The Long Descent

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  • Category : Social Science
  • Author : John Michael Greer
  • ISBN : 155092396X
  • Publisher : New Society Publishers
  • Number of Pages : 273
  • Readers : 5727

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: The author of Dark Age America shares a harrowing vision of the future and what you can do to take action and make change. Americans are expressing deep concern about US dependence on petroleum, rising energy prices and the threat of climate change. Unlike the energy crisis of the 1970s, however, there is a lurking fear that, now, the times are different, and the crisis may not easily be resolved. The Long Descent examines the basis of such fear through three core themes: Industrial society is following the same well-worn path that has led other civilizations into decline, a path involving a much slower and more complex transformation than the sudden catastrophes imagined by so many social critics today. The roots of the crisis lie in the cultural stories that shape the way we understand the world. Since problems cannot be solved with the same thinking that created them, these ways of thinking need to be replaced with others better suited to the needs of our time. It is too late for massive programs for top-down change; the change must come from individuals. Hope exists in actions that range from taking up a handicraft or adopting an “obsolete” technology, through planting an organic vegetable garden, taking charge of your own health care or spirituality, and building community. Focusing eloquently on constructive adaptation to massive change, this book will have wide appeal. Praise for The Long Descent “At once erudite and entertaining, Greer’s exploration of the dynamics of societal collapse couldn’t be more timely.” —Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute, and author of The Party’s Over and Peak Everything “Candidates for public office, and the voters who elect them, should be required to read [Greer’s] accurate diagnosis of the terminal illness our fossil-energy subsidized industrial civilization has too long denied. He shows how stubborn belief in perpetual progress blinded us to the abyss toward which we were speeding and thus impeded wise preparation for our unavoidable descent into a deindustrial age. We must hope that the array of mitigating tools he prescribes may yet render that descent down the back side of Hubbert’s peak less devastating than it will be if we insistently claim a right to be prodigal in using this finite Earth.” —Willam R. Catton, Jr., author of Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change

Descent

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Helen Hardt
  • ISBN : 1642632252
  • Publisher : Waterhouse Press
  • Number of Pages : 330
  • Readers : 3451

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: The end to his story has already been written… Brad Steel made a promise to his wife and children—to create a legacy born from his love for them and his desire to protect them from harm. It was a worthy ambition… But along the way, something went terribly wrong. Daphne Steel loves her husband beyond measure and will stand by him no matter what, even when it’s more than she can deal with. She escapes when she must, still always putting Brad and their children first. Mysteries deepen, secrets are unveiled, and Brad vows to continue to protect his family at all costs. But is the price too high? The lies and misdeeds get easier and easier, until he descends to a place he swore he’d never go. There’s no turning back, though, and his actions have consequences—for those he did everything to protect.

America in Afghanistan

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  • Category : History
  • Author : Sharifullah Dorani
  • ISBN : 1786735822
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Number of Pages : 328
  • Readers : 7046

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Afghanistan has been a theatre of civil and international conflict for much of the twentieth century – stability is essential if there is to be peace in the Greater Middle East. Yet policy-makers in the West often seem to forget the lessons learned from previous administrations, whose interventions have contributed to the instability in the region. Here, Sharifullah Dorani focuses on the process of decision-making, looking at which factors influenced American policy-makers in the build-up to its longest war, the Afghanistan War, and how reactions on the ground in Afghanistan have influenced events since then. America in Afghanistan is a new, full history of US foreign policy toward Afghanistan from Bush's 'War on Terror', to Obama's war of 'Countering Violent Extremism' to Trump's war against 'Radical Islamic Terrorism'. Dorani is fluent in Pashto and Dari and uses unique and unseen Afghan source-work, published here for the first time, to understand the people in Afghanistan itself, and to answer their unanswered questions about 'real' US Afghan goals, the reasons for US failures in Afghanistan, especially its inability to improve governance and stop Pakistan, Iran and Russia from supporting the insurgency in Afghanistan, and the reasons for the bewildering changes in US Afghan policy over the course of 16 and a half years. To that end the author also assesses Presidents Karzai and Ghani's responses to Bush, Obama and Trump's policies in Afghanistan and the region. In addition, the book covers the role Afghanistan's neighbours – Russia, Iran, India, and especially Pakistan – played in America's Afghanistan War. This will be an essential book for those interested in the future of the region, and those who seek to understand its recent past.

Biblical Eschatology:

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  • Category : Religion
  • Author : Dr. Justin G. Prock
  • ISBN : 1698707738
  • Publisher : Trafford Publishing
  • Number of Pages : 666
  • Readers : 5858

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: In recent history, men from a variety of backgrounds have come to the same conclusion: that the Bible is about Israel only. For example: In 1861, John Mason Neale translated an ancient twelfth century Latin hymn and its title was O Come, O Come Emmanuel. Ever since 1861, Christians have sung that hymn at Christmas time, especially at Advent. Do you know what the words really mean that you are singing? In 1878, Edward Hine wrote an article titled, Seven-Eighths of the Bible Misunderstood, wherein he explains that seven-eighths of the Bible is about national salvation, i.e. the national salvation of True Israel; whereas, only one-eighth of the Bible is about personal salvation. Did you know that? In the 1960’s, Pastor Sheldon Emry wrote an article title, An Open Letter to Any Minister Who Teaches the Jews Are Israel, wherein he is of the opinion that the Israel that exists today since 1948 is not the True Israel of the Bible. In 1998, Arnold E. Kennedy wrote a book titled, The Exclusiveness of Israel, wherein he legally proves using the King James Version of the Bible that the Bible in general is only about True Israel. So, here we are in the Twenty-First Century, and the Gospel that is preached today is totally convoluted from that which was preached in the First Century A.D. by Yahshuah and His disciples, i.e. the Gospel of the Kingdom. So, where did the so-called churches and pastors go wrong? By the way, is there really a hierarchy in the Bible? In order to find out what the truth really is, we have to look at the original languages in which the Bible was written and then translated. For example, the Old Testament was written in Hebrew and Aramaic, then translated into Greek. The New Testament was written in Hebrew and Greek. Both Testaments were put together and translated into Latin, then German, and finally into English, from which the entire world received their own translation of the Bible. So, what was the original meaning of the words used in the original languages, i.e. the etymology of the words. Once that is determined, then we can go onto the next phase and discuss types in the Bible. From there, what is the Law of First Mention? How should Bible prophecy be Interpreted? Who are the keys to Bible prophecy? Where are we in the Bible prophecy timeline? During these discussions, we will find out who Yahweh chose of all the families of the earth to make His own. The churches teach universalism. The question then becomes, Who was Yahweh’s Law given to? What are the Laws of Yahweh? And then the even bigger question becomes, Who was Yahshuah sent to? All of these questions and more will be answered as you read this book...

Why Did Yahweh and His Son Yahshuah Say What They Said?

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  • Category : Bibles
  • Author : Dr. Justin G. Prock
  • ISBN : 1698700970
  • Publisher : Trafford Publishing
  • Number of Pages : 836
  • Readers : 6347

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: YAHWEH (The LORD God) and His Son YAHSHUAH (Jesus Christ) made statements with regard to Eschatology that have been “Spiritualized” for over a Millennium, which has led to the belief in Universalism, the belief that YAHSHUAH died for EVERYONE. Well, after one studies the original languages of the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, the message of the Kingdom of God was preached to and accepted by a certain House in the Bible. The other House rejected this message, and YAHSHUAH punished that House by taking the Kingdom away from them and giving It to another nation bringing forth fruit. There are only the House of Israel, the House of Judah, and the House of David, mentioned in the Bible. All three existed then, as they do today. However, most of today’s Babylonian Priesthood/Churchianity refuses to accept the secular historical position with regard to the House of Israel, and who they are today. The people groups, which YAHWEH and YAHSHUAH addressed, still exist today. However, these people are all mixed-up, and known by different names, but they DO exist. This book goes back to the origin of these people groups in the Bible, and brings them forward to the present using their old names, in order to understand Eschatology. This brings us to the major question of, “Is the Bible only about Israel?” And, if so, how does it affect our Eschatology today? This book answers these hard questions...

Artificial Neural Networks in Pattern Recognition

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  • Category : Computers
  • Author : Luca Pancioni,Friedhelm Schwenker,Edmondo Trentin
  • ISBN : 3319999788
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Number of Pages : 408
  • Readers : 7305

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 8th IAPR TC3 International Workshop on Artificial Neural Networks in Pattern Recognition, ANNPR 2018, held in Siena, Italy, in September 2018. The 29 revised full papers presented together with 2 invited papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 35 submissions. The papers present and discuss the latest research in all areas of neural network- and machine learning-based pattern recognition. They are organized in two sections: learning algorithms and architectures, and applications. Chapter "Bounded Rational Decision-Making with Adaptive Neural Network Priors" is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License via link.springer.com.

OECD Public Governance Reviews Civic Space Scan of Finland

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  • Category : Books
  • Author : OECD
  • ISBN : 9264938117
  • Publisher : OECD Publishing
  • Number of Pages : 180
  • Readers : 6794

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: At the global level, civic space is narrowing and thus efforts to protect and promote it are more important than ever. The OECD defines Civic Space as the set of legal, policy, institutional, and practical conditions necessary for non-governmental actors to access information, express themselves, associate, organise, and participate in public life.

The Signal and the Noise

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  • Category : Political Science
  • Author : Nate Silver
  • ISBN : 1101595957
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Number of Pages : 544
  • Readers : 6934

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: UPDATED FOR 2020 WITH A NEW PREFACE BY NATE SILVER "One of the more momentous books of the decade." —The New York Times Book Review Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger—all by the time he was thirty. He solidified his standing as the nation's foremost political forecaster with his near perfect prediction of the 2012 election. Silver is the founder and editor in chief of the website FiveThirtyEight. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data. Most predictions fail, often at great cost to society, because most of us have a poor understanding of probability and uncertainty. Both experts and laypeople mistake more confident predictions for more accurate ones. But overconfidence is often the reason for failure. If our appreciation of uncertainty improves, our predictions can get better too. This is the “prediction paradox”: The more humility we have about our ability to make predictions, the more successful we can be in planning for the future. In keeping with his own aim to seek truth from data, Silver visits the most successful forecasters in a range of areas, from hurricanes to baseball to global pandemics, from the poker table to the stock market, from Capitol Hill to the NBA. He explains and evaluates how these forecasters think and what bonds they share. What lies behind their success? Are they good—or just lucky? What patterns have they unraveled? And are their forecasts really right? He explores unanticipated commonalities and exposes unexpected juxtapositions. And sometimes, it is not so much how good a prediction is in an absolute sense that matters but how good it is relative to the competition. In other cases, prediction is still a very rudimentary—and dangerous—science. Silver observes that the most accurate forecasters tend to have a superior command of probability, and they tend to be both humble and hardworking. They distinguish the predictable from the unpredictable, and they notice a thousand little details that lead them closer to the truth. Because of their appreciation of probability, they can distinguish the signal from the noise. With everything from the health of the global economy to our ability to fight terrorism dependent on the quality of our predictions, Nate Silver’s insights are an essential read.

Counting Descent

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  • Category : Poetry
  • Author : Clint Smith
  • ISBN : 1938912667
  • Publisher : SCB Distributors
  • Number of Pages : 200
  • Readers : 8722

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Black Harvard Doctorate in Poetics launches poetry that explores modern blackness. Clint Smith's debut poetry collection, Counting Descent, is a coming of age story that seeks to complicate our conception of lineage and tradition. Smith explores the cognitive dissonance that results from belonging to a community that unapologetically celebrates black humanity while living in a world that often renders blackness a caricature of fear. His poems move fluidly across personal and political histories, all the while reflecting on the social construction of our lived experiences. Smith brings the reader on a powerful journey forcing us to reflect on all that we learn growing up, and all that we seek to unlearn moving forward. - Winner, 2017 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Award - Finalist, 2017 NAACP Image Awards - 2017 'One Book One New Orleans' Book Selection

Challenging Perceptions of Africa in Schools

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  • Category : Education
  • Author : Barbara O’Toole,Ebun Joseph,David Nyaluke
  • ISBN : 0429883684
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Number of Pages : 220
  • Readers : 4761

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: This book challenges educational discourse in relation to teaching about Africa at all levels of the education system in the Global North, with a specific case study focusing on the Republic of Ireland. The book provides an interrogation of the proliferation of negative imagery of and messages about African people and African countries and the impact of this on the attitudes and perceptions of children and young people. It explores how predominantly negative stereotyping can be challenged in classrooms through an educational approach grounded in principles of solidarity, interdependence, and social justice. The book focuses on the premise that existing educational narratives about the African continent and African people are rooted in a preponderance of racialised perceptions: an ‘impoverished’ continent dependent on the ‘benevolence’ of the North. The cycle of negativity engendered as a result of such portrayals cannot be broken until educators engage with these matters and bring critical and inquiry-based pedagogies into classrooms. Insights into three key pedagogical areas are provided – active unlearning, translating critical thinking into meaningful action, and developing a race consciousness. This book will appeal to academics, researchers, and post-graduate students in the fields of education and teacher education. It will be of interest to those involved in youth work, as well as intercultural and global citizenship youth trainers.

Descent into Hell

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Charles Williams
  • ISBN : Not Available
  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Number of Pages : 193
  • Readers : 5434

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: "Descent into Hell" by Charles Williams. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Expedition Deep Ocean

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  • Category : Travel
  • Author : Josh Young
  • ISBN : 1643136771
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Number of Pages : 384
  • Readers : 3285

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: The riveting story of the exploration of the final frontier of our planet—the deep ocean—and history-making mission to reach the bottom of all five seas. Humankind has explored every continent on earth, climbed its tallest mountains, and gone into space. But the largest areas of our planet remain largely a mystery: the deep oceans. At over 36,000 feet deep, there areas closest to earth’s core have remained nearly impossible to reach—until now. Technological innovations, engineering breakthroughs and the derring-do of a team of explorers, led by explorer Victor Vescovo, brought together an audacious global quest to dive to the deepest points of all five oceans for the first time in history. The expedition pushed technology to the limits, mapped hidden landscapes, discover previously unknown life forms and began to piece together how life in the deep oceans effects our planet—but it was far from easy. Expedition Deep Ocean is the inside story of this exploration of one of the most unforgiving and mysterious places on our planet, including the site of the Titanic wreck and the little-understood Hadal Zone. Vescovo and his team would design the most advanced deep-diving submersible ever built, where the pressure on the sub is 8 tons per square inch—the equivalent of having 292 fueled and fully loaded 747s stacked on top of it. And then there were hurricane-laden ocean waters and the byzantine web of global oceanography politics. Expedition Deep Ocean reveals the marvelous and other-worldly life found in all five deep ocean trenches, including several new species that have posed as of yet unanswered questions about survival and migration from ocean to ocean. Then there are the newly discovered sea mounts that cause tsunamis when they are broken by shifting subduction plates and jammed back into the earth crust, something that can now be studied to predict future disasters. Filled with high drama, adventure and the thrill of discovery, Expedition Deep Ocean celebrates courage and ingenuity and reveals the majesty and meaning of the deep ocean.

Distorted Descent

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  • Category : History
  • Author : Darryl Leroux
  • ISBN : 0887555942
  • Publisher : Univ. of Manitoba Press
  • Number of Pages : Not Available
  • Readers : 4971

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Distorted Descent examines a social phenomenon that has taken off in the twenty-first century: otherwise white, French descendant settlers in Canada shifting into a self-defined “Indigenous” identity. This study is not about individuals who have been dispossessed by colonial policies, or the multi-generational efforts to reconnect that occur in response. Rather, it is about white, French-descendant people discovering an Indigenous ancestor born 300 to 375 years ago through genealogy and using that ancestor as the sole basis for an eventual shift into an “Indigenous” identity today. After setting out the most common genealogical practices that facilitate race shifting, Leroux examines two of the most prominent self-identified “Indigenous” organizations currently operating in Quebec. Both organizations have their origins in committed opposition to Indigenous land and territorial negotiations, and both encourage the use of suspect genealogical practices. Distorted Descent brings to light to how these claims to an “Indigenous” identity are then used politically to oppose actual, living Indigenous peoples, exposing along the way the shifting politics of whiteness, white settler colonialism, and white supremacy.

The Descent of Man

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  • Category : Social Science
  • Author : Grayson Perry
  • ISBN : 1524705306
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Number of Pages : 160
  • Readers : 9947

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: What does it mean to be male in the 21st Century? Award-winning artist Grayson Perry explores what masculinity is: from sex to power, from fashion to career prospects, and what it could become—with illustrations throughout. In this witty and necessary new book, artist Grayson Perry trains his keen eye on the world of men to ask, what sort of man would make the world a better place? What would happen if we rethought the macho, outdated version of manhood, and embraced a different ideal? In the current atmosphere of bullying, intolerance and misogyny, demonstrated in the recent Trump versus Clinton presidential campaign, The Descent of Man is a timely and essential addition to current conversations around gender. Apart from gaining vast new wardrobe options, the real benefit might be that a newly fitted masculinity will allow men to have better relationships—and that’s happiness, right? Grayson Perry admits he’s not immune from the stereotypes himself—yet his thoughts on everything from power to physical appearance, from emotions to a brand new Manifesto for Men, are shot through with honesty, tenderness, and the belief that, for everyone to benefit, updating masculinity has to be something men decide to do themselves. They have nothing to lose but their hang-ups.

Adam's Gene and the Mitochondrial Eve

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  • Category : Religion
  • Author : Dr. Kutty
  • ISBN : 146531685X
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Number of Pages : 285
  • Readers : 1596

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Rating: Excellent Reviewed by: Eric Jones It’s become rather fashionable in literature today for authors to put a new spin on the link between science and religion. As both philosophies continue to collide, spin, and evolve into one another readers have been treated to books like Genome Scientist Francis Collins’ “Language of God”, which presents religion from a scientific point of view, along with rebuttals like Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion”, but nobody makes an argument quite like Ahamed V.P. Kutty. In his similar exploration of these worlds, Kutty presents evidence in the face of a religious question often overlooked among Christians, Muslims, and Jewish practitioners. The question is simple: If incest is a sin, and Adam and Eve were the first humans created by God to conceive and populate the earth, then wouldn’t their offspring be forced to mate with one another in order to achieve such ends? In essence, has God, or the creators of the Bible and Qur’an, created a situation where humanity must sin to survive? The answer, as always, is not as simple as the question. As the title might have given away, this is a book of scientific research which takes the writings of biblical scripture into account in order to achieve an answer. As such, it assumes that the reader is also religious. But not blindly so, as an overwhelming amount of scientists are turning to religion to solve the questions that they themselves cannot, it is no small readership that Kutty addresses. And his writing is cleverly detailed from both points of view so that ministers of faith will find it just as interesting as those of science. Answering the proposed thesis leads the reader on a journey through many questions that befuddle even the most devout religious followers. Where is the biblical Garden of Eden? How does religion account for the theory of evolution? Who are the real Adam and Eve? Is the Bible meant to be taken literally, or as hyperbole? Walking a middle path between the radical views of both science and religion is bound to offend fringe readers, but I think the majority of us tend to hold a similar middle ground. And for us, Kutty lays an overwhelming amount of evidence at our feet, which take all widely accepted viewpoints regarding the nature of evolution, the Garden of Eden, and the many different versions of Adam and Eve, into account. Often Kutty excludes the verbalized opinion that is so prominent in the works of his contemporaries, allowing the reader to connect the dots for themselves having looked over each textual exhibit. This layout is also helpful for quick reading, reference, and maintaining interest of laymen, like me, since all of these points are categorically organized and labeled. Each chapter begins with a clearly stated paragraph that elaborates on its title, and is often followed by the listing of evidence which lead the reader to the drawn conclusion. What Kutty is able to do, using this method, is clearly present his case without reducing anything to simple conjecture. Although this method does have a few minor holes since using evidence connecting so many different sources is sometimes thin. For instance, the use of a theory in general relativity to explain how angels of heaven might be able to travel through wormholes to get between Heaven and Earth is, according to Kutty himself, “not readily acceptable but feasible”. In other words, there is only so much that science can explain. However, the research regarding DNA histories which trace ancestry back to an original Adam and Eve, (though admittedly not the Bible’s Adam and Eve) is extremely positive. These many cases often provide a jumping point for those who wish to examine the issues more closely through the inclusion, at the end of each chapter, of a detailed bibliography. “Adam’s Gene and the Mitochondrial Eve” is brilliant. It constructs a dazzling house of carefully implemente

The Descent of Alette

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  • Category : Poetry
  • Author : Alice Notley
  • ISBN : 1440621438
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Number of Pages : 160
  • Readers : 7880

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: In The Descent of Alette, Alice Notley presents a feminist epic, a bold journey into the deeper realms. Alette, the narrator, finds herself underground, deep beneath the city, where spirits and people ride endlessly on subways, not allowed to live in the world above. Traveling deeper and deeper, she is on a journey of continual transformation, encountering a series of figures and undergoing fragmentations and metamorphoses as she seeks to confront the Tyrant and heal the world. Using a new measure, with rhythmic units indicated by quotation marks, Notley has created a “spoken” text, a rich and mesmerizing work of imagination, mystery, and power.

Blood, Bullets And Bodies

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  • Category : Social Science
  • Author : Imani M. Tafari-Ama
  • ISBN : 1786451379
  • Publisher : Beaten Track Publishing
  • Number of Pages : 386
  • Readers : 5415

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Fifth Edition The true story of Blood, Bullets and Bodies: a critical multimedia exposé about the factors subverting the political will to act in the best interest of the poor, even when explicit just cause exists for such altruistic action to take place… Blood, Bullets and Bodies is a strange and paradoxical story that needs to be read as much as it needs to be told. It is a riveting story of sex, violence, political intrigue and survival by any means necessary. The book is a literary mirror that provides a revealing and frightening reflection for a self-destructing society to see itself profiled in the throes of its own possible demise. Sure to stir controversy, the new book contains a compelling rendition of the historical circumstances that have made crime and violence – bullets, blood and dead bodies – the number one problem in late 20th and early 21st century Jamaica. Despite the historic One Love Peace Concert and the Peace Truce in 1978, young gunmen seem to have gone wild ever since. Using a variety of sophisticated methodological tools including literary sources, oral interviews, ethnographic studies and the lyrics of popular Reggae songs, Imani Tafari-Ama details the influences and implications of this violent social discourse for everyday performances of femininity and masculinity in Kingston’s inner-city environment as well as in the wider Jamaican society. Tafari-Ama’s stated objective in publishing her thesis as a book is to separate fact from fiction in order to find real and enduring solutions that will reduce the distressing flood of blood, bullets and bodies that is overflowing the streets of Kingston. She hopes that by highlighting some of the facts and exposing much of the fiction about life below the poverty line, her provocative book will be a catalyst in motivating the political and community willpower necessary to find and implement the real-time solutions that she proposes in her suggested Options for Development.

Scala for Machine Learning

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  • Category : Computers
  • Author : Patrick R. Nicolas
  • ISBN : 178712620X
  • Publisher : Packt Publishing Ltd
  • Number of Pages : 740
  • Readers : 9681

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Leverage Scala and Machine Learning to study and construct systems that can learn from data About This Book Explore a broad variety of data processing, machine learning, and genetic algorithms through diagrams, mathematical formulation, and updated source code in Scala Take your expertise in Scala programming to the next level by creating and customizing AI applications Experiment with different techniques and evaluate their benefits and limitations using real-world applications in a tutorial style Who This Book Is For If you're a data scientist or a data analyst with a fundamental knowledge of Scala who wants to learn and implement various Machine learning techniques, this book is for you. All you need is a good understanding of the Scala programming language, a basic knowledge of statistics, a keen interest in Big Data processing, and this book! What You Will Learn Build dynamic workflows for scientific computing Leverage open source libraries to extract patterns from time series Write your own classification, clustering, or evolutionary algorithm Perform relative performance tuning and evaluation of Spark Master probabilistic models for sequential data Experiment with advanced techniques such as regularization and kernelization Dive into neural networks and some deep learning architecture Apply some basic multiarm-bandit algorithms Solve big data problems with Scala parallel collections, Akka actors, and Apache Spark clusters Apply key learning strategies to a technical analysis of financial markets In Detail The discovery of information through data clustering and classification is becoming a key differentiator for competitive organizations. Machine learning applications are everywhere, from self-driving cars, engineering design, logistics, manufacturing, and trading strategies, to detection of genetic anomalies. The book is your one stop guide that introduces you to the functional capabilities of the Scala programming language that are critical to the creation of machine learning algorithms such as dependency injection and implicits. You start by learning data preprocessing and filtering techniques. Following this, you'll move on to unsupervised learning techniques such as clustering and dimension reduction, followed by probabilistic graphical models such as Naive Bayes, hidden Markov models and Monte Carlo inference. Further, it covers the discriminative algorithms such as linear, logistic regression with regularization, kernelization, support vector machines, neural networks, and deep learning. You'll move on to evolutionary computing, multibandit algorithms, and reinforcement learning. Finally, the book includes a comprehensive overview of parallel computing in Scala and Akka followed by a description of Apache Spark and its ML library. With updated codes based on the latest version of Scala and comprehensive examples, this book will ensure that you have more than just a solid fundamental knowledge in machine learning with Scala. Style and approach This book is designed as a tutorial with hands-on exercises using technical analysis of financial markets and corporate data. The approach of each chapter is such that it allows you to understand key concepts easily.

Dynamics of Non-Spherical Particles in Turbulence

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  • Category : Technology & Engineering
  • Author : Luis Blay Esteban
  • ISBN : 3030281361
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Number of Pages : 163
  • Readers : 6829

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: This book studies the dynamics of 2D objects moving through turbulent fluids. It examines the decay of turbulence over extended time scales, and compares the dynamics of non-spherical particles moving through still and turbulent fluids. The book begins with an introduction to the project, its aims, and its relevance for industrial applications. It then discusses the movement of planar particles in quiescent fluid, and presents the numerous methodologies used to measure it. The book also presents a detailed analysis of the falling style of irregular particles, which makes it possible to estimate particle trajectory and wake morphology based on frontal geometry. In turn, the book provides the results of an analysis of physically constrained decaying turbulence in a laboratory setting. These results suggest that large-scale cut-off in numerical simulations can result in severe bias in the computed turbulent kinetic energy for long waiting times. Combining the main text with a wealth of figures and sketches throughout, the book offers an accessible guide for all engineering students with a basic grasp of fluid mechanics, while the key findings will also be of interest to senior researchers.

A Descent into the Maelström

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Edgar Allan Poe
  • ISBN : 8726644274
  • Publisher : Lindhardt og Ringhof
  • Number of Pages : 9
  • Readers : 8398

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: When Poe takes us to sea, we get sucked in. In "A Descent into the Maelstrom" (1841) Poe’s narrator recounts his horrific experience when he and his brother’s boat get sucked down in the world’s fastest moving current of water, the tumultuous maelstrom known as Moskenesstraumen. Constructed as a story within a story, "A Descent into the Maelström" is a beautiful and gripping tale about the rough life on the seven seas told in the manner of Coleridge’s "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." In 1980, the legendary American composer Philip Glass composed a much-praised 66-minute piece based on the short story. Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was an American poet, author, and literary critic. Most famous for his poetry, short stories, and tales of the supernatural, mysterious, and macabre, he is also regarded as the inventor of the detective genre and a contributor to the emergence of science fiction, dark romanticism, and weird fiction. His most famous works include "The Raven" (1945), "The Black Cat" (1943), and "The Gold-Bug" (1843).

Capturing Caste in Law

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  • Category : Law
  • Author : Annapurna Waughray
  • ISBN : 1317613635
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Number of Pages : 304
  • Readers : 8881

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: This book will examine the legal regulation of caste discrimination in three key legal spheres: in India (the world’s largest caste-affected country and the country with the greatest experience of using law to tackle such discrimination); in international human rights law; and in Britain, the first European country to introduce a prohibition of caste discrimination in domestic equality law. It aims to present a coherent account of the role of law initially in the construction of caste inequality and discrimination, and subsequent legal efforts to address such discrimination. The gaps in existing law, domestic and international, in relation to caste discrimination will be identified and examined. The book will adopt a jurisdiction by jurisdiction / sphere by sphere approach which in practice is broadly chronological approach. First it will examine how the concept of caste and the phenomenon of discrimination and inequality on grounds of caste have been defined, constructed and addressed by law. It will trace the evolution of the religious, social and legal rationales for caste discrimination in India, and conversely the evolution in India of legal remedies for its elimination. Caste is a complex social phenomenon, and this book will explain and address the legal challenges of capturing caste in national and international law. In doing so it will examine the advantages and limitations of existing legal analyses and frameworks for tackling discrimination based on caste. The book will be of great interest to academics and students of human rights law, equality and discrimination law, international human rights law, minority rights and area studies (South Asia and its diaspora). It will also be of relevance to practitioners and those in the public and NGO sectors involved in the implementation and enforcement of equality law in the UK.

Computational Mathematics and Applications

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  • Category : Mathematics
  • Author : Dia Zeidan,Seshadev Padhi,Aliaa Burqan,Peer Ueberholz
  • ISBN : 9811584982
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Number of Pages : 277
  • Readers : 1281

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: This book is a collection of invited and reviewed chapters on state-of-the-art developments in interdisciplinary mathematics. The book discusses recent developments in the fields of theoretical and applied mathematics, covering areas of interest to mathematicians, scientists, engineers, industrialists, researchers, faculty, and students. Readers will be exposed to topics chosen from a wide range of areas including differential equations, integral reforms, operational calculus, numerical analysis, fluid mechanics, and computer science. The aim of the book is to provide brief and reliably expressed research topics that will enable those new or not aware of mathematical sciences in this part of the world. While the book has not been precisely planned to address any branch of mathematics, it presents contributions of the relevant topics to do so. The topics chosen for the book are those that we have found of significant interest to many researchers in the world. These also are topics that are applicable in many fields of computational and applied mathematics. This book constitutes the first attempt in Jordanian literature to scientifically consider the extensive need of research development at the national and international levels with which mathematics deals. The book grew not only from the international collaboration between the authors but rather from the long need for a research-based book from different parts of the world for researchers and professionals working in computational and applied mathematics. This is the modified version of the back-cover content on the print book

My Descent Into Death

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  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Author : Howard Storm
  • ISBN : 0385515219
  • Publisher : Harmony
  • Number of Pages : 160
  • Readers : 8180

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Not since Betty Eadie’s Embraced by the Light has a personal account of a Near-Death Experience (NDE) been so utterly different from most others—or nearly as compelling. "This is a book you devour from cover to cover, and pass on to others. This is a book you will quote in your daily conversation. Storm was meant to write it and we were meant to read it." —from the foreword by Anne Rice In the thirty years since Raymond Moody’s Life After Life appeared, a familiar pattern of NDEs has emerged: suddenly floating over one’s own body, usually in a hospital setting, then a sudden hurtling through a tunnel of light toward a presence of love. Not so in Howard Storm’s case. Storm, an avowed atheist, was awaiting emergency surgery when he realized that he was at death’s door. Storm found himself out of his own body, looking down on the hospital room scene below. Next, rather than going “toward the light,” he found himself being torturously dragged to excruciating realms of darkness and death, where he was physically assaulted by monstrous beings of evil. His description of his pure terror and torture is unnerving in its utter originality and convincing detail. Finally, drawn away from death and transported to the realm of heaven, Storm met angelic beings as well as the God of Creation. In this fascinating account, Storm tells of his “life review,” his conversation with God, even answers to age-old questions such as why the Holocaust was allowed to take place. Storm was sent back to his body with a new knowledge of the purpose of life here on earth. This book is his message of hope.

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 : 4476

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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.

TensorFlow Machine Learning Cookbook

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  • Category : Computers
  • Author : Nick McClure
  • ISBN : 178913076X
  • Publisher : Packt Publishing Ltd
  • Number of Pages : 422
  • Readers : 6329

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Skip the theory and get the most out of Tensorflow to build production-ready machine learning models Key Features Exploit the features of Tensorflow to build and deploy machine learning models Train neural networks to tackle real-world problems in Computer Vision and NLP Handy techniques to write production-ready code for your Tensorflow models Book Description TensorFlow is an open source software library for Machine Intelligence. The independent recipes in this book will teach you how to use TensorFlow for complex data computations and allow you to dig deeper and gain more insights into your data than ever before. With the help of this book, you will work with recipes for training models, model evaluation, sentiment analysis, regression analysis, clustering analysis, artificial neural networks, and more. You will explore RNNs, CNNs, GANs, reinforcement learning, and capsule networks, each using Google's machine learning library, TensorFlow. Through real-world examples, you will get hands-on experience with linear regression techniques with TensorFlow. Once you are familiar and comfortable with the TensorFlow ecosystem, you will be shown how to take it to production. By the end of the book, you will be proficient in the field of machine intelligence using TensorFlow. You will also have good insight into deep learning and be capable of implementing machine learning algorithms in real-world scenarios. What you will learn Become familiar with the basic features of the TensorFlow library Get to know Linear Regression techniques with TensorFlow Learn SVMs with hands-on recipes Implement neural networks to improve predictive modeling Apply NLP and sentiment analysis to your data Master CNN and RNN through practical recipes Implement the gradient boosted random forest to predict housing prices Take TensorFlow into production Who this book is for If you are a data scientist or a machine learning engineer with some knowledge of linear algebra, statistics, and machine learning, this book is for you. If you want to skip the theory and build production-ready machine learning models using Tensorflow without reading pages and pages of material, this book is for you. Some background in Python programming is assumed.

Descent into Darkness

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  • Category : History
  • Author : Edward C. Raymer
  • ISBN : 1612511023
  • Publisher : Naval Institute Press
  • Number of Pages : 240
  • Readers : 3442

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: On December 7, 1941, as the great battleships Arizona, Oklahoma, and Utah lie paralyzed and burning in the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a crack team of U.S. Navy salvage divers headed by Edward C. Raymer are hurriedly flown to Oahu from the mainland. The divers have been given a Herculean task: rescue the sailors and Marines trapped below, and resurrect the pride of the Pacific fleet. Now for the first time, the chief diver of the Pearl Harbor salvage operations, Cmdr. Edward C. Raymer, USN (Ret.), tells the whole story of the desperate attempts to save crewmembers caught inside their sinking ships. Descent into Darkness is the only book available that describes the raising and salvage operations of sunken battleships following the December 7th attack. Once Raymer and his crew of divers entered the interiors of the sunken shipwrecks—attempting untested and potentially deadly diving techniques—they experienced a world of total blackness, unable to see even the faceplates of their helmets. By memorizing the ships’ blueprints and using their sense of touch, the divers groped their way hundreds of feet inside the sunken vessels to make repairs and salvage vital war material. The divers learned how to cope with such unseen dangers as falling objects, sharks, the eerie presence of floating human bodies, and the constant threat of Japanese attacks from above. Though many of these divers were killed or seriously injured during the wartime salvage operations, on the whole they had great success performing what seemed to be impossible jobs. Among their credits, Raymer’s crew raised the sunken battleships USS West Virginia, USS Nevada, USS California, After Pearl Harbor they moved on to other crucial salvage work off Guadalcanal and the sites of other great sea battles.

Scala:Applied Machine Learning

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  • Category : Computers
  • Author : Pascal Bugnion,Patrick R. Nicolas,Alex Kozlov
  • ISBN : 178712455X
  • Publisher : Packt Publishing Ltd
  • Number of Pages : 1265
  • Readers : 5489

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Leverage the power of Scala and master the art of building, improving, and validating scalable machine learning and AI applications using Scala's most advanced and finest features About This Book Build functional, type-safe routines to interact with relational and NoSQL databases with the help of the tutorials and examples provided Leverage your expertise in Scala programming to create and customize your own scalable machine learning algorithms Experiment with different techniques; evaluate their benefits and limitations using real-world financial applications Get to know the best practices to incorporate new Big Data machine learning in your data-driven enterprise and gain future scalability and maintainability Who This Book Is For This Learning Path is for engineers and scientists who are familiar with Scala and want to learn how to create, validate, and apply machine learning algorithms. It will also benefit software developers with a background in Scala programming who want to apply machine learning. What You Will Learn Create Scala web applications that couple with JavaScript libraries such as D3 to create compelling interactive visualizations Deploy scalable parallel applications using Apache Spark, loading data from HDFS or Hive Solve big data problems with Scala parallel collections, Akka actors, and Apache Spark clusters Apply key learning strategies to perform technical analysis of financial markets Understand the principles of supervised and unsupervised learning in machine learning Work with unstructured data and serialize it using Kryo, Protobuf, Avro, and AvroParquet Construct reliable and robust data pipelines and manage data in a data-driven enterprise Implement scalable model monitoring and alerts with Scala In Detail This Learning Path aims to put the entire world of machine learning with Scala in front of you. Scala for Data Science, the first module in this course, is a tutorial guide that provides tutorials on some of the most common Scala libraries for data science, allowing you to quickly get up to speed building data science and data engineering solutions. The second course, Scala for Machine Learning guides you through the process of building AI applications with diagrams, formal mathematical notation, source code snippets, and useful tips. A review of the Akka framework and Apache Spark clusters concludes the tutorial. The next module, Mastering Scala Machine Learning, is the final step in this course. It will take your knowledge to next level and help you use the knowledge to build advanced applications such as social media mining, intelligent news portals, and more. After a quick refresher on functional programming concepts using REPL, you will see some practical examples of setting up the development environment and tinkering with data. We will then explore working with Spark and MLlib using k-means and decision trees. By the end of this course, you will be a master at Scala machine learning and have enough expertise to be able to build complex machine learning projects using Scala. This Learning Path combines some of the best that Packt has to offer in one complete, curated package. It includes content from the following Packt products: Scala for Data Science, Pascal Bugnion Scala for Machine Learning, Patrick Nicolas Mastering Scala Machine Learning, Alex Kozlov Style and approach A tutorial with complete examples, this course will give you the tools to start building useful data engineering and data science solutions straightaway. This course provides practical examples from the field on how to correctly tackle data analysis problems, particularly for modern Big Data datasets.

Cyberspace Safety and Security

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  • Category : Computers
  • Author : Jaideep Vaidya,Xiao Zhang,Jin Li
  • ISBN : 3030373371
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Number of Pages : 604
  • Readers : 3495

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: The two volumes LNCS 11982 and 11983 constitute the proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Cyberspace Safety and Security, CSS 2019, held in Guangzhou, China, in December 2019. The 61 full papers and 40 short papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 235 submissions. The papers cover a broad range of topics in the field of cyberspace safety and security, such as authentication, access control, availability, integrity, privacy, confidentiality, dependability and sustainability issues of cyberspace. They are organized in the following topical sections: network security; system security; information security; privacy preservation; machine learning and security; cyberspace safety; big data and security; and cloud and security;

Black Hearts

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  • Category : History
  • Author : Jim Frederick
  • ISBN : 9780307450982
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Number of Pages : 464
  • Readers : 5678

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: “Riveting. . . a testament to a misconceived war, and to the ease with which ordinary men, under certain conditions, can transform into monsters.”—New York Times Book Review This is the story of a small group of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division’s fabled 502nd Infantry Regiment—a unit known as “the Black Heart Brigade.” Deployed in late 2005 to Iraq’s so-called Triangle of Death, a veritable meat grinder just south of Baghdad, the Black Hearts found themselves in arguably the country’s most dangerous location at its most dangerous time. Hit by near-daily mortars, gunfire, and roadside bomb attacks, suffering from a particularly heavy death toll, and enduring a chronic breakdown in leadership, members of one Black Heart platoon—1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion—descended, over their year-long tour of duty, into a tailspin of poor discipline, substance abuse, and brutality. Four 1st Platoon soldiers would perpetrate one of the most heinous war crimes U.S. forces have committed during the Iraq War—the rape of a fourteen-year-old Iraqi girl and the cold-blooded execution of her and her family. Three other 1st Platoon soldiers would be overrun at a remote outpost—one killed immediately and two taken from the scene, their mutilated corpses found days later booby-trapped with explosives. Black Hearts is an unflinching account of the epic, tragic deployment of 1st Platoon. Drawing on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with Black Heart soldiers and first-hand reporting from the Triangle of Death, Black Hearts is a timeless story about men in combat and the fragility of character in the savage crucible of warfare. But it is also a timely warning of new dangers emerging in the way American soldiers are led on the battlefields of the twenty-first century.

Scala: Guide for Data Science Professionals

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  • Category : Computers
  • Author : Pascal Bugnion,Arun Manivannan,Patrick R. Nicolas
  • ISBN : 1787281035
  • Publisher : Packt Publishing Ltd
  • Number of Pages : 1100
  • Readers : 5891

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Scala will be a valuable tool to have on hand during your data science journey for everything from data cleaning to cutting-edge machine learning About This Book Build data science and data engineering solutions with ease An in-depth look at each stage of the data analysis process — from reading and collecting data to distributed analytics Explore a broad variety of data processing, machine learning, and genetic algorithms through diagrams, mathematical formulations, and source code Who This Book Is For This learning path is perfect for those who are comfortable with Scala programming and now want to enter the field of data science. Some knowledge of statistics is expected. What You Will Learn Transfer and filter tabular data to extract features for machine learning Read, clean, transform, and write data to both SQL and NoSQL databases Create Scala web applications that couple with JavaScript libraries such as D3 to create compelling interactive visualizations Load data from HDFS and HIVE with ease Run streaming and graph analytics in Spark for exploratory analysis Bundle and scale up Spark jobs by deploying them into a variety of cluster managers Build dynamic workflows for scientific computing Leverage open source libraries to extract patterns from time series Master probabilistic models for sequential data In Detail Scala is especially good for analyzing large sets of data as the scale of the task doesn't have any significant impact on performance. Scala's powerful functional libraries can interact with databases and build scalable frameworks — resulting in the creation of robust data pipelines. The first module introduces you to Scala libraries to ingest, store, manipulate, process, and visualize data. Using real world examples, you will learn how to design scalable architecture to process and model data — starting from simple concurrency constructs and progressing to actor systems and Apache Spark. After this, you will also learn how to build interactive visualizations with web frameworks. Once you have become familiar with all the tasks involved in data science, you will explore data analytics with Scala in the second module. You'll see how Scala can be used to make sense of data through easy to follow recipes. You will learn about Bokeh bindings for exploratory data analysis and quintessential machine learning with algorithms with Spark ML library. You'll get a sufficient understanding of Spark streaming, machine learning for streaming data, and Spark graphX. Armed with a firm understanding of data analysis, you will be ready to explore the most cutting-edge aspect of data science — machine learning. The final module teaches you the A to Z of machine learning with Scala. You'll explore Scala for dependency injections and implicits, which are used to write machine learning algorithms. You'll also explore machine learning topics such as clustering, dimentionality reduction, Naive Bayes, Regression models, SVMs, neural networks, and more. This learning path combines some of the best that Packt has to offer into one complete, curated package. It includes content from the following Packt products: Scala for Data Science, Pascal Bugnion Scala Data Analysis Cookbook, Arun Manivannan Scala for Machine Learning, Patrick R. Nicolas Style and approach A complete package with all the information necessary to start building useful data engineering and data science solutions straight away. It contains a diverse set of recipes that cover the full spectrum of interesting data analysis tasks and will help you revolutionize your data analysis skills using Scala.

Somatic Descent

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  • Category : Religion
  • Author : Reginald A. Ray
  • ISBN : 0834842963
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Number of Pages : 192
  • Readers : 8719

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: A powerful meditation practice for connecting with your body's innate, guiding wisdom. Have you ever had a "gut feeling" about a certain person or situation? Or a sense of intuition about how to respond to a particular challenge in your life? There's nothing magical or mystical about those kinds of scenarios. In fact, our body contains immense wisdom not directly available to our conscious mind, and it is continually communicating to us in the form of bodily feelings, impressions, sensations, corporeal intuitions, and felt senses. However, because most of us are so cut off from our somatic experience, we are quite unaware of this dimension of our body's expression. Although this intelligence may feel hidden most of the time, the wisdom of the body can actually be a guide for us in living our lives fully and also in responding compassionately to others. Through a meditation practice called Somatic Descent, Reggie Ray shows us how to connect with our body's intuitive intelligence. In Somatic Descent we see that the body is always showing us what sort of response, direction, or action may be called for at any given time, and can in fact be relied upon as a primary practical resource for decision-making in our everyday life. The book will include links to online audio recordings of the guided meditations to further aid the reader.

Apache Spark 2.x Machine Learning Cookbook

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  • Category : Computers
  • Author : Siamak Amirghodsi,Meenakshi Rajendran,Broderick Hall,Shuen Mei
  • ISBN : 1782174605
  • Publisher : Packt Publishing Ltd
  • Number of Pages : 666
  • Readers : 6734

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Simplify machine learning model implementations with Spark About This Book Solve the day-to-day problems of data science with Spark This unique cookbook consists of exciting and intuitive numerical recipes Optimize your work by acquiring, cleaning, analyzing, predicting, and visualizing your data Who This Book Is For This book is for Scala developers with a fairly good exposure to and understanding of machine learning techniques, but lack practical implementations with Spark. A solid knowledge of machine learning algorithms is assumed, as well as hands-on experience of implementing ML algorithms with Scala. However, you do not need to be acquainted with the Spark ML libraries and ecosystem. What You Will Learn Get to know how Scala and Spark go hand-in-hand for developers when developing ML systems with Spark Build a recommendation engine that scales with Spark Find out how to build unsupervised clustering systems to classify data in Spark Build machine learning systems with the Decision Tree and Ensemble models in Spark Deal with the curse of high-dimensionality in big data using Spark Implement Text analytics for Search Engines in Spark Streaming Machine Learning System implementation using Spark In Detail Machine learning aims to extract knowledge from data, relying on fundamental concepts in computer science, statistics, probability, and optimization. Learning about algorithms enables a wide range of applications, from everyday tasks such as product recommendations and spam filtering to cutting edge applications such as self-driving cars and personalized medicine. You will gain hands-on experience of applying these principles using Apache Spark, a resilient cluster computing system well suited for large-scale machine learning tasks. This book begins with a quick overview of setting up the necessary IDEs to facilitate the execution of code examples that will be covered in various chapters. It also highlights some key issues developers face while working with machine learning algorithms on the Spark platform. We progress by uncovering the various Spark APIs and the implementation of ML algorithms with developing classification systems, recommendation engines, text analytics, clustering, and learning systems. Toward the final chapters, we'll focus on building high-end applications and explain various unsupervised methodologies and challenges to tackle when implementing with big data ML systems. Style and approach This book is packed with intuitive recipes supported with line-by-line explanations to help you understand how to optimize your work flow and resolve problems when working with complex data modeling tasks and predictive algorithms. This is a valuable resource for data scientists and those working on large scale data projects.

Descent of Socrates

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  • Category : Philosophy
  • Author : Peter Warnek
  • ISBN : 9780253111517
  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Number of Pages : 262
  • Readers : 7641

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Since the appearance of Plato's Dialogues, philosophers have been preoccupied with the identity of Socrates and have maintained that successful interpretation of the work hinges upon a clear understanding of what thoughts and ideas can be attributed to him. In Descent of Socrates, Peter Warnek offers a new interpretation of Plato by considering the appearance of Socrates within Plato's work as a philosophical question. Warnek reads the Dialogues as an inquiry into the nature of Socrates and in doing so opens up the relationship between humankind and the natural world. Here, Socrates appears as a demonic and tragic figure whose obsession with the task of self-knowledge transforms the history of philosophy. In this uncompromising work, Warnek reveals the importance of the concept of nature in the Platonic Dialogues in light of Socratic practice and the Ancient ideas that inspire contemporary philosophy.

Hands-On Meta Learning with Python

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  • Category : Computers
  • Author : Sudharsan Ravichandiran
  • ISBN : 1789537029
  • Publisher : Packt Publishing Ltd
  • Number of Pages : 226
  • Readers : 5592

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Explore a diverse set of meta-learning algorithms and techniques to enable human-like cognition for your machine learning models using various Python frameworks Key FeaturesUnderstand the foundations of meta learning algorithmsExplore practical examples to explore various one-shot learning algorithms with its applications in TensorFlowMaster state of the art meta learning algorithms like MAML, reptile, meta SGDBook Description Meta learning is an exciting research trend in machine learning, which enables a model to understand the learning process. Unlike other ML paradigms, with meta learning you can learn from small datasets faster. Hands-On Meta Learning with Python starts by explaining the fundamentals of meta learning and helps you understand the concept of learning to learn. You will delve into various one-shot learning algorithms, like siamese, prototypical, relation and memory-augmented networks by implementing them in TensorFlow and Keras. As you make your way through the book, you will dive into state-of-the-art meta learning algorithms such as MAML, Reptile, and CAML. You will then explore how to learn quickly with Meta-SGD and discover how you can perform unsupervised learning using meta learning with CACTUs. In the concluding chapters, you will work through recent trends in meta learning such as adversarial meta learning, task agnostic meta learning, and meta imitation learning. By the end of this book, you will be familiar with state-of-the-art meta learning algorithms and able to enable human-like cognition for your machine learning models. What you will learnUnderstand the basics of meta learning methods, algorithms, and typesBuild voice and face recognition models using a siamese networkLearn the prototypical network along with its variantsBuild relation networks and matching networks from scratchImplement MAML and Reptile algorithms from scratch in PythonWork through imitation learning and adversarial meta learningExplore task agnostic meta learning and deep meta learningWho this book is for Hands-On Meta Learning with Python is for machine learning enthusiasts, AI researchers, and data scientists who want to explore meta learning as an advanced approach for training machine learning models. Working knowledge of machine learning concepts and Python programming is necessary.

Advanced Data Assimilation for Geosciences

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  • Category : Science
  • Author : Éric Blayo,Marc Bocquet,Emmanuel Cosme,Leticia F. Cugliandolo
  • ISBN : 0191035777
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Number of Pages : 576
  • Readers : 5200

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Data assimilation aims at determining as accurately as possible the state of a dynamical system by combining heterogeneous sources of information in an optimal way. Generally speaking, the mathematical methods of data assimilation describe algorithms for forming optimal combinations of observations of a system, a numerical model that describes its evolution, and appropriate prior information. Data assimilation has a long history of application to high-dimensional geophysical systems dating back to the 1960s, with application to the estimation of initial conditions for weather forecasts. It has become a major component of numerical forecasting systems in geophysics, and an intensive field of research, with numerous additional applications in oceanography, atmospheric chemistry, and extensions to other geophysical sciences. The physical complexity and the high dimensionality of geophysical systems have led the community of geophysics to make significant contributions to the fundamental theory of data assimilation. This book gathers notes from lectures and seminars given by internationally recognized scientists during a three-week school held in the Les Houches School of physics in 2012, on theoretical and applied data assimilation. It is composed of (i) a series of main lectures, presenting the fundamentals of the most commonly used methods, and the information theory background required to understand and evaluate the role of observations; (ii) a series of specialized lectures, addressing various aspects of data assimilation in detail, from the most recent developments of the theory to the specificities of various thematic applications.

Green Aviation

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  • Category : Technology & Engineering
  • Author : Ramesh Agarwal,Fayette Collier,Andreas Schaefer,Allan Seabridge
  • ISBN : 1118866509
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Number of Pages : 536
  • Readers : 8909

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Green Aviation is the first authoritative overview of both engineering and operational measures to mitigate the environmental impact of aviation. It addresses the current status of measures to reduce the environmental impact of air travel. The chapters cover such items as: Engineering and technology-related subjects (aerodynamics, engines, fuels, structures, etc.), Operations (air traffic management and infrastructure) Policy and regulatory aspects regarding atmospheric and noise pollution. With contributions from leading experts, this volume is intended to be a valuable addition, and useful resource, for aerospace manufacturers and suppliers, governmental and industrial aerospace research establishments, airline and aviation industries, university engineering and science departments, and industry analysts, consultants, and researchers.

Python Deep Learning

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  • Category : Computers
  • Author : Valentino Zocca,Gianmario Spacagna,Daniel Slater,Peter Roelants
  • ISBN : 1786460661
  • Publisher : Packt Publishing Ltd
  • Number of Pages : 406
  • Readers : 9646

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Take your machine learning skills to the next level by mastering Deep Learning concepts and algorithms using Python. About This Book Explore and create intelligent systems using cutting-edge deep learning techniques Implement deep learning algorithms and work with revolutionary libraries in Python Get real-world examples and easy-to-follow tutorials on Theano, TensorFlow, H2O and more Who This Book Is For This book is for Data Science practitioners as well as aspirants who have a basic foundational understanding of Machine Learning concepts and some programming experience with Python. A mathematical background with a conceptual understanding of calculus and statistics is also desired. What You Will Learn Get a practical deep dive into deep learning algorithms Explore deep learning further with Theano, Caffe, Keras, and TensorFlow Learn about two of the most powerful techniques at the core of many practical deep learning implementations: Auto-Encoders and Restricted Boltzmann Machines Dive into Deep Belief Nets and Deep Neural Networks Discover more deep learning algorithms with Dropout and Convolutional Neural Networks Get to know device strategies so you can use deep learning algorithms and libraries in the real world In Detail With an increasing interest in AI around the world, deep learning has attracted a great deal of public attention. Every day, deep learning algorithms are used broadly across different industries. The book will give you all the practical information available on the subject, including the best practices, using real-world use cases. You will learn to recognize and extract information to increase predictive accuracy and optimize results. Starting with a quick recap of important machine learning concepts, the book will delve straight into deep learning principles using Sci-kit learn. Moving ahead, you will learn to use the latest open source libraries such as Theano, Keras, Google's TensorFlow, and H20. Use this guide to uncover the difficulties of pattern recognition, scaling data with greater accuracy and discussing deep learning algorithms and techniques. Whether you want to dive deeper into Deep Learning, or want to investigate how to get more out of this powerful technology, you'll find everything inside. Style and approach Python Machine Learning by example follows practical hands on approach. It walks you through the key elements of Python and its powerful machine learning libraries with the help of real world projects.

The Ecotechnic Future

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  • Category : Social Science
  • Author : John Michael Greer
  • ISBN : 1550924397
  • Publisher : New Society Publishers
  • Number of Pages : 288
  • Readers : 8413

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: How to survive and thrive in the post-industrial age In response to the coming impact of peak oil, John Michael Greer helps us envision the transition from an industrial society to a sustainable ecotechnic world-not returning to the past, but creating a society that supports relatively advanced technology on a sustainable resource base. Fusing human ecology and history, this book challenges assumptions held by mainstream and alternative thinkers about the evolution of human societies. Human societies, like ecosystems, evolve in complex and unpredictable ways, making it futile to try to impose rigid ideological forms on the patterns of evolutionary change. Instead, social change must explore many pathways over which we have no control. The troubling and exhilarating prospect of an open-ended future, he proposes, requires dissensus-a deliberate acceptance of radical diversity that widens the range of potential approaches to infinity. Written in three parts, the book places the present crisis of the industrial world in its historical and ecological context in part one; part two explores the toolkit for Ecotechnic Age, and part three opens a door to the complexity of future visions. For anyone concerned about peak oil and the future of the industrial society, this book provides a solid analysis of how we got to where we are, and a practical toolkit to prepare for the future.

Mathematical Optimization Theory and Operations Research

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  • Category : Computers
  • Author : Yury Kochetov,Igor Bykadorov,Tatiana Gruzdeva
  • ISBN : 303058657X
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Number of Pages : 438
  • Readers : 3202

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: This book constitutes refereed proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Mathematical Optimization Theory and Operations Research, MOTOR 2020, held in Novosibirsk, Russia, in July 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the conference was held online. The 25 full papers and 8 short papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from a total of 102 submissions. The papers in the volume are organised according to the following topical headings: ​combinatorial optimization; mathematical programming; global optimization; game theory and mathematical economics; heuristics and metaheuristics; machine learning and data analysis.

Human Missions to Mars

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  • Category : Technology & Engineering
  • Author : Donald Rapp
  • ISBN : 331922249X
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Number of Pages : 582
  • Readers : 8080

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: A mission to send humans to explore the surface of Mars has been the ultimate goal of planetary exploration since the 1950s, when von Braun conjectured a flotilla of 10 interplanetary vessels carrying a crew of at least 70 humans. Since then, more than 1,000 studies were carried out on human missions to Mars, but after 60 years of study, we remain in the early planning stages. The second edition of this book now includes an annotated history of Mars mission studies, with quantitative data wherever possible. Retained from the first edition, Donald Rapp looks at human missions to Mars from an engineering perspective. He divides the mission into a number of stages: Earth’s surface to low-Earth orbit (LEO); departing from LEO toward Mars; Mars orbit insertion and entry, descent and landing; ascent from Mars; trans-Earth injection from Mars orbit and Earth return. For each segment, he analyzes requirements for candidate technologies. In this connection, he discusses the status and potential of a wide range of elements critical to a human Mars mission, including life support consumables, radiation effects and shielding, microgravity effects, abort options and mission safety, possible habitats on the Martian surface and aero-assisted orbit entry decent and landing. For any human mission to the Red Planet the possible utilization of any resources indigenous to Mars would be of great value and such possibilities, the use of indigenous resources is discussed at length. He also discusses the relationship of lunar exploratio n to Mars exploration. Detailed appendices describe the availability of solar energy on the Moon and Mars, and the potential for utilizing indigenous water on Mars. The second edition provides extensive updating and additions to the first edition, including many new figures and tables, and more than 70 new references, as of 2015.