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1 Nahin, Paul J Time Machine Tales I10155 2017 eBook  
2 Broderick, Damien Consciousness and Science Fiction I09059 2018 eBook  
3 Wuppuluri, Shyam The Map and the Territory I09037 2018 eBook  
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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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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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