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1 Shaver, Peter The Rise of Science I08553 2018 eBook  
2 Schneier, Bruce Beyond Fear I10940 2003 eBook  
3 Amaldi, Ugo Particle Accelerators: From Big Bang Physics to Hadron Therapy I05831 2015 eBook  
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TitleThe Rise of Science : From Prehistory to the Far Future
Author(s)Shaver, Peter
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2018.
DescriptionX, 279 p. 5 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteHow did science rise up to so dramatically change our world, and where will it take us in the future? This book gives a unique and broad overview. A brief history reveals the major phases and turning points in the rise of science from the earliest civilizations to the present: How was science ???discovered???? Why did it disappear a few times? When did it become ???modern???? A critical assessment examines how science actually ???happens???: the triumphs, the struggles, the mistakes and the luck. Science today is endlessly fascinating, and this book explores the current exponential growth, curiosity-driven vs. goal-oriented research, big and small science, the support of science, the relation of science to society, philosophy and religion, and the benefits and dangers of science. Finally a glimpse into the future: Will the current pace of science continue? Will we ever go backwards (again)? What remains to be discovered? Can science ever be complete? What can we imagine for the distant future? This book will be of wide interest to the general reader as well as to students and working scientists. This book provides a fresh, unique and insightful coverage of the processes of science, its impact on society and our understanding of the world, based on the author???s experience gained from a lifetime in science. Ron Ekers, FRS, CSIRO Fellow, CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science, Former President of the International Astronomical Union Peter Shaver's comprehensive and lively survey deserves a wide readership. Scientific discoveries are part of our global culture and heritage, and they underpin our lives. It's fascinating to learn how they were made, and how they fit into the grand scheme. This book isn't just for scientists - it's written for all of us. Martin Rees, FRS, Astronomer Royal, Former President of the Royal Society and Former Master of Trinity College, Cambridge This book offers a wonderfully concise and accessible insight into science ??? its history, breadth and future prospects. Peter Shaver gives a feeling for what it actually means to be a practicing scientist. Stephen Simpson, FRS, Academic Director, Charles Perkins Centre, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney
ISBN,Price9783319918129
Keyword(s)1. ASTRONOMY 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. ENVIRONMENT 5. HEALTH 6. HISTORY 7. HISTORY OF SCIENCE 8. MEDICINE 9. NATURE 10. Philosophy and science 11. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 12. PHYSICS 13. Popular Science in Astronomy 14. Popular Science in Medicine and Health 15. Popular Science in Nature and Environment 16. Popular Science in Physics
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TitleBeyond Fear : Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World
Author(s)Schneier, Bruce
PublicationNew York, NY, 1. Imprint: Copernicus 2. Springer New York, 2003.
DescriptionVIII, 296 p : online resource
Abstract NoteMany of us, especially since 9/11, have become personally concerned about issues of security, and this is no surprise. Security is near the top of government and corporate agendas around the globe. Security-related stories appear on the front page everyday. How well though, do any of us truly understand what achieving real security involves? In Beyond Fear, Bruce Schneier invites us to take a critical look at not just the threats to our security, but the ways in which we're encouraged to think about security by law enforcement agencies, businesses of all shapes and sizes, and our national governments and militaries. Schneier believes we all can and should be better security consumers, and that the trade-offs we make in the name of security - in terms of cash outlays, taxes, inconvenience, and diminished freedoms - should be part of an ongoing negotiation in our personal, professional, and civic lives, and the subject of an open and informed national discussion. With a well-deserved reputation for original and sometimes iconoclastic thought, Schneier has a lot to say that is provocative, counter-intuitive, and just plain good sense. He explains in detail, for example, why we need to design security systems that don't just work well, but fail well, and why secrecy on the part of government often undermines security. He also believes, for instance, that national ID cards are an exceptionally bad idea: technically unsound, and even destructive of security. And, contrary to a lot of current nay-sayers, he thinks online shopping is fundamentally safe, and that many of the new airline security measure (though by no means all) are actually quite effective. A skeptic of much that's promised by highly touted technologies like biometrics, Schneier is also a refreshingly positive, problem-solving force in the often self-dramatizing and fear-mongering world of security pundits. Schneier helps the reader to understand the issues at stake, and how to best come to one's own conclusions, including the vast infrastructure we already have in place, and the vaster systems--some useful, others useless or worse--that we're being asked to submit to and pay for. Bruce Schneier is the author of seven books, including Applied Cryptography (which Wired called "the one book the National Security Agency wanted never to be published") and Secrets and Lies (described in Fortune as "startlingly lively...[a] jewel box of little surprises you can actually use."). He is also Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Counterpane Internet Security, Inc., and publishes Crypto-Gram, one of the most widely read newsletters in the field of online security
ISBN,Price9780387217123
Keyword(s)1. Coding and Information Theory 2. CODING THEORY 3. Cryptology 4. Data encryption (Computer science) 5. EBOOK 6. EBOOK - SPRINGER 7. HEALTH 8. INFORMATION THEORY 9. MEDICINE 10. Popular Science in Medicine and Health 11. Popular Science, general 12. Popular works 13. Security Science and Technology 14. SOCIAL WORK 15. System safety
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TitleParticle Accelerators: From Big Bang Physics to Hadron Therapy
Author(s)Amaldi, Ugo
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2015.
DescriptionXVII, 284 p. 145 illus., 28 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteRather than focusing on the contributions of theoretical physicists to the understanding of the subatomic world and of the beginning of the universe - as most popular science books on particle physics do - this book is different in that, firstly, the main focus is on machine inventors and builders and, secondly, particle accelerators are not only described as discovery tools but also for their contributions to tumour diagnosis and therapy. The characters of well-known (e.g. Ernest Lawrence) and mostly unknown actors (e.g. Nicholas Christofilos) are outlined, including many colourful quotations. The overall picture supports the author???s motto: ???Physics is beautiful and useful???. ?? Advance appraisal: ???Accelerators go all the way from the unique and gargantuan Large Hadron Collider to thousands of smaller versions in hospitals and industry. Ugo Amaldi has experience across the range. He has worked at CERN and has for many years been driving the application of accelerators in medicine. This is a must-read introduction to this frontier of modern technology, written beautifully by a world expert.??? Frank Close, Professor of Physics at Oxford University author of "The Infinity Puzzle" ???This book should be read by school teachers and all those interested in the exploration of the microcosm and its relation to cosmology, and in the use of accelerators for medical applications. With a light hand and without formulae the author easily explains complicated matters, spicing up the text with amusing historical anecdotes. His reputation as an outstanding scientist in all the fields treated guarantees high standards.??? Herwig Schopper, former CERN Director General?? author of "LEP - The Lord of the Collider Rings at CERN" ???This book tells the story of modern physics with an unusual emphasis on the machine-builders who made it all possible, and their machines.?? Learning to accelerate?? particles has enabled physicists to probe the subatomic world and gain a deeper understanding of the cosmos.?? It has also brought numerous benefits to medicine, from the primitive X-ray machines of over a century ago to today's developments in hadron therapy for cancer.?? Amaldi tells this story in a most fascinating way.??? Edward Witten, Professor of ??Mathematical Physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton;??Fields Medal (1990)
ISBN,Price9783319088709
Keyword(s)1. COSMOLOGY 2. Diagnostic Radiology 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. HEALTH 6. MEDICINE 7. NUCLEAR PHYSICS 8. Particle acceleration 9. Particle Acceleration and Detection, Beam Physics 10. Particle and Nuclear Physics 11. PHYSICS 12. Popular Science in Medicine and Health 13. Popular Science in Physics 14. Radiology
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