Engineering Eden

Engineering Eden Author Jordan Fisher Smith
ISBN-10 9780307454287
Release 2016-06-07
Pages 384
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The fascinating story of a trial that opened a window onto the century-long battle to control nature in the national parks. When twenty-five-year-old Harry Walker was killed by a bear in Yellowstone Park in 1972, the civil trial prompted by his death became a proxy for bigger questions about American wilderness management that had been boiling for a century. At immediate issue was whether the Park Service should have done more to keep bears away from humans, but what was revealed as the trial unfolded was just how fruitless our efforts to regulate nature in the parks had always been. The proceedings drew to the witness stand some of the most important figures in twentieth century wilderness management, including the eminent zoologist A. Starker Leopold, who had produced a landmark conservationist document in the 1950s, and all-American twin researchers John and Frank Craighead, who ran groundbreaking bear studies at Yellowstone. Their testimony would help decide whether the government owed the Walker family restitution for Harry's death, but it would also illuminate decades of patchwork efforts to preserve an idea of nature that had never existed in the first place. In this remarkable excavation of American environmental history, nature writer and former park ranger Jordan Fisher Smith uses Harry Walker's story to tell the larger narrative of the futile, sometimes fatal, attempts to remake wilderness in the name of preserving it. Tracing a course from the founding of the national parks through the tangled twentieth-century growth of the conservationist movement, Smith gives the lie to the portrayal of national parks as Edenic wonderlands unspoiled until the arrival of Europeans, and shows how virtually every attempt to manage nature in the parks has only created cascading effects that require even more management. Moving across time and between Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Glacier national parks, Engineering Eden shows how efforts at wilderness management have always been undone by one fundamental problem--that the idea of what is "wild" dissolves as soon as we begin to examine it, leaving us with little framework to say what wilderness should look like and which human interventions are acceptable in trying to preserve it. In the tradition of John McPhee's The Control of Nature and Alan Burdick's Out of Eden, Jordan Fisher Smith has produced a powerful work of popular science and environmental history, grappling with critical issues that we have even now yet to resolve.



Remaking Eden

Remaking Eden Author Lee M. Silver
ISBN-10 0753805529
Release 1999
Pages 385
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Could a child have two genetic mothers? Will parents someday soon be able to choose not only the physical characteristics of their children-to-be, but their personalities and talents as well? Will genetic enhancement ultimately lead to a split in the human species?In this brilliant, provocative, and necessary book, Lee M. Silver takes a cautiously optimistic look at the scientific advances that will allow us to engineer life in ways that were unimaginable just a few short years ago--indeed, in ways that go far beyond cloning. In clear, engaging, and accessible prose, Silver demystifies the science behind a myriad of thrilling and frightening new possibilities, in a book that is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the hopes and dilemmas of the American family in the twenty-first century.



Nature Noir

Nature Noir Author Jordan Fisher Smith
ISBN-10 0547526490
Release 2006-05-03
Pages 224
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A nature book unlike any other, Jordan Fisher Smith's startling account of fourteen years as a park ranger thoroughly dispels our idealized visions of life in the great outdoors. Instead of scout troops and placid birdwatchers, Smith's beat -- a stretch of land that has been officially condemned to be flooded -- brings him into contact with drug users tweaked out to the point of violence, obsessed miners, and other dangerous creatures. In unflinchingly honest prose, he reveals the unexpectedly dark underbelly of patrolling and protecting public lands.



Conceptual Structural Design

Conceptual Structural Design Author Olga Popovic Larsen
ISBN-10 0727732358
Release 2003-01-01
Pages 134
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This book aims to "bridge the gap" between engineers" and architects" understanding of structural form. It aims to inspire designers to develop innovative and viable structural forms. This book is presented in two parts. The first part is theoretical and investigates source of inspiration for developing structural form; learning from natural forms; applying our own intuition; seeking inspiration from precedents; applying understanding of structural principles; and developing design through physical models. The second part is presented through four case studies. They include the Chelsea Flower Show Pavilion by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and Jane Wernick Associates; the Eden Project by Nicholas Grimshaw Architects and Anthony Hunt Associates; the glass structures by Dirk Jan Postel and Robert Nijsse; and the Dutch Expo 2000 Pavilion by MVRDV Architects and ABT consulting engineers. The case studies all have in common that the imaginative structural forms are in harmony with the architectural concept and, at the same time, present very efficient solutions to technical and structural problems. Conceptual structural design is essential reading for architects and engineers, and for anyone interested in conceptual structural design. CONTENTS include: Lessons from Nature - design through evolution; Primitive Structures - design through intuition; Master builders and beyond - design from precedent; Scientific principles and new materials - design through new possibilities; and Learning from physical models - design through experimentation.



The Last Book in the Universe

The Last Book in the Universe Author Rodman Philbrick
ISBN-10 9780545303873
Release 2013-03-01
Pages 240
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This fast-paced action novel is set in a future where the world has been almost destroyed. Like the award-winning novel Freak the Mighty, this is Philbrick at his very best. It's the story of an epileptic teenager nicknamed Spaz, who begins the heroic fight to bring human intelligence back to the planet. In a world where most people are plugged into brain-drain entertainment systems, Spaz is the rare human being who can see life as it really is. When he meets an old man called Ryter, he begins to learn about Earth and its past. With Ryter as his companion, Spaz sets off an unlikely quest to save his dying sister -- and in the process, perhaps the world.



Principles of Solidification

Principles of Solidification Author Martin Eden Glicksman
ISBN-10 1441973443
Release 2010-12-17
Pages 520
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“Principles of Solidification” offers comprehensive descriptions of liquid-to-solid transitions encountered in shaped casting, welding, and non-biological bulk crystal growth processes. The book logically develops through careful presentation of relevant thermodynamic and kinetic theories and models of solidification occurring in a variety of materials. Major topics encompass the liquid-state, liquid-solid transformations, chemical macro- and microsegregation, purification by fractional crystallization and zone refining, solid-liquid interfaces, polyphase freezing, and rapid solidification processing. Solid-liquid interfaces are discussed quantitatively both as sharp and diffuse entities, with supporting differential geometric descriptions. The book offers: • Detailed mathematical examples throughout to guide readers • Applications of solidification and crystal growth methodologies for preparation and purification of metals, ceramics, polymers and semiconductors • Appendices providing supporting information on special topics covered in the chapters. Readers in materials, metallurgical, chemical, and mechanical engineering will find this to be a useful source on the subjects of solidification and crystal growth. Chemists, physicists, and geologists concerned with melting/freezing phenomena will also find much of value in this book.



River Out of Eden

River Out of Eden Author Richard Dawkins
ISBN-10 0786724269
Release 2008-08-04
Pages 192
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How did the replication bomb we call ”life” begin and where in the world, or rather, in the universe, is it heading? Writing with characteristic wit and an ability to clarify complex phenomena (the New York Times described his style as ”the sort of science writing that makes the reader feel like a genius”), Richard Dawkins confronts this ancient mystery.



West of Eden

West of Eden Author Harry Harrison
ISBN-10 9781466822832
Release 2012-07-03
Pages 500
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West of Eden is a novel by Harry Harrison, author of innumerable science fiction novels and stories. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.



Edenborn

Edenborn Author Nick Sagan
ISBN-10 9781440631351
Release 2008-04-01
Pages 304
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Eighteen years ago, the microbial apocalypse christened Black Ep had virtually wiped humanity from the globe. The survivors of the epidemic have now reached adulthood and are committed to the task of rebuilding civilization. But an ideological rift has divided the survivors into two separate factions—one determined to resurrect the human race, the other obsessed with improving humanity via genetic manipulation. And as the factions clash with one another, a new biological threat rises from the ashes of Black Ep, an even deadlier contagion with one purpose: mankind’s extinction. “A compelling work that will appeal to fans of speculative fiction and apocalyptic thrillers.”—Midwest Book Review



Reinventing Eden

Reinventing Eden Author Carolyn Merchant
ISBN-10 0415931657
Release 2004
Pages 308
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Visionary quests to return to the Garden of Eden have shaped Western Culture. This book traces the idea of rebuilding the primeval garden from its origins to its latest incarnations and offers a bold new way to think about the earth.



Uhlig s Corrosion Handbook

Uhlig s Corrosion Handbook Author R. Winston Revie
ISBN-10 9780470080320
Release 2011-04-12
Pages 1253
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This book serves as a reference for engineers, scientists, and students concerned with the use of materials in applications where reliability and resistance to corrosion are important. It updates the coverage of its predecessor, including coverage of: corrosion rates of steel in major river systems and atmospheric corrosion rates, the corrosion behavior of materials such as weathering steels and newer stainless alloys, and the corrosion behavior and engineering approaches to corrosion control for nonmetallic materials. New chapters include: high-temperature oxidation of metals and alloys, nanomaterials, and dental materials, anodic protection. Also featured are chapters dealing with standards for corrosion testing, microbiological corrosion, and electrochemical noise.



The Eden Plague

The Eden Plague Author David VanDyke
ISBN-10 9781626260771
Release 101-01-01
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BOOK ZERO of the Plague Wars series. When veteran combat lifesaver Daniel Markis finds a mystery woman with armed invaders in his home and it all goes sideways, he turns to his brothers in arms to fight back. On the run from the shadowy Company, soon he finds himself in a war for possession of a genetic engineering puzzle that threatens the stability of the world. But who is behind it all - and are they even human? The Eden Plague is a futuristic thriller that will grip the imagination of readers who relish high-energy adventure. No zombies were harmed in the making of this book. In fact, no zombies appear anywhere in this book. Seriously. It's not a zombie book. The Plague Wars apocalyptic thriller series begins in the world of today with a man and a woman twined together by circumstances, destined to change the world. It leads readers into an ever-darkening future of upheaval, struggle and war marked by the depths of evil and the heights of selfless sacrifice. Plagues, new technologies and extraterrestrial meddling provide the backdrop for heroes and villains to struggle for control of the destiny of humanity. The Plague Wars series is suitable for adults and older teens, and generally corresponds to a PG-13 movie rating due to strong language, violence, and mature themes. The books in the Plague Wars series: Plague Wars: Decade One - The Eden Plague - Reaper's Run - Skull's Shadows - Eden's Exodus - Apocalypse Austin - Nearest Night Plague Wars: Alien Invasion - The Demon Plagues - The Reaper Plague - The Orion Plague - Cyborg Strike - Comes the Destroyer - Forge and Steel Plague Wars: Stellar Conquest - First Conquest - Desolator: Conquest - Tactics of Conquest - Conquest of Earth - Conquest and Empire Keywords: free ebook, thriller, science fiction thriller, science fiction, genetic engineering, fiction science fiction series, apocalyptic, military science fiction, virus, plague, alien contact, free military Science Fiction, free Military Thrillers, dystopian series, Post-Apocalyptic science fiction, medical thriller, biological thriller, Quantico Marine Base, Virginia, Washington D.C., FBI



10th International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering PSE2009

10th International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering   PSE2009 Author Rita Maria de Brito Alves
ISBN-10 0444534733
Release 2009-08-05
Pages 2165
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This book contains the proceedings of the 10e of a series of international symposia on process systems engineering (PSE) initiated in 1982. The special focus of PSE09 is how PSE methods can support sustainable resource systems and emerging technologies in the areas of green engineering. * Contains fully searchable CD of all printed contributions * Focus on sustainable green engineering * 9 Plenary papers, 21 Keynote lectures by leading experts in the field



Implications of Pyrite Oxidation for Engineering Works

Implications of Pyrite Oxidation for Engineering Works Author A. Brian Hawkins
ISBN-10 9783319002217
Release 2013-07-30
Pages 307
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The book highlights and analyses the distress to buildings caused by sulphate-induced heave, with particular reference to the recent problems in the Dublin area of Ireland. It describes the formation of pyrite, the processes involved in its oxidation and the various ways in which consequential expansion takes place. For the first time in the literature it discusses the way that buildings can be raised above their supporting foundation walls by the expansion of pyritiferous fill which has been used beneath ground-bearing floor slabs in Ireland. The significance of fractures through the iron sulphide microcrystals for the rate and extent of oxidation is discussed. Photographs and profiles of sulphate ingress into concrete/concrete blocks are presented. Case histories from the UK, North America and Ireland are discussed.



24th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering

24th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering Author
ISBN-10 9780444634436
Release 2014-06-20
Pages 1954
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The 24th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering creates an international forum where scientific and industrial contributions of computer-aided techniques are presented with applications in process modeling and simulation, process synthesis and design, operation, and process optimization. The organizers have broadened the boundaries of Process Systems Engineering by inviting contributions at different scales of modeling and demonstrating vertical and horizontal integration. Contributions range from applications at the molecular level to the strategic level of the supply chain and sustainable development. They cover major classical themes, at the same time exploring a new range of applications that address the production of renewable forms of energy, environmental footprints and sustainable use of resources and water.



Collaboration in Outsourcing

Collaboration in Outsourcing Author S. Brinkkemper
ISBN-10 9780230362994
Release 2016-01-06
Pages 361
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Although IT outsourcing is nothing new, it remains surprisingly challenging for professionals. This book assists the IT professional in several areas of the outsourcing process: establishing outsourcing relationships, maintaining and managing the relationship, and finally governing outsourcing projects successfully.



An Inventor in the Garden of Eden

An Inventor in the Garden of Eden Author Eric Laithwaite
ISBN-10 0521441064
Release 1994-09-01
Pages 289
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We oftentimes think that human inventions are an improvement on nature. In fact, many of humankind's most clever inventions have been anticipated by nature. In this book, Professor Laithwaite takes a new look at the natural world from an engineer's point of view. He questions conventional science in such fundamental topics as logic, habit, memory, simplicity, experience, absolute size, wisdom, and civilization. On the way to arriving at his conclusions, Dr. Laithwaite crosses the boundaries of engineering, biology, religion, economics, and cosmology. Filled with truly fascinating anecdotes and examples, this thought-provoking book will have special appeal to the general reader with an inquiring mind.