Nazis, Nadeln und Intrigen: Erinnerungen eines Skeptikers by Edzard Ernst

By Edzard Ernst

Dies ist die Geschichte meines Lebens als Arzt und Wissenschaftler. Trotz meines jugendlichen Ehrgeizes, Jazz-Musiker zu werden, studierte ich schließlich Medizin und wurde erst Kliniker und dann Wissenschaftler. Ich arbeitete zunächst in Deutschland, später in Österreich und schließlich in England. Mit wissenschaftlicher Methodik begab ich mich auf die Suche nach der Wahrheit in der Medizin, und als "Geschichtsforscher wider Willen" hinterfragte ich die Geschichte der Medizin im Nationalsozialismus. Diese Aktivitäten brachten mir leider nicht nur Freunde ein. Im Jahr 1993 begründete ich im Englischen Exeter die weltweit erste Professur für replacement Medizin, ein Bereich, der noch nie systematisch untersucht worden struggle und speedy vollständig durch Befürworter dieser Szene dominiert wurde – unter ihnen nicht zuletzt Prinz Charles. Die meisten dieser Enthusiasten legten eine offen feindselige, anti-wissenschaftliche Haltung gegenüber der wissenschaftlichen Untersuchung ihrer Lieblings-Therapien zu Tage. Vor diesem Hintergrund waren Konflikte wohl kaum vermeidbar. Die Aggressivität, mit der die Fundamentalisten der alternativen Medizin ihr Gebiet vor einer kritischen Überprüfung zu schützen suchten, struggle dennoch überraschend. Diese Memoiren bieten einen einzigartigen Einblick in die perfiden Intrigen des akademischen Lebens und sind eine ernüchternde examine der Schäden, welche die Pseudowissenschaft in der Medizin anrichtet. Rezensionszitat "Ein lauter Weckruf an die medizinische Ethik!" (Today's Nature) "Ein intestine geschriebenes, unterhaltsames Buch, dessen Lektüre jedem Spaß machen sollte, und das die Verteidiger der Alternativmedizin unbedingt lesen sollten: Sie könnten das eine oder andere lernen: über die Wissenschaft, kritisches Denken, Aufrichtigkeit und die Bedeutung der Wahrheit" (sciencebasedmedicine.org) "ein effektives Gegenmittel zu neumodischem Nonsens, Pseudowissenschaft und altmodischer Quacksalberei" (The Times)

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My Dear Li: Correspondence, 1937-1946 by Werner Heisenberg,Elisabeth Heisenberg,Anna Maria

By Werner Heisenberg,Elisabeth Heisenberg,Anna Maria Hirsch-Heisenberg,Irene Heisenberg

Personal letters demonstrate the predicament of a sought after German physicist in the course of the Nazi years and the power he shared along with his loving wife

Nobel Prize–winning physicist Werner Heisenberg lived faraway from his spouse, Elisabeth, in the course of lots of the moment global struggle. An eminent scientist, Werner headed Germany’s nationwide atomic study venture in Berlin, whereas Elisabeth and their little ones lived extra competently in Bavaria. this option of greater than three hundred letters exchanged among husband and spouse unearths the precarious nature of Werner’s place within the 3rd Reich, Elisabeth’s more and more tough lifestyle because the conflict advanced, and the dedicated dating that gave power to them both.
 
those letters offer a desirable new viewpoint on Werner’s much-debated wartime paintings and his perspective towards the atomic bomb. in addition they make clear his reluctance to to migrate regardless of the urging of associates. An excerpt from his deepest diary, an advent and notes through his daughter, and a range of private kinfolk images entire this compelling volume.

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Kalpana Chawla: India’s First Woman Astronaut by Dilip M. Salwi

By Dilip M. Salwi

Born in a standard kinfolk of Karnal, Haryana, Kalpana Chawla had an not likely heritage and detrimental weather for changing into an astronaut. Braving competition from her father or even a few of her lecturers, Kalpana, besides the fact that, actually reached for the celebrities, via turning into an aerospace engineer.
Described as a ‘terrific engineer' through NASA, she went to area no longer as soon as yet two times. This publication tells the tale of the perseverance that enabled her to arrive those heights. via it she remained easy, approachable and level-headed, often called ‘KC' to her colleagues and ‘Kalpana Didi' to her younger associates. Her promising lifestyles ended tragically whilst the distance trip Columbia disintegrated in area on 1 February 2003. Her indomitable spirit, even though, will proceed to encourage us all the time to come.

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My Life a Record of Events and Opinions by Alfred Russel Wallace

By Alfred Russel Wallace

This early paintings via Alfred Russel Wallace used to be initially released in 1908 and we're now republishing it with a new introductory biography. 'My existence a list of occasions and reviews' is an autobiography that information Wallace's studies from schoolboy to scientist. It discusses his exploration of the Amazon, his lecture travel of the US, and lots of different fascinating classes of his lifestyles. Alfred Russel Wallace used to be born on eighth January 1823 within the village of Llanbadoc, in Monmouthshire, Wales. Wallace was once encouraged via the traveling naturalists of the day and determined to start his exploration occupation accumulating specimens within the Amazon rainforest. He explored the Rio Negra for 4 years, making notes at the peoples and languages he encountered in addition to the geography, flowers, and fauna. whereas vacationing, Wallace subtle his concepts approximately evolution and in 1858 he defined his thought of average choice in a piece of writing he despatched to Charles Darwin. Wallace made an immense contribution to the traditional sciences and he'll remain remembered as one of many key figures within the improvement of evolutionary theory.

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Turing's Vision: The Birth of Computer Science (MIT Press) by Chris Bernhardt

By Chris Bernhardt

In 1936, whilst he was once simply twenty-four years previous, Alan Turing wrote a amazing paper during which he defined the speculation of computation, laying out the tips that underlie all sleek desktops. This groundbreaking and strong thought now kinds the root of desktop technological know-how. In Turing's Vision, Chris Bernhardt explains the idea, Turing's most crucial contribution, for the final reader. Bernhardt argues that the power of Turing's conception is its simplicity, and that, defined in a simple demeanour, it really is eminently comprehensible through the nonspecialist. As Marvin Minsky writes, "The sheer simplicity of the theory's starting place and amazing brief direction from this origin to its logical and excellent conclusions provide the idea a mathematical good looks that on my own promises it an enduring position in laptop theory." Bernhardt starts off with the basis and systematically builds to the impressive conclusions. He additionally perspectives Turing's idea within the context of mathematical historical past, different perspectives of computation (including these of Alonzo Church), Turing's later paintings, and the delivery of the fashionable computer.In the paper, "On Computable Numbers, with an program to the Entscheidungsproblem," Turing thinks rigorously approximately how people practice computation, breaking it down right into a series of steps, after which constructs theoretical machines in a position to appearing every one step. Turing desired to convey that there have been difficulties that have been past any computer's skill to unravel; specifically, he desired to discover a selection challenge that he may possibly end up used to be undecidable. to give an explanation for Turing's principles, Bernhardt examines 3 recognized determination difficulties to discover the concept that of undecidability; investigates theoretical computing machines, together with Turing machines; explains common machines; and proves that definite difficulties are undecidable, together with Turing's challenge relating computable numbers.

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