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Un reino de olivos y ceniza: Escritores contra la ocupación de Palestina

by Varios Autores Michael Chabon Ayelet Waldman

Michael Chabon, Dave Eggers, Mario Vargas Llosa, Colm Tóibín, Ayelet Waldman, Maylis de Kerangal, Graldine Brooks, Jacqueline Woodson, Ala Hlehel, Madeleine Thien, Rachel Kusher, RajaShehadeh, Lars Saabye Christensen, Emily Raboteau, Assaf Gavron, Taiye Selasi, Eimear McBride, Hari Kunzru, Lorraine Adams, Helon Habila, Eva Menasse, Anita Desai, PorochistaKhakpour, Fida Jiryis, Arnon Grunberg & Colum McCain. Michael Chabon y su esposa, la escritora de origen israelí Ayelet Waldman, han convocado a algunas de las plumas más destacadas del panorama internacional para que nos den su visión sobre un conflicto enquistado: la ocupación israelí de Palestina. Veinticinco escritores de primer nivel aportan en este libro su visión sobre la ocupación israelí de Palestina. Invitados por la ONG Breaking the Silence (Rompiendo el Silencio), sus textos son apuntes del natural cuando se cumplen cincuenta años de la guerra de los Seis Días. Lejos del seguimiento mediático del conflicto, estas historias nacen de encuentros con líderes políticos, intelectuales y activistas, pero también de la convivencia con empresarios, granjeros, abuelos, padres e hijos. Son testimonios como el de Mario Vargas Llosa en tribunales militares, en procesos a menores de edad con los nervios rotos por un programa de intimidación que siembra el pánico para prevenir el hipotético terror. En estas páginas, el lector encontrará también los recuerdos de Colm Tóibín y sus entrevistas con Yasser Arafat, o asistirá a la estupefacción de un Michael Chabon que sigue los pasos de un norteamericano que ha perdido su nacionalidad y vive una existencia kafkiana desde que decidió residir el pueblo de su familia, en Cisjordania. Reseñas:«Estas historias, profundamente inquietantes, exigen respuestas urgentes al conflicto de Oriente Próximo. [...] Son testimonios conmovedores, desgarradores y exasperantes que dancuenta de la escalofriante crueldad de la política de Israel hacia los palestinos.»Kirkus Review «El mensaje es inquebrantable: la vida bajo la ocupación es espantosa y opresiva.»Publishers Weekly

One Two Three . . . Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science

by George Gamow

". . . full of intellectual treats and tricks, of whimsy and deep scientific philosophy. It is highbrow entertainment at its best, a teasing challenge to all who aspire to think about the universe." -- New York Herald TribuneOne of the world's foremost nuclear physicists (celebrated for his theory of radioactive decay, among other accomplishments), George Gamow possessed the unique ability of making the world of science accessible to the general reader.He brings that ability to bear in this delightful expedition through the problems, pleasures, and puzzles of modern science. Among the topics scrutinized with the author's celebrated good humor and pedagogical prowess are the macrocosm and the microcosm, theory of numbers, relativity of space and time, entropy, genes, atomic structure, nuclear fission, and the origin of the solar system.In the pages of this book readers grapple with such crucial matters as whether it is possible to bend space, why a rocket shrinks, the "end of the world problem," excursions into the fourth dimension, and a host of other tantalizing topics for the scientifically curious. Brimming with amusing anecdotes and provocative problems, One Two Three . . . Infinity also includes over 120 delightful pen-and-ink illustrations by the author, adding another dimension of good-natured charm to these wide-ranging explorations.Whatever your level of scientific expertise, chances are you'll derive a great deal of pleasure, stimulation, and information from this unusual and imaginative book. It belongs in the library of anyone curious about the wonders of the scientific universe. "In One Two Three . . . Infinity, as in his other books, George Gamow succeeds where others fail because of his remarkable ability to combine technical accuracy, choice of material, dignity of expression, and readability." -- Saturday Review of Literature

Thirty Years that Shook Physics: The Story of Quantum Theory

by George Gamow

"Dr. Gamow, physicist and gifted writer, has sketched an intriguing portrait of the scientists and clashing ideas that made the quantum revolution." -- Christian Science MonitorIn 1900, German physicist Max Planck postulated that light, or radiant energy, can exist only in the form of discrete packages or quanta. This profound insight, along with Einstein's equally momentous theories of relativity, completely revolutionized man's view of matter, energy, and the nature of physics itself.In this lucid layman's introduction to quantum theory, an eminent physicist and noted popularizer of science traces the development of quantum theory from the turn of the century to about 1930 -- from Planck's seminal concept (still developing) to anti-particles, mesons, and Enrico Fermi's nuclear research. Gamow was not just a spectator at the theoretical breakthroughs which fundamentally altered our view of the universe, he was an active participant who made important contributions of his own. This "insider's" vantage point lends special validity to his careful, accessible explanations of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, Niels Bohr's model of the atom, the pilot waves of Louis de Broglie and other path-breaking ideas.In addition, Gamow recounts a wealth of revealing personal anecdotes which give a warm human dimension to many giants of 20th-century physics. He ends the book with the Blegdamsvej Faust, a delightful play written in 1932 by Niels Bohr's students and colleagues to satirize the epochal developments that were revolutionizing physics. This celebrated play is available only in this volume.Written in a clear, lively style, and enhanced by 12 photographs (including candid shots of Rutherford, Bohr, Pauli, Heisenberg, Fermi, and others), Thirty Years that Shook Physics offers both scientists and laymen a highly readable introduction to the brilliant conceptions that helped unlock many secrets of energy and matter and laid the groundwork for future discoveries.

Game Theory: A Nontechnical Introduction

by Morton D. Davis

"A lucid and penetrating development of game theory that will appeal to the intuition . . . a most valuable contribution." -- Douglas R. Hofstadter, author of Gödel, Escher, BachThe foundations of game theory were laid by John von Neumann, who in 1928 proved the basic minimax theorem, and with the 1944 publication of the Theory of Games and Economic Behavior, the field was established. Since then, game theory has become an enormously important discipline because of its novel mathematical properties and its many applications to social, economic, and political problems.Game theory has been used to make investment decisions, pick jurors, commit tanks to battle, allocate business expenses equitably -- even to measure a senator's power, among many other uses. In this revised edition of his highly regarded work, Morton Davis begins with an overview of game theory, then discusses the two-person zero-sum game with equilibrium points; the general, two-person zero-sum game; utility theory; the two-person, non-zero-sum game; and the n-person game.A number of problems are posed at the start of each chapter and readers are given a chance to solve them before moving on. (Unlike most mathematical problems, many problems in game theory are easily understood by the lay reader.) At the end of the chapter, where solutions are discussed, readers can compare their "common sense" solutions with those of the author. Brimming with applications to an enormous variety of everyday situations, this book offers readers a fascinating, accessible introduction to one of the most fruitful and interesting intellectual systems of our time.

Control System Design: An Introduction to State-Space Methods

by Bernard Friedland

Addressed not only to students but also to professional engineers and scientists, this volume introduces state-space methods for direct applications to control system design, in addition to providing background for reading the periodical literature. Its presentation, therefore, is suitable both for those who require methods for achieving results and those more interested in using results than in proving them.Topics include feedback control; state-space representation of dynamic systems and dynamics of linear systems; frequency-domain analysis; controllability and observability; and shaping the dynamic response. Additional subjects encompass linear observers; compensator design by the separation principle; linear, quadratic optimum control; random processes; and Kalman filters.Concrete examples of how state-space methods can be used to advantage in several representative applications are woven into the fabric of the text and the homework problems. Many of the models are drawn from aerospace and inertial instrumentation; other examples are derived from chemical process control, maritime operations, robotics, and energy systems.

The Baby-Sitters Club Mystery #21: Claudia and the Recipe for Danger

by Ann M. Martin

Entering the local baking contest, Claudia is disheartened when her cake turns out poorly, until she realizes that her efforts have been sabotaged, and it's up to the baby-sitters to find out who is to blame.

The Baby-Sitters Club #94: Stacey McGill, Super Sitter

by Ann M. Martin

Taking on task after task in her willingness to please the well-paying Cheplin family, baby-sitter Stacey experiences an elated sense of achievement, until her jobs interfere with the rest of her schedule.

The Baby-Sitters Club #93: Mary Anne and the Memory Garden

by Ann M. Martin

Learning that her friend and English partner Amelia Freeman has died in a tragic accident during spring break, a devastated Mary Anne is unable to overcome her sorrow and decides to do something special to remember her friend.

L.A. Confidential

by James Ellroy

Exploración del bajo mundo del crimen y la violencia en la época dorada de Hollywood, L.A. Confidential es la tercera novela del «Cuarteto de Los Ángeles», tetralogía que se ha convertido en un clásico de la novela negra del siglo XX. Los Ángeles, años cincuenta. Camuflada tras sus fabulosas mansiones y el glamour de los clubs nocturnos, la ciudad es un hervidero de corrupción y bajas pasiones. Una noche, una matanza baña en sangre una cafetería de la ciudad. Se trata de una auténtica carnicería, y sus oscuras ramificaciones atraparán a tres policías en sus arenas movedizas. Eclipsado por el éxito de su padre como policía, Ed Exley hará lo que sea para superarle y conseguir la gloria. Bud White, por su parte, vio cómo su progenitor asesinaba a su madre y es una bomba de relojería con placa y pistola. Y por último, Jack Vincennes, que se dedica a airear los escándalos de Hollywood en los medios de comunicación mientras lucha por ocultar sus propios secretos. L.A. Confidential fue llevada al cine con enorme éxito por Curtis Hanson, y galardonada con dos premios Oscar. Críticas:«Es imposible que estos libros te dejen impasible. Puedes odiarlos, sí. Su lectura no nace del placer, es el reflejo de una obsesión. Sexo, mujeres, crimen, política, poder, corrupción. [...] Una vez aprendida y asimilada su sintaxis de anfetamina, esimposible dejar el vicio.»Rodrigo Fresán, El Cultural «James Ellroy es un genio: el mejor escritor de novela negra americana desde Raymond Chandler.»Times Literary Supplement

Arenas blancas: Experiencias del mundo exterior

by Geoff Dyer

Del autor de Pero hermoso, un magnífico libro de viajes sobre los lugares que visitamos y el poder de la memoria. Un precioso homenaje al arte y a la literatura. Geoff Dyer, viajero incomparable, en esta ocasión nos invita a acompañarle en un paseo único por diez lugares fascinantes del planeta, un recorrido en el que seremos testigos de sus experiencias en localizaciones muy dispares. En su exploración creativa de los espacios, pero también del tiempo y la memoria, el autor busca dar respuesta, ante todo, a una pregunta: por qué viajamos. Y mientras le seguimos en esta búsqueda, visitamos la Ciudad Prohibida de Pekín de la mano de una sospechosa guía turística por la que el autor sentirá debilidad, nos adentramos en el Campo de relámpagos de Nuevo México, perseguimos el fantasma de Gauguin por la Polinesia francesa, localizamos el paradero de la casa en Los Ángeles de un célebre filósofo o sufrimos por las posibles consecuencias de haber recogido a un autoestopista en el desierto de Arenas Blancas. En este libro Dyer hace acopio de su habitual humor y perspicacia, y nos cautiva una vez más con su estilo inconfundible y enérgico, para ir más allá de la mera crónica de viajes. Mezcla de memorias, ensayo, crítica y ficción, este libro es a la vez un hermoso homenaje al mundo del arte y de la literatura y, en definitiva, una reflexión sobre las grandes cuestiones: de dónde venimos, quiénes somos, adónde vamos. Reseñas:«Dyer es una máquina de mirar, y así sus ficciones y no ficciones son instrucciones para ver más y mejor.»Rodrigo Fresán, ABC «Leer a Dyer es parecido al entusiasmo súbito y al optimismo que sientes cuando acabas de hacer un nuevo amigo, alguien tan bobo como tú pero a la vez más inteligente, en cuya compañía sabes que viajarás a través de la vida de una forma más errante, intensa y alegre.»The Daily Telegraph «Si el propio Chéjov hubiera leído este libro, al llegar al capítulo de Arenas Blancas incluso él se hubiera estremecido por una fraternal envidia.»Jan Morris, The Spectator «De una elocuencia incomparable [...] la acción real se encuentra en la vívida relación entre la mente deDyer y el mundo exterior [...] una parte esencial de viajar es la sensación inevitable de que, sea donde sea que te hayas metido, no se parece a lo que esperabas que sería, del mismo modo que uno nunca es, al menos completamente, el viajero que uno creía ser.»Lev Grossman, Time «A la mirada de Dyer no se le escapa nada, y su cerebro emite descargas tan brillantes como el Campo de relámpagos en una noche de tormenta.»Peter Conrad, The Observer

Optimal Control Theory: An Introduction

by Donald E. Kirk

Optimal control theory is the science of maximizing the returns from and minimizing the costs of the operation of physical, social, and economic processes. Geared toward upper-level undergraduates, this text introduces three aspects of optimal control theory: dynamic programming, Pontryagin's minimum principle, and numerical techniques for trajectory optimization.Chapters 1 and 2 focus on describing systems and evaluating their performances. Chapter 3 deals with dynamic programming. The calculus of variations and Pontryagin's minimum principle are the subjects of chapters 4 and 5, and chapter 6 examines iterative numerical techniques for finding optimal controls and trajectories. Numerous problems, intended to introduce additional topics as well as to illustrate basic concepts, appear throughout the text.

Linear Algebra

by Georgi E. Shilov

Covers determinants, linear spaces, systems of linear equations, linear functions of a vector argument, coordinate transformations, the canonical form of the matrix of a linear operator, bilinear and quadratic forms, Euclidean spaces, unitary spaces, quadratic forms in Euclidean and unitary spaces, finite-dimensional space. Problems with hints and answers.

The Baby-Sitters Club #92: Mallory's Christmas Wish

by Ann M. Martin

Loving the holiday season but hating its commercialism, Mallory coordinates an old-fashioned family Christmas of baking and trimming that attracts media attention, but Mallory begins to fear that the chaotic film crews will spoil her plans.

The Baby-Sitters Club #91: Claudia and the First Thanksgiving

by Ann M. Martin

Writing a Thanksgiving play for the third-grade class she coaches, Claudia is disappointed when some parents object to her less-than-traditional themes, and she must choose between letting the other kids down or fighting censorship.

Baby-Sitters Club Mystery #20: Mary Anne and the Zoo Mystery

by Ann M. Martin

Mary Anne and her Baby-sitter Club companions investigate strange circumstances at nearby Bedford Zoo, where somebody is setting the animals free.

Z, la ciudad perdida

by David Grann

David Grann reconstruye en esta fascinante novela la misteriosa historia del explorador Percy Fawcett, desaparecido durante la última expedición en busca de El Dorado. Durante siglos, los europeos situaron la legendaria ciudad de El Dorado en la selva más grande y densa del mundo: la del Amazonas. La obsesión por encontrar ese paraíso dejó la jungla impenetrable sembrada de cadáveres, lo que no fue impedimento para que, en los años 20, el explorador británico Percy Fawcett se aventurara en ella en busca de la antigua civilización. Después de emprender una expedición tras otra sin éxito, en 1925 desapareció sin dejar rastro. Desde entonces, cientos de hombres han muerto o han enloquecido en el intento de seguir sus huellas. En 2005, el prestigioso periodista de la revista The New Yorker David Grann se adentró en el «infierno verde» para averiguar qué había ocurrido allí. El resultado es una reconstrucción magistral de la aventura de Percy Fawcett, un recorrido fascinante por una de las zonas más exuberantes y misteriosas del planeta, una investigación exhaustiva y absorbente que da voz a los que vieron a Fawcett por última vez en vida y que nos contagia su obstinación por encontrar El Dorado, ese misterio arraigado en el corazón de la selva que mató a todo aquel que soñó con verlo. Reseñas:«Una aventura fascinante, cargada de emoción y profundamente absorbente.»John Grisham «Como si uno de los rudos hombres de Conrad se encontrara de repente atrapado en una novela de García Márquez [...] terriblemente entretenida. [...] Al mismo tiempo una biografía, una historia de detectives y un maravilloso relato de viajes.»The New York Times «Combinando la extraordinaria historia de Fawcett con su propia investigación, Grann ha creado un personaje de gran calado que irradia la energía incombustible de una novela clásica de aventuras.»Publishers Weekly «¡Una obra maestra! Un viaje emocionante de principio a fin.»The Washington Post «Basta con decir que se trata de un libro fascinante. A uno le entran ganas de agarrar la mochila e irse a correr aventuras.»The Daily Telegraph

Theory of Wing Sections: Including a Summary of Airfoil Data

by Ira H. Abbott A. E. Doenhoff

"Most useful in working with wing sections and methods for using section data to predict wing characteristics . . . much detailed geometric and aerodynamic data." -- Mechanical EngineeringThe first edition of this work has been corrected and republished in answer to the continuing demand for a concise compilation of the subsonic aerodynamics characteristics of modern NASA wing sections together with a description of their geometry and associated theory. These wing sections, or their derivatives, continue to be the ones most commonly used for airplanes designed for both subsonic and supersonic speeds, and for helicopter rotor blades, propeller blades, and high performance fans.Intended to be primarily a reference work for engineers and students, the book devotes over 300 pages to theoretical and experimental considerations. The theoretical treatment progresses from elementary considerations to methods used for the design of NACA low-drag airfoils. Methods and data are presented for using wingsection data to predict wing characteristics, and judiciously selected plots and cross-plots of experimental data are presented for readily useful correlation of certain simplifying assumptions made in the analyses. The chapters on theory of thin wings and airfoils are particularly valuable, as is the complete summary of the NACA's experimental observations and system of constructing families of airfoils. Mathematics has been kept to a minimum, but it is assumed that the reader has a knowledge of differential and integral calculus, and elementary mechanics.The appendix of over 350 pages contains these tables: Basic Thickness Forms, Mean Lines, Airfoil Ordinates, and Aerodynamic Characteristics of Wing Sections.

An Introduction to Information Theory: Symbols, Signals and Noise

by John R. Pierce

Behind the familiar surfaces of the telephone, radio, and television lies a sophisticated and intriguing body of knowledge known as information theory. This is the theory that has permeated the rapid development of all sorts of communication, from color television to the clear transmission of photographs from the vicinity of Jupiter. Even more revolutionary progress is expected in the future.To give a solid introduction to this burgeoning field, J. R. Pierce has revised his well-received 1961 study of information theory for an up-to-date second edition. Beginning with the origins of the field, Dr. Pierce follows the brilliant formulations of Claude Shannon and describes such aspects of the subject as encoding and binary digits, entropy. language and meaning, efficient encoding , and the noisy channel. He then goes beyond the strict confines of the topic to explore the ways in which information theory relates to physics, cybernetics, psychology, and art. Mathematical formulas are introduced at the appropriate points for the benefit of serious students. A glossary of terms and an appendix on mathematical notation are provided to help the less mathematically sophisticated.J. R. Pierce worked for many years at the Bell Telephone Laboratories, where he became Director of Research in Communications Principles. He is currently affiliated with the engineering department of the California Institute of Technology. While his background is impeccable, Dr. Pierce also possesses an engaging writing style that makes his book all the more welcome. An Introduction to Information Theory continues to be the most impressive non-technical account available and a fascinating introduction to the subject for laymen."An uncommonly good study. . . . Pierce's volume presents the most satisfying discussion to be found."- Scientific American.

Concepts of Modern Mathematics

by Ian Stewart

Some years ago, "new math" took the country's classrooms by storm. Based on the abstract, general style of mathematical exposition favored by research mathematicians, its goal was to teach students not just to manipulate numbers and formulas, but to grasp the underlying mathematical concepts. The result, at least at first, was a great deal of confusion among teachers, students, and parents. Since then, the negative aspects of "new math" have been eliminated and its positive elements assimilated into classroom instruction.In this charming volume, a noted English mathematician uses humor and anecdote to illuminate the concepts underlying "new math": groups, sets, subsets, topology, Boolean algebra, and more. According to Professor Stewart, an understanding of these concepts offers the best route to grasping the true nature of mathematics, in particular the power, beauty, and utility of pure mathematics. No advanced mathematical background is needed (a smattering of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry is helpful) to follow the author's lucid and thought-provoking discussions of such topics as functions, symmetry, axiomatics, counting, topology, hyperspace, linear algebra, real analysis, probability, computers, applications of modern mathematics, and much more.By the time readers have finished this book, they'll have a much clearer grasp of how modern mathematicians look at figures, functions, and formulas and how a firm grasp of the ideas underlying "new math" leads toward a genuine comprehension of the nature of mathematics itself.

Baby-Sitters Club Mystery #19: Kristy and the Missing Fortune

by Ann M. Martin

Kristy and the Baby-sitters Club investigate a century-old mystery involving an heiress named Christina Thomas -- possibly an ancestor of Kristy's -- who disappeared in 1863 with a fortune that might belong to Kristy.

The Baby-Sitters Club #90: Welcome to the BSC, Abby

by Ann M. Martin

Trying to help her hard-working father and twin sister to adjust to life in Stoneybrook, Abby Stevenson becomes the newest member of the Baby-sitters Club and shares her first adventure.

The Baby-Sitters Club #89: Kristy and the Dirty Diapers

by Ann M. Martin

The baby-sitters are in double trouble when the sponsor for Kristy's softball team, a diaper company, wants to re-name the team "The Davis Diapers," and overbooking on the business end of things makes the club swear in a new member.

The Baby-Sitters Club #88: Farewell Dawn

by Ann M. Martin

Deciding that she wants to move back to California permanently, Dawn worries about what she will say to the rest of the baby-sitters, who do not understand when they hear the news secondhand.

Antitauromaquia

by Manuel Vicent El Roto

El escritor Manuel Vicent y el ilustrador El Roto embisten contra una costumbre que despierta pasión y odio por igual en este alegato antitaurino. Esta Antitauromaquia es algo más que una diatriba contra la fiesta nacional. La costumbre primitiva de sacrificar toros en público y convertir esa muerte en una ceremonia moral ha perdido ya toda su estética. La corrida ha quedado solo en un residuo de aquella España negra, zaragatera y triste en la que la crueldad con los animales no se distinguía de la violencia social y política. El espectáculo de la muerte festiva de un toro supone una agresión a la sensibilidad humana. Este es un alegato contra todos los tipos de violencia que se expresan en la fiesta taurina, una liturgia de la tortura que algunos pretenden elevar todavía al rango de cultura porque creen que en España o eres toro o eres matador. Esta Antitauromaquiaes un aviso para que no te toreen. Reseñas:«Su gusto por el detalle no disminuye la contundencia gráfica. Cuando Vicent habla de algo lo ofrece abierto en la mesa de quirófano.»David Trueba, Babelia «El Roto tiene una eterna capacidad de señalar el punto más vulnerable de nuestra sociedad, de acertar siempre con sus demoledoras críticas.»Papel en Blanco

Vectors, Tensors and the Basic Equations of Fluid Mechanics

by Rutherford Aris

This introductory text is geared toward engineers, physicists, and applied mathematicians at the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels. It applies the mathematics of Cartesian and general tensors to physical field theories and demonstrates them chiefly in terms of the theory of fluid mechanics. Numerous exercises appear throughout the text. 1962 edition.

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