Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Encapsulation and Controlled Release Technologies in Food Systems



Encapsulation and Controlled Release Technologies in Food Systems
Jamileh M. Lakkis (Editor) | 2007-07-27 00:00:00 | Wiley-Blackwell | 256 | Non-fiction
In Encapsulation and Controlled Release Technologies in Food Systems, editor Lakkis has gathered a highly respected collection of expert contributors from industry and academia to highlight recent innovations in encapsulation and controlled release technologies in food systems. Unlike most recent publications which dealt exclusively with theoretical aspects of these technologies, this volume focuses mainly on devising effective and innovative applications in food systems in which these delivery vehicles operate. In addition, the book provides some emphasis on new opportunities that may arise from the development of new materials for the design and fabrication of delivery vehicles and carriers.

Encapsulation and Controlled Release Technologies gives the reader a solid grasp of basic concepts of encapsulation technologies and their novel applications in food systems. Dr. Lakkis also presents novel possibilities of encapsulation and controlled release along with a discussion on future perspectives and economical implications of these technologies.
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Google AdSense Secrets


Google AdSense Secrets
Joel Comm (Dr. AdSense) | 2005-01-01 00:00:00 | Joel Comm/InfoMedia, Inc. | 132 | Internet
What Google never told you about making money with Adsense.

Discover how to:
1) Sky-Rocket your click-through ratios
2) Increase Earnings per Click with Highly Optimized Content
3) Discover hidden AdSense income with advanced tracking tools
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The NEC 3 Engineering and Construction Contract: A Commentary



The NEC 3 Engineering and Construction Contract: A Commentary
Brian Eggleston | 2006-10-03 00:00:00 | Wiley-Blackwell | 392 | Military
This book provides a detailed commentary on the latest edition of the New Engineering Contract NEC3. It explains how the contract is intended to operate and examines each clause to consider its application and legal interpretation. It draws upon the author's successful book on the second edition of the Engineering and Construction Contract, ECC2, and it identifies and comments on the changes between ECC2 and NEC3.

Particular attention is given to the revised compensation event procedures, as well as:
* the role of the project manager
* the liabilities and obligations of the parties
* the revised dispute resolution procedures

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In the Shadow of Gotham



In the Shadow of Gotham
Stefanie Pintoff | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | Minotaur Books | 400 | Fiction Other
Starred Review. Pintoff's debut, winner of the first Minotaur Books/MWA Best First Crime Novel award, will remind many of Caleb Carr at his best. The wreck of the steamship General Slocum in 1904 cost Det. Simon Ziele of the New York City police both his fiancee and the full use of his right arm. In response to those losses, Ziele has abandoned big-city policing for the quiet dullness of Dobson, a town in Westchester County, but a brutal murder interrupts his retreat from the world. Someone slashes and bludgeons to death Sarah Wingate, a Columbia mathematics graduate student whose brilliance evoked jealousy in her peers, in her home under circumstances that resemble the notorious murders of Lizzie Borden's parents. Ziele's investigation is soon co-opted by Alistair Sinclair, a student of criminology who's convinced he knows the culprit's identity. The period detail, characterizations and plotting are all top-notch, and Ziele has enough depth to carry a series. (May)
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Schaum's Outline of XML



Schaum's Outline of XML
| 2002-06-24 00:00:00 | | 0 | XML


Schaum's Outline of XML Provides a succinct overview of the principles of Web design using XML (eXtensible Markup Language). This is a complete student and professional learn-it and do-it development guide. Includes numerous examples demonstrating proper design techniques and markup. Offers pointers to copious additional resources, examples, and information on these topics online and utilizes traditional Schaum's problem-solved techniques. Across all potential markets, there are over 400,000 students per year taking such courses at the college level; triple this number to account for high-school and adult/continuing education programs. This book is intended to provide a tightly focused, succinct overview of the concepts, terminology, techniques, and markup involved in creating effective, correct Web pages, and in representing and manipulating data in XML. It will include coverage of the most recent XML specification, plus information about Web page design, style sheets, frames, DTDs, and content management. Specific undergraduate and certification courses targeted to use this title: Introduction to XML; Database & Enterprise Solutions; Introduction to Web Technologies; (And just about any Web-focused design, database, or development class, taken in any year of the undergraduate or certification curriculum)

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Design of Flexible Production Systems: Methodologies and Tools



Design of Flexible Production Systems: Methodologies and Tools
Tullio Tolio | 2009-01-27 00:00:00 | Springer | 300 | Engineering

In the last decade, the production of mechanical components to be assembled in final products produced in high volumes (e.g. cars, mopeds, industrial vehicles, etc.) has undergone deep changes due to the overall modifications in the way companies compete. Companies must consider competitive factors such as short lead times, tight product tolerances, frequent market changes and cost reduction. Anyway, companies often have to define production objectives as trade-offs among these critical factors since it can be difficult to improve all of them.

Even if system flexibility is often considered a fundamental requirement for firms, it is not always a desirable characteristic of a system because it requires relevant investment cost which can jeopardize the profitability of the firm. Dedicated systems are not able to adapt to changes of the product characteristics while flexible systems offer more flexibility than what is needed, thus increasing investment and operative costs. Production contexts characterized by mid to high demand volume of well identified families of products in continuous evolution do not require the highest level of flexibility; therefore, manufacturing system flexibility must be rationalized and it is necessary to find out the best trade-off between productivity and flexibility by designing manufacturing systems endowed with the right level of flexibility required by the production problem. This new class of production systems can be named Focused Flexibility Manufacturing Systems-FFMSs.

The flexibility degree in FFMSs is related to their ability to cope with volume, mix and technological changes, and it must take into account both present and future changes. The required level of system flexibility impacts on the architecture of the system and the explicit design of flexibility often leads to hybrid systems, i.e. automated integrated systems in which parts can be processed by both general purpose and dedicated machines. This is a key issue of FFMSs and results from the matching of flexibility and productivity that respectively characterize FMSs and Dedicated Manufacturing Systems (DMSs).

The market share of the EU in the machine tool sector is 44%; the introduction of focused flexibility would be particularly important for machine tool builders whose competitive advantage is based on the ability of customizing their systems on the basis of needs of their customers. In fact, even if current production contexts frequently present situations which would fit well with the FFMS approach, tradition and know-how of machine tool builders play a crucial role. Firms often agree with the focused flexibility vision, nevertheless they decide not to pay the risk and efforts related to the design of this new system architecture. This is due also to the lack of well-structured design approaches which can help machine tool builders to configure innovative systems. Therefore, the FFMS topic is studied through the book chapters following a shared mission: "To define methodologies and tools to design production systems with a minimum level of flexibility needed to face, during their lifecycle, the product and process evolution both in the technological and demand aspects. The goal is to find out the optimal trade-off between flexibility and productivity".

The book framework follows the architecture which has been developed to address the FFMS Design problem. This architecture is both broad and detailed, since it pays attention to all the relevant levels in a firm hierarchy which are involved in the system design. Moreover, the architecture is innovative because it models both the point of view of the machine tool builder and the point of view of the system user.

The architecture starts analyzing Manufacturing Strategy issues and generating the possible demand scenario to be faced. Technological aspects play a key role while solving process plan problems for the products in the part family. Strategic and technological data becomes input when a machine tool builder performs system configuration. The resulting system configurations are possible solutions that a system user considers when planning its system capacity.

All the steps of the architecture are deeply studied, developing methods and tools to address each subproblem. Particular attention is paid to the methodologies adopted to face the different subproblems: mathematical programming, stochastic programming, simulation techniques and inverse kinematics have been used.

The whole architecture provides a general approach to implement the right degree of flexibility and it allows to study how different aspects and decisions taken in a firm impact on each other. The work presented in the book is innovative because it gives links among different research fields, such as Manufacturing Strategy, Process Plan, System Design, Capacity Planning and Performance Evaluation; moreover, it helps to formalize and rationalize a critical area such as manufacturing system flexibility.

The addressed problem is relevant at an academic level but, also, at an industrial level. A great deal of industrial sectors need to address the problem of designing systems with the right degree of flexibility; for instance, automotive, white goods, electrical and electronic goods industries, etc.

Attention to industrial issues is confirmed by empirical studies and real case analyses which are presented within the book chapters.



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Psalms and Proverbs: An Alice in Bibleland Storybook (Alice in Bibleland Storybooks)



Psalms and Proverbs: An Alice in Bibleland Storybook (Alice in Bibleland Storybooks)
Alice Joyce Davidson | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | C.R. Gibson Company | 0 | Children's Books
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If you haven't read any of the 'Alice in Bibleland' stories before then you are in for a treat! My 2 youngest sisters had them when they were growing up & loved them. I have used them in my children's group at church & they were very popular there - I had a large number of boys in my class & even they, when I pulled out the book at story time would say "Yes! It's Alice again!" - I enjoyed reading them too! It is cleverly written in rhyme, keeping the story simple.

Alice is an everyday little girl who likes to read her Bible. While she is reading an airmail bird flies in and drops a letter in her lap that tells her reading is the magic key to take her where she wants to be. Her Bible becomes big enough for her to walk through & she enters the scene she has been reading about. In this book Alice sees the story of Moses in the bulrushes unfold.

I think these are so popular with children because they get transported to Bibleland with Alice and the story becomes alive for them.

Highly recommended!!!








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I LOVE all of these Alice In Bibleland Books. They are wonderful for teaching children about God's word! Each book rhymes and has a lesson to teach. The pictures are really nice for young children too. My daghter has all of these books and will have them for many years to come.

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The Evolutionary Biology of Colonizing Species



The Evolutionary Biology of Colonizing Species
Peter Angas Parsons | 1983-07-29 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 276 | Biology
In The Evolutionary Biology of Colonizing Species, Professor Parsons draws extensively on his own research of over 20 years to show that the fields of ecology, genetics, and behavior should be integrated and that, in fact, one field cannot be accurately represented without the others. Professor Parsons uses the colonizing species as a case study in the dynamics of microevolution at work in living systems. The colonizing species, a lie, and potentially disruptive force in a 'naïve' habitat, is studied primarily as an ecological phenotype and more generally as an ecological behavioral phenotype. Conventional life-history traits and components of fitness, can be incorporated into these phenotypes. Integrating genetic change, natural selection, and the interaction of the species with its environment and other living systems therein, the colonizing species is transformed into a sophisticated and complex source of data for understanding evolutionary biology. Throughout the book it is emphasized that using the organism as the unit of selection is the most direct way of understanding the nature of successful colonizing phenotypes, and, by using specific phenotypic criteria, the prediction of likely successful colonists can be made. Such criteria include tolerance of extreme environments, resource utilization, reproductive capacity, and relative abundance.

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Troodon (North American Dinosaurs)



Troodon (North American Dinosaurs)
M. J. Cosson | 2007-01-31 00:00:00 | Rourke Publishing | 24 | Animals

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The Wealth of Nature: Environmental History and the Ecological Imagination



The Wealth of Nature: Environmental History and the Ecological Imagination
Donald Worster | 1994-10-27 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 272 | Economics
Hailed as "one of the most eminent environmental historians of the West" by Alan Brinkley in The New York Times Book Review, Donald Worster has been a leader in reshaping the study of American history. Winner of the prestigious Bancroft Prize for his book Dust Bowl, Worster has helped bring humanity's interaction with nature to the forefront of historical thinking. Now, in The Wealth of Nature, he offers a series of thoughtful, eloquent essays which lay out his views on environmental history, tying the study of the past to today's agenda for change.

The Wealth of Nature captures the fruit of what Worster calls "my own intellectual turning to the land." History, he writes, represents a dialogue between humanity and nature--though it is usually reported as if it were simple dictation. Worster takes as his point of departure the approach expressed early on by Aldo Leopold, who stresses the importance of nature in determining human history; Leopold pointed out that the spread of bluegrass in Kentucky, for instance, created new pastures and fed the rush of American settlers across the Appalachians, which affected the contest between Britain, France, and the U.S. for control of the area. Worster's own work offers an even more subtly textured understanding, noting in this example, for instance, that bluegrass itself was an import from the Old World which supplanted native vegetation--a form of "environmental imperialism." He ranges across such areas as agriculture, water development, and other questions, examining them as environmental issues, showing how they have affected--and continue to affect--human settlement. Environmental history, he argues, is not simply the history of rural and wilderness areas; cities clearly have a tremendous impact on the land, on which they depend for their existence. He argues for a comprehensive approach to understanding our past as well as our present in environmental terms.

"Nostalgia runs all through this society," Worster writes, "fortunately, for it may be our only hope of salvation." These reflective and engaging essays capture the fascination of environmental history--and the beauty of nature lost or endangered--underscoring the importance of intelligent action in the present.
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I really loved this book. The author besides being quite vivid, poetically, delves into the realm of American historical events from an ecological viewpoint. I believe this is a very important issue. The question arises, "What then shall we do?" The author doesn't leave you hanging with no standards and gives solid reasons why there is hope that our behavior as a nation can change.

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Aviation Visual Perception



Aviation Visual Perception
Randy Gibb, Rob Gray, Lauren Scharff | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Ashgate | 320 | Aeronautical Engineering
Vision is the dominant sense used by pilots and visual misperception has been identified as the primary contributing factor in numerous aviation mishaps, resulting in hundreds of fatalities and major resource loss. Despite physiological limitations for sensing and perceiving their aviation environment, pilots can often make the required visual judgments with a high degree of accuracy and precision. At the same time, however, visual illusions and misjudgments have been cited as the probable cause of numerous aviation accidents, and in spite of technological and instructional efforts to remedy some of the problems associated with visual perception in aviation, mishaps of this type continue to occur. Clearly, understanding the role of visual perception in aviation is key to improving pilot performance and reducing aviation mishaps. This book is the first dedicated to the role of visual perception in aviation, and it provides a comprehensive, single-source document encompassing all aspects of aviation visual perception. Thus, this book includes the foundations of visual and vestibular sensation and perception; how visual perceptual abilities are assessed in pilots; the pilot's perspective of visual flying; a summary of human factors research on the visual guidance of flying; examples of specific visual and vestibular illusions and misperceptions; mishap analyses from military, commercial and general aviation; and, finally, how knowledge from these other disciplines is being used to create the next generation of aviation visual perception. "Aviation Visual Perception: Research, Misperception and Mishaps" is intended to be used for instruction in academia, as a resource for human factors researchers, design engineers, and for instruction and training in the pilot community
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WordPress.com 2.5 Essential Training


WordPress.com 2.5 Essential Training
Lynda.com | 2008-01-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Programming
There are many reasons to have a blog: to inform customers about new products and specials, to share information and expertise with a worldwide community, or to express oneself and communicate publicly. WordPress.com is a free and flexible set of web-based blogging tools that can be used to launch a new blog in minutes. The tools can then be used to personalize the blog and update and improve it continually. In WordPress.com 2.5 Essential Training, Maria Langer walks through the entire process of building and maintaining a blog, from setting up an account to using advanced customization techniques. She explains how to create and organize posts, pages, and links, and also offers tips on how to become a better blogger. Exercise files accompany the course.

Table of contents

Introduction Welcome 1:18 1.9 MB
What this title covers 2:10 2.5 MB
Using the example files 0:48 1 MB


1. Mastering Blog Basics What is a blog? 3:00 3.6 MB
WordPress.com blog tour 3:35 11.3 MB


2. Getting Started with WordPress.com Setting up an account 4:49 5.7 MB
Logging in to your WordPress.com account 3:50 4.6 MB
Viewing your blog 2:38 2.8 MB
Understanding the Dashboard interface 2:09 2.8 MB


3. Setting Basic Blog Options Editing your profile 6:30 7.6 MB
Setting general options 3:26 4 MB
Setting privacy options 2:49 3.1 MB
Choosing a theme 4:23 7.7 MB


4. Writing Posts Basics of posting 3:01 9.6 MB
Using the Write Post admin panel 1:58 2.5 MB
Setting writing options 2:17 2.5 MB
Composing with the Visual Editor 3:08 3.9 MB
Working with the Toolbar 4:30 7 MB
Adding links 4:24 5.5 MB
Setting categories and tags 4:31 5.5 MB
Previewing and publishing 7:07 9.8 MB


5. Setting Advanced Post Options Using the More tag and excerpts 4:50 7.7 MB
Password-protecting a post 2:48 6.2 MB


6. Creating Pages Page basics 3:28 4.3 MB
Using the Write Page admin panel 1:49 2.2 MB
Composing with the Visual Editor 2:36 4 MB
Setting page options 3:42 4.8 MB
Previewing a page 2:10 3.1 MB
Using page templates 4:18 7.1 MB


7. Adding and Managing Multimedia Introduction to multimedia 2:56 10.3 MB
Using the Insert Image button 8:15 11.6 MB
Using the Add an Image button 7:58 11.7 MB
Adding video 3:11 5.2 MB
Including audio 3:52 5.8 MB
Inserting other media 2:49 4.8 MB
Managing media 3:26 4.4 MB


8. Managing Posts and Pages Setting reading options 4:58 5.5 MB
Working with the Posts or Pages lists 3:59 5.5 MB


9. Working with Categories and Tags Introduction to categories and tags 3:54 9.1 MB
Managing categories 4:25 6.3 MB
Managing tags 2:18 2.6 MB


10. Building Link Lists Introduction to links 2:03 3.9 MB
Adding links 2:53 4.5 MB
Managing links 2:26 2.8 MB
Link categories 3:06 4.2 MB


11. Working with Comments Using comments and pingbacks 3:24 7.8 MB
Setting discussion options 8:12 9.6 MB
Moderating comments 5:53 7.8 MB
Managing comments 4:31 6.4 MB


12. Adding Users Introduction to user basics 1:08 1.5 MB
Adding another WordPress.com user 3:27 3.8 MB
Inviting a friend to be a user 4:57 6.8 MB
Managing user accounts 3:18 3.9 MB


13. Customizing Your Blog's Appearance Using themes 5:12 8.2 MB
Enabling or disabling extras 2:54 3.5 MB
Setting color and image options 4:02 5.7 MB
Setting header options 3:53 7.3 MB
Widget basics 2:34 6.4 MB
Adding widgets 4:43 10.3 MB
Customizing widgets 7:39 11.4 MB


14. Using Advanced Techniques Using the HTML Editor 3:59 5.5 MB
Importing posts from other blog platforms 1:33 1.9 MB
Converting categories to tags 1:47 2.8 MB
Posting from an offline editor 1:18 1.7 MB
Managing multiple blogs 2:42 3.4 MB
Participating in other blogs 3:16 4.4 MB
Upgrading 2:41 3.3 MB


15. Maintaining Your Blog Handling basic maintenance 6:29 8.4 MB
Promoting your blog 2:20 2.3 MB

Conclusion Goodbye 0:10 0.41 MB

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Introduction to Dynamic Modeling of Neuro-Sensory Systems (Biomedical Engineering)



Introduction to Dynamic Modeling of Neuro-Sensory Systems (Biomedical Engineering)
Robert B. Northrop | 2000-11-27 00:00:00 | CRC Press | 488 | Neural Networks
Although neural modeling has a long history, most of the texts available on the subject are quite limited in scope, dealing primarily with the simulation of large-scale biological neural networks applicable to describing brain function. Introduction to Dynamic Modeling of Neuro-Sensory Systems presents the mathematical tools and methods that can describe and predict the dynamic behavior of single neurons, small assemblies of neurons devoted to a single tasks, as well as larger sensory arrays and their underlying neuropile. Focusing on small and medium-sized biological neural networks, the author pays particular attention to visual feature extraction, especially the compound eye visual system and the vertebrate retina. For computational efficiency, the treatment avoids molecular details of neuron function and uses the locus approach for medium-scale modeling of arrays. Rather than requiring readers to learn a dedicated simulation program, the author uses the general, nonlinear ordinary differential equation solver Simnonä for all examples and exercises.There is both art and science in setting up a computational model that can be validated from existing neurophysiological data. With clear prose, more than 200 figures and photographs, and unique focus, Introduction to Dynamic Modeling of Neuro-Sensory Systems develops the science, nurtures the art, and builds the foundation for more advanced work in neuroscience and the rapidly emerging field of neuroengineering.

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New Concepts for Topical Use of Natural Retinoids: Retinaldehyde in Perspective : Proceedings of a Satellite Symposium Held at the 7th Eadv Meeting October 7, 1998, Nice, France (Dermatology)



New Concepts for Topical Use of Natural Retinoids: Retinaldehyde in Perspective : Proceedings of a Satellite Symposium Held at the 7th Eadv Meeting October 7, 1998, Nice, France (Dermatology)
J. H. Saurat,A. Vahlquist | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Not Avail | 64 | Internal Medicine
A study of concepts for topical use of natural retinoids, focusing on retinaldehyde. The volume is taken from the proceedings of the 7th EADV Meeting and addresses issues such as the metabolism and biological activities of topical retinaldehyde, and its tolerance in humans.

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Medical Management of the Violent Patient: Clinical Assessment and Therapy (Medical Psychiatry Series)



Medical Management of the Violent Patient: Clinical Assessment and Therapy (Medical Psychiatry Series)
Kenneth Tardiff | 1999-05-19 00:00:00 | Informa Healthcare | 512 | Mental Health
Cornell Univ., New York, NY. Clinical resource for psychiatrists, psychologist, social workers, and others involved in caring for patients. Covers causes of violence by patients, guidelines for evaluation and treatment, issues relating to victims of violence, legal issues, violence in the workplace, and more. DNLM: Dangerous Behavior.

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Web Standards Programmer's Reference : HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Perl, Python, and PHP



Web Standards Programmer's Reference : HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Perl, Python, and PHP
| 2005-08-05 00:00:00 | | 0 | Web Design


This invaluable resource offers tutorials and real-world examples as well as thorough language references for Web markup languages (HTML/XHTML and CSS), and popular scripting languages (JavaScript, Perl, and PHP) Examines the role of JavaScript, CGI (with examples in Perl and Python), and PHP on the Web and shows how to best use them all Includes a valuable reference section on each technology that can be used for review and consultation

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Could of been much better
I new this book was not for beginners as I have done some html programming before. However I think this book is total waste if you never done any html programming before. The content sometimes can be confusing and just today I realised there was a bug in one of the examples. If there wasnt google or reference websites like [,,.] I think I would really srtuggle with this book. I am refering to most of the references from w3schools and trying to get some theory from this book. I think I should of done some more search before I baught this book because I definitely think there are much better books than this.

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Great beginners reference book for beginners!!
This is a great reference book for beginners,,. I myself am a seasoned systems analyst and already had books that covered most of the basic topics discussed in this book. There were no real world examples and nothing about the pitfalls of using web standards before they are even supported by popular browsers. Like I said at first, it is a really great reference book; and if you need one to get started, this is it! You will still need a book dealing with the methodology variations in coding.

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replaces 6 books [one for each language]
How the Web has grown! In doing so, and aiding its growth, has been the use and development of several languages. Naturally, Schafer starts with the language that birthed the Web - HTML. Actually this needs its dual (`twin`) on a server, http. But Schafer discusses http in a later chapter devoted to CGI.


Hopefully, you should be able to appreciate that HTML is simple. In fact, of all that the book discusses, HTML is the simplest language. Several initial chapters walk you through HTML. It must be stressed that mastery of HTML is needed to make sense of the rest of the book.


The later languages either extend the scope of an HTML file, or they generate the file, roughly speaking. Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) lets you easily factor out common definitions that are used across multiple web pages, where you can imagine that each web page corresponds to a file storing it. Schafer explains how to use CSS to simplify management of a set of HTML files. A centralised way to set common fonts and the like. More robust.


But HTML is a declarative language. Good, because laymen can more easily understand and write such languages. It's easier to say what should be done, than how to do it. But for the times when you need more expressive power on the browser, Schafer offers JavaScript. A procedural language that actually has nothing to do with Java. [The coincidence in names was a marketing ploy.]


Schafer does not ignore the server. CGI is given, as the first generation attempt at server side code. Its limitations spawned the use of Perl, PHP and Python for easier parsing of user input and generation of new dynamic pages.


Each of these languages (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Perl, PHP and Python) is often the subject of its own book. No surprise then that Schafer explaining all 6 gave us a book of this length!


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Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations: 3rd IFIP Conference on Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI), 2006, June 7-9, ... Federation for Information Processing)



Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations: 3rd IFIP Conference on Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI), 2006, June 7-9, ... Federation for Information Processing)
| 2006-05-18 00:00:00 | | 0 | Artificial Intelligence


Artificial Intelligence applications build on a rich and proven theoretical background to provide solutions to a wide range of real life problems. The ever expanding abundance of information and computing power enables researchers and users to tackle higly interesting issues for the first time, such as applications providing personalized access and interactivity to multimodal information based on preferences and semantic concepts or human-machine interface systems utilizing information on the affective state of the user. The purpose of the 3rd IFIP Conference on Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI) is to bring together researchers, engineers, and practitioners interested in the technical advances and business and industrial applications of intelligent systems. AIAI 2006 is focused on providing insights on how AI can be implemented in real world applications.

 




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Scripturalist Islam: The History and Doctrines of the Akhbari Shi'i School (Islamic Philosophy, Theology, and Science)



Scripturalist Islam: The History and Doctrines of the Akhbari Shi'i School (Islamic Philosophy, Theology, and Science)
Robert M. Gleave | 2007-10-30 00:00:00 | BRILL | 344 | World
Akhbr Shi'ism was ""scripturalist"" in that Akhbrs believed that all questions of theology and law could be found in the texts of revelation. There was no need, they believed, to turn to alternative sources (such as reason or inspiration). This book offers the first detailed study of the School's doctrines and history.

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International Bank Management



International Bank Management
Dileep Mehta, Hung-Gay Fung | 2004-01-01 00:00:00 | Wiley-Blackwell | 416 | Management
This text provides current and integrated coverage of the important topics in international banking, including foreign exchange markets, derivatives, country risk analysis, asset-liability management, and banking strategies. In order to incorporate the central elements of this field, the text builds on a three-faceted foundation of risk-return tradeoff, the special barriers encountered in international business, and the unique features of banking business. By responding to the increasing globalization of financial markets, this text offers readers the comprehensive, international background they need to prepare for a successful career in banking.
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Maximalist Houses



Maximalist Houses
Encarna Castillo | 2004-05-30 00:00:00 | H. Kliczkowski | 176 | Architectural

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The Little Book That Builds Wealth: The Knockout Formula for Finding Great Investments


The Little Book That Builds Wealth: The Knockout Formula for Finding Great Investments
Pat Dorsey | 2008-01-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Audio Books
All-star investment guru Pat Dorsey wants you to become wealthy. And he's got a six-part plan to help you succeed. In this comprehensive volume, Dorsey introduces the concepts and principles behind economic moats-otherwise know as competitive advantages. In today's volatile economy, it pays to invest in companies the perform consistently well in troubled times. These companies are able to stay on top by building these moats-processes and products that keep the competition at bay. Being able to recognize which companies have the strongest and most sustainable moats is of the utmost importance. After explaining the concept, Dorsey then goes on to describe how to recognize quality moats, and ones that may not be as strong, so that individuals can make the best decisions on where to invest their money for the highest returns.
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Romani: A Linguistic Introduction



Romani: A Linguistic Introduction
Yaron Matras | 2002-07-01 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 306 | Instruction
Romani is a language of Indo-Aryan origin which is spoken in Europe by the people known as "Gypsies"--who usually refer to themselves as Rom. There are more than 3.5 million speakers, and their language has attracted increasing interest from scholars as well as language planners in governments and other organizations during the past ten years. This book is the first comprehensive overview in English of Romani, its structure, history, typology and dialects. It will provide an indispensable reference work for all interested in this fascinating language.
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In his book, "Romani: A Linguistic Introduction," Yaron Matras thoroughly covers the Romani ("Gypsy") language to the finest detail: Its origin, grammar, morphology, phonology, along with current dialects and their distributions. Well-written and close to 300 pages (including many carefully made charts and hundreds of references), this book is a perfect companion for a university course on Romani Linguistics.



The purchaser of this book should know the linguistic terms that are commonly used in academic analysis on language. They should also know that this is not a "Teach Yourself" guide to Romani. There is no glossary or dictionary. There are no dialogs or narratives. Furthermore, Matras' book does not cover anything about the culture of the people who speak Romani, or their history (except when addressing historical language change.) This book is intended as a reference for linguists; as such, it is scholarly and complete. It does not pretend to be anything else.



Yaron Matras did a superb job in compiling this book, considering how difficult it is to get information on this exotic and very under-represented language. The prose is sometimes a little dry, but this is customary in academia.





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General Equilibrium Analysis of Production and Increasing Returns (Series on Mathematical Economics and Game Theory)



General Equilibrium Analysis of Production and Increasing Returns (Series on Mathematical Economics and Game Theory)
Takashi Suzuki | 2009-06-05 00:00:00 | World Scientific Publishing Company | 284 | Popular Economics
The scope of the general equilibrium (GE) theory has so far been limited to the Walrasian tradition. Indeed, the theories of competitive equilibria and the core are nothing but the modern mathematical analysis of the economic ideas due to Walras, Edgeworth and Pareto. Consequently, recent books in this field are inclined to be heavily technical and mathematical.

On the other hand, the modern GE theory has not completed the study of increasing returns and monopolistic competition, which belong to the alternative important stream of economic thought, namely the Marshallian tradition. This book aims to fill this gap, by proving the existence of a competitive equilibrium with increasing returns coming from externalities in a dynamic economy and a monopolistically competitive equilibrium with the technologies exhibiting increasing returns coming from a large set-up cost. Also intended as a basic graduate textbook on GE theory, it contains all the basic results and mathematical techniques in this field, such as measure theory, manifold theory and Banach space theory.

A unique feature of the book compared to classical monographs on GE is its emphasis on the historical nature of the subject, and not only the mathematical nature. Students are expected to learn that those mathematically formidable techniques are indeed necessary for tackling many economic problems which have been significant not only in the mathematical or technical context, but also in the historical and traditional context.

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  • Economies with a Continuum of Traders
  • Production Economies with Increasing Returns
  • Economies with Infinitely Many Commodities
  • Economies with Monopolistically Competitive Firms


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Translation as a Profession (Benjamins Translation Library)



Translation as a Profession (Benjamins Translation Library)
Daniel Gouadec | 2007-06-06 00:00:00 | John Benjamins Publishing Co | 396 | Guides
"Translation as a Profession" provides an in-depth analysis of the translating profession and the translation industry. The book starts with a presentation of the diversity of translations and an overview of the translation-localisation process. The second section describes the translation profession and the translators' markets. The third section considers the process of 'becoming' a translator, from the moment people find out whether they have the required qualities to the moment when they set up shop or find a job, with special emphasis on how to find and hold on to clients, avoiding basic mistakes. The fourth section concentrates on the vital professional issues of costs, rates, deadlines, time to market, productivity, ethics, standards, qualification, certification, and professional recognition. The fifth section is devoted to the developments that have provoked ongoing changes in the profession and industry, such as ICT, and the impact of industrialisation, internationalisation, and globalisation. The final section is devoted to the major issues involved in translator training. A glossary is provided, together with a list of Websites for further browsing.

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Trigger Happy



Trigger Happy
Steven Poole | 2000-09-29 00:00:00 | Arcade Publishing | 428 | Misc
Videogames first came on the market thirty years ago as a marginal technological curiosity. Now they are virtually everywhere. Videogame sales have equaled movie sales. They are played by more adults than children, and game design can even be studied in college. Yet videogames are still often viewed as a minor form of entertainment, at best shallow, or at worst harmful. Now, Steven Poole argues that videogames are a nascent art for on track to supersede movies as the most popular and innovative form of entertainment in the new century.
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Encyclopedia of Electronic Circuits, Volume 4



Encyclopedia of Electronic Circuits, Volume 4
William Sheets,Rudolf F. Graf | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | McGraw-Hill Companies | 0 | Engineering
This fourth volume in a series that has sold more than 175,000 copies, includes schematics and descriptions for the latest circuitry used in computers, controls, instrumentation, telecommunications, sensors, and numerous other electronics applications. An ideal companion to previous volumes, this monumental work features more than 1,000 all-new circuits in 100 alphabetically-arranged categories. Clear, comprehensive, and meticulously organized, this is by far the best source of modern circuit designs for hobbyists and professionals.
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This is a great reference. It's nice to have a few examples of how someone else has solved a problem before you go into your own design. Of course, you will want to own the complete library. All volumes have a reference in the back that includes previous volumes. This is handy. You only need to use the reference in the last volume you own to find a list of everything.
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Poorly organized, redundant, too many errors to list, Graf and Sheets claim to be knowledgeable but this is not apparent under close examination - best listed as a "find the errors" puzzle book. A great many useful circuits are presented here, but should not by any means be considered the last word for any design. Overpriced for the amount of headaches this can bring. Once you've spotted hundreds of blatent errors, and dozens of subtle, critical errors, one hesitates to trust anything in this book. The same can be said for the other volumes of this series. My personal opinion only; perhaps I'm either brain-damaged or more aware than the average reviewer or reader..

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Ischemic Stroke



Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Ischemic Stroke
Rudiger von Kummer, Tobias Back | 2005-11-28 00:00:00 | Springer; 1 edition | 302 | Medicine
The imaging of stroke has undergone significant changes owing to the rapid progress in imaging technology. This volume, comprising three parts, is designed to provide a comprehensive summary of the current role of MR imaging in patients with ischemic stroke. The first part outlines the clinical presentations of stroke and discusses the diagnostic efficacy and therapeutic impact of MR imaging. The second and third parts form the core of the volume, and are based on a novel approach in that the topic is presented from two very different viewpoints. Part 2 provides a detailed presentation of the distinguishing features of stroke from the radiologist`s perspective. By contrast, part 3 addresses the needs of the clinician, documenting specific stroke syndromes and their correlates on MR imaging. The overall aim has been to create a well-illustrated volume with broad appeal that links pathology, radiology and stroke medicine in an informative manner.
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Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution



Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution
Gerald Markowitz,David Rosner | 2002-10-07 00:00:00 | University of California Press | 464 | United States
Deceit and Denial details the attempts by the chemical and lead industries to deceive Americans about the dangers that their deadly products present to workers, the public, and consumers. Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner pursued evidence steadily and relentlessly, interviewed the important players, investigated untapped sources, and uncovered a bruising story of cynical and cruel disregard for health and human rights. This resulting exposé is full of startling revelations, provocative arguments, and disturbing conclusions--all based on remarkable research and information gleaned from secret industry documents. This book reveals for the first time the public relations campaign that the lead industry undertook to convince Americans to use its deadly product to paint walls, toys, furniture, and other objects in America's homes, despite a wealth of information that children were at risk for serious brain damage and death from ingesting this poison. This book highlights the immediate dangers ordinary citizens face because of the relentless failure of industrial polluters to warn, inform, and protect their workers and neighbors. It offers a historical analysis of how corporate control over scientific research has undermined the process of proving the links between toxic chemicals and disease. The authors also describe the wisdom, courage, and determination of workers and community members who continue to voice their concerns in spite of vicious opposition. Readable, pathbreaking, and revelatory, Deceit and Denial provides crucial answers to questions of dangerous environmental degradation, escalating corporate greed, and governmental disregard for its citizens' safety and health. 22 b/w photographs
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"Lawsuits... against some of the largest chemical and petrochemical companies in the world have led to the discovery of documents that show lying, manipulation of government officials, and secrecy as tools used by industry to protect its product. What emerges is a history of deceit that is strikingly similar to that of the asbestos and tobacco industries." [This and all quotes from my review are from Deceit and Denial]



Deceit and Denial is an exceptionally well researched book that lays bare the astounding extent of American corporate and political malfeasance with regard to industrial pollution in the 20th century, specifically focusing on the lead, chemical, and plastics industries. The authors' use of hitherto unseen primary source documents from corporate archives to make their case adds tremendous weight to the argument that industrial pollution damages not only people's physical health and the environment in which they live but that it also undermines our country's social and democratic institutions.



Deceit and Denial eloquently and thoroughly expounds on the proposition that corporate self-regulation is dangerous and that "when it comes to public health, the society has a right to insist that the community's interests come before the shareholders' profits." The reader is also reminded of a notion that has fallen by the wayside in post-9/11 America: it is "absolutely essential to have as much openness and free access to information as possible."



These ideas may not be new but you would be mistaken in thinking that this book is the product of a radical left-wing or environmentalist agenda. This is scholarly research of the first order. Deceit and Denial succeeds in being not only a damning indictment of past corporate machinations and political complicity but a lucid exposition of the critical issues that industry and our nation currently face in the 21st century.


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As a work of scholarship whose purpose is to provide an understanding of the the "...politics of industrial pollution", this book is nearly useless. The main problems are: 1) undocumented assertions are made in every chapter, 2) terms which are critical to the book, such as "toxic" and "high cancer death rate", are never defined, and 3) the treatment is anachronistic throughout. It is difficult to believe that authors who make the statement, "...new classes of disease and damage to the body that are too subtle to even measure" (p. 296) actually know anything about the subject.
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I read this book about 2 years ago after my manager gave it to me. It is an excellent, non-sensationalized, review of historical actions of large corporations which compromised the public health of our citizens. It is well supported by cited references. A must read for occupational health professionals who are working to protect employees against little known hazards.
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This is an extraordinary book. Unlike other books that address the corruption of industry, this book has the documents and information that you really need. Few stories of environmental duplicity ever provide this kind of detail and data.

But most importantly, it read like a detective story, which, in fact, it is! Bill Moyers is absolutely correct in his cover blurb! What a joy to read.
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This is an extraordinary book. Unlike other books that address the corruption of industry, this book has the documents and information that you really need. Few stories of environmental duplicity ever provide this kind of detail and data.

But most importantly, it reads like a detective story, which, in fact, it is! Bill Moyers is absolutely correct in his cover blurb! What a joy to read.

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On Drawing Trees and Nature: A Classic Victorian Manual (Dover Books on Art Instruction)



On Drawing Trees and Nature: A Classic Victorian Manual (Dover Books on Art Instruction)
J. D. Harding | 2005-01-01 00:00:00 | Dover Publications | 160 | Drawing
Generations of students have benefited from the teachings of this 19th-century master, whose sketches of vignettes from natural settings are accompanied by a series of lessons emphasizing both practical and theoretical considerations. This edition features the added attraction of 23 outstanding plates from the author's Lessons on Trees.
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TCP/IP Application Layer Protocols for Embedded Systems



TCP/IP Application Layer Protocols for Embedded Systems
M. Tim Jones | 2002-01-01 00:00:00 | Charles River Media; 1st edition | 460 | Embedded Systems
Teaches system developers how to develop and deploy application layer protocols in detail, explaining why and how they should be used.

Communication is fast becoming a general requirement for embedded systems in our increasingly connected world. In fact, it's difficult to find embedded systems that include no form of external communication. Embedded systems are now transmitting electric meter readings over low-bandwidth wireless links to alleviate the need to read them visually. Global Positioning System (GPS) technology and wireless links with embedded systems are also used to pinpoint the exact location, speed, oil pressure, and other parameters of fleets of trucks anywhere in the country. Creation of these and other networked applications are the focus of this book. Using practical tutorials on TCP/IP application layer protocols such as HTTP, SMTP, POP3, SNMP, and SLP, developers learn how to develop and deploy these protocols in their embedded systems.

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TCP/IP Application Layer Protocols for Embedded Systems
Chapter 1 - Introduction to Internetworking
Chapter 2 - TCP/IP and Embedded Systems
Chapter 3 - Introduction to Application Layer Protocols
Chapter 4 - Embedded SMTP Client
Chapter 5 - Embedded SMTP Server
Chapter 6 - Embedded POP3 Client
Chapter 7 - Embedded HTTP Server
Chapter 8 - Embedded SNMP Agent
Chapter 9 - Embedded Command-Line-Interface (CLI)
Chapter 10 - Embedded Service Location Protocol (SLP)
Chapter 11 - Embedded NNTP Client
Chapter 12 - Designing New Application Layer Protocols
Chapter 13 - Protocol Survey
Appendix A - BSD Sockets API Primer
Appendix B - BSD Sockets API Options
Appendix C - TCP/IP Protocol Stacks
Appendix D - Packet Headers
Appendix E - About the CD-ROM
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Listings
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Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, Volume 25C: Further Documents from the History of Economic Thought



Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, Volume 25C: Further Documents from the History of Economic Thought
Warren J. Samuels | 2007-05-17 00:00:00 | JAI Press | 316 | Economics
Volume 25-C commences a series of class notes taken at Northwestern and Chicago during the period 1964-1967. The notes from courses at Northwestern are Robert Clower;s course on economic theory,and Frank Fetter's course on monetary institutions and policies. The notes from Chicago include George Stigler's course on industrial organization, Merton Miller's course on corporate finance, and Daniel Orr's course on the theory of the firm. Also included are Warren Samuels notes from James Earley's courses on economic theory and on money, income and price, given at Wisconsin during 1954-1955; and Samuels's notes from a faculty seminar on myth, theology and society given by Robert T. Anderson at Michigan State University in 1974.

*The series presents review essays, multiple reviews and mini symposia on new-works in this field
*Volumes are broad in scope
*The series fills a substantial gap in this field

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Protein Folding and Drug Design (International School of Physics Enrico Fermi)



Protein Folding and Drug Design (International School of Physics Enrico Fermi)
R.A. Broglia,L. Serrano,G. Tiana | 2007-10-15 00:00:00 | IOS Press | 332 | Biochemistry
One of the great unsolved problems of science and also physics is the prediction of the three dimensional structure of a protein from its amino acid sequence: the folding problem. It may be stated that the deep connection existing between physics and protein folding is not so much, or in any case not only, through physical methods (experimental: X rays, NMR, etc, or theoretical: statistical mechanics, spin glasses, etc), but through physical concepts. In fact, protein folding can be viewed as an emergent property not contained neither in the atoms forming the protein nor in the forces acting among them, in a similar way as superconductivity emerges as an unexpected coherent phenomenon taking place on a sea of electrons at low temperature. Already much is known about the protein folding problem, thanks, among other things, to protein engineering experiments as well as from a variety of theoretical inputs: inverse folding problem, funnel like energy landscapes (Peter Wolynes), helix coil transitions, etc. Although quite different in appearance, the fact that the variety of models can account for much of the experimental findings is likely due to the fact that they contain much of the same (right) physics. A physics which is related to the important role played by selected highly conserved, "hot", amino acids which participate to the stability of independent folding units which, upon docking, give rise to a (post critical) folding nucleus lying beyond the highest maximum of the free energy associated to the process.

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Acts of Giving: Individual, Community, and Church in Tenth-Century Christian Spain



Acts of Giving: Individual, Community, and Church in Tenth-Century Christian Spain
Wendy Davies | 2007-12-20 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 240 | Portugal
Acts of Giving examines the issues surrounding donation --the giving of property, usually landed property--in northern "Christian" Spain in the tenth century, when written texts became very plentiful, allowing us to glimpse the working of local society.

Wendy Davies explores who gives and who receives; what is given; reasons for giving; and the place of giving within the complex of social and economic relationships in society as a whole. People gave land for all kinds of reasons - because they were forced to do so, to meet debts or pay fines; because they wanted to gain material benefits in life, or to secure support in the short term or in old age. Giving pro anima, for the sake of the soul, was relatively limited; and gifts were made to lay persons as well as to the church. Family interests were strongly sustained across the tenth century and did not dwindle; family land was split and re-assembled, not fragmented. The gender and status of donors are key themes, along with commemoration: more men than women took steps to memorialize, in contrast to some parts of western Europe, and more aristocrats than peasants, which is less of a contrast. Donation as a type of transaction is also examined, as well as the insights into status afforded by the language and form of the records. Buying and selling, giving and receiving continued in the tenth-century as it had for centuries. However this period saw the volume of peasant donation to the church increasing enormously. It was this which set the conditions for substantial social and economic change.

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God?: A Debate between a Christian and an Atheist (Point/Counterpoint)



God?: A Debate between a Christian and an Atheist (Point/Counterpoint)
William Lane Craig,Walter Sinnott-Armstrong | 2004-02-12 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 176 | Philosophy
The question of whether or not God exists is profoundly fascinating and important. Now two articulate spokesmen--one a Christian, the other an atheist--duel over God's existence in an illuminating battle of ideas. In God? A Debate between a Christian and an Atheist, William Lane Craig and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong bring to the printed page two debates they held before live audiences, preserving all the wit, clarity, and immediacy of their public exchanges. Avoiding overly esoteric arguments, they directly address issues such as religious experience, the Bible, evil, eternity, the origin of the universe, design, and the supposed connection between morality and the existence of God. Employing sharp and humorous arguments, each philosopher strikes quickly to the heart of his opponent's case. For example, Craig claims that we must believe in God in order to explain objective moral values, such as why rape is wrong. Sinnott-Armstrong responds that what makes rape wrong is the harm to victims of rape, so rape is immoral even if there is no God. By assuming a traditional concept of God in their discussion, the authors ensure that they are truly addressing each other's viewpoints and engaging in a disagreement over a unified issue. The book is composed of six chapters that alternate between Craig and Sinnott-Armstrong, so that each separate point can be discussed as it arises. Ideal for courses in the philosophy of religion and introduction to philosophy, this lively and direct dialogue will stimulate students and anyone interested in the existence of God, regardless of whether or not they believe in God.
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This is a welcome addition to the ongoing believer/doubter dialogue. The debaters were mutually respectful and free of dogmatic assertions. Each had some stronger and some weaker arguments, but in my opinion no absolute clinchers. Other reviewers, on both sides, were able to acknowledge the better arguments of the opposition, even if few minds may have been changed. Rather, this debate serves as an eye-opener in either direction, showing well the reasonable concerns of both parties.



Dr. Craig is to be commended on two points especially. First, he describes his arguments as just that, not proofs. Second, he explicitly admits that skeptics can be moral persons, avoiding the all-too-frequent canard that unbelievers cannot be moral. Similarly, Dr. Sinnott-Armstrong does not dismiss religion as mere superstition or the like. These attitudes made for a congenial exchange.



Dr. Craig surveys concisely most of the traditional arguments for God--ontological, augmented cosmological (kalam), teleological (design), and moral. Dr. Sinnott-Armstrong has responses to each, but perhaps a bit too brief. He focuses quite a bit on the Problem of Evil. Craig admits the emotional force of this but then goes for a philosophical justification of the existence of Evil. Some of this was new (to me, anyway), but even still I was not convinced.



Although good points were made by both, I think even better potential exists on either side. That said, I suspect that Craig came very close to the best apologetics possibilities, whereas Sinnott-Armstrong has more "headroom" for future development.



This excellent discussion invites further effort and makes me eager to see what is yet to come.
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Although this is a decent book with articulate and interesting debate, I can't fully recommend it because the entire debate is silly in the first place. No reasonable atheist actually denies the possibility of God(s?), because there is no evidence for it and it is therefore irrational. On the other hand, there is no evidence for religion, so it is irrational to consider it plausible without a shred of evidence despite its technical possibility (think of other arbitrary, implausible, yet possible things like unicorns). It is OK to admit that we have no clue if there is or isn't a god, and to stop concerning yourself with the matter until some actual evidence arises.



Just because there are gaps in science does not mean God is required to fill them, because they are probably not permanent gaps (think things like stars and lightning that modern science has revealed despite centuries of mystical cop outs). And likewise, just because those gaps will probably be filled by science someday, it does not mean there is no God.



If you are on the fence about religion, this book will only confuse you more, though it will get you thinking and may be enjoyable. The issue should not be to prove or disprove God (both impossible as of now), but rather to determine whether the concept of God and/or organized religion is relevant to your life in the first place. Read something like The God Delusion or Letter to a Christian Nation instead. You will find much more enlightenment there.
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In the debate over the existence of God between Craig, a Christian, and Sinnott-Armstrong, an atheist, much care is taken to separate this work from similar texts. From the outset it becomes apparent that this work is one of the most readable of its kind. That is, the respective debaters agree upon an attempt to keep the conversation grounded within the realm of understanding for the general population while refusing to shy from the arguments integral to either position. Craig and Sinnott-Armstrong, add to the credibility of the debate by delineating the being in question as one that is "all-good, all-powerful, all-knowing, eternal, effective, and personal" (essentially the traditional view of the Christian God), therefore avoiding much of the confusion associated with debates over a generic god or ultimate being. While the text was inspired by live debates held between these individuals, it is organized far better than many other texts which are little more than transcripts of live debates; yet still provides each position an opportunity to present an argument, submit a rebuttal, as well as a defense of their original arguments.



One would only need to scan a few of the other works available of this type to recognize the effort dedicated to the reader in this particular work. However, this text, like many, is not free of all shortcomings. Some might have difficulty with the pairing of these two individuals for this purpose as it becomes evermore apparent as one proceeds through the text that Craig is quite accustomed to such situations while Sinnott-Armstrong simply is not. While Craig's arguments appear to be fine tuned and focused, Sinnott-Armstrong seems to be less practiced and, perhaps, familiar with the topic. Of course, as with many debates, both Craig and Sinnott-Armstrong border upon unreasonable, or even fallacious, appeals to authority, emotion, and popularity; however, it is often these tactics which make this work a compelling and, at times, humorous read. Nonetheless, when compared to its textual peers, this work is uncharacteristically entertaining and readable while still addressing the critical and popular topics surrounding this longstanding question.


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William Lane Craig is one of my favorite Christian apologists. But he has his hands full in this debate over the existence of God. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong vigorously challenges Craig's five arguments for the existence of God, and he also gives three of his own arguments for atheism.



Craig's strongest moments were his arguments for the causation of the universe and the fine tuning of this said universe so that it could contain life. Craig persuasively argues that the intricate design of the universe is evidence of a Designer. Sinnott-Armstrong argues vigorously against this conclusion, but the logic of Craig's argument seemed stronger. Score two points for Craig! (one for causation, one for fine tuning)



I also think that Craig won the debate over the resurrection of Jesus, as Sinnott-Armstrong's replies showed that he wasn't overly familiar with the resurrection evidences. Others have had stronger arguments against the resurrection, and have still fallen short. Another point for Craig!



However, I think that Sinnott-Armstrong did very well in showing that atheists can have moral values. If this is true, then Craig is wrong to show moral values as a proof for God. Point for Sinnott-Armstrong!



Also, I felt that Sinnott-Armstrong outscored Craig on Craig's 5th argument, that God can be known experientially. While I personally accept Craig's statement, Sinnott-Armstrong effectively showed that these experiences are hard to evaluate, and at any rate, since people from all different belief systems have had experiences of some kind, this may not be sufficient proof for the existence of the traditional God of Christianity. It's close, but I give this point to Sinnott-Armstrong.



Sinnott-Armstrong also does a good job raising questions about why a good and all-powerful God would allow evil in the world. Craig successfully countered by showing that there is no good reason to doubt from a theistic perspective why God would not have morally sufficient reasons for allowing and permitting certain kinds of evil. But nevertheless, these answers did more to strengthen the faithful than to convince others. This point was hotly contested, it could go either way, but you have to give it to Sinnott-Armstrong by a hair because Craig's line of thinking works only if you are already a believer in the traditional God under discussion.



Of all the people that Craig has debated, this was definitely his toughest opponent. Sinnott-Armstrong exposed some flaws in Craig's thinking, and there were numerous times in the debate when Sinnott-Armstrong came across more clearly, and he definitely wins in terms of his use of humor and analogies.



But since three of Craig's arguments seemed to establish sufficient evidence for God's existence (at least in my opinion), I would say that this is probably enough to say that Craig won the debate. But let's be truthful: I work for God, and I just talked with Him a little while ago, so I'm a biased bum! Get this sizzling book and judge for yourself. But put on your thinking cap, because even though the introduction promises that the debaters will avoid technical jargon, the concepts under discussion will test the processor in your head. Recommended for inquiring minds.




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This is not the first apologetic book I have read. I do not recommend this to people not familiar with apologetic reading. The angle to see into both the Christian's approach to God via logic and an atheist's is where I find this book so useful and unique. The point-counter-point format was invaluable. Each debater wrote a their opening pieces and stated their points and arguments as a formal debate but did so with such detail that would take several hours had they orated this book before an audience. It was more detailed than I would expect to see a live debate but each point was not developed to the point that one can grasp the full complexity of each point. I found it to be a healthy mix of detail but not too much as to go over one's head.

While this is the first book I have read that shares the logical perspective of the counter point (Athiesm) of my own beliefs it was invaluable to see the developed arguments as they were presented. From the perspective of Christians interested in what the Atheistic/Naturalist viewpoints argue I highly recommend this book. I now look forward and can confidently approach Dawkins' and Harris's books.

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Knitting Out of Africa: Inspired Sweater Designs



Knitting Out of Africa: Inspired Sweater Designs
Marianne Isager | 2006-03-01 00:00:00 | Interweave Press | 144 | Fashion
Beautiful and historic African carpets, baskets, and other textiles provide the design inspiration for these 16 sophisticated knitted cardigans, pullovers, and sweater vests. Intended for seasoned knitters, these projects use domino, double knitting, entrelac, intarsia, and stranded two-color techniques worked in fingering-weight yarns. The Shoowa Vest, the African Domino Pullover, and the Arrowheads Cropped Pullover show off fancy stitching, while other designs feature colors borrowed from the mud-dried fabrics of Mali, the block patterns of Ghana, or motifs from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zaire, and Zimbabwe. African animals decorate the Giraffe Vest and Zebra Cardigan, and elsewhere leaping antelope and birds in flight are used in repeating patterns. Full instructions and charted patterns for at least two adult sizes are provided for each design and high-quality photographs of the finished pieces showcase these classic additions to any wardrobe.

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I like this book--although the patterns are very involved and not for a beginner. I intend to try some of them when I get a chance. I am an advanced knitter and the colors of the projects are stunning.
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I'd been looking at this book in the local yarn store for a bit. I really liked the designs. I started one of the sweaters and realized it's a little over my present skill set, so I abandoned the project. However, I'm still glad I own the book -- gives me a reason to improve my knitting! There are some very intricate designs. Overall, I think the book is well written, good photography. Some of the charts could be a little better presented. They're in color, and for me, a little harder to read. I copied the one I was using into black and white, and it was easier to follow.
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I love this book. Having been to Africa I can vouch for the authenticity of the patterns. They are indeed reminiscent of traditional African design.



Some of the patterns are relatively easy but most require an intermediate to advanced knowledge of knitting. The kits for all the patterns can be purchased from the author. I had a question for her about one of the patterns, e-mailed Ms. Isager, and received an immediate and helpful answer.



I can't wait to decide on the exact sweater I will knit. I am torn between two. I'm lucky that it's just two because almost every sweater in the collection beckons to me.
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I was hoping for more true tribal/regional patterns but this book is more about the author's interpretation of what "seems" african-like.



The patterns are all shapeless and look more like standard fair-isle/intarsia patterns to be found elsewhere.



Do not buy if you are looking for true African-inspired patterns.
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The designs in this book are truely gorgeous and though the patterns are well written, I would strongly recommend reading through very thoroughly before embarking on any of the projects. My only issues with the book are first, a small one, and that is that the lengths of the sweaters are not given in the overall Materials/Guage/Measurements section before the instructions and secondly, as another reviewer has written, so many of the sweaters require steeks. I understand the appeal of steeks but don't exactly love them myself nor did I think they were necessary for a lot of the sweaters. Also, not all of the sweaters were shown on models and that's something I think is really necessary to get a feel for how it hangs and looks on a real person - or even a mannequin. I would have given the book of five star rating if there were fewer steeks or alternatives to using the steeks. Otherwise, it's a lovely book even if you're only going to look at the patterns and imagine wearing them.

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Oxford Handbook of Nanoscience and Technology: Volume 3: Applications



Oxford Handbook of Nanoscience and Technology: Volume 3: Applications
A.V. Narlikar, Y.Y. Fu | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 856 | Chemical Engineering
This is an agenda-setting and high-profile book that presents an authoritative and cutting-edge analysis of nanoscience and technology. The Oxford Handbook of Nanoscience and Technology provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of the major achievements in different aspects of this field.

The Handbook comprises 3 volumes, structured thematically, with 25 chapters each. Volume I presents fundamental issues of basic physics, chemistry, biochemistry, tribology etc. of nanomaterials. Volume II focuses on the progress made with host of nanomaterials including DNA and protein based nanostructures. Volume III highlights engineering and related developments, with a focus on frontal application areas. All chapters are written by noted international experts in the field. The book should be useful for final year undergraduates specializing in the field. It should prove indispensable to graduate students, and serious researchers from academic and industrial sectors working in the field of Nanoscience and Technology from different disciplines including Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Medicine, Materials Science, Metallurgy, Ceramics, Information Technology as well as Electrical, Electronic and Computational Engineering.
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The Ottoman Steam Navy, 1828-1923



The Ottoman Steam Navy, 1828-1923
Bernd, and Guleryuz, Ahmet Langensiepen | 1995-01-01 00:00:00 | Naval Inst. Press | 192 | Turkey
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The photographic record in this book is just stunning, and I am greatful to have SOMETHING about the Ottoman Navy. Unfortunately, except for the photos, there is little that is not available in something like Conway's - I wish there had been more on design histories - WHY did the Ottomans order these ships, and what was the thinking behind their designs? I hope that the authors are planning a follow-up volume.
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This book is an absolute delight, opening up a vista into a long-gone world when Turkey hovered on the brink of embracing modernity but, in those pre-Ataturk days, never gathered the courage for the final plunge. The numerous high-quality photographs are as valuable for the picture they give of a vanished society as for the technical content. Grave moustachioed and befezzed officers and smart-looking seamen look at the camera across immaculately holystoned decks, obviously proud of their custodianship of the products of British, German and French shipyards and armaments workshops - images which are in many cases at sharp variance with the actuality of venality, corruption and inefficiency that governed their daily lives (The story in the text of Ottoman seamen stranded at a German shipyard, and practically destitute, as the funds do not become available to pay for the refurbishment of their ship, is especially pathetic). Those who love Turkey and the Turks will enjoy these photographs even if they have little interest in naval history - the views of ports, shipyards and the Golden Horn are quite splendid. The book is in fact in three main sections - an introductory text, a superb collection of photographs and a technical appendix that provides not just specifications and brief histories of every ship to serve in the Ottoman navy in the period covered, but also excellent general arrangement drawings and hull lines for many of them. This book is one that is to be treasured by anybody with an interest in naval matters of the ironclad and pre-World War 1 age. I have enjoyed it since I have purchased it and will regard it as a source of valuable reference and entertainment for years to come. Buy it!
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Although not enough commentary on the pictures abundant in this book, the rare collections themselves are stunning and spoke directly to you of a once mighty Utsmani Devlet. You have to focus hard and connect the scattered pieces of facts in order to make some arguments from this remarkable work.

To get the best out of this book you'll need to read a few introductory works on the Utsmani period of modern navy, plus some history on the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, Western Mediterranean, and the Indian Ocean. Yes, surprisingly, they actually controlled much of those waters then.
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I have pruchased this book in 1996 and have enjoyed every single page. If you are a seaman and are fond of old steam ships, which are becoming rare museum pieces, this is the perfect book to have alook at them. Especially the Imperial Yachts of the Sultans, their graceful lines and splendor are noteworthy. I have met the authors and thanked them personally for their outstanding work and I would like to repeat my thanks to them here once again.

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