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Sunday, August 05, 2018

Suggested Books of the Week 31, 2018

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

The Nature of Human Creativity

The Nature of Human Creativity
This book provides an overview of the approaches of leading scholars to understanding the nature of creativity, its measurement, its investigation, its development, and its importance to society...
The Nature of Human Creativity brings together an incredible diversity of viewpoints, helping students and researchers to see the points of consensus as well as the differences in contemporary perspectives.
  • The authors are the most commonly cited in the major texts in the field, allowing readers to learn from the research of the leaders in the field
  • Each chapter author answers a standardized list of questions, making the volume easy to navigate
  • A wide variety of approaches to human creativity are presented, helping readers to see the points of consensus and differences in perspective within the field

The Effective Scientist - A Handy Guide to a Successful Academic Career 

The Effective ScientistA Handy Guide to a
Successful Academic Career
What is an effective scientist? One who is successful by quantifiable standards, with many publications, citations, and students supervised? Yes, but there is much more. Truly effective scientists need to have influence beyond academia, usefully applying and marketing their research to non-scientists...
Written by a scientist for scientists, this practical and entertaining book is a must-read for every early career-scientist, regardless of specialty.
  • Written in an engaging and entertaining style, making the topics easy to digest and remember
  • Includes engaging, custom-drawn cartoons illustrating many of the specific topics discussed
  • Discusses sensitive issues, such as personality conflicts and stress management, that are of increasing relevance for the modern scientist, but are usually neglected in academic books

The Nature of Human Intelligence 

The Nature of Human Intelligence
The study of human intelligence features many points of consensus, but there are also many different perspectives...
This is an exciting and valuable course book for upper-level students to learn from the originators of the key contemporary ideas in intelligence research about how they think about their work and about the field.
  • Describes the research programs of the nineteen most eminent psychological scientists studying intelligence
  • Each author answers a standardized list of questions to ensure uniformity of the issues covered in the various chapters
  • The authors chosen were those most highly cited in the three recent major textbooks on human intelligence (by Hunt, Mackintosh, and Sternberg and Kaufman)
  • The authors represent a wide variety of approaches to human intelligence

Mobile Phone Behavior

Mobile Phone Behavior
This book provides the first comprehensive introduction to the newly-emerging science of mobile phone behavior. It presents the unexpected complexity of human mobile phone behavior through four basic aspects of mobile phone usage (users, technologies, activities, and effects), and then explores four major domains of such behavior (medicine, business, education, and everyday life)...
Readers should achieve two intellectual goals: gaining a usable knowledge of the complexity of mobile phone behaviour, and developing the skills to analyze the complexity of mobile phone usage - and further technological behaviors.
  • Appeals to mobile phone users and those who are curious about the effects of mobile phones on humans, because it reveals, for the first time, the unexpected complexity underlying daily mobile phone use in areas such as medicine, business, education, law, communication, transportation, and daily life
  • Enables readers to not only understand mobile phone behavior but also to analyze it, by equipping them with a usable knowledge of the complexity of mobile phone behavior
  • Challenges and expands readers' existing intuitive knowledge about mobile phone behavior by first presenting ordinary people's intuitive thinking, then following with a series of real-life cases, scientific studies, synthesized knowledge, comparative analyses, and, finally, complex thinking about mobile phone behavior

Towards Higher Mathematics: A Companion

Towards Higher Mathematics: A Companion
Containing a large and varied set of problems, this rich resource will allow students to stretch their mathematical abilities beyond the school syllabus, and bridge the gap to university-level mathematics...
  There are over 1500 carefully graded exercises, with hints included in the text, and solutions available online. Historical and contextual asides highlight each area of mathematics and show how it has developed over time.
  • Contains substantial, carefully graded problem sets, with hints included in the text and solutions available online
  • Avoids abstract language, meaning the content is accessible to sixth form students
  • Includes numerous proofs which is an aspect largely absent from sixth form maths

The Cygnus Key: The Denisovan Legacy, Göbekli Tepe, and the Birth of Egypt 

The Cygnus Key:
The Denisovan Legacy, Göbekli Tepe,
and the Birth of Egypt
New Evidence Showing That the Earliest Origins of Human Culture, Religion, and Technology Derive From the Lost World of the Denisovans

Built at the end of the last ice age around 9600 BCE, Göbekli Tepe in southeast Turkey was designed to align with the constellation of the celestial swan, Cygnus—a fact confirmed by the discovery at the site of a tiny bone plaque carved with the three key stars of Cygnus. Remarkably, the three main pyramids at Giza in Egypt, including the Great Pyramid, align with the same three stars. But where did this ancient veneration of Cygnus come from?

Showing that Cygnus was once seen as a portal to the sky-world, Andrew Collins reveals how, at both sites, the attention toward this star group is linked with sound acoustics and the use of musical intervals “discovered” thousands of years later by the Greek mathematician Pythagoras. Collins traces these ideas as well as early advances in human technology and cosmology back to the Altai-Baikal region of Russian Siberia, where the cult of the swan flourished as much as 20,000 years ago. He shows how these concepts, including a complex numeric system based on long-term eclipse cycles, are derived from an extinct human population known as the Denisovans. Not only were they of exceptional size—the ancient giants of myth—but archaeological discoveries show that this previously unrecognized human population achieved an advanced level of culture, including the use of high-speed drilling techniques and the creation of musical instruments. 
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Exposed, Uncovered, & Declassified: Lost Civilizations & Secrets of the Past 

Exposed, Uncovered, & Declassified:
Lost Civilizations & Secrets of the Past
"Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand."
--Neil Armstrong
Were Atlantis and Lemuria factual places?
Who built the pyramids and for what purpose?

How advanced was the technology of ancient cultures?

All this and more is covered in Exposed, Uncovered, & Declassified: Lost Civilizations & Secrets of the Past--the latest in the all-original series that is already sparking lively debate.

Erich von Däniken, best-selling author of Chariots of the Gods, examines the Egyptian pyramids, studying their astronomical implications and what message they were meant to convey. Thomas G. Brophy, PhD, focuses on the mysterious Nabta Playa site in southern Egypt and its connection to African history.
Intrepid explorer of ancient America Frank Joseph covers archeological scandals and attempts to suppress evidence, including the Smithsonian's "loss" of Maya skulls discovered in the Aleutian Islands. Researcher Steven Sora, author of The Lost Colony, delves into evidence that Scotland's Picts originated in North America and were connected to the ancient Micmac tribe of the Americas.

Philip Coppens of the History Channel's Ancient Aliens explores an ancient Celtic network of roads that may be connected to a 4,000-year-old land-based reproduction of Atlantis. 
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The Day Democracy Died 

The Day Democracy Died
From the chaos of a sea-battle to the fury of a lynch mob, from personal bravery to political machinations, The Day Democracy Died tells in vivid detail the tragic story of the Arginusae trials and the fall of Athens: a cautionary tale of democracy’s demons which is as relevant in the age of instant news and mass media as in the volatile city-states of ancient Greece.

October, 406 BC: on the darkening waters of the eastern Aegean, an inexperienced Athenian fleet prepared to face the might of Sparta. With the fortunes of the Peloponnesian War turning inexorably against it, a beleaguered Athens badly needed a victory – and it got one. The Battle of Arginusae, won by raw recruits against a battle-hardened Spartan armada, saved Athens from disaster at a heavy cost in sunken ships. Yet in the confusion following the battle, neither the survivors nor the bodies of the dead were ever recovered.
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Enjoy your reading! 

Source: Cambridge University Press and Ancient Origins

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