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The Cannabis Breeder’s Bible

The much anticipated follow-up to Greg Green’s first book, The Cannabis Grower’s Bible, brings the same easy-to-read style and in-depth knowledge to bear on a newly popular aspect of cannabis cultivation. Cannabis breeding, long the domain of a select few seed banks and professional breeders, is becoming increasingly popular with medicinal home growers and marijuana enthusiasts. The Cannabis Breeder’s Bible covers the basics and details leading-edge new approaches to breeding that will inform novices and experts alike.

A Short History of Nearly Everything

Bill Bryson is one of the world’s most beloved and bestselling writers. In *A Short History of Nearly Everything*, he takes his ultimate journey–into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It’s a dazzling quest, the intellectual odyssey of a lifetime, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. Or, as the author puts it, “…how we went from there being nothing at all to there being something, and then how a little of that something turned into us, and also what happened in between and since.” This is, in short, a tall order.
To that end, Bill Bryson apprenticed himself to a host of the world’s most profound scientific minds, living and dead. His challenge is to take subjects like geology, chemisty, paleontology, astronomy, and particle physics and see if there isn’t some way to render them comprehensible to people, like himself, made bored (or scared) stiff of science by school. His interest is not simply to discover*what* we know but to find out *how* we know it. How do we know what is in the center of the earth, thousands of miles beneath the surface? How can we know the extent and the composition of the universe, or what a black hole is? How can we know where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out?
On his travels through space and time, Bill Bryson encounters a splendid gallery of the most fascinating, eccentric, competitive, and foolish personalities ever to ask a hard question. In their company, he undertakes a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only this superb writer can render it. Science has never been more involving, and the world we inhabit has never been fuller of wonder and delight.
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Mr Bryson has a natural gift for clear and vivid expression. I doubt that a better book for the layman about the findings of modern science has been written * Sunday Telegraph * A fascinating idea, and I can’t think of many writers, other than Bryson, who would do it this well. It’s the sort of book I would have devoured as a teenager. It might well turn unsuspecting young readers into scientists. And the famous, slightly cynical humour is always there * Evening Standard * A genuinely useful and readable book. There is a phenomenal amount of fascinating information packed between its covers … A thoroughly enjoyable, as well as educational, experience. Nobody who reads it will ever look at the world around them in the same way again * Daily Express * Of course, there are people much better qualified than Bill Bryson to attempt a project of this magnitude. None of them, however, can write fluent Brysonese, which, as pretty much the entire Western reading public now knows, is an appealing mixture of self-deprecation, wryness and punnery * Spectator * The very book I have been looking for most of my life… Bryson wears his knowledge with aplomb and a lot of very good jokes * Daily Mail *

The Road to San Giovanni

A major testament by an essential 20th century writer composed of five strikingly elegant “memory exercises” about his life and work–now available in paperback. With visionary passion, the author traces pieces of his childhood and adolescence, his experiences during WWII, and more. “Storytelling at its best.”–Chicago Tribune.
*From the Trade Paperback edition.*

On Love

A companion to *On Writing* and *On Cats*: A raw and tender poetry collection that captures the Dirty Old Man of American letters at his fiercest and most vulnerable, on a subject that hits home with all of us.
Charles Bukowski was a man of intense emotions, someone an editor once called a “passionate madman.” In *On Love*, we see Bukowski reckoning with the complications and exaltations of love, lust, and desire. Alternating between tough and gentle, sensitive and gritty, Bukowski lays bare the myriad facets of love—its selfishness and its narcissism, its randomness, its mystery and its misery, and, ultimately, its true joyfulness, endurance, and redemptive power.
Bukowski is brilliant on love—often amusing, sometimes playful, and fleetingly sweet. *On Love* offers deep insight into Bukowski the man and the artist; whether writing about his daughter, his lover, his friends, or his work, he is piercingly honest and poignantly reflective, using love as a prism to see the world in all its beauty and cruelty, and his own fragile place in it. “My love is a hummingbird sitting that quiet moment on the bough,” he writes, “as the same cat crouches.”
Brutally honest, flecked with humor and pathos, *On Love* reveals Bukowski at his most candid and affecting.

Matrices and Linear Transformations

“Comprehensive . . . an excellent introduction to the subject.” — *Electronic Engineer’s Design Magazine*.
This introductory textbook, aimed at sophomore- and junior-level undergraduates in mathematics, engineering, and the physical sciences, offers a smooth, in-depth treatment of linear algebra and matrix theory. The major objects of study are matrices over an arbitrary field.
Contents include Matrices and Linear Systems; Vector Spaces; Determinants; Linear Transformations; Similarity: Part I and Part II; Polynomials and Polynomial Matrices; Matrix Analysis; and Numerical Methods.
The first seven chapters, which require only a first course in calculus and analytic geometry, deal with matrices and linear systems, vector spaces, determinants, linear transformations, similarity, polynomials, and polynomial matrices. Chapters 8 and 9, parts of which require the student to have completed the normal course sequence in calculus and differential equations, provide introductions to matrix analysis and numerical linear algebra, respectively. Among the key features are coverage of spectral decomposition, the Jordan canonical form, the solution of the matrix equation AX = XB, and over 375 problems, many with answers.

Matplotlib for Python Developers

Leverage the power of Matplotlib to visualize and understand your data more effectively
Key Features

* Perform effective data visualization with Matplotlib and get actionable insights from your data

* Design attractive graphs, charts, and 2D plots, and deploy them to the web

* Get the most out of Matplotlib in this practical guide with updated code and examples

Book Description

Python is a general-purpose programming language increasingly being used for data analysis and visualization. Matplotlib is a popular data visualization package in Python used to design effective plots and graphs. This is a practical, hands-on resource to help you visualize data with Python using the Matplotlib library.

Matplotlib for Python Developers, Second Edition shows you how to create attractive graphs, charts, and plots using Matplotlib. You will also get a quick introduction to third-party packages, Seaborn, Pandas, Basemap, and Geopandas, and learn how to use them with Matplotlib. After that, you’ll embed and customize your plots in third-party tools such as GTK+3, Qt 5, and wxWidgets. You’ll also be able to tweak the look and feel of your visualization with the help of practical examples provided in this book. Further on, you’ll explore Matplotlib 2.1.x on the web, from a cloud-based platform using third-party packages such as Django. Finally, you will integrate interactive, real-time visualization techniques into your current workflow with the help of practical real-world examples.

By the end of this book, you’ll be thoroughly comfortable with using the popular Python data visualization library Matplotlib 2.1.x and leveraging its power to build attractive, insightful, and powerful visualizations.
What you will learn

* Create 2D and 3D static plots such as bar charts, heat maps, and scatter plots

* Get acquainted with GTK+3, Qt5, and wxWidgets to understand the UI backend of Matplotlib

* Develop advanced static plots with third-party packages such as Pandas, GeoPandas, and Seaborn

* Create interactive plots with real-time updates

* Develop web-based, Matplotlib-powered graph visualizations with third-party packages such as Django

* Write data visualization code that is readily expandable on the cloud platform

Who this book is for

This book is essentially for anyone who wants to create intuitive data visualizations using the Matplotlib library. If you’re a data scientist or analyst and wish to create attractive visualizations using Python, you’ll find this book useful. Some knowledge of Python programming is all you need to get started.


The Making of the Middle Sea

A masterpiece of archaeological and historical writing, ‘The Making of the Middle Sea’ is extensively illustrated and ranges across disciplines, subject matter and chronology from early humans to the rise of civilizations – Egyptian, Minoan, Mycenaean, Phoenician, Etruscan, early Greek and pan-Mediterranean. It is the only up-to-date, full, interpretive synthesis on the rise of the Mediterranean world from its beginnings to the threshold of Classical times. The author is Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. ‘… offers us a Mediterranean like nothing we have seen before, in vivid and commanding prose that sweeps majestically across time and space while providing a stunning granularity of detail’ – Daniel Lord Smail, Harvard University

The History of Mathematics

Praise for the Second Edition

”An amazing assemblage of worldwide contributions in mathematics and, in addition to use as a course book, a valuable resource . . . essential.”

This Third Edition of The History of Mathematics examines the elementary arithmetic, geometry, and algebra of numerous cultures, tracing their usage from Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, India, China, and Japan all the way to Europe during the Medieval and Renaissance periods where calculus was developed.

Aimed primarily at undergraduate students studying the history of mathematics for science, engineering, and secondary education, the book focuses on three main ideas: the facts of who, what, when, and where major advances in mathematics took place; the type of mathematics involved at the time; and the integration of this information into a coherent picture of the development of mathematics. In addition, the book features carefully designed problems that guide readers to a fuller understanding of the relevant mathematics and its social and historical context. Chapter-end exercises, numerous photographs, and a listing of related websites are also included for readers who wish to pursue a specialized topic in more depth. Additional features of The History of Mathematics, Third Edition include:

* Material arranged in a chronological and cultural context

* Specific parts of the history of mathematics presented as individual lessons

* New and revised exercises ranging between technical, factual, and integrative

* Individual PowerPoint presentations for each chapter and a bank of homework and test questions (in addition to the exercises in the book)

* An emphasis on geography, culture, and mathematics

In addition to being an ideal coursebook for undergraduate students, the book also serves as a fascinating reference for mathematically inclined individuals who are interested in learning about the history of mathematics.


Frommer’s Easyguide to New York City 2019

Pauline Frommer’s highly-personal guide to her own home city has, in previous editions, twice been named “Best Guidebook of the Year” by the North American Travel Journalists Association. It has been the best-selling guide to the city for the last four years. Though she deals with luxury choices as well as bargains, she makes a special effort to overcome New York’s reputation for stratospheric prices, ferreting out scores of moderately-priced options in lodgings, meals, attractions, entertainment and more.
Like all Easy Guides, this annually-researched and popular best-seller is “Quick to Read, Light to Carry”–and colorfully written.
**Fully updated yearly**, and printed in large, easy-to-read type, the book contains:
**Handy pull-out map** and bulleted maps throughout
**Self-guided walking tours**
**Exact prices and subway directions** for every listing in the book
**Opinionated advice** on what to see and what to skip
**Insightful** discussions of New York’s history and culture
**16-page photo guide** with vibrant photographs
**About Frommer’s: **There’s a reason that Frommer’s has been the most trusted name in travel for more than sixty years. Arthur Frommer created the best-selling guide series in 1957 to help American servicemen fulfill their dreams of travel in Europe, and since then, we have published thousands of titles became a household name helping millions upon millions of people realize their own dreams of seeing our planet. Travel is easy with Frommer’s.

From the Wandering Jew to William F. Buckley, Jr.

For over fifty years Martin Gardner has been writing witty, entertaining, and highly intelligent articles on an amazing range of topics. Best known for his works on popular science and mathematics, and as an incisive skeptical commentator on the paranormal, Gardner is also an accomplished writer of children’s literature, a novelist, and essayist on religion and philosophy. This collection of essays and book reviews takes its name from the bookend articles, “The Wandering Jew and the Second Coming” and “The Faith of William Buckley,” which in themselves demonstrate the extent of Gardner’s interests. Besides the legend of the Wandering Jew, its relation to the Second Coming, and Bill Buckley’s religious convictions, Gardner also takes on the subjects of astrology, psychic surgery, word play in the stories of L. Frank Baum (author of The Wizard of Oz), and the history of a forgotten children’s magazine. In addition, there are reviews of books by astronomer Carl Sagan, philosopher Paul Edwards, and science fiction writer H. G. Wells, along with commentary on mathematics, Lewis Carroll, chess, Christian Science, science fads, and more. Longtime Gardner fans and intellectually curious newcomers will welcome this entertaining and literate collection by one of America’s most brilliant essayists.

Forest Gardening

Forest gardening is a way of working with Nature which is not only productive and requires minimal maintenance, but creates great environmental benefits. As Herbert Girardet says in his Foreword,”Robert Hart was a rare person . . . For decades he waged a lonely battle for life, patiently writing books and articles and quietly planting trees on his small farm in Shropshire. Robert created a magnificent forest garden which had a profound influence on the way people have cultivated their own land. It was a garden dedicated to human needs for fruit, nuts, vegetables and plant medicines. But it was at the same time a celebration of the myriad interactions of life for it was based on profound observations, both intuitive and scientific, of how different life forms interact in order to stimulate and support one another.

The Feminism Book

Exploring more than 100 of the most important ideas, organizations, and events to have defined the feminist movement, this is an essential introduction to feminism.
The latest entry in DK’s bestselling Big Ideas series, The Feminism Book is a complete study of feminism. Trace the subject from its origins, through the suffrage campaigns of the late 19th century, to recent developments such as the Everyday Sexism Project and the #MeToo movement. Examine the ideas that underpin feminist thought through crucial figures, from Simone de Beauvoir to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and discover the wider social, cultural, and historical context of their impact. Find out who campaigned for birth control, when the term “intersectionality” was coined, and what “postfeminism” really means in this comprehensive book.
Using the Big Ideas series’ trademark combination of authoritative, accessible text and bold graphics, the most significant concepts and theories have never been easier to understand. Includes inspirational quotations, eye-catching infographics, and clear flowcharts, The Feminism Book is a must-have for anyone with an interest in the subject.