Collapse

Author: Jared Diamond
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101502006
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Collapse from the Author: Jared Diamond. In Jared Diamondā€™s follow-up to the Pulitzer-Prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel, the author explores how climate change, the population explosion and political discord create the conditions for the collapse of civilization Environmental damage, climate change, globalization, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of societies around the world, but some found solutions and persisted. As in Guns, Germs, and Steel, Diamond traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe, and weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives. Collapse moves from the Polynesian cultures on Easter Island to the flourishing American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya and finally to the doomed Viking colony on Greenland. Similar problems face us today and have already brought disaster to Rwanda and Haiti, even as China and Australia are trying to cope in innovative ways. Despite our own societyā€™s apparently inexhaustible wealth and unrivaled political power, ominous warning signs have begun to emerge even in ecologically robust areas like Montana. Brilliant, illuminating, and immensely absorbing, Collapse is destined to take its place as one of the essential books of our time, raising the urgent question: How can our world best avoid committing ecological suicide? From the Trade Paperback edition.

Out Of Control

Author: Kevin Kelly
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9780201483406
Size: 35.89 MB
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Out Of Control from the Author: Kevin Kelly. This is a book about how our manufactured world has become so complex that the only way to create yet more complex things is by using the principles of biology. This means decentralized, bottom up control, evolutionary advances and error-honoring institutions. I also get into the new laws of wealth in a network-based economy, what the Biosphere 2 project in Arizona has or has not to teach us, and whether large systems can predict or be predicted. And more: restoration biology, encryption, a-life, and the lessons of hypertext. Yes, it's a romp, in 520 pages. But the best part, my friends tell me, is the 28-page annotated bibliography. If you have suspected that technology could be better, more life-like, then this book is for you. -- Product Description.

Silent Travelers

Author: Alan M. Kraut
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801850967
Size: 35.31 MB
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Silent Travelers from the Author: Alan M. Kraut. This study traces the American tradition of the suspicion of immigrant populations spreading disease. From the cholera outbreak of the 1930s to the associations of Haitians and AIDS, the author shows how immigrant groups have been regularly slandered as carriers of particular diseases.

Wild Solutions

Author: Andrew James Beattie
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300105063
Size: 66.87 MB
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Wild Solutions from the Author: Andrew James Beattie. In this fascinating and abundantly illustrated book, two eminent ecologists explain how the millions of species living on Earth?some microscopic, some obscure, many threatened?not only help keep us alive but also hold possibilities for previously unimagined products, medicines, and even industries. In an Afterword written especially for this edition, the authors consider the impact of two revolutions now taking place: the increasing rate at which we are discovering new species because of new technology available to us and the accelerating rate at which we are losing biological diversity. Also reviewed and summarized are many ?newā€¯ wild solutions, such as innovative approaches to the discovery of pharmaceuticals, the ?lotus effect,ā€¯ the ever-growing importance of bacteria, molecular biomimetics, ecological restoration, and robotics. ?An easy read, generating a momentum of energy and excitement about the potential of the natural world to solve many of the problems that face us.ā€¯?E. J. Milner-Gulland, Nature ?Must-reading for everyone.ā€¯?Simon A. Levin, author of Fragile Dominion: Complexity and the Commons ?An engaging book clearly intended to impress upon a lay audience the practical value of biological diversity. . . . An outstanding work.ā€¯?Ecology ?A most stimulating read for all those budding science students from secondary through graduate schools.ā€¯?Science Books & Films

The Times Book Of Iq Tests

Author: Kenneth A. Russell
Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers
ISBN: 9780749441678
Size: 29.79 MB
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The Times Book Of Iq Tests from the Author: Kenneth A. Russell. The popular series of IQ testing books continues! This latest addition of The Times Book of IQ Tests: Book 4 contains 400 brand new questions. The questions are typical of those you are likely to encounter in actual IQ tests. The are organised into 10 timed tests, each of 40 questions, and come with a guide for assessing your performance. By practising the different types of tests, and learning to recognise recurring themes, it's possible to improve your IQ rating by a few vital points. So whether you are faced with an IQ test as part of a job interview, or simply wish to exercise your mind for your own entertainment, this new book provides you with plenty of opportunity to practise.

The Year Without Summer

Author: William K. Klingaman
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1250012066
Size: 33.87 MB
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The Year Without Summer from the Author: William K. Klingaman. Like Winchester's Krakatoa, The Year Without Summer reveals a year of dramatic global change long forgotten by history In the tradition of Krakatoa, The World Without Us, and Guns, Germs and Steel comes a sweeping history of the year that became known as 18-hundred-and-froze-to-death. 1816 was a remarkable yearā€”mostly for the fact that there was no summer. As a result of a volcanic eruption in Indonesia, weather patterns were disrupted worldwide for months, allowing for excessive rain, frost, and snowfall through much of the Northeastern U.S. and Europe in the summer of 1816. In the U.S., the extraordinary weather produced food shortages, religious revivals, and extensive migration from New England to the Midwest. In Europe, the cold and wet summer led to famine, food riots, the transformation of stable communities into wandering beggars, and one of the worst typhus epidemics in history. 1816 was the year Frankenstein was written. It was also the year Turner painted his fiery sunsets. All of these things are linked to global climate changeā€”something we are quite aware of now, but that was utterly mysterious to people in the nineteenth century, who concocted all sorts of reasons for such an ungenial season. Making use of a wealth of source material and employing a compelling narrative approach featuring peasants and royalty, politicians, writers, and scientists, The Year Without Summer by William K. Klingaman and Nicholas P. Klingaman examines not only the climate change engendered by this event, but also its effects on politics, the economy, the arts, and social structures.

Underwater Puppies

Author: Seth Casteel
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1472209419
Size: 73.40 MB
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Underwater Puppies from the Author: Seth Casteel. The world fell in love with swimming canines in Seth Casteel's first book, Underwater Dogs. Now, in more than 80 previously unpublished portraits of underwater puppies, we see man's best friends at their most playful and exuberant. Each vibrant and colourful underwater image shows off the wild and sublime range of emotions of puppies, cute and irresistible to the very last.

Flight Of The Fugitives

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Publisher: Bethany House Pub
ISBN: 9781556614668
Size: 65.20 MB
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Flight Of The Fugitives from the Author: . After coming to China to work as a missionary in the early 1930s, Gladys Aylward adopts several orphans and tries to save nearly a hundred more during the war between China and Japan.