Thomas Finney - Calculus
Thomas Finney | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Pearson - Addison Wesley Inc | 1 | Mathematics
Thomas Finney - Calculus
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Overall, this book is second tier Thompson. I'd recommend THE GRIFTERS or POP. 1280 instead. However, Thompson completists likely will enjoy it more than the average reader.
This book reads like it was pieced together from notebooks found in a motel after the writer left town. I would only recommend it to someone on my s-list. I thought the cover looked interesting when I picked it up at the bookstore, but now I dislike that as well.
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Among the most sumptuous buildings of antiquity were royal palaces. As in the Old World, kings and nobles of ancient Mexico and Peru had luxurious administrative quarters in cities, and exquisite pleasure palaces in the countryside. This volume explores the great houses of the ancient New World, from palaces of the Aztecs and Incas, looted by the Spanish conquistadors, to those lost high in the Andes and deep in the jungle. This volume, the first scholarly compendium of elite residences of the high cultures of the New World, presents definitive descriptions and interpretations by leading scholars in the field. Authoritative yet accessible, this extensively illustrated book will serve as an important resource for anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians of art, architecture, and related disciplines.
This is a thorough, yet understandable text about the boundary element method (BEM), an attractive alternative to the finite element method (FEM). It not only explains the theory, but also deals with the implementation into computer code written in FORTRAN 95 (software can be freely downloaded). Applications range from potential problems to static and dynamic problems in elasticity and plasticity. The book also addresses the issue of fast solution of large scale problems, using parallel processing hardware. Special topics such as the treatment of inclusions, heterogeneous domains and changing geometry are also addressed. Most chapters contain exercises and this makes the book suitable for teaching. Applications of the method to industrial problems are shown. The book is designed for engineers and scientists that want to understand how the method works and to apply the method and solve real problems.
That?s easy ? look in Book One of Windows Vista All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies. Windows expert Woody Leonhard starts off this everything-you-want-to-know-about -Vista guide by helping you choose the version that fits your needs. He follows that with minibooks Two through Nine, each devoted to one specific area ? setting up, securing, and customizing Vista, going online, adding cool hardware, getting the most from multimedia, exploring Vista video, and setting up a network. You?ll find out about: Ripping and burning discs of data, music, or movies Organizing desktop files and folders Collecting and editing your digital photos in the Photo Gallery Controlling users, making backups, and maintaining your system Locking down your system to deflect spam, scams, spyware, phishers, and viruses Exploring alternatives to Internet Explorer Adding hard drives, printers, key drives, USB hubs, and other hardware Making movies, adding music to your iPod, and setting up Media Center
Covering almost anything you will ever need to know for a long and happy relationship with Vista, Windows Vista All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies is a guide you?ll refer to again and again.
Windows Vista All-in-One for Dummies
If you have any questions about Windows Vista, this is the book for you. Nothing is left out when it comes to taloring Vista to your preferrences. I recommend this book to anyone new to, or wanting to learn more about Vista.
Do not waste your money on this worthless book.
This book is not what you need to learn to navigate Vista. It is all highly advanced high tech, IPOD, movies, games, etc. It is not useful for the average user that is switching from Windows XP and needs to learn how to navigate the differences. I am returning my copy today.
Windoms Vista For Dummies
The book help you get out of troble that you are in. If you are trying to change somethings you look it up in the book
Pass This One By,,.
I bought this a few days ago with high hopes that it would contain the bits and pieces I needed to navigate Vista and that information would be presented in a light hearted plain language format that is the hallmark of any of the For Dummies books. What I found once I started reading was a tech writer who thought he was a one line stand up comic, and not a very good one at that.
I don't mind humor, but the over abundance of poor humor, overused cliches, and finding it in almost every third sentence was way too much. Andy Rathbone's Windows Vista For Dummies is a much better book at half the page count and 2/3ds the price.
Another issue with the book is that the author wanders off on tangents for applications that aren't OS related. Stick to the core OS and what comes with it, and do it well, don't wander off and try to impress the readers with your poorly delivered knowledge.
Finally, and this is more of a personal issue, the author sounded like a paid shill for all things Google. Seeing the sales pitch for Google once was ok, but when it is used at every opportunity it really gets tiring.
In summation, if you want to have to re-read what you just read because of the excessive `humor`, this is the book for you. If you're looking for a book that will help you in a pinch with a Vista related issue, get Andy Rathbone's Windows Vista For Dummies - it's much, much, much better.
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I was very happy with the customer service I received when I purchased the book Vista for Dummies. The company mailing me this book was very prompt in the mailing.
A rich and lively read, False Prophets provides a refreshingly new and original overview of the history of management in the larger context of the American culture, brilliantly illustrating its evolution--from the ivory tower to the shop floor.
This is not your average textbook! I read it for a doctorate level course. Considering the state of he post 2008 global economy, this book sheds light on the dark side of management theory. It was truly eye-opening. It provides great fodder for skeptics!
The book was received 2-3 weeks late. I ordered 1 book, but I received 3 books and was charged for them. They are late for this class, and now I have to send 2 books back for a refund.
Edmund Burke wrote that 'coarse distinctions' are the foe of good judgement. James Hoopes' writing here is no enemy of good judgement. He makes clear ethical distinctions about the moral content of rule by managers and political rule by the people. In the early days of management writing in the slave south - one of the historical highlights of this book - such distinctions would have been commonplace. But in our day, with the spirit of Humpty Dumpty governing the use of language in business, academia and politics, Mr Hoopes' assertion that management is un-American is bold iconoclasm.
But Mr Hoopes is no Seattle street fighter. Showing the moral difference between free government and management is only one part of his project. He knows that not everything democratic is good; and not everything good is democratic. Mr Hoopes praises management for its many achievements in the sphere of business organisation and defends it against those 'false prophets' who attempted to give it democratic legitimacy. Management is legitimate because in its rightful place, the business world, management achieves what businesses need and what society needs business to provide: profit, productivity, workplace order, efficiency, speed and flexibility.
Outside of that sphere, however, management is bad. Applying 'industrial best practice' to free government is to fetter the people. So, Mr Hoopes argues, let us weigh the worth of management and free government on different moral scales and never get them confused. Though he never makes the analogy himself, Mr Hoopes is arguing for a similar distinction we already make with judicial courts and military structures. Neither of those are democratic either, though both are useful and good and enable the larger democratic project to continue. Therefore, we explicitly confine their undemocratic powers to discrete areas and maintain those boundaries forcefully. And the members of the judiciary and military support them too. It is not legal prohibitions that ultimately prevent generals from taking over government: it is because they have internalised the doctrine of civilian control of the military. Businessmen and gurus and all of us must do the same for business, Mr Hoopes seems to say. If business cannot itself be run democratically and government regulation is too prone to failure, such an attitude is probably the only sustainable way we can defend free government from 'industrial best practice'.
My one wish is that Mr Hoopes made a longer, more detailed argument about 'how top-down power increased American productivity' (the title of part 1). He shows the clear improvements Taylor ('the demon') and Gantt made in their time. But he doesn't reflect on how they are still applicable now in the age of the long-tail and internet; nor how they have been applied to, say, agriculture or the service sector in our day (Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser is good here, but of course doesn't have the same focus as False Prophets). Nor on how management can be the enemy of speed and flexibility and innovation.
But beyond that, this is an excellent book, highlighting some important and still influential thinkers of last century; giving us short bursts of business history; and revives a clear moral language with which to discuss the intersection of business and government.
Hoopes' book presents a gallery of management thinkers and introduce their work through the lenses of a political science perspective. Political scientists who use the concept of power to describe economic or social mechanisms are sometimes prone to its abuse: they see politics everywhere, and they consider all references to general ideals or moral sentiments as stratagems used by rulers to obfuscate the brutal exercise of top-down authority.
Power is indeed a key concept for political scientists, as interest is for economists, and both concepts may help them to build theories or propose models of corporate behavior. But management scholars are practically oriented, and they know that power or interests can sometimes be bad for practice. That is why politics is a bad name in a private business setting, and motivation takes many forms other than paycheck retribution.
According to Hoopes, the simple existence of top-down management power contradicts the democratic political values at the heart of American culture. "Ordinary citizen get their closest exposure to undemocratic government when they go to work for a corporation." The book argues that remembering that contradiction, rather than covering it up, as many management theorists have done, is the best way to manage well. "Top-down power and its potential abuse are here to stay in corporate America. It is foolish to think otherwise." So it is better to admit that we live two lives, one as free citizen and one as submissive employees, and that instead of extending corporate values in our democratic institutions we should build checks and balances in our political system to limit the abuse of management power. Unfortunately this is not the direction that management gurus have taken.
Hoopes begins his tour of portraits with Frederick W. Taylor, the founder of scientific management. Taylor is now considered mostly an embarrassment in the history of management, and he serves as a negative milestone against which later approaches were constructed. But his emphasis on efficiency, low costs, and pay to performance still makes sense today. Better, Taylor can be portrayed as a pioneer of knowledge management, as he saw knowledge as a key resource that had to be properly managed by teams of experts. His success owes much to the state of management education at his time: "new business schools such as Harvard had embarrassingly little systematic knowledge to teach and desperately embraced Taylorism to fill class time (....) Students attention could be concentrated on instruction cards, slide rules, and time study, lending business schools a facade of science and academic rigor."
The other scholar who took Harvard Business School by storm is Elton Mayo, whose human relations movement imposed a new curriculum in management education. The Australian social psychologist is cast as the villain in Hooper's story: he is depicted as lying about his curriculum, and as substituting intellectual aloofness for academic rigor. His dream was to replace democracy with therapy: he treated Bolshevism as a mental illness, and labor grievances as symptoms of deeply-held neuroses. HBS, where his recruitment owed more to his ability to attract money from the Rockefeller foundation than to his scientific credentials, gave him the institutional power to develop and sell his ideas, which reinforced the managerial profession's claim for social status based on its dedication to human service. Although he only supervised the study from afar, he is mostly remembered for the Hawthorne experiment at General Electric, which demonstrated that gentle and caring supervision created better group dynamics. But he is still considered as the founder of Organizational Behavior, a discipline that has become a part of every business school curriculum.
By contrast, Mary Parker Follett gets many praises as a shining personality and a brilliant social theorist. Trained as a political scientist, she contributed original insights to social theory and business management by trying to integrate the opposite interests of bosses and workers. Using her social work experience as a new model of political democracy, Follett eventually came to believe that a corporation at its best is a person. According to her, "the group, because it means a larger life than our single, separate lives, thrills us and raises us to new levels of efficiency and power." She believed that all employees should contribute to management, and she may have erred in her confidence in leadership as a substitute for power, yet her thoughts reflected the better aspects of corporate life.
Finally, Peter Drucker, whose portrait closes the volume, is the only management expert who deserves the title of guru, used generously throughout the book. His mix of social theory and practical business advice attracted a cult following, not only in the United States but also in Japan and in Europe. Fleeing central Europe's descent into chaos in the 1930s, Drucker began his career as a journalist and did some fieldwork at General Motors before moving to academia, where he became the quintessential business guru. In the 1960s, he first called attention to the growing role of knowledge workers; in the 1970s, he pioneered management by objectives and called attention to Japanese companies' distinctive practices; in the 1980s, his increasing disenchantment with corporate America led him to turn his focus to nonprofit organizations, which were in bad need of rigorous management techniques. Drucker also played a role of the ubiquitous social critic for business managers who usually have little time for sociological treatises and philosophical thought.
My impression upon reading this book is mixed. The introductory chapter presents a strong thesis, namely that management gurus obfuscate the anti-democratic nature of corporate power, but this basic insight covers only a limited aspect of the management doctrines that are reviewed in the subsequent chapters. It is not obvious that the author has actually read all the material that he covers--not that the management books of these mostly forgotten authors are worth re-reading anyway. If you need a critical introduction to the thoughts and doctrines of management gurus, I find The Witch Doctors by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge a much more pleasant and informative read.
Well written, photos I had not seen of Follet and Barnard. Overall interesting, similar in some ways to Gabor's text (Capitalist Philosophers).
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They have assembled together a very interesting and diverse collection of articles on the subject of philosophy of chemistry. Their editorial introduction and introduction to the field is excellent as are many of the articles written by philosophers, chemists and educators.
At the end of the day you can have international conferences, web servers, new journals, internet journals and special issues but what really defines a field is still one slim monograph which collects together, in a coherent and inter-related fashion, all the modern themes being studied.
This book deals with the mechanical and physical behavior of composites as influenced by composite geometry. The monograph provides a comprehensive introduction for researchers and students to modern composite materials research with a special emphasis on the influence of geometry to materials properties. Composite Materials enables the reader to a better understanding of the behavior of natural composites, improvement of such materials, and design of new materials with prescribed properties.
This lavishly illustrated book is about heroes and villains, with brief vignettes both factual and analytical about the World War II-100. It is guaranteed to set off debate and controversy around the world. Each vignette is tightly written, loaded with facts and opinions, and assessments about how individuals influenced the most brutal war in the memory of humankind. It will give you insights into the minds and characters of flawed and heroic human beings locked in the deadly embrace of a war without mercy.
I am a ww2 history buff and this book mentioned some people I never knew before. I agree with the first five as well. Hitler should always be number 1 even if he was the most evil man to live on this planet. Where is Mengele? A few people that should have been higher, but overall a great book to own.
Almost 5 stars, but I disagree with too much of the list to hand over the 5th star. The author admits this book is subjective, but I believe he makes an honest attempt to be objective. Even though I cannot think of any additional Russians, I'm sure they are underrepresented. Only 7 Russian figures, the US has around 40. I was impressed that Andrew Higgins was included, but more private citizens dedicated to leading war material production belong on this list (whether they gained financially or not, they still dramatically influenced the war), such as Henry Kaiser, and maybe Henry Ford. The top 5 are indisputable, and I agree with the order each is ranked, after then, the debate begins. My biggest dispute is the lack of front line soldiers, too many generals and admirals. After finishing the book, the only front line soldiers which come to mind, which the author included are Jimmy Doolittle, Mordecai Anielwicz, Konstantin Rokossovsky and the Sullivan brothers. Where is Audie Murphy? Or any of the Iwo Jima flag holders? This debate can go on forever, but I can't resist posing these questions. How can Curtis LeMay (architect of air bombings over Japan), Chuichi Nagumo (executed Pearl Harbor attack, decided against 3rd wave), Claire Chennault (leader of Flying Tigers which encouraged America to enter the War) and Simon Buckner (highest ranking US military casualty of war) not make the list. Buckner and Nagumo didn't even make honorable mention!!. Those 4 were obviously overlooked. Overall the author has done a competent and courageous job. I hope this helps.
I am a "lay" reader, not a history student or even a history buff, and for me, this book was terrific. It made World War II come alive in short essays that were quick to read and fascinating.
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Western democracies often trace their political roots back to Ancient Greece. While politics today may seem the dusty domain of lawmakers and pundits, in the classical era virtually no aspect of life was beyond its reach. Political life was not limited to acts of a legislature, magistrates, and the courts but routinely included the activities of social clubs, the patronage system, and expression through literature, art, and architecture. Through these varied means, even non-enfranchised groups (such as women and non-citizens) gained entry into a wider democratic process.
Beyond the citizen world of traditional politics, there existed multiple layers of Greek political life-reflecting many aspects of our own modern political landscape. Religious cults served as venues for female office-holders; private clubs and drinking parties served significant social functions. Popular athletes capitalized on their fame to run for elected office. Military veterans struggled to bring back the good old days much to the dismay of the forward-thinking ambitions of naive twenty-somethings. Liberals and conservatives of all classes battled over important issues of the day. Scandal and intrigue made or ended many a political career. Taken collectively, these aspects of political life serve as a lens for viewing the whole of Greek civilization in some of its characteristic and distinctive dimensions.
The new edition of this extraordinary book depicts the creation of the world champion checkers computer program, Chinook. In only two years, Chinook had become a worthy opponent to the world champion, and within four years had defeated all the world's top human players. Jonathan Schaeffer, the originator and leader of the Chinook team, details the mistakes and technical problems made and the lessons learned in the continuous effort to improve Chinook's performance, revealing the human factor behind the program?s design. The development of Chinook begins in 1988 as an innocent question asked over lunch and is followed to the final match against then world champion, Marion Tinsley, and ultimately to its recent triumph, solving checkers. Schaeffer?s unwaveringly honest narrative features new anecdotes, updated material and technology descriptions, and additional photos and figures, providing an engrossing account of an obsessive quest to achieve perfection in computer checkers.
I originally read the first half of the book when staying with a friend. When I got home I had - for the first time in my life - to buy a book merely to read half of it, so un-put-downable is it.
The book requires no technical knowledge either or computers of of draughts (and to an extent if one approaches it expecting technical insights in to either one will be disappointed).
In practice it's such a good read as the story is well told and gathers momentum the nearer the author gets to the goal. It is focused on the people and the project and not the technicals. Schaeffer recounts his hopes, feelings and motivations with a brutal honesty - never shying away from an accurate description when authorial licence might have presented him in a better light.
Once I started to read this book I found it difficult to put down. Granted I am addicted to playing checkers against my computer when taking breaks at work, but still,,,, This is very interesting material for checkers players and computer programmers alike.
However, I do have a couple of problems with the book. First, it is very poorly edited. There are a number of grammatical mistakes, [one right on the first paragraph], the author at times goes into unnecessary tangents and, in general the book is too long and repetitive. In addition, it bothered me that, perhaps because of the author's familiarity with chess, he decided to use chess notation to describe the games. This makes it more difficult for checkers players to follow the games while reading the book. The author/editor should have made the effort to use checkers notation or to provide better diagrams.