Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Designing and Building the Sheet Metal Brake



Designing and Building the Sheet Metal Brake
David J. Gingery | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | David J Gingery | 0 | Subjects
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I was disappointed in this book because there is a serious lack of view information and the cost is way over what it is worth. I will not buy any other books by this author since I believe it is a scam.

Blaine
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Well, I'm almost done with my brake (only the clamp linkage needs to be attached). If you do any of the Gingery projects you should start with this one.

Here's why:
Only basic layout skills required
Useful project when done
Relativly fast to build. Takes about 1 - 2 weeks to complete (2-4 hrs a day) for a novice like me

I bought the Slip Roll Machine book and got stuck on the third part. Squared-off interior holes are hard to make without a square broach. That's totally bogus to weaken the part with an entrance point for a vertical bandsaw. (And makes for even non-technical people around the shop question your abilities as a machine builder). Anyway, the sheet metal brake book doesn't ask you to perform such hacked-up methods, and so is better.

Here are some of the drawbacks of the book:
1. The picture on the cover isn't quite the same as the project inside ( no little stops attached to the clamp grip, and the hand-levers are not rounded as he shows in the drawings)
2. He says weld top and bottom of the base leaf where it meets the pivot bracket (If you follow his advice you will destroy the 1/4 - 20 hole in your path!) I welded a fat bead on the bottom only, and this is just fine. This won't mean anything to you unless you are building the project.
3. It would have been better for him to dimension a drawing from only two edges, not four. Thus, all your holes will be correctly distanced in relation to one-another, even if your hacksaw cuts are a bit off. Anyway, you can still do a little shop math to make-up for this. Being a beginner, it would have simplified things.
4. He oddly says that the reader most-likely doesn't have a metal-shop at his house (which is true), yet this is book 7 out of his metal-shop from scratch series!

Overall, excellent book. Very fun project. When you file and then sandpaper off the file marks from the pivot bracket, you can get a part that looks so good it looks store-bought. That's pretty cool. I didn't have the exact steel stock on hand and was still able to build it.

What really counts here is: Does this brake work when you're done? The answer is yes!

A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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Check Point Firewall-1 Administration Guide



Check Point Firewall-1 Administration Guide
Marcus Goncalves,Steven Brown | 1999-09-01 00:00:00 | McGraw-Hill Companies | 464 | Leadership
Only complete guide to Check Point FireWall-1, the security software used in 75% of corporate networks worldwide. Clear, step-by-step help for installing, administrating, troubleshooting, and maintaining Check Point firewalls. Officially endorsed and tech edited by Check Point. Valuable CD-ROM, created in cooperation with Check Point, contains the most useful set of Firewall-1 tools and utilities available anywhere.
Check Point FireWall-1 is big and highly capable but hard for the uninitiated to figure out. Check Point FireWall-1 Administration Guide does a competent job of scratching the surface of this popular piece of security software. It leaves a lot of questions unanswered--any single volume would have to--but what's here is enough to help you get the software installed and initially configured in all standard situations.

Authors Marcus Goncalves and Steven Brown--Goncalves has a particularly strong reputation as a firewall guru--describe sound practices for formulating security policies, then implementing those policies as FireWall-1 rules. Coverage focuses on Windows NT installations of FireWall-1. Unix gets some attention, but practically all the screen shots show a Microsoft operating system.

The most interesting parts of this book have to do with how FireWall-1 identifies and reacts to specific kinds of attacks. For example, the authors explain how the FireWall-1 INSPECT engine, faced with attempts to overwhelm a protected machine with unresolved connection attempts (a SYN flood), can use SYNDefender Relay or SYNDefender Gateway to intercept or monitor requests and acknowledgments. They typically map packet exchanges with simple but effective transmission diagrams consisting of ASCII characters. The coverage of VPNs involving mobile users and their implementation with SecuRemote also is strong. --David Wall

Topics covered: Firewall rationales, FireWall-1 installation, rule sets, virtual private networks (VPNs), and how FireWall-1 behaves under specific kinds of attacks.
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Goncalves should roast for this embarrassment of a book. FW-1 is tough to learn and has many details to master; unfortunately this won't help you get there. As I read the book I kept thinking to myself, didn't I read this poorly worded passage already in the Checkpoint documentation? It seems as though much of this book was lifted from Checkpoint's sources, munged a little bit through a word processor and then printed out. The book is absolutely full of worthless sales pitches for various features of FW-1. Presumably if you are reading the book, you already have a copy of the software and don't need to read ad copy convincing you to buy it. What you need is a logically arranged and well written treatise on how to set up the software, deal with many of the common problems and pitfalls, and implement some of its many useful features. If you agree that is what you need, then hurry and get your copy of "Essential Check Point Firewall-1" by Welch-Abernathy; don't even consider wasting your money on this dog.
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This book [is awful]. It's also one of the more expensive books available for Firewall-1. Save your money.(...)
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Very, very dissapointing. Doorstop. Birdcage lining.
Indicative of the content was a _screenshot_ of
Checkpoint's site, where "much useful information can be found".
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Waste of time for technical people. If you're a manager or exec and need to understand what your IT people are doing, it's allright, but in terms of the actual content, it's pretty sad.

Just to show I'm not whining needlessly:

1.) No information on how FW1 handles routing/routing changes, other than how to block them

2.) Every 2-3 pages there's at least a 1/2 page that's pure marketing stuff; Talks about the benefits of Checkpoint, how it stacks up against the competition, etc. Some of this stuff in neccesary to understand how the app works, but the author went off the handle

3.) Incomplete

The book goes in-depth for UNIX installs, but barely touches NT or HP platforms

Save your money. Log into checkpoint.com and read their whitepapers; you'll get 90% of what's in the book for free.
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I'm a Checkpoint instructor and I can tell you this book is not worth the cost (period).

There is very little Checkpoint documentation available anywhere (phoneboy.com/netflood.net are the best websites)... and I've seen answers ignored or inaccurately answered on the firewall-1 mailing list. You really are a lot better off going to a Checkpoint class at a national company like ISS or Exault. If you have a good instructor, you will learn little known facts and configurations, tips and techniques, and have a fairly strong understanding of Checkpoint Firewall-1. I may be biased because I am an instructor but I can tell you right now, that I was once a beginner and learned the software, what was valuable, and what wasn't, the hard way.

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Mathematical Modeling of Collective Behavior in Socio-Economic and Life Sciences



Mathematical Modeling of Collective Behavior in Socio-Economic and Life Sciences
Birkhauser Boston | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Birkhauser Boston | 435 | Mathematics
Mathematical modeling using dynamical systems and partial differential equations is now playing an increasing role in the understanding of complex multi-scale phenomena. Behavior in seemingly different areas such as sociology, economics, and the life sciences can be described by closely related models. Systems made out of a large enough number of individual members can be said to exhibit a collective behavior, from which insight can be gathered in a way that real life experiments cannot.

Using examples from financial markets and modern warfare to the flocking of birds and the swarming of bacteria, the collected research in this volume demonstrates the common methodological approaches and tools for modeling and simulating collective behavior.

Specific topics covered include: analysis of wealth distributions, dynamics of price formation, spreading of opinions, models of social behavior, population dynamics, and aggregation and swarming.

The topics presented point toward new and challenging frontiers of applied mathematics, making the volume a useful reference text for applied mathematicians, physicists, biologists, and economists involved in the modeling of socio-economic systems.
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The Last Dragonslayer



The Last Dragonslayer
Jasper Fforde | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Hodder | 304 | Fiction Other
An excellent read from the very original and amusing Jasper Fforde.

If you liked his other books then you will like this one too. (Everyone should read The Eyre Affair his first book.) This felt a bit like that with a re imagined alternative UK with lots of different smaller Kingdoms in existence on this island with their own despot kings and armies, and dragons still around, trolls plus magic and of course the hero of the story the last Dragon slayer. This is all alongside cars, plumbing and modern life, a great fusion of modern normal life and fantasy in a setting that seems familiar but different at the same time.

A good read that seems designed for the younger audience i think from the marketing but something that will entertain most readers. i look forward to the next in this series and the next one in the amazing Thursday Next series.
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Mathematical and Computational Techniques for Multilevel Adaptive Methods (Frontiers in Applied Mathematics)



Mathematical and Computational Techniques for Multilevel Adaptive Methods (Frontiers in Applied Mathematics)
Ullrich Rüde | 1987-01-01 00:00:00 | Society for Industrial Mathematics | 152 | Mathematics
Multilevel adaptive methods play an increasingly important role in the solution of many scientific and engineering problems. Fast adaptive methods techniques are widely used by specialists to execute and analyze simulation and optimization problems. This monograph presents a unified approach to adaptive methods, addressing their mathematical theory, efficient algorithms, and flexible data structures.

Rüde introduces a well-founded mathematical theory that leads to intelligent, adaptive algorithms, and suggests advanced software techniques. This new kind of multigrid theory supports the so-called "BPX" and "multilevel Schwarz" methods, and leads to the discovery of faster more robust algorithms. These techniques are deeply rooted in the theory of function spaces. Mathematical and Computational Techniques for Multilevel Adaptive Methods examines this development together with its implications for relevant algorithms for adaptive PDE methods. The author shows how abstract data types and object-oriented programming can be used for improved implementation.

Special Features

- theory of multilevel (including additive) methods based on concepts in approximation theory and the theory of function spaces

- fully adaptive multigrid, based on the "virtual global grid" refinement technique and the "multilevel adaptive relaxation" algorithm

- implementation aspects of adaptive mesh data structures in view of object-oriented programming (C++)

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Abstract State Machines - Theory and Applications: International Workshop, ASM 2000 Monte Verita, Switzerland, March 19-24, 2000 Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science)



Abstract State Machines - Theory and Applications: International Workshop, ASM 2000 Monte Verita, Switzerland, March 19-24, 2000 Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science)
| 2000-10-02 00:00:00 | | 0 | Computer Science


Proceedings of the International Workshop, ASM, held in Monte Verita, Switzerland, March 19-24, 2000. The workshop served as a forum on practical and theoretical topics that relate to ASMs and brought together domain-experts and theorists using ASMs in their work. Softcover.


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Cities and Consumption (Routledge Critical Introductions to Urbanism and the City)



Cities and Consumption (Routledge Critical Introductions to Urbanism and the City)
Mark Jayne | 2006-02-09 00:00:00 | Routledge | 256 | Social Sciences

In investigating the mutual and dynamic relationship between urban development and consumption, this book asks: how are cities moulded by consumption, and how is consumption moulded by cities?

Consumption stands at the intersection of different spheres of everyday life: between the public and the private, the political and the personal, the individual and the social. It is considered to be a means and motor of social change; as an active ingredient in the construction of space and place, and in constructing subjectivity and social selfhood. Providing a critical review of the ways in which urban development has been conceptualized, this book critiques urban regeneration initiatives, examines ordinary and spectacular consumption, and describes the relationship between consumption and development of the modern and post-modern city. It investigates:

  • consumption and the city
  • consumption and everyday life
  • consumption, cities and identity
  • consumption and urban regeneration.

Consumption is understood to have multiple roles as a political, economic and cultural touchstone, and to be an active ingredient in the construction of place and space. Using international case studies and illustrations throughout, this book thoroughly analyzes consumption and the city, and provides a useful text for students of urban studies, sociology and geography.



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Combinatorial Pattern Matching: 17th Annual Symposium, CPM 2006, Barcelona, Spain, July 5-7, 2006, Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science / Theoretical Computer Science and General Issues)



Combinatorial Pattern Matching: 17th Annual Symposium, CPM 2006, Barcelona, Spain, July 5-7, 2006, Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science / Theoretical Computer Science and General Issues)
Moshe Lewenstein,Gabriel Valiente | 2006-07-28 00:00:00 | Springer | 414 | Data Mining

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 17th Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Pattern Matching, CPM 2006, held in Barcelona, Spain in July 2006.

The 33 revised full papers presented together with 3 invited talks were carefully reviewed and selected from 88 submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections on data structures, indexing data structures, probabilistic and algebraic techniques, applications in molecular biology, string matching, data compression, and dynamic programming.



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The Future of Work: The Promise of the New Digital Work Society



The Future of Work: The Promise of the New Digital Work Society
Charles E. Grantham | 1999-11-26 00:00:00 | McGraw-Hill Companies | 224 | Economics
A new social psychology is developing in today's workplace that is no longer bound by time, place, or traditional roles. The notion of where a corporation starts and stops is going to be very different in the future," so said Robert Walker, CIO of Hewlett-Packard. This visionary book points a compelling portrait of how the new workplace that is already taking shape is creating a new framework for the way people think about--and act at--work, whether at home, in a satellite office, or corporate headquarters. It draws on the cutting-edge research of the Institute for the Study of Distributed Work, the leading international think tank on virtual workplaces and other trends in the workplace of tomorrow. For anyone interested in the sociology and psychology of the workplace, this book will help frame the questions that must be asked now. It explores how the current moves toward the virtual corporation, the technological consolidation of traditional job functions, and the growth in part-time employment will continue to change the relationship between the workers and their jobs around the world.
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Charles Grantham's book examines rapid changes in the workplace in response to new technologies. He looks at how these changes affect all of us personally and explains how to prepare for the future. The book's language is quite academic. The average reader could find it difficult to read from beginning to end. Regular readers of business books, on the other hand, may find that many of the ideas sound familiar. This is because Grantham references more than 125 previously published works. We [...] recommend this book to futurists and trend-watchers, particularly those from a more academic background.

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A thoughtful, reflective book which provides a good strategic overview of the impact of technology on the future of work and technology. The chapter on communities is particularly good.
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The Future of Work by Charles Grantham is a book that gives us a well-researched and comprehensive vision of the implications of technology for the evolution of self, society and the workplace -- a vision we really want to be true.

"The new world of work," says Grantham, "is one in which people voluntarily come together and find e ach other as workmates based on a common personal philosophy, social attitudes and shared behaviors. This is the collaborative workspace. This is a work space that is enabled by our new technologies and by people's desires to work with others with whom they share more commonalities than differences."

Grantham describes three new forms of the emerging work organization. From 1989-1992 we had "teleworkers." The emphasis was placed on the individual contributor. The commerce model, "manufacturing;" the type of interaction "work flow;" the social metaphor "coordination;" the sports metaphor "baseball." Then, from 1993-1997 we had "virtuality." The emphasis was on technology and the project team, the type of interaction "connectivity;" the social metaphor "cooperation;" the sports metaphor "football." From 1998 to 2004 Grantham predicts that we will be in the age of "Hollywood" type organizations. The emphasis will be placed on the organization, on teams of teams. The type of interaction "community." The social metaphor "collaboration." The sports metaphor "basketball." 

Grantham's vision is undeniably positive and hopeful. And what makes reading this book so valuable is that the vision turns out to be based, not on hope, but on actuality. In his case study of VIA International, he concludes: "VIA is what the workplace of the future can be. It's collaborative; it's about community; it's very respectful of all its people; and it is led by people with a clear vision of the future, a sincere desire to serve their customers, and a wish to foster the development of all people in the company."

The following list of "Charlie's Assumptions" reveals as much about the author as about his vision. We find ourselves wanting to embrace both:

Charlie's Assumptions About Technology 1. People strive to develop in a positive fashion toward greater self-actualization. They are always trying to be better and realize their full potential. 2. The meaning of work is derived from the phenomenon of interaction with others and with the environment. Work gives meaning to our lives that derives from how we interact with one another. 3. Symbiotic evolution of people and social groups is facilitated by open communication. We can all learn and grow together if there is open communication. 4. Purposeful communication provides a material benefit to human action. Being clear and honest in our communication leads us to fewer misunderstandings and more satisfaction in our relationships. 5. A person or group has meaning only within the identity of a larger social context. That is, our identity derives only within the context of being a part of a bigger group or community. 6. Development of technology tends to increase the scope and rate of human interaction. We get more connected every day, and there is always more information coming at us. 7. Clear, concise conversations, based on mutual nonjudgmental respect, provide a clear pathway for people to transcend narrow, self-serving behavior. 8. The creative aspect of people arises from the act of serving beyond self. We can realize our creative potential when we put self aside and strive for a greater good.

For more, visit Grantham's website: TheFutureofWork.net
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The Future of Work is one of those memorable books that helps point the way -- in the same vein as Future Shock and Megatrends, but with a lot more practical advice on how we can each positively shape our workplace and our world. While Dr. Grantham presents an impressive synthesis of knowledge on a wide range of subjects, from sociology to organizational development, technology to trend analysis, it is his focus on people and human values that gives this book its value and appeal. The book is not only a "nuts-and-bolts" guide on how to work effectively in a wired world, it is an inspiring reminder that the great thing about technology, especially connectivity, is that it can bring us more deeply in touch with what we all yearn for: communication, creativity, community. Reading this book is time well-spent.
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This book is a must read for anyone in today's workforce. The Future of Work looks not just at how the whole concept of work is changing but also at the effects this change is having on both individuals and organizations. This is a practical handbook for survival in a rapidly changing environment. Dr. Grantham shows us what is working and what is not working; but, best of all, his insights help us understand what we need to do to prosper.

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Bart Simpson's Guide to Life


Bart Simpson's Guide to Life
Matt Groening | 1993-01-01 00:00:00 | Harper Perennial | 192 | Fiction
"A wee handbook for the perplexed".
Starved for the whole truth, man?
Take a bite out of this bitsy but beefy package, brimming with flavorized morsels of wit, wisdom and worldly knowledge brought to you by the one and only Bartholomew J. Simpson -- get the hard-knocks facts of life from the guy who's seen it all, heard it all, done it all and denies it all.
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The Management 0f Merchant Ship Stability,Trim & Strength



The Management 0f Merchant Ship Stability,Trim & Strength
Ian C.Clark | 2002-01-01 00:00:00 | The Nautical Institute | 295 | Marine Engineering
This guide, with its coloured three dimensional illustrations provides a unique insight into the subject which can be appreciated visually as well as theoretically. The guide has been designed for the ships library and for those who want and need a deeper knowledge of this subject to improve the management of stability and stress in an operational environment.
What differentiates this practical guide from other books is the completeness of its approach. Ships have to meet mandatory design criteria. Physics dictates the way forces then interact concerning the ships stability and strength both in calm water and in a seaway. Understanding these complex relationships more fully so that ships can be operated more effectively is the purpose.
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The Collector's Guide to eBay



The Collector's Guide to eBay
Greg Holden | 2004-10-27 00:00:00 | | 0 | Internet
I've been a collector for more than 8 years and have built up what I think is a great rare book collection, but trying to crack this ebay nut has been tough. This book was a big help to me. It explains in down to earth language how to start making money on ebay, and also how to locate rare items that others won't find, you just have to know some clever tips on searching. I would highly recommend this book to other collectors who want to get their feet wet using ebay, or others who maybe have some experience on the site but want tips on making better money. Overall a great read.
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Mavericks of Medicine: Exploring the Future of Medicine with Andrew Weil, Jack Kevorkian, Bernie Siegel, Ray Kurzweil, and Others



Mavericks of Medicine: Exploring the Future of Medicine with Andrew Weil, Jack Kevorkian, Bernie Siegel, Ray Kurzweil, and Others
David Jay Brown | 2007-01-25 00:00:00 | Smart Publications | 354 | Alternative Medicine
Interviews with leading antiaging scientist and experts.

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Nanotechnology in Food Products: Workshop Summary



Nanotechnology in Food Products: Workshop Summary
Food Forum,Institute of Medicine | 2009-10-21 00:00:00 | National Academies Press | 146 | Nutrition
In the food industry, scientists are exploring the potential of nanotechnology to enhance the flavor and other sensory characteristics of foods, introduce antibacterial nanostructures into food packaging and encapsulate and deliver nutrients directly into targeted tissues, among other applications.

However, as with any new technology, along with the benefits, there is the potential for unanticipated adverse effects. There is still a great deal to learn about any health outcomes related to introducing nanosized materials into foods and food packaging materials. Developing nanotechnology into a safe, effective tool for use in food science and technology will require addressing these and other questions. Assuring consumer confidence will be equally important to the success of this new emerging technology.

The Institute of Medicine held a one-day workshop, summarized in this volume, to further explore the use of nanotechnology in food. Specifically, the workshop was organized around three primary topic areas: (1) the application of nanotechnology to food products; (2) the safety and efficacy of nanomaterials in food products; and (3) educating and informing consumers about the applications of nanotechnology to food products.

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Galaktiki znakomye i zagadochnye (Problemy nauki i tekhnicheskogo progressa) (Russian Edition)



Galaktiki znakomye i zagadochnye (Problemy nauki i tekhnicheskogo progressa) (Russian Edition)
A. A Suchkov | 1988-01-01 00:00:00 | "Nauka," Glav. red. fiziko-matematicheskoi lit-ry | 191 | Subjects

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After The Beginning: A Cosmic Journey Through Space And Time



After The Beginning: A Cosmic Journey Through Space And Time
Norman K. Glendenning | 2004-08-31 00:00:00 | World Scientific Publishing Company | 228 | Astronomy
In a brilliant flash about fourteen billion years ago, time and matter were born in a single instant of creation. An immensely hot and dense universe began its rapid expansion everywhere, creating space where there was no space and time where there was no time. In the intense fire just after the beginning, the lightest elements were forged, later to form primordial clouds that eventually evolved into galaxies, stars, and planets. This evolution is the story told in this fascinating book. Interwoven with the storyline are short pieces on the pioneering men and women who revealed those wonders to us.
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The best-known popular books about the origin of the universe may be Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time," famous largely because it quotes his publisher's advice that every mathematical equation cuts sales in half, and Steven Weinberg's "The First Three Minutes," famous (or infamous) for his conclusion that "The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless."



In "After the Beginning," Norman Glendenning, like Hawking and Weinberg a theoretical physicist, differs with both their points of view. His enlightening, entertaining, sometimes startling story tells how philosophers, astronomers, and physicists have teased out cosmic history right back to the first 10-to-the-minus-43rd of a second, before which time, he observes, we can't know anything, because the laws of physics didn't apply. (His title can be read as a commentary on astronomer Martin Rees's quite different approach in "Before the Beginning: Our Universe and Others.")



For the most part Glendenning's narrative is equation free, but unlike Hawking, he provides plenty of equations for those who really want them. In some cases the mathematical arguments in the boxes that follow key chapters actually make "After the Beginning" easier to understand than the opaque prose in "A Short History of Time"; in any event the equations can be ignored without impeding the narrative flow.



As for Weinberg, Glendenning is more cheerful by nature. To find the universe pointless is not, after all, a logical necessity, and in all that has happened since Weinberg's book was last revised in 1993, Glendenning finds anything but anxiety, notwithstanding that, if anything, the universe is less comprehensible than it seemed a decade ago. For at that time the great mystery of dark energy, which accounts for 70 percent of the density of the universe, was as yet unsuspected. Such new mysteries on the grand scale are balanced by new mysteries on the microscopic scale, of supersymmetry, string theory, and hidden dimensions.



"The men and women among us who in earlier times would have been priests and priestesses," he writes, "have been able to recognize the very seeds of the galaxies. One of these alone, the Milky Way, harbors billions of suns with billions of planets. From one small planet, the Earth, we look out in wonder."



Glendenning revels in the latest discoveries while laying the groundwork to appreciate them, not least with anecdotes of historical figures, some from the distant past ("The great tide of Alexander's conquests that soon swept over Asia and India often obscures what is important to our story of cosmology -- an end to the independence of the Greek cities and to the spirit of free inquiry of their citizens") and many more recent. For example, it was Paul Dirac's loneliness and depression, Glendenning suggests, that led indirectly to Dirac's insights linking quantum mechanics and general relativity.



The personal approach benefits greatly from Glendenning's long tenure at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, from his familiarity with machines like the Bevatron, once the world's most powerful accelerator, where the antiproton and antineutron were first detected, and from his aquaintanceship with leading players in the still unfolding story of the cosmos there, scientists like George Smoot, who pioneered studies of the cosmic microwave background radiation, and Saul Perlmutter, who led the way in discovering that the expansion of the universe is accelerating as a consequence of mysterious dark energy.



Like all great science books that return to territory that has often been explored before, "After the Beginning: A Cosmic Journey Through Space and Time" displays the essential properties of new revelations and fresh surprises.

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Reclaiming Development: An Economic Policy Handbook for Activists and Policymakers (Global Issues)



Reclaiming Development: An Economic Policy Handbook for Activists and Policymakers (Global Issues)
Ha-Joon Chang,Ilene Grabel | 2004-10-01 00:00:00 | Zed Books | 192 | Economics
The authors of this book challenge prevailing ideas about free markets and globalization. They question whether globalization is a technological reality that cannot be stopped and ask if the US economy really outperformed its competitors in the 1990s. They show how in each key area--trade and industrial policy, privatization, intellectual property rights, investment and financial policies, exchange rate and currency policy, labour and social welfare --there are alternatives to neoliberal policies that the historical experience of particular countries prove really works.

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Ha-Joon Chang, now Reader in the Political Economy of Development at Cambridge University, and Ilene Grabel, of the University of Denver, have produced a brilliant, superbly-organised book. They aim to reclaim development from the neoliberal orthodoxy that has failed developing countries and yet has dominated policy and debate for the last 25 years.



Part 1 considers and rejects six key myths about development. Part 2 provides development policy options that are better than their neoliberal counterparts.



Chapter 1 refutes the myth that developed countries succeeded because they embraced the free market. Post-1945 Japan and France, for example, subordinated their financial sectors to industry's needs and grew far more rapidly than Britain and the USA, which let finance dominate industry.



Chapter 2 refutes the myth that neoliberalism works. In 1960-80, with active, interventionist policies, GDP per head grew by 75% in Latin America and the Caribbean, and by 34% in sub-Saharan Africa. In 1980-2000, under neoliberal policies, it grew by just 7% in the former and fell by 15% in the latter. 1980-2000's best-performing countries were India and China - hardly neoliberal models!



Chapter 3 refutes the myth that neoliberal globalisation is unstoppable. China, India, Sweden, Austria, Netherlands, France and Germany all have very different policies and institutions from Britain and the USA.



Chapter 4 refutes the myth that the USA is the model for all. Despite its 1990s `boom', 10% of US families were poor in 2000, as in 1989. It grew no faster between 1980 and 2000 than between 1960 and 1979.



Chapter 5 refutes the myth that Anglo-American history is the norm. The British and US experiences were abnormal - slavery and empire, for instance. During their own development, both used East Asian-style trade and industry policies.



Chapter 6 refutes the myth that developing countries need the international financial institutions and independent central banks. Neoliberals denigrate the public sector as self-interested, but it seems this doesn't apply to the staff of the World Bank, the IMF, the WTO and the central banks. They all represent global finance, not national democracy.



In Part 2, each chapter presents the neoliberal case, counter-arguments, and a range of alternative policies.



Chapter 7 examines trade and industry policies. The neoliberals promote free trade as the supreme good. But countries like India and China have grown using infant industry protection and interventionist trading policies. Industry gains with subsidies, licences, managed credit and investment, R&D and training, all tied to meeting performance guidelines. Firm capital controls and financial regulation promote long-term, stable investment.



Chapter 8 looks at privatisation and intellectual property rights (IPRs). Austria, France, Finland, Norway and Singapore all have dynamic state sectors. IPRs are neither necessary nor sufficient to create new knowledge. They reduce technology transfer and innovation, and increase companies' powers at the public's expense. Education and government support for R&D are more important to innovation than protection of IPRs.



Chapter 9 studies international capital flows. Since 1980, the liberalised financial environment has encouraged portfolio investment in developing countries (buying stocks, bonds, derivatives, etc.) - zero in 1980, $9.4 billion in 2002, and foreign direct investment (buying controlling interests in foreign firms) - $4.4 billion in 1980, $143 billion in 2002. This financial liberalisation increased the opportunities and incentives to speculate. Bank loans financed speculative real estate development and stock trading, and mergers and privatisations that did not make economic sense.



Policy can discourage, not ban, the use of foreign loans as a source of finance and ensure their use for productive developments. Restrictions on capital flight, on currency speculation and on access to foreign currency and loans protected India and China during the Asian financial crisis.



Chapter 10 examines domestic financial regulation. Financial liberalisation does not bring investment for development, but speculation, currency and banking crises, and recessions. Financial systems should provide long-term finance for investment in infrastructure and infant industries. But large banks are less willing than small banks to lend to small businesses.



Chapter 11 looks at macroeconomic policy. Restricting currency convertibility reduces the risks of currency depreciation and collapse, of capital flight and financial instability. Post-1945, European countries' managed exchange rates and capital controls supported growth and kept currencies stable.



In the neoliberal view, inflation is the only danger, and government spending (especially when deficit-financed) is always inflationary. Yet a World Bank study of 127 countries from 1960 to 1992 found that inflation rates of up to 20% did no harm to economic growth. Public spending on transport, education and health care reduces poverty and promotes economic growth.



The evidence is that independent central banks like the European Central Bank and the Bank of England bring not economic growth or more jobs or financial stability. Instead, they bring excess credit growth and inflated stock and real estate prices.



These kinds of policies for equitable and stable development, growth and jobs, are good not just for developing countries but also for any country that wants to survive the present crisis.






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The author has put out another book demonstrating the uesfulness of an industrial structure policy ,in a number of areas relating to economic development, based on a historical comparison -contrast of the actual policies that lead to successful economic development and substantial improvements in the quality of life and the standard of living in those countries that have incorporated an important role for government spending on necessary and needed public infrastructure.The government has a very important role to play whereever there is market failure,externalities,spillover effects,or the need to provide education and health care.Government provision of needed public goods can't be privatized.Privatization and deregulation, in countries where there are no developed social norms of conduct or functioning institutions except the government, simply leads to a drastic fall in the provision of the good.This has happened all too often in countries in Africa,South America,and Asian that have sought the economic aid, help and direction of the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund.



I would suggest that the author buy a copy of the Wealth of Nations,written by Adam Smith in 1776 and read it carefully.It is obvious that the author is simply ignorant of the fact that Smith's policies would support and buttress many of the arguments put forth by the author.For instance,Smith was a supporter of revenue tariffs,retaliatory tariffs,interest rate control ,credit restriction ,public goods,etc.

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Obstetric Anesthesia and Uncommon Disorders



Obstetric Anesthesia and Uncommon Disorders
David R. Gambling,M. Joanne Douglas,Robert S. F. McKay | 2008-04-21 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 480 | Internal Medicine
This new edition of Obstetric Anesthesia and Uncommon Disorders is a crucial resource for practitioners suddenly faced with a parturient who has an unusual medical or surgical condition. The book considers both the impact of a condition on pregnancy, labor and delivery, or the fetus and the impact of pregnancy on a condition or the effect of therapy for the disorder on the fetus or neonate. Case reports and experience from the world literature and clinical advice from many specialists have been drawn together by an international team of editors and contributors who are leading experts in the field. Clear, concise management guidelines and algorithms are provided, and each chapter is written from the viewpoint of the obstetric anesthesiologist. Obstetric Anesthesia and Uncommon Disorders continues to be an invaluable resource for any anesthesiologist involved in the clinical management of these complex patients.

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Windows Server 2008 Resource Kit



Windows Server 2008 Resource Kit
Windows Server Team at Microsoft | 2008-01-01 00:00:00 | Microsoft Press | 4000 | Windows
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Get the essential reference for deploying, managing, automating, troubleshooting, and optimizing Windows Server 2008 with expert insights and best practices from Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) and the Windows Server team at Microsoft. This official MicrosoftA® RESOURCE KIT features six volumes of in-depth technical information that every WindowsA® administrator needs to understand to master Windows Server 2008 administration. You get detailed information about networking, network aspect projection, security features, Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0, Active DirectoryA®, and Windows PowerShellTM. You also get more than 200 time-saving tools, scripts for automation, job aids, eBook resources, plus a fully searchable eBook of each RESOURCE KIT volume on DVD.

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Provides six volumes of in-depth technical information for administering, optimizing, troubleshooting, and automating Windows Server 2008

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* Provides six volumes of in-depth technical information for administering, optimizing, troubleshooting, and automating Windows Server 2008 and IIS 7.0
* Delivers definitive product information with expert insights straight from the Windows Server team at Microsoft, Microsoft MVPs, and field consultants
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* Paperback: 4000 pages
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* Language: English
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Familiale Verbundenheit und Gerechtigkeit als fehlende Perspektiven auf die familiale Pflege: Eine Analyse des Diskurses



Familiale Verbundenheit und Gerechtigkeit als fehlende Perspektiven auf die familiale Pflege: Eine Analyse des Diskurses
| 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Others
Anne-Christin Kunstmann, "Familiale Verbundenheit und Gerechtigkeit als fehlende Perspektiven auf die familiale Pflege: Eine Analyse des Diskurses"
Vs Verlag | 2010 | ISBN: 3531172468 | 486 pages | PDF | 1,9 MB
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A Practical Guide to Mentoring: How to Help Others Achieve Their Goals



A Practical Guide to Mentoring: How to Help Others Achieve Their Goals
David Kaye,Roger Hinds | 2010-03-15 00:00:00 | How to Books | 116 | Leadership
Mentoring is a rewarding experience. You will play an active and invaluable part in the development of another person and further your own career at the same time. This concise book will take you step-by-step through the process and show you: - How to become an effective mentor - What qualities, methods and processes are required - How to prepare yourself and the mentee - How to avoid the common pitfalls Whichever sector you work in, this extremely practical book will clarify the whole mentoring process from start to finish, and support you every step of the way.

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Handbook of Thiophene-Based Materials: Applications in Organic Electronics and Photonics, 2 Volume Set



Handbook of Thiophene-Based Materials: Applications in Organic Electronics and Photonics, 2 Volume Set
Igor F. Perepichka and Dmitrii F. Perepichka | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | Wiley | 910 | Chemical Engineering
This essential resource consists of a series of critical reviews written by leading scientists, summarising the progress in the field of conjugated thiophene materials. It is an application-oriented book, giving a chemists’ point of view on the state-of-art and perspectives of the field. While presenting a comprehensive coverage of thiophene-based materials and related applications, the aim is to show how the rational molecular design of materials can bring a new breadth to known device applications or even aid the development of novel application concepts. The main topics covered include synthetic methodologies to thiophene-based materials (including the chemistry of thiophene, preparation of oligomers and polymerisation approaches) and the structure and physical properties of oligo- and polythiophenes (discussion of structural effects on electronic and optical properties). Part of the book is devoted to the optical and semiconducting properties of conjugated thiophene materials for electronics and photonics, and the role of thiophene-based materials in nanotechnology.
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Advances in Physical Organic Chemistry, Volume 31



Advances in Physical Organic Chemistry, Volume 31
Donald Bethell | 1999-02-19 00:00:00 | Academic Press | 416 | Internal Medicine
The objective of the serial is to present considered reviews on the quantitative study of organic compounds and their behavior--physical organic chemistry in its broadest sense--in a manner accessible to a general readership.
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I recently completed my honors project for Dr. Tidwell at University of Toronto, and took two years worth of his organic chemistry courses... I have to say that they were the most enjoyable and understandable courses I have taken in my life, in fact I completed these courses in the top percentile of my class with very little studying on my own- I learned everything in his lectures! He wrote the authoritative book on Ketene chemistry, which all the researchers in that field use, and I used on my honors project. I think that he has a very good skill in presenting concepts in physical organic chemistry that has been honed with hard work over many years, and is also due to an obvious love of chemistry. I can't tell you about this book because I haven't read it yet, but when I can get the money (a little pricey for your average canadian graduate student...), I will hopefully complete my review.

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An Anatomy of Power: The Social Theory of Michael Mann



An Anatomy of Power: The Social Theory of Michael Mann
John A. Hall,Ralph Schroeder | 2006-02-27 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 420 | Social Sciences
Michael Mann is one of the most influential sociologists of recent decades. His work has had a major impact in sociology, history, political science, international relations and other social science disciplines. In this volume, his work has been systematically and critically assessed by distinguished scholars who take stock of Mann's overall method and of his account of particular periods and historical cases. This timely volume also contains Mann's reply where he answers his critics and forcefully restates his position. It will appeal to scholars across the social sciences.

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Architecting Dependable Systems III (Lecture Notes in Computer Science / Programming and Software Engineering) (v. 3)



Architecting Dependable Systems III (Lecture Notes in Computer Science / Programming and Software Engineering) (v. 3)
Rogério de Lemos,Cristina Gacek,Alexander Romanovsky | 2005-10-26 00:00:00 | Springer | 343 | Software Engineering

As software systems become ubiquitous, the issues of dependability become more and more crucial. Given that solutions to these issues must be considered from the very beginning of the design process, it is reasonable that dependability is addressed at the architectural level. This book comes as a result of an effort to bring together the research communities of software architectures and dependability.

This state-of-the-art survey contains 16 carefully selected papers originating from the Twin Workshops on Architecting Dependable Systems (WADS 2004) accomplished as part of the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2004) in Edinburgh, UK and of the International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN 2004) in Florence, Italy. The papers are organised in topical sections on architectures for dependable services, monitoring and reconfiguration in software architectures, dependability support for software architectures, architectural evaluation, and architectural abstractions for dependability.



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A Guide to Learning Hiragana & Katakana


A Guide to Learning Hiragana & Katakana
Kenneth G. Henshall | 1997-01-01 00:00:00 | Tuttle Publishing | 119 | Japanese
The book is a very useful guide in learning the Kana signs. Pronounciation and stroke order are included for each sign, while in the end of any 'set' of characters is followed by a mini review session with basic words and space for writing practice. The vocabulary may notbe vast, but has exellent cultural reference and is definitely useful in both the long and short term. What is most important, it certainly helps the student to familiarize himself/herself with the scripts. Additional aspects of writting, such as consonant and vowel doubling and origins of the kana signs (how they developed out of the chinese characters) are also there.
If you want a place to start your trip through the actual Japanese language, going beyond romanized scripts and phrase books, this is an exellent place to start
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The United States in Asia



The United States in Asia
Robert G. Sutter | 2008-07-17 00:00:00 | Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. | 330 | 21st Century
This thoughtful and deeply informed book assesses the background, status, and outlook of U.S. relations with the Asia-Pacific. Noted expert Robert G. Sutter provides a balanced inventory of significant points of agreement and disagreement between the United States and the governments and peoples of the region. The author carefully considers widely held views of the United States in decline, he finds that recent U.S. difficulties have not fundamentally undermined the main foundations of the leadership, power, and influence that America has exerted in the region for many years. Instead, he convincingly argues for U.S. policy options that will help to remedy prevailing difficulties while sustaining American interests and leading role in Asian and Pacific affairs.

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Engineering Heat Transfer, Second Edition



Engineering Heat Transfer, Second Edition
William S. Janna | 1999-12-28 00:00:00 | CRC Press | 704 | Engineering
Provides a reference for a strong, practical foundation in heat transfer emphasizing realworld problems helping develop problem solving skills. Covers conduction, convection, and radient heat transfer in a manner that does not overwhelm the reader. DLC: Heat--Transmission.

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Volcanoes and Earthquakes (Britannica Illustrated Science Library)


Volcanoes and Earthquakes (Britannica Illustrated Science Library)
Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. | 2008-01-01 00:00:00 | Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. | 56 | Encyclopedias
The Volcanoes and Earthquakes is one book in the Britannica Illustrated Science Library Series that is correlated to the Science curriculum in grades 5-8.

The Britannica Illustrated Science Library is a visually compelling set that covers earth science, life science, and physical science in 16 volumes. Created for grades 5-9, each volume provides an overview on the subject and thoroughly explains it through detailed and powerful graphics, turning complex subjects into visual information that students can quickly grasp. Students will be captivated by more than 16,000 unforgettable images-over 1,000 per volume-that simplify and engage, ultimately providing a thorough understanding of each important topic. Each volume contains an Index and a glossary with full definitions for vocabulary help.
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The Bethe Peierls Correspondence



The Bethe Peierls Correspondence
Sabine Lee | 2008-02-13 00:00:00 | World Scientific Publishing Company | 520 | History
This book contains the correspondence between Hans Bethe and Rudolf Peierls, two first-rate scientists who made important contributions to 20th century physics. The document collection is of great significance for our understanding of 20th century physics, but it also illustrates many interesting political and social aspects such as the life of émigré scientists from Nazi-Germany on both sides of the Atlantic and the political activities of nuclear scientists after the development of the atomic bomb. Furthermore, the letters exchanged between Bethe and Peierls facilitate the appreciation of information transfer between Europe and the US and they shed light on mechanisms of higher education and academic research. Spanning almost seven decades, this almost uninterrupted correspondence is a unique source of 20th century history.

Contents: The Brave Men Who Fearlessly Climb the Harsh Mountains; Kellnerinnen A Slight Amount of Respectability into the Theory; The Birmingham Cornell Pipeline; Physics: Not a Young Person s Pasttime.

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Building Information Modeling (McGraw-Hill Construction Series) (Mcgraw-Hill Construction Series)



Building Information Modeling (McGraw-Hill Construction Series) (Mcgraw-Hill Construction Series)
| 2008-04-24 00:00:00 | | 0 | Computer Application


Improve Planning and Management on Any Construction Project with Powerful BIM Tools

Building information modeling (BIM) integrates 3D drawings and 4D animations to dramatically improve the communication, coordination, and planning of construction projects, while reducing risks, errors, and costs. Building Information Modeling is an in-depth resource that shows architects and building professionals how to capitalize on BIM concepts, tools, and techniques for their own building projects. An in-depth explanation of BIM concepts, tools, and techniques Guidance on applying BIM to new and retrofit construction projects More than 200 photos, charts, diagrams, and details of the BIM process Detailed case studies

Inside this Comprehensive Guide to BIM Technology

Background: ? The Setting for BIM ? Current Practice ? Legal Considerations Building Information Modeling: ? BIM Concepts ? BIM Planning ? BIM Implementation Software Tools: ? Modeling Tools ? Model Production ? Model Analysis ? Specific SoftwareOptions Learning BIM: ? Learning Methods ? Skill Sets ? The Learners Case Studies

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strong on concepts!
I was interested in this book because it seemed less like a `how to` book and more about what makes this technology work. It has not disappointed on those issues at all. Very rich in information. The biggest weakness I have found is that the author clearly favors certain software packages over others, which I can understand,,. everyone has their preferences. However, when discussing Autodesk's Revit platform, I found the book to be overly biased and sometimes, flatly, mistaken. This issue does not however, severely detract from the overall value of the information. Where the book seeks to discuss BIM without focusing on specific software, it is without equal. As long as you aren't making purchasing decisions based on the information, anyone familiar with the basics of BIM will find it fascinating.

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Well organized, well written. Provides information about model composition which most books on this subject do not include. Very informative. Organizations looking to move down the BIM/VDC path should definitely take the time to read as they will learn a great deal about the process changes needed to effectively utilize 3D models in their workflow.


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Cryptography and Security Services: Mechanisms and Applications



Cryptography and Security Services: Mechanisms and Applications
| 2008-01-07 00:00:00 | | 0 | Cryptography


Today's information technology and security networks demand increasingly complex algorithms and cryptographic systems. Individuals implementing security policies for their companies must utilize technical skill and information technology knowledge to implement these security mechanisms. Cryptography and Security Devices: Mechanisms and Applications addresses cryptography from the perspective of the security services and mechanisms available to implement these services: discussing issues such as e-mail security, public-key architecture, virtual private networks, Web services security, wireless security, and the confidentiality and integrity of security services. This book provides scholars and practitioners in the field of information assurance working knowledge of fundamental encryption algorithms and systems supported in information technology and secure communication networks.


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Technology Roadmap: Solar Photovoltaic Energy



Technology Roadmap: Solar Photovoltaic Energy
IEA Technology Roadmaps | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | OECD/IEA | 48 | Electrical Engineering
This energy technology roadmap envisions that by 2050, photovoltaic could provide 11% of global electricity production (4 500 TWh per year), corresponding to 3 000 gigawatts of cumulative installed photovoltaic capacity. In addition to contributing to significant greenhouse gas emission reductions, photovoltaic will deliver substantial benefits in terms of the security of energy supply and socio-economic development.

This roadmap also identifies technology goals and milestones that must be undertaken by different stakeholders to enable the most cost-efficient expansion of photovoltaic.
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Modern Power Station Practice: Volume 1 - Planning & Layout



Modern Power Station Practice: Volume 1 - Planning & Layout
Central Electricity Generating Board | 1971-01-01 00:00:00 | Pergamon Press | 416 | Engineering

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Nikon D300s For Dummies



Nikon D300s For Dummies
Julie Adair King | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | For Dummies | 384 | Photography
Harness the power of this versatile camera and maximize every feature
Your Nikon D300s is known for its awesome performance in low-light conditions, its super-powerful 51-point autofocus system, and the really, really long list of ways you can customize it. This friendly guide is known for making it easy to use every one of these features. Get the scoop here, and you'll start getting excited about what you can create!
When quality counts — learn when to shoot RAW and when to use JPEG or TIFF
Master exposure — enjoy the ease of Programmed Auto mode, then step up to shutter-priority auto, aperture-priority auto, or manual exposure
Capture perfect color — create custom white balance settings, choose the best color space, and fine-tune colors
Decipher the lingo — make sense of technical terms such as bit depth, compression, metadata, and more
Flash forward — take advantage of Flash Compensation, FV Lock, commander mode, and other flash options
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How to set up your camera for the way you shoot
Tips on controlling depth of field
How to capture action with Dynamic Area autofocus
Steps for processing RAW files in the camera
How to use dual memory card slots
Help with recording HD movies
Advice on handling tricky lighting situations
How to include copyright information and text comments in picture files
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Eriosyce (Cactaceae): The Genus Revised and Amplified (Succulent Plant Research)



Eriosyce (Cactaceae): The Genus Revised and Amplified (Succulent Plant Research)
Fred Katterman | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | David Hunt | 176 | Botany

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The Harlem Renaissance (Bloom's Period Studies)



The Harlem Renaissance (Bloom's Period Studies)
Harold Bloom | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Chelsea House Publications | 336 | African American
Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s was the epicenter of a rebirth in African-American literature with the poetry and prose of writers such as Langston Huges and Gwendolyn Brooks. This title, The Harlem Renaissance, part of Chelsea House Publishers' Bloom's Period Studies series, features a selection of critical essays analyzing the writers and works that defined the Harlem Renaissance. In addition to a chronology of the important cultural, literary, and politcal events that shaped this period, this text includes an introduction and editor's note written by Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities, Yale University.

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Infectious Diseases: Emergency Department Diagnosis & Management (Red and White Emergency Medicine Series)



Infectious Diseases: Emergency Department Diagnosis & Management (Red and White Emergency Medicine Series)
Ellen Slaven,Susan Stone,Fred Lopez | 2006-08-15 00:00:00 | McGraw-Hill Professional | 486 | Internal Medicine

A "Must-Have" reference for every emergency department and for every emergency department physician!

This is the first book on the diagnosis and management of infectious diseases, as they present to the Emergency Department, that's been written specifically for emergency physicians by emergency physicians. These expert authors, working in large urban Emergency Departments, understand the importance of having an authoritative reference at the ready for fast diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases occurring in all body systems.

The expert authors present:

  • Information selected and organized to meet the daily clinical needs of the emergency physician
  • Case presentations in every chapter
  • A Treatment Summary Box in each chapter, with at-a-glance review of recommended drugs and dosages
  • Considerations of special populations
  • Full treatment of current issues in infectious disease: bioterrorism (Anthrax, Smallpox, Plague, and Tularemia), sexually transmitted diseases, emerging infections (West Nile Virus, SARS, Hanta-Virus, and Leptospirosis), tick-borne diseases, fever in the returning traveler, and immunizations
  • Examination of HIV-associated infections in various body systems
  • Inclusion of TB-associated infections, influenza, CAP and bronchitis, and other lower respiratory tract infections
  • A close look at central nervous system infections, including meningitis and encephalitis
  • Guidance for gastrointestinal infections such as hepatitis, infectious diarrhea, and more
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Getting the Message: A History of Communications



Getting the Message: A History of Communications
Laszlo Solymar | 1999-12-09 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 328 | Early Civilization
The past century has seen developments in communications technology that rival those in any other field of human activity. Significant advances are made every year, and the impact on our day-to-day lives has been tremendous. Getting the message explores the fascinating history of communications, starting with ancient civilizations, the Greeks and Romans, then leading through the development of the electric telegraph, and up to the present day with e-mail and cellular phones. In clear, non-technical language the book explains the details of each new development while interweaving ideas from politics, economics, and cultural history. The book concludes with an exciting look at possible future developments.
Getting The Message: A History of Communications is a strange book. Is it a gift for someone's coffee table, a textbook, or serious history? Laszlo Solymar's quirky commentary mixes colorful character studies with social criticism, technical explanation with personal prejudice. It starts with fire signals and ends with Internet firewalls. He tells us that he would join a Campaign for Curbing the Spread of Acronyms. He regrets that e-mail means you get contacted by forgotten acquaintances sending you details about their offspring. He points out that Dudayev, the Chechen rebel leader, was blown to smithereens because he was too fond of his mobile phone, and all this is mixed in with explanations of "The principles of a triode amplifier."

The narrative in this book is brisk, and there are an amazing number of illustrations and cartoons, which make Solymar's points perfectly. For example, a prescient "Punch" cartoon from 1879 shows two people videoconferencing, and there's a picture of an eavesdropping device used by Alexander the Great.

Solymar, an Oxford professor of engineering, mentions his debt to his fellow dons in the dedication. The exchange of academic ideas has enriched his text. His mind reaches beyond the scientific: he seems perfectly at ease as a historian describing how, during the Russian Revolution, Kerensky and Kornilov had to communicate using the telegraph. Had Russia been less backward, they would have used the telephone. Had they been even more backward, they would have met in person. But they used the telegraph, misunderstood each other, and thus set in motion the October Revolution.

This book sets out to be technical, polemical, historical, analytical, and readable. With the exception of a few longueurs, the author, through his breadth of reference and determination to be accessible, has succeeded. --Brian Jenner, amazon.co.uk
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Being a budding communications enthusiast, I eagerly anticipated reading Mr. Solymar's book "Getting The Message: The History of Communications" after receiving it from Amazon.com. Mr. Solymar, in his own review, invites the readers to critique his newest book and to show him where it succeeded for them, or failed them. Very well, Professor.

For this reader, Prof. Solymar's success lies in his thorough research of his material, his erudition and timeliness concerning the subject matter in the amazing progress in the field of communications. As he has rightly pointed out, the cost of a long-distance call has dropped from prohibitively expensive in the 20s to just pennies a minute in some areas. His examples of early methods of communicating by fire, semaphore, and telegraph are historically interesting. And you've got to hand it to the man for devoting an entire chapter to the development of fax alone. The fact that fax machines, however crude, were in existence in the early/mid 19th century boggles the mind. Especially when you consider that Alexander Bain had the idea of fax transmissions and was working on the same BEFORE Samuel Morse's telegraph! And finally, he leaves TV and radio braodcasts alone, since they are not one-to-one methods of communication.

As for where Mr. Solymar has failed, I was somewhat disappointed in the rather academic treatment of the subject. Not as entertaining as Tom Standage's "The Victorian Internet", but at least not as condescending as Sir Arthur Clarke's "How The World Was One", but rather a bridge between the two. Mr. Solymar seems to be writing a technical book at times and a layman's guide at others - mercifully, he spares us a "For Dummies" approach.

This book seems to be for the reader of "Scientific American" or "Popular Science" magazines. And it is here where the book both shines and does not at the same time. For, while point-to-point communication is covered quite competently, Mr. Solymar fails to address the more popular current trends of communications such as instant messaging, cell phone/beeper text messages, Palm-like devices --all the rage in Japan and Europe. In fact, the book does not really address the social effects of all these evolving ways to communicate. In her book "The Death of Distance", for example, Frances Cairncross offers us a little tidbit about how Japanese schoolgirls send "sweet dreams" messages to one another using text beepers, among her dull statistics and fact-crunching. His predictions for the future are no more or less valid than anyone else's, but only time will tell.

With all the way cool gizmos going wireless, we seem to be, at the beginning of the 21st century, repeating the early 20th century when "wireless" was the buzzword of the day as well. Perhaps in the next edition of this book, Professor Solymar will include things like Bluetooth and other ideas being used to broaden our communications horizons -- maybe even Amazon's author-reader dialogue opportunities, as well. How about it, Professor?
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At a time when the world is undergoing an explosion in telecommunication traffic and the internet is reshaping the way we communicate and do business, it is difficult to not be awed at the technologies, the companies and the people who have made this revolution possible.

"Getting the message..." is a timely and insightful look at the people and events that have lead up to the present day information revolution. For experts and laymen alike, this book provides an excellent and entertaining historical overview of the developments of the technologies from the early concepts of smoke and light signals to the modern day invention of fiber optic communication. By placing telecommunication technology in its proper historical perspective, the readers who are experts in the field (telecommunications engineers, scientist and managers) and who currently work on the new new thing that will make the bandwidth utopia a future reality, are rewarded with a sense of connectivity to the past and a better sense of purpose. For the laymen, this book excels in covering in easy to understand language the basic technology concepts that underlie the physical concepts of the transportation of information.

In short, this book was a riveting read. Anyone who is remotely interested in telecommuncations should get it.

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