By John D. Barrow

ISBN-10: 0393338673

ISBN-13: 9780393338676

“Where else does math turn into a romp, packed with unique tips and turns?”—Bryce Christensen, Booklist

Have you ever thought of why you usually get caught within the longest line? Why two’s corporation yet three’s a crowd? Or why there are six levels of separation rather than seven? during this highly informative and without end interesting e-book, John D. Barrow takes the main baffling of daily phenomena and—with basic math, lucid factors, and illustrations—explains why they paintings the best way they do. His witty, crystal-clear solutions make clear the darkish and shadowy corners of the actual global all of us imagine we comprehend so good. forty b/w illustrations

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C. Scientists and the place of industry in the development process We have commented, rather superficially, on the problems of technology transfer, the place of the transnational enterprises in it, and the suspicion with which these corporations are held in many places. Yet industry, with its experience and skill, will inevitably be the main agent of transfer for some time to come, and it is difficult to imagine the alternatives. There is, however, an undoubted dichotomy between the normal aims and motivations of industrial enterprises, whether public or private, and those of the countries desiring to use their technologies.

It will have continuing concern and activity after UNCSTD. This is, however, but a beginning, and the international approach must be complemented by action at the country level. It is proposed, therefore, that the Singapore meeting should promote the creation, country by country, of councils, associations or committees on science and technology for development, outside the official structures, but cooperating closely with the authorities. Such bodies should probably be loosely structured ginger groups of scientists and engineers, studying the problems, putting forward ideas, raising questions and catalysing action.

In elaborating policies for science and technology in many Third World countries, there is a paramount need, therefore, to devote considerable effort to improving the empirical technology of the traditional sector, generally neglected and often despised. So far this has been attempted mainly by replacing the age-old traditional methods and tools by imported technology, with uncertain success and often with social resistance and inefficient operation, since there innovations are not always seen immediately as conforming to local needs and cultural habits.

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