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Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams

by Philip K. Dick

The Stories Behind the Series Though perhaps most famous as a novelist, Philip K. Dick wrote more than one hundred short stories over the course of his career, each as mind-bending and genre-defining as his longer works. Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams collects ten of the best. In “Autofac,” Dick shows us one of the earliest examples (and warnings) in science fiction of self-replicating machines. “Exhibit Piece” and “The Commuter” feature Dick exploring one of his favorite themes: the shifting nature of reality and whether it is even possible to perceive the world as it truly exists. And “The Hanging Stranger” provides a thrilling, dark political allegory as relevant today as it was when Dick wrote it at the height of the Cold War. Strange, funny, and powerful, the stories in this collection highlight a master at work, encapsulating his boundless imagination and deep understanding of the human condition.

CliffsNotes on Whitehead's The Underground Railroad

by Gregory Coles

CliffsNotes on Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad includes summaries and analyses of this 2016 National Book Award winning novel about the Underground Railroad and one slave's heroic struggle to gain her freedom via a "real" fictional Underground Railroad.

Monster Nanny

by Annira Silver Tuutikki Tolonen Pasi Pitkanen

The Hellman children must make dowith a nanny while their mother is away at a spa. The only problem? Their nanny is a monster. Grah is hairy, dusty, and doesn't talk. When the siblings discover that other neighborhood kids have been left with similar creatures, they start to wonder where the monsters came from. With the parents away, the kids work together (between bickering) to figure out the mystery of the monsters. Tolonen seamlessly intertwines contemporary life with a world full of strange creatures. Monster Nanny is at once a refreshing change of pace and a return to timeless adventure.

Lily's Mountain

by Hannah Moderow

Lily refuses to believe what everyone else accepts to be true: that her father has died while climbing Denali, the highest mountain in North America. Lily has grown up hiking in the Alaskan wilderness with her dad. He's an expert climber. There's no way he would let something like this happen. So instead of grieving, Lily decides to rescue him. Her plan takes her to Denali and on a journey that tests her physically and emotionally. In this powerful debut, Hannah Moderow has written an authentic Alaskan adventure that crosses terrain both beautiful and haunting—and ultimately shows the bond of family and the wonder of wild places.

Life on Surtsey: Iceland's Upstart Island

by Loree Griffin Burns

On November 14, 1963, a volcano fifteen miles off the shore of Iceland exploded under the sea, resulting in a brand-new island. Scientists immediately recognized Surtsey for what it was: an opportunity to observe the way life takes hold. Loree Griffin Burns follows entomologist Erling Ólafsson on a five-day trip to Surtsey, where since 1970 he has studied the arrival and survival of insects and other species. Readers see how demanding conditions on Surtsey can be, what it’s like to eat and work while making the smallest impact possible, and the passion driving these remarkable scientists in one of the world’s most unique fields ever!

Impact!: Asteroids and the Science of Saving the World

by Elizabeth Rusch Karin Anderson

Asteroids bombard our atmosphere all the time. Some are harmless, burning up in a flash of light. But others explode with a great sonic boom, smashing windows and throwing people to the ground. Worst of all, some asteroids strike our planet, blasting out massive craters and destroying everything nearby on impact. Follow the award-winning author Elizabeth Rusch into the field with scientists as they search for dangerous asteroids in space, study asteroids that have smashed into the ground, and make plans to prevent an asteroid strike if one ever threatens our planet.

Creatures of Will and Temper

by Molly Tanzer

“A delightful, dark, and entertaining romp . . . Molly Tanzer is at the top of her form in this beautifully constructed novel.”—Jeff VanderMeer, best-selling author of the Southern Reach trilogy Victorian London is a place of fluid social roles, vibrant arts culture, fin-de-siècle wonders . . . and dangerous underground diabolic cults. Fencer Evadne Gray cares for none of the former and knows nothing of the latter when she’s sent to London to chaperone her younger sister, aspiring art critic Dorina. At loose ends after Dorina becomes enamored with their uncle’s friend, Lady Henrietta “Henry” Wotton, a local aristocrat and aesthete, Evadne enrolls in a fencing school. There, she meets George Cantrell, an experienced fencing master like she’s always dreamed of studying under. But soon, George shows her something more than fancy footwork—he reveals to Evadne a secret, hidden world of devilish demons and their obedient servants. George has dedicated himself to eradicating demons and diabolists alike, and now he needs Evadne’s help. But as she learns more, Evadne begins to believe that Lady Henry might actually be a diabolist . . . and even worse, she suspects Dorina might have become one too. Combining swordplay, the supernatural, and Victorian high society, Creatures of Will and Temper reveals a familiar but strange London in a riff on Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray that readers won't soon forget. “An artful, witty, Oscar Wilde pastiche with the heart of a paranormal thriller.”—Diana Gabaldon, best-selling author of Outlander

Chronicles of a Liquid Society

by Umberto Eco Richard Dixon

A posthumous collection of essays about the modern world from one of Europe’s greatest, and best-selling, literary figures Umberto Eco was an international cultural superstar. In this, his last collection, the celebrated essayist and novelist observes the changing world around him with irrepressible curiosity and profound wisdom. He sees with fresh eyes the upheaval in ideological values, the crises in politics, and the unbridled individualism that have become the backdrop of our lives—a “liquid” society in which it’s not easy to find a polestar, though stars and starlets abound. In these pieces, written for his regular column in L’Espresso magazine, Eco brings his dazzling erudition and keen sense of the everyday to bear on topics such as popular culture and politics, being seen, conspiracies, the old and the young, new technologies, mass media, racism, and good manners. It is a final gift to his reader—astute, witty, and illuminating.

CliffsNotes AP European History Cram Plan

by Malcolm Mafi

The perfect AP European History test-prep solution for last-minute studying! This new edition of CliffsNotes AP European History Cram Plan calendarizes a study plan for the 107,000 annual AP European History test-takers depending on how much time they have left before they take the May exam. Features of this plan-to-ace-the-exam product include:• 2-month study calendar and 1-month study calendar• Diagnostic exam that helps test-takers pinpoint strengths and weaknesses• Subject reviews that include test tips and chapter-end quizzes• Full-length model practice exam with answers and explanations

Eight Lectures on Experimental Music

by Alvin Lucier

In this brilliant collection, path-breaking figures of American experimental music discuss the meaning of their work at the turn of the twenty-first century. Presented between 1989 and 2002 at Wesleyan University, these captivating lectures provide rare insights by composers whose work has shaped our understanding of what it means to be experimental: Maryanne Amacher, Robert Ashley, Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Steve Reich, James Tenney, Christian Wolff, and La Monte Young. Collected here for the first time, together these lectures tell the story of twentieth-century American experimental music, covering such topics as repetition, phase, drone, duration, collaboration, and technological innovation. Containing introductory comments by Lucier and the original question and answer sessions between the students and the composers, this book makes the theory and practice of experimental music available and accessible to a new generation of students, artists, and scholars.

A Theory of Musical Narrative

by Byron Almen

Byron Almén proposes an original synthesis of approaches to musical narrative from literary criticism, semiotics, historiography, musicology, and music theory, resulting in a significant critical reorientation of the field. This volume includes an extensive survey of traditional approaches to musical narrative illustrated by a wide variety of musical examples that highlight the range and applicability of the theoretical apparatus. Almén provides a careful delineation of the essential elements and preconditions of musical narrative organization, an eclectic analytical model applicable to a wide range of musical styles and repertoires, a classification scheme of narrative types and subtypes reflecting conceptually distinct narrative strategies, a wide array of interpretive categories, and a sensitivity to the dependence of narrative interpretation on the cultural milieu of the work, its various audiences, and the analyst. A Theory of Musical Narrative provides both an excellent introduction to an increasingly important conceptual domain and a complex reassessment of its possibilities and characteristics.

Interpreting Musical Gestures, Topics, and Tropes: Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert

by Robert S. Hatten

Robert Hatten’s new book is a worthy successor to his Musical Meaning in Beethoven, which established him as a front-rank scholar... in questions of musical meaning.... [B]oth how he approaches musical works and what he says about them are timely and to the point. Musical scholars in both musicology and theory will find much of value here, and will find their notions of musical meaning challenged and expanded." —Patrick McCrelessThis book continues to develop the semiotic theory of musical meaning presented in Robert S. Hatten’s first book, Musical Meaning in Beethoven (IUP, 1994). In addition to expanding theories of markedness, topics, and tropes, Hatten offers a fresh contribution to the understanding of musical gestures, as grounded in biological, psychological, cultural, and music-stylistic competencies. By focusing on gestures, topics, tropes, and their interaction in the music of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, Hatten demonstrates the power and elegance of synthetic structures and emergent meanings within a changing Viennese Classical style.Musical Meaning and Interpretation—Robert S. Hatten, editor

Machine Translation

by Deyi Xiong Derek F. Wong

This book provides a wide variety of algorithms and models to integrate linguistic knowledge into Statistical Machine Translation (SMT). It helps advance conventional SMT to linguistically motivated SMT by enhancing the following three essential components: translation, reordering and bracketing models. It also serves the purpose of promoting the in-depth study of the impacts of linguistic knowledge on machine translation. Finally it provides a systematic introduction of Bracketing Transduction Grammar (BTG) based SMT, one of the state-of-the-art SMT formalisms, as well as a case study of linguistically motivated SMT on a BTG-based platform.

The Evolution and Preservation of the Old City of Lhasa

by Qing Li

This book is the first to provide an in-depth analysis about the history, urban development, planning, and preservation of the Lhasa city over the last thirteen centuries. It studis the old Lhasa city as part of Tibet's social and historical evolution process, therefore, the book presentes a relatively wide angle of vision and objective understanding. The research draws on an unparalleled amount of archival sources as well as up-to-date findings of original research projects. In the meanwhile, some experiences of other Chinese historical cities are also included for comparison with the preservation of the old Lhasa city. This book also contains many unique first-hand photos and high-quality illustrations. They can be used as a reference for scholars and students who are interested in the field of historical and cultural preservation in Chinese urban planning and construction. The book can also be useful to tourists or the people who are interested in the cultural and religious history of Tibet.

Paradigm Shift in International Economic Law Rule-Making

by Julien Chaisse Chang-Fa Lo Henry Gao

The TPP was negotiated among 12 economically diverse countries, including some most highly developed and rich countries (i. e. , the United States, Japan, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Singapore), some newly industrialized countries (i. e. , Mexico and Malaysia), and some less-developed countries (i. e. , Peru, Chile, and Vietnam). A new paradigm created in this context is that countries with vastly different economic developments can actually agree on a set of very high standards to regulate their economic activities, to liberalize their trade, and to protect intellectual property and foreign investment. The contents of the TPP also reflect its status of being a "new paradigm" as the "21st-Century Trade Agreement" and being a pioneer in rule making in many key regulatory areas. These include not only the improved and enhanced rules on traditional issues already covered by the WTO , such as goods, services, and IP rights, but also the carefully designed rules in areas that have never been addressed in the WTO or comprehensively covered in other FTAs , such as state-owned enterprises, electronic commerce, and labor and environmental issues. Although the United States has withdrawn from the TPP, the remaining countries are still putting efforts into establishing a TPP without the United States or a TPP with China. Economically speaking, the current 11 parties account for about 20 % of the global economy. If such agreement is put into force, there will be significant implications for the region, for the multilateral system, and even for other FTAs. The book addresses the potential of the TPP to change the ways trade and investments are conducted and argues for its potential to be the start of an international trade/economic law revolution. The book elaborates the relationship between the TPP and other existing trade agreements such as the WTO and other FTAs and explains how the TPP is to deal with traditional and new issues. Taken together, the authors argue that the implications of the TPP go beyond its current membership. It is hoped that the book will make an important contribution to the field of international economic law.

Advances in Difference Equations and Discrete Dynamical Systems

by Christian Pötzsche Saber Elaydi Yoshihiro Hamaya Hideaki Matsunaga

This volume contains the proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Difference Equations and Applications, held at Osaka Prefecture University, Osaka, Japan, in July 2016. The conference brought together both experts and novices in the theory and applications of difference equations and discrete dynamical systems. The volume features papers in difference equations and discrete dynamical systems with applications to mathematical sciences and, in particular, mathematical biology and economics. This book will appeal to researchers, scientists, and educators who work in the fields of difference equations, discrete dynamical systems, and their applications.

Exploring Sustainable Land Use in Monsoon Asia

by Yukio Himiyama

This book presents the outcome of the Towards Sustainable Land Use in Asia (SLUAS) project, which was the pilot undertaking for development in a series of projects on land use. Monsoon Asia, with its huge and still increasing population and rapid socioeconomic changes, is regarded as a major hot spot of global change in general and of land use change in particular. The major issues include urbanization, rural development, land-related problems such as food problems, and disasters in the context of global change and sustainability. Future Earth, the new international research framework established by International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and other international academic or funding organizations for a sustainable world, has chosen the Global Land Project (GLP) as one of the first such international projects it has endorsed that originated from International Geosphere/Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and/or International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP). This endorsement is a clear indication of the importance of the issues related to land use and its changes. Land use change is an essential driving force of environmental change, a result of socioeconomic and environmental changes, and is a major environmental change itself. Because of this complex and multifaceted nature and the difficulties in obtaining relevant data with historical depth, this phenomenon has not been studied fully in the context of global change or sustainability. It is hoped that this book is of use to those who are concerned about the present and future land use in the world.

Frontiers in Materials Processing, Applications, Research and Technology

by Baldev Raj M. Muruganant Ali Chirazi

This volume comprises the select proceedings of FiMPART 2015. The volume covers advances in major areas of materials research under one umbrella. This volume covers all aspects of materials research, processing, fabrication, structure/property evaluation, applications of ferrous, non-ferrous, ceramic, polymeric materials and composites including biomaterials, materials for energy, fuel cells/hydrogen storage technologies, batteries, super-capacitors, nano-materials for energy and structural applications, aerospace structural metallic materials, bulk metallic glasses and other advanced materials. The book will be useful to researchers, students, and professional working in areas related to materials innovation and applications.

Networking Communication and Data Knowledge Engineering

by Gregorio Martinez Perez Krishn K. Mishra Shailesh Tiwari Munesh C. Trivedi

Data science, data engineering and knowledge engineering requires networking and communication as a backbone and have wide scope of implementation in engineering sciences. Keeping this ideology in preference, this book includes the insights that reflect the advances in these fields from upcoming researchers and leading academicians across the globe. It contains high-quality peer-reviewed papers of 'International Conference on Recent Advancement in Computer, Communication and Computational Sciences (ICRACCCS 2016)', held at Janardan Rai Nagar Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University, Udaipur, India, during 25-26 November 2016. The volume covers variety of topics such as Advanced Communication Networks, Artificial Intelligence and Evolutionary Algorithms, Advanced Software Engineering and Cloud Computing, Image Processing and Computer Vision, and Security. The book will help the perspective readers from computer industry and academia to derive the advances of next generation communication and computational technology and shape them into real life applications.

International Handbook of Early Childhood Education

by Marilyn Fleer Bert Van Oers

This international handbook gives a comprehensive overview of findings from longstanding and contemporary research, theory, and practices in early childhood education in the Northern and Southern hemispheres. The first volume of the handbook addresses theory, methodology, and the research activities and research needs of particular regions. The second volume examines in detail innovations and longstanding programs, curriculum and assessment, and conceptions and research into child, family and communities. The two volumes of this handbook address the current theory, methodologies and research needs of specific countries and provide insight into existing global similarities in early childhood practices. By paying special attention to what is happening in the larger world contexts, the volumes provide a representative overview of early childhood education practices and research, and redress the current North-South imbalance of published work on the subject.

Curriculum and Practice for Children’s Contextualized Learning

by Li Jilin

Based on the authors' over 30 years of practical research experience, this book shows how situation curriculum design illustrates the new idea of "combining subject curricula with children's activities. " Particular attention is given to the subject curriculum, activity curriculum and the optimization of the situation. The curriculum is the most important vehicle of children's learning, and the primary school curriculum is vital to children's growth. Drawing on detailed case studies, the book highlights how situation curriculum design is currently affecting traditional Chinese primary schools.

Psychologie der Lebenskunst

by Bernhard Schmitz Jessica Lang Janina Linten

Dieses Fachbuch bereitet die Erkenntnisse der Positiven Psychologie, wie sich ein gutes Leben f#65533;hren l#65533;sst und wie Gl#65533;ck und Wohlbefinden entstehen, sehr verst#65533;ndlich f#65533;r die Anwendung in der Beratungspraxis, der Psychotherapie und der Personalentwicklung auf. Lebenskunst beschreibt einen achtsamen, reflektierten und bewussten Umgang mit sich selbst und mit dem Leben und stellt zugleich eine Schl#65533;sselkompetenz und wichtige Ressource f#65533;r den Umgang mit den Belastungen einer globalisierten, schnelllebigen Umwelt dar. Erfahren Sie, welche Komponenten das Konzept der Lebenskunst umfasst und wie Sie die berichteten Forschungsergebnisse im allt#65533;glichen Leben, in den Bereichen Schule und Arbeit sowie im klinischen Kontext und im Umgang mit Medien konkret anwenden k#65533;nnen.

Erfolgsfaktor Wohlbefinden am Arbeitsplatz

by Petra Bernatzeder

Dieses Fachbuch erkl#65533;rt praxisnah und mit Fallbeispielen, wie F#65533;hrungskr#65533;fte und Verantwortliche des betrieblichen Gesundheitsmanagements ihre Mitarbeiter gesund, leistungsstark, kreativ und innovativ halten und vor Burnout sch#65533;tzen - in einer digitalen Arbeitswelt voller Stressfaktoren und psychischer #65533;berbelastung. Arbeitsmediziner, Personal- und Gesundheitsmanager, die nach Orientierung suchen, und F#65533;hrungskr#65533;fte, die st#65533;hnen, um was sie sich eigentlich noch alles k#65533;mmern sollen, finden in diesem Buch konkrete Tipps f#65533;r den Berufsalltag, um die psychische Gesundheit am Arbeitsplatz zu erhalten und die mentale St#65533;rke der Mitarbeitenden zu steigern. Kernaussage: Wohlbefinden im Job ist kein ,,nice to have", sondern ein entscheidender Erfolgsfaktor und Wettbewerbsvorteil!

Kompendium der Pharmakologie

by Eckhard Beubler

Kenntnisse der Wirkungen und Nebenwirkungen von Arzneimitteln sind die Voraussetzung f#65533;r ihre sichere Anwendung. Ausgehend von den Organsystemen werden in dem Band Wirkungsmechanismus, Wirkungen sowie Neben- und Wechselwirkungen #65533;bersichtlich und leicht verst#65533;ndlich dargelegt und Ratschl#65533;ge speziell f#65533;r Schwangerschaft und Stillzeit gegeben. Die aktualisierte und erweiterte 3. Auflage enth#65533;lt etwa 50 neue Arzneistoffe und ein zus#65533;tzliches Kapitel zum Enzymsystem Cytochrom P 450, dessen Beachtung die Arzneimittelsicherheit wesentlich erh#65533;ht.

Prinzipien der Physiologie

by Andreas Feigenspan

Dieses Lehrbuch entwickelt grundlegende Konzepte der Physiologie, indem es jeweils von einer Fragestellung, einem zu l#65533;senden Problem ausgeht und verschiedene L#65533;sungsstrategien er#65533;rtert. Konkrete Beispiele veranschaulichen den untrennbaren Zusammenhang von Struktur und Funktion und schaffen so die Voraussetzungen f#65533;r ein vertieftes Verst#65533;ndnis physiologischer Prozesse sowie eine Wertsch#65533;tzung biologischer Vielfalt, die in dem ihr zur Verf#65533;gung stehenden Raum h#65533;ufig bis an die #65533;u#65533;ersten Grenzen geht. Tierische Organismen sind Meisterwerke der Evolution, in zahllosen Generationen zur Erf#65533;llung grundlegender Aufgaben optimiert: effiziente Aufnahme und Verteilung von N#65533;hrstoffen und Atemgasen, Synthese komplexer Makromolek#65533;le, reibungslose Koordination von Bewegungen und schnelle, pr#65533;zise Verarbeitung von Informationen. Physikalische und chemische Gesetzm#65533;#65533;igkeiten markieren die Grenzen und legen den M#65533;glichkeitsraum fest, in dem erstaunliche und faszinierende L#65533;sungen f#65533;r diese Aufgaben entstanden sind.

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