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1 Aguirre, Anthony How Should Humanity Steer the Future? I10300 2016 eBook  
2 Nahin, Paul J Time Machine Tales I10155 2017 eBook  
3 Minier, Vincent Inventing a Space Mission I09663 2017 eBook  
4 Broderick, Damien Consciousness and Science Fiction I09059 2018 eBook  
5 Wuppuluri, Shyam The Map and the Territory I09037 2018 eBook  
6 Weingartner, Paul A Alternative Logics. Do Sciences Need Them? I11584 2004 eBook  
7 Bricmont, J Chance in Physics I11452 2001 eBook  
8 Wigner, Eugene Paul The Collected Works of Eugene Paul Wigner I11438 2001 eBook  
9 Stapp, Henry P Mind, Matter and Quantum Mechanics I11294 2004 eBook  
10 K??hn, Reimer Adaptivity and Learning I11247 2003 eBook  
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TitleHow Should Humanity Steer the Future?
Author(s)Aguirre, Anthony;Foster, Brendan;Merali, Zeeya
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
DescriptionVIII, 175 p. 14 illus : online resource
Abstract NoteThe fourteen award-winning essays in this volume discuss a range of novel ideas and controversial??topics that could decisively influence the course of human life on Earth.??Their??authors address, in accessible language,??issues as diverse as:??enabling our social systems to learn; research in biological??engineering and artificial intelligence; mending and??enhancing minds; improving the way we do, and teach, science; living in the??here and now; and the value of play. ?? The essays are enhanced versions of the prize-winning entries submitted to the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi) essay competition in 2014. FQXi, catalyzes, supports, and disseminates research on questions at the foundations of physics and cosmology, particularly new frontiers and innovative ideas integral to a deep understanding of reality, but unlikely to be supported by conventional funding sources
ISBN,Price9783319207179
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. EDUCATION 4. PHILOSOPHY 5. Philosophy of Technology 6. Popular Science in Education 7. Science???Social aspects 8. Societal Aspects of Physics, Outreach and Education
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TitleTime Machine Tales : The Science Fiction Adventures and Philosophical Puzzles of Time Travel
Author(s)Nahin, Paul J
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionXLIX, 383 p. 53 illus., 3 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book contains a broad overview of time travel in science fiction, along with a detailed examination of the philosophical implications of time travel. The emphasis of this book is now on the philosophical and on science fiction, rather than on physics, as in the author's earlier books on the subject. In that spirit there are, for example, no Tech Notes filled with algebra, integrals, and differential equations, as there are in the first and second editions of TIME MACHINES. Writing about time travel is, today, a respectable business. It hasn???t always been so. After all, time travel, prima facie, appears to violate a fundamental law of nature; every effect has a cause, with the cause occurring before the effect. Time travel to the past, however, seems to allow, indeed to demand, backwards causation, with an effect (the time traveler emerging into the past as he exits from his time machine) occurring before its cause (the time traveler pushing the start button on his machine???s control panel to start his trip backward through time). Time Machine Tales includes new discussions of the advances by physicists and philosophers that have appeared since the publication of TIME MACHINES in 1999, examples of which are the chapters on time travel paradoxes. Those chapters have been brought up-to-date with the latest philosophical thinking on the paradoxes. Paul Nahin is THE authority on the intricate physics of time travel, paradoxes and all. He makes the field as clear as it can be. ??? Gregory Benford, author of Timescape
ISBN,Price9783319488646
Keyword(s)1. Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. GRAVITATION 5. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 6. PHILOSOPHY 7. Philosophy and science 8. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 9. PHYSICS 10. Popular Science in Philosophy 11. Popular Science in Physics
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TitleInventing a Space Mission : The Story of the Herschel Space Observatory
Author(s)Minier, Vincent;Bonnet, Roger-Maurice;Bontems, Vincent;de Graauw, Thijs;Griffin, Matt;Helmich, Frank;Pilbratt, G??ran;Volonte, Sergio
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionXII, 280 p. 91 illus., 69 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book describes prominent technological achievements within a very successful space science mission: the Herschel space observatory. Focusing on the various processes of innovation it offers an analysis and discussion of the social, technological and scientific context of the mission that paved the way to its development. It addresses the key question raised by these processes in our modern society, i.e.: how knowledge management of innovation set the conditions for inventing the future? In that respect the book is based on a transdisciplinary analysis of the programmatic complexity of Herschel, with inputs from space scientists, managers, philosophers, and engineers. This book is addressed to decision makers, not only in space science, but also in other industries and sciences using or building large machines. It is also addressed to space engineers and scientists as well as students in science and management
ISBN,Price9783319600246
Keyword(s)1. Aerospace engineering 2. Aerospace Technology and Astronautics 3. ASTRONAUTICS 4. Astronomy, Observations and Techniques 5. Astronomy???Observations 6. EBOOK 7. EBOOK - SPRINGER 8. INDUSTRIAL MANAGEMENT 9. Innovation/Technology Management 10. Knowledge management 11. MANAGEMENT 12. Observations, Astronomical 13. PHILOSOPHY 14. Philosophy of Technology 15. SPACE SCIENCES 16. Space Sciences (including Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Exploration and Astronautics)
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TitleConsciousness and Science Fiction
Author(s)Broderick, Damien
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2018.
DescriptionXXII, 196 p : online resource
Abstract NoteScience fiction explores the wonderful, baffling and wildly entertaining aspects of a universe unimaginably old and vast, and with a future even more immense. It reaches into that endless cosmos with the tools of rational investigation and storytelling. At the core of both science and science fiction is the engaged human mind--a consciousness that sees and feels and thinks and loves. But what is this mind, this aware and self-aware consciousness that seems unlike anything else we experience? What makes consciousness the Hard Problem of philosophy, still unsolved after millennia of probing? This book looks into the heart of this mystery - at the science and philosophy of consciousness and at many inspiring fictional examples - and finds strange, challenging answers. The book's content and entertaining style will appeal equally to science fiction enthusiasts and scholars, including cognitive and neuroscientists, as well as philosophers of mind. It is a refreshing romp through the science and science fiction of consciousness
ISBN,Price9783030005993
Keyword(s)1. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 5. Neurosciences 6. PHILOSOPHY 7. PHYSICS 8. Popular Science in Philosophy 9. Popular Science in Physics
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TitleThe Map and the Territory : Exploring the Foundations of Science, Thought and Reality
Author(s)Wuppuluri, Shyam;Doria, Francisco Antonio
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2018.
DescriptionXXIII, 641 p. 28 illus : online resource
Abstract NoteThe Map/Territory distinction is a foundational part of the scientific method and, in fact, underlies all of thought, and even reality itself. This fascinating and fundamental topic is addressed here by some of the world???s leading thinkers and intellectual giants, whose accessible essays cover six and more fields of endeavor. It is imperative to distinguish the Map from the Territory when analyzing any subject, yet we often mistake the map for the territory; the meaning for the reference; a computational tool for what it computes. Representations are so handy and tempting that we often end up committing the category error of over-associating the representation with the thing it represents, so much so that the distinction between them is lost. This error, whose roots frequently lie in pedagogy, generates a plethora of paradoxes/confusions which hinder a proper understanding of the subject. What are wave functions? Fields? Forces? Numbers? Sets? Classes? Operators? Functions? Alphabets and Sentences? Are they a part of our map (theory/representation)? Or do they actually belong to the territory (reality)? A researcher, like a cartographer, clothes (or creates?) the reality by stitching together numerous co-existing maps. Is there a reality out there apart from these maps? How do these various maps interact or combine with each other to produce a coherent reality that we interact with? Or do they not? Does our brain use its own internal maps to facilitate the ???physicist/mathematician??? in us to construct, in turn, the maps about the external realm? If so, what is the nature of these internal maps? Are there meta-maps? Evolution definitely fences in our perception and thereby our ability to construct maps, revealing to us only those aspects beneficial for our survival. But to what extent? Is there a way out of this metaphorical Plato???s cave erected around us by the nature? Alfred Korzybski once remarked ???The Map is not the Territory???: Join us in this journey to explore the many questions, concepts and interpretations that this claim engenders.
ISBN,Price9783319724782
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. EPISTEMOLOGY 4. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 5. MATHEMATICAL LOGIC 6. Mathematical Logic and Foundations 7. Philosophical and Historical Foundations of Science 8. PHILOSOPHY 9. PHYSICS 10. Popular Science in Philosophy 11. Science???History 12. Science???Philosophy
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TitleAlternative Logics. Do Sciences Need Them?
Author(s)Weingartner, Paul A
PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2004.
DescriptionXVII, 368 p : online resource
Abstract NoteInitially proposed as rivals of classical logic, alternative logics have become increasingly important in sciences such as quantum physics, computer science, and artificial intelligence. The contributions collected in this volume address and explore the question whether the usage of logic in the sciences, especially in modern physics, requires a deviation from classical mathematical logic. The articles in the first part of the book set the scene by describing the context and the dilemma when applying logic in science. In Part II the authors offer several logics that deviate in different ways from classical logics. The twelve papers in Part III investigate in detail specific aspects such as quantum logic, quantum computation, computer-science considerations, praxic logic, and quantum probability. Most of the contributions are revised and partially extended versions of papers presented at a conference of the same title of the Acad??mie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences held at the Internationales Forschungszentrum Salzburg in May 1999. Others have been added to complete the picture of recent research in alternative logics as they have been developed for applications in the sciences
ISBN,Price9783662056790
Keyword(s)1. ALGEBRA 2. COMPUTERS 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. Order, Lattices, Ordered Algebraic Structures 6. Ordered algebraic structures 7. PHILOSOPHY 8. Philosophy, general 9. QUANTUM COMPUTERS 10. Quantum Information Technology, Spintronics 11. QUANTUM PHYSICS 12. SPINTRONICS 13. Theory of Computation
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TitleChance in Physics : Foundations and Perspectives
Author(s)Bricmont, J;D??rr, D;Galavotti, M.C;Ghirardi, G;Petruccione, F;Zanghi, Nino
PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2001.
DescriptionXII, 292 p : online resource
Abstract NoteThis selection of reviews and papers is intended to stimulate renewed reflection on the fundamental and practical aspects of probability in physics. While putting emphasis on conceptual aspects in the foundations of statistical and quantum mechanics, the book deals with the philosophy of probability in its interrelation with mathematics and physics in general. Addressing graduate students and researchers in physics and mathematics togehter with philosophers of science, the contributions avoid cumbersome technicalities in order to make the book worthwhile reading for nonspecialists and specialists alike
ISBN,Price9783540449669
Keyword(s)1. COMPLEX SYSTEMS 2. DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. PHILOSOPHY 6. Philosophy, general 7. PROBABILITIES 8. Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes 9. QUANTUM PHYSICS 10. STATISTICAL PHYSICS 11. Statistical Physics and Dynamical Systems
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TitleThe Collected Works of Eugene Paul Wigner : Historical, Philosophical, and Socio-Political Papers. Historical and Biographical Reflections and Syntheses
Author(s)Wigner, Eugene Paul;Mehra, Jagdish
PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2001.
DescriptionXII, 536 p : online resource
Abstract NoteNot only was E.P. Wigner one of the most active creators of 20th century physics, he was also always interested in expressing his opinion in philosophical, political or sociological matters. This volume of his collected works covers a wide selection of his essays about science and society, about himself and his colleagues. Annotated by J. Mehra, this volume will become an important source of reference for historians of science, and it will be pleasant reading for every physicist interested in forming ideas in modern physics
ISBN,Price9783662077917
Keyword(s)1. Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics 2. ATOMS 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. Heavy ions 6. Language and Literature 7. LINGUISTICS 8. MATHEMATICS 9. Mathematics, general 10. NUCLEAR PHYSICS 11. Nuclear Physics, Heavy Ions, Hadrons 12. Philology 13. PHILOSOPHY 14. Philosophy, general 15. PHYSICS 16. Physics, general
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TitleMind, Matter and Quantum Mechanics
Author(s)Stapp, Henry P
PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2004.
DescriptionXIII, 297 p. 2 illus : online resource
Abstract Note"Scientists other than quantum physicists often fail to comprehend the enormity of the conceptual change wrought by quantum theory in our basic conception of the nature of matter," writes Henry Stapp. Stapp is a leading quantum physicist who has given particularly careful thought to the implications of the theory that lies at the heart of modern physics. In this book, which contains several of his key papers as well as new material, he focuses on the problem of consciousness and explains how quantum mechanics allows causally effective conscious thought to be combined in a natural way with the physical brain made of neurons and atoms. The book is divided into four sections. The first consists of an extended introduction. Key foundational and somewhat more technical papers are included in the second part, together with a clear exposition of the "orthodox" interpretation of quantum mechanics. The third part addresses, in a non-technical fashion, the implications of the theory for some of the most profound questions that mankind has contemplated: How does the world come to be just what it is and not something else? How should humans view themselves in a quantum universe? What will be the impact on society of the revised scientific image of the nature of man? The final part contains a mathematical appendix for the specialist and a glossary of important terms and ideas for the interested layman. This new edition has been updated and extended to address recent debates about consciousness
ISBN,Price9783662053690
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. PHILOSOPHY 4. Philosophy, general 5. Popular Science, general 6. Popular works 7. QUANTUM PHYSICS
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TitleAdaptivity and Learning : An Interdisciplinary Debate
Author(s)K??hn, Reimer;Menzel, Randolf;Menzel, Wolfram;Ratsch, Ulrich;Richter, Michael M;Stamatescu, Ion-Olimpiu
PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2003.
DescriptionXII, 403 p : online resource
Abstract NoteAdaptivity and learning have in recent decades become a common concern of scientific disciplines. These issues have arisen in mathematics, physics, biology, informatics, economics, and other fields more or less simultaneously. The aim of this publication is the interdisciplinary discourse on the phenomenon of learning and adaptivity. Different perspectives are presented and compared to find fruitful concepts for the disciplines involved. The authors select problems showing representative traits concerning the frame up, the methods and the achievements rather than to present extended overviews. To foster interdisciplinary dialogue, this book presents diverse perspectives from various scientific fields, including: - The biological perspective: e.g., physiology, behaviour; - The mathematical perspective: e.g., algorithmic and stochastic learning; - The physics perspective: e.g., learning for artificial neural networks; - The "learning by experience" perspective: reinforcement learning, social learning, artificial life; - The cognitive perspective: e.g., deductive/inductive procedures, learning and language learning as a high level cognitive process; - The application perspective: e.g., robotics, control, knowledge engineering
ISBN,Price9783662055946
Keyword(s)1. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE 2. COMPLEX SYSTEMS 3. Control engineering 4. Control, Robotics, Mechatronics 5. DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS 6. EBOOK 7. EBOOK - SPRINGER 8. Evolutionary Biology 9. Mechatronics 10. PHILOSOPHY 11. Philosophy, general 12. PHYSICS 13. Physics, general 14. ROBOTICS 15. STATISTICAL PHYSICS
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