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The Demon In The Machine

Author : Paul Davies
ISBN : 9780241309605
Genre : Science
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When Darwin set out to explain the origin of species, he made no attempt to answer the deeper question: what is life? For generations, scientists have struggled to make sense of this fundamental question. Life really does look like magic: even a humble bacterium accomplishes things so dazzling that no human engineer can match it. And yet, huge advances in molecular biology over the past few decades have served only to deepen the mystery. So can life be explained by known physics and chemistry, or do we need something fundamentally new? In this penetrating and wide-ranging new analysis, world-renowned physicist and science communicator Paul Davies searches for answers in a field so new and fast-moving that it lacks a name, a domain where computing, chemistry, quantum physics and nanotechnology intersect. At the heart of these diverse fields, Davies explains, is the concept of information: a quantity with the power to unify biology with physics, transform technology and medicine, and even to illuminate the age-old question of whether we are alone in the universe. From life's murky origins to the microscopic engines that run the cells of our bodies, The Demon in the Machine is a breath-taking journey across the landscape of physics, biology, logic and computing. Weaving together cancer and consciousness, two-headed worms and bird navigation, Davies reveals how biological organisms garner and process information to conjure order out of chaos, opening a window on the secret of life itself.

Demon In The Machine

Author : Lise Mactague
ISBN : 159493567X
Genre : Fiction
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At the height of Britain's Industrial Revolution, steam power and magic join forces to create wonders the world has never seen. But those wonders have a dark side--one that will soon force a reckoning few could have anticipated. Half-demon Briar is content with her structured life as an archivist, a far cry from the chaos of her background and upbringing. Briar's simple and predictable existence is rocked when she discovers something sinister powers one of the grand, new inventions of her era. Isabella Castel, the only daughter of Viscount Sherard, is far from the brainless socialite she pretends to be. Isabella is everything Briar is not: passionate, creative and impulsive, but with secrets to rival even Briar's own. Two more unlikely partners should not exist, yet if the women cannot find a way to work together, they will lose far more than their reputations. Can a half-demon and a debutante work past their secrets before all hell breaks loose?

Death Of The Demon Machine

Author : Tricia Andersen
ISBN : 1538029375
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What happens when a book event full of authors is plagued by a soft drink machine they are certain is demon possessed? They write short stories about it! At I.O.W.A. 2016, the authors that attended spent ten hours listening to the soft drink machine near them play the same nauseating sixteen second tune over and over. It was enough to inspire them to write these short stories. From a variety of genres, these stories all are themed around the Death of the Demon Machine! The proceeds from this book will go to the HD Youth Center in Cedar Rapids.

The Demon Machine

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ISBN : OCLC:223730008
Genre : Demon Machine (Choreographic work : Chapple, after Bodenwieser)
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Collection of performance material for the ballet The demon machine. The collection includes historical notes, cast lists, lighting score, letters, costume details and the dance and music scores.

The Handbook Of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols

Author : Robert Beer
ISBN : 1932476032
Genre : Art, Tibetan
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Based on the author's previous publication 'The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs', this handbook contains an array of symbols and motifs, accompanied by succinct explanations. It provides treatment of the essential Tibetan religious figures, themes and motifs, both secular and religious. Robert Beer offers a compact, concise reference work based on his previous publication 'The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs'. This handbook contains an extensive array of symbols and motifs, accompanied by succinct explanations. It provides treatment of the most

Maxwell S Demon

Author : Harvey S. Leff
ISBN : 9781400861521
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About 120 years ago, James Clerk Maxwell introduced his now legendary hypothetical "demon" as a challenge to the integrity of the second law of thermodynamics. Fascination with the demon persisted throughout the development of statistical and quantum physics, information theory, and computer science--and linkages have been established between Maxwell's demon and each of these disciplines. The demon's seductive quality makes it appealing to physical scientists, engineers, computer scientists, biologists, psychologists, and historians and philosophers of science. Until now its important source material has been scattered throughout diverse journals. This book brings under one cover twenty-five reprints, including seminal works by Maxwell and William Thomson; historical reviews by Martin Klein, Edward Daub, and Peter Heimann; information theoretic contributions by Leo Szilard, Leon Brillouin, Dennis Gabor, and Jerome Rothstein; and innovations by Rolf Landauer and Charles Bennett illustrating linkages with the limits of computation. An introductory chapter summarizes the demon's life, from Maxwell's illustration of the second law's statistical nature to the most recent "exorcism" of the demon based on a need periodically to erase its memory. An annotated chronological bibliography is included. Originally published in 1990. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Mechanism Mentalism And Metamathematics

Author : J. Webb
ISBN : 9789401576536
Genre : Philosophy
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This book grew out of a graduate student paper [261] in which I set down some criticisms of J. R. Lucas' attempt to refute mechanism by means of G6del's theorem. I had made several such abortive attempts myself and had become familiar with their pitfalls, and especially with the double edged nature of incompleteness arguments. My original idea was to model the refutation of mechanism on the almost universally accepted G6delian refutation of Hilbert's formalism, but I kept getting stuck on questions of mathematical philosophy which I found myself having to beg. A thorough study of the foundational works of Hilbert and Bernays finally convinced me that I had all too naively and uncritically bought this refutation of formalism. I did indeed discover points of surprisingly close contact between formalism and mechanism, but also that it was possible to under mine certain strong arguments against these positions precisely by invok ing G6del's and related work. I also began to realize that the Church Turing thesis itself is the principal bastion protecting mechanism, and that G6del's work was perhaps the best thing that ever happened to both mechanism and formalism. I pushed these lines of argument in my dis sertation with the patient help of my readers, Raymond Nelson and Howard Stein. I would especially like to thank the latter for many valuable criticisms of my dissertation as well as some helpful suggestions for reor ganizing it in the direction of the present book.

This Side Of Madness

Author : Christopher D. Hartpence
ISBN : 9781479745913
Genre : Fiction
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He has no name. He could be quite near as you read these words. Maybe the guy two aisles over at the bookshop where you picked this title up. Maybe you saw him and didn't give him a second look. If you had, you would have seen it. That certain something in his eyes. A glint of something unfamiliar. A gleam. An uncontrolled tremor of unease as you feel his relentless energy brush past you. Have you ever wondered at the inner workings of an insane mind? Ever considered what electroshock "therapy" might feel like to an unwilling participant? Flip this book over and turn the page. Walk with me inside the chambers of a disturbed mind, and do keep the lights on... Christopher Hartpence lives in Myrtle Beach, SC with his girl, Cindy, and their menagerie of pets (four cats, two dogs), where he's hard at work on his next novel, and/or designing video games. Look him up on the web and drop him a line! (candlebre.net or creativisms.org)

Man Vs Machine

Author : Martin H. Greenberg
ISBN : 9781101043837
Genre : Fiction
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Fifteen original tales envision ever-more sophisticated technology-and the repercussions on humankind... As our world and daily lives become more and more involved with and dependent on complex technology, concern over what the future holds increases. If computers develop genuine Artificial Intelligence will they still willingly serve humankind? If the machines rebel, can we shut them down? And what kind of world would we be left with if we did? These are just a few of the questions explored in fifteen brand-new stories by some of science fiction's most visionary minds-inventive and cautionary tales about some of the futures we may be building for ourselves right now.

The Machine Crusade

Author : Brian Herbert
ISBN : 9781848943414
Genre : Fiction
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The first battle was a victory. But the war is just beginning . . . Earth is a radioactive ruin. But the initial campaign of the Butlerian Jihad has given new hope to mankind. Serena Butler, whose murdered child has become a symbol for oppressed humanity, inspires a war against the thinking computers led by Xavier Harkonnen and Vorian Atreides. But four of the Titans – murderous machines with human brains and human cunning – still remain. And the universal computer mind, Omnius, still wields most of its power. ‘Such vile villains...and such a fascinating description of splendid places.' Anne McCaffrey on HOUSE HARKONNEN

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