Crossed

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  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Author : Ally Condie
  • ISBN : 1101545402
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Number of Pages : 416
  • Readers : 7569

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: The hotly awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogy In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake. Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander - who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia's heart - change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

Matched

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  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Author : Ally Condie
  • ISBN : 1101558466
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Number of Pages : 416
  • Readers : 9315

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow. Look for CROSSED, the sequel to MATCHED, in Fall 2011! Watch a Video

Our Star-Crossed Kiss

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Piper Rayne
  • ISBN : Not Available
  • Publisher : Piper Rayne, Inc.
  • Number of Pages : Not Available
  • Readers : 3308

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: She’s got two strikes against her. Her name is Erickson and her parents own The Bagel Place. It wasn’t always that way. When we were nine, we were best friends. But then a feud between our dads ripped their successful business apart—and my best friend was ripped away too. Our paths were bound to cross again. When both our families vie for the same spot on a Food Channel’s reality show, the producers decide to change the format, aligning us as allies. In order to get our parents to agree to work together, Evan asks me to pretend to be her boyfriend, but I dare her to up the ante—be my fiancée. Fake fiancée… obviously. As usual, I didn’t think things through. Turns out our parents have a lot of demands neither one of us expected. And all those demands lead to things feeling more real than fake.

Star-Crossed

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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Author : Rachael Wing
  • ISBN : 1407139398
  • Publisher : Scholastic UK
  • Number of Pages : 192
  • Readers : 3017

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Your dream's come true. Your school's doing Romeo and Juliet and you get the starring role of Juliet. Perfect! There's just one catch: the boy you HATE is playing Romeo. He isn't any old enemy - your family are at daggers drawn. A bit like in Romeo and Juliet ... except there's no way you're going to fall for him.

Double Crossed

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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Author : Ally Carter
  • ISBN : 1423187474
  • Publisher : Disney Electronic Content
  • Number of Pages : 45
  • Readers : 9130

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Macey McHenry—Glamorous society girl or spy-in-training? W.W. Hale V—Heir to an American dynasty or master thief? There are two sides to every coin. Whether these two can work together is a tossup. Born into privilege, Macey and Hale are experts at mingling with the upper class. But even if they’ve never raised an eyebrow at the glitz, neither teenager has ever felt at home with the glamour. When Macey and Hale meet at a society gala, the party takes a dangerous turn. Suddenly they’re at the center of a hostage situation, and it’s up to them to stop the thugs from becoming hostile. Will Macey’s spy skills and Hale’s con-man ways be enough to outsmart a ruthless gang? Or will they have to seek out the ultimate inside girl to help? The worlds of Heist Society and the Gallagher Girls collide in Ally Carter’s fast-paced, high-stakes and tantalizing new novella. Get a behind the scenes glimpse as Ally delivers an irresistible thriller that is full of her signature style and savvy twists.

Advances in Neural Networks - ISNN 2009

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  • Category : Computers
  • Author : Wen Yu,Haibo He,Nian Zhang
  • ISBN : 3642015077
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Number of Pages : 1221
  • Readers : 7662

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: This book and its companion volumes, LNCS vols. 5551, 5552 and 5553, constitute the proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Neural Networks (ISNN 2009), held during May 26–29, 2009 in Wuhan, China. Over the past few years, ISNN has matured into a well-established premier international symposium on neural n- works and related fields, with a successful sequence of ISNN symposia held in Dalian (2004), Chongqing (2005), Chengdu (2006), Nanjing (2007), and Beijing (2008). Following the tradition of the ISNN series, ISNN 2009 provided a high-level inter- tional forum for scientists, engineers, and educators to present state-of-the-art research in neural networks and related fields, and also to discuss with international colleagues on the major opportunities and challenges for future neural network research. Over the past decades, the neural network community has witnessed tremendous - forts and developments in all aspects of neural network research, including theoretical foundations, architectures and network organizations, modeling and simulation, - pirical study, as well as a wide range of applications across different domains. The recent developments of science and technology, including neuroscience, computer science, cognitive science, nano-technologies and engineering design, among others, have provided significant new understandings and technological solutions to move the neural network research toward the development of complex, large-scale, and n- worked brain-like intelligent systems. This long-term goal can only be achieved with the continuous efforts of the community to seriously investigate different issues of the neural networks and related fields.

The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Lori Nelson Spielman
  • ISBN : 1984803158
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Number of Pages : 402
  • Readers : 1502

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: An International Bestseller! A LibraryReads and Indie Next Pick! A trio of second-born daughters sets out on a whirlwind journey through the lush Italian countryside to break the family curse that says they’ll never find love, by New York Times bestseller Lori Nelson Spielman, author of The Life List. Since the day Filomena Fontana cast a curse upon her sister more than two hundred years ago, not one second-born Fontana daughter has found lasting love. Some, like second-born Emilia, the happily-single baker at her grandfather’s Brooklyn deli, claim it’s an odd coincidence. Others, like her sexy, desperate-for-love cousin Lucy, insist it’s a true hex. But both are bewildered when their great-aunt calls with an astounding proposition: If they accompany her to her homeland of Italy, Aunt Poppy vows she’ll meet the love of her life on the steps of the Ravello Cathedral on her eightieth birthday, and break the Fontana Second-Daughter Curse once and for all. Against the backdrop of wandering Venetian canals, rolling Tuscan fields, and enchanting Amalfi Coast villages, romance blooms, destinies are found, and family secrets are unearthed—secrets that could threaten the family far more than a centuries-old curse.

Proceedings of Integrated Intelligence Enable Networks and Computing

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  • Category : Technology & Engineering
  • Author : Krishan Kant Singh Mer,Vijay Bhaskar Semwal,Vishwanath Bijalwan,Rubén González Crespo
  • ISBN : 981336307X
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Number of Pages : 1004
  • Readers : 1836

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: This book presents best selected research papers presented at the First International Conference on Integrated Intelligence Enable Networks and Computing (IIENC 2020), held from May 25 to May 27, 2020, at the Institute of Technology, Gopeshwar, India (Government Institute of Uttarakhand Government and affiliated to Uttarakhand Technical University). The book includes papers in the field of intelligent computing. The book covers the areas of machine learning and robotics, signal processing and Internet of things, big data and renewable energy sources.

Distributed Computing for Emerging Smart Networks

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  • Category : Computers
  • Author : Imen Jemili,Mohamed Mosbah
  • ISBN : 3030401316
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Number of Pages : 149
  • Readers : 9002

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: This book contains extended versions of the best papers presented at the First International Workshop on Distributed Computing for Emerging Smart Networks, DiCES-N 2019, held in Hammamet, Tunisia, in October 2019. The 9 revised full papers included in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 24 initial submissions. The papers are organized in the following topical sections: ​intelligent transportation systems; distributed computing for networking and communication; articial intelligence applied to cyber physical systems.

Crossed Modules

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  • Category : Mathematics
  • Author : Friedrich Wagemann
  • ISBN : 3110750953
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Number of Pages : 410
  • Readers : 3912

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: This book presents material in two parts. Part one provides an introduction to crossed modules of groups, Lie algebras and associative algebras with fully written out proofs and is suitable for graduate students interested in homological algebra. In part two, more advanced and less standard topics such as crossed modules of Hopf algebra, Lie groups, and racks are discussed as well as recent developments and research on crossed modules.

Wavelet Image and Video Compression

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  • Category : Science
  • Author : Pankaj N. Topiwala
  • ISBN : 0306470438
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Number of Pages : 438
  • Readers : 6604

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: An exciting new development has taken place in the digital era that has captured the imagination and talent of researchers around the globe - wavelet image compression. This technology has deep roots in theories of vision, and promises performance improvements over all other compression methods, such as those based on Fourier transforms, vectors quantizers, fractals, neural nets, and many others. It is this revolutionary new technology that is presented in Wavelet Image and Video Compression, in a form that is accessible to the largest audience possible. Wavelet Image and Video Compression is divided into four parts. Part I, Background Material, introduces the basic mathematical structures that underly image compression algorithms with the intention of providing an easy introduction to the mathematical concepts that are prerequisites for the remainder of the book. It explains such topics as change of bases, scalar and vector quantization, bit allocation and rate-distortion theory, entropy coding, the discrete-cosine transform, wavelet filters and other related topics. Part II, Still Image Coding, presents a spectrum of wavelet still image coding techniques. Part III, Special Topics in Still Image Coding, provides a variety of example coding schemes with a special flavor in either approach or application domain. Part IV, Video Coding, examines wavelet and pyramidal coding techniques for video data. Wavelet Image and Video Compression serves as an excellent reference and may be used as a text for advanced courses covering the subject.

Applications of Firefly Algorithm and its Variants

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  • Category : Technology & Engineering
  • Author : Nilanjan Dey
  • ISBN : 9811503060
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Number of Pages : 266
  • Readers : 9737

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: The book discusses advantages of the firefly algorithm over other well-known metaheuristic algorithms in various engineering studies. The book provides a brief outline of various application-oriented problem solving methods, like economic emission load dispatch problem, designing a fully digital controlled reconfigurable switched beam nonconcentric ring array antenna, image segmentation, span minimization in permutation flow shop scheduling, multi-objective load dispatch problems, image compression, etc., using FA and its variants. It also covers the use of the firefly algorithm to select features, as research has shown that the firefly algorithm generates precise and optimal results in terms of time and optimality. In addition, the book also explores the potential of the firefly algorithm to provide a solution to traveling salesman problem, graph coloring problem, etc

Heist Society

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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Author : Ally Carter
  • ISBN : 1423139380
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Number of Pages : 304
  • Readers : 2282

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her to the Louvre...to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria...to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own--scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving "the life" for a normal life proves harder than she'd expected. Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has good reason: a powerful mobster's art collection has been stolen, and he wants it returned. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat's father isn't just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat's dad needs her help. For Kat there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it's a spectacularly impossible job? She's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family's (very crooked) history--and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.

Secrets of the Starcrossed (The Once and Future Queen, Book 1)

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  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Author : Clara O’Connor
  • ISBN : 0008407657
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Number of Pages : 448
  • Readers : 6799

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: An absolute must-read for fans of Shadow and Bone...

Applied Nature-Inspired Computing: Algorithms and Case Studies

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  • Category : Technology & Engineering
  • Author : Nilanjan Dey,Amira S. Ashour,Siddhartha Bhattacharyya
  • ISBN : 9811392633
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Number of Pages : 275
  • Readers : 1152

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: This book presents a cutting-edge research procedure in the Nature-Inspired Computing (NIC) domain and its connections with computational intelligence areas in real-world engineering applications. It introduces readers to a broad range of algorithms, such as genetic algorithms, particle swarm optimization, the firefly algorithm, flower pollination algorithm, collision-based optimization algorithm, bat algorithm, ant colony optimization, and multi-agent systems. In turn, it provides an overview of meta-heuristic algorithms, comparing the advantages and disadvantages of each. Moreover, the book provides a brief outline of the integration of nature-inspired computing techniques and various computational intelligence paradigms, and highlights nature-inspired computing techniques in a range of applications, including: evolutionary robotics, sports training planning, assessment of water distribution systems, flood simulation and forecasting, traffic control, gene expression analysis, antenna array design, and scheduling/dynamic resource management.

Frontier Applications of Nature Inspired Computation

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  • Category : Technology & Engineering
  • Author : Mahdi Khosravy,Neeraj Gupta,Nilesh Patel,Tomonobu Senjyu
  • ISBN : 9811521336
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Number of Pages : 389
  • Readers : 5290

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: This book addresses the frontier advances in the theory and application of nature-inspired optimization techniques, including solving the quadratic assignment problem, prediction in nature-inspired dynamic optimization, the lion algorithm and its applications, optimizing the operation scheduling of microgrids, PID controllers for two-legged robots, optimizing crane operating times, planning electrical energy distribution systems, automatic design and evaluation of classification pipelines, and optimizing wind-energy power generation plants. The book also presents a variety of nature-inspired methods and illustrates methods of adapting these to said applications. Nature-inspired computation, developed by mimicking natural phenomena, makes a significant contribution toward the solution of non-convex optimization problems that normal mathematical optimizers fail to solve. As such, a wide range of nature-inspired computing approaches has been used in multidisciplinary engineering applications. Written by researchers and developers from a variety of fields, this book presents the latest findings, novel techniques and pioneering applications.

Compressive Sensing in Healthcare

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  • Category : Technology & Engineering
  • Author : Mahdi Khosravy,Nilanjan Dey,Carlos A. Duque
  • ISBN : 0128212489
  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Number of Pages : 306
  • Readers : 2614

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Compressive Sensing in Healthcare, part of the Advances in Ubiquitous Sensing Applications for Healthcare series gives a review on compressive sensing techniques in a practical way, also presenting deterministic compressive sensing techniques that can be used in the field. The focus of the book is on healthcare applications for this technology. It is intended for both the creators of this technology and the end users of these products. The content includes the use of EEG and ECG, plus hardware and software requirements for building projects. Body area networks and body sensor networks are explored. Provides a toolbox for compressive sensing in health, presenting both mathematical and coding information Presents an intuitive introduction to compressive sensing, including MATLAB tutorials Covers applications of compressive sensing in health care

Sensors for Health Monitoring

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  • Category : Technology & Engineering
  • Author : Nilanjan Dey,Jyotismita Chaki,Rajesh Kumar
  • ISBN : 012819362X
  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Number of Pages : 322
  • Readers : 6525

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Sensors for Health Monitoring discusses the characteristics of U-Healthcare systems in different domains, providing a foundation for working professionals and undergraduate and postgraduate students. The book provides information and advice on how to choose the best sensors for a U-Healthcare system, advises and guides readers on how to overcome challenges relating to data acquisition and signal processing, and presents comprehensive coverage of up-to-date requirements in hardware, communication and calculation for next-generation uHealth systems. It then compares new technological and technical trends and discusses how they address expected u-Health requirements. In addition, detailed information on system operations is presented and challenges in ubiquitous computing are highlighted. The book not only helps beginners with a holistic approach toward understanding u-Health systems, but also presents researchers with the technological trends and design challenges they may face when designing such systems. Presents an outstanding update on the use of U-Health data analysis and management tools in different applications, highlighting sensor systems Highlights Internet of Things enabled U-Healthcare Covers different data transmission techniques, applications and challenges with extensive case studies for U-Healthcare systems

Semicrossed Products of Operator Algebras by Semigroups

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  • Category : Operator algebras
  • Author : Kenneth R. Davidson,Adam Fuller,Evgenios T. A. Kakariadis
  • ISBN : 147042309X
  • Publisher : American Mathematical Soc.
  • Number of Pages : 97
  • Readers : 1821

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: The authors examine the semicrossed products of a semigroup action by -endomorphisms on a C*-algebra, or more generally of an action on an arbitrary operator algebra by completely contractive endomorphisms. The choice of allowable representations affects the corresponding universal algebra. The authors seek quite general conditions which will allow them to show that the C*-envelope of the semicrossed product is (a full corner of) a crossed product of an auxiliary C*-algebra by a group action. Their analysis concerns a case-by-case dilation theory on covariant pairs. In the process we determine the C*-envelope for various semicrossed products of (possibly nonselfadjoint) operator algebras by spanning cones and lattice-ordered abelian semigroups.

Multimedia Security Technologies for Digital Rights Management

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  • Category : Computers
  • Author : Wenjun Zeng,Heather Yu,Ching-Yung Lin
  • ISBN : 9780080463896
  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Number of Pages : 520
  • Readers : 9788

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Security is a major concern in an increasingly multimedia-defined universe where the Internet serves as an indispensable resource for information and entertainment. Digital Rights Management (DRM) is the technology by which network systems protect and provide access to critical and time-sensitive copyrighted material and/or personal information. This book equips savvy technology professionals and their aspiring collegiate protégés with the latest technologies, strategies and methodologies needed to successfully thwart off those who thrive on security holes and weaknesses. Filled with sample application scenarios and algorithms, this book provides an in-depth examination of present and future field technologies including encryption, authentication, copy control, tagging, tracing, conditional access and media identification. The authors present a diversified blend of theory and practice and focus on the constantly changing developments in multimedia applications thus providing an admirably comprehensive book. * Discusses state-of-the-art multimedia authentication and fingerprinting techniques * Presents several practical methodologies from industry, including broadcast encryption, digital media forensics and 3D mesh watermarking * Focuses on the need for security in multimedia applications found on computer networks, cell phones and emerging mobile computing devices

What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Immigration?

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  • Category : Social Science
  • Author : Jonathan Portes
  • ISBN : 152647932X
  • Publisher : SAGE
  • Number of Pages : 104
  • Readers : 5290

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: "A short, sharp and compelling book." The Observer Immigration to the UK over the last two decades has run at historically unprecedented levels, altering the face of our society and economy. As a result, immigration has become a deeply contentious political issue and many argue it was the driving force behind the Brexit vote. But how many of us truly understand the causes and consequences of immigration? In this book, Jonathan Portes (Chief Economist at the Cabinet Office, 2008-2011) provides a short history of immigration to the UK, before analysing its economic and social impacts, using current research and data to address commonly asked questions such as, does immigration reduce job opportunities for those born in the UK? Does it push down wages? And what is the impact of immigration on the public finances and public services? Portes then proposes what we should do about immigration in the future, outlining what a post-Brexit system should look like, and what, if anything, do we need to promote integration. ABOUT THE SERIES: The ‘What Do We Know and What Should We Do About...?' series offers readers short, up-to-date overviews of key issues often misrepresented, simplified or misunderstood in modern society and the media. Each book is written by a leading social scientist with an established reputation in the relevant subject area. The Series Editor is Professor Chris Grey, Royal Holloway, University of London

Ice in the Ocean

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  • Category : Science
  • Author : Peter Wadhams
  • ISBN : 1482283085
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Number of Pages : 364
  • Readers : 6806

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: ICe in the Ocean examines sea ice and icebergs and their role in the global climate system. It is comprehensive textbook suitablefor students, pure and applied researchers, and anyone interested in the polar oceans; the distribution of sea ice; the mechanisms of growth, development and decay; the thermodynamics and dynamics of sea ice; sea ice defo

Star-Crossed

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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Author : Barbara Dee
  • ISBN : 1481478508
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Number of Pages : 288
  • Readers : 5744

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Twelve-year-old Mattie wrestles with her crush on Gemma as they participate in their school production of Romeo and Juliet in what School Library Journal calls “a fine choice for middle school libraries in need of accessible LGBTQ stories.” Twelve-year-old Mattie is thrilled when she learns the eighth grade play will be Romeo and Juliet. In particular, she can’t wait to share the stage with Gemma Braithwaite, who has been cast as Juliet. Gemma is brilliant, pretty—and British!—and Mattie starts to see her as more than just a friend. But Mattie has also had an on/off crush on her classmate Elijah since, well, forever. Is it possible to have a crush on both boys AND girls? If that wasn’t enough to deal with, things offstage are beginning to resemble their own Shakespearean drama: the cast is fighting, and the boy playing Romeo may not be up to the challenge of the role. And due to a last-minute emergency, Mattie is asked to step up and take over the leading role—opposite Gemma’s Juliet—just as Mattie’s secret crush starts to become not-so-secret in her group of friends. In this funny, sweet, and clever look at the complicated nature of middle school romance, Mattie learns how to become a lead player in her own life.

Starcrossed

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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Author : Julia Denos
  • ISBN : 0358157293
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Number of Pages : 64
  • Readers : 2301

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: A resonant story of two friends trying to maintain their relationship from afar with dazzling results, filled with wishes, curiosity, and bravery. From award-winning author-illustrator Julia Denos. She was made of blood and bones, and he was made of space and stars. Back in a time when there were still students of the stars, there were two friends, Acamar and Eridani. Eridani was a star pupil studying the night skies, and Acamar . . . well, he was made of the stuff she studied. In a star-crossed twist of fate, these long-distance friends find they’ve wished themselves into unexpected new worlds. Filled with stardust and moonglow, this cosmic adventure shows us how even the most brilliant wishes can have a mind of their own—and that true friendship can endure, despite time and space.

Reached

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  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Author : Ally Condie
  • ISBN : 1101591714
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Number of Pages : 544
  • Readers : 4052

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times Bestselling Matched Trilogy! Perfect for fans of 1984, Brave New World, Black Mirror, and The Handmaid’s Tale. Cassia’s journey began with an error, a momentary glitch in the otherwise perfect façade of the Society. After crossing canyons to break free, she waits, silk and paper smuggled against her skin, ready for the final chapter. The wait is over. One young woman has raged against those who threaten to keep away what matters most—family, love, choice. Her revolution is about to explode into full-scale rebellion. As an incurable plague sweeps through the Society, Cassia races to save both the lives and freedom of those she loves. With exquisite prose, the emotionally gripping conclusion to the international–bestselling Matched trilogy returns Cassia, Ky, and Xander to the Society to save the one thing they have been denied for so long, the power to choose.

Double Crossed

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  • Category : Religion
  • Author : Kenneth Briggs
  • ISBN : 0307423581
  • Publisher : Doubleday
  • Number of Pages : 272
  • Readers : 5994

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: This groundbreaking exposé of the mistreatment of nuns by the Catholic Church reveals a history of unfulfilled promises, misuse of clerical power, and a devastating failure to recognize the singular contributions of these religious women. The Roman Catholic Church in America has lost nearly 100,000 religious sisters in the last forty years, a much greater loss than the priesthood. While the explanation is partly cultural—contemporary women have more choices in work and life—Kenneth Briggs contends that the rapid disappearance of convents can be traced directly to the Church’s betrayal of the promises of reform made by the Second Vatican Council. In Double Crossed, Briggs documents the pattern of marginalization and exploitation that has reduced nuns to second-, even third-class citizens within the Catholic Church. America’s religious sisters were remarkable, adventurous women. They educated children, managed health care of the sick, and reached out to the poor and homeless. They went to universities and into executive chairs. Their efforts and successes, however, brought little appreciation from the Church, which demeaned their roles, deprived them of power, and placed them under the absolute authority of the all-male clergy. Replete with quotations from nuns and former nuns, Double Crossed uncovers a dark secret at the heart of the Catholic Church. Their voices and Briggs’s research provide compelling insights into why the number of religious sisters has declined so precipitously in recent decades—and why, unless reforms are introduced, nuns may vanish forever in America.

Finding Dr. Livingstone

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  • Category : History
  • Author : Mathilde Leduc-Grimaldi,James L. Newman
  • ISBN : 0821446746
  • Publisher : Ohio University Press
  • Number of Pages : 560
  • Readers : 5271

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: This eye-opening perspective on Stanley’s expedition reveals new details about the Victorian explorer and his African crew on the brink of the colonial Scramble for Africa. In 1871, Welsh American journalist Henry M. Stanley traveled to Zanzibar in search of the “missing” Scottish explorer and missionary David Livingstone. A year later, Stanley emerged to announce that he had “found” and met with Livingstone on Lake Tanganyika. His alleged utterance there, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume,” was one of the most famous phrases of the nineteenth century, and Stanley’s book, How I Found Livingstone, became an international bestseller. In this fascinating volume Mathilde Leduc-Grimaldi and James L. Newman transcribe and annotate the entirety of Stanley’s documentation, making available for the first time in print a broader narrative of Stanley’s journey that includes never-before-seen primary source documents—worker contracts, vernacular plant names, maps, ruminations on life, lines of poetry, bills of lading—all scribbled in his field notebooks. Finding Dr. Livingstone is a crucial resource for those interested in exploration and colonization in the Victorian era, the scientific knowledge of the time, and the peoples and conditions of Tanzania prior to its colonization by Germany.

Operator Algebra and Dynamics

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  • Category : Mathematics
  • Author : Toke M. Carlsen,Søren Eilers,Gunnar Restorff,Sergei Silvestrov
  • ISBN : 3642394590
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Number of Pages : 332
  • Readers : 4466

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Based on presentations given at the NordForsk Network Closing Conference “Operator Algebra and Dynamics,” held in Gjáargarður, Faroe Islands, in May 2012, this book features high quality research contributions and review articles by researchers associated with the NordForsk network and leading experts that explore the fundamental role of operator algebras and dynamical systems in mathematics with possible applications to physics, engineering and computer science. It covers the following topics: von Neumann algebras arising from discrete measured groupoids, purely infinite Cuntz-Krieger algebras, filtered K-theory over finite topological spaces, C*-algebras associated to shift spaces (or subshifts), graph C*-algebras, irrational extended rotation algebras that are shown to be C*-alloys, free probability, renewal systems, the Grothendieck Theorem for jointly completely bounded bilinear forms on C*-algebras, Cuntz-Li algebras associated with the a-adic numbers, crossed products of injective endomorphisms (the so-called Stacey crossed products), the interplay between dynamical systems, operator algebras and wavelets on fractals, C*-completions of the Hecke algebra of a Hecke pair, semiprojective C*-algebras, and the topological dimension of type I C*-algebras. Operator Algebra and Dynamics will serve as a useful resource for a broad spectrum of researchers and students in mathematics, physics, and engineering.

Crossed Products of C*-algebras

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  • Category : Mathematics
  • Author : Dana P. Williams
  • ISBN : 0821842420
  • Publisher : American Mathematical Soc.
  • Number of Pages : 528
  • Readers : 3608

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: The theory of crossed products is extremely rich and intriguing. There are applications not only to operator algebras, but to subjects as varied as noncommutative geometry and mathematical physics. This book provides a detailed introduction to this vast subject suitable for graduate students and others whose research has contact with crossed product $C*$-algebras. In addition to providing the basic definitions and results, the main focus of this book is the fine ideal structure of crossed products as revealed by the study of induced representations via the Green-Mackey-Rieffel machine. In particular, there is an in-depth analysis of the imprimitivity theorems on which Rieffel's theory of induced representations and Morita equivalence of $C*$-algebras are based. There is also a detailed treatment of the generalized Effros-Hahn conjecture and its proof due to Gootman, Rosenberg, and Sauvageot. This book is meant to be self-contained and accessible to any graduate student coming out of a first course on operator algebras. There are appendices that deal with ancillary subjects, which while not central to the subject, are nevertheless crucial for a complete understanding of the material. Some of the appendices will be of independent interest. To view another book by this author, please visit Morita Equivalence and Continuous-Trace $C*$-Algebras.

Hopf Algebras and Tensor Categories

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  • Category : Mathematics
  • Author : Nicolás Andruskiewitsch,Juan Cuadra,Blas Torrecillas
  • ISBN : 0821875647
  • Publisher : American Mathematical Soc.
  • Number of Pages : 334
  • Readers : 2632

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: This volume contains the proceedings of the Conference on Hopf Algebras and Tensor Categories, held July 4-8, 2011, at the University of Almeria, Almeria, Spain. The articles in this volume cover a wide variety of topics related to the theory of Hopf algebras and its connections to other areas of mathematics. In particular, this volume contains a survey covering aspects of the classification of fusion categories using Morita equivalence methods, a long comprehensive introduction to Hopf algebras in the category of species, and a summary of the status to date of the classification of Hopf algebras of dimensions up to 100. Among other topics discussed in this volume are a study of normalized class sum and generalized character table for semisimple Hopf algebras, a contribution to the classification program of finite dimensional pointed Hopf algebras, relations to the conjecture of De Concini, Kac, and Procesi on representations of quantum groups at roots of unity, a categorical approach to the Drinfeld double of a braided Hopf algebra via Hopf monads, an overview of Hom-Hopf algebras, and several discussions on the crossed product construction in different settings.

Asian Interventions in Global Shakespeare

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  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Author : Poonam Trivedi,Paromita Chakravarti,Ted Motohashi
  • ISBN : 1000214311
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Number of Pages : 250
  • Readers : 6905

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: This volume critically analyses and theorises Asian interventions in the expanding phenomenon of Global Shakespeare. It interrogates Shakespeare’s ‘universality’ from Asian perspectives: how this has been modified or even replaced by the ‘global bard’ as a recognisable brand, and how Asian Shakespeares have contributed to or subverted this process by both facilitating the worldwide dissemination of the bard’s plays and challenging and resisting the very templates through which they become globally legible. Critically acclaimed Asian productions have prominently figured at premier Western festivals, and popular Asian appropriations like Bollywood, manga and anime have created new kinds of globally accessible Shakespeare. Essays in this collection engage with the emergent critical issues: the efficacy of definitions of the ‘local’, ‘global’, ‘transnational’ and ‘cosmopolitan’ and of the liminalities and mobilities in between. They further examine the politics of ‘West’ and ‘East’, the evolving markers of the ‘Asian’ and the equation of the ‘glocal’ with the ‘Asian’; they attend to performance and archiving protocols and bring the current debates on translation, appropriation, and world literature to speak to the concerns of global and transnational Shakespeare. These investigations analyse recent innovative Asian theatre productions, popular cinematic and manga appropriations and the increasing presence of Shakespeare in the Asian digital sphere. They provide an Asian standpoint and lens in rereading the processes of cultural globalisation and the mobilisation of Shakespeare.

How Cancer Crossed the Color Line

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  • Category : Medical
  • Author : Keith Wailoo
  • ISBN : 0199752915
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Number of Pages : 264
  • Readers : 7105

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: In the course of the 20th century, cancer went from being perceived as a white woman's nemesis to a "democratic disease" to a fearsome threat in communities of color. Drawing on film and fiction, on medical and epidemiological evidence, and on patients' accounts, Keith Wailoo tracks this transformation in cancer awareness, revealing how not only awareness, but cancer prevention, treatment, and survival have all been refracted through the lens of race. Spanning more than a century, the book offers a sweeping account of the forces that simultaneously defined cancer as an intensely individualized and personal experience linked to whites, often categorizing people across the color line as racial types lacking similar personal dimensions. Wailoo describes how theories of risk evolved with changes in women's roles, with African-American and new immigrant migration trends, with the growth of federal cancer surveillance, and with diagnostic advances, racial protest, and contemporary health activism. The book examines such powerful and transformative social developments as the mass black migration from rural south to urban north in the 1920s and 1930s, the World War II experience at home and on the war front, and the quest for civil rights and equality in health in the 1950s and '60s. It also explores recent controversies that illuminate the diversity of cancer challenges in America, such as the high cancer rates among privileged women in Marin County, California, the heavy toll of prostate cancer among black men, and the questions about why Vietnamese-American women's cervical cancer rates are so high. A pioneering study, How Cancer Crossed the Color Line gracefully documents how race and gender became central motifs in the birth of cancer awareness, how patterns and perceptions changed over time, and how the "war on cancer" continues to be waged along the color line.

Linear Mixed Models

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  • Category : Mathematics
  • Author : Brady T. West,Kathleen B. Welch,Andrzej T Galecki
  • ISBN : 1000598276
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Number of Pages : 489
  • Readers : 3787

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Highly recommended by JASA, Technometrics, and other leading statistical journals, the first two editions of this bestseller showed how to easily perform complex linear mixed model (LMM) analyses via a variety of software programs. Linear Mixed Models: A Practical Guide Using Statistical Software, Third Edition continues to lead readers step-by-step through the process of fitting LMMs. The third edition provides a comprehensive update of the available tools for fitting linear mixed-effects models in the newest versions of SAS, SPSS, R, Stata, and HLM. All examples have been updated, with a focus on new tools for visualization of results and interpretation. New conceptual and theoretical developments in mixed-effects modeling have been included, and there is a new chapter on power analysis for mixed-effects models. Features: Dedicates an entire chapter to the key theories underlying LMMs for clustered, longitudinal, and repeated measures data Provides descriptions, explanations, and examples of software code necessary to fit LMMs in SAS, SPSS, R, Stata, and HLM Contains detailed tables of estimates and results, allowing for easy comparisons across software procedures Presents step-by-step analyses of real-world data sets that arise from a variety of research settings and study designs, including hypothesis testing, interpretation of results, and model diagnostics Integrates software code in each chapter to compare the relative advantages and disadvantages of each package Supplemented by a website with software code, datasets, additional documents, and updates Ideal for anyone who uses software for statistical modeling, this book eliminates the need to read multiple software-specific texts by covering the most popular software programs for fitting LMMs in one handy guide. The authors illustrate the models and methods through real-world examples that enable comparisons of model-fitting options and results across the software procedures.

Mixed Effects Models for Complex Data

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  • Category : Mathematics
  • Author : Lang Wu
  • ISBN : 9781420074086
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Number of Pages : 431
  • Readers : 2790

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Although standard mixed effects models are useful in a range of studies, other approaches must often be used in correlation with them when studying complex or incomplete data. Mixed Effects Models for Complex Data discusses commonly used mixed effects models and presents appropriate approaches to address dropouts, missing data, measurement errors, censoring, and outliers. For each class of mixed effects model, the author reviews the corresponding class of regression model for cross-sectional data. An overview of general models and methods, along with motivating examples After presenting real data examples and outlining general approaches to the analysis of longitudinal/clustered data and incomplete data, the book introduces linear mixed effects (LME) models, generalized linear mixed models (GLMMs), nonlinear mixed effects (NLME) models, and semiparametric and nonparametric mixed effects models. It also includes general approaches for the analysis of complex data with missing values, measurement errors, censoring, and outliers. Self-contained coverage of specific topics Subsequent chapters delve more deeply into missing data problems, covariate measurement errors, and censored responses in mixed effects models. Focusing on incomplete data, the book also covers survival and frailty models, joint models of survival and longitudinal data, robust methods for mixed effects models, marginal generalized estimating equation (GEE) models for longitudinal or clustered data, and Bayesian methods for mixed effects models. Background material In the appendix, the author provides background information, such as likelihood theory, the Gibbs sampler, rejection and importance sampling methods, numerical integration methods, optimization methods, bootstrap, and matrix algebra. Failure to properly address missing data, measurement errors, and other issues in statistical analyses can lead to severely biased or misleading results. This book explores the biases that arise when naïve methods are used and shows which approaches should be used to achieve accurate results in longitudinal data analysis.

Star-Crossed

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Minnie Darke
  • ISBN : 0385692838
  • Publisher : Doubleday Canada
  • Number of Pages : 400
  • Readers : 4374

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Sometimes even destiny needs a little bit of help . . . When childhood sweethearts Justine (Sagittarius and serious skeptic) and Nick (Aquarius and true believer) bump into each other as adults, a life-changing love affair seems inevitable—to Justine, anyway. Justine works at the Alexandria Park Star, and Nick—she now learns—relies on the magazine's astrology column to guide him in life. Looking for a way to get Nick's attention, Justine decides to make a few small alterations to the Aquarius copy before it goes to print. But, of course, Nick is not the only Aquarius making important life choices according to what is written in the stars, and the doctored horoscopes end up reverberating throughout the lives of the column's devoted readers as well as those who cross their diverted paths. Spanning a year—as Earth moves through all twelve star signs—and charting the ripple effects of Justine's astrological meddling, Star-Crossed is a delicious, intelligent and affecting love story about fate, chance and how we all navigate the kinds of choices that are hard to face alone.

Life of Pi

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Yann Martel
  • ISBN : 0307371123
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Number of Pages : 480
  • Readers : 6739

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Life of Pi is a masterful and utterly original novel that is at once the story of a young castaway who faces immeasurable hardships on the high seas, and a meditation on religion, faith, art and life that is as witty as it is profound. Using the threads of all of our best stories, Yann Martel has woven a glorious spiritual adventure that makes us question what it means to be alive, and to believe.

Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate

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  • Category : Political Science
  • Author : Owen L. Sirrs
  • ISBN : 1317196090
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Number of Pages : 328
  • Readers : 1685

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: This book is the first comprehensive study of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI). The rise of Pakistan-backed religious extremist groups in Afghanistan, India, and Central Asia has focused international attention on Pakistan’s premier intelligence organization and covert action advocate, the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate or ISI. While ISI is regarded as one of the most powerful government agencies in Pakistan today, surprisingly little has been written about it from an academic perspective. This book addresses critical gaps in our understanding of this agency, including its domestic security mission, covert backing of the Afghan Taliban, and its links to al-Qa’ida. Using primary source materials, including declassified intelligence and diplomatic reporting, press reports and memoirs, this book explores how ISI was transformed from a small, negligible counter intelligence outfit of the late-1940s into the national security behemoth of today with extensive responsibilities in domestic security, political interference and covert action. This study concludes that reforming or even eliminating ISI will be fundamental if Pakistan is to successfully transition from an army-run, national security state to a stable, democratic society that enjoys peaceful relations with its neighbours. This book will be of interest to students of intelligence studies, South Asian politics, foreign policy and international security in general.

The Jungle Book

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Rudyard Kipling
  • ISBN : 8184301723
  • Publisher : Prabhat Prakashan
  • Number of Pages : 168
  • Readers : 6028

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: ÊAmong the best loved of all childrenÕs classics, Rudyard KiplingÕs The Jungle Book is set among a community of animals in the jungles of India, where Kipling was born and grew up. Three of the stories feature the adventures of an abandoned Ôman cub,Õ a boy named Mowgli, who is raised by wolves in the jungle. Other well-known stories in the collection include ÔRikki-Tikki-Tavi,Õ the tale of a heroic mongoose who outwits vicious cobras in order to save his human benefactors, and ÔToomai of the Elephants,Õ the story of a ten-year-old elephant-handler. WorldÕs most favourite and popular book which fantacises children.

Jabari Jumps

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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Author : Gaia Cornwall
  • ISBN : 1536220671
  • Publisher : Candlewick Press
  • Number of Pages : 32
  • Readers : 3343

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Working up the courage to take a big, important leap is hard, but Jabari is almost absolutely ready to make a giant splash. Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He’s finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he’s a great jumper, so he’s not scared at all. “Looks easy,” says Jabari, watching the other kids take their turns. But when his dad squeezes his hand, Jabari squeezes back. He needs to figure out what kind of special jump to do anyway, and he should probably do some stretches before climbing up onto the diving board. In a sweetly appealing tale of overcoming your fears, newcomer Gaia Cornwall captures a moment between a patient and encouraging father and a determined little boy you can’t help but root for.

No Shortcuts

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  • Category : Political Science
  • Author : Max Smeets
  • ISBN : 0197674526
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Number of Pages : Not Available
  • Readers : 6432

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Over the past decade, numerous states have declared cyberspace as a new domain of warfare, sought to develop a military cyber strategy and establish a cyber command. These developments have led to much policy talk and concern about the future of warfare as well as the digital vulnerability of society. No Shortcuts provides a level-headed view of where we are in the militarization of cyberspace. In this book, Max Smeets bridges the divide between technology and policy to assess the necessary building blocks for states to develop a military cyber capacity. Smeets argues that for many states, the barriers to entry into conflict in cyberspace are currently too high. Accompanied by a wide range of empirical examples, Smeets shows why governments abilities to develop military cyber capabilities might change over time and explains the limits of capability transfer by states and private actors.