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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 236.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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             Date: Tue, 09 Sep 2003 06:28:31 +0100
             From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
             Subject: new books

    Processes and Boundaries of the Mind
    Extending the Limit Line


    Yair Neuman
    Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel


    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

    edited by

    Thomas Bonk
    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany


    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
    Carnap's views;
         * 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
    philosophical traditions.
    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

    edited by

    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
    and engineering;
         * 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.

         * 1: Introduction to Applied System Simulation; M.S. Obaidat, G.I.
         * 2: Fundamentals of System Simulation; G.I. Papadimitriou, B. Sadoun,
    C. Papazoglou.
         * 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,
    N. Boudriga.
         * 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

    edited by

    Artur Rojszczak
    The Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

    Jacek Cachro
    The Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

    Gabriel Kurczewski
    The University of Information Technology and Management, Rzeszów, Poland


    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


    José Chabaás
    University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

    Bernard R. Goldstein
    University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA


    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
    Middle Ages;
         * 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
    tables alfonsies.
         * 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


    Marcel Danesi
    University of Toronto, Canada


    Second Language Teaching, A view from the Right Side of the Brain:
         * offers a practical introduction to the use of neuroscience to teach
    second languages;
         * 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
    brain functioning;
         * 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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