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Saved in the City
Jacquelin Thomas
1583144447
May 2005
Hardcover
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Networks and Groups

3540431136


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Book Description
The organization of individuals into networks and groups is of fundamental importance in many social and economic interactions. Examples range from networks of personal contacts used to obtain information about job opportunities to the formation of trading partnerships, alliances, cartels, and federations. Much of our understanding of how and why such networks and groups form, and the precise way in which the network or groups structure affects outcomes of social and economic interaction, is relatively new. This volume collects some of the central papers in this recent literature, which have made important progress on this topic.

Book Info
Examples range from networks of personal contracts used to obtain information about job opportunities to the formation of trading...


Just Listen
Sarah Dessen
0670061050
April 2006
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up Annabel Greene seemingly had everything: cool friends, close family, good grades, and a part-time modeling career in town. But it all came crashing down, and Annabel has spent the summer in shaky, self-imposed exile. She finds herself dreading the new school term and facing, well, everyone again. The last thing she wants to do is revisit old friendships while the losses are painful, the secrets behind the rifts are almost unbearable. Her solid family seems fragile, too. What happened to cause the stiff silences and palpable resentments between her two older sisters? Why is no one in her loving but determinedly cheerful family talking about her middle sister's eating disorder? Annabel's devastating secret is revealed in bits and snatches, as readers see her go to amazing lengths to avoid...


Complete Guide for Models: Inside Advice from Industry Pros
Eric Bean
1579905765
September 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
This book delivers candid, specific inside information about how to get
started in
the competitive field of modeling, whether you're male or female or the
parent of a potential child model. The advice comes from those in the know, including successful models and modeling agents, casting directors, magazine editors,
makeup artists, photographers, and health professionals. These experts debunk
myths about the profession and shed light on common scams that plague the
industry. Get the scoop on everything from being discovered to maintaining a
long-lasting career. Go behind the scenes on a New York City fashion shoot to find
out what it's really like. Whether you dream of becoming the next supermodel, or just hope to supplement your income with exciting modeling work, this is the book for...


Beyond the Rapture
Beverly Clark
1585711306
Sept 2005
Paperback
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Incentives : Motivation and the Economics of Information

0521539749


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Review
"Incentives are what economics is all about. We have learned a lot of late about how incentives work and how to design better ones. From pay for performance to auctions to voting schemes, from pollution control to college admissions, it's all in this book. Donald Campbell does a masterly job of synthesis, making modern theory accessible and drawing out its very practical applications." --John McMillan, Stanford University

"In this second edition, Professor Campbell has transformed an excellent book on incentives into the ideal text for a course in the economics of information. The clarity of writing and choice of examples makes most of the material accessible to upper level undergraduate economics majors, in addition to graduate students. Many applications are identified and explored, and these give the reader a clear...



Girl with a Pearl Earring
Tracy Chevalier
0452282152
Jan 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
With precisely 35 canvases to his credit, the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer represents one of the great enigmas of 17th-century art. The meager facts of his biography have been gleaned from a handful of legal documents. Yet Vermeer's extraordinary paintings of domestic life, with their subtle play of light and texture, have come to define the Dutch golden age. His portrait of the anonymous Girl with a Pearl Earring has exerted a particular fascination for centuries--and it is this magnetic painting that lies at the heart of Tracy Chevalier's second novel of the same title.

Girl with a Pearl Earring centers on Vermeer's prosperous Delft household during the 1660s. When Griet, the novel's quietly perceptive heroine, is hired as a servant, turmoil follows. First, the 16-year-old narrator becomes increasingly intimate with...



Dinosaur Clay Modeling
Top That!
0760758522
July 2004
Other Format
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Gravity and Strings (Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics)

0521824753


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Book Description
One appealing feature of string theory is that it provides a theory of quantum gravity. This volume is a self-contained, pedagogical exposition of this theory, its foundations and its basic results. Due to the large amount of background material, actions, solutions and bibliography contained within, this unique book can be used as a reference for research as well as a complementary textbook in graduate courses on gravity, supergravity and string theory.

About the Author
Tomás Ortín completed his graduate studies and got his Ph.D. at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He then worked as a postdoctoral student in the Physics Department of Stanford University supported by a Spanish Government grant. Between 1993 and 1995, he was E.U. Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow...


Love Always, Petra
Petra Nemcova
0446579130
Dec 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
A true tale of courage, tragedy, and love.At the age of twenty-five, Petra Nemcova was leading a charmed life, complete with a busy modeling career (including a Sports Illustrated¨ cover), a handsome and loving photographer boyfriend, and a jetsetting lifestyle. This was a far cry from her childhood, which she spent under the specter of communism in the former Czechoslovakia.But her world changed forever on December 26, 2004 when a powerful tsunami hit the resort of Khaolak, Thailand, where she was vacationing with her boyfriend, Simon Atlee. As he was swept away by the fierce waves, Petra managed to cling to a tree for nearly eight hours, even as her pelvis was shattered by the ocean+s ferocious power and her legs lost all feeling.Petra+s remarkable grace under pressure and the brave rescue by heroic Thai natives...


Warped Passages : Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions
Lisa Randall
0060531088
September 1, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The concept of additional spatial dimensions is as far from intuitive as any idea can be. Indeed, although Harvard physicist Randall does a very nice job of explaining—often deftly through the use of creative analogies—how our universe may have many unseen dimensions, readers' heads are likely to be swimming by the end of the book. Randall works hard to make her astoundingly complex material understandable, providing a great deal of background for recent advances in string and supersymmetry theory. As coauthor of the two most important scientific papers on this topic, she's ideally suited to popularize the idea. What is absolutely clear is that physicists simply do not yet know if there are extra dimensions a fraction of a millimeter in size, dimensions of infinite size or only the dimensions we see....


Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Jared Diamond
0393317552
January 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Explaining what William McNeill called The Rise of the West has become the central problem in the study of global history. In Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond presents the biologist's answer: geography, demography, and ecological happenstance. Diamond evenhandedly reviews human history on every continent since the Ice Age at a rate that emphasizes only the broadest movements of peoples and ideas. Yet his survey is binocular: one eye has the rather distant vision of the evolutionary biologist, while the other eye--and his heart--belongs to the people of New Guinea, where he has done field work for more than 30 years. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal
Most of this work deals with non-Europeans, but Diamond's thesis sheds light on why Western civilization...


Programming the Universe : A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes On the Cosmos
Seth Lloyd
1400040922
March 14, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Lloyd, a professor at MIT, works in the vanguard of research in quantum computing: using the quantum mechanical properties of atoms as a computer. He contends that the universe itself is one big quantum computer producing what we see around us, and ourselves, as it runs a cosmic program. According to Lloyd, once we understand the laws of physics completely, we will be able to use small-scale quantum computing to understand the universe completely as well. In his scenario, the universe is processing information. The second law of thermodynamics (disorder increases) is all about information, and Lloyd spends much of the book explaining how quantum processes convey information. The creation of the universe itself involved information processing: random fluctuations in the quantum foam, like a random number generator...


Wristwatch Annual
Peter Braun
0789208628
Nov 2005
Paperback
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Principles and Practice of Structural Equation Modeling (Methodology In The Social Sciences)
Rex Kline
1572306904
October 2004
Textbook Paperback
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Review
A good book has gotten much better. Since the first edition appeared in 1998, Kline's book has been the only one I assign in my SEM course. It easily surpassed its competitors in clarity and accessibility, without sacrificing accuracy and completeness. This new edition is a major upgrade, with substantial reworking of the original chapters to add depth and clarity, as well as new chapters on topics like latent growth curve modeling and hierarchical linear modeling./m-/Paul D. Allison, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

"An outstanding introduction to SEM, geared toward the beginner in this area. The relaxed, conversational writing style makes access to this complex material pain-free and easy. The book strikes a perfect balance between easy reading and the presentation of technical detail and technical...


Paul Wilmott on Quantitative Finance 3 Volume Set
Paul Wilmott
0470018704
March 10, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Paul Wilmott on Quantitative Finance, Second Edition provides a thoroughly updated look at derivatives and financial engineering, published in three volumes with additional CD-ROM.

Volume 1: Mathematical and Financial Foundations; Basic Theory of Derivatives; Risk and Return.
The reader is introduced to the fundamental mathematical tools and financial concepts needed to understand quantitative finance, portfolio management and derivatives. Parallels are drawn between the respectable world of investing and the not-so-respectable world of gambling.

Volume 2:   Exotic Contracts and Path Dependency; Fixed Income Modeling and Derivatives; Credit Risk
In this volume the reader sees further applications of stochastic mathematics to new financial problems and...



The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide
Allan Bedford
1593270542
Sept 2005
Paperback
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Ink19, September 2005
If you're... a precocious youngster wishing to absorb some formalized knowledge of the system, [this book] fills in the gap.

Brick Journal, October 2005(http://www.legofan.org/brickjournal/)
...mixes the levels of information to allow the book to reach to a broad audience.

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UML Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Standard Object Modeling Language, 3rd Edition
Martin Fowler
0321193687
September 2003
Textbook Paperback
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Book Review
The second edition of Martin Fowler's bestselling UML Distilled provides updates to the Unified Modeling Language (UML) without changing its basic formula for success. It is still arguably the best resource for quick, no-nonsense explanations of using UML.

The major strength of UML Distilled is its short, concise presentation of the essentials of UML and where it fits within today's software development process. The book describes all the major UML diagram types, what they're for, and the basic notation involved in creating and deciphering them. These diagrams include use cases; class and interaction diagrams; collaborations; and state, activity, and physical diagrams. The examples are always clear, and the explanations cut to the fundamental design logic.

For the second edition, the material has been reworked for use...



Model
Lee So-Young
1595320083
May 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Time and tragedy weave a tangled web of passion and loss, and old questions are answered while new ones emerge. Jae begins to understand more clearly about the one who made Michael into a vampire. As various pasts collide, heartbreak emerges, and Adrian may be the missing link that ties it all together. But love can tear it all apart--the next step in Jae and Michael's forbidden relationship begins to unfold...


Cut and Assemble UFO's That Fly: Eight Full-Color Models
David Kawami
0486248186
March 1985
Paperback
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Book Description
Futuristic model collection featuring eight full-color, easy-to-assemble UFO models that really fly and a crew of eight incredible aliens—Sabot, Ulsac, Nim-Gelb, Kendar, Kormath, Lom, Rom-Lux and Dek. Includes instructions and diagrams for assembling and flying. 8 aliens and their spacecraft. Directions.


The World Record Paper Airplane Book with Other
Ken Blackburn
1563056313
Oct 1994
Paperback
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Book Description
Text by Ken Blackburn; Plane Designs by Ken Blackburn and Jeff Lammers. With the proper amount of lift, the thrust of a good throw, very little drag, and stability, stability, stability (check those elevators and fins!), you just might do it: fly a paper airplane into the record books. Ken Blackburn did. Now this aerospace engineer and paper airplane world record-holder since 1983 teams up with Jeff Lammers, a mechanical engineer, to create an everything-you-need resource for beginning and experienced flyers alike. Mixing science, innovation, and their catching enthusiasm, the world record paper airplane book features: sixteen models, with five full-color versions of each, a full-color pull-out landing strip for accuracy practice, and a flight log. Selection of the Aviator's Guild Book Club, Doubleday Book Club,...


Fortune's Formula : The Untold Story of the Scientific Betting System That Beat the Casinos and Wall Street
William Poundstone
0809046377
September 14, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
Fortune's Formula is a fascinating study of the connections between such seemingly unrelated topics as gambling, information theory, stock investing, and applied mathematics. The story involves the stunning brainpower of men such as MIT professor Claude Shannon, who single-handedly invented information theory, the science behind the Internet and all digital media; Ed Thorpe; and John Kelly of Bell Laboratories, who developed the "Kelly criterion," a now-legendary investment strategy for maximizing growth while controlling risk. Initially, Shannon and Thorpe took Kelly's theory to Las Vegas and applied it to roulette and blackjack. Later, they took it to Wall Street and cleaned up--Shannon made a personal fortune while Thorpe created the highly successful hedge firm Princeton-Newport Partners. They both discovered that...


DOM Scripting: Web Design with JavaScript and the Document Object Model
Jeremy Keith
1590595335
September 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Gives you everything you need to start using JavaScript and the Document Object Model to enhance your web pages with client-side dynamic effects.


Hierarchical Linear Models: Applications and Data Analysis Methods, Vol. 1
Stephen W. Raudenbush
076191904X
December 2001
Textbook Hardcover
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Review
Short Book Reviews- Publication of the International Statistical Institute : "The text is authoritative, well laid out, and extremely readable. For the target audience, this book is highly recommended."
Zentralblat : "This book is very well written and the applied part is well balanced with technical details. I think that it will be useful not only for social and behavioral researchers but also for applied statisticians, practitioners and students analyzing data with hierarchical-type structures"
Robert G. Jones Personnel Psychology Book Review Section : "The book is clearly written, well organized, and addresses an important topic. I would recommend this book to the readers of Personnel Psychology. If you want to learn more about these techniques, the new advances, the controversial points, potential...


Hostile Makeover
Ellen Byerrum
0451216164
Aug 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
What if a radical plastic surgery makeover changed its subject's personality for the worse? Byerrum asks in her playful third Crime of Fashion mystery. Street-smart D.C. fashion reporter Lacey Smithsonian meets über diva Amanda Manville (a former ugly duckling whose appearance on TV's The Chrysalis Factor made her a supermodel overnight), while covering Amanda's new clothing line for the Eye Street Observer. Amanda's tendencies to slap assistants and take credit for her sister Zoe's designs are no big sin compared to the death threats Amanda receives daily—and she asks Lacey to investigate. After a murder occurs, Lacey's sheltered mother and sister drop in, putting the brakes on Lacey's romantic weekend with protective cop Vic Donovan and making the case a family affair. A revolving door of quirky...


The Leadership Lessons of Jesus
Bob Briner
0805463569
Sept 1997
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The business world is rife today with books about leadership styles (e.g., Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People). In their book, Briner and Pritchard hold up the example of Jesus as a leader worth emulating by modern leaders. The book is composed of 51 short reflections on verses of the Gospel of Mark that demonstrate the principles of Jesus's style of leadership. Each chapter opens with a long passage from Mark and then focuses on one key verse from that longer passage. The remainder of each chapter is a mini-devotion on the particular leadership quality illustrated by each passage. For example, Briner and Pritchard narrate the story of Billy Graham and the temptations he has faced as a great modern leader as an illustration of Mark's story of the temptation of Jesus by Satan. Some of the other...


Model Railroad Bridges and Trestles: A Guide to Designing and Building Bridges for Your Layout: From Model Railroader Magazine
Model Railroader
0890241287
March 1992
Paperback
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Book Description
Teaches how to build sturdy model bridges and trestles of stunning realism. Includes construction plans, prototype phtographs, and over 20 sets of scale drawings for scratchbuilding, kitbashing, or modifying commercial bridge kits.


Principles of Finance with Excel : Includes CD
Simon Benninga
0195301501
January 5, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Principles of Finance with Excel is the first textbook that comprehensively integrates Excel into the teaching and practice of finance. This book provides exceptional resources to the instructor and student, combining classroom-tested pedagogy with the full potential of Excel's powerful
functions.

In today's business world, computation is done almost wholly in Excel. Excel's ability to combine graphics with computation and perform complex sensitivity analysis with ease provides potent insights into financial problems. Despite this, most finance texts rely heavily on hand-held calculators and
ignore Excel. As a result, many students find that after they enter the professional environment, they have to relearn both finance and Excel.

Principles of Finance with Excel is ideal for undergraduate courses...


Bicycling Magazine's Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair : For Road and Mountain Bikes
Todd Downs
1579548830
March 16, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
This revised, updated, expanded fifth edition is indispensable-with all the latest models, parts, and repair techniques, and terrific money-saving tips to keep any ride in tip-top shape
Since its first publication, Bicycling Magazine's Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair has sold over 400,000 copies. The fifth edition is guaranteed to remain the category killer. This long-overdue update is a must-have for weekend riders and serious cyclists alike.

Whether they own the latest model or a classic with thousands of miles on it, beginners and experienced cyclists alike can depend on this book to get their bikes out of the shop faster and keep them on the road longer. They'll discover information on:
o Building a dream bike workshop
o Disc brakes, both cable-actuated and hydraulic
o Dialing...


The Data Model Resource Book, Vol. 2: A Library of Data Models for Specific Industries
Len Silverston
0471353485
March 7, 2001
Paperback
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Review
"I thought the models in the books were well thought out and adequately explained." (Computer Shopper, February 2002)

Review
"In addition to being an excellent resource for data modelers, this book will help managers, business analysts and architects gain a high level understanding of various industries and integration challenges facing IT professionals. Len's concepts, insights and models provide a valuable contribution to data architecture."--Regina Pieper Enterprise Architect, Sun Microsystems

"Len Silverston has produced an enormously useful two-volume compendium of generic (but not too generic) data models for an extensive set of typical enterprise subject areas, and for various industries that any data modeler will likely encounter at some point in his or her career. The...


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