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Chicken: The Dangerous Transformation of America's Favorite Food
Steve Striffler
0300095295
October 27, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
From a vivid account of working as the "flour boy" breading chicken on the line to a detailed expose of the human rights abuses of "Big Chicken," Striffler's concise text offers a perspective fans of Fast Food Nation will appreciate. Though aimed at a scholarly audience (parts of the book were presented at a conference on chicken at Yale), Striffler's fast-paced narrative, rich with personal detail, will be enjoyed by readers outside of the university setting. Striffler, an associate professor of Anthropology of the University of Arkansas, worked for two summers at a Tyson plant. "Look, we're all Mexican here. Screwed-over Mexicans," explains a co-worker as Striffler eats fried chicken with a group of diverse line workers, many (but not all) of whom emigrated from Mexico to work in processing plants. Rural...


Mathematics and Mathematicians: Mathematics in Sweden before 1950, Vol. 13
Lars Garding
0821806122
November 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book is about mathematics in Sweden between 1630 and 1950---from S. Klingenstierna to M. Riesz, T. Carleman, and A. Beurling. It tells the story of how continental mathematics came to Sweden, how it was received, and how it inspired new results. The book contains a biography of Gösta Mittag-Leffler, the father of Swedish mathematics, who introduced the Weierstrassian theory of analytic functions and dominated a golden age from 1880 to 1910. Important results are analyzed and re-proved in modern notation, with explanations of their relations to mathematics at the time. The book treats Bäcklund transformations, Mittag-Leffler's theorem, the Phragmén-Lindelöf theorem and Carleman's contributions to the spectral theorem, quantum mechanics, and the asymptotics of eigenvalues and ...


Putting Meat on the American Table : Taste, Technology, Transformation
Roger Horowitz
0801882419
December 1, 2005
Paperback
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Review
"A lively study which will also earn a place on the college bookshelf for its scholarly side." -- Diane Donovan, California Bookwatch

Review
"An intriguing overview of the culture and processes of producing and consuming meat in America. The author addresses the rituals, technology, business, labor, selling, and innovations that have enabled Americans to enjoy their chickens, steaks, and hot dogs. An interesting course book for foodways scholars, business and labor historians, historians of technology, and students of material culture." -- Susan R. Williams, Fitchburg State College
"Horowitz has provided an important, unique, and splendidly written introduction to the history of meat production, distribution, and consumption in America. Scholars and students alike will benefit from...


Bernhard Riemann 1826-1866: Turning Points in the Conception of Mathematics
Detleff Laugwitz
0817640401
June 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
The name of Bernhard Riemann is well known to mathematicians and physicists around the world. College students encounter the Riemann integral early in their studies. Real and complex function theories are founded on Riemann's work. Einstein's Theory of Gravitation would be unthinkable without Riemannian Geometry. In number theory, Riemann's famous conjecture stands as one of the classic challenges to the best mathematical minds and continues to stimulate deep mathematical research. The name is indelibly stamped on the literature of mathematics and physics. This book, originally written in German and presented here in an English language translation, is the first attempt to examine Riemann's scientific work from a single unifying perspective. Laugwitz describes Riemann's development of a conceptual approach to...


The Transformation of Mathematics in the Early Mediterranean World
Reviel Netz
0521829968
June 2004
Hardcover
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Review
"For the true mathematics historian, this is a fascinating exploration, perhaps different from one's previous ideas of this time period. Highly recommended." M.D. Sanford, Felician College

"...engaging, provocative, and definitely worth reading and thinking about." MAA Reviews, Fernando Q. Gouvea

Book Description
The transformation of mathematics from its ancient Greek practice to its development in the medieval Arab-speaking world is approached by focusing on a single problem proposed by Archimedes and the many solutions offered. From a practice of mathematics based on the localized solution (originating in the polemical practices of early Greek science), we see a transition to a practice of mathematics based on the systematic approach (grounded in the deuteronomic practices of Late...



Mathematics: Queen and Servant of Science
E. T. Bell
0883854473
September 1996
Paperback
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Review
'The book deserves a place in today's market. It is rewarding reading for teachers and students at all mathematical levels.' Morris Kline

Book Description
An absorbing account of pure and applied mathematics from the geometry of Euclid to that of Riemann, and its application in Einstein's theory of relativity. The twenty chapters cover such topics as: algebra, number theory, logic, probability, infinite sets and the foundations of mathematics, rings, matrices, transformations, groups, geometry, and topology. Mathematics was republished in 1987 with corrections and an added foreword by Martin Gardner.


Exploring the Limits of Preclassical Mechanics (Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences): A Study of Conceptual Development in Early Modern Science: Free Fall and Compound Motion in the Work of Descartes, Galileo, and
Peter Damerow
038720573X
March 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
The question of when and how the basic concepts that characterize modern science arose in Western Europe has long been central to the history of science. This book examines the transition from Renaissance engineering and philosophy of nature to classical mechanics oriented on the central concept of velocity. Descartes, Galileo, and other protagonists of what the authors call "preclassical mechanics" struggled with fundamental concepts and contributed crucial insights to classical mechanics, but it is not clear that they actually realized these insights themselves. This book argues that the emergence of classical mechanics was neither a cumulative change nor an abrupt revolution, but rather that the transformation was the result of exploring the limits and exhausting the possibilities of the existing, largely...


Theory of Finslerian Laplacians and Applications (Mathematics and Its Applications), Vol. 459
Peter L. Antonelli (Editor)
0792353137
October 1998
Hardcover
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Book Description
Finslerian Laplacians have arisen from the demands of modelling the modern world. However, the roots of the Laplacian concept can be traced back to the sixteenth century. Its phylogeny and history are presented in the Prologue of this volume.
The text proper begins with a brief introduction to stochastically derived Finslerian Laplacians, facilitated by applications in ecology, epidemiology and evolutionary biology. The mathematical ideas are then fully presented in section II, with generalizations to Lagrange geometry following in section III. With section IV, the focus abruptly shifts to the local mean-value approach to Finslerian Laplacians and a Hodge-de Rham theory is developed for the representation on real cohomology classes by harmonic forms on the base manifold. Similar results are proved in...


Secrets of Nature : Astrology and Alchemy in Early Modern Europe (Transformations: Studies in the History of Science and Technology)
William R. Newman (Editor), Anthony Grafton (Editor)
0262640627
March 1, 2006
Paperback
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Review
"This is an excellent volume, and one that will be a welcome addition to the library of anyone interested in the histories of alchemy and/or astrology and a necessary one to anyone working on Early Modern science." -- Daryn Lehoux, Canadian Bulletin of Medical History

Book Description
In recent years scholars have begun to acknowledge that the occult sciences were not marginal enterprises but an integral part of the worldview of many of our ancestors. Astrology was one of the many intellectual tools--along with what we consider to be the superior tools of social and political analysis--that Renaissance thinkers used to attack practical and intellectual problems. It was a coherent body of practices, strongly supported by social institutions. And alchemy was not viewed primarily as a...


Hilbert Space Problem Book
Paul R. Halmos
0387906851
July 1994
Hardcover
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Industrialized Nature: Brute Force Technology and the Transformation of the Natural World
Paul R. Josephson
1559637773
December 2002
Hardcover
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From Booklist
The deleterious ripple effects of large-scale efforts at altering nature to serve human needs is historian Josephson's compelling subject. Not only is he an expert on what he calls brute-force technology--massive dams, irrigation systems, and forest clear-cuts--he's also dedicated to studying the plexus of science, politics, economics, and social circumstances connected to such complicated undertakings. Having written about the Soviet nuclear industry in Red Atom (1999), he now offers striking comparisons between Soviet "hero projects" (exercises in overkill) and those of the U.S and Brazil, chronicling, along the way, the 1930s hydroelectric race between the Soviet Union and the U.S. (a precursor to the arms and space races). The precipitous development of the Pacific Northwest, Siberia, and the Amazon, Josephson...


Geometrical Landscapes: The Voyages of Discovery and the Transformation of Mathematical Practice(Writing Science)
Amir R. Alexander
0804732604
July 2002
Hardcover
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Mathematics of the 19th Century: Geometry, Analytic Function Theory
A. N. Kolmogorev (Editor)
3764350482
February 2004
Hardcover
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Picturing Machines 1400-1700 (Transformations: Studies in the History of Science and Technology)
Wolfgang Lef¿vre (Editor)
0262122693
August 1, 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Technical drawings by the architects and engineers of the Renaissance made use of a range of new methods of graphic representation. These drawings -- among them Leonardo da Vinci's famous drawings of mechanical devices -- have long been studied for their aesthetic qualities and technological ingenuity, but their significance for the architects and engineers themselves is seldom considered. The essays in Picturing Machines 1400-1700 take this alternate perspective and look at how drawing shaped the practice of early modern engineering. They do so through detailed investigations of specific images, looking at over 100 that range from sketches to perspective views to thoroughly constructed projections.

In early modern engineering practice, drawings were not merely visualizations of ideas but acted as...


Redefining Geometrical Exactness: Descartes' Transformation of the Early Modern Concept of Construction
H. J. Bos
0387950907
December 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
In his "Géométrie" of 1637 Descartes achieved a monumental innovation of mathematical techniques by introducing what is now called analytic geometry. Yet the key question of the book was foundational rather than technical: When are geometrical objects known with such clarity and distinctness as befits the exact science of geometry? Classically, the answer was sought in procedures of geometrical construction, in particular by ruler and compass, but the introduction of new algebraic techniques made these procedures insufficient. In this detailed study, spanning essentially the period from the first printed edition of Pappus' "Collection" (1588, in Latin translation) and Descartes' death in 1650, Bos explores the current ideas about construction and geometrical exactness, noting that by the time Descartes...


Historia : Empiricism and Erudition in Early Modern Europe (Transformations: Studies in the History of Science and Technology)
Gianna Pomata (Editor), Nancy G. Siraisi (Editor)
0262162296
August 1, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The early modern genre of historia connected the study of nature and the study of culture from the early Renaissance to the eighteenth century. The ubiquity of historia as a descriptive method across a variety of disciplines -- including natural history, medicine, antiquarianism, and philology -- indicates how closely intertwined these scholarly pursuits were in the early modern period. The essays collected in this volume demonstrate that historia can be considered a key epistemic tool of early modern intellectual practices.

Focusing on the actual use of historia across disciplines, the essays highlight a distinctive feature of early modern descriptive sciences: the coupling of observational skills with philological learning, empiricism with erudition. Thus the essays bring to...


Introduction to Analysis of the Infinite, Vol. 1
Leonhard Euler
0387968245
September 1988
Hardcover
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Book Description
From the preface of the author: "...I have divided this work into two books; in the first of these I have confined myself to those matters concerning pure analysis. In the second book I have explained those thing which must be known from geometry, since analysis is ordinarily developed in such a way that its application to geometry is shown. In the first book, since all of analysis is concerned with variable quantities and functions of such variables, I have given full treatment to functions. I have also treated the transformation of functions and functions as the sum of infinite series. In addition I have developed functions in infinite series..."

Language Notes
Text: English, Latin (translation)


Technology and Transformation in the American Electric Utility Industry
Richard F. Hirsh
0521524717
November 20, 2003
Paperback
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Review
"Hirsh's well-documented argument about 'technological stasis' commands the attention of all concerned with what has gone wrong with America's power industry. Beyond this, his blend of managerial, technological, economic, and cultural analysis takes us to a new plateau of understanding." Thomas K. McCraw, Harvard Business School

"This book, with its cross-disciplinary theme of 'technological stasis,' offers an innovative and compelling explanation of the extraordinary problems that have befallen America's electric utilities. Regulators, utility managers, activist citizens, and historians will find an important analysis, as well as a good story." Richard H.K. Vietor, Harvard Business School

"...provides excellent documentation on problems associated with managing technology in a vital industry." S. Shapiro, University...


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