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Applied Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

Applied Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction by Alain Goriely
Mathematics is playing an increasing important role in society and the sciences, enhancing our ability to use models and handle data. While pure mathematics is mostly interested in abstract structures, applied mathematics sits at the interface between this abstract world and the world in which we live. This area of mathematics takes its nourishment from society and science and, in turn, provides a unified way to understand problems arising in diverse fields. This Very Short Introduction presents a compact yet comprehensive view of the field of applied mathematics, and explores its relationships with (pure) mathematics, science, and engineering. Explaining the nature of applied mathematics, Alain Goriely discusses its early achievements in physics and engineering, and its development as a separate field after World War II. Using historical examples, current applications, and challenges, Goriely illustrates the particular role that mathematics plays in the modern sciences today and its far-reaching potential. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Appetites

Anthony Bourdain is a man of many appetites. And for many years, first as a chef, later as a world-traveling chronicler of food and culture on his CNN series *Parts Unknown*, he has made a profession of understanding the appetites of others. These days, however, if he’s cooking, it’s for family and friends.
*Appetites,* his first cookbook in more than ten years, boils down forty-plus years of professional cooking and globe-trotting to a tight repertoire of personal favorites—dishes that everyone should (at least in Mr. Bourdain’s opinion) know how to cook. Once the supposed “bad boy” of cooking, Mr. Bourdain has, in recent years, become the father of a little girl—a role he has embraced with enthusiasm. After years of traveling more than 200 days a year, he now enjoys entertaining at home. Years of prep lists and the hyper-organization necessary for a restaurant kitchen, however, have caused him, in his words, to have “morphed into a psychotic, anally retentive, bad-tempered Ina Garten.”
The result is a home-cooking, home-entertaining cookbook like no other, with personal favorites from his own kitchen and from his travels, translated into an effective battle plan that will help you terrify your guests with your breathtaking efficiency.

Appetite for Self-Destruction

For the first time, Appetite for Self-Destruction recounts the epic story of the precipitous rise and fall of the recording industry over the past three decades, when the incredible success of the CD turned the music business into one of the most glamorous, high-profile industries in the world — and the advent of file sharing brought it to its knees. In a comprehensive, fast-paced account full of larger-than-life personalities, Rolling Stone contributing editor Steve Knopper shows that, after the incredible wealth and excess of the ’80s and ’90s, Sony, Warner, and the other big players brought about their own downfall through years of denial and bad decisions in the face of dramatic advances in technology.

Big Music has been asleep at the wheel ever since Napster revolutionized the way music was distributed in the 1990s. Now, because powerful people like Doug Morris and Tommy Mottola failed to recognize the incredible potential of file-sharing technology, the labels are in danger of becoming completely obsolete. Knopper, who has been writing about the industry for more than ten years, has unparalleled access to those intimately involved in the music world’s highs and lows. Based on interviews with more than two hundred music industry sources — from Warner Music chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. to renegade Napster creator Shawn Fanning — Knopper is the first to offer such a detailed and sweeping contemporary history of the industry’s wild ride through the past three decades. From the birth of the compact disc, through the explosion of CD sales in the ’80s and ’90s, the emergence of Napster, and the secret talks that led to iTunes, to the current collapse of the industry as CD sales plummet, Knopper takes us inside the boardrooms, recording studios, private estates, garage computer labs, company jets, corporate infighting, and secret deals of the big names and behind-the-scenes players who made it all happen.

With unforgettable portraits of the music world’s mighty and formerly mighty; detailed accounts of both brilliant and stupid ideas brought to fruition or left on the cutting-room floor; the dish on backroom schemes, negotiations, and brawls; and several previously unreported stories, Appetite for Self-Destruction is a riveting, informative, and highly entertaining read. It offers a broad perspective on the current state of Big Music, how it got into these dire straits, and where it’s going from here — and a cautionary tale for the digital age.

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.. .Laced with anecdote, buttressed by detailed accounts of the most flagrant record-industry transgressions, Appetite (its title nicked from that of the Guns N’ Roses debut disc) is an enthralling read, equal parts anger and regret. Knopper’s writing is sharp, his approach sharper… — The Boston Globe The music industry is toast, my friends. And congrats to Rolling Stone vet Steve Knopper, whose fantastic new book Appetite for Self-Destruction explains why — The Village Voice [Knopper has a] nose for the story’s human element…. The best parts of the book, such as Knopper’s analysis of the late-’90s teen-pop bubble (and how it ultimately burst), move with the style and drama of a great legal thriller — think Michael Clayton with headphones….This is gripping stuff. Crank it up. — Time Out New York Knopper, a Rolling Stone music business writer, thoughtfully reports on the record racket’s slow, painful march into financial ruin and irrelevance, starting with the near-catastrophic sales slump that began in 1979 after the demise of disco. Though the labels persevered, they finally lost control of their product when they chose to ignore the possibilities of the Internet…. Knopper piles on examples of incompetence, making a convincing case that the industry’s collapse is a drawn-out suicide. — Los Angeles Times [A] stark accounting of the mistakes major record labels have made since the end of the LP era and the arrival of digital music…. A wide-angled, morally complicated view of the current state of the music business…. [Knopper] suggests that with even a little foresight, record companies could have adapted to the Internet’s brutish and quizzical new realities and thrived…. He paints a devastating picture of the industry’s fumbling, corruption, greed and bad faith over the decades. — The New York Times
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Appaloosa

New Mexico Territory, 1882: two itinerant lawmen walk their horses down the long, shale-scattered slope into the frontier town of Appaloosa. Below them, lies rancher Randall Braggs’ new fiefdom. Ever since he gunned down Appaloosa’s marshal, Braggs and his men have owned the town, stealing, beating, murdering with impunity – living off it like coyotes feeding off a dead buffalo carcass.Summoned by Appaloosa’s oppressed aldermen, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are here to restore the rule of law. They’ve done it before, they know what to do only too well: shoot quick, shoot clean, reload. But they aren’t the only new arrivals in town. The enigmatic Mrs Allison French has stepped off the train with only a dollar to her name, a keen sense of survival and a good eye for a strong man. Finding one isn’t going to a problem – Appaloosa is full of them: Cole, Bragg, Hitch. The problem is that Allie French isn’t afraid to hedge her bets… and that Virgil Cole’s heart isn’t as steady as his gun hand.Appaloosa is an intelligent, emotionally profound novel, told in bone-clean prose wryly leavened with whip-sharp dialogue. It’s deeply satisfying on four levels: one, it’s a well-told historical adventure and a modern re-interpretation of a classic theme; two, it’s an ode to unassailable friendship; three, it’s a subtle love story between two profoundly flawed people; and four, the way Parker writes, you’d swear the pages turn themselves.
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The apocalypse watch

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Deep in the Hausruck Mountains of Austria, there is a remote hideaway– the fortress-like nerve center of an ominous movement, the Brotherhood of theWatch. American agent Harry Latham has penetrated the movement, a neo-Nazi organization that was born in the days after the Third Reich’s defeat and whose deadly tentacles have spread to the United States and beyond. Now, after three years in deep cover, and on the eve of his most spectacular success, HarryLatham has disappeared. Drew Latham, Special Officer for Consular Operations in Paris, is frantic to discover his older brother’s fate. But when he receives the sudden good newsthat Harry has surfaced, gut-twisting doubts arise. Has Harry’s cover been blown? And if so, why has the Brotherhood of the Watch let him live? For Harry Latham has emerged with an explosive list: the secret supporters of the movement, among them some of the highest-ranking officials in the UnitedStates and its allies, names synonymous with honorable service to their nations. It is a document that could topple governments–but is the listlegitimate? Can Drew Latham trust his own brother? To find the answer, Drew Latham decides to take on his brother’s identity, stepping directly into the crossfire between the assassins gunning for HarryLatham–and those who want Drew himself dead. From a hushed Alpine valley to the backstreets of Paris, from the ruling chambers of Washington and London to the casinos of Monte Carlo, *TheApocalypse Watch* is vintage Robert Ludlum, a superb international thriller from the writer who created the standard for a new kind of entertainment.

Apis, the Baboon God

These histories were recorded by Imperial decree. SO ORDERED. … . The holy women of the Temple of Apis entered the courtyard as the sun set on the horizon. They were skyclad, each with a graceful form and figure. One of their number would be offered to the Baboon God. Thus it was in the days of the Dark Empire. … . Eons ago men of Sol III sailed to the stars. The men of this Elder Race seeded many worlds with life, and fostered many civilizations. These new worlds of the multiverse were ruled by the Divine Astarte. Long life and victory to her ! … . This collection of Histories includes the Ruler of Time – Maiden of the Sun – Baboon God – Lance of Power. Partial contents: The Maiden of the Moon – The Lance of Power – City of the Mirage. Also published as Apion the Beastman.

Aphrodite

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Whenever the word Aphrodite is whispered somebody dies. The victims never know what it meant: is it a person, a product, a code word – what? And why is keeping its meaning secret, so important?Justin Westwood has retreated from reality by taking a menial post with the police department in Long Island. Mindless traffic duty and a lot of booze stop him reliving the past, but his dormant professionalism is reluctantly awakened when he realises that the death of a young journalist is deliberate, not accidental. Retracing the woman’s movements in the hours before her death, Justin learns she’s been in trouble for quoting some erroneous facts in an obituary of a man who had been living in the local old people’s home. Not the sort of mistake which normally brings a duo of professional hitmen to the door of a fallible reporter, and certainly not one which brings the FBI into town. As Justin attempts to unravel the puzzle, he finds someone is a step ahead of him, disposing of witnesses and setting him up for the rap. Realising he has to face real life at its starkest if he is to survive, he goes solo – and finds himself at the centre of one of the greatest conspiracies of his time.Praise for Russell Andrews ‘A fast moving thriller in the Grisham genre’ Sunday Telegraph’I defy you to figure out who dunnit, why they dunnit, or how they dunnit’ Janet Evanovich

The Ape Who Guards the Balance

SUMMARY: Amelia Peabody’s archaeologist husband, Radcliffe Emerson, has been ignominiously demoted to examining the most boring tombs in the valley of the kings. But luckily for Amelia’s thrill-seeking detective nose, this year the legendary land of the pharoahs will yield more than priceless artifacts. Entering the seedy underworld of grave robbers & mythical guards of those who have died, Amelia & company are up to their throats in a deadly mystery. Her seemingly dull season quickly turns from monotonous to threatening, for even deeper mysteries than she could ever deduct lurk in the mysterious valley. Bestselling author Elizabeth Peters sets forth another groundbreaking novel in her award-winning Amelia series.

Apartment 16

**Some doors are better left closed—a sophisticated, spine-chilling horror novel from the author of *Last Days***
In Barrington House, an upmarket block in London, there is an empty apartment. No one goes in and no one comes out, and it’s been that way for 50 years, until the night a watchman hears a disturbance after midnight and is drawn to investigate. What he experiences is enough to change his life forever. Soon after, a young American woman, Apryl, arrives at Barrington House. She’s been left an apartment by her mysterious Great Aunt Lillian who died in strange circumstances. Rumors claim Lillian was mad, but her diary suggests she was implicated in a horrific and inexplicable event decades ago. Determined to learn something of this eccentric woman, Apryl begins to unravel the hidden story of Barrington House. She discovers that a transforming, evil force still inhabits the building, and that the doorway to Apartment 16 is a gateway to something altogether more terrifying.
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AP English Language and Composition

A new edition of the bestselling AP English Language from CliffsNotes Includes introductory chapters on the different question types you’ll encounter on the exam Features four full-length practice exams with detailed answer explanations …

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Anything for You

Rachel Kramer Bussel is at the top of her game in BDSM erotica and now shares the pleasure in a one-of-a-kind book, custom-made for couples. Anything for You is stimulating reading, both for experienced players and those just discovering the joy of tying up your lover or bending over for the one you love These explicit stories of obsessive desire unlock the door to a world of obsessive desires, the passion that lies just beneath the skin. Bondage is the stuff of fantasy for a shockingly large segment of the population and true happiness is discovering what makes your partner tick. In this case, it might well be the tickle of rope on naked skin, or a firm paddling. Rachel Kramer Bussel’s is a guidebook to great sex, told story by delicious story of uninhibited, adventurous sex sure to keep the home fires burning Each boldly wrought tale shared with your lover is another door opened into the erotic mindscape.

The Anubis Gates

Brendan Doyle is a twentieth-century English professor who travels back to 1810 London to attend a lecture given by English romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. This is a London filled with deformed clowns, organised beggar societies, insane homunculi and magic.When he is kidnapped by gypsies and consequently misses his return trip to 1983, the mild-mannered Doyle is forced to become a street-smart con man, escape artist, and swordsman in order to survive in the dark and treacherous London underworld. He defies bullets, black magic, murderous beggars, freezing waters, imprisonment in mutant-infested dungeons, poisoning, and even a plunge back to 1684.Coleridge himself and poet Lord Byron make appearances in the novel, which also features a poor tinkerer who creates genetic monsters and a werewolf that inhabits others’ bodies when his latest becomes too hairy.

Another Stupid Spell

Another Stupid Spell is a first person high fantasy novel, the likes of which hasn’t been seen in 60 years. The tone and vocabulary of the story shifts as our narrator, Sorch the orc, finds ways to enhance his intelligence. You get to grow as Sorch grows, learn as he learns, and share his most intimate thoughts.
Sorch is an orc mage in a world where orcs are cursed with stupidity every time they cast a spell. The only spell he can safely cast is Enhance Intelligence, which boosts his IQ for a fraction of a second before the curse drains it all away again.
Normally casting such a spell would be pointless, but Sorch’s tribe has found a way to benefit. Magic that is cast near a mysterious artefact called the ‘Voodoo Engine’ causes invisible hands to appear, and these hands get work done for his tribe. Sorch is a slave to the Voodoo Engine, casting a single spell over and over again to avoid being beaten by the chief’s warrior caste.
While foraging for food on one fateful night, our hero happens upon two human mages who are in big trouble. He saves their lives, and in return they give him an amulet that will make his life easier. Unbeknownst to the humans, their gift grants Sorch the power to break the cycle of intelligence drain and physical abuse. With the help of his friend and mentor, Shaman, Sorch becomes a real mage.
Sorch leaves his swamp and embarks on a series of incredibly exciting and dangerous adventures. During his travels he encounters horrible injury, magical treasures, love, snow, university admissions tests, a plot against the Kingdom, and then of course he saves the world. Or does he?
Be prepared to rethink everything you know about thinking. If your own intelligence was the fuel that your magic ran on, how brightly would you dare to burn?

Another Stupid Demon

Another Stupid Demon is a first person high fantasy novel, the second book in Another Stupid Trilogy. The tone and vocabulary of the story shifts as our narrator, Sorch the orc, finds ways to enhance his intelligence. You get to grow as Sorch grows, learn as he learns, and share his most intimate thoughts.
Sorch is an orc mage in a world where orcs are cursed with stupidity every time they cast a spell. After thwarting an evil plot to destroy Royal Moffit, Sorch became the prisoner of a demon worshipping cult. They imprisoned him in an attempt to steal his nightmares.
One daring jailbreak later, and Sorch is unleashed upon the world again. This time, however, he’s not so sure that he wants to go back to a life of magic and adventure. It would be a long, difficult road. And being the smartest orc in all of Panos wasn’t all fun and games the first time around.
But with the help of a new friend, Sorch rediscovers his purpose in life. He embarks on a quest to save his friends, who were trapped on another plane of existence. During his travels he encounters more horrible injury, more magical treasures, casual love, noisy roommates, wild elves, university midterms, a plot against all of Panos, and then of course he saves the world. Or does he?

Another Stupid Apocalypse

Another Stupid Apocalypse is a first person high fantasy novel, the third book in Another Stupid Trilogy. The tone and vocabulary of the story shifts as our narrator, Sorch the orc, finds ways to enhance his intelligence. You get to grow as Sorch grows, learn as he learns, and share his most intimate thoughts.
Sorch is an orc mage in a world where orcs are cursed with stupidity every time they cast a spell. After destroying the possessed Voodoo Engine that threatened to enslave his tribe and start the next Great War, Sorch took some much needed time away from the peril of adventure. In the two years that followed, Sorch finished his arcane education and learned to be a real father to his recently discovered son, Benno.
But the world wasn’t done with Sorch and his family just yet. Drought, flooding, and deadly creatures driven up from the depths of the earth itself threatened to destroy cities and towns all over the world. It would take the two smartest orcs on Panos, and all of their brave friends, to discover the forces that threatened to tear the planet apart.
In a race against time, Sorch is forced to lead his family into unparalleled danger. During his travels he encounters even more horrible injury, even more magical treasures, yetis, the power of fatherhood, frightening school children, an ancient threat to all of Panos, and then of course he saves the world. Or does he?