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An astonishing new portrait of a scientific iconIn this remarkable book, Adrian Desmond and James Moore restore the missing moral core of Darwin's evolutionary universe, providing a completely new account of how he came to his shattering theories about human origins.There has always been a mystery surrounding Darwin: How did this quiet, respectable gentleman, a pillar of his parish, come to embrace one of the most radical ideas in the history of human thought? It's difficult to overstate just what Darwin was risking in publishing his theory of evolution. So it must have been something very powerful--a moral fire, as Desmond and Moore put it--that propelled him. And that moral fire, they argue, was a passionate hatred of slavery.To make their case, they draw on a wealth of fresh manuscripts, unpublished family correspondence, notebooks, diaries, and even ships' logs. They show how Darwin's abolitionism had deep roots in his mother's family and was reinforced by his voyage on the Beagle as well as by events in America--from the rise of scientific racism at Harvard through the dark days of the Civil War.Leading apologists for slavery in Darwin's time argued that blacks and whites had originated as separate species, with whites created superior. Darwin abhorred such "arrogance." He believed that, far from being separate species, the races belonged to the same human family. Slavery was therefore a "sin," and abolishing it became Darwin's "sacred cause." His theory of evolution gave all the races--blacks and whites, animals and plants--an ancient common ancestor and freed them from creationist shackles. Evolution meant emancipation.In this rich and illuminating work, Desmond and Moore recover Darwin's lost humanitarianism. They argue that only by acknowledging Darwin's Christian abolitionist heritage can we fully understand the development of his groundbreaking ideas. Compulsively readable and utterly persuasive, Darwin's Sacred Cause will revolutionize our view of the great naturalist.
Adam Phillips has been called "the psychotherapist of the floating world" and "the closest thing we have to a philosopher of happiness. " His style is epigrammatic; his intelligence, electric. His new book, Darwin's Worms, uses the biographical details of Darwin's and Freud's lives to examine endings-suffering, mortality, extinction, and death. Both Freud and Darwin were interested in how destruction conserves life. They took their inspiration from fossils or from half-remembered dreams. Each told a story that has altered our perception of our lives. For Darwin, Phillips explains, "the story to tell was how species can drift towards extinction; for Freud, the story was how the individual tended to, and tended towards his own death. " In each case, it is a death-story that uniquely illuminates the life story.
Das Kapital, Karl Marx's seminal work, is the book that above all others formed the twentieth century. From Kapital sprung the economic and political systems that at one time dominated half the earth and for nearly a century kept the world on the brink of war. Even today, more than one billion Chinese citizens live under a regime that proclaims fealty to Marxist ideology. Yet this important tome has been passed over by many readers frustrated by Marx's difficult style and his preoccupation with nineteenth-century events of little relevance to today's reader.Here Serge Levitsky presents a revised version of Kapital, abridged to emphasize the political and philosophical core of Marx's work while trimming away much that is now unimportant. Pointing out Marx's many erroneous predictions about the development of capitalism, Levitsky's introduction nevertheless argues for Kapital's relevance as a prime example of a philosophy of economic determinism that "subordinates the problems of human freedom and human dignity to the issues of who should own the means of production and how wealth should be distributed."Here then is a fresh and highly readable version of a work whose ideas provided inspiration for communist regimes' ideological war against capitalism, a struggle that helped to shape the world today.
This book narrates the ten incarnations of Vishnu, the Hindu god.
At his death in 2010, the Anglo-American analytic philosopher John Haugeland left an unfinished manuscript summarizing his life-long engagement with Heidegger's Being and Time. As illuminating as it is iconoclastic, Dasein Disclosed is not just Haugeland's Heidegger-this sweeping reevaluation is a major contribution to philosophy in its own right.
New from Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson, the moving story of a Japanese-American girl who is separated from her dog upon being sent to an incarceration camp during WWII. Although Mitsi Kashino and her family are swept up in the wave of anti-Japanese sentiment following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mitsi never expects to lose her home -- or her beloved dog, Dash. But, as World War II rages and people of Japanese descent are forced into incarceration camps, Mitsi is separated from Dash, her classmates, and life as she knows it. The camp is a crowded and unfamiliar place, whose dusty floors, seemingly endless lines, and barbed wire fences begin to unravel the strong Kashino family ties. With the help of a friendly neighbor back home, Mitsi remains connected to Dash in spite of the hard times, holding on to the hope that the war will end soon and life will return to normal. Though they've lost their home, will the Kashino family also lose their sense of family? And will Mitsi and Dash ever be reunited?
The DASH Diet Made DeliciousPacked with amazingly tasty recipes, creative meal plans and complete nutritional information, this cookbook makes following the DASH diet a snap. The 140 easy-to-make recipes provide a mouthwatering way to eat great, lose weight, lower blood pressure and prevent diabetes without feeling deprived.QUICK AND HEARTY BREAKFASTS* Berry Banana Green Smoothie* Veggie Frittata with Caramelized OnionsENERGY-BOOSTING LUNCHES* Mexican Summer Salad* Chicken Fajita WrapsFAST AND FABULOUS SNACKS* Roasted Zucchini Crostini Dip* Grilled Sweet Potato Steak FriesSATISFYINGLY DELICIOUS DINNERS* Turkey Meatballs in Marinara Sauce* Ginger-Apricot Chicken SkewersTASTY AND WHOLESOME DESSERTS* Grilled Peaches with Ricotta Stuffing and Balsamic Glaze* Mini Cheesecakes with Vanilla Wafer Almond CrustNamed the number-one diet in terms of weight loss, nutrition and prevention of diabetes and heart disease, DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is the best diet for a fit lifestyle. Including a 28-day meal plan, easy-to-follow exercise advice and tips for keeping to the diet when on the go, this cookbook is the ultimate guide to living healthy.
IN A 2011 RANKING PUBLISHED IN U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, THE DASH DIET WAS RATED #1 BY A PANEL OF MEDICAL EXPERTS INCLUDING SPECIALISTS IN DIABETES AND HEART DISEASE-- THE BEST OVERALL DIET AND THE BEST DIET FOR DIABETES! More than 50 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure, and most of them control it by taking prescription drugs with potentially dangerous side effects; and nearly 24 million Americans have diabetes. But there is a natural and affordable alternative for managing these potentially deadly conditions, reducing your risk of heart failure, stroke, and kidney disease, and achieving the best health of your life: the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. Developed by a world-class team of doctors and nutritionists, the DASH diet gives you: * Complete and balanced nutrition for safe short-term and long-term weight loss * A scientifically proven approach to managing diabetes and heart disease without prescription medication * A hearty and healthful selection of DASH menus, recipes, and grocery lists * DASH exercise programs for everyday living * Key tools including calorie worksheets and a formula to calculate body mass . . . and much more from this revolutionary program, which is recommended by the American Heart Association; the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; the American Society for Hypertension; and other leading medical authorities.
The Heat Is On Rosemary Bliss will do anything to get back her family's magical Cookery Booke. That's why she challenges Aunt Lily to an international baking competition in Paris: If Rose wins, Lily agrees to return the Cookery Booke that she stole. If Rose loses . . . well, the consequences are too ugly to think about. But Lily isn't playing fair--she's using a magical ingredient to cheat. The only way for Rose to compete is for her to find magical ingredients of her own. Together with her long-lost grandpa, his sarcastic talking cat, and a turncoat French mouse, Rose and her brothers race around Paris to find essential--and elusive--magical ingredients that will help her outbake--and outmagic--her conniving aunt. She has to win or the Bliss Cookery Booke will be lost to her family forever. This second helping in Kathryn Littlewood's Bliss series combines hilarious magic and daring adventure to make one delectable reading treat.
From the Book jacket: The story begins with Dasher meeting her new family for the first time. The book is about Dasher's fears, mistakes, and triumphs as she learns the joy of being in a loving home. The abrupt transition from the race track to her new home confuses Dasher. She wonders if she did something wrong to cause the change. Time, patience, and bonding through shared activities, helps Dasher learn to love and trust her family. Dasher Gets Adopted combines creative storytelling and delightful illustrations with values important to every family. Age range is 4-8. What's being said about Dasher Gets Adopted... "The book provides a wonderful opportunity for parents to help kids develop empathy and understanding for a new family member. --Tami Beutel (author) "I liked it!" --Shay Stenchever (age 3 1/2) "Dasher Gets Adopted is a really good book." -Cathy Fisk (mom) "A charming and informative story of greyhound adoption from the retired racer's point of view." -Alyssa Stenchever (mom) "It's a fun story for children. Dasher is a great character." --Liza Hanses (mom) "Dasher Gets Adopted is good for any family, but ideal for those with adopted children or stepchildren." -Vicky Carlsen (has two stepchildren)
The 5 novels are Red Harvest, The Dain Curse, The Maltese Falcon, The Glass Key, and The Thin Man.
"Dashing dog! Dashing dog! Oh, what a sight to see!" When a dashing dog gets into messy mischief, his family is exasperated. Then baby Betty falls off the jetty, and it's up to the brave dashing dog to save the day. Can this bedraggled puppy prove that looks aren't everything?Award-winning author Margaret Mahy's canine caper will tickle young readers until they sit up and beg for more! Other books by Margaret Mahy are available in this library.
Nancy Wins A Holiday Party Raffle -- but Loses The Prize! Nancy and her Labrador puppy, Chocolate Chip, are enjoying the holiday party at the Dashing Dog salon. They even win the raffle prize -- a one-of-a-kind doggie collar with rhinestones shaped like bones. But then the collar vanishes! Now Nancy is digging up suspects. There's Petra, a girl from her school. She really, really wanted the collar for her dog, Prince Fabian. And what about Alice Cahill, who writes about pets for the local newspaper? She was crazy for the collar, too. Then there's Mrs. Vanderpool and her two yipping Yorkies -- the collar is just their style. To solve this case, Nancy has to be sure she's barking up the right tree!
From beloved mother-daughter duo Mary Higgins Clark, America's Queen of Suspense, and Carol Higgins Clark, author of the hugely popular Regan Reilly mystery series, comes Dashing Through the Snow, a holiday treat you won't want to miss. In the picturesque village of Branscombe, New Hampshire, the townsfolk are all pitching in to prepare for the first (and many hope annual) Festival of Joy. The night before the festival begins, a group of employees at the local market learn that they have won $160 million in the lottery. One of their co-workers, Duncan, decided at the last minute, on the advice of a pair of crooks masquerading as financial advisers, not to play. Then he goes missing. A second winning lottery ticket was purchased in the next town, but the winner hasn't come forward. Could Duncan have secretly bought it? The Clarks' endearing heroes -- Alvirah Meehan, the amateur sleuth, and private investigator Regan Reilly -- have arrived in Branscombe for the festival. They are just the people to find out what is amiss. As they dig beneath the surface, they find that life in Branscombe is not as tranquil as it appears. So much for an old-fashioned weekend in the country. This fast-paced holiday caper will keep you dashing through the pages!
This book explores the many provocative questions concerning the fundamentals of data analysis. It is based on the time-tested experience of one of the gurus of the subject matter. Why should one study data analysis? How should it be taught? What techniques work best, and for whom? How valid are the results? How much data should be tested? Which machine languages should be used, if used at all? Emphasis on apprenticeship (through hands-on case studies) and anecdotes (through real-life applications) are the tools that Peter J. Huber uses in this volume. Concern with specific statistical techniques is not of immediate value; rather, questions of strategy - when to use which technique - are employed. Central to the discussion is an understanding of the significance of massive (or robust) data sets, the implementation of languages, and the use of models. Each is sprinkled with an ample number of examples and case studies. Personal practices, various pitfalls, and existing controversies are presented when applicable. The book serves as an excellent philosophical and historical companion to any present-day text in data analysis, robust statistics, data mining, statistical learning, or computational statistics.
Useful business analysis requires you to effectively transform data into actionable information. This book helps you use SQL and Excel to extract business information from relational databases and use that data to define business dimensions, store transactions about customers, produce results, and more. Each chapter explains when and why to perform a particular type of business analysis in order to obtain useful results, how to design and perform the analysis using SQL and Excel, and what the results should look like.
The question of what types of data and evidence can be used is one of the most important topics in linguistics. This book is the first to comprehensively present the methodological problems associated with linguistic data and evidence. Its originality is twofold. First, the authors' approach accounts for a series of unexplained characteristics of linguistic theorising: the uncertainty and diversity of data, the role of evidence in the evaluation of hypotheses, the problem solving strategies as well as the emergence and resolution of inconsistencies. Second, the findings are obtained by the application of a new model of plausible argumentation which is also of relevance from a general argumentation theoretical point of view. All concepts and theses are systematically introduced and illustrated by a number of examples from different linguistic theories, and a detailed case-study section shows how the proposed model can be applied to specific linguistic problems.
Data Center Handbook provides the fundamentals, technologies, and best practices in designing, constructing and managing mission critical, energy efficient data centers.* The most comprehensive single source guide ever published in this field, with 36 chapters and over 350 illustrations written by 50 world class authors* Offers disaster management techniques and lessons learned from 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and 2012 Superstorm Sandy* Discusses international standards and requirements, with contributions from experts in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Sweden, Japan, Korea, and China
The Internet used to be a tool for telling your customers about your business. Now its real value lies in what it tells you about them. Every move your customers make online can be tracked, catalogued, and analyzed to better understand their preferences and predict their future behavior. And with mobile technology like smartphones, customers are online almost every second of every day. The companies that succeed going forward will be those that learn to leverage this torrent of information--without being drowned by it. Balancing examples from giants like Amazon, Home Depot, and Ford with newer players like Rovio, Groupon, and scores of niche-market winners, Data Crush examines the forces behind the explosive growth in data and reveals how the most innovative companies are responding to this challenge. The book clarifies the key drivers: the proliferation of "big data" generated by a never-ending range of online activities (and the mobility that enables much of it); the seemingly infinite array of digital commerce and entertainment pathways; and the rising growth of Cloud computing. These and other factors combine to create an overwhelming universe of valuable information--all constantly updated in real time with billions of mouse clicks each day. It's daunting, but with this onslaught of information comes tremendous opportunity--and Data Crush will help you make sense of it all.
Topics covered in this book are: making sense of variability, making sense of measures of center, comparing distributions: equal numbers of data values and comparing distributions.
NAMED BEST MARKETING BOOK OF 2011 BY THE AMERICAN MARKETING ASSOCIATIONHow organizations can deliver significant performance gains through strategic investment in marketingIn the new era of tight marketing budgets, no organization can continue to spend on marketing without knowing what's working and what's wasted. Data-driven marketing improves efficiency and effectiveness of marketing expenditures across the spectrum of marketing activities from branding and awareness, trail and loyalty, to new product launch and Internet marketing. Based on new research from the Kellogg School of Management, this book is a clear and convincing guide to using a more rigorous, data-driven strategic approach to deliver significant performance gains from your marketing.Explains how to use data-driven marketing to deliver return on marketing investment (ROMI) in any organizationIn-depth discussion of the fifteen key metrics every marketer should knowBased on original research from America's leading marketing business school, complemented by experience teaching ROMI to executives at Microsoft, DuPont, Nisan, Philips, Sony and many other firmsUses data from a rigorous survey on strategic marketing performance management of 252 Fortune 1000 firms, capturing $53 billion of annual marketing spendingIn-depth examples of how to apply the principles in small and large organizationsFree downloadable ROMI templates for all examples given in the bookWith every department under the microscope looking for results, those who properly use data to optimize their marketing are going to come out on top every time.
Embrace data and use it to sell and market your productsData is everywhere and it keeps growing and accumulating. Companies need to embrace big data and make it work harder to help them sell and market their products. Successful data analysis can help marketing professionals spot sales trends, develop smarter marketing campaigns, and accurately predict customer loyalty. Data Driven Marketing For Dummies helps companies use all the data at their disposal to make current customers more satisfied, reach new customers, and sell to their most important customer segments more efficiently.Identifying the common characteristics of customers who buy the same products from your company (or who might be likely to leave you)Tips on using data to predict customer purchasing behavior based on past performanceUsing customer data and marketing analytics to predict when customers will purchase certain itemsInformation on how data collected can help with merchandise planningBreaking down customers into segments for easier market targetingBuilding a 360 degree view of a customer baseData Driven Marketing For Dummies assists marketing professionals at all levels of business in accelerating sales through analytical insights.
Data driven methods have long been used in Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) and Text-To-Speech (TTS) synthesis and have more recently been introduced for dialogue management, spoken language understanding, and Natural Language Generation. Machine learning is now present "end-to-end" in Spoken Dialogue Systems (SDS). However, these techniques require data collection and annotation campaigns, which can be time-consuming and expensive, as well as dataset expansion by simulation. In this book, we provide an overview of the current state of the field and of recent advances, with a specific focus on adaptivity.
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