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Making Space: How the Brain Knows Where Things Are

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Jennifer M. Groh, "Making Space: How the Brain Knows Where Things Are"
English | ISBN: 0674863216 | 2014 | 218 pages | PDF | 5 MB

Making Space: How the Brain Knows Where Things Are
Knowing where things are seems effortless. Yet our brains devote tremendous computational power to figuring out the simplest details about spatial relationships. Going to the grocery store or finding our cell phone requires sleuthing and coordination across different sensory and motor domains. Making Space" traces this mental detective work to explain how the brain creates our sense of location. But it goes further, to make the case that spatial processing permeates all our cognitive abilities, and that the brain s systems for thinking about space may be the systems of thought itself. Our senses measure energy in the form of light, sound, and pressure on the skin, and our brains evaluate these measurements to make inferences about objects and boundaries. Jennifer Groh describes how eyes detect electromagnetic radiation, how the brain can locate sounds by measuring differences of less than one one-thousandth of a second in how long they take to reach each ear, and how the ear s balance organs help us monitor body posture and movement. The brain synthesizes all this neural information so that we can navigate three-dimensional space. But the brain s work doesn t end there. Spatial representations do double duty in aiding memory and reasoning. This is why it is harder to remember how to get somewhere if someone else is driving, and why, if we set out to do something and forget what it was, returning to the place we started can jog our memory. In making space the brain uses powers we did not know we have."
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Play Matters

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Play Matters (Playful Thinking series) by Miguel Sicart
2014 | ISBN: 0262027925 | English | 176 pages | PDF | 7 MB

Play Matters
What do we think about when we think about play? A pastime? Games? Childish activities? The opposite of work? Think again: If we are happy and well rested, we may approach even our daily tasks in a playful way, taking the attitude of play without the activity of play. So what, then, is play? In , Miguel Sicart argues that to play is to be in the world; playing is a form of understanding what surrounds us and a way of engaging with others. Play goes beyond games; it is a mode of being human. We play games, but we also play with toys, on playgrounds, with technologies and design. Sicart proposes a theory of play that doesn't derive from a particular object or activity but is a portable tool for being–not tied to objects but brought by people to the complex interactions that form their daily lives. It is not separated from reality; it is part of it. It is pleasurable, but not necessarily fun. Play can be dangerous, addictive, and destructive. Along the way, Sicart considers playfulness, the capacity to use play outside the context of play; toys, the materialization of play — instruments but also play pals; playgrounds, play spaces that enable all kinds of play; beauty, the aesthetics of play through action; political play — from Maradona's goal against England in the 1986 World Cup to the hactivist activities of Anonymous; the political, aesthetic, and moral activity of game design; and why play and computers get along so well.
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Renaissance Art: A Very Short Introduction

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Renaissance Art: A Very Short Introduction by Geraldine A. Johnson
English | 2005-07-28 | ISBN: 0192803549 | PDF | 158 pages | 4,7 MB

Renaissance Art: A Very Short Introduction
Artists like Botticelli, Holbein, Leonardo, Durer, and Michelangelo and works such as the Last Supper fresco and the monumental marble statue of David, are familiar symbols of the Renaissance. But who were these artists, why did they produce such memorable images, and how would their original beholders have viewed these objects? Was the Renaissance only about great masters and masterpieces, or were women artists and patrons also involved? And what about the "minor" pieces that Renaissance men and women would have encountered in homes, churches and civic spaces? This Very Short Introduction answers such questions by considering both famous and lesser-known artists, patrons, and works of art within the cultural and historical context of Renaissance Europe. The volume provides a broad cultural and historical context for some of the Renaissance's most famous artists and works of art. It also explores forgotten aspects of Renaissance art, such as objects made for the home and women as artists and patrons. Considering Renaissance art produced in both Northern and Southern Europe, rather than focusing on just one region, the book introduces readers to a variety of approaches to the study of Renaissance art, from social history to formal analysis.
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The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Warfare

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The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Warfare by DK Publishing
English | 2012 | ISBN: 0756695481 | 512 pages | PDF | 64 MB

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Warfare
The most wide-ranging and visually arresting history of wars and warfare ever published, War: Definitive Visual Guide documents every major war or significant period of conflict in over 5,000 years of human history.

A must-have reference gift for military enthusiasts and general readers alike, no other book about warfare contains such a diverse selection of imagery including contemporary paintings and photographs, objects and artifacts, and specially commissioned artworks, maps, and diagrams.

War: Definitive Visual Guide includes a comprehensive directory of every major war, thematic spreads examining broader topics within the history of warfare, from the role of mercenaries, communications, and the treatment of wounded soldiers, and personal accounts and objects from soldiers and civilians that bring to life the human experience of battle.

From the earliest known Wars in Sumeria and Ancient Egypt War to the occupation of Iraq, War: Definitive Visual Guide combines a coherent and compelling spread-by-spread historical narrative with a wealth of supporting features to recount the epic 5,000-year story of warfare and combat through the ages.
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Love and Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships

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David Levy, "Love and Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships"
2008 | ISBN-10: 0061359807, 0061359750 | 352 pages | PDF, EPUB, MOBI | 5 MB

Love and Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships
Love, marriage, and sex with robots? Not in a million years? Maybe a whole lot sooner!

A leading expert in artificial intelligence, David Levy argues that the entities we once deemed cold and mechanical will soon become the objects of real companionship and human desire. He shows how automata have evolved and how human interactions with technology have changed over the years. Levy explores many aspects of human relationships-the reasons we fall in love, why we form emotional attachments to animals and virtual pets, and why these same attachments could extend to love for robots. Levy also examines how society's ideas about what constitutes normal sex have changed-and will continue to change-as sexual technology becomes increasingly sophisticated.

Shocking, eye-opening, provocative, and utterly convincing, Love and Sex with Robots is compelling reading for anyone with an open mind.
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Programming Excel® Services

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Programming Excel® Services (Developer Reference) by Alvin Bruney
English | June 20, 2007 | ISBN: 0735624070 | 336 Pages | CHM | 22 MB
Learn how to use Excel Services to add spreadsheets and workbooks to your enterprise dashboards and portals. You get real-world examples and code samples to help you enable business intelligence on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 applications-and simplify information sharing and reuse.

Programming Excel® Services
Discover how to:

Configure Windows SharePoint Products and Technologies, and provision Excel Services
Build and debug Web Parts derived from Microsoft .NET Framework or SharePoint base classes
Customize and embed objects into Web Parts
Extract workbook contents and bind the results to user interface controls with Excel Web Services
Load workbooks, perform calculations, and refresh data using Excel Calculation Service
Configure Code Access Security for managed user controls
Use asynchronous Web Parts to automate Microsoft Office applications
PLUS-Get Microsoft Visual C# and Visual Basic code samples on the Web
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Engines of Logic: Mathematicians and the Origin of the Computer by Martin Davis

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Engines of Logic: Mathematicians and the Origin of the Computer by Martin Davis
English | Sep 1, 2001 | ISBN: 0393322297 | 268 Pages | PDF | 55 MB
Computers are ubiquitous yet to many they remain objects of irreducible mystery. This text looks at the question of how today's computers can perform such a variety of tasks if computing is just glorified arithmetic. The author illustrates how the answer lies in the fact that computers are essentially engines of logic and that their hardware and software embody concepts developed over centuries by logicians.

Engines of Logic: Mathematicians and the Origin of the Computer by Martin Davis
"Engines of Logic" gives the reader a clear explanation of how and why computers work.
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Engines of Logic: Mathematicians and the Origin of the Computer by Martin Davis

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Engines of Logic: Mathematicians and the Origin of the Computer by Martin Davis
English | Sep 1, 2001 | ISBN: 0393322297 | 268 Pages | PDF | 55 MB
Computers are ubiquitous yet to many they remain objects of irreducible mystery. This text looks at the question of how today's computers can perform such a variety of tasks if computing is just glorified arithmetic. The author illustrates how the answer lies in the fact that computers are essentially engines of logic and that their hardware and software embody concepts developed over centuries by logicians.

Engines of Logic: Mathematicians and the Origin of the Computer by Martin Davis
"Engines of Logic" gives the reader a clear explanation of how and why computers work.
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Complete Guide For Python Programming: Quick & Easy Guide To Learn Python

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Complete Guide For Python Programming: Quick & Easy Guide To Learn Python by James P. Long
English | Jan 9, 2015 | ISBN: 1506185215 | 250 Pages | EPUB/MOBI/AZW3/PDF (Converted) | 4 MB
The Book is Quick and Easy Guide to learn Python Programming. This book includes all the basics of python, functions, classes, databases use in python programming. With this book you can learn professional Python style, best practices, and good programming habits.

Complete Guide For Python Programming: Quick & Easy Guide To Learn Python
You can also improve Improve application performance by writing extensions using multithreading. You can become a good python programmer by going through this book. Book also contains basic programs written in python. There are around 50 programs you will find in this book. In this bookyou will find: Python Versions Some Commonly used Operations in Python Python Interactive Python Implemetations Python Compilers & Numerical Accelerators Logical And Physical Line in Python Python Indentation Python Standard Library Creating Classes & Objects Documenting Your Code Python – Object Oriented Programming Python Database Classes Methods Instances Python Database Access Python Networking Sending Mail in Python.
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Buddhist Hagiography in Early Japan: Images of Compassion in the Gyoki Tradition

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Buddhist Hagiography in Early Japan: Images of Compassion in the Gyoki Tradition By Jonathan Morris Augustine
Publisher: Routle..dge 2005 | 184 Pages | ISBN: 0415322456 | PDF | 2 MB

Buddhist Hagiography in Early Japan: Images of Compassion in the Gyoki Tradition
Hagiographies or idealized biographies which recount the lives of saints, bodhisattvas and other charismatic figures have been the meeting place for myth and experience. In medieval Europe, the 'lives of saints' were read during liturgical celebrations and the texts themselves were treated as sacred objects. In Japan, it was believed that those who read the biographies of lofty monks would acquire merit. Since hagiographies were written or compiled by 'believers', the line between fantasy and reality was often obscured. This study of the bodhisattva Gyoki – regarded as the monk who started the largest social welfare movement in Japan – illustrates how Japanese Buddhist hagiographers chose to regard a single monk's charitable activities as a miraculous achievement that shaped the course of Japanese history.
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