Ranging from ancient times to twentieth-century theories of time and space, looks at how exploring the circle has lead to increased knowledge about the physical universe.
Mathematical Reasoning and the Physical Universe
Author: Ernest Zebrowski
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
In Landscape of the Mind, John F. Hoffecker explores the origin and growth of the human mind, drawing on archaeology, history, and the fossil record. He suggests that, as an indirect result of bipedal locomotion, early humans developed a feedback relationship among their hands, brains, and tools that evolved into the capacity to externalize thoughts in the form of shaped stone objects. When anatomically modern humans evolved a parallel capacity to externalize thoughts as symbolic language, individual brains within social groups became integrated into a "neocortical Internet," or super-brain, giving birth to the mind. Noting that archaeological traces of symbolism coincide with evidence of the ability to generate novel technology, Hoffecker contends that human creativity, as well as higher order consciousness, is a product of the superbrain. He equates the subsequent growth of the mind with human history, which began in Africa more than 50,000 years ago. As anatomically modern humans spread across the globe, adapting to a variety of climates and habitats, they redesigned themselves technologically and created alternative realities through tools, language, and art. Hoffecker connects the rise of civilization to a hierarchical reorganization of the super-brain, triggered by explosive population growth. Subsequent human history reflects to varying degrees the suppression of the mind's creative powers by the rigid hierarchies of nationstates and empires, constraining the further accumulation of knowledge. The modern world emerged after 1200 from the fragments of the Roman Empire, whose collapse had eliminated a central authority that could thwart innovation. Hoffecker concludes with speculation about the possibility of artificial intelligence and the consequences of a mind liberated from its organic antecedents to exist in an independent, nonbiological form.
Human Evolution and the Archaeology of Thought
Author: John F. Hoffecker
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Category: Social Science
How do mathematics, philosophy, and theology intersect? In Ideas at the Intersection of Mathematics, Philosophy, and Theology, Carlos Bovell proposes a wide range of possibilities. In a series of eleven thought-provoking essays, the author explores such topics as the place of mathematics in the work of Husserl and Heidegger, the importance of infinity for the Christian conception of God, and the impact of Gšdel's Theorem on the Westminster Confession of Faith. This book will appeal to readers with backgrounds in mathematics, philosophy, and theology and can be used in core, interdisciplinary modules that contain a math component.
Author: Carlos R. Bovell
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Arts & humanities
Author: Institute for Scientific Information (Philadelphia)
zur Tiefenzeit des technischen Hörens und Sehens
Author: Siegfried Zielinski
Category: Mass media
Category: American literature
This inexpensive paperback uses lively language to put mathematics in an interesting, historical context and points out the many links to art, philosophy, music, computers, navigation, science, and technology. The arithmetic, algebra, and geometry are presented in a way that makes them relevant to daily life as well as larger issues. Topics include: Oh So Mysterious Egyptian Mathematics; Mesopotamia Here We Come; Those Incredible Greeks; Greeks Bearing Gifts; Must All Good Things Come to an End?; Europe Smells the Coffee; Mathematics Marches On; A Few Good Men; A Most Amazing Century of Mathematical Marvels!; The Age of Euler; A Century of Surprises; Ones and Zeros; Some More Math Before You Go.
A Brief History
Author: Marty Lewinter,William Widulski
Publisher: Pearson College Division
Schon vor mehr als fünfzig Jahren begeisterte sich John Coltrane für das Universum. Inspiriert von Albert Einstein, hatte Coltrane Physik und Geometrie in den Mittelpunkt seiner Musik gesetzt. Diese Idee faszinierte den Physiker und Jazzmusiker Stephon Alexander seit frühester Jugend. Er zeigt anhand des Jazz, wie die größten Fragen der Physik über die Beschaffenheit des Universums beantwortet werden können. The Jazz of Physics fasziniert und begeistert jeden, der sich für die Geheimnisse unseres Universums, der Musik und des Lebens interessiert.
Die Verbindung von Musik und der Struktur des Universums
Author: Stephon H.S. Alexander
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
Fully updated to reflect the latest cutting-edge discoveries, the Twelfth Edition of Mike Seeds's and Dana Backman's best-selling HORIZONS: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE engages students by focusing on two central questions: How Do We Know? which emphasizes the role of evidence in the scientific process, providing insights into how science works; and What Are We? which highlights our place as planet dwellers in an evolving universe, guiding students to ask questions about where we came from and how we formed a perspective that the study of astronomy is uniquely positioned to emphasize. And because every course is as unique as its instructor--and its students--HORIZONS is supported by a range of teaching and learning solutions that allow you to craft the best course for your approach and course needs. Our innovative instructor resources include WebAssign online homework management and exclusive audience response technology. Students can select from several eBook options, student tutorial systems, or virtual laboratory experiments. HORIZONS provides the ideal foundation--our powerful technology tools are the building blocks that help you customize your course to fit your and your students' needs. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Author: Michael A. Seeds,Dana Backman
Publisher: Cengage Learning
The new edition of UNIVERSE means the same proven Seeds/Backman approach and trusted content, fully updated with the latest discoveries and resources to meet the needs of today's diverse students. Available with InfoTrac Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Author: Michael A. Seeds,Dana Backman
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Stamos squarely confronts the problem of determining what a biological species is, whether species are real, and the nature of their reality. He critically considers the evolution of the major contemporary views of species and also offers his own solution to the species problem.
Biological Species, Ontology, and the Metaphysics of Biology
Author: David N. Stamos
Publisher: Lexington Books
Author: H.W. Wilson Company