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1 Webb, Stephen Clash of Symbols I10010 2018 eBook  
2 Dyakonov, Mikhail I Will We Ever Have a Quantum Computer? I09102 2020 eBook  
3 Narlikar, Jayant V The Return of Vaman - A Scientific Novel I06517 2015 eBook  
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TitleClash of Symbols : A ride through the riches of glyphs
Author(s)Webb, Stephen
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2018.
DescriptionIX, 245 p. 45 illus : online resource
Abstract NoteFrom the ampersat and amerpsand, via smileys and runes to the ubiquitous presence of mathematical and other symbols in sciences and technology: both old and modern documents abound with many familiar as well as lesser known characters, symbols and other glyphs. Yet, who would be readily able to answer any question like: ???who chose ?? to represent the ratio of a circle???s diameter to its circumference???? or ???what???s the reasoning behind having a ??? key on my computer keyboard???? ??This book is precisely for those who have always asked themselves this sort of questions. So, here are the stories behind one hundred glyphs, the book being evenly divided into five parts, with each featuring 20 symbols. Part 1, called??Character sketches, looks at some of the glyphs we use in writing. Part 2, called??Signs of the times, discusses some glyphs used in pol??itics, religion, and other areas of everyday life. Some of these symbols are common; others are used only rarely. Some are modern inventions; others, which seem contemporary, can be traced back many hundreds of years. Part 3, called??Signs and wonders, explores some of the symbols people have developed for use in describing the heavens. These are some of the most visually striking glyphs in the book, and many of them date back to ancient times. Nevertheless their use ??? at least in professional arenas ??? is diminishing. Part 4, called??It???s Greek to me, examines some symbols used in various branches of science. A number of these symbols are employed routinely by professional scientists and are also familiar to the general public; others are no longer applied in a serious fashion by??anyone????? but the reader might still meet them, from time to time, in older works. The final part of the book,??Meaningless marks on paper, looks at some of the characters used in mathematics, the history of which one can easily appreciate with only a basic knowledge of mathematics. There are obviously countless others symbols. In recent years the computing industry has devel??oped Unicode and it currently contains more than 135 000 entries. This book would like to encourage the curious reader to take a stroll through Unicode, to meet many characters that will delight the eye and, researching their history, to gain some fascinating insights
ISBN,Price9783319713502
Keyword(s)1. ASTRONOMY 2. COMPUTER SCIENCE 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. HUMANITIES 6. MATHEMATICS 7. PHYSICS 8. Popular Computer Science 9. Popular Science in Astronomy 10. Popular Science in Humanities / Arts 11. Popular Science in Mathematics 12. Popular Science in Physics 13. Popular Science in Technology 14. TECHNOLOGY
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TitleWill We Ever Have a Quantum Computer?
Author(s)Dyakonov, Mikhail I
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2020.
DescriptionXI, 49 p. 5 illus., 1 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book addresses a broad community of physicists, engineers, computer scientists and industry professionals, as well as the general public, who are aware of the unprecedented media hype surrounding the supposedly imminent new era of quantum computing. The central argument of this book is that the feasibility of quantum computing in the physical world is extremely doubtful. The hypothetical quantum computer is not simply a quantum variant of the conventional digital computer, but rather a quantum extension of a classical analog computer operating with continuous parameters. In order to have a useful machine, the number of continuous parameters to control would have to be of such an astronomically large magnitude as to render the endeavor virtually infeasible. This viewpoint is based on the author???s expert understanding of the gargantuan challenges that would have to be overcome to ever make quantum computing a reality. Knowledge of secondary-school-level physics and math will be sufficient for understanding most of the text; the few paragraphs that are more technical are highlighted in italics
ISBN,Price9783030420192
Keyword(s)1. COMPUTER SCIENCE 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. PHYSICS 5. Popular Computer Science 6. Popular Science in Physics 7. QUANTUM COMPUTERS 8. Quantum computing 9. Quantum Information Technology, Spintronics 10. QUANTUM PHYSICS 11. SPINTRONICS
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TitleThe Return of Vaman - A Scientific Novel
Author(s)Narlikar, Jayant V
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2015.
DescriptionVII, 142 p. 2 illus : online resource
Abstract NoteThis collection of science fiction writings by Jayant V. Narlikar offers readers a unique glimpse into the world-famous Indian astrophysicist???s vivid and highly imaginative concepts and stories. ?? The fictional material comprises a witty short story ("The rare idol of Ganesha") that cleverly explores the possible consequences of a mirror-symmetric individual in the context of cricket test match performances, as well as the fast-paced, gripping science fiction thriller "The return of Vaman": when an alien container is unearthed by a crew of scientists, the enormous potential technological applications of its contents bring various criminal elements on the scene ??? but when the real danger becomes apparent it is almost too late to save humanity. ?? Last but not least, the book provides readers with extensive insights into the genesis and scientific background of the fictional material presented in this volume, along with an autobiographical account of the author???s life-long interest in science fiction and his contributions to the genre. ?? About the author: ?? Jayant V. Narlikar is internationally known for his work in cosmology, in particular for championing models alternative to the standard big-bang theory. He was president of the cosmology commission of the International Astronomical Union from 1994 to 1997. He has received several national and international awards and honorary doctorates - he is a Bhatnagar awardee, as well as recipient of the M.P. Birla award, the Prix Janssen of the French Astronomical Society and an Associate of the Royal Astronomical Society of London. He is Fellow of the three Indian national science academies as well as of the Third World Academy of Sciences. Well beyond his scientific research, Prof. Narlikar is widely known as a science communicator through his books, articles, and radio/TV programs and he was honored by the UNESCO in 1996 with the Kalinga Award. He made his debut in science fiction writing in 1974, by winning the top prize in the story writing competition organized by the Marathi Vidnyan Parishad, a non-governmental organization engaged in science popularization. ?? ??
ISBN,Price9783319164298
Keyword(s)1. ASTRONOMY 2. ASTROPHYSICS 3. Astrophysics and Astroparticles 4. COMPUTER SCIENCE 5. EBOOK 6. EBOOK - SPRINGER 7. PHYSICS 8. Popular Computer Science 9. Popular Science in Astronomy 10. Popular Science in Physics
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