Science & Nature Education Books

Happiness. The art of living in armony and unity with the self but also with nature: A journey of self-awareness through understanding animal nature

?Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better?

Albert Einstein

Every animal experiences life in a unique way; a way that is so different and yet so similar. It seems that the senses, emotions, intuition and intelligence are not privileges of humans alone. We may use our thinking in a way that is unique compared to the other animals, but in nature there is no single way of knowledge and intelligence. We possess the human way to acquire knowledge and use our intelligence, something that makes us special in a lot of ways. But as every human is special in his or her own way, so is every species. Every species is an independent entity of knowledge, intellect and intelligence on its own. Every species and every being is connected with thousands of other forms of knowledge, which all converge into the tree of knowledge, or nature, or life's Garden of Eden.

Animals speak. They speak a language that we, too, used to speak once but now have forgotten. The myths we narrate, the stories we tell of ourselves, are our new language. But for centuries our myths have been about us; myths that bring us to the state of being the center of the universe, the ultimate purpose of creation.

In the beginning, we saw God in natural phenomena and the heavens. Now is the time to find Him around and inside us; to live as whole beings. Nature and the animals are here to help in this so we can all together be part of the new myth that will bring us closer to Paradise.

Galileo, Darwin, Freud and Jung paved the way and modern science has mapped the human brain with extraordinary precision; we know now exactly how our mind and senses and emotions work. The analogies between us and animals are astonishing. We are not above nature; we are not supernatural. We are a tiny, infinitesimal part of nature in the vastness of the universe; a vastness we are trying to conceive, which is getting even greater and more complex as the human mind evolves. As biologist Lyall Watson writes in his book entitled "Supernature": "We are all of one flesh, drawn from the same crucible... This is the secret of life. It means that there is a continuous communication not only between living things and their environment, but among all things living in that environment. An intricate web of interaction connects all life into one vast, self-maintaining system. Each part is related to every other part and we are all part of the whole."

It really seems that coming into contact with Nature's wisdom opens up new horizons and brings about the emergence of new perspectives in life, and this is not accidental; it is the sense of unity that we have been missing. It is this sense that enables us to live a meaningful life.





Solar Energy: The Physics and Engineering of Photovoltaic Conversion, Technologies and Systems

This book uniquely covers both the physics of photovoltaic (PV) cells and the design of PV systems for real-life applications. - Fundamental principles of semiconductor solar cells. - PV technology: crystalline silicon solar cells; thin-film cells; PV modules; third-generation concepts., - PV systems, from simple stand-alone, to complex systems connected to the grid; components; design; deployment; performance. The book is an invaluable reference for researchers, industrial engineers and designers working in solar energy generation. The book is also ideal for university and third-level physics or engineering courses on solar photovoltaics, with exercises to check students' understanding and reinforce learning., It is the perfect companion to the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Solar Energy (DelftX, ET.3034TU) presented by co-author Arno Smets. The course is available in English on the nonprofit open source platform, and in Arabic on Over 100,000 students have already registered for these MOOCs.

Mathematics for the Physical Sciences

Introduction to and use of complex analysis and algebraic techniques to understand the solution of boundary value problems. Physics examples serve to introduce the fundamental partial differential equations and "special functions" of mathematical physics. A thorough analysis of Green's functions leads to a discussion of integral equations. Supplementary topics include dispersion relations and rational function approximation.