Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Thomas Finney - Calculus


Thomas Finney - Calculus
Thomas Finney | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Pearson - Addison Wesley Inc | 1 | Mathematics
Thomas Finney - Calculus
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Texas by the Tail



Texas by the Tail
Jim Thompson | 1994-10-04 00:00:00 | Vintage | 224 | 20th Century
Mitch Corley has a girlfriend with expensive tastes and a ruthless wife who refuses to become an "ex" without major compensation. He needs big money and he needs it fast. Which makes Texas Mitch's natural destination, since nowhere are rich men more inclined to stake huge sums on a roll of the dice. The only problem is that Texans are sore losers--and they have cruel and ingenious ways of getting back at anyone who cheats them.

Texas by the Tail is a high-spirited, sexy, and ingeniously plotted novel of the grifting life, by a writer who is a virtual encyclopedia of the con, the scam, and the double cross.

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This book compares favorably to the best work Thompson has done, with wit, wise-cracking dialogue, and pacing. It's as good as anything he's done. Having read Thompson's oeuvre, I'm not sure what to say for these other reviewers. They just offer opinions, not analysis. Do yourself a favor: don't take their word for it.
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Texas by the Tail by Jim Thompson chronicles the largely comic adventures of Mitch Corley, a gambling grifter whose theatre of operation is the great state of Texas. Since the plotting is more than a little haphazard, it's useful to view Texas by the Tail as a series of vignettes rather than a conventional novel with a beginning, middle and end.

Published only 2 years after The Grifters, a magnificently well polished Jim Thompson novel with similar subject matter, this book is a bit of a disappointment. Instead of telling a compelling and viscerally engaging story as he did in The Grifters, in Texas by the Tail, Thompson chose to fill the narrative with a series of disparate scenarios. These scenarios are, in many cases, interesting in their own right, but they fail to gel together.

Bottom line: A disappointing misfire by an author capable of much, much better. Probably of interest to diehard Jim Thompson fans only.
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Although a Jim Thompson book about grifters and gamblers in Texas sounds like a can't-fail combination, Texas By The Tail is a misfire, more of an outline for a novel than an actual novel. The characters are bland and the plot never really gets going before it peters out abruptly. I give it three stars only because even a bad Thompson is better than no Thompson at all.
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I'm a huge Jim Thompson fan and have read 15 of his books. TEXAS BY THE TAIL is not one of his best. Some of the writing is quite good, and I liked the characters. However, there were far too many plot holes and coincidences. Yeah, that can be said about most of Thompson's books, but it's particularly true here. The plot concerns Mitch Corley, a professional gambler, and his attempts to scam people in Houston. He has a wife who won't divorce him and a girlfriend who doesn't know he's married. Plus, he's starting to make some powerful people mad about his gambling cons. I actually found myself rooting for Corley, but the resolution left me wondering what happened.

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.
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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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Palaces of the Ancient New World (Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Conference Proceedings)



Palaces of the Ancient New World (Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Conference Proceedings)
Susan Toby Evans,Joanne Pillsbury,Ben A. Nelson,E. Wyllys Andrews,David Webster,Takeshi Inomata,William H. Isbell,Craig Morris,Lucy C. Salazar,Stephen D. Houston | 2004-01-01 00:00:00 | Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection | 416 | Central America

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.



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The Good Research Guide



The Good Research Guide
Martyn Denscombe | 2003-06-01 00:00:00 | Open University Press | 272 | Education
The Good Research Guide has been a bestselling introduction to the basics of
social research since it was first published in 1998.

This new second edition of the book offers the same clear guidance on how to conduct successful small-scale research projects and adds even more value by including new sections on internet research, phenomenology, grounded theory and image-based methods.

The book provides:

* a clear summary of the relevant strategies, methods and approaches
to data analysis
* a jargon-free coverage of the key issues
* an attractive layout and user-friendly presentation
* checklists to guide good practice

Practical and comprehensive, The Good Research Guide is an invaluable tool for students of education, health studies, business studies and other social sciences, who need to conduct small-scale research projects as part of undergraduate, postgraduate or professional studies.

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Theory of Shells, Volume Volume III (Studies in Mathematics and Its Applications)



Theory of Shells, Volume Volume III (Studies in Mathematics and Its Applications)
Jeffrey M. Lemm | 2000-05-25 00:00:00 | North Holland | 662 | Engineering
The objective of Volume III is to lay down the proper mathematical foundations of the two-dimensional theory of shells. To this end, it provides, without any recourse to any a priori assumptions of a geometrical or mechanical nature, a mathematical justification of two-dimensional nonlinear and linear shell theories, by means of asymptotic methods, with the thickness as the "small" parameter.


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The Boundary Element Method with Programming: For Engineers and Scientists



The Boundary Element Method with Programming: For Engineers and Scientists
Gernot Beer,Ian Smith,Christian Duenser | 2008-05-08 00:00:00 | Springer | 494 | Programming

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.



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Structure and Function: Approaches to the Simplex Clause Pt. 1: A Guide to Three Major Structural-functional Theories (Studies in Language Companion)



Structure and Function: Approaches to the Simplex Clause Pt. 1: A Guide to Three Major Structural-functional Theories (Studies in Language Companion)
Christopher S. Butler | 2003-03-31 00:00:00 | John Benjamins Publishing Co | 556 | Foreign Languages
Volume one of a two volume set outlining and comparing three approaches to the study of language labelled "structural-functionalist": Functional Grammar (FG); Role and Reference Grammar (RRG); and Systemic Functional Grammar (SFG).

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Windows Vista All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))



Windows Vista All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))
| 2006-12-15 00:00:00 | | 0 | Windows Vista


With Vista, Windows has had an extreme makeover. Many of the features that were old friends in Windows XP now look and act differently. And if you?re thinking of upgrading to Vista but haven?t done it yet, wow ? there are eight different versions! How do you know which one to choose?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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Happy with my purchase
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.


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Young Mathematicians at Work, Vol. 3: Constructing Fractions, Decimals, and Percents



Young Mathematicians at Work, Vol. 3: Constructing Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
Catherine Twomey Fosnot, Maarten Dolk | 2002-01-01 00:00:00 | Heinemann | 192 | Mathematics
In our efforts to reform mathematics education, we've learned a tremendous amount about young students' strategies and the ways they construct knowledge, without fully understanding how to support such development over time. The Dutch do. So, funded by the National Science Foundation and ExxonMobil, Mathematics in the City was begun, a collaborative inservice project that pooled the best thinking from both countries. In Young Mathematicians at Work, Catherine Fosnot and Maarten Dolk reveal what they learned after several years of intensive study in numerous urban classrooms.

In this third volume in a series of three, Fosnot and Dolk focus on how children in grades 5-8 construct their knowledge of fractions, decimals, and percents. Their book:

•describes and illustrates what it means to do and learn mathematics.
•contrasts word problems with true problematic situations which support and enhance investigation and inquiry.
•provides strategies to help teachers turn their classrooms into math workshops.
•explores the cultural and historical development of fractions, decimals, and their equivalents and the ways in which children develop similar ideas and strategies.
•defines and gives examples of modeling, noting the importance of context.
•discusses calculation using number sense and the role of algorithms in computation instruction.
•describes how to strengthen performance and portfolio assessment.
•focuses on teachers as learners by encouraging them to see themselves as mathematicians.
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Safety Metrics: Tools and Techniques for Measuring Safety Performance



Safety Metrics: Tools and Techniques for Measuring Safety Performance
Christopher A. Janicak Ph.D. CSP ARM | 2003-01-01 00:00:00 | Government Institutes | 208 | Management
Safety Metrics: Tools and Techniques for Measuring Safety Performance
By Christopher A. Janicak Ph.D. CSP ARM


* Publisher: Government Institutes
* Number Of Pages: 208
* Publication Date: 2003-01-28
* ISBN-10 / ASIN: 0865879478
* ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780865879478



Summary: Great safety resource
Rating: 4

I am fairly new to the safety field and thought our current metrics on how we measure the effectiveness of our safety efforts were not as effective as they could be. I purchased this book to learn how to develop more detailed, specific safety measures - and was not disappointed. Creating safety metrics can be tricky - if you work in a multi-departent organization there are many things other than your specific efforts (such as department leadership, department-specific training, individual audits the department conducts, the department's safety culture, etc.) that can affect the number of injuries and accidents within the organization.

There is a lot of information in this book to help pinpoint various safety measures and how they are affected. I am not very statistical so some parts of the book were a little over my head, but overall the book has been very useful as a reference (which I keep on my desk within arms reach at all times).
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Radiowave Propagation and Smart Antennas for Wireless Communications (The Kluwer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science Volume 599) (The ... Series in Engineering and Computer Science)



Radiowave Propagation and Smart Antennas for Wireless Communications (The Kluwer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science Volume 599) (The ... Series in Engineering and Computer Science)
| 2000-11-30 00:00:00 | | 0 | Computer Science


Useful as a text as well as a reference, this is one of the first books of its kind to combine basic and advanced topics of radiowave propagation and smart antennas into a single volume. The book is interdisciplinary in nature and contains material drawn from the electromagnetics and communications areas. Physical phenomena leading to the modeling and prediction of path loss, and characterizing the small-scale and medium-scale fluctuations of the received signal, are treated in detail. Several new path loss models are included. Both narrowband and wideband radio channel characterizations are discussed. Statistical descriptions of geometrically based single bounce scattering models that are useful in developing spatial channel models for smart arrays are presented. Principles of diversity and smart antennas for reducing fading and co-channel interference are presented. Performance evaluation of these arrays in the presence of fading and shadowing is treated. Both TDMA and CMDA systems are considered. Effects of element mutual coupling and correlation in limiting the system performance are elaborated. Finally, principles of multiple-input multiple-output communication systems that are increasingly becoming attractive owing to their enormous bit rate capabilities are covered. Several practical examples are worked out throughout the text. Additional problems that help the reader assimilate the material and advance to higher-level topics are included at the end of each chapter. Radiowave Propagation and Smart Antennas for Wireless Communications has been written for use in a graduate course on communications and represents a comprehensive reference for research scientists and practitioners working in fields related to the topic.

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False Prophets: The Gurus Who Created Modern Management and Why Their Ideas Are Bad for Business Today



False Prophets: The Gurus Who Created Modern Management and Why Their Ideas Are Bad for Business Today
James Hoopes | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Basic Books | 336 | Company Profiles
A critical reassessment of the ideas that shaped modern management. According to Jim Hoopes, the fundamental principles on which business is based--authority, power, control--are increasingly at odds with principles of life in a democratic society--freedom, equality, individualism. False Prophets critically examines the pioneering theories of the early management thinkers, such as Taylor, Follett, Mayo, and Deming, which intended to democratize corporate life yet have proved antithetical to the successful practice of business. Hoopes challenges popular management movements that followed in the wake of these thinkers and accuses today's business theorists of perpetuating bad management in the name of democratic values. He urges executives and managers to recognize the realities of corporate life and learn to apply the principles of power. He also unveils a new management agenda that will be of paramount significance to modern organizations.

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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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The Adventures of the Vampire Bowling League



The Adventures of the Vampire Bowling League
Martine Jardin | 2006-01-01 00:00:00 | eXtasy Books | 167 | Fiction Other
The Adventures of the Vampire Bowling League
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Continuous Thermal Processing of Foods: Pasteurization and UHT Sterilization (Food Engineering Series)



Continuous Thermal Processing of Foods: Pasteurization and UHT Sterilization (Food Engineering Series)
Michael J. Lewis,Neil J. Heppell | 2000-07-31 00:00:00 | Springer | 462 | Engineering
This new book updates and expands Harold Burton's classic book, UHT Processing of Milk and Milk Products, to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art coverage of thermal processing of liquid and particulate foods. The food products covered now include soups, sauces, fruit juices, and other beverages, in addition to milk and milk products. Pasteurization, sterilization, and aseptic processing are all discussed, with emphasis on the underlying principles and problems of heat treatment of more viscous fluids, where streamline flow conditions are likely to prevail, and of products containing particles. Pasteurization and heat treatments designed to further extend the shelf life of pasteurized products are also discussed, and the pasteurization and sterilization processes are compared to highlight similarities and differences. Throughout, factors influencing the safety and quality of heated foods are emphasized. This book contains over 100 illustrations and 50 tables, as well as extensive cross-referencing and a comprehensive reference section.

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Encyclopedia of Rape



Encyclopedia of Rape
Merril D. Smith | 2004-01-01 00:00:00 | Greenwood Press | 330 | Encyclopedias
Rape has been perpetrated throughout history and worldwide, and today ours has been called a rape culture, because sexual violence, mainly against women and children, is prevalent and tolerated to some extent. The Encyclopedia of Rape offers 185 entries in an A-to-Z essay format covering the historical scope and magnitude of the issue in the United States and globally. Written by a host of scholars from diverse fields, it provides informed perspectives on the key dimensions of the topic, from concepts, social movements, offenders, high-profile cases, legislation, influential activists, landmark texts, and victimology to representations in literature and art. This solid, accessible ready-reference will allow students and the general reader to contextualize current events and reading and viewing in history, literature and the Bible, film, art history, gender studies, psychology, criminology, popular culture, and more. Rape is a topic of perpetual relevance and remains deeply controversial, as it involves the sexual act. Although women are the primary targets of rape and thus the focus of discussion of it, the rape of men, children, and animals is also considered in the encyclopedia. Up to date, it contains insight on the manifestations of rape today, including as a tool of ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and genocide in Rwanda, the Catholic Church priest scandals, and drug-facilitated date rape. Added value comes from an abundance of statistics, suggested reading for further research per entry, chronology, resource guide, and appendix listing entries by topic.
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Economics: Making Sense of the Modern Economy



Economics: Making Sense of the Modern Economy
Simon Cox | 2006-09-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Finances and Money
I have no formal economics background and have often wondered how dangerous the US trade deficit is, what are the real benefits and risks of globalization, the US versus the Eurozone versus Japan, and what role central banks and interest rates play in the global economy. It is often difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff in any attempt to understand these issues, it seems as if there is an economic pundit or expert on TV or the internet who will support virtually any position. This book, published by the Economist magazine, is an easy to read discussion of virtually every major economic issue of importance today. This book is not an economics primer, per se, so if that is what you are looking for, buy a textbook. It is, however, a primer about a wide range of topics in economics of particular importance in the modern world economy. This book is divided up into four major sections: The New Liberalism (the case for globalization), the lopsided world economy, the arteries of capitalism, and Wordly philosophy. Each of these major sections contains several smaller monographs about specific issues such as growth and China, the US trade imbalance, the case for globalization, finance, banking, and many others. Each of these monographs is short, focused, and only loosely tied with the other monographs, making this an easy read. The level of this book is about that of the Economist magazine itself, if you like their weekly publication, you will probably like this. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to better understand the global economy.
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The World of Chaucer



The World of Chaucer
Derek Brewer | 2000-11-09 00:00:00 | D.S.Brewer | 240 | Authors
Geoffrey Chaucer died on 25 October 1400. To mark the six-hundredth anniversary of his death Derek Brewer's classic book is once again available in a fully illustrated version: over one hundred contemporary colour and black and white illustrations, from the homely to the refined - from children's games and cooking to falconry and music-making - bring the late middle ages to life. Chaucer's English world - that of the second half of the fourteenth century - is rich in interest of every kind, and Chaucer was a uniquely perceptive recorder of it. The tensions between tradition and innovation led to severe, sometimes violent, clashes; age-old customs were contested by the new individualism among the educated, by passionate religious dissent in high and low, and by peasants in revolt. London, caught up in the intellectual ferment, became an economic and cultural force to rival the great Continental cities, yet remained closely linked with the royal court and the church, strongholds of tradition. The English language came to its first full flowering since the Norman conquest, and many international influences were absorbed; among the turmoil, the arts flourished. Chaucer stood close to the centre of this world. He was one of the new literate laymen, a product of the merchant-gentry, from early youth a courtier, briefly a soldier, throughout his life an administrator, diplomat, scholar. He was also a very great poet: drawing freely from his work, Derek Brewer's biography gives a full and rounded picture of a distant but fascinating age. DEREK BREWERhas written many books and articles on Chaucer and medieval and later English literature. He is professor of English literature emeritus in the University of Cambridge, and was Master of Emmanuel College from 1977-90.

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Of Minds and Molecules: New Philosophical Perspectives on Chemistry



Of Minds and Molecules: New Philosophical Perspectives on Chemistry
Nalini Bhushan,Stuart Rosenfeld | 2000-12-14 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 320 | Philosophy
Of Minds and Molecules is the first anthology devoted exclusively to work in the philosophy of chemistry. The essays, written by both chemists and philosophers, adopt distinctive philosophical perspectives on chemistry and collectively offer both a conceptualization of and a justification for this emerging field.
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Very interesting book. Useful for a teacher who wants to give more than all the established in a school program of chemistry. Actually, the philosophy of chemistry plays an important role not only for the study of chemistry in itself as an experimental science but also as an element of motivation for researching.
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Let me be the first to congratulate Nalini Bhushan and the late Stuart Rosenfeld on editing a new anthology just published by Oxford University Press and entitled Of Minds and Molecules.

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 is the book which will define the field. If you have even a passing interest in history and philosophy of chemistry you need to own this book.

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Buon Appetito



Buon Appetito
| 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Others
Buon Appetito by Bonacci
Publisher Il Gruppo CSC | 2004 | ISBN 8875733864 | Pages 165 | DJVU | 15 MB
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Composite Materials: Properties as Influenced by Phase Geometry



Composite Materials: Properties as Influenced by Phase Geometry
Lauge Fuglsang Nielsen | 2005-07-21 00:00:00 | Springer | 259 | Engineering

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.



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Essentials of Pain Medicine: REVIEW-CERTIFY-PRACTICE



Essentials of Pain Medicine: REVIEW-CERTIFY-PRACTICE
Srinivasa N. Raja,Steven P Cohen,Honorio Benzon MD,Srinivasa N. Raja MD,Robert E. Molloy MD,Spencer Liu MD,Scott M. Fishman MD | 2004-10-13 00:00:00 | Churchill Livingstone | 752 | Internal Medicine
This second edition of Essentials of Pain Management and Regional Anesthesia, offers an accessible and concise, yet complete, overview of today's theory and practice of pain medicine and regional anesthesia. From a review of basic considerations through local anesthetics and nerve block techniques, this book provides the reader with an excellent tool for exam review or practice of Pain Management.

  • Organized in a concise, practical quick-reference format.
  • All chapters are brief and easy to read quickly.
  • Offers specific strategies for the evaluation and management of a full range of pain syndromes, including cancer pain.
  • Features over 230 diagrams, illustrations, summary charts and tables that clarify the information and make it easy to apply.
  • Discusses the latest drugs and therapeutic approaches, such as acupuncture.
  • Presents the management of pain for every setting where it is practiced, including the emergency room, the critical care unit, and the pain clinic.


  • Includes new topics such as: imaging in pain medicine, radiation safety, issues associated with the use of narcotics, intraarticular and intraperitoneal use of opioids, pain management in the emergency room and in the intensive care unit, pain management issues during pregnancy, geriatric pain, and hospice care and end-of-life issues.
  • New chapters on interventional procedures include discography, intradiscal electrothermal coagulation (IDET), vertebroplasty, and piriformis injections. Truncal blocks and neuraxial blocks and anticoagulants are added to the section on nerve blocks.


With 89 additional contributing experts.

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An Economic History of London 1800-1914 (Routledge Explorations in Economic History)



An Economic History of London 1800-1914 (Routledge Explorations in Economic History)
Professor Michael Ball,David T Sunderland | 2001-05-29 00:00:00 | Routledge | 480 | Economics
This is the first comprehensive survey of the economic development of the world's first great industrial metropolis. Moder theories of urban economics and a rigorous level of analysis are used to shed new light on the process of change in the city.

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Hydrodynamics and Nonlinear Instabilities (Collection Alea-Saclay: Monographs and Texts in Statistical Physics)



Hydrodynamics and Nonlinear Instabilities (Collection Alea-Saclay: Monographs and Texts in Statistical Physics)
Claude Godrèche,Paul Manneville | 1998-05-13 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 697 | Engineering
This book presents five sets of lectures by internationally respected researchers on nonlinear instabilities and the transition to turbulence in hydrodynamics. The book begins with a general introduction to hydrodynamics covering fluid properties, flow measurement, dimensional analysis, and turbulence. Chapter Two reviews the special characteristics of instabilities in open flows. Chapter Three presents mathematical tools for multiscale analysis and asymptotic matching applied to the dynamics of fronts and localized nonlinear states. Chapter Four gives a detailed review of pattern forming instabilities. The final chapter provides a detailed and comprehensive introduction to the instability of flames, shocks and detonations. Together, these lectures provide a thought-provoking overview of current work in this important area for researchers in condensed matter physics and applied mathematics.

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A Handbook of Bioanalysis and Drug Metabolism



A Handbook of Bioanalysis and Drug Metabolism
Gary Evans | 2004-03-29 00:00:00 | CRC Press | 408 | Internal Medicine
Recent years have seen a greater industrial emphasis in undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the pharmaceutical and chemical sciences. However, textbooks have been slow to adapt, leaving cohorts of students without a reference text to take into the industrial setting - until now. This stimulating new handbook examines the techniques, methodology and theory of bioanalysis and drug metabolism from the perspective of scientists with extensive professional experience in drug discovery and development. It covers topics such as high performance liquid chromatography, protein binding, pharmacokinetics and drug--drug interactions. A Handbook of Bioanalysis and Drug Metabolism is an invaluable guide to senior undergraduates and postgraduates studying drug metabolism in courses such as pharmaceutical science, pharmacology, chemistry, physiology and toxicology - especially those considering industrial placements or a career in the biotechnology industry.

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Legal Principles in WTO Disputes (Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law)



Legal Principles in WTO Disputes (Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law)
Andrew D. Mitchell | 2008-12-29 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 366 | International
Principles play a crucial role in any dispute settlement system, and the World Trade Organization (WTO) is no exception. However, WTO Panels and the Appellate Body have been too timid in using principles, sometimes avoiding their use when appropriate and at other times using them without fully acknowledging that they are doing so. Perhaps more worryingly, these bodies often fail to delve deeply enough into principles. They tend to overlook key questions such as the legal basis for using a given principle, whether the principle is being used in an interpretative manner or as applicable law, and the meaning of the principle in public international law. This book establishes a framework for addressing these questions. The use of such a framework should allay fears and misconceptions about the use of principles and ensure that they are used in a justifiable manner, improving the quality of dispute settlement in the WTO.

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Phased Array Antennas,2 Ed



Phased Array Antennas,2 Ed
Robert C. Hansen | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | Wiley-Interscience | 571 | Electrical Engineering
An in-depth treatment of array phenomena and all aspects of phased array analysis and design

Phased Array Antennas, Second Edition is a comprehensive reference on the vastly evolving field of?array antennas. The Second Edition continues to provide an in-depth evaluation of array phenomena with a new emphasis on developments that have occurred in the field over the past decade. The book offers the same detailed coverage of all practical and theoretical aspects of phased arrays as the first edition, but it now includes:

New chapters on array-fed reflector antennas; connected arrays; and reflectarrays and retrodirective arrays

Brand-new coverage of artificial magnetic conductors, and Bode matching limitations

A clear explanation of the common misunderstanding of scan element pattern measurement, along with appropriate equations

In-depth coverage of finite array Gibbsian models, photonic feeding and time delay, waveguide simulators, and beam orthogonality

The book is complemented with a multitude of original curves and tables that illustrate how particular behaviors were derived from the author's hundreds of programs developed over the past forty years. Additionally, numerous computer design algorithms and numerical tips are included throughout the book to help aid in readers' comprehension. Phased Array Antennas, Second Edition is an ideal resource for antenna design engineers, radar engineers, PCS engineers, and communications engineers, or any professional who works to develop radar and telecommunications systems. It also serves as a valuable textbook for courses in phased array design and theory at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels.
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Access 2007 Forms & Reports For Dummies



Access 2007 Forms & Reports For Dummies
Brian Underdahl | 2007-01-10 00:00:00 | For Dummies | 390 | Microsoft Office
Do you have tons and tons of data on your computer but you’re not quite sure how to make heads or tails of them—or even organize them? Are you using Access as spreadsheet rather than what it was really meant for? If you have trouble finding meaning in your data, then Access 2007 Forms & Reports for Dummies let you discover the wonders of this highly useful program.

This no-nonsense guide gets right down to business by showing you the easy way to use this powerful tool. It gets you started with selective, targeted queries; forms that improve efficiency; and reports that communicate—while sparing you of any fancy language. This hands-on guide features clear, concise instructions that show you how to:

* Orient yourself with forms and reports
* Create and modify queries
* Build and edit forms
* Design and update reports
* Troubleshoot queries, forms, and reports
* Make your forms useful
* Add multiple tables to forms
* Add finishing touches to reports

Thanks to the included references, Web sites, and informative tips, putting your data to good use has never been easier. You’ll even add some pizzazz to your reports with handy suggestions on ways to wow your viewers. With Access 2007 Forms & Reports for Dummies, you will be creating effective queries, forms, and reports in no time!
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The World War II - 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Figures of the Second World War



The World War II - 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Figures of the Second World War
Howard Langer | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | New Page Books | 335 | World War II
Everyone knows who were the most famous people of World War II. But who were the most influential? Whose words and deeds had the greatest impact on that war, before, during, or afterward? The most famous individuals of the war like Winston Churchill, Charles De Gaulle, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Hirohito, Adolf Hitler are examined. In addition, there are individuals far less famous- that are also discussed.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Politics and Society in Ancient Greece (Praeger Series on the Ancient World)



Politics and Society in Ancient Greece (Praeger Series on the Ancient World)
Nicholas F. Jones | 2008-02-28 00:00:00 | Praeger | 184 | Greece

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.



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The Concepts and Logic of Classical Thermodynamics as a Theory of Heat Engines: Rigorously Constructed upon the Foundation Laid by S. Carnot and F. Reech (Theoretical and Mathematical Physics)



The Concepts and Logic of Classical Thermodynamics as a Theory of Heat Engines: Rigorously Constructed upon the Foundation Laid by S. Carnot and F. Reech (Theoretical and Mathematical Physics)
Clifford A. Truesdell,Subramanyam Bharatha | 1978-02-01 00:00:00 | Springer | 154 | Thermodynamics
The consequences of the existence of a thermal equation of state, the eighteenth century doctrine of latent and specific heats, and Carnot's general axiom are developed here completely and rigorously. The book has conceptual, historical, and pedagogical aims: for those already expert in thermodynamics, it is shown how the traditional theory can be developed, using simple mathematics alone, from natural assumptions about heat engines. The features common to the thermodynamics of Carnot and to Clausius are revealed, and the irreconcilable differences discerned. A clean elementary thermodynamics suitable for beginners is presented: anyone proficient in calculus and with a fair grasp of high-school physics of heat will be able to understand the book fully.

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One Jump Ahead: Computer Perfection at Checkers



One Jump Ahead: Computer Perfection at Checkers
| 2008-11-13 00:00:00 | | 0 | Miscellaneous


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.



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Surprisingly good
First off - i don't play checkers, and prior to reading this book, i didn't want to. Second - i do research in game AI (although significantly different than the type of work described here) and even went to a few conferences with the author, though we've never spoken (he had a reputation for being a bit of a jerk). So my review is from the point of view of a non-checkers playing engineer.


First off, the book is incredibly meticulous in keeping track of what happened when. The author apparently asked everyone he knew to email him about various events because he often quotes long passages from other people. For example, he might describe a game he won or lost and then ask the person he played against and the judge of the match to describe it in their own words.


Second, i thought the book was pretty easy to understand. i know computers so maybe i'm not a good judge there but he did a good job explaining checkers (and chess, which comes up) so that i understood what was going on.


Third, he makes checkers seem interesting, or at least as much as i think he can. Apparently normal checkers isn't interesting but in tournaments they play odd varieties like two ballot (explained in the book) which makes for a much more interesting game than i would have expected. He also makes it easy to understand why checkers is a hard game requiring a lot of skill, which i wouldn't have guessed before this book.


Fourth, the author lets you know that he is a jerk. He doesn't appear to do anything to hide his faults or make you like him. In the book he repeatedly apologizes to people for how he's treated them. Honestly, i liked the author a lot more after reading this book. His issue is that he's very focused, driven and competitive and that results in things like snapping at his students and not giving his family enough attention. It doesn't necessarily excuse it but it makes the author easier to understand. It's also a pretty major accomplishment for an autobiography - not once did i get the feeling that the author was lying, exaggerating or trying to tell you how to think (except for his constant effort to convince you that checkers and checkers players are great people). He's just a guy trying to be honest, and i respect that.


Fifth, the book was a great look at how well technology did and didn't work in the '90s (computers were constantly crashing and network lines going down) and how tournaments come into being (sponsors, venues, judging, sportsmanship, personalities, press and a lot of other issues that i thought would be boring but weren't).


Finally, the book isn't quite the success story you might expect. The majority of the story is about how the author failed, quite often because he did something stupid he knew he shouldn't do (like optimizing code so much that he broke it). At the end of the story (and many, many years of research), the computer is maybe finally good enough to be world champion but no one will ever find out because the real champion resigned due to health problems and shortly after that died. i think it's hard to overestimate how much the author respected the guy he could never beat.


This doesn't seem like the kind of book anyone should really enjoy reading. An engineer describes how he wrote a computer program? Even engineers read it because they have to, not because they enjoy it. But i really liked this book. If you aren't a computer person, i honestly don't know if you'll like it, but give it a shot, i think just about anyone would enjoy this book.

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Checkers isnt a real game
I began reading this book and around page 100 realized,,,,. Who cares about a computer that can play checkers. Checkers isnt a real game the way chess it anyways. Now Deep Blue is an achievement.


The evolutionary computation was interesting but come on,,,, checkers? Why not spend months developing a program that can do something useful,,. like balance my checkbook.

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Honest
We haven't seen Chinook on CNN,,.yet.


The book has an intimate feel, like a diary almost,

but the details about how it was concieved, created,

and, laboriously, debuged, are great for those who

love AI and software creation in general.


The best parts of the book are the comparisions between

Chess and games of chance. Checkers is still not

`solved` but Chinook, and the team working at it,

have created a brute force attack on another board

game thats getting close.





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A Gripping Read
Well I never thought that title would describe for a book on a project to create a world champion beating chequers playing program!

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.

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Very interesting!
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.


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Sense, Antisense, Nonsense (University of Florida Monographs Humanities)



Sense, Antisense, Nonsense (University of Florida Monographs Humanities)
Robert Champigny | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Univ Pr of Florida | 306 | Foreign Languages

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Vektoranalysis (Springer-Lehrbuch) (German Edition)



Vektoranalysis (Springer-Lehrbuch) (German Edition)
Klaus Jänich | 2005-01-18 00:00:00 | Springer | 275 | German
Die Vektoranalysis handelt, in klassischer Darstellung, von Vektorfeldern, den Operatoren Gradient, Divergenz und Rotation, von Linien-, Flächen- und Volumenintegralen und von den Integralsätzen von Gauß, Stokes und Green. In moderner Fassung ist es der Cartansche Kalkül mit dem Satz von Stokes. Das vorliegende Buch vertritt grundsätzlich die moderne Herangehensweise, geht aber auch sorgfältig auf die klassische Notation und Auffassung ein. Das Buch richtet sich an Mathematik- und Physikstudenten ab dem zweiten Studienjahr, die mit den Grundbegriffen der Differential- und Integralrechnung in einer und mehreren Variablen sowie der Topologie vertraut sind. Der sehr persönliche Stil des Autors und die aus anderen Büchern bereits bekannten Lernhilfen, wie: viele Figuren, mehr als 50 kommentierte Übungsaufgaben, über 100 Tests mit Antworten, machen auch diesen Text zum Selbststudium hervorragend geeignet.

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New Frontiers in Asymmetric Catalysis



New Frontiers in Asymmetric Catalysis
Koichi Mikami,Mark Lautens | 2007-05-04 00:00:00 | Wiley-Interscience | 418 | Internal Medicine
A compilation of recent advances and applications in asymmetric catalysis

The field of asymmetric catalysis has grown rapidly and plays a key role in drug discovery and pharmaceuticals. New Frontiers in Asymmetric Catalysis gives readers a fundamental understanding of the concepts and applications of asymmetric catalysis reactions and discusses the latest developments and findings. With contributions from preeminent scientists in their respective fields, it covers:

* "Rational" ligand design, which is critically dependent on the reaction type (reduction, oxidation, and C-C bond formation)
* Recent findings on activation of C-H bonds, C-C bonds, and small molecules (C=O, HCN, RN=C, and CO2) and the latest developments on C-C bond reorganization, such as metathesis
* Advances in "chirally economical" non-linear phenomena, racemic catalysis, and autocatalysis
* Some of the recent discoveries that have led to a renaissance in the field of organocatalysis, including the development of chiral Br?nstead acids and Lewis acidic metals bearing the conjugate base of the Br?nstead acids as the ligands and the chiral bi-functional acid/base catalysts

The book ends with a thought-provoking perspective on the future of asymmetric catalysis that addresses both the challenges and the unlimited potential in this burgeoning field. This is an authoritative, up-to-date reference for organic chemists in academia, government, and industries, including pharmaceuticals, biotech, fine chemicals, polymers, and agriculture. It is also an excellent textbook for graduate students studying advanced organic chemistry or chemical synthesis.

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Contemporary Political Sociology: Globalization, Politics and Power



Contemporary Political Sociology: Globalization, Politics and Power
Kate Nash | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Wiley-Blackwell | 304 | Law
This fully revised and updated introduction to political sociology incorporates the burgeoning literature on globalization and shows how contemporary politics is linked to cultural issues, social structure and democratizing social action.

New material on global governance, human rights, global social movements, global media
New discussion of democracy and democratization
Clearly lays out what is at stake in deciding between alternatives of cosmopolitanism, imperialism and nationalism
Includes additional discussion of the importance of studying culture to political sociology
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