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A Comprehensive Course in Number Theory

by Alan Baker

Developed from the author's popular text, A Concise Introduction to the Theory of Numbers, this book provides a comprehensive initiation to all the major branches of number theory. Beginning with the rudiments of the subject, the author proceeds to more advanced topics, including elements of cryptography and primality testing, an account of number fields in the classical vein including properties of their units, ideals and ideal classes, aspects of analytic number theory including studies of the Riemann zeta-function, the prime-number theorem and primes in arithmetical progressions, a description of the Hardy-Littlewood and sieve methods from respectively additive and multiplicative number theory and an exposition of the arithmetic of elliptic curves. The book includes many worked examples, exercises and further reading. Its wider coverage and versatility make this book suitable for courses extending from the elementary to beginning graduate studies.

The Gladiator

by Alan Baker

Condemned and yet feared by emperors, almost certain to be slaughtered and yet adored by the masses, the gladiator was the superstar of his day. His existence was invariably short and violent, improved only faintly by the prospect of honor, wealth, and public attention. Yet men gave up their freedom to become gladiators, noblewomen gave up their positions to elope with them, and Emperors risked death to fight them. This thrilling popular history of ancient Rome's gladiators charts the evolution of the games; introduces us to the legendary fighters, trainers, and emperors who participated in the violent sport; and re-creates in gripping detail a day at the bloody games. Alan Baker reveals the techniques of the training school, then sets us ringside to witness the torturous battles between bulls, lions, jaguars, and battle-hardened human beings. With each breathtaking scene, the complex culture of world that created and adored these bloody games between man and beast comes into clear focus. A work of history that reads like fiction, The Gladiator brings to life Spartacus, Commodus, Caligula, and all of the other memorable players of the nearly thousand-year-long gladiatorial era.

The Gladiator: The Secret History of Rome's Warrior Slaves

by Alan Baker

Take "a lively, voyeuristic glimpse into the ancient world" of the gladiator (Publishers Weekly)

Japanese Chess

by Alan Baker Trevor Leggett

The ancient game of chess has its roots in India, where the legendary emperor Ravana used it to exercise his generals in strategy and tactics. Played by millions around the world, shogi is the uniquely Japanese variant of chess.Japanese Chess is the ultimate book on shogi for beginners and experienced players alike. Its step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow diagrams lead the reader through the strategies and intricacies of one of Japan's most popular board games. Shogi is the only variation of chess in which an opponent's captured piece can be dropped back onto the board as one's own. This makes for extremely exciting, dynamic game play in which momentum can quickly shift back and forth between players.This essential resource includes a shogi board bound right into it, folding out for use with the included shogi pieces.

Japanese Chess

by Alan Baker Trevor Leggett

The ancient game of chess has its roots in India, where the legendary emperor Ravana used it to exercise his generals in strategy and tactics. Played by millions around the world, shogi is the uniquely Japanese variant of chess.Japanese Chess is the ultimate book on shogi for beginners and experienced players alike. Its step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow diagrams lead the reader through the strategies and intricacies of one of Japan's most popular board games. Shogi is the only variation of chess in which an opponent's captured piece can be dropped back onto the board as one's own. This makes for extremely exciting, dynamic game play in which momentum can quickly shift back and forth between players.This essential resource includes a shogi board bound right into it, folding out for use with the included shogi pieces.

Two Tiny Mice

by Alan Baker

This delightfully sweet storybook follows a duo of harvest mice as they explore the countryside. A unique mouse-eye view shows creatures in their natural habitats as the two meet a quiet rabbit, get a peek in an energetic sparrow's nest, and make an amphibious acquaintance near the river. Exploring is tiring, but at the end of the day there is a cozy, warm nest to crawl back into, and the two mice dream of what nature will bring tomorrow. This title features twelve beautifully drawn animals to discover as Baker's award-winning illustrations put fascinating creatures like badgers, ducks, and squirrels at your fingertips. First published in 1990, this captivating story is a celebration of the value and irreplaceable beauty of nature, but it doesn't end there! This revised edition of Two Tiny Mice includes descriptions of all the animals illustrated, so kids can learn about the wildlife right outside their door. A classic book back in print, Two Tiny Mice will nurture curiosity and a lasting respect for the outdoors.

White Rabbit's Color Book

by Alan Baker

White rabbit finds three big tubes of paint, and decides to try them out.

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