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A History of Force Feeding: Hunger Strikes, Prisons and Medical Ethics, 1909–1974

by Ian Miller

This book is Open Access under a CC BY license. It is the first monograph-length study of the force-feeding of hunger strikers in English, Irish and Northern Irish prisons. It examines ethical debates that arose throughout the twentieth century when governments authorised the force-feeding of imprisoned suffragettes, Irish republicans and convict prisoners. It also explores the fraught role of prison doctors called upon to perform the procedure. Since the Home Office first authorised force-feeding in 1909, a number of questions have been raised about the procedure. Is force-feeding safe? Can it kill? Are doctors who feed prisoners against their will abandoning the medical ethical norms of their profession? And do state bodies use prison doctors to help tackle political dissidence at times of political crisis?

Genre: History, Nonfiction, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 267 pages
Free download for Kindle from 25 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Renaissance Futurities: Science, Art, Invention

by Charlene Villaseñor Black

Genre: Arts & Photography, Art, History, Europe, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 256 pages
Free download for Kindle from 24 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

The Eclipse of the Modern Mind: The First Contact

by JP Gough

Genre: Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 146 pages
Free download for Kindle from 23 February 2020 onward  

Shaping Natural History and Settler Society: Mary Elizabeth Barber and the Nineteenth-Century Cape (Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series)

by Tanja Hammel

This book explores the life and work of Mary Elizabeth Barber, a British-born settler scientist who lived in the Cape during the nineteenth century. It provides a lens into a range of subjects within the history of knowledge and science, gender and social history, postcolonial, critical heritage and archival studies. The book examines the international importance of the life and works of a marginalized scientist, the instrumentalisation of science to settlers' political concerns and reveals the pivotal but largely silenced contribution of indigenous African experts. Including a variety of material, visual and textual sources, this study explores how these artefacts are archived and displayed in museums and critically analyses their content and silences. The book traces Barber’s legacy across three continents in collections and archives, offering insights into the politics of memory and history-making. At the same time, it forges a nuanced argument, incorporating study of the North and South, the history of science and social history, and the past and the present.

Genre: History, Africa, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 360 pages
Free download for Kindle from 23 February 2020 onward  

Basic and Applied Research: The Language of Science Policy in the Twentieth Century (European Conceptual History Book 4)

by David Kaldewey

Genre: History, World, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: Unknown
Free download for Kindle from 22 February 2020 onward  

The Astro Archaeology of Stonehenge: Concerning the Scientific Method

by George Curtis

Demonstrating with mathematics that many scientific theories and paradigms are based on logical fallacies. This book analyses the correlation between the ground-plan of Stonehenge and all the known planetary orbits of the Solar System, showing that if science would go beyond the accepted paradigm they would find new facts.

Genre: Science & Maths, Education, Experiments, Instruments & Measurement, History & Philosophy
Size: 55 pages
Free download for Kindle from 20 February 2020 onward  

Knowledge from a Human Point of View (Synthese Library Book 416)

by Ana-Maria Crețu

Genre: Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 152 pages
Free download for Kindle from 20 February 2020 onward  

Lewis Fry Richardson: His Intellectual Legacy and Influence in the Social Sciences (Pioneers in Arts, Humanities, Science, Engineering, Practice Book 27)

by Nils Petter Gleditsch

Genre: Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 148 pages
Free download for Kindle from 20 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 3.00 / 5
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Methodological Investigations in Agent-Based Modelling: With Applications for the Social Sciences (Methodos Series Book 13)

by Eric Silverman

This open access book examines the methodological complications of using complexity science concepts within the social science domain.  The opening chapters take the reader on a tour through the development of simulation methodologies in the fields of artificial life and population biology, then demonstrates the growing popularity and relevance of these methods in the social sciences.  Following an in-depth analysis of the potential impact of these methods on social science and social theory, the text provides substantive examples of the application of agent-based models in the field of demography.  This work offers a unique combination of applied simulation work and substantive, in-depth philosophical analysis, and as such has potential appeal for specialist social scientists, complex systems scientists, and philosophers of science interested in the methodology of simulation and the practice of interdisciplinary computing research.

Genre: Computing, Microsoft, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 235 pages
Free download for Kindle from 19 February 2020 onward  

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Everything Flows: Towards a Processual Philosophy of Biology

by Daniel J. Nicholson

This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations.Everything Flows explores the metaphysical thesis that the living world is not made up of substantial particles or things, as has often been supposed, but is rather constituted by processes. The biological domain is organised as an interdependent hierarchy of processes, which are stabilized and actively maintained at different timescales. Even entities that intuitively appear to be paradigms of things, such as organisms, are actually better understood as processes. Unlike previousattempts to articulate processual views of biology, which have tended to use Alfred North Whitehead's panpsychist metaphysics as a foundation, this book takes a naturalistic approach to metaphysics. It submits that the main motivations for replacing an ontology of substances with one of processes are to be foundin the empirical findings of science. Biology provides compelling reasons for thinking that the living realm is fundamentally dynamic, and that the existence of things is always conditional on the existence of processes. The phenomenon of life cries out for theories that prioritise processes over things, and it suggests that the central explanandum of biology is not change but rather stability, or more precisely, stability attained through constant change. This edited volume brings togetherphilosophers of science and metaphysicians interested in exploring the prospects of a processual philosophy of biology. The contributors draw on an extremely wide range of biological case studies, and employ a process perspective to cast new light on a number of traditional philosophical problems, suchas identity, persistence, and individuality.

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Science & Maths, Biological Sciences, History & Philosophy
Size: 416 pages
Free download for Kindle from 18 February 2020 onward  

The handbook Man The Species

by Ron A. Halter

Genre: Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 2.13 mb
Free download for Kindle from 17 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
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Punishing the Criminal Corpse, 1700-1840: Aggravated Forms of the Death Penalty in England (Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife)

by Peter King

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 licence. This book analyses the different types of post-execution punishments and other aggravated execution practices, the reasons why they were advocated, and the decision, enshrined in the Murder Act of 1752, to make two post-execution punishments, dissection and gibbeting, an integral part of sentences for murder. It traces the origins of the Act, and then explores the ways in which Act was actually put into practice. After identifying the dominance of penal dissection throughout the period, it looks at the abandonment of burning at the stake in the 1790s, the rapid decline of hanging in chains just after 1800, and the final abandonment of both dissection and gibbeting in 1832 and 1834. It concludes that the Act, by creating differentiation in levels of penalty, played an important role within the broader capital punishment system well into the nineteenth century. While eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century historians have extensively studied the ‘Bloody Code’ and the resulting interactions around the ‘Hanging Tree’, they have largely ignored an important dimension of the capital punishment system – the courts extensive use of aggravated and post-execution punishments. With this book, Peter King aims to rectify this neglected historical phenomenon.

Genre: History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Law, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 212 pages
Free download for Kindle from 16 February 2020 onward  

Executing Magic in the Modern Era: Criminal Bodies and the Gallows in Popular Medicine (Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife)

by Owen Davies

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 licenseThis book explores the magical and medical history of executions from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century by looking at the afterlife potency of criminal corpses, the healing activities of the executioner, and the magic of the gallows site. The use of corpses in medicine and magic has been recorded back into antiquity. The lacerated bodies of Roman gladiators were used as a source of curative blood, for instance. In early modern Europe, a great trade opened up in ancient Egyptian mummies and the fat of executed criminals, plundered as medicinal cure-alls. However, this is the first book to consider the demand for the blood of the executed, the desire for human fat, the resort to the hanged man’s hand, and the trade in hanging rope in the modern era. It ends by look at the spiritual afterlife of dead criminals.

Genre: History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 118 pages
Free download for Kindle from 16 February 2020 onward  

The Pathologisation of Homosexuality in Fascist Italy: The Case of 'G' (Genders and Sexualities in History)

by Gabriella Romano

This open access book investigates the pathologisation of homosexuality during the fascist regime in Italy through an analysis of the case of G., a man with "homosexual tendencies" interned in the Collegno mental health hospital in 1928. No systematic study exists on the possibility that Fascism used internment in an asylum as a tool of repression for LGBT people, as an alternative to confinement on an island, prison or home arrests. This research offers evidence that in some cases it did.The book highlights how the dictatorship operated in a low-key, shadowy and undetectable manner, bending pre-existing legislation. Its brutality was - and still is - difficult to prove. It also emphasises the ways in which existing stereotypes on homosexuality were reinforced by the regime propaganda in support of its so-called moralising campaign and how families, the police and the medical professionals joined forces in implementing this form of repression.

Genre: History, Europe, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 110 pages
Free download for Kindle from 14 February 2020 onward  

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Constructions of Cancer in Early Modern England: Ravenous Natures (Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine)

by Alanna Skuse

This book is open access under a CC-BY licence. Cancer is perhaps the modern world's most feared disease. Yet, we know relatively little about this malady's history before the nineteenth century. This book provides the first in-depth examination of perceptions of cancerous disease in early modern England. Looking to drama, poetry and polemic as well as medical texts and personal accounts, it contends that early modern people possessed an understanding of cancer which remains recognizable to us today. Many of the ways in which medical practitioners and lay people imagined cancer – as a 'woman's disease' or a 'beast' inside the body – remain strikingly familiar, and they helped to make this disease a byword for treachery and cruelty in discussions of religion, culture and politics. Equally, cancer treatments were among the era's most radical medical and surgical procedures. From buttered frog ointments to agonizing and dangerous surgeries, they raised abiding questions about the nature of disease and the proper role of the medical practitioner.

Genre: Fiction, History, Europe, World, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 240 pages
Free download for Kindle from 14 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 3.00 / 5
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Information—Consciousness—Reality: How a New Understanding of the Universe Can Help Answer Age-Old Questions of Existence (The Frontiers Collection)

by James B. Glattfelder

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy, Physics
Size: 662 pages
Free download for Kindle from 13 February 2020 onward  

Subvert: St Mary's Student Edition 2019

by Dan Cleather

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: Unknown
Free download for Kindle from 13 February 2020 onward  

The Mosaic Theory of Natural Complexity: A scientific and philosophical approach

by Georges Chapouthier

Genre: Nonfiction, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 668 kb
Free download for Kindle from 13 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 3.90 / 5
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Investigating the Body in the Victorian Asylum: Doctors, Patients, and Practices (Mental Health in Historical Perspective)

by Jennifer Wallis

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.This book explores how the body was investigated in the late nineteenth-century asylum in Britain. As more and more Victorian asylum doctors looked to the bodily fabric to reveal the ‘truth’ of mental disease, a whole host of techniques and technologies were brought to bear upon the patient's body. These practices encompassed the clinical and the pathological, from testing the patient's reflexes to dissecting the brain. Investigating the Body in the Victorian Asylum takes a unique approach to the topic, conducting a chapter-by-chapter dissection of the body. It considers how asylum doctors viewed and investigated the skin, muscles, bones, brain, and bodily fluids. The book demonstrates the importance of the body in nineteenth-century psychiatry as well as how the asylum functioned as a site of research, and will be of value to historians of psychiatry, the body, and scientific practice.

Genre: History, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Self-Help & Counselling, Psychology, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 276 pages
Free download for Kindle from 12 February 2020 onward  

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Cognition Switch #6

by Carl Zimmer

Cognition Switch: An Artefact for the Transmission of New IdeasIssue #6: June 2019Featuring Ideas by:Alex O’Brien, Hayley Birch, Catherine de Lange, Carl Zimmer, Moheb Costandi, Virginia Gewin, Emma Young, Samira Shackle, and Kendall Powell

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 157 pages
Free download for Kindle from 10 February 2020 onward  

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Louis Agassiz as a Teacher: Illustrative Extracts on His Method of Instruction

by Lane Cooper

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Professionals & Academics, Education & Reference, Education, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 52 pages
Free download for Kindle from 10 February 2020 onward  

Understanding Perspectivism (Open Access): Scientific Challenges and Methodological Prospects (Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of Science)

by Michela Massimi

This edited collection is the first of its kind to explore the view called perspectivism in philosophy of science. The book brings together an array of essays that reflect on the methodological promises and scientific challenges of perspectivism in a variety of fields such as physics, biology, cognitive neuroscience, and cancer research, just as a few examples. What are the advantages of using a plurality of perspectives in a given scientific field and for interdisciplinary research? Can different perspectives be integrated? What is the relation between perspectivism, pluralism, and pragmatism? These ten new essays by top scholars in the field offer a polyphonic journey towards understanding the view called ‘perspectivism’ and its relevance to science.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 206 pages
Free download for Kindle from 10 February 2020 onward  

Security, Loyalty, and Science (Cornell Studies in Civil Liberties)

by Walter Gellhorn

Genre: Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering, Politics & Social Sciences, Freedom & Security, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 311 pages
Free download for Kindle from 10 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Model-Based Demography: Essays on Integrating Data, Technique and Theory (Demographic Research Monographs)

by Thomas K. Burch

Late in a career of more than sixty years, Thomas Burch, an internationally known social demographer, undertook a wide-ranging methodological critique of demography. This open access volume contains a selection of resulting papers, some previously unpublished, some published but not readily accessible [from past meetings of The International Union for the Scientific Study of Population and its research committees, or from other small conferences and seminars]. Rejecting the idea that demography is simply a branch of applied statistics, his work views it as an autonomous and complete scientific discipline. When viewed from the perspective of modern philosophy of science, specifically the semantic or model-based school, demography is a balanced discipline, with a rich body of techniques and data, but also with more and better theories than generally recognized. As demonstrated in this book, some demographic techniques can also be seen as theoretical models, and some substantive/behavioral models, commonly rejected as theory because of inconsistent observations, are now seen as valuable theoretical models, for example demographic transition theory.  This book shows how demography can build a strong theoretical edifice on its broad and deep empirical foundation by adoption of the model-based approach to science. But the full-fruits of this approach will require demographers to make greater use of computer modeling [both macro- and micro-simulation], in the statement and manipulation of theoretical ideas, as well as for numerical computation. This book is open access under a CC BY license.

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 200 pages
Free download for Kindle from 10 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 3.00 / 5
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Capital Punishment and the Criminal Corpse in Scotland, 1740–1834 (Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife)

by Rachel E. Bennett

Genre: History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 237 pages
Free download for Kindle from 10 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 1.00 / 5
1 review

Belly-Rippers, Surgical Innovation and the Ovariotomy Controversy (Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History)

by Sally Frampton

Genre: History, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: Unknown
Free download for Kindle from 10 February 2020 onward  

Remembering and Disremembering the Dead: Posthumous Punishment, Harm and Redemption over Time (Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife)

by Floris Tomasini

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 licence. This book is a multidisciplinary work that investigates the notion of posthumous harm over time. The question what is and when is death, affects how we understand the possibility of posthumous harm and redemption. Whilst it is impossible to hurt the dead, it is possible to harm the wishes, beliefs and memories of persons that once lived. In this way, this book highlights the vulnerability of the dead, and makes connections to a historical oeuvre, to add critical value to similar concepts in history that are overlooked by most philosophers. There is a long historical view of case studies that illustrate the conceptual character of posthumous punishment; that is, dissection and gibbetting of the criminal corpse after the Murder Act (1752), and those shot at dawn during the First World War. A long historical view is also taken of posthumous harm; that is, body-snatching in the late Georgian period, and organ-snatching at Alder Hey in the 1990s.

Genre: History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Parenting & Families, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy, Health & Fitness, Death & Grief
Size: 103 pages
Free download for Kindle from 10 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 3.20 / 5
5 reviews

Albert Einstein: Extraordinary Life Lessons That Will Change Your Life Forever (Inspirational Books)

by Jamie Cooper

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Unfortunately, you’ve fallen victim to the biggest lie out there: that creating a life of dreams is hard and nearly impossible. It’s nearly impossible because without the right connections, a good early education, and financial wealth to back you up, you might as well sit on the sidelines and fold your arms. When you have nothing going for you, when you have obligations to care of, shackling you to the ground (money doesn’t grow on trees), you might not even see the point in even starting, because creating a life of dreams must surely be for the 1%.

If you think creating a life desired is costly, you are right. It’s not easy. It requires dedication, a willingness to give up short-term satisfaction, and that means being prepared to give some of your happiness away for the greater long-term good. However, if that all sounds a bit too much – why would you want to sacrifice your happiness? – then you need to take a step back and foresee a different kind of outcome that will inevitably unfold if you take the road most taken: a future of unrealized potential, an underlying, constant inner-discomfort, and the most horrid of all, regret. And what is the road most taken? It’s the easy road out. It’s the road most people take in life, the one that appears comfortable and easy but is actually laden with nightmares and discomfort. If you’re ignoring your dreams to pursue something more acceptable or less risky, you are taking the road most taken.

Fortunately, there are things that you can do in life that will immediately snap you back to what is important: you and your magnificent potential. What is perhaps the most powerful tool of all that will help you get back on track? It’s learning from people who have gone beyond what is humanly thought possible, like Albert Einstein, a man who once thought he was worthless (who wrote a letter to his parents telling them that he should never have been born, because he’s useless), and who ended up being a legend among people, an inspiration who unlocked the very secrets of life.

There is so much love, power, and potential in you, that you don’t even realize it. Bring this side out by studying the great. When you study great leaders, like Albert Einstein, you are essentially absorbing their wisdom, something that will radically change your life not years from now, but now, the moment you start reading the coming chapters. What follows are the greatest life lessons from Albert Einstein, wisdom that can easily be applied to your own life. They were carefully selected and dissected in meaning to help you gain the most out of them.

There is a powerful reason why Albert Einstein was so great: because he was human, and he realized it. Scroll up and grab your copy today.


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Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Professionals & Academics, Specific Groups, Nonfiction, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 30 pages
Free download for Kindle from 07 February 2020 onward  

De sphaera of Johannes de Sacrobosco in the Early Modern Period: The Authors of the Commentaries

by Matteo Valleriani

Genre: History, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: Unknown
Free download for Kindle from 07 February 2020 onward  

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Making Medicines in Africa: The Political Economy of Industrializing for Local Health (International Political Economy Series)

by Maureen Mackintosh

This book is open access under a CC-BY license. The importance of the pharmaceutical industry in Sub-Saharan Africa, its claim to policy priority, is rooted in the vast unmet health needs of the sub-continent. Making Medicines in Africa is a collective endeavour, by a group of contributors with a strong African and more broadly Southern presence, to find ways to link technological development, investment and industrial growth in pharmaceuticals to improve access to essential good quality medicines, as part of moving towards universal access to competent health care in Africa. The authors aim to shift the emphasis in international debate and initiatives towards sustained Africa-based and African-led initiatives to tackle this huge challenge. Without the technological, industrial, intellectual, organisational and research-related capabilities associated with competent pharmaceutical production, and without policies that pull the industrial sectors towards serving local health needs, the African sub-continent cannot generate the resources to tackle its populations' needs and demands.

Genre: Business & Finance, Economics, Industries & Professions, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, International, Education & Reference, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy, Physics
Size: 360 pages
Free download for Kindle from 06 February 2020 onward  

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