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SETI New Books from MIT Press

Larry Klaes ( )
Fri, 28 May 1999 11:18:57 -0400

>From: "Science and Technology Editorial"
>Subject: New Books from MIT Press
>Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 14:58:11 GMT
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>The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences
>edited by Robert A. Wilson and Frank Keil
>Since the 1970s the cognitive sciences have offered multidisciplinary ways
of understanding the mind and cognition. The MIT Encyclopedia of the
Cognitive Sciences (MITECS) is a landmark, comprehensive reference work
that represents the methodological and theoretical diversity of this
changing field.
>8 1/2 x 11, 1312 pp., 100 illus., cloth ISBN 0-262-23200-6
>Tower of Babel
>The Evidence against the New Creationism
>Robert T. Pennock
>In Tower of Babel, philosopher Robert T. Pennock compares the views of the
new creationists with those of the old and reveals the insubstantiality of
their arguments. One of Pennock's major innovations is to turn from
biological evolution to the less charged subject of linguistic evolution,
which has strong theoretical parallels with biological evolution, both in
content and in the sort of evidence scientists use to draw conclusions
about origins. Of course, an evolutionary view of language does conflict
with the Bible, which says that God created the variety of languages at one
time as punishment for the Tower of Babel.
>6 x 9, 440 pp., cloth ISBN 0-262-16180-X
>A Bradford Book
>Advice for a Young Investigator
>Santiago Ramón y Cajal
>translated by Neely Swanson and Larry W. Swanson
>Hailed as the father of modern anatomy and neurobiology, Santiago Ramón y
Cajal was largely responsible for the modern conception of the brain. His
groundbreaking works were New Ideas on the Structure of the Nervous System
and Histology of the Nervous System in Man and Vertebrates. In addition to
leaving a legacy of unparalleled scientific research, Cajal sought to
educate the novice scientist about how science was done and how he thought
it should be done. This recently rediscovered volume, first published in
1897, is an anecdotal guide for the perplexed new investigator as well as a
refreshing resource for the old pro.
>5 3/8 x 8, 176 pp.
>cloth ISBN 0-262-18191-6
>A Bradford Book
>Reason Enough to Hope
>America and the World of the Twenty-first Century
>Philip Morrison and Kosta Tsipis
>In this "blue-sky" effort to rethink humanity's basic challenges, Philip
Morrison and Kosta Tsipis--both scientists with expertise in arms control
issues--sketch the broad outlines for a global approach to the problems of
security and development. Their goal is to set priorities for feasible
action, and their focus is threefold: war and particularly the continuing
dangers of nuclear weapons, population and the promotion of increased
levels of human well-being, and the threat of environmental degradation.
>6 x 9, 288 pp., 7 illus., cloth ISBN 0-262-13344-X
>An Illustrated Guide to the Biosphere and Civilization
>Vaclav Smil
>Energy is the only universal currency. One of its many forms must be
transformed into another in order for stars to shine, planets to rotate,
living things to grow, and civilizations to evolve. Recognition of this
universality was one of the great achievements of nineteenth-century
science, yet even today there is little literature that tries to view the
world broadly through the prism of energy. In this book, ecologist Vaclav
Smil takes the principle of universality seriously, presenting a
comprehensive and integrated survey of all the forms of energy that shape
our world, from the sun to the human body, from bread to microchips.
>8 x 9, 256 pp., 300 illus., cloth ISBN 0-262-19410-4
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