Anthropology, with its dual emphasis on biology and culture, is--or should be--the discipline most suited to the study of the complex interactions between these aspects of our lives. Unfortunately, since the early decades of this century, biological and cultural anthropology have grown distinct, and a holistic vision of anthropology has suffered. This book brings culture and biology back together in new and refreshing ways. Directly addressing earlier criticisms of biological anthropology, Building a New Biocultural Synthesis concerns how culture and political economy affect human biology--e.g., people's nutritional status, the spread of disease, exposure to pollution--and how biological consequences might then have further effects on cultural, social, and economic systems. Contributors to the volume offer case studies on health, nutrition, and violence among prehistoric and historical peoples in the Americas; theoretical chapters on nonracial approaches to human variation and the development of critical, humanistic and political ecological approaches in biocultural anthropology; and explorations of biological conditions in contemporary societies in relationship to global changes. Building a New Biocultural Synthesis will sharpen and enrich the relevance of anthropology for understanding a wide variety of struggles to cope with and combat persistent human suffering. It should appeal to all anthropologists and be of interest to sister disciplines such as nutrition and sociology. Alan H. Goodman is Professor of Anthropology, Hampshire College. Thomas L. Leatherman is Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of South Carolina.
This book is a selection of results obtained within three years of research performed under SYNAT-a nation-wide scientific project aiming at creating an infrastructure for scientific content storage and sharing for academia, education and open knowledge society in Poland.
The book is intended to be the last of the series related to the SYNAT project. The previous books, titled "Intelligent Tools for Building a Scientific Information Platform" and "Intelligent Tools for Building a Scientific Information Platform: Advanced Architectures and Solutions", were published as volumes 390 and 467 in Springer's Studies in Computational Intelligence. Its contents is based on the SYNAT 2013 Workshop held in Warsaw. The papers included in this volume present an overview and insight into information retrieval, repository systems, text processing, ontology-based systems, text mining, multimedia data processing and advanced software engineering, addressing the problems of implementing intelligent tools for building a scientific information platform.
Building Automation Systems A to Z. Teaches you everything you need to know to work on or with building automation systems. Written in a conversational style, the author shares his extensive experience with building automation systems.The book covers a broad list of topics and is designed to be your go-to manual for building automation questions. This reference guide consists of 16 chapters jam-packed with knowledge!Chapter 1: HVAC FundamentalsChapter 2: Intro to BASChapter 3: Smart Building SystemsChapter 4: Intro to Information TechnologyChapter 5: Electrical FundamentalsChapter 6: Standards and OrganizationsChapter 7: ProcurementChapter 8: The Construction ProcessChapter 9: Upgrading the BASChapter 10: Managing a BASChapter 11: Managing Service ProvidersChapter 12: Advanced Maintenance ManagementChapter 13: AnalyticsChapter 14: The Internet of ThingsChapter 15: Systems IntegrationChapter 16: Next StepsNot only do you get all of this great knowledge but the book also includes a website where the author regularly adds checklists and other content for the books readers.So if you are ready to take your knowledge of building automation systems to the next level, then purchase Building Automation Systems A to Z.