Understanding Physics

Author: Michael Mansfield,Colm O'Sullivan
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118437829
Category: Science
Page: 696
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Understanding Physics – Second edition is acomprehensive, yet compact, introductory physics textbook aimed atphysics undergraduates and also at engineers and other scientiststaking a general physics course. Written with today's students inmind, this text covers the core material required by anintroductory course in a clear and refreshing way. A second colouris used throughout to enhance learning and understanding. Eachtopic is introduced from first principles so that the text issuitable for students without a prior background in physics. At thesame time the book is designed to enable students to proceed easilyto subsequent courses in physics and may be used to support suchcourses. Mathematical methods (in particular, calculus and vectoranalysis) are introduced within the text as the need arises and arepresented in the context of the physical problems which they areused to analyse. Particular aims of the book are to demonstrate tostudents that the easiest, most concise and least ambiguous way toexpress and describe phenomena in physics is by using the languageof mathematics and that, at this level, the total amount ofmathematics required is neither large nor particularlydemanding. 'Modern physics' topics (relativity and quantum mechanics) areintroduced at an earlier stage than is usually found inintroductory textbooks and are integrated with the more 'classical'material from which they have evolved. This book encouragesstudents to develop an intuition for relativistic and quantumconcepts at as early a stage as is practicable. The text takes a reflective approach towards the scientificmethod at all stages and, in keeping with the title of the text,emphasis is placed on understanding of, and insight into, thematerial presented.

Physics of the environment and climate

Author: Gérard Guyot
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780471968283
Category: Nature
Page: 632
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Physics of the Environment and Climate GA(c)rard Guyot This introductory text reviews, for the first time in a unified form, information which is generally scattered between more specialized books in physics, meteorology, climatology, ecophysiology, agronomy and instrumental physics. In Physics of the Environment and Climate, GA(c)rard Guyot brings together physical, meteorological, ecological, and agronomical data, with a view to clarifying our understanding of complex global and climatological phenomena relating to the environment. In addition to the intrinsic scientific interest of this subject, it also has important applications in planning and production in agriculture, management of the rural environment, and evaluation of the impact of human activity on our surroundings. The first three chapters analyse energy and mass exchanges within and above the plant canopy and in the upper layers of the soil. They describe also the interaction existing between plant activity (photosynthesis, transpiration, etc.) and environmental factors. The following two chapters introduce the basic knowledge necessary for an understanding of the mechanisms affecting climates at different scales from the synoptic to local microclimates. The utilization of climatic data is then presented. Beginning with statistical analyses, the author leads on to practical applications, such as the determination of climatic risks, climatic and agro-climatic distribution in zones, and crop forecasting. The final chapter reviews the equipment and measurement methods used for the determination of various climatic factors. The broad nature of the book's approach, its inclusion of large-scale processes, explanations of how to measure climatic factors, and their use in solving practical problems in agro-climatology, will give the book immediate appeal. It provides the necessary information for land management planning from an agro-meteorological point of view, and is suitable for the undergraduate student and non-specialist reader with only a basic understanding of physics and mathematics. Readership: Students of agronomy, meteorology, climatology, geography, environmental science, atmospheric physics and environmental physics. Engineers and professionals in many fields such as agriculture, forestry, ecology, the rural environment, and the management of land, water and other natural resources.

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Religion and Ecology

Author: John Hart
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118465539
Category: Religion
Page: 560
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In the face of the current environmental crisis—which clearly has moral and spiritual dimensions—members of all the world’s faiths have come to recognize the critical importance of religion’s relationship to ecology. The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Religion and Ecology offers a comprehensive overview of the history and the latest developments in religious engagement with environmental issues throughout the world. Newly commissioned essays from noted scholars of diverse faiths and scientific traditions present the most cutting-edge thinking on religion’s relationship to the environment. Initial readings explore the ways traditional concepts of nature in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and other religious traditions have been shaped by the environmental crisis. Readings then address the changing nature of theology and religious thought in response to the challenges of protecting the environment. Various conceptual issues and themes that transcend individual traditions—climate change, bio-ethics, social justice, ecofeminism, and more—are then analyzed before a final section examines some of the immediate challenges we face in caring for the Earth while looking to the future of religious environmentalism. Timely and thought-provoking, Companion to Religion and Ecology offers illuminating insights into the role of religion in the ongoing struggle to secure the future well-being of our natural world. With a foreword by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, and an Afterword by John Cobb

Astronomy and Astrophysics - Volume II

Author: Oddbjørn Engvold Bozena Czerny, John Lattanzio and Rolf Stabell
Publisher: EOLSS Publications
ISBN: 1780210019
Page: 488
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Paranormal Technology

Understanding the Science of Ghost Hunting
Author: David M. Rountree
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1450253571
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 296
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Paranormal Technology is the first book to provide a scientific method for ghost hunting, which includes in-depth explanations of what the collected data means. Paranormal Technology offers new techniques, answers questions, and provides experiments, which will help bridge the gap between the paranormal and science. Written in everyday language, it offers keen insights into the nature of paranormal phenomena, the protocols required for collecting evidence that will stand up to scientific scrutiny, and the possible theories that may explain the source of “Ghosts”. Currently employed test equipment is examined and proper use is covered in great detail. Paranormal Technology is an indispensible aid to any scientific researcher or ghost hunting group, whether you are a beginner, or with many years of experience. This book is not a means to an end, but rather, an invitation to a fresh begining.

Förderung von Verstehensprozessen unter Einsatz von Modellen

Author: Ulrike Böhm
Publisher: Logos Verlag Berlin GmbH
ISBN: 3832530428
Page: 321
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Der vorliegende Band beschaftigt sich mit der Frage, wie Verstehen im naturwissenschaftlichen Unterricht gefordert werden kann. Die Schulerinnen und Schuler sind vor die Aufgabe gestellt, eine begrifflich koharente Darstellung des Lehrstoffs in ihre schon bestehenden Vorstellungen zu integrieren und sich uber das Verhaltnis von Realitat zu Modellen bewusst zu werden. Das hier dargestellte und am Beispiel des Spiegelbildes evaluierte Lehrkonzept der glq Multiperspektivischen Modellierung grq berucksichtigt alle zum Verstandnis notwendigen Modellperspektiven und stellt deren Verschrankung den Lernenden transparent dar. Dabei kann die Verwendung einzelner Modellperspektiven Verstehensprozesse fordern oder behindern. Zur Erklarung des Spiegelbildes muss neben dem optischen Strahlengang (physikalische Modellperspektive) der Sehvorgang des Menschen ( glq menschliche grq Modellperspektive) thematisiert werden. Daruberhinaus wird das Spiegelbild haufig unter Verwendung der Konstruktion zur Achsenspiegelung dargestellt (mathematische Modellperspektive). Die Ergebnisse zeigen, dass die Modellierung des Sehvorganges zum Verstandnis des Spiegelbildes zwingend erforderlich - die Verwendung der mathematischen Modellierung allerdings hinderlich - ist. Werden den Schulerinnen und Schulern die drei Modellperspektiven und deren Verschrankung mit Hilfe des Verfahrens der glq Multiperspektivischen Modellierung grq transparent dargestellt, erreichen sie deutlich bessere Leistungen.

Chemie für Dummies

Author: John T. Moore
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 3527816933
Category: Science
Page: 384
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Wenn es knallt und stinkt, dann ist Chemie im Spiel! "Chemie für Dummies" macht deutlich, dass Chemie nicht nur aus Formeln, sondern vor allem aus unzähligen interessanten Stoffen, Versuchen und Reaktionen besteht. In diesem etwas anderen Chemie-Buch lernen Sie die Grundlagen der Chemie kennen und erfahren, wo sich chemische Phänomene im Alltag bemerkbar machen. John T. Moore macht für Sie so schwer vorstellbare Begriffe wie Atom, Base oder Molekül begreiflich und zeigt, wie man mit dem Periodensystem umgeht. Mit Übungsaufgaben am Ende eines jeden Kapitels können Sie dann noch Ihr Wissen überprüfen.

The Cosmic Breath

Spirit and Nature in the Christianity-Buddhism-Science Trialogue
Author: Amos Yong
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004230491
Category: Philosophy
Page: 300
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The interjection of pneumatology in both theologies of interreligious dialogue and in the theology-and-science conversation comes together in this volume. The resulting Christianity-Buddhism-science trialogue opens up to new pneumatological perspectives on philosophical cosmology and anthropology in interdisciplinary and global context.

Dynamics of meteorology and climate

Author: Richard Segar Scorer
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780471968153
Category: Science
Page: 686
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Scorer places an emphasis on the physical understanding of the fluid mechanics involved in a wide range of natural phenomena relevant to meteorology, air pollution, engineering and architecture. This edition also discusses chaos theory.

Satellite Oceanography

An Introduction for Oceanographers and Remote-Sensing Scientists
Author: I. S. Robinson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Incorporated
Category: Science
Page: 455
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A broad general introduction to remote sensing and its applications in oceanography. Designed to provide specialists with a sufficient depth of information necessary to understand oceanographic remote sensing processes and applications and non-specialists with the breadth of information necessary to understand how remote sensing makes a contribution to marine science. Provides an overview of all types of satellite remote sensing in ocean study: visible, infrared and microwave frequencies and both active and passive sensors. Also offers remote-sensing specialists the information required to assess the needs and perspectives of oceanographers.

Der Klimawandel

Diagnose, Prognose, Therapie
Author: Stefan Rahmstorf,Hans Joachim Schellnhuber
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 3406635938
Category: Science
Page: 144
View: 1971

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Der Klimawandel ist – nicht zuletzt nach der einzigartigen Serie verheerender Wetterextreme der letzten zehn Jahre – in aller Munde. Angesichts seiner einschneidenden und globalen Bedeutung für Natur und Zivilisation ist das kein Wunder. Doch was ist eigentlich unter Klimawandel zu verstehen, und welche Faktoren sind für das Klima verantwortlich? Zwei international anerkannte Klima-Experten geben einen kompakten und verständlichen Überblick über den derzeitigen Stand unseres Wissens und zeigen Lösungswege auf.

Active galactic nuclei

Author: Ian E. I. Robson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
ISBN: 9780471960508
Category: Science
Page: 350
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Understanding the energy source and physical processes within active galaxies are the most challenging areas of current research. Using a logical format and easy-to-follow explanations, Robson demonstrates the crucial connections between observation and theory, illustrating how diverse classes of active galaxies fit into the contemporary perspective. Summary sections explain the physical concepts behind the mathematics.