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Ever since their invention in 1960, lasers have assumed tremendous importance in the fields of science, engineering and technology because of their use both in basic research and in various technological applications. Lasers: Theory and Applications 2nd Edition will provide a coherent presentation of the basic physics behind the working of the laser along with some of their most important applications. Numerical examples are scattered throughout the book for helping the student gain a better appreciation of the concepts and problems at the end of each chapter and provides the student a better understanding of the basics and help in applying the concepts to practical situations. This book serves as a text in a course on lasers and their applications for students majoring in various disciplines such as Physics, Chemistry and Electrical Engineering.
Laser technology is constantly evolving and progressing. The use of laser therapy is vastly expanding and for this reason a medical book of this magnitude is necessary. Lasers and Light Therapy includes an up-to-date comprehensive look at lasers and light therapy not only in the field of Cutaneous Laser Surgery, but in other medical specialties as well.
Catriona Cameron was once famed for her seductive beauty and charm. Now she saw no one, hiding from the world . . . and no one dared break through her self-imposed exile. No one, that is, until Mark Thorburn burst into her home, and Catriona's darkened world began to have color again. Thorburn, secretly the heir to an Earldom, claimed he was a footman. But Catriona didn't care about the scandal their passion could cause . . . for his very touch sparked her back to a life of sensuality, one she thought she'd never have again. Little does she know that Mark is part of a masquerade. One that will end when they become the target of a madman set on revenge. Mark realizes he will have to do more than win her love . . . he will have to save her life as well.
When Lassie leads rescuers to Timmy's mom, whose truck has slid off the road and overturned in a steep snow-filled ravine, they are all able to return home safely for a special Christmas celebration.
HE WAS A ROUGH RIDING LONER WHO BECAME A LEGEND IN THE GREATEST WESTERN OF ALL TIME. ... LASSITER Before he strapped on his famous guns and made his mark in Riders of the Purple Sage, Lassiter had done plenty of hard living. A daring youth with a deadly aim, he staked all he had on a partnership in a cattle ranch. Then, to keep his stake from the greed of a rival rancher, he fought a fistful of tough characters who would have put a lesser man six feet under. But they didn't reckon on Lassiter--a man born without fear, sworn to vengeance--a man who didn't draw easy, but drew to kill. LOREN ZANE GREY continues in the grand tradition of his father, Zane Grey, with new tales of Lassiter-the mightiest gunslinger ever to sit a saddle.
A DEAD MAN'S LAST WISH LEADS LASSITER ON A TRAIL OF VENGEANCE, DOUBLE-CROSSINGS, AND MURDER! Lassiter alone heard the old man's dying words: deliver a trunk full of money to his only son Corse, a fellow who lived in a one-horse town called Sunrise. One eye on the trunk of double eagles, a thumb on his trigger, Lassiter rode into town- just in time for Corse's funeral. But when the body moved in the coffin, Lassiter faced the gun barrels of an enemy gang--and a trumped-up murder charge. Unless he got away pronto, his life would end at Sunrise ... at the swinging end of a rope!
HE WAS A WANTED MAN. ONE LONE GUN IN AN ALL-OUT RANGE WAR! Rod Rucklor had inherited the Fork Creek Ranch- but the young dude needed Lassiter's gun to keep it. Lassiter was honor-bound to protect his dead friend's son. But he hadn't planned on falling for Rod's woman-or becoming a one-man army in a range war aimed at taking the kid's land-and their lives. With a price on his head and vengeance in his heart, Lassiter set out for a lead reckoning with a pack of hired sharpshooters-and the sidewinder who'd set him up before he even rode into town!
DEEP IN TEXAS BRUSH COUNTRY, LASSITER AIMED TO ROPE A FEW CATTLE ... AND A BAND OF RUTHLESS CUTTHROATS! With his dying breath, Lassiter's gut-shot friend whispered his murderer's name-Sanlee. Then a mean stranger stepped up to Lassiter in a saloon, offering him a stack of money $4,000 high to shoot down some men. The stranger's name was Sanlee. Trouble was, he had a sister who was about the prettiest thing Lassiter had ever seen. But no man can kill a pal of Lassiter's. And he wouldn't leave town until Sanlee had a new home ... in a pine box!
A GANG OF HORSE THIEVES IS IN THE KILLING BUSINESS AND THE MAN THEY WANT MOST IS LASSITER! LASSITER'S SHOWDOWN Lassiter rode into the badlands of the Northern Montana Territory on the trail of Lorna Jackson, the missing wife of a Kansas City judge. But Lorna is on a mission of her own, searching for her long lost sister. When a violent gang of horse thieves gets in her way, Lorna shoots one dead-and Lassiter earns a whole lot of trouble. Rustler Carson Hays is the best shot in the territory... and he's vowed to gun Lassiter down!
She'd always lived a charmed life, So when Bethany Taft's fiancé was killed, she thought her chance for happiness was gone forever. But after her beloved aunt got engaged-at sixty!-Bethany found joy in her role as wedding planner. Spending time with Cody Dillard, The groom's son, was a given-the rancher flew Bethany to Chicago and back in his private plane. And between Cody's charming nature and her aunt's matchmaking attempts, Bethany found herself wondering if the God she'd turned her back on meant for her to be a bride, As well.
A New York Times Notable Book of the YearWinner of the Mountains and Plains Book Seller's Association Award"Sprawling in scope. . . . Mr. Egan uses the past powerfully to explain and give dimension to the present." --The New York Times"Fine reportage . . . honed and polished until it reads more like literature than journalism." --Los Angeles Times"They have tried to tame it, shave it, fence it, cut it, dam it, drain it, nuke it, poison it, pave it, and subdivide it," writes Timothy Egan of the West; still, "this region's hold on the American character has never seemed stronger." In this colorful and revealing journey through the eleven states west of the 100th meridian, Egan, a third-generation westerner, evokes a lovely and troubled country where land is religion and the holy war between preservers and possessors never ends.Egan leads us on an unconventional, freewheeling tour: from America's oldest continuously inhabited community, the Ancoma Pueblo in New Mexico, to the high kitsch of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where London Bridge has been painstakingly rebuilt stone by stone; from the fragile beauty of Idaho's Bitterroot Range to the gross excess of Las Vegas, a city built as though in defiance of its arid environment. In a unique blend of travel writing, historical reflection, and passionate polemic, Egan has produced a moving study of the West: how it became what it is, and where it is going."The writing is simply wonderful. From the opening paragraph, Egan seduces the reader. . . . Entertaining, thought provoking." --The Arizona Daily Star Weekly"A western breeziness and love of open spaces shines through Lasso the Wind. . . . The writing is simple and evocative." --The EconomistFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
From the moment Billie Rae Rasmussen crashes into him, Tanner Chisholm realizes he is on a collision course with destiny. As Whitehorse's cowboy with a heart of gold, there is no way he could overlook the fear that shadows her eyes. Something has her running scared, but now that she is in his protective arms he intends to keep her safe. Billie Rae can't run fast enough-or far enough. And if she sticks around this small town, the danger that follows her could put her newfound hero at risk. But Tanner refuses to leave her side, and his love gives Billie Rae the hope and courage she needs. Now she'll fight to take back her life...or die trying.
Ten years ago Cash Taylor said goodbye to his close-knit hometown and hello to the fast track of big-city success. Now a criminal lawyer with a guilty heart and a lot of soul-searching to do, he's back in Forever, Texas, for his grandfather's wedding. Taking a walk down the aisle himself is the last thing on his mind. That is, until he sees Alma Rodriguez, the woman he was crazy about but left behind.As a deputy, Alma knows how to keep her emotions in check. It's not easy, especially when Cash looks into her eyes. He hurt her once, yet she can't resist having him in her life again. Alma sees he's troubled, and she wants to help-if she can keep love out of the equation. But it just might be the answer they both need!
The seventh novel in the Rougon-Macquart cycle, L'Assommoir (1877) is the story of a woman's struggle for happiness in working-class Paris. At the center of the story stands Gervaise, who starts her own laundry and for a time makes a success of it. But her husband soon squanders her earnings in the Assommoir, a local drinking spot, and gradually the pair sink into poverty and squalor. L'Assommoir was a contemporary bestseller, outraged conservative critics, and launched a passionate debate about the legitimate scope of modern literature. This new translation captures not only the brutality but the pathos of its characters' lives.
Curtis Sittenfeld's PREP meets THE SIXTH SENSE in this spine-tingling, unforgettable debut. Camden Fisher arrives at boarding school haunted by a falling-out with her best friend back home. But the manicured grounds of Lethe Academy are like nothing Cam has ever known. There are gorgeous, preppy boys wielding tennis rackets, and circles of girls with secrets to spare. Only . . . something is not quite right. One of Cam's new friends mysteriously disappears, but the teachers don't seem too concerned. Cam wakes up to strangers in her room, who then melt into the night. She is suddenly plagued by odd memories, and senses there might be something dark and terrible brewing. But what? The answer will leave Cam--and readers--stunned and breathless, in this thrilling debut novel.
It's AD 72 Rome, and Emperor Vespasian refuses to elevate sometime sleuth Marcus Didius Falco to the middle rank. Yet hope springs eternal, so when Vespasian's chief spy offers Falco an assignment in the East, he jumps at the chance. But his new assignment soon becomes a nightmare when he finds the corpse of a Roman playwright in a sacred pool. To ferret out the murderer, Falco joins the traveling theater group. A crime novel.
In his latest book, renowned historian Hermann Giliomee challenges the conventional wisdom on the downfall of white rule and the end of apartheid. Instead of impersonal forces, or the resourcefulness of an indomitable resistance movement, he emphasizes the role of Nationalist leaders and of their outspoken critic, Frederick van Zyl Slabbert. What motivated each of the last Afrikaner leaders, from Verwoerd to de Klerk? How did each try to reconcile economic growth, white privilege, and security with the demands of an increasingly assertive black leadership and unexpected population figures? In exploring each leader's background, reasoning, and personal foibles, Giliomee takes issue with the assumption that South Africa was inexorably heading for an ANC victory in 1994. He argues that historical accidents radically affected the course of politics. Drawing on primary sources and personal interviews, Giliomee offers a fresh and stimulating political history that attempts not to condemn but to understand why the last Afrikaner leaders did what they did, and why their own policies ultimately failed them. Reconsiderations in Southern African History
Freemason ... Shaman ... Prophet ... Seducer ... Swindler ... Thief ... Heretic Who was the mysterious Count Cagliostro? Depending on whom you ask, he was either a great healer or a dangerous charlatan. Internationally acclaimed historian Iain McCalman documents how Cagliostro crossed paths -- and often swords -- with the likes of Catherine the Great, Marie Antoinette, and Pope Pius VI. He was a muse to William Blake and the inspiration for both Mozart's Magic Flute and Goethe's Faust. Louis XVI had him thrown into the Bastille for his alleged involvement in what would come to be known as "the affair of the necklace." Yet in London, Warsaw, and St. Petersburg, he established "healing clinics" for the poorest of the poor, and his dexterity in the worlds of alchemy and spiritualism won him acclaim among the nobility across Europe. Also the leader of an exotic brand of Freemasonry, Count Cagliostro was indisputably one of the most influential and notorious figures of the latter eighteenth century, overcoming poverty and an ignoble birth to become the darling -- and bane -- of upper-crust Europe.
Like millions who love college basketball, John Feinstein was first drawn to the game because of its intensity, speed and intelligence. Like many others, he felt that the vast sums of money involved in NCAA basketball had turned the sport into a division of the NBA, rather than the beloved amateur sport it once was. He went in search of college basketball played with the passion and integrity it once inspired, and found the Patriot League. As one of the NCAA's smallest leagues, none of these teams leaves college early to join the NBA and none of these coaches gets national recognition or endorsement contracts. The young men on these teams are playing for the love of the sport, of competition and of their schools. John Feinstein spent a season with these players, uncovering the drama of their daily lives and the passions that drive them to commit hundreds of hours to basketball even when there is no chance of a professional future. He offers a look at American sport at its purest.
Sophie Honeywell always wondered if Thomas Gordon was the one she let get away. He was the perfect boyfriend, but on the day he was to propose, she broke his heart. A year later he married his travel agent, while Sophie has been mortifyingly single ever since. Now Thomas is back in her life because Sophie has unexpectedly inherited his aunt Connie's house on Scribbly Gum Island -- home of the famously unsolved MunroBabymystery. Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family where it seems everyone has a secret. Grace, a beautiful young mother, is feverishly planning a shocking escape from her perfect life. Margie, a frumpy housewife, has made a pact with a stranger, while dreamy Aunt Rose wonders if maybe it's about time she started making her own decisions. As Sophie's life becomes increasingly complicated, she discovers that sometimes you have to stop waiting around -- and come up with your own fairy-tale ending. As she so adroitly did in her smashing debut novel, Three Wishes, the incomparable Liane Moriarty once again combines sharp wit, lovable and eccentric characters, and a page-turning story for an unforgettable Last Anniversary.
Vikings, Moors, and Hungarian Magyars weighed down Europe with reckless cruelty spreading fear and destruction wherever they went. This book interweaves the complex story of how each European country dealt with these changes, bringing the period back to life.
Beware a girl in pointy shoes! A girl wearing pointy shoes might be a witch. And the first thing a spook's apprentice learns is never, ever to trust a witch. In this bone-chilling collection of tales, you will learn exactly why that is, as you encounter: a fair and beautiful woman with green scales running down her spine . . . a dead witch who lurks under rotting leaves and hunts for blood . . . Alice, Tom Ward's best friend, who once lived with one of the darkest witches of all . . . and a witch whose cry of revenge can kill. The dark is all around. Who will survive?
"I'm coming for you, and nothing living or dead can stop me." One witch is the most feared, the most ruthless, and the most deadly of all the witches in the county. If she hunts for you, she will find you. If you have crossed her, you don't stand a chance. She is the witch assassin, and her name is Grimalkin. Grimalkin's one alliance is with Tom Ward, the Spook's apprentice. With Tom, she plans to rid the world of the most terrifying evil, the Fiend, who once did her great wrong. For the first time, fans of the Last Apprentice series will hear the story from Grimalkin's side, as she is hunted herself by creatures of darkness set on revenge. Grimalkin has never been defeated. But can she survive an enemy created for the sole purpose of destroying her?
Thomas Ward has spent two years as the Spook's apprentice. He's faced unimaginable peril, and survived. But a new danger has emerged: an ancient water witch, Bloodeye, is roaming the County intent on destroying everything in her path. To strengthen his skills, Tom is sent to the far north to train with the demanding Bill Arkwright. Arkwright lives in a haunted mill on the edge of a treacherous marsh, and his training methods prove to be harsh and sometimes cruel. Will Tom's new bag of tricks be enough to overcome a critical mistake that leaves him confronting Bloodeye on his own?
Phyllida Cresswell has defi nite ideas about love, and her current boyfriend is certainly not marriage material. So when the chance of a nursing job abroad comes up, she takes it.When things don' t go smoothly in Madeira, however, Phyllida finds herself stranded. Fortunately, the dashing Pieter van Sittardt is on hand to rescue her. Pieter, Phyllida discovers, is a man she could definitely love. In fact, she' d be happy to marry him. All he has to do is ask....
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