The Bird: A Natural History of Who Birds Are, Where They Came From, and How They Live

By Colin Tudge

• How are birds so reliable at flying and navigating?
• Why are birds so like mammals– and but so very diversified?
• Did birds descend from dinosaurs, and if that is so, does that suggest birds are dinosaurs?
• How do they court docket one another and fend off rivals?
• What' s being communicated in birdsong?
• will we ever know the way birds think?

In this interesting exploration of the avian category, Colin Tudge considers the creatures of the air. From their evolutionary roots to their flying, feeding, struggling with, mating, nesting, and speaking, Tudge provocatively ponders what birds really do–as good as why they do it and the way. With an analogous interest, ardour, and perception he delivered to redwoods, pines, and palm timber in his greatly acclaimed booklet The Tree, Tudge the following stories sparrows, parrots, or even the Monkey-eating Eagle to higher comprehend their world–and our own.

There is way extra to a bird's lifestyles than gliding gracefully on air currents or chirping sweetly from fence posts–the stakes are existence and dying. via watching and explaining the advanced method that comes into play with every little thing from migration to social interplay to the timing of giving delivery to younger, Tudge finds how birds are uniquely built biologically to prevail and continue to exist. And he bargains an impassioned plea for people to benefit to coexist with birds with no carrying on with to hazard their survival.

Complete with an "annotated forged record" of all of the recognized birds on the earth– plus wonderful illustrations–The Bird is a entire and delightfully available advisor for everybody from committed birders to informal birdwatchers that celebrates and illuminates the impressive lives of birds.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Combining Science and Metaphysics: Contemporary Physics, Conceptual Revision and Common Sense (New Directions in the Philosophy of Science)

By Matteo Morganti

Technological know-how and philosophy either show, and try and quench, the distinctively human thirst for wisdom. this present day, their mutual dating has develop into one in every of clash or indifference instead of cooperation. even as, scientists and philosophers alike have moved clear of at the very least a few of our traditional ideals. yet what can medical and philosophical theories let us know concerning the international, in isolation from one another? And to what quantity does a cosmopolitan research into the character of items strength us to query common sense ideals? This booklet defends a kind of naturalism which preserves the autonomy of metaphysics – the a part of philosophy that goals to discover the basic positive factors of fact - whereas additionally holding technology centre degree. The proposed methodological standpoint permits one to hunt the best equilibrium among technology, metaphysics and customary feel. this can be illustrated through 3 case stories, which supply a transparent dialogue of key philosophical concerns.

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An Introduction to LTE: LTE, LTE-Advanced, SAE, VoLTE and 4G Mobile Communications

By Christopher Cox

Following on from the profitable first variation (March 2012), this e-book provides a transparent rationalization of what LTE does and the way it really works. The content material is expressed at a structures point, providing readers the chance to know the foremost components that make LTE the recent subject among proprietors and operators around the globe. The ebook assumes not more than a uncomplicated wisdom of cellular telecommunication platforms, and the reader isn't anticipated to have any past wisdom of the complicated mathematical operations that underpin LTE.

This moment variation introduces new fabric for the present nation of the undefined, similar to the hot positive factors of LTE in Releases eleven and 12, significantly coordinated multipoint transmission and proximity prone; the most brief- and long term ideas for LTE voice calls, specifically circuit switched fallback and the IP multimedia subsystem; and the evolution and present kingdom of the LTE marketplace. It additionally extends a number of the fabric from the 1st variation, similar to inter-operation with different applied sciences resembling GSM, UMTS, instant neighborhood quarter networks and cdma2000; extra gains of LTE complicated, particularly heterogeneous networks and site visitors offloading; info shipping within the advanced packet center; assurance and skill estimation for LTE; and a extra rigorous therapy of modulation, demodulation and OFDMA. the writer breaks down the procedure into logical blocks, by means of at first introducing the structure of LTE, explaining the
techniques used for radio transmission and reception and the general operation of the method, and concluding with extra really good subject matters comparable to LTE voice calls and the later releases of the standards. This methodical procedure allows readers to maneuver directly to take on the necessities and the extra complicated texts with confidence.

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Tristram Shandy (Cliffs Notes)

The unique CliffsNotes learn courses provide specialist observation on significant subject matters, plots, characters, literary units, and old historical past — all that will help you achieve higher perception into nice works you are certain to examine for college or pleasure.

In CliffsNotes on Sterne's Tristram Shandy, you discover help make feel of the complexities of Laurence Sterne's well known 18th-century novel. packed with humor, plenty of twists and turns, and lots of digressions from the tale, Tristam Shandy offers extraordinary perception into humanity, in addition to the author's personal life.

In this research advisor, you can find lifetime of the writer, in addition to a personality record and an Outline-Key to the unconventional, which provides you an at-a-glance examine the most important occasions of the radical. you are going to additionally locate Summaries and Commentaries on each one bankruptcy, plus evaluate questions, essay themes, and a specific bibliography.

Classic literature or modern day treasure — you will comprehend it all with specialist details and perception from CliffsNotes research guides.

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Handbook of Sensor Networks: Algorithms and Architectures (Wiley Series on Parallel and Distributed Computing)

The cutting-edge Of Sensor Networks

Written via a world workforce of well-known specialists in sensor networks from prestigious companies resembling Motorola, Fujitsu, the Massachusetts Institute of expertise, Cornell college, and the collage of Illinois, instruction manual of Sensor Networks: Algorithms and Architectures tackles very important demanding situations and offers the newest tendencies and suggestions during this becoming field.

amazing a stability among theoretical and sensible insurance, this complete reference explores a myriad of attainable architectures for destiny advertisement, social, and academic functions, and provides insightful info and analyses of serious matters, including:
* Sensor education and security
* Embedded working systems
* sign processing and medium access
* objective position, monitoring, and sensor localization
* Broadcasting, routing, and sensor sector coverage
* Topology development and maintenance
* Data-centric protocols and information gathering
* Time synchronization and calibration
* power scavenging and tool sources

With routines all through, scholars, researchers, and pros in desktop technology, electric engineering, and telecommunications will locate this an important learn to deliver themselves brand new at the key demanding situations affecting the sensors undefined.

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1,000 Icons, Symbols, and Pictograms: Visual Communication for Every Language

By Blackcoffee Design Inc

Pictorial symbols are, in a few respects, more desirable to phrases as a sort of verbal exchange. If well-designed, they are often understood by means of humans of all diverse cultures and will be famous by way of young children actually years earlier than they discover ways to learn. therefore, symbols are of the maximum value to picture designers and their ever-present problem to create potent visible verbal exchange for his or her consumers. This mini-collection of designs drawn from 1000 Icons, Symbols + Pictograms offers a catalog of principles for designers to appear to for suggestion

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All Edge: Inside the New Workplace Networks

By Clay Spinuzzi

Work is altering. pace and suppleness are extra well known than ever prior to because of an accelerating wisdom financial system and complicated verbal exchange networks. those adjustments have compelled a mass rethinking of ways we coordinate, collaborate, and speak. rather than initiatives coming to tested groups, groups are more and more converging round tasks. those “all-edge adhocracies” are hugely collaborative and commonly transitority, their facet coming from the power to shape hyperlinks either in and out a company. those nimble teams come jointly round a particular job, recruiting group of workers, assigning roles, and setting up goals. whilst the paintings is finished they disband their contributors and take their talents to the following project.

Spinuzzi deals for the 1st time a complete framework for figuring out how those new teams functionality and thrive. His rigorous research tackles either the professionals and cons of this evolving workflow and relies in case experiences of actual all-edge adhocracies at paintings. His provocative effects will problem our long-held assumptions approximately how we should always be doing work.

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Royal Babylon: The Alarming History of European Royalty

By Karl Shaw

An uproarious, eye-opening historical past of Europe's infamous royal homes that leaves no throne unturned and may make you completely satisfied you reside in a democracy.

Do you must recognize which queen has the original contrast of being the single identified royal kleptomaniac? Or which empress saved her soiled lingerie below lock and key? Or which czar, upon researching his wife's infidelity, had her lover decapitated and the pinnacle, pickled in a jar, put at her bedside?

Royally dishing on hundreds of thousands of years of doubtful habit, Royal Babylon chronicles the manifold appalling antics of Europe's recognized households, habit that opponents the characters in an Aaron Spelling tv sequence. the following, then, are the insane kings of Spain, one among whom cherished to put on 16 pairs of gloves at one time; the psychopathic Prussian soverigns who integrated Frederick William and his 102-inch waist; sex-fixated French rulers corresponding to Philip Duke D'Oreleans cavorting with greater than 100 mistresses; and, after all, the delightfully drunken and debauched Russian czars - Czar Paul, for instance, who to make his squaddies goose-step with out bending their legs had metal plates strapped to their knees. yet even if Romanov or Windsor, Habsburg or Hanover, those extravagant life, financed as they have been by way of the royals' badgered matters, bred the main splendidly offbeat and disturbingly unimaginable stories - and Karl Shaw has accumulated all of them during this hysterically humorous and compulsively readable ebook.

Royal Babylon is heritage, yet now not as they educate it at school, and it underlines in side-splitting type Queen Victoria's well-known caution that it really is unwise to appear too deeply into the royal homes of Europe.

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Exit Zero: Family and Class in Postindustrial Chicago

By Christine J. Walley

Winner of CLR James publication Prize from the operating classification reviews organization and 2d position for the Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing. 

In 1980, Christine J. Walley’s global was once became the other way up whilst the metal mill in Southeast Chicago the place her father labored unexpectedly closed. within the resulting years, 90 thousand different region citizens might additionally lose their jobs within the mills—just one instance of the tremendous scale of deindustrialization happening around the usa. The disruption of this occasion propelled Walley right into a occupation as a cultural anthropologist, and now, in Exit Zero, she brings her anthropological viewpoint domestic, interpreting the destiny of her relations and that of blue-collar the United States at large.

 
Interweaving own narratives and kin pictures with a nuanced evaluate of the social affects of deindustrialization, Exit Zero is one half memoir and one half ethnography— supplying a much-needed girl and familial viewpoint on cultures of work and their decline. via vibrant debts of her family’s struggles and her personal upward mobility, Walley unearths the social landscapes of America’s business fallout, navigating complicated tensions between category, exertions, economic system, and surroundings. unhappy with the thought that her family’s turmoil was once inevitable within the ever-forward growth of the U.S., she offers a clean and significant counternarrative that offers a brand new voice to the various americans whose misery because of deindustrialization has too usually been ignored.

This ebook is a part of a venture that still contains a documentary movie and interactive web site. for additional info, and the opportunity to percentage your personal tales, images, and artefacts concerning the heritage of Southeast Chicago, please visit: http://www.exitzeroproject.org/

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The Autism Revolution: Whole-Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be

By Karen Weintraub

“An in-depth, scientific—yet hopeful and positive—look at how the mind and physique interact . . . [Dr. Martha Herbert] has constructed a brand new method of seeing autism.”—Library Journal
 
After years of treating sufferers and reading clinical info, Harvard scientific university researcher and clinician Dr. Martha Herbert bargains a innovative new view of autism and a transformative method for facing it. Autism, she concludes, isn't a hardwired impairment programmed right into a child’s genes and destined to stay fastened without end. in its place, it's the results of a cascade of occasions, many likely minor. And whereas different medical professionals might brush off your child’s actual symptoms—the anxiousness, sensory overload, sleeplessness, common health problems or seizures—as coincidental or inappropriate, Dr. Herbert sees them as important clues to what the underlying difficulties are, and the way to assist. Drawing from the latest examine, applied sciences, and insights, in addition to inspiring case stories of either young children and adults, Dr. Herbert publications you towards restoring future health and resiliency on your family member with autism. Her particular thoughts target to supply optimum meals, decrease poisonous exposures, restrict tension, and open the door to studying and creativity. As millions of households who've cobbled jointly those strategies themselves already comprehend, this software could have dramatic benefits—for your baby with autism, and for you, all your relations, and maybe your subsequent child as well.
 
“Invaluable . . . a must-read . . . Dr. Martha Herbert will get it. She not just will get it, yet she places it in the market in an amazing publication so the remainder of us can get it, too.”—Autism Watch
 
“[Herbert] is going additional than such a lot autism experts. Her extraordinary technological know-how heritage merges with logic or even intuitive experience [making] complicated clinical and clinical fabrics seamlessly combination with a holistic viewpoint.”—Relieve Autism
 
“Hope and sensible assistance . . . With this easy-to-read booklet, mom and dad can achieve knowledge on how you can consultant your baby to accomplish a fit and thriving life.”—Mom Central

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