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Risk and Social Theory in Environmental Management

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Risk and Social Theory in Environmental Management by Thomas Measham, Stewart Lockie
2012 | ISBN: 0643104127 | English | 232 pages | PDF | 12 MB

Risk and Social Theory in Environmental Management
marks a timely contribution, given that environmental management is no longer just about protecting pristine ecosystems and endangered species from anthropogenic harm; it is about calculating and managing the risks to human communities of rapid environmental and technological change.

First, the book provides a solid foundation of the social theory underpinning the nature of risk, then presents a rethinking of key concepts and methods in order to take more seriously the biophysical embeddedness of human society. Second, it presents a rich set of case studies from Australia and around the world, drawing on the latest applied research conducted by leading research institutions. In so doing, the book identifies the tensions that arise from decision making over risk and uncertainty in a contested policy environment, and provides crucial insights for addressing on-the-ground problems in an integrated way.

* First volume to address environmental risk from a social science perspective
* Latest theoretical developments
* In depth case studies of contemporary issues (e.g. climate change, water shortages)
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Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology: A Basic Introduction

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Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology: A Basic Introduction By Ta-Pei Cheng
2009 | 355 Pages | ISBN: 0199573638 , 0199573646 | PDF | 6 MB

Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology: A Basic Introduction
Einstein's general theory of relativity is introduced in this advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate level textbook. Topics include special relativity, in the formalism of Minkowski's four-dimensional space-time, the principle of equivalence, Riemannian geometry and tensor analysis, Einstein field equation, as well as many modern cosmological subjects, from primordial inflation and cosmic microwave anisotropy to the dark energy that propels an accelerating universe.
The author presents the subject with an emphasis on physical examples and simple applications without the full tensor apparatus. The reader first learns how to describe curved spacetime. At this mathematically more accessible level, the reader can already study the many interesting phenomena such as gravitational lensing, precession of Mercury's perihelion, black holes, and cosmology. The full tensor formulation is presented later, when the Einstein equation is solved for a few symmetric cases. Many modern topics in cosmology are discussed in this book: from inflation, cosmic microwave anisotropy to the "dark energy" that propels an accelerating universe.
Mathematical accessibility, together with the various pedagogical devices (e.g., worked-out solutions of chapter-end problems), make it practical for interested readers to use the book to study general relativity and cosmology on their own.
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Systematic Instruction of Functional Skills for Students and Adults With Disabilities

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Systematic Instruction of Functional Skills for Students and Adults With Disabilities by Keith and Ph.D. Storey
English | 2011-03-11 | ISBN: 0398086257, 0398086265 | PDF | 234 pages | 1,4 MB

Systematic Instruction of Functional Skills for Students and Adults With Disabilities
The scope of the book is to provide an overview of systematic instructional strategies that is written in a format so that teachers and other service providers can immediately put the information to use. We have tried to write specifically regarding general systematic instruction components such as task analysis, prompts, error correction, and so one, as well as specifically for different instructional domains such as employment, community, and residential.
This book is specifically focused on systematic instruction for individuals with disabilities (school age and adults). It is generic across age groups as well as disability labels and should be of interest to those working in the schools as well as those in transition and adult service settings. In this book each chapter follows the sequence of Key Point Questions, Window to the World Case Studies, Best Practice Recommendations, Future Research Issues, Discussion Questions, and School and Community-Based Activity Suggestions.
This book is focused on improving instructional practices for students and adults with disabilities. All too often the assumption is that students and adults have reached their "potential," and they become stuck in a place or setting because of a lack of skills on their part due to the poor instruction that they have received. Practitioners may understand the importance of placing individuals in different settings (e.g., inclusive classrooms, supported employ ment sites) but not how to improve their skills once they are in that setting. This book is intended to give teachers and other service providers the instructional skills for improving the skills of the individuals that they are serving.
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“Video Search and Mining” ed. by Dan Schonfeld, Caifeng Shan, Dacheng Tao, and LiangWang

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"Video Search and Mining" ed. by Dan Schonfeld, Caifeng Shan, Dacheng Tao, and LiangWang
Studies in Computational Intelligence, 287
Springer | 2010 | ISBN: 3642128998 9783642129001 9783642128998 | 386 pages | PDF | 7 MB
This book provides an overview of emerging new approaches to video search and mining based on promising methods being developed in the computer vision and image analysis community. The objective of this book is to present the latest advances in video search and mining covering both theoretical approaches and practical applications.

“Video Search and Mining” ed. by Dan Schonfeld, Caifeng Shan, Dacheng Tao, and LiangWang
Video search and mining is a rapidly evolving discipline whose aim is to capture interesting patterns in video data. It has become one of the core areas in the data mining research community. In comparison to other types of data mining (e.g. text), video mining is still in its infancy.
The book provides researchers and practitioners a comprehensive understanding of the start-of-the-art in video search and mining techniques and a resource for potential applications and successful practice.
This book can also serve as an important reference tool and handbook for researchers and practitioners in video search and mining.

Contents
Preface
Object Trajectory Analysis in Video Indexing and Retrieval Applications
Trajectory Clustering for Scene Context Learning and Outlier Detection
Motion Trajectory-Based Video Retrieval, Classification, and Summarization
Three Dimensional Information Extraction and Applications to Video Analysis
Statistical Analysis on Manifolds and Its Applications to Video Analysis*
Semantic Video Content Analysis
Video Genre Inference Based on Camera Capturing Models
Visual Concept Learningfrom Weakly Labeled Web Videos
Face Recognition and Retrieval in Video
A Human-Centered Computing Framework to Enable Personalized News Video Recommendation
A Holistic, In-Compression Approach to Mininglndependent Motion Segments for Massive Surveillance Video Collections
Video Repeat Recognition and Mining by Visual Features
Mining TV Broadcasts 24/7 for Recurring Video Sequences
YouTube Scale, Large Vocabulary Video Annotation
Author Index
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Corporate Governance, 4 edition

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Corporate Governance, 4 edition by Christine Mallin
English | 2013 | ISBN: 0199644667 | 408 pages | PDF | 3,2 MB

Corporate Governance, 4 edition
Building on the success of the last three editions, this textbook provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with an accessible and comprehensive introduction to corporate governance. As a renowned expert in the field, Mallin draws upon theory and practice to address the latest global developments and uses topical examples to help students place key theories in context.

Adopting an international approach, this fourth edition has been thoroughly revised to reflect the changes in codes (e.g. UK CG code and Stewardship code) and a greater emphasis has been given to the perspective of stakeholders as well as increased coverage of the Middle East, and new analysis of topics such as bonuses and the high pay commission.

The book is accompanied by an Online Resource Centre which includes:

For students: Fill in the blank questions, updates, web links, crosswords of key terms and an author's blog

For lecturers: PowerPoint presentations
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Entropy, Compactness and the Approximation of Operators

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Bernd Carl, "Entropy, Compactness and the Approximation of Operators"
English | ISBN: 0521330114, 0521090946 | 1990 | 287 pages | PDF | 10 MB

Entropy, Compactness and the Approximation of Operators
Entropy quantities are connected with the 'degree of compactness' of compact or precompact spaces, and so are appropriate tools for investigating linear and compact operators between Banach spaces. The main intention of this Tract is to study the relations between compactness and other analytical properties, e.g. approximability and eigenvalue sequences, of such operators. The authors present many generalized results, some of which have not appeared in the literature before. In the final chapter, the authors demonstrate that, to a certain extent, the geometry of Banach spaces can also be developed on the basis of operator theory. All mathematicians working in functional analysis and operator theory will welcome this work as a reference or for advanced graduate courses.
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ABC of Liver, Pancreas and Gall Bladder by Ian Beckingham

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ABC of Liver, Pancreas and Gall Bladder by Ian Beckingham
English | May 25, 2001 | ISBN: 0727915312 | 65 Pages | PDF | 2 MB
A review of medical and surgical problems affecting the liver, pancreas and biliary system. This book provides the essential information for medical and nursing students, GPs and junior hospital doctors in general medical and surgical training.

ABC of Liver, Pancreas and Gall Bladder by Ian Beckingham
It provides algorhithms for diagnosing and treating common diseases (e.g. gallstones, hepatitis) as well as information for referring, and allowing informed discussion with patients regarding treatment and prognosis of rarer conditions such as malignancies and transplantation.
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ABC of Liver, Pancreas and Gall Bladder by Ian Beckingham

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ABC of Liver, Pancreas and Gall Bladder by Ian Beckingham
English | May 25, 2001 | ISBN: 0727915312 | 65 Pages | PDF | 2 MB
A review of medical and surgical problems affecting the liver, pancreas and biliary system. This book provides the essential information for medical and nursing students, GPs and junior hospital doctors in general medical and surgical training.

ABC of Liver, Pancreas and Gall Bladder by Ian Beckingham
It provides algorhithms for diagnosing and treating common diseases (e.g. gallstones, hepatitis) as well as information for referring, and allowing informed discussion with patients regarding treatment and prognosis of rarer conditions such as malignancies and transplantation.
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Van Nostrand’s Scientific Encyclopedia, 3 Volume Set, 10 edition

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Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, 3 Volume Set, 10 edition by Glenn D. Considine
English | 2008 | ISBN: 0471743380 | 6236 pages | PDF | 163 MB
First published in 1938, this desktop science encyclopedia has been published in two volumes beginning with the sixth edition. It is edited by Douglas Considine and Glenn Considine.

Van Nostrand’s Scientific Encyclopedia, 3 Volume Set, 10 edition
Distinguished in their respective fields of engineering and information management, they are also the editors of several other well-known technical reference books (e.g., Van Nostrand Reinhold Encyclopedia of Chemistry). Approximately 250 scientists, engineers, and educators from eight different countries contributed to this new edition.

Van Nostrand's covers the six general areas of earth and space sciences, life sciences, energy and environmental science, materials science, physics and chemistry, and mathematics and information sciences. Where appropriate, entries have an identifying tag (e.g., Bond [Chemical]). The length of entries varies from one sentence (Aeolian Tones) to 11 pages (Climate). Only the longer entries are signed by their authors and have appended reading lists. The entries appear to be current. For example, Jupiter mentions the Ulysses satellite flyby of the planet in 1992, and 13 new readings have been added to its bibliography. Telescope has been expanded from 8 to 12 pages, has several new illustrations, and its bibliography is twice as long. This entry mentions the 1993 corrections to the Hubble Space Telescope. Similarly, the coverage under Television has been expanded to include a discussion of high-definition television, with mention of developments as recent as 1994. This work does not contain any biographies. Information on symbols and mathematical conversions is found under Units and Standards.

This encyclopedia has a good history of revision. A comparison with the previous edition shows that about 200 new pages have been added to the text. There are approximately 7,300 entries, an increase of several hundred. Throughout the text are many appropriately placed black-and-white photographs, line drawings, tables, charts, and diagrams. In the past this work has been criticized for the quality of its illustrations. There are several instances in this new edition of attempts to improve the contrast and size of photographs.

The index now appears at the end of each volume so the volumes can be used independently. A sampling determined that there are approximately 12,600 index entries and more than 5,300 cross-references in the text. This dual system of cross-references and indexing is barely adequate.
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Natural Products in Plant Pest Management

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Natural Products in Plant Pest Management by Nawal Kishore Dubey
English | 2010-01-10 | ISBN: 184593671X | PDF | 400 pages | 3 MB

Natural Products in Plant Pest Management
Overzealous and indiscriminate use of many synthetic pesticides during recent decades in the control of plant pests has resulted in a number of environmental and toxicological problems. Reducing the release of synthetic chemicals into the environment requires that alternative sources of chemicals are developed that can be used safely in the management of plant pests. Botanical antimicrobials derived from plants are currently recognised as biodegradable, systemic, eco-friendly and non-toxic to mammals and are thus considered safe. Their modes of action against pests are diverse. Natural compounds are well suited to organic food production in industrialised countries and can play greater roles in the protection of food crops in developing countries Some plant based antimicrobials (e.g. neem products, pyrethoids and essential oils) are already used to manage pest populations on a large scale. Plant scientists and agriculturists now devote significant attention to discovery and further development and formulation of novel plant products with antimicrobial activity.This book is the first to bring together relevant aspects of the basic and applied sciences of natural pesticides and discussed trends in the use of natural products in pest management.
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