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The Creating Brain: The Neuroscience of Genius

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The Creating Brain: The Neuroscience of Genius by Nancy C. Andreasen
English | 2005-11-30 | ISBN: 1932594078 | PDF | 197 pages | 1,1 MB

The Creating Brain: The Neuroscience of Genius
Michelangelo was raised in a rustic village by a family of modest means. Shakespeare's father was a middle-class businessman. Abraham Lincoln came from a family of itinerant farmers. Yet all these men broke free from their limited circumstances and achieved brilliant careers as creative artists and leaders. How such extraordinary creativity develops in the human brain is the subject of renowned psychiatrist Nancy Andreasen's The Creating Brain.
Andreasen explains here how the brain produces creative breakthroughs in art, literature, and science, revealing that creativity is not the same thing as intelligence. She scrutinizes the complex factors involved in the development of creativity, including the role of patrons and mentors, "non-standard" educations, and the possession of an "omnivorous" vision. A fascinating interview with acclaimed playwright Neil Simon sheds further light on the creative process.The relationship between genius and insanity also plays an important role in Andreasen's examination. Drawing on her studies of writers in the Iowa Writers' Workshop and other scientific evidence, Andreasen asserts that while creativity may sometimes be linked to mental disorders and may be partially due to familial/genetic factors, neither is inevitable nor needed for creativity to flourish.
Scientist's increasing understanding of the brain's plasticity suggests even more possibilities for nurturing the creative drive, and Andreasen looks ahead to exciting implications for child-rearing and education. The Creating Brain presents an inspiring vision for a future where everyone-not just artists or writers-can fulfill their creative capacity.
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Atlas of the Mammalian Ovary: Morphological Dynamics and Potential Role of Innate Immunity

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Atlas of the Mammalian Ovary: Morphological Dynamics and Potential Role of Innate Immunity By Katharina Spanel-Borowski
2012 | 141 Pages | ISBN: 3642305342 | PDF | 28 MB

Atlas of the Mammalian Ovary: Morphological Dynamics and Potential Role of Innate Immunity
In the era of molecular biology, an atlas that allows a rapid understanding of the complexity of ovarian processes is urgently needed. In this book, the author draws upon her own research, conducted over the past three decades, to provide a unique compilation of high-quality illustrations that offer illuminating insights in a readily accessible form. The ovarian follicles, the corpus luteum, and the interstitial cortex are presented as precisely controlled homeostatic compartments. Physiologic cell death forms and leukocyte subtypes are clearly depicted, and the various steps in the ovulatory process are demonstrated in detail. Further topics addressed include the microvascular bed, the plasticity of intraovarian nerves as part of the remodelling processes in the polycystic and the menopausal ovary, and the role of cytokeratin-positive cells as messengers of innate immunity. This atlas will be a fascinating and informative resource for both trainees and more experienced professionals.
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Creating Brain-Like Intelligence: From Basic Principles to Complex Intelligent Systems

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Bernhard Sendhoff, Edgar Körner, Olaf Sporns, Helge Ritter, Kenji Doya, "Creating Brain-Like Intelligence: From Basic Principles to Complex Intelligent Systems"
English | 2009 | ISBN: 3642006159 | PDF | pages: 359 | 55,1 mb

Creating Brain-Like Intelligence: From Basic Principles to Complex Intelligent Systems
This state-of-the-art-survey documents the scientific outcome of the International Symposium Creating Brain-Like Intelligence", which took place in Hohenstein, Germany, in February 2007. It presents an introduction to this emerging interdisciplinary field by drawing together 15 articles from researchers across a broad range of disciplines.

Brain-Like intelligence attempts a representation of the environment including the system itself. It has to cope with a continuous influx of an immense amount of mostly unspecific information and cannot be identified with a singular functionality. It is the versatility of brain-like intelligence, its robustness and plasticity which makes it the object of our quest.

After 50 years of artificial intelligence research however, we are still not able to mimic even the lower level sensory capabilities of animals. But we are beginning to move in the right direction by identifying the biggest obstacles and starting to understand the autonomy, flexibility, and robustness of intelligent biological systems. This collection of articles is evidence of this progress and represents the current state of art in several research fields that are embraced by brain-like intelligence.
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Creating Brain-Like Intelligence: From Basic Principles to Complex Intelligent Systems

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Bernhard Sendhoff, Edgar Körner, Olaf Sporns, Helge Ritter, Kenji Doya, "Creating Brain-Like Intelligence: From Basic Principles to Complex Intelligent Systems"
English | 2009 | ISBN: 3642006159 | PDF | pages: 359 | 55,1 mb

Creating Brain-Like Intelligence: From Basic Principles to Complex Intelligent Systems
This state-of-the-art-survey documents the scientific outcome of the International Symposium Creating Brain-Like Intelligence", which took place in Hohenstein, Germany, in February 2007. It presents an introduction to this emerging interdisciplinary field by drawing together 15 articles from researchers across a broad range of disciplines.

Brain-Like intelligence attempts a representation of the environment including the system itself. It has to cope with a continuous influx of an immense amount of mostly unspecific information and cannot be identified with a singular functionality. It is the versatility of brain-like intelligence, its robustness and plasticity which makes it the object of our quest.

After 50 years of artificial intelligence research however, we are still not able to mimic even the lower level sensory capabilities of animals. But we are beginning to move in the right direction by identifying the biggest obstacles and starting to understand the autonomy, flexibility, and robustness of intelligent biological systems. This collection of articles is evidence of this progress and represents the current state of art in several research fields that are embraced by brain-like intelligence.
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Fosse [Repost]

Fosse by Sam Wasson
English | 2013 | ISBN: 0547553293 | 736 pages | EPUB | 3,5 MB
More than a quarter-century after his death, Bob Fosse’s fingerprints on popular culture remain indelible. The only person ever to win Oscar, Emmy, and Tony awards in the same year, Fosse revolutionized nearly every facet of American entertainment, forever marking Broadway and Hollywood with his iconic style — hat tilted, fingers splayed — that would influence generations of performing artists. Yet in spite of Fosse’s innumerable achievements, no accomplishment ever seemed to satisfy him, and offstage his life was shadowed in turmoil and anxiety.Now, bestselling author Sam Wasson unveils the man behind the swaggering sex appeal, tracing Fosse’s untold reinventions of himself over a career that would spawn The Pajama Game, Cabaret, Pippin, All That Jazz, and Chicago, one of the longest-running Broadway musicals ever. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished material and hundreds of sources — friends, enemies, lovers, and collaborators, many of whom have never spoken publicly about Fosse before — Wasson illuminates not only Fosse’s prodigious professional life, but also his close and conflicted relationships with everyone from Liza Minnelli to Ann Reinking to Jessica Lange and Dustin Hoffman. Wasson also uncovers the deep wounds that propelled Fosse’s insatiable appetites — for spotlights, women, and life itself. In this sweeping, richly detailed account, Wasson’s stylish, effervescent prose proves the ideal vehicle for revealing Bob Fosse as he truly was — after hours, close up, and in vibrant color.

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Multiscale Materials Modelling

Z. Xiao Guo, "Multiscale Materials Modelling"
English | 2007-06-30 | ISBN: 1845690710 | 307 pages | PDF | 6.5 mb
Multiscale materials modelling offers an integrated approach to modelling material behaviour across a range of scales from the electronic, atomic and microstructural up to the component level. As a result, it provides valuable new insights into complex structures and their properties, opening the way to develop new, multi-functional materials together with improved process and product designs.

Multiscale materials modelling summarises some of the key techniques and their applications. The various chapters cover the spectrum of scales in modelling methodologies, including electronic structure calculations, mesoscale and continuum modelling. The book covers such themes as dislocation behaviour and plasticity as well as the modelling of structural materials such as metals, polymers and ceramics. With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, Multiscale materials modelling will be a valuable reference for both the modelling community and those in industry wanting to know more about how multiscale materials modelling can help optimise product and process design.

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