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Advances in Swarm Intelligence: First International Conference, ICSI 2010, Beijing
Advances in Swarm Intelligence: First International Conference, ICSI 2010, Beijing

This book and its companion volume, LNCS vols. 6145 and 6146, constitute the proceedings of the International Conference on Swarm Intelligence (ICSI 2010) held in Beijing, the capital of China, during June 12-15, 2010. ICSI 2010 was the first gathering in the world for researchers working on all aspects of swarm intelligence, and...

The Mazzel Ritual: Culture, Customs and Crime in the Diamond Trade
The Mazzel Ritual: Culture, Customs and Crime in the Diamond Trade

The academic study of diamonds is as multi-faceted as the precious stones themselves. Mineralogists and geographers have written about them, as have historians and economists and students of art and fashion. They each shine their light on a different aspect of this source of luminous radiance. But who would venture to describe the entire...

Framing the Jina: Narratives of Icons and Idols in Jain History
Framing the Jina: Narratives of Icons and Idols in Jain History

John Cort explores the narratives by which the Jains have explained the presence of icons of Jinas (their enlightened and liberated teachers) that are worshiped and venerated in the hundreds of thousands of Jain temples throughout India. Most of these narratives portray icons favorably, and so justify their existence; but there are also...

The Action Principles
The Action Principles
A path to independence, success and happiness. -- Dr. Denton Cooley, President, Texas Heart Institute

I love the Action Principles book! -- Rev. David O'Connell, President, Catholic University

The Action Principles is an outstanding book that will benefit every reader. -- Ross Perot
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Information Security Architecture: An Integrated Approach to Security in the Organization
Information Security Architecture: An Integrated Approach to Security in the Organization

This book is dedicated to my husband, Todd A. Tudor, and my three children, Drew, Allyssa, and Chad, who spent many hours patiently waiting for my time and attention while this book was being written.

Profits from this book will be contributed to the children of the world through the YMCA in Ethiopia, Africa, and through The...

First Raise a Flag: How South Sudan Won the Longest War but Lost the Peace
First Raise a Flag: How South Sudan Won the Longest War but Lost the Peace
When South Sudan's war began, the Beatles were playing their first hits and reaching the moon was an astronaut's dream. Half a century later, with millions massacred in Africa's longest war, the continent's biggest country split in two. It was an extraordinary, unprecedented experiment. Many have fought, but South Sudan did the...
Medical Biochemistry: Human Metabolism in Health and Disease
Medical Biochemistry: Human Metabolism in Health and Disease
"All the necessary topics are accurately covered, with ample formulae and metabolic pathways, and reasonable clinical references." (ACP News, June 2009)

Metabolism includes various pathways of chemical reactions; understanding these pathways leads to an improved knowledge of the causes, preventions, and
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World Criminal Justice Systems, Eighth Edition: A Comparative Survey
World Criminal Justice Systems, Eighth Edition: A Comparative Survey

This comparative text provides an understanding of major world criminal justice systems by discussing and comparing the systems of six of the world's countries: England, France, Russia, China, Japan, and a new chapter on South Africa -- each representative of a different type of legal system. An additional chapter on Islamic law uses...

A Companion to Modern African Art
A Companion to Modern African Art

Offering a wealth of perspectives on African modern and Modernist art from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, this new Companion features essays by African, European, and North American authors who assess the work of individual artists as well as exploring broader themes such as discoveries of new technologies and globalization.

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Encyclopedia of Modern Separatist Movements
Encyclopedia of Modern Separatist Movements
From Kosovo to Kashmir, from Northern Ireland to Nigeria, most conflicts in the world today are ethnic conflicts over territory. This encyclopedia covers ethnic separatism and related topics. Members of an ethnic group share a common culture and can be distinguished from members of other groups by some social characteristic such as race,...
The Cradle of Language (Studies in the Evolution of Language)
The Cradle of Language (Studies in the Evolution of Language)
This book is the first to focus on the African origins of human language. It explores the origins of language and culture 250,000-150,000 years ago when modern humans evolved in Africa. Scholars from around the world address the fossil, genetic, and archaeological evidence and critically examine the ways it has been interpreted. The book also...
Wildlife between Empire and Nation in Twentieth-Century Africa (African Histories and Modernities)
Wildlife between Empire and Nation in Twentieth-Century Africa (African Histories and Modernities)
This book traces the emergence of wildlife policy in colonial eastern and central Africa over the course of a century. Spanning from imperial conquest through the consolidation of colonial rule, the rise of nationalism, and the emergence of neocolonial and neoliberal institutions, this book shows how these fundamental themes of the twentieth...
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