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The Deavys

by Alan Dean Foster

When the Truth is stolen, it's up to the Deavy quartet to get it back For any normal teenage boy, having two and a half younger sisters would be enough to deal with. But Simwan Deavy's life isn't normal. His family is non-Ord--short for "non-Ordinary"--which means that at school, he and his sisters learn hexing and enchanting along with history and math. It also means they have a ghost for an uncle and a cat who talks. Still, everything is going well for Simwan--until a bottle of Truth is stolen from the local pharmacy. Now the Deavys' favorite woods are under threat from development; their mother, whose life depends on the Truth, is growing weaker; and the world as they know it might never be the same. With the help of their cat, Pithfwid, the Deavys track the loathsome, horrible Crub to his lair in New York City. But the Crub has laid traps, turning a dangerous city into a deadly one. To succeed at their mission, the Deavys will have to stick together--or the Truth may be lost forever.

Graphics-sequenced interpretation of ECG

by Rui Zeng

This book is intended for medical students unfamiliar with electrocardiograms (ECG); anyone just getting started with ECG can use this book to start from scratch. After familiarizing themselves with this simple and practical method for interpreting ECG, readers will discover how to quickly and easily read ECG strips without overlooking potentially abnormal conditions. Based on the authors' substantial experience, which is compared with other ECG interpretation methods and combined with traditional guidelines, the book equips readers with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to rapidly and accurately read and interpret ECG.

Calculus for Cognitive Scientists

by James K. Peterson

This book provides a self-study program on how mathematics, computer science and science can be usefully and seamlessly intertwined. Learning to use ideas from mathematics and computation is essential for understanding approaches to cognitive and biological science. As such the book covers calculus on one variable and two variables and works through a number of interesting first-order ODE models. It clearly uses MatLab in computational exercises where the models cannot be solved by hand, and also helps readers to understand that approximations cause errors - a fact that must always be kept in mind.

Auxetic Materials and Structures

by Teik-Cheng Lim

This book lays down the foundation on the mechanics and design of auxetic solids and structures, solids that possess negative Poisson's ratio. It will benefit two groups of readers: (a) industry practitioners, such as product and structural designers, who need to control mechanical stress distributions using auxetic materials, and (b) academic researchers and students who intend to produce unique mechanical and other physical properties of structures using auxetic materials.

Large Floating Structures

by B. T. Wang C. M. Wang

This book surveys key projects that have seen the construction of large floating structures or have attained detailed conceptual designs. This compilation of key floating structures in a single volume captures the innovative features that mark the technological advances made in this field of engineering and will provide a useful reference for ideas, analysis, design and construction of these unique and emerging urban projects to offshore and marine engineers, urban planners, architects and students.

Metasomatic Textures in Granites

by Fenggang Wang Jiashu Rong

Based on hundreds of thin sections from granite in China, this book introduces metasomatic textures and their formation mechanism in granite. It also proposes that metasomatic textures can basically be classified into two patterns: hetero-oriented replacement and co-oriented replacement, according to the consistency of orientations of replacive and replaced minerals. The hetero-oriented albitization of K-feldspar is quite distinct from the co-oriented albitization of K-feldspar. They occur separately without transition, although both are generally referred to as albitization of K-feldspar. This unique granite atlas uses a series of color microphotos taken with a quartz plate under crossed polars to clearly illustrate metasomatic mechanisms and superimposed metasomatic processes. The origins of clear albite rim, intergranular swapped albite, K-feldspathization, quartzification, muscovitization, beryllization, myrmekite, small platy albite, perthitic albite, K-feldspar megacryst etc. are comprehensively discussed and explained. The book will appeal to teachers, researchers and students involved in igneous and metamorphic petrology.

Atlas of Perioperative 3D Transesophageal Echocardiography

by Ming-Chon Hsiung Wei-Hsian Yin

This book presents a series of over 50 cases in 3Dtransesophageal echocardiography. In each case, background information isfollowed by a step-by-step approach to patient diagnosis and postoperativeoutcomes. The book's most outstanding highlight consists in over 600illustrations, which mainly focus on 3D transesophageal echocardiography incombination with 2D transesophageal echocardiography, X-ray fluoroscopy andcomputed tomography to demonstrate the various cardiovascular pathologies. Since the echo images obtained in clinic practice are moving images, it alsoincludes more than 450 videos, which effectively supplement the staticillustrations. The atlas is divided into 11 chapters. Chapters 1 through 3describe abnormalities affecting mitral, aortic, tricuspid and pulmonaryvalves, while prosthetic valves are discussed in Chapter 4. Chapter 5 detailsabnormalities of the aorta. Chapters 6-8 examine coronary artery disease,congenital heart disease and cardiomyopathies, while Chapter 9 explores casesof infective endocarditis. Chapter 10 deals with tumor and mass lesions, andthe other cases are collectively addressed in Chapter 11. Offering a valuablenew resource, the book will enhance the usefulness of echocardiography duringoperations as a "third eye" for surgeons.

Proceedings of Fifth International Conference on Soft Computing for Problem Solving

by Kedar Nath Das Atulya Nagar Jagdish Chand Bansal Kusum Deep Millie Pant

The proceedings of SocProS 2015 will serve as an academic bonanza for scientists and researchers working in the field of Soft Computing. This book contains theoretical as well as practical aspects using fuzzy logic, neural networks, evolutionary algorithms, swarm intelligence algorithms, etc. , with many applications under the umbrella of 'Soft Computing'. The book will be beneficial for young as well as experienced researchers dealing across complex and intricate real world problems for which finding a solution by traditional methods is a difficult task. The different application areas covered in the proceedings are: Image Processing, Cryptanalysis, Industrial Optimization, Supply Chain Management, Newly Proposed Nature Inspired Algorithms, Signal Processing, Problems related to Medical and Health Care, Networking Optimization Problems, etc.

Wireless Sensor Networks

by Hossam Mahmoud Ahmad Fahmy

Thisbook focuses on the principles of wireless sensor networks (WSNs), theirapplications, and their analysis tools, with meticulous attention paid todefinitions and terminology. This book presents the adopted technologies andtheir manufacturers in detail, making WSNs tangible for the reader. Inintroductory computer networking books, chapter sequencing follows thebottom-up or top-down architecture of the 7-layer protocol. This bookaddresses subsequent steps in this process, both horizontally and vertically,thus fostering a clearer and deeper understanding through chapters thatelaborate on WSN concepts and issues. With such depth, this book is intended for a wide audience; it ismeant to be a helper and motivator for senior undergraduates, postgraduates,researchers, and practitioners. It lays out important concepts and WSN-relateapplications; uses appropriate literature to back research and practicalissues; and focuses on new trends. Senior undergraduate students can use it tofamiliarize themselves with conceptual foundations and practical projectimplementations. For graduate students and researchers, test beds andsimulators provide vital insights into analysis methods and tools for WSNs. Lastly, in addition to applications and deployment, practitioners will be ableto learn more about WSN manufacturers and components within several platformsand test beds.

Proceedings of International Conference on ICT for Sustainable Development

by Nisarg Pathak Nilesh Modi Amit Joshi Suresh Chandra Satapathy

The two volumes of this bookcollect high-quality peer-reviewed research papers presented in theInternational Conference on ICT for Sustainable Development (ICT4SD 2015) heldat Ahmedabad, India during 3 - 4 July 2015. The book discusses all areas of Informationand Communication Technologies and its applications in field for engineeringand management. The main focus of the volumes are on applications of ICTfor Infrastructure, e-Governance, andcontemporary technologies advancements on Data Mining, Security,Computer Graphics, etc. The objective of this International Conferenceis to provide an opportunity for the researchers, academicians, industrypersons and students to interact and exchange ideas, experience and expertisein the current trend and strategies for Information and CommunicationTechnologies.

Proceedings of International Conference on ICT for Sustainable Development

by Nisarg Pathak Nilesh Modi Amit Joshi Suresh Chandra Satapathy

The two volumes of this bookcollect high-quality peer-reviewed research papers presented in theInternational Conference on ICT for Sustainable Development (ICT4SD 2015) heldat Ahmedabad, India during 3 - 4 July 2015. The book discusses all areas of Informationand Communication Technologies and its applications in field for engineeringand management. The main focus of the volumes are on applications of ICTfor Infrastructure, e-Governance, andcontemporary technologies advancements on Data Mining, Security,Computer Graphics, etc. The objective of this International Conferenceis to provide an opportunity for the researchers, academicians, industrypersons and students to interact and exchange ideas, experience and expertisein the current trend and strategies for Information and CommunicationTechnologies.

A Prince of Sinners

by E. Phillips Oppenheim

The sins of the father are visited on the son twofold in this classic mystery from one of the early twentieth century's most popular authors Kingston Brooks has just made his debut on the speaker's platform at the local party headquarters when a stranger brings word that the young lawyer's father has died on the far side of the world, where he was spreading the gospel as a missionary. Brooks has heard nothing from the old man since he disappeared decades earlier, and even this sad news is a balm. As he digs deeper into the stranger's story, however, Brooks discovers that his father was no saint, and that his friends are not to be trusted. The truth is that all those years ago Brooks's father fled to Canada to impersonate a French nobleman. There he committed a series of crimes too terrible for his son to contemplate--except that they must all be made right if Brooks hopes to clear his name. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

The Hollow Needle

by Maurice Leblanc Otto Penzler

A boy detective takes on the most brilliant thief in Europe In a country manor, a terrible noise awakes the household. Downstairs, the estate's secretary has been murdered. There are signs of a break-in, but everything appears to be in its proper place. What kind of thief would commit murder to steal nothing? The first detective on the case is Isidore Beautrelet, a precocious teenager who wears a fake beard to disguise the fact that he has not yet graduated from high school. Although the other investigators do not take him seriously, Beautrelet is the one to pick up the trail of Arsène Lupin, the gentleman thief. Lupin, it is soon discovered, is chasing the most valuable object he has ever had the opportunity to steal: the Hollow Needle. Passed down for generations by the kings of France, it holds a secret that could undo the republic. No one has ever managed to foil one of Lupin's fiendish plans, but Beautrelet is counting on beginner's luck. This ebook features a new introduction by Otto Penzler and has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

Arsène Lupin versus Herlock Sholmes

by Otto Penzler Maurice Leblanc

A mysterious desk leads Lupin into a duel with a world-famous detective A mathematics professor is combing through the artifacts in a Parisian secondhand shop when a writing desk catches his eye. He buys it for his daughter in celebration of her impending marriage, but just three days later it has disappeared--stolen by the master thief Arsène Lupin. It would be nothing but an inconvenience for the professor, save for one fact: the desk contained his daughter's dowry in the form of a winning lottery ticket worth one million francs. To retrieve his ticket, the professor engages with Lupin in a delicate game of cat and mouse. The desk is but the start of the master thief's greatest adventure: the affair of the Blonde Lady, which will require the intervention of a world-famous English detective who is nearly as brilliant as Lupin himself. This ebook features a new introduction by Otto Penzler and has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

813

by Maurice Leblanc Otto Penzler

Framed for murder, Lupin must clear his name or face the gallows Millionaire diamond collector Rudolf Kesselbach is in a Paris hotel room, contemplating the stroke of genius that is about to make him one of the wealthiest men in Europe, when a shadow steals into the room--a shadow with fine clothes, an easy smile, and a revolver pointed at Kesselbach's chest. The intruder's name, he says, is Arsène Lupin. A few hours later, Kesselbach is found dead on the floor, Lupin's calling card pinned to his chest. With the police hot on his trail, the master jewel thief must use every ounce of his genius to escape their traps and find the man responsible for the murder. But as Lupin soon discovers, his freedom is not all that is at stake. The fate of Europe hangs in the balance as well. This ebook features a new introduction by Otto Penzler and has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

The Eight Strokes of the Clock

by Otto Penzler Maurice Leblanc

With wit and daring, a master thief battles cops, crooks, and killers In Paris, six women have vanished, only to be found a week later, emaciated and disfigured, their skulls split open. What little evidence the police have suggests that the murderer is a woman and that she is preparing to strike again. When Prince Rénine's lover disappears on a cold night in October, he fears that she is about to become the latest victim. Most noblemen would be helpless to rescue her before the hatchet falls, but Rénine is an alias of Arsène Lupin, the world's greatest thief, and he will stop at nothing to catch the killer. Fearsome creatures may lurk in the back alleys of Paris, but none is as dangerous, or as brilliant, as Arsène Lupin. This ebook features a new introduction by Otto Penzler and has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

The Confessions of Arsène Lupin

by Otto Penzler Maurice Leblanc

The world's premier thief looks back on a lifetime of adventure in these tales of his outrageous exploits It has been a fortnight since the baroness Repstein disappeared from Paris, taking with her a fortune in jewels stolen from her husband. French detectives have chased her all over Europe, following the trail of gemstones like so many precious breadcrumbs, but she has eluded their efforts. When Arsène Lupin finds her, she will not escape so easily. The most brilliant criminal mind in all of Europe, Lupin is not above performing the occasional good deed--especially when there is reward money at stake. In these thrilling stories, the gentleman thief outwits both policemen and criminals time and time again, always making sure to pocket something for himself. This ebook features a new introduction by Otto Penzler and has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

The Exploits of Arsène Lupin

by Otto Penzler Maurice Leblanc

On a transatlantic voyage, Europe's greatest criminal plots a daring caper The ship is several days out to sea when the telegram comes through with a warning that among the passengers is a disguised criminal: the fearsome Arsène Lupin. For months, Paris society has quaked at the name of the gentleman thief, whose manners are kind, whose tastes are exquisite, and who steals only from the best. When Lupin is spotted aboard the boat, his scandalous career appears to be finished. But in truth, it is just beginning. The moment he steps ashore, Lupin is captured by his nemesis, the detective Ganimard, and taken to France's infamous Prison de la Santé, where Ganimard plans to lock him up and throw away the key. But no jail in the world can hold the world's most ingenious thief for long; he has only to slip his shackles before beginning the adventure of a lifetime. This ebook features a new introduction by Otto Penzler and has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

Quozl

by Alan Dean Foster

Rabbitlike aliens from outer space colonize Earth during humankind's Second World War in a delightfully funny and thought-provoking science fiction adventure The Quozl just need somewhere to call home. A gentle race of extraterrestrial rabbits, they have a propensity for reproduction that has left their home planet, Quozlene, dangerously overpopulated, and in their search for greener and less-crowded pastures, they have discovered the perfect place to start over: the third planet away from a healthy, warming sun. What they don't realize is that this world they call Shiraz is already inhabited by a species of violent sentient creatures known as humans. But there's no going back now. In the midst of the brutal and helpfully distracting global conflict the Shirazians call World War II, the colony ship lands undetected, and the space rabbits immediately go into hiding. But a secret like the Quozl can be concealed for only so long, especially when their numbers start to increase and certain rebellious members of the long-eared society decide the time is ripe to claim their place in a world they believe is rightfully theirs. One of the most admired and prolific authors in the science fiction arena, Alan Dean Foster will delight readers who hunger for something different with this funny, thoughtful, and wildly inventive novel of first contact and coexistence. Once you meet the Quozl, you will never forget them.

To the Vanishing Point

by Alan Dean Foster

The Sonderberg family doesn't know it yet, but this isn't going to be any ordinary road trip. After they pick up an unassuming hitchhiker, a quiet drive down Interstate 40 becomes a trip into an alternate reality. It turns out the family has just given a ride to an alien who has the fate of the universe resting on her shoulders. Now the Sonderberg family must fight evil alongside their new alien friend in a desperate attempt to save the world they love.

The Man Who Used the Universe

by Alan Dean Foster

No one knows the true motives of Kees vaan Loo-Macklin. He's a mastermind criminal who gave up his place at the head of the dark underworld to become a legitimate member of Evenwaith's cities. But soon he was reaching out to powerful enemies---the slimy aliens called the Nuel. Loo-Macklin negotiates an illusory peace agreement and gains precious alien secrets in the process. Is he after peace, power or pure evil? With enemy starships beginning to amass, we won't have to wait long to find out.

The Current Trends of Optics and Photonics

by Cheng-Chung Lee

Optics and photonics offer new and vibrant approaches to meeting the challenges of the 21st century concerning energy conservation, education, agriculture, personal health and the environment. One of the most effective ways to address these global problems is to provide updated and reliable content on light-based technologies. Optical thin films and meta-materials, lasers, optical communications, light-emitting diodes, solar cells, liquid crystal technology, nanophotonics and biophotonics all play vital roles in enriching our lives. We hope to raise readers' awareness of how optical technologies are now promoting sustainable development and providing reliable solutions to basic human needs. Furthermore, in order to broaden new research fields, we hope to inspire them to pursue further cutting-edge breakthroughs on the basis of the accomplishments that have already been made.

Geometry from Dynamics, Classical and Quantum

by Giuseppe Morandi Giuseppe Marmo Alberto Ibort José F. Cariñena

This book describes, by using elementary techniques, how some geometrical structures widely used today in many areas of physics, like symplectic, Poisson, Lagrangian, Hermitian, etc. , emerge from dynamics. It is assumed that what can be accessed in actual experiences when studying a given system is just its dynamical behavior that is described by using a family of variables ("observables" of the system). The book departs from the principle that ''dynamics is first'' and then tries to answer in what sense the sole dynamics determines the geometrical structures that have proved so useful to describe the dynamics in so many important instances. In this vein it is shown that most of the geometrical structures that are used in the standard presentations of classical dynamics (Jacobi, Poisson, symplectic, Hamiltonian, Lagrangian) are determined, though in general not uniquely, by the dynamics alone. The same program is accomplished for the geometrical structures relevant to describe quantum dynamics. Finally, it is shown that further properties that allow the explicit description of the dynamics of certain dynamical systems, like integrability and super integrability, are deeply related to the previous development and will be covered in the last part of the book. The mathematical framework used to present the previous program is kept to an elementary level throughout the text, indicating where more advanced notions will be needed to proceed further. A family of relevant examples is discussed at length and the necessary ideas from geometry are elaborated along the text. However no effort is made to present an ''all-inclusive'' introduction to differential geometry as many other books already exist on the market doing exactly that However, the development of the previous program, considered as the posing and solution of a generalized inverse problem for geometry, leads to new ways of thinking and relating some of the most conspicuous geometrical structures appearing in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics.

Frontier and Innovation in Future Computing and Communications

by Mohammad Obaidat Hwa-Young Jeong Albert Zomaya James J. Jong Hyuk Park

IT technology engineering changes everyday life, especially in Computing and Communications. The goal of this book is to further explore the theoretical and practical issues of Future Computing and Communications. It also aims to foster new ideas and collaboration between researchers and practitioners.

Horticulture: Plants for People and Places, Volume 2

by Geoffrey R. Dixon David E. Aldous

This Trilogy explains "What is Horticulture?". Volume two of Horticulture: Plants for People and Places analyses in depth the scientific, managerial and ecological concepts which underpin Environmental Horticulture. Chapters describe: Horticulture and the Environment, Woody Ornamentals, Herbs and Pharmaceuticals, Urban Greening, Rural Trees, Urban Trees, Turfgrass Science, Interior and External Landscaping, Biodiversity, Climate Change and Organic Production. Each is written by leading international experts. Sustainable use of resources and careful conservation are critically essential for the continuation of life on this Planet. Achieving this is where horticulture, natural flora and fauna and the environment interact in achieving sustainable development. Horticulture is the fundamental partner of ecological and environmental science and provides an understanding of eco-system services. Live plant networks are essential for rural and urban life. They are integral parts of natural communities, the context of historic and modern architecture and a means for rejuvenating cities and uniting communities. Plants provide urban, peri-urban and rural employment, business and tourism opportunities, leisure, rest and relaxation. These facets of Environmental Horticulture are clearly described in this book.

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