The Golem

Author: Harry M. Collins
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107604650
Release Date: 2012-03-29
Genre: Science

Second edition of a very well received title which demystifies science and is highly readable on complex subjects.

The Golem at Large

Author: Harry Collins
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139917407
Release Date: 2014-05-15
Genre: Science

In the very successful and widely discussed first volume in the Golem series, The Golem: What You Should Know about Science, Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch likened science to the Golem, a creature from Jewish mythology, a powerful creature which, while not evil, can be dangerous because it is clumsy. In this second volume, the authors now consider the Golem of technology. In a series of case studies they demonstrate that the imperfections in technology are related to the uncertainties in science described in the first volume. The case studies cover the role of the Patriot anti-missile missile in the Gulf War, the Challenger space shuttle explosion, tests of nuclear fuel flasks and of anti-misting kerosene as a fuel for airplanes, economic modeling, the question of the origins of oil, analysis of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and the contribution of lay expertise to the analysis of treatments for AIDS.

The Golem

Author: Harry M. Collins
ISBN: 0521356016
Release Date: 1993
Genre: Science

Science, it would seem, is neither all good nor all bad. It gives us nuclear accidents and cures for disease, agricultural self-sufficiency and death in space flight. Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch liken science to the Golem, a creature from Jewish mythology, powerful yet potentially dangerous, a gentle, helpful creature that may yet run amok at any moment. Through a series of intriguing case studies of famous and not-so-famous scientific episodes, ranging from relativity and cold fusion to memory in worms and the sex lives of lizards, the authors debunk the idea that science is the straightforward result of competent theorisation, observation and experimentation. Closer to the truth, they suggest, is the realisation that scientific certainty comes from interpreting ambiguous results within an order imposed by scientists themselves. This thought-provoking account will give general readers a new perspective on the place of science in society. '... perverse but entertaining ... the writing is deft, the stories are good and there is not a boring page.' Nature '... a must for every science student.' Science Reporter

Bevor ich jetzt gehe

Author: Paul Kalanithi
Publisher: Albrecht Knaus Verlag
ISBN: 9783641189365
Release Date: 2016-04-11
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

„Dieses gehört zu der Handvoll Bücher, die für mich universell sind. Ich empfehle es wirklich jedem.“ ANN PATCHETT Was macht das eigene Leben lebenswert? Was tun, wenn die Lebensleiter keine weiteren Stufen in eine vielversprechende Zukunft bereithält? Was bedeutet es, ein Kind zu bekommen, neues Leben entstehen zu sehen, während das eigene zu Ende geht? Bewegend und mit feiner Beobachtungsgabe schildert der junge Arzt und Neurochirurg Paul Kalanithi seine Gedanken über die ganz großen Fragen.

Der Geist im Atom

Author: DAVIES
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783034860468
Release Date: 2013-11-11
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Portraits of Wittgenstein

Author: F.A. Flowers III
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781350046603
Release Date: 2018-07-26
Genre: Philosophy

Portraits of Wittgenstein is a major collection of memoirs and reflections on one of the most influential and yet elusive personalities in the history of modern philosophy, Ludwig Wittgenstein. Featuring a wealth of illuminating and profound insights into Wittgenstein's extraordinary life, this unique collection reveals Wittgenstein's character and power of personality more vividly and comprehensively than ever before. With portraits from more than 50 figures, Portraits of Wittgenstein brings together the personal recollections of philosophers, students, friends and acquaintances, including Bertrand Russell, G. E. Moore, F. R. Leavis, A. J. Ayer, Karl Popper, Friedrich von Hayek, G. H. von Wright, Freeman Dyson, Iris Murdoch, Mary Midgley and Mary Warnock. These authors testify to the life-long influence Wittgenstein had on the lives of those he met. Their fascinating memoirs, reflections and commentaries, often at odds with each other, reveal Wittgenstein's kindness, and how much genuine friendship meant to him, as well as his suffering and despair. They show too how the philosopher's ruthless honesty and uncompromising integrity often resulted in stern advice and harsh rebukes to friends and foes alike. Now abridged and available in paperback, this collection of valuable and hard-to-find material is an indispensable resource for scholars and students of the life and work of Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Artifictional Intelligence

Author: Harry Collins
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781509504152
Release Date: 2018-11-30
Genre: Science

Recent startling successes in machine intelligence using a technique called ‘deep learning’ seem to blur the line between human and machine as never before. Are computers on the cusp of becoming so intelligent that they will render humans obsolete? Harry Collins argues we are getting ahead of ourselves, caught up in images of a fantastical future dreamt up in fictional portrayals. The greater present danger is that we lose sight of the very real limitations of artificial intelligence and readily enslave ourselves to stupid computers: the ‘Surrender’. By dissecting the intricacies of language use and meaning, Collins shows how far we have to go before we cannot distinguish between the social understanding of humans and computers. When the stakes are so high, we need to set the bar higher: to rethink ‘intelligence’ and recognize its inherent social basis. Only if machine learning succeeds on this count can we congratulate ourselves on having produced artificial intelligence.

Gravity s Kiss

Author: Harry Collins
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262036184
Release Date: 2017-01-27
Genre: Science

A fascinating account, written in real time, of the unfolding of a scientific discovery: the first detection of gravitational waves.

Die Templer

Author: Malcolm Barber
ISBN: 3538072159
Release Date: 2005

Der Schatten im Norden

Author: Philip Pullman
ISBN: 3407797834
Release Date: 1998

London, 1878: Was hat der mysteriöse Unternehmer Axel Bellmann mit dem Verschwinden eines Dampfschiffes zu tun? Und aus welchem Grund verfolgt er den Magier Mackinnon? Bei ihrem Versuch, der Sache auf den Grund zu gehen, gerät Privatdetektivin Sally Lockhart in höchste Lebensgefahr.

Die Hyperion Ges nge

Author: Dan Simmons
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 9783641100544
Release Date: 2013-02-11
Genre: Fiction

Auf den Spuren der Zeit In den Weiten des Alls hat sich die Menschheit über unzählige Sonnensysteme ausgebreitet. Während technischer Fortschritt und Dekadenz Unmögliches wahr machen, suchen sechs Menschen Antwort auf die größte aller Fragen: Was ist das Leben, was ist der Tod? Dazu begeben sie sich auf eine Pilgerfahrt nach Hyperion, wo das Shrike herrscht, ein rätselhaftes, halb organisches, halb mechanisches Wesen, der Inbegriff von Schmerz und Qual. Es bewacht die Zeitgräber, und genau dort erfüllt sich das Schicksal der Pilger - und der Menschheit in der Zukunft. Das Buch enthält die beiden Romane "Hyperion" und "Der Sturz von Hyperion".