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The Apple of Knowledge: Introducing the Philosophical Scientific Method and Pure Empirical Essential Reasoning by Russell Hasan 2.5 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified 5 hours ago

Science is under attack. Religion, philosophy and relativism seek to undermine our confidence in science, relegating it to the realm of mere opinion and not of actual knowledge. This treatise on epistemology traces the attack against science back to one root premise: the theory of axioms, that we should begin with self-evident principles and then use logic to derive all necessary truth from those axioms. This belief leads to an analytic philosophy that replaces actual scientific experiments with thought experiments, designed to replace sensory perception with intuitions, thereby destroying the grand tradition of real science and hard scientific experiments to learn the truth. This book offers a radical new alternative to the theory of axioms. Instead of axioms, we should rely upon sensory experience, scientific experiments, and empirical data, to form the fundamental foundation upon which all analysis, logic and knowledge can be built. The first part of this book is a collection of philosophy papers which explain how scientific experiments can be used to answer philosophical questions such as whether God exists and whether human beings have free will. The second part of this book is a 40-pages-long paper that attacks the theory of axioms within objectivist philosophy and shows that sensory experience is superior to axioms as a foundation for all logic and reason. The third part of this book is a 300-pages long treatise which asks: if we begin with empirical experience, not with axioms, do we need to assume that perception is valid or that the physical world exists, thereby implicitly relying on axioms? The essay shows from the beginning to the end how our knowledge of the physical world can be justified using only empirical experience as a basis for reasoning, without any necessary reference to axioms or intuition. The treatise argues that all first concepts begin from children's minds processing sensory perception, and all other concepts come from first concepts ...

Genre: Science & Math [x]
Length: 431 Pages (4,046 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Aug 7th, 2020

Bioeconomy: Shaping the Transition to a Sustainable, Biobased Economy by Iris Lewandowski (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 16 hours ago

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This book defines the new field of "Bioeconomy" as the sustainable and innovative use of biomass and biological knowledge to provide food, feed, industrial products, bioenergy and ecological services. The chapters highlight the importance of bioeconomy-related concepts in public, scientific, and political discourse. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the authors outline the dimensions of the bioeconomy as a means of achieving sustainability. The authors are ideally situated to elaborate on the diverse aspects of the bioeconomy. They have acquired in-depth experience of interdisciplinary research through the university's focus on "Bioeconomy", its contribution to the Bioeconomy Research Program of the federal state of Baden-W├╝rttemberg, and its participation in the German Bioeconomy Council. With the number of bioeconomy-related projects at European universities rising, this book will provide graduate students and researchers with background information on the bioeconomy. It will familiarize scientific readers with bioeconomy-related terms and give scientific background for economists, agronomists and natural scientists alike.

Genre: Science & Math [x]
Length: 651 Pages (16,324 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: Aug 7th, 2020

Step One: Save the World: The Journey of a Water Protector by DJ Rankin 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 16 hours ago

??This is a cookbook. This is an adventure novel. This is a love story. This is a tale of survival. This is a spiritual journey. This is a catalog of the oppressions and destructions perpetrated by the machine of mankind. This is a handbook on standing up to the tyranny enacted by a corrupt government through the mechanism of fear. This is a recruitment manual for a global movement of resistance. We are winning. It is time to stand up. Enough is enough. Do what feels right. ??Last winter I was called to Standing Rock to protect the water and my entire world was flipped upside down. I lived in the most amazing, love based, frozen tipi utopia, where I connected with the greatest human beings imaginable, and connected to myself and the universe through the ceremonies of the Lakota people, and through science. I was simultaneously exposed to not only the long list of evils unleashed on our species and planet in the name of money, but witnessed this first hand through a cloud of tear gas and militarized police. It was the greatest experience ever. I mean, I was grilling steaks in a forty below lightening blizzard. You should come over for dinner sometime.

Genre: Science & Math [x]
Length: 755 Pages (1,128 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: Aug 6th, 2020

Agricultural and Forestry Reconstruction After the Great East Japan Earthquake: Tsunami, Radioactive, and Reputational Damages by Toshiyuki Monma (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 16 hours ago

This book summarizes the results of 3 years of agricultural and forestry reconstructive efforts and applied research conducted directly in the affected areas of Fukushima following the Great East Japan Earthquake. It describes fast and effective revival methods and technologies from tsunami and radiation damages, demonstrated through the collaborative efforts of researchers, students, local farmers, forest owners, and municipalities gathered under the Tokyo University of Agriculture East Japan Assistance Project. Consisting of four parts, the first part of the book provides an overview of the damage and measures taken to overcome them by the local municipalities and the Tokyo University of Agriculture. The second part presents data and results of agricultural recovery from the tsunami -- for example, monitoring systems, reconstruction models, and convenient, low-cost methods developed for the restoration of tsunami-damaged paddy fields. The third part focuses on recovery from radiation-contaminated farmlands and forests and consequent reputational damages. Included are various primary data obtained from field experiments and surveys, studies on the mechanism of contamination, and the results of radical monitoring, decontamination, and restoration techniques performed at this site. The final part is a collection of reflections of local farmers, forest owners, and students who participated in the project. The academic trials and errors recorded in this book are an invaluable contribution to disaster management and recovery processes. It is written for a wide audience, not limited to researchers and students, but also for government and state officials, municipalities, agricultural cooperative staff members, and farmers.

Genre: Science & Math [x]
Length: 352 Pages (8,807 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: Aug 5th, 2020

The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment: Mountains, Climate Change, Sustainability and People by Philippus Wester (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 16 hours ago

This open access volume is the first comprehensive assessment of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. It comprises important scientific research on the social, economic, and environmental pillars of sustainable mountain development and will serve as a basis for evidence-based decision-making to safeguard the environment and advance people's well-being. The compiled content is based on the collective knowledge of over 300 leading researchers, experts and policymakers, brought together by the Hindu Kush Himalayan Monitoring and Assessment Programme (HIMAP) under the coordination of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). This assessment was conducted between 2013 and 2017 as the first of a series of monitoring and assessment reports, under the guidance of the HIMAP Steering Committee: Eklabya Sharma (ICIMOD), Atiq Raman (Bangladesh), Yuba Raj Khatiwada (Nepal), Linxiu Zhang (China), Surendra Pratap Singh (India), Tandong Yao (China) and David Molden (ICIMOD and Chair of the HIMAP SC). This First HKH Assessment Report consists of 16 chapters, which comprehensively assess the current state of knowledge of the HKH region, increase the understanding of various drivers of change and their impacts, address critical data gaps and develop a set of evidence-based and actionable policy solutions and recommendations. These are linked to nine mountain priorities for the mountains and people of the HKH consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals. This book is a must-read for policy makers, academics and students interested in this important region and an essentially important resource for contributors to global assessments such as the IPCC reports.

Genre: Science & Math [x]
Length: 649 Pages (87,785 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: Aug 5th, 2020

The Mathematical Works of Lewis Carroll: Symbolic Logic, The Game of Logic & Feeding the Mind by Lewis Carroll (Musaicum Books) Price verified 22 hours ago

Lewis Carroll wrote several mathematics books. He was mainly interested in using logic diagrams as a pedagogical tool. Symbolic Logic, first published in 1896, contains literally dozens of puzzles. He believed heartily that children would enjoy learning mathematics if they could be enticed by amusing stories and puzzles. The Game of Logic, published in 1897, was intended to teach logic to children. His "game" consisted of a card with two diagrams, together with a set of counters, five grey and four red. The two diagrams were Carroll's version of a two-set and a three-set Venn diagram. A manuscript of a brief lecture Lewis Carroll once gave, Feeding the Mind, discusses the importance of not only feeding the body, but also the mind. Carroll wittily puts forth connections between the diet of the body and mind, and gives helpful tips on how to best digest knowledge in the brain. This essay was originally printed in 1907. Lewis Carroll ((1832-1898) is best known as the author of Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. His real name was Charles Dodgson. His father, the Reverend Charles Dodgson, instilled in his son a love of mathematics from an early age. Lewis studied at Oxford, and later taught there as a Mathematics Lecturer.

Genre: Science & Math [x]
Length: 491 Pages (4,424 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: Aug 3rd, 2020

Advances in Discrete Differential Geometry by Alexander I. Bobenko (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 16 hours ago

This is one of the first books on a newly emerging field of discrete differential geometry and an excellent way to access this exciting area. It surveys the fascinating connections between discrete models in differential geometry and complex analysis, integrable systems and applications in computer graphics. The authors take a closer look at discrete models in differential geometry and dynamical systems. Their curves are polygonal, surfaces are made from triangles and quadrilaterals, and time is discrete. Nevertheless, the difference between the corresponding smooth curves, surfaces and classical dynamical systems with continuous time can hardly be seen. This is the paradigm of structure-preserving discretizations. Current advances in this field are stimulated to a large extent by its relevance for computer graphics and mathematical physics. This book is written by specialists working together on a common research project. It is about differential geometry and dynamical systems, smooth and discrete theories, and on pure mathematics and its practical applications. The interaction of these facets is demonstrated by concrete examples, including discrete conformal mappings, discrete complex analysis, discrete curvatures and special surfaces, discrete integrable systems, conformal texture mappings in computer graphics, and free-form architecture. This richly illustrated book will convince readers that this new branch of mathematics is both beautiful and useful. It will appeal to graduate students and researchers in differential geometry, complex analysis, mathematical physics, numerical methods, discrete geometry, as well as computer graphics and geometry processing.

Genre: Science & Math [x]
Length: 439 Pages (31,500 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: Aug 2nd, 2020
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