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            The Mathematics of the Gods and the Algorithms of Men: A Cultural History
             

            The Mathematics of the Gods and the Algorithms of Men: A Cultural History (Hardback)

            By Zellini, Paolo

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            Is mathematics a discovery or an invention? Have we invented numbers or do they truly exist? What sort of reality could we attribute to them? Mathematics has always been a way of understanding and ordering the world: from sacred ancient texts and pre-Socratic philosophers to twen...tieth-century logicians such as Russell and Frege and beyond. In this masterful, elegant book, mathematician and philosopher Paolo Zellini offers a brief cultural and intellectual history of mathematics, from ancient Greece to India to our contemporary obsession with algorithms, showing how mathematical thinking is inextricably linked with philosophical, existential and religious questions - and indeed with our cosmic understanding of the world.
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            ISBN 9780241312179
            Released NZ 5 Mar 2020
            Publisher Penguin
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            Eight Master Lessons of Nature

            Eight Master Lessons of Nature (Hardback)

            By Ferguson, Gary

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            The natural world contains a rich a supply of wisdom. Drawing on art and science, flora and fauna, history and philosophy, Gary Ferguson gives us the context for eight lessons for a better life:1) Open up to the mystery of the natural world. In both humans and nature, a more dive...rse environment is a stronger environment.
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            ISBN 9780857525789
            Released NZ 5 Nov 2019
            Publisher Transworld Publishers
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            The Mind of God: The Scientific Basis for a Rational World
             

            The Mind of God: The Scientific Basis for a Rational World (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Davies

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            Pursuing the eternal quest of Western thought to comprehend the origin and design of the universe, Davies probes into the essential nature of scientific inquiry and the role of man in interpreting the cosmos. A provocative synthesis of science, philosophy, and theology, by the be...stselling author of God and the New Physics.
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            ISBN 9780671797188
            Released NZ 3 May 1993
            Publisher Simon & Schuster Ltd
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            Why Trust Science?
             

            Why Trust Science? (Hardback)

            By Oreskes, Naomi; Edited by Macedo, Stephen; Contributions by Edenhofer, Ottmar; Krosnick, Jon; Lange, Marc

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            Why the social character of scientific knowledge is the reason why we can trust it Do doctors really know what they are talking about when they tell us vaccines are safe? Should we take climate experts at their word when they warn us about the perils of global warming? Why should... we trust science when our own politicians don't? In this landmark book, Naomi Oreskes offers a bold and compelling defense of science, revealing why the social character of scientific knowledge is its greatest strength-and the greatest reason we can trust it. Tracing the history and philosophy of science from the late nineteenth century to today, Oreskes explains that, contrary to popular belief, there is no single scientific method. Rather, the trustworthiness of scientific claims derives from the social process by which they are rigorously vetted. This process is not perfect-nothing ever is when humans are involved-but she draws vital lessons from cases where scientists got it wrong. Oreskes shows how consensus is a crucial indicator of when a scientific matter has been settled, and when the knowledge produced is likely to be trustworthy. Based on the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Princeton University, this timely and provocative book features critical responses by climate experts Ottmar Edenhofer and Martin Kowarsch, political scientist Jon Krosnick, philosopher of science Marc Lange, and science historian Susan Lindee, as well as a foreword by political theorist Stephen Macedo.
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            ISBN 9780691179001
            Released NZ 15 Sep 2019
            Publisher Princeton University Pre
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            Series The University Center for Human Values Series
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            Ways to Go Beyond and Why They Work: Seven Spiritual Practices in a Scientific Age

            Ways to Go Beyond and Why They Work: Seven Spiritual Practices in a Scientific Age (Paperback)

            By Sheldrake, Rupert

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            By the author of The Science Delusion a detailed account of how science can authenticate spirituality

            ISBN 9781473653443
            Released NZ 11 Feb 2020
            Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
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            A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra)
             

            A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra) (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Oakley, Barbara

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            At a time when two-thirds of American high school students are not proficient in math, this book comes to the rescue of math-phobes of all ages. Whether you are a college student struggling to fulfill a math requirement or a professional in a field requiring high-level analytic s...kills, A Mind for Numbers is geared toward anyone who has ever been intimidated by math. Barbara Oakley, a successful engineering professor who once flunked her way through high school math and science classes, understands this audience well. Offering insights in neuroscience and cognitive psychology, Dr. Oakley teaches us how to fully utilize the right side of the brain (for creative, big-picture thinking), as well as the analytical left side (for problem solving). She addresses common stumbling blocks to approaching math and science, and shows us how to use our personal learning style to its fullest advantage.
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            ISBN 9780399165245
            Released NZ 24 Sep 2014
            Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
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            The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: How To Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake

            The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: How To Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake (Paperback)

            By Novella, Steven

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            An entertaining and all-encompassing guide to skeptical thinking for the age of misinformation.

            ISBN 9781473696426
            Released NZ 17 Oct 2019
            Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
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            An Optimist's Tour of the Future
             

            An Optimist's Tour of the Future (Paperback, Main)

            By Stevenson, Mark

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            The author has been to the future a few years ahead of the rest of us - and reckons it has a lot going for it. This book tracks one curious man's journey to find out what's in store.

            ISBN 9781846683572
            Released NZ 1 Sep 2012
            Publisher Profile Books Ltd
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            Life on Mars: What to Know Before We Go
             

            Life on Mars: What to Know Before We Go (EPUB ebook)

            By Weintraub, David a.

            The story of the search for life on Mars-and the moral issues confronting us as we prepare to send humans thereDoes life exist on Mars? The question has captivated humans for centuries, but today it has taken on new urgency. NASA plans to send astronauts to Mars orbit by the 2030...s. SpaceX wants to go by 2024, while Mars One wants to land a permanent settlement there in 2032. As we gear up for missions like these, we have a responsibility to think deeply about what kinds of life may already inhabit the planet--and whether we have the right to invite ourselves in. This book tells the complete story of the quest to answer one of the most tantalizing questions in astronomy. But it is more than a history. Life on Mars explains what we need to know before we go.David Weintraub tells why, of all the celestial bodies in our solar system, Mars has beckoned to us the most. He traces how our ideas about life on Mars have been refined by landers and rovers, terrestrial and Mars-orbiting telescopes, spectroscopy, and even a Martian meteorite. He explores how finding DNA-based life on the Red Planet could offer clues about our distant evolutionary past, and grapples with the profound moral and ethical questions confronting us as we prepare to introduce an unpredictable new life form-ourselves-into the Martian biosphere.Life on Mars is also a book about how science is done-and undone-in the age of mass media. It shows how Mars mania has obscured our vision since we first turned our sights on the planet and encourages a healthy skepticism toward the media hype surrounding Mars as humanity prepares to venture forth.
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            ISBN 9781400889945
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            Released NZ 1 May 2018
            Publisher Princeton University Pre
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            The Weil Conjectures: On Maths and the Pursuit of the Unknown

            The Weil Conjectures: On Maths and the Pursuit of the Unknown (Hardback)

            By Olsson, Karen

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            Simone Weil: famous French philosopher, writer, political activist, mystic - and sister to Andre, one of the most influential mathematicians of the twentieth century. For Karen Olsson, who studied mathematics at Harvard only to turn to writing as a vocation, the lives and obsessi...ons of these two extraordinary siblings returned her to the intellectual passions of her youth. When Olsson got hold of the 1940 letters between Simone and Andre, she discovered that Andre's pursuit of his studies became increasingly incomprehensible to his sister, leading to Simone directly questioning him about the value of such rarefied knowledge as it applied to the lived experience. Struck by this conflict, Olsson revisits her own time at university, how she came to be consumed by mathematics, and the unexpected similarities that can be found between two seemingly opposed subjects. At the core of the book lies her curiosity about the inception of creative thought - that flash of insight - experienced by writers and mathematicians alike. A rare work of non-fiction that intricately weaves together biography, memoir, history and philosophy, and written with prose of precision and poetic lucidity, The Weil Conjectures is nothing short of a complete seduction in the art of mathematics, and the mysterious nature of scientific and creative thought.
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            ISBN 9781526607539
            Released NZ 19 Aug 2019
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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