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Intermediate technology

See below for a selection of the latest books from Intermediate technology category. Presented with a red border are the Intermediate technology books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Intermediate technology books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

The Coevolution

The Coevolution

Should digital technology be viewed as a new life form, sharing our ecosystem and coevolving with us? Are humans defining technology, or is technology defining humans? In this book, Edward Ashford Lee considers the case that we are less in control of the trajectory of technology than we think. It shapes us as much as we shape it, and it may be more defensible to think of technology as the result of a Darwinian coevolution than the result of top-down intelligent design. Richard Dawkins famously said that a chicken is an egg's way of making another egg. Is a human a computer's way of making another computer? To understand this question requires a deep dive into how evolution works, how humans are different from computers, and how the way technology develops resembles the emergence of a new life form on our planet. Lee presents the case for considering digital beings to be living, then offers counterarguments. What we humans do with our minds is more than computation, and what digital systems do-be teleported at the speed of light, backed up, and restored-may never be possible for humans. To believe that we are simply computations, he argues, is a dataist faith and scientifically indefensible. Digital beings depend on humans-and humans depend on digital beings. More likely than a planetary wipe-out of humanity is an ongoing, symbiotic coevolution of culture and technology.

Wave Propagation

Wave Propagation

An engineering-oriented introduction to wave propagation by an award-winning MIT professor, with highly accessible expositions and mathematical details-many classical but others not heretofore published. A wave is a traveling disturbance or oscillation-intentional or unintentional-that usually transfers energy without a net displacement of the medium in which the energy travels. Wave propagation is any of the means by which a wave travels. This book offers an engineering-oriented introduction to wave propagation that focuses on wave propagation in one-dimensional models that are anchored by the classical wave equation. The text is written in a style that is highly accessible to undergraduates, featuring extended and repetitive expositions and displaying and explaining mathematical and physical details-many classical but others not heretofore published. The formulations are devised to provide analytical foundations for studying more advanced topics of wave propagation. After a precalculus summary of rudimentary wave propagation and an introduction of the classical wave equation, the book presents solutions for the models of systems that are dimensionally infinite, semi-infinite, and finite. Chapters typically begin with a vignette based on some aspect of wave propagation, drawing on a diverse range of topics. The book provides more than two hundred end-of-chapter problems (supplying answers to most problems requiring a numerical result or brief analytical expression). Appendixes cover equations of motion for strings, rods, and circular shafts; shear beams; and electric transmission lines.

Advanced Multi-Criteria Decision Making for Addressing Complex Sustainability Issues

Advanced Multi-Criteria Decision Making for Addressing Complex Sustainability Issues

Author: Prasenjit Chatterjee Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2019

Sustainability issues have gained more importance in contemporary globalization, pushing decision makers to find a systematic mathematical approach to conduct analyses of this real-world problem. The growing complexity in modern social-economics or engineering environments or systems has forced researchers to solve complicated problems by using multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) approaches. However, traditional MCDM research mainly focuses on reaching the highest economic value or efficiency, and issues related to sustainability are still not closely explored. Advanced Multi-Criteria Decision Making for Addressing Complex Sustainability Issues discusses and addresses the challenges in the implementation of decision-making models in the context of green and sustainable engineering, criteria identification, quantification, comparison, selection, and analysis in the context of manufacturing, supply chain, transportation, and energy sectors. All academic communities in the areas of management, economics, business sciences, mechanical, and manufacturing technologies are able to use, apply, and implement the models presented in this book. It is intended for researchers, manufacturers, engineers, managers, industry professionals, academicians, and students.

Rural Technology Development and Delivery

Rural Technology Development and Delivery

Author: Subir Kumar Saha Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/04/2019

This book comprises the proceedings of a rural technologies conference organised by the Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG), which was conceptualized and initiated by Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Government of India R. Chidambaram in 2003-04. The book highlights case studies and research into providing science and technology interventions for the development of rural areas. Covering various aspects of research carried out in the area of rural technologies, it offers a valuable resource for researchers, professionals, and policymakers alike.

Perspectives on Defense Systems Analysis

Perspectives on Defense Systems Analysis

A guide to defense systems analysis by experts who have worked on systems that range from air defense to space defense. The Department of Defense and the military continually grapple with complex scientific, engineering, and technological problems. Defense systems analysis offers a way to reach a clearer understanding of how to approach and think about complex problems. It guides analysts in defining the question, capturing previous work in the area, assessing the principal issues, and understanding how they are linked. The goal of defense systems analysis is not necessarily to find a particular solution but to provide a roadmap to a solution, or an understanding of the relative value of alternative solutions. In this book, experts in the field-all of them with more than twenty years of experience-offer insights, advice, and concrete examples to guide practitioners in the art of defense systems analysis. The book describes general issues in systems analysis and analysis protocols in specific defense areas. It offers a useful overview of the process, a discussion of different venues, and practical advice running a study and reporting its results. It discusses red teaming (the search for vulnerabilities that might be exploited by an adversary) and its complement, blue teaming (the search for solutions to known shortcomings). It describes real-world defense systems analysis for both traditional and nontraditional areas, including air defense and ballistic missile defense systems, bioterrorism defense, space warfare, and interplanetary communications. Perspectives on Defense Systems Analysis is a very readable resource for analysts and engineers in industry, government, and research.

Glaucoma Surgery

Glaucoma Surgery

Author: Graham E. (University of Toronto/UHN, Ontario, Canada) Trope Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/04/2005

Filling a gap in the literature, Glaucoma Surgery illustrates a wide range of procedures for the treatment of glaucoma and the management of surgical complications, providing clear recommendations from seasoned experts in the field. This is the first ophthalmologic textbook to include a DVD showcasing the various surgical procedures to treat glaucoma and related complications. With contributions from international authorities, this guide provides step-by-step direction on modern surgical techniques, detailed coverage of methods for managing surgical complications, and reader-friendly explanations suitable for both budding and experienced glaucoma surgeons.

Rural Building Course Volumes 1-4

Rural Building Course Volumes 1-4

Author: TOOL Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/12/2003

Field Guide to Appropriate Technology

Field Guide to Appropriate Technology

Author: Barrett (Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.) Hazeltine Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/03/2003

Field Guide to Appropriate Technology is an all-in-one hands-on guide for nontechnical and technical people working in less developed communities. It has been developed and designed with a prestigious team of authors, each of whom has worked extensively in developing societies throughout the world. This field guide includes: Step-by-step instructions and illustrations showing how to build and maintain a vast array of appropriate technology systems and devices Unique coverage on healthcare, basic business and project management, principles of design, promotion, scheduling, training, microlending, and more Teachers, doctors, construction workers, forest and agricultural specialists, scientists and healthcare workers, and religious and government representatives will find this book a first source for advice

Technology, Tradition and Survival

Technology, Tradition and Survival

The contributors address the history, originality, variety and sophistication of traditional science, technology and material culture in the Middle East and Central Asia, their influence on the history of Europe and the West, and the threat posed by modern Western technologies.

Technology, Tradition and Survival

Technology, Tradition and Survival

Author: Richard (School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK) Tapper, Keith McLachlan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2002

The contributors address the history, originality, variety and sophistication of traditional science, technology and material culture in the Middle East and Central Asia, their influence on the history of Europe and the West, and the threat posed by modern Western technologies.

The Micro-hydro Pelton Turbine Manual

The Micro-hydro Pelton Turbine Manual

Author: Jeremy Thake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2000

Small and Medium Enterprises

Small and Medium Enterprises

Author: Sergio C. Trindade Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/1999