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Integral Transforms and Their Applications

Integral Transforms and Their Applications

Author: Brian Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/12/2010

This is a substantially updated, extended and reorganized third edition of an introductory text on the use of integral transforms. Chapter I is largely new, covering introductory aspects of complex variable theory. Emphasis is on the development of techniques and the connection between properties of transforms and the kind of problems for which they provide tools. Around 400 problems are accompanied in the text. It will be useful for graduate students and researchers working in mathematics and physics.

Language, Meaning, and God Essays in Honor of Herbert McCabe OP

Language, Meaning, and God Essays in Honor of Herbert McCabe OP

Author: Brian Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2010

Warfare, State and Society on the Black Sea Steppe, 1500-1700

Warfare, State and Society on the Black Sea Steppe, 1500-1700

Author: Brian Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2007

This crucial period in Russia's history has, up until now, been neglected by historians, but here Brian L. Davies' study provides an essential insight into the emergence of Russia as a great power. For nearly three centuries, Russia vied with the Crimean Khanate, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Ottoman Empire for mastery of the Ukraine and the fertile steppes above the Black Sea, a region of great strategic and economic importance - arguably the pivot of Eurasia at the time. The long campaign took a great toll upon Russia's population, economy and institutions, and repeatedly frustrated or redefined Russian military and diplomatic projects in the West. The struggle was every bit as important as Russia's wars in northern and central Europe for driving the Russian state-building process, forcing military reform and shaping Russia's visions of Empire.

Warfare, State and Society on the Black Sea Steppe, 1500-1700

Warfare, State and Society on the Black Sea Steppe, 1500-1700

Author: Brian Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2007

This crucial period in Russia's history has, up until now, been neglected by historians, but here Brian L. Davies' study provides an essential insight into the emergence of Russia as a great power. For nearly three centuries, Russia vied with the Crimean Khanate, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Ottoman Empire for mastery of the Ukraine and the fertile steppes above the Black Sea, a region of great strategic and economic importance - arguably the pivot of Eurasia at the time. The long campaign took a great toll upon Russia's population, economy and institutions, and repeatedly frustrated or redefined Russian military and diplomatic projects in the West. The struggle was every bit as important as Russia's wars in northern and central Europe for driving the Russian state-building process, forcing military reform and shaping Russia's visions of Empire.

Reality of God and the Problem of Evil

Reality of God and the Problem of Evil

Author: Brian Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/10/2006

This is an important new book on how we can still believe in a God of love and confront the problem of evil in the world. Probably the most important book on the subject since John Hick's book Evil and the God of Love . Evil is a strong word that people now employ fairly rarely. Many people believe these days that God is omnipotent, omniscient and good and that what we deem to be bad or evil in the world is no reason for abandoning belief in God. It is an intellectual or theoretical problem not one where the focus is on how one might bring about some desirable goal (a practical matter). Professor Davies says we should tackle this problem by attending to the basics, by asking whether there is a God and then What is God? He starts by summarizing the arguments so far (from Seneca to the present day). He then moves to what he describes as the basics (see above) and demonstrates that much of what has been written about on the topic of evil is in fact irrelevant or just plain wrong. Finally, though many theologians argue that evil is a mystery, Davies argues that this too is wrong and a cop out. We should rather be concerned with the problem (or mystery) of good. The real issue is 'Why is there not more good than there is'. From the discussion Aquinas emerges as a hero (as filtered through analytical philosophy) but many moderns thinkers do not emerge so well. Davies effectively picks holes in the arguments of Peter Geach, Paul Helm, Richard Swinburne and even Mary Baker Eddy. This is a lively book on a tricky subject, written at all times with humour and much practical example.

Mumbles and Gower Pubs

Mumbles and Gower Pubs

Author: Brian Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2006

Features the pubs and inns of the Gower Peninsula. This book, featuring a collection of photographs, prints, and postcards, is for all those who want to know more about the history of the area's pubs, their clientele, landlords and ladies, and takes the reader on a journey into the past of their favourite local.

Aquinas's Summa Theologiae

Aquinas's Summa Theologiae

Author: Brian Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/11/2005

Thomas Aquinas (1224/6-1274) was first and foremost a Christian theologian. Yet he was also one of the greatest philosophers of the Middle Ages. Drawing on classical authors, and incorporating ideas from Jewish and Arab sources, he came to offer a rounded and lasting account of the origin of the universe and of the things to be found within it, especially human beings.

Aquinas's Summa Theologiae

Aquinas's Summa Theologiae

Author: Brian Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/11/2005

Thomas Aquinas (1224/6-1274) was first and foremost a Christian theologian. Yet he was also one of the greatest philosophers of the Middle Ages. Drawing on classical authors, and incorporating ideas from Jewish and Arab sources, he came to offer a rounded and lasting account of the origin of the universe and of the things to be found within it, especially human beings.

Llanelli

Llanelli

Author: Brian Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2004

Using over 200 images this book illustrates what life was like for the many varied workers who populated the area during the heyday of Welsh industrialism as well as the history of shops and social events.

Reading Bernstein, Researching Bernstein

Reading Bernstein, Researching Bernstein

Author: Brian Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/06/2004

Basil Bernstein is arguably one of the most important educational theorists of the late 20th century. Whilst most academics and students in sociology of education know of Bernstein, few can claim to fully understand the scope and power of his work, which simply cannot be matched by any of his contemporaries. This book, written by a team of international contributors, offers an insight into the richness and depth of his theories. It demonstrates the growing recognition of the value of Bernstein's work to understanding unfolding developments in education systems around the world today. The volume is divided into four sections: * Section 1 considers the work of the theorists that Bernstein worked 'through' and 'with', from Durkheim and Marx to Bourdieu and Foucault * Section 2 focuses on teaching and learning in school contexts and draw on current issues like boy's underachievement, citizenship, system reform and language learning in varied cultural contexts * Section 3 applies Bernstein's theories to teacher education * Section 4 focuses on international and higher education This comprehensive text will show the international academic community in education and sociology - as well as students on education, sociology, sociolinguistic and social pyschology degrees - how to read and use Bernstein.

Aquinas

Aquinas

Author: Brian Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2003

St. Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-1274) is widely viewed as one of the greatest Christian thinkers of all time. Aquinas was the ultimate combination of theologian and philosopher; and his influence on Christian life and thought reaches from the Council of Trent to the Second Vatican Council and through to today. Brian Davies shows that Aquinas's approach to the common questions of faith and existence is just as pressing and significant in our time. Here, the latest scholarship is incorporated with a clear and indispensable guide to Aquinas's thought.

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

Author: Brian Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2003

What does belief in God amount to? Can we reasonably believe in God's existence without argument or evidence? Can God's existence be proved? Can we believe in miracles? Is there life after death? In this book, Brian Davies provides a critical examination of some fundamental questions posed by religious belief. Completely rewritten in order to cover the latest developments in the field, the new edition of this highly successful textbook will once again prove the ideal introduction for all students of the philosophy of religion. The book is highly accessible and covers all the key elements of a course in the philosophy of religion. It is designed to complement Brian Davies' Philosophy of Religion: A Guide and Anthology, although the book can also be used as a stand-alone introduction.

Exploring Chaos Theory And Experiment

Exploring Chaos Theory And Experiment

Author: Brian Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/10/2003

This book presents elements of the theory of chaos in dynamical systems in a framework of theoretical understanding coupled with numerical and graphical experimentation. The theory is developed using only elementary calculus and algebra, and includes dynamics of one-and two-dimensional maps, periodic orbits, stability and its quantification, chaotic behavior, and bifurcation theory of one-dimensional systems. There is an introduction to the theory of fractals, with an emphasis on the importance of scaling, and a concluding chapter on ordinary differential equations. The accompanying software, written in Java, is available online (see link below). The program enables students to carry out their own quantitative experiments on a variety of nonlinear systems, including the analysis of fixed points of compositions of maps, calculation of Fourier spectra and Lyapunov exponents, and box counting for two-dimensional maps. It also provides for visualizing orbits, final state and bifurcation diagrams, Fourier spectra and Lyapunov exponents, basins of attractions, three-dimensional orbits, Poincar ections, and return maps. Please visit http://www.maths.anu.edu.au/~briand/chaos/ for the integrated cross-platform software.

Thomas Aquinas Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives

Thomas Aquinas Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives

Author: Brian Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2002

Brian Davies offers a full-scale introduction to Aquinas's philosophy, collecting in one volume the best recent essays on Aquinas by some of the world's foremost scholars of medieval philosophy. Taken together they illuminate the entire spectrum of Aquinas's thought: philosophy of nature, logic, metaphysics, natural theology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of action and ethics. Philosophically rigorous, readable, informative, critical, and evaluative of the texts of Aquinas, the essays are framed by a detailed introduction providing an account of Aquinas's life, works, and his major philosophical conclusion.

Thomas Aquinas Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives

Thomas Aquinas Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives

Author: Brian Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2002

Brian Davies offers a full-scale introduction to Aquinas's philosophy, collecting in one volume the best recent essays on Aquinas by some of the world's foremost scholars of medieval philosophy. Taken together they illuminate the entire spectrum of Aquinas's thought: philosophy of nature, logic, metaphysics, natural theology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of action and ethics. Philosophically rigorous, readable, informative, critical, and evaluative of the texts of Aquinas, the essays are framed by a detailed introduction providing an account of Aquinas's life, works, and his major philosophical conclusion.

Integral Transforms and Their Applications

Integral Transforms and Their Applications

Author: Brian Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2002

This is a substantially updated, extended and reorganized third edition of an introductory text on the use of integral transforms. Chapter I is largely new, covering introductory aspects of complex variable theory. Emphasis is on the development of techniques and the connection between properties of transforms and the kind of problems for which they provide tools. Around 400 problems are accompanied in the text. It will be useful for graduate students and researchers working in mathematics and physics.