Billions & Billions

Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium

Author: Carl Sagan

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0307801020

Category: Science

Page: 320

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In the final book of his astonishing career, Carl Sagan brilliantly examines the burning questions of our lives, our world, and the universe around us. These luminous, entertaining essays travel both the vastness of the cosmos and the intimacy of the human mind, posing such fascinating questions as how did the universe originate and how will it end, and how can we meld science and compassion to meet the challenges of the coming century? Here, too, is a rare, private glimpse of Sagan's thoughts about love, death, and God as he struggled with fatal disease. Ever forward-looking and vibrant with the sparkle of his unquenchable curiosity, Billions & Billions is a testament to one of the great scientific minds of our day. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

Author: Susan Ratcliffe

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199567077

Category: Reference

Page: 592

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Based on the 7th ed. of the Oxford dictionary of quotations. Includes extensive coverage of literary and historical quotations and contains up-to-date material from today's influential literary and cultural figures. Includes 1,000 new quotes in categories such as catchphrases, film lines, official advice, and political slogans.
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Gaither's Dictionary of Scientific Quotations

A Collection of Approximately 27,000 Quotations Pertaining to Archaeology, Architecture, Astronomy, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Cosmology, Darwinism, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Medicine, Nature, Nursing, Paleontology, Philosophy, Physics, Probability, Science, Statistics, Technology, Theory, Universe, and Zoology

Author: Carl C. Gaither,Alma E. Cavazos-Gaither

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461411149

Category: Science

Page: 2867

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This unprecedented collection of 27,000 quotations is the most comprehensive and carefully researched of its kind, covering all fields of science and mathematics. With this vast compendium you can readily conceptualize and embrace the written images of scientists, laymen, politicians, novelists, playwrights, and poets about humankind's scientific achievements. Approximately 9000 high-quality entries have been added to this new edition to provide a rich selection of quotations for the student, the educator, and the scientist who would like to introduce a presentation with a relevant quotation that provides perspective and historical background on his subject. Gaither's Dictionary of Scientific Quotations, Second Edition, provides the finest reference source of science quotations for all audiences. The new edition adds greater depth to the number of quotations in the various thematic arrangements and also provides new thematic categories.
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Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza

Author: Glen Enander

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438106580

Category: Catholics

Page: 113

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The first woman to serve as the president of the American Society of Biblical Literature, Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza is a biblical scholar as well as a respected feminist theologian.
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The Good Atheist

Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God

Author: Dan Barker

Publisher: Ulysses Press

ISBN: 1569758824

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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How Does an Atheist Respond to the Question, What Is the Purpose of Life? For a Christian, it is faith that gives their life purpose. In his best-selling book The Purpose Driven™ Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?, Rick Warren says, “You must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.” But as a non-believer, your purpose resides in yourself; it is yours alone to discover and develop. It’s about choosing to live your own life for your own reasons. No one can dictate your purpose. You decide. This book will help you understand and appreciate why freely choosing to help and cooperate with others is the true path to finding purpose. Life does not need purpose: Purpose needs life. To punctuate this point, The Good Atheist includes inspiring biographies of humanity’s true heroes—men and women who did not waste their lives as slaves to a God, but rather found purpose in enhancing life on this Earth for all of us.
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Applied Clinical Neuropsychology

An Introduction

Author: Jan Leslie Holtz, PhD

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826104754

Category: Psychology

Page: 600

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"Luring readers in...with meticulously woven clinical vignettes, Holtz masterfully presents the mechanics and the art of neuropsychology....students will appreciate the historical roots of neuropsychology, [and] will understand the multiplex systems of current neuropsychological approaches..." -Nancy S. Koven, PhD Bates College "...there has not been an available text focusing on the application of the basic principles in clinical neuropsychological practice....Finally, a text is available to remedy this problem." -Dennis Andersen, MS, LMHC Eastern Washington University "A valuable introduction to the field of clinical neuropsychology and its terminology, this text fills a void. The reader gains an appreciation for the multifaceted role of the clinical neuropsychologist, not only as an assessor of cognitive functioning but also as a treatment professional." Lauren Littlefield, PhD, Washington College This breakthrough introductory text-unlike all other clinical neuropsychology textbooks on the market-introduces advanced undergraduate students and clinicians in training to the field by showing undergraduate students how clinical neuropsychologists actually practice their craft. The book uncovers the professional issues that clinical neuropsychologists deal with daily, including neurogenerative disorders, acquired disorders, ethical practice issues, interviewing, testing, prognosis and treatment planning, drug prescriptions, and more. Using case studies culled from the author's own clinical work, the book provides students with firsthand accounts of neuropsychology in action. As the first textbook to integrate real, practical applications of neuropsychology, it covers the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals with brain illness or injury, as opposed to examining brain structures and functions alone. This innovative, application-based approach to neuropsychology is guaranteed to give students a clear, comprehensive understanding of what neuropsychology is and what neuropsychologists do. Key features: Covers core concepts of neuropsychology, including neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, brain structure and function, and disorders of the central nervous system Includes application-based topics not covered in traditional texts, such as: differential diagnosis; individual, group, and family therapy; and psychopharmacology Discusses test theory and evaluation, examining tests of intellectual abilities, memory functioning, and more Extensive instructors' ancillary package available with test questions and nearly 100 illustrations in PowerPoint format
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My Reality

As It Appears at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century

Author: Stan Green

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781475950922

Category: History

Page: 466

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Who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going? In My Reality, author Stan Green examines and attempts to answer these three basic questions confronting humanity. Writing from the perspective of a well-read and educated person who has lived through the last half of the twentieth and the beginning of the twenty-first century, Green presents his ideas based on the study of both history and science. My Reality tracks the historical events that molded the scientific, political, and religious thinking that has shaped the world. Beginning with the Big Bang, Green traces the development of the universe, life, and history of humanity over thirteen billion, seven hundred million years to provide a snapshot of human existence today. He bases his thoughts on the understanding that reality changes as the knowledge base regarding the state of everything changes, with even the smallest modification resulting in our species or culture being significantly different. As Green examines our understanding of the universe and our place in it, he offers several probable scenarios that could mark our future.
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Atheist Universe

The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism

Author: David Mills

Publisher: Ulysses Press

ISBN: 156975263X

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Comet

Author: Carl Sagan,Ann Druyan

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0307801055

Category: Science

Page: 432

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WHAT ARE THESE GRACEFUL VISITORS TO OUR SKIES? WE NOW KNOW THAT THEY BRING BOTH LIFE AND DEATH AND TEACH US ABOUT OUR ORIGINS. Comet begins with a breathtaking journey through space astride a comet. Pulitzer Prize-winning astronomer Carl Sagan, author of Cosmos and Contact, and writer Ann Druyan explore the origin, nature, and future of comets, and the exotic myths and portents attached to them. The authors show how comets have spurred some of the great discoveries in the history of science and raise intriguing questions about these brilliant visitors from the interstellar dark. Were the fates of the dinosaurs and the origins of humans tied to the wanderings of a comet? Are comets the building blocks from which worlds are formed? Lavishly illustrated with photographs and specially commissioned full-color paintings, Comet is an enthralling adventure, indispensable for anyone who has ever gazed up at the heavens and wondered why. "SIMPLY THE BEST." --The Times of London "FASCINATING, EVOCATIVE, INSPIRING." --The Washington Post "COMET HUMANIZES SCIENCE. A BEAUTIFUL, INTERESTING BOOK." --United Press International "MASTERFUL . . . SCIENCE, POETRY, AND IMAGINATION." --The Atlanta Journal & Constitution
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Pale Blue Dot

A Vision of the Human Future in Space

Author: Carl Sagan,Ann Druyan

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0307801012

Category: Science

Page: 384

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“Fascinating . . . memorable . . . revealing . . . perhaps the best of Carl Sagan’s books.”—The Washington Post Book World (front page review) In Cosmos, the late astronomer Carl Sagan cast his gaze over the magnificent mystery of the Universe and made it accessible to millions of people around the world. Now in this stunning sequel, Carl Sagan completes his revolutionary journey through space and time. Future generations will look back on our epoch as the time when the human race finally broke into a radically new frontier—space. In Pale Blue Dot, Sagan traces the spellbinding history of our launch into the cosmos and assesses the future that looms before us as we move out into our own solar system and on to distant galaxies beyond. The exploration and eventual settlement of other worlds is neither a fantasy nor luxury, insists Sagan, but rather a necessary condition for the survival of the human race. “Takes readers far beyond Cosmos . . . Sagan sees humanity’s future in the stars.”—Chicago Tribune
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