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It is a commonplace that scientific inquiry makes extensive use of probabilities, many of which seem to be objective chances, describing features of reality that are independent of our minds. Such chances appear to have a number of paradoxical or puzzling features: they appear to be mind-independent facts, but they are intimately connected with rational psychology; they display a temporal asymmetry, but they are supposed to be grounded in physical laws that are time-symmetric; and chances are used to explain and predict frequencies of events, although they cannot be reduced to those frequencies. This book offers an accessible and non-technical introduction to these and other puzzles. Toby Handfield engages with traditional metaphysics and philosophy of science, drawing upon recent work in the foundations of quantum mechanics and thermodynamics to provide a novel account of objective probability that is empirically informed without requiring specialist scientific knowledge.
For fans of How to Train Your Dragon comes a new tale about dragon Miss Drake and her human pet Winnie, by a two-time Newbery Honor winner, featuring illustrations by Caldecott Honor winner Mary GrandPre.
Three-thousand-year-old Miss Drake has arranged to send her dear pet Winnie to The Spriggs Academy, an extraordinary school for humans and magicals alike. Winnie is particularly excited about magic class and having Sir Isaac Newton for science. She's also making new friends-and frenemies. . . .
When a plot to snatch Winnie from her San Francisco home is uncovered, Miss Drake is ready to use all her cunning and magic to thwart it. Not that feisty Winnie needs the help. . . . As a team, the intrepid duo you first met in A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans is unstoppable!
With equal doses of whimsy and humor, Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder have crafted an enchanting story about true friendship.
Praise for A Dragon's Guide to Making Your Human Smarter
"Yep and Ryder keep the magic coming with their whimsical fantasy, enhanced by Grandpre's sweet drawings. The story positively vibrates with fun." -Kirkus Reviews
" Lighthearted episodes of unusual school lessons and field trips, illustrated by GrandPre's winsome spot art, are grounded by Miss Drake's more serious encounters with the goons...a gratifying development as this buoyant, fantastical series continues."-The Horn Book Review
Praise for A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans
*"Warm humor, magical mishaps, and the main characters' budding mutual respect and affection combine to give this opener for a planned series a special shine that will draw readers and leave them impatient for sequels." -Booklist, Starred
"The tale is alternately comical, suspenseful and sometimes sweetly emotional." -Kirkus Reviews
"Miss Drake's arch narration and the sharp back-and-forth between the characters create an enchanting story, accented by GrandPre's whimsical black-and-white spot illustrations." -Publishers Weekly
"With a black-and-white spot illustration opening most chapters, an engaging narrator, and a consistently fluid writing style, this title makes a fine dragon choice for readers." -School Library Journal
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There are times when we d all like to disown our family.
But when the going got tough, Grace did it for real, leaving her family and even her lover behind.
With a lovely house, a new boyfriend and her family safely tucked in the past, everything seems perfect. Until Grace discovers that her estranged father is dying.
Now she must decide whether to stay in her cosy new world, or return to face the wrath of her abandoned siblings and the wiles of an evil stepmother . . .
A FIELD GUIDE TO BURYING YOUR PARENTS is a heartbreakingly funny story about life, loss and what it really means to come home.
The highest mission of the physician is to prevent disease. A knowledge of the cause of a disease is half the cure and often all the prevention necessary. A knowledge of its nature leads to a correct appreciation of the physician's skill and services. This volume is intended as a guide to the intelligent layman.
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