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Nervous States: Democracy and the Decline of Reason
Nervous States: Democracy and the Decline of Reason

In this age of intense political conflict, we sense objective fact is growing less important. Experts are attacked as partisan, statistics and scientific findings are decried as propaganda, and public debate devolves into personal assaults. How did we get here, and what can we do about it?

In this...

Batman and Ethics
Batman and Ethics

Batman has been one of the world’s most beloved superheroes since his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Clad in his dark cowl and cape, he has captured the imagination of millions with his single-minded mission to create a better world for the people of Gotham City by fighting crime, making use of expert...

Practical Standards for Microsoft Visual Basic .NET
Practical Standards for Microsoft Visual Basic .NET

Microsoft Visual Basic has the largest user base of any development language in the world, and the ranks are growing. Estimates put the number of users of Visual Basic at about 3 million. Once considered a hobbyist's language, Visual Basic has quickly gained the respect of serious developers and is now widely used in...

The Arrows of Time: A Debate in Cosmology (Fundamental Theories of Physics)
The Arrows of Time: A Debate in Cosmology (Fundamental Theories of Physics)

The concept of time has fascinated humanity throughout recorded history, and it remains one of the biggest mysteries in science and philosophy. Time is clearly one of the fundamental building blocks of the universe and thus a deeper understanding of nature at a fundamental level also demands a comprehension of time. Furthermore, the origins...

Solving Fermi's Paradox (Cambridge Astrobiology)
Solving Fermi's Paradox (Cambridge Astrobiology)
The search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI) has for sixty years attempted to solve Fermi's paradox: if intelligent life is relatively common in the universe, where is everybody? Examining SETI through this lens, this volume summarises current thinking on the prevalence of intelligent life in the universe, and discusses sixty-six...
I. M. Wright's "Hard Code": A Decade of Hard-Won Lessons from Microsoft (Best Practices)
I. M. Wright's "Hard Code": A Decade of Hard-Won Lessons from Microsoft (Best Practices)

Get the brutal truth about coding, testing, and project management—from a Microsoft insider who tells it like it is. I. M. Wright's deliberately provocative column "Hard Code" has been sparking debate amongst thousands of engineers at Microsoft for years. And now (despite our better instincts), we're making...

The Artful Universe Expanded
The Artful Universe Expanded
Our love of art, writes John Barrow, is the end product of millions of years of evolution. How we react to a beautiful painting or symphony draws upon instincts laid down long before humans existed. Now, in this enhanced edition of the highly popular The Artful Universe, Barrow further explores the close ties between our aesthetic appreciation and...
Targeting Treatment of Soft Tissue Sarcomas (Cancer Treatment and Research)
Targeting Treatment of Soft Tissue Sarcomas (Cancer Treatment and Research)
The last decade we have witnessed a major change in the development of new techniques and agents for the treatment of cancer in general, and for soft tissue sarcomas in particular. The important achievements of molecular biology research have changed the landscape markedly. Increasingly subtypes of soft tissue sarcomas are shown...
Europe in Crisis: Bolt from the Blue?
Europe in Crisis: Bolt from the Blue?

This book analyzes the European Great Recession of 2008-12, its economic and social causes, its historical roots, and the policies adopted by the European Union to find a way out of it. It contains explicit debates with several economists and analysts on some of the most controversial questions about the causes of the crisis and the policies...

Promoting Sustainable Electricity in Europe: Challenging the Path Dependence of Dominant Energy Systems
Promoting Sustainable Electricity in Europe: Challenging the Path Dependence of Dominant Energy Systems
This is a timely and comparative assessment of initiatives to promote renewable electricity sources (RES) in eight European countries. Carried out by the ProSus research programme at the University of Oslo in cooperation with leading research institutions in each country, the study focuses on the promotional schemes used to foster RES in Austria,...
Electronic Monitoring in the Workplace: Controversies and Solutions
Electronic Monitoring in the Workplace: Controversies and Solutions

Due to the use of new technologies, coupled with the fact that there is an increasing amount of work being done online, whether on the Internet, intranets, LANs or other networks, extensive employee monitoring by employers is inexpensive and easy. Employers have legitimate concerns about the efficiency of their employees and the quality of the...

Building Social Web Applications: Establishing Community at the Heart of Your Site
Building Social Web Applications: Establishing Community at the Heart of Your Site
Building a web application that attracts and retains regular visitors is tricky enough, but creating a social application that encourages visitors to interact with one another requires careful planning. This book provides practical solutions to the tough questions you'll face when building an effective community site -- one that makes visitors feel...
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