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This book presents a biographical history of the field of systems thinking, by examining the life and work of thirty of its major thinkers. It discusses each thinker's key contributions, the way this contribution was expressed in practice and the relationship between their life and ideas. This discussion is supported by an extract from the thinker's own writing, to give a flavour of their work and to give readers a sense of which thinkers are most relevant to their own interests.
The most important invariant of a topological space is its fundamental group. When this is trivial, the resulting homotopy theory is well researched and familiar. In the general case, however, homotopy theory over nontrivial fundamental groups is much more problematic and far less well understood. Syzygies and Homotopy Theory explores the problem of nonsimply connected homotopy in the first nontrivial cases and presents, for the first time, a systematic rehabilitation of Hilbert's method of syzygies in the context of non-simply connected homotopy theory. The first part of the book is theoretical, formulated to allow a general finitely presented group as a fundamental group. The innovation here is to regard syzygies as stable modules rather than minimal modules. Inevitably this forces a reconsideration of the problems of noncancellation; these are confronted in the second, practical, part of the book. In particular, the second part of the book considers how the theory works out in detail for the specific examples Fn ´F where Fn is a free group of rank n and F is finite. Another innovation is to parametrize the first syzygy in terms of the more familiar class of stably free modules. Furthermore, detailed description of these stably free modules is effected by a suitable modification of the method of Milnor squares. The theory developed within this book has potential applications in various branches of algebra, including homological algebra, ring theory and K-theory. Syzygies and Homotopy Theory will be of interest to researchers and also to graduate students with a background in algebra and algebraic topology.
The T-34 was the most influential tank design of World War 2. When first introduced into combat in the summer of 1941, it represented a revolutionary leap forward in tank design. Its firepower, armour protection and mobility were superior to that of any other medium tank of the period. This superiority did not last long. While the T-34 underwent a series of incremental improvements during 1943, it was being surpassed by new German tank designs, most notably the Panther. This title traces the life of the original T-34 through all its difficulties to eventual success.
The T-54 and T-55 tanks are the most widely manufactured tanks of all time. They have become ubiquitous to wars around the globe since the 1950s, starting with Hungary in 1956, and including the the Arab-Israeli wars of 1967, 1973 and 1982, the Vietnam war of 1967-75, the Iran-Iraq War of 1980-88, the Afghanistan conflict, Operation Desert Storm, the Yugoslav Civil Wars, and the recent conflict in Iraq. This book will examine the roots of this prolific tank family, starting with the Soviet Army's first attempts to replace the legendary T-34 during World War II, and covering the T-43 and the T-44, the more successful T-54, and its ultimate evolution into the T-55.
Going to Peco, Florida, for the summer to stay with Bernadette is not Chloe's first choice. Or her second or her third. It's her only choice. She has to leave town because of the hair contract. If she didn't sign it, her friends would shun her; if she did sign it, anytime any one of them had a bad hair day it would mean total immersion in the local pool for all of them, Chloe included. Chloe not only hates total immersion, she fears it. So it's off to Bernadette's for the summer. "Help Bernadette," Nick, Chloe's stepfather, says. Bernadette is his sister. "And give the unexpected a chance." Just what that means Chloe discovers right away. Everything about Bernadette is unexpected: her dog; her job driving a commissary van that serves sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, and junk food to shipyard and dock workers; her way of teaching Chloe to swim; her ability to skate on Rollerblades; her adventures in the commune where she and Nick had lived for a year; and especially the fact that the unexpected is never unexpected to her, not even the events that follow when some commissary drivers begin wearing T-back swimsuits to work (a way of increasing business) and other groups in Peco decide T-backs should be banned forever. Bernadette, who will not wear T-backs but will not oppose them either, is caught in the middle. And no matter what Chloe does, the results are unexpected. Unexpected, it seems, is all you can really count on, unless, like Bernadette, you know enough about the past to have an idea of what the future might bring. And even then, well, maybe Bernadette doesn't always know everything.
When the new girl at school starts spreading lies about her, Alex loses some friends and comes to a new understanding of honesty, loyalty, and forgiveness.
In this selection of sixty-eight tales that span T. C. Boyle's every theme, mood, and nuance, clothed in his hallmark virtuoso prose. Mythical and realistic, farcical and tragic, these stories are grouped under the headings of "Love", "Death", and everything in between.
Beginning with Kinsey, Grafton shifts to the voice of Solana Rojas, a chilling sociopath, building the tension as the reader wonders if Kinsey will realize what's happening in time.
In his determination to pitch for his neighborhood baseball team, twelve-year-old T. J. adopts the unorthodox style of the legendary Rip Sewell.
At the top of his game and his sport, Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver Terrell Owens has a phenomenal body: Muscle & Fitness magazine said this when they chose T.O. for the cover, but anyone who's ever seen him play knows he has the best physique in football. Strong, fast, agile, and focused -- when T.O. takes the field, he's in complete control. Such mastery might seem out of reach for an ordinary athlete or someone just starting to think about getting in shape, but T.O. believes that everyone is capable of finding their ideal body. Whether you want to slim down or bulk up, develop explosive speed or increase your endurance, define your abs or fine-tune your form, T.O.'s Finding Fitness will unlock your potential with a diet and exercise plan tailored to your fitness goals. Inside T.O.'s Finding Fitness, Owens shares complete workout routines for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, all of which can be done using his T.O. Super Strong Man Bands, free weights, or his own strength-training stretches. Photographs, easy-to-follow instructions, and helpful tips from Buddy Primm (T.O.'s personal trainer) guarantee results. Along with plans for general fitness and weight loss, there are separate guides designed to enhance your performance in football, baseball, golf, martial arts, tennis, and basketball. And whether you're looking for the winning catch, the lightning-fast serve, or the money shot at the buzzer, or you just want to keep up with the kids and power through an afternoon at the office, you need the right fuel to stay at the top of your game. T.O. helps you make the right eating decisions with meal plans detailing his choices both in and out of season. Finally, as any athlete learns, just knowing what to do isn't always enough. T.O. realizes how hard it can be to stick to a routine, so over the years he has figured out how to motivate himself and make every day count. His approach has given him the crucial mental edge on his competitors and kept him fired up through setbacks and injuries. Get inspired today: take control, make the mind-body-spirit connection, and find your own best body.
A scholarly yet very readable biography of Teddy Roosevelt.
A geologist describes his research into the extinction of Tyrannosaurus rex and all dinosaurs, caused by a comet or asteroid hitting the Earth.
For Lennie too much Television is not enough. Lennie loves television. He's addicted to it. Even reruns are more exciting than real life And Lennie likes to pretend he's the one winning money on game shows, meeting fascinating people and having adventures. But Lennie's daydreams lead him into a real situation that could cost him his life. And suddenly he's in trouble, more terrifying and dangerous than he's ever seen on T V
This practical, applied reference to T1 for system and network administrators brings together in one place the information you need to set up, test, and troubleshoot T1. You'll learn what components you need to build a T1 line; how the components interact to transmit data; how to adapt the T1 to work with data networks using standardized link layer protocols; troubleshooting strategies; and working with vendors.
A wild tabby cat has turned up in Welford and Mandy is worried. The poor cat is about to have kittens, and she has no one to look after her.
Wayne Skilton has just moved to Mandy's town from London. At first, he's not enthusiastic about country life and he's not very friendly. But a nicer side of Wayne is revealed when he's seen petting a tabby cat from the neighborhood. When Many and James see the cat again and realize it has an eye infection, they must seek medical help and notify the cat's owner -- an old lady named Mrs. Webb, who's a recluse and won't answer her door. But Wayne's soft side soon comes in handy when he finds a way to make contact with her. Who is this mysterious woman, and what can the kids do to help her and her beautiful cat?
The Tests of Adult Basic Education are designed to meet the needs of adult learners in ABE programs.
Congratulations on your decision to study for the TABE! You are taking an important step in your educational career. This book will help you do your best on the TABE. You'll also find hints and strategies that will help you prepare for test day. Practice these skills--your success lies in your hands.
TABE stands for the Tests of Adult Basic Education. These paper-and-pencil tests, published by McGraw-Hill, measure your progress on basic skills. There are five tests in all: Reading, Mathematics Computation, Applied Mathematics, Language, and Spelling.
Heirloom recipes, family secrets...and a chance for love The youngest heir to a French-Italian restaurant dynasty, food writer Juliette D'Alisa has spent her life negotiating her skill with words and her restaurant aspirations. When her brother Nico offers her a chance to open a restaurant together, she feels torn--does she really have what it takes? Should she risk leaving her journalism career? After the death of her grandmother, Juliette discovers an antique photograph of a man who looks strikingly like her brother. As the truth behind the picture reveals romance and dark secrets, Juliette struggles to keep the mystery away from her nosy family until she can uncover the whole story. Inspired by her grandmother's evolving story, Juliette resolves to explore the world of online dating. To her surprise, she finds a kindred spirit in Neil McLaren, a handsome immunologist based in Memphis, Tennessee. With a long-distance relationship simmering, Juliette faces life-shifting decisions. How can she possibly choose between a promising culinary life and Neil, a man a world away in more ways than one? And is it possible her Grandmother's story can help show the way?
Never before have we cared so much about food. It preoccupies our popular culture, our fantasies, and even our moralizing--"You still eat meat?" With our top chefs as deities and finest restaurants as places of pilgrimage, we have made food the stuff of secular seeking and transcendence, finding heaven in a mouthful. But have we come any closer to discovering the true meaning of food in our lives? With inimitable charm and learning, Adam Gopnik takes us on a beguiling journey in search of that meaning as he charts America's recent and rapid evolution from commendably aware eaters to manic, compulsive gastronomes. It is a journey that begins in eighteenth-century France--the birthplace of our modern tastes (and, by no coincidence, of the restaurant)--and carries us to the kitchens of the White House, the molecular meccas of Barcelona, and beyond. To understand why so many of us apparently live to eat, Gopnik delves into the most burning questions of our time, including: Should a Manhattanite bother to find chicken killed in the Bronx? Is a great vintage really any better than a good bottle of wine? And: Why does dessert matter so much? Throughout, he reminds us of a time-honored truth often lost amid our newfound gastronomic pieties and certitudes: What goes on the table has never mattered as much to our lives as what goes on around the table--the scene of families, friends, lovers coming together, or breaking apart; conversation across the simplest or grandest board. This, ultimately, is who we are. Following in the footsteps of Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Adam Gopnik gently satirizes the entire human comedy of the comestible as he surveys the wide world of taste that we have lately made our home. The Table Comes First is the delightful beginning of a new conversation about the way we eat now.
Kyle Harper's got too much on his plate - 3 motherless girls, a father who needs looking after, and a demanding restaurant business. He doesn't need, or want to fall in love.
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