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Free Science Books

Postby Llacheu » Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:41 pm

Well some of them are real science books/papers. Some are questionable, so read before downloading. But there are some good reads there too.
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Re: Free Science Books

Postby Witness » Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:04 pm

Thanks a lot, I love free (science) e-books! :)

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Free papers (PDF)

Postby Witness » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:50 pm

Here http://sober.philosophy.wisc.edu/selected-papers you can download papers by philosopher Elliott Sober about Number theory, Probabilities, Natural selection, Evolution, Epistemology… and even "Intelligent" Design.

Happy reading! 8)

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Re: Free Science Books

Postby DrMatt » Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:56 am

Bunch of folks on FB suddenly talking about QM being all about the magical power of consciousness, again, and asking me to "cite references". The fact that science isn't an up-for-grabs humanities subject just hasn't sunk in.
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Re: Free Science Books

Postby Witness » Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:41 pm

Another link (all fields):
http://www.freebookcentre.net/.

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Re: Free Science Books

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:00 pm

DrMatt wrote:The fact that science isn't an up-for-grabs humanities subject just hasn't sunk in.


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Re: Free Science Books

Postby DrMatt » Tue Dec 10, 2013 1:14 am

That's nanoagressor to you, bud!
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Re: Free Science Books

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:23 am

DrMatt wrote:That's nanoagressor to you, bud!


Homeopathy, eh?

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Re: Free Science Books

Postby Witness » Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:55 am

The world according to the Hubble Space Telescope
Mario Livio
(Submitted on 21 Mar 2003)

The Hubble Space Telescope (HST), in its thirteen years of operation, has allowed us to observe properties of the universe humans have been able, until very recently, to probe only with their thoughts. This review presents a brief summary of a few of the highlights of HST discoveries, discusses their physical implications, and identifies unsolved problems. A broad range of topics is covered, from our own solar system to cosmology. The topics fall into the general categories of: planets (including both in the solar system and extrasolar), stellar evolution, black holes (including both of stellar-mass and supermassive), galaxy formation and evolution, the determination of cosmological parameters, and the nature of the recently discovered "dark energy.''


You can download the PDF from the page: http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0303500

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Re: Free Science Books

Postby Witness » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:00 am

A book of numbers:

Miscellaneous Mathematical Constants
by
Simon Plouffe

File Type :Online
Number of Pages :NA

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This popular classic work by Simon Plouffe is in the English language, consist as a collection of mathematical constants. [sic]

http://www.freebookcentre.net/maths-books-download/Miscellaneous-Mathematical-Constants.html

Plouffe is the guy who showed that one can compute the billionth digit of pi without knowing all the preceding ones (his formulae converge so fast that it's enough to compute a range of digits, the errors staying on the borders, if I remember well).

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Re: Free Science Books

Postby Witness » Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:13 am

Not a book, but a swell picture (happy taxpayers, you):

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On the same page you can download a high-res version, 29,566 × 14,321 pixels, a pleasure to navigate.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Eta_Carinae_Nebula_1.jpg.

And don't miss Eta Carinae herself (Wiki page).

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Re: Free Science Books

Postby Malfie Henpox » Sun Jan 12, 2014 4:45 am

In the interests of open debate, I'd like to see creationism sceince books freely available. By all accounts, the jury is still out on god vs evolution. And it's good to keep up with the cutting edge reasoning and science.

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Re: Free Science Books

Postby silverdrake » Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:03 am

Science and creationism are not related.

Creationism also has nothing to do with "reasoning".

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Re: Free Science Books

Postby Doctor X » Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:52 am

Cunts never have a grasp of "reason."

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Re: Free Science Books

Postby Malfie Henpox » Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:01 pm

Clearly. Or you wouldn't have been conceived.

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Re: Free Science Books

Postby Malfie Henpox » Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:22 pm

silverdrake wrote:Science and creationism are not related.
Creationism also has nothing to do with "reasoning".


I would say that it most certainly requires a level of reason to acquire a god.

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Re: Free Science Books

Postby Doctor X » Fri Jan 17, 2014 9:49 am

And they know it.

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Re: Free Science Books

Postby Witness » Thu Jun 05, 2014 6:28 pm

A very rich source, most downloadable, some online:
http://freecomputerbooks.com/

Not only for computer geeks, there is also some general science to be found.

If you are bored at work( :o ), you can make a break with one of those short, and cruel, programming koans:
http://thecodelesscode.com/contents

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Re: Free Science Books

Postby Rob Lister » Thu Jun 05, 2014 9:37 pm

one of note

Plug and Play

The monk Wangohan had been given a web application to develop on his own. For this task he had chosen a promising new framework, but because it was unfamiliar his initial implementation was awkward and fragile. For weeks Wangohan labored to correct the problems, restructuring his code as his understanding of the framework grew. By release time his application was elegant beyond compare, and the abbots of the Spider Clan agreed to allow the new tool in future projects.

“But first,” said the junior abbot, “we must implement the fundamental components that the Temple will need, and provide them to all who would consume this framework.”

To Wangohan’s great dismay, the monk Landhwa was chosen for this task. Worse yet, Landhwa had no interest in studying Wangohan’s code, nor in learning from Wangohan the many particulars of the framework. Instead Landhwa consulted Wangohan only when he could not be bothered to find the answer to some simple question on his own.

Finally Wangohan asked the junior abbot of the Spider Clan why Landhwa was chosen to lead the adoption of the framework.

“He is skilled with code, his workload was light, and he did not object to the opportunity,” said the junior abbot indifferently.

Wangohan bowed and went out.

- - -

The next day, master Suku summoned Wangohan to her chamber.

“The junior abbot has been taken ill with stomach cramps of a most unpleasant nature,” she said. “The cause is unknown, but I suspect bad cinnamon.”

“It is a common malady,” agreed Wangohan.

“I was going to suggest as much to the junior abbot, but learned that you had already taken him to the operating room,” said Suku. “I was unaware that the Temple had an operating room.”

“It serves primarily as the carpenter’s shed,” said Wangohan.

“And I presume that the surgeon serves primarily as the carpenter?”

“Yes,” said Wangohan. “But as I told the junior abbot: he is skilled with blades, his workload was light, and he did not object to the opportunity.”

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Re: Free Science Books

Postby DrMatt » Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:36 pm

I've thought of leaving copies of On the Origin of Species in hotel rooms. But I think that when I take up leaving things next to th bible in hotel rooms, they'll be condoms. More positive benefit to the buck, you know.
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