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99 Lies (100 Hours #2)

by Rachel Vincent

Fans of This Is How It Ends and One of Us Is Lying won’t be able to put down this pulse-pounding conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent’s 100 Hours duology. Getting kidnapped over spring break was definitely memorable. But now that the surviving hostages are home, they want life to feel normal again: high school, dating, million-dollar galas.But there’s no escaping the spotlight—or the truth about the ways they betrayed each other in the jungle. And this time, the real threat isn’t kidnappers—it’s what the “friends” might do to each other. Told from alternating perspectives, the high-stakes follow-up to 100 Hours delivers an explosive mix of nonstop action and romance as a group of Miami teens discovers that lies are nowhere near as dangerous as the truth.

The Three Questions: How to Discover and Master the Power Within You

by Don Miguel Ruiz Barbara Emrys

The beloved spiritual teacher builds on the message of his enduring New York Times and international bestseller The Four Agreements with this profound guide that takes us deeper into the tradition of Toltec wisdom, helping us find and use the hidden power within us to achieve our fullest lives.In The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz introduced seekers on the path to enlightenment to the tenets of Mesoamerican spiritual culture—the ancient Toltec. Now, he takes us deeper into Native American practice, and asks us to consider essential questions that drive our lives and govern our spiritual power. Three eternal questions can help us into our power and use it judiciously:Who am I?What is real?How do I express love?At each stage in our lives, we must ask these simple yet deeply profound questions. Finding the answers will open the door to the next stage in our development, and eventually lead us to our complete, truest selves. But as Don Miguel Ruiz makes clear, we suffer if we do not ask these questions—or if we fail to pay attention to their answers—because we either never act on our power or use it destructively. Only when power is anchored in our identity and in reality will it be able to be in synch with the universe—and be of true benefit to ourselves and to others.The three questions provide a practical framework that allows readers to engage with Ruiz’s transformative message and act as a vehicle for overcoming fear and anxiety and discovering peace of mind. An essential guide for all travelers pursuing self-knowledge, understanding, and acceptance, The Three Questions is the next step in our unique spiritual metamorphosis.

Liderazgo, promesas para cada día: Un devocionario diario

by John C. Maxwell

Esta edición de lujo del best seller Leadership Promises for Every Day del experto en liderazgo John C. Maxwell es la adición perfecta a cualquier biblioteca.Los lectores descubrirán día a día instrucción y aliento para crecer en su liderazgo. Escrituras diarias y rápidas, mensajes sencillos para un liderazgo más efectivo ha hecho de este libro un clásico. Un hermoso formato con un interior a dos colores incrementa dramáticamente el valor percibido de este libro para los lectores, haciendolo el regalo perfecto para amigos, graduados, empresarios y para todos en general. Con casi 50.000 unidades vendidas hasta la fecha este libro ha demostrado ser un gran éxito y esta nueva edición promete alcanzar un exito similar.

Los cansados

by Michele Serra

¿Cuándo se ha visto un mundo en el que los viejos trabajan y los jóvenes duermen? La historia de un padre y su hijo adolescente que está conmoviendo a toda Italia. A lo mejor están en la habitación de al lado, o tal vez en otro lugar. En general duermen cuando los demás están despiertos, y velan cuando el resto del mundo duerme. Son los cansados: los hijos adolescentes. Michele Serra tiene una mirada implacable hacia los hijos y hacia los padres, y narra los conflictos, las ocasiones perdidas, el sentimiento de culpa. ¿Cuándo ha pasado? ¿Cómo ha pasado? ¿Dónde nos hemos perdido? ¿Bastará, para el reencuentro, la desesperada y patética invitación a dar juntos un paseo por la montaña? Entre tormentas afectivas y sátira social, Los cansados penetra en el mundo desconocido de los hijos y en el no menos desconocido de los «postpadres». Un viaje hacia una generación que se ha extendido horizontalmente por el mundo y quizás desde esa postura pueda ver cosas que los «erectos» todavía no ven o ya no quieren ver. La crítica ha dicho...«Un libro muy tierno, donde la ironía y la fuerza satírica alternan con momentos conmovedores, con una nostalgia lírica de rara intensidad y una escritura de gran pureza y belleza.» Massimo Recalcati, La Repubblica «Diálogo sin interlocutor, diario familiar, carta abierta, sátira social y hasta novela fantasticoapocalíptica. Los cansados es una larga reflexión entretejida de ironía, sentimientos de culpa, amor y asombro acerca del arduo oficio de la paternidad.» Paolo Di Stefano, Corriere della Sera «Con la leve seriedad que caracteriza su escritura, Serra analiza la distancia que lo separa de su hijo. En 150 páginas cargadas de cariño, dudas, ternura e ironía, describe las sensaciones de un padre hacia su hijo de diecinueve años.» Antonella Sbriccoli, Panorama «Los cansados hace reír y hace sufrir porque revela nuestros sentimientos más profundos: por un lado, el sufrimiento por estar perdidos, casi derrotados, delante de esa montaña altísima, pero tumbada en el sofá, que es esta juventud que no tiene ni siquiera la necesitad de rebelarse; y por el otro, la comicidad que se halla en las cosas propias de la adolescencia.» Annalena Benini, Il Foglio «Autocrítica, reflexiva y llena de humor y sátira sobre padres e hijos, Los cansados retrata a la primera generación real del mundo dual, analógico y digital.» El País «Breve e intenso, ha situado un espejo descarnado delante de miles de padres que ven cómo su hijo se les escapa.» La Vanguardia «Un ensayo revelador sobre las nuevas generaciones de jóvenes enganchados al móvil.» Los semáforos, La Vanguardia «Escrito con una ironía que no esconde la amargura, este libro se está convirtiendo en viral.» Tiempo «Los cansados sirve a los jóvenes como manual para enfrentar a sus padres y a los mayores cómo curso acelerado para entender a sus hijos.» Glamour «Los cansados ha de ser leído con la atención que demanda un asunto que nos compete y cuyas certezas son algo más que meras anécdotas de convivencia. El humor, aunque indispensable, si se trata de padres e hijos, no alivia gravedad de las emociones.» Revista Leer «Supongo que muchos padres españoles se reirán con el libro de Michele Serra.» Luis García Montero «Una mirada implacable hacia los hijos y hacia los padres. [...] Momentos hilarantes se alternan con reflexiones tiernas y profundas sobre el oficio de ser padres y el perpetuo conflicto generacional implícito en la relación padre-hijos.» Diario de Ávila

El sueño de Romeo y Julieta (Serie Lily Lace #4)

by Elena Peduzzi

Un gran armario lleno de VESTIDOS MÁGICOS esconde el SECRETO que ayudará a Lily Lace a convertirse en diseñadora de moda. Lily Lace acaba de cumplir 11 años cuando descubre un misterioso armario lleno de vestidos increíbles, especialmente un precioso vestido de terciopelo azul, que además tiene prendida una enigmática nota con instrucciones: "Ponérselo por la cabeza, pasando primero el brazo derecho y luego el izquierdo. Abrochar todos los botones empezando desde abajo. Saltar tres veces sobre el pie derecho". Sin pensárselo dos veces, Lily se pone el vestido, sigue las instrucciones y ¡puf! De pronto se ve inmersa en una auténtica historia de amor y traición: ha viajado en el tiempo y se encuentra en el siglo XVI, en la Verona de Romeo y Julieta. Pero las cosas no están como deberían ser, Romeo ama... a otra, y ¡Julieta está a punto de casarse! Lily quiere poner las cosas en su sitio, pero alguien le ha robado el traje mágico. ¿Encontrará Lily la forma de regresar asu casa?

Complicated War Trauma and Care of the Wounded: The Israeli Experience in Medical Care and Humanitarian Support of Syrian Refugees

by Alexander Lerner Salman Zarka

This book presents carefully selected case reports that document some of the most important lessons learned at Ziv Medical Center, the northernmost Israeli hospital responsible for the medical care and support of wounded and patients from the Syrian civil war. The aim is to provide practitioners with new knowledge on effective ways of dealing with the emergencies encountered in the context of such conflicts. The case reports cover in particular the specialties of Trauma and Critical Care, Orthopedics, and Surgery, but also relate to Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Psychiatric Care. Some of the cases of trauma are of a nature not previously encountered by Western medicine, and include instances in which multidisciplinary care played a vital role. Featuring many informative illustrations, the book will be of value for all who work in emergency and military medicine and related disciplines, from novices to the more experienced.

Florida Made: The 25 Most Important Figures Who Shaped the State

by Laura E. Mize George S. LeMieux

Florida is in many ways both the oldest and newest of the megastates. Once an insect-ridden swampland, it is now a top destination for tourism, business, agriculture and innovation. The ideas and actions of a colorful cast of characters--from beloved cultural icons to political heroes and even a socialist dictator--transformed the peninsula. A Barbados native rescued Florida's orange industry after the catastrophic 1835 freeze. Known as the "Grande Dame of the Everglades," Marjory Stoneman Douglas worked tirelessly to save the state's vast, incomparable wetlands from annihilation in the early twentieth century. In the mid-1800s, a Florida doctor developed a precursor to modern air conditioning. Join former U.S. senator George LeMieux and journalist Laura Mize as they profile and rank, according to impact, the twenty-five trailblazers who have changed the state forever.

An Advanced Course in Computational Nuclear Physics: Bridging the Scales from Quarks to Neutron Stars (Lecture Notes in Physics #936)

by Morten Hjorth-Jensen Maria Paola Lombardo Ubirajara Van Kolck

This graduate-level text collects and synthesizes a series of ten lectures on the nuclear quantum many-body problem. Starting from our current understanding of the underlying forces, it presents recent advances within the field of lattice quantum chromodynamics before going on to discuss effective field theories, central many-body methods like Monte Carlo methods, coupled cluster theories, the similarity renormalization group approach, Green's function methods and large-scale diagonalization approaches. Algorithmic and computational advances show particular promise for breakthroughs in predictive power, including proper error estimates, a better understanding of the underlying effective degrees of freedom and of the respective forces at play. Enabled by recent improvements in theoretical, experimental and numerical techniques, the state-of-the art applications considered in this volume span the entire range, from our smallest components - quarks and gluons as the mediators of the strong force - to the computation of the equation of state for neutron star matter. The lectures presented provide an in-depth exposition of the underlying theoretical and algorithmic approaches as well details of the numerical implementation of the methods discussed. Several also include links to numerical software and benchmark calculations, which readers can use to develop their own programs for tackling challenging nuclear many-body problems.

Advances in Shape Memory Materials: In Commemoration of the Retirement of Professor Hisaaki Tobushi (Advanced Structured Materials #73)

by Qingping Sun Ryosuke Matsui Kohei Takeda Elżbieta A. Pieczyska

This book is devoted to the development of the shape memory materials and their applications. It covers many aspects of smart materials. It also describes the method on how we can obtain not only large recovery strains but also high recovery stress, energy storage and energy dissipation in applications. This volume treats the mechanical properties of shape memory alloys, shape memory polymers and the constitutive equations of the materials which are necessary to design the shape memory elements in applications. It also deals with the fatigue properties of materials, the method to design the shape memory elements, and the shape memory composites. The authors are international experts on shape memory alloys and shape memory polymers in the metallurgical, chemical, mechanical and engineering fields. The book will be of interest to graduate students, engineers, scientists and designers who are working in the field of electric and mechanical engineering, industries, medical engineering, aerospace engineering, robots, automatic machines, clothes and recycling for research, design and manufacturing.

Big Data-Enabled Nursing: Education, Research and Practice (Health Informatics)

by Charlotte A. Weaver Connie W. Delaney Judith J. Warren Thomas R. Clancy Roy L. Simpson

Historically, nursing, in all of its missions of research/scholarship, education and practice, has not had access to large patient databases. Nursing consequently adopted qualitative methodologies with small sample sizes, clinical trials and lab research. Historically, large data methods were limited to traditional biostatical analyses. In the United States, large payer data has been amassed and structures/organizations have been created to welcome scientists to explore these large data to advance knowledge discovery. Health systems electronic health records (EHRs) have now matured to generate massive databases with longitudinal trending. This text reflects how the learning health system infrastructure is maturing, and being advanced by health information exchanges (HIEs) with multiple organizations blending their data, or enabling distributed computing. It educates the readers on the evolution of knowledge discovery methods that span qualitative as well as quantitative data mining, including the expanse of data visualization capacities, are enabling sophisticated discovery. New opportunities for nursing and call for new skills in research methodologies are being further enabled by new partnerships spanning all sectors.

Biotechnology Regulation and Trade (Natural Resource Management and Policy #51)

by Stuart J. Smyth William A. Kerr Peter W. B Phillips

This book discusses the regulatory and trade challenges facing the global adoption of biotechnological products and offers strategies for overcoming these obstacles and moving towards greater global food security. The first section of the book establishes the context of the conflict, discussing the challenges of global governance, international trade, and the history of regulation of genetically modified (GM) crops. In this section, the authors emphasize the shift from exclusively science-based regulation to the more socio-economically focused framework established by the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which was adopted in 2000. The second section of the book provides a snapshot of the current state of international GM crop adoption and regulation, highlighting the US, Canada, and the EU. The final section of the book identifies options for breaking the gridlock of regulation and trade that presently exist. This book adds to the current literature by providing new information about innovative agricultural technologies and encouraging debate by providing an alternative to the narratives espoused by environmental non-governmental organizations. This book will appeal to students of economics, political science, and policy analysis, as well as members of regulatory agencies and agricultural industry firms.

Contract Theory for Wireless Networks (Wireless Networks)

by Zhu Han Yanru Zhang

This book presents theoretical research between wireless communications, networking, and economics using the framework of contract theory. This work fills a void in the literature by closely combining contract theoretical approaches with wireless networks design problems. Topics covered include classification in contract theory, reward design, adverse selection, and moral hazard. The authors also explore incentive mechanisms for device-to-device communication in cellular networks, insurance plans for service assurance in cloud computing markets with incomplete information, multi-dimensional incentive mechanisms and tournament based incentive mechanisms in mobile crowdsourcing. Financial applications include financing contracts with adverse selection for spectrum trading in cognitive radio networks and complementary investment of infrastructure and service providers in wireless network visualization. This book offers a useful reference for engineers and researchers in the wireless communication community who seek to integrate the notions from contract theory and wireless engineering, while emphasizing on how contract theory can be applied in wireless networks. It is also suitable for advanced-level students studying information systems or communications engineering.

CoDesign for Public-Interest Services (Research for Development)

by Daniela Selloni

This books focuses on co-design, and more specifically, on the various forms co-design might take to tackle the most pressing societal challenges, introducing public-interest services as the main application field. To do so, it presents an extensive study conducted within a particular community of residents in Milan: this is a social innovation story integrated into the discipline of service design, which simultaneously deepens the related concepts of co-design, co-production and co-management of services. Drawing upon this experience and further studies, the book presents the idea of a collaborative infrastructure and its related infrastructuring process in ten steps, in order to explore the issues of incubation and replication of services and to extensively investigate the creation of those experimental spaces in which citizen participation is fostered and innovation in the public realm is pursued. Lastly, the book develops other lines of reflection on co-design seen, for example, as a form of cultural activism, as an instrument for building citizenship, and as a key competence for the public administration and thus as a public service itself. The idea of co-design as a way to regenerate the practices of democracy is a recurring theme throughout the book: co-design is a process that seeks to change the state of things and it is intentionally presented as a long and complex path in which the role of designer is not only that of a facilitator, but also that of a cultural operator who contributes with ideas and visions, hopefully fostering a real cultural change.

Advances in Radiation Oncology (Cancer Treatment and Research #172)

by Jeffrey Y. C. Wong Timothy E. Schultheiss Eric H. Radany

This book concisely reviews important advances in radiation oncology, providing practicing radiation oncologists with a fundamental understanding of each topic and an appreciation of its significance for the future of radiation oncology. It explores in detail the impact of newer imaging modalities, such as multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) using fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) and other novel agents, which deliver improved visualization of the physiologic and phenotypic features of a given cancer, helping oncologists to provide more targeted radiotherapy and assess the response. Due consideration is also given to how advanced technologies for radiation therapy delivery have created new treatment options for patients with localized and metastatic disease, highlighting the increasingly important role of image-guided radiotherapy in treating systemic and oligometastatic disease. Further topics include the potential value of radiotherapy in enhancing immunotherapy thanks to the broader immune-stimulatory effects, how cancer stem cells and the tumor microenvironment influence response, and the application of mathematical and systems biology methods to radiotherapy.

Canine and Feline Dementia: Molecular Basis, Diagnostics and Therapy

by Gary Landsberg Aladár Maďari Norbert Žilka

The book deeply focuses on the epidemiology, diagnostics, therapy and molecular basis of canine and feline dementia or cognitive dysfunction syndrome. The aim is to provide a broad overview of the current knowledge on canine and feline dementia. Experiences of clinicians are appropriately linked with current scientific knowledge in a readily comprehensible form. In the first three chapters we describe the clinical pictures of canine and feline dementia, discuss the medical causes of the disease and its phenotypic variability. In the 4th chapter we introduce the dog as an appropriate animal model for human Alzheimer's disease progression. Then we shed light on the neuropathological hallmarks of canine and feline dementia. For the first time we touch upon the modern diagnostic approaches based on the neuroproteomic technological progress. Last but not least, we address the current pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches for therapy and risk and protective factors of feline and canine dementia. The book addresses clinicians, researchers, university teachers and graduate students in veterinary neurology and medicine.

Challenges in Health and Development: From Global to Community Perspectives

by Sandy A. Johnson

At the turn of the 21st century, human health and economic growth are inextricably linked components of international development. Challenges in Health and Development is a primer on the changing configurations of population health and economic growth in development policy. It examines strategies of investing in human health and investing in economic growth as distinct approaches to development, explores the symbiotic relationship of these tactics, and considers the applications and outcomes from a global, national and community level perspective. Each chapter introduces concepts of economic development and population health, and uses case studies to illustrate the same. These case studies include program and policy examples from Bangladesh, Chile, Haiti, Rwanda, South Africa and Sri Lanka. This text examines the impact of macroeconomic adjustment programs, health care restructuring, investment in primary health care, public-private partnerships, and the challenges of program coordination and up-scaling in stable and conflict-ridden countries. Discussion questions are provided at the end of each chapter to facilitate classroom activities health and economic growth are inextricably linked components of international development. Challenges in Health and Developmentis a primer on the changing configurations of population health and economic growth in development policy. It examines strategies of investing in human health and investing in economic growth as distinct approaches to development, explcomes of the same from a global, national and community level perspective. Each chapter introduces concepts of economic development and population health and uses case studies to illustrate the same. These case studies include program and policy examples from Bangladesh, Chile, Haiti, Rwanda, South Africa and Sri Lanka. This text examines the impact of macroeconomic adjustment programs, health care restructuring, investment in primary health care, public-private partnerships, and the challenges of program coordination and up-scaling in stable and conflict-ridden countries. Discussion questions are provided at the end of each chapter to facilitate classroom activities.

Cell Biology of Herpes Viruses (Advances in Anatomy, Embryology and Cell Biology #223)

by Klaus Osterrieder

Herpes viruses are widely distributed in nature, causing disease in organisms as diverse as bivalves and primates, including humans. Each virus appears to have established a long-standing relationship with its host, and the viruses have the ability to manipulate and control the metabolism of host cells, as well as innate and adaptive antiviral immune responses. Herpes viruses maintain themselves within hosts in a latent state resulting in virus persistence for years - usually for the life span of the hosts. Herpes viruses comprise a large number of pathogens with diverse cellular targets and biological consequences of infection. What they have in common is their structure and the fact that they establish a dormant (latent) infection in their hosts that usually persists for life. The reviews here will highlight the general principles of herpes virus infection, with equal attention to overall principle and important difference. Also, the cell type- and life-style dependent differences in the establishment and maintenance of virus persistence will be covered.

Asymmetric Cell Division in Development, Differentiation and Cancer (Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation #61)

by Jacek Z. Kubiak Jean-Pierre Tassan

This book provides readers with an overview of the frequent occurrence of asymmetric cell division. Employing a broad range of examples, it highlights how this mode of cell division constitutes the basis of multicellular organism development and how its misregulation can lead to cancer. To underline such developmental correlations, readers will for example gain insights into stem cell fate and tumor growth. In turn, subsequent chapters include descriptions of asymmetric cell division from unicellular organisms to humans in both physiological and pathological conditions. The book also illustrates the importance of this process for evolution and our need to understand the background mechanisms, offering a valuable guide not only for students in the field of developmental biology but also for experienced researchers from neighboring fields.

Combinatorial Methods and Models: Rudolf Ahlswede’s Lectures on Information Theory 4 (Foundations in Signal Processing, Communications and Networking #13)

by Ingo Althöfer Christian Deppe Ulrich Tamm Rudolf Ahlswede Alexander Ahlswede

The fourth volume of Rudolf Ahlswede's lectures on Information Theory is focused on Combinatorics. Ahlswede was originally motivated to study combinatorial aspects of Information Theory via zero-error codes: in this case the structure of the coding problems usually drastically changes from probabilistic to combinatorial. The best example is Shannon's zero error capacity, where independent sets in graphs have to be examined. The extension to multiple access channels leads to the Zarankiewicz problem. A code can be regarded combinatorially as a hypergraph; and many coding theorems can be obtained by appropriate colourings or coverings of the underlying hypergraphs. Several such colouring and covering techniques and their applications are introduced in this book. Furthermore, codes produced by permutations and one of Ahlswede's favourite research fields -- extremal problems in Combinatorics -- are presented. Whereas the first part of the book concentrates on combinatorial methods in order to analyse classical codes as prefix codes or codes in the Hamming metric, the second is devoted to combinatorial models in Information Theory. Here the code concept already relies on a rather combinatorial structure, as in several concrete models of multiple access channels or more refined distortions. An analytical tool coming into play, especially during the analysis of perfect codes, is the use of orthogonal polynomials. Classical information processing concerns the main tasks of gaining knowledge and the storage, transmission and hiding of data. The first task is the prime goal of Statistics. For transmission and hiding data, Shannon developed an impressive mathematical theory called Information Theory, which he based on probabilistic models. The theory largely involves the concept of codes with small error probabilities in spite of noise in the transmission, which is modeled by channels. The lectures presented in this work are suitable for graduate students in Mathematics, and also for those working in Theoretical Computer Science, Physics, and Electrical Engineering with a background in basic Mathematics. The lectures can be used as the basis for courses or to supplement courses in many ways. Ph. D. students will also find research problems, often with conjectures, that offer potential subjects for a thesis. More advanced researchers may find questions which form the basis of entire research programs.

Algorithms for Sensor Systems: 12th International Symposium on Algorithms and Experiments for Wireless Sensor Networks, ALGOSENSORS 2016, Aarhus, Denmark, August 25-26, 2016, Revised Selected Papers (Lecture Notes in Computer Science #10050)

by Leszek Gąsieniec Marek Chrobak Antonio Fernández Anta Ralf Klasing

This book constitutes revised selected papers from the 12th International Symposium on Algorithms and Experiments for Wireless Sensor Networks, ALGOSENSORS 2016, held in Aarhus, Denmark, in August 2016. The 9 full papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 19 submissions. This year papers were solicited into three tracks: Distributed and Mobile, Experiments and Applications, and Wireless and Geometry.

Algorithms of Estimation for Nonlinear Systems: A Differential and Algebraic Viewpoint (Understanding Complex Systems)

by Rafael Martínez-Guerra Christopher Diego Cruz-Ancona

This book acquaints readers with recent developments in dynamical systems theory and its applications, with a strong focus on the control and estimation of nonlinear systems. Several algorithms are proposed and worked out for a set of model systems, in particular so-called input-affine or bilinear systems, which can serve to approximate a wide class of nonlinear control systems. These can either take the form of state space models or be represented by an input-output equation. The approach taken here further highlights the role of modern mathematical and conceptual tools, including differential algebraic theory, observer design for nonlinear systems and generalized canonical forms.

Algorithms and Discrete Applied Mathematics: Third International Conference, CALDAM 2017, Sancoale, Goa, India, February 16-18, 2017, Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science #10156)

by Daya Gaur N. S. Narayanaswamy

This book constitutes the proceedings of the Third International Conference on Algorithms and Discrete Applied Mathematics, CALDAM 2017, held in Goa, India, in February 2017. The 32 papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 103 submissions. They deal with the following areas: algorithms, graph theory, codes, polyhedral combinatorics, computational geometry, and discrete geometry.

Connectivity of Communication Networks

by Guoqiang Mao

This book introduces a number of recent developments on connectivity of communication networks, ranging from connectivity of large static networks and connectivity of highly dynamic networks to connectivity of small to medium sized networks. This book also introduces some applications of connectivity studies in network optimization, in network localization, and in estimating distances between nodes. The book starts with an overview of the fundamental concepts, models, tools, and methodologies used for connectivity studies. The rest of the chapters are divided into four parts: connectivity of large static networks, connectivity of highly dynamic networks, connectivity of small to medium sized networks, and applications of connectivity studies.

25 Years of Transformations of Higher Education Systems in Post-Soviet Countries: Reform And Continuity (Palgrave Studies In Global Higher Education Ser.)

by Isak Froumin Jeroen Huisman Anna Smolentseva

This open access book is a result of the first ever study of the transformations of the higher education institutional landscape in fifteen former USSR countries after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. It explores how the single Soviet model that developed across the vast and diverse territory of the Soviet Union over several decades has evolved into fifteen unique national systems, systems that have responded to national and global developments while still bearing some traces of the past. <P><P>The book is distinctive as it presents a comprehensive analysis of the reforms and transformations in the region in the last 25 years; and it focuses on institutional landscape through the evolution of the institutional types established and developed in Pre-Soviet, Soviet and Post-Soviet time. It also embraces all fifteen countries of the former USSR, and provides a comparative analysis of transformations of institutional landscape across Post-Soviet systems. It will be highly relevant for students and researchers in the fields of higher education and and sociology, particularly those with an interest in historical and comparative studies.

Consciousness from a Broad Perspective: A Philosophical and Interdisciplinary Introduction (Studies in Neuroscience, Consciousness and Spirituality #6)

by Anders Hedman

This volume offers an introduction to consciousness research within philosophy, psychology and neuroscience, from a philosophical perspective and with an emphasis on the history of ideas and core concepts. The book begins by examining consciousness as a modern mystery. Thereafter, the book introduces philosophy of mind and the mind-body problem, and proceeds to explore psychological, philosophical and neuroscientific approaches to mind and consciousness. The book then presents a discussion of mysterianist views of consciousness in response to what can be perceived as insurmountable scientific challenges to the problem of consciousness. As a response to mysterianist views, the next chapters examine radical approaches to rethinking the problem of consciousness, including externalist approaches. The final two chapters present the author's personal view of the problem of consciousness. Consciousness remains a mystery for contemporary science--a mystery raising many questions. Why does consciousness persist as a mystery? Are we humans not intelligent enough to solve the riddle of consciousness? If we can solve this mystery, what would it take? What research would we need to conduct? Moreover, the mystery of consciousness prompts the larger question of how well the cognitive sciences have actually advanced our understanding of ourselves as human beings. After all, consciousness is not just a minor part of our existence. Without consciousness, we would not be human beings at all. This book aims to increase the accessibility of major ideas in the field of consciousness research and to inspire readers to contribute to the ongoing discussion of the place of consciousness in nature.

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