The Spark in the Machine

Author: Daniel Keown
Publisher: Singing Dragon
ISBN: 9780857011541
Release Date: 2014-03-20
Genre: Medical

Why can salamanders grow new legs, and young children grow new finger tips, but adult humans can't regenerate? What is the electricity that flows through the human body? Is it the same thing that the Chinese call Qi? If so, what does Chinese medicine know, that western medicine ignores? Dan Keown's highly accessible, witty, and original book shows how western medicine validates the theories of Chinese medicine, and how Chinese medicine explains the mysteries of the body that western medicine largely ignores. He explains the generative force of embryology, how the hearts of two people in love (or in scientific terms `quantum entanglement') truly beat as one, how a cheating heart is also an ill heart (which is why men are twice as likely to die of a sudden heart attack with their mistress than with their wife), how neural crest cells determine our lifespan, and why Proust's madeleines evoked the memories they did. The book shows how the theories of western and Chinese medicine support each other, and how the integrated theory enlarges our understanding of how bodies work on every level. Full of good stories and surprising details, Dan Keown's book is essential reading for anyone who has ever wanted to know how the body really works.

The Spark in the Machine

Author: Daniel Keown
Publisher: Singing Dragon
ISBN: 1848191960
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Medical

Why can salamanders grow new legs, and young children grow new finger tips, but adult humans can't regenerate? What is the electricity that flows through the human body? Is it the same thing that the Chinese call Qi? If so, what does Chinese medicine know, that western medicine ignores? Dan Keown's highly accessible, witty, and original book shows how western medicine validates the theories of Chinese medicine, and how Chinese medicine explains the mysteries of the body that western medicine largely ignores. He explains the generative force of embryology, how the hearts of two people in love (or in scientific terms `quantum entanglement') truly beat as one, how a cheating heart is also an ill heart (which is why men are twice as likely to die of a sudden heart attack with their mistress than with their wife), how neural crest cells determine our lifespan, and why Proust's madeleines evoked the memories they did. The book shows how the theories of western and Chinese medicine support each other, and how the integrated theory enlarges our understanding of how bodies work on every level. Full of good stories and surprising details, Dan Keown's book is essential reading for anyone who has ever wanted to know how the body really works.

Between Heaven and Earth

Author: Harriet Beinfield
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780804151733
Release Date: 2013-12-18
Genre: Health & Fitness

Two of the foremost American educators and healers in the Chinese medical profession demystify Chinese medicine's centuries-odl approach to health. Combining Eastern traditions with Western sensibilities in a unique blend that is relevant today, BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH opens the door to a vast storehouse of knowledge that bridges the gap between mind and body, theory and practice, professional and self-care, East and West.

The Time Machine Diversion Classics

Author: H.G. Wells
Publisher: Diversion Books
ISBN: 9781682300312
Release Date: 2015-08-18
Genre: Fiction

Featuring an appendix of discussion questions, the Diversion Classics edition is ideal for use in book groups and classrooms. H.G. Wells takes us on a thrilling journey from the nineteenth century to 802,701 A.D., where his protagonist, the Time Traveller, finds himself in the midst of a war between two halves of the future human race. When his time machine goes missing, he will stop at nothing to return to his own time. One of most well-known works of science fiction, THE TIME MACHINE is both a societal critique and a page-turning adventure.

Machine Learning with Spark

Author: Nick Pentreath
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781783288526
Release Date: 2015-02-20
Genre: Computers

If you are a Scala, Java, or Python developer with an interest in machine learning and data analysis and are eager to learn how to apply common machine learning techniques at scale using the Spark framework, this is the book for you. While it may be useful to have a basic understanding of Spark, no previous experience is required.

Spark for Python Developers

Author: Amit Nandi
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781784397371
Release Date: 2015-12-24
Genre: Computers

A concise guide to implementing Spark Big Data analytics for Python developers, and building a real-time and insightful trend tracker data intensive app About This Book Set up real-time streaming and batch data intensive infrastructure using Spark and Python Deliver insightful visualizations in a web app using Spark (PySpark) Inject live data using Spark Streaming with real-time events Who This Book Is For This book is for data scientists and software developers with a focus on Python who want to work with the Spark engine, and it will also benefit Enterprise Architects. All you need to have is a good background of Python and an inclination to work with Spark. What You Will Learn Create a Python development environment powered by Spark (PySpark), Blaze, and Bookeh Build a real-time trend tracker data intensive app Visualize the trends and insights gained from data using Bookeh Generate insights from data using machine learning through Spark MLLIB Juggle with data using Blaze Create training data sets and train the Machine Learning models Test the machine learning models on test datasets Deploy the machine learning algorithms and models and scale it for real-time events In Detail Looking for a cluster computing system that provides high-level APIs? Apache Spark is your answer—an open source, fast, and general purpose cluster computing system. Spark's multi-stage memory primitives provide performance up to 100 times faster than Hadoop, and it is also well-suited for machine learning algorithms. Are you a Python developer inclined to work with Spark engine? If so, this book will be your companion as you create data-intensive app using Spark as a processing engine, Python visualization libraries, and web frameworks such as Flask. To begin with, you will learn the most effective way to install the Python development environment powered by Spark, Blaze, and Bookeh. You will then find out how to connect with data stores such as MySQL, MongoDB, Cassandra, and Hadoop. You'll expand your skills throughout, getting familiarized with the various data sources (Github, Twitter, Meetup, and Blogs), their data structures, and solutions to effectively tackle complexities. You'll explore datasets using iPython Notebook and will discover how to optimize the data models and pipeline. Finally, you'll get to know how to create training datasets and train the machine learning models. By the end of the book, you will have created a real-time and insightful trend tracker data-intensive app with Spark. Style and approach This is a comprehensive guide packed with easy-to-follow examples that will take your skills to the next level and will get you up and running with Spark.

The Spark of Life Electricity in the Human Body

Author: Frances Ashcroft
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393089547
Release Date: 2012-09-24
Genre: Science

“A gem that sparkles.”—William Bynum, Wall Street Journal What happens during a heart attack? Can someone really die of fright? What is death, anyway? How does electroshock treatment affect the brain? What is consciousness? The answers to these questions lie in the electrical signals constantly traveling through our bodies, driving our thoughts, our movements, and even the beating of our hearts. The history of how scientists discovered the role of electricity in the human body is a colorful one, filled with extraordinary personalities, fierce debates, and brilliant experiments. Moreover, present-day research on electricity and ion channels has created one of the most exciting fields in science, shedding light on conditions ranging from diabetes and allergies to cystic fibrosis, migraines, and male infertility. With inimitable wit and a clear, fresh voice, award-winning researcher Frances Ashcroft weaves together compelling real-life stories with the latest scientific findings, giving us a spectacular account of the body electric.

Dao of Chinese Medicine

Author: Donald E. Kendall
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195921046
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Medical

Dao of Chinese Medicine is the first Western text to shed light on the reality of the ancient healing arts of China, revealing that Chinese medical theories are based on important physiological findings. This is in contrast to the Western interpretation, popularized since the 1940s and 50s that Chinese medicine and acupuncture involve undefined energy and blood circulating through imaginary meridians. Unfortunately, the energy-meridian idea condemned Chinese medicine to be viewed in terms of metaphysical beliefs, limiting its acceptance into mainstream health care. It also led to a growing frustration to reinvent acupuncture in Western terms before understanding the true way (dao) of Chinese medicine. Dao of Chinese Medicine sets the record straight, explaining how ancient Chinese physicians developed a physiologically based medicine with the theories supported by human dissection studies and how Chinese medical theories are consistent with 21st century explanations about how acupuncture works.

Big Data Analytics with Spark

Author: Mohammed Guller
Publisher: Apress
ISBN: 9781484209646
Release Date: 2015-12-29
Genre: Computers

Big Data Analytics with Spark is a step-by-step guide for learning Spark, which is an open-source fast and general-purpose cluster computing framework for large-scale data analysis. You will learn how to use Spark for different types of big data analytics projects, including batch, interactive, graph, and stream data analysis as well as machine learning. In addition, this book will help you become a much sought-after Spark expert. Spark is one of the hottest Big Data technologies. The amount of data generated today by devices, applications and users is exploding. Therefore, there is a critical need for tools that can analyze large-scale data and unlock value from it. Spark is a powerful technology that meets that need. You can, for example, use Spark to perform low latency computations through the use of efficient caching and iterative algorithms; leverage the features of its shell for easy and interactive Data analysis; employ its fast batch processing and low latency features to process your real time data streams and so on. As a result, adoption of Spark is rapidly growing and is replacing Hadoop MapReduce as the technology of choice for big data analytics. This book provides an introduction to Spark and related big-data technologies. It covers Spark core and its add-on libraries, including Spark SQL, Spark Streaming, GraphX, and MLlib. Big Data Analytics with Spark is therefore written for busy professionals who prefer learning a new technology from a consolidated source instead of spending countless hours on the Internet trying to pick bits and pieces from different sources. The book also provides a chapter on Scala, the hottest functional programming language, and the program that underlies Spark. You’ll learn the basics of functional programming in Scala, so that you can write Spark applications in it. What's more, Big Data Analytics with Spark provides an introduction to other big data technologies that are commonly used along with Spark, like Hive, Avro, Kafka and so on. So the book is self-sufficient; all the technologies that you need to know to use Spark are covered. The only thing that you are expected to know is programming in any language. There is a critical shortage of people with big data expertise, so companies are willing to pay top dollar for people with skills in areas like Spark and Scala. So reading this book and absorbing its principles will provide a boost—possibly a big boost—to your career.

The Living Needle

Author: Justin Phillips
Publisher: Singing Dragon
ISBN: 9780857013392
Release Date: 2017-12-14
Genre: Medical

This fully illustrated guide to modern acupuncture technique explores the foundational skills of the craft from a primarily energetic perspective, showing how perfecting these skills can have a profound effect on the practice of Chinese Medicine. The goal is for the clinician to be able to fully grasp what they are doing on the channels and the tissues with each of the classic manipulation techniques in a way that has hitherto been unexplored in technique textbooks, which tend to focus on the simple mechanics of technique. Organised around the structure of an actual patient encounter, the book begins with the basics of needle selection, moving through patient and practitioner position, to insertion, and then on to the various mechanical actions taken on an inserted needle, ending with the withdrawal of the needle. The skills discussed and described in this book can help expand any acupuncturist's practice through their application. Further advice and information is provided through supplementary online video demonstrations.

The Complete Book of Acupuncture

Author: Stephen Thomas Chang
Publisher:
ISBN: PSU:000016391123
Release Date: 1976
Genre: Medical

Explains the basic principles and techniques of the ancient science, locating and diagramming all acupuncture points and prescribing acupressure treatments for specific common diseases.

The Healing Power of Acupressure and Acupuncture

Author: Matthew D. Bauer
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1583332162
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Health & Fitness

An accessible guide to the foundations and techniques of acupressure and acupuncture discusses how they can be applied for the relief of numerous health conditions, informing readers on how to select a therapist or apply certain treatments at home. Original.

Spark in Action

Author: Petar Zecevic
Publisher: Manning Publications
ISBN: 1617292605
Release Date: 2016-08-28
Genre: Computers

Working with big data can be complex and challenging, in part because of the multiple analysis frameworks and tools required. Apache Spark is a big data processing framework perfect for analyzing near-real-time streams and discovering historical patterns in batched data sets. But Spark goes much further than other frameworks. By including machine learning and graph processing capabilities, it makes many specialized data processing platforms obsolete. Spark's unified framework and programming model significantly lowers the initial infrastructure investment, and Spark's core abstractions are intuitive for most Scala, Java, and Python developers. Spark in Action teaches readers to use Spark for stream and batch data processing. It starts with an introduction to the Spark architecture and ecosystem followed by a taste of Spark's command line interface. Readers then discover the most fundamental concepts and abstractions of Spark, particularly Resilient Distributed Datasets (RDDs) and the basic data transformations that RDDs provide. The first part of the book covers writing Spark applications using the the core APIs. Readers also learn how to work with structured data using Spark SQL, how to process near-real time data with Spark Streaming, how to apply machine learning algorithms with Spark MLlib, how to apply graph algorithms on graph-shaped data using Spark GraphX, and an introduction to Spark clustering. Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications.

Acupuncture for Insomnia

Author: Hamid Montakab
Publisher: Thieme
ISBN: 9783131644015
Release Date: 2012-04-04
Genre: Medical

Insomnia and related sleep disorders concern 30-40% of the adult population and even up to 25% of children, affecting alertness and memory, causing emotional and physical fatigue, and putting the individual at increased risk for depression, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and other health hazards. Acupuncture for Insomnia: Sleep and Dreams in Chinese Medicine presents a highly effective treatment for chronic and acute sleeplessness using therapeutic strategies from both, TCM as well as Classical Chinese Medicine. Special Features Provides full background on the physiology, causes, and treatment of sleep disorders, drawing key parallels between concepts of Western and Chinese Medicine Classifies all acupuncture points that affect sleep to help in choosing the most appropriate treatment for your patient Offers a detailed analysis of sleep in Chinese Medicine to give you a full understanding of the energetics of sleep and wakefulness Analyzes the significance of dreams in Chinese Medicine and how dreams can be skillfully integrated into a patients therapy Written from the unique perspective of a physician who is also trained in TCM and classical acupuncture, the book presents numerous case examples, and an up-to-date review of scientific studies on Chinese medicine and sleep. It is an essential reference for all acupuncture practitioners who provide optimal treatment to patients with insomnia, sleep disorders, and other sleep pathologies.

Spark The Definitive Guide

Author: Bill Chambers
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 9781491912294
Release Date: 2018-02-08
Genre: Computers

Learn how to use, deploy, and maintain Apache Spark with this comprehensive guide, written by the creators of the open-source cluster-computing framework. With an emphasis on improvements and new features in Spark 2.0, authors Bill Chambers and Matei Zaharia break down Spark topics into distinct sections, each with unique goals. You’ll explore the basic operations and common functions of Spark’s structured APIs, as well as Structured Streaming, a new high-level API for building end-to-end streaming applications. Developers and system administrators will learn the fundamentals of monitoring, tuning, and debugging Spark, and explore machine learning techniques and scenarios for employing MLlib, Spark’s scalable machine-learning library. Get a gentle overview of big data and Spark Learn about DataFrames, SQL, and Datasets—Spark’s core APIs—through worked examples Dive into Spark’s low-level APIs, RDDs, and execution of SQL and DataFrames Understand how Spark runs on a cluster Debug, monitor, and tune Spark clusters and applications Learn the power of Structured Streaming, Spark’s stream-processing engine Learn how you can apply MLlib to a variety of problems, including classification or recommendation