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Dekker Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 2nd Edition (6 Volume Set)

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Sergey Edward Lyshevski, Cristian I Contescu, "Dekker Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 2nd Edition (6 Volume Set)"
2008 | ISBN-10: 0849396395 | 5912 pages | PDF | 158 MB

Dekker Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 2nd Edition (6 Volume Set)
With its original publication, the Dekker Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology immediately became the reference against which all other nano references are measured. Noting that the encyclopedia was being assembled by leading authorities at an early stage in the field's development, Sir Harry Kroto, 1996 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, rightfully predicted that the encyclopedia would bring together key advances in a "coherently organized framework." Continuing to cover the field as no other resource, the six-volume second edition crosses disciplines to examine fundamental nano principles, theories, and methodologies, as well as the latest information on nano-relevant properties. It also covers advances in nanoscale engineering, newly developed simulation tools, and emerging computational methods.

Among other accolades, this million-dollar bestseller has gone on to win an Outstanding Academic Book Award from CHOICE magazine.
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“Advanced Elastomers: Technology, Properties and Applications” ed. by Anna Boczkowska

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"Advanced Elastomers: Technology, Properties and Applications" ed. by Anna Boczkowska
InTeOpP | 2012 | ISBN: 9535107399 9789535107392 | 412 pages | PDF | 55 MB
This book provides an extensive overview of current trends in the area of elastomers and their composites from the chapters contributed by internationally recognized specialists. The book deals with novel synthesis, modelling and experimental methods in elastomers. This book addresses to industrial and academic researchers in the fields of physical, chemical, biological sciences and engineering.

“Advanced Elastomers: Technology, Properties and Applications” ed. by Anna Boczkowska
Contents include: new approach to crosslinking, liquid crystal elastomers, nanocomposites, smart elastomers, elastomers in microelectronics and microfluidics, elastomers in cement concrete and mortar, experimental testing and modelling.
Each section demonstrates how enhancements in materials, processes and characterization techniques can improve performance in the field of engineering. The book provides a unique opportunity to discover the latest research on elastomer advances from laboratories around the world.

Contents
Preface
Section 1: New Approach to Elastomer Cross I inking
1 Aspects Regarding Radiation Cross I inking of Elastomers
Section 2: Liquid Crystal Elastomers
2 Monitoring the Contractile Properties of Optically Patterned Liquid Crystal Based Elastomers
3 Polysiloxane Side-Chain Azobenzene-Containing Liquid Single Crystal Elastomers for Photo-Active Artificial Muscle-Like Actuators
Section 3: Elastomer Nanocomposites
4 Rubber Clay Nanocomposites
5 Pigment and Dye Modified Fillers as Elastomeric Additives
Section 4: Smart Elastomers
6 Microstructure and Properties of Magnetorheological Elastomers
7 Thermo-Shrinkable Elastomers
Section 5: Elastomers in Microelectronics and Microflu id ics
8 Elastomer Application in Microsystem and Microflu id ics
9 Elasto meric Electronics: A Microflu id ic Approach
10 Use of Silicone Elastomer-Based Microfluidic Devices and Systems in Reproductive Technologies
Section 6: Elastomers in Cement Concrete and Mortar
11 Technology, Properties and Application of NRL Elastomers
Section 7: Experimental Testing and Modelling of Elastomer Properties
12 Transmittance and Reflectance of an Imprinted Cholesteric Elastomer During a Segregation Process
13 Anelastic Behavior in Filled Elastomers Under Harmonic Loading Using Distributed Rate-Dependent Elasto-Slide Elements
14 Modelling Friction and Abrasive Wear of Elastomers
15 The Significance of Equi-Biaxial Bubble Inflation in Determining Elasto meric Fatigue Properties
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The Explainer: From Dj Vu to Why the Sky Is Blue, and Other Conundrums

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The Explainer: From Déjà Vu to Why the Sky Is Blue, and Other Conundrums by The Conversation
2013 | ISBN: 1486300502 | English | 360 pages | PDF | 4 MB

The Explainer: From Dj Vu to Why the Sky Is Blue, and Other Conundrums
Ever wondered how vaccines work, why whales strand themselves or if luck exists? is a collection of the best of The Conversation's "The Explainer" and "Monday's Medical Myths" articles. The book answers questions on everyone's mind about a diverse range of topics, abstract concepts, and popular and hard core science. Sections include: animals and agriculture, body, climate and energy, medical myths, mind and brain, research and technology, and more.

Expert authors combine facts, analysis, new ideas and enthusiasm to make often challenging topics highly readable. This book is for the curious, those with a thirst for answers, and those with a fascination of how phenomena, new technologies and current issues in our daily lives work.

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* Authored by prominent experts in their field, such as university professors, professionals and researchers in industry, academic institutions and societies
* Written accessibly for a general audience, addressing the curious, those with a hunger for knowledge and those wishing to impress at dinner parties
* The perfect way to get ahead in all the current topics quickly. Expert authors combine facts, analysis, new ideas and enthusiasm to make often challenging topics highly readable
* A collection of around 100 of the best articles published in "The Explainer" and "Monday's Medical Myths" sections of The Conversation
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The Explainer: From Dj Vu to Why the Sky Is Blue, and Other Conundrums

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2013 | ISBN: 1486300502 | English | 360 pages | PDF | 4 MB

The Explainer: From Dj Vu to Why the Sky Is Blue, and Other Conundrums
Ever wondered how vaccines work, why whales strand themselves or if luck exists? is a collection of the best of The Conversation's "The Explainer" and "Monday's Medical Myths" articles. The book answers questions on everyone's mind about a diverse range of topics, abstract concepts, and popular and hard core science. Sections include: animals and agriculture, body, climate and energy, medical myths, mind and brain, research and technology, and more.

Expert authors combine facts, analysis, new ideas and enthusiasm to make often challenging topics highly readable. This book is for the curious, those with a thirst for answers, and those with a fascination of how phenomena, new technologies and current issues in our daily lives work.

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* Authored by prominent experts in their field, such as university professors, professionals and researchers in industry, academic institutions and societies
* Written accessibly for a general audience, addressing the curious, those with a hunger for knowledge and those wishing to impress at dinner parties
* The perfect way to get ahead in all the current topics quickly. Expert authors combine facts, analysis, new ideas and enthusiasm to make often challenging topics highly readable
* A collection of around 100 of the best articles published in "The Explainer" and "Monday's Medical Myths" sections of The Conversation
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Understanding Developmental Language Disorders: From Theory to Practice

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Understanding Developmental Language Disorders: From Theory to Practice by Courtenay Frazier Norbury and J. Bruce Tomblin
English | 2008-06-27 | ISBN: 1841696668, 1841696676 | PDF | 248 pages | 3 MB

Understanding Developmental Language Disorders: From Theory to Practice
Developmental language disorders (DLD) occur when a child fails to develop his or her native language often for no apparent reason. Delayed development of speech and/or language is one of the most common reasons for parents of preschool children to seek the advice of their family doctor. Although some children rapidly improve, others have more persistent language difficulties. These long-term deficits can adversely affect academic progress, social relationships and mental well-being.

Although DLDs are common, we are still a long way from understanding what causes them and how best to intervene. Understanding Developmental Language Disorders summarises the recent research developments in genetics and neuroimaging studies, assessment techniques and treatment studies to provide an overview of all aspects of DLD. The book investigates the possible genetic and biological causes of the disorder, how best to assess children's language skills to identify when and where communication breakdown occurs, what the long-term outcomes are for children who grow up with DLD, overlaps between DLD and other childhood disorders such as dyslexia and autism and how best to treat children with the disorder. Each chapter is written by a leading authority in the field in a format accessible to researchers, clinicians and families alike.

This book, with its focus on both theory and practice, will be invaluable to students and researchers of speech-language pathology, psychology, psychiatry, linguistics and education. It will also be of interest to practicing speech-language pathologists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, educational psychologists, and teachers and parents of children with developmental language disorders.
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“Advanced Understanding of Neurodegenerative Diseases” ed. by Raymond Chuen-Chung Chang

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"Advanced Understanding of Neurodegenerative Diseases" ed. by Raymond Chuen-Chung Chang
InTeOpP | 2011 | ISBN: 9533075295 9789533075297 | pages | PDF | 24 MB
This book focuses on different types of diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal dementia, different tauopathies, Parkinson's disease, prion disease, motor neuron diseases such as multiple sclerosis and spinal muscular atrophy. This book provides a clear explanation of different neurodegenerative diseases with new concepts of understand the etiology, pathological mechanisms, drug screening methodology and new therapeutic interventions.

“Advanced Understanding of Neurodegenerative Diseases” ed. by Raymond Chuen-Chung Chang
This book is suitable for different readers: college students can use it as a textbook; researchers in academic institutions and pharmaceutical companies can take it as updated research information; health care professionals can take it as a reference book, even patients' families, relatives and friends can take it as a good basis to understand neurodegenerative diseases.

Contents
Part 1: Alzheimer's Disease a Dementia
1 Alzheimer's Disease: Definition, Molecular and Genetic Factors
2 Evidence for an Infectious Etiology in Alzheimer's Disease
3 Amyloid Hypothesis and Alzheimer's Disease
4 Structure-Toxicity Relationships of Amyloid Peptide Oligomers
5 Disruption of Calcium Homeostasis in Alzheimer's Disease: Role of Channel Formation by p Amyloid Protein
6 Recent Developments in Molecular Changes Leading to Alzheimer's Disease and Novel Therapeutic Approaches
7 Clinical Profile of Alzheimer's Disease Non-Responder Patient
8 Construction of Drug Screening Cell Model and Application to New Compounds Interfering Production and Accumulation of Beta-Amyloid by Inhibiting Gamma-Secretase
9 Therapeutics of Alzheimer's Disease
10 Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration
11 From Protein Tangles to Genetic Variants: The Central Role of Tau in Neurodegenerative Disease
Part 2: Parkinson's Disease
12 Gut Hormones Restrict Neurodegeneration in Parkinson's Disease
13 Grape Secondary Metabolites – Benefits for Human Health
Part 3: Prion Diseases
14 Computational Studies of the Structural Stability of Rabbit Prion Protein Compared to Human and Mouse Prion Proteins
15 The Effects of Trimethylamine N-Oxide on the Structural Stability of Prion Protein
Part 4: Motor Neuron Diseases
16 Modeling Spinal Muscular Atrophy in Mouse: A Disease of Splicing, Stability, and Timing
17 Wallerian Degeneration in Injury and Diseases: Concepts and Prevention
18 Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy for Apoptosis After Spinal Cord Injury
19 Modelling Multiple Sclerosis in vitro and the Influence of Activated Macrophages
20 Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
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Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know?

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Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know? by Philip E. Tetlock
English | 2006 | ISBN: 0691128715, 0691123020 | 352 pages | EPUB | 5 MB

Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know?
The intelligence failures surrounding the invasion of Iraq dramatically illustrate the necessity of developing standards for evaluating expert opinion. This book fills that need. Here, Philip E. Tetlock explores what constitutes good judgment in predicting future events, and looks at why experts are often wrong in their forecasts.

Tetlock first discusses arguments about whether the world is too complex for people to find the tools to understand political phenomena, let alone predict the future. He evaluates predictions from experts in different fields, comparing them to predictions by well-informed laity or those based on simple extrapolation from current trends. He goes on to analyze which styles of thinking are more successful in forecasting. Classifying thinking styles using Isaiah Berlin's prototypes of the fox and the hedgehog, Tetlock contends that the fox–the thinker who knows many little things, draws from an eclectic array of traditions, and is better able to improvise in response to changing events–is more successful in predicting the future than the hedgehog, who knows one big thing, toils devotedly within one tradition, and imposes formulaic solutions on ill-defined problems. He notes a perversely inverse relationship between the best scientific indicators of good judgement and the qualities that the media most prizes in pundits–the single-minded determination required to prevail in ideological combat.

Clearly written and impeccably researched, the book fills a huge void in the literature on evaluating expert opinion. It will appeal across many academic disciplines as well as to corporations seeking to develop standards for judging expert decision-making.
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Discipline Of Architecture

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Discipline Of Architecture by Andrzej Piotrowski
English | 2000 | ISBN: 0816636648 | 344 Pages | PDF | 3 MB
Architecture A polemical look at how architectural knowledge is produced, disseminated, and received.

Discipline Of Architecture
In the vast literature on architectural theory and practice, the ways in which architectural knowledge is actually taught, debated, and understood are too often ignored. The essays collected in this groundbreaking volume address the current state of architecture as an academic and professional discipline. The issues considered range from the form and content of architectural education to the architect's social and environmental obligations and the emergence of a new generation of architects. Often critical of the current paradigm, these essays offer a provocative challenge to accepted assumptions about the production, dissemination, and reception of architectural knowledge. Contributors: Sherry Ahrentzen, U of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Stanford Anderson, MIT; Carol Burns, Harvard U; Russell Ellis, UC Berkeley; Thomas Fisher, U of Minnesota; Linda Groat, U of Michigan; Kay Bea Jones, Ohio State U; David Leatherbarrow, U of Pennsylvania; A. G. Krishna Menon, TVB School of Habitat Studies, India; Garth Rockcastle, U of Minnesota; Michael Stanton, American U, Beirut; Sharon E. Sutton, U of Washington; David J. T. Vanderburgh, Universit Catholique de Louvain, Belgium; and Donald Watson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Andrzej Piotrowski is associate professor of architecture and Julia Williams Robinson is professor of architecture, both at the University of Minnesota. Translation Inquiries: University of Minnesota Press.
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