. Morgan knows something even more horrific is to come. But stopping them won't be easy. Rashood and his Hamas crew are deep in the ocean, in an undetectable sub, which he managed to procure from Russia via communist China. Perhaps worse, a new President, a weak-willed liberal in the White House, worries about taking a stand. As the terrorists' deadline approaches, the newly implemented and unseasoned National Security team must consider the unthinkable. They must assume the daunting task of organizing a mass relocation of major population centers along the East Coast to safer ground. Morgan once again finds himself at the center of a desperate cat-and-mouse chase, battling his greatest enemy yet as he races against time to locate the silent underwater marauder and stop Rashood before the unimaginable happens. With his trademark authentic research and grasp of military hardware, geopolitics, and cutting-edge science, Patrick Robinson is at the top of his game with this new tale.
When Detective Kaitlyn McKinney responds to a call about a strange, burned body, she discovers something far more complicated--and dangerous. Landon Rourke is a werewolf, exiled from his pack and dedicated to keeping a protective watch over Kaitlyn. A prophecy has said that his kind and vampires would one day come to a truce. But that day has yet to come. Landon has his own past to deal with, too, involving Kaitie herself. A dark truth that has kept them apart for years. When Kaitlyn gets caught up in the battle between vampires and werewolves, the long-simmering attraction she shares with Landon ignites. And in that attraction they find the secret that will bring them together. . . .
She'd barely survived the treacherous drive to Kaitlyn's house through an ice storm. Then, forced to break in when she couldn't find the key, Abby was immediately grabbed by someone in the dark. She gave her assailant the fight of his life. . . until his accusation that she was a burglar told her a mistake had been made. Now, facing her opponent, she was overwhelmed by an electric attraction more intense than any she'd ever felt. Gabriel was impressed by this fascinating spitfire. He also felt the most intense desire of his life--a relentless need so powerful it tore him apart. He understood immediately that Abby was the one--the female destined as his mate for life. But Abby was't like the other females he'd been with. For one thing, she was human. Gabriel didn't trust humans one bit. But the realization hit him--if he was to win Abby, he would have to win her trust. . . and Abby wasn't going to make it easy. Thrill to this ebook exclusive installment in Patrice Michelle's enthralling Scions series.
Caine Grennard is a werewolf, living among humans and lacking purpose--until the night he meets a woman with an exotic, irresistible scent. A woman who might be his deadliest enemy. When her aunt is kidnapped, Emma Gray swears she'll do anything to get the older woman back. Even if it means trusting the mysterious--and sexy--stranger named Caine. But more is at stake than one woman's life: Emma's past holds the last key to unlocking a prophecy Caine's clan is depending on. The fates of both their clans rest on Caine and Emma trusting the impossible, electric connection between them, even in the midst of betrayal. . . .
Are you new to SciPy and NumPy? Do you want to learn it quickly and easily through examples and a concise introduction? Then this is the book for you. You'll cut through the complexity of online documentation and discover how easily you can get up to speed with these Python libraries. Ideal for data analysts and scientists in any field, this overview shows you how to use NumPy for numerical processing, including array indexing, math operations, and loading and saving data. You'll learn how SciPy helps you work with advanced mathematical functions such as optimization, interpolation, integration, clustering, statistics, and other tools that take scientific programming to a whole new level. The new edition is now available, fully revised and updated in June 2013. Learn the capabilities of NumPy arrays, element-by-element operations, and core mathematical operations Solve minimization problems quickly with SciPy's optimization package Use SciPy functions for interpolation, from simple univariate to complex multivariate cases Apply a variety of SciPy statistical tools such as distributions and functions Learn SciPy's spatial and cluster analysis classes Save operation time and memory usage with sparse matrices
After a knee injury forces professional Scottish dancer, Liss MacCrimmon to give up her life of performing strathspreys, reels, jigs and Highland flings she returns to her hometown of Moosetookalook, Maine, where she runs a Scottish Emporium. With one solved murder case under her dance belt, Liss has no idea shes about to spiral into another. . . Switching to life without footlights or greasepaint has been easier than Liss MacCrimmon expected. After seven months in her hometown of Moosetookalook Maine, shes been able to keep her feet in the dance world by offering lessons to a few of the local children. Running the towns Scottish Emporium with her aunt, working on her physical therapy for her knee injury, and starting a budding romance with Dan Ruskin, a neighbor and former high school classmate, has kept her more than busy. Still, she misses the life of a professional dancer with Strathspey, the Scottish dance company she belonged to before her knee injury forced her into early retirement. When the company goes on tour, Liss is instrumental in bringing the show to her hometown. Overjoyed at the prospect of seeing her old friends again, even if she cant dance with them, Liss arranges a reception for the troupe complete with a Scottish theme that includes a new spin on the classic Scottish Scone, her very own recipe for "cocktail scones. " Liss soon realizes that life in the group isnt all happy jigs and fancy stepping. Victor Owens, the company manager, has been making life miserable for every member of the company. She has no idea how miserable until Victor bites into one of Lisss prized cocktail scones, collapses and dies. When the police set their sights on Liss and her best friends, its up to Liss to find out whodunit before the killer makes an encore. With a missing ingénue, potential embezzlement, several secret romantic relationships, and a murderer in the mix, shell have to work fast to uncover what is really going on backstage when the curtain falls on Strathspey.
HEY SCOOBY-DOO! LOOKS LIKE THERE'S A MYSTERY TO SOLVE! Jinkies! The kids from Mystery, Inc. have seen a lot of strange things, but a boogeyman haunting a bowling alley? That's got to be the strangest yet. When the boogeyman starts scaring all the kids away from the lanes, Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma must put on their bowling shoes and strike out that baddie!
HEY SCOOBY-DOO! LOOKS LIKE THERE'S A MYSTERY TO SOLVE! SCOOBY-DOO MYSTERIES. Get ready to rock and roll when the kids from Mystery, Inc. head to the desert to watch a music video being filmed! But trouble's in store when--ruh-roh--a spooky cactus creature shows up to sabotage the set, and it's up to Shaggy, Scooby, and the rest of the gang to catch the creature before it's a wrap.
HEY SCOOBY-DOO! LOOKS LIKE THERE'S A MYSTERY TO SOLVE! A private tour of a world famous was museum? Groovy! But the wax monsters look like they're going to come to life any minute. Ruh-roh! Frankenstein's monster is alive. And he's after a rare necklace. Now Scooby and the gang have to melt this monster before the necklace is lost forever!
Summertime's here, and 'tis the season for making ice cream at home for parties, backyard barbecues, and beach getaways. A guide to more than two dozen of the nation's best artisan dairies, Scoop takes you on a colorful tour with photos, stories, and histories of these mom-and-pop shops. Author Ellen Brown has reinterpreted classic frozen recipes for the home cook, each fitted to the most popular ice cream freezers on the market. Explore the nation's favorite ice cream shops with a plethora of delectable photographs and 150 recipes--featuring ice cream, gelato, sorbet, and more. This is the must-have guide for the at-home ice cream connoisseur.
Evelyn Waugh was one of literature's great curmudgeons and a scathingly funny satirist. Scoop is a comedy of England's newspaper business of the 1930s and the story of William Boot, a innocent hick from the country who writes careful essays about the habits of the badger. Through a series of accidents and mistaken identity, Boot is hired as a war correspondent for a Fleet Street newspaper. The uncomprehending Boot is sent to the fictional African country of Ishmaelia to cover an expected revolution. Although he has no idea what he is doing and he can't understand the incomprehensible telegrams from his London editors, Boot eventually gets the big story.
The debut of a wonderful new series, The Scoop is #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels's introduction to The Godmothers, four unforgettable women who are about to get a whole new lease on life . . . Teresa 'toots' Amelia Loudenberry has crammed a great deal of living -- not to mention eight much-loved husbands -- into her varied and rewarding life. Once again single, Toots is ready to taste life again, and fate has just handed her the perfect opportunity . . . The owner of the gossip rag where Toots's daughter works is about to lose the paper to his gambling debts. Eager to keep her daughter employed among the movers and shakers of Hollywood, Toots calls on her three trusted friends --Sophie, Mavis, and Ida --to help pull some strings. Together, they hatch a plan that proves you should never underestimate Southern ladies of a certain age, and that each day can be a gift, if you're willing to claim it . . . Praise for Fern Michaels and the Godmothers series 'Michaels's engaging version of the Golden Girls. ' - Booklist 'Witty, charming, and complicated. ' - RT Reviews
And now back to our regularly scheduled insanity.Channel 7 news producer Hugo Talley dreams of working with first-class professionals. Instead he's saddled with a weatherman who can't admit when he's wrong, an aging anchorwoman who refuses to release her clawlike grip on the newsdesk, a conscience-stricken reporter who's reluctant to focus on sensationalism, and a new assistant-former homeschool student Hayden Hazard-who can't just seem to leave her faith outside the newsroom.When the Channel News 7 team inadvertently stumbles on a hot news story, Hugo is frantic to exploit this rare opportunity. But a series of crises-including a Botox disaster and the disappearance of a colleague-threatens to destroy his chance for ratings success and send him completely over the edge.Meanwhile Hayden's presence is distracting at least two coworkers. Softspoken reporter Ray Duffey isn't sure whether he's attracted or frightened by her outspoken faith, while ego-driven Sam Leege is certain her naïve spiritual convictions will fall victim to his persuasive attentions.With their oddball antics and all-too-real foibles, this lovable cast of characters offers a hilarious look at the sometimes-unexpected effects of taking one's faith boldly into the workplace.From the Trade Paperback edition.
And now back to our regularly scheduled insanity. Channel 7 news producer Hugo Talley dreams of working with first-class professionals. Instead he's saddled with a weatherman who can't admit when he's wrong, an aging anchorwoman who refuses to release her clawlike grip on the newsdesk, a conscience-stricken reporter who's reluctant to focus on sensationalism, and a new assistant--former homeschool student Hayden Hazard--who can't just seem to leave her faith outside the newsroom. When the Channel News 7 team inadvertently stumbles on a hot news story, Hugo is frantic to exploit this rare opportunity. But a series of crises--including a Botox disaster and the disappearance of a colleague--threatens to destroy his chance for ratings success and send him completely over the edge. Meanwhile Hayden's presence is distracting at least two coworkers. Softspoken reporter Ray Duffey isn't sure whether he's attracted or frightened by her outspoken faith, while ego-driven Sam Leege is certain her naïve spiritual convictions will fall victim to his persuasive attentions. With their oddball antics and all-too-real foibles, this lovable cast of characters offers a hilarious look at the sometimes--unexpected effects of taking one's faith boldly into the workplace.
Travel back to a time when: All children wore dresses even boys, Chasing a pig was a form of entertainment, Step into the lives of the colonists, and get the scoop on clothes, homes, and daily life in colonial America.
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