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Diatoms are microscopic algae which are found in virtually every habitat where water is present. This volume is an up-to-date summary of the expanding field of their uses in environmental and earth sciences. Their abundance and wide distribution, and their well-preserved glass-like walls make them ideal tools for a wide range of applications as both fossils and living organisms. Examples of their wide range of applications include as environmental indicators, for oil exploration, and for forensic examination. The major emphasis is on their use in analysing ecological problems such as climate change, acidification and eutrophication. The contributors to the volume are leading researchers in their fields and are brought together for the first time to give a timely synopsis of a dynamic and important area. This book should be read by environmental scientists, phycologists, limnologists, ecologists and palaeoecologists, oceanographers, archaeologists and forensic scientists.
From the book: "Sometimes he sat mute and unmoving all morning or crawled about the schoolroom floor oblivious to the other children or to his teacher. At times he had violent temper tantrums. No one knew whether he was retarded or had suffered brain damage at birth. His own parents had judged him mentally defective. But Dibs was none of these. He was a brilliant, lonely child trapped in a prison of fear and rage, a prison from which only he could release himself. And through psychotherapy and love, he did."
When innocent Dick and Jane meet a creepy, cape-wearing vampire, the unexpected happens: he becomes their friend! This title borrows from the classic stories and art we all know and love, but adds an of-the-moment twist: a vampire, illustrated in the classic Dick and Jane style. It's a mashup kids and adults alike are sure to love.
Millions of Americans remember Dick and Jane (and Sally and Spot too!). The little stories with their simple vocabulary words and warmly rendered illustrations were a hallmark of American education in the 1950s and 1960s. Here is a collection of these stories designed for beginning readers. Picture descriptions are included in brackets to help blind adults read these stories along with children, since much of the action is conveyed by the pictures. If you plan to have blind children, read this book, it's best to delete the descriptions first as they are written at a higher reading level.
A bestselling, Harvard-bred humorist plans to knock out a slapdash, quick-buck parody of a wildly successful, head-spinning, clue-laden thriller in a flagrant attempt to cash in on the publishing sensation of the decade, but the tousle-haired satirist's sleazy scheme goes awry when his two heroes -- beautiful, brilliant Sandra Damsel and brawny, brainy Professor William Franklin -- stumble on an explosive and frankly preposterous centuries-old secret that plunges them into a puzzle-packed, plot-crammed, prose-swollen Washington intrigue whose flabbergasting finale will determine the outcome of the 2004 presidential election. Cryptic praise for The Dick Cheney Code "1, 1!" (highest rating) -- The Fibonacci Report "Hysterical! Lacey shirt!" -- Anagram Monthly "I laughed so hard I xxxxxx in my pants!" -- Redacter's Digest "I bend over double! I hold my sides! I tickle my ribs! I slap my thighs!" -- Mime Magazine "Three syllables, sounds like: Upper arm? Broken arm? Broken bone? Radius? Humerus? HUMOROUS!" -- Charade Magazine "Too funny for words!" (9 letters, starting with P, ending in S) -- Acrostic Review
Dick Franciss beloved investigator Sid Halley returns in the riveting new mystery by New York Times-bestselling author Felix Francis. Six years ago, investigator Sid Halley retired for good. Hed been harassed, beaten, shot, even lost a hand to his investigating business, and enough was enough. For the sake of his wife and new daughter he gave up that life of danger and uncertainty, and he thought nothing would ever lure him back into the game. He thought wrong. Sir Richard Stewart, chairman of the racing authority, begs Sid to investigate a series of dodgy races. Sid adamantly refuses, but the following day, Sir Richard is found dead under suspicious circumstances. And then a man with an Irish accent contacts Sid, telling him to deliver a whitewashed report about the suspected race-fixing . . . or else. At first Sid ignores these warnings, knowing that once he submits to this criminal bully, he will forever be under his control. But as the intimidation tactics escalate--and Sids own family comes under threat--Sid realizes he must meet his enemy head-on . . . or he might pay the ultimate price for his refusal.
A retelling of the legend about a boy who became mayor of London, who heard his future in the Bells of Bow and made his fortune through his cat.
FROM THE BOOK JACKET: For fans old and new, this is a fascinating tour through Charles Dickens's novels, in the hands of a master critic and -- interpreter of his work. Oliver Twist... Great Expectations... David Copperfield - all contain riotous fictional worlds that still live and breathe for readers today. But how much do we really know about the dazzling imagination that brought them all into being? To celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Dickens in 2012, Victorian literature expert John Sutherland has created a gloriously wide-ranging alphabetical companion to Dickens's novels, excavating the hidden links between his characters, themes, and preoccupations, and the minutiae of his endlessly inventive wordplay.
Charles Dickens, generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian age, was known as 'The Inimitable', not least for his distinctive style of writing. This collection of twelve essays addresses the essential but often overlooked subject of Dickens's style, with each essay discussing a particular feature of his writing. All the essays consider Dickens's style conceptually, and they read it closely, demonstrating the ways it works on particular occasions. They show that style is not simply an aesthetic quality isolated from the deepest meanings of Dickens's fiction, but that it is inextricably involved with all kinds of historical, political and ideological concerns. Written in a lively and accessible manner by leading Dickens scholars, the collection ranges across all Dickens's writing, including the novels, journalism and letters.
In this riveting portrait of authoritarianism in peril, acclaimed journalist William Dobson takes us inside the relentless battle between dictators and the people challenging their rule.We are witnessing an incredible moment in the war between dictators and democracy--waves of protests are sweeping Syria and Yemen, and despots have fallen in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya. But the Arab Spring is only the latest front in a worldwide battle between freedom and repression, a battle that also rages in a dozen other countries from Venezuela to China, Russia to Malaysia. It is a struggle that, until recently, dictators have been winning hands-down. The reason is that today's authoritarian regimes are nothing like the frozen-in-time government of North Korea. They are ever-morphing, technologically savvy, and internationally connected, and they have replaced more brutal forms of intimidation with seemingly "free" elections and talk of human rights. Facing off against modern dictators is an unlikely army of democracy advocates--students, bloggers, environmentalists, lawyers, activists, and millionaires--who are growing increasingly savvy themselves. The result is a global game of cat-and-mouse, where the future of freedom hangs in the balance. Dobson takes us behind the scenes in both camps, and reveals how each side is honing its strategies for the war that will define our age.
When Kim Jong II invites the Rogue Warrior to visit North Korea, Dick Marcinko politely declines, wary of what could be in store for him inside the "Hermit Kingdom." But the CI has other ideas and soon Marcinko is enjoying the comforts of the Supreme Leader's palace--where four nuclear warheads may be hidden. Hot on the radioactive trail in a special op, Marcinko has to stay one step ahead of Kim Jong II--and the Russian mobsters he meets on the way.
Dictionary Activities is a fantastic teaching resource which helps students get to know their dictionaries by explaining dictionary features and how to navigate them. The book also covers more complex topics such as collocations, idioms and wordbuilding. Dictionary Activities also looks at the use of electronic dictionaries and other non-standard specialized dictionaries such as picture dictionaries. In addition to providing over 90 dictionary activities to use in the language classroom, this book is also invaluable to any teacher who wants to improve their own knowledge of how dictionaries work. Dictionary Activities contains eight chapters which deal with: Confidence and dictionary skills-building activities, vocabulary-building activities, grammar activities, pronunciation activities, reading and writing activities, quick activities, CD-ROM and electronic dictionary activities and specialized dictionaries. A wealth of ideas for building dictionary skills in class and making the most of dictionaries as a teaching resource.
Abbreviations are a part of everyday life and are becoming increasingly prevalent in the areas of banking, computers, and business. Compiled from the resources of the Oxford English Dictionary and a wide range of newspapers and journals, Dictionary of Abbreviations, Second Edition is the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to abbreviations available in paperback. Covering all the most important business, scientific, and technical abbreviations, as well as those in everyday use, the dictionary contains over 20,000 abbreviations and 36,000 definitions. Included here are acronyms (ROM, NATO), initialisms (OED, CFC), shortenings (Sun. for Sunday), symbols, and signs (K, HZ, and A4), as well as hybrid forms (A-bomb). Coverage is also international in scope, and graphic symbols such as proofreading marks, hallmarks, music, science, and weather symbols are all provided in a series of appendices. This new edition, containing 1,700 new headwords and senses, also provides the latest abbreviations for organizations, terms used in advertising, computers and the internet, medicine, and government.
This dictionary offers comprehensive coverage of financial and management accounting. Nearly 4,000 clear and accessible entries give straightforward definitions of terms, concepts, and jargon. It is a resource for students and professionals in the fields of accounting and finance. Topics include financial reporting, direct and indirect taxation, auditing, corporate finance, and accounting bodies and institutions. It is fully updated to reflect the latest developments, particularly the growing importance of international accounting standards and the rise of activity-based costing systems. New features include worked examples, web links, and feature entries on key topics.
This volume nearly doubles an earlier one limited to classical and biblical allusions, drawing as well from Shakespeare, Norse and other mythology, literary texts, historical events, and popular culture including film and television. In addition to explaining what people usually mean when they use the word or phrase and its origin or possible origins, the articles provide an example of its use, a guide for pronouncing any but common English words, and often cross-references to other articles. There is no bibliography. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Discover the delightful tales, characters, and themes of classic American storytelling in this comprehensive Dictionary of American Folklore. Ever wonder the origins of the fairy tales, myths, and legends passed down from generation to generation throughout America's long history? From Paul Bunyan to Johnny Appleseed, Marjorie Tallman covers it all in an engaging voice sure to please readers of all ages.
This comprehensive reference covers the history of the United States from the period immediately preceding the American Revolution to the present day. In easy-to-understand language, the dictionary brings the people, places, and events in American history to life. It covers not only key political, diplomatic, and military events and developments but also economic, social, and cultural matters. More than 1,200 A-to-Z entries provide biographical data, explanations of essential terms, and outlines of battles and key legislation. Several thematic articles also examine important aspects of the period in question. For example, a user can easily access key facts about the Battle of Gettysburg, then refer to an in-depth article on the Civil War-its causes, its course, and its outcome. The dictionary is a clear and accessible resource for high school and college students, researchers, and general readers. With thorough cross-references, an extensive subject index, and a further reading list, the Dictionary of American History is a superb single- volume guide to the vital and colorful pageant of America's past. AMONG THE PEOPLE, TOPICS, AND EVENTS COVERED ARE: · Abortion Affirmative Action · Babe Ruth · The Bay of Pigs Invasion · The Bill of Rights · Benjamin Franklin · The Battle of Gettysburg · Brown v. Board of Education · The Confederacy · Alexander Hamilton · The Iran Hostage Crisis · Presidential Elections · Prohibition · The Stamp Act · The Trail of Tears · Harriet Tubman · The Wall Street Crash · Yellow Journalism. Peter Thompson has been the Sydney Mayer Lecturer in Early American History at Oxford University since January 1993. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania before spending four years as a lecturer in American history at Princeton University.
This dictionary covers every aspect of animal behaviour, from aggression to courtship, animal welfare to cognition. It is essential reference for students of the biological sciences and psychology, professionals, and the general reader with an interest in natural history and zoology. Features: a unique reference guide to the subject; multi-disciplinary - covers terms from the related fields of ecology, physiology and psychology; entries backed up by specific examples of behaviour in the animal kingdom; and includes an index of common and Latin animal names.
Astronomy is expanding almost as rapidly as the universe itself, and the proliferating scientific jargon can sometimes baffle even the most dedicated amateur. Now, in some 4,000 concise, up-to-date entries, this dictionary cuts a clear path through the maze of complex technical language, offering full, clear definitions drawn from all aspects of astronomy. Compiled by Ian Ridpath, a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and an expert team of contributors, A Dictionary of Astronomy contains the most recent entries from astrophysics and cosmology to galaxies and time. Here are succinct definitions for the Big Bang theory, comets, eclipses, Magellanic Clouds, Mars, quasar, relativity, and variable stars. Entries on telescopes and other measuring devices, observatories, space missions, and recently named Solar System objects show how astronomers have explored the universe. The Dictionary also provides biographical entries on eminent astronomers from Copernicus to Edwin Hubble. From black hole to white dwarf, and from spiral galaxies to solar waves, A Dictionary of Astronomy opens a window on the universe for amateur astronomers everywhere.
This book describes and illustrates each plant mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments and the Apocrypha. Drawing on Lytton John Musselman's extensive field investigations from Beirut to Borneo and from the Atlas to the Zagros mountains, it also includes his original images of each plant. Incorporating new research on their use, reviews are made of recent analytical studies of plants used in materials and technology as well as ancient grains, beer production, medicine, tensile materials, soap and other articles. Based on these materials, Musselman provides several new plant identifications for controversial biblical passages. In addition, the book surveys the history of Bible plant literature from the time of the Greeks and Romans to the present, and reviews and correlates it with Bible plant hermeneutics. Extensive references for further study are provided, along with an index to all verses containing references to these plants.
Fully revised and updated for the sixth edition, this market-leading dictionary is the perfect guide for anyone studying biology, either at school or university. With over 5,200 clear and concise entries, over 300 of them new to this edition, it provides comprehensive coverage of biology, biophysics, and biochemistry. Features include biographical entries on key scientists and highlighted entries on important topics such as bioinformatics, genomics, molecular evolution, and protein structure, with further reading suggestions. Appendices include classification of the animal and plant kingdoms; geological timescale; major mass extinctions of species; model organisms and their genomes; and Nobel prizewinners - the last two new to this edition.
Aimed at high school students, this reference defines the basic principles and terms used in the field of biology. Approximately 300 new entries have been added to this fourth edition, including entries on beta-oxidation, cerebral nuclei, DNA fingerprinting, and rapid eye movement. Pronunciation symbols and new line illustrations have also been added. The appendices include charts of the animal and plant kingdoms and amino acids, as well as a list of online resources.
A comprehensive dictionary of Buddhism is even now growing in the unconstrained dimensions of the Internet, notes Keown (historical and cultural studies, U. of London). By comparison, his effort is modest: a handy one-volume source for students and general readers seeking concise explanations of the various concepts, names, texts, and terms found in the Buddhist literature. The articles are highly cross-referenced. Appendices include maps, a pronunciation guide, a guide to Buddhist scriptures, and a chronology. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This single volume does what most libraries cannot-- it places at your fingertips the whole spectrum of individuals, traditions, institutions, denominations, events, and ideas that have influenced North American religion and culture.
God made Heaven, and then, after measuring the space underneath with a ball of thread, he began to form the earth. A mole asked to help, and God gave him the thread to hold while he wove the patterns of the earth. Sometimes the mole would let out too much thread, and finally the earth grew too large for the space under heaven. The mole was so upset that he hid under the earth. God sent the bee to look for him; he wanted the mole's advice on what to do about the mistake. The bee found the mole and he just laughed at the idea of advising God. The bee, however, hid in a flower and overheard the mole mumbling to himself about what he would do if he were God. 'I would squeeze the earth,' he said. 'That would make mountains and valleys and make it smaller at the same time.' When the bee heard this, he went directly to God and told him. God did what the mole had said, and everything fit fine." The myth of Rumanian Creation in which God weaves the earth from a ball of thread is just one the many stories that make up the wondrous world of creation myths. In virtually every culture throughout the ages, creation myths have played a vital role in providing not only explanations of the origins of societies but also specific cultural identities--serving as a "projection of an aspect of a culture's soul." Covering thousands of years of intricate creation tales, A Dictionary of Creation Myths is the first and most comprehensive work devoted to creation myths from cultures throughout the world. With an easy-to-use A-Z format, this around-the-world tour provides access to information on the beliefs(both exotic and ordinary) of ancient civilizations from Sumeria and Babylonia to Egypt, Greece, and ancient Rome, from India and China to Japan and Indonesia, as well as the rich mythological history of Native Americans, the indigenous peoples of Australia, and many other cultures. We read of the creation myth of the Diegueno tribe of southern California in which the creator, Tu-chai-pai, made the earth female and the sky male and then formed mud into people; and the myth of Japanese creation in which Izanagei, and his sister Izanami, watch the first land form from ocean water dripping from Izanagi's spear. Alongside these ancient beliefs are the more modern, such as Darwin's theory of evolution and the big bang theory. Each entry identifies the culture associated with the myth, and each myth is retold in clear, eloquent prose, with extensive cross-referencing to guide readers to other entries. Throughout, the authors share insightful analyses of the surprisingly intricate relationship of certain myths across cultures, regions, and time. From cosmic eggs and the Garden of Eden to the Spider Woman and the Gaia Principle, from myths of the apocalypse and the great world religions to myths of love, rebirth, and science, this guide illuminates the phenomenon of creation from all aspects of the human experience. Richly illustrated,A Dictionary of Creation Myths is essential for anyone who has ever wondered how the world was created, where we came from, or why we are here at all.
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