Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Arithmetic and Logic in Computer Systems (Wiley Series in Microwave and Optical Engineering)



Arithmetic and Logic in Computer Systems (Wiley Series in Microwave and Optical Engineering)
Mi Lu | 2004-01-28 00:00:00 | Wiley-Interscience | 246 | Algorithms
Arithmetic and Logic in Computer Systems provides a useful guide to a fundamental subject of computer science and engineering. Algorithms for performing operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division in digital computer systems are presented, with the goal of explaining the concepts behind the algorithms, rather than addressing any direct applications. Alternative methods are examined, and explanations are supplied of the fundamental materials and reasoning behind theories and examples.
No other current books deal with this subject, and the author is a leading authority in the field of computer arithmetic. The text introduces the Conventional Radix Number System and the Signed-Digit Number System, as well as Residue Number System and Logarithmic Number System. This book serves as an essential, up-to-date guide for students of electrical engineering and computer and mathematical sciences, as well as practicing engineers and computer scientists involved in the design, application, and development of computer arithmetic units.

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Third Worlds: Politics in the Middle East and Africa



Third Worlds: Politics in the Middle East and Africa
Heather Deegan | 1996-08-16 00:00:00 | Routledge | 288 | Economics
Third Worlds focuses attention on the relationship between the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa, examining the alternative Islamic development agenda which, in part, mirrors that of the World Bank and the IMF.

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Basic Spanish


Basic Spanish
Linda Plummer | 2005-01-01 00:00:00 | http://www.top-tour-of-spain.com | 43 | Spanish
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VCP VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 4 Study Guide: Exam VCP-410



VCP VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 4 Study Guide: Exam VCP-410
Brian Perry, Chris Huss, Jeantet Fields | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Sybex | 648 | Certification
VMware vSphere 4 virtualization certification-here's how to prepare for the exam!

VMware's vSphere 4 is the latest offering from this leading virtualization software provider. With today's emphasis on going green and cutting costs, virtualization of IT infrastructures is a hot topic. What better way to show the marketplace your virtualization expertise than with a VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 4 certification? This in-depth study guide covers all exam objectives, thoroughly preparing you with challenging review questions, real-world scenarios, hands-on exercises, and more.

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Death's Head Maximum Offense



Death's Head Maximum Offense
David Gunn | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | Del Rey | 416 | Fiction Other
If you enjoyed the first Death's Head then definitely read this one as well. Sven and the Aux are back and deep in it again... Or is that still? This one had me as riveted as the first story did and couldn't put it down. 24 hours later I found myself wanting more after reaching the end, it was like visiting old friends.
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Bonney's Gynaecological Surgery



Bonney's Gynaecological Surgery
Tito Lopes, Nick Spirtos, Raj Naik, John M. Monaghan | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Wiley-Blackwell | 280 | Medicine
* Firm favourite for gynaecological surgical practice since 1911, extensively revised by leading gynaecological surgeons
* Providing information on reconstructive surgery, anaesthesia, information technology and audit, complications and quality
* Focusing on the most commonly performed procedures with emphasis on evidence-based decision making and the increasing use of laparoscopy in diagnostic and surgical procedures
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Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment



Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment
Steve Harvey | 2009-01-27 00:00:00 | | 0 | Self-development
Seriously, I know he's a comic and everything, but he's got some good advice in this book. And it's not hard to read, either. He has a lot humor that makes this book so enjoyable to read. I liked it so much, I hope he has a followup. I'd recommend it, definetly, along with How To Be Wanted: Use the Law of Attraction to Date the Man You Most Desire and Live the Life You Deserve.
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Nautilus: The Biology and Paleobiology of a Living Fossil, Reprint with additions



Nautilus: The Biology and Paleobiology of a Living Fossil, Reprint with additions
W. Bruce Saunders and N.H. Landman | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | Springer | 1 | Biology
This volume is a reprint of a classic book about Nautilus, first published in 1987, with an introductory chapter summarizing all of the work on Nautilus and its habitat since the publication of the first edition more than 20 years ago. The surge in articles in the last two decades indicates an expanded interest in the subject, reflecting a renewed appreciation of the complexity and fragility of the marine habitat and its biota. The 37 chapters are written by 48 experts in the field and cover all aspects of this living fossil from its ecology to its embryology. This volume also features new photos, including an impressive image of the first hatched Nautilus in captivity. Nautilus is an iconic animal in the marine realm and represents part of the diverse fauna of the Indo-Pacific. It is also a member of a lineage of shelled cephalopods dating back more than 400 million years. As a result, this volume will be relevant to the fields of marine science, evolutionary biology, and paleontology.
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Sams Teach Yourself HTML5 in 10 Minutes (5th Edition)



Sams Teach Yourself HTML5 in 10 Minutes (5th Edition)
Steven Holzner | 2011-01-01 00:00:00 | Sams | 240 | HTML and CSS
Product Description:

A quick, clear guide to using the exciting new features of HTML5 today


*Practical, hands-on approach helps web designers or developers begin using HTML5 right away
*Step-by-step directions show how to implement HTML5 video, drawing, drag and drop, forms, and more

*Makes sense of all the competing claims and misinformation about what HTML5 is or isn't

You don't need to wait to begin using HTML5, the successor to HTML 4 and XHTML . HTML5 is now being implemented in the latest versions of all the major browsers, and with it come some of the most exciting and powerful advances in web development technology in years.

Teach Yourself HTML5 in 10 Minutes offers straightforward, practical answers for fast results. By working through the book's clear, step-by-step examples, web designers or developers new to HTML5 can learn everything they need to know to quickly and easily get up to speed with HTML5.
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Sustainable Agriculture and the International Rice-Wheat System (Books in Soils, Plants, and the Environment)



Sustainable Agriculture and the International Rice-Wheat System (Books in Soils, Plants, and the Environment)
Rattan Lal,Peter R. Hobbs,Norman Uphoff | 2004-05-24 00:00:00 | CRC Press | 450 | Engineering
Addressing a topic of major importance to the maintenance of world food supplies, this reference identifies knowledge gaps, defines priorities, and formulates recommendations for the improvement of the rice-wheat farming system. The book reveals new systems of rice intensification and management and illustrates the application of no-till and conservation farming to the rice-wheat system. With contributions from 65 international experts, and case studies from India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, Sustainable Agriculture and the International Rice-Wheat System focuses on seeding equipment and residue management, weed control, water and nutrient efficiency, and integrated pest management.



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Wideband Amplifiers



Wideband Amplifiers
Peter Staric, Erik Margan | 2007-01-01 00:00:00 | Springer | 634 | Electrical Engineering
There are many books discussing electronic circuit design which include a chapter or two dedicated to wideband and high-speed circuits and instrumentation. In most of those books the way of achieving a high bandwidth relies almost exclusively on the selection of semiconductor devices fast enough to do the job. Only a few of them go deep enough into specific details useful for starting the high-speed circuit design from scratch; fewer still dedicate enough space to identify the causes for bandwidth limitation, let alone the remedies and solutions possible with careful and systematic consideration of active and passive component interactions and specific circuit topology selections.

There are also many books discussing circuit analysis, modeling and performance optimization strategies; almost none, however, offers also the complete introduction to mathematical procedures required for a successful design, particularly if time-domain or transient performance is of prime importance.

Wideband Amplifiers attempts to cover both of these requirements, starting from the basics of mathematical procedures and circuit analysis but also offering the more advanced topics of system optimization and synthesis, along with the complete mathematical apparatus required. We have tried to show the circuit examples in such a way that the main principles for achieving high bandwidth are clearly exposed, independently of the actual device technology used in the circuit realization. At the same time we were striving not to loose sight of the everyday needs of a circuit design engineer, so we have intentionally limited the contents of mathematics to the necessary minimum. While some of the derivations require a degree of previous mathematical knowledge, we have taken care to include the trivial steps in order to help a less experienced reader to follow the subject easily. For those who want answers more immediately, the computer routines on the accompaining CD will be of help.

In this way we hope that Wideband Amplifiers will have a more lasting value, both as a learning guide and as a reference design manual.
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Spectral Analysis in Engineering: Concepts and Case Studies



Spectral Analysis in Engineering: Concepts and Case Studies
Grant Hearn,Andrew Metcalfe | 1995-08-31 00:00:00 | Butterworth-Heinemann | 320 | Engineering
This text provides a thorough explanation of the underlying principles of spectral analysis and the full range of estimation techniques used in engineering. The applications of these techniques are demonstrated in numerous case studies, illustrating the approach required and the compromises to be made when solving real engineering problems. The principles outlined in these case studies are applicable over the full range of engineering disciplines and all the reader requires is an understanding of elementary calculus and basic statistics.

The realistic approach and comprehensive nature of this text will provide undergraduate engineers and physicists of all disciplines with an invaluable introduction to the subject and the detailed case studies will interest the experienced professional.

No more than a knowledge of elementary calculus, and basic statistics and probability is needed
Accessible to undergraduates at any stage of their courses
Easy and clear to follow

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Coach Yourself to a New Career: 7 Steps to Reinventing Your Professional Life



Coach Yourself to a New Career: 7 Steps to Reinventing Your Professional Life
Talane Miedaner | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | McGraw-Hill | 240 | Management
Bestselling author offers a step-by-step program to making the right choices about a new career move

Don't fear taking the leap into a new career with this seven step program from bestselling author and life coach Talane Miedaner. Whatever the situation or economic environment, Coach Yourself to a New Career gives you the tools to take matters into your own hands by assessing your needs and strengths, finding the right work fit, weighing options and possible sacrifices, and preparing your family for transitions.

Packed with expert advice and helpful examples from her many statistical clients—as well as her own career change process—Miedaner shows how anyone can reinvent their professional life.

Coach Yourself to a New Career:
Offers a seven-step approach to career reinvention and practical advice for a smooth transition
Profiles everyday people who achieved career reinvention on their own terms - and what their stories can teach you
Shows you how to assess your needs and strengths
Helps you decide what tough decisions or sacrifices you may have to make
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Building Financial Models with Microsoft Excel



Building Financial Models with Microsoft Excel
Wiley | 2004-01-01 00:00:00 | Wiley | 1 | Finances and Money
Building Financial Models with Microsoft Excel + CD-ROM provides beginning or intermediate level computer users with step-by-step instructions on building financial models using Microsoft Excel-the most popular spreadsheet program available. The accompanying CD-ROM contains Excel worksheets that track the course of the book and allow readers to build their own financial models. This comprehensive resource also covers important topics such as the concept of valuation, the concept of sensitivity analysis, the concepts of contribution margin and financial ratios and the basics of building and using a Capitalization Table.
K. Scott Proctor, CFA, is the Director of Investor Analytics at SNL Financial, a financial information provider.
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Digital Audio Broadcasting: Principles and Applications of DAB, DAB+ and DMB, 3rd edition



Digital Audio Broadcasting: Principles and Applications of DAB, DAB+ and DMB, 3rd edition
Wolfgang Hoeg, Thomas Lauterbach | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | John Wiley and Sons, Ltd | 441 | Digital Signal Processing
The new digital radio system DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting), developed within the Eureka 147 project in close cooperation with the EBU, is a very innovative and universal multimedia broadcast system that is just being introduced, and which has the potential to replace existing AM and FM audio broadcast services in many parts of the world in the near future. In several countries in Europe and overseas, broadcasting organisations, network providers and receiver manufacturers are already implementing digital broadcasting services using the DAB system. DAB is very different from conventional analogue broadcasting systems. Most of the system components such as perceptual audio coding (MPEG-1/2), OFDM channel coding and modulation, the provision of a multiplex of several services and data transmission protocols (MOT), are new concepts typical of digital broadcasting. Even experts in analogue transmission systems will feel less familiar with these new elements of broadcasting technology. Therefore, the aim of this book is to inform the expert reader about the basic concepts of the DAB system.
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Memoirs: A Twentieth-Century Journey in Science and Politics



Memoirs: A Twentieth-Century Journey in Science and Politics
Edward Teller,Judith Schoolery,Judith Shoolery | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Basic Books | 640 | Scientists
The fascinating recollections of one of the most controversial scientists of the nuclear age.

Edward Teller is perhaps best known for his belief in freedom through strong defense. But this extraordinary memoir at last reveals the man behind the headlines--passionate and humorous, devoted and loyal. Never before has Teller told his story as fully as he does here. We learn his true position on everything from the bombing of Japan to the pursuit of weapons research in the post-war years. In clear and compelling prose, Teller chronicles the people and events that shaped him as a scientist, beginning with his early love of music and math, and continuing with his study of quantum physics under Werner Heisenberg. He also describes his relationships with some of the century's greatest minds--Einstein, Bohr, Fermi, Szilard, von Neumann--and offers an honest assessment of the development of the atomic and hydrogen bombs, the founding of Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, and his complicated relationship with J. Robert Oppenheimer.

Rich and humanizing, this candid memoir describes the events that led Edward Teller to be honored or abhorred, and provides a fascinating perspective on the ability of a single individual to affect the course of history.
One of the great scientists of the 20th century recounts a brilliant life spanning 10 decades in his simply titled autobiography, Memoirs. Edward Teller came to the United States from Hungary in 1935 and found a place for himself at the thorny intersection of science and politics: he was deeply involved in the decision to build a hydrogen bomb during the Second World War as well as the push for missile defenses during the 1980s. His most controversial act may have been his small role in the ordeal of J. Robert Oppenheimer, who lost security clearance due to suspicious affiliations with Communist organizations. Teller says he disagreed with many of his colleague's views, but did not consider him a traitor. He also expresses remorse that his own congressional testimony was used against Oppenheimer: "I proved not only that stupidity is a general human property but that I possessed a full share of it." The bulk of Memoirs concentrates on events during the 1940s and 1950s, though Teller's influence on President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative receives plenty of attention too. --John Miller
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Sometimes you get the feeling that Edward Teller is simply making too many excuses. Maybe he is making them to preserve his record for posterity. A man who measured his influence by the number of enemies he had, he probably would not make excuses to justify his actions to his detractors. Given this stance, Teller was surprisingly thin-skinned, and unintended slights could cut him to the quick.

Yet you also get the feeling that Teller is being apologetic, that he wants to, but cannot quite admit, that personal misgivings and ambitions frequently coloured his massive and extraordinarily powerful rational power of thinking, that behind the domineering presence, there is hidden a sensitive man, larger than life and generous with his friends, who simply was overwhelmed by his alter egos. Unfortunately, when you are as brilliant and vocal as Teller, your mistakes leave a much bigger mark on history than those of lesser mortals, and you cannot erase the voices that the will emerge from the void of the future that will judge you. Those voices would speak to the mute volume of memoirs that Teller penned towards the end of his years, as a heroic and unique survivor of an extraordinary time.



No scientist in the latter half of the twentieth century has exercised so much influence over governments and the arms race as Teller. No scientist has been maligned so much for his actions. And yet Teller's life began in innocence, in fair Budapest in 1908, when the world was a much different place. When he died in 2003, it had profoundly changed, and Teller was no small contributor to that change. Teller's childhood was marked by a deeply ingrained hatred of communism, inculcated by the regimes that were toppling democracy and enforcing the rule of force in Hungary. Teller was not alone in having these resentments; his compatriots John von Neumann, Eugene Wigner, Theodor von Karman, and Leo Szilard also felt them. All would become exceptionally brilliant scientists, all would flee from totalitarianism and immigrate to the United States, all would be instrumental in the making of the atomic bomb and the harnessing of the nuclear genie, yet nobody would demonstrate a temperament as volatile and emotional as Teller and nobody would have such far-reaching influences that would define a period of turmoil and imminent catastrophe. Teller's descriptions of his childhood make heartwarming reading, they speak of a lost time and place, the idyllic and innocent paradise of central and Eastern Europe, which would get heartbreakingly devastated and permanently marred in a few years. Teller talks with painful affection about his childhood friends, many of whom perished in the concentration camps in World War 2. He tries to hide the agony of being different and special in a matter of fact tone, sometimes laced with humour, and with affectionate Hungarian poems; throughout his life, Teller retained a great appreciation of literature and poetry, and was a pianist of almost professional caliber.



Many months back, I compared Teller to Otto Octavius of Spiderman-2 fame in a post, in which I summarized the details of his life. Teller grew in fame and achievements through definitive decades of the century- as a graduate student with Werner Heisenberg, as a professor in England and in the United States, and finally, as the foremost and most enthusiastic proponent and designer of nuclear weapons that probably will ever be born. During this time, he rubbed shoulders, and also fell from the graces of, the greatest minds of the century- along with his fellow Hungarians, Teller stood with Enrico Fermi, Robert Oppenheimer, Hans Bethe, and scores of others. He went down in history as Leo Szilard's chauffer; he drove Szilard to meet Einstein, the meeting in which the eminent physicist wrote the now famous letter warning President Roosevelt of the discovery of nuclear fission, and the ominous possibility of the Nazis building an atomic bomb. After this incident, Teller, more than anyone else, worked to make US authorities aware of the gravity of the situation. It is an amusing irony of politics and history that is was not American scientists but `enemy aliens' from Europe who egged the US Government on to pursue the development of atomic energy.



Teller's journey into fame and infamy, into endearment and notoriety, began with his work on the Manhattan Project. In the summer of 1942, at Oppenheimer's beckoning, he joined an elite and small group of physicists who worked out the basic physics of atomic weapons in Oppenheimer's office at the University of California, Berkeley. While the other participants, including Hans Bethe, pursued the elusive goal of trying to achieve an explosion that would shine brighter than a thousand suns, Teller was distracted by the power of the sun itself; whether instead of fission, one could achieve nuclear fusion by using the energy of a fission weapon, thus harnessing the source of energy that has kept the sun burning for billions of years. Needless to say, this was distracting at a time when the fission bomb was far from being a reality. Another time, Teller raised the ominous possibility of the atmosphere getting ignited by an atomic explosion, a possibility that was quickly shown to be `almost impossible' by the thoroughgoing Hans Bethe.

During the Manhattan Project, Teller was outraged when he was passed over by Oppenheimer to be director of the theoretical division, the key section of the project. Oppenheimer instead chose Bethe, who was much more consistent and meticulous, and not given to wild, if brilliant, fantasizing like Teller. When Teller refused to work on the complex implosion calculations that were necessary for the atomic bomb, the patient Oppenheimer formed a group for Teller to pursue his own ideas on fusion. This created a gap in the fission group, a gap that had to be filled with three or four other scientists to compensate for the brilliant Hungarian's abilities. From this time on, in spite of some valuable contributions, Teller created more problems than solved them. His late-night piano playing did not help. As was aptly put, "Teller managed to keep more Nobel Laureates awake than he could have done at any other place in the world".

Teller was brilliant beyond words, but highly erratic and inconsistent, volatile and moody, and somewhat sloppy in his calculations. These were qualities that would define his persona and his actions in crucial times to come. As a scientist put it, "Nine out of ten of Teller's ideas are bad. He needs other more methodical people to bring the tenth idea to fruition, which is usually a stroke of genius"



After the war, while most of his colleagues withdrew from atomic research or pursued arms disarmament, Teller became a hawk and a vehement anti-communist. He was enormously helped by the political climate of the times, and rode on the emotions of the zealous anti-communists in the state department. In his pursuit of the hydrogen bomb, which he deemed necessary to prevent the Soviet Union from dominating the world, he became an obsessive fanatic. In spite of this, when he lobbied vigorously in 1949 for the government to support a crash program for development of that awesome and horrible weapon, he had no technical proof that it would work. The proof came in 1950, largely supplied by a brooding, reserved and brilliant Polish émigré mathematician, Stanislaw Ulam. The division of credit between Teller and Ulam as to the crucial idea which made the H-bomb work, is part of nuclear and historical folklore and debate, and I would not delve into it right now because it would be a colourful topic for another post. It is a constant controversy that never seems to die, although now most people believe that it was Ulam who at least was solely responsible for the initial idea; that of using the enormous compression supplied by an atomic weapon to efficiently and successfully cause nuclear fusion. Ulam seems to have thought of shock waves that would do this, while Teller quickly realized that the radiation from the fission explosion would do the job much more quickly. Whatever the case was, Teller has never given due credit to Ulam in public, and has proudly worn the epithet of `father of the H-bomb' on his lapel (Bethe has drolly remarked that Teller should actually be the `mother of the H-bomb' because he carried the baby for so long...)



It is also to Teller's discredit that the US detonated their first fusion behemoth in 1952, thus frustrating the efforts of many to bring about a moratorium on testing that would have stalled Soviet H bomb development. Many also believe that Teller actually encouraged that development with his insistence on an early test; the radioactive fallout from an H-bomb test contains the characteristic signature of the design of the bomb, which could have made the Russians aware of the crucial idea of compression.



Teller's damning testimony at Robert Oppenheimer's infamous security hearing in 1954 also has become part of nuclear folklore that has rankled deep. While allegations that Oppenheimer actually hampered H-bomb development have now been shown to be false and misunderstood based on recently declassified documents (Priscilla McMillan, 2005), and while allegations about his loyalty were too far-fetched and preposterous to be considered anyway, Oppenheimer's bizarre testimony a few years before about a left leaning friend that cost the friend his career, was apparently seen by Teller as a betrayal. Later, Teller justified his testimony against Oppenheimer as a reinforcement of his ideals of not behaving ambiguously with friends. He seems to have overlooked the fact that his testimony itself had a calculated ambiguity which turned out to have devastating consequences that cost Oppenheimer his security clearance. In the years that followed, Teller's true intentions and behaviour have never been fully explained, and he never chose to do that in interviews, but whatever the facts, recently Teller has been appearing more and more as the villain in a period which all too resembled the current age of neo-conservative coercion and informal totalitarianism.



In the years after the hearing, Teller suffered a fallout with most of his friends in the community, who had testified on the brilliant Oppenheimer's behalf. But given the political climate of the times, Teller had no problem in endearing himself to hawks in the government who greatly valued his espousal of the development of grotesquely absurd and powerful weapons of destruction, and his belligerent anti-communist policies. Teller embraced and was one of the key forces behind both the putative anti-ballistic missile system of 1960 and the much debated Star Wars system of the 1980, both of which could not materialize because of the efforts of dedicated scientists and administrators who showed the technical and financial futility of the systems, and the escalation of the arms race that they would engender. But even today, proponents of National Missile Defense (the `son of Star-Wars') seem to be in the shadow of Teller's ghost.



Why am I talking about all this, instead of talking about Teller's book? Because for a man as complex and influential as Teller, one hopes that he would be demystified at least to some extent through his own book, written at a time when he could be expected to have very different perspectives on the life he has lived and the times in which he participated. Many people think Teller is emphatically answerable to history. Many activists in the 60s and 70s even labeled him as a war criminal. They think that he should justify all the heretofore-mentioned actions. Many hate him and would like to see his reputation permanently soiled. Nobel laureate Isidor Rabi, one of the clearest and most authoritative consciences of the nuclear age, actually said that we would have been better off if Teller had never been born. Whatever Edward Teller says, his friends as well as foes would be most eager to hear.



Unfortunately, I believe he fails to make a case in the book, which is otherwise extremely readable and an important document that is an ode to a remarkable age, written by one of its most important observers and participants. Most of his statements are as ambiguous as the testimony he rendered for Oppenheimer (an incident on which he predictably spends more time in the book than on any other in his life). Quite upsettingly, the book appears as another series of excuses and partial and foggy explanations that would possibly serve to absolve him. But I believe that Edward Teller had always had a very big problem saying sorry. While he does make an effort at apology for a few of his actions, I think that the weight of history is too much upon his shoulders for him to shrug it off in a massive admission of culpability. This is unfortunate, since Teller craved attention all his life, wanted to be part of the establishment and wanted to appease his friends. In the end, he probably found it much easier to be part of the anti-establishment (which ironically is usually called the establishment). He would rather face history's accusations than be ordinary. Which seems to be another misfortune, because Teller would not have been ordinary by any standards, even if he had chosen a different path in life. One suspects that if he had spent half the time he spent in weapons advocacy, in doing serious science instead, he would have stood in the same pantheon as Enrico Fermi and Hans Bethe, both Nobel laureates. The few books on physics which he has penned are a delight to read. His passion for physics and his astonishing understanding of it shines through untrammeled. He had ideas that were flowing, a tremendously fertile imagination, and an astoundingly creative mind. He made important contributions to nuclear and molecular physics, and collaborated with some of the most important scientists of the century.

But he was not a team player. He frequently let his emotions override his rational intentions, and then became inadvertently, a slave to the consequences fostered by them. He wanted to be in the driver's seat all the time, where he could run the show surrounded by a bunch of yes-men. He was extremely ambitious, but finally ended up becoming more infamous than famous. He sank into the spiral generated by his own brilliance and his beliefs that came about by a complex combination of his fierce anti-communism, the traumas of his childhood, and his unique perception of the world around him. Fortunately, or unfortunately, he lived in a time and place where he could make an enormous difference. Maybe it is fitting that not Bill Clinton but George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, two months before his death.



And yet, in the end, what one remembers is the early part of the book, when Teller talks fondly about his time in Hungary, in Germany, in Rome and England, and in the Unites States. He talks about his lifelong friendships with Enrico Fermi, Ernest Lawrence, and John von Neumann. He warmly recounts the trip when he and his wife had to amusingly watch Hans Bethe's preoccupation with his future wife, Rose; apparently, Bethe had met Rose earlier, and in 'ten minutes' had fallen desperately in love with her, and the couple wanted to get to know each other as well as possible during the trip. Teller gives us rare peeks into the human side of revered scientific giants.

Again, through the thicket of emotions, prejudices, and justifications, one can catch glimpses of the sensitive Teller, the Teller who was generous to his true friends almost to a fault, was warm to his students, and was a model of scientific integrity. The Teller who was loved by his colleagues and friends before his altercations with them, the Teller who sounds like a champion of freedom when he talks about his ideas for world government, the Teller who proposed to his childhood sweetheart Mici in the presence of cackling geese on the banks of the Danube...one wonders what happened to that Teller in later years, why he lay dormant, what those years of mistrust and dissent did to him. One feels sorry for the great man, but one also feels a sense of unwanted resentment towards him. In the end, no matter how eloquently he advocates his causes, it would be best to say that Edward Teller was complicated, and leave it at that yet again. Let that encompass all of him.
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This is the English major's review, that is, the review of someone not particularly interested in science or politics. Bought the book because I heard Savage interview Sam Cohen a few years ago and wanted to revisit those racy psychological bits. I mistakenly picked up "Memoirs" and struggled to get through the first quarter with its geeky tea-and-ping-pong interludes, which read like my ninety-year-old grandfather after a glass of port at the Thanksgiving table. Teller's dictation style of authorship is not intimate, and my stylistic gripes return toward the end of the book when he relates how such-and-such a captain of industry and his charming wife hosted them, etc. and in the generally weak epilogue.



But, wow, sometimes I couldn't turn pages fast enough. Where can you go to match this? "We all were lying on the ground, supposedly with our backs turned to the explosion. But I had decided to disobey that instruction and instead looked straight at the bomb." Tolstoy, maybe. The best memoirs, as with the best fiction, give clues to the great question of how to live and explore strands of fate, choice, history. For (fictional) characters of cognitive complexity and depth, one could consider Hamlet-or Teller's portrayal of Oppenheimer and Bohr.



The book nurtured me with throw-away comments one might do well to adopt as life philosophies: "Bohr was the embodiment of complementarity, the insistence that every important question has opposite sides that appear mutually exclusive; understanding of the question becomes possible only if the reality on both sides is acknowledged." At a certain point I began mining the memoirs as if reading wisdom literature. Bohr's definition of an expert, as "one who, from his own painful experiences, has discovered all the mistakes one can commit in a very narrow field," Lawrence on risk-taking, Teller's experience of shunning, the recognition of right of dissent, opposition of elitism and limitations on knowledge, all are worthy of reflection because they result from pressurized experience.




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If you have an interest in the history of science
and technology, and in the scientific personalities who
carried out the revolution in physics in the first
half of the 20th century, you will be captivated
by this book.

I picked it up because of my interest in
the history of physics, and because Teller has
held such a central role in the transformation
from small science to Big Science.
Hans Bethe, with whom Teller had some difficulties
during the Manhattan Project, reviewed the book
very positively in Physics Today. I was prepared
to continue to dislike Teller, because of his testimony
in the Oppenheimer hearings and his advocacy of Star
Wars, but he nevertheless quickly won me over.

Teller comes across, in his own account, as a
collegial, cooperative, driven man, who cared
greatly about both his scientific and technical work
and his relations with his colleagues.
After Teller's 1954 testimony at the Oppenheimer
security clearance hearing, Teller was vilified.
Here, he gets to explain why he testified as he
did, and how it was just one of several very
stupid things that he did in his career. (The
stupid thing in this case was to neglect to
explain that his uncertainty about Oppenheimer's
clearance was due to a transcript he was shown
about Oppenheimer's fabricated story
that implicated his friend Chevalier, and
not to Oppenheimer's opposition to development
of the H-bomb, which was widely shared among
physics academics.)

Teller makes an effort to explain the scientific
challenges in his work, such as in the early
days of quantum mechanics when he worked on
molecular dynamics. For example, he explains
Landau's reaction to what is now called the
Jahn-Teller effect (and which Teller says should be
called the "Landau-Jahn-Teller effect"), giving the
basic physical principle involved and the reason for
Landau's initial puzzlement.

Teller played an important role after WW2 in
setting up the engineering principles necessary
to make nuclear reactors safe, and in getting them
implemented.

There are many delightful anecdotes, and even
some poems that Teller wrote. His lifelong friend
Maria Goppert Mayer saved all his letters, and
these provided much material that Teller
used to refresh his memory and select from.

I found the period from 1946 until the establishment
of Livermore Lab particularly interesting and
suspenseful. This book leaves no doubt that
Teller led a fascinating life.
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I am only 12 years old, but believe me when I say that this is one of the best books I've ever read! I had to do a report on a scientist for school and I chose Edward Teller because I had heard of him from my mother and he sounded interesting. Rather than being just another boring book report, I really did enjoy this book. It gave me a lot of information for my report and was not incredibly hard to read. I decided to do a movie for my report and filmed it as if Teller were writing journal entries. I got a 100++ on my project which is what I would give this book...a 100++!
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"Memoirs", by Dr. Edward Teller, is a straight forward telling of the life of one of the twentieth century's foremost physicists. Dr. Teller describes his exodus from his native Hungary to Germany, Denmark, England and finally the United States. He has worked in the company of some of the great physicists of all time, Fermi, Bohr, Von Neumann and others. He was also instrumental in developing the atomic and hydrogen bombs as well as Los Alamos and Lawrence-Livermore national laboratories.

This book is not an apology for his work in atomic energy, weapons or his testimony regarding Oppenheimer. Dr. Teller goes into great detail to describe his thinking and motives in these areas. Having escaped the Nazi's and communists his right of center views on nuclear deterrence and missile defense are well founded. He discusses being ostracized from the scientific community, views on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, as well as his political and scientific contributions to among others Nelson Rockefeller and Ronald Reagan.

The book is extensively footnoted; Dr. Teller uses his teaching skills to describe to the reader the concepts being discussed in the body of the work. A basic knowledge of the terms used in physics is helpful but not necessary. The book is exceptionally well written and doesn't get "bogged down" in scientific jargon.

"Memoirs" is a fascinating documentary of the birth and development of nuclear energy in both its destructive and constructive forms. Dr. Teller is straight forward but modest about his role and generous in praise of his many colleagues.

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The Biographies of Rechung-pa: The Evolution of a Tibetan Hagiography (RoutledgeCurzon Critical Studies in Buddhism)



The Biographies of Rechung-pa: The Evolution of a Tibetan Hagiography (RoutledgeCurzon Critical Studies in Buddhism)
Peter Roberts | 2007-04-11 00:00:00 | Routledge | 304 | Tibet
Rechung-pa (1084-1161) is a Tibetan folk-hero whose biography is one of the most well-known literary works in Tibet. This book traces the life story of the student of the famous teacher Milarepa using rare and little-known manuscripts. The author compares significant episodes in the life of Rechung-pa as portrayed in a succession of texts and thus demonstrates the evolution of Rechung-pa's biography. This is the first survey of the surviving literature which includes a detailed analysis of their dates, authorship and interrelationships. It shows how Rechung-pa was increasingly portrayed as a rebellious, volatile and difficult pupil, as a lineage from a fellow-pupil prospered to become dominant in Tibet.

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Men and Women in Interaction: Reconsidering the Differences



Men and Women in Interaction: Reconsidering the Differences
Elizabeth Aries | 1996-02-29 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 304 | Psychology
For many years the dominant focus in gender relations has been the differences between men and women. Authors like Chodorow, Gilligan, and Tannen (author of the best-seller You Just Don't Understand) have portrayed males and females as possessing different traits, styles, and even different languages, viewing these gender differences as deep-seated and enduring. Aries sees the issue as more complex and dependent on several variables, among them age, race, class, and the nature of a given relationship. This is a critical review and re-evaluation of the empirical literature on men and women in conversation. It discusses why we highlight the differences between the sexes, the ways in which differences are exaggerated, and how this may be perpetuating the very stereotypes we wish to abandon. For psychologists and gender issue reseachers, this book will illuminate recent studies in gender relations. For general readers it will offer a stimulating counterpoint to the views advanced in Tannen's well-known work.
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Major Issues in Cognitive Aging



Major Issues in Cognitive Aging
Timothy Salthouse | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press | 256 | Psychology
In recent years the field of cognitive aging has flourished and expanded into many different disciplines. It is probably, therefore, inevitable that some of the research has become very narrow, primarily focused on "counting and classifying the wrinkles of aged behavior," rather than addressing more broad, general, and important questions. Timothy Salthouse's main goal in this book is to try to identify some of the major phenomena in the field of cognitive aging, and discuss issues relevant to the investigation and interpretation of them. He does not attempt to provide a comprehensive survey of the research literature on aging and cognition because many excellent reviews are available in edited handbooks. His principal aim is rather to stimulate readers to think about the big questions in cognitive aging research, and how they might best be answered.
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How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business, Second Edition



How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business, Second Edition
Douglas W. Hubbard | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Wiley | 320 | Management
Praise for How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business

"I love this book. Douglas Hubbard helps us create a path to know the answer to almost any question in business, in science, or in life . . . Hubbard helps us by showing us that when we seek metrics to solve problems, we are really trying to know something better than we know it now. How to Measure Anything provides just the tools most of us need to measure anything better, to gain that insight, to make progress, and to succeed."
-Peter Tippett, PhD, M.D.
Chief Technology Officer at CyberTrust
and inventor of the first antivirus software

"Doug Hubbard has provided an easy-to-read, demystifying explanation of how managers can inform themselves to make less risky, more profitable business decisions. We encourage our clients to try his powerful, practical techniques."
-Peter Schay
EVP and COO of
The Advisory Council

"As a reader you soon realize that actually everything can be measured while learning how to measure only what matters. This book cuts through conventional clich?s and business rhetoric and offers practical steps to using measurements as a tool for better decision making. Hubbard bridges the gaps to make college statistics relevant and valuable for business decisions."
-Ray Gilbert
EVP Lucent

"This book is remarkable in its range of measurement applications and its clarity of style. A must-read for every professional who has ever exclaimed, 'Sure, that concept is important, but can we measure it?'"
-Dr. Jack Stenner
Cofounder and CEO of MetraMetrics, Inc.
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Interventional Radiological Treatment of Liver Tumors (Contemporary Issues in Cancer Imaging)



Interventional Radiological Treatment of Liver Tumors (Contemporary Issues in Cancer Imaging)
Andy Adam,Peter R. Mueller | 2009-02-02 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 232 | Internal Medicine
Interventional radiological techniques are becoming increasingly important in the treatment of both primary and secondary malignant liver tumours. Surgery for liver tumours can be effective but carries considerable risks and new techniques have recently been developed. This volume provides an account of interventional radiological methods by some of the greatest experts in the field. It includes chapters on cryotherapy, chemoembolization and radiofrequency ablation and an extensive chapter on imaging techniques. The scientific background of these techniques, the pathology of the diseases involved and an analysis of more traditional surgical methods are also described. This text brings together the latest advances in this fast-developing field.

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Handbuch Robotik: Programmieren und Einsatz intelligenter Roboter



Handbuch Robotik: Programmieren und Einsatz intelligenter Roboter
Matthias Haun | 2007-01-01 00:00:00 | Springer | 550 | Robotics
Robotik als lernende Systeme werden in diesem Buch durch intelligente, rechnerbasierte Technologien in funktionaler Hinsicht beschrieben. Durch Modellierung der Realitat mit Hilfe der objektorientierten Ontologie und Implementierung dieser Modelle durch Knowledge Computing Technologien unter Java werden konkrete Anwendungsfalle beherrschbar.
Das Buch geht ausschliesslich auf die den Systemen eigene Softwareintelligenz ein; es beschreibt im Detail die Bausteine dafur sowie die notwendigen Ansatze fur lernende Systeme mit intelligenten Eigenschaften. TOC:Grundlagen.- Hardware.- Software.- Einfuhrung in Java.- Knowledge Computing.- Wissensbasierte Entwicklung.- Brainware.- Kunstliche Intelligenz.- Systemische Intelligenz.- Kognitives System.- Roboter-Gedachtnissystem.- Exekutive System.- Ausblicke.-Robotik als lernende Systeme werden in diesem Buch durch intelligente, rechnerbasierte Technologien in funktionaler Hinsicht beschrieben. Durch Modellierung der Realitat mit Hilfe der objektorientierten Ontologie und Implementierung dieser Modelle durch Knowledge Computing Technologien unter Java werden konkrete Anwendungsfalle beherrschbar.
Das Buch geht ausschliesslich auf die den Systemen eigene Softwareintelligenz ein; es beschreibt im Detail die Bausteine dafur sowie die notwendigenAnsatze fur lernende Systeme mit intelligenten Eigenschaften. TOC:Grundlagen.- Hardware.- Software.- Einfuhrung in Java.- Knowledge Computing.- Wissensbasierte Entwicklung.- Brainware.- Kunstliche Intelligenz.- Systemische Intelligenz.- Kognitives System.- Roboter-Gedachtnissystem.- Exekutive System.- Ausblicke.-
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Tivoli and Websphere Application Server on Z/OS (IBM Redbooks)



Tivoli and Websphere Application Server on Z/OS (IBM Redbooks)
IBM Redbooks,Budi Darmawan,Foulques De Valence,Daniela Chersoni | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | IBM.Com/Redbooks | 378 | Object-Oriented Design

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Bili the Axe



Bili the Axe
(Franklin) Robert Adams | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Roc | 300 | Fiction Other
The Horseclans novels are like olives -- you either acquire a taste for them or you don't. They're not great literature, which is why I gave this book a score of only 3, but if you get caught up in the saga, it won't matter. You'll want more, and there are a lot of them!

The story is set in precataclysmic North America, approximately 600 years after nuclear war, man-induced plagues, and worldwide seismic disturbances have thrown humanity into a brutal pre-industrial age. Much of California and the East Coast have sunk into the sea. What remains of the eastern states, from Canada to Georgia, has been settled by waves of dark-skinned and dark-haired adventurers from Europe (Spaniards, Greeks, Armenians, etc.) called the Ehleenee. While these early settlers were rugged fighters in the mold of Athenians and Spartans, the current crop are little more than decadent dictators ruling over downtrodden peasant farmers.

The first book in the series (see The Coming of the Horseclans) details the odyssey of the War Chief of the horseclans, Milo of Morai, a mutant immortal from the 20th century, as he leads the nomadic horseclans from the high plains of North America to the Atlantic Ocean. After 200 years of searching for other immortals, Milo has returned to the clans to fulfill an ancient prophecy and lead them to their destined homeland by the sea. Since, unbeknownst to the horseclans, earthquakes long ago sent their original home, Ehlai (Los Angeles), to the bottom of the ocean, Milo convinces them to travel east rather than west. In their way stands the armed might of the Ehleenee and the treacherous Witchmen -- pre-Holocaust scientists who have survived the centuries by repeatedly stealing new bodies to house their minds and who have their own designs for ruling existing civilization.

Adams often revisits adventures from the point of view of different characters, which can create redundancy; it also means you have to read several books to get the whole picture. This volume has three plot threads running through it: The main story is a flashback to the youth of Bili the Axe, one of the horseclans most redoubable warriors. (For more on Bili and the Moon Maidens, read A Cat of Silvery Hue). The second plot concerns the 20th Century survivors known as Withcmen. And, finally, it introduces the remnants of 20th century organic farmers, now degenerate cannibals known as the Ganics. (For more on the Witchmen and the Ganics, read The Witch Goddess.)

These books are primarily military science fiction and not for the faint of heart. There are lots of vivid descriptions of battles, torture and ghastly wounds. The prose is spare and very action-oriented. While not a fan of military fiction in general, I was sucked in by the animal component of the series. The clanspeople have the ability to communicate telepathically with their specially bred war horses and with a mutant wild cat, the "prairie cat," which sounds like a blend of puma, sabertooth, and cheetah. I'm also obssessed with translating the terminology of the time -- it becomes a kind of game -- figuring out what words like Ehlai (LA), Pitzburk (Pittsburg), Karaleenos (Carolinas), Neekohl (Nicole), Kuk (Cook), Hwallis (Wallace) all mean. If you like Larry Niven's Man-Kzinn Wars series, you might enjoy the horseclans saga.
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The Second Saladin



The Second Saladin
Stephen Hunter | 1998-01-01 00:00:00 | Dell | 496 | Fiction Other
Anyway, this book was good, as I find all of Hunter's books to be. A former CIA "Cowboy," a man who goes into countries hostile to the US, in this novel its the Soviet backed Iraq, arms and trains rebels, the Kurds with guerilla tactics, is sold out. In the backlash of the sell out, his brefriended leader's son is killed. Fast forward to 10 years later and man is trying to cope with the sell out, he ultimately blames himself for what happened. Now that former befriended Kurdish leader is gunning for someone important, and our "Cowboy" has to stop him.
There is no telling how popular this book would have been if it had come out during the 1st Gulf War, or in more recent times with the 2nd Gulf War, when the American people knew about the Kurdish people, instead of the early 1980's. If you like Hunter give it a try. Thanks.
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Preparation of Compounds Labeled with Tritium and Carbon-14



Preparation of Compounds Labeled with Tritium and Carbon-14
Rolf Voges,J. Richard Heys,Thomas Moenius | 2009-06-02 00:00:00 | Wiley | 682 | Biochemistry
Compounds labeled with carbon-14 and tritium are indispensable tools for research in biomedical sciences, discovery and development of pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals.

Preparation of Compounds Labeled with Tritium and Carbon-14 is a comprehensive, authoritative and up-to-date discussion of the strategies, synthetic approaches, reactions techniques, and resources for the preparation of compounds labeled with either of these isotopes. A large number of examples are presented for the use of isotopic sources and building blocks in the preparation of labeled target compounds, illustrating the range of possibilities for embedding isotopic labels in selected moieties of complex structures.  Topics include:

  •  Formulation of synthetic strategies for preparing labeled compounds
  • Isotope exchange methods and synthetic alternatives for preparing tritiated compounds
  • In-depth discussion of carbon-14 building blocks and their utility in synthesis
  • Preparation of enantiomerically pure isotopically labeled compounds
  • Applications of biotransformations

Preparation of Compounds Labeled with Tritium and Carbon-14 is an essential guide to the specialist strategies and tactics used by chemists to prepare compounds tagged with theradioactive atoms carbon-14 and tritium.

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Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Impact of Plastic Products (Rapra Review Reports) (v. 13, No. 12)



Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Impact of Plastic Products (Rapra Review Reports) (v. 13, No. 12)
T.J. O'Neill | 2003-01-01 00:00:00 | Smithers Rapra Press | 144 | Engineering
This review describes the process of life cycle analysis in some detail. It describes the different organisations involved in researching and applying these techniques and the database resources being used to generate comparative reports. The overview explains the factors to be considered, the terminology, the organisations involved in developing these techniques and the legislation which is driving the whole process forward. The ISO standards relating to environmental management are also discussed briefly in the document. Design for the environment is covered in the report. This review is accompanied by summaries of selected papers on life cycle analysis and environmental impact from the Rapra Polymer Library database.

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Companion to Social Archaeology



Companion to Social Archaeology
Lynn Meskell,Robert W. Preucel | 2004-10-22 00:00:00 | Wiley-Blackwell | 448 | Social Sciences
The Companion to Social Archaeology is the first scholarly work to explore the encounter of social theory and archaeology over the past two decades.

  • Grouped into four sections - Knowledges, Identities, Places, and Politics - each of which is prefaced with a review essay that contextualizes the history and developments in social archaeology and related fields.
  • Draws together newer trends that are challenging established ways of understanding the past.
  • Includes contributions by leading scholars who instigated major theoretical trends.


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Shellcoder's Programming Uncovered (Uncovered series)



Shellcoder's Programming Uncovered (Uncovered series)
| 2005-11-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Programming


How hackers, viruses, and worms attack computers from the Internet and exploit security holes in software is explained in this outline of antivirus software, patches, and firewalls that try in vain to withstand the storm of attacks. Some software's effectiveness exists only in the imaginations of its developers because they prove unable to prevent the propagation of worms, but this guide examines where security holes come from, how to discover them, how to protect systems (both Windows and Unix), and how to do away with security holes altogether. Unpublished advanced exploits and techniques in both C and Assembly languages are included.


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JUNOS Enterprise Switching



JUNOS Enterprise Switching
| 2009-07-30 00:00:00 | | 0 | Networks


JUNOS Enterprise Switching is the only detailed technical book on Juniper Networks' new Ethernet-switching EX product platform. With this book, you'll learn all about the hardware and ASIC design prowess of the EX platform, as well as the JUNOS Software that powers it. Not only is this extremely practical book a useful, hands-on manual to the EX platform, it also makes an excellent study guide for certification exams in the JNTCP enterprise tracks.

The authors have based JUNOS Enterprise Switching on their own Juniper training practices and programs, as well as the configuration, maintenance, and troubleshooting guidelines they created for their bestselling companion book, JUNOS Enterprise Routing. Using a mix of test cases, case studies, use cases, and tangential answers to real-world problems, this book covers:

Enterprise switching and virtual LANs (VLANs) The Spanning tree protocol and why it's needed Inter-VLAN routing, including route tables and preferences Routing policy and firewall filters Switching security, such as DHCP snooping Telephony integration, including VLAN voice

Part of the Juniper Networks Technical Library, JUNOS Enterprise Switching provides all-inclusive coverage of the Juniper Networks EX product platform, including architecture and packet flow, management options, user interface options, and complete details on JUNOS switch deployment.

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Make this a part of library!
Once again Harry and Doug bring together a very comprehensive lecture!


This is a great book, in fact a very cool one. It is packed with historical info as well as in-depth information about switching technologies, Juniper's EX product line, and interoperability with Cisco, which made it all that more special to read. This book is good for newbies or more advanced networkers too.


I also suggest Juniper and Cisco engineers alike to buy this. It will help you greatly given the multiple scenarios that are presented using both vendors products.


Both writers have a ton of experience in the industry, are recognized as some of the best in the field, and their writing style makes it very entertaining and highly engaging to read this piece from cover to cover.


Excellent job Harry and Doug. Thanks for writing this book!


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Sr. JNCI, Systems Engineer and JNCIE.

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Marschke and Reynolds Do It Again
Their second book is sure to be another hit. I just got through my copy and found it extremely helpful especially with the practice questions in the back. These guys know what they are talking about! And make it a pleasant read for a technial book. I heard Doug Marschke also teaches classes. Would love to sign up for one!


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The Philosophy of the Daodejing



The Philosophy of the Daodejing
Hans-Georg Moeller | 2006-03-31 00:00:00 | Columbia University Press | 176 | Philosophy

For centuries, the ancient Chinese philosophical text the Daodejing (Tao Te Ching) has fascinated and frustrated its readers. While it offers a wealth of rich philosophical insights concerning the cultivation of one's body and attaining one's proper place within nature and the cosmos, its teachings and structure can be enigmatic and obscure.

Hans-Georg Moeller presents a clear and coherent description and analysis of this vaguely understood Chinese classic. He explores the recurring images and ideas that shape the work and offers a variety of useful approaches to understanding and appreciating this canonical text. Moeller expounds on the core philosophical issues addressed in the Daodejing, clarifying such crucial concepts as Yin and Yang and Dao and De. He explains its teachings on a variety of subjects, including sexuality, ethics, desire, cosmology, human nature, the emotions, time, death, and the death penalty. The Daodejing also offers a distinctive ideal of social order and political leadership and presents a philosophy of war and peace.

An illuminating exploration, The Daodejing is an interesting foil to the philosophical outlook of Western humanism and contains surprising parallels between its teachings and nontraditional contemporary philosophies.


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IMHO Professor Moeller is one of the finest commentators on early Daoism. Though I do not believe his theories will appeal to those that view the Daodejing as the nidus of religious Daoism, his contributions to the understanding of difficult Daoist concepts will hopefully please anyone reading his work. The book covers the following topics:

1. Reading the Daodejing

2. Sex

3. Yin &Yang, Qi, Dao & De

4. Politics

5. War

6. Desires

7. Ethics

8. Permanence

9. Death

10. Man



What I find unique about Professor Moeller's theories is that he does not attempt to whitewash ideas expressed in the Daodejing in order to appeal to a wider audience. A number of his views are:

1. The Daodejing was originally intended for a small, elite audience.

2. "Wu wei" is to be practiced by the Sage in a very literal manner.

3. The authors of the Daodejing were not interested so much in a quest for "higher truth" as they were in social harmony.

4. When chapter 65 states: In ancient times those who practiced Tao well did not seek to enlighten people, but to make them ignorant. (trans. W.T.Chan), that is exactly what it means to say.



If you have any interest in the Daodejing or early Daoism, Professor Moeller's books (he also penned the excellent "Daoism Explained") are a fine addition to your library. Please note that only parts of the Daodejing are translated by the author, not the entire book.









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How You Can Kill Al Qaeda: (In 3 Easy Steps)



How You Can Kill Al Qaeda: (In 3 Easy Steps)
| 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | Light Of New Orleans Publishing | 75 | Law
Offering an alternative to conventional, ineffective methods of shutting down Al Qaeda, this handbook unlocks the secrets of the organization and provides a simple strategy for disempowering the terrorists via the internet. The practical, populist formula calls for individuals to identify, translate, and disseminate persuasive and independent counter-Al Qaeda messages online—using the primary media on which Al Qaeda spreads their communications. It is through the yet-to-be challenged online messaging to the Muslim public that Al Qaeda garners its critical financial and moral support and future recruits. Using the information and tools provided in the text, individuals as well as organizations—internet-savvy or not—can help drown out the pervasive pro-Al Qaeda propaganda.
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The Turning: A History of Vietnam Veterans Against the War



The Turning: A History of Vietnam Veterans Against the War
Andrew Hunt | 1999-07-01 00:00:00 | NYU Press | 296 | Southeast Asia

The anti-Vietnam War movement in the United States is perhaps best remembered for its young, counterculture student protesters. However, the Vietnam War was the first conflict in American history in which a substantial number of military personnel actively protested the war while it was in progress.

In The Turning, Andrew Hunt reclaims the history of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), an organization that transformed the antiwar movement by placing Vietnam veterans in the forefront of the nationwide struggle to end the war. Misunderstood by both authorities and radicals alike, VVAW members were mostly young men who had served in Vietnam and returned profoundly disillusioned with the rationale for the war and with American conduct in Southeast Asia. Angry, impassioned, and uncompromisingly militant, the VVAW that Hunt chronicles in this first history of the organization posed a formidable threat to America's Vietnam policy and further contributed to the sense that the nation was under siege from within.

Based on extensive interviews and in-depth primary research, including recently declassified government files, The Turning is a vivid history of the men who risked censures, stigma, even imprisonment for a cause they believed to be "an extended tour of duty."


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Gave it as a gift to my father who is a VVAW and he hasn't put it down!
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This book is, to say the least, well-written. It is concise, detailed, written with the same degree of passion for history that characterizes all of Hunt's work. I highly recommend the book to anyone interested in the response to the Vietnam War and its impact upon American society.
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This remarkable account takes the American people inside the framework of one of the most spiritual and politically cutting-edge organizations founded within American boundaries during the entire Cold War, the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW). "The Turning" by Andrew E. Hunt is a must-read for all serious students of the Vietnam War contemplating its profound effect on both American culture and the very veterans who were ordered to "pay any price and bear any burden" for the mistaken political and military policies of their nation's involvement in the Southeast Asian conflict. The book's account of the various veterans--from Bobby Muller, John Kerry, Barry Romo, Bill Ehrhart, just to name a few-- who so courageously faced down the entire nation by witnessing in repeated public demonstrations what was REALLY GOING ON in the war, is a stunning reminder to all Americans and the World that for democracy to last, it must have a strong, clear, core collective conscience. No other organization so poignantly and forcefully challenged U.S. policy in Indochina as did the Vietnam Veterans Against the War. Even today, all history texts pertaining to this period touch the subject of VVAW's presence as the cutting edge of the American anti-war movement, and indeed, of our national conscience at the time. It is not surprising to me that the veterans of VVAW, such as Mr. Bobby (USMC lst Lt. 1968-69), also launched the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) in 1979, which fought for the rights of the veterans of that conflict against an embarrassingly silent American government. Mr. Muller went on in his life to also found the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF) in 1980 which dealt with the issues of war and its consequences. This remarkable veteran organized the first visit of VVA vets back to Hanoi during Christmas in 1981 and, in doing so, launched the entire process of reconciliation between veterans' groups and the governments of both America and Vietnam which culminated in the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations in July of 1995. While following this most courageous path of peace, VVAF--under Mr. Muller's leadership-- initiated rehabilitation and humanitarian clinics in both Vietnam and Cambodia in the early 90's, assisting the thousands of forgotten, innocent landmine victims suffering throughout Indochina. This effort lead to Mr. Muller's conception of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) in 1991 which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 and became a legally-binding international treaty in March of 1999. The core qualities of seeking justice and witnessing truth inherent in VVAW's spiritual influence on the veterans who belonged to it in the 60's, 70's and up to the present, can be evidenced today in the continued remarkable achievements of those vets like Mr. Bobby Muller. By understanding the organization VVAW--its orgins and evolution-- the reader will learn to appreciate how men,-- under heavy fire of both war and protest of war--, have carried within their souls the spark to enlighten and change the world and humanity for the better. Anyone with a conscience should read this book and be challenged by the information it contains. Thank you, Mr. Hunt, for taking the time to compile this vital history of a unique organization which helped the conscience of this nation turn towards sorely-needed enlightment.

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Data Mining in Bioinformatics (Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing)



Data Mining in Bioinformatics (Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing)
Jason T. L. Wang,Mohammed J. Zaki,Hannu Toivonen,Dennis E. Shasha | 2004-09-17 00:00:00 | Springer | 340 | Data Warehousing
The goal of this book is to help readers understand state-of-the-art techniques in biological data mining & data management & includes topics such as: * preprocessing tasks such as data cleaning & data integration as applied to biological data * classification & clustering techniques for microarrays * comparison of RNA structures based on string properties & energetics * discovery of the sequence characteristics of different parts of the genome * mining of haplotypes to find disease markers * sequencing of events leading to the folding of a protein * inference of the subcellular location of protein activity * classification of chemical compounds based on structure * special purpose metrics & index structures for phylogenetic applications * a new query language for protein searching based on the shape of proteins * very fast indexing schemes for sequences & pathways Aimed at computer scientists, necessary biology is explained.

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