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  • Technology, Engineering & Agriculture
    July 2017


    Botany, Production and Uses

    by Rafel Socias i Company, Thomas M Gradziel

    This book provides a comprehensive overview of almond growing from a scientific and horticultural perspective, covering botany, production, processing and industrial uses. Almonds are an important crop; they are highly regarded for their flavour, nutritional properties and culinary uses, and almond oil is used widely in food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical production. They are easy to transport and have long storability, facilitating global dissemination. Demand is constantly increasing and global production has more than doubled in the last 20 years. The popularity of almonds and the increase in demand has required new plantings and a response to ongoing changes in cultural and climatic conditions. Almonds: Botany, Production and Uses meets the need for up-to-date information on this crop and covers: · botany and taxonomy · cultivation, genetics and breeding · propagation, orchard management and harvesting · pests and diseases · nutrition, marketing and utilization Authored by an international team of experts and presented in full colour throughout, this book is an essential resource for academic researchers and extension workers, as well as growers, orchard managers and industry personnel. ; This book provides a comprehensive overview of almond growing, covering botany in addition to processing and industrial uses. Authored by an international team of experts and in full colour, it also presents genetic, pest, disease and marketing information from a scientific and horticultural perspective. ; 1: Botany and Taxonomy 2: History of Cultivation 3: Production and Growing Regions 4: Almond in the Southern Hemisphere 5: Classical Genetics and Breeding 6: Molecular Breeding and Genomics 7: Late-blooming Cultivar Development 8: Pollen-Style (In)compatibility: Development of Autogamous Cultivars 9: Rootstock Development 10: Propagation Techniques 11: Orchard Systems and Management 12: Climatic Requirements 13: Nutrient and Water Requirements 14: Diseases: Fungi, Bacteria, Viruses, and Nematodes, 15: Pests: Insects, Mites, Birds, and Rodents 16: Harvesting 17: Composition 18: Marketing 19: Almond Utilization

  • History of Art / Art & Design Styles
    June 2010

    A Real Van Gogh

    How the Art World Struggles With Truth

    by Henk Tromp

    In 1928, after eleven years of extensive research and editing, Dr. Jacob Baart de la Faille finally finished the first catalogue raison of Vincent van Gogh's work. Soon after, however, de la Faille discovered that he had mistakenly listed dozens of forged works as genuine in the catalog. He quickly set out to set the record straight but was met with strong resistance from art dealers, collectors, critics, politicians, amongst others - all of whom had self-interested reasons to oppose his corrections. To this day, the international art world struggles to separate the real Van Goghs from the fake. A Real Van Gogh begins with the story of de la Faille and moves into the late decades of the twentieth century, outlining the numerous clashes over the authenticity of Van Gogh's works while simultaneously exposing the often bewildering ramifications for art critics and scholars when they bring unwelcome news.

  • Graphic novel & Manga artwork
    April 2015

    Me vs Big Slacker Baby vol. 1

    by Annisa Nisfihani

    Me VS Big Slacker Baby (BSB) tells a story about Arin, a high school girl with obsessive compulsive toward cleanliness, who encounters Alvan, her schoolmate who stays at a boarding house owned by her parents. Alvan’s behavior is the polar opposite of Arin, in which, although he is a very bright student but he is also one of the laziest and messy guys Arin has ever known. This establishes an interesting and hilarious conflict between them, where Alvan learns from Arin in becoming a tidier person, while Arin also learns from Alvan in improving her mark in school assignments and exams. This romantic-comedy masterpiece is written and illustrated by Annisa Nisfihani, a young and talented comic artist from Tenggarong, East Borneo. Even though her hometown is quite far from the big cities and blackouts also occurred quite often, Annisa’s perseverance in pursuing her dreams ultimately paid off as BSB got its second reprint within less than a month of its initial publication.

  • International relations
    January 2017

    Strategy in War and Peace

    A Critical Introduction

    by Aaron Edwards

    Discover how strategic theory can be used to navigate the complex and uncertain international security environment that we live in today. Strategy is a central concept in international security, and one that travels across the academic disciplines of politics, international relations and history. By why is it so important? Aaron Edwards unpacks key strategic episodes from world history and politics to help you understand the role of strategy and the scholarly and policy debates surrounding it. Themes covered include: International relations • technology • ethics • irregular war (including counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism and hybrid warfare) • the resurgence of great power rivalries in the early 21st century • the rise of non-state actors Case studies include: Guerrilla warfare and strategy in regions from South East Asia to the Middle East • US nuclear strategy in the Cold War • Russian intervention in Ukraine • British strategy at the end of empire • the UN's role in resolving conflict after the Cold War • US-led coalition strategy in Afghanistan • the challenge posed by Al Qaeda and Islamic State/Daesh ; Aaron Edwards unpacks key strategic episodes from world history and politics to help you understand the role of strategy and the scholarly and policy debates surrounding it: from counter-insurgency to the rise of non-state actors, and from the end of the British empire to Daesh/Islamic State. ; Preface; Acknowledgements; Contents; Introduction; 1. What is Strategy?; 2. Ends and Means in Strategy; 3. The Practical Application of Strategy; 4. Strategy, Ethics and Restraint in War; 5. Strategy and the Utility of Force; 6. The Role of Strategy in Ending Wars and Building Peace; 7. Strategy Redux?; Conclusion; Notes; Glossary; Bibliography. ; PrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroduction What is Strategy? Ends and Means in Strategy The Practical Application of Strategy Strategy, Ethics and Restraint in War Strategy and the Utility of Force The Role of Strategy in Ending Wars and Building Peace Strategy Redux? ConclusionNotesGlossaryBibliography

  • Fiction
    April 2016

    Molecular Stencil Theory

    by Francis Rink Donnelly

    u* is the mathematical connotation of the a and a* (prime) values co-existing as a metamorphosis of the prior product. This is always true in chemical analysis because the building blocks of matter and more specifically particle matter are based on the predication that the unwilling differentiation lies within the Limit. Limits as pre-supposed are subject to the difference in the steady-state dynamics that bound the Limit in the first place. This is not a dutiful rational because as the u* value, mimicked by an a/a* shift is connected within the the delta calculations. u and u* are malefficent because as the shifts in proton and lowered states supersede one another; the unwillingness for the reaction to proceed in the correct fashion is not always as perceived.

  • British & Irish history
    January 2013

    The Fields of Thyme

    by David Cohen

    A WORLD WAR 2 NOVEL In the closing months of 1943, the Americans were arriving in the South Hams of Devon, England, to begin military rehearsals ahead of the Normandy Invasion in June 44’. It was a huge operation by any standards, but along the rural coastline of Slapton Sands, it brought a major clash of sensitivities with the people and the land. The Fields of Thyme is about a young and socially unsuccessful farm boy, Tom Skinner, to whom only one thing really matters; the safety and survival of a butterfly habitat which is home to the Large Blue species. With the bedding in of the military over a large area of countryside, the habitat becomes locked within an Exclusion Zone; into which it becomes foolhardy and extremely dangerous for unauthorised people to enter. However, this will not stop the local lad, with local knowledge and native skills, from trespassing and plotting to disrupt the occupation; in which cause he’s joined by Charlotte Kingsley, a pretty young lass, whose parents own a local pub in East Prawle. There are several other key and interesting characters who help shape the story, and none more so than a young coloured GI, Leroy Grant, whose arrival brings added and huge complications; some of which are not very difficult to anticipate! If you’d care to reflect on the hymn, ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’, you’ll be well placed to consider the catalogue of emotions which travel through this narrative, including from dark to optimistic, spiritual to hellish, real to surreal, poignant to cruel; hilarious to tragic; until the story careers into the realms of believable insanity. Not withstanding all of this, you might still conclude to wonder, if the events you joined with, might just have happened; or actually did.

  • Medicine
    June 2017

    Biostatistics for Animal Science

    An Introductory Text

    by Miroslav Kaps, William R Lamberson

    Designed to cover techniques for analysis of data in the animal sciences, this textbook provides an overview of the basic principles of statistics enabling the subsequent applications to be carried out with familiarity and understanding, followed by more complex applications and detailed procedures commonly used in animal sciences. Each chapter begins by introducing a problem with practical questions, followed by a brief theoretical background, and is supplemented with an abundance of examples in SAS from animal sciences and related fields. Key features: - New larger format and updated throughout to provide an essential resource whatever your level - Now covers a wealth of new distributions and new material on non-normal dependent variables - Includes both basic techniques and more complex procedures for a fully comprehensive coverage - Contains exercises and many worked examples in SAS for practice and revision ; Covering techniques for analysis of data in the animal sciences, this textbook provides an overview of the basic principles, followed by more complex applications and detailed procedures commonly used in animal sciences. This new edition includes a wealth of new distributions and extensive new material on non-normal dependent variables. ; 1: Presenting and Summarizing Data2: Probability3: Random Variables and their Distributions4: Population and Sample5: Estimation of Parameters6: Hypothesis Testing7: Simple Linear Regression8: Correlation9: Multiple Linear Regression10: Curvilinear Regression11: Fixed Effects One-way Analysis of Variance12: Random Effects One-way Analysis of Variance13: Mixed Models14: Concepts of Experimental Design15: Blocking16: Change-over Designs17: Factorial Experiments18: Hierarchical or Nested Design19: Split-plot Design20: Analysis of Covariance21: Repeated Measures22: Analysis of Numerical Treatment Levels23: Discrete, Categorical and other Non-normal Dependent Variables-: Solutions of ExercisesAppendix A: Vectors and MatricesAppendix B: Statistical Tables

  • Political science & theory
    February 2012

    An Introduction to Political Thought

    A Conceptual Toolkit

    by Peri Roberts, Peter Sutch

    Your conceptual toolkit for the study of political thought. New for this edition Brand new chapter on international political thought, reflecting one of the most striking developments in contemporary political theory This textbook gives you all the vocabulary you need – political, conceptual and historical – to engage confidently and deeply with political thought and the moral and political worlds in which we live. It traces the history of political thought from Plato and Aristotle to Kymlicka and Rorty, following a unique dual structure that introduces key thinkers and core concepts together, making it suitable for any course structure. Topics covered include Universal moral order o liberty o political freedom o the state o socialism o utilitarianism o distributive justice o group politics o multiculturalism o international political theory o conservatism o feminism o postmodernism o global justice Thinkers covered include Plato o Aristotle o Hobbes o Locke o Rousseau o Marx o Bentham o Rawls o Nozick o Walzer o Kymlicka o Parekh o Pogge o Hume o Burke o Oakeshott o Rorty ; This textbook, now in itsa second edition, is designed to equip students with a basic 'conceptual toolkit' for the study of political thought: (i) a basic political vocabulary, (ii) a conceptual vocabulary and (iii) an historical vocabulary. ; [NB: there is a dual table of contents - one allowing the student to follow a chronological path (History of Political Thought), the other allowing a route to be traced through Political Concepts and Ideas]; History of Political Thought/ Political Concepts & Ideas; Introduction; 1: What is Political Theory?/ 1: What is Political Theory?; I: Classical Origins of Political Thought; 2: Plato/ 2: Is There a Universal Moral Order?; 3: Aristotle/ 3: Is Politics Natural?; II: Modern Developments in Political Thought; 4: Hobbes, Locke & Rousseau/ 4: Liberty & Human Nature: What is political freedom?; 5: Social Contractarians: Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau/ 5: Political Legitimacy & the Artificiality of Politics: Why obey the state?; 6: Marx & Socialism/ 6: The Artificiality of Man; III: Contemporary Understandings of Political Thought; 7: Bentham, Utilitarianism and Rights/ 7. How do we take people seriously?; 8: Rawls, Nozick & Walzer/ 8: Distributive Justice; IV: Challenges to Universalism and Foundationalism; 9. The Internationalisation of Political Thought/ 9. Universal Principles in a Society of States; 10. Burke and Oakeshott/ 10. Conservatism: Reason vs Tradition; 11: Feminism and Antifoundationalism/ 11: What's Wrong with Universal Justice?/; Afterword/ Current Engagements in Political Thought; Index.

  • Autobiography: general
    January 2012

    The Coconut Comes in Due Season

    by David Hurd

    Once the only man, black or white, to be taken into Somalia by the Shifta and live to tell the tale. Author of Kidnap at Kiunga. Mombasa Malindi Kenya Africa. biography, entrepreneurship, trial and error. Hut, restaurant, sail, fishing. Malindi’s Robinson Crusoe. Lion, hippo, snake, velvet monkeys, wild animals. Indian Ocean, dhow, creek, island. Swahili culture, Giriama tribes. Palm wine, biriani, ugali. Foreword by Aamera Jiwaji.

  • Animal behaviour
    May 2015

    Domestic Animal Behaviour and Welfare

    by Donald M Broom, Andrew F Fraser

    Humans have a natural interest in animals; through a long history of domestication, they have become tools, a food source and even friends. Behaviour is a significant indicator of animal health and well-being, and understanding this behaviour is therefore the key to good management. Covering all aspects of animal behaviour and how this relates to welfare for companion animals, farm animals and farmed fish, this book reviews development, socialisation, locomotion, reproduction and more. It takes a comprehensive approach to the subject, including a section of chapters addressing common abnormal behaviours and reviewing some animals, such as rabbits, from both a pet and farm perspective. Now in its fifth edition, Domestic Animal Behaviour and Welfare includes new chapters detailing the welfare of sheep, goats and exotic pets, and welfare in relation to genetic selection and modification. Animal behaviour and welfare sciences are now core topics for agriculture and veterinary students, with courses and research opportunities in this field growing world-wide. Fully updated and with new photographs, this indispensable textbook provides a student-friendly guide to the major themes of animal behaviour and welfare.

  • Health & Personal Development
    October 2015

    The Pocket Colouring Book

    Relax, Restore, Revive

    by Fleur May

    In the daily rush and stress of our lives, it's easy to neglect our own well-being. We end up exhausted, easily irritated, and lacking in motivation and creativity. Taking a few moments to refresh our souls and enjoy the beauty of the moment has long-term benefits for us and those we love. Focusing our minds on a simple activity such as colouring enables us to switch off from the hustle and bustle of our lives, calms our emotions and restores peace to our public and private worlds. My hope is that as you colour these designs ou will relax from the stress around you, feel your inner peace restored and experience a revival in your zest for living.

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