I Think Therefore I Laugh

Author: John Allen Paulos
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231119153
Format: PDF, ePub
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The preeminent explicator of mathematical logic to non-mathematicians, John Allen Paulos is familiar to general readers not only from his bestselling books but also from his media appearances, including The David Letterman Show and National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation" and "Science Friday," as well as articles in Newsweek, Nature, Discover, Business Week, the New York Times Book Review, The Nation, New York Review of Books, and The London Review of Books. Paulos originally wrote this charming little book on analytic logic, its mathematics, and its puzzles in 1985. And as in his later books, he uses jokes, stories, parables, and anecdotes to elucidate difficult concepts, in this case, some of the fundamental problems in modern philosophy.

Applied MANOVA and Discriminant Analysis

Author: Carl J. Huberty
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0471789461
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A complete introduction to discriminant analysis--extensively revised, expanded, and updated This Second Edition of the classic book, Applied Discriminant Analysis, reflects and references current usage with its new title, Applied MANOVA and Discriminant Analysis. Thoroughly updated and revised, this book continues to be essential for any researcher or student needing to learn to speak, read, and write about discriminant analysis as well as develop a philosophy of empirical research and data analysis. Its thorough introduction to the application of discriminant analysis is unparalleled. Offering the most up-to-date computer applications, references, terms, and real-life research examples, the Second Edition also includes new discussions of MANOVA, descriptive discriminant analysis, and predictive discriminant analysis. Newer SAS macros are included, and graphical software with data sets and programs are provided on the book's related Web site. The book features: Detailed discussions of multivariate analysis of variance and covariance An increased number of chapter exercises along with selected answers Analyses of data obtained via a repeated measures design A new chapter on analyses related to predictive discriminant analysis Basic SPSS(r) and SAS(r) computer syntax and output integrated throughout the book Applied MANOVA and Discriminant Analysis enables the reader to become aware of various types of research questions using MANOVA and discriminant analysis; to learn the meaning of this field's concepts and terms; and to be able to design a study that uses discriminant analysis through topics such as one-factor MANOVA/DDA, assessing and describing MANOVA effects, and deleting and ordering variables.

Philosophy and The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy

Author: N. Joll
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230392652
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy provides an excellent way of looking at some intriguing issues in philosophy, from vegetarianism and Artificial Intelligence to God, space and time. This is an entertaining yet thought provoking volume for students, philosophers and fans of The Hitchhiker's series.

There Are Two Errors in the the Title of This Book Revised and Expanded Again

Author: Robert M. Martin
Publisher: Broadview Press
ISBN: 1460402049
Format: PDF, Kindle
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As this book richly and entertainingly demonstrates, philosophy is as much the search for the right questions as it is the search for the right answers. Robert M. Martin’s popular collection of philosophical puzzles, paradoxes, jokes, and anecdotes is updated and expanded in this third edition, with dozens of new entries.

Mean Genes

Author: Terry Burnham
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0465046983
Format: PDF, Docs
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Why do we want--and why do we do--so many things that are bad for us? And how can we stop? In Mean Genes economist Terry Burnham and biologist Jay Phelan offer advice on how to conquer our own worst enemy--our survival-minded genes. Having evolved in a time of scarcity, when our ancestors struggled to survive in the wild, our genes are poorly adapted to the convenience of modern society. They compel us to overeat, spend our whole paycheck, and cheat on our spouses. But knowing how they work, Burnham and Phelan show that we can trick these "mean genes" into submission and cultivate behaviors that will help us lead better lives. A lively, humorous guide to our evolutionary heritage, Mean Genes illuminates how we can use an understanding of our biology to beat our instincts--before they beat us.

Invariances

Author: Robert Nozick
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674006317
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Casting cultural controversies in a whole new light, an eminent philosopher presents bold, new theories that take into account scientific advances in physics, evolutionary biology, economics, and cognitive neurosience.

Trouble in Paradise

Author: Slavoj Zizek
Publisher: Melville House
ISBN: 1612194451
Format: PDF
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In Trouble in Paradise, Slavoj Žižek, one of our most famous, most combative philosophers, explains how we can find a way out of the crisis of capitalism. There is obviously trouble in the global capitalist paradise. But why do we find it so difficult to imagine a way out of the crisis we're in? It is as if the trouble feeds on itself: the march of capitalism has become inexorable, the only game in town. Setting out to diagnose the condition of global capitalism, the ideological constraints we are faced with in our daily lives, and the bleak future promised by this system, Slavoj Žižek explores the possibilities—and the traps—of new emancipatory struggles. Drawing insights from phenomena as diverse as “Gangnam Style” to Marx, The Dark Knight to Thatcher, Trouble in Paradise is an incisive dissection of the world we inhabit, and the new order to come.

Financial Derivatives

Author: Jamil Baz
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521815109
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book offers a complete, succinct account of the principles of financial derivatives pricing. The first chapter provides readers with an intuitive exposition of basic random calculus. Concepts such as volatility and time, random walks, geometric Brownian motion, and Ito's lemma are discussed heuristically. The second chapter develops generic pricing techniques for assets and derivatives, determining the notion of a stochastic discount factor or pricing kernel, and then uses this concept to price conventional and exotic derivatives. The third chapter applies the pricing concepts to the special case of interest rate markets, namely, bonds and swaps, and discusses factor models and term structure consistent models. The fourth chapter deals with a variety of mathematical topics that underlie derivatives pricing and portfolio allocation decisions such as mean-reverting processes and jump processes and discusses related tools of stochastic calculus such as Kolmogorov equations, martingale techniques, stochastic control, and partial differential equations.

If You Can Read This

Author: Jack Bowen
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781588369505
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A PICTURE MAY BE WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS— BUT A FEW CHOICE WORDS CAN SPEAK VOLUMES! • If Ignorance Is Bliss, Why Aren’t More People Happy? • Bottled Water Is for Suckers • Clones Are People Too • At Least the War on the Environment Is Going Well • Don’t Believe Everything You Think • The Revolution Will Be Tweeted Long before blogs, tweets, and sound bites, people were telling the world how they felt in brief, blunt bursts of information plastered on the backs of their cars. Whether they’re political or religious, passionate or proud, controversial or corny, these brightly colored, boldly lettered mini manifestos are declarations of who we are, where we stand, and what we’d rather be doing. But as bestselling author and noted philosopher Jack Bowen reveals, there’s much more to the pop-culture phenomenon of bumper stickers than rolling one-liners and drive-by propaganda—no less, in fact, than a wise, funny, poignant, contentious, and truthful discourse on the human condition. Mixing pop culture with the ideas of historically prominent philosophers and scientists, If You Can Read This exposes the deeper wisdom couched behind these slogans—or, as need be, exposes where they have gone wrong. If you brake for big ideas, now’s the time. From the Trade Paperback edition.