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You are reading the word "now" right now. But what does that mean? "Now" has bedeviled philosophers, priests, and modern-day physicists from Augustine to Einstein and beyond. In Now, eminent physicist Richard A. Muller takes up the challenge. He begins with remarkably clear explanations of relativity, entropy, entanglement, the Big Bang, and more, setting the stage for his own revolutionary theory of time, one that makes testable predictions. Muller's monumental work will spark major debate about the most fundamental assumptions of our universe, and may crack one of physics' longest-standing enigmas.
The near meltdown of Fukushima, the upheavals in the Middle East, the BP oil spill, and the looming reality of global warming have reminded the president and all U.S. citizens that nothing has more impact on our lives than the supply and demand for energy. Its procurement dominates our economy and foreign policy more than any other factor. But the "energy question" is more confusing, contentious, and complicated than ever before. We need to know if nuclear power will ever really be safe. We need to know if solar and wind power will ever really be viable. And we desperately need to know if the natural gas deposits in Pennsylvania are a windfall of historic proportions or a false alarm that will create more problems than solutions. Richard A. Muller provides the answers in this must-read manual for our energy priorities now and in the coming years.
We live in complicated, dangerous times. Present and future presidents need to know if North Korea's nascent nuclear capability is a genuine threat to the West, if biochemical weapons are likely to be developed by terrorists, if there are viable alternatives to fossil fuels that should be nurtured and supported by the government, if private companies should be allowed to lead the way on space exploration, and what the actual facts are about the worsening threats from climate change. This is "must-have" information for all presidents-and citizens-of the twenty-first century. Winner of the 2009 Northern California Book Award for General Nonfiction.
"Physics and Technology for Future Presidents" contains the essential physics that students need in order to understand today's core science and technology issues, and to become the next generation of world leaders. From the physics of energy to climate change, and from spy technology to quantum computers, this is the only textbook to focus on the modern physics affecting the decisions of political leaders and CEOs and, consequently, the lives of every citizen. How practical are alternative energy sources? Can satellites really read license plates from space? What is the quantum physics behind iPods and supermarket scanners? And how much should we fear a terrorist nuke? This lively book empowers students possessing any level of scientific background with the tools they need to make informed decisions and to argue their views persuasively with anyone--expert or otherwise.
Based on Richard Muller's renowned course at Berkeley, the book explores critical physics topics: energy and power, atoms and heat, gravity and space, nuclei and radioactivity, chain reactions and atomic bombs, electricity and magnetism, waves, light, invisible light, climate change, quantum physics, and relativity. Muller engages readers through many intriguing examples, helpful facts to remember, a fun-to-read text, and an emphasis on real-world problems rather than mathematical computation. He includes chapter summaries, essay and discussion questions, Internet research topics, and handy tips for instructors to make the classroom experience more rewarding.
Accessible and entertaining, "Physics and Technology for Future Presidents" gives students the scientific fluency they need to become well-rounded leaders in a world driven by science and technology.
Professors: A supplementary Instructor's Manual is available for this book. It is restricted to teachers using the text in courses. For information on how to obtain a copy, refer to: http: //press.princeton.edu/class_use/solutions.html
Leading universities that have adopted this book include: Harvard Purdue Rice University University of Chicago Sarah Lawrence College Notre Dame Wellesley Wesleyan University of Colorado Northwestern Washington University in St. Louis University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign Fordham University of Miami George Washington University
This book describes human development including sexual reproduction and stem cell research with the development of model organisms that are accessible to genetic and experimental analysis in readily understandable texts and 315 multi-colored graphics. The introductory account of model organisms selected from the entire animal kingdom presents general principles, which are then outlined in subsequent chapters devoted to, for example, sexual development; genes controlling development and their contemporary molecular-analysis methods; production of clones and transgenic animals; development of the nervous and circulatory systems; regenerative medicine and ageing. Finally the evolution of developmental toolkits and novelties is discussed including the genetic basis of the enlargement of the human forebrain. Separate boxes are devoted to controversial questions such as the benefits and problems of prenatal diagnostics or the construction of ancient body plans.
This book explores the structural tensions and conflicts that arise with the abolition of border controls between the EU's member states and how this conflict ridden relationship affects and is affected by the institutional shape of the EU's external borders.
Richard Muller, a world-class scholar of the Reformation era, examines the relationship of Calvin's theology to the Reformed tradition, indicating Calvin's place in the tradition as one of several significant second-generation formulators. Muller argues that the Reformed tradition is a diverse and variegated movement not suitably described either as founded solely on the thought of John Calvin or as a reaction to or deviation from Calvin, thereby setting aside the old "Calvin and the Calvinists" approach in favor of a more integral and representative perspective. Muller offers historical corrective and nuance on topics of current interest in Reformed theology, such as limited atonement/universalism, union with Christ, and the order of salvation.
This indispensable companion to key post-Reformation theological texts provides clear and concise definitions of Latin and Greek terms for students at a variety of levels. Written by a leading scholar of the Reformation and post-Reformation eras, this volume offers definitions that bear the mark of expert judgment and precision. The second edition includes new material and has been updated and revised throughout.
Richard A. Muller demonstrated in his recent bestseller, Physics for Future Presidents, that he has a unique talent for delivering the "aha" moment-making difficult topics accessible. In The Instant Physicist he shows his ability to entertain, too, by presenting the best of the scientific curiosities he has assembled over his distinguished career. Assisted by award-winning cartoonist Joey Manfre, who has created an original color cartoon for each "physics bite," Muller will have readers chuckling while they're absorbing more science than they ever thought possible. From the surprising (chocolate has more energy in it than TNT) to the scary (even kids can make a bomb), this book contains a revelation on every page. Once finished with this page-turner, readers will be the stars of their next cocktail party. The book consists of a color cartoon on each right-hand page and explanatory text on the left.
Hydroinformatics combines efficient and indispensible tools in hydraulic engineering and hydraulic research. These tools model the complex processes in natural environments and in technical systems, provide intelligent methods of analysis for water related systems & for developing engineering solutions and make the resulting information available to designers and policy makers, including banking and insurance. Topics covered: 1. Decision support for investment and insurance, asset management, risk analysis; Environmental monitoring programs; Posters; Communications; 2. Informatics tools: New Software Tools: neural networks, genetic algorithms, data bases and GIS; System integration architecture, knowledge based systems, real timecontrol, data acquisition, instruments and associated SCADA-systems; Posters; Communications; 4. User-requirements Model validity and applicability; Experience with hydroinformatic systems; Posters; Communications; 5.Theoretical foundations of hydroinformatics, relations between research and applications; 6. New developments in ground water modelling; 7. Free surface flows; 8. New developments in ecological modelling; 9. Hydroinformatics in urban water infrastructure systems.
No field of contemporary biomedical science has been more revolutionized by the techniques of molecular biology than developmental biology. This is an outstanding concise introduction to developmental biology that takes a contemporary approach to describing the complex process that transforms an egg into an adult organism. The book features exceptionally clear two-color illustrations, and is designed for use in both undergraduate and graduate level courses. The book is especially noteworthy for its treatment of development in model organisms, whose contributions to developmental biology were recognized in the 1995 Nobel Prize for physiology and medicine.
It is not possible to understand the present or future climate unless scientists can account for the enormous and rapid cycles of glaciation that have taken place over the last million years, and which are expected to continue into the future. A great deal has happened in the theory of the ice ages over the last decade, and it is now widley accepted that ice ages are driven by changes in the Earth's orbit. The study of ice ages is very inter-disciplinary, covering geology, physics, glaciology, oceanography, atmospheric science, planetary orbit calculations astrophysics and statistics.
Spannende Fragen aus Alltag und aktueller Forschung sind der Ausgangspunkt fur einen UEberblick uber die Tier- und Humanphysiologie. Die Autoren fuhren in die Physiologie von Mensch und Tier ein. Alle physiologischen Themen werden einfuhrend und verstandlich behandelt und didaktisch durchdacht illustriert. Energiehaushalt, Ernahrung, Zentraler Stoffwechsel, Atmung, Kreislauf, Vegetative Steuerung, Hormone, Pheromone, Elektrophysiologie, Signalubertragung und -verarbeitung, Muskelmotoren, Herz, Sinne, Wahrnehmungspsychologie, Gehirn, Lernen, Gedachtnis, Kommunikation, Navigation, biologische Uhren und Rhythmen, OEkophysiologie. In gesonderten Boxen werden die physikalischen Grundlagen zusammenfassend erklart oder interessante Randthemen behandelt, die kein anderes Lehrbuch anspricht. Die Neuauflage wurde komplett durchgesehen und aktualisiert. Hervorzuheben sind hier die Themen Navigation im Tierreich, Magnetorezeption und chemische Sinne. Neu in der 6. Auflage ist ein eigenes Kapitel "Sprache des Menschen".
Anchorage of a subset of cell surface proteins in eukaryotic cells from yeast to mammals is mediated by a glycosylphosphatidylinositol moiety covalently attached to the carboxy-terminus of the protein moiety. Experimental evidence for the potential of glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored proteins (GPI-AP) of being released from cells into the extracellular environment has been accumulating, which involves either the loss or retention of the glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchor. The structural and morphological diversity of the configurations of released GPI-AP is reflected in the multitude of different structures and molecular mechanisms underlying the release. Release of the GPI-AP may occur in a spontaneous fashion or be regulated by certain endogeneous or exogeneous signals, or environmental stimuli. The putative functional and (patho)physiological implications of the diverse modes of GPI-AP release are presented with an emphasis on the structures and configurations involved as well as the underlying molecular mechanisms. In addition, the potential relevance of GPI-AP release as innovative biomarkers for disease prediction, diagnosis and stratification as well as novel vehicles for drug delivery are discussed. Moreover, the mere description of the release of GPI-AP from cells using modern instrumentation in the absence of any knowledge about the underlying causal (molecular) mechanisms may be regarded as an example for so-called hermeneutic phenomenology within molecular life sciences. The three-step study procedure should be based on a known, minimal and carefully considered bias rather than on a strong working hypothesis. This study should lead to a mere database rather than to a narrative justification of the experimentation as well as to a subsequent minimal interpretation of the database rather than on causal mechanistic explanations and speculative working models, which are typically presented in scientific publications. Thus, the book does not only represent a state-of-the-art compendium about the biology and (patho)physiology of GPI-AP, in general, and their cellular release including potential biomedical and biotechnological applications, in particular, but also introduces a novel concept for molecular life science research. The final goal of hermeneutic phenomenology represents the careful, respectful and cautious path from the pure description of the life phenomenon of interest to its meaning. Since research about GPI-AP involves a multitude of disciplines, this book will be of interest to biochemists, cell biologists, structural biologists, molecular biologists, geneticists, pharmacologists and medicinal chemists as well as to those researchers found at the interface between natural sciences (biology) and human sciences (philosophy). The author hopes that this book may stimulate a transdisciplinary exchange between them.
The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology, 1600-1800 will offer a comprehensive and reliable introduction to Christian theological literature originating in Western Europe from, roughly, the end of the French Wars of Religion (1598) to the Congress of Vienna (1815). Using a variety of approaches, the contributors examine theology spanning from Bossuet to Jonathan Edwards. They review the major forms of early modern theology, such as Cartesian scholasticism, Enlightenment, and early Romanticism; sketch the teachings of major theological concepts, along with important historical developments; introduce the principal practitioners of each kind of theology and delineate their particular theological contributions and stresses; and depict the engagement by early modern theologians with other religions or churches, such Judaism, Islam, and the eastern Church. Combining contributions from top scholars in the field, this will be an invaluable resource for understanding a complex and varied body of research.
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