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Encompassing A Fractal World

Author : Gil Daryn
ISBN : 0739111736
Genre : Social Science
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Encompassing a Fractal World presents a groundbreaking, innovative paradigm which opens up new perspectives for understanding and analyzing Hindu life and culture. This book is an interdisciplinary comparative work which attempts to 'connect the dots', moving beyond isolated local village-based studies in order to bridge the gulf between anthropology and Hindu studies.
Category: Social Science

Ethnomathematics Of Negev Bedouins Existence In Forms Symbols And Geometric Patterns

Author : Ada Katsap
ISBN : 9789462099500
Genre : Education
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Ethnomathematics of Negev Bedouins’ Existence in Forms, Symbols, and Geometric Patterns provokes a journey into the world of Negev Bedouins and attests to the beauty and sophistication of mathematics that occurs naturally in their craftwork, structures, games, and throughout Bedouin life. The major focus is Bedouin women’s traditional craftwork by which they reflect social and cultural activities in their weaving, embroidery, and similar pursuits. Their creations reveal mathematical ideas incorporated in embroidery compositions in repeated patterns of flowers and geometric figures in varying scales. The women use ground staked looms, stabilized by block-stones, to make multi-color, repeating pattern strip-rugs in a process practiced for generations. An image of this appears in the book’s cover photo collage. Bedouin men construct dwellings, tents, desert wells, and such. They and their children play games attuned to sand and other specific desert conditions. These activities of Bedouin women, men, and children require mathematical thinking and strategic reasoning to achieve desired outcomes. The book opens with a narrative of Bedouin history, followed by a brief overview of ethnomathematics, and concludes with discussion about bridging the gap between school mathematics experiences and those outside school. It considers mathematically problematic situations embedded in Bedouin sociocultural heritage likely to appeal to teachers for use with school students. The book is intended for a diverse audience from Bedouin communities in different countries to the general public and professionals, including ethnomathematicians and mathematics educators. Numerous photographs document the examples of Bedouin ethnomathematics. They are the subject of considerable analysis and appear throughout the book.
Category: Education

Microcirculation In Fractal Branching Networks

Author : Tatsuhisa Takahashi
ISBN : 9784431545088
Genre : Medical
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This book presents a new method for analyzing the structure and function of the biological branching systems of fractal trees, with a focus on microcirculation. Branching systems in humans (vascular and bronchial trees) and those in the natural world (plants, trees, and rivers) are characterized by a fractal nature. To date, fractal studies have tended to concentrate on fractal dimensions, which quantify the complexity of objects, but the applications for practical use have remained largely unexplored. This book breaks new ground with topics that include the human retinal microcirculatory network, oxygen consumption by vascular walls, the Fåhraeus-Lindqvist effect, the bifurcation exponent, and the asymmetrical microvascular network. Readers are provided with simple formulas to express functions and a simulation graph with in vivo data. The book also discusses the mechanisms regulating blood flow and pressure and how they are related to pathological changes in the human body. Researchers and clinicians alike will find valuable new insights in these pioneering studies.
Category: Medical


Author : De Gruyter
ISBN : 3110230259
Genre : Reference
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The IBR, published again since 1971 as an interdisciplinary, international bibliography of reviews, offers book reviews of literature dealing primarily with the humanities and social sciences published in 6,000 mainly European scholarly journals. This unique bibliography contains over 1.3 millions book reviews. 60,000 entries are added every year with details on the work reviewed and the review.
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The Lure Of Modern Science

Author : B J West
ISBN : 9789814500715
Genre : Science
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The authors describe mostly in non-technical language the development of a new scientific paradigm based on nonlinear deterministic dynamics and fractal geometry. The concepts from these two mathematical disciplines are interwoven with data from the physical, social and life sciences. In this way rather sophisticated mathematical concepts are made accessible through experimental data from various disciplines, and the formalism is relegated to appendices. It is shown that the complexity of natural and social phenomena invariably lead to inverse power law distributions, both in terms of probabilities and spectra. This book tries to show how to think differently about familiar phenomena, such as why the bell-shape curve ought not to be used in teaching or in the characterization of such complex phenomena as intelligence. Contents:Lure of Modern ScienceLinear Spaces and Geometry in Natural PhilosophyNoise in Natural PhilosophySelf-Similarity, Fractals and MeasurementsMaps and DynamicsDynamics in Fractal Dimensions Readership: Students of biology, physics and the social sciences. keywords:Scaling;Time Series;Nonlinear Dynamics;Chaos;Fractal Processes;Fractal Dimensions;Nonlinear Maps;Modeling;Complexity“Like a review article, topics are chosen to reflect scholarly importance, and every idea and concept is well documented with ample references to the literature. Like a trade book, the book does not require extensive background in physics and has a style that makes it hard to put down … The book, in fact, is the among the best introductions for the newcomer to the area of 'statistical thinking' that I have seen … I recommend this book to undergraduates and beginning graduate students who want to get a concrete impression of what many statistical mechanicians are actually doing today.”Journal of Statistical Physics “It provides the reader with a good grounding in nonlinear science and, at the same time, a superb critique of the traditional natural science approaches that often dominate our thinking.”Complexity and Chaos in Nursing
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Fractal Architecture

Author : James Harris
ISBN : 9780826352026
Genre : Architecture
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Throughout history, nature has served as an inspiration for architecture and designers have tried to incorporate the harmonies and patterns of nature into architectural form. Alberti, Charles Renee Macintosh, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Le Courbusier are just a few of the well- known figures who have taken this approach and written on this theme. With the development of fractal geometry--the study of intricate and interesting self- similar mathematical patterns--in the last part of the twentieth century, the quest to replicate nature’s creative code took a stunning new turn. Using computers, it is now possible to model and create the organic, self-similar forms of nature in a way never previously realized. In Fractal Architecture, architect James Harris presents a definitive, lavishly illustrated guide that explains both the “how” and “why” of incorporating fractal geometry into architectural design.
Category: Architecture

Heaven S Fractal Net

Author : William Joseph Jackson
ISBN : 0253216206
Genre : Philosophy
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Accompanying DVD contains ... "Two hours of Supercomputed frame-by-frame fractal animation. Includes Mandelbrot Zooms, Julia Promenades, Cascade maps and the Lorenz Attractor. Forty six scenes with original music."--[container of 1990 VHS release].
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Author : Wai H. Tsang
ISBN : 9781326617561
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This book is about a 21st Century mythic adventure and spiritual odyssey. A real life Dan Brown novel where science meets reality, the mystical meets the mundane and the esoteric or hidden is made manifest. More mind bending than the Matrix movie and as s

On Not Founding Rome

Author : Steven Schroeder
ISBN : 9781621890676
Genre : Religion
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This book is an attempt to critically embrace a tradition--a culture--in which the author was formed and against which he has often found himself in resistance, using academic disciplines in which he is well versed but about which he is deeply suspicious. This book began to come together as a book in a series of lectures on the history of Western thought at Shenzhen University in the People's Republic of China, an opportunity to cultivate disciplined criticism that might afford a second look at traditions behind the West which are being embraced all too quickly. In a time of acceleration, this book offers a meditation on the virtue of hesitation. The book is an invitation to philosophy and the history of ideas, but it is also a sustained critical reflection on the religious dimensions--explicit and implicit--of those ideas, with enough utopian vision left to imagine a city in which violence is not necessary.
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Fractals Of Brain Fractals Of Mind

Author : Earl R. Mac Cormac
ISBN : 9027251274
Genre : Psychology
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This collective volume is the first to discuss systematically what are the possibilities to model different aspects of brain and mind functioning with the formal means of fractal geometry and deterministic chaos. At stake here is not an approximation to the way of actual performance, but the possibility of brain and mind to implement nonlinear dynamic patterns in their functioning. The contributions discuss the following topics (among others): the edge-of- chaos dynamics in recursively organized neural systems and in intersensory interaction, the fractal timing of the neural functioning on different scales of brain networking, aspects of fractal neurodynamics and quantum chaos in novel biophysics, the fractal maximum-power evolution of brain and mind, the chaotic dynamics in the development of consciousness, etc. It is suggested that the margins of our capacity for phenomenal experience, are fractal-limit phenomena . Here the possibilities to prove the plausibility of fractal modeling with appropriate experimentation and rational reconstruction are also discussed. A conjecture is made that the brain vs. mind differentiation becomes possible, most probably, only with the imposition of appropriate symmetry groups implementing a flowing interface of features of local vs. global brain dynamics. (Series B)
Category: Psychology

On The Edge Of The Auspicious

Author : Mary M. Cameron
ISBN : 0252067169
Genre : Social Science
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People of lower caste live throughout the villages of Nepal but have been noticeably absent from ethnographic accounts of the Himalayan region. Starting from the perspective of lower-caste Hindu women, Mary M. Cameron offers a long-overdue study of artisans and farmers in western Nepal. On the Edge of the Auspicious skillfully shows the connections between caste hierarchy and gender relations leading to domestic, economic, and religious power of lower-caste women. Situating her study in the history of land ownership and contemporary family and work relations, Cameron explains how and why patriarchal ideology associated with high-caste families in Nepal does not apply to women of lower caste. Drawing on data from work, family, and religious domains, this ethnography goes further than other current studies of caste hierarchy in South Asia to show the everyday material and ideological dimensions of domination and lower-caste people's resistance to them..
Category: Social Science

Fractals A Very Short Introduction

Author : K. J. Falconer
ISBN : 9780199675982
Genre : Mathematics
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An essential discussion of the popular science and mathematics behind fractals reveals how fractal shapes can be found everywhere in nature from clouds to coastlines, explaining how basic concepts in fractal geometry produced a revolution in mathematical understandings of patterns in the 20th century. Original.
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Fractal Forms

Author : Etienne Guyon
ISBN : UOM:39015025005904
Genre : Fractals
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To observe nature means to recognize and be fascinated by patterns, to see symmetries and simple transformation laws. Since Mandelbrot recognized the unifying concept of fractal, practically everyone in the scientific community has become aware of the ubiquity of these structures with their peculiar symmetry, where their components reproduce themselves at different degrees of magnification. The purpose of this album is different from other books: the Editors have compiled a volume containing unique fractal images, some from the natural world, some mimicking the natural world via computer simulation. Everyday examples of graphic interior duplication: images that appear to contain an almost infinite sequence of patterns with only the magnitude varying, are fascinating. The majority of the more than sixty colourful images reproduced here are from scientific projects and the editors have provided the original references at the end of the book. This collection of wonderful material will guide the reader through the wonders of the world of fractals in nature and science.
Category: Fractals

Encyclopedia Of The Peoples Of Asia And Oceania M To Z

Author : Barbara A. West
ISBN : UCSC:32106019990651
Genre : Ethnology
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Presents an alphabetical listing of information on the peoples of Asia and Oceania including origins, prehistory, history, culture, languages, and relationships to other cultures.
Category: Ethnology

Civil Society And The State In Africa

Author : John Willis Harbeson
ISBN : 1555876412
Genre : Political Science
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This text examines the potential value of the concept of civil society for enhancing the current understanding of state-society relations in Africa. The authors review the meanings of civil society in political philosophy, as well as alternative approaches to employing the concept in African settings. Considering both the patterns of emerging civil society in Africa and issues relating to its further development, they give particular emphasis to the cases of Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zaire.
Category: Political Science

Fractals Chaos Power Laws

Author : Manfred Schroeder
ISBN : 9780486472041
Genre : Science
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This fascinating book explores the connections between chaos theory, physics, biology, and mathematics. Its award-winning computer graphics, optical illusions, and games illustrate the concept of self-similarity, a typical property of fractals. The author - hailed by Publishers Weekly as a modern Lewis Carroll - conveys memorable insights in the form of puns and puzzles. 1992 edition.
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A Fractal Epistemology For A Scientific Psychology

Author : Terry Marks-Tarlow
ISBN : 9781527544932
Genre : Psychology
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Fractal dynamics provide an unparalleled tool for understanding the evolution of natural complexity throughout physical, biological, and psychological realms. This book’s conceptual framework helps to reconcile several persistent dichotomies in the natural sciences, including mind-brain, linear-nonlinear, subjective-objective, and even personal-transpersonal processes. A fractal approach is especially useful when applied to recursive processes of consciousness, both within their ordinary and anomalous manifestations. This novel way to study the interconnection of seemingly divided wholes encompasses multiple dimensions of experience and being. It brings together experts in diverse fields—neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, physicists, physiologists, psychoanalysts, mathematicians, and professors of religion and music composition—to demonstrate the value of fractals as model, method, and metaphor within psychology and related social and physical sciences. The result is a new perspective for understanding what has often been dismissed as too subjective, idiosyncratic, and ineffably beyond the scope of science, bringing these areas back into a natural-scientific framework.
Category: Psychology

Quantum Mechanics Diffusion And Chaotic Fractals

Author : Mohammed S. El Naschie
ISBN : UVA:X002642590
Genre : Science
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The philosophical and analytical silhouette of quantum mechanics can only take shape against a background of classical mechanics. As classical mechanics has undergone a radical reappraisal with the discovery of deterministic chaos and fractals, then quantum mechanics must be looked at again from the viewpoint of nonlinear dynamics. This book does just that, not solely from the point of view of quantum chaos, but also by looking at the hidden chaotic roots of quantum mechanics. Several of the contributions included in the book are concerned with the geometrization of physics and its consequences for quantum mechanics. Besides the main theme of the book, other equally interesting interpretations are represented, including the cellular automaton version of quantum mechanics and a radical endophysical interpretation: another contribution looks at the possibility of chaos in Einstein's fundamental equations. Some of the papers presented here are destined to be the subject of debate, agreement and passionate disagreement for some time.
Category: Science

The World I

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ISBN : UCAL:B3638677
Genre : Civilization, Modern
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Category: Civilization, Modern