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The Craft of Research, Fourth Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing,...
by , William T. FitzGerald

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

October 07, 2016

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With more than three-quarters of a million copies sold since its first publication, <i>The Craft of Research</i> has helped generations of researchers at every level鈥攆rom first-year undergraduates聽to advanced graduate students聽to research reporters in business and government鈥攍earn how to conduct effective and meaningful research. Conceived by seasoned researchers and educators Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams, this fundamental work explains how to find and evaluate sources,聽anticipate and respond to reader reservations, and聽integrate these pieces into an argument that stands up to reader critique.<br /><br /><br /><br />The fourth edition has been thoroughly but respectfully revised by Joseph Bizup and William T. FitzGerald. It retains the original five-part structure, as well as the sound advice of earlier editions, but reflects the way research and writing are taught and practiced today. Its chapters on finding and engaging sources now incorporate recent developments in library and Internet research, emphasizing new techniques made possible by online databases and search engines. Bizup and FitzGerald provide fresh examples and standardized terminology to clarify concepts like <i>argument</i>, <i>warrant</i>, and <i>problem</i>.<br /><br /><br /><br />Following the same guiding principle as earlier editions鈥攖hat the skills of doing and reporting research are not just for elite students but for everyone鈥攖his new edition retains the accessible voice and direct approach that have made <i>The Craft of Research</i> a leader in the field of research reference. With updated examples and information on evaluation and using聽contemporary sources, this beloved classic is ready for the next generation of researchers.
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
by Carl Sagan

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English

Pages

457

Publication Date

July 06, 2011

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<b><b>A prescient warning of a future we now inhabit, where fake news stories and Internet conspiracy theories play to a disaffected American populace</b><br /><br /><b>鈥?lt;/b>A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought.鈥濃€?lt;i>Los Angeles Times</i></b><br /><br /> How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don鈥檛 understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions.<br /><br /> Casting a wide net through history and culture, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft, faith healing, demons, and UFOs. And yet, disturbingly, in today's so-called information age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction, channeling past lives, and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect. As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence, the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong turn but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms.<br /><br /> <b>Praise for<i> The Demon-Haunted World</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淧owerful . . . A stirring defense of informed rationality. . . Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Washington Post Book World</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淐ompelling.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>USA Today</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淎 clear vision of what good science means and why it makes a difference. . . . A testimonial to the power of science and a warning of the dangers of unrestrained credulity.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Sciences</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淧assionate.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle</i></b>
The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebo...
by Richard Preston

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English

Pages

450

Publication Date

March 14, 2012

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<b>The bestselling landmark account of the first emergence of the Ebola virus.</b> <br /><br /><b>Now a聽mini-series drama starring Julianna Margulies, Topher Grace, Liam Cunningham, James D'Arcy, and Noah Emmerich on National Geographic.<br /></b><br />A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus. <i>The Hot Zone</i> tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, <i>The Hot Zone</i> proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.
The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers
by Johnny Saldana

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English

Pages

366

Publication Date

November 02, 2015

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<p><strong>Lecturers, request your electronic inspection copy聽</strong></p><br /><p>Johnny Salda帽a鈥檚 unique and invaluable manual demystifies the qualitative coding process with a comprehensive assessment of different coding types, examples and exercises. The ideal reference for students, teachers, and practitioners of qualitative inquiry, it is essential reading across the social sciences and neatly guides you through the multiple approaches available for coding qualitative data.</p><br /><p>Its wide array of strategies, from the more straightforward to the more complex, is skillfully explained and carefully exemplified providing a complete toolkit of codes and skills that can be applied to any research project. For each code Salda帽a provides information about the method's origin, gives a detailed description of the method, demonstrates its practical applications, and sets out a clearly illustrated example with analytic follow-up.聽<br /><br /><br /><br />Now with a companion website, the book is supported by:聽</p><br /><ul><br /> <li>SAGE journal articles showing coding being applied to real research </li><br /> <li>Sample transcripts highlighting coding techniques </li><br /> <li>Links to CAQDAS sites to introduce relevant software </li><br /> <li>Practical student exercises Links to video and digital content聽聽 </li><br /></ul><br /><p>This international bestseller is an extremely usable, robust manual and is a must-have resource for qualitative researchers at all levels.<br /><br /><br /><br />Click here for a listing of Johnny Salda帽a's upcoming workshops.</p>
Python Data Science Handbook: Essential Tools for Working with Da...
by Jake VanderPlas

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English

Pages

550

Publication Date

November 21, 2016

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<p>For many researchers, Python is a first-class tool mainly because of its libraries for storing, manipulating, and gaining insight from data. Several resources exist for individual pieces of this data science stack, but only with the Python Data Science Handbook do you get them all鈥擨Python, NumPy, Pandas, Matplotlib, Scikit-Learn, and other related tools.</p><p>Working scientists and data crunchers familiar with reading and writing Python code will find this comprehensive desk reference ideal for tackling day-to-day issues: manipulating, transforming, and cleaning data; visualizing different types of data; and using data to build statistical or machine learning models. Quite simply, this is the must-have reference for scientific computing in Python.</p><p>With this handbook, you鈥檒l learn how to use:</p><ul><li><b>IPython and Jupyter:</b> provide computational environments for data scientists using Python</li><li><b>NumPy:</b> includes the <i>ndarray</i> for efficient storage and manipulation of dense data arrays in Python</li><li><b>Pandas:</b> features the DataFrame for efficient storage and manipulation of labeled/columnar data in Python</li><li><b>Matplotlib:</b> includes capabilities for a flexible range of data visualizations in Python</li><li><b>Scikit-Learn:</b> for efficient and clean Python implementations of the most important and established machine learning algorithms</li></ul>
Rethinking Engineering Education: The CDIO Approach
by , Kristina Edstr枚m

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English

Pages

311

Publication Date

April 02, 2014

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<p>This book describes an approach to engineering education that integrates a comprehensive set of personal, interpersonal, and professional engineering skills with engineering disciplinary knowledge in order to prepare innovative and entrepreneurial engineers.聽The education of engineers is set in the context of engineering practice, that is, Conceiving, Designing, Implementing, and Operating (CDIO) through the entire lifecycle of engineering processes, products, and systems. The book is both a description of the development and implementation of the CDIO model and a guide to engineering programs worldwide that seek to improve the education of young engineers.<br /></p>
Basic Physics: A Self-Teaching Guide (Wiley Self-Teaching Guides ...
by Karl F. Kuhn

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English

Pages

323

Publication Date

December 10, 2007

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The fast, easy way to master the fundamentals of physics<br /> <br /> Here is the most practical, complete, and easy-to-use guideavailable for understanding physics and the physical world. Even ifyou don't consider yourself a "science" person, this book helpsmake learning key concepts a pleasure, not a chore. Whether youneed help in a course, want to review the basics for an exam, orsimply have always been curious about such physical phenomena asenergy, sound, electricity, light, and color, you've come to theright place! This fully up-to-date edition of Basic Physics:<br /> * Has been tested, rewritten, and retested to ensure that you canteach yourself all about physics<br /> * Requires no math--mathematical treatments and applications areincluded in optional sections so that you can choose either amathematical or nonmathematical approach<br /> * Lets you work at your own pace with a helpful question-and-answerformat<br /> * Lists objectives for each chapter--you can skip ahead or findextra help if you need it<br /> * Reinforces what you learn with end-of-chapter self-tests
Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum
by , Art Friedman

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English

Pages

386

Publication Date

February 25, 2014

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<b>From the bestselling author of <em>The Theoretical Minimum</em>, a DIY introduction to the math and science of quantum mechanics.</b><br />First he taught you classical mechanics. Now, physicist Leonard Susskind has teamed up with data engineer Art Friedman to present the theory and associated mathematics of the strange world of quantum mechanics.<br /><br />In this follow-up to the New York Times best-selling <i>The Theoretical Minimum</i>, Susskind and Friedman provide a lively introduction to this famously difficult field, which attempts to understand the behavior of sub-atomic objects through mathematical abstractions. Unlike other popularizations that shy away from quantum mechanics' weirdness, <i>Quantum Mechanics</i> embraces the utter strangeness of quantum logic. The authors offer crystal-clear explanations of the principles of quantum states, uncertainty and time dependence, entanglement, and particle and wave states, among other topics, and each chapter includes exercises to ensure mastery of each area. Like <i>The Theoretical Minimum</i>, this volume runs parallel to Susskind's eponymous Stanford University-hosted continuing education course.<br /><br />An approachable yet rigorous introduction to a famously difficult topic, <i>Quantum Mechanics</i> provides a tool kit for amateur scientists to learn physics at their own pace.<br />
Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Bril...
by , Matthew Sands

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English

Pages

180

Publication Date

March 22, 2011

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<b>"If one book was all that could be passed on to the next generation of scientists it would undoubtedly have to be <i>Six Easy Pieces.</i>"- John Gribbin, <i>New Scientist</i></b><br />It was Richard Feynman's outrageous and scintillating method of teaching that earned him legendary status among students and professors of physics. From 1961 to 1963, Feynman delivered a series of lectures at the California Institute of Technology that revolutionized the teaching of physics around the world. <i>Six Easy Pieces</i>, taken from these famous Lectures on Physics, represent the most accessible material from the series.<br />In these classic lessons, Feynman introduces the general reader to the following topics: atoms, basic physics, energy, gravitation, quantum mechanics, and the relationship of physics to other topics. With his dazzling and inimitable wit, Feynman presents each discussion with a minimum of jargon. Filled with wonderful examples and clever illustrations, <i>Six Easy Pieces</i> is the ideal introduction to the fundamentals of physics by one of the most admired and accessible physicists of modern times.
The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: How to Know What's Really Re...
by Steven Novella

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English

Pages

473

Publication Date

October 02, 2018

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<b>The <i>USA TODAY</i> bestseller </b><b>is now in paperback with a new chapter on Global Warming! This</b><b> all-encompassing guide to skeptical thinking from podcast host and academic neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine Steven Novella and his SGU co-hosts</b><b>, which Richard Wiseman calls "the perfect primer for anyone who wants to separate fact from fiction."</b><b><br /></b>It is intimidating to realize that we live in a world overflowing with misinformation, bias, myths, deception, and flawed knowledge. There really are no ultimate authority figures-no one has the secret, and there is no place to look up the definitive answers to our questions (not even Google).<br /> Luckily, THE SKEPTICS' GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE is your map through this maze of modern life. Here Dr. Steven Novella-along with Bob Novella, Cara Santa Maria, Jay Novella, and Evan Bernstein-will explain the tenets of skeptical thinking and debunk some of the biggest scientific myths, fallacies, and conspiracy theories-from anti-vaccines to homeopathy, UFO sightings to N- rays. You'll learn the difference between science and pseudoscience, essential critical thinking skills, ways to discuss conspiracy theories with that crazy co- worker of yours, and how to combat sloppy reasoning, bad arguments, and superstitious thinking. <br /><br /> So are you ready to join them on an epic scientific quest, one that has taken us from huddling in dark caves to setting foot on the moon? (Yes, we really did that.) DON'T PANIC! With THE SKEPTICS' GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE, we can do this together.<br /><br /><b>"Thorough, informative, and enlightening, <i>The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe</i> inoculates you against the frailties and shortcomings of human cognition. If this book does not become required reading for us all, we may well see modern civilization unravel before our eyes."</b><b>--Neil deGrasse Tyson</b><br /><b>"In this age of real and fake information, your ability to reason, to think in scientifically skeptical fashion, is the most important skill you can have. Read <i>The Skeptics' Guide Universe</i>; get better at reasoning. And if this claim about the importance of reason is wrong, <i>The Skeptics' Guide </i>will help you figure that out, too." </b><b>--Bill Nye<br /></b><br />

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