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Science, Culture and the Search for Life on Other Worlds (Paperback, 1st ed. 2016): John W. Traphagan Science, Culture and the Search for Life on Other Worlds (Paperback, 1st ed. 2016)
John W. Traphagan
R987 R818 Discovery Miles 8 180 Save R169 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This 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.

Mobile Gaming in Asia - Politics, Culture and Emerging Technologies (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Dal Yong Jin Mobile Gaming in Asia - Politics, Culture and Emerging Technologies (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Dal Yong Jin
R2,744 R2,499 Discovery Miles 24 990 Save R245 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book analyzes mobile gaming in the Asian context and looks into a hitherto neglected focus of inquiry - a localized mobile landscape, with particular reference to young Asians' engagement with mobile gaming. This edition focuses not only on the remarkable success of local mobile games, but also on the significance of social milieu in the development of Asian mobile technologies and gaming culture. It analyzes the growth of the current mobile technologies and mobile gaming not as separate but as continuous developments in tandem with the digital economy. It is of interest to both academics and a broader readership from the business, government, and information technology sectors

Treating the Body in Medicine and Religion - Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Perspectives (Hardcover): John J Fitzgerald, Ashley... Treating the Body in Medicine and Religion - Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Perspectives (Hardcover)
John J Fitzgerald, Ashley John Moyse
R3,090 Discovery Miles 30 900 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Modern medicine has produced many wonderful technological breakthroughs that have extended the limits of the frail human body. However, much of the focus of this medical research has been on the physical, often reducing the human being to a biological machine to be examined, understood, and controlled. This book begins by asking whether the modern medical milieu has overly objectified the body, unwittingly or not, and whether current studies in bioethics are up to the task of restoring a fuller understanding of the human person. In response, various authors here suggest that a more theological/religious approach would be helpful, or perhaps even necessary. Presenting specific perspectives from Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the book is divided into three parts: "Understanding the Body," "Respecting the Body," and "The Body at the End of Life." A panel of expert contributors-including philosophers, physicians, and theologians and scholars of religion- answer key questions such as: What is the relationship between body and soul? What are our obligations toward human bodies? How should medicine respond to suffering and death? The resulting text is an interdisciplinary treatise on how medicine can best function in our societies. Offering a new way to approach the medical humanities, this book will be of keen interest to any scholars with an interest in contemporary religious perspectives on medicine and the body.

Sources of Military Change - Culture, Politics, Technology (Hardcover): Theo Farrell Sources of Military Change - Culture, Politics, Technology (Hardcover)
Theo Farrell
R1,773 R1,352 Discovery Miles 13 520 Save R421 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In varying circumstances, military organizations around the world are undergoing major restructuring. This book explores why, and how, militaries change. The authors focus on a complex of three influencing factors - cultural norms, politics and new technology - offering a historical perspective of more than a century. Their analyses range from developing states to Russia, Britain, the US and NATO. Throughout, they reveal the manifold interactions between state and military, and also within both, as primary driving forces of change.

Dawkins, Lewis and the Meaning of Life (Paperback): Alister McGrath Dawkins, Lewis and the Meaning of Life (Paperback)
Alister McGrath 1
R219 R175 Discovery Miles 1 750 Save R44 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Alister McGrath has written extensively and to great acclaim on both Richard Dawkins and C S Lewis. Here he brings these two intriguing and well-known writers into a conversation. They could hardly have more different perspectives, and listening in on this debate is a brilliant way of sharpening up our own thinking on the meaning of life.

Victorian Science in Context (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Bernard Lightman Victorian Science in Context (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Bernard Lightman
R1,143 Discovery Miles 11 430 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Victorians were fascinated by the flood of strange new worlds that science was opening to them. Exotic plants and animals poured into London from all corners of the empire, while revolutionary theories such as the idea that humans might be descended from apes drew crowds to heated debates. Victorian Science in Context captures the essence of this fascination, charting the many ways in which science influenced and was influenced by the larger Victorian culture. Leading scholars in history, literature, and the history of science explore questions such as, What did science mean to the Victorians? For whom was Victorian science written? What ideological messages did it convey? The contributors show how the practical side of science, such as the choice of particular instruments an the manner of measurement, indeed the entire laboratory setup, interacted with the social and cultural context to mold Victorian science.

Dread History - Leonard P. Howell and Millenarian Visions in the Early Rastafarian Religion (Paperback): Robert A. Hill Dread History - Leonard P. Howell and Millenarian Visions in the Early Rastafarian Religion (Paperback)
Robert A. Hill; Introduction by Ras Sekou Sankara Tafari
R227 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R16 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The War on Normal People - The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future... The War on Normal People - The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future (Paperback)
Andrew Yang
R325 R260 Discovery Miles 2 600 Save R65 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. Not in the distant future--now. One recent estimate predicts 13 million American workers will lose their jobs within the next seven years-jobs that won't be replaced. In a future marked by restlessness and chronic unemployment, what will happen to American society? In The War on Normal People, Andrew Yang paints a dire portrait of the American economy. Rapidly advancing technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics and automation software are making millions of Americans' livelihoods irrelevant. The consequences are these trends are already being felt across our communities in the form of political unrest, drug use, and other social ills. The future looks dire-but is it unavoidable? In The War on Normal People, Yang imagines a different future -- one in which having a job is distinct from the capacity to prosper and seek fulfillment. At this vision's core is Universal Basic Income, the concept of providing all citizens with a guaranteed income-and one that is rapidly gaining popularity among forward-thinking politicians and economists. Yang proposes that UBI is an essential step toward a new, more durable kind of economy, one he calls "human capitalism."

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence (Hardcover): Mark Juergensmeyer, Margo Kitts, Michael Jerryson The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence (Hardcover)
Mark Juergensmeyer, Margo Kitts, Michael Jerryson
R3,712 Discovery Miles 37 120 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Violence has always played a part in the religious imagination, from symbols and myths to legendary battles, from colossal wars to the theater of terrorism. The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence surveys intersections between religion and violence throughout history and around the world. The forty original essays in this volume include overviews of major religious traditions, showing how violence is justified within the literary and theological foundations of the tradition, how it is used symbolically and in ritual practice, and how social acts of violence and warfare have been justified by religious ideas. The essays also examine patterns and themes relating to religious violence, such as sacrifice and martyrdom, which are explored in cross-disciplinary or regional analyses; and offer major analytic approaches, from literary to social scientific studies. The contributors to this volume--innovative thinkers who are forging new directions in theory and analysis related to religion and violence--provide novel insights into this important field of studies. By mapping out the whole field of religion and violence, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence will prove an authoritative source for students and scholars for years to come.

What It Means to Be Moral - Why Religion Is Not Necessary for Living an Ethical Life (Hardcover): Phil Zuckerman What It Means to Be Moral - Why Religion Is Not Necessary for Living an Ethical Life (Hardcover)
Phil Zuckerman
R675 R538 Discovery Miles 5 380 Save R137 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Faithful Measures - New Methods in the Measurement of Religion (Hardcover): Roger Finke, Christopher D. Bader Faithful Measures - New Methods in the Measurement of Religion (Hardcover)
Roger Finke, Christopher D. Bader
R2,252 R1,781 Discovery Miles 17 810 Save R471 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A venture into the art and science of measuring religion in everyday life In an era of rapid technological advances, the measures and methods used to generate data about religion have undergone remarkably little change. Faithful Measures pushes the study of religion into the 21st century by evaluating new and existing measures of religion and introducing new methods for tapping into religious behaviors and beliefs. This book offers a global and innovative approach, with chapters on the intersection of religion and new technology, such as smart phone apps, Google Ngrams, crowdsourcing data, and Amazon buying networks. It also shows how old methods can be improved by using new technology to create online surveys with experimental designs and by developing new ways of mining data from existing information. Chapter contributors thoroughly explain how to employ these new techniques, and offer fresh insights into understanding the complex topic of religion in modern life. Beyond its quantitative contributions, Faithful Measures will be an invaluable resource for inspiring a new wave of creativity and exploration in our connected world.

Comparative Empirical Bioethics: Dilemmas of Genetic Testing and Euthanasia in Israel and Germany (Paperback, 1st ed. 2016):... Comparative Empirical Bioethics: Dilemmas of Genetic Testing and Euthanasia in Israel and Germany (Paperback, 1st ed. 2016)
Aviad E Raz, Silke Schicktanz
R1,478 R1,362 Discovery Miles 13 620 Save R116 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book is a comprehensive, empirically-grounded exploration of the relationship between bioethics, culture, and the perspective of being affected. It provides a new outlook on how complex "bioethical" issues become questions of everyday life. The authors focus on two contexts, genetic testing and end-of-life care, to locate and demonstrate emerging themes of responsibility, such as self-responsibility, responsibility for kin, and the responsibility of society. Within these themes, the duty to know versus the right not to know one's genetic fate (in the context of genetic testing), or the sanctity of life versus self-determination (in the context of end of life care) are identified as culturally embedded dilemmas that are very much relevant for lay persons. Furthermore, cultural factors such as religion, history, utopian and dystopian views of biomedical technologies, outlooks on the body and on health/illness, and citizenship are examined. Health issues are increasingly becoming a question of assessing risk and responsibility: How can we better prepare ourselves for the future? We all make such assessments in a way that combines personal inclinations, professional recommendations, and cultural framings. There is still much to be learned about the interplay between these three dimensions.

Technology and Society - A World History (Hardcover): Andrew Ede Technology and Society - A World History (Hardcover)
Andrew Ede
R2,575 Discovery Miles 25 750 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Technology and Society: A World History explores the creative power of humanity from the age of stone tools to the digital revolution. It introduces technology as a series of systems that allowed us to solve real-world problems and create a global civilization. The history of technology is also the history of the intellectual and cultural place of our tools and devices. With a broad view of technology, we can see that some of the most powerful technologies such as education and government produce no physical object but have allowed us to coordinate our inventive skills and pass knowledge through the ages. Yet although all human communities depend on technology, there are unexpected consequences from the use of technology which, as Ede shows, form a crucial part of this rich story.

New Medical Technologies and Society - Reordering Life (Paperback, New): Nik Brown, Andrew Webster New Medical Technologies and Society - Reordering Life (Paperback, New)
Nik Brown, Andrew Webster
R487 Discovery Miles 4 870 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

New medical technologies are increasingly at the centre of novel transformations in the human and social body. Whilst reproduction, health, ageing and dying have long been areas for technical intervention, the emergence of molecular biology and information technology raise far-reaching political, social and subjective questions.

"New Medical Technologies and Society" provides a critical introduction to the role and cultural significance of technological innovation in redefining the boundaries of medicine and the body, tracing this process through the figure of "the lifecourse." Drawing on approaches from sociology and Science and Technology Studies, the authors explore key issues, theories and debates at the junctures of bodies and medicine. In a style that is both innovative and challenging, Nik Brown and Andrew Webster open up an important examination of new medical technologies not only for those directly engaged, but for a wider audience interested in the ways in which contemporary technologies can be interrogated through core sociological inquiry. They argue that, whilst many technologies emerge from and extend long-standing frameworks of medical treatment, genuinely novel and radical challenges to our interpretations of embodiment are emerging.

The book will be essential reading for both students and scholars of the sociology of science and technology, medical sociology, social theory, genetics and informatics.

SuperVision - An Introduction to the Surveillance Society (Paperback): John Gilliom, Torin Monahan SuperVision - An Introduction to the Surveillance Society (Paperback)
John Gilliom, Torin Monahan
R523 Discovery Miles 5 230 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

We live in a surveillance society. Anyone who uses a credit card, cell phone, or even search engines to navigate the Web is being monitored and assessed - and often in ways that are imperceptible to us. The first general introduction to the growing field of surveillance studies, "SuperVision" uses examples drawn from everyday technologies to show how surveillance is used, who is using it, and how it affects our world. Beginning with a look at the activities and technologies that connect most people to the surveillance matrix, from Facebook to identification cards to GPS devices in our cars, John Gilliom and Torin Monahan invite readers to critically explore surveillance as it relates to issues of law, power, freedom, and inequality. Even if you avoid using credit cards and stay off Facebook, they show, going to work or school inevitably embeds you in surveillance relationships. Finally, they discuss the more obvious forms of surveillance, including the security systems used at airports and on city streets, which both epitomize contemporary surveillance and make impossibly grand promises of safety and security. Gilliom and Monahan are among the foremost experts on surveillance and society, and, with "SuperVision", they offer an immensely accessible and engaging guide, giving readers the tools to understand and to question how deeply surveillance has been woven into the fabric of our everyday lives.

Global Crisis And Sustainability Technologies (Hardcover): Kenji Uchino Global Crisis And Sustainability Technologies (Hardcover)
Kenji Uchino
R1,524 R1,442 Discovery Miles 14 420 Save R82 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Global Crisis and Sustainability Technologies is a nontechnical introduction and overview of the current 'politico-engineering' - politically initiated engineering - intended for an international relationship. The book focuses specifically on technologies for crisis and societal sustainability in response to natural disasters, infectious diseases, enormous accidents, terrorist or criminal incidents, war or territorial invasions, elimination of toxic materials, and renewable energy, as well as risk management.The case studies cited draw from the author's experience in the United States, Japan, and China, and act as instructive studies that may be extended and applied to other countries.

Global Crisis And Sustainability Technologies (Paperback): Kenji Uchino Global Crisis And Sustainability Technologies (Paperback)
Kenji Uchino
R852 Discovery Miles 8 520 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Global Crisis and Sustainability Technologies is a nontechnical introduction and overview of the current 'politico-engineering' - politically initiated engineering - intended for an international relationship. The book focuses specifically on technologies for crisis and societal sustainability in response to natural disasters, infectious diseases, enormous accidents, terrorist or criminal incidents, war or territorial invasions, elimination of toxic materials, and renewable energy, as well as risk management.The case studies cited draw from the author's experience in the United States, Japan, and China, and act as instructive studies that may be extended and applied to other countries.

The Faith of Biology and the Biology of Faith - Order, Meaning, and Free Will in Modern Medical Science (Paperback, With a New... The Faith of Biology and the Biology of Faith - Order, Meaning, and Free Will in Modern Medical Science (Paperback, With a New Preface by the Author)
Robert Pollack; Preface by Robert Pollack
R546 R478 Discovery Miles 4 780 Save R68 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Are there parallels between the "moment of insight" in science and the emergence of the "unknowable" in religious faith? Where does scientific insight come from? Award-winning biologist Robert Pollack argues that an alliance between religious faith and science is not necessarily an argument in favor of irrationality: the two can inform each other's visions of the world.

Pollack begins by reflecting on the large questions of meaning and purpose -- and the difficulty of finding either in the orderly world described by the data of science. He considers the obligation to find meaning and purpose despite natural selection's claim to be a complete explanation of our presence as a species -- a claim that calls upon neither natural intention, nor design, nor Designer. Next, the book focuses on matters of free will, from the choice of a scientist to accept evidence, to the choice of a religious person to accept a revelation, to a patient's loss of free will in medical treatment. Here Pollack addresses questions of ethics and offers a provocative comparison of two difficult texts whose contents remain incompletely understood: the DNA "text" of the human genome and the Hebrew record of Jewish written and oral law. In closing, Pollack considers the promise of genetic medicine in enabling us to glimpse our own future and offers a reconsideration of the possible utility of the so-called placebo effect in curing illness.

Whether refuting a DNA-based biological model of Judaism or discussing the Darwinian concept of the species, Pollack, under the banner of free inquiry, presents a genuine, vital, and well-argued assay of the intersection of science and religion.

The Power of Identity (Paperback, 2nd Edition, with a New Preface): Manuel Castells The Power of Identity (Paperback, 2nd Edition, with a New Preface)
Manuel Castells
R774 R731 Discovery Miles 7 310 Save R43 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this second volume of "The Information Age" trilogy, with an extensive new preface following the recent global economic crisis, Manuel Castells deals with the social, political, and cultural dynamics associated with the technological transformation of our societies and with the globalization of the economy.

Extensive new preface examines how dramatic recent events have transformed the socio-political landscape of our worldApplies Castells' hypotheses to contemporary issues such as Al Qaeda and global terrorist networks, American unilateralism and the crisis of political legitimacy throughout the worldA brilliant account of social, cultural, and political conflict and struggle all over the worldAnalyzes the importance of cultural, religious, and national identity as sources of meaning for people, and its implications for social movementThrows new light on the dynamics of global and local change

The State of Play - Law, Games, and Virtual Worlds (Paperback, New): Jack M. Balkin, Beth Simone Noveck The State of Play - Law, Games, and Virtual Worlds (Paperback, New)
Jack M. Balkin, Beth Simone Noveck
R638 R541 Discovery Miles 5 410 Save R97 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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"This is a spectacular collection of essays on the present and future of virtual worlds. It's a perfect introduction for those who have yet to experience them, and more important, a thoughtful companion for those who do."
--Jonathan Zittrain, Oxford University

"The State of Play is an extremely comprehensive look into digital worlds and how those worlds are evolving cultures, changing lives, reshaping the way we think and communicate. If you want to understand where modern culture is headed and learn more about incredibly fascinating experiences taking place in virtual worlds, pick up and read this book now."
--Richard Garriott, a.k.a. Lord British, Creator of Ultima Online and Executive Producer, NCsoft

"These essays, by the best thinkers in their fields, will be read, debated, taught, and cited in court cases as we struggle to figure out how to live in a world which is part digital and part social, part real and part imaginary."
--Henry Jenkins, author of "Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide"

aIs useful and interesting for students of surveillance.a--"Surveillance & Society"

aWith diverse essays from game designers, social scientists and legal scholars, The State of Play is a provocative consideration of virtual jurisprudence.a
--"Paste Magazine"

aFor those who want to skip over the hype and dive into the issue, it is hard to imagine a better resource.a
--Cecily Deane Mak, Senior Counsel, Music at RealNetworks.

aReading The State of Play is an adventure. It is the first real step of a journey into the outer limits of the physical world and the inner realms of the virtualwithin the boundaries of societyas comfort zone. It is an exploratory glimpse into how digital worlds may change the future, reshape our own reflection, and challenge real-world laws.a
--"New York Law Journal"

a...traces the fate of playtime over the centuries.a
--"Slate.com"

The State of Play presents an essential first step in understanding how new digital worlds will change the future of our universe. Millions of people around the world inhabit virtual words: multiplayer online games where characters live, love, buy, trade, cheat, steal, and have every possible kind of adventure. Far more complicated and sophisticated than early video games, people now spend countless hours in virtual universes like Second Life and Star Wars Galaxies not to shoot space invaders but to create new identities, fall in love, build cities, make rules, and break them.

As digital worlds become increasingly powerful and lifelike, people will employ them for countless real-world purposes, including commerce, education, medicine, law enforcement, and military training. Inevitably, real-world law will regulate them. But should virtual worlds be fully integrated into our real-world legal system or should they be treated as separate jurisdictions with their own forms of dispute resolution? What rules should govern virtual communities? Should the law step in to protect property rights when virtual items are destroyed or stolen?

These questions, and many more, are considered in The State of Play, where legal experts, game designers, and policymakers explore the boundaries of free speech, intellectual property, and creativity in virtual worlds. The essays explore both the emergence of law inmultiplayer online games and how we can use virtual worlds to study real-world social interactions and test real-world laws.

Contributors include: Jack M. Balkin, Richard A. Bartle, Yochai Benkler, Caroline Bradley, Edward Castronova, Susan P. Crawford, Julian Dibbell, A. Michael Froomkin, James Grimmelmann, David R. Johnson, Dan Hunter, Raph Koster, F. Gregory Lastowka, Beth Simone Noveck, Cory Ondrejka, Tracy Spaight, and Tal Zarsky.

Better than Human - The Promise and Perils of Biomedical Enhancement (Paperback): Allen Buchanan Better than Human - The Promise and Perils of Biomedical Enhancement (Paperback)
Allen Buchanan
R597 Discovery Miles 5 970 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In Better than Human?, noted bioethicist Allen Buchanan grapples with the ethical dilemmas of the medical revolution now upon us. Biomedical enhancements, he writes, can make us smarter, have better memories, be stronger, quicker, have more stamina, live much longer, be more resistant to disease and to the frailties of aging, and enjoy richer emotional lives. They can even improve our character, or at least strengthen our powers of self-control. In spite of the benefits that biomedical enhancements may bring, many people instinctively reject them. Some worry that we will lose something important-our appreciation for what we have or what makes human beings distinctively valuable. To think clearly about enhancement, Buchanan argues, we have to acknowledge that nature is a mixed bag and that our species has many "design flaws". We should be open to the possibility of becoming better than human, while never underestimating the risk that our attempts to improve may backfire.

Matchmakers - The New Economics of Multisided Platforms (Hardcover): David S. Evans, Richard Schmalensee Matchmakers - The New Economics of Multisided Platforms (Hardcover)
David S. Evans, Richard Schmalensee
R696 R553 Discovery Miles 5 530 Save R143 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Many of the most dynamic public companies, from Alibaba to Facebook to Visa, and the most valuable start-ups, such as Airbnb and Uber, are matchmakers that connect one group of customers with another group of customers. Economists call matchmakers multisided platforms because they provide physical or virtual platforms for multiple groups to get together. Dating sites connect people with potential matches, for example, and ride-sharing apps do the same for drivers and riders. Although matchmakers have been around for millennia, they're becoming more and more popular--and profitable--due to dramatic advances in technology, and a lot of companies that have managed to crack the code of this business model have become today's power brokers. Don't let the flashy successes fool you, though. Starting a matchmaker is one of the toughest business challenges, and almost everyone who tries to build one, fails. In Matchmakers, David Evans and Richard Schmalensee, two economists who were among the first to analyze multisided platforms and discover their principles, and who've consulted for some of the most successful platform businesses in the world, explain how matchmakers work best in practice, why they do what they do, and how entrepreneurs can improve their chances for success. Whether you're an entrepreneur, an investor, a consumer, or an executive, your future will involve more and more multisided platforms, and Matchmakers--rich with stories from platform winners and losers--is the one book you'll need in order to navigate this appealing but confusing world.

Women and GIS, Volume 2 - Stars of Spatial Science (Paperback): Esri Press Women and GIS, Volume 2 - Stars of Spatial Science (Paperback)
Esri Press; Foreword by Jane Goodall
R518 R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Save R87 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Foreword by Jane Goodall Thirty inspiring stories of diverse women using geospatial technology to advance science and help resolve important issues facing the world. Like the first volume, Women and GIS, Volume 2: Stars of Spatial Science tells how 30 women in many different STEM fields applied themselves, overcame obstacles, and used maps, analysis, imagery, and geographic information systems (GIS) to contribute to their professions and the world. Sharing the experiences of their childhoods, the misstarts and challenges they faced, and the lessons they learned, each story is a celebration of a woman's unique life path and of the perseverance, dedication, and hard work it takes to achieve success. This book includes multicultural women at various points in their careers such as: Barbara Ryan -- Dedicated to open spatial data for everyone Cecille Blake -- Growing GIS capacity in Jamaica and for North and South American countries Rhiannan Price -- Advocating to make a difference for vulnerable populations Veronica Velez -- Fighting for social and racial justice in education Tanya Harrison -- Bringing Mars to the masses From planetary scientists to civil engineers, entrepreneurs to urban planners, the strong, passionate women in Women and GIS, Volume 2: Stars of Spatial Science serve as guiding stars to motivate readers who are developing their own life stories and to inspire their potential to meaningful achievements.

Creation: A Guide for the Perplexed (Paperback): Simon Oliver Creation: A Guide for the Perplexed (Paperback)
Simon Oliver
R494 Discovery Miles 4 940 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This addition to our popular Guides for the Perplexed series tackles a subject that is enjoying renewed debate: Christianity, along with Judaism and Islam, claims that the universe is not a brute fact. It is 'created'. But what do we mean by 'creation'? Do we mean that the universe is 'designed'? Is it the product of an evolutionary process? How are creatures related to God, and does God act within creation? Simon Oliver begins with the background to the Christian theology of creation in Greek philosophy and the Old Testament. This provides a route into understanding the claim that we are part of a created order that is also the theatre of God's providential action. He examines different understandings of creation, including creation out of nothing and the analogy of being, with close reference to the work of patristic and medieval theologians such as Augustine and Thomas Aquinas. This leads to an historical overview of the relationship between theological, philosophical and scientific approaches to creation in the modern period. Some of the ethical issues concerning humanity's place within, and treatment of, creation and our environment are also examined. A distinctive yet traditional theology of creation is proposed focused on the concepts of gift and participation as ways of understanding more fully the meaning and implications of the claim that the universe is created.

The Information Revolution and the Arab World - Its Impact on State and Society (Paperback, New edition): Emirates Center for... The Information Revolution and the Arab World - Its Impact on State and Society (Paperback, New edition)
Emirates Center for Strategic Studies & Research
R721 Discovery Miles 7 210 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Academics and representatives of government and business have co-operated to produce this multi-layered exploration of the current state of the information and communication revolution and its effect on Arab states and societies. The book offers an analysis of a variety of technological themes. These themes include global telecommunications trends and policies and their implications for national development; the information superhighway and education, business, the media, and finance; cultural imperialism and the widening of the information gap; and the impact of satellite DBS TV on terrestrial television broadcasting in the GCC states.

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