The Mysterious Universe

Supernovae, Dark Energy, and Black Holes

Author: Ellen B. Jackson,Nic Bishop

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618563258

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 60

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Follows Dr. Alex Fillippenko and his High-Z Supernova Search Team as they use the Keck telescope in Hawaii to look for supernovae, find black holes, and study the effects of dark energy.

The Mysterious Universe [New Revised Edition]

Author: Sir James Hopwood Jeans

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 1787207927

Category: Science

Page: 99

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The Mysterious Universe is a science book by the British astrophysicist Sir James Jeans. It is an expanded version of the Rede Lecture delivered at the University of Cambridge in 1930, and begins with a full-page citation of the famous passage in Plato’s Republic, Book VII, laying out the allegory of the cave. It makes frequent reference to the quantum theory of radiation, begun by Max Planck in 1900, to Einstein’s general relativity, and to the new theories of quantum mechanics of Heisenberg and Schrödinger, of whose philosophical perplexities the author seemed well aware. This New Revised Edition was first published in 1932. A popular book to this day, and a valuable addition to any reader’s science book collection.

Virginia Woolf and the Discourse of Science

The Aesthetics of Astronomy

Author: Holly Henry

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521812979

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 208

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This book was first published in 2003. Holly Henry investigates how advances in astronomy in the early twentieth century had a shaping effect on Woolf's literature and aesthetics as well as on the work of modernist British writers including Vita Sackville-West, H. G. Wells, Olaf Stapledon, Bertrand Russell, and T. S. Eliot. The 1920s and 30s witnessed a pervasive public fascination with astronomy that extended from the US, where Edwin Hubble in 1923 definitively determined that entire galaxies existed beyond the Milky Way, to England, where London's intellectuals discussed Sir James Jeans's popular astronomy books and the newly explored expanses of space. In re-evaluating the cultural context out of which Modernism emerged, Henry contends that Woolf, through her own fascination with astronomy, formulated a global vision that helped shape her fiction and her pacifist politics. Henry's study includes examinations of scientific and literary archival material and sheds light on Woolf's texts and recent re-evaluations of Modernism.

Human Rights and Human Diversity

An Essay in the Philosophy of Human Rights

Author: Alan John Mitchell Milne

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 9780887063664

Category: Law

Page: 186

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This original and provocative book is concerned with fundamental questions in moral, political, and legal philosophy. It challenges both supporters and sceptics alike to rethink their ideas about human rights. The author explains that human life is not the same everywhere, noting that there are different traditions of culture and civilization. He argues that an adequate idea of human rights must take such a diversity seriously, and unlike the UN Declaration, it must not presuppose Western institutions and values. This theory of human rights developed by Milne deals systematically with the philosophical issues it raises. He shows that human rights can only be a minimum standard, not a panacea for the troubles of humanity. And that this significance, although modest, should not be underrated.

Berkeley’s Renovation of Philosophy

Author: Gavin Ardley

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401188726

Category: Philosophy

Page: 179

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In this work I have endeavoured to see Berkeley in his contemporary setting. On the principle that philosophy is ultimately about men, not about abstract problems, I have tried to see Berkeley the philosopher as an expression of Berkeley the man. When this is done, what is perennial in the philosophy may be discerned in and through what is local and temporal. Berkeley then emerges as a pioneer reformer; not so much an innovator as a renovator; one who set out to rescue phi losophy from the enthusiasms of the preceding age; one who strove to seat philosophy once more on the broad human and common sense foundations laid by Plato and Aristotle. Critical studies of some of the more striking of Berkeley's epistemo logical arguments are legion. They commenced with the young Berke ley's first appearance in print, and have continued to this day. But whether they take the form of professions of support for Berkeley, or of bald refutations of Berkeley's supposed fallacies, or whether, like the contemporary "analytical" studies of Moore, Warnock, and Austin, they are subtle exposures of alleged deeply concealed logical muddles, they all tend to share one common characteristic: they select and abstract from the totality of Berkeley, and miss the robust simplicity and universality of Berkeley's intentions. It is the intentions which control the whole, and give the right perspective in which to view the various items.

A History of Women Philosophers

Volume IV: Contemporary Women Philosophers, 1900-Today

Author: M.E. Waithe

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780792328087

Category: Social Science

Page: 471

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Like their predecessors, and like their male counterparts, most women philosophers of the 20th century have significant expertise in several specialities. Moreover, their work represents the gamut of 20th century philosophy's interests in moral pragmatism, logical positivism, philosophy of mathematics, of psychology, and of mind. Their writings include feminist philosophy, classical moral theory reevaluated in light of Kant, Mill, and the 19th century feminist and abolitionist movements, and issues in logic and perception. Included in the fourth volume of the series are discussions of L. Susan Stebbing, Edith Stein, Hedwig Conrad Martius, Simone de Beauvoir, Simone Weil, Mary Whiton Calkins, Gerda Walther, and others. While pre-20th century women philosophers were usually self-educated, those of the 20th century had greater access to academic preparation in philosophy. Yet, for all the advances made by women philosophers over two and a half millennia, the philosophers discussed in this volume were sometimes excluded from full participation in academic life, and sometimes denied full professional academic status.

Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations

Author: Elizabeth Knowles

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199208956

Category: Reference

Page: 479

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More than five thousand quotations, that range in time from Scott's Antarctic expedition in 1912 to the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, are gathered in a comprehensive, updated resource that evokes a fascinating picture of the social, political, cultural, and scientific highlights of modern times.

Das Ende der Geschichten

Author: Scarlett Thomas

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644446113

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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Die Wohnung ist feucht, das Konto leer und Megs Freund ein wahrer Jammerlappen. Sie hat einen anderen geküsst. Und das große Romanprojekt steckt seit Jahren in einer Sackgasse. Um die Miete zu zahlen, schreibt Meg wie am Fließband Abenteuerromane für Teenager. Doch dann fällt ihr ein Buch in die Hände, das behauptet: Wir sind alle schon tot und bereiten uns in einer simulierten Welt auf das perfekte ewige Leben vor. Eine deprimierende Vorstellung oder die große Chance? Meg stellt fest, dass ihr Leben geprägt ist von absurden Zufällen und magischen Begebenheiten. Sie beginnt, der Theorie Glauben zu schenken ... Eine großartige, schwindelerregende Reise durch die Welt des Geschichtenerzählens, die Rätsel des Lebens und der Liebe. «Scarlett Thomas ist ein Genie!» Douglas Coupland «Ein Genuss – kraftvoll und eindringlich.» Philip Pullman

Man, God, and the Universe

Author: I K Taimni

Publisher: Quest Books

ISBN: 0835631370

Category: Philosophy

Page: 491

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The deepest concern of every thinking individual must surely be with the three great subjects which comprise the title of the book, and with the relationships between them. The profound concepts inevitably involved in a discussion of such a theme are presented with great clarity and wisdom, and the many diagrams and charts with which the ideas are illustrated are invaluable aids to comprehension. East and West meet here in enlightened synthesis. Chapters include such topics as Cosmic Consciousness, The Monad and the Logos, Involution and Evolution, Mathematics as the Basis of Manifestation and Reality and Consciousness. The book also includes both a glossary and index.