Computational Methods in Systems Biology

Biology and Genetics

Letters to a Beekeeper by Alys Fowler, Steve Benbow
Sharks : The Animal Answer Guide
Surviving the Shark : How a Brutal Great White Attack Turned a Surfer Into a Dedicated Defender of Sharks
Olivier Roux, Jérémie Bourdon, “Computational Methods in Systems Biology”
Genes, Brains, and Human Potential: The Science and Ideology of Intelligence by Ken Richardson

Letters to a Beekeeper by Alys Fowler, Steve Benbow

English | July 20th, 2017 | ASIN: B01LZ29ZEX, ISBN: 1783521155 | 89 Pages | EPUB | 19.74 MB

This the story of how, over the course of a year, Alys, the Guardian gardening writer, learns how to keep bees; and Steve, the urban beekeeper, learns how to plant a pollinator-friendly garden.
Part beautifully designed coffee-table book, part manifesto, this collection of engaging letters, emails, texts, recipes, notes and glorious photos creates a record of the trials, tribulations, reward and joys of working with, rather than against, nature. And along the way, the reader picks up a wealth of advice, tips and ideas for growing food and keeping pollinators well fed.

Sharks : The Animal Answer Guide

English | 2014 | ISBN: 1421413094 | 286 Pages | PDF | 16 MB

Answering every conceivable question about sharks, authors Gene Helfman and George H. Burgess describe the fascinating biology, behavior, diversity (there are more than 1,000 species worldwide), and cultural importance of sharks, their close relationship to skates and rays, and their critical role in healthy ecosystems.
Helfman and Burgess take readers on a round-the-world tour of shark habitats, which include oceans as well as lakes and even rivers (as far up the Mississippi as St. Louis). They describe huge, ferocious predators like (Great) White and Tiger sharks and species such as Basking and Whale sharks that feed on microscopic prey yet can grow to lengths of more than 40 feet. The mysterious and powerful Greenland shark, the authors explain, reaches a weight of 2,200 pounds on a diet of seal flesh. Small (less than 2-foot long) Cookiecutter sharks attack other sharks and even take a chunk out of the occasional swimmer.
Despite our natural fascination with sharks, we have become their worst enemy. Many shark species are in serious decline and a number are threatened with extinction as a result of overfishing and persecution. Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide presents a perfect mix of current science, history, anthropology, intriguing facts, and gripping photographs. Whether your fascination with sharks stems from fear or curiosity, your knowledge of these animals will improve immensely when you consult this book.

Surviving the Shark : How a Brutal Great White Attack Turned a Surfer Into a Dedicated Defender of Sharks

English | 2012 | ISBN: 1634502833 | 147 Pages | ePUB | 6.2 MB

In Surviving the Shark, Jonathan Kathrein describes his incredible shark attack experience. The book covers all aspects of Kathrein’s survival, beginning with the eerie moments just before the attack, when something smashes into Kathrein’s hand as he paddles on his board, waiting for a wave off Stinson Beach in northern California. Realizing it is probably shark, and possibly a great white, Kathrein tries to paddle away, furiously trying to make it toward shore, where he sees some of his friends on the beach. But it is too late, as the great white returns, slams into him, then grabs his leg and pulls him underwater, thrashing him back and forth, trying to rip his leg off.
How Kathrein is able to escape and make his way to shore, despite his horrific wounds, is nothing short of amazing. But that’s just the beginning, as he now faces months of physical and mental rehabilitation, all the while dealing with the constant media attention that the attack has generated. Gradually, with the help of his family and friends, Kathrein makes a recovery. Today, Kathrein gives lectures on shark conservation, as well as on such topics as avoiding shark attacks when you’re in the water. In this book, he not only writes of his ordeal, but also delves into shark behavior, and explains his desire to spread shark awareness.

Olivier Roux, Jérémie Bourdon, “Computational Methods in Systems Biology”

2015 | pages: 302 | ISBN: 3319234005 | PDF | 15,1 mb

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Computational Methods in Systems Biology, CMSB 2015, held in Nantes, France, in September 2015. The 20 full papers and 2 short papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 43 full and 4 short paper submissions. The papers cover a wide range of topics in the analysis of biological systems, networks and data such as model checking, stochastic analysis, hybrid systems, circadian clock, time series data, logic programming, and constraints solving ranging from intercellular to multiscale.

Genes, Brains, and Human Potential: The Science and Ideology of Intelligence by Ken Richardson

English | March 21st, 2017 | ASIN: B06X8Z96RY, ISBN: 0231178425 | 396 Pages | EPUB | 2.52 MB

For countless generations people have been told that their potential as humans is limited and fundamentally unequal. The social order, they have been assured, is arranged by powers beyond their control. More recently the appeal has been to biology, specifically the genes, brain sciences, the concept of intelligence, and powerful new technologies. Reinforced through the authority of science and a growing belief in bio-determinism, the ordering of the many for the benefit of a few has become more entrenched.
Yet scientists are now waking up to the influence of ideology on research and its interpretation. In Genes, Brains, and Human Potential, Ken Richardson illustrates how the ideology of human intelligence has infiltrated genetics, brain sciences, and psychology, flourishing in the vagueness of basic concepts, a shallow nature-versus-nurture debate, and the overhyped claims of reductionists. He shows how ideology, more than pure science, has come to dominate our institutions, especially education, encouraging fatalism about the development of human intelligence among individuals and societies.
Genes, Brains, and Human Potential goes much further: building on work being done in molecular biology, epigenetics, dynamical systems, evolution theory, and complexity theory, it maps a fresh understanding of intelligence and the development of human potential. Concluding with an upbeat message for human possibilities, this synthesis of diverse perspectives will engender new conversations among students, researchers, and other interested readers.