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In Measuring and Reasoning, Fred L. Bookstein examines the way ordinary arithmetic and numerical patterns are translated into scientific understanding, showing how the process relies on two carefully managed forms of argument: * Abduction: the generation of new hypotheses to accord with findings that were surprising on previous hypotheses, and * Consilience: the confirmation of numerical pattern claims by analogous findings at other levels of measurement. These profound principles include an understanding of the role of arithmetic and, more importantly, of how numerical patterns found in one study can relate to numbers found in others. They are illustrated through numerous classic and contemporary examples arising in disciplines ranging from atomic physics through geosciences to social psychology. The author goes on to teach core techniques of pattern analysis, including regression and correlation, normal distributions, and inference, and shows how these accord with abduction and consilience, first in the simple setting of one dependent variable and then in studies of image data for complex or interdependent systems. More than 200 figures and diagrams illuminate the text. The book can be read with profit by any student of the empirical nature or social sciences and by anyone concerned with how scientists persuade those of us who are not scientists why we should credit the most important claims about scientific facts or theories.
This comprehensive textbook provides a detailed introduction to the basic physics and engineering aspects of lasers, as well as to the design and operational principles of a wide range of optical systems and electro-optic devices. Throughout, full details of important derivations and results are given, as are many practical examples of the design, construction and performance characteristics of different types of lasers and electro-optic devices. Covering a broad range of topics in modern optical physics and engineering, this book will be invaluable to those taking undergraduate courses in laser physics, optoelectronics, photonics and optical engineering. It will also act as a useful reference for graduate students and researchers in these fields.
This lively textbook integrates theory and methodology into the study of social movements, and includes contemporary case studies to engage students and encourage them to apply theories critically. A wide range of protest cases are explored, from American, European and global arenas, including contemporary examples of political violence and terrorism, alter-globalisation, social networking and global activism. Key chapter features encourage students to engage critically with the material: method points uncover the methodology behind the theories, helping students to understand the larger study of social movements; debate points highlight classic arguments in social movement studies, encouraging students to critically assess theoretical approaches; and case studies connect theories to cases, allowing students to relate key principles to real-world examples. A companion website offers additional student and instructor resources, including lecture slides and worksheets.
Portfolio Management under Stress offers a novel way to apply the well-established Bayesian-net methodology to the important problem of asset allocation under conditions of market distress or, more generally, when an investor believes that a particular scenario (such as the break-up of the Euro) may occur. Employing a coherent and thorough approach, it provides practical guidance on how best to choose an optimal and stable asset allocation in the presence of user specified scenarios or 'stress conditions'. The authors place causal explanations, rather than association-based measures such as correlations, at the core of their argument, and insights from the theory of choice under ambiguity aversion are invoked to obtain stable allocations results. Step-by-step design guidelines are included to allow readers to grasp the full implementation of the approach, and case studies provide clarification. This insightful book is a key resource for practitioners and research academics in the post-financial crisis world.
From 1938 until 1943 - before the German occupation and accompanying Holocaust - Fascist Italy drafted and enforced a comprehensive set of anti-Semitic laws. Notwithstanding later rationalizations, the laws were enforced and administered with a high degree of severity and resulted in serious, and in some cases permanent, damage to the Italian Jewish community. Written from the perspective of an American legal scholar, this book constitutes the first truly comprehensive survey of the Race Laws in the English language. Based on an exhaustive review of Italian legal, administrative, and judicial sources, together with archives of the Italian Jewish community, Professor Michael A. Livingston demonstrates the zeal but also the occasional ambivalence and contradictions with which the Race Laws were applied and assimilated by the Italian legal order and ordinary citizens. Although frequently depressing, the history of the Race Laws also involves numerous examples of personal courage and idealism, and provides a useful and timely study of what happens when otherwise decent people are confronted with an evil and unjust legal order.
Let's face it, reading sucks . . . but movies are fun! In this children's picture book parody for grown-ups, Pixar writer and artist Josh Cooley presents the most hilariously inappropriate--that is, the best--scenes from contemporary classic films in an illustrated, for-early-readers style. Terrifying, sexy, and awesome scenes from such favorite films as Alien, Rosemary's Baby, Fargo, Basic Instinct, Seven, The Silence of the Lambs, Apocalypse Now, The Shining, and many more are playfully illustrated and captioned to make reading fun and exciting for kids who never grew up. A sly celebration of the things fans love most about these legendary films (and movies in general), this is one book that probably should not be read at bedtime.
Chaos is coming, old son. With those words the peace of Three Pines is shattered. As families prepare to head back to the city and children say goodbye to summer, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store. Once again, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called in to strip back layers of lies, exposing both treasures and rancid secrets buried in the wilderness. No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. How did he make such a spectacular success of his business? What past did he leave behind and why has he buried himself in this tiny village? And why does every lead in the investigation find its way back to him? As Olivier grows more frantic, a trail of clues and treasures-- from first editions of Charlotte's Web and Jane Eyre to a spider web with the word "WOE" woven in it--lead the Chief Inspector deep into the woods and across the continent in search of the truth, and finally back to Three Pines as the little village braces for the truth and the final, brutal telling.
For fans of âe~Fifty Shades of Greyâe(tm), discover the author who dares to spell out what women really want; succumb to Nikki Gemmellâe(tm)s smartly seductive Threesome. This sensational ebook collection includes Nikkiâe(tm)s latest book, âe~I Take Youâe(tm). âe~The Bride Stripped Bareâe(tm) On honeymoon, a young wife makes a shocking discovery that will free her to explore her most dangerous desires. âe~With My Bodyâe(tm) A mother escapes from married life in overwhelmingly passionate memories of her first love. âe~I Take Youâe(tm) A woman consents to submit to her husbandâe(tm)s every desire, but can she bear to remain under lock and key when true intimacy beckons?
Book 1 in The Twelve Candles Club. Four Best Friends + One Summer = Fun + Adventure! It was Becky Hamilton's twelfth birthday, the last day of school, and her three wacky friends were at the front door of her house singing "Happy birthday"! But instead of joy, tears pressed behind Becky's eyes. Could she keep pretending that everything was okay for one more night? Would her secret ruin her birthday pizza and slumber party? Becky's emotions had been on a roller coaster from the moment her mother delivered the terrible news: They could no longer afford to live in Southern California and must move away! Away from Tricia, Jess and Cara and the beach and ... everything! But just when she feels the worst about it, Becky has a remarkable brainstorm. She and her three girlfriends could start a club, the Twelve Candles Club, and they could do all sorts of work through the summer months and earn money ... and maybe she won't have to move! What a Wild Idea! Can They Make It Work?
Five years ago, as an unwed, pregnant college student, Sadie placed her baby girl with adoptive parents. Since that heart-wrenching decision, not a day has passed that Sadie doesn't think of her daughter. Yet, she knows the Lord orchestrated Ellie's adoption into a loving Christian home. But a letter written by Ellie's adoptive father, Cam, delivers sad news that Ellie's adoptive mother has died. Is Cam's invitation to visit Ellie an answer to Sadie's prayer? Will Sadie's empty arms finally be filled by her longed-for child? Or will she find another kind of love altogether?
[from the back cover] "After sailing from Dublin to New York at the age of fifteen, Kathleen O'Neil meets and marries happy-go-lucky John McDougal. A trip across the American West becomes a journey through tragedy, giving root to her new resolve never to depend on anyone other than herself. When John goes off to fight in Europe during World War I, he leaves her stranded in the Georgia hill country with a young son. Looking for a way to survive, Kathleen finds the quickest way to money is through moonshine whiskey, brewed from a method she learned in Ireland. Clandestine deals with greedy sheriffs, judges, and gangsters make it easy to sidestep the law. A reckless romance with a G-man who comes to arrest her ends with his death and the murder of an innocent boy. Kathleen escapes to Florida, only to have the past and its consequences find her there years later. When World War II threatens to take her two sons from her, she will do anything to keep that from happening. To make sure her dreams come true, she must destroy those of people she loves."
Mr. and Mrs. Garland died in an epidemic of cholera and their two children were taken in by an uncle. To Toby and Emily, any sort of life seemed better than the gall and indignity of living with their uncle's brutal slave-driving. Emily dreamed of a little cottage on the coast where she could look after Toby in peace and comfort, but it was to be a long time after My Alice lifted to freedom on the flood-tide one night with Toby and Emily as crew, before her dream had an opportunity of becoming reality. Home on a smelly fishing smack with a black hole of a cuddy and mouldy straw for a mattress was no home at all, and when Mrs. Seymour offered Emily a room of her own in exchange for duties as a housemaid, Emily thought this was bliss indeed--until her cheeks grew pale for lack of sunlight and she pined for the salty tang of fresh air on her face. But there were compensations, rich compensations : there was Adam and the mystery of the Maplin Bird and the sheer exhilaration of standing with him at the tiller heading with that ruthless, daring smuggler for France. And suddenly, Emily found she had a second pipe-dream--and surely they could not both come true?
"For those who know where to look, the principles that guide the construction of our world are plain to see, in everything from cucumbers to cathedrals. This spectacular volume shows us exactly where we can look - in our buildings, our language, our myths, our environment, even our own bodies - to behold the myriad ways in which the numbers one through ten serve as the universe's blueprint. " "Modern scientists are reaffirming what the ancients observed in their world and taught in their myths: that a consistent language of geometric design underpins every level of the universe, from atoms through galaxies. Michael Schneider translates that surpassingly eloquent language in lyrical, straightforward prose and hundreds of eye-opening illustrations. Here we learn, for example, why circles have come to symbolize perfection, why triangles are associated with divinity and balance, why squares represent generation and pentads regeneration, why multiples of six are used to measure time and space, and why seven has always been associated with mystery. Schneider makes the abstract real with dozens of easy exercises the reader can do using pencil, paper, compass, and straightedge that demonstrate how our astonishingly intricate world unfolds from the pure simplicity of natures geometry. " "A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe combines science, philosophy, and common sense in a thoroughly novel way, showing us the world's wonder and harmony hidden in familiar places, a wisdom neither ancient nor New Age but timeless. "--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Common Threads is a brief nonfiction reader with concise but comprehensive reading and writing instruction. Its unique rhetorical and thematic organization allows teachers to seamlessly blend it into their existing curricula. With brief high-interest readings, probing questions, extensive writing suggestions, and practical reading and writing instruction, Common Threads gives students all the instruction, practice, and support they need to engage with complex texts.
Designed for the two-semester general chemistry course, Chang's best-selling textbook continues to take a traditional approach and is often considered a student and teacher favorite. The book features a straightforward, clear writing style and proven problem-solving strategies. It continues the tradition of providing a firm foundation in chemical concepts and principles while presenting a broad range of topics in a clear, concise manner. The tradition of Chemistry has a new addition with co-author, Kenneth Goldsby from Florida State University, adding variations to the 11th edition. The organization of the chapter order has changed with nuclear chemistry moving up in the chapter order. There is a new problem type--Interpreting, Modeling, and Estimating--fully demonstrating what a real life chemist does on a daily basis. The authors have added over 340 new problems to the book. The new edition of Chemistry continues to strike a balance between theory and application by incorporating real examples and helping students visualize the three-dimensional atomic and molecular structures that are the basis of chemical activity. An integral part of the text is to develop students' problem-solving and critical thinking skills
Terrorism, Crime, and Public Policy describes the problem of terrorism; compares it to other forms of aggression, particularly crime and war; and discusses policy options for dealing with the problem. It focuses on the causes of terrorism with the aim of understanding its roots and providing insights toward policies that will serve to prevent it. The book serves as a single-source reference on terrorism and as a platform for more in-depth study, with a set of discussion questions at the end of each chapter. Individual chapters focus on: the nature of terrorism, theories of aggression and terrorism, the history of terrorism, globalization vs. clash, the role of religion, nonreligious extremism and terrorism, the role of technology, terrorism throughout the modern world, responses to terrorism, fear of terrorism, short-term approaches and long-term strategies for preventing terrorism, balancing security and rights to liberty and privacy, and pathways to a safer and saner 21st century.
Expert anthropologist shows missionaries how to better understand the people they serve and their historical and cultural settings.
A senior pastor pleads with his colleagues to abandon the secularization of the pastorate and return to the primitive call of the Bible for radical ministry.
Days of Decision spans a century of American foreign policy making, from the Spanish- American War of 1898 to the attacks of September 11, 2001. Michael J. Nojeim and David P. Kilroy carefully examine twelve foreign-policy landmarks, each of which played a crucial role in shaping world history and led to profound changes in U. S. foreign policy. Devoting one chapter to each turning point, they place it in its proper historical context, explore its political consequences--primarily the debates and divisions that arose among policymakers--and discuss the aftermath, focusing on its lasting influence on world affairs and the conduct of American diplomacy and foreign affairs. This accessible, introductory text provides students of foreign policy and international relations a deeper understanding of these disciplines' processes and of America's place in the world.
Readings for Sociology provides students with engaging selections that reveal the complexities of our social world and offer insights into sociological analysis. Garth Massey includes selections from popular and academic journals as well as lively book excerpts. All of the selections help students reach a new level of sociological understanding. While Readings for Sociology is comprehensive in its scope, offering a wide range of selections on the standard topics in the introductory course, its emphasis is particularly on social inequality and race, class, and gender.
A straightforward, comprehensive, and approachable guide to research as practiced by social scientists, the Thirteenth Edition of Babbie's 'gold-standard' text gives you the tools you need to apply research concepts practically, as both a researcher and a consumer. Babbie emphasizes the process by showing you how to design and construct projects, introducing the various observation modes in use today, and answering critical questions about research methods--such as how to conduct online surveys and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data.
The book intends to improve the ability of college students, while getting them ready to make a successful start in intermediate algebra.
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