Tuesday, 15 February 2011

How Skeptics Do Ethics: A Brief History of the Late Modern Linguistic Turn



How Skeptics Do Ethics: A Brief History of the Late Modern Linguistic Turn
Aubrey Neal | 2007-04-30 00:00:00 | University of Calgary Press | 316 | Philosophy
Enlightenment philosophers are often credited with formulating many theories about humankind and society, and in our post-modern age, we still live with some of the very same compelling, contentious and often unresolved questions about ourselves and the world we live in. Author Aubrey Neal suggests that one of these issues that lingers with us today is scepticism, and in "How Skeptics do Ethics", he unravels the thread of this philosophy from its origins in enlightenment thinking down to our present age. He contends that linguistics and language have not brought modern philosophy any closer to understanding the role and nature of ethics in our current science-based society. Going further, Neal suggests the contemporary reader meets traditional terms for ethical theory, plausible belief and moral action in a different world from the one in which they were coined. Instead, these considerations for modern thinkers require a coherent language practice suitable for the social context in which we live, and thus raise the question of the meaning of old philosophical debates and their value for our society today. Referencing such luminary thinkers as Hume, Kant, and Hegel, Neal seeks to re-ignite age old questions and awaken the reader to a sense that our contemporary modes of reference and understanding should be seen from a substantially different point of view. Challenging, bracing, and entirely unflinching, "How Skeptics do Ethics" is a wake-up call for anyone who thinks seriously about our society, ourselves, and the world in which we live.
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The philosophy of skepticism is revealed in a survey which blends ethical issues with skepticism's foundations: perfect for college-level collections strong in either philosophical discourse or ethical foundations. Unique moral challenges come from living in the modern world - and modern ethics has not kept up with these challenges. Its very foundations translate at best inefficiently into concerns over politics, public service, and the global economy. College-level discussions on ethical foundations will find plenty to fuel analysis, here.



Diane C. Donovan

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The Paradox of Self-Amendment: A Study of Logic, Law, Omnipotence, and Change



The Paradox of Self-Amendment: A Study of Logic, Law, Omnipotence, and Change
Peter Suber | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Peter Lang Pub Inc | 500 | Law
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He's a smart guy. I'm sure the book is good. Everyone should read it and enjoy it.

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Quantum Statistical Mechanics



Quantum Statistical Mechanics
William C. Schieve, Lawrence P. Horwitz | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 428 | Physics
The book provides a contemporary understanding of irreversibility, particularly in quantum systems. It explains entropy production in quantum kinetic theory and in the master equation formulation of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics. The first half of the book focuses on the foundations of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics with emphasis on quantum mechanics. The second half of the book contains alternative views of quantum statistical mechanics, and topics of current interest for advanced graduate level study and research. Unique to textbooks on this subject, this book contains a discussion of the fundamental Gleason theorem. Quantum entanglements are treated in application to quantum computation and the difficulties arising from decoherence. The relativistic generalization of the Boltzmann equation is derived, and modern transport applications to reservoir ballistic transport are developed.
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The Austrian Contribution to Analytic Philosophy (London Studies in the History of Philosophy)



The Austrian Contribution to Analytic Philosophy (London Studies in the History of Philosophy)
Mark Textor | 2006-07-26 00:00:00 | Routledge | 336 | History of Ideas

Although an important part of the origins of analytic philosophy can be traced back to philosophy in Austria in the first part of the twentieth century, remarkably little is known about the specific contribution made by Austrian philosophy and philosophers.

In The Austrian Contribution to Analytic Philosophy, prominent analytic philosophers take a fresh look at the roots of analytic philosophy in the thought of influential but often overlooked Austrian philosophers including Brentano, Meinong, Bolzano, Husserl, and Witasek. The contributors to this volume investigate central topics in theoretical philosophy such as intentionality, consciousness, memory, attributes, and truth as well as political philosophy and aesthetics.

This original collection will be of interest to anyone studying the origins of analytic philosophy as well as contemporary debates in philosophy of language, metaphysics and mind.



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Microsoft Visual C++ .NET Step by Step--Version 2003 (Step By Step (Microsoft))



Microsoft Visual C++ .NET Step by Step--Version 2003 (Step By Step (Microsoft))
| 2003-04-23 00:00:00 | | 0 | Visual C++ .NET




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only if you do programming
Good book but ,,. does not get you anywhere unless you think you can move to India!

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Waste of money and time
I can't believe this is a microsoft signed book. It is named Step by Step, means, it should be for beginners. I have been using Visual Basic since VB 5.0 and now I am using [,,.]. I am not new to programming; however, I couldn't benefit anything from this book. None of the examples complied on my machine. So I am wondering how much will benefit from this book a person completely new to programing. My guess is that this book will scare people away from this major.


The authors failed to explain the basic information needed by a person that never used C++. I mean, the namespaces, libraries, basic difference between compilers. None of the code works becaues the Authors never tell you which namespace or library should you include. You will never see, in any of the examples any of the following terms (#include, #using, using namespace, ,,.). Do the authors expect us, as beginners, to figure that out.


If you don't explain these information, what is the point of a Step by Step book. I can figure out the C++ syntax for If Statement, Switch, Loops, ,,. This is not the reason I would be the C++ book. These things exist in the help.


This book wasted my time. I will have to buy another book.

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No Steps at all
I've bought most of the MS Visual C++ books. This is the worst of all. If you are new to programming, many of the chapters you won't know what it is talking about.

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Rushed, mangled, and a waste of money
This book is a bunch of rushed ideas and statements( no thought), and the

whole book is in rushed jibber-jabber. They keep indicating that you will

learn this later, and that. Later comes and you never learn it. It is quite amazing to me how they could have fill the many pages (600+) of the book with filibuster garggle. Do not buy this book. You won't be able to pace yourself and follow along (it's a disorganized mess), and you will not learn anything, and will waste your money. Whoever wrote this book should go to jail for content faud. End of story.

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Good other Book
This book seems to be exactly a C++ for Microsoft software step by step. If you do not understand the computer program, expect to want a teach yourself book for the same Visual C++. However, this book starts you off writing a program in the start of the book. I found other books that expect one to read the whole book before you even touch the software. This book seems to be split between a lesson and a manual, but more like the manual only that could come with the software from Microsoft Press. This book is typical of Microsoft because it is as if it says just write our Visual C++, never mind other concepts, only you need the Microsoft way as long as it works with this complier and that is all you really need to know. This book is all about Microsoft and it's world of Windows software.


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Inside Visual J++



Inside Visual J++
Karanjit S., Ph.D. Siyan | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | New Riders Pub | 899 | Development
Inside Visual J++ is a how-to solutions oriented guide for serious software developers wanting the most efficient development tool in existence. The CD-ROM includes a Visual J++ demo version, the most up-to-date ActiveX Software Developer's Kit from Microsoft, Internet Explorer 3.0, and Internet Information Server.
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I recently got hooked on java,installed Visual J++ and so went hunting for a book for beginners,which could teach me about writing Java programmes. Based on its title and the overview from the writer I bought this book. However little did I know it would be so technically involved and difficult to follow.

The first few chapters explaining Java and it's origins, I found very information and useful. However the book fell short on actual examples and is definetely not suitable for someone new to Java.

To begin with, chapter one started out great, but by page 15, I got the feeling there might be a few pages missing from the chapter, because the writer failed to give examples of paramStrings, and how they should be applied to the applet wizard.

The same can be said for Chapter nine, I must have read it about ten times and I'm still not able to understand it.

I have no doubt that a person with C++ or Visual Basic background would find this book useful, but for someone without a programming background, this book is definetely a no go area.

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Gastric Cancer (Contemporary Issues in Cancer Imaging)



Gastric Cancer (Contemporary Issues in Cancer Imaging)
Richard M. Gore | 2009-12-21 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 228 | Internal Medicine
Gastric adenocarcinoma is the second most common cancer worldwide. It is usually diagnosed at a late stage and prognosis is poor; even with modern diagnostic and treatment methods the 5-year survival is only 10%. Improvements in overall patient survival can only be achieved by earlier diagnosis and by tailored therapeutic strategies based on tumor type, location and stage at presentation. This volume provides a state-of-the-art, integrated diagnostic and therapeutic approach to patient management. The role of the upper GI series, endoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound, MDCT, MRI, and PET/CT in the diagnosis, staging and follow-up of patients with gastric cancer is emphasized. The relative strengths and limitations of these diagnostic examinations will be presented in context with the most recent epidemiologic, pathologic, and therapeutic concepts regarding this tumor. With expert contributions from members of an international multidisciplinary team, this is an invaluable guide to the diagnosis and management of gastric malignancies.

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Molecular Genetics of Cancer (Human Molecular Genetics)



Molecular Genetics of Cancer (Human Molecular Genetics)
John Cowell | 2001-04-01 00:00:00 | Taylor & Francis | 536 | Internal Medicine
Molecular Genetics of Cancer, Second Edition provides an authoritative and up to date review of the key genes known to be critical in the development or progression of cancer. Throughout the book, scientific advances and their clinical relevance are covered in detail, particularly in the light of findings concerning the inheritance of genes predisposing to tumorigenesis. The book is therefore a valuable source of reference for clinicians and genetic counsellors as well as researchers.

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William Henry Seward and the Secession Crisis: The Effort to Prevent Civil War



William Henry Seward and the Secession Crisis: The Effort to Prevent Civil War
Lawrence M. Denton | 2009-07-01 00:00:00 | McFarland | 227 | United States Civil War
Though Abraham Lincoln took center stage in a divided country, a political rival-turned-ally had a major influence on national affairs during Lincoln's presidency. William Henry Seward, U.S. senator and former governor, lost the Republican Party nomination for president in 1860, but aided Lincoln's election by touring the country on behalf of the Republican ticket. As some Southern states prepared to withdraw from the Union, Secretary of State Seward sought to reunite the country. This biography explores Seward's political power and the theory that, as president, he might have prevented the Civil War.
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Lawrence Denton in a masterful book shows the superlative efforts by William Seward to preserve the Union without armed conflict. A must read for any Civil War student.

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3D Programming for Windows (Pro - Developer)



3D Programming for Windows (Pro - Developer)
| 2007-07-25 00:00:00 | | 0 | Programming


Get the practical introduction to programming 3D graphics using the Windows Presentation Foundation--straight from programming legend Charles Petzold. The Windows Presentation Foundation is a key component of .NET Framework 3.0, which is a part of Windows Vista(tm) and available for Windows XP. With the Windows Presentation Foundation, 3D images can be displayed regardless of the video-display hardware on the user's machine. This practical guide is the ideal supplement to Applications = Code + Markup: A Guide to the Microsoft Windows Presentation Foundation. Focusing on developing user interface objects or simple animations, this book builds on a reader's knowledge of Windows Presentation Foundation essentials to demonstrate how to effectively create 3D graphics for Windows. You get the fundamental information for using the Windows Presentation Foundation 3D application programming interface (API), as well as in-depth coverage of mesh geometries--the key technology that enables 3D graphics. Includes code samples in XAML, with additional code samples in Microsoft Visual C#®.

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Really good, but so light on animation
I really want to give this book a 4 or 5 star rating. Petzold goes into amazing detail about almost all aspects of creating 3D images. You really cant go wrong with this book if all you are doing is building static images.


But the books coverage of animation is sadly light. Even though there is a whole chapter on animations, its really light coverage and leaves me wanting for so much more.


And the real problem with this book is, who creates static 3D images? You most likely do 3D AND animation together.


So if you need the guts details on 3D WPF rendering than this book is for you. I you need guts on animation, not so much. And if you need 3D rendering and animation, than you might as well get this book, but know that you'll need to look elsewhere for animation details.

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An excellent and practical introduction to WPF 3D
First, maybe it's worth mentioning that unlike most other books on 3D out there, it concentrates solely on WPF 3D, right from the beginning, and it assumes you have enough knowledge of C# .net/WPF. It doesn't `waste` half of the book trying to teach you C#/Visual Studio/XAML etc,,. it's a very good attitude. If you need to learn WPF/C#, read another book first. Charles Petzold has a great book on WPF, for example.


And to the book - It teaches most fundamental elements of 3D and how it's done in WPF. Meshes, models, camera, lights, textures, transforms and some basic 3D math are all there. There's also a chapter about quaternions.

Most of the material is well written, and good examples are given throughout the book, just where needed, and all well explained. The examples compile without any problem in Visual Studio 2005/2008 (the Express editions are enough btw).

All the examples are in C#.


Most of the material tends to be pretty practical and useful for real-world application. And that's particularly true to the last chapter, which try to inspire you with real world usage of WPD 3D and examples.


Just note that most of the material isn't very advanced. You'll have to learn more by yourself to write really useful 3D applications. But the book is just what it should be - gives you a very good jump start and leaves the rest for you to explore.


I highly recommend this book for anyone with knowledge of WPF who'd like to jump to the WPF 3D wagon.

Many WPF books dedicate a chapter or 2 about 3D. Even if you read one - this book have much more material and practical info about WPF 3D than those, so I highly recommend in this case as well.

Also, people with knowledge of other more advanced 3D platforms (DirecX/OpenGL) who'd like to know WPF 3D will also find this book useful.



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Great intro to 3D Programming
This book is a fantastic intro into the world of 3D Programming. It explains the concepts in an easy to understand format and gradually eases you into the more complex aspects of 3D. Also, because it is for WPF it makes it a cinch to get up and running quickly. I've also found that this book is a great way to get acquainted with 3D and these concepts are easily transferrable into the more complex 3D languages (ie: Direct3D and OpenGL). I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to learn 3D or to expand their WPF repetoire!

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Strong fundamentals and fun stuff too
This book is an excellent overview of WPF 3D.


Petzold blends his development experience with his math background to explain everything quite thoroughly, from the details of the API to the hows and whys of the math underneath.


* He explains why WPF 3D shades triangles differently depending on whether they share their vertices or not.


* His explanation of quaternions is probably the best I have read.


* He talks about why Viewport3DVisual is better than Viewport3D for printing.


* He explains the math behind lighting calculations.


The book contains lots of pictures, lots of sample code and a library of useful classes for WPF 3D programming.


If you're doing anything with WPF 3D, you simply must have this book.

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The Definitive Guide!
In his informative writing style of writing, the author of this book gives you both a good understanding of 3D graphics concepts and digs deep into the specifics WPF and XAML 3D APIs. If you're doing and 3D WPF, this title is a must have sitting next to his previous WPF title, Applications = Code + Markup.


This is the definitive guide to WPF 3D.


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Beethoven's Hair: An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Scientific Mystery Solved



Beethoven's Hair: An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Scientific Mystery Solved
Russell Martin | 2001-10-09 00:00:00 | Broadway | 288 | Music
Ludwig van Beethoven lay dying in 1827, a young musician named Ferdinand Hiller came to pay his respects to the great composer. In those days, it was customary to snip a lock of hair as a keepsake, and this Hiller did a day after Beethoven's death. By the time he was buried, Beethoven's head had been nearly shorn by the many people who similarly had wanted a lasting memento of the great man. Such was his powerful effect on all those who had heard his music.

For a century, the lock of hair was a treasured Hiller family relic, and perhaps was destined to end up sequestered in a bank vault, until it somehow found its way to the town of Gilleleje, in Nazi-occupied Denmark, during the darkest days of the Second World War. There, it was given to a local doctor, Kay Fremming, who was deeply involved in the effort to help save hundreds of hunted and frightened Jews. Who gave him the hair, and why? And what was the fate of those refugees, holed up in the attic of Gilleleje's church?

After Fremming's death, his daughter assumed ownership of the lock, and eventually consigned it for sale at Sotheby's, where two American Beethoven enthusiasts, Ira Brilliant and Che Guevara, purchased it in 1994. Subsequently, they and others instituted a series of complex forensic tests in the hope of finding the probable causes of the composer's chronically bad health, his deafness, and the final demise that Ferdinand Hiller had witnessed all those years ago. The results, revealed for the first time here, are startling, and are the most compelling explanation yet offered for why one of the foremost musicians the world has ever known was forced to spend much of his life in silence.

In Beethoven's Hair, Russell Martin has created a rich historical treasure hunt, an Indiana Jones-like tale of false leads, amazing breakthroughs, and incredible revelations. This unique and fascinating book is a moving testament to the power of music, the lure of relics, the heroism of the Resistance movement, and the brilliance of molecular science.

An astonishing tale of one lock of hair and its amazing travels--from nineteenth-century Vienna to twenty-first-century America.


A well-publicized 1994 Sotheby's auction listed, among other musical artifacts and ephemera on the block, a lock of Beethoven's hair. The high-bidders of the hair, two Beethoven enthusiasts, were easy enough to identify by their oddball names: one was a doctor named Che Guevara, the other a retired real estate developer named Ira Brilliant. But the real story, as author Russell Martin attempts to explain in this book, is how did the lock end up on the auction block? More important, can we learn anything from a 175-year-old snippet of hair? Somehow, author Russell Martin attempts to weave biographical information about Beethoven's life with scientific findings about his hair (the two buyers had the lock DNA-tested), as well as trace the path the hair took, from the great composer's head right into the present.

It's a tall order and one at which Martin partially succeeds. His facts about Beethoven and Ferdinand Hiller (the original keeper of the lock) are solid, but he hypothesizes at length about how the hair ended up in a small port town in Denmark during the Nazi occupation. Likewise, he spends nearly the entire second half of the book describing the lives of Guevara and Brilliant, occasionally sounding more like a press agent than a journalist. Subtitled "An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Musical Mystery Solved," Beethoven's Hair doesn't truly solve any musical mysteries, but it is a fascinating, original read for Beethoven-philes who want to learn a little bit more about their favorite composer. --Jason Verlinde
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I received this as a gift several years ago. It was just a fascinating read and an incredible story at that.
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Should've been 30 pages, not 300, as someone else pointed out. Too much fluff, too little about either Beethoven or forensic science, too much rambling.
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The premise of"Beethoven's Hair"is that in 1827,a day or two after the death of the composer,a teenaged boy and his gaurdian,alone with the corpse,snipped a lock of the dead man's hair as a keepsake..Alledgedly this hair was placed into a locket and passed on to the next generation,after which it was not seen until it turned up at an auction in 1995,purchased by two wealthy and eccentric Beethoven enthusiasts...

Now my understanding of the world of collectible memorabilia indicates that the proveable history of an item determines if it is genuine or otherwise...The locket of hair in question is so utterly lacking this proof as to make any claim that it actually belonged to Beethoven improbable..

First we have the story involving the original cutting...Ferdinand Hiller ,then a teen,and an adult relative secretly snipped this hair.The book describes the fact that they did so without first seeking the permission of the family or the others involved in the estate of the dead composer.No one saw them do this,which,as a starting point,casts doubt on the whole episode..

After Ferdinand Hiller's death the locket of hair was passed to one of his sons,Paul..this was in 1885...a quarter of a century later,in 1911,Paul Hiller brought the locket alledgedly containing Beethoven's hair to one Hermann Grosshenning and asked that he repair the locket,which had deteriorated..Hiller informed Grosshenning that the locket contained a cutting of hair that once grew from the head of the now famous Beethoven..While Grosshenning was doubtless an honest fellow,it is possible that the hair that was returned to Paul Hiller may not have been the same hair as he had given the craftsman when he asked that the locket be repaired..Another break in the chain of positive proof that this was indeed THE Beethoven's hair..

Then,during the second world war,and after Paul Hiller's death,the locket goes missing,turning up,alledgedly,inGilleleje,Danmark,in the possession of people unrelated to the Hiller family..In the book author Russell Martin attributes this to the Nazi persecution of the jews,and the fact that the Hiller clan was indeed jewish,depite thier public affiliation to the Lutheran faith..This is the third and most serious break in the chain of proof...

Even if the original lock of hair had indeed come from the head of the recently deceased Beethoven in 1827 it is-or should be-evident that at any time between that year and 1995,when the locket and hair were sold at auction,it could have been replaced..Thus the "scientific Mystery"that is alledgedly solved by the subsequent scientific examination of this hair may be entirely meaningless...

At best one only has Ferdinand Hiller's word for it that he was able to secretly snip hair from Beethoven's corpse..At worst the hair,locket and associated hoopla has nothing whatever to do with the REAL Beethoven,and any findings associated with this hair have no bearing whatsoever on any mystery connected with the great composer..

As speculation"Beethoven's Hair"is a decent read...as solid history it is almost fiction.
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It first I thought the book was a little "dry", but as I kept on reading I was amazed. I even did internet research on locations, and persons, because I became so involved. A book well worth reading: 1.) for the story, 2.) and for the information.
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Russell Martin combines several fascinating stories into one wonderful story in "Beethoven's Hair." This highly readable book brings the reader through three tales: That of a lock of the great composer's hair, the composer himself, and the Ira Brilliant Beethoven Center in San Jose.



Shortly after Beethoven's death, a young musician snipped a lock of his hair. This family heirloom (sorry, no pun intended...) made its way through many hands, surviving the Holocaust, finally to its present place of honor in the Brilliant Beethoven Center. Interwoven with the story of the hair is the story of Beethoven himself. While not an exhaustive biography, the story is concise and compassionate. And finally - finally! - some real answers to the cause of his deafness and many health problems.



I have been a fan of Beethoven for years. It doesn't surprise me that (with help from Martin, Brilliant, Guevara and the many individuals in the story) he has given me yet another reason to smile.

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Essential Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) (Microsoft .NET Development Series)



Essential Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) (Microsoft .NET Development Series)
| 2007-04-11 00:00:00 | | 0 | Windows


?Chris Anderson was one of the chief architects of the next-generation GUI stack, the Windows Presentation Framework (WPF), which is the subject of this book. Chris?s insights shine a light from the internals of WPF to those standing at the entrance, guiding you through the concepts that form the foundation of his creation.?
?From the foreword by Chris Sells?As one of the architects behind WPF, Chris Anderson skillfully explains not only the ?how,? but also the ?why.? This book is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to understand the design principles and best practices of WPF.?
?Anders Hejlsberg, technical fellow, Microsoft Corporation?If WPF stands as the user interface technology for the next generation of Windows, then Chris Anderson stands as the Charles Petzold for the next generation of Windows user interface developers.?
?Ted Neward, founding editor, TheServerSide.NET?This is an excellent book that does a really great job of introducing you to WPF, and explaining how to unlock the tremendous potential it provides.?
?Scott Guthrie, general manager, Developer Division, Microsoft?WPF is a whole new animal when it comes to creating UI applications, drawing on design principles originating from both Windows Forms and the Web. Chris does a great job of not only explaining how to use the new features and capabilities of WPF (with associated code and XAML based syntax), but also explains why things work the way they do. As one of the architects of WPF, Chris gives great insight into the plumbing and design principles of WPF, as well as the mechanics of writing code using it. This is truly essential if you plan to be a serious WPF developer.?
?Brian Noyes, chief architect, IDesign Inc.; Microsoft Regional Director; Microsoft MVP?I was given the opportunity to take a look at Chris Anderson?s book and found it to be an exceedingly valuable resource, one I can comfortably recommend to others. I can only speak for myself, but when faced with a new technology I like to have an understanding of how it relates to and works in relation to the technology it is supplanting. Chris starts his book by tying the WPF directly into the world of Windows 32-bit UI in C++. Chris demonstrates both a keen understanding of the underlying logic that drives the WPF and how it works and also a skill in helping the reader build on their own knowledge through examples that mimic how you would build your cutting edge applications.?
?Bill Sheldon, principal engineer, InterKnowlogy

Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) replaces Microsoft?s diverse presentation technologies with a unified, state-of-the-art platform for building rich applications. WPF combines the best of Windows and the Web; fully integrates user interfaces, documents, and media; and leverages the full power of XML-based declarative programming.

In Essential Windows Presentation Foundation, former WPF architect Chris Anderson systematically introduces this breakthrough platform, focusing on the concepts and techniques working developers need in order to build robust applications for real users. Drawing on his unique experience as an architect on the team, Anderson thoroughly illuminates the crucial new concepts underlying WPF and reveals how its APIs work together to offer developers unprecedented value.

Through working sample code, you?ll discover how WPF draws on the Web?s simple models for markup and deployment, common frame for applications, and rich server connectivity, and on Windows? rich client model, simple programming model, strong control over look-and-feel, and rich networking. Topics explored in depth include

WPF components and architecture Key WPF design decisions?and why they matter XAML markup language Controls Layouts Visuals and media, including 2D, 3D, video, and animation Data integration Actions Styles WPF Base Services

Essential Windows Presentation Foundation is the definitive, authoritative, code-centric WPF reference: everything Windows developers need to create a whole new generation of rich, graphical applications.

Figures
Foreword by Don Box
Foreword by Chris Sells
Preface
About the Author

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Applications
Chapter 3: Controls
Chapter 4: Layout
Chapter 5: Visuals
Chapter 6: Data
Chapter 7: Actions
Chapter 8: Styles
Appendix: Base Services
Index 



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Good primer but lacks the depth of Programming WPF book
This book provides a good introduction to the overall architecture of WPF. However, it lacks the depth necessary to feel comfortable performing the more advanced programming activities that you will be tasked with on a real WPF project. This is really a beginners book which does not even advance to the intermediate level. The Programming WPF book by Chris Sells provides more in depth coverage of WPF and is therefore a better buy. Therefore, read this book just to get started but expect to read another to really make some headway into understanding WPF.

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A terrific book to really understand WPF
This book is all about the philosophy behind the WPF design and architecture. It delivers a simple but comprehensive understanding about WPF features - given this simple `big picture` it will be easier to learn the details - they will just fit in nicely and effortlessly. The book is an essense of everything that you should know to become a professional WPF developer - everything else is in IntelliSense/online help. Given this knowledge, you'll easily learn how to use any WPF topic.

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Decent
Essential WPF by Chris Anderson is intuitive and inspiring. The author explains WPF in a baby-step-forward approach with mostly success. Nearly every facet of discussion comes with a clear example. For a 450+ page book, much of WFP is explained in a fashiion that intermediate developers (designers?) can comprehend.


But this does not mean the book provides buy-in for developers to use WFP instantly. For example, every time I attempted to `get my hands dirty`, not long was I easily discouraged. I figured that I just needed to keep reading the book before trying again ,, and again ,, and again ,, until I was out of book. From making a Windows application, to ASP.Net, to Silverlight using VS2008 and Expression Blend, nothing was easy enough to finish a small project much less an enterprise application. And then I would have to explain to my colleagues how it works.


In summary, Chris did an impecable job explaining the complexities and modeling of WFP. This book is an acceptable starting point. But do not expect to jump right into WFP during or even after reading this entire book. Rather take note that you *understand* WFP, and then move to the next reference of choice.

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A fantastic primer on WPF
If you're an experienced programmer and looking for a primer on WPF, Anderson has written a succinct overview that will definitely get you going in the right direction without wasting your time. It will give you not only the basics but provide an insight into what is going on and how you can go further in exploring WPF. Although it lacks in-depth examples (and source code) this book provides a readable reference covering all aspects of WPF- what it is, what it can do, and what makes WPF different.

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Where are the WHY's?
Chris has always impressed me with his talent to explain even the hardest bits of WPF in an approachable fashion - I guess many Channel 9 and other dev-related sites visitors would agree with me. Therefore, I started reading Essential WPF with high expectations,,.


There is nothing wrong with the book itself, but the marketing is completely and utterly false. Chris himself emphasizes that he would like to talk about the `why-s` of the platform and this is the very reason why I bought his book - only to find out that nothing like that happens. Quite honestly, any technical author could write this book after reading Windows 3.0 SDK documentation thoroughly - there is very little added value or insight. There are moments when Chris writes `this may be confusing,,.` and in this very moment, you would expect `,,. but it was necessary because of this and that` but that almost never happens. You are left with doubts about the quality of WPF which is probably the worst thing an author can do.


Don't be confused as I was: this book is not about `why-s`, it is not about reasoning, it is not about in-depth discussion of some decisions made. It is an extensive walkthrough through the WPF features, it is a description of the framework but nothing more. Of course you will find some insights in this book but they are definitely not in proportion to Chris's role in the WPF team and his otherwise great skills.


I, personally, started reading this book as a big fan of WPF and was left with doubts if all the complexity is really necessary (and some things are pretty complex compared to Flex which is my current development environment). Actually, I think that I enjoyed reading the WPF introductory articles in the Windows SDK 3.0 documentation more and honestly, I thought that this could never happen when comparing docs and a book.


Anyway, if you really need great WPF book, don't waste money on this one - go buy Adam Nathan's WPF Unleashed. I'm on page 130 now and my enthusiasm for WPF is back. That book provides exactly what I wanted - deep discussion, great insight, practical tips, well thought-out structure and trust that the sub-optimal things in the current version are known issues likely to be fixed in WPF vNext.


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The Grey Cloak



The Grey Cloak
Harold MacGrath | 2007-01-01 00:00:00 | BiblioBazaar | 214 | Fiction Other
"Madame shall become a widow!" said the man in the mask, diving forward with his rapier at the enraged husband.

The masked man in the grey cloak -- there was a madness in him that erupted in mad fury, at times -- and a courage unsurpassed in France. Now he held the key to his safety -- and to the love of his life -- if only he could fight his way free!

American novelist Harold MacGrath (1871-1932), who called his stories "fairy-tales for grown-ups," set his stamp upon swashbuckling historical adventure with The Grey Cloak
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Superconductivity Volume I (Vol. 1)



Superconductivity Volume I (Vol. 1)
R. D. Parks | 1969-04-01 00:00:00 | Dekker | 688 | Engineering

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Digital Abstract & Macro Photography



Digital Abstract & Macro Photography
Ken Milburn | 2005-01-01 00:00:00 | Course Technology PTR | 304 | Photography
Get ready to view your photographs as more than simply the images they have captured as you learn how to digitally transform them. Rather than a traditional step-by-step guide to photography, "Digital Abstract & Macro Photography" is meant to inspire with its images. It offers digital photographers a glimpse into the world of possibilities that exist for transforming traditional photographs into unique, abstract works of art. Each featured photograph is accompanied by a series of images, reflecting the major stages of the creation process. Take your vision to the next level as you discover the eye-catching techniques that can be applied to your photographs.
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Magnetic Bearings and Bearingless Drives



Magnetic Bearings and Bearingless Drives
Akira Chiba, Tadashi Fukao, Osamu Ichikawa, Masahide Oshima | 2005-01-01 00:00:00 | Newnes | 400 | Electrical Engineering
The application of bearingless drives is emerging as an important technique in the areas of high-speed machinery and motion-control, and this book aims to provide a thorough grounding in the principles behind this cutting-edge technology. Basic principles are described in detail with practical examples to aid understanding, and the different types of bearingless drives are introduced, along with coverage of test machines and applications.

Aimed at practising electrical and mechanical engineers and advanced students, Magnetic Bearings and Bearingless Drives provides an essential guide to an area of engineering previously only fully covered by large numbers of academic papers.

· Unique and comprehensive coverage of a cutting-edge subject for electrical and mechanical engineers
· A reference text and survey for designers, manufacturers and users of high-speed motors, generators and electrical drive systems
· Examines the basic principles behind magnetic bearings, with key technologies and applications illustrated through examples and case studies
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The Finkler Question (Audiobook)



The Finkler Question (Audiobook)
Howard Jacobson | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Whole Story Audio Books | 12 | Audio Books
Genre: Humor
Brilliant novel of Jewish life in present day London!
He should have seen it coming. His life had been one mishap after another. So he should have been prepared for this one…"
Julian Treslove, a professionally unspectacular and disappointed BBC worker, and Sam Finkler, a popular Jewish philosopher, writer and television personality, are old school friends. Despite a prickly relationship and very different lives, they've never quite lost touch with each other - or with their former teacher, Libor Sevick, a Czechoslovakian always more concerned with the wider world than with exam results.

Now, both Libor and Finkler are recently widowed, and with Treslove, his chequered and unsuccessful record with women rendering him an honorary third widower, they dine at Libor's grand, central London apartment.

It's a sweetly painful evening of reminiscence in which all three remove themselves to a time before they had loved and lost; a time before they had fathered children, before the devastation of separations, before they had prized anything greatly enough to fear the loss of it. Better, perhaps, to go through life without knowing happiness at all because that way you had less to mourn? Treslove finds he has tears enough for the unbearable sadness of both his friends' losses.

And it's that very evening, at exactly 11:30pm, as Treslove hesitates a moment outside the window of the oldest violin dealer in the country as he walks home, that he is attacked. After this, his whole sense of who and what he is will slowly and ineluctably change.

The Finkler Question is a scorching story of exclusion and belonging, justice and love, aging, wisdom and humanity. Funny, furious, unflinching, this extraordinary novel shows one of our finest writers at his brilliant best.
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The Last Mile: Broadband and the Next Internet Revolution



The Last Mile: Broadband and the Next Internet Revolution
Jason Wolf,Natalie Zee | 2000-07-28 00:00:00 | Mcgraw-Hill | 200 | E-commerce
"The word is broadband and companies hope the sky is the limit."­­The New York Times, March 23, 1999 How big is broadband? Its implementation will affect all 201 million current Internet users. The Last Mile provides the business community with the first look at this next Internet revolution. Discussing the business impact, strengths, and weaknesses of broadband in non-technical terms, managers and executives will learn how to become major players in the new digital future. From definition to implementation, The Last Mile clearly shows readers how broadband can impact their businesses for success. Here, professionals will learn: how this latest Internet buzzword actually works; the technology behind broadband; how it is likely to affect various other industries; its overall limitations and how to deal with them; and how to identify new opportunities in the market due to the evolution of broadband.
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Five years from now, your refrigerator should be talking to you. Your television set won't just offer you the usual slew of cable channels, but thousands of streaming Internet channels that will fill every conceivable market niche, need or want. Transmission paths will include DSL modems, cable modems, possible fiber optic links to the home and even transmission through power lines. Executives should start thinking now about how broadband will change the way their businesses work, the authors explain. So, if you're trying to figure out how your business can benefit from the inevitable expansion of fat pipes, we from getAbstract recommend this book to you. Read it quickly, before the fridge asks for something to drink.
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Can you believe that the publisher expects us to pay the same price for an electronic version of the book that we can only read on one computer as for the hard back version that we can read, pass along to friends, and then donate to a library? This is absurd, and the only possible response is for readers to boycott this title and McGraw-Hill Publishing, the publisher, until it dawns on the publisher that economies should be passed on to the readers, just as economies were passed along when paperback books were introduced. Doing so is just good business since lower prices will spark a lagging publishing industry and electronic publishing will allow publishers to see their back list with virtually zero marginal cost. Wake up and smell the coffee.
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I was really disappointed by this book. It did a poor job of going into detail (I wasn't looking for too much detail) of broadband technologies in use today. It also barely even touched wireless broaband to the home or to enterprises. Furthermore, the information was dated even though the hardcopy version I bought had a copyright date of 2001. Clearly, the book must've been written in late 1999 or early 2000. In this rapidly changing industry, that's too long ago. I also have to agree with another reader that I can't tell who this book was intended for? What was the target audience?
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What did this book tell me:

1. The internet is popular

2. People accessing web pages sometimes have to wait for files to download

3. Technology will improve things

4. Technology might even continue to advance in the future

Thanks for sharing. This book is like a person who talks a great deal but never actually says anything original or useful.
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The Last Mile was written by two former Shockwave employees, now with March First's interactive division. Let me start by stating that I consider March First one of the few interactive agencies that truly "get it." However, after reading The Last Mile, its obvious that someone at March First should start reviewing books before they go to press with their name attached. For starters, the writing in this book is extremely poor. For example, this excerpt regarding the complications involved with DSL installations; "The next day a real service guy showed up, wearing an open shirt with the gold chains and a serious leather tool belt that the customer said looked like the one he had bought because he just loved his job so much (huh?). The customer thought to himself "this is the man." He looked as if he was ready to start a fight with anyone that talked bad about DSL. This guy came in like Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek movie and rewired the warp drive engine. He rewired the setup and told the customer that he was ready to make the jump to light speed." The passage rambles on (including run on sentences, and grammatical errors) and concludes with; "He thought of some technical reason as to why this might be normal and forgot about it, until he asked his wife if she ever tried using both her DSL and Powerbook modem. "Yup, all the time," she said. For the love of God, he thought"

PLEASE - who is the target audience of this book? CEO's interested in understanding broadband capabilities and positioning their business for the broadband revolution don't want to read writing in the style of "Spot goes to the Park".

The Last Mile also (conveniently) features a case study on Shockwave.com - although I find the site entertaining, how this fits into helping CEOs to understand business applications based on broadband is beyond me. (It's also nice to see that the book gets kudos from the creative officer of Shockwave.com)

The book continuously repeats itself (obviously written by two different writers with no editor) and jumps around; confusing the reader as to what is the message of each chapter.

The Last Mile is mainly geared towards justifying the need for interactive designers (coincidentally the writers' are interactive designers) and using interactive elements such as video and flash animation because the bandwidth will be available.

When developing strategies around positioning businesses online, interactive elements should be only used if they make sense to the target audience and are necessary to help solve business problems; not simply because the technology is available. This is never mentioned in the book.

I was extremely disappointed with the unprofessional approach taken in writing (and editing) this book. The Last Mile book was painful to get through. I hope someone at March First is reading this. I want my money back.

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Performance Dashboards: Measuring, Monitoring, and Managing Your Business



Performance Dashboards: Measuring, Monitoring, and Managing Your Business
Wayne W. Eckerson | 2005-10-14 00:00:00 | Wiley | 320 | Leadership
Tips, techniques, and trends on how to use dashboard technology to optimize business performance

Business performance management is a hot new management discipline that delivers tremendous value when supported by information technology. Through case studies and industry research, this book shows how leading companies are using performance dashboards to execute strategy, optimize business processes, and improve performance.

Wayne W. Eckerson (Hingham, MA) is the Director of Research for The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI), the leading association of business intelligence and data warehousing professionals worldwide that provide high-quality, in-depth education, training, and research. He is a columnist for SearchCIO.com, DM Review, Application Development Trends, the Business Intelligence Journal, and TDWI Case Studies & Solution.
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This is the "one book on business intelligence" that I recommend to everyone. Wayne Eckerson has created a great book to address the current trendiness of performance management and enterprise dashboards. Eckerson takes a vendor-neutral stance and supports his assertions both with research and case studies. The book provides a comprehensive view of performance dashboards and their role in the organization. What I found particularly illuminating were two "big-idea" concepts that alone are worth the price of the book.



The first big idea is Eckerson's definition of a performance dashboard. While business and IT management may be inclined to define a performance dashboard as merely a high-level representation of Key Performance Indicators (KPI's), Eckerson describes a robust three-tier architecture. Using his definition, what is commonly known as the "dashboard" is only the tip of the iceberg. Wayne defines three categories of performance dashboards- operational, tactical, and strategic- each having a tiered three-layer architecture.



The second big idea is is contained in Chapters 4 & 5. Chapter 4 is entitled "Assessing Your Organizational Readiness" and defines criteria that an organization can use to assess their readiness to adopt performance dashboards. Chapter 5 is entitled "Assessing Your Technical Readiness" and presents a Business Intelligence Maturity Model. While "organizational readiness" addresses the entire organization, the "Business Intelligence Maturity Model" specifically addresses the IT organization's current position on the BIMM scale.



The book can either be read cover-to-cover or by choosing specific topics. As such, it can be a valuable read for IT professionals at all levels as well as business users, managers and executives. My hunch is that readers will be delighted with the new insights they glean, but frustrated with their ability to bring change to their organizations. But this book provides a common reference so organizations can establish consensus and move forward.
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If your organization already has a good handle on internal data collection and information technology, researcher and consultant Wayne W. Eckerson says it's time to consider taking the next step: implementing performance dashboards. This entails using dashboard software applications to integrate information that follows your business processes with information on your strategic objectives to create a performance guide for employees' activities and priorities. Eckerson's handy book explores how dashboards can help your staffers make their everyday actions consistent with long-term organizational goals. Though the book is directed toward businesspeople who deal with information technology, getAbstract finds it perfectly useful for managers and executives who are generally interested in performance improvement initiatives.
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Performance Dashboards is an excellent book on creating performance dashboards, but it assumes that the reader is well versed in Performance Management practice. This book does not offer you the steps needed to create a performance management framework, but rather a methodology to build the dashboards.



To build effective performance dashboards, you will need to build extensive knowledge on performance management methodology first. Once the framwork is in place, you can grab this book and learn how to effectively build performance dashboards based on your organization's performance management framework.
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I think the author did a good job of writing on the topic but I really think this is another one of those 'hot' topics that everyone 'needs' to know about. I hate to break the news to everyone but successful companies do the same thing today that they did 100 years ago. The formula isn't that hard but the effort is. Sure it's useful to have a common dashboard that a company can work from but I'm starting to think the whole dashboard concept is a distraction just like ISO9000 and a host of other necessary business tools. In the end you need to be around the equipment, around the people, around the suppliers and around the customers. If you expect a dashboard to tell you what to do then you are missing the point. A dashboard isn't going to help GM, Ford or Chrylser. A dashboard isn't going to make people buy your product. I've been in hundreds of manufacturing plants and I find that most of the people in the office have no idea what goes on in the plants. How about walking around your own company? How about getting invested? People use terms like RFID, Supply Chain, Portals, etc but at the end of the day they don't mean a thing. It's all about the people. It's all about the strategy. You can look at all the stats you want during a football game (passer rating, rushing yards per attempt, sacks, etc) but in the end the only thing that matters is the score. And the only way you win that game is by being prepared and executing on the field. The best team doesn't always win but it will win more often than it loses.
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Modern corporations collect vast amounts of data. Unfortunately, they too often mistake having massive amounts of data for having useful and actionable information. They are not the same thing. Even when a company knows how to transform data into usable information, there are still steps left to take that that information and make it accessible and usable throughout the organization in a manageable and coordinated way.



Wayne Eckerson explains how to use performance dashboards to display information on screens that help people do their job, understand where they are against the company's strategic objectives and goals, and give them the ability to drill down into the data as required by their job. These screens should be designed to be simple to read and understand (he says they should be designed with for a 12 year old), but empowering for their users.



There are three broad types of performance dashboards: Operational, Tactical, and Strategic. These must be handled differently, and I think the author does a great job in explaining how you should implement these. Each type gets a case study of a company that shows the reasons and methods for the implementation.



This book is for more for technical types, but it should also be looked at by the business types involved with driving and supporting such an initiative. I also appreciated Eckerson's emphasis on the a thaw between the usual tensions between the IT and Business teams.



A helpful and useful book.



Reviewed by Craig Matteson, Ann Arbor, MI



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Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia: Molecular Genetics, Mouse Models and Targeted Therapy (Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology)



Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia: Molecular Genetics, Mouse Models and Targeted Therapy (Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology)
Pier Paolo Pandolfi,Peter K. Vogt | 2007-02-01 00:00:00 | Springer | 276 | Immunology
Over the past 10 years, work on acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) has become the paradigm of translational research that began with the discovery of a recurrent chromosomal translocation, followed by the identification of the genes and proteins involved, finding their molecular functions in transcriptional control, establishing mouse models and culminating in the development  of targeted therapy.

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The Industrial Organization Of Banking: Bank Behavior, Market Structure, And Regulation



The Industrial Organization Of Banking: Bank Behavior, Market Structure, And Regulation
David Van Hoose | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Finances and Money
The academic literature commonly examines issues relating to bank behavior, market structure or bank regulation by abstracting from interrelationships among these factors. From a policy perspective, however, these elements of the industrial organization of banking are inextricably linked. The goal of this book is to provide a complete overview, exposition, and evaluation of the interplay among bank behavior, market structure, and regulation. It also considers implications for a variety of public policy issues, including bank competition and risk, market discipline, antitrust issues, capital regulation and regulatory restructuring. The book can serve as a learning tool and reference for graduate students and academics, as well as bankers and policymakers studying the industrial organization of the banking sector and interested in the impacts of banking regulations.
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The Complete Startup Guide for the Black Entrepreneur



The Complete Startup Guide for the Black Entrepreneur
Bill Boudreaux | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Career Press | 224 | Entrepreneurship
This straightforward, easy-to-read guide gives a clear and uncluttered presentation of the steps to take to organize and manage any type of minority-owned business. Would-be entrepreneurs will learn how to set up their workspace, decide on a business structure, prepare a business plan, purchase essential equipment, price their products or services, stay on top of finances, and much, much more. The Complete Startup Guide for the Black Entrepreneur also includes the latest information on securing funding, establishing an accounting system, creating effective advertising, and managing for success. Plus detailed discussion of some of the key issues especially important to black entrepreneurs, including: * Getting the Small Business Administration (SBA) involved in the lending process. * Deciding which SBA program works best: 7(a) loans, MicroLoans, or LowDoc. * Becoming familiar with SBA paperwork. * Going after SBA 8(a) set-aside contracts. * Debunking 8(a) myths. * Certifying a minority-owned business as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE).
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I loved this book. And in Amazon rating terms that means it's a 5 star. As I read the chapters and appendixes I couldn't help but feel that the author really knew his stuff. And he presented it in a simple and clear way. He does not go overboard on any one subject, but he says what he needs to say to educate the reader. He also clearly addresses his target audience, something many authors don't do or fail to do when trying. Very refreshing!



This book includes a great mix of chapters that cover what wanta-be entrepreneurs and small business owners need to think about and know about if they are going to be successful running their own businesses. The 14 chapters are as follows:



1. Get focused - Quick!

2. Setting Up Shop

3. Legal Requirements

4. Business Insurance

5. Planning

6. Funding

7. SBA Loans

8. SBA's 8(a) Program

9. Setting Up the Books

10. Marketing

11. Purchasing

12. Management

13. Image and Etiquette

14. Eye to the Future



Chapter 8 covered material I had not read before. I'm glad he included it here. And the Business Plan Questionnaire found at Appendix A was awesome. I hope the author plans to use it as an introduction in a business plan book I'd love to see him write. The more we hear from this author the better the entrepreneurial community will be.
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Don't pick it up unless you have time to finish.



This book is a "must have" reference guide for all who are in business or want to be in business. It is to be kept at your desk as a ready reference.





That's right. I bought the book as a gift for my son who has business. Judging from the picture, I thought this was just another egoticial brother telling his sucesss story that my son could possible relate too. Wrong!!!! Dont judge!!! This book is for every body; men, women, old, young.





From the gate this book is a serious detailed road map for all who are unsure about what to do or where to start. Even if you know what to do he has you reevaluating your next step, for the best outcome be it planning or implementation.



Each chapter is written in an in a frank, honest, get serious, stay focused tone that prompts you to think about the best way to use time, money and technology, yet written with simpiclty and clarity for ease in understanding and application.



The book also has pictures of mouse pads and other business tools through out the book that draws your eye to the idea it is expressing for a quick reference.



Home based business are discussed in detail with a listing of ideas for entrepreneurship and business plan writing .



It is worth the investment if your circumstances don't allow you to attend two to three semesters of business classes. You will feel like Bill is right there talking with you helping you produce, market and sell your product.



I am buying the book for my self next payday. Mama's can run businessess too.



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Algal Biofouling (Studies in Environmental Science)



Algal Biofouling (Studies in Environmental Science)
L.V. Evans,K.D. Hoagland | 1986-12-15 00:00:00 | Elsevier Science | 318 | Conservation
This book contains the proceedings of a symposium on freshwater and marine algal biofouling sponsored by the Phycological Society of America in conjunction with the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). The book brings together for the first time, a selection of contributions reflecting current research in this field.

The book is primarily directed to researchers at all levels in the field of freshwater and marine algal biofouling, and is intended to provide the basis for the development of a greater awareness between the work of the two groups, to their mutual benefit. Knowledge of the common ground and underlying similarities should also be beneficial to workers in both fields. Each chapter is self-contained, with its own list of references etc., and several chapters are extensively illustrated with original high-quality photographs and micrographs. The volume is also indexed.



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Arithmetic and Logic in Computer Systems


Arithmetic and Logic in Computer Systems
Mi Lu | 2004-01-01 00:00:00 | Wiley | 269 | Mathematics
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 desig
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Viruses and the Cellular Immune Response



Viruses and the Cellular Immune Response
D. Brian Thomas | 1993-06-23 00:00:00 | CRC Press | 544 | Immunology
Presents a comprehensive review of cell-mediated immunity to viral infection, highlighting aspects relevant to HIV research. Opening chapters discuss antigen processing and presentation, and lymphokine function. Subsequent chapters consider immune responses to individual viruses including: HIV, visn

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Graphs, Dioids and Semirings: New Models and Algorithms (Operations Research/Computer Science Interfaces Series)



Graphs, Dioids and Semirings: New Models and Algorithms (Operations Research/Computer Science Interfaces Series)
Michel Gondran | 2008-05-19 00:00:00 | Springer; 1 edition | 388 | Algorithms
The origins of Graph Theory date back to Euler (1736) with the solution of the celebrated "Koenigsberg Bridges Problem"; and to Hamilton with the famous "Trip around the World" game (1859), stating for the first time a problem which, in its most recent version – the "Traveling Salesman Problem" -, is still the subject of active research. Yet, it has been during the last fifty years or so—with the rise of the electronic computers—that Graph theory has become an indispensable discipline in terms of the number and importance of its applications across the Applied Sciences. Graph theory has been especially central to Theoretical and Algorithmic Computer Science, and Automatic Control, Systems Optimization, Economy and Operations Research, Data Analysis in the Engineering Sciences. Close connections between graphs and algebraic structures have been widely used in the analysis and implementation of efficient algorithms for many problems, for example: transportation network optimization, telecommunication network optimization and planning, optimization in scheduling and production Systems, etc.

The primary objectives of GRAPHS, DIOIDS AND SEMIRINGS: New Models and Algorithms are to emphasize the deep relations existing between the semiring and dioid structures with graphs and their combinatorial properties, while demonstrating the modeling and problem-solving capability and flexibility of these structures. In addition the book provides an extensive overview of the mathematical properties employed by "nonclassical" algebraic structures, which either extend usual algebra (i.e., semirings), or correspond to a new branch of algebra (i.e., dioids), apart from the classical structures of groups, rings, and fields.
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Pyramid Builders of Ancient Egypt: A Modern Investigation of Pharaohs Workforce



Pyramid Builders of Ancient Egypt: A Modern Investigation of Pharaohs Workforce
Dr A Rosa David | 1997-01-01 00:00:00 | Routledge; 1 edition | 264 | History
In this engrossing detective story, Rosalie David uncovers a fascinating picture of Kahun, a pyramid workmens' town excavated in 1887. In David's hands, the Egyptian builders of the pyramids are revealed as simple people, leading ordinary lives while they are engaged in building the great tomb for a Pharaoh. They worry about their families, grumble about the quality of the food, cheat overseers, even plan a strike for better conditions. Gone are the whip-driven slaves of the popular image: in their place are skilled workers knowing the value of their labor.
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Mathematical Modelling: Classroom Notes in Applied Mathematics



Mathematical Modelling: Classroom Notes in Applied Mathematics
Murray S. Klamkin | 1987-01-01 00:00:00 | Society for Industrial Mathematics | 352 | Mathematics
Designed for classroom use, this book contains short, self-contained mathematical models of problems in the physical, mathematical, and biological sciences first published in the Classroom Notes section of the SIAM Review from 1975-1985. The problems provide an ideal way to make complex subject matter more accessible to the student through the use of concrete applications. Each section has extensive supplementary references provided by the editor from his years of experience with mathematical modelling.

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Buying & Selling Jewelry on eBay (Buying & Selling on Ebay)



Buying & Selling Jewelry on eBay (Buying & Selling on Ebay)
| 2005-02-17 00:00:00 | | 0 | eBay


In recent years, U.S. jewelry sales on the Internet have grown to nearly $3 billion yearly, a figure attained in part because of the popularity of eBay. `Buying & Selling Jewelry on eBay` walks you through the process of using eBay to both purchase and purvey jewelry-from finding the perfect gem and the right style of jewelry to understanding the rules of advertising and selling jewelry to consumers. This book also aims to help you gain confidence in eBay as a marketplace, teaching you how to weed out questionable buyers and sellers. You'll learn how professionals in the jewelry industry successfully use eBay, discover how to efficiently search by category for the jewelry you want to buy, and find out how to become an eBay PowerSeller.

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Seller Bias
In many instances, Gordon seems to be protective of sellers although the first word in the title is `Buyers.` As a buyer, I am frustrated with her biased advice, e.g., leave positive feedback for the seller so that they will do the same for you. A buyer completes his/her responsibilities first, that is, to pay. Once done, the logical step would be for the seller to rate that buyer. Then when the piece of jewelry is received--if it is received--the buyer should rate the seller on whether the piece was sold and shipped with integrity.

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good guidelines to protect yourself
This book can be interesting even if you have utterly no intention of buying or selling jewelry on eBay. Who would have thought when eBay started up, selling trinkets, that jewelry would rapidly form a multimillion dollar niche? Not a small niche at all.


Gordon goes into the practical details for both buyers and sellers. The book's paramount theme seems to be how to avoid getting ripped off. Unsurprising, considering the high valued nature of the items. For professional sellers, detecting fake buyers is vital to staying solvent. Whereas real buyers tend not to do this as a profession. So while a buyer might suffer a loss due to a fake seller, it's not like being put out of business.


But, if you follow her guidelines and use some common sense, you should have good chances of a successful transaction.


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Understanding Automotive Electronics, 5th edition



Understanding Automotive Electronics, 5th edition
William B. Ribbens | 1998-01-01 00:00:00 | Newnes; 5th edition | 434 | Technics
An illustrated how-to guide for smooth-running performance! Helps readers understand how electronic circuits and devices run important parts in automobiles. "Explains how electronics affect engine performance, fuel economy, and emissions. Describes the role of electronics in speed control, ride control, and anti-lock braking. Gives inside information on speech synthesis. Includes many examples and illustrat".

In today's cars, electronic systems are more complex than simple electrical wiring. They now affect almost every operating aspect of the automobile. The sixth edition of Understanding Automotive Electronics covers the most recent technological advances in operation and troubleshooting of electronic systems and components, including low-emission standards, on-board diagnostics and communication, digital instrumentation, and digital engine control.
With extensive revisions, the sixth edition of this popular book is a practical text, suitable for the automotive technician, student, enthusiast, or professional who wants to upgrade his or her background in electronic systems found in the automobile.
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Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet, and the Enlightenment



Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet, and the Enlightenment
Emma Rothschild | 2002-04-30 00:00:00 | Harvard University Press | 368 | Economics
"A powerful and original reconsideration of the thinking of Smith and Condorcet. This is a reinterpretation of Enlightenment political economy. Delightfully fresh, sensitive, sensible, and wide-ranging."

Keith Baker, Stanford University In a brilliant recreation of the epoch between the 1770s and the 1820s, Emma Rothschild reinterprets the ideas of the great revolutionary political economists to show us the true landscape of economic and political thought in their day, with important consequences for our own. Her work alters the readings of Adam Smith and Condorcet--and of ideas of Enlightenment--that underlie much contemporary political thought. Economic Sentiments takes up late-eighteenth-century disputes over the political economy of an enlightened, commercial society to show us how the "political" and the "economic" were intricately related to each other and to philosophical reflection. Rothschild examines theories of economic and political sentiments, and the reflection of these theories in the politics of enlightenment. A landmark in the history of economics and of political ideas, her book shows us the origins of laissez-faire economic thought and its relation to political conservatism in an unquiet world. In doing so, it casts a new light on our own times.
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This is a nicely done zoom level retrieval of the real Adam Smith (or one of them) before conservative ideologists appropriated his name and theories, resulting in amnesiac palpitations and the fulminations of Karl Marx. Adam Smith is an historically ambiguated figure whose reputation fluctuated very quickly between the era leading up and throughout the French Revolution and the era thereafter. We blame Rousseau for wicked deeds, in a snort at the Revolution, but similar 'misgivings' attended the radical Smith. This is a well done account, with a good critical history of the 'invisible hand' scenario, and a reminder of the dangers of historical hallucination curable only by hard labor at the historical record.
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First, a romantic note - Rothschild dedicates this book to her husband Amartya Sen, and Sen dedicated his last book ('Development as Freedom') to her. So these books will lie side by side on my shelf. Both are well worth reading.

There is more than just a familial connection. Sen clearly used his wife's research on Smith and Condorcet in the writing of 'Development as Freedom' since the Adam Smith that appears in his book is not the cold and callous economist of myth. One suspects that Rothschild's perception of Smith and Condorcet had been coloured by Sen as she presents them as more than just economists as we understand the term, but concerned with a far wider range of phenomena in politics and sociology. In fact they were exactly as much an 'economist' as Sen himself is. As any reader of Sen knows, he covers an extremely broad range of factors in his work, not just GDP and income.

Rothschild argues that Smith's example of the 'invisible hand' that regulates free markets would have as easily been meant as a malign as a benign regulator. Traders who influence markets by bribery or trickery are as much an 'invisible hand' as an imagined self-regulating mechanism. In fact, the beneficient invisible hand was very much a product of later economists. Smith was not as negative on government regulation as he was made out to be by later writers, though strongly against price-fixing by government fiat, guilds which prevented fair competition, and over-zealous regulation of trade and commerce by insiders, profiteers and parasites.

Condorcet comes across as a very attractive human being, passionate and commited to his beliefs. Accused of Utopianism, he struggled with his conviction that he had no right to dictate opinion to others. Yet he believed that his liberal philosophy was best.He was concerned with the 'ordinary man in the street', and rejected any idea that he/ she should be indoctrinated with the 'right' ideas by a state-supported educational system. He wrote for the rights of women, believing that all humanity were entitled to equal rights.

I have to say the book is dense and quite difficult at times. However, it is the ideas that are difficult, not the presentation. It will probably repay a second reading.But I feel after reading this that I have had an excellent introduction to two first-class and important (in a world-historical sense) intellects.
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To their enemies the Marquis de Condorcet was the epitome of the worst elements of the French Enlightenment, fatuously optimistic, subtly intolerant and dangerous utopian with his emphasis on the "perfectability" of man, while the notoriously absent-minded Adam Smith was the architect of a notoriously callous and philistine economic theory. Aside from that, the enthusiastic and idealistic Condorcet does not appear to have much in common with the quiet and discreet Smith. Emma Rothschild is the husband of the nobel prize winning economist A. Sen, whose most famous work shows the devastating effect dogmatically applied free market rules can have on worsening famines. Yet this book is a defense of the two from the critics of the Enlightenment.

To a surprising extent she succeeds. Conservatives will be unpleasantly surprised to read that in the decade after his death, mentioning your support of Smith did not prevent Scottish democrats from being transported to Australia by reactionary Scottish judges. For many years Tories did not view Smith as the great economist or philosopher. Instead Smith was the man whose account of his friend, the atheist philosopher David Hume on his deathbed, enraged the pious for showing Hume's complete calm, class and lack of fear of eternal damnation. Rothschild notes how the great economist Carl Menger noted how prominent socialists quoted Smith against their enemies. (Oddly enough she does not quote the passage in CAPITAL where Marx cites an enraged prelate angry at Smith for classifying priests as "unproductive labor.) Smith was an opponent of militarism, a supporter of high wages, and a supporter of French philosophy (and not unsympathetic to the French Revolution,either). Reading of his relations with Turgot and Condorcet, it will be much harder to defend the view of a sharp distinction between a good sensible Protestant Enlightenment, and a bad, Nasty, atheist one on the continent.

In discussing Turgot and Condorcet's support for the free trade in grain, which Smith also supported, Rothschild helps remind us that laissez faire did not simply mean watching while people starved. Confronted with the threat of famine in Limousin in 1770, Turgot preserved the freedom of the corn trade. But he also provided workshops for the poor, increased grain imports from other regions, reduced taxes for the poor, and protected poor tenants from eviction. Condorcet and Smith were both sympathetic to these policies. Rothschild also devotes a whole chapter to Smith's metaphor of the "invisible hand." She points out how rarely it was used in Smith's work, and how on the centennial of the publication of the Wealth of Nation almost no-one mentioned it, even at a special celebration organized by William Gladstone. She then goes into how the concept is used in Smith's works. The concept is complex, and in my view not entirely convincing. But she is successful in pointing out how Smith did not follow Hayek in viewing pre-existing structures as the product of an infallible "organic" wisdom. In contrast to the cant of a Calhoun or a Kendall, Smith realized that the most tyrannical acts of government are those that are local and unofficial.

One should point out the defense of Condorcet as well. In an age where Francois Furet, Keith Michael Baker, Mona Ozouf and others have castigated the French Revolutionary tradition as inherently totalitarian, it is good to be reminded that Condorcet is firmly in the liberal tradition. Like Smith, Condorcet was a great supporter of public education, in contrast to the conservative critics of both. Rothschild discusses his views as an economist, and as a theorist of proportional representation. Surprisingly she does not discuss what were Condorcet's most admirable views, his support for female emancipation and suffrage. But she is excellent in pointing out how Condorcet opposed the crassness of the utilitarians. She notes how Condorcet had a view of the limits of truth and scientific inquiry that would have been approved by Karl Popper himself. She notes that he did not believe that voting could or should create a General Will, in the Rousseauean Sense. He did not believe in using education as a form of propoaganda in civic studies, while his opinions were closer to the reservations of a Herder, a Holderin or a Kant than previously believed.

The book is not perfect. Although studiously documented, most of the quotes are from Smith and Condorcet themselves. More historical context could have been provided. There should have been more about actual historical studies of famines, and more on the political and social context of modern Scotland would have been very informative. And her defense of Condorcet would have been stronger if Rothschild had confronted the well-deserved reputation of Condorcet's colleagues in the Gironde for hypocrisy and demagoguery. But this is an important work, and it helps link one of the most familiar of "english" minds into a full international context. That in itself is praise enough.
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The subject is interesting. Putting Adam Smith in a historical context can reveal much about what he really wanted to say. But Emma Rothschild's writing style is frustrating. Time and again I would read a sentence and then ask "what did she just say?" and realize that it was a banal generality or that she could have expressed herself more directly. I studied history when in college and have read many well written books on intellectual history. Rothchild's book isn't one of them.
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This is an admirably lucid exposition of the beginnings (at the end of the 18th century) of thinking about economics and globalization. It offers a revision of received ideas about Adam Smith and, for me (not an economist, nor a student of same) it's an introduction to a fascinating figure, the Marquis de Condorcet. Some of it is a real revelation.

The biggest revelation is that the non-specialist can really follow it!

It's an important book.

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