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Fire Ice And Physics

Author : Rebecca C. Thompson
ISBN : 9780262043076
Genre : Science
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Exploring the science in George R. R. Martin's fantastical world, from the physics of an ice wall to the genetics of the Targaryens and Lannisters. Game of Thrones is a fantasy that features a lot of made-up science—fabricated climatology (when is winter coming?), astronomy, metallurgy, chemistry, and biology. Most fans of George R. R. Martin's fantastical world accept it all as part of the magic. A trained scientist, watching the fake science in Game of Thrones, might think, “But how would it work?” In Fire, Ice, and Physics, Rebecca Thompson turns a scientist's eye on Game of Thrones, exploring, among other things, the science of an ice wall, the genetics of the Targaryen and Lannister families, and the biology of beheading. Thompson, a PhD in physics and an enthusiastic Game of Thrones fan, uses the fantasy science of the show as a gateway to some interesting real science, introducing GOT fandom to a new dimension of appreciation. Thompson starts at the beginning, with winter, explaining seasons and the very elliptical orbit of the Earth that might cause winter to come (or not come). She tells us that ice can behave like ketchup, compares regular steel to Valyrian steel, explains that dragons are “bats, but with fire,” and considers Targaryen inbreeding. Finally she offers scientific explanations of the various types of fatal justice meted out, including beheading, hanging, poisoning (reporting that the effects of “the Strangler,” administered to Joffrey at the Purple Wedding, resemble the effects of strychnine), skull crushing, and burning at the stake. Even the most faithful Game of Thrones fans will learn new and interesting things about the show from Thompson's entertaining and engaging account. Fire, Ice, and Physics is an essential companion for all future bingeing.
Category: Science

The Science Of Game Of Thrones

Author : Helen Keen
ISBN : 9780316315845
Genre : Humor
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A myth-busting, jaw-dropping, fun-filled tour through the science of your favorite fantastical world. Award-winning comedian and popular-science writer Helen Keen uncovers the astounding science behind the mystical, blood-soaked world of Game of Thrones, answering questions like: Is it possible to crush a person's head with your bare hands? What really happens when royal families interbreed? Does Cersei have Borderline Personality Disorder? What curious medical disorder does Hodor suffer from? And more. Join Keen as she investigates wildfire, ice walls, face transplants, and every wild feature of Westeros and beyond, revealing a magical world that may be closer to our own than we think. The Science of Game of Thrones is the ultimate guide to the epic series as well as the perfect gift for science-lovers and fans. So pour yourself a bowl of brown, climb on your beast of burden, and prepare yourself to see the Seven Kingdoms as you have never seen them before.
Category: Humor

Game Of Thrones And Philosophy

Author : Henry Jacoby
ISBN : 9781118206058
Genre : Philosophy
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An in-depth look at the philosophical issues behind HBO's Game of Thrones television series and the books that inspired it George R.R. Martin's New York Times bestselling epic fantasy book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, and the HBO television show adapted from it, have earned critical acclaim and inspired fanatic devotion. This book delves into the many philosophical questions that arise in this complex, character-driven series, including: Is it right for a "good" king to usurp the throne of a "bad" one and murder his family? How far should you go to protect your family and its secrets? In a fantasy universe with medieval mores and ethics, can female characters reflect modern feminist ideals? Timed for the premiere of the second season of the HBO Game of Thrones series Gives new perspectives on the characters, storylines, and themes of Game of Thrones Draws on great philosophers from ancient Greece to modern America to explore intriguing topics such as the strange creatures of Westeros, the incestuous relationship of Jaime and Cersei Lannister, and what the kings of Westeros can show us about virtue and honor (or the lack thereof) as they play their game of thrones Essential reading for fans, Game of Thrones and Philosophy will enrich your experience of your favorite medieval fantasy series.
Category: Philosophy

Winning Westeros

Author : Max Brooks
ISBN : 9781640122369
Genre : History
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Set in the fictitious world of Westeros, the hit television series Game of Thrones chronicles the bitter and violent struggle between the realm's noble dynasties for control of the Seven Kingdoms. But this beloved fantasy drama has just as much to say about the successful strategies and real-life warfare waged in our own time and place. Winning Westeros brings together more than thirty of today's top military and strategic experts, including generals and admirals, policy advisors, counterinsurgency tacticians, science fiction and fantasy writers, and ground‑level military officers, to explain the strategy and art of war by way of the Game of Thrones saga. Each chapter of Winning Westeros provides a relatable, outside‑the‑box way to simplify and clarify the complexities of modern military conflict. A chapter on the doomed butcher's boy whom Arya Stark befriends by World War Z author Max Brooks poignantly reminds us of the cruel fate that civilians face during times of war. Another chapter on Jaqen H'ghar and the faceless men of Bravos explores the pivotal roles that stealth and intelligence play in battle. Whether considering the diplomatic prowess of Tyrion Lannister, the defiant leadership style of Daenerys Targaryen, the Battle of the Bastards and the importance of reserves, Brienne of Tarth and the increased role of women in combat, or dragons as weapons of mass destruction, Winning Westeros gives fans of Game of Thrones and aspiring military minds alike an inspiring and entertaining means of understanding the many facets of modern warfare. It is a book as captivating and enthralling as Game of Thrones itself.
Category: History

Re Reading A Game Of Thrones

Author : Remy J. Verhoeve
ISBN : 9781608881154
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In 1996, George R.R. Martin electrified fantasy fans around the world when he published A Game of Thrones, the first book in his acclaimed A Song of Ice and Fire series. Since then, Martin has published three more books in the series. The engrossing tale Martin spun with these first novels in his saga has gained more and more fans across the world and has resulted in a number of spin-off products, such including HBO's TV series, card and board games, computer games, sword replicas, comic books and calendars. Perhaps paradoxically, the number of years between each time Martin publishes a new book in the series has increased. Fans have been clamoring for the fifth volume, A Dance with Dragons, since 2005: A book that promises to pick up the storylines of fan-favorite characters left hanging since 1999. As Martin struggles to reach the finish line, or indeed even the halfway point in his epic, his fans wait for the next fix. One way to keep sane during the long waits is to re-read the already published novels. Journey to Westeros with Remy J. Verhoeve as he celebrates his tenth reading of A Game of Thrones. Chapter by chapter, the author, a Dutch-Norwegian English teacher and self-confessed fantasy geek, is both fellow traveler and tour guide as he shares his insightful reflections on Martin's writing techniques, major - and seemingly minor - plot points and characters, and much more. True to its origins as a blogging project undertaken while not-so-patiently waiting for A Dance With Dragons, the author does not hold back in this unauthorized companion book that is both an unabashed homage to the novel that started it all, as well as a candid - and at times controversial - commentary on the issues surrounding the delayed release of the fifth book. Whether or not they agree with everything the author has to say, all fans of A Song of Ice and Fire, from those who have loved the series since its inception in 1996 to those who have only just discovered it through the HBO series, will enjoy this thought-provoking and outspoken book.
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George R R Martin Starter Pack 4 Book Bundle

Author : George R. R. Martin
ISBN : 9780345541130
Genre : Fiction
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The epic saga that inspired HBO’s Game of Thrones made George R. R. Martin an international phenomenon, but there’s much more to this versatile, prolific, and original author. In addition to the book that kicks off A Song of Ice of Fire, this eBook bundle includes Dreamsongs: Volume I, which showcases Martin’s early writings; Fevre Dream, the acclaimed author’s reinvention of the vampire novel; and The Armageddon Rag, a thrilling story of psychedelic—and apocalyptic—rock. Spanning genres of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and suspense, Martin’s virtuosic talents will surprise and delight even his most devoted fans. A GAME OF THRONES “The only fantasy series I’d put on a level with J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings . . . It’s a fantasy series for hip, smart people, even those who don’t read fantasy.”—Chicago Tribune In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As sinister forces mass beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall, the king’s powers are failing—his most trusted adviser is dead and his enemies are emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the king’s new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but the kingdom itself. DREAMSONGS: VOLUME I “The ideal way to discover . . . a master of science fiction, fantasy and horror. . . . Martin is a writer like no other.”—The Guardian (U.K.) Gathered here are the very best of Martin’s early works, including his Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker award–winning stories, cool fan pieces, and the original novella The Ice Dragon, from which his New York Times bestselling children’s book of the same title originated. With extensive author commentary, Dreamsongs: Volume I is a rare treat, offering fascinating insights into Martin’s journey from young writer to award-winning master. FEVRE DREAM “An adventure into the heart of darkness that transcends even the most inventive vampire novels.”—Los Angeles Herald Examiner Abner Marsh, a struggling riverboat captain, suspects that something’s amiss when he is approached by a wealthy aristocrat with a lucrative offer. The hauntingly pale, steely-eyed Joshua York doesn’t care that the icy winter of 1857 has wiped out all but one of Marsh’s dilapidated fleet. Not until the maiden voyage of Fevre Dream does Marsh realize that he has joined a mission both more sinister, and perhaps more noble, than his most fantastic nightmare—and humankind’s most impossible dream. THE ARMAGEDDON RAG “The best novel concerning the American pop music culture of the sixties I’ve ever read.”—Stephen King Onetime underground journalist Sandy Blair has come a long way from his radical roots in the sixties—until he’s drawn back by the bizarre and brutal murder of a rock promoter who made millions with a band called the Nazgûl. As Sandy investigates the crime, he finds himself drawn back into his own past. For a new messiah has resurrected the Nazgûl along with a requiem of demonism, mind control, and death, whose apocalyptic tune only Sandy may be able to change.
Category: Fiction

Dying Of The Light

Author : George R.R. Martin
ISBN : 9781473214705
Genre : Fiction
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A whisperjewel from Gwen Delvano calls Dirk t'Larien across space and beyond the Tempter's Veil to Worlorn, a dying Festival planet of rock and ice. Warlorn is slowly drifting through twilight to neverending night; as the planet sinks into darkness, so its inhabitants face annihilation. Seven years ago, on Avalon, Gwen was Dirk's lover, his Guenevere; now she wears the jade-and-silver bond of Jaantony Riv Wolf high-Ironjade Vikary, a barbarian visionary, an outcast from his own people for his acts of violence. And Garse Janacek, Jaan's *teyn*, his shieldmate, is also bound to Gwen - in hatred. Dirk, a rogue and a wanderer, is called to be saviour of the three who are bonded together in love and hate. But in breaking their triangle, he could lose all ...
Category: Fiction

A Game Of Thrones The Illustrated Edition

Author : George R. R. Martin
ISBN : 9781101965870
Genre : Fiction
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A dazzling illustrated edition of the book that started it all—for readers of A Song of Ice and Fire and fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Published in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of George R. R. Martin’s landmark series, this lavishly illustrated special edition of A Game of Thrones—featuring gorgeous full-page artwork as well as black-and-white illustrations in every chapter—revitalizes the fantasy masterpiece that became a cultural phenomenon. And now the mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure of this magnificent saga come to life as never before. A GAME OF THRONES A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK ONE With a special foreword by John Hodgman Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms. Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.
Category: Fiction

Fantasy And Science Fiction Medievalisms From Isaac Asimov To A Game Of Thrones Student Edition

Author : Helen Young
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Note: this is an abridged version of the book with references removed.The complete edition is also available on this website. From advertisements to amusement parks, themed restaurants, and Renaissance fairs twenty-first century popular culture is strewn with reimaginings of the Middle Ages. They are nowhere more prevalent, however, than in the films, television series, books, and video games of speculative genres: fantasy and science fiction. Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies and George R. R. Martin's multimedia Game of Thrones franchise are just two of the most widely known and successful fantasy conglomerates of recent decades. Medievalism has often been understood as a defining feature of fantasy, and as the antithesis of science fiction, but such constructs vastly underestimate the complexities of both genres and their interactions. "Medieval" has multiple meanings in fantasy and science fiction, which shift with genre convention, and which bring about their own changes as authors and audiences engage with what has gone before in the recent and deeper pasts. Earlier volumes have examined some of the ways in which contemporary popular culture re-imagines the Middle Ages, offering broad overviews, but none considers fantasy, science fiction, or the two together. The focused approach of this collection provides a directed pathway into the myriad medievalisms of modern popular culture. By engaging directly with genre(s), this book acknowledges that medievalist creative texts and practices do not occur in a vacuum, but are shaped by multiple cultural forces and concerns; medievalism is never just about the Middle Ages.
Category: Literary Criticism

Introducing Data Science Manning Publications 2016

Author : Cielen-Meysman-Ali
Genre : Computers
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It’s in all of us. Data science is what makes us humans what we are today. No, not the computer-driven data science this book will introduce you to, but the ability of our brains to see connections, draw conclusions from facts, and learn from our past experiences. More so than any other species on the planet, we depend on our brains for survival; we went all-in on these features to earn our place in nature. That strategy has worked out for us so far, and we’re unlikely to change it in the near future. But our brains can only take us so far when it comes to raw computing. Our biology can’t keep up with the amounts of data we can capture now and with the extent of our curiosity. So we turn to machines to do part of the work for us: to recognize patterns, create connections, and supply us with answers to our numerous questions. The quest for knowledge is in our genes. Relying on computers to do part of the job for us is not—but it is our destiny. A big thank you to all the people of Manning involved in the process of making this book for guiding us all the way through. Our thanks also go to Ravishankar Rajagopalan for giving the manuscript a full technical proofread, and to Jonathan Thoms and Michael Roberts for their expert comments. There were many other reviewers who provided invaluable feedback throughout the process: Alvin Raj, Arthur Zubarev, Bill Martschenko, Craig Smith, Filip Pravica, Hamideh Iraj, Heather Campbell, Hector Cuesta, Ian Stirk, Jeff Smith, Joel Kotarski, Jonathan Sharley, Jörn Dinkla, Marius Butuc, Matt R. Cole, Matthew Heck, Meredith Godar, Rob Agle, Scott Chaussee, and Steve Rogers. First and foremost I want to thank my wife Filipa for being my inspiration and motivation to beat all difficulties and for always standing beside me throughout my career and the writing of this book. She has provided me the necessary time to pursue my goals and ambition, and shouldered all the burdens of taking care of our little daughter in my absence. I dedicate this book to her and really appreciate all the sacrifices she has made in order to build and maintain our little family. I also want to thank my daughter Eva, and my son to be born, who give me a great sense of joy and keep me smiling. They are the best gifts that God ever gave to my life and also the best children a dad could hope for: fun, loving, and always a joy to be with. A special thank you goes to my parents for their support over the years. Without the endless love and encouragement from my family, I would not have been able to finish this book and continue the journey of achieving my goals in life. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xv I’d really like to thank all my coworkers in my company, especially Mo and Arno, for all the adventures we have been through together. Mo and Arno have provided me excellent support and advice. I appreciate all of their time and effort in making this book complete. They are great people, and without them, this book may not have been written. Finally, a sincere thank you to my friends who support me and understand that I do not have much time but I still count on the love and support they have given me throughout my career and the development of this book. DAVY CIELEN I would like to give thanks to my family and friends who have supported me all the way through the process of writing this book. It has not always been easy to stay at home writing, while I could be out discovering new things. I want to give very special thanks to my parents, my brother Jago, and my girlfriend Delphine for always being there for me, regardless of what crazy plans I come up with and execute. I would also like to thank my godmother, and my godfather whose current struggle with cancer puts everything in life into perspective again. Thanks also go to my friends for buying me beer to distract me from my work and to Delphine’s parents, her brother Karel, and his soon-to-be wife Tess for their hospitality (and for stuffing me with good food). All of them have made a great contribution to a wonderful life so far. Last but not least, I would like to thank my coauthor Mo, my ERC-homie, and my coauthor Davy for their insightful contributions to this book. I share the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur and data scientist with both of them on a daily basis. It has been a great trip so far. Let’s hope there are many more days to come. ARNO D. B. MEYSMAN First and foremost, I would like to thank my fiancée Muhuba for her love, understanding, caring, and patience. Finally, I owe much to Davy and Arno for having fun and for making an entrepreneurial dream come true. Their unfailing dedication has been a vital resource for the realization of this book. MOHAMED ALI I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it. Morpheus, The Matrix Welcome to the book! When reading the table of contents, you probably noticed the diversity of the topics we’re about to cover. The goal of Introducing Data Science is to provide you with a little bit of everything—enough to get you started. Data science is a very wide field, so wide indeed that a book ten times the size of this one wouldn’t be able to cover it all. For each chapter, we picked a different aspect we find interesting. Some hard decisions had to be made to keep this book from collapsing your bookshelf! We hope it serves as an entry point—your doorway into the exciting world of data science. Roadmap Chapters 1 and 2 offer the general theoretical background and framework necessary to understand the rest of this book: ■ Chapter 1 is an introduction to data science and big data, ending with a practical example of Hadoop. ■ Chapter 2 is all about the data science process, covering the steps present in almost every data science project. ABOUT THIS BOOK xvii In chapters 3 through 5, we apply machine learning on increasingly large data sets: ■ Chapter 3 keeps it small. The data still fits easily into an average computer’s memory. ■ Chapter 4 increases the challenge by looking at “large data.” This data fits on your machine, but fitting it into RAM is hard, making it a challenge to process without a computing cluster. ■ Chapter 5 finally looks at big data. For this we can’t get around working with multiple computers. Chapters 6 through 9 touch on several interesting subjects in data science in a moreor- less independent matter: ■ Chapter 6 looks at NoSQL and how it differs from the relational databases. ■ Chapter 7 applies data science to streaming data. Here the main problem is not size, but rather the speed at which data is generated and old data becomes obsolete. ■ Chapter 8 is all about text mining. Not all data starts off as numbers. Text mining and text analytics become important when the data is in textual formats such as emails, blogs, websites, and so on. ■ Chapter 9 focuses on the last part of the data science process—data visualization and prototype application building—by introducing a few useful HTML5 tools. Appendixes A–D cover the installation and setup of the Elasticsearch, Neo4j, and MySQL databases described in the chapters and of Anaconda, a Python code package that's especially useful for data science. Whom this book is for This book is an introduction to the field of data science. Seasoned data scientists will see that we only scratch the surface of some topics. For our other readers, there are some prerequisites for you to fully enjoy the book. A minimal understanding of SQL, Python, HTML5, and statistics or machine learning is recommended before you dive into the practical examples. Code conventions and downloads We opted to use the Python script for the practical examples in this book. Over the past decade, Python has developed into a much respected and widely used data science language. The code itself is presented in a fixed-width font like this to separate it from ordinary text. Code annotations accompany many of the listings, highlighting important concepts. The book contains many code examples, most of which are available in the online code base, which can be found at the book’s website, books/introducing-data-science. xviii about the authors DAVY CIELEN is an experienced entrepreneur, book author, and professor. He is the co-owner with Arno and Mo of Optimately and Maiton, two data science companies based in Belgium and the UK, respectively, and co-owner of a third data science company based in Somaliland. The main focus of these companies is on strategic big data science, and they are occasionally consulted by many large companies. Davy is an adjunct professor at the IESEG School of Management in Lille, France, where he is involved in teaching and research in the field of big data science. ARNO MEYSMAN is a driven entrepreneur and data scientist. He is the co-owner with Davy and Mo of Optimately and Maiton, two data science companies based in Belgium and the UK, respectively, and co-owner of a third data science company based in Somaliland. The main focus of these companies is on strategic big data science, and they are occasionally consulted by many large companies. Arno is a data scientist with a wide spectrum of interests, ranging from medical analysis to retail to game analytics. He believes insights from data combined with some imagination can go a long way toward helping us to improve this world. ABOUT THE AUTHORS xix MOHAMED ALI is an entrepreneur and a data science consultant. Together with Davy and Arno, he is the co-owner of Optimately and Maiton, two data science companies based in Belgium and the UK, respectively. His passion lies in two areas, data science and sustainable projects, the latter being materialized through the creation of a third company based in Somaliland. Author Online The purchase of Introducing Data Science includes free access to a private web forum run by Manning Publications where you can make comments about the book, ask technical questions, and receive help from the lead author and from other users. To access the forum and subscribe to it, point your web browser to https://www.manning .com/books/introducing-data-science. This page provides information on how to get on the forum once you are registered, what kind of help is available, and the rules of conduct on the forum. Manning’s commitment to our readers is to provide a venue where a meaningful dialog between individual readers and between readers and the author can take place. It is not a commitment to any specific amount of participation on the part of the author, whose contribution to AO remains voluntary (and unpaid). We suggest you try asking the author some challenging questions lest his interest stray! The Author Online forum and the archives of previous discussions will be accessible from the publisher’s website as long as the book is in print.
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