Flatterland

Like Flatland, Only More So

Author: Ian Stewart

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1458716546

Category:

Page: 464

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first there was Edwin A. Abbott's remarkable Flatland, published in 1884, and one of the all-time classics of popular mathematics. Now, from mathematician and accomplished science writer Ian Stewart, comes what Nature calls ''a superb sequel.'' Through larger-than-life characters and an inspired story line, Flatter land explores our present understanding of the shape and origins of the universe, the nature of space, time, and matter, as well as modern geometries and their applications. The journey begins when our heroine, Victoria Line, comes upon her great-great-grandfather A. Square's diary, hidden in the attic. The writings help her to contact the Space Hopper, who tempts her away from her home and family in Flatland and becomes her guide and mentor through ten dimensions. In the tradition of Alice in Wonderland and The Phantom Toll Booth, this magnificent investigation into the nature of reality is destined to become a modern classic.

Flatland

A Romance of Many Dimensions

Author: Edwin Abbott Abbott

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: FICTION

Page: 102

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Considered both a satire and a science fiction novella, Abbott's Flatland experiments with the idea of various dimensions in time and space.

Energy Resources and Systems

Volume 2: Renewable Resources

Author: Tushar Ghosh,Mark Prelas

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789400714021

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 727

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This second volume of Energy Resources and Systems is focused on renewable energy resources. Renewable energy mainly comes from wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, ocean, bioenergy, ethanol and hydrogen. Each of these energy resources is important and growing. For example, high-head hydroelectric energy is a well established energy resource and already contributes about 20% of the world’s electricity. Some countries have significant high-head resources and produce the bulk of their electrical power by this method. However, the bulk of the world’s high-head hydroelectric resources have not been exploited, particularly by the underdeveloped countries. Low-head hydroelectric is unexploited and has the potential to be a growth area. Wind energy is the fastest growing of the renewable energy resources for the electricity generation. Solar energy is a popular renewable energy resource. Geothermal energy is viable near volcanic areas. Bioenergy and ethanol have grown in recent years primarily due to changes in public policy meant to encourage its usage. Energy policies stimulated the growth of ethanol, for example, with the unintended side effect of rise in food prices. Hydrogen has been pushed as a transportation fuel. The authors want to provide a comprehensive series of texts on the interlinking of the nature of energy resources, the systems that utilize them, the environmental effects, the socioeconomic impact, the political aspects and governing policies. Volume 1 on Fundamentals and Non Renewable Resources was published in 2009. It blends fundamental concepts with an understanding of the non-renewable resources that dominate today’s society. The authors are now working on Volume 3, on nuclear advanced energy resources and nuclear batteries, consists of fusion, space power systems, nuclear energy conversion, nuclear batteries and advanced power, fuel cells and energy storage. Volume 4 will cover environmental effects, remediation and policy. Solutions to providing long term, stable and economical energy is a complex problem, which links social, economical, technical and environmental issues. It is the goal of the four volume Energy Resources and Systems series to tell the whole story and provide the background required by students of energy to understand the complex nature of the problem and the importance of linking social, economical, technical and environmental issues.

Berserker

Author: Fred Saberhagen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780786254859

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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Presents a series of short science-fiction stories that tells of encounters between humans and the intelligent, self-aware death machines known as the Berserkers.

Fordlandia

The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City

Author: Greg Grandin

Publisher: Metropolitan Books

ISBN: 9781429938013

Category: History

Page: 432

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The stunning, never before told story of the quixotic attempt to recreate small-town America in the heart of the Amazon In 1927, Henry Ford, the richest man in the world, bought a tract of land twice the size of Delaware in the Brazilian Amazon. His intention was to grow rubber, but the project rapidly evolved into a more ambitious bid to export America itself, along with its golf courses, ice-cream shops, bandstands, indoor plumbing, and Model Ts rolling down broad streets. Fordlandia, as the settlement was called, quickly became the site of an epic clash. On one side was the car magnate, lean, austere, the man who reduced industrial production to its simplest motions; on the other, the Amazon, lush, extravagant, the most complex ecological system on the planet. Ford's early success in imposing time clocks and square dances on the jungle soon collapsed, as indigenous workers, rejecting his midwestern Puritanism, turned the place into a ribald tropical boomtown. Fordlandia's eventual demise as a rubber plantation foreshadowed the practices that today are laying waste to the rain forest. More than a parable of one man's arrogant attempt to force his will on the natural world, Fordlandia depicts a desperate quest to salvage the bygone America that the Ford factory system did much to dispatch. As Greg Grandin shows in this gripping and mordantly observed history, Ford's great delusion was not that the Amazon could be tamed but that the forces of capitalism, once released, might yet be contained. Fordlandia is a 2009 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.

The Fourth Dimension: Toward a Geometry of Higher Reality

Author: Rudy Rucker

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486798194

Category: Science

Page: 240

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One of the most talented contemporary authors of cutting-edge math and science books conducts a fascinating tour of a higher reality, the fourth dimension. Includes problems, puzzles, and 200 drawings. "Informative and mind-dazzling." — Martin Gardner.

The Planiverse

Computer Contact with a Two-Dimensional World

Author: A.K. Dewdney

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461301998

Category: Science

Page: 247

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A classic book about life in a two-dimensional universe, written by a well-known author. Now brought back into print in this revised and updated edition, the book is written within the great tradition of Abbott's Flatland, and Hinton's famous Sphereland. Accessible, imaginative, and clever, it will appeal to a wide array of readers, from serious mathematicians and computer scientists, to science fiction fans.

Zetetic Astronomy

Earth Not a Globe

Author: Samuel Birley Rowbotham,Parallax

Publisher: Ravenio Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 228

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This classic includes the following chapters: I. Zetetic and Theoretic Defined and ComparedII. Experiments Demonstrating the True Form of Standing Water, and Proving the Earth to Be a PlaneIII. The Earth No Axial or Orbital MotionIV. The True Form and Magnitude of the EarthV. The True Distance of the SunVI. The Sun's Motion, Concentric With the Polar CentreVII. The Sun's Path Expands and Contracts Daily for Six Months AlternatelyVIII. Cause of Day and Night, Winter and Summer; And the Long altErnations of Light and Darkness at The Northern CentreIX. Cause of Sunrise and SunsetX. Cause of Sun Appearing Larger When Rising and Setting Than at NoondayXI. Cause of Solar and Lunar EclipsesXII. The Cause of TidesXIII. The Earth's True Position in the Universe; Comparatively Recent Formation; Present Chemical Condition; And Approaching Destruction by FireXIV. Examination of the So-Called "Proofs" Of the Earth's Rotundity.—Why a Ship's Hull Disappears Before the Mast-HeadXV. General Summary—Application—Cui Bono"Parallax" And His Teachings. Opinions of the Press

Spaceland

A Novel of the Fourth Dimension

Author: Rudy Rucker

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 9781429980074

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Joe Cube is a Silicon Valley hotshot--well, a would-be hotshot anyway--hoping that the 3-D TV project he's managing will lead to the big money IPO he's always dreamed of. On New Year's Eve, hoping to impress his wife, he sneaks home the prototype. It brings no new warmth to their cooling relationship, but it does attract someone else's attention. When Joe sees a set of lips talking to him (floating in midair) and feels the poke of a disembodied finger (inside him), it's not because of the champagne he's drunk. He has just met Momo, a woman from the All, a world of four spatial dimensions for whom our narrow world, which she calls Spaceland, is something like a rug, but one filled with motion and life. Momo has a business proposition for Joe, an offer she won't let him refuse. The upside potential becomes much clearer to him once she helps him grow a new eye (on a stalk) that can see in the fourth-dimensional directions, and he agrees. After that it's a wild ride through a million-dollar night in Las Vegas, a budding addiction to tasty purple 4-D food, a failing marriage, eye-popping excursions into the All, and encounters with Momo's foes, rubbery red critters who steal money, offer sage advice and sometimes messily explode. Joe is having the time of his life, until Momo's scheme turns out to have angles he couldn't have imagined. Suddenly the fate of all life here in Spaceland is at stake. Rudy Rucker is a past master at turning mathematical concepts into rollicking science fiction adventure, from Spacetime Donuts and White Light to The Hacker and the Ants. In the tradition of Edwin A. Abbott's classic novel, Flatland, Rucker gives us a tour of higher mathematics and visionary realities. Spaceland is Flatland on hyperdrive! At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Time-saver standards for landscape architecture

design and construction data

Author: Nicholas T. Dines,Kyle D. Brown

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional

ISBN: N.A

Category: Architecture

Page: 928

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The site design and construction reference of the design professions. Newly designed and containing 40 percent completely new content, Time-Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture, Second Edition, continues to be the most complete source of site construction standards and data for the design and planning professions and related academic disciplines. It maintains and enhances its emphasis on promoting environmentally suitable techniques, processes, and materials aimed at mitigating the impact of construction intervention. This essential and comprehensive Second Edition not only covers the major changes that have occurred in the last decade, it also serves as a framework for future trends. It is fully metric, to meet Federal and International requirements, with expanded coverage of handicapped access and human dimensional standards. Time-Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture, Second Edition, features increased coverage of: site storm water best management'' practices; new urban tree planting and xeriscape concepts; earth retaining structures and pavement design; land reclamation, including soil and vegetation restoration; metric site layout practices, including recreation facilities; energy and resource conservation; natural proceseses and site construction proceduers; new expanded construction details; simplified construction materials data. In the time honored tradition of Time-Saver Standards, this Second Edition combines the expertise of over 200 design professionals to create a working resource for all who plan, design, manage, and build human landscapes. Over 50 sections provide concise tables, checklists, Key Point'' text summaries, and illustrations to provide an invaluable information resource for offices and classrooms throughout the world.

Slope Analysis

Author: R Chowdury

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 0444601392

Category: Science

Page: 436

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Slope Analysis summarizes the fundamental principles of slope analysis. It explores not only the similarities but also the differences in rock slopes and soil slopes, and it presents alternative methods of analysis, new concepts, and new approaches to analysis. The book introduces both natural and man-made slopes, the nature of soils and rocks, geomorphology, geology, and the aims of slope analysis. These topics are followed by chapters about stress and strain, shear strength of rock and soils, and progressive failure of slopes. This book also presents limit equilibrium methods I and II, which are the planar failure surfaces and slip surfaces of arbitrary shape, respectively. It also includes stress analysis and slope stability, natural slope analysis, and a brief review on plasticity and shear band analysis. Before presenting its conclusions, the book discusses special aspects of slope analysis, such as earthquake analysis, pseudo-static analysis, dynamic analysis, and anisotropy, in addition to Newmark’s approach.

Seen Locally

Author: Henry Pluckrose

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351012533

Category: Education

Page: 140

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Originally published in 1989, Henry Pluckrose, well-known as an educational consultant, writer, and lecturer, examines the way in which a study of the local environment can enrich young children’s learning and be used as a starting point for all manner of cross-curriculum work. He explores the ways in which men and women of the past have shaped the physical environment in which contemporary children live and how these changes are reflected in and commented upon by public buildings, their own homes, systems of transport, the streets of village, town, and city, and so on. Written specially for all who have responsibility for young children – teachers, youth leaders, parents – the book offers a wealth of suggestions for helping children look at their everyday environment. It indicates ways in which close observation of place can provide the starting point in a learning programme, showing how information which adult and child obtain together can be recorded through pictures, models, maps, plans, and photographs, and in the written and spoken word. Seen Locally is an invaluable source book of ideas which can be developed and extended within the curriculum guidelines of each individual school.

Land Settlement in Early Tasmania

Creating an Antipodean England

Author: Sharon Morgan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521522960

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 236

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This book presents Van Diemen's Land as a case study in nineteenth-century European expansion and imperialism. It treats the first decades of the settlement, encompassing the effects of the European invasion of Aboriginal society, the early history of environmental degradation, the island's society history and the growth of primary industry.

Taming the Infinite

Author: Ian Stewart

Publisher: Quercus

ISBN: 1623654734

Category: Mathematics

Page: 384

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From ancient Babylon to the last great unsolved problems, Ian Stewart brings us his definitive history of mathematics. In his famous straightforward style, Professor Stewart explains each major development--from the first number systems to chaos theory--and considers how each affected society and changed everyday life forever. Maintaining a personal touch, he introduces all of the outstanding mathematicians of history, from the key Babylonians, Greeks and Egyptians, via Newton and Descartes, to Fermat, Babbage and Godel, and demystifies math's key concepts without recourse to complicated formulae. Written to provide a captivating historic narrative for the non-mathematician, Taming the Infinite is packed with fascinating nuggets and quirky asides, and contains 100 illustrations and diagrams to illuminate and aid understanding of a subject many dread, but which has made our world what it is today.

Recent Advances in Biophoton Research and Its Applications

Author: Fritz Albert Popp,Qiao Gu

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789810208554

Category: Science

Page: 504

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Biophoton emission now belongs to a topical field of modern science: It concerns a weak light emision from biological systems. Such molecular events are clearly compatible with collective phenomena as shown by recent developments in the life sciences such as the chaos theory. This book is concerned with the ?optical window? of biological interactions and in view of their correlations to many biological functions they provide a powerful, non-invasive tool of analysing biological systems. Topics include food science, pollution, efficacy of drugs including the treatment of cancer and immune diseases, and communication phenomena such as consciousness.The collection of articles in this book covers the historical background, the physics of biophoton emission, those biological phenomena which show evidence of a ?holistic? character, and finally discusses applications and biological evolution. This volume serves to bring researchers up-to-date on the subject and draws attention to the many exciting findings that are widely scattered in the scientific literature.

India's Drylands

Tribal Societies and Development Through Environmental Regeneration

Author: Mihir Shah

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780195642315

Category: Science

Page: 322

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This book is rich in both its analytical depth and empirical rigour. It is an important contribution to employment planning in the drylands of India with special reference to tribal societies in transition. Covering a wide range of issues including highly original analyses of total watershedplanning and Biomass optimization strategies, the authors argue that developmental planning in the drylands of India must be sensitive to the specific regional ecology. This puts to the test most existing economic theories as the authors focus on the most vulnerable sections of society in thatregion --- the tribes. Tribal society's response to environment, employment, and poverty leads the authors to argue for massive state intervention to resolve some problems for tribal societies already in a process of transition. conditions.