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Animals in the Neolithic of Britain and Europe Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781842172148
Pub Date: 31 Aug 2015
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Neolithic Studies Group Seminar Papers
Description:
The twelve papers in this edited volume originated from the Neolithic Studies Group seminar held at the British Museum on 10th November 2003 on the subject of Animals in the Neolithic. This book includes most of the papers delivered and debated at the meeting and others contributed later. The aim of the book is to cover the range of current approaches to animals in the Neolithic, and to encompass as wide a geographical scope as possible in Europe.
Soviet Space Mythologies Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780822963639
Pub Date: 26 Jun 2015
Series: Russian and East European Studies
Description:
From the start, the Soviet human space program had an identity crisis. Were cosmonauts heroic pilots steering their craft through the dangers of space, or were they mere passengers riding safely aboard fully automated machines? Tensions between Soviet cosmonauts and space engineers were reflected not only in the internal development of the space program but also in Soviet propaganda that wavered between praising daring heroes and flawless technologies.
The Vandana Shiva Reader Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 364
ISBN: 9780813153292
Pub Date: 27 Jan 2015
Series: Culture of the Land
Illustrations: 6 figures, 60 tables
Description:
"Her great virtue as an advocate is that she is not a reductionist. Her awareness of the complex connections among economy and nature and culture preserves her from oversimplification. So does her understanding of the importance of diversity.
Quaternary Research in Britain and Ireland" Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9789088902574
Pub Date: 10 Dec 2014
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Description:
During the later part of the last century there was rapid development of the study and understanding of the changing environments of the last 2 million years. This came to provide a firm background for today’s knowledge of the significance and importance of climatic change. Interdisciplinary research has been a prominent, if not essential, contributor to the successes achieved.
Classification of Sex, The Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780822963035
Pub Date: 31 Jul 2014
Description:
Alfred C. Kinsey’s revolutionary studies of human sexual behavior are world-renowned. His meticulous methods of data collection, from comprehensive entomological assemblies to personal sex history interviews, raised the bar for empirical evidence to an entirely new level.
Bluegrass Land and Life Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780813155593
Pub Date: 15 Jul 2014
Illustrations: Illus
Description:
The Inner Bluegrass Region of Kentucky is a shining jewel of geography -- synonymous in the minds of many with the state of Kentucky. It is unique in many respects: the character of its land, its native vegetation, and its indigenous animal life. The way of life developed by its human inhabitants over the past two hundred years, especially its focus on the Thoroughbred horse, is also unique.
Dams, Parks and Politics Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780813154459
Pub Date: 15 Jul 2014
Description:
This book is a chronicle of the myopia and gamesmanship that dominated Americans' understanding of their environment on the eve of the nation's ecology crisis. Based almost entirely on primary sources, Elmo Richardson's study examines the interplay between the national policies and programs for development and preservation of natural resources in the centralist Truman administration and the localist, enterprise-oriented Eisenhower administration. He shows that the decade examined brought about very little change in the values held by federal policy makers.
Toxic Airs Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780822962908
Pub Date: 23 Mar 2014
Description:
Toxic Airs brings together historians of medicine, environmental historians, historians of science and technology, and interdisciplinary scholars to address atmospheric issues on a spectrum of scales from body to place to planet. The chapters analyze airborne and atmospheric threats posed to humans, and contributors demonstrate how conceptions of toxicity have evolved and how humans have both created and mitigated toxins in the air. Specific topics discussed include medieval beliefs in the pestilent breath of witches, malarial theory in India, domestic and military use of tear gas, Gulf War Syndrome, Los Angeles smog, automotive emissions control, the epidemiological effects of air pollution, transboundary air pollution, ozone depletion, the contributions of contemporary artists to climate awareness, and the toxic history of carbon “die”-oxide.
Challenge of the Social and the Pressure of Practice, The Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780822962779
Pub Date: 07 Feb 2014
Description:
In The Challenge of the Social and the Pressure of Practice, philosophers, sociologists, and historians of science offer a multidisciplinary view of the complex interrelationships of values in science and society in both contemporary and historic contexts. They analyze the impact of commercialization and politicization on epistemic aspirations, and, conversely, the ethical dilemmas raised by \u201cpractically relevant\u201d science in today's society. For example, much scientific research over the past quarter century has been guided by the financing that supports it.
Past Bodies Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781782975427
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2014
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Description:
Archaeology often struggles in envisioning real people behind the world of material objects it studies. Even when dealing with skeletal remains archaeologists routinely reduce them to long lists of figures and attributes. Such a fragmentation of past subjects and their bodies, if analytically necessary, is hardly satisfactory.
Shifting Standards Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 360
ISBN: 9780822944300
Pub Date: 20 Dec 2013
Description:
In Shifting Standards, Allan Franklin provides an overview of notable experiments in particle physics. Using papers published in Physical Review, the journal of the American Physical Society, as his basis, Franklin details the experiments themselves, their data collection, the events witnessed, and the interpretation of results. From these papers, he distills the dramatic changes to particle physics experimentation from 1894 through 2009.
Modelling archaeology and palaeoenvironments in wetlands Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9781782971740
Pub Date: 19 Dec 2013
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: b/w and col. illus
Description:
The measurement and analysis of space is central to archaeological study, such as through the recording of site plans and sections and the interpretation of spatial relationships between artefacts and features. Modelling Hidden Landscapes details a different approach to the study of past patterns of environmental change within the broader framework of landscape archaeology. It utilizes a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies and GIS modelling to investigate spatial and temporal patterns of Holocene landscape change for two raised mires in south Yorkshire: Hatfield and Thorne Moors.
Shell Energy Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781842177655
Pub Date: 08 Oct 2013
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: b/w & col. illus
Description:
Shell middens are ubiquitous archaeological features on coastlines throughout the world that have been variously analysed and interpreted as mounds of food, burial places, or simply as convenient receptacles for the preservation of stratified remains. This volume brings together information about little known, or recently discovered, concentrations of shell mounds in areas including Africa, the near East, South-east Asia and the Americas as well as new work on mounds in the classic areas including Denmark, the Pacific NW coast and Japan. Discussions are presented on new approaches to interpretation involving the use of ethnographic studies, analysis of molluscs, the use of shell as a raw material for making artefacts and in construction, and the variable formation processes associated with mound formation.
On Leibniz Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9780822962182
Pub Date: 28 Jun 2013
Description:
Contemporary philosopher John Searle has characterized Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716) as \u201cthe most intelligent human being who has ever lived.\u201d The German philosopher, mathematician, and logician invented calculus (independently of Sir Isaac Newton), topology, determinants, binary arithmetic, symbolic logic, rational mechanics, and much more. His metaphysics bequeathed a set of problems and approaches that have influenced the course of Western philosophy from Kant in the eighteenth century until the present day.
Scientific Models in Philosophy of Science Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 248
ISBN: 9780822962731
Pub Date: 07 Jun 2013
Description:
Scientists have used models for hundreds of years as a means of describing phenomena and as a basis for further analogy. In Scientific Models in Philosophy of Science, Daniela Bailer-Jones assembles an original and comprehensive philosophical analysis of how models have been used and interpreted in both historical and contemporary contexts.Bailer-Jones delineates the many forms models can take (ranging from equations to animals; from physical objects to theoretical constructs), and how they are put to use.
The Historic Landscape of Devon Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781905119387
Pub Date: 30 Apr 2013
Imprint: Windgather Press
Illustrations: col illus
Description:
This book discusses the 19th-century historic landscape of Devon though the creation, manipulation and querying of a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) database to examine physical evidence of change and development through field and settlement patterns. Making use of tithe surveys, the relationship between field and settlement morphologies and patterns of landholding is discussed for three case-study areas in Devon, developing the idea of landscape pays and the identification of regional differences in the study of the historic landscape.