The Measure of Reality

Author: Alfred W. Crosby
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521639905
Release Date: 1997-12-13
Genre: History

Profiles the time in European history when people believed that time, space, and distance could be measured, given a number, broken into smaller pieces, and studied.

The Measure of Reality

Author: Alfred W. Crosby
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107651043
Release Date: 1996-11-28
Genre: History

Western Europeans were among the first, if not the first, to invent mechanical clocks, geometrically precise maps, double-entry bookkeeping, precise algebraic and musical notations, and perspective painting. By the sixteenth century more people were thinking quantitatively in western Europe than in any other part of the world. The Measure of Reality, first published in 1997, discusses the epochal shift from qualitative to quantitative perception in Western Europe during the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. This shift made modern science, technology, business practice and bureaucracy possible.

Ecological Imperialism

Author: Alfred W. Crosby
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107569874
Release Date: 2015-10-31
Genre: History

A fascinating study of the important role of biology in European expansion, from 900 to 1900.

Throwing Fire

Author: Alfred W. Crosby
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521791588
Release Date: 2002-04-08
Genre: History

Historian Alfred W. Crosby looks at hard, accurate throwing and the manipulation of fire as unique human capabilities. Humans began throwing rocks in prehistory and then progressed to javelins, atlatls, bows and arrows. We learned to make fire by friction and used it to cook, drive game, burn out rivals, and alter landscapes. In historic times we invented catapults, trebuchets, and such flammable liquids as Greek Fire. About 1,000 years ago we invented gunpowder, which accelerated the rise of empires and the advance of European imperialism. In the 20th century, gunpowder weaponry enabled us to wage the most destructive wars of all time, peaking at the end of World War II with the V-2 and atomic bomb. Today, we have turned our projectile talents to space travel which may make it possible for our species to migrate to other bodies of our solar system and even other star systems.

The Columbian Exchange

Author: Alfred W. Crosby
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 0275980731
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The classic work that revolutionized how we understand the environmental and cultural impact of the European conquest of the Americas.

Glass

Author: Alan Macfarlane
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226500284
Release Date: 2002-10-01
Genre: Technology & Engineering

The role of glass in shaping the world's history, art, and scientific achievement is made plain in this fascinating study of a ubiquitous yet absolutely essential manmade substance. (History)

America s Forgotten Pandemic

Author: Alfred W. Crosby
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107394018
Release Date: 2003-07-21
Genre: History

Between August 1918 and March 1919 the Spanish influenza spread worldwide, claiming over 25 million lives - more people than perished in the fighting of the First World War. It proved fatal to at least a half-million Americans. Yet, the Spanish flu pandemic is largely forgotten today. In this vivid narrative, Alfred W. Crosby recounts the course of the pandemic during the panic-stricken months of 1918 and 1919, measures its impact on American society, and probes the curious loss of national memory of this cataclysmic event. This 2003 edition includes a preface discussing the then recent outbreaks of diseases, including the Asian flu and the SARS epidemic.

Epidemic and Peace 1918

Author: Alfred W. Crosby
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: MINN:319510018474220
Release Date: 1976
Genre: Medical

Documents the effects of the deadly Spanish Influenza which swept along the United States' coasts during the last months of World War I.

Alien Interview

Author: Lawrence R. Spencer
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 9780615204604
Release Date: 2008-01-01
Genre: Fiction

The content of this book is the letter, Top Secret interview transcripts and personal notes received from the late Matilda O'Donnell MacElroy, an Army Air Force nurse who stationed at the Roswell Army Air Field 509th Bomb Group.Her letter asserts that this material is based on a series of interviews she conducted with an extraterrestrial being as part of her official duty as a nurse in the U.S. Army Air Force. During July and August she interviewed a saucer pilot who crashed near Roswell, New Mexico on July 8th, 1947. The being identitied itself as an officer, pilot and engineer of The Domain Expeditionary Force, a race of beings who are using the asteroid belt in our solar system as a intergalactic base of operations.

Data Mining for Business Intelligence

Author: Galit Shmueli
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
ISBN: 9781118126042
Release Date: 2011-06-10
Genre: Mathematics

Praise for the First Edition " full of vivid and thought-provoking anecdotes needs to be read by anyone with a serious interest in research and marketing." —Research magazine "Shmueli et al. have done a wonderful job in presenting the field of data mining a welcome addition to the literature." —computingreviews.com Incorporating a new focus on data visualization and time series forecasting, Data Mining for Business Intelligence, Second Edition continues to supply insightful, detailed guidance on fundamental data mining techniques. This new edition guides readers through the use of the Microsoft Office Excel add-in XLMiner for developing predictive models and techniques for describing and finding patterns in data. From clustering customers into market segments and finding the characteristics of frequent flyers to learning what items are purchased with other items, the authors use interesting, real-world examples to build a theoretical and practical understanding of key data mining methods, including classification, prediction, and affinity analysis as well as data reduction, exploration, and visualization. The Second Edition now features: Three new chapters on time series forecasting, introducing popular business forecasting methods including moving average, exponential smoothing methods; regression-based models; and topics such as explanatory vs. predictive modeling, two-level models, and ensembles A revised chapter on data visualization that now features interactive visualization principles and added assignments that demonstrate interactive visualization in practice Separate chapters that each treat k-nearest neighbors and Naïve Bayes methods Summaries at the start of each chapter that supply an outline of key topics The book includes access to XLMiner, allowing readers to work hands-on with the provided data. Throughout the book, applications of the discussed topics focus on the business problem as motivation and avoid unnecessary statistical theory. Each chapter concludes with exercises that allow readers to assess their comprehension of the presented material. The final chapter includes a set of cases that require use of the different data mining techniques, and a related Web site features data sets, exercise solutions, PowerPoint slides, and case solutions. Data Mining for Business Intelligence, Second Edition is an excellent book for courses on data mining, forecasting, and decision support systems at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels. It is also a one-of-a-kind resource for analysts, researchers, and practitioners working with quantitative methods in the fields of business, finance, marketing, computer science, and information technology.

Children of the Sun

Author: Alfred W. Crosby
Publisher: W. W. Norton
ISBN: 0393931536
Release Date: 2007-08-15
Genre: History

A spirited survey of humanity's historical and modern efforts to harness sun-based energy reveals how the human race's successes have hinged directly on effective uses of sun energy, cites rates in pollution and global warming as warning signs of fossil fuel limits, and makes optimistic predictions about future innovations. 13,000 first printing.

Guns Sails and Empires

Author: Carlo M. Cipolla
Publisher:
ISBN: 089745071X
Release Date: 1985
Genre: Europe

Guns, Sails and Empires is that rarity among works of history: a short book with a simple, powerful thesis that the entire book is devoted to proving. Carlo Cipolla begins with the question, "Why, after the end of the fifteenth century were the Europeans able not only to force their way through to the distant Spice Islands but also to gain control of all the major sea-routes and to establish overseas empires?" (19) He quickly dismisses motive as a causal factor: motive to circumvent the "Moslem blockade" had existed in earlier centuries as well, but motive without means is empty. Cipolla identifies two developments that provided the means for Europeans to finally succeed beyond their wildest dreams: ships seaworthy enough to reach distant seas; and powerful cannon that could be carried by these ships.