Perils of a Restless Planet

Scientific Perspectives on Natural Disasters
Author: Ernest Zebrowski
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521654883
Category: Nature
Page: 324
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Traces the process of scientific inquiry, technological innovation, and public policy used to deal with such natural disasters as epidemics, tornadoes, and tidal waves, focusing on actual events from ancient times to the present. UP.

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The Story of Camille, Lessons Unlearned from America's Most Violent Hurricane
Author: Ernest Zebrowski,Judith A. Howard
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472032402
Category: History
Page: 276
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Provides the epic story of Camille, the most violent hurricane ever to strike the United States, the aftermath of destruction she left behind on the coast of Louisiana and Mississippi, and the lessons she taught about the complexities of disaster management and their failures that were not heeded during relief efforts of Katrina.

Leadership in Disaster

Learning for a Future with Global Climate Change
Author: Raymond Murphy
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
ISBN: 0773535241
Category: NATURE
Page: 406
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Disasters occur when hazards of nature strike socio-technological vulnerabilities. While science provides valuable indications of risk, it does not yield certainty, yet leaders must make sense of threats. Raymond Murphy's case study of the management of the 1998 ice storm - the most costly disaster ever in Canada, northern New York state, and Maine - presents rare interviews with key political and emergency management leaders that provide an insider's view of the challenge of responding to extreme weather. They document a generally well managed crisis, but also reveal the slippery slope from transparency to withholding critical information as the crisis deepened, and examine conflict resolution between leaders during a disaster.

Limits of Global Governance


Author: Jim Whitman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134302231
Category: Political Science
Page: 184
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Are we creating an ungovernable world? Can we be confident that our existing modes of global governance are sufficient, or adaptable enough, to meet the challenges of globalization? This new study powerfully tackles these key questions, delivering a provocative examination of the cognitive, practical and political limits on our ability to exercise systems of regulation and control on the same scale as the globalizing forces already shaping the human condition. Key issues addressed include: * an examination of the many meanings of 'global governance' * a contextualised view of global governance within the complex interaction of human and natural systems * an analysis of global governance at a fundamental and conceptual level * a case study of disseminative systems and global governance This book is essential reading for those with research interests in global politics, international relations and globalization.

The Tenth Parallel

Dispatches from the Faultline Between Christianity and Islam
Author: Eliza Griswold
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 1846144221
Category: Religion
Page: 256
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The tenth parallel - the line of latitude seven hundred miles north of the equator - is a geographical and ideological front line where Christianity and Islam collide. Across much of inland Africa and Asia, from Nigeria, Sudan and Somalia to Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, live more than half of the world's 1.3 billion Muslims, and sixty percent of the world's 2 billion Christians. The space between the equator and the tenth parallel marks the end of Africa's arid north and the beginning of sub-Saharan jungle; in Southeast Asia, the encounter between the two religions is also driven by wind and weather, as the trade winds carried merchants of both faiths across the sea, and the clash of hot and cold air creates the hurricanes that travel across the earth to hit Latin and North American soil. On both sides of the line, the religions and their people are experiencing reawakenings of faith - and in their buzzing megacities and swarming jungle, the encounters between the two faiths is shaping the future. Eliza Griswold, award-winning investigative journalist and poet, has spent the past seven years travelling the space between the equator and the tenth parallel, exploring the meanings and ramifications of this reawakening of faith, in a place where these changes may alter the future of what's called the Global South - and, in turn, the West. In each country along the faultline, she asks if it is possible to determine where faith ended and secular violence began, or what role religion actually plays in struggles over resources and political power. The story of this encounter between religions unfolds over nearly two thousand years and more than 600,000 square miles. An urgent examination of the relationship between faith and worldly power, The Tenth Parallel is an essential work about the conflicts over religion, nationhood and natural resources that will remake the world in the years to come.

Hollywood Science

Movies, Science, and the End of the World
Author: Sidney Perkowitz
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231142811
Category: Science
Page: 272
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In this book, a scientist and dedicated film enthusiast discusses the portrayal of science in more than one hundred films, including science fiction, scientific biographies, and documentaries. Beginning with early films like Voyage to the Moon and Metropolis and concluding with more recent offerings like The Matrix, War of the Worlds, A Beautiful Mind, and An Inconvenient Truth, Sidney Perkowitz questions how much faith we can put into Hollywood's depiction of scientists and their work, how accurately these films capture scientific fact and theory, whether cataclysms like our collision with a comet can actually happen, and to what extent these films influence public opinion about science and the future. Bringing together history, scientific theory, and humorous observation, Hollywood Science features dozens of film stills and a list of the all-time best and worst science-fiction movies.

Need to Know

Vocation as the Heart of Christian Epistemology
Author: John G. Stackhouse Jr.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199376972
Category: Religion
Page: 320
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How should a Christian think? If a serious Christian wants to think seriously about a serious subject--from considering how to vote in the next election to choosing a career; from deciding among scientific theories to selecting a mate; from weighing competing marketing proposals to discerning the best fitness plan--what does he or she do? This basic question is at the heart of a complex discourse: epistemology. A bold new statement of Christian epistemology, Need to Know presents a comprehensive, coherent, and clear model of responsible Christian thinking. Grounded in the best of the Christian theological tradition while being attentive to a surprising range of thinkers in the history of philosophy, natural science, social science, and culture, the book offers a scheme for drawing together experience, tradition, scholarship, art, and the Bible into a practical yet theoretically profound system of thinking about thinking. John Stackhouse's fundamental idea is as simple as it is startling: Since God calls human beings to do certain things in the world, God can be relied upon to supply the knowledge necessary for human beings to do those things. The classic Christian concept of vocation, then, supplies both the impetus and the assurance that faithful Christians can trust God to guide their thinking--on a "need to know" basis.

A History of the Circle

Mathematical Reasoning and the Physical Universe
Author: Ernest Zebrowski
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813528984
Category: Mathematics
Page: 215
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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.

Leben 3.0

Mensch sein im Zeitalter Künstlicher Intelligenz
Author: Max Tegmark
Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage
ISBN: 3843716706
Category: Social Science
Page: 528
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Die Nobelpreis-Schmiede Massachusetts Institute of Technology ist der bedeutendste technologische Think Tank der USA. Dort arbeitet Professor Max Tegmark mit den weltweit führenden Entwicklern künstlicher Intelligenz zusammen, die ihm exklusive Einblicke in ihre Labors gewähren. Die Erkenntnisse, die er daraus zieht, sind atemberaubend und zutiefst verstörend zugleich. Neigt sich die Ära der Menschen dem Ende zu? Der Physikprofessor Max Tegmark zeigt anhand der neusten Forschung, was die Menschheit erwartet. Hier eine Auswahl möglicher Szenarien: - Eroberer: Künstliche Intelligenz übernimmt die Macht und entledigt sich der Menschheit mit Methoden, die wir noch nicht einmal verstehen. - Der versklavte Gott: Die Menschen bemächtigen sich einer superintelligenten künstlichen Intelligenz und nutzen sie, um Hochtechnologien herzustellen. - Umkehr: Der technologische Fortschritt wird radikal unterbunden und wir kehren zu einer prä-technologischen Gesellschaft im Stil der Amish zurück. - Selbstzerstörung: Superintelligenz wird nicht erreicht, weil sich die Menschheit vorher nuklear oder anders selbst vernichtet. - Egalitäres Utopia: Es gibt weder Superintelligenz noch Besitz, Menschen und kybernetische Organismen existieren friedlich nebeneinander. Max Tegmark bietet kluge und fundierte Zukunftsszenarien basierend auf seinen exklusiven Einblicken in die aktuelle Forschung zur künstlichen Intelligenz.

Die Freude des Evangeliums


Author: Franziskus (Papst),
Publisher: Verlag Herder GmbH
ISBN: 3451801507
Category: Religion
Page: 320
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"Ich weiß sehr wohl, dass heute die Dokumente nicht dasselbe Interesse wecken wie zu anderen Zeiten und schnell vergessen werden. Trotzdem betone ich, dass das, was ich hier zu sagen beabsichtige, eine programmatische Bedeutung hat und wichtige Konsequenzen beinhaltet ... Ich wünsche mir eine arme Kirche für die Armen." Papst Franziskus Das vollständige Dokument plus Einführung und Themenschlüssel

Disaster Response


Author: Fred C. Pampel
Publisher: Library in a Book
ISBN: N.A
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 298
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Provides an overview of emergency management and disaster response, including current laws and regulations, important events, biographical listings, and a directory of state, federal, and international agencies and organizations.

The Fifties in America


Author: John C. Super,R. Kent Rasmussen
Publisher: Decades (Salem Press)
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 1107
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Surveys the events and people of the United States and Canada from 1950 through 1959.

Dangerous Planet: Avalanche to earthquake


Author: Phillis Engelbert,Diane M. Sawinski
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780787628499
Category: Natural disasters
Page: 446
View: 9963

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Presents eyewitness accounts relating to the natural destruction experienced on Earth, the role of human activity in disasters, and tips on survival.