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E: The Story of a Number
E: The Story of a Number
Maor attempts to give the irrational number e its rightful standing alongside pi as a fundamental constant in science and nature; he succeeds very well.... Maor writes so that both mathematical newcomers and long-time professionals alike can thoroughly enjoy his book, learn something new, and witness the ubiquity of mathematical ideas in...
Privacy at Risk: The New Government Surveillance and the Fourth Amendment
Privacy at Risk: The New Government Surveillance and the Fourth Amendment
"The discussion of surveillance techniques is excellent, the legal analysis is sound, and the case for Fourth Amendment reform compelling. Recommended."-Choice (D. E. Smith Choice )

Without our consent and often without our knowledge, the government can constantly...
Why There's Antifreeze in Your Toothpaste: The Chemistry of Household Ingredients
Why There's Antifreeze in Your Toothpaste: The Chemistry of Household Ingredients
This book started in my shower.

The label on my shampoo bottle listed many compounds, and, due to my interest in chemistry, most of them were familiar or had obvious functions. However, one compound stood out as puzzling: sodium chloride.

Why was there salt in my shampoo?

Since I wasn't likely to be eating it, I
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Understanding Sleep and Dreaming (Springerlink Behavioral Science)
Understanding Sleep and Dreaming (Springerlink Behavioral Science)
As I am writing this, I am anticipating the 50th anniversary o f tlie discovery o f RELMS. For it was in 1951 that Aserinsky and Kleitman, who, while electronically recording a person's sleep in a University o f Chicago lab, were surprised to notice that eye movements occurred periodically even when their s~tbjectw as, by all...
Possibility
Possibility
Possibility offers a new analysis of the metaphysical concepts of possibility and necessity, one that does not rely on any sort of "possible worlds." The analysis proceeds from an account of the notion of a physical object and from the positing of properties and relations. It is motivated by considerations about how we actually speak of...
Gandhi's Search for the Perfect Diet: Eating with the World in Mind (Global South Asia)
Gandhi's Search for the Perfect Diet: Eating with the World in Mind (Global South Asia)
Mahatma Gandhi redefined nutrition as a holistic approach to building a more just world. What he chose to eat was intimately tied to his beliefs. His key values of nonviolence, religious tolerance, and rural sustainability developed in coordination with his dietary experiments. His repudiation of sugar, chocolate, and salt expressed his...
Post Quantum Cryptography
Post Quantum Cryptography
Quantum computers will break today's most popular public-key cryptographic systems, including RSA, DSA, and ECDSA. This book introduces the reader to the next generation of cryptographic algorithms, the systems that resist quantum-computer attacks: in particular, post-quantum public-key encryption systems and post-quantum public-key signature...
Python Essential Reference (3rd Edition) (Developer's Library)
Python Essential Reference (3rd Edition) (Developer's Library)

Python Essential Reference, Second Edition, is the definitive guide to the Python programming language. Designed for programmers, it covers the core language, more than 100 modules in the standard library, and the techniques used to extend Python with compiled procedures in C or C++. Coverage expands upon and clarifies existing Python...

The Cryptoclub: Using Mathematics to Make and Break Secret Codes
The Cryptoclub: Using Mathematics to Make and Break Secret Codes
Join the Cryptokids as they apply basic mathematics to make and break secret codes. This book has many hands-on activities that have been tested in both classrooms and informal settings. Classic coding methods are discussed, such as Caesar, substitution, Vigenère, and multiplicative ciphers as well as the modern RSA. Math topics covered...
Computational Geometry: An Introduction Through Randomized Algorithms
Computational Geometry: An Introduction Through Randomized Algorithms

This introduction to computational geometry is designed for beginners. It emphasizes simple randomized methods, developing basic principles with the help of planar applications, beginning with deterministic algorithms and shifting to randomized algorithms as the problems become more complex. It also explores higher dimensional advanced...

One Jump Ahead: Computer Perfection at Checkers
One Jump Ahead: Computer Perfection at Checkers
The new edition of this extraordinary book depicts the creation of the world champion checkers computer program, Chinook. In only two years, Chinook had become a worthy opponent to the world champion, and within four years had defeated all the world's top human players. Jonathan Schaeffer, the originator and leader of the Chinook team, details the...
The Aeneid
The Aeneid
A fresh and faithful translation of Vergil’s Aeneid restores the epic’s spare language and fast pace and sheds new light on one of the cornerstone narratives of Western culture.

“Vivid and haunting . . . a model of how to render Latin poetry in English.”—Tom Holland,
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