The Oxford Companion to the Year: An Exploration of Calendar by Bonnie Blackburn, Leofranc Holford-Strevens

By Bonnie Blackburn, Leofranc Holford-Strevens

What are the halcyon days? On what date do the puppy days commence? what's Hansel Monday? How do chinese language, Muslim, Mesoamerican, Jewish, and Babylonian calendars range from Christian calendars? The solutions to those and 1000s of alternative interesting questions about the best way people have marked and measured time over the millennia are available in The Oxford significant other to the Year.
the need to put aside convinced classes of time to mark their value is a transhistorical, transcultural phenomena. almost all cultures have marked specific days or classes: the dinner party day of a saint, the occasion of a historic occasion, the turning of a season, a interval of fasting, the birthday of a major ancient determine. round nowadays a wealthy physique of traditions, ideals, and superstitions have grown up, a lot of them purely half-remembered this present day. Now, for the 1st time, Bonnie Blackburn and Leofranc Holford-Strevens mix this physique of data with a wide-ranging survey of calendars throughout cultures in an authoritative and fascinating one-volume reference paintings. the 1st component to The Oxford significant other to the Year is a daily survey of the calendar yr, revealing the heritage, literature, legend, and lore linked to each one season, month, and day. the second one half offers a broader examine of time-reckoning: historic and sleek calendars, spiritual and civil, are defined, with convenient tables for the conversion of dates among numerous platforms and a invaluable index to facilitate quick reference.
The Oxford significant other to the Year is a distinct and uniquely pleasant reference resource, an critical reduction for all historians and antiquarians, and a wealthy mine of data and proposal for browsers.

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Clinical decision support systems : theory and practice by Eta S. Berner

By Eta S. Berner

Construction at the luck of the former variations, this totally up-to-date e-book once more brings jointly world wide specialists to demonstrate the underlying technological know-how and daily use of determination help platforms in medical and academic settings.

Topics mentioned include:

-Mathematical Foundations of choice help Systems
-Design and Implementation Issues
-Ethical and criminal matters in determination Support
-Clinical Trials of knowledge Interventions
-Hospital-Based determination Support
-Real international Case Studies 

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An introduction to experimental physics by Colin Cooke

By Colin Cooke

Knowing, designing and accomplishing experiments is on the middle of technological know-how. this article introduces the elemental rules on which physicists should still construct a radical experimental method of their discipline.

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Galileo and 400 Years of Telescopic Astronomy by Peter Grego

By Peter Grego

Imagine your self residing four hundred years in the past, correct earlier than the telescope used to be first utilized by Galileo to seem up into the skies and locate unexpected wonders. you most likely believed, with many of the recognized global, that Earth used to be on the heart of the really good parade of planets and stars above you, and the Sun’s goal in travelling around the sky used to be to offer Earth sunlight and heat. all at once, even though, your global is grew to become the wrong way up. The Church, all strong in its doctrines and teachings of the days, maintains to aid theories that don’t healthy the evidence awarded by means of scientists. Scientists of their quest for fact needs to cover their findings or threat the tough consequences imposed through the Church. now we have long past from a comforting Earth-centered universe to a tiny floating spec in a huge cosmos, slightly a comma in a long treatise. And we've long gone there in a blink of a watch. We could have misplaced our imperative place within the universe, yet Grego and Mannion exhibit us how a lot we've got received in knowing the universe round us. And we're in simple terms at the start of our trip. Their phrases aid us to find our position back and the way we received there and what we would count on to benefit within the centuries to come.

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Time and Time Again: Reports from a Boundary of the Universe by Fraser

By Fraser

This paintings represents a guided travel to the interdisciplinary, built-in examine of time. via twenty-two hooked up essays, chosen from the author's large writings, Time and Time Again advances new insights into figuring out the character of time visible via philosophy, the humanities and letters, the sciences of subject, lifestyles, brain and society. routinely, attitudes to destiny, prior, and current remained distinctive for various cultures. yet upon the globalizing earth, all cultural areas are actually in fast through speedy conversation. there's a consequent turmoil approximately person and collective identities and approximately worth judgments, in all of which attitudes to time play the most important roles. The publication explores this turmoil and, via its references, it additionally serves as a consultant to the generally unfold literature approximately time.

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The Calendar: The 5000-year Struggle to Align the Clock and by David Ewing Duncan

By David Ewing Duncan

The 5,000-year fight to align the heavens with the clock and what occurred to the lacking ten days. Measuring the day-by-day and every year cycle of the cosmos hasn't ever been totally straightforward.The yr 2000 is on the other hand the yr 2544 (Buddhist), 6236 (Ancient Egyptian), 5761 (Jewish) or just the 12 months of the Dragon (Chinese). the tale of the construction of the Western calendar is a narrative of emperors and popes, mathematicians and priests, and the expansion of clinical calculation to the purpose the place, bizarrely, our size of time through atomic pulses is now extra acurate than Time itself: the Earth is an aged woman and a bit of eccentric - she loses part a moment a century. Days were invented (Julius Caesar wanted an additional eighty days in 46BC), misplaced (Pope Gregory XIII ditched ten days in 1582) and moved (because Julius Caesar had thirty-one in his month, Augustus made up our minds that he must have a similar, so he pinched one from February). The Calendar hyperlinks politics and faith, astronomy and arithmetic, Cleopatra and Stephen Hawking. And it's released as hundreds of thousands of laptop clients ask yourself what's going to ensue whilst, after 31 December 1999, their dates run out...

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A Buyer's and User's Guide to Astronomical Telescopes and by James Mullaney

By James Mullaney

Either beginning/novice beginner astronomers (at the extent of Astronomy and evening Sky journal readers), in addition to extra complicated beginner astronomers (level of Sky & Telescope) will locate this booklet beneficial and fascinating.Amateur astronomers are consistently considering the "next telescope up" and it will aspect find out how to the main compatible device to which they need to aspire. equally, those who find themselves paying for their first telescope - and nowadays now not inevitably a reasonably cheap one - can be capable of evaluate and distinction differing types and makes.Jim Mullaney is an astronomy author, lecturer and advisor who has released greater than 500 articles and 5 books: he has additionally been an editor for Sky & Telescope, Astronomy, and superstar & Sky magazines. one of many individuals to Carl Sagan's award-winning Cosmos PBS-Television sequence, his paintings has obtained popularity from such notables as Sir Arthur Clarke, Johnny Carson, Ray Bradbury, Dr. Wernher von Braun, and one in every of his former scholars - NASA scientist/astronaut Dr. Jay Apt. he's most likely the perfect individual to put in writing this booklet, containing because it does a listing of tools provided by way of the entire significant manufacturers.This intriguing, upbeat new advisor presents an intensive evaluate of binoculars and telescopes. It comprises distinct up to date info on resources, choice and use of just about each significant variety, model and version of such tools on trendy industry - really a useful treasure-trove of knowledge and precious suggestion for all beginner astronomers. additionally contains info at the the newest published telescope traces, e.g., the 10-, 12-, 14- and 16-inch aperture versions of the Meade LX-R sequence"

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Hybridizing surface probe microscopies : toward a full by Susana Moreno-Flores, Jose L. Toca-Herrera

By Susana Moreno-Flores, Jose L. Toca-Herrera

''PREFACE Many are the books and studies approximately scanning probe microscopies that conceal the fundamentals in their functionality, novel advancements and state of the art functions. This ebook might sound to be one other of this type. however it isn't really. certainly, this isn't one other ebook approximately scanning probe microscopy (SPM). As authors, we don't goal to target what SPM can do, yet relatively on what SPM can't do and, so much specifically, Read more...

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