Tabak, John
Overview
Works:  30 works in 156 publications in 3 languages and 8,851 library holdings 

Genres:  History Juvenile works 
Roles:  Author, Interviewee 
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by
John Tabak
Probability and statistics : the science of uncertainty by
John Tabak(
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18 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the historical development of probability and statistics as well as the modern applications of these ideas, the use of probability in modern safety analysis and phone networks, and the use of statistics in epidemiology and acturial science
18 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the historical development of probability and statistics as well as the modern applications of these ideas, the use of probability in modern safety analysis and phone networks, and the use of statistics in epidemiology and acturial science
Algebra : sets, symbols, and the language of thought by
John Tabak(
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15 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses the history, progress, and applications of algebra, as well as its usefulness to science and society, and includes a timeline of notable events. Algebra developed independently in several places around the world, with Hindu, Greek, and Arabic ideas and problems arising at different points in history. Mostly rhetorical in its early forms, the symbolic form of algebra used today was formalized in the 17th century and later. In the past two centuries, algebra has taken two diverging paths. One is toward increasingly higher levels of abstraction, and the other is toward more concrete computational methods. Both paths are greatly influenced by past theories and developments in algebra. Looking closely at algebra, its historical development, and its many useful applications, Algebra examines in detail the question of why this type of math is so important that it arose in different cultures at different times. The book also discusses the relationship between algebra and geometry, shows the progress of thought throughout the centuries, and offers biographical data on the key figures. Concise and comprehensive text accompanied by many illustrations presents the ideas and historical development of algebra, showcasing the relevance and evolution of this branch of mathematics
15 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses the history, progress, and applications of algebra, as well as its usefulness to science and society, and includes a timeline of notable events. Algebra developed independently in several places around the world, with Hindu, Greek, and Arabic ideas and problems arising at different points in history. Mostly rhetorical in its early forms, the symbolic form of algebra used today was formalized in the 17th century and later. In the past two centuries, algebra has taken two diverging paths. One is toward increasingly higher levels of abstraction, and the other is toward more concrete computational methods. Both paths are greatly influenced by past theories and developments in algebra. Looking closely at algebra, its historical development, and its many useful applications, Algebra examines in detail the question of why this type of math is so important that it arose in different cultures at different times. The book also discusses the relationship between algebra and geometry, shows the progress of thought throughout the centuries, and offers biographical data on the key figures. Concise and comprehensive text accompanied by many illustrations presents the ideas and historical development of algebra, showcasing the relevance and evolution of this branch of mathematics
Geometry : the language of space and form by
John Tabak(
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12 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 704 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shows how this branch of mathematics arose and flourished in different cultures at different times and also as it is useful applications in science and in society
12 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 704 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shows how this branch of mathematics arose and flourished in different cultures at different times and also as it is useful applications in science and in society
Mathematics and the laws of nature : developing the language of science by
John Tabak(
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15 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the pioneering ideas, works, and applications that have made mathematics the language of science
15 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the pioneering ideas, works, and applications that have made mathematics the language of science
Numbers : computers, philosophers, and the search for meaning by
John Tabak(
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16 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and Japanese and held by 641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses the invention of numbers, including the daily applications, concepts, and the metric and American systems of measurement. One of the most fundamental concepts influencing the development of human civilization is numbers. While societies today rely on their understanding of numbers for everything from mapping the universe to running word processing programs on computers to buying lunch, numbers are a human invention. Babylonian, Roman, and Arabic societies devised influential systems for representing numbers, yet the story of how numbers developed is far more complicated. Concepts such as zero, negative numbers, fractions, irrational numbers, and roots of numbers were often controversial in the past. Numbers deals with the development of numbers from fractions to algebraic numbers to transcendental numbers to complex numbers and their uses. The book also examines in detail the number pi, the evolution of the idea of infinity, and the representation of numbers in computers. The metric and American systems of measurement as well as the applications of some historical concepts of numbers in such modern forms as cryptography and hand calculators are also covered. Illustrations, thoughtprovoking text, and other supplemental material cover the key ideas, figures, and events in the historical development of numbers
16 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and Japanese and held by 641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses the invention of numbers, including the daily applications, concepts, and the metric and American systems of measurement. One of the most fundamental concepts influencing the development of human civilization is numbers. While societies today rely on their understanding of numbers for everything from mapping the universe to running word processing programs on computers to buying lunch, numbers are a human invention. Babylonian, Roman, and Arabic societies devised influential systems for representing numbers, yet the story of how numbers developed is far more complicated. Concepts such as zero, negative numbers, fractions, irrational numbers, and roots of numbers were often controversial in the past. Numbers deals with the development of numbers from fractions to algebraic numbers to transcendental numbers to complex numbers and their uses. The book also examines in detail the number pi, the evolution of the idea of infinity, and the representation of numbers in computers. The metric and American systems of measurement as well as the applications of some historical concepts of numbers in such modern forms as cryptography and hand calculators are also covered. Illustrations, thoughtprovoking text, and other supplemental material cover the key ideas, figures, and events in the historical development of numbers
Significant gestures : a history of American Sign Language by
John Tabak(
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5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tabak has created a fascinating exploration of a unique and uniquely beautiful North American language. The story begins in 18th century France in the first schools to use signed language as the language of instruction. Early in the 19th century a few individuals introduced a variant of this language into the United States and developed an educational system in which to use it. Out of these schools came members of a new American social class, the Deafwith a capital Dwho, united by a common signed language, create institutions through which they can participate in society on terms equal to those of other constituent groups. This strategy proved extremely controversial among all but the Deaf. The controversy lasted a century, during which time American Sign Language evolved along racial lines and in response to the pressures of those who sought to eliminate the use of American Sign Language. Today, new ideas in art, science, and education have supplanted much of the old opposition to American Sign Language and Deaf culture. New legislation and new technologies have also had profound effects on the lives of American Deaf. As a consequence, American Sign Language is evolving faster than ever before
5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tabak has created a fascinating exploration of a unique and uniquely beautiful North American language. The story begins in 18th century France in the first schools to use signed language as the language of instruction. Early in the 19th century a few individuals introduced a variant of this language into the United States and developed an educational system in which to use it. Out of these schools came members of a new American social class, the Deafwith a capital Dwho, united by a common signed language, create institutions through which they can participate in society on terms equal to those of other constituent groups. This strategy proved extremely controversial among all but the Deaf. The controversy lasted a century, during which time American Sign Language evolved along racial lines and in response to the pressures of those who sought to eliminate the use of American Sign Language. Today, new ideas in art, science, and education have supplanted much of the old opposition to American Sign Language and Deaf culture. New legislation and new technologies have also had profound effects on the lives of American Deaf. As a consequence, American Sign Language is evolving faster than ever before
Biofuels by
John Tabak(
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6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses different types of biofuels, the science behind their production, the implications of widespread use of biofuels on the environment and on the economy, especially any impact on food prices
6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses different types of biofuels, the science behind their production, the implications of widespread use of biofuels on the environment and on the economy, especially any impact on food prices
Biohazards : humanity's battle with infectious disease by
Sean M Grady(
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3 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Some of the most significant and potentially devastating dangers to human and animal life come from sources we cannot see without the help of microscopes. Viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms have been a troubling presence in the world probably from the time multicellular life first appeared. As part of the new Science and Technology in Focus series, Biohazards covers the history of how these extremely powerful microscopic invaders have plagued the human race and how humans have responded to these attacks. Comprehensive and up to date, this volume looks at the recent resurgence of diseases that were once thought vanished, such as tuberculosis and staphylococcus. It also explores the renewed threat of biological warfare in the form of bioterrorism following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Using the most recent information available, Biohazards covers other important topics such as the recent anthrax scare, the ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS, and the recurring outbreaks of extremely deadly diseases such as Ebola
3 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Some of the most significant and potentially devastating dangers to human and animal life come from sources we cannot see without the help of microscopes. Viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms have been a troubling presence in the world probably from the time multicellular life first appeared. As part of the new Science and Technology in Focus series, Biohazards covers the history of how these extremely powerful microscopic invaders have plagued the human race and how humans have responded to these attacks. Comprehensive and up to date, this volume looks at the recent resurgence of diseases that were once thought vanished, such as tuberculosis and staphylococcus. It also explores the renewed threat of biological warfare in the form of bioterrorism following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Using the most recent information available, Biohazards covers other important topics such as the recent anthrax scare, the ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS, and the recurring outbreaks of extremely deadly diseases such as Ebola
Solar and geothermal energy by
John Tabak(
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5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Describes the nature of solar and geothermal energy and the processes by which these sources of energy can be harnessed to supply electricity power markets
5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Describes the nature of solar and geothermal energy and the processes by which these sources of energy can be harnessed to supply electricity power markets
Nuclear energy by
John Tabak(
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5 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Chinese and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses nuclear power, its history, technology, and science as well as the social and environmental issues associated with its acquisition and production
5 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Chinese and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses nuclear power, its history, technology, and science as well as the social and environmental issues associated with its acquisition and production
Wind and water by
John Tabak(
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5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Product Description: There are enormous reserves of energy in the winds and the tides and in the temperature difference between the upper and lower regions of the oceans. If the energy produced from wind and water were converted into electrical energy, it would satisfy the electricity demands of the entire world many times over. However, this kind of conversion isn't possiblenot now or in the future. "Wind and Water" describes conventional hydropower, or wind power, and some of the newer technologies (with less certain futures) that are being introduced to harness the power of ocean currents, ocean waves, and the temperature difference between the upper and lower layers of the ocean. The strengths and limitations of each technology are discussed as well as mathematical models that describe the maximum amount of energy that can be harnessed by such devices. This comprehensive new volume also examines how these power producers benefit from government support and the economics of operating these types of generating stations. An interview with Dr. Stan Bull, former Associate Director for Science and Technology at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, is included in which he shares his views about how scientific research isand should bemanaged, nurtured, and evaluated
5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Product Description: There are enormous reserves of energy in the winds and the tides and in the temperature difference between the upper and lower regions of the oceans. If the energy produced from wind and water were converted into electrical energy, it would satisfy the electricity demands of the entire world many times over. However, this kind of conversion isn't possiblenot now or in the future. "Wind and Water" describes conventional hydropower, or wind power, and some of the newer technologies (with less certain futures) that are being introduced to harness the power of ocean currents, ocean waves, and the temperature difference between the upper and lower layers of the ocean. The strengths and limitations of each technology are discussed as well as mathematical models that describe the maximum amount of energy that can be harnessed by such devices. This comprehensive new volume also examines how these power producers benefit from government support and the economics of operating these types of generating stations. An interview with Dr. Stan Bull, former Associate Director for Science and Technology at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, is included in which he shares his views about how scientific research isand should bemanaged, nurtured, and evaluated
Natural gas and hydrogen by
John Tabak(
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4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Overview of both natural gas and hydrogen sources of fuel
4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Overview of both natural gas and hydrogen sources of fuel
Coal and oil by
John Tabak(
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4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses coal and oil, their history, the potential implications of continued reliance on coal and oil on the environment and on the economy
4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses coal and oil, their history, the potential implications of continued reliance on coal and oil on the environment and on the economy
A look at Neptune by
John Tabak(
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1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Describes the discovery and observation of the planet Neptune and what has been learned about it, particularly from the Voyager spacecraft mission
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Describes the discovery and observation of the planet Neptune and what has been learned about it, particularly from the Voyager spacecraft mission
Lasers : the technology and uses of crafted light by
Charlene W Billings(
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7 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explains what lasers are and how they work and examines their various uses
7 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explains what lasers are and how they work and examines their various uses
Beyond geometry : a new mathematics of space and form by
John Tabak(
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7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beyond Geometry describes how settheoretic topology developed and why it now occupies a central place in mathematics. from publisher description
7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beyond Geometry describes how settheoretic topology developed and why it now occupies a central place in mathematics. from publisher description
A look at earth by
John Tabak(
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1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An indepth look at the Earth's composition, environment, and biomes
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An indepth look at the Earth's composition, environment, and biomes
Kikagaku : Kūkan to katachi no gengo by
John Tabak(
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5 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and Japanese and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents a survey of the history and evolution of the branch of mathematics labeled geometry, including useful applications and notable mathematicians in this area
5 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and Japanese and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents a survey of the history and evolution of the branch of mathematics labeled geometry, including useful applications and notable mathematicians in this area
The history of mathematics by
John Tabak(
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2 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
2 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Daisūgaku : Shūgō kigō shikō no gengo by
John Tabak(
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3 editions published in 2005 in Japanese and English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents a survey of the history and evolution of the branch of mathematics that focuses on algebra, including useful applications and notable mathematicians in this area
3 editions published in 2005 in Japanese and English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents a survey of the history and evolution of the branch of mathematics that focuses on algebra, including useful applications and notable mathematicians in this area
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