Missions and Conversions: Creating the Montagnard-Dega by T. Pearson

By T. Pearson

This examine bargains a clean analyzing of non secular conversion by way of studying quite a few “missionaries” that sought to persuade the Montagnard-Dega refugee. Thomas Pearson makes use of ethnographic and archival study to inform the tale of cross-cultural touch within the highlands in the course of the Vietnam conflict, Christian conversion, refugee exile, and the formation of the Dega refugee neighborhood within the usa. His insightful examine considers not only evangelicals and Catholics, yet humanitarian employees within the highlands, refugee resettlement volunteers within the usa, and the yankee targeted Forces infantrymen. This ebook makes the case that the Dega have appropriated the anthropological and spiritual discourses of this disparate workforce of missionaries to recreate themselves via a multivalent “conversion.”

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African Cultural Astronomy by Jarita Holbrook, R. Thebe Medupe, Johnson O. Urama

By Jarita Holbrook, R. Thebe Medupe, Johnson O. Urama

Astronomy is the technology of learning the sky utilizing telescopes and light-weight creditors corresponding to photographic plates or CCD detectors. notwithstanding, humans have continually studied the sky and proceed to check the sky with no assistance from tools this is often the area of cultural astronomy. this is often the 1st scholarly number of articles serious about the cultural astronomy of Africans. It weaves jointly astronomy, anthropology, and Africa. the quantity contains African myths and legends in regards to the sky, alignments to celestial our bodies chanced on at archaeological websites and at areas of worship, rock artwork with celestial imagery, and clinical pondering printed in neighborhood astronomy traditions together with ethnomathematics and the construction of calendars. Authors contain astronomers Kim Malville, Johnson Urama, and Thebe Medupe; archaeologist Felix Chami, and geographer Michael Bonine, and lots of new authors. As an rising subfield of cultural astronomy, African cultural astronomy researchers are concerned with education scholars particularly for doing learn in Africa. the 1st a part of the quantity comprises classes and routines to assist the start pupil of African cultural astronomy. integrated are workouts in archaeoastronomy, cultural anthropology, and naked-eye astronomy penned by means of authors who use those frequently use those tools for his or her learn. This selection of classes and study papers presents a starting place for the cultural astronomy researcher attracted to doing paintings in Africa.

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Mit oder ohne Urknall: Das ist hier die Frage by Hans Jörg Fahr

By Hans Jörg Fahr

Dieses Buch beschäftigt sich mit den aktuellen Themen der Kosmologie und der Entstehung des Universums und greift dabei insbesondere die Fragestellung auf, inwieweit sich die Welt als physikalisch zusammenhängendes Gesamtgebilde verstehen lässt.

Der Autor erläutert dabei auf verständliche Weise die modernen Forschungsergebnisse und Aspekte der Urknalltheorie und reflektiert diese kritisch. Mit dieser Lektüre kann guy komplexe Themen wie die Rotverschiebung, das Olber'sche Paradoxon, die Vakuumenergie und die kosmische Hintergrundstrahlung neu begreifen und hinterfragen.

Leser werden die kontroversen Diskussionen des Autors zu dem vorherrschenden kosmologischen Weltbild unserer Zeit ebenso schätzen wie die Auseinandersetzung mit der Problematik, inwiefern die menschliche Vernunft überhaupt in der Lage ist, das Universum als Ganzes zu verstehen.

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Flags of the Night Sky: When Astronomy Meets National Pride by André G. Bordeleau

By André G. Bordeleau

Many nationwide flags show astronomical positive aspects – sunlight, Moon, stars – yet are they truly in keeping with current astronomical gadgets? the us flag activities 50 stars, one for every nation, besides the fact that none of them are associated with actual stars. extra, the lunar crescent is frequently formed just like the solar being eclipsed by way of the Moon. from time to time, stars are visible correct subsequent to the crescent, the place the darkened disc of the moon will be! This e-book will current actual astronomical gadgets and styles highlighted on nationwide flags and hyperlink informative tablets approximately those items to the political the explanation why they have been selected to embellish such a tremendous symbol.

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A Student's Guide to the Mathematics of Astronomy by Daniel Fleisch, Julia Kregenow

By Daniel Fleisch, Julia Kregenow

The learn of astronomy bargains a vast chance for us to realize a deeper knowing of our planet, the sun procedure, the Milky means Galaxy and the recognized Universe. utilizing the plain-language technique that has confirmed hugely well known in Fleisch's different Student's publications, this ebook is perfect for non-science majors taking introductory astronomy classes. The authors tackle issues that scholars locate so much complex, on matters starting from stars and light-weight to gravity and black holes. Dozens of totally labored examples and over a hundred and fifty routines and homework difficulties support readers familiarize yourself with the suggestions in each one bankruptcy. An accompanying site encompasses a host of aiding fabrics, together with interactive strategies for each workout and challenge within the textual content and a chain of video podcasts within which the authors clarify the real thoughts of each component of the e-book.

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Astronomical algorithms by Jean Meeus

By Jean Meeus

Acknowledged in book," almost each prior instruction manual on celestial calcuations used to be compelled to depend upon formaulae for solar Moon and planets that have been constructed within the final century or earlier than 1920. along with his specific knack for computations of every kind, the writer has made the fundamental of those glossy suggestions to be had to us all.

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If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... WHERE IS by Stephen Webb

By Stephen Webb

Given the truth that there are probably four hundred billion stars in our Galaxy on my own, and maybe four hundred billion galaxies within the Universe, it stands to cause that someplace available in the market, within the 14-billion-year-old cosmos, there's or as soon as used to be a civilization no less than as complicated as our personal. The sheer enormity of the numbers virtually calls for that we settle for the reality of this speculation. Why, then, have we encountered no proof, no messages, no artifacts of those extraterrestrials?

In this moment, considerably revised and extended variation of his largely renowned ebook, Webb discusses intimately the (for now!) seventy five so much cogent and fascinating suggestions to Fermi's well-known paradox: If the numbers strongly element to the lifestyles of extraterrestrial civilizations, why have we chanced on no proof of them?

Reviews from the 1st edition:

"Amidst the plethora of books that deal with the potential of extraterrestrial intelligence, this one by way of Webb … is exceptional. … each one resolution is gifted in a really logical, attention-grabbing, thorough demeanour with accompanying motives and notes that the clever layperson can comprehend. Webb digs into the problems … through contemplating a really extensive set of in-depth options that he addresses via an attractive and tough mode of presentation that stretches the brain. … an outstanding e-book for an individual who has ever requested ‘Are we alone?’." (W. E. Howard III, selection, March, 2003)

"Fifty principles are provided … that demonstrate a in actual fact reasoned exam of what's often called ‘The Fermi Paradox’. … For an individual who enjoys a very good detective tale, or utilizing their pondering schools and stretching the mind's eye to the bounds … ‘Where is every body’ may be tremendously informative and wonderful. … learn this booklet, and no matter what your perspectives are approximately existence in different places within the Universe, your appreciation for the way particular existence is the following in the world might be stronger! A beneficial addition to any own library." (Philip Bridle, BBC Radio, March, 2003)

Since gaining a BSc in physics from the college of Bristol and a PhD in theoretical physics from the collage of Manchester, Stephen Webb has labored in numerous universities within the united kingdom. he's a customary contributor to the Yearbook of Astronomy sequence and has released an undergraduate textbook on distance selection in astronomy and cosmology in addition to numerous well known technology books. His curiosity within the Fermi paradox combines lifelong pursuits in either technology and technology fiction.

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Astrophysics Is Easy!: An Introduction for the Amateur by Michael Inglis

By Michael Inglis

Astrophysics is frequently –with a few justification – considered as incomprehensible with no using better arithmetic. therefore, many novice astronomers fail to spot essentially the most attention-grabbing facets of the topic. Astrophysics Is Easy! cuts throughout the tricky arithmetic and explains the fundamentals of astrophysics in available phrases. utilizing not anything greater than simple mathematics and easy examples, the workings of the universe are defined in an easy but particular and easy-to-grasp manner.

The unique variation of the e-book was once written over 8 years in the past, and in that point, advances in observational astronomy have ended in new and critical adjustments to the theories of astrophysics. the hot theories should be mirrored in either the recent and multiplied chapters.

A distinct point of this ebook is that, for every subject below dialogue, an gazing record is integrated in order that observers can really see for themselves the techniques provided –stars of the spectral series, nebulae, galaxies, even black holes. The gazing checklist has been revised and taken updated within the moment Edition.

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