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Books > Science & Mathematics > Science: general issues > Impact of science & technology on society

The Golem at Large - What You Should Know about Technology (Paperback): Harry Collins, Trevor Pinch The Golem at Large - What You Should Know about Technology (Paperback)
Harry Collins, Trevor Pinch
R445 R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Save R83 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the very successful and widely discussed first volume in the Golem series, The Golem: What You Should Know about Science, Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch likened science to the Golem, a creature from Jewish mythology, a powerful creature which, while not evil, can be dangerous because it is clumsy. In this second volume, the authors now consider the Golem of technology. In a series of case studies they demonstrate that the imperfections in technology are related to the uncertainties in science described in the first volume. The case studies cover the role of the Patriot anti-missile missile in the Gulf War, the Challenger space shuttle explosion, tests of nuclear fuel flasks and of anti-misting kerosene as a fuel for airplanes, economic modeling, the question of the origins of oil, analysis of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and the contribution of lay expertise to the analysis of treatments for AIDS.

Stem Cell Dialogues - A Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry Into Medical Frontiers (Hardcover): Sheldon Krimsky Stem Cell Dialogues - A Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry Into Medical Frontiers (Hardcover)
Sheldon Krimsky
R884 R726 Discovery Miles 7 260 Save R158 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Stem cells and the emerging field of regenerative medicine are at the frontiers of modern medicine. These areas of scientific inquiry suggest that in the future, damaged tissue and organs might be repaired through personalized cell therapy as easily as the body repairs itself, revolutionizing the treatment of numerous diseases. Yet the use of stem cells is fraught with ethical and public policy dilemmas that challenge scientists, clinicians, the public health community, and people of good will everywhere. How shall we deal with these amazing biomedical advances, and how can we talk about potential breakthroughs with both moral and scientific intelligence? This book provides an innovative look at these vexing issues through a series of innovative Socratic dialogues that elucidate key scientific and ethical points in an approachable manner. Addressing the cultural and value issues underlying stem cell research while also educating readers about stem cells' biological function and medical applications, Stem Cell Dialogues features fictional characters engaging in compelling inquiry and debate. Participants investigate the scientific, political, and socioethical dimensions of stem cell science using actual language, analysis, and arguments taken from scientific, philosophical, and popular literature. Each dialogue centers on a specific, recognizable topic, such as the policies implemented by the George W. Bush administration restricting the use of embryonic stem cells; the potential role of stem cells in personalized medicine; the ethics of cloning; and the sale of eggs and embryos. Additionally, speakers debate the use of stem cells to treat paralysis, diabetes, stroke effects, macular degeneration, and cancer. Educational, entertaining, and rigorously researched (with 300 references to scientific literature), Stem Cell Dialogues should be included in any effort to help the public understand the science, ethics, and policy concerns of this promising field.

Histories of Human Engineering - Tact and Technology (Hardcover): Maarten Derksen Histories of Human Engineering - Tact and Technology (Hardcover)
Maarten Derksen
R2,391 R2,213 Discovery Miles 22 130 Save R178 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The dream of control over human behaviour is an old dream, shared by many cultures. This fascinating account of the histories of human engineering describes how technologies of managing individuals and groups were developed from the nineteenth century to the present day, ranging from brainwashing and mind control to Dale Carnegie's art of dealing with people. Derksen reveals that common to all of them is the perpetual tension between the desire to control people's behaviour and the resistance this provokes. Thus to influence other people successfully, technology had to be combined with tact: with a personal touch, with a subtle hint, or with outright deception, manipulations are made palatable or invisible. Combining psychological history and theory with insights from science and technology studies and rhetorical scholarship, Derksen offers a fresh perspective on human engineering that will appeal to those interested in the history of psychology and the history of technology.

Cosmology in Theological Perspective - Understanding Our Place in the Universe (Paperback): Olli-Pekka Vainio Cosmology in Theological Perspective - Understanding Our Place in the Universe (Paperback)
Olli-Pekka Vainio
R450 R373 Discovery Miles 3 730 Save R77 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Olli-Pekka Vainio, a leading expert in science and theology, explores questions concerning the place and significance of humans in the cosmos. Vainio introduces cosmology from a "state of the question" perspective, examining the history of the idea in dialogue with C. S. Lewis. This work, which is related to a NASA-funded project on astrobiology, ties into the ongoing debate on the relationship between Christian theism and scientific worldview and shows what the stakes are for religion and theology in the rise of modern science.

The Great Rift - Literacy, Numeracy, and the Religion-Science Divide (Hardcover): Michael E. Hobart The Great Rift - Literacy, Numeracy, and the Religion-Science Divide (Hardcover)
Michael E. Hobart
R882 Discovery Miles 8 820 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In their search for truth, contemporary religious believers and modern scientific investigators hold many values in common. But in their approaches, they express two fundamentally different conceptions of how to understand and represent the world. Michael E. Hobart looks for the origin of this difference in the work of Renaissance thinkers who invented a revolutionary mathematical system-relational numeracy. By creating meaning through numbers and abstract symbols rather than words, relational numeracy allowed inquisitive minds to vault beyond the constraints of language and explore the natural world with a fresh interpretive vision. The Great Rift is the first book to examine the religion-science divide through the history of information technology. Hobart follows numeracy as it emerged from the practical counting systems of merchants, the abstract notations of musicians, the linear perspective of artists, and the calendars and clocks of astronomers. As the technology of the alphabet and of mere counting gave way to abstract symbols, the earlier "thing-mathematics" metamorphosed into the relational mathematics of modern scientific investigation. Using these new information symbols, Galileo and his contemporaries mathematized motion and matter, separating the demonstrations of science from the linguistic logic of religious narration. Hobart locates the great rift between science and religion not in ideological disagreement but in advances in mathematics and symbolic representation that opened new windows onto nature. In so doing, he connects the cognitive breakthroughs of the past with intellectual debates ongoing in the twenty-first century.

Other Worlds - Spirituality and the Search for Invisible Dimensions (Hardcover): Christopher G. White Other Worlds - Spirituality and the Search for Invisible Dimensions (Hardcover)
Christopher G. White
R816 R767 Discovery Miles 7 670 Save R49 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What do modern multiverse theories and spiritualist seances have in common? Not much, it would seem. One is an elaborate scientific theory developed by the world's most talented physicists. The other is a spiritual practice widely thought of as backward, the product of a mystical world view fading under the modern scientific gaze. But Christopher G. White sees striking similarities. He does not claim that seances or other spiritual practices are science. Yet he points to ways that both spiritual practices and scientific speculation about multiverses and invisible dimensions are efforts to peer into the hidden elements and even the existential meaning of the universe. Other Worlds examines how the idea that the universe has multiple, invisible dimensions has inspired science fiction, fantasy novels, films, modern art, and all manner of spiritual thought reaching well beyond the realm of formal religion. Drawing on a range of international archives, White analyzes how writers, artists, filmmakers, televangelists, and others have used the scientific idea of invisible dimensions to make supernatural phenomena such as ghosts and miracles seem more reasonable and make spiritual beliefs possible again for themselves and others. Many regard scientific ideas as disenchanting and secularizing, but Other Worlds shows that these ideas-creatively appropriated in such popular forms as C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia, the art of Salvador Dali, or the books of the counterculture physicist "Dr. Quantum"-restore a sense that the world is greater than anything our eyes can see, helping to forge an unexpected kind of spirituality.

Gender and Technology (Paperback): Caroline Sweetman Gender and Technology (Paperback)
Caroline Sweetman
R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The delivery of new technologies to communities in developing countries has been hailed as the key to economic and social progress. However, women's experiences show that this view is an exaggeration, over-simplifying the potential of technology to deliver 'development'. Different technologies in varying social contexts offer opportunities to challenge existing barriers to economic and political participation, but they can also be used to consolidate existing imbalances of power. This collection of articles from Gender and Development considers technologies of many kinds, including those intended to save women's labour, to enable them to control their fertility and to learn and communicate using computer technology. Writers include Radhika Gajjala and Annapurna Mamidipudi, Heather Schreiner and Maggie Foster.

Material Worlds - Intersections of Law, Science, Technology, and Society (Paperback): Christopher Lawless, Alex Faulkner Material Worlds - Intersections of Law, Science, Technology, and Society (Paperback)
Christopher Lawless, Alex Faulkner
R543 Discovery Miles 5 430 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A study of the existing and future research on the intersections between law and materiality, leading to the illumination of both. * A theoretically innovative book exploring the intersections between law and materiality * Offers new perspectives on a variety of high profile controversial subjects, including climate change, public health, genetics, crime, biomedical technology * Investigates the futures of both the sociology of law and the study of science and technology from a novel, interdisciplinary vantage point * Illustrates a wide range of empirical topics to provide a focus for critical reflection on the nature of cross-disciplinary research * Illuminates relationships between transnational regulation and local practices and the relation between social agency and material worlds

Wonderland - How Play Made the Modern World (Paperback, Main Market Ed.): Steven Johnson Wonderland - How Play Made the Modern World (Paperback, Main Market Ed.)
Steven Johnson 1
R291 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R91 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'The book is a house of wonders' The New York Times 'Steven Johnson is the Darwin of technology' Walter Issacson, author of Steve Jobs What connects Paleolithic bone flutes to the invention of computer software? Or the Murex sea snail to the death of the great American city? How does the bag of crisps you hold in your hand help tell the story of humanity itself? In Wonderland, his brilliant work on the history of innovation, international bestseller Steven Johnson argues that the pursuit of novelty and wonder has always been a powerful driver of world-shaping technological change. He finds that throughout history, the cutting edge of innovation lies wherever people are working the hardest to keep themselves and others amused. Johnson's storytelling is just as delightful as the inventions he describes, full of surprising stops along the journey from simple concepts to complex modern systems. He introduces us to the colourful innovators of leisure: the explorers, proprietors, showmen, and artists who changed the trajectory of history with their luxurious wares, exotic meals, taverns, gambling tables, and magic shows. Johnson compellingly argues that observers of technological and social trends should be looking for clues in novel amusements. You'll find the future wherever people are having the most fun.

Nanotechnology for Sustainable Development (Hardcover, 2014): Mamadou S. Diallo, Neil A. Fromer, Myung S. Jhon Nanotechnology for Sustainable Development (Hardcover, 2014)
Mamadou S. Diallo, Neil A. Fromer, Myung S. Jhon
R6,180 R4,788 Discovery Miles 47 880 Save R1,392 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The world is facing great challenges in meeting rising demands for basic commodities (e.g., food, water, and energy), finished goods (e.g., cell phones, cars and airplanes) and services (e.g., shelter, healthcare and employment) while reducing and minimizing the impact of human activities on Earth's global environment and climate. Nanotechnology has emerged as a versatile platform that could provide efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally acceptable solutions to the global sustainability challenges facing society. This volume is devoted to the utilization of nanotechnology to improve or achieve sustainable development. Recent advances are highlighted and opportunities of utilizing nanotechnology to address global challenges in water purification, clean energy, greenhouse gas management, materials supply/utilization and manufacturing are discussed. Also, societal perspectives are addressed and an outlook of the role of nanotechnology in the convergence of knowledge, technology and society for achieving sustainable development is provided.This book offers a thematic collection of papers previously published in the Journal of Nanoparticle Research."

Einstein's War - How Relativity Conquered Nationalism and Shook the World (Paperback): Matthew Stanley Einstein's War - How Relativity Conquered Nationalism and Shook the World (Paperback)
Matthew Stanley 1
R340 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R68 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The story of relativity - showing how science really works, and how Einstein became famous In 1916, Arthur Eddington, a war-weary British astronomer, opened a letter written by an obscure German professor named Einstein. The neatly printed equations on the scrap of paper outlined his world-changing theory of general relativity. Until then, Einstein's masterpiece of time and space had been trapped behind the physical and ideological lines of battle, unknown. Many Britons were rejecting anything German, but Eddington realized the importance of the letter: perhaps Einstein's esoteric theory could not only change the foundations of science but also lead to international co-operation in a time of brutal war. Einstein's name is now synonymous with 'genius', but it was not an easy road. He spent a decade creating relativity and his ascent to global celebrity, which saw him on front pages around the world, also owed much to against-the-odds international collaboration, including Eddington's crucial expedition of 1919 -- which was still two years before they finally met. We usually think of scientific discovery as a flash of individual inspiration, but here we see it is the result of hard work, gambles and wrong turns -- in this case subject to the petty concerns of nations, religions and individuals. Einstein's War is a moving human story of a pair on opposite sides of history who came together for science. It sheds light on science through history, and the physics is more accessible as a result: we see relativity built brick-by-brick in front of us, as it happened 100 years ago.

Kingdom Of Lies - Unnerving Adventures In The World Of Cybercrime (Hardcover): Kate Fazzini Kingdom Of Lies - Unnerving Adventures In The World Of Cybercrime (Hardcover)
Kate Fazzini 1
R410 R328 Discovery Miles 3 280 Save R82 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Would you say your phone is safe, or your computer? What about your car? Or your bank?

There is a global war going on and the next target could be anyone, from a global corporation to a randomly selected person. From cybercrime villages like Ramnicu Valcea in Romania to intellectual property theft campaigns in China, these are the true stories of the hackers behind some of the largest cyberattacks in history, and those committed to stopping them.

Kate Fazzini has met the hackers that create new cyberweapons, develop ransomware that can stop international banks in their tracks, and hack sports cars for good and ill. Kingdom of Lies is a fast-paced look at the technological innovations that were mere fantasy only a few years ago, but now make up an integral part of all our lives.

Stem Cell Dialogues - A Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry Into Medical Frontiers (Paperback): Sheldon Krimsky Stem Cell Dialogues - A Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry Into Medical Frontiers (Paperback)
Sheldon Krimsky
R611 R489 Discovery Miles 4 890 Save R122 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Stem cells and the emerging field of regenerative medicine are at the frontiers of modern medicine. These areas of scientific inquiry suggest that in the future, damaged tissue and organs might be repaired through personalized cell therapy as easily as the body repairs itself, revolutionizing the treatment of numerous diseases. Yet the use of stem cells is fraught with ethical and public policy dilemmas that challenge scientists, clinicians, the public health community, and people of good will everywhere. How shall we deal with these amazing biomedical advances, and how can we talk about potential breakthroughs with both moral and scientific intelligence? This book provides an innovative look at these vexing issues through a series of innovative Socratic dialogues that elucidate key scientific and ethical points in an approachable manner. Addressing the cultural and value issues underlying stem cell research while also educating readers about stem cells' biological function and medical applications, Stem Cell Dialogues features fictional characters engaging in compelling inquiry and debate. Participants investigate the scientific, political, and socioethical dimensions of stem cell science using actual language, analysis, and arguments taken from scientific, philosophical, and popular literature. Each dialogue centers on a specific, recognizable topic, such as the policies implemented by the George W. Bush administration restricting the use of embryonic stem cells; the potential role of stem cells in personalized medicine; the ethics of cloning; and the sale of eggs and embryos. Additionally, speakers debate the use of stem cells to treat paralysis, diabetes, stroke effects, macular degeneration, and cancer. Educational, entertaining, and rigorously researched (with 300 references to scientific literature), Stem Cell Dialogues should be included in any effort to help the public understand the science, ethics, and policy concerns of this promising field.

Science and Islam (Arabic, Paperback): Ehsan Masood Science and Islam (Arabic, Paperback)
Ehsan Masood
R281 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R57 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Between the eighth and fifteenth centuries, scholars and researchers working from Samarkand in modern-day Uzbekistan to Cordoba in Spain took our knowledge of astronomy, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, medicine and philosophy to new heights; Musa al-Khwarizmi, for instance, who developed algebra; Al-Jazari, a Turkish engineer of the thirteenth century whose achievements include the crank, the camshaft, and the reciprocating piston; and Ibn Sina, whose textbook Canon of Medicine was a standard work in Europe's universities until the 1600s.These scientists were part of a sophisticated culture and civilization based on belief in God. Science writer Ehsan Masood weaves the story of these and other scientists into a compelling narrative, taking the reader on a journey through the Islamic empires of the Middle Ages, and their contribution to science in Western Europe.

Bored and Brilliant - How Time Spent Doing Nothing Changes Everything (Hardcover, Main Market Ed.): Manoush Zomorodi Bored and Brilliant - How Time Spent Doing Nothing Changes Everything (Hardcover, Main Market Ed.)
Manoush Zomorodi 1
R419 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R90 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Bored and Brilliant is full of easy steps to make each day more effective' Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit It's time to move `doing nothing' to the top of your to-do list Have you ever noticed how you have your best ideas when doing the dishes or staring out the window? It's because when your body goes on autopilot, your brain gets busy connecting ideas and solving problems. However in the modern world it often feels as though we have completely removed boredom from our lives; we are addicted to our phones, we reply to our emails twenty-four hours a day, tweet as we watch TV, watch TV as we commute, check Facebook as we walk and Instagram while we eat. Constant stimulation has become our default mode. In this easy to follow, practical book, award-winning journalist Manoush Zomorodi explores the connection between boredom and original thinking, and will show you how to ditch your screens and start embracing time spent doing nothing. Bored and Brilliant will help you unlock the way to becoming your most productive and creative self.

The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback): Peter Atkins The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
Peter Atkins
R127 R118 Discovery Miles 1 180 Save R9 (7%) Ships in 6 - 10 working days

The laws of thermodynamics drive everything that happens in the universe. From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas to the cooling of hot metal--everything is moved or restrained by four simple laws. Written by Peter Atkins, one of the world's leading authorities on thermodynamics, this powerful and compact introduction explains what these four laws are and how they work, using accessible language and virtually no mathematics. Guiding the reader a step at a time, Atkins begins with Zeroth (so named because the first two laws were well established before scientists realized that a third law, relating to temperature, should precede them--hence the jocular name zeroth), and proceeds through the First, Second, and Third Laws, offering a clear account of concepts such as the availability of work and the conservation of energy. Atkins ranges from the fascinating theory of entropy (revealing how its unstoppable rise constitutes the engine of the universe), through the concept of free energy, and to the brink, and then beyond the brink, of absolute zero.
About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

The Medium is the Massage - An Inventory of Effects (Paperback, New edition): Marshall McLuhan, Quentin Fiore, Jerome Agel The Medium is the Massage - An Inventory of Effects (Paperback, New edition)
Marshall McLuhan, Quentin Fiore, Jerome Agel
R323 R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Save R61 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

30 years after its publication Marshall McLuhan's The Medium is the Massage remains his most entertaining, provocative, and piquant book. With every technological and social "advance" McLuhan's proclamation that "the media work us over completely" becomes more evident and plain. In his words, Uso pervasive are they in their personal, political, economic, aesthetic, psychological, moral, ethical and social consequences that they leave no part of us untouched, unaffected, or unaltered'. McLuhan's remarkable observation that "societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media by which men communicate than by the content of the communication" is undoubtedly more relevant today than ever before. With the rise of the internet and the explosion of the digital revolution there has never been a better time to revisit Marshall McLuhan.

The Art of Innovation (Hardcover): Ian Blatchford, Tilly Blyth The Art of Innovation (Hardcover)
Ian Blatchford, Tilly Blyth 1
R580 R456 Discovery Miles 4 560 Save R124 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This illustrated modern history of the connections between science and art reveals a new perspective on what that relationship has contributed to the world around us, based on the landmark Radio 4 series, and Science Museum exhibition.

Throughout history, artists and scientists have been driven by curiosity and the desire to experiment. Both have wanted to make sense of the world around them, often to change it, sometimes working closely together, certainly taking inspiration from each other’s disciplines. The relationship between the two has traditionally been perceived as one of love and hate, fascination and revulsion, symbiotic but antagonistic. But art is crucial to helping us understand our science legacy and science is well served by applying an artistic lens. How exactly has the ingenuity of science and technology been incorporated into artistic expression? And how has creative practice, in turn, stimulated innovation and technological change?

The Art of Innovation is a history of the past 250 years viewed through the disciplines of art and science. Through fascinating stories that explore the sometimes unexpected relationships between famous artworks and significant scientific and technological objects – from Constable’s cloudscapes and the chemist who first measured changes in air pressure, to the introduction of photography and the representation of natural history in print – it offers a new way of seeing, studying and interpreting the extraordinary world around us.

Life 3.0 - Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (Paperback): Max Tegmark Life 3.0 - Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (Paperback)
Max Tegmark 1
R330 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R76 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'This is the most important conversation of our time, and Tegmark's thought-provoking book will help you join it' Stephen Hawking THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER. DAILY TELEGRAPH AND THE TIMES BOOKS OF THE YEAR SELECTED AS ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2018 AI is the future - but what will that future look like? Will superhuman intelligence be our slave, or become our god? Taking us to the heart of the latest thinking about AI, Max Tegmark, the MIT professor whose work has helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial, separates myths from reality, utopias from dystopias, to explore the next phase of our existence. How can we grow our prosperity through automation, without leaving people lacking income or purpose? How can we ensure that future AI systems do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will AI help life flourish as never before, or will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, and even, perhaps, replace us altogether? 'This is a rich and visionary book and everyone should read it' The Times

You Are the Universe - Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters (Paperback): Deepak Chopra, Menas Kafatos You Are the Universe - Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters (Paperback)
Deepak Chopra, Menas Kafatos 1
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In this book, that combines cutting edge science with real world applications, Chopra and Kafatos redefine our nature of reality and what is possible. Here they ask 9 questions: What Came Before the Big Bang? Why Does the Universe Fit Together So Perfectly? Where Did Time Come From? What Is the Universe Made Of? Is There Design in the Universe? Is the Quantum World Linked to Everyday Life? Do We Live in a Conscious Universe? How Did Life First Begin? Does the brain create the mind? You Are The Universe offers answers that open up new possibilities for all of us to lead more fruitful, peaceful and successful lives.

Careless Thought Costs Lives - The Ethics of Transplants (Paperback): Janet Radcliffe Richards Careless Thought Costs Lives - The Ethics of Transplants (Paperback)
Janet Radcliffe Richards
R373 Discovery Miles 3 730 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Everyone knows that transplantation can save and transform lives, but thousands die every year on waiting lists because there are not enough organs available. If more people could be persuaded to donate, more lives could be saved. But is individual reluctance to donate the root of the problem? Individual choices are made against the background of prevailing laws, conventions and institutions, and many of those present direct or indirect obstacles to organ procurement, from both the living and the dead. If any of those cannot be justified, the deaths they cause are similarly unjustified. In The Ethics of Transplants, Janet Radcliffe Richards, a leading moral philosopher and author of The Sceptical Feminist and Human Nature after Darwin, casts a sharp critical eye over these institutional barriers to organ procurement, and the logic of the arguments offered in their defence. Her incisive reasoning forces us to confront the implications of unexamined intuitions, leads to several unexpected conclusions, and in doing so demonstrates the crucial importance of clear thinking in public debate. Originally published in hardback as The Ethics of Transplants.

Digital Detox - The Politics of Disconnecting (Paperback): Trine Syvertsen Digital Detox - The Politics of Disconnecting (Paperback)
Trine Syvertsen
R542 R493 Discovery Miles 4 930 Save R49 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Social media and smartphones are criticised for being addictive, destroying personal relationships, undermining productivity, and invading privacy. In this book, Trine Syvertsen explores the phenomenon of digital detox: users taking a break from digital media or adopting measures to limit smartphone and social media use. Based on studies, documents, media texts and interviews with media users, Syvertsen discusses how media industries intensify the quest for attention, how companies and governments team up to get everybody online, and how the main responsibility for managing online risks and problems are placed on the users' shoulders. She provides a rich account of how users reduce their online engagement through time-limitations, restrictions on smartphone use, productivity apps, and use of analogue media. Syvertsen shows how digital detoxing has much in common with other forms of self-help such as mindfulness, decluttering and simple living and places digital detox within a culture of self-optimisation. But digital detox is also about sustaining face-to-face conversations, better work-life-balance, a deeper connection with nature and more meaningful interpersonal relationships. With a wealth of examples, analyses and stories, Digital Detox is a valuable guide to why digital detox and disconnection has become a topic, how it is practised, what it says about the state of media industries and how people express resistance in the 21st century.

Genomics and Personalized Medicine - What Everyone Needs to Know (R) (Paperback): Michael Snyder Genomics and Personalized Medicine - What Everyone Needs to Know (R) (Paperback)
Michael Snyder
R306 R243 Discovery Miles 2 430 Save R63 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 2001 the Human Genome Project succeeded in mapping the DNA of humans. This landmark accomplishment launched the field of genomics, the integrated study of all the genes in the human body and the related biomedical interventions that can be tailored to benefit a person's health. Today genomics, part of a larger movement toward personalized medicine, is poised to revolutionize health care. By cross-referencing an individual's genetic sequence - their genome - against known elements of "Big Data," elements of genomics are already being incorporated on a widespread basis, including prenatal disease screening and targeted cancer treatments. With more innovations soon to arrive at the bedside, the promise of the genomics revolution is limitless. This entry in the What Everyone Needs to Know series offers an authoritative resource on the prospects and realities of genomics and personalized medicine. As this science continues to alter traditional medical paradigms, consumers are faced with additional options and more complicated decisions regarding their health care. This book provides the essential information everyone needs.

The Turing Guide (Paperback): Jack Copeland, Jonathan Bowen, Mark Sprevak, Robin Wilson The Turing Guide (Paperback)
Jack Copeland, Jonathan Bowen, Mark Sprevak, Robin Wilson
R618 R490 Discovery Miles 4 900 Save R128 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Alan Turing has long proved a subject of fascination, but following the centenary of his birth in 2012, the code-breaker, computer pioneer, mathematician (and much more) has become even more celebrated with much media coverage, and several meetings, conferences and books raising public awareness of Turing's life and work. This volume will bring together contributions from some of the leading experts on Alan Turing to create a comprehensive guide to Turing that will serve as a useful resource for researchers in the area as well as the increasingly interested general reader. The book will cover aspects of Turing's life and the wide range of his intellectual activities, including mathematics, code-breaking, computer science, logic, artificial intelligence and mathematical biology, as well as his subsequent influence.

Robert Grosseteste's - Compotus (Hardcover): Alfred Lohr, C Philipp E Nothaft Robert Grosseteste's - Compotus (Hardcover)
Alfred Lohr, C Philipp E Nothaft
R2,653 Discovery Miles 26 530 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Robert Grosseteste (1168/75-1253), Bishop of Lincoln from 1235-1253, is widely recognized as one of the key intellectual figures of medieval England and as a trailblazer in the history of scientific methodology. Few of his numerous philosophical and scientific writings circulated as widely as the Compotus, a treatise on time reckoning and calendrical astronomy apparently written during a period of study in Paris in the 1220s. Besides its strong and long-lasting influence on later writers, Grossteste's Compotus is particularly noteworthy for its innovatory approach to the theory and practice of the ecclesiastical calendar-a subject of essential importance to the life of the Latin Church. Confronting traditional computistical doctrines with the lessons learned from Graeco-Arabic astronomy, Grosseteste offered his readers a critical and reform-oriented take on the discipline, in which he proposed a specific version of the Islamic lunar as a substitute for the failing nineteen-year cycle the Church still employed to calculate the date of Easter. This new critical edition of Grosseteste's Compotus contains the Latin text with an en-face English translation. It is flanked by an extensive introduction and chapter commentary, which will provide valuable new insights into the text's purpose and disciplinary background, its date and biographical context, its sources, as well as its reception in later centuries.

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