Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 236.
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Processes and Boundaries of the Mind
Extending the Limit Line
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
CONTEMPORARY SYSTEMS THINKING --
How is it that the world is conceived as exclusively populated by objects
(e.g. books, cars, numbers, and people) while cognition is first and
foremost a dynamic process? Inquiring into the `reified universe' Dr.
Neuman explores questions of mind, reality, knowledge and signification in
a provocative, stimulating and humorous way. Drawing on various domains
such as systems research, semiotics, philosophy, and complexity sciences,
Dr. Neuman is touching basic questions of our Being-in-the-World as cognate
creatures, and presents a novel theory of the mind as a boundary
phenomenon. Following the footsteps of Gregory Bateson and Valentine
Volosinov, the book propagates a process-oriented theory of the mind, in a
way that has never been presented before. In this context, new and creative
solutions are presented for a variety of old philosophical problems such
as: What is the Mind? Why do we use different signs for the same object
across different cultures? and how is it possible to think on our thinking
without getting into problems such as an infinite regression.
Hardbound ISBN: 0-306-48121-9 Date: November 2003 Pages: 173 pp.
EURO 55.00 / USD 60.50 / GBP 37.95
Language, Truth and Knowledge
Contributions to the Philosophy of Rudolf Carnap
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany
VIENNA CIRCLE INSTITUTE LIBRARY -- 2
This collection, with essays by Graham H. Bird, Jaakko Hintikka, Ilkka
Niiniluoto, Jan Wolenski, will interest graduate students of the philosophy
of language and logic, as well as professional philosophers, historians of
analytic philosophy, and philosophically inclined logicians.
Truth and Knowledge brings together 11 new essays that offer a wealth of
insights on a number of Carnap's concerns and ideas. The volume arose out
of a symposium on Carnap's work at an international conference held in
Vienna in 2001.
The essays are written from a variety of perspectives:
* some essays aim at rebutting influential criticisms directed at
* others examine and assess his thought in the light of recent
developments in the neurosciences;
* still others are historical and describe the development of Carnap's
* they all shed light on the relation of this thought and different
These essays form a collection that will prove a valuable resource for our
understanding of the historic Carnap and the living philosophical issues
with which he grappled.
Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-1206-3 Date: September 2003 Pages: 216 pp.
EURO 79.00 / USD 87.00 / GBP 55.00
Applied System Simulation
Methodologies and Applications
Mohammad S. Obaidat
Dept. of Computer Science, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ, USA
Georgios I. Papadimitriou
Dept. of Informatics, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece
This book provides state-of-the-art treatment of methodologies and
applications of system simulation related to all disciplines that range
from toll-plaza systems for highways and bridges, traffic light control in
city planning and engineering, design of transistors, VLSI chips, and
computer systems and networks to the design and optimization of the
operation of aerodynamic, air traffic control, and space shuttle systems.
In a series of structured and focused chapters written by leading
international experts from academia, industry and government, this volume
presents the fundamentals of system simulation along with the latest
research results and applications. Exclusive to this volume is coverage of:
* Review of the fundamentals of system modeling and simulation;
* Applications of modeling and simulation to wireless networks and
* Applications of modeling and simulation to computer systems and
* Applications of modeling and simulation to city and regional planning
* Applications of modeling and simulation to military systems;
* Applications of modeling and simulation to aerospace engineering;
* Simulation of Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems;
* Simulation and modeling of ATM Systems and Networks;
* Simulation of Satellite Systems;
* Modeling and Simulation of Semiconductor Transceivers;
* Simulation of Agent-Based Systems;
* Simulation in Knowledge Based Systems;
* Simulation of Manufacturing Systems;
* Parallel and Distributed Simulation;
* Verification, Validation, and Accreditation of Simulation Models.
With its particular breadth and depth, Applied System Simulation is an
ideal reference work for practitioners and researchers working in all areas
of modeling and simulation. Given its cohesive structure, it would also
serve as a textbook for graduate and senior undergraduate level courses on
modeling and simulation for all disciplines.
CONTENTS AND CONTRIBUTORS
* 1: Introduction to Applied System Simulation; M.S. Obaidat, G.I.
* 2: Fundamentals of System Simulation; G.I. Papadimitriou, B. Sadoun,
* 3: Simulation of Computer System Architectures; D.N. Serpanos, M.
Gambrili, D. Chaviaras.
* 4: Simulation of Parallel and Distributed Systems Scheduling; H.D.
* 5: Modeling and Simulation of ATM Systems and Networks; M.S. Obaidat,
* 6: Simulation of Wireless Networks; M.S. Obaidat, D.B. Green.
* 7: Satellite System Simulation; F. Davoli, M. Marchese.
* 8: Simulation in Web Data Management Systems; G.I. Papadimitriou,
A.I. Vakali, G. Pallis, S. Petridou, A.S. Pomportsis.
* 9: Modeling and Simulation of Semiconductor Transceivers; J. Leonard,
A. Savla, M. Ismail.
* 10: Agent- Oriented Simulation; A. Uhrmacher, W. Swartout.
* 11: A Distributed Intelligent Discrete-Event Environment for
Autonomous Agents Simulation; M. Jamshidi, S. Sheikh-Bahaei, J. Kitzinger,
P. Sridhar, S. Xia, Y. Wang, J. Liu, E. Tunstel, Jr., M. Akbarzadeh, A.
El-Osery, M. Fathi, X. Hu, B.P. Zeigler.
* 12: Simulation in Health Services and Biomedicine; J.G. Anderson.
* 13: Simulation in Environmental and Ecological Systems; L.A. Belfore,
* 14: Simulation in City Planning and Engineering; B. Sadoun.
* 15: Simulation of Manufacturing Systems; J.W. Fowler, A.K. Schömig.
* 16: Aerospace Vehicle and Air Traffic Simulation;A.R. Pritchett, M.M.
van Paassen, F.P. Wieland , E.N. Johnson.
* 17: Simulation in Business Administration and Management; W.
Dangelmaier, B. Mueck.
* 18: Military Applications of Simulation; P.K. Davis.
* 19: Simulation in Education and Training; J.P. Kincaid, R. Hamilton,
R.W. Tarr, H. Sangani.
* 20: Parallel and Distributed Simulation; F. Moradi, R. Ayani.
* 21: Verification, Validation, and Accreditation of Simulation Models;
D.K. Pace. Index.
Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-7603-7 Date: September 2003 Pages: 528 pp.
EURO 152.00 / USD 168.00 / GBP 104.00
Philosophical Dimensions of Logic and Science
The Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
The Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
The University of Information Technology and Management, Rzeszów, Poland
SYNTHESE LIBRARY -- 320
Philosophical Dimensions of Logic and Science is a collection of
outstanding contributed papers presented at the 11th International Congress
of Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science held in Kraków in 1999.
The Congress was a follow-up to the series of meetings, initiated once by
Alfred Tarski, which aimed to provide an interdisciplinary forum for
scientists, philosophers and logicians. The articles selected for
publication in the book comply with that idea and innovatively address
current issues in logic, metamathematics, philosophy of language,
philosophy of science, and cognitive science, as well as philosophical
problems of biology, chemistry and physics.
The volume will be of interest to philosophers, logicians and scientists
interested in foundational problems of their disciplines.
Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-1645-X Date: October 2003 Pages: 406 pp.
EURO 155.00 / USD 171.00 / GBP 107.00
The Alfonsine Tables of Toledo
University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
Bernard R. Goldstein
University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA
ARCHIMEDES -- 8
The Alfonsine Tables of Toledo is for historians working in the fields of
astronomy, science, the Middle Ages, Spanish and other Romance languages.
It is also of interest to scholars interested in the history of Castile, in
Castilian-French relations in the Middle Ages and in the history of
patronage. It explores the Castilian canons of the Alfonsine Tables and
offers a study of their context, language, astronomical content, and
The Alfonsine Tables of Toledo is unique in that it:
* includes an edition of a crucial text in history of science;
* provides an explanation of astronomy as it was practiced in the
* presents abundant material on early scientific language in Castilian;
* presents new material on the diffusion of Alfonsine astronomy in Europe;
* describes the role of royal patronage of science in a medieval context.
List of Figures. Preface.
* 1: Introduction.
* 2: Text. 2.1. Need for a new edition. 2.2. The manuscript. 2.3. The
text. 2.4. Transcription criteria. 2.5. A transcription of the Libro de las
* 3: Glossary of technical terms.
* 4: Astronomical commentary.
* 5: Context.
* 6: The legacy of Alfonsine astronomy. 6.1. Introduction. 6.2. The
characteristics of Alfonsine astronomy in Paris. 6.3. The astronomers in
the Alfonsine tradition in Paris. 6.4. Beyond Paris. Bibliography.
Notation. Manuscripts cited. List of parameters. Index.
Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-1572-0 Date: October 2003 Pages: 356 pp.
EURO 140.00 / USD 154.00 / GBP 97.00
Second Language Teaching
A View from the Right Side of the Brain
University of Toronto, Canada
TOPICS IN LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS -- 8
Second Language Teaching, A view from the Right Side of the Brain:
* offers a practical introduction to the use of neuroscience to teach
* provides information on the relation between how the brain learns and
how this can be used to construct classroom activities;
* evaluates methods, syllabi, approaches, etc. from the perspective of
* illustrates how teaching can unfold with actual examples in several
This volume is indispensable in courses designed for language teachers,
curriculum planners, and applied linguistics.
Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-1488-0 Date: September 2003 Pages: 214 pp.
EURO 90.00 / USD 86.00 / GBP 58.00
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