Conscious Mind in the Physical World

Author: E.J Squires

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9780750300452

Category: Science

Page: 552

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We have seen remarkable progress in our detailed understanding of the physical world, from the smallest constituents of atoms to the remotest distances seen by telescopes. However, we have yet to explore the phenomenon of consciousness. Can physical things be conscious or is consciousness something else, forever outside the range of physics? And how does consciousness interact with physical things? A lively account of quantum theory and its puzzles, Conscious Mind in the Physical World examines two developments in particular that have altered the context of discussions about consciousness. One is computer technology, which allows us to make machines that can calculate at speeds far greater than the human brain, while the other is the study of the microscopic world. The book explores philosophical issues such as idealism and free will and speculates on the relationship of consciousness to quantum mechanics. This resource will stimulate physicists with an interest in philosophy, philosophers interested in physics, and anyone fascinated about the waking state of the mind.

The Nature of the Physical World

Gifford Lectures (1927)

Author: Arthur Eddington

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107663857

Category: History

Page: 382

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This book contains lectures given by Sir Arthur Eddington in 1927 on such subjects as the theory of relativity, quantum theory and thermodynamics.

Mathematics and the Physical World

Author: Morris Kline

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486136310

Category: Mathematics

Page: 512

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Stimulating account of development of mathematics from arithmetic, algebra, geometry and trigonometry, to calculus, differential equations, and non-Euclidean geometries. Also describes how math is used in optics, astronomy, and other phenomena.

The Investigation of the Physical World

Author: Giuliano Toraldo di Francia

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 9780521299251

Category: Philosophy

Page: 466

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This book is both a high-level popularization and a critical appraisal of the methods scientists use to investigate the physical world.

Margins of Reality

The Role of Consciousness in the Physical World

Author: Robert G. Jahn,Brenda J. Dunne

Publisher: ICRL Press

ISBN: 1936033003

Category: Consciousness

Page: 432

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WHAT HAS MODERN SCIENCE SWEPT UNDER THE RUG? This pioneering work, which sparked intense controversy when it was first published two decades ago, suggests that modern science, in the name of rigor and objectivity, has arbitrarily excluded the role of consciousness in the establishment of physical reality. Drawing on the results of their first decade of empirical experimentation and theoretical modeling in their Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) program, the authors reach provocative conclusions about the interaction of human consciousness with physical devices, information-gathering processes, and technological systems. The scientific, personal, and social implications of this revolutionary work are staggering. MARGINS OF REALITY is nothing less than a fundamental reevaluation of how the world really works.

Glimpses of Creatures in Their Physical Worlds

Author: Steven Vogel

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691138060

Category: Science

Page: 302

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Glimpses of Creatures in Their Physical Worlds offers an eye-opening look into how the characteristics of the physical world drive the designs of animals and plants. These characteristics impose limits but also create remarkable and subtle opportunities for the functional biology of organisms. In particular, Steven Vogel examines the size and scale, and trade-offs among different physical processes. He pays attention to how the forms and activities of animals and plants reflect the materials available to nature, and he explores the unique constraints and possibilities provided by fluid flow, structural design, and environmental forces. Each chapter of the book investigates a facet of the physical world, including the drag on small projectiles; the importance of diffusion and convection; the size-dependence of acceleration; the storage, conduction, and dissipation of heat; the relationship among pressure, flow, and choice in biological pumps; and how elongate structures tune their relative twistiness and bendiness. Vogel considers design-determining factors all too commonly ignored, and builds a bridge between the world described by physics books and the reality experienced by all creatures. Glimpses of Creatures in Their Physical Worlds contains a wealth of accessible information related to functional biology, and requires little more than a basic background in secondary-school science and mathematics. Drawing examples from creatures of land, air, and water, the book demonstrates the many uses of biological diversity and how physical forces impact biological organisms.

Philo of Alexandria's Views of the Physical World

Author: Charles A. Anderson

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 9783161506406

Category: Religion

Page: 299

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Philo of Alexandria significantly influenced the early Christian tradition, fusing ancient philosophy and biblical interpretation. His views on the physical world appear contradictory, depicting it as God's enemy but also his greatest work. The answer is to see his views perspectivally. Ultimately, the higher perspective is negative about the world, which sets him off from both the Old Testament and ancient philosophy.

Simulating the Physical World

Hierarchical Modeling from Quantum Mechanics to Fluid Dynamics

Author: Herman J. C. Berendsen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139461710

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 596

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The simulation of physical systems requires a simplified, hierarchical approach which models each level from the atomistic to the macroscopic scale. From quantum mechanics to fluid dynamics, this book systematically treats the broad scope of computer modeling and simulations, describing the fundamental theory behind each level of approximation. Berendsen evaluates each stage in relation to its applications giving the reader insight into the possibilities and limitations of the models. Practical guidance for applications and sample programs in Python are provided. With a strong emphasis on molecular models in chemistry and biochemistry, this 2007 book will be suitable for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on molecular modeling and simulation within physics, biophysics, physical chemistry and materials science. It will also be a useful reference to all those working in the field. Additional resources for this title including solutions for instructors and programs are available online at www.cambridge.org/9780521835275.

The Physical World of Late Antiquity

Author: Samuel Sambursky

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400858984

Category: Science

Page: 202

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Sambursky describes the development of scientific conceptions and theories in the centuries following Aristotle until the close of antiquity in the sixth century A.D. Originally published in 1987. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

The Physical World

An Inspirational Tour of Fundamental Physics

Author: Nicholas Manton,Nicholas Mee

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198795939

Category: Science

Page: 608

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"It is over half a century since The Feynman lectures on physics were published. A new authoritative account of fundamental physics covering all branches of the subject is now well overdue. The physical world has been written to satisfy this need."--Back cover.

Consciousness in the Physical World

Perspectives on Russellian Monism

Author: Torin Alter,Yujin Nagasawa

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199927367

Category: Philosophy

Page: 464

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According to Russellian monism, an alternative to the familiar theories in the philosophy of mind that combines attractive components of physicalism and dualism, matter has intrinsic properties that both constitute consciousness and serve as categorical bases for the dispositional properties described in physics. Consciousness in the Physical World collects various works on Russellian monism, including historical selections, recent classics, and new pieces. Most chapters are sympathetic with the view, but some are skeptical. Together, they constitute the first book-length treatment of the view itself, its relationship to other theories, its motivations, and its problems.

Thinking About the Environment: Readings on Politics, Property and the Physical World

Readings on Politics, Property and the Physical World

Author: Matthew Alan Cahn,Rory O'Brien

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317453700

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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Underlying current controversies about environmental regulation are shared concerns, divided interests and different ways of thinking about the earth and our proper relationship to it. This book brings together writings on nature and environment that illuminate thought and action in this realm.

From Paradox to Reality

Our Basic Concepts of the Physical World

Author: Fritz Rohrlich

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521376051

Category: Science

Page: 227

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Using a clear, non-technical style, Professor Rohrlich discusses the two major theories of twentieth-century physics: relativity and quantum mechanics. Discussed conceptually and philosophically, rather than using mathematics, the philosophical issues raised show how new discoveries forced physicists to accept often strange and unconventional notions. He aims to remove the mystery and misrepresentation that often surround the ideas of modern physics and to show how modern scientists construct theories, so that the reader can appreciate their successes and failures and understand problems that are as yet unresolved.

Arthur S. Eddington, The Nature of the Physical World

Gifford Lectures of 1927, An Annotated Edition

Author: H. G. Callaway

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443867039

Category: Philosophy

Page: 420

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Arthur S. Eddington, FRS, (1882–1944) was one of the most prominent British scientists of his time. He made major contributions to astrophysics and to the broader understanding of the revolutionary theories of relativity and quantum mechanics. He is famed for his astronomical observations of 1919, confirming Einstein’s prediction of the curving of the paths of starlight, and he was the first major interpreter of Einstein’s physics to the English-speaking world. His 1928 book, The Nature of the Physical World, here re-issued in a critical, annotated edition, was largely responsible for his fame as a public interpreter of science and has had a significant influence on both the public and the philosophical understanding of 20th-century physics. In degree, Eddington’s work has entered into our contemporary understanding of modern physics, and, in consequence, critical attention to his most popular book repays attention. Born at Kendal near Lake Windermere in the northwest of England into a Quaker background, Eddington attended Owens College, Manchester, and afterward Trinity College, Cambridge, where he won high mathematical honors, including Senior Wrangler. He became Plumian Professor of Astronomy at Cambridge in 1913 and in 1914 Director of the Cambridge Observatory. Eddington was a conscientious objector during the First World War. By the end of his career, he was widely esteemed and had received honorary degrees from many universities. He was elected president of the Royal Astronomical Society (1921–1923), and was subsequently elected President of the Physical Society (1930–1932), the Mathematical Association (1932), and the International Astronomical Union (1938–1944). Eddington was knighted in 1930 and received the Order of Merit in 1938. During the 1930s, his popular and more philosophical books made him a well known figure to the general public. Philosophers have found his writings of considerable interest, and have debated his themes for nearly a hundred years.

The Physical world

Author: Scott Edward Morris,Chelsea House Publishers

Publisher: Chelsea House Pub

ISBN: 9780791018019

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 47

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Eighteen map spreads present the shapes and forms of the earth's land and seas.

The Physical World of the Greeks

Author: Samuel Sambursky

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400858992

Category: Science

Page: 270

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Professor Sambursky presents a lucid and absorbing survey of the scientific ideas of the Greeks, showing how they constructed their world-view. He establishes what the Greeks thought and how much they knew, why they thought as they did, and why they did not learn more. Originally published in 1987. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Feeling Present in the Physical World and in Computer-Mediated Environments

Author: J. Waterworth,G. Riva

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137431679

Category: Psychology

Page: 123

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This concise volume presents for the first time a coherent and detailed account of why we experience feelings of being present in the physical world and in computer-mediated environments, why we often don't, and why it matters - for design, psychotherapy, tool use and social creativity amongst other practical applications.

Life's Devices

The Physical World of Animals and Plants

Author: Steven Vogel

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691024189

Category: Science

Page: 367

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Looks at how the structure of plants and animals help them cope with their surroundings and discusses materials, shapes, movements, and energy