If the world as we know it ended tomorrow, how would you survive? A nuclear war, viral pandemic or asteroid strike. The world as we know it has ended. You and the other survivors must start again. What knowledge would you need to start rebuilding civilisation from scratch? How do you grow food, generate power, prepare medicines, or get metal out of rocks? Could you avert another Dark Ages, or take shortcuts to accelerate redevelopment? Living in the modern world, we have become disconnected from the basic processes and key fundamentals of science that sustain our lives. Ingenious and groundbreaking, The Knowledge explains everything you need to know about everything, revolutionising your understanding of the world. ´A glorious compendium of the knowledge we have lost in the living...the most inspiring book I´ve read in a long time´ Independent ´A terrifically engrossing history of science and technology´ Guardian http://the-knowledge.org/
In the new mystery in the bestselling Richard Jury series, Martha Grimes brings London´s finest and ´the Filth´ together on a double-homicide case that involves Kenyan art, rare gems, astrophysics and a long-fermented act of revenge
Change the way you see the world with a groundbreaking visual approach to the wonders of our planet. From Viking raiders and Samurai warriors to robotics and chemical reactions, amazing animals, the human body, the marvels of history, and more are visualized in incredible detail, inside and out, providing a mind-blowing introduction to every aspect of human knowledge. You´ll find yourself utterly absorbed as complex subjects become clear through engaging explanations, incredible illustrations, phenomenal photographs and jaw-dropping 3D images. This fully updated edition of Knowledge Encyclopedia will continue to fascinate young readers with its microscopic detail and amazing facts on tons of topics. Explore the universe, from the inside of an atom to enormous galaxies, then discover the explosive science behind a fireworks display. Take a look at what makes the human brain so special and find out how our bodies cells make energy. Journey through history from the earliest life forms to our hairiest ancestors and then right up to our world today.
Madness, sexuality, power, knowledge-are these facts of life or simply parts of speech? In a series of works of astonishing brilliance, historian Michel Foucault excavated the hidden assumptions that govern the way we live and the way we think. The Archaeology of Knowledge begins at the level of ´´things aid´´ and moves quickly to illuminate the connections between knowledge, language, and action in a style at once profound and personal. A summing up of Foucault´s own methodological assumptions, this book is also a first step toward a genealogy of the way we live now. Challenging, at times infuriating, it is an absolutely indispensable guide to one of the most innovative thinkers of our time.
Knowledge and its Limits presents a systematic new conception of knowledge as a kind of mental stage sensitive to the knower´s environment. It makes a major contribution to the debate between externalist and internalist philosophies of mind, and breaks radically with the epistemological tradition of analyzing knowledge in terms of true belief. The theory casts new light on such philosophical problems as scepticism, evidence, probability and assertion, realism and anti-realism, and the limits of what can be known. The arguments are illustrated by rigorous models based on epistemic logic and probability theory. The result is a new way of doing epistemology and a notable contribution to the philosophy of mind.
What is epistemology or ´´the theory of knowledge?´´ What is it really about? Why does it matter? What makes theorizing about knowledge ´´philosophical?´´ Why do some philosophers argue that epistemology--perhaps even philosophy itself--is dead? In this succinct, exciting, and original introduction to epistemology, Michael Williams explains and criticizes philosophical theories of the nature, limits, methods, possibility, and value of knowing. A coherent and progressive text, Problems of Knowledge covers both traditional and contemporary approaches to the subject, including foundationalism, the coherence theory, and ´´naturalistic´´ theories. As an alternative to these perspectives, Williams defends his own distinctive contextualist approach. Problems of Knowledge provides clear and engaging explanations of the theory of knowledge and why it matters, offering an excellent foundation for students in introductory epistemology courses.
In principle the advanced, market-driven world in which we now live is fuelled by knowledge, information and transparency, but in practice the processes that produce this world systematically corrupt and denigrate knowledge: this is the powerful and provocative argument advanced by Colin Crouch in his latest exploration of societies on the road to post-democracy. Crouch shows that executives in profit-maximizing corporations have incentives to ignore or distort knowledge, especially firms in the information business of the mass media themselves, as financial knowledge increasingly trumps the other kinds of knowledge that business needs. Firms also seek to take control of public knowledge and use it for their own ends, often at the cost of other stakeholders in society. Meanwhile the transfer of similar practices to professional public services undermines professional skills and ethics - especially when these services are out-sourced to the private sector. Attempts to extricate ourselves from these problems involve reshaping the complex and often conflicting relationships among citizens, professionals, managers and financiers. This new book by one of the most incisive critics of contemporary Western societies will be of interest to a wide range of readers, from students to policy-makers and those who work in the public and private sectors. Vom Autor des Spiegel - Bestsellers Postdemokratie: Im Herbst 2014 wurde bekannt, der englische National Health Service wolle in Zukunft jedem Arzt 55 Pfund bezahlen, der bei einem Patienten Demenz diagnostiziert. Die Empörung war groß: Steigt so nicht das Risiko von Fehldiagnosen? Wissen Ärzte nicht auch ohne solche Anreize, was zu tun ist? Das Beispiel zeigt, dass die Logik des Neoliberalismus trotz der großen Krise weiterhin auf dem Vormarsch ist. Der damit verbundene Wandel betrifft alle Lebensbereiche: Schulen, Krankenhäuser und Polizei werden im Rahmen des großen Zahlenspiels umstrukturiert und dem Diktat der Kennziffern unterworfen; aus Studenten und Fahrgästen sollen Kunden werden, die agieren wie Rechenmaschinen. Auf dem Weg in die ´´Informationsgesellschaft´´ bleibt eine zentrale Ressource auf der Strecke: das Wissen selbst. Colin Crouch zeichnet nach, wie der Neoliberalismus alternative Formen des Wissens und der Expertise korrumpiert. Anders als seine Apologeten behaupten, ist der Markt keine perfekte Wissensmaschine, die aus anonymen Entscheidungen Transparenz herbeizaubert, im Gegenteil: Lässt man die Logik der Finanzmärkte ungehindert operieren, kann sie das Immunsystem unserer Gesellschaften zerstören.