Thursday, 27 January 2011

Knife Skills, Vol. 2



Knife Skills, Vol. 2
| 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Others
Bertie Foreman "Knife Skills, Vol. 2"
Netlibrary Inc | English | 2009-07-16 | ISBN: 9380075383 | 86 pages | PDF | 5,1 MB
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Structural Chemistry of Glasses



Structural Chemistry of Glasses
K.J. Rao | 2002-07-10 00:00:00 | Elsevier Science | 584 | Engineering
Structural Chemistry of Glasses provides detailed coverage of the subject for students and professionals involved in the physical chemistry aspects of glass research. Starting with the historical background and importance of glasses, it follows on with methods of preparation, structural and bonding theories, and criteria for glass formation including new approaches such as the constraint model.



Glass transition is considered, as well as the wide range of theoretical approaches that are used to understand this phenomenon. The author provides a detailed discussion of Boson peaks, FSDP, Polymorphism, fragility, structural techniques, and theoretical modelling methods such as Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics simulation. The book covers ion and electron transport in glasses, mixed-alkali effect, fast ion conduction, power law and scaling behaviour, electron localization, charged defects, photo-structural effects, elastic properties, pressure-induced transitions, switching behaviour, colour, and optical properties of glasses. Special features of a variety of oxide, chalcogenide, halide, oxy-nitride and metallic gasses are discussed.



With over 140 sections, this book captures most of the important and topical aspects of glass science, and will be useful for both newcomers to the subject and the experienced practitioner.


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The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics (Routledge Philosophy Companions)



The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics (Routledge Philosophy Companions)
Berys Gaut,Dominic Lopes | 2000-11-30 00:00:00 | Routledge | 600 | Philosophy
The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics is an indispensable guide and reference source to the major thinkers and topics in aesthetics. Forty-eight entries by international contributors provide clear and up-to-date entries under four headings: historical, aesthetic theory, topics in aesthetics, and the individual arts.
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This text is the first in my arts administration masters program. Though I am not through the book the first few chapters are interesting and provoke a thoughtful response.
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I am reading this book in conjunction with the 3rd edition of "Philosophy of the Arts: An Introduction to Aesthetics". This book is heavily cited as a preferred background/in-depth companion. At the end of Chapter Six in "Philosophy...", citation is made to chapters 30, 46, 47, 48 and 49 in this book. However, the Kindle edition of this book ends at chapter 46. Is this because it's only the first edition? Or is it because the Kindled edition simply does not include those chapters? While clearly the material is both compelling and important, it is alarming that such a significant portion of the book appears to be missing. Having paid well over $50 for the pair of books, I'd expect them to at least be complete.


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I read this book for a graduate seminar on the philosophy of art. This book is an excellent way to get a general idea of the vast field of philosophy of art. Aesthetics = philosophy of Art, thinking about art. Using writings from over fifty philosophers on art form Plato to Hans-Georg Gadamer gives the reader a great grounding in all of the philosophical theories of "what is art." The reader will find that how we engage art today is different then how the ancient Greeks did, art was embedded in a cultural context for them. Art was not in museums or in dance halls. Art is in a special zone of experience today in museums, etc. Tragedy for Greeks was part of their politics and religion, sculpture and painting the same way. Music until recently, (after the enlightenment) was for religion or some kind of official function. Philosophy tries to come up with theories about art; it may be a fool's errand. A set of principles that define and illuminates or explains the full measure of art is probably not attainable. However, just because a theory is wrong doesn't mean it has no value, we can draw import from all of them. By using excerpts from different philosophers the reader gets a good understanding of the major art movements, which I identify below.





The "Imitation theory" of art- means it copies something in the natural world. Art refers to some objective reality outside the mind and artwork. (Plato, Aristotle). . Sometimes the imitation theory is also known as the "representational art theory" because the artwork represented something in the world but is not a simplistic idea of copying. The art forms that are most representational are representational sculpture, painting, and drama. The background and implications of the imitation theory first originated in ancient Greece. The imitation theory is the traditional theory that held sway with artists and philosophers up into the eighteenth century Romantic period in Europe. In order for one to fully grasp the meaning of the imitation theory, it is necessary to understand the nuanced meaning of the Greek word for imitation. The Greek word for imitation is mimçsis; thus, art is the imitation of nature for the Greeks. However, mimçsis is a very complex word with many nuanced meanings. It can also mean a representational copy. Plato uses it in speaking of painting. For example, if a Greek painter painted a bird that looked bird like, that would be a sense of mimçsis. Aristotle says art is an imitation of nature, but not just "copying" it. Aristotle does not mean that when art does what it does it reproduces a natural thing. Rather, what Aristotle means is that art impersonates the power of nature to produce something. Human art does something along the lines of what nature does which is very different. Nature produces a tree from out of its power of generation without any intervention from nature, a builder produces a house out of materials which requires the intervention of an agent; however, Aristotle sees no fundamental bright line between those two examples.



The "Expression theory" of art- refers to something going on in the human mind. Art refers to some subjective reality of the human mind, such as ideas, feelings, and cognitive faculties. (Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer). The expression theory is the prime competitor to the imitation theory. The expression theory is a modern phenomenon that turns to the subject. This theory became prevalent with the rise of the Romanticism movement of the nineteenth century. With the expression theory--a shift takes place from the objective outer world of the imitation theory to perception of the mind the subject of the expression theory. Expression theorists expect artworks will produce certain human emotions in the audience. Thus, the expression theory has a certain power in focusing on the mind of both the creator and the audience. Expression theorists argue that the theory has a certain power in being able to articulate the communicative and educative power of the mind.



For example, the artist has an experience that the rest of us have not noticed. Then the artist tries to express this experience in the artwork, which she hopes will transmit to the audience so they can share the artist's experience. The idea in the expression theory that artworks have an educative power is central to Robin Collingwood's theory. The whole idea is that the artist is some kind of educator and the artwork becomes some kind of educational vehicle for people. Of course, art can have so much power in this regard, as in the case of Shakespearean tragedies like Macbeth. Thus, the expression theory gives artwork a new importance, especially in the medium of the written word, since it purports that artworks like literature are something we can learn from that we cannot do any other way.



Contemporary Art Theory

The "Historical artworld," theory- art involves an interrelated complex of artists, artwork, audience, artworld/institutions. All these work in concert with each other, and changes through history adds even more fluidity. This complex changes through history, reflecting a tension between normalcy and creativity (Nietzsche, Dewey, Heidegger, Gadamer).



The features and significance of the historical artworld theory, which more properly should be termed a "notion," is that it does not "locate" art in any one of the four traditional factors of artist, artwork, audience, and artworld institutions that people have traditionally examined to define what art is. The historical artworld notion expands beyond the traditional four factors and takes into account history, and the tension between creativity and normalcy. Thus, the historical artworld notion looks at art through a more broad interpretation then the imitation and expression theories do, by adding history and the tension between creativity and normalcy as well. Thus, the historical artworld notion is better at explaining the fluid relationships between the various facets involved in art. The idea is that it uses "hermeneutics" which means "interpretations" that are in Martin Heidegger's words more "world disclosive." Therefore, the historical artworld notion tends to be less dogmatic than a theory and really seeks to serve as a guidepost for understanding art.



One of the most significant features of the historical artworld notion, unlike the imitation and expression theories, is that as Heidegger and Hans-Georg Gadamer argue, the theory of hermeneutics purports that it is impossible to approach anything independent of historical influences that have already shaped us and therefore, mold how it is we would approach anything. There are already operating influences in how we regard anything in the world, and art would be included in that. By contrast, the imitation theory is too "narrow" in its "accepted rules" of art because it only seeks to imitate objects in the world and disregard the importance of historical influence in creating artworks. One of the ways to understand this is by examining child development. Every adult has been a child, and every child has been shaped by cultural influences through all sorts of ways, education, rearing, etc. In other words, any human self will always be equipped with ways of seeing; therefore, there is no such thing as coming to see something as all by itself. Thus, when we approach a work of art, before we even engage it we are already equipped with inheritances from our tradition and our culture that come to us by way of education and other kinds of influences. No engagement with a work of art is a blank slate-- we are not a tabula rasa. For example, in the case of Greek tragedy, we would have to know what the historical circumstances were and what it was like for the work to be performed at that time. Therefore, any approach to art always carries the art history with it, because historical influences are always shaping how we begin to see anything.



My study has convinced me that Gadamer's hermeneutic circle is the most comprehensive and exciting theory of art that has made a real impression in the art world.



I recommend this work for anyone interested in philosophy, philosophy of art. I strongly recommend Gadamer's "Truth and Method" for an in-depth understanding of the hermeneutic circle and its explanation of art.


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Like most of my Amazon purchases, I initially borrowed this book from my university library. I liked it enough to purchase and will remain indefinitely in my growing library collection. The bulky size of this book belies its concise and clear nature, which is a boon for any student attempting to wade through the more dense, wordy literature of some other books on the Philosophy of Art. As the blurb on the rear of the book states, it contains 52 chapters written by leading international scholars which cover pretty much all aspects of aesthetics.

Structurally, the book's layout makes it easy to locate pertinent information quickly. The chapters are divided into sections which discuss the history, theory, issues and challenges of aesthetic theory; and then looks at the individual arts such as film, photography, dance, theater and music (to name a few. Each chapter concludes with a reference list and a further reading list.


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Routledge routinely releases extraordinary material surveying large bodies of knowledge and condensing them into a manageable package of clear, concise articles from a nice variety of perspectives. This is one of their best and most useful (and usable) volumes yet. The field of aesthetics is as old as philosophy itself, but somehow this companion represents major topics and philosophers from every era from Plato to Derrida and Barthes.



The book breaks down into three categories: History, where we get essays on major figures in aesthetics; Aesthetic theory, including essays on major topics such as the "value of art", definition of art, taste, interpretation and others; and finally, Issues and challenges - including criticism, ethics, performance authenticity, and others. Check out the table of contents in the Amazon Online Reader for more. In short, the guide is comprehensive. Naturally, they couldn't include absolutely everything - there's no article on Adorno's widely influential aesthetics and writings on the culture industry, but this is easily forgivable as there are already whole anthologies on Adorno's aesthetics.



There are other companions similar to this such as Peter Kivy's very nice Blackwell guide to aesthetics. The Blackwell guide is just fine, but the Routledge companion has a wider scope, more articles, and is simply easier to use. That said, certain volumes (and here I'm thinking of the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism) work nicely with this book, but they have different areas of focus.



Having spent some time with the major collections on aesthetics, I can definitely say that this is the finest. I highly recommend it to students, artists, educators, or anyone interested. The writing is extremely clear and the format makes it easy to find exactly what you're looking for. If you want to know more about aesthetics, this is the book for you.

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Economics in a Changed Universe: Joseph E. Stiglitz, Globalization, and the Death of 'Free Enterprise'



Economics in a Changed Universe: Joseph E. Stiglitz, Globalization, and the Death of 'Free Enterprise'
Gerald L. Houseman | 2008-05-29 00:00:00 | Lexington Books | 174 | Economics
This book explains how the revolution in economics, wrought by Joseph E. Stiglitz and the economics of information, has provided us with new methods and answers to solving economic problems, especially for the poor nations of the world. It brings 230 years of economic thought and folklore into question and shows us that _free enterprise_ and the _market_ that we once respected does not exist.
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I've read many bad books, but nothing like this. My jaw literally fell as I read the opening diatribe against anyone who has ever dared speak of "economic freedom" or "free enterprise": they are variously thugs, illiterates, "primitive and confused," and, it seems, "most likely from the South." It's one thing to confront an idea, to test it and show it's limits and inadequacies, another to dismiss it as mere illusion, it's practitioners as evil and ignorant. Perhaps Stiglitz's theories will turn out to be fruitful, but they will not be helped by lapdogs who take them as the beginning all rational economic thinking (and then show little competence in rational economic thinking). This book is an embarrassment.
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Gerald Houseman, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Indiana University-Fort Wayne, has written a brilliant book on the changes created by Joseph Stiglitz's economics of information. He calls Stiglitz "the man who disproved the `free enterprise' thesis." This book explains the death of this thesis; it studies globalisation, the failed panaceas of privatisation and deregulation, and the effects of multinational corporations.



Stiglitz showed how "no two (or more) parties involved in a deal are ever equally informed about any business contract." He wrote, "My research on the economics of information showed that whenever information is imperfect, in particular where there are information asymmetries - where some individuals know something that others do not (in other words, always) - the reason that the invisible hand seems invisible is that it is not there." This asymmetry of information makes markets fail and undermines democracy.



Stiglitz backs fair trade, trade managed in the national interest. He shows how the present system of asymmetrical, unfair trade impoverishes the developing nations.

Houseman recounts how in 1999 Alan Greenspan `saved' the hedge fund Long Term Capital Management Company by giving it $3.5 billion. Now in the same way, Gordon Brown has made us the taxpayers give failed bankers £1.3 trillion. Stiglitz said of Obama's similar gift, "Quite frankly, this amounts to robbery of the American people. I don't think it's going to work because I think there'll be a lot of anger about putting the losses so much on the shoulder of the American taxpayer."

Stiglitz urges the need for land reform and writes, "short of revolution, there will be no major shifts in ownership." He is saying, truly enough, that revolution is necessary for progress. He has proved that inequality is bad for development and growth and shown how the rich are not a good source of capital investment because they take the wealth for themselves, rather than using it for the public good.



He observes, "the question of who administers and allocates scarce capital resources is an all-important consideration that has a great deal to do with the question of who will benefit from policies and who will wield political as well as economic power." Private profit means public loss.


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Houseman's book is primarily a large (about 116 pages of text, not including another 35 to 40 pages of appendices) review of work by Nobel winning economist Joseph Stiglitz (and others vis a vis the information economy and globalization). But the focus is very much on the political rather than economics (Houseman is a political scientist) - and is very much the perspective from the left side.



If your interest is in politics, rather than economics, and especially if your political interests lean left, you may enjoy this book. If your politics lean right, you'll find Houseman's perspective will challenge your assumptions.



But you would be better off reading Joseph Stiglitz's Globalization and its Discontents, and his newer Making Globalization Work, instead of this text. The latter two explain the economic issues (which is my interest - I dislike politics) far better but enable you to draw your own political conclusions if you wish.



Houseman's book feels like the author is preaching at you with his political perspective, repeatedly telling you that "free enterprise" does not exist and is a myth. (Which seems to be confirmed by the recent economic events of 2008). On the other hand, Stiglitz's writings have the comfortable feel of a great economist sharing his insights and wisdom, much more like an education than Houseman's preaching.



Houseman seems to tell you what to think; Stiglitz presents the evidence and arguments and enables you to draw your own conclusions by thinking for yourself.



Again, if you love politics you might enjoy this book more than I. If you find economics fascinating, you'd be better off reading Stiglitz directly.

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An Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery



An Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery
John M. Lore,Jesus Medina | 2004-09-03 00:00:00 | Saunders | 1215 | Reference
Completely revised and expanded, the fourth edition of this popular atlas has been updated to include the latest techniques and most current developments in the field. Features over 450 illustrations; new chapters on microvascular surgery, skull base surgery and endoscopic sinus surgery; and a greatly expanded section on the neck. * Uses more than 450 outstanding illustrations to capture the preferred techniques of 39 world leaders in head and neck surgery. * Explores everything from head and neck imaging through emergency procedures...diagnostic endoscopy... and a full range of operative procedures for every condition encountered in head and neck surgery.
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Hi amazon,thanks for this book its greait even though i have a lot to read

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Inside Windows 98



Inside Windows 98
Jim Boyce,Kyle Bryant | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | New Riders Pub | 928 | Windows OS
Inside Windows 98 is a reference and tutorial to Windows technologies. Written to appeal to intermediate and experienced Windows users and administrators, Inside Windows 98 cuts through the redundancy and entry-level discussions found in many other Windows books. Each chapter in Inside Windows 98 stands alone as a reference to a particular Windows technology; memory management, optimization, using workgroup applications, data sharing, multimedia, and so on. Inside Windows 98 provides a single source solution for advanced Windows administrators needing an authoritative presentation.

-Targeted at the Windows administrator--no other book targets this audience at this level

-Concentrates on the advanced topics of operating system/hardware interaction

-The most experienced Windows authors compile the tips, tricks, and solutions necessary to keep Windows running smoothly on today s multitude of hardware configurations
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I just finished reading this book and I must say that it is a great guide for both those who are upgrading from Windows 3.11 or Windows 95. The readers of this book I think will benefit from this book. I hope that more people will agree with me when they take the time to go threw this book.

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SQL Server Tacklebox



SQL Server Tacklebox
Rodney Landrum | 2009-08-03 00:00:00 | Red gate books | 250 | Databases
For the day-to-day DBA, there are dangers around every corner; monsters waiting to strike down the unsuspecting database with a resource-hungry query, an inefficient data load, or even outright data corruption. When the worst happens, and SQL Server is down, or performance is suffering, customers are quick to complain.. During such difficult periods, you, the DBA, are the centre of attention. Suddenly, three or four people crowd your desk, laser beam focused on your every action, fully expecting you to solve the problem quickly.
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Has Globalization Gone Too Far?



Has Globalization Gone Too Far?
Dani Rodrik | 1997-03-01 00:00:00 | Institute for International Economics | 108 | Economics
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I have to admit that I only read the first 20 pages before giving up.



This book appears to be a think-tank product richly supported by business to answer a question which they are too prejudiced to answer honestly.



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In his spellbinding account of the economic realities of globalization, Dani Rodrik gets it right. Whether it is his accounting of the increased elasticity in the job market or his discussion of labor as a factor bearing a higher incidence of non-wage costs, today's economy makes Rodrik seem prophetic. It is a book whose time has come, any thinking person should buy this book.
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It seems that over the past few years, the topic of globilization aond free trade have become hot topics because of events like the WTO protests in Seattle, the World Bank protests in DC and Ralph Nader's run for the presidency in 1996 and 2000.

Has globilization gone too far? is a good source for those people trying to find out more about the issue because it shows what happens under globilization both theoritically and in real life. It presents the arguements against free trade and the problems associated it with it like loss of jobs and capital outflows so it is good to understand the oposing view.
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This is an excellent book that dwells in to the effects of globalization, related issues and potential solutions. It discusses social issues and policies within the context of globalization. It also dwells in to the issues related to labor standards and income distribution. Rodrik presents good solutions but they are debatable and not easy to implement.

I feel that Rodrik discusses solely from the perspectives of industrialized nations' interests. I would have liked him to explore more from the perspectives of under developed/developing nations'.
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Seldom can one find an economist whose sensitivity to political and social issues coexist in perfect harmony with a technically impecable background. Rodrik is one such rare creature. His book addresses the issue of globalization, defying economic theories and pointing straight to the problem: globalization engenders social instability, that in turn unables financial/economic stability to be sustained. Accoridng to Rodrik, unless attention is given to the "lossers" of this process, protectionism may strike back. Rodrik is successful in showing that globalization is NOT "the end of history", and should not be taken for granted.

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The Birth and Death of the Sun: Stellar Evolution and Subatomic Energy



The Birth and Death of the Sun: Stellar Evolution and Subatomic Energy
George Gamow | 2005-01-01 00:00:00 | Dover Publications | 1 | Astronomy and Cosmology
In this fascinating book, a renowned physicist outlines the discoveries and theories that illuminate the evolution of our world. One of the founders of Big Bang theory, George Gamow employs language that's both scientifically accurate and easy to understand as he traces the development of atomic theory. 1952 edition. 78 illustrations.
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Cinquante Ans de Polynomes - Fifty Years of Polynomials: Proceedings of a Conference held in honour of Alain Durand at the Institut Henri Poincare. Paris, ... in Mathematics) (English and French Edition)



Cinquante Ans de Polynomes - Fifty Years of Polynomials: Proceedings of a Conference held in honour of Alain Durand at the Institut Henri Poincare. Paris, ... in Mathematics) (English and French Edition)
Michel Langevin,Michel Waldschmidt | 1990-02-14 00:00:00 | Springer | 235 | Mathematics
Before his untimely death in 1986, Alain Durand had undertaken a systematic and in-depth study of the arithmetic perspectives of polynomials. Four unpublished articles of his, formed the centerpiece of attention at a colloquium in Paris in 1988 and are reproduced in this volume together with 11 other papers on closely related topics. A detailed introduction by M. Langevin sets the scene and places these articles in a unified perspective.

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Rethinking the Future: Rethinking Business, Principles, Competition, Control & Complexity, Leadership, Markets, and the World



Rethinking the Future: Rethinking Business, Principles, Competition, Control & Complexity, Leadership, Markets, and the World
Rowan Gibson | 1999-05-25 00:00:00 | Nicholas Brealey Publishing | 288 | Leadership
From this all-star cast of today's most highly-regarded business philosophers, futurists and practitioners comes a panoramic perspective of how organizations can be redesigned to thrive in tomorrow's hyper-competitive global environment. In this meeting place of minds, Rethinking the Future is an original and inspiring collection that presents a unique opportunity to gain insights from this elite group as they define the new paradigm that will revolutionize business and society in the next millennium.
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Every once in comes a book packed with ideas, and this is definitely one of them. Although many of the authors/thinkers interviewed kept referring back to their previous works -- which had made them famous in the first place - this collection of interviews and essays is definitely worth reading.

To get a big group of business hall-of-famers together in one work is an achievement in itself. Kudos to Rowan Gibson for making this happen.
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Este debe ser uno de los libros más interesantes que he leido. Lo recomiendo tanto para alumnos de econonomía como para ejecutivos de areas similares. Concentra a grandes autores del area producción y economía, de los cuales destaco Goldratt. Realmente es excelente el libro.
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Este debe ser uno de los libros más interesantes que he leido. Lo recomiendo tanto para alumnos de econonomía como para ejecutivos de areas similares. Concentra a grandes autores del area producción y economía, de los cuales destaco Goldratt. Realmente es excelente el libro.
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Rethinking the Future is a collection of interviews with experts who examine issues related to organizational change for the twenty-first century. The book contains a framework for creating the future in business, economics, and society in an environment of rapid change. The book has six sections with contributions from various writers as follows:

Rethinking Principles - Charles Handy, Stephen Covey Rethinking Competition - Michael Porter, CK Prahalad, Gary Hamel Rethinking Control & Complexity - Michael Hammer, Eli Goldblatt, Peter Senge Rethinking Leadership - Warren Bennis, John Kotter Rethinking Markets - Al Ries & Jack Trout, Philip Kotler Rethinking the World - John Naisbitt, Lester Thurow, Kevin Kelly

These thinkers present diverse views about key issues within their fields at the dawn of the 21st century. There are some common themes. Technology is viewed by all as the catalyst for the rapid rate of change. The widespread availability of technology has led to the democratization of information throughout the workplace. The world's leading nations in the east and the west are experiencing a shift to a knowledge-based economy requiring knowledge workers. These knowledge workers must be highly educated and possess technology skills. Another theme with strong consensus is the notion that the path to the future won't be found by implementing models and strategies that have been successful in the past.

Technology has facilitated the globalization of the world economy. This trend has forced business to rethink itself in terms of competition, markets, and trade. Convergence within and between industries will continue. This is evidenced by project or product based alliances. The goal of business is the satisfaction of customer needs. The informed customer is demanding a higher level of products, services, and satisfaction.

The 21st century leader has a responsibility to generate intellectual capital within the organization. The leader focuses the company on its purpose and principles. The leader's key obligation is to articulate vision and lead by example.

This selection is engaging reading. Gibson provides us with a wide lens to view many pictures of the future. He showcases a group of specialists from different fields. Rethinking the Future dispels the myth that the future can be easily predicted.

Melanie Tucker Pepperdine University Doctoral Student Educational Technology
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While some of the comments and insights are interesting, I question the credibility of such a homogeneous group of contributors as we enter the business world of the 21st century.

A book about business priciples in the future should represent a diverse global workforce and customer base. This book, without a single female contributor, stands firmly planted in the past.

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Sensors for Environmental Control: Proceedings of the International Workshop on New Developments, Lecce, Italy 27 T 29 May 2002



Sensors for Environmental Control: Proceedings of the International Workshop on New Developments, Lecce, Italy 27 T 29 May 2002
Pietro Siciliano | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | World Scientific Pub Co Inc | 268 | Computer Mathematics
This book contains updated results of both theoretical and applied research in the field of sensors and methods for environmental control, mainly with regard to the detection of pollutant species in gaseous and liquid ambients.

The main arguments are related to: development of new nanostructured materials as sensing layers and new detection mechanisms; development of micro- and nano-systems and their integration in miniaturised instruments; application of innovative devices in the detection of contaminant chemical species and their monitoring.

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Engineering the Human Germline: An Exploration of the Science and Ethics of Altering the Genes We Pass to Our Children



Engineering the Human Germline: An Exploration of the Science and Ethics of Altering the Genes We Pass to Our Children
Gregory Stock,John Campbell | 2000-02-15 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 169 | Engineering
This accessible and challenging book looks beyond the immediate question of cloning to the broader questions about using genetic engineering to alter the evolution of the human species. The book covers both the hands-on scientific details and the many ethical and social concerns. It includes a discussion of recent successes in cloning large animals and examines the implications for medicine and for our future. Contributors include many of the world leaders in the field: Lee Hood, French Anderson, Mario Capecchi, Dan Koshland, Michael Rose, Lee Silver, and James Watson.

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Economics Today and Tomorrow, Interactive Student Edition



Economics Today and Tomorrow, Interactive Student Edition
McGraw-Hill | 2001-10-23 00:00:00 | Glencoe/McGraw-Hill | 0 | Teens

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Lady in Waiting: Developing Your Love Relationships



Lady in Waiting: Developing Your Love Relationships
Jackie Kendall,Debby Jones | 1995-12-01 00:00:00 | Treasure House | 182 | Women's Studies
This is not just another book for singles! With humor, honesty, and biblical truths, the authors help point women to being the right woman and not just finding the right man. By studying the biblical character Ruth, women learn the characteristics that every woman of God should develop. Learn how to become a lady of purity, faith, contentment, patience, and more as you pursue a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus. You'll discover that only a relationship with your Heavenly Bridgegroom will satisfy!
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Just peak in the few first pages... The shift in mindset brought immediate peace. God really is the only One who can guarantee love, wholeness, sound sense of identity and happiness!
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This book was a good choice, I enjoyed the read and it was in perfect condition. Fast Shipment!
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This book is an excellent choice for a woman who is interested in developing godly character in herself. It's an easy read with relevant and direct ways to focus the heart and mind on God while waiting on and trusting Him to orchestrate the future.
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This is the FOURTH book I've purchased- I keep giving my copies to other people! I've read and done this bible study three times now, because each time I've done it, I've been in a different point in my life. It not only teaches you to be "content" in your waiting period for Mr. Right, but shows you how BLESSED you are during the time, and that we should rejoice and use the time wisely! Opportunities await... we should keep our eyes open to serve and grow in our journey with God! I recommend this book to EVERY girl- Christian or not, single or dating! FANTASTIC MESSAGE!
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Good book about how God wants us to put Him first in our lives. God will fulfill the desire of our heart if we wait on Him. Recommend to all single women.

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The Problems of Philosophy



The Problems of Philosophy
Bertrand Russell | 1997-10-02 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 192 | Philosophy
Bertrand Russell was one of the greatest logicians since Aristotle, and one of the most important philosophers of the past two hundred years. As we approach the 125th anniversary of the Nobel laureate's birth, his works continue to spark debate, resounding with unmatched timeliness and power.

The Problems of Philosophy, one of the most popular works in Russell's prolific collection of writings, has become core reading in philosophy. Clear and accessible, this little book is an intelligible and stimulating guide to those problems of philosophy which often mistakenly lead to its status as too lofty and abstruse for the lay mind. Focusing on problems he believes will provoke positive and constructive discussion, Russell concentrates on knowledge rather than metaphysics, steering the reader through his famous 1910 distinction between "knowledge by acquaintance and knowledge by description," and introducing important theories of Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Hume, Locke, Plato, and others to lay the foundation for philosophical inquiry by general readers and scholars alike.

With a new introduction by John Perry, this valuable work is a perfect introduction to the field and will continue to stimulate philosophical discussion as it has done for nearly forty years.
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Bertrand Russell was one of the most prominent British mathematicians and philosophers from the beginning of the twentieth century. He is considered one of the founders of analytic philosophy. His varied interests have led him to become widely known even outside his own domains of professional specialization. In 1950 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.



This book was written as some sort of an introduction to philosophy, having a general reader in mind. The topics and issues that are discussed herein are some of the most prominent and lasting ones in philosophy - what is knowledge, how are we able to acquire it, can we ever be completely certain of things that we know. Russell presents many of these topics from a historical perspective, introducing the reader to some of the most prominent philosophers who had previously dealt with them.



The writing in this book is lucid and precise, without becoming pedantic. This is by no means a light-hearted and watered-down survey of philosophy, so the reader should expect to have to be constantly intellectually engaged with the material presented here. However, the book is also not a technical work aimed at the experts, and no prior knowledge of philosophy is assumed. As long as the reader has a keen mind and appreciation for critical thinking, this book will be an enjoyable and stimulating adventure.
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First off, I am nowhere near qualified to comment on the philosophical arguments posited by Russell about knowledge. However, as someone who has rediscovered philosophy in middle-age, having taken it in college and abandoned it shortly thereafter, I found Russell's writing eminently readable. Some of the concepts discussed are appropriately challenging and I was surprised at how clearly and engagingly Russell writes. I incorrectly assumed that a great philosophical mind like his would wrap his prose in incomprehensible philosophical jargon. Fortunately, I was wrong. The highlight for me was a passage in the concluding chapter, where Russell explains the purpose of the philosophical discipline, which is to bring a person outside their immediate world of daily concerns and crises, to the larger world around them of thoughts and ideas, and thereby enlarge their world to their benefit. My favorite sentence: "Every complete sentence must contain at least one word which stands for a universal, since all verbs have a meaning which is universal." Highly recommended as an introduction to some of the fundamental questions addressed by philosophy.
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A brief tour of epistemology and metaphysics. This book is directed at at those who are curious about the discipline of philosophy; it's only about 150 or so pages, but navigating through may not be easy. Russell starts of by wondering whether material objects seen in the world of sense data really exist and takes the reader through a brief analysis of the differing view points regarding the existence and the nature of matter. The view points of the idealists and empiricists are compared and contrasted as Russell tries to take his position. What one gets out of this is the way the topic is analyzed and how seemingly obvious and self-evident points are dissected and a question mark put on them; the opinion he arrives at (ex. why the idealists & Berkeley were in the wrong) is irrelevant. In any case, given the brief nature of the discussion here, you will have to supplement your reading with other materials to get a genuine and more than a verbal understanding of these various schools of thought; the objective here is merely to give you a broad outline. Russell then moves on to the process by which we acquire knowledge, our reliance on inductive reasoning and proceeds to talk about a priori knowledge, contribution of Kant and the debate surrounding the feasibility of a priori knowledge. Plato's Universals is covered in two chapters. If and once you get to the end of it, questions whether all of this is merely hairsplitting and devoid of any practical utility is addressed by Russell in the final chapter where he says that the role of philosophy is to keep alive the "speculative interest in the universe" otherwise which we would be confined to verifiable and ascertainable knowledge.



A well written introduction and if the flame still burns there is a list of books in the bibliographical note to take your interest further.




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I've always enjoyed Russell's perspicuity, as displayed so generously in A History of Western Philosophy; none of it is lacking here.



Russell takes on several key concepts, such as idealism, knowledge by acquaintance versus knowledge by description, and sets forth a theory which clearly delineates what we can and cannot know.



It addresses the fundamental problems of epistemology, and as such should probably be read pretty early on by those who are interested in epistemology and philosophy in general.




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Dense is probably the best way to describe Russel's writing style. He throws a lot of complicated ideas and thoughts at you all at once. That being said, this is a great book, that anyone will enjoy. It is free, that is the biggest plus. The formatting is great for the kindle. This book really makes you think about a lot of things, and thinking is good for you. It is not a light read, you must really focus on what is being said to understand it. However, understanding it is very rewarding. This is my first book by Russel, but it has sparked an intrest in me, and I plan to read more of his work. So, if you want to read some great philosophy, and have a kindle, then you should look no further than this wonderful book.



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Pattern Recognition, Fourth Edition



Pattern Recognition, Fourth Edition
| 2008-11-03 00:00:00 | | 0 | Artificial Intelligence


This book considers classical and current theory and practice, of supervised, unsupervised and semi-supervised pattern recognition, to build a complete background for professionals and students of engineering. The authors, leading experts in the field of pattern recognition, have provided an up-to-date, self-contained volume encapsulating this wide spectrum of information. The very latest methods are incorporated in this edition: semi-supervised learning, combining clustering algorithms, and relevance feedback.



Thoroughly developed to include many more worked examples to give greater understanding of the various methods and techniques
Many more diagrams included--now in two color--to provide greater insight through visual presentation
Matlab code of the most common methods are given at the end of each chapter
An accompanying book with Matlab code of the most common methods and algorithms in the book, together with a descriptive summary and solved examples, and including real-life data sets in imaging and audio recognition. The companion book is available separately or at a special packaged price (Book ISBN: 9780123744869. Package ISBN: 9780123744913)
Latest hot topics included to further the reference value of the text including non-linear dimensionality reduction techniques, relevance feedback, semi-supervised learning, spectral clustering, combining clustering algorithms
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Parallel Computing on Heterogeneous Clusters



Parallel Computing on Heterogeneous Clusters
Alexey L. Lastovetsky | 2003-08-11 00:00:00 | Wiley-Interscience | 350 | Computer Science
* New approaches to parallel computing are being developed that make better use of the heterogeneous cluster architecture
* Provides a detailed introduction to parallel computing on heterogenous clusters
* All concepts and algorithms are illustrated with working programs that can be compiled and executed on any cluster
* The algorithms discussed have practical applications in a range of real-life parallel computing problems, such as the N-body problem, portfolio management, and the modeling of oil extraction

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Renin Angiotensin System and Cardiovascular Disease (Contemporary Cardiology)



Renin Angiotensin System and Cardiovascular Disease (Contemporary Cardiology)
Walmor C. DeMello,Edward D. Frohlich | 2009-09-17 00:00:00 | Humana Press | 248 | Internal Medicine

The renin angiotensin system plays an essential role on cardiac and vascular functions and their connection in the generation of cardiovascular diseases. Renin Angiotensin System and Cardiovascular Disease covers indispensable aspects such as intracellular signaling, regulation of cell volume in the failing heart, the presence of an intracrine renin angiotensin system, and the influence of prorenin/renin, angiotensin II, angiotensin (1-7) and aldosterone. Furthermore, the role of the mineralocorticoid receptor as an imperative component of the intracrine renin angiotensin system and as a regulator of extracellular action of angiotensin II is described, reinforcing the view that aldosterone inhibitors are helpful in the treatment of heart failure and hypertension. Renin Angiotensin System and Cardiovascular Disease provides readers with an outstanding review of the major topics involving the renin angiotensin system and cardiovascular disease. With contributions by an international panel of experts, Renin Angiotensin System and Cardiovascular Disease presents the most relevant aspects of the role of the renin angiotensin aldosterone system on cardiovascular diseases including hypertension, congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis and diabetes. The volume Editors, Dr. Walmor C. DeMello and Dr. Edward Frohlich, both established specialists in their respective fields, team up to discuss a range of topics from Renin Angiotensin Aldosterone System and Pathobiology of Hypertension to Inhibiting the Renin Angiotensin Aldosterone System in Patients with Heart Failure and Myocardial Infarction.



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The French Wars of Religion, 1562-1629 (New Approaches to European History)



The French Wars of Religion, 1562-1629 (New Approaches to European History)
Mack P. Holt | 2005-11-07 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 258 | France
This book is a new edition of Mack P. Holt's classic study of the French religious wars of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Drawing on the scholarship of social and cultural historians of the Reformation, it shows how religion infused both politics and the socio-economic tensions of the period to produce a long extended civil war. Professor Holt integrates court politics and the political theory of the elites with the religious experiences of the popular classes, offering a fresh perspective on the wars and on why the French were willing to kill their neighbors in the name of religion.
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If when the King of France is coronated, he swears (as the Most Catholic King) to uphold, "One King, One Law, One Faith", and to stamp out all heresy; what does he do when 15% of his kingdom becomes Protestant?



Well, depending on how strong a position he is in, he gives them the option of abjuring and returning to the Catholic faith, or death. No you can't take the curtain or use a free pass. The only thing that led to the war taking 60+ years, was that during these years, most of the kings died after a few years, or became king under a regency because they were very young. Once a King was crowned in his twenties, it didn't take very long to end the whole thing.



Holt does a fine job in explaining (sometimes too detailed) who was who and what was what using a good historical basis to make it understandable as to what was going on behind the scenes. In other words he doesn't just tell you what happened, but puts it into historical and sociological perspective.
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This book is a wonderful read. Offered as a survey book for undergraduates on the French Wars of Religion, the author succeeds in laying out the main points of an incredibly complex series of events. He downplays the theological issues and sees the "religious issues" as social history, i.e., as a struggle ultimately over the principle of "one king, one faith, one law" that had dominated the French consciousness as its unifying principle. According to Prof. Holt, the Huguenots challenged that principle, and the religious disputes played out in the context of that challenge. By writing the religious differences as social history, the result is automatically pro-Catholic though cast in seemingly more objective historical/scholarly language.

Prof. Holt accepts that principle "one king, one faith, one law" as the norm, and thus depicts Huguenot leadership as well as Catholic leadership as having to deal with it. Should it be maintained by severe repression of the Huguenots? Would it be possible to have a Huguenot on the throne and still have that principle (seemingly it would not since the crown was sworn to stamp out heresy)? Could any kind of short or long term acceptance of the Huguenots be acceptable in light of the need to maintain fundamental unity? These are just some of the many questions Prof. Holt addresses.

However, this is a book without heroes. Everyone has a mixed bag of good and bad qualities trying to work out compromises in the context of the overarching principle of state and other political and economic realities. Religion is a defining reality only up to a point. Basically other realities are defining for the actors on the historical stage. Henry IV is not judged to be a manipulator or a hypocrite for abjuring his religion but as a kind of pragmatist making decisions that were generally wise, albeit expressing a lenience towards the Huguenots in two brevets that were part of the Edict of Nantes. Catholic leadership would certainly find these brevets irksome and could not by any stretch of the imagination be thought likely to allow them to continue beyond Henry IV's death. Thus, it was almost inevitable that the support of Huguenot pastors by funds from the central treasury and the permission to allow the Huguenots to have fortified towns and their own militia (allowed for in the two brevets) were overturned by Louis XIII. Thus, the movement of events is looked at as carried out by pragmatic actors working out their destiny and the destiny of France within a narrow context.

My main complaints are that Prof. Holt does not pay sufficient respect to the victims of the persecution. To me the Huguenots were martyrs to true religion. To me, the principle of "one faith, one king, one law" was a self-serving truth perpuating an invalid monarchy, an invalid religion, and a law that had no real depth and certainly lacked the important "rights" that came to be embodied in English law and in post-revolutionary French law. Protestant faith came as an antidote to the poisonous mistakes of Catholic religiosity and to the excesses of the feudal or semi-feudal lifestyle. Again, I ask: where are the heroes: at best the leaders he likes show some good sense. But does he properly appreciate Admiral Coligny or the marvelous boldness of the evangelists from Geneva. I haven't read a book about the role of the Huguenot pastors, but I certainly would like to. Aren't those warriors of faith crucial players in the development of events? What about Calvin's role? That is not discussed. Also, while Prof. Holt seems to commiserate to some degree with the peasants who were harmed by the civil wars, it seems he is hardly touched by the sufferings of the Huguenot martyrs who were tortured, raped, robbed, and murdered by the Catholic League, the Guise family, various kings, and Catholic mobs who saw them not only as heretics but to the very fabric of French society. Is this what those who challenge the status quo deserve? Or even, is this what they have a right to expect? Thus, while the book is a brilliant survey it ultimately lacks compassion and, in my opinion, sides with the wrong side.

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Urologie (Springer-Lehrbuch) (German Edition)



Urologie (Springer-Lehrbuch) (German Edition)
Richard Hautmann,Hartwig Huland | 2006-03-15 00:00:00 | Springer | 566 | German
Hier präsentiert sich das Lehrbuch zur Urologie. Es enthält alles, was Sie für die Prüfung wissen müssen und für Ihre künftige ärztliche Tätigkeit wissen sollten. Zahlreiche renommierte Autoren informieren umfassend über das Neueste auf diesem Gebiet. Eine Fülle von Fotos und Grafiken schafft Transparenz, Einleitungen, Merksätze und Zusammenfassungen erleichtern das Erfassen und Repetieren.


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Pharmacotherapy Casebook: A Patient-Focused Approach



Pharmacotherapy Casebook: A Patient-Focused Approach
Terry Schwinghammer, Julia Koehler | 2008-01-01 00:00:00 | McGraw-Hill Medical | 432 | Medicine
Learn How to Apply the Principles of Pharmacotherapy to Real-World Clinical Practice!

Pharmacotherapy Casebook sharpens the problem-solving and clinical decision-making skills you need to identify and resolve commonly encountered drug problems. This new edition is packed with over 140 patient cases - all of them new or revised - and makes the perfect study companion to the seventh edition of DiPiro's Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach.

Everything you need to develop expertise in pharmacotherapy decision making:

* Realistic patient presentations include medical history, physical examination, and laboratory data, followed by a series of questions using a systematic, problem-solving approach
* Compelling range of cases-from the uncomplicated (a single disease state) to the complex (multiple disease states and drug-related problems)
* Diverse authorship, with cases provided by 183 clinicians from 82 different schools of pharmacy, health-care systems, and other institutions in the United States and Canada
* Casebook sections conveniently categorized by body organ system to correspond with the Pharmacotherapy textbook
* Coverage that integrates the biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences with therapeutics to teach the importance of a sound scientific foundation for pharmacy practice
* Appendix containing valuable information on pharmacy abbreviations, laboratory texts, mathematical conversion factors, and anthropometrics
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Teologia Basica (Spanish Edition)



Teologia Basica (Spanish Edition)
Charles C. Ryrie | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Editorial Unilit | 0 | Spanish
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Un libro bastante completo y detallado para la persona que quiere aprender de Dios en un lenguaje sencillo. Me alegra mucho el haberlo adquirido.



A very complete book for the people who want to learn about God in a simple language. I'm very happy I bought it.
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Es un libro muy muy interesante, estoy muy agradecida con Goodwill porque fue un excelente precio, recibi lo que ellos me dijeron que era, en perfecto estado, muchas muchas gracias...
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Great coverage of the major issues of theology. He presents the differing views on issues with a fair and impartial look and then presents the reasoning behind each. It is comprehensive and well written by one of the Greats! Charles Ryrie of the Ryrie Study Bible.

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Oracle XSQL



Oracle XSQL
| 1969-12-31 00:00:00 | | 0 | Oracle


* Presents a complete approach to building XML Web applications and Web services with XSQL, Oracle Text, SQL, XSLT, and Java from data found in Oracle databases
* Offers expert tips on how to enhance XSQL with servlets and Java Server Pages (JSP)
* Provides a detailed comparison of XSQL and XQuery
* Companion Web site contains the code examples in the book as well as useful links where readers can download the Oracle XDK

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A great reference
There are few books out that deal with Oracle Text and XSQL. Applying the methodologies, practices, etc. I found no need to search for another reference.

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A wealth of details!
Mike has done an outstanding job with a complicated topic, a remarkable achievment from a Carolina fellow!

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An interesting approach
This book describes a new and interesting approach to some well-known web development problems. Though not all of the technologies described are mature (yet), they are largely standards-based and likely to grow in popularity in the coming years. The author does a good job of showing how several different technologies (SQL, XML, XSLT, HTML and others) can be focused into a coherent whole. Probably not for beginners, but anyone with web development experience should be able to learn a lot from this book.

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Excellent Work
The author has done a excellent job. It describes about the important pieces in a dedicated chapter - XSQL architecture. After that he delves into SQL, PLSQL, XSQL , XSLT. The best part is chapter 14 on Building XSQL web applications. This explains how all the above pieces are put into a working model. The material is written keeping oracle 9i in mind. As a whole, I felt very comfortable reading the whole book.

Especially for database developers who come from sql, plsql background and are trying to get into web development world ( without the hassle of learning Java Servlets, Jsp etc ,,. ), I would definitely recommend it.


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Embracing Mathematics



Embracing Mathematics
Peter Appelbaum | 2008-01-01 00:00:00 | Routledge | 334 | Mathematics
This alternative textbook for courses on teaching mathematics asks teachers and prospective teachers to reflect on their relationships with mathematics and how these relationships influence their teaching and the experiences of their students. Applicable to all levels of schooling, the book covers basic topics such as planning and assessment, classroom management, and organization of classroom experiences; it also introduces some novel approaches to teaching mathematics, such as psychoanalytic perspectives and post-modern conceptions of curriculum. Traditional methods-of-teaching issues are recast in a new discourse, provoking new ideas for making mathematics education meaningful to teachers as well as their students. Co-authored by a professor and coordinator of mathematics education programs, with several practicing elementary, middle and high school mathematics, a unique aspect of this book is that it is a collaboration of teachers across all pre-college grade levels, making it ideal for discussion groups that include teachers at any level. Embracing Mathematics : integrates pedagogy and content exploration in ways that are unique in mathematics education features textboxes with reflection questions and suggested explorations that can be easily utilized as homework for a course or as discussion opportunities for teacher reading groups offers examples of teachers’ action research projects that grew out of their interactions with the main chapters in the book is not narrowly limited to mathematics education but incorporates curriculum studies - an invaluable asset that allows instructors to find more ways to engage students in self-reflexive acts of teaching Embracing Mathematics book is intended as a method text for undergraduate and master’s-level mathematics education courses and more specialized graduate courses on mathematics education, and as a resource for teacher discussion groups.
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Gardens of Sex



Gardens of Sex
| 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Others
Baz Mohamed "Gardens of Sex"
Knooez Press | 2008 | ISBN 9775307392 | Pdf | 380 Pages | 5:89 MB
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Neurological Disorders in Famous Artists (Frontiers of Neurology and Neuroscience)



Neurological Disorders in Famous Artists (Frontiers of Neurology and Neuroscience)
J. Bogousslavsky,M. G. Hennerici,H. Bazner,C. Bassetti | 2010-03-31 00:00:00 | S. Karger AG (Switzerland) | 242 | Internal Medicine
The third part of "Neurological Disorders in Famous Artists" presents painters, musicians, and writers who had to fight against an acute or chronic neurological disease. Sometimes this fight was without success (e.g. Shostakovich, Schumann, Wolf, Pascal), but often a dynamic and paradoxical creativity of the clinical disorder was integrated into their artistic production (e.g. Klee, Ramuz). Occasionally, some even wrote the first report of a medical condition they observed in themselves, like Stendhal who made a detailed report of aphasic transient ischemic attacks before dying of stroke shortly thereafter. In rarer instances, a neurological disease was inaccurately attributed to an artist in order to explain certain features of his work (de Chirico, Schiele). Some chapters in this publication focus on neurological conditions reported in artistic work, including descriptions by Shakespeare and Dumas. Bringing new light to both artists and neurological conditions, this book serves as a valuable and entertaining read for neurologists, psychiatrists, physicians, and anybody interested in arts, literature and music.

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The Wind and Beyond. Theodore von Karman: Pioneer in Aviation and Pathfinder in Space



The Wind and Beyond. Theodore von Karman: Pioneer in Aviation and Pathfinder in Space
Theodore von Karman,Lee Edson | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Little Brown | 376 | Science
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A largely autobiographical account that brings to life a wonderful character who conributed much to the advancement of aeronautics. Love his ebullience or deplore his self-advertisment of his undoubted genius, this is the man himself, warts and all. Much to be recommended.
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One doesn't need to know how important scientific and technological advances and ideas came about to exploit them. To learn their historical development is lots of fun though and dr von Karman is a wonderful story teller.
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An excellent (auto)biography of the famous scientist of aerodynamics. It is written in a non-technical language, enjoyable for everyone (Karman was renown for the clarity of his explanations). We get an original insight behind the scenes of political and scientific life of the first half of this century through the recital of his trips to many countries of the world, where he participated in scientific or national/military projects, and his encounters with leading figures of his time (both scientific and political).

An other perspective on the life of a scientist, on science and history, from a personal point of view. In addition, if you know some physics you will recognize the names of most of the leading figures of the era. You find some amusing anecdotes about these people.

I recommend this book for people interested in the (amazing) life of a scientist, placed in an easy-to-follow scientific and historical context.
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If you are intersted in the history of technology then this book would interest you. Fluid mechanics, turbulence and early flight are covered; with refernces to many early theoreticians such as Prandtl and Blasius.

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Policy issues and research opportunities in industrial organization (Fiftieth Anniversary Colloquium and publication series)



Policy issues and research opportunities in industrial organization (Fiftieth Anniversary Colloquium and publication series)
| 1972-01-01 00:00:00 | National Bureau of Economic Research; distributed by Columbia University Press | 73 | Subjects

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ADVANCES IN PARASITOLOGY VOLUME 16 APL, Volume 16 (v. 16)



ADVANCES IN PARASITOLOGY VOLUME 16 APL, Volume 16 (v. 16)
Author Unknown | 1978-02-11 00:00:00 | Academic Press | 388 | Internal Medicine

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Marketing For Dummies , 3rd Edition



Marketing For Dummies , 3rd Edition
Alexander Hiam | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | Dummies | 384 | Finances and Money
Marketing For Dummies (For Dummies (Business & Personal Finance))
By Alexander Hiam


* Publisher: For Dummies
* Number Of Pages: 384
* Publication Date: 2009-10-05
* ISBN-10 / ASIN: 047050210X
* ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780470502105



Product Description:

Covers everything from essential marketing principles and techniques to the latest methods and trends

Want to sharpen your marketing skills to promote your products and services? Whether you're introducing a new product or jumpstarting your existing marketing plans, Marketing For Dummies, 3rd Edition, helps you get a handle on such basic marketing concepts as the four P's-product, pricing, positioning, and placement - and boost your sales with innovative new approaches.

Packed with over 25 percent new and revised material, this practical, savvy, guide shows you how to treat every aspect of interacting with customers-including customer service and the product itself - as an opportunity to grow the organization. You'll learn how to prepare hard-hitting campaigns, plan a marketing budget and stick to it, and seize new opportunities to increase customer awareness and appreciation of your product or service.

* Explains Internet and search engine marketing to work for you
* Helps you identify customers where you least expect them
* Offers tips on using online resources to size up competitors
* Covers effective product positioning in a crowded marketplace
* Introduces guerilla and global marketing

You don't have to be a marketing genius to expand your customer base and boost sales, but you will need a little help from Marketing For Dummies, 3rd Edition.



Summary: Great advice with a few issues
Rating: 4

I am a strong fan of the Dummies series. I'm not fond of the name - none of us should feel like a Dummy - but the information is good quality and takes you through step by step. This Marketing book is no exception.

There are many examples in here to help you understand their message. For example, use all means at your disposal to get your message out. T-shirts. Car signs. Press releases, targeted at buyers, not at journalists. Fill the releases with "five tips for ..." to give people concrete advice.

Your sales are made both with logic and emotion, so make sure you appeal to both sides. Explain the factual reasons that your item makes perfect sense, but also help the client to feel good about their choice. Coach them along the path, offering trial runs if possible. Maintain good relations with all your customers, even the tough ones. That grumpy customer who you ignore could easily become your strongest anti-marketing messenger, going around and spreading the word about how awful you are.

Along the same path, the customer is always right. Don't blame them, even if you're upset. Do your very best to resolve the situation and, if nothing else, leave them with the sense that they were always treated with professional calm.

In tough economic times, it can be tempting to slash prices. That creates a downward spiral that, in many cases, does not help much. Instead, compete on brilliance. Show why you are worth every penny and how your quality pays for itself. Even in rough times, people still splurge on items that are important.

Make sure your message is clear and focused. Quadruple check it for any typos or errors. Only send ONE message, don't annoy your audience with repeats. Make sure you market things you do WELL - if you spread yourself too thin, your reputation will suffer and that will affect everything you do. Always target your message exactly at one group of buyers.

Make sure you know why people choose you. What makes you distinctive?

There's a lot of good material here. You have to read wisely, though. Not all of the advice is spot-on. The book says that a full page ad in a magazine isn't as economical as a half page ad - but then later it says if you're pinching pennies to get the full page ad. Huh? It says NOT to buy any "already owned" domain name - but I know many cases where someone did that and the small cost to the current owner was well worth it, to get the wonderfully perfect name.

Still, there is a lot of good information in here. Focus on your product's strengths and play them up. Fill your pages with research, how-tos, information. Become a resource and then people will find you naturally. They will realize the great products you offer once they are there. Offer testimonials. Put your logo on everything you give away, send freebies to good customers. Network. Compliment your customers.

In the same breath they recommend all companies let their visitors rate their products freely. I realize this might be a great fit for some companies - maybe a pen vendor who has 100 different pens. If a certain pen gets poorly rated, they can just stop carrying it. But what if you're a glass blower who makes unique works? You could have a disgruntled customer who breaks their item and comes on your site to complain, and now your page permanently carries her rant. This is a feature that needs a great deal of thought before it goes into operation.

One of their most important messages is the most simple. Find ways to be happy. It will reflect in everything you do, in every interaction with potential clients and long term customers. This one basic change can make a huge difference in your entire system.


Summary: Enjoy reading
Rating: 3

The book, like others "for Dummies" series, is interesting, but just suitable for Small and Home business. In my case, working at a global group, this book is not enough.
Anyway, I enjoy reading it!


Summary: Not for me
Rating: 1

Bought this as I thought being a general guide I may find areas attributable to my needs, my business has'nt really got a book out there that I could use specifically. I've also read 'Duct Tape Marketing' which is far superior and practical. The 'Dummies' book is too general, so much so that it isn't at all usuable in real business - the Dummies book would be okay for a marketing student to give them a theoretical understanding of marketing, but don't bother with it if you need a practical application of marketing.


Summary: A Very Good Start
Rating: 4

In "Marketing For Dummies", Alexander Hiam covers the basics of marketing, starting with an overview of what exactly marketing is, followed by how to design a marketing program and onwards:

*Easy to read (though not a quick read by any means. But that's okay, because it's meant to be used as a reference book, not a novel.)

*Like most of the other "for Dummies" books, there are tags on the page designed to draw the reader's attention to key/important concepts.

*Covers a wide range of marketing activities from branding, to direct response marketing to marketing a business online.

I'd highly recommend this book to anyone looking to get a basic (but thorough) understanding of what marketing is and how to implement it into their business, then to look to other books for more advanced insights on specific areas of their marketing strategy.


Summary: Best for people marketing their own products
Rating: 3

I would say this book is geared more torwards marketing your own products, not actually working for a marketing firm, which is why I got the book. I needed a crash course for my new position. Only one chapter really helped me out. :(
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Quantum-Mechanical Signal Processing and Spectral Analysis (Series in Atomic and Molecular Physics) (Series in Atomic Molecular Physics)



Quantum-Mechanical Signal Processing and Spectral Analysis (Series in Atomic and Molecular Physics) (Series in Atomic Molecular Physics)
Dzevad Belkic | 2004-12-31 00:00:00 | Taylor & Francis | 450 | Education
This book describes the novel application of quantum mechanical methods to signal processing across a range of interdisciplinary research fields. Conventionally, signal processing is viewed as an engineering discipline with its own specific scope, methods, concerns and priorities, not usually encompassing quantum mechanics. However, the dynamics of systems that generate time signals can be successfully described by the general principles and methods of quantum physics, especially within the Schrodinger framework. Most time signals that are measured experimentally are mathematically equivalent to quantum- mechanical auto-correlation functions built from the evolution operator and wavefunctions. This fact allows us to apply the rich conceptual strategies and mathematical apparatus of quantum mechanics to signal processing.

Among the leading quantum-mechanical signal processing methods, this book emphasizes the role of Pade approximant and the Lanczos algorithm, highlighting the major benefits of their combination. These two methods are carefully incorporated within a unified framework of scattering and spectroscopy, developing an algorithmic power which can be exported to other disciplines. The novelty of the author's approach to key signal processing problems, the harmonic inversion and the moment problem, is in establishing the Pade approximant and Lanczos algorithm as entirely algerbraic spectral estimators. This is of paramount theoretical and practical importance, as now spectral analysis can be carried out from closed analytical expressions. This overrides the notorious mathematical ill-conditioning problems with round-off errors that plague inverse reconstructions in those fields that rely upon signal processing.

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Dynamics and Mission Design Near Libration Points, Vol. III, Advanced Methods for Collinear Points



Dynamics and Mission Design Near Libration Points, Vol. III, Advanced Methods for Collinear Points
Angel Jorba,Carles Simo,Josep Masdemont,Gerard Gomez | 2001-02-12 00:00:00 | World Scientific Publishing Company | 204 | Engineering
Studies several problems related to mission analysis of future or possible future spacecraft mission, dealing with orbits near the collinear liberation points. Also does a continuation of a study in near equilateral points.

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Galileo Design - Digitale Fotopraxis: Aktfotografie



Galileo Design - Digitale Fotopraxis: Aktfotografie
| 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Others
Galileo Design - Digitale Fotopraxis: Aktfotografie
Deutsch | ISBN: 978-3836215770 | 2 x DVD9 ISO | PAL (720x576) | 25,000 fps | MPEG-2@3500 kbps + MPEG-2@3815 kbps | AC-3@448 kbps | 8.8GB
Genre: eLearning
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Anaïs Nin - Das Delta der Venus



Anaïs Nin - Das Delta der Venus
| 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Others
Anaïs Nin - Das Delta der Venus
Publisher: Droemer Knaur | 1997 | ISBN: 3426007428 | PDF | 327 pages | 1.02 MB
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Case Studies in Pediatric Infectious Diseases



Case Studies in Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Frank E. Berkowitz | 2007-08-13 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 400 | Internal Medicine
This book features 121 case studies intended to provide an approach to the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric infectious diseases. There are three sections: the first discusses the principles of diagnosing infections, using epidemiology, microbiology, and clinical medicine, while also discussing the principles of treatment; the second, constituting the core of the book, consists of case studies. A brief case scenario, designed to challenge the reader to work out the answer, is followed by a discussion of the case. The third section contains tables and lists about infectious agents and their epidemiology.
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This book is a pure joy to read. It can be read easily at multiple levels, from student to generalist to expert. It makes learning and reviewing fun.



I am a pediatric infectious disease specialist and bought this book to begin preparing for my board recertification exam. It is of course not sufficient to prepare for boards and was not meant to be, but it is a wonderful review of the entire breadth of common and not so common pediatric infectious diseases through discussion of 121 cases. It is superbly written, emphasizing a deductive approach starting with history, physical exam, and has numerous high quality pictures of physical findings, gram stains, radiologic studies, histopathology, etc. The author is a superb teacher and importantly, the publisher has added value through superb layout and quality of the graphic design and photos. I cannot believe how inexpensive it is with such abundant and high quality photos and legible print.
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This is a wonderful and unique book, a waltz across the wide variety of infectious diseases led by an experienced guide. Dr Berkowitz was one of my most gifted teachers during residency, and his wisdom and clinical acumen are reflected in this well-organized compendium of instructive cases. Not only are individual infections covered in detail, but the case-study organization lends itself to clearly illustrating concepts in pathophysiology and teh generation of differential diagnoses.



Both common (pneumococcal pneumonia, newborn sepsis) and exotic (botulism, actinomycoses) infections are presented, mostly from the author's own experience. There are rich, well-produced photographs and other illustrations throughout.



I highly recommend this volume to any pediatrician, pediatric advance-practice nurse or physician's assistant, infectious disease specialist, or anyone interested in the fascinating scope of worldwide pediatric infectious diseases.

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