Monday, 7 March 2011

Fischer Weltgeschichte, Bd.14, Der Islam



Fischer Weltgeschichte, Bd.14, Der Islam
Gerhard Endreß,Claude. Cahen | 1987-01-01 00:00:00 | Fischer (Tb.), Frankfurt | 382 | Subjects

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Demon Underground



Demon Underground
S.L. Wright | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Roc | 352 | Fiction Other
Half-human and half-demon, Allay has finally warmed up to her new life feeding off the customers at her downtown bar whens he finds herself brokering a truce between New York City's most powerful demons. But when she senses assassins around every corner, Allay hides out of sight and underground-until combatants in the growing war tempt her back above the surface...
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Intracellular Pathogens in Membrane Interactions and Vacuole Biogenesis (Molecular Biology Intelligence Unit)



Intracellular Pathogens in Membrane Interactions and Vacuole Biogenesis (Molecular Biology Intelligence Unit)
Jean-Pierre Gorvel | 2004-01-31 00:00:00 | Springer | 316 | Immunology
Complex molecular mechanisms involving microbiology and immunology define the host-pathogen relationship. These mechanisms can be the basis for new drugs and vaccine design. This book provides information on the molecular interactions between host cell organelles and pathogens, which have developed strategies to survive within infected cells. Chapters are grouped into five sections: I. Endocytosis and phagocytosis. Collectively, the chapters of this section review basic knowledge regarding intracellular organelles are involved in membrane interactions with pathogen-containing vacuoles. II. Professional and non-professional phagocytes. Here the authors describe the major differences between the two host cell types, which can be infected by microorganisms. III. Maturation pathways of bacteria-containing vacuoles. Molecular interactions between vacuoles and intracellular organelles leading to the search of the Holy Grail, the replication niche, are described. IV. Host response. Host cells are able to react against intruders and eventually mount host responses. In these chapters the various types of host response mechanisms against intracellular intruders are reviewed. V. Co-evolution. In these final chapters, the question is addressed of whether knowledge of bacteria-host cell interactions will be acquired fast enough to find the necessary tools for controlling microorganism development. This comprehensive book appeals to scientists interested in cell biology, microbiology and immunology, as well as to clinically-oriented investigators concerned with infectious diseases.

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Cholesterol-Lowering Therapy: Evaluation of Clinical Trial Evidence



Cholesterol-Lowering Therapy: Evaluation of Clinical Trial Evidence
Scott M. Grundy | 2000-01-15 00:00:00 | Informa Healthcare | 329 | Nutrition
Univ. of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. Text, for clinicians, provides information on all recent clinical trials of cholesterol-lowering therapy. Emphasizes statin therapy. Expanded-outline format.

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The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra



The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
Benjamin Fine, Gerhard Rosenberger | 1997-01-01 00:00:00 | Springer; 1 edition | 208 | Mathematics
The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra states that any complex polynomial must have a complex root. This basic result, whose first accepted proof was given by Gauss, lies really at the intersection of the theory of numbers and the theory of equations, and arises also in many other areas of mathematics. The purpose of his book is to examine three pairs of proofs of the theorem from three different areas of mathematics: abstract algebra, complex analysis and topology. The first proof in each pair is fairly straightforward and depends only on what could be considered elementary mathematics. However, each of these first proofs lends itself to generalizations, which in turn, lead to more general results from which the fundamental theorem can be deduced as a direct consequence. These general results constitute the second proof in each pair. In addition to the proofs and techniques themselves, many applications such as the insolvability of the quintic and the trascendence of e and pi are presented. The book is intended for junior/senior level undergraduate mathematics students or first year graduate students.

D.V. Feldman, University of New Hampshire, CHOICE, March 1998
The authors intend their book as the main text for a senior level "capstone" course, but it could serve as supplementary reading for a variety of other courses, or as a reference. No other book covers similar ground. Highly recommended.
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American Monster: How the Nation's First Prehistoric Creature Became a Symbol of National Identity



American Monster: How the Nation's First Prehistoric Creature Became a Symbol of National Identity
Paul Semonin | 2000-09-01 00:00:00 | NYU Press | 502 | 19th Century
In 1801, the first complete mastodon skeleton was excavated in the Hudson River Valley, marking the climax of a century-long debate in America and Europe over the identity of a mysterious creature known as the American Incognitum. Long before the dinosaurs were discovered and the notion of geological time acquired currency, many citizens of the new republic believed this mythical beast to be a ferocious carnivore, capable of crushing deer and elk in its "monstrous grinders." During the American Revolution, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson avidly collected its bones; for the founding fathers, its massive jaws symbolized the violence of the natural world and the emerging nation's own dreams of conquest.

Paul Semonin's lively history of this icon of American nationalism focuses on the link between patriotism and prehistoric nature. From the first fist-sized tooth found in 1705, which Puritan clergyman claimed was evidence of human giants, to the scientific racialism associated with the discovery of extinct species, Semonin traces the evangelical beliefs, Enlightenment thought, and Indian myths which led the founding fathers to view this prehistoric monster as a symbol of nationhood.

Semonin also sees the mystery of the mastodon in early America as a cautionary tale about the first flowering of our narcissistic fascination with a prehistoric nature ruled by ferocious carnivores. As such, American Monster offers fresh insights into the genesis of the ongoing fascination with dinosaurs.
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In this interesting, well-written book Paul Semonin examines early (first half of the 18th century) fossil discoveries made in NY and along the Ohio River in terms of what scientists thought they were from to how people came to interpret them based on religious convention and, ultimately, national pride. When mastodon teeth were first found near Albany in 1705, they were first thought to be from giant man-like creatures; Cotton Mather wrote extensively on this belief, citing the giants mentioned in the Bible as his source. The fossils were also used to prove the Deluge: these bones were the "wreckage" of the Great Flood. As the fossils made their way to Europe, different interpretations took root: in France, George Louis Leclerc de Buffon declared that the fossils "proved" the idea of American "degeneracy" and "inferiority." This naturally brought about a strong reaction from Americans who were forging their own national designs at the time. Debate and speculation was intense and involved many of the leading lights of the day, including Franklin and Jefferson and the major scientists of Europe. Semonin traces all of the elements of these arguments and their implications thoroughly and clearly. For a while, before dinosaur fossils were discovered, the mastodon was the "king" of prehistoric beasts (ironically, when the first full skeleton of a mastodon was initially displayed in Philadelphia the tusks were put in upside-down, corresponding with the theory that the beast was a carnivore). This book should be enjoyed by those who have an interest in American history (the chapter on the discovery of fossils along the Ohio River is strong on exploration) as well as those with an interest in natural science.
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I bought and read this book because I recognized the name of the author as initiator extraordinaire in the '60s and '70s of two art forms, unnamed, unfunded, and unreviewed then, whose practitioners today reap the rewards of what foundations and critics deem "hot:" performance art and appropriation art. Both forms blur the lines between everything and make you see the world with which you know you are quite familiar in ways that would never have occurred to you before and as a result of which you see everything differently thereafter. Semonin started both trends under several other names which he doesn't refer to on his book jacket and his publisher doesn't either. So I will leave that mystery to readers curious enough to dig it out for themselves. What Semonin, the artist, gave artists who "got" it,

Semonin, the scholar, gives scholars who "get" the American Monster. Read it as a scholarly work of art, as artful scholarship, savor the surprises of accompanying our American forebears' digging their mystery, the root of our popular culture.


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This book was a delight! The author recreated in a wonderful style the amazing story of the earliest finds of large American fossils along the Hudson River and the Kentucky frontier, the scientist-naturalists of the time, how they worked and thought, and how it all fits into our early United States history. This book bridges several disciplines. As an environmental geologist I loved learning how a niche of my science fits into the historical scene. I recommend this book to scientists, university science classes, and the interested reader to add social and historic breadth to science understanding. How many scientists know of Thomas Jefferson's role in these early fossil debates? And, this book weaves together hundreds of details and several stories that tie religion, exploration, and social science theories to science. To top it off, there are 50 stunning illustrations. One of my favorites is the 1756 drawing of a "giant grinder" by the French mineralogist Jean Etienne Guettard. In this Internet age of instant communication it amazed me to realize that it sometimes took a year or more for scientists to share their data and theories on the "American Monster".
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In his preface, the author quotes his wife as saying, "Don't ramble-get to the point." Semonin never takes her advice and thus this is a book that should have been no more than half as long as this disjointed collection of digressions. There are really several stories in this book. I wish the author had decided which one he wanted to tell. Semonin can be an engaging storyteller and the discovery of fossil mastodon bones in North America came at a formative stage in American history. Too bad the author didn't find an editor who was willing to make him take his wife's advice.
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For anyone interested in how today's myths of the prehuman past came to be, this book is essential. There ar more than 30 pages of footnotes, as well as a lengthy bibliography, but American Monster is written for general readers as well as specialists. Semonin's style is fluid, well-paced, and rich in detail yet precise, and would be the envy of a novelist.

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International Business Geography: Case Studies of Corporate Firms (Routledge Studies in International Business and the World Economy)



International Business Geography: Case Studies of Corporate Firms (Routledge Studies in International Business and the World Economy)
Piet Pellenbarg,Egbert Wever | 2007-11-29 00:00:00 | Routledge | 304 | Economics

Written by eminent scholars who are well known within their fields across Europe, this book explores changes in the international economic environment, their impacts on the strategy of firms and the spatial consequences of these changes in strategy.

The economic environment in which major companies operate is subject to rapid and important changes. Such changes have their impact on the strategy of major and even smaller companies and changes in these firm's strategies often have important implications for the location choice of their activities, be it production, outsourcing, R&D or administrative activities.

Addressing these issues in a clear yet rigorous manner, this book is an excellent resource for students and researchers working and studying in the areas of international business, corporations, business strategy, economic geography and business geography.



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Inhaled Steroids in Asthma: Optimizing Effects in the Airways (Lung Biology in Health and Disease)



Inhaled Steroids in Asthma: Optimizing Effects in the Airways (Lung Biology in Health and Disease)
Schleimer/Obyrn | 2001-11-21 00:00:00 | Informa Healthcare | 760 | Respiratory Therapy
Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Text sums up the mechanistic basis, current status, and future prospects of steroid inhalation as the cornerstone of prophylactic asthma therapy. Identifies its kinetic basis and includes a historical account of inhaled glucocorticoid development. Expanded-outline format.

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The Real Winnie: A One-of-a-Kind Bear



The Real Winnie: A One-of-a-Kind Bear
Val Shushkewich | 2005-09-12 00:00:00 | Natural Heritage Books | 96 | Canadian
The fascinating, little-known story of the real Winnie the Bear, subsequently immortalised by A A Milne in the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, is a Canadian treasure. In 1914, a Canadian soldier and veterinarian, Harry Colebourn, purchased an orphaned black bear cub for USD20.00, naming her Winnipeg after the Manitoba city in which he had settled. He later shortened the name simply to 'Winnie". World War I found Lieutenant Colebourn and Winnie in England, at the Salisbury Plain, the main training ground of the British army. When he was informed that his brigade was to embark for France, he took Winnie to the London Zoo, intending to bring her back to Canada once his wartime service was over. But by the end of the war, Winnie had become a great favourite with the citizens of London and her owner elected to donate Winnie to the Zoo. A frequent visitor to the London Zoo in the 1920s, A A Milne quickly discovered that his young son, Christopher Robin, took great delight in time spent with Winnie.
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the book a The Real Winnie is an absolute joy a must for all Winnie the Pooh this book is a keepsake

so glad i bought it Cheryl
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Did you know Winnie is short for Winnipeg? And that Winnie the bear started his life as an orphan and friend of the Canadian Military? These and other little known details in the life of the "real" Winnie are revealed page by page in this delightful biography. I have enjoyed using it for years in Storytime on the anniversary of A.A. Milne's birth -- and I hope you will find a place for it, too!

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Adequacy of Retirement Income after Pension Reforms in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe: Eight Country Studies (Directions in Development; Finance)



Adequacy of Retirement Income after Pension Reforms in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe: Eight Country Studies (Directions in Development; Finance)
Robert Holzmann,Ufuk Guven | 2009-03-17 00:00:00 | World Bank Publications | 384 | Economics
The former transition countries of Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe (CESE) inherited defined benefit public pension systems financed on a pay-as-you-go basis. Under central planning, these systems exhibited fiscal strains which worsened during the early years of the transition and became unsustainable under a market economy and projected population aging. All CESE countries introduced reforms that varied with regard to the choice between parametric and systemic reforms and over the introduction of funding but typically focused on issues of sustainability rather than benefit adequacy. To assess benefit adequacy of the reformed systems against the imperative of long-term fiscal sustainability individual studies for nine CESE countries Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Serbia have been prepared. Benefit adequacy is thereby assessed by the gross and net replacement rates for steady state conditions approximated by the year 2040 for both income and contribution record dimension of the insured. These nine case studies plus a summary are compiled in this book suggesting the following broad policy conclusions: (i) fiscal sustainability has improved in most study countries, but few are fully prepared for the inevitability of population aging; (ii) the linkage between contributions and benefits has been strengthened, and pension system designs are better suited to market conditions; (iii) levels of income replacement are generally adequate for all but some categories of workers (including those with intermittent formal sector employment or low lifetime wages) - addressing their needs will require macro and microeconomic initiatives that go beyond pension policy; (iv) further reforms to cope with population aging should focus on extending labor force participation by the elderly to avoid benefit cuts that could undermine adequacy and very high contribution rates that could discourage formal sector employment; and (v) more decisive financial market reforms are needed for funded provisions to deliver on the return expectations of participants.

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Parallelkinematische Maschinen: Entwurf, Konstruktion, Anwendung (VDI-Buch) (German Edition)



Parallelkinematische Maschinen: Entwurf, Konstruktion, Anwendung (VDI-Buch) (German Edition)
Reimund Neugebauer | 2005-09-29 00:00:00 | Springer | 262 | German

Parallelkinematische Maschinen stellen die spektakulärste Innovation auf dem Gebiet der Maschinenstrukturen im letzten Jahrzehnt dar. Das als Nachschlagewerk konzipierte Buch vereint erstmals das umfangreiche Wissen zu diesem Thema. Der konstruktive Entwicklungsprozess parallelkinematischer Maschinen und der Einsatz in der industriellen Fertigung werden an Beispielen dargestellt.

Schwerpunkte bilden die praktischen Anforderungen an parallelkinematische Maschinen, deren strukturelle Konzeption, die richtige Auslegung von Steuerung und Komponenten sowie die messtechnische Bewertung solcher Maschinen. Probleme der Modellbildung werden ebenfalls dargestellt. Einsatzerfahrungen, wie sie mit parallelkinematischen Werkzeugmaschinen und Handhabeeinrichtungen gewonnen wurden, und Felder potenzieller Anwendungen werden genauso beschrieben wie Gesichtspunkte der Programmierung solcher Maschinen. Ein einführender historischer Abriss und Erläuterungen zur Terminologie runden das Buch inhaltlich ab.

Ein Verzeichnis der verwendeten Formeln, ein ausführliches Literaturverzeichnis sowie ein Sachverzeichnis sind Hilfen, die dem Leser das Arbeiten mit dem Buch erleichtern.



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Principles of Metal Manufacturing Processes



Principles of Metal Manufacturing Processes
J. Beddoes,M. Bibby | 1999-06-11 00:00:00 | Butterworth-Heinemann | 326 | Engineering
Metals are still the most widely used structural materials in the manufacture of products and structures. Their properties are extremely dependent on the processes they undergo to form the final product. Successful manufacturing therefore depends on a detailed knowledge of the processing of the materials involved. This highly illustrated book provides that knowledge.

Metal processing is a technical subject requiring a quantitative approach. This book illustrates this approach with real case studies derived from industry.

* Real industrial case studies
* Quantitative approach
* Challenging student problems

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Patterns in the Sand: A Seaside Knitters Mystery



Patterns in the Sand: A Seaside Knitters Mystery
Sally Goldenbaum | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | NAL Trade | 320 | Fiction Other
When I started this book, I was surprised it started with a cat in the window of a knit shop telling what it saw outside. Then a stranger in town climbs in a window and curls up with the cat. From there you find a mystery all through the book using terms of knitting to explain how a puzzle is pieced together to learn all the details to find the pattern. You find yourself with one murder and then another in a town who has not endured this before. Now I know very little about knitting but enough to enjoy the connection. First you think it is one person and then another but never the one the town wants to accuse. When you get to the end of the book you find where the book got it's title and what patterns in the sand stands for. I found the book intriguing and believe me it kept my attention as it was hard to put down. I found myself pulling for Willow and the person I thought who done it didn't. Also living in a rural area I could relate to a place where people never locked their doors. But now even here that no longer holds true. Highly recommend this book even to those who don't understand knitting.
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Operational Aspects of Oil and Gas Well Testing (Handbook of Petroleum Exploration and Production)



Operational Aspects of Oil and Gas Well Testing (Handbook of Petroleum Exploration and Production)
S. McAleese | 2000-03-24 00:00:00 | Elsevier Science | 352 | French
Well Testing is recognised by many operating oil and gas companies to be the most hazardous operation they routinely undertake. Therefore, it is of great importance that such operations are extremely well planned and executed.


This handbook covers all the major "Operational Aspects of Oil and Gas Well Testing" and uses a structured approach to guide the reader through the steps required to safely and effectively plan a well test operation under just about any circumstances world wide.


Safety procedures and well testing recommended practices are rigorously addressed in this book, as are the responsibilities of those persons involved in well testing operations.


Perforating equipment, drill stem test equipment and bottom hole pressure gauges are discussed in detail in the book. There is also a very valuable section on sub sea equipment, an area often not well understood even by experienced engineers who may have been primarily involved with land or jackup rigs.


A major part of the book is the detailed coverage of the equipment and instrumentation that makes up a surface well testing package. It also covers operational and testing related problems such as, hydrates, wax and sand, and offers the reader some possible solutions.


There are useful chapters on sampling, onsite chemistry, coil tubing and nitrogen operations and basic stimulation as they relate to well testing.


Finally there is an extensive section of appendices covering useful engineering calculations and there is a complete example of a detailed well testing programme.



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I believe this book fills a need that engineers always had. It explains in a very clear way how to do procedures in field operations and how to resolve different situations that can appear in oil and gas well testing... I really recommend it to the oil industry.

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Endangered Species Volume 2 Arachnids, Birds, Crustaceans, Insects, and Mollusks, 2nd edtion



Endangered Species Volume 2 Arachnids, Birds, Crustaceans, Insects, and Mollusks, 2nd edtion
Sonia Benson, Julie Carnagie | 2003-01-01 00:00:00 | Gale Cengage Learning | 528 | Biology
Endangered Species, 2nd Edition, presents information on endangered and threatened mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, mollusks, insects, arachnids, crustaceans, and plants. Its 240 entries -- including 40 new species added to the 2nd Edition -- were chosen to give a glimpse of the broad range of species currently facing endangerment. While well-publicized examples such as the American bison, northern spotted owl, and gray wolf are examined, so, too, are less conspicuous -- yet no less threatened -- species such as the Australian ant, Cape vulture, and Peebles Navajo cactus. The entries are spread across three volumes and are divided into sections by classes. Within each class, species are arranged alphabetically by common name.

• Color locator maps outlining the range of a particular species are included in each entry to help users find unfamiliar countries or locations.
• More than 200 color photographs provide a more concrete vision of the species. Sidebar boxes containing interesting and related information are also included in some entries.
• Each volume ends with a further research section composed of books, periodicals, Internet addresses, and environmental organizations.
• The book listing is annotated.
• The environmental organizations list -- a selected catalog of organizations focusing on endangered species -- contains mailing addresses, telephone numbers,
• Internet addresses (if available), and a brief description of each organization.
• The volumes conclude with a cumulative index providing access to all the species and subjects discussed throughout Endangered Species, 2nd Edition.
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The Colours of Life: An Introduction to the Chemistry of Porphyrins and Related Compounds



The Colours of Life: An Introduction to the Chemistry of Porphyrins and Related Compounds
Lionel R. Milgrom | 1997-05-15 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 256 | Botany
Why are leaves green and blood red? The answer lies with one family of pigments, the porphyrins and their relatives. These pigments are also responsible for the fundamental energetic processes that make life as we know it possible. The properties of these colorful molecules are now being investigated for use in a wide range of applications, from cancer therapy to microelectronics. The Colours of Life is intended to be an introduction to the porphyrins and their role in life.
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This is perhaps the only current textbook on porphyrins, most other books being severely outdated. I use this book to provide my graduate students a quick introduction to porphyrin chemistry. The book's main strength, in my opinion, is that it places comparable amounts of emphasis on chemical and biological aspects. Regarding the chemical aspects (at least), I would have preferred a somewhat more advanced level, that would have allowed a bit more detailed and rigorous discussions on, say, synthesis, metalloporphyrin electronic structure, etc. Thus, I feel that a special topic course on porphyrin chemistry could not be primarily based on this book, but this book certainly deserves being on the required reading list. The book is fun to read. There are no other recent books covering the same subject. It's certainly a worthwhile purchase for anyone with more than a passing interest in porphyrin chemistry.

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Engineering Fundamentals of the Internal Combustion Engine



Engineering Fundamentals of the Internal Combustion Engine
Willard W. Pulkrabek | 1997-01-01 00:00:00 | Prentice Hall | 426 | Mechanical Engineering
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This applied thermoscience book covers the basic principles and applications of various types of internal combustion engines. Explores the fundamentals of most types of internal combustion engines with a major emphasis on reciprocating engines. Covers both spark ignition and compression ignition engines as well as those operating on four-stroke cycles and on two-stroke cycles ranging in size from small model airplane engines to the larger stationary engines. Examines recent advancements, such as, Miller cycle analysis, lean burn engines, 2-stroke cycle automobile engines, variable valve timing, and thermal storage.

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This applied thermoscience text covers the basic principles and applications of various types of internal combustion engines.
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Creating Web-Accessible Databases: Case Studies for Libraries, Museums, and Other Nonprofits



Creating Web-Accessible Databases: Case Studies for Libraries, Museums, and Other Nonprofits
| 2008-07-20 00:00:00 | | 0 | Databases





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Small Antenna Design (Communications Engineering Series)



Small Antenna Design (Communications Engineering Series)
Douglas B. Miron | 2006-01-01 00:00:00 | Newnes; Pap/Cdr edition | 304 | Telecommunications
Gives readers the theory and techniques needed to successfully design small antennas!

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"Even though I already have a dozen antenna books in my personal library, I like this one as it adds another dimension." - Electronic Design

"the book is a good one that I recommendThe author has obviously had the experience to create this unique book." - Electronic Design, April 2006

"The book is written in a down-to-earth, conversational style, with many first-person descriptions, historical notes and explanations." High Frequency Electronics, May 2006

"the reader can easily visualize him/herself in a classroom lecture environment with a knowledgeable and personable professor." High Frequency Electronics, May 2006
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MATHEMATICS Activity Flip Chart (Kindergarten)


MATHEMATICS Activity Flip Chart (Kindergarten)
unknown | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | Macmillan/McGrawHill | 54 | Mathematics
The Mathematics Activity Flip Chart includes fun-filled pages of games, poems, songs, and problem solving activities to help develop mathematics skills and reinforce student learning. Engaging pictures provide visual literacy practice.
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Maria Goeppert Mayer: Physicist (Women in Science)



Maria Goeppert Mayer: Physicist (Women in Science)
Joseph P. Ferry,Chelsea House Publishers,Jill Sideman | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Chelsea House Publications | 110 | Educational
A biography of Maria Goeppert Mayer, a physicist who contributed to the development of the atomic bomb and who, in 1963, was cowinner of the Nobel Prize in Physics for her work on the nuclear shell model theory.

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Beam-Wave Interaction in Periodic and Quasi-Periodic Structures (Accelerator Physics)



Beam-Wave Interaction in Periodic and Quasi-Periodic Structures (Accelerator Physics)
Levi Schachter | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Springer-Verlag Telos (January 15, 1997) | 356 | Physics
The main topic of this book is the interaction of electrons with electromagnetic waves, primarily, but not only, for the generation and amplification of radiation. It discusses the various methods of electron-beam generation and propagation and the basic electron-wave interaction schemes. Then an idealized picture of the beam-wave interaction in a dielectric loaded waveguide is presented. Gradually the complexity of the analysis is increased by presenting the effect of reflected waves and further by considering the beam as an ensemble of macro-particles. The author discusses the interaction in periodic and in quasi-periodic metallic structures and the fundamentals of the beam-wave interaction in a periodic field. The book concludes with a brief discussion of particle acceleration, including novel acceleration schemes.
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Fuzzy Models and Algorithms for Pattern Recognition and Image Processing



Fuzzy Models and Algorithms for Pattern Recognition and Image Processing
James C. Bezdek, James Keller et al. | 1999-01-01 00:00:00 | Springer; 1 edition | 796 | Algorithms
Fuzzy Models and Algorithms for Pattern Recognition and Image Processing presents a comprehensive introduction of the use of fuzzy models in pattern recognition and selected topics in image processing and computer vision. Unique to this volume in the Kluwer Handbooks of Fuzzy Sets Series is the fact that this book was written in its entirety by its four authors. A single notation, presentation style, and purpose are used throughout. The result is an extensive unified treatment of many fuzzy models for pattern recognition. The main topics are clustering and classifier design, with extensive material on feature analysis relational clustering, image processing and computer vision. Also included are numerous figures, images and numerical examples that illustrate the use of various models involving applications in medicine, character and word recognition, remote sensing, military image analysis, and industrial engineering.
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The Myth of Multitasking: How "Doing It All" Gets Nothing Done



The Myth of Multitasking: How "Doing It All" Gets Nothing Done
Dave Crenshaw | 2008-08-18 00:00:00 | Jossey-Bass | 144 | Time Management
In a compelling business fable, The Myth of Multitasking confronts a popular idea that has come to define our hectic, work-a-day world. This simple yet powerful book shows clearly why multitasking is, in fact, a lie that wastes time and costs money. Far from being efficient, multitasking actually damages productivity and relationships at work and at home.
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Normally I can tell you how a book makes it onto my reading list - it was personally recommended to me, I know the author, I read a review of it, or in some cases a copy was sent to me by a publicist or a publishing house - hoping I will recommend it to you.



I can't tell you my personal back story for this book. I don't know how it made it on to my list, but I'm glad it did.



This short, small book is in the parable/business fiction genre. It tells the story of Helen, a harried CEO and Phil, her consultant. Through the story and with some exercises tools that our outlined in the back of the book so you can use them as well, Phil convinces Helen that multitasking is a myth - that as humans we really can't multitask at all.



I have long believed that to be true, and perhaps that is why the title intrigued me.



Whether you agree with the premise of the title, or are violently opposed; you should read it.



Have I solved all of my time management problems by reading this book? No, but I have ideas I am implementing that are making a difference.



I could share the key lessons from this book, but it would take away from your reading experience (which will be brief - the story itself is about 100 pages in a small format book).



Pick up a copy. Read it. Share it with others. Talk about it with them. And apply at least one of the key ideas.



It will be worth your time.


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I like this style of self help book. Not too much detail but gives good terminology for use with a group. After reading this I bought several copies for my employees. Easy to understand and put many of the suggestions to use quickly and easily.
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This book is right on the money! I now add it to my monthly drawings in my office sales mettings, and hope my agents apply the knowledge that David Crenshaw, the Author , has shared with us all.
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No more typing email while answering phone and researching and IM'ing and texting at same time !



Plan your day or others will do it for you!



Thanks


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I always know that multitasking is a myth. I tried to tell so to the people around but I failed miserably. Thanks to the author that this book really helps with the simple exercises and examples. His elaboration of multitasking, switchtasking and backgroundtasking is brilliant. I dont like business fables at all but this one is certainly an exception. It will take you less than an hour to finish it but the ROI is great. Recommended!



p.s. Below please find some of my favorite passages for your reference.



Our...research offers neurological evidence that the brain cannot do two things at once. - Dr. Rene Marois, Vanderbilt University pg18

Switching costs result when people must go back and review what they've done before they can resume work on a task. The more complicated the task...the greater the cost. - Time Management, Harvard Business School pg20

Time writing "Multitasking is worse than a lie" and "1,2,..27" normally, and by M,1,u,2,l,3.......respectively. pg42

The brain is a lot like a computer. You may have several screens open on your desktop, but you're able to think about only one at a time. - Dr. William Stixrud pg43

No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important. - Mary Kay Ash pg46

There is only ONE time line. There is only ONE you. pg70

If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one. - Russian Proverb pg86

Slow and steady wins the race. - Tortoise to the Hare, attributed to Aesop pg93

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The Patient's Guide to Medical Tests: Everything You Need to Know About the Tests Your Doctor Orders



The Patient's Guide to Medical Tests: Everything You Need to Know About the Tests Your Doctor Orders
J. C. Segen,Josie Wade Owens | 2002-05-15 00:00:00 | Facts on File | 418 | Personal Health
Buchanan General Hospital, VA. Provides the consumer with a basic understanding of the diagnostic procedures and tools used by physicians hospitals, and commercial laboratories. Organized alphabetically and presents more than 1,000 commonly prescribed tests and procedures. Previous edition: c1998.
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This book has provided me with important information as a consumer of medical services, and has provided my mother peace of mind as someone who has been undergoing a number of medical tests. The book clearly defines various procedures, patient preparation, and often includes comments about tests that patients are seldom told but ought to know. This book has been so helpful. I am a layperson with no medical knowledge. But to be able to describe a test to my mother in advance of the procedure, to let her know when it is non-invasive versus invasive, to know what kinds of physical symptoms or complications may follow a test...this has been invaluable information. I strongly recommend this book for anyone who has to undergo, or has someone close to them who will undergo, medical tests. The price is [reasonable] given how much useful and potentially lifesaving information it contains.
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I work as a Triage Nurse in a very busy Family Practice Clinic. We all use this book every day to answer patient questions--it is concise and can easily be explained to all levels of medical sophistication. In fact today I am ordering a second one.
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From Abdominal Tap to the Zung Depression Scale, this book covers over 1,000 of the most commonly prescribed medical tests, explaining each in understandable narrative, with further information on patient preparation, type of specimen needed, procedure (what is done to the specimen), reference range and abnormal values (with explanations), estimated cost (which varies widely), and other useful details including precautions and risks. The informative Introduction is a brief essay on medical testing in general and this book in particular, and an extensive Glossary, symbols and abbreviations section, and good index are provided as well.
The authors are to be congratulated on this fine handbook, which will be of use not only to patients and families, but also to clinics, nursing stations, medical records offices, and emergency rooms as well.


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Royal Enfield Bullet Service Manual


Royal Enfield Bullet Service Manual
Pete Snidal | 2002-01-01 00:00:00 | | 208 | Do It Yourself
Royal Enfield Bullet Service Manual
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Geometric Analysis on Symmetric Spaces (Mathematical Surveys and Monographs)



Geometric Analysis on Symmetric Spaces (Mathematical Surveys and Monographs)
Sigurdur Helgason | 1994-05-13 00:00:00 | American Mathematical Society | 611 | Education
This author gives the first systematic exposition of geometric analysis on Riemannian symmetric spaces and its relationship to the representation theory of semisimple Lie groups. The book starts with modern integral geometry for double fibrations and treats several examples in detail. After discussing the theory of Radon transforms and Fourier transforms on symmetric spaces, Helgason examines applications to invariant differential equations on symmetric spaces, particularly potential theory and wave equations. The book concludes with a chapter on eigenspace representations--that is, representations on solution spaces of invariant differential equations. Known for his high-quality expositions, Helgason received the 1988 AMS Steele Prize for his earlier books Differential Geometry, Lie Groups and Symmetric Spaces and Groups and Geometric Analysis. Containing exercises (with solutions) and references to further results, this book would be suitable for advanced graduate courses in modern integral geometry, analysis on Lie groups, or representation theory of semisimple Lie groups.
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Symmetric spaces are hugely important objects, occurring in many different parts of contemporary mathematics. In number theory, for example, one cannot even begin to do modular forms seriously without a reasonably thorough knowledge of the symmetric space afforded by the action of SL(2,Z) on the complex upper half plane. The indicated discrete group acts on {Im(z) 0} by fractional linear transformations resulting in a canonical simply connected orbit space, the fundamental domain, which, upon one-point compactification, acquires the structure of a compact Riemann surface. This beautiful and rich special case becomes the exemplar for the general state of affairs as far as automorphic functions are concerned: the moment a discrete (matrix) group acts on an appropriate space, typically situated in some Cr, the orbit space can be finessed so as to bring in a lot of exceedingly useful geometry and analysis. Voilá: a symmetric space.

Furthermore, aside from their natural appearance in nature, symmetric spaces are exceedingly interesting things in themselves, and have over the years given rise to a vast amount of literature. At the very top of this list one encounters the indicated contributions by Sigurdur Helgason, one of the true grandmasters of the genre. The book under review, Geometric Analysis on Symmetric Spaces, published by the AMS, is the second edition of the 1994 original, and is one of a quartette of seminal texts by this author, the other three being Differential Geometry, Lie Groups, and Symmetric Spaces (AMS, 2001), Groups and Geometric Analysis (AMS, 2000) --- these two books earned Helgason the Steele Prize ---, and, of course, the 1962 classic Differential Geometry and Symmetric Spaces. Manifestly, when it comes to symmetric spaces, Helgason's books are a sine qua non.

This having been said, Geometric Analysis on Symmetric Spaces is intended to be "easily accessible to readers with some modest background in Lie group theory which by now is widely known ..." (fair enough) and focuses "on analysis on Riemannian symmetric spaces X = G/K." Helgason addresses, among other things, "existence and uniqueness theorems for invariant differential equations on X, explicit solution formulas, as well as geometric properties of the solutions, for example the harmonic functions and the wave equation on X." The book relies to some degree on Differential Geometry, Lie Groups, and Symmetric Spaces and Groups and Geometric Analysis, but autonomy is striven for, as is accessibility: "To facilitate self-study and to indicate further developments each chapter concludes with a section `Exercises and Further Results.'"

At over 600 pages this is no quick jaunt in the park: it is serious mathematical exploration and the reader should be prepared for this sort of austerity. However, it is ultimately a foregone conclusion that Geometric Analysis and Symmetric Spaces is a model of fine scholarship and must rank as a definitive source for the indicated material. From my own parochial point of view, Chapter III, "The Fourier Transform on a Symmetric Space," and Chapter VI, "Eigenspace Representations," hold the most promise of all, but it is all most exciting and well worth the effort.

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Estimating Market Power and Strategies



Estimating Market Power and Strategies
Jeffrey M. Perloff,Larry S. Karp,Amos Golan | 2007-06-18 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 352 | Economics
The book shows economists how to estimate the ability of firms to raise their prices above their costs and how to estimate firms' strategies. It is designed for graduate students, researchers, and practitioners. It can be used as a textbook or as a guide to conducting research. No close substitutes exist.

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Advanced Drawing Skills: A Course in Artistic Excellence



Advanced Drawing Skills: A Course in Artistic Excellence
Barrington Barber | 2003-01-01 00:00:00 | | 208 | Drawing
Artists who have mastered the basic drawing skills, push past that plateau with the suggestions in this inspiring instructional manual. Discover effective ways to design and draw compositions. Add texture, outline, and movement to enhance the realism of your drawings. Try new tools and techniques. Whether you want to improve the accuracy of your pieces or create more expressive work, these illustrated lessons are essential.
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Poser 7 Revealed: The efrontier Official Guide



Poser 7 Revealed: The efrontier Official Guide
| 2006-12-27 00:00:00 | | 0 | Computer Application




Now you can conquer each essential feature of Poser 7! Poser 7 Revealed helps you develop the skills you need to create, render, and animate scenes and projects using the amazing tools offered by Poser 7. This hands-on guide provides you with step-by-step tutorials for each task, followed by projects that allow you to use each new skill on your own. Examine each feature room of Poser, including working with materials, cloth, hair, cameras, and bones. Put the power of Poser 7 to work for you as you learn how to simulate dynamic hair and cloth with collision detection, create realistic lighting with the image-based lighting feature, build custom morph targets with the new deformation brushes, use the new Talk Designer to automatically sync facial animations to an audio track, combine the power of Poser 7 with other software packages, create new motions using the new animation layers feature, and import externally created 3D models to enhance the scene.