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1 Penprase, Bryan E The Power of Stars I10366 2017 eBook  
2 Dassonville, Patrice F The Invention of Time and Space I09856 2017 eBook  
3 McLeod, Alexus Astronomy in the Ancient World I09838 2016 eBook  
4 Smith, Cameron M Principles of Space Anthropology I09180 2019 eBook  
5 Ashkenazi, Michael What We Know About Extraterrestrial Intelligence I08834 2017 eBook  
6 Traphagan, John W Science, Culture and the Search for Life on Other Worlds I08535 2016 eBook  
7 Frey, Ulrich J Homo Novus - A Human Without Illusions I08314 2010 eBook  
8 Cvetkovic, Dean States of Consciousness I07632 2011 eBook  
9 Traphagan, John Extraterrestrial Intelligence and Human Imagination I07631 2015 eBook  
10 Penprase, Bryan E The Power of Stars I05630 2011 eBook  
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TitleThe Power of Stars
Author(s)Penprase, Bryan E
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionXI, 350 p. 297 illus., 254 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteCompletely revised and updated, this new edition provides a readable, beautifully illustrated journey through world cultures and the vibrant array of sky mythology, creation stories, models of the universe, temples and skyscrapers that each culture has created to celebrate and respond to the power of the night sky. Sections on the archaeoastronomy of South Asia and South East Asia have been expanded, with original photography and new research on temple alignments in Southern India, and new material describing the astronomical practices of Indonesia, Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries. Beautiful photographs of temples in India and Asia have been added, as well as new diagrams explaining the alignment of these structures and the astronomical underpinnings of temples within the Pallava and Chola cultures. From new fieldwork in the Four Corners region of North America, Dr. Penprase has included accounts of Pueblo skywatching and photographs of ceremonial kivas that help elucidate the rich astronomical knowledge of the Pueblo people. The popular ???Archaeoastronomy of Skyscrapers??? section of the book has been updated as well, with new interpretations of skyscrapers in Indonesia, Taiwan and China.With the rapid pace of discovery in astronomy and astrophysics, entirely new perspectives are emerging about dark matter, inflation and the future of the universe. The Power of Stars puts these discoveries in context and describes how they fit into the modern perspective of cosmology, which has arisen from the universal human response to the sky that has inspired both ancient and modern cultures
ISBN,Price9783319525976
Keyword(s)1. ANTHROPOLOGY 2. ARCHAEOLOGY 3. ASTRONOMY 4. Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology 5. ASTROPHYSICS 6. EBOOK 7. EBOOK - SPRINGER 8. HISTORY 9. HISTORY OF SCIENCE 10. Popular Science in Astronomy
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TitleThe Invention of Time and Space : Origins, Definitions, Nature, Properties
Author(s)Dassonville, Patrice F
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionXVII, 176 p. 46 illus., 3 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis investigation of time and space is motivated by gaps in our current understanding: by the lack of definitions, by our failure to appreciate the nature of these entities, by our inability to pin down their properties. The author's approach is based on two key ideas: The first idea is to seek the geo-historical origins of time and space concepts. A thorough investigation of a diversified archaeological corpus, allows him to draft coherent definitions; it furthermore gives clues as to whether time and space were discovered or invented. The second idea is to define the units before trying to define space and time. The results presented here are unexpected: Time and space were not discovered in nature, but they were invented; time is not a phenomenon and space has no materiality; they are only concepts. This runs contrary to the opinion of most scientific and the philosophical authorities, although one would seek in vain for a theoretical validation of the conventional position.??This book will provide much food for thought for philosophers and scientists, as well as interested general readers
ISBN,Price9783319460406
Keyword(s)1. ANCIENT HISTORY 2. ANTHROPOLOGY 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 6. History, Ancient 7. Ontology 8. Philosophy and science 9. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 10. PHYSICS
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TitleAstronomy in the Ancient World : Early and Modern Views on Celestial Events
Author(s)McLeod, Alexus
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
DescriptionVIII, 234 p. 41 illus., 34 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteAlexus McLeod explores every aspect of the lesser-known history of astronomy in the Americas (Mesoamerica and North America), China and India, each through the frame of a particular astronomical phenomena.??Part One considers the development of astronomy in the Americas as a response, in part, to the Supernova of 1054, which may have led to a cultural renaissance in astronomy. He then goes on to explore the contemporary understanding of supernovae, contrasting it with that of the ancient Americas.?? Part Two is framed through the appearances of great comets, which had major divinatory significance in early China.??The author discusses the advancement of??observational astronomy in China, its influence on politics and its role in the survival or failure of empires.?? Furthermore, the??contemporary understanding of comets is also discussed for comparison.?? Part Three, on India, considers the magnificent observatories of the Rajput king Jai Singh II, and the question of their purpose.??The origins of Indian astronomy are examined in Vedic thought and its development is followed through the period of Jai Singh, including the role played by solar eclipses. The author also includes a modern explanation of our understanding of eclipses to date.??In the final section of the book, McLeod discusses how ancient traditions might help modern civilization better understand Earth???s place in the cosmos
ISBN,Price9783319236001
Keyword(s)1. ANTHROPOLOGY 2. ASTRONOMY 3. Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology 4. ASTROPHYSICS 5. EBOOK 6. EBOOK - SPRINGER 7. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 8. PHYSICS 9. Science???Social aspects 10. Societal Aspects of Physics, Outreach and Education
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TitlePrinciples of Space Anthropology : Establishing a Science of Human Space Settlement
Author(s)Smith, Cameron M
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2019.
DescriptionXV, 364 p : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book shows how anthropology can provide an innovative perspective on the human movement into space. It examines adaptation to space on timescales of generations, rather than merely months or years, and uses evolutionary adaptation as a guiding theme. Employing the lessons of evolutionary adaptation, Principles of Extraterrestrial Anthropology recommends evolutionarily-sound strategies of space settlement, covering genetics at the organismal and population levels. The author organizes the concept of cultural adaptation to environments beyond Earth according to observed patterns in human adaptation on Earth. He uses original artwork and tables to help convey complex information in a form accessible to undergraduate and graduate students. Though primarily written to engage students interested in space settlement and exploration, who will eventually build a full anthropology of space settlement, Principles of Extraterrestrial Anthropology is engaging to anthropologists across sub-disciplines, as well as scholars interested in the human dimensions of space exploration and settlement. Just as the term exobiology was invented only a few decades ago to shape the field of space life studies, exoanthropology is outlined to assist in the perpetuation of Earth life through human space settlement
ISBN,Price9783030250218
Keyword(s)1. Aerospace engineering 2. Aerospace Technology and Astronautics 3. ANTHROPOLOGY 4. ARCHAEOLOGY 5. ASTRONAUTICS 6. EBOOK 7. EBOOK - SPRINGER 8. SPACE SCIENCES 9. Space Sciences (including Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Exploration and Astronautics)
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TitleWhat We Know About Extraterrestrial Intelligence : Foundations of Xenology
Author(s)Ashkenazi, Michael
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionXVIII, 430 p : online resource
Abstract NoteHave you ever wondered what could happen when we discover another communicating species outside the Earth? This book addresses this question in all its complexity. In addition to the physical barriers for communication, such as the enormous distances where a message can take centuries to reach its recipient, the book also examines the biological problems of communicating between species, the problems of identifying a non-Terrestrial intelligence, and the ethical, religious, legal and other problems of conducting discussions across light years. Most of the book is concerned with issues that could impinge on your life: how do we share experiences with ETI? Can we make shared laws? Could we trade? Would they have religion? The book addresses these and related issues, identifying potential barriers to communication and suggesting ways we can overcome them. The book explores this topic through reference to human experience, through analogy and thought experiment, while relying on what is known to-date about ourselves, our world, and the cosmos we live in
ISBN,Price9783319444567
Keyword(s)1. ANTHROPOLOGY 2. ASTROBIOLOGY 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. Evolutionary Biology 6. SPACE SCIENCES 7. Space Sciences (including Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Exploration and Astronautics)
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TitleScience, Culture and the Search for Life on Other Worlds
Author(s)Traphagan, John W
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
DescriptionX, 161 p. 4 illus., 3 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book explores humanity???s thoughts and ideas about extraterrestrial life, paying close attention to the ways science and culture interact with one another to create a context of imagination and discovery related to life on other worlds. Despite the recent explosion in our knowledge of other planets and the seeming era of discovery in which we live, to date we have found no concrete evidence that we are not alone. Our thinking about life on other worlds has been and remains the product of a combination of scientific investigation and human imagination shaped by cultural values--particularly values of exploration and discovery connected to American society. The rapid growth in our awareness of other worlds makes this a crucial moment to think about and assess the influence of cultural values on the scientific search for extraterrestrial life. Here the author considers the junction of science and culture with a focus on two main themes: (1) the underlying assumptions, many of which are tacitly based upon cultural values common in American society, that have shaped the ways researchers in astrobiology and SETI have conceptualized the nature of their endeavor and represented ideas about the potential influence contact might have on human civilization, and (2) the empirical evidence we can access as a way of thinking about the social impact that contact with alien intelligence might have for humanity
ISBN,Price9783319417455
Keyword(s)1. ANTHROPOLOGY 2. ASTROBIOLOGY 3. ASTRONOMY 4. Cultural studies 5. EBOOK 6. EBOOK - SPRINGER 7. Popular Science in Astronomy 8. Science???Social aspects 9. Societal Aspects of Physics, Outreach and Education
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TitleHomo Novus - A Human Without Illusions
Author(s)Frey, Ulrich J;St??rmer, Charlotte;Willf??hr, Kai P
PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2010.
DescriptionXIV, 291 p : online resource
Abstract NoteConverging evidence from disciplines including sociobiology, evolutionary psychology and human biology forces us to adopt a new idea of what it means to be a human. As cherished concepts such as free will, na??ve realism, humans as creation's crowning glory fall and our moral roots in ape group dynamics become clearer, we have to take leave of many concepts that have been central to defining our humanness. What emerges is a new human, the homo novus, a human being without illusions. Leading authors from many different fields explore these issues by addressing these illusions and providing evidence for the need to switch to this new idea of man, in spite of understandable reluctance to let go of our most beloved illusions
ISBN,Price9783642121425
Keyword(s)1. ANTHROPOLOGY 2. Cognitive psychology 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. EPISTEMOLOGY 6. Evolutionary Biology 7. Popular Science in Psychology 8. PSYCHOLOGY 9. Sociology 10. Sociology, general
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TitleStates of Consciousness : Experimental Insights into Meditation, Waking, Sleep and Dreams
Author(s)Cvetkovic, Dean;Cosic, Irena
PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2011.
DescriptionX, 282 p : online resource
Abstract NoteIn this accessible overview of current knowledge, an expert team of editors and authors describe experimental approaches to consciousness. These approaches are shedding light on some of the hitherto unknown aspects of the??distinct states of human consciousness, including the waking state, different states of sleep and dreaming, meditation and more. The book presents the latest research studies by the contributing authors, whose specialities span neuroscience, neurology, biomedical engineering, clinical psychology and psychophysiology, psychosocial medicine and anthropology.??Overall this anthology??provides the reader with a clear picture of how??different states of consciousness can be defined, experimentally measured and analysed.??A future byproduct of this knowledge may be??anticipated in??the development of systematic corrective treatments for many disorders and pathological problems of consciousness
ISBN,Price9783642180477
Keyword(s)1. ANTHROPOLOGY 2. Biomedical engineering 3. Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering 4. Clinical psychology 5. EBOOK 6. EBOOK - SPRINGER 7. Laboratory medicine 8. Neurology 9. Neurology?? 10. Neurosciences
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TitleExtraterrestrial Intelligence and Human Imagination : SETI at the Intersection of Science, Religion, and Culture
Author(s)Traphagan, John
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2015.
DescriptionX, 110 p. 1 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThe search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) represents one of the most significant crossroads at which the assumptions and methods of scientific inquiry come into direct contact with???and in many cases conflict with???those of religion. Indeed, at the core of SETI is the same question that motivates many interested in religion: What is the place of humanity in the universe? Both scientists involved with SETI (and in other areas) and those interested in and dedicated to some religious traditions are engaged in contemplating these types of questions, even if their respective approaches and answers differ significantly. This book explores this intersection with a focus on three core points: 1) the relationship between science and religion as it is expressed within the framework of SETI research, 2) the underlying assumptions, many of which are tacitly based upon cultural values common in American society, that have shaped the ways in which SETI researchers have conceptualized the nature of their endeavor and represented ideas about the potential influence contact might have on human civilization, and 3) what sort of empirical evidence we might be able to access as a way of thinking about the social impact that contact with alien intelligence might have for humanity, from both religious and cultural perspectives. The book?? developed as a result of a course the author teaches at the University of Texas at Austin: Religion, Science, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
ISBN,Price9783319105512
Keyword(s)1. ANTHROPOLOGY 2. ASTRONOMY 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. Popular Science in Astronomy 6. RELIGION 7. Religious Studies, general 8. Science???Social aspects 9. Societal Aspects of Physics, Outreach and Education
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TitleThe Power of Stars : How Celestial Observations Have Shaped Civilization
Author(s)Penprase, Bryan E
PublicationNew York, NY, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer New York, 2011.
DescriptionXI, 347 p : online resource
Abstract NoteWhat are some of the connections that bind us to the stars? How have these connections been established? And how have people all around the world and throughout time reacted to the night sky, the sun and moon, in their poetry, mythology, rituals, and temples? This book explores the influence of the sky on both ancient and modern civilization, by providing a clear overview of the many ways in which humans have used the stars as an ordering principle in their cultures, and which today still inspire us intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. The book explores constellation lore from around the world, celestial alignments of monuments and temples, both from ancient and modern civilizations, and the role the sky has played in the cultures of the Greek, Egyptian, Babylonian, Native American, Chinese, Mayan, Aztec, and Inca. Models of the universe from each of these cultures are described clearly, and each culture???s explanation of the stars, planets, and other celestial objects are described. The roots of astronomy and astrology are presented with original imagery and reproductions of ancient manuscripts that portray the structure of the physical universe as conceived by a diverse array of human cultures over the centuries. Our own scientific Big Bang cosmology and the origin of stars and elements are discussed in a philosophical context, to explore how we as modern people learn about the Universe, and incorporate the findings of science into our world views. A concluding chapter provides a summary of modern science's effort to unlock the celestial secrets from the sky and from past civilizations, and what these answers mean for us today
ISBN,Price9781441968036
Keyword(s)1. ANTHROPOLOGY 2. ARCHAEOLOGY 3. ASTRONOMY 4. Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology 5. ASTROPHYSICS 6. EBOOK 7. EBOOK - SPRINGER 8. HISTORY 9. HISTORY OF SCIENCE 10. Popular Science in Astronomy
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