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Empire: A New History of the World
Empire: A New History of the World

A dazzling new history of the world told through the ten major empires of human civilization.

Eminent historian Paul Strathern opens the story of Empire with the Akkadian civilization, which ruled over a vast expanse of the region of ancient Mesopotamia, then turns to the immense Roman Empire,...

The Art of R Programming: A Tour of Statistical Software Design
The Art of R Programming: A Tour of Statistical Software Design

R is the world's most popular language for developing statistical software: Archaeologists use it to track the spread of ancient civilizations, drug companies use it to discover which medications are safe and effective, and actuaries use it to assess financial risks and keep economies running smoothly.

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Hidden Unity in Nature's Laws
Hidden Unity in Nature's Laws
One of the paradoxes of the physical sciences is that as our knowledge has progressed, more and more diverse physical phenomena can be explained in terms of fewer underlying laws, or principles. In Hidden Unity, eminent physicist John Taylor puts many of these findings into historical perspective and documents how progress is made when unexpected,...
Music and Mathematics: From Pythagoras to Fractals
Music and Mathematics: From Pythagoras to Fractals
The invitation to write an introduction to this collection offered a welcome opportunity to reflect on some of the historical, scientific, and artistic approaches that have been developed in the linking of mathematics and music. The two have traditionally been so closely connected that it is their separation that elicits surprise. During the late...
The Productive Programmer (Theory in Practice)
The Productive Programmer (Theory in Practice)
Anyone who develops software for a living needs a proven way to produce it better, faster, and cheaper. The Productive Programmer offers critical timesaving and productivity tools that you can adopt right away, no matter what platform you use. Master developer Neal Ford not only offers advice on the mechanics of productivity-how to work smarter,...
Exploring Analytical Geometry with Mathematica
Exploring Analytical Geometry with Mathematica
The study of two-dimensional analytic geometry has gone in and out of fashion several times over the past century, however this classic field of mathematics has once again become popular due to the growing power of personal computers and the availability of powerful mathematical software systems, such as Mathematica, that can provide an...
Ninja Hacking: Unconventional Penetration Testing Tactics and Techniques
Ninja Hacking: Unconventional Penetration Testing Tactics and Techniques

Ever thought of using the time-tested tactics and techniques of the ancient ninja to understand the mind of today's ninja, the hacker? As a penetration tester or security consultant you no doubt perform tests both externally and internally for your clients that include both physical and technical tests. Throw traditional pen...

The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet
The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet
"Few false ideas have more firmly gripped the minds of so many intelligent men than the one that, if they just tried, they could invent a cipher that no one could break," writes David Kahn in this massive (almost 1,200 pages) volume. Most of The Codebreakers focuses on the 20th century, especially World War II. But its reach is...
Submarine Mass Movements and their Consequences: 7th International Symposium
Submarine Mass Movements and their Consequences: 7th International Symposium

This book is a comprehensive collection of state-of-the-art studies of seafloor slope instability and their societal implications. The volume captures the most recent and exciting scientific progress made in this research field.

As the world’s climate and energy needs change, the conditions under which slope instability...

Halophilic Microorganisms and their Environments (Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology)
Halophilic Microorganisms and their Environments (Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology)

"This water" he told me, "runs out to the eastern region, and flows into the Arabah; and when it comes into the sea, into the sea of foul waters [i. e. , the Dead Sea], the water will become wholesome. Every living creature that swarms will be able to live wherever this stream goes; the fish will be very abundant once these...

Work (The Art of Living Series)
Work (The Art of Living Series)

Work is one of the most universal features of human life; virtually everybody spends some part of their life at work. It is often associated with tedium and boredom; in conflict with the things we would otherwise love to do. Thinking of work primarily as a burden - an activity we would rather be without - is a thought that was shared by the...

Information Quality (Advances in Management Information Systems)
Information Quality (Advances in Management Information Systems)
Like the lament of Coleridge’s ancient mariner who finds himself adrift at sea surrounded by water yet dying of thirst, many organizations find they are surrounded by data, yet much of it does not truly satisfy their information needs. Today we have at our disposal vast stores of information that come in a variety of forms: records,...
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