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x, 202 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction-- Part I. Delimiting the Unconceived: 1. String theory-- 2. The conceptual framework-- 3. The assessment of scientific underdetermination in string theory-- Part II. A Wider Perspective: 4. The dynamics of high energy physics-- 5. Scientific underdetermination in physics and beyond-- Part III. Physics and Truth: 6. Final theory claims-- 7. An altered perspective on scientific realism-- References-- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107029712 20160611
String theory has played a highly influential role in theoretical physics for nearly three decades and has substantially altered our view of the elementary building principles of the Universe. However, the theory remains empirically unconfirmed, and is expected to remain so for the foreseeable future. So why do string theorists have such a strong belief in their theory? This book explores this question, offering a novel insight into the nature of theory assessment itself. Dawid approaches the topic from a unique position, having extensive experience in both philosophy and high-energy physics. He argues that string theory is just the most conspicuous example of a number of theories in high-energy physics where non-empirical theory assessment has an important part to play. Aimed at physicists and philosophers of science, the book does not use mathematical formalism and explains most technical terms.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107029712 20160611
Engineering Library (Terman), Philosophy Library (Tanner)
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xii, 349 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
In "Topics in the Foundations of General Relativity and Newtonian Gravitation Theory", David B. Malament presents the basic logical-mathematical structure of general relativity and considers a number of special topics concerning the foundations of general relativity and its relation to Newtonian gravitation theory. These special topics include the geometrized formulation of Newtonian theory (also known as Newton-Cartan theory), the concept of rotation in general relativity, and Godel spacetime. One of the highlights of the book is a no-go theorem that can be understood to show that there is no criterion of orbital rotation in general relativity that fully answers to our classical intuitions. "Topics" is intended for both students and researchers in mathematical physics and philosophy of science.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226502458 20160608
Engineering Library (Terman), Philosophy Library (Tanner)
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xviii, 105 p. ; 18 cm.
  • FOREWORD. INTRODUCTION. I.ELEMENTARY RULES OF USAGE. 1.Form the Possessive Singular of Nouns by Adding 's. 2.In a Series of Three or More Terms with a Single Conjunction, Use a Comma after Each Term except the Last. 3.Enclose Parenthetic Expressions between Commas. 4.Place a Comma before a Conjunction Introducing an Independent Clause. 5.Do Not Join Independent Clauses with a Comma. 6.Do Not Break Sentences in Two. 7.Use a Colon after an Independent Clause to Introduce a List of Particulars, an Appositive, an Amplification, or an Illustrative Question. 8.Use a Dash to Set Off an Abrupt Break or Interruption and to Announce a Long Appositive or Summary. 9.The Number of the Subject Determines the Number of the Verb. 10.Use the Proper Case of Pronoun. 11.A Participial Phrase at the Beginning of the Sentence Must Refer to the Grammatical Subject. II.ELEMENTARY PRINCIPLES OF COMPOSITION. 12.Choose a Suitable Sesign and Hold to It. 13.Make the Paragraph the unit of Composition. 14.Use the Active Voice. 15.Put Statements in Positive Form. 16.Use Definite, Specific, Concrete Language. 17.Omit Needless Words. 18.Avoid a Succession of Loose Sentences. 19.Express Coordinate Ideas in Similar Form. 20.Keep Related Words Together. 21.In Summaries, Keep to One Tense. 22.Place the Emphatic Words of a Sentence at the End. III.A FEW MATTERS OF FORM. IV.WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS COMMONLY MISUSED. V.AN APPROACH TO STYLE (WITH A LIST OF REMINDERS). 1.Place Yourself in the Background. 2.Write in a Way That Comes Naturally. 3.Work From a Suitable Style. 4.Write with Nouns and Verbs. 5.Revise and Rewrite. 6.Do Not Overwrite. 7.Do Not Overstate. 8.Avoid the Use of Qualifiers. 9.Do Not Affect a Breezy Manner. 10.Use Orthodox Spelling. 11.Do Not Explain Too Much. 12.Do Not Construct Awkward Adverbs. 13.Make Sure the Reader Knows Who is Speaking. 14.Avoid Fancy Words. 15.Do Not Use Dialect Unless Your Ear Is Good. 16.Be Clear. 17.Do Not Inject Opinion. 18.Use Figures of Speech Sparingly. 19.Do Not Take Shortcuts at the Cost of Clarity. 20.Avoid Foreign Languages. 21.Prefer the Standard to the Offbeat. Afterword. Glossary.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780205309023 20160528
You know the authors' names. You recognize the title. You've probably used this book yourself. This is The Elements of Style, the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition. A new Foreword by Roger Angell reminds readers that the advice of Strunk & White is as valuable today as when it was first offered.This book's unique tone, wit and charm have conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. Use the fourth edition of "the little book" to make a big impact with writing.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780205309023 20160528
You know the authors' names. You recognize the title. You've probably used this book yourself. This is The Elements of Style, the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition. The revisions to the new edition are purposely kept minimal in order to retain the book's unique tone, wit, and charm. A new Glossary of the grammatical terms used in the book provides a convenient reference for readers. The discussion of pronoun use is revised to reflect the contemporary concern with sexist language. In addition, there are numerous slight revisions in the book itself which implement this advice. A new Foreword by Roger Angell reminds readers that the advice of Strunk & White is as valuable today as when it was first offered.This book has conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. Use the fourth edition of "the little book" to make a big impact with writing.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780205313426 20160528
Green Library, Engineering Library (Terman), Marine Biology Library (Miller), Philosophy Library (Tanner), Science Library (Li and Ma)
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xxiii, 1247 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • Preface. Abbreviations of Journal Titles. List of Contributors. Part 1. Frameworks. Introduction. Montague Grammar (B.H. Partee, H.L.W. Hendriks). Categorial type logics (M. Moortgat). Representing discourse in context (J. van Eijck, H. Kamp). Situation theory (J. Seligman, L.S. Moss). GB theory: an introduction (J. Higginbotham). Game--theoretical semantics (J. Hintikka, G. Sandu). Part 2. General Topics. Introduction. Compositionality (T.M.V. Janssen with an appendix by B.H. Partee). Feature logics (W.C. Rounds). Types (R. Turner). Dynamics (R. Muskens et al.). Partiality (J.E. Fenstad). Mathematical linguistics and proof theory (W. Buszkowski). Formal learning theory (D. Osherson et al.). Nonmonotonicity in linguistics (R.H. Thomason). Part 3. Descriptive Topics. Introduction. Generalized quantifiers in linguistics and logic (E.L. Keenan, D. Westerstahl). Temporality (M. Steedman). Presupposition (D.I. Beaver). Plurals and collectivity (J.T. Lonning). Questions (J. Groenendijk, M. Stokhof). Generics and defaults (F.J. Pelletier, N. Asher). Glossary. Author Index. Subject Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780444817143 20160528
Twenty contributions document the main currents in contemporary research at the interface of logic and natural language, including its broader ramifications in computer science, linguistic theory, and cognitive science. They explore how logical systems are designed and modified in response to lingu.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780262220538 20160528
This Handbook documents the main trends in current research between logic and language, including its broader influence in computer science, linguistic theory and cognitive science. The history of the combined study of Logic and Linguistics goes back a long way, at least to the work of the scholastic philosophers in the Middle Ages. At the beginning of this century, the subject was revitalized through the pioneering efforts of Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, and Polish philosophical logicians such as Kazimierz Ajdukiewicz. Around 1970, the landmark achievements of Richard Montague established a junction between state-of-the-art mathematical logic and generative linguistic theory. Over the subsequent decades, this enterprise of Montague Grammar has flourished and diversified into a number of research programs with empirical and theoretical substance. This appears to be the first Handbook to bring logic-language interface to the fore. Both aspects of the interaction between logic and language are demonstrated in the book i.e. firstly, how logical systems are designed and modified in response to linguistic needs and secondly, how mathematical theory arises in this process and how it affects subsequent linguistic theory. The Handbook presents concise, impartial accounts of the topics covered. Where possible, an author and a commentator have cooperated to ensure the proper breadth and technical content of the papers. The Handbook is self-contained, and individual articles are of the highest quality.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780444817143 20160528
Engineering Library (Terman), Philosophy Library (Tanner)
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vi, 452 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
  • A logical calculus of the ideas immanent in nervous activity, Warren S.McCulloch and Walter H.Pitts-- computing machinery and intelligence, Alan M.Turing-- minds, brains and programs, John R.Searle-- escaping from the Chinese room, Margaret A.Boden-- computer science as empirical enquiry - symbols and search, Allen Newell and Herbert A.Simon-- artificial intelligence - a personal view, David C.Marr-- cognitive wheels - the frame problem of AI, Daniel C. Dennett-- the naive physics manifesto, Patrick J.Hayes-- a critique of pure reason, Drew McDermott-- motives, mechanisms and emotions, Aaron Sloman-- distributed representations, Geoffrey E.Hinton et al-- connectionism, competence and explanation, Andy Clark-- making a mind versus modelling the brain - artificial intelligence back at a branch-point, Hubert L.Dreyfus and Stuart E.Dreyfus-- some reductive strategies in cognitive neurobiology, Paul M.Churchland.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198248552 20160527
  • Introduction-- Warren S. McCulloch and Walter H. Pitts: A Logical Calculus of Nervous Activity-- Alan M. Turing: Computing Machinery and Intelligence-- John R. Searle: Minds, Brains, and Programs-- Margaret A. Boden: Escaping from the Chinese Room-- Allen Newell and Herbert A. Simon: Computer Science as Empirical Enquiry: Symbols and Search-- David C. Marr: Artificial Intelligence: A Personal View-- Daniel C. Dennett: Cognitive Wheels: The Frame Problem of AI-- Patrick J. Hayes: The Naive Physics Manifesto-- Drew McDermott: A Critique of Pure Reason-- Aaron Sloman: Motives, Mechanisms, and Emotions-- Geoffrey E. Hinton, James L. McClelland, and David E. Rumelhart: Distributed Representations-- Andy Clark: Connectionism, Competence, and Explanation-- Hubert L. Dreyfus and Stewart E. Dreyfus: Making a Mind Versus Modelling the Brain-- Paul M. Churchland: Some Reductive Strategies in Cognitive Neurobiology-- Adrian Cussins: The Connectionist Construction of Concepts.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198248545 20160528
This collection of essays looks into the philosophical arguments behind artificial intelligence and whether one can equate such concepts as intelligence, understanding and thinking to computers. Classic arguments, such as the Chinese room are discussed as well as modern arguments, such as if one should differentiate between the connectionist computers and the digital computers. There is an introduction written by the editor, who is a leading name in artificial intelligence and upholds the view that, given time, computers will be able to match humans in intelligence.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198248552 20160527
Is 'artificial intelligence' a contradiction in terms? Could computers (in principle) model every aspect of the mind, including logic, language, and emotion? What of the more brain-like, connectionist computers: could they really understand, even if digital computers cannot? This collection of classic and contemporary readings (which includes an editor's introduction and an up-to-date reading list) provides a clearly signposted pathway into hotly disputed philosophical issues at the heart of artificial intelligence.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198248545 20160528
Green Library, Engineering Library (Terman), Philosophy Library (Tanner)
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xii, 445 p. ; 24 cm.
Engineering Library (Terman), Philosophy Library (Tanner)
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xxiv, 434 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Engineering Library (Terman), Philosophy Library (Tanner)
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xxviii, 811 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Engineering Library (Terman), Philosophy Library (Tanner), SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
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xiii, 297 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Provides an account for the general reader of what physicists have learned about the atomic nucleus, protons, neutrinos, and quarks - the basic constituents of all matter.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780465067848 20160528
Green Library, Engineering Library (Terman), Philosophy Library (Tanner), SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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xvi, 552 p., [9] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
A biography of Einstein and all his work.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198539070 20160527
Green Library, Engineering Library (Terman), Philosophy Library (Tanner), SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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xiii, 297 p. 25 cm.
Engineering Library (Terman), Philosophy Library (Tanner), Science Library (Li and Ma)
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viii, 438 p. illus. 24 cm.
Engineering Library (Terman), Philosophy Library (Tanner), SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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178 p. illus. 19 cm.
Green Library, Engineering Library (Terman), Philosophy Library (Tanner), SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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173 p. illus. 21 cm.
An examination of the nature of the laws of physics from Newton to Einstein.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780262560030 20160528
Green Library, Engineering Library (Terman), Philosophy Library (Tanner), SAL3 (off-campus storage), Science Library (Li and Ma)
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xvi, 114 p. 23 cm.
Engineering Library (Terman), Philosophy Library (Tanner), SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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2 v. illus. 21 cm.
Engineering Library (Terman), Philosophy Library (Tanner), SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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[46], 271 p. 21 cm.
Engineering Library (Terman), Philosophy Library (Tanner), SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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3 v. facsim., diagrs. 21 cm.
Green Library, Engineering Library (Terman), Philosophy Library (Tanner), SAL3 (off-campus storage), Science Library (Li and Ma)
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lviii, 505 p. : ill., port ; 25 cm.
Engineering Library (Terman), Philosophy Library (Tanner)