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Sunday, July 07, 2019

Suggested Books of the Week 27, 2019 | Books - Helge Scherlund's eLearning News

Check out these books below by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Ancient Origins.

Climate Mathematics - Theory and Applications 

Climate MathematicsTheory and Applications
This unique text provides a thorough, yet accessible, grounding in the mathematics, statistics, and programming that students need to master for coursework and research in climate science, meteorology, and oceanography...

Additional online supplements to aid classroom teaching include datasets, images, and animations. Guidance is provided on how the book can support a variety of courses at different levels, making it a highly flexible text for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as researchers and professional climate scientists who need to refresh or modernize their quantitative skills.
  • Tailored specifically to the needs of climate science, combining all the relevant math topics into a single resource
  • Accessible and self-contained, assuming only high school mathematical knowledge
  • Presents each formula alongside relevant climate science examples to demonstrate the physical meaning and context
  • Uses R and Python code to integrate computational techniques with mathematical methods – training students in the key skills of data analysis and visualization

Where Do Numbers Come From? 

Where Do Numbers Come From?
Why do we need the real numbers? How should we construct them? These questions arose in the nineteenth century, along with the ideas and techniques needed to address them. Nowadays it is commonplace for apprentice mathematicians to hear 'we shall assume the standard properties of the real numbers' as part of their training...

Additional chapters on polynomials and quarternions provide further context for any reader wanting to delve deeper.
  • Contains clear explanation of the various number systems used in mathematics
  • Entertaining and accessible to undergraduates
  • Solutions to all exercises are available online

Design and Analysis of Algorithms - A Contemporary Perspective 

Design and Analysis of Algorithms
A Contemporary Perspective
The text covers important algorithm design techniques, such as greedy algorithms, dynamic programming, and divide-and-conquer, and gives applications to contemporary problems...

The book also emphasizes the role of randomization in algorithm design, and gives numerous applications ranging from data-structures such as skip-lists to dimensionality reduction methods.
  • Discusses important concepts including graph algorithms, parallel algorithms and approximation algorithms that are explained in detail
  • Emphasizes alternate and realistic computational frameworks including parallel, memory hierarchy and streaming
  • Covers new models of computation including string matching, streaming algorithms and geometric algorithms
  • Real-life applications and numerical problems are spread throughout the text for the benefit of the readers

The Poetry and Music of Science - Comparing Creativity in Science and Art 

The Poetry and Music of Science
Comparing Creativity in Science and Art
What human qualities are needed to make scientific discoveries, and which to make great art? Many would point to 'imagination' and 'creativity' in the second case but not the first. This book challenges the assumption that doing science is in any sense less creative than art, music or fictional writing and poetry, and treads a historical and contemporary path through common territories of the creative process...
  • Challenges the obvious assumption science is less creative than art and illustrates the contrary
  • Treats art and science on an equal footing
  • Draws on historical and contemporary examples to provide a broader understanding
  • Brings medieval philosophy and theology to bear on current questions of creativity
  • Reports on individual conversations with artists and scientists and provides personal perspectives on their creative processes
  • Illustrates with rich and detailed examples
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Conversations on Art and Aesthetics 

Conversations on Art and Aesthetics
What is art? What counts as an aesthetic experience? Does art have to beautiful? Can one reasonably dispute about taste? What is the relation between aesthetic and moral evaluations? How to interpret a work of art? Can we learn anything from literature, film or opera? What is sentimentality? What is irony? How to think philosophically about architecture, dance, or sculpture? What makes something a great portrait? Is music representational or abstract? Why do we feel terrified when we watch a horror movie even though we know it to be fictional?...
  • Covers a great variety of topics in aesthetics in an accessible way
  • Includes conversations with world-leading philosophers of art
  • The dialogues offer lively, more personal views of philosophy
  • Accompanied by previously unpublished portraits by Steve Pyke, one of the world's leading photographers
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The Digital Ape - How to Live (in Peace) with Smart Machines 

The Digital Ape 
How to Live (in Peace)
with Smart Machines
The smart-machines revolution is reshaping our lives and our societies. Here, Sir Nigel Shadbolt, one of the world's leading authorities on artificial intelligence, and Roger Hampson dispel terror, confusion, and misconception. We are not about to be elbowed aside by a rebel army of super-intelligent robots of our own creation. We were using tools before we became Homo sapiens, and will continue to build and master them, no matter how complicated they become. How we exercise that control--in our private lives, in employment, in politics--and make the best of the wonderful opportunities, will determine our collective future well-being...
  • Offers a well-informed, readable, and confident perspective on the continued technology revolution
  • Updated to tackle recent technological advances (and setbacks), including the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal
  • Authors are renown global experts
  • Written not to invoke fear of the future, but confidence in humanity's continued evolution

The School of Sun Tzu 

The School Of Sun Tzu: Winning Empires Without War
In The School of Sun Tzu, author David G. Jones offers a voyage of discovery into the world of competition and conflict. His book presents fresh thought on how issue management without conflict can be applied in today’s complex world.

The School of Sun Tzu carefully examines how the empire of China came into being, the leadership of its first emperor, and the role played by his learned academies - which gave us the Tao Te Ching and the Ping-fa by Sun Tzu (incorrectly translated as "Art of War"). The concepts, values and practices that helped found China defined the greatness of the first empire. History knows of, but has not articulated the revisionist conspiracy of the second empire that worked so hard to discredit all the good that the first had achieved, while leaving it essentially intact.

The Birth of Classical Europe: A History from Troy to Augustine

The Birth of Classical Europe:
A History from Troy to Augustine
(The Penguin History of Europe)
An innovative and intriguing look at the foundations of Western civilization from two leading historians; the first volume in the Penguin History of Europe

The influence of ancient Greece and Rome can be seen in every aspect of our lives. From calendars to democracy to the very languages we speak, Western civilization owes a debt to these classical societies. Yet the Greeks and Romans did not emerge fully formed; their culture grew from an active engagement with a deeper past, drawing on ancient myths and figures to shape vibrant civilizations.

📚 Books and ☕️ coffee! 

Source:  Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Ancient Origins.