The Cybernetics Moment: Or Why We Call Our Age the Information Age (New Studies in American Intellectual and Cultural History)

Cybernetics―the technological know-how of verbal exchange and keep watch over because it applies to machines and to humans―originates from efforts in the course of global struggle II to construct computerized anti-aircraft platforms. Following the warfare, this technology prolonged past army must learn all structures that depend upon details and suggestions, from the extent of the mobile to that of society. In The Cybernetics Moment, Ronald R. Kline, a senior historian of know-how, examines the highbrow and cultural heritage of cybernetics and data idea, whose language of "information," "feedback," and "control" reworked the idiom of the sciences, hastened the improvement of knowledge applied sciences, and laid the conceptual beginning for what we now name the data Age.

Kline argues that, for roughly two decades after 1950, the expansion of cybernetics and knowledge thought and ever-more-powerful pcs produced a utopian info narrative―an enthusiasm for info technological know-how that stimulated average scientists, social scientists, engineers, humanists, policymakers, public intellectuals, and newshounds, all of whom struggled to return to grips with new relationships among people and clever machines.

Kline lines the connection among the discovery of desktops and verbal exchange platforms and the increase, decline, and transformation of cybernetics by way of studying the lives and paintings of such notables as Norbert Wiener, Claude Shannon, Warren McCulloch, Margaret Mead, Gregory Bateson, and Herbert Simon. finally, he finds the the most important position performed by way of the cybernetics moment―when cybernetics and data conception have been noticeable as common sciences―in environment the level for our present preoccupation with info technologies.

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Taken at the Flood: The Roman Conquest of Greece (Ancient Warfare and Civilization)

By Robin Waterfield

The Romans first set army foot on Greek soil in 229 BCE; purely sixty or so years later it was once far and wide, and soon thereafter Greece grew to become one of many first provinces of the rising Roman Empire. It used to be a massive trip - a fast, brutal, and decided conquest of the land to whose paintings, philosophy, and tradition the Romans owed quite a bit.

Rome chanced on the japanese Mediterranean divided, in an volatile stability of strength, among 3 nice kingdoms - the 3 Hellenistic kingdoms that had survived and flourished after the wars of Alexander the Great's Successors: Macedon, Egypt, and Syria. inner issues took Egypt roughly out of the image, however the different have been decreased via Rome. Having verified itself, by means of its defeat of Carthage, because the sole superpower within the western Mediterranean, Rome then systematically went about
doing an identical within the east, until eventually the whole Mediterranean used to be less than her regulate.

Apart from the exciting army motion, the tale of the Roman conquest of Greece is crucial to the tale of Rome itself and the empire it created. As Robin Waterfield indicates, the Romans built a hugely subtle approach to dominance via handheld remote control over the Greeks of the japanese Mediterranean - the inexpensive choice of utilizing authority and international relations to maintain order instead of status armies. And it's a tale that increases a couple of interesting questions about Rome, her empire, and her
civilization. for example, to what quantity was once the Roman conquest a deliberate and planned coverage? What was once it approximately Roman tradition that gave it the sort of will for conquest? And what used to be the impact on Roman highbrow and creative tradition, on their very id, in their entanglement with an older Greek
civilization, which the Romans themselves well-known as very best?

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A History of the Ancient Near East ca. 3000 - 323 BC, 2nd Edition

By Marc Van de Mieroop

If the heritage of the close to East has consistently appeared a bit daunting and complicated, this ebook through the best recognized writers at the topic should still convey you the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel. starting c.3000 BC with the arrival of the 1st writing process, Van De Mieroop lines the emergence and improvement of a few of the best states and powers, gorgeous towns and significant empires, together with the Babylonian and Hittite kingdoms, the Assyrian and Persian Empires and the conquests of Alexander the good. Van De Mieroop's revisions for the second variation goal to make the textual content much more available, and contain the very most up-to-date examine. "This textual content merits a spot at the cabinets of old historians and archaeologists, and it'll definitely have delight of position in studying lists for classes in Mesopotamian historical past" - Norman Yoffee.

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Los mayas (Espiritualidad)

By Bernard Baudouin

En los angeles región que se extiende desde Chiapas hasta El Salvador, desde el litoral de Tabasco hasta Belice y Honduras, y en l. a. península de Yucatán, los mayas construyeron una civilización brillante, que durante siglos alcanzó un gran nivel intelectual y cultural. Esta obra nos descubre esta civilización lejana y nos presenta: los orígenes de l. a. cultura maya (la herencia olmeca...), el apogeo intelectual y cultural (astronomía, matemáticas, calendario maya, sistema de escritura completo...), l. a. religión maya (la concepción de los diferentes mundos, el «relato de l. a. creación», el panteón de los dioses, el simbolismo de los rituales...), l. a. resistencia ante l. a. conquista, los angeles cristianización y los angeles continuación del «pensamiento maya». A lo largo de los siglos, los mayas construyeron ciudades fabulosas, cuyos vestigios se levantan todavía hoy en medio de los angeles selva de América valuable: Chichén-Itzá, Tikal, Yaxchilán, Palenque, Copán... Sus templos y sus majestuosas pirámides son testimonios de los angeles fe auténtica de aquellos hombres fascinantes, de creencias sabias y profundas, para quienes l. a. existencia está en el punto de encuentro entre lo temporal y lo intemporal, en las fronteras entre lo humano y lo sobrenatural...

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History Without Borders: The Making of an Asian World Region, 1000-1800

By Geoffrey C. Gunn

With its concentration upon East-Southeast Asia, History with no Borders seeks to brings civilization again into the dialogue of the fantastic centuries-long international alternate in Asian commodities, either infrequent and daily, elevating a number of questions as to unequal improvement, intra-regional technological exchanges and advances, in addition to the emergence of recent Asian hybridities and identities inside and with out the traditional obstacles of nation-state.

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德川家康01:乱世孤主(Tokugawa Ieyasu, Book 1)

By 山冈庄八

作者:(日本)山冈庄八 译者:岳远坤 陈都伟


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Lord Hornblower (Hornblower Saga)

By C. S. Forester

The Hornblower Novels of C. S. Forester Mr. Midshipman Hornblower Lieutenant Hornblower Hornblower and the Hotspur Hornblower through the quandary Hornblower and the Atropos Beat to Quarters send of the road Flying colors Commodore Hornblower Lord Hornblower Admiral Hornblower within the West Indies Weary of the struggle that he has waged approximately his whole existence, Hornblower unearths himself assigned an extremely risky and doubtful new activity: to rescue a guy he is aware to be a tyrant from the mutiny of his group within the Bay of the Seine. This dicy event, coinciding with experiences that the tide of warfare should be turning-as Wellington has swept over the Pyrenees and the Russians have reached the Rhine-propels Hornblower towards the center of the French Empire, towards a fateful reunion with previous associates, and towards the harrowing yet wonderful end of his personal conflict with Napoleon.

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This Is NPR: The First Forty Years

By Cokie Roberts

"Always positioned the listener first" has been NPR's mantra on account that its inception in 1970. Now celebrating its fortieth anniversary, NPR's programming draws over 27 million listeners a week. This superbly designed quantity chronicles NPR's storied historical past, that includes dozens of behind-the-scenes pictures, essays and unique reporting by means of a who is who of NPR employees and correspondents, transcripts of memorable interviews, and an audio CD of the main memorable programming in the course of the many years. past an exciting and encouraging tribute to NPR's amazing background, this ebook is an intimate examine the scoop and tales that experience formed our international, from the folk who have been at the flooring and at the air. With contributions from Steve Inskeep, Neal Conan, Robert Siegel, Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer, Scott Simon, Melissa Block, P.J. O'Rourke, David Sedaris, Sylvia Poggioli, Paula Poundstone, and plenty of extra, this is often the correct e-book for any NPR supporter, fan, or devotee.

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Defiant: The POWs Who Endured Vietnam's Most Infamous Prison, the Women Who Fought for Them, and the One Who Never Returned

By Alvin Townley

In the course of the Vietnam conflict, hundreds of thousands of yank prisoners-of-war confronted years of brutal stipulations and awful torture by the hands of North Vietnamese guards and interrogators who ruthlessly plied them for army intelligence and propaganda. made up our minds to keep up their Code of behavior, the POWs built a strong underground resistance. To quash it, their captors singled out its 11 leaders, Vietnam's personal "dirty dozen," and banished them to an remoted prison that may turn into referred to as Alcatraz. None would go away its solitary cells and interrogation rooms unscathed; one could by no means return.

As those 11 males suffered in Hanoi, their better halves at domestic introduced a rare crusade that may finally spark the national POW/MIA stream. The participants of those army households banded jointly and confirmed the braveness not to simply undergo years of doubt concerning the destiny in their husbands and fathers, yet to bravely struggle for his or her secure go back. while the survivors of Alcatraz ultimately got here domestic, one could move directly to obtain the Medal of Honor, one other could turn into a U.S. Senator, and a 3rd nonetheless serves within the U.S. Congress.

A strong tale of survival and triumph, Alvin Townley's Defiant will motivate somebody thinking about how braveness, religion, and brotherhood can suffer even within the darkest of occasions.

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The Battle over Hetch Hetchy: America's Most Controversial Dam and the Birth of Modern Environmentalism

By Robert W. Righter

Within the wake of the devastating 1906 earthquake and fireplace, the town of San Francisco desperately wanted trustworthy provides of water and electrical energy. Its mayor, James Phelan, pressed for the damming of the Tuolumne River within the newly created Yosemite nationwide Park, surroundings off a firestorm of protest. For the 1st time in American background, an important nationwide competition arose to shield and defend nature, led by way of John Muir and the Sierra membership, who sought to guard what they believed used to be the fitting of all americans to event common attractiveness, rather the significant mountains of the Yosemite sector. but the defenders of the valley, whereas opposing the production of a dam and reservoir, didn't intend for it to be maintained as desert. as an alternative they recommended a unique form of development--the construction of roads, inns, and an infrastructure to help leisure tourism. utilizing articles, pamphlets, and broadsides, they effectively whipped up public opinion opposed to the dam. Letters from participants started to pour into Congress through the millions, and significant newspapers released editorials condemning the dam. The struggle went to the ground of Congress, the place politicians debated the price of surroundings and the prices of western improvement. eventually, passage of the passage of the Raker Act in 1913 through Congress granted San Francisco the suitable to flood the Hetch Hetchy Valley. A decade later the O'Shaughnessy Dam, the second one greatest civil engineering undertaking of its day after the Panama Canal, was once accomplished. but clash endured over the possession of the watershed and the gains derived from hydroelectrocity. To today the reservoir offers San Francisco with a natural and trustworthy resource of ingesting water and a massive resource of strength. even if the Sierra membership misplaced this conflict, the talk stirred the general public into motion on behalf of nationwide parks. destiny debates over dams and recovery sincerely proven the burgeoning energy of grassroots environmentalism. In a story peopled by means of politicians and company leaders, engineers and employees, preservationists and traditional electorate, Robert W. Righter tells the epic tale of the 1st significant environmental conflict of the 20 th century, which reverberates to at the present time.

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