Friday, April 1, 2011

Sheet-Metal Work Including Metal Spinning (The 'Complete Engineer' Series, Volume 7)


Sheet-Metal Work Including Metal Spinning (The 'Complete Engineer' Series, Volume 7)
E. Molloy | 1944-01-01 00:00:00 | GEORGE NEWNES | 96 | Do It Yourself
Dealing with the methods of working sheet metal into various forms, using hand tools and simple machines.
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Metals (Essential Chemistry)



Metals (Essential Chemistry)
Julie McDowell | 2008-01-01 00:00:00 | Chelsea House Publications | 105 | Chemistry
Most of the elements found in the periodic table are classified as metals. Common characteristics that help us identify metals include conductivity, reactivity, and their ability to be pounded into sheets and stretched into wires. Metals are found everywhere in the universe, and their many functions make them a most valuable resource. This book takes a sharp look at metals, helping students understand their many intricate uses from industry to the arts.
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Pure Distraction



Pure Distraction
Carolina Barbour | 2008-01-01 00:00:00 | Siren Publishing | 212 | Fiction
Ms. Barbour has written what is classified as an erotic futuristic romance but I would also like to point out that there are a few suspenseful twists and turns, and a "whodunit" flavor to this erotic offering. Pure Distraction is just that, a huge distraction if you want to get anything else done while reading it. I found that Ms. Barbour did a great job in not only setting up this alternate society but also showing both how it was supposed to work and how it changed. Readers should note that there are also a few M/M encounters as part of the storyline. Overall, I found the world Ms. Barbour created to be intriguing and I hope she hopes to use it in future adventures. Pure Distraction is a great summer read, but make sure you have time to sit and read it all, as you will find you keep going back to it until you finish it.
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Thermodynamics of Flowing Systems: with Internal Microstructure (Oxford Engineering Science Series)



Thermodynamics of Flowing Systems: with Internal Microstructure (Oxford Engineering Science Series)
Antony N. Beris,Brian J. Edwards | 1994-05-26 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 704 | Engineering
This much-needed monograph presents a systematic, step-by-step approach to the continuum modeling of flow phenomena exhibited within materials endowed with a complex internal microstructure, such as polymers and liquid crystals. By combining the principles of Hamiltonian mechanics with those of irreversible thermodynamics, Antony N. Beris and Brian J. Edwards, renowned authorities on the subject, expertly describe the complex interplay between conservative and dissipative processes. Throughout the book, the authors emphasize the evaluation of the free energy--largely based on ideas from statistical mechanics--and how to fit the values of the phenomenological parameters against those of microscopic models. With Thermodynamics of Flowing Systems in hand, mathematicians, engineers, and physicists involved with the theoretical study of flow behavior in structurally complex media now have a superb, self-contained theoretical framework on which to base their modeling efforts.

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In Search of Human Nature



In Search of Human Nature
Mary E. Clark | 2002-12-06 00:00:00 | Routledge | 496 | Philosophy
Human Nature offers a wide-ranging and holistic view of human nature from all perspectives: scientific, historical, and sociological. Mary Clark takes the most recent data from a dozen or more fields, and works it together with clarifying anecdotes and thought-provoking images to challenge conventional Western beliefs with hopeful new insights. Balancing the theories of cutting-edge neuroscience with the insights of primitive mythologies, Mary Clark provides down-to-earth suggestions for peacefully resolving global problems. Human Nature builds up a coherent, and above all positive, picture of who we really are.
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Mary Clark focuses on the issue of the nature of human nature, and she brings a wide range of scholarship from many fields to the question. Reviewer Jeffares is quite wrong; Clark's book is heavily referenced; the endnotes comprise nearly 50 pages of small print and the reference list is more than 30 pages. Perhaps what most disturbs many about her argument is that she suggests a "story of who we are" that differs significantly from the currently dominant paradigm of humans as driven to compete for resources and status and survival. Moreover, she has the temerity to point out that what is often taught in schools and promoted by opinion leaders is also a "story," one subject to interpretation as something other than the "facts" that proponents would claim it to be. Clark is not totally rejecting of modernity; but she does argue that modern civilizations are in danger unless some important truths about "human nature" are recognized and more adequately served than such civilizations currently do. She emphasizes that survival of our species from earliest times to the present required cooperation and human bonding more than competing and persuasively presents a case that our current perspectives on humans and the world in which they live lead us to behave in maladaptive ways. We all will ignore her message at our own peril. Clark writes clearly and argues cogently on a vitally important topic. This book should be in every college, university and municipal library. It needs to be understood by all those who consider themselves public intellectuals. Her perspective could lead us toward survival not destruction of our world.

Few books could be more important to us at this moment in time. I urge you to see that your local libraries, academic and general, order this remarkable new publication.

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Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus (Independent Studies in Political Economy)



Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus (Independent Studies in Political Economy)
Donald Alexander Downs | 2006-10-16 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 318 | Social History
This book deals with the decline of respect for free speech, academic freedom, and civil liberty that has swept higher education in America over the last decade and a half and with what needs to be done to reverse this trend. Drawing on personal experience as well as research, Downs analyzes the origins and development of the problem, and shows how political organization of students and faculty can lead to constructive change. He presents four case studies that illustrate this thesis.
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The main purpose and content of this book is to present four case studies. In the first two, those of U. Penn and U. Wisconsin, thanks to efforts made by faculty and students in the last few years, gains were made in restoring some degree of free speech and other Bill-of-Rights protections to faculty and students. In the other two, Columbia and Berkeley, no such efforts have been made and the status quo continues. The author states that most or all other campuses resemble the latter two.



Also, in introductory chapters, the author gives a precis of what has happened to colleges and universities since 1987:



(1) the redefinition of the mission of the university from the search for truth and knowledge to the transforming of individuals into sensitive members of the community from whom all racism, sexism and homophobia has been washed away.



(2) the redefinition of speech as action. One doesn't state an opinion, one offends another person or harasses another person. So, codes against harassment and creating a hostile environment include saying anything of which the censors disapprove.



(3) "critical race theory", the view that racism is endemic to liberal society and that such notions as individual, reason, merit, etc. are racist notions and should be suppressed.



The author, like many others, states that the motive for the de facto repeal of the Bill of Rights at universities was that the welfare of some groups was more important. He goes on to point out that the consequences have been anything but beneficial, even to those groups. Feelings of antagonism have increased. An increasing infantilization or dependency of the favored groups has occurred. etc.



The author cites a number of other interesting recent books, including McWhorter, Losing the Race; Wood, Diversity; Kuran, Private Truths, Public Lies; Farber and Sherry, Beyond All Reason; and Kors and Silvergate, The Shadow University. Kors and Silvergate have continued to be active in the area and have established an organization called Foundation for Individual Freedom in Education (FIRE) with a website, www.thefire.org, where complaints can be registered. The site makes interesting if harrowing reading. There is also a database in which you can look up any college and get FIRE's rating of the degree of freedom on that campus.



One strength of the book is its narrow focus. That means, however, that other books need also to be consulted. The book is especially weak on the causes or development of the present situtation. The author states that he became a faculty member in the mid-1980s as a result of having written an anti-Nazi book (PhDs looking for faculty positions, take note!). By that time, the situation had already developed. For an eyewitness account in narrative form of the groups and motives that led to the present situation, see The Rape of Alma Mater. For a detailed study of the situation at the present time, one which includes other parts of society that are affected by what is happening in academia, read While America Sleeps: How ... and Indoctrination Are Destroying America From Within -- While America Sleeps: How Islam, Immigration and Indoctrination Are Destroying America From Within.



The present book is unique in sounding a hopeful note and in providing others with the two cases of (limited) success. It is to be hoped that other academics and students will read this book and learn how to take back their own universities.


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One would think that American universities would be centers of free speech, where all sorts of views could be stated freely. Well, that hasn't been entirely the case recently. And this book examines some of the problems that have arisen.



I would have thought that the fundamental issues would be simple. Most speech is inoffensive. Some speech is actually illegal (sedition, incitement, or whatever). The line between illegal speech and legal speech may be a subject of debate, but that line exists somewhere. And some speech is in between: it is offensive but not illegal. And those who are offended have plenty of options: they can shun such people, or tell others about their bad manners, and so forth.



As this book points out, once one has rules against offensive speech, not just against intimidation (or worse), that leads to thought control. And there are some examples of what has been happening along these lines.



One spectacular example is the 1993 "water buffalo" case at the University of Pennsylvania. A Penn freshman got in trouble for using the term "water buffalo" in response to students who were making too much noise at midnight outside his dormitory. Although a simple apology from him would have been the most reasonable resolution, Penn made this into a major case. So did much of the nation! The result was not only a victory for the accused student, but the removal of the "speech codes" at Penn. It seems that the speech codes were doomed by the idiotic claims of Penn officials, including the Penn President, that they were merely following due process in the water buffalo case.



Downs describes how speech codes were removed at the University of Wisconsin as well. And there is some fascinating material about the University of California, Berkeley. The campus newspaper ran an ad that offended some people, and then compounded the problem by apologizing for it (offending even more folks). And then, there was a speech by well-known conservative David Horowitz. An assistant chancellor warned Horowitz that he might be shouted down "because the right of free expression also" belonged to those that disagreed with him! I find it incredible that such censorship could be called "free expression." Others were similarly censored just for having "politically incorrect" views. A striking example was former Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who was prevented from speaking to 2000 waiting ticket holders by a couple of hundred foes of free speech. One of these people, when challenged about what she had done replied that she didn't "believe in free speech for war criminals." By the way, given Netanyahu's record, I find such a charge against him ludicrous. And I wonder if genuine criminals, such as Yasir Arafat, would have been shouted down at Berkeley.



One more topic in the book is the sexual misconduct policy at Columbia University. That's another university that has a problem with taking political correctness too seriously. But in this case, the issue was simply that people accused of sexual misconduct were denied due process, including the right to hear the testimony against them or to cross-examine. That policy eventually had to be scrapped. Still, the incident serves to show the moral blindness of some of those who create policies on campus.



I found this book very interesting and I strongly recommend it.





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Practical Astronomy with your Calculator



Practical Astronomy with your Calculator
Duffett-Smith Peter | 1988-03-31 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 200 | Astronomy
In its first two editions, Practical Astronomy With Your Calculator enjoyed tremendous success. Using clear and logical
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Muy buen libro y absolutamente práctico. He encontrado en él lo que buscaba acerca de cálculos de efemérides planetarias.
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the book came before the expected due date. It was better than I expected. Kudos.
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A wonderful book full of equations. Excellent commentary on how to make calculations and the use of calculators. However, the data in the book is based on epoch 1990 and is out dated. With this being 2009, the data should be based on epoch J2000.0, and, with this epoch ending soon, the book should be updated to epoch J2010.0. This is just a fall back and calculations can still be made, but the resulting numbers are much larger to deal with. Otherwise, this is a valuable book for the equations and calculations.
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If you're a beginning astronomer, the recipes in this book are well written out and you can port them easily to a calculator, computer or even a spreadsheet if you so wish. So it's a very good book indeed. But... You're left with a certain feeling that you want to know more. Where do all those fancy formulas come from? Conclusion : I will have to buy myself another introductory book on the subject!
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If you're into astronomy and like to fly by the seat of your pants, this is your book. Combine it with a good reference, like Burnham's Celestial Handbook.

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