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Investigations Into the Phenomenology and the Ontology of the Work of Art
Investigations Into the Phenomenology and the Ontology of the Work of Art

by Peer Bundgaard, Frederik Stjernfelt

This book investigates the nature of aesthetic experience and aesthetic objects. Written by leading philosophers, psychologists, literary scholars and semioticians, the book addresses two intertwined issues. The first is related to the phenomenology of aesthetic experience: The understanding of how human beings respond to artworks, how we process l...

Actors and the Art of Performance: Under Exposure
Actors and the Art of Performance: Under Exposure

by Susanne Valerie

Actors and the Art of Performance: Under Exposure combines the author's two main biographical paths: her professional commitment to the fields of both theatre and philosophy. The art of acting on stage is analysed here not only from the theoretical perspective of a spectator, but also from the perspective of the actor. The author draws on her exper...

Vulnerability in Scandinavian Art and Culture
Vulnerability in Scandinavian Art and Culture

by Adriana Margareta Dancus, Mats Hyvönen, Maria Karlsson

In this open access book, seventeen scholars discuss how contemporary Scandinavian art and media have become important arenas to articulate and stage various forms of vulnerability in the Scandinavian welfare states. How do discourses of privilege and vulnerability coexist and interact in Scandinavia? How do the Scandinavian countries respond to vu...

White Paper on Joint Replacement
White Paper on Joint Replacement

by Hans-Holger Bleß, Miriam Kip

White Paper on Joint ReplacementThis White Paper details the status of hip and knee arthroplasty care in Germany. Hip and knee replacements are amongst the most frequently performed procedures and usually become necessarily due to age-related wear of the joint, osteoarthritis and fractures of the femoral neck. In light of demographic change, demand...

Performing Citizenship
Performing Citizenship

by Paula Hildebrandt, Kerstin Evert, Sibylle Peters, Mirjam Schaub, Kathrin Wildner, Gesa Ziemer

This book discusses how citizenship is performed today, mostly through the optic of the arts, in particular the performing arts, but also from the perspective of a wide range of academic disciplines such as urbanism and media studies, cultural education and postcolonial theory. It is a compendium that includes insights from artistic and activist ex...

The Beauty of Geology
The Beauty of Geology

by Chenyang Li, Liqiong Jia, Xuan Wu

This book contains a collection of rare geologic maps and figures made by Chinese geologists in the last century. Preserved in National Geological Archives of China, these artworks demonstrate the development and innovation of geological mapping technology in China in the past 100 years. The collections are highly scientific and artistic, with most...

Architecture and the Novel under the Italian Fascist Regime
Architecture and the Novel under the Italian Fascist Regime

by Francesca Billiani, Laura Pennacchietti

Architecture and the Novel under the Italian Fascist Regime discusses the relationship between the novel and architecture during the Fascist period in Italy (1922-1943). By looking at two profoundly diverse aesthetic phenomena within the context of the creation of a Fascist State art, Billiani and Pennacchietti argue that an effort of construction,...

Essays on Paula Rego
Essays on Paula Rego

by Maria Manuel Lisboa

In these powerful and stylishly written essays, Maria Manuel Lisboa dissects the work of Paula Rego, the Portuguese-born artist considered one of the greatest artists of modern times. Focusing primarily on Rego's work since the 1980s, Lisboa explores the complex relationships between violence and nurturing, power and impotence, politics and the fam...

The Amazing Journey of Reason
The Amazing Journey of Reason

by Mario Alemi

This free book explores questions such as why and how did the first biological cells appear? And then complex organisms, brains, societies and –now– connected human societies? Physicists have good models for describing the evolution of the universe since the Big Bang, but can we apply the same concepts to the evolution of aggregated matter –l...

Dynamic Spectrum Management
Dynamic Spectrum Management

by Ying-Chang Liang

This open access book, authored by a world-leading researcher in this field, describes fundamentals of dynamic spectrum management, provides a systematic overview on the enabling technologies covering cognitive radio, blockchain, and artificial intelligence, and offers valuable guidance for designing advanced wireless communications systems. This b...

Mary and Early Christian Women
Mary and Early Christian Women

by Ally Kateusz

This book reveals exciting early Christian evidence that Mary was remembered as a powerful role model for women leaders - women apostles, baptizers, and presiders at the ritual meal. Early Christian art portrays Mary and other women clergy serving as deacon, presbyter/priest, and bishop. In addition, the two oldest surviving artifacts to depict pe...

Intelligent Human Computer Interaction
Intelligent Human Computer Interaction

by Patrick Horain, Catherine Achard, Malik Mallem

This book constitutes the thoroughly refereed proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Intelligent Human Computer Interaction, IHCI 2017, held in Evry, France, in December 2017. The 15 papers presented together with three invited papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 25 submissions. The conference is forum for the presentation...

Designing Digital Work
Designing Digital Work

by Stefan Oppl, Christian Stary

"This book could well be the most comprehensive collection to date of integrated ideas on the elicitation, representation, integration and digitization of work processes and collaboration. The authors take a heavily human-centered approach while never losing sight of engineering aspects involved. Rooted in relevant theories, they present a set...

Interdisciplinary Mathematics Education
Interdisciplinary Mathematics Education

by Brian Doig, Julian Williams, David Swanson, Rita Borromeo Ferri, Pat Drake

This book is the first major publication on the topic of "Interdisciplinary Mathematics Education" and arose from the work of the first International Topic Study Group of the same name at the ICME-13 conference in Hamburg in 2016. It offers extensive theoretical insights, empirical research, and practitioner accounts of interdisciplinary ...

Enhanced Living Environments
Enhanced Living Environments

by Ivan Ganchev, Nuno Garcia, Ciprian Dobre, Constandinos Mavromoustakis, Rossitza Goleva

This book is the final publication of the COST Action IC1303 "Algorithms, Architectures and Platforms for Enhanced Living Environments (AAPELE)" project.Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) is an area of research based on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), medical research, and sociological research. AAL is based on the notion tha...

Interdisciplinary Mathematics Education
Interdisciplinary Mathematics Education

by Julian Williams, Wolff-Michael Roth, David Swanson, Brian Doig, Susie Groves, Michael Omuvwie, Rita Borromeo Ferri, Nicholas Mousoulides

This book provides an essential introduction to the state-of the-art in interdisciplinary Mathematics Education. First, it begins with an outline of the field's relevant historical, conceptual and theoretical backgrounds, what "discipline" means and how inter-, trans-, and meta-disciplinary activities can be understood. Relevant theoretic...

Healthy Minds in the Twentieth Century
Healthy Minds in the Twentieth Century

by Steven J. Taylor, Alice Brumby

This open access edited collection contributes a new dimension to the study of mental health and psychiatry in the twentieth century. It takes the present literature beyond the 'asylum and after' paradigm to explore the multitude of spaces that have been permeated by concerns about mental well-being and illness. The chapters in this volume consciou...

Internet of Things
Internet of Things

by Leon Strous, Vinton Cerf

First IFIP International Cross-Domain Conference, IFIPIoT 2018, Held at the 24th IFIP World Computer Congress, WCC 2018, Poznan, Poland, September 18-19, 2018, Revised Selected Papers...

Methodological Investigations in Agent-Based Modelling
Methodological Investigations in Agent-Based Modelling

by Eric Silverman

This book examines the methodological complications of using complexity science concepts within the social science domain. The opening chapters take the reader on a tour through the development of simulation methodologies in the fields of artificial life and population biology, then demonstrates the growing popularity and relevance of these method...

Linked Democracy
Linked Democracy

by Marta Poblet, Pompeu Casanovas, Víctor Rodríguez-Doncel

This book shows the factors linking information flow, social intelligence, rights management and modelling with epistemic democracy, offering licensed linked data along with information about the rights involved. This model of democracy for the web of data brings new challenges for the social organisation of knowledge, collective innovation, and th...

Human and Machine Consciousness
Human and Machine Consciousness

by David Gamez

Consciousness is widely perceived as one of the most fundamental, interesting and difficult problems of our time. However, we still know next to nothing about the relationship between consciousness and the brain and we can only speculate about the consciousness of animals and machines. Human and Machine Consciousness presents a new foundation fo...

Diversity and Inclusion in Global Higher Education
Diversity and Inclusion in Global Higher Education

by Catherine Shea Sanger, Nancy W. Gleason

This book offers pioneering insights and practical methods for promoting diversity and inclusion in higher education classrooms and curricula. It highlights the growing importance of international education programs in Asia and the value of understanding student diversity in a changing, evermore interconnected world. The book explores diversity acr...

Molecular Mechanism of Congenital Heart Disease and Pulmonary Hypertension
Molecular Mechanism of Congenital Heart Disease and Pulmonary Hypertension

by Toshio Nakanishi, H. Scott Baldwin, Jeffrey R. Fineman, Hiroyuki Yamagishi

This free book focuses on the molecular mechanism of congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension, offering new insights into the development of pulmonary circulation and the ductus arteriosus. It describes in detail the molecular mechanisms involved in the development and morphogenesis of the heart, lungs and ductus arteriosus, covering a r...

Foundations of Trusted Autonomy
Foundations of Trusted Autonomy

by Hussein A. Abbass, Jason Scholz, Darryn J. Reid

This book establishes the foundations needed to realize the ultimate goals for artificial intelligence, such as autonomy and trustworthiness. Aimed at scientists, researchers, technologists, practitioners, and students, it brings together contributions offering the basics, the challenges and the state-of-the-art on trusted autonomous systems in a s...

Visions for Intercultural Music Teacher Education
Visions for Intercultural Music Teacher Education

by Heidi Westerlund, Sidsel Karlsen, Heidi Partti

This open access book highlights the importance of visions of alternative futures in music teacher education in a time of increasing societal complexity due to increased diversity. There are policies at every level to counter prejudice, increase opportunities, reduce inequalities, stimulate change in educational systems, and prevent and counter pol...

Gallucci's Commentary on Dürer's 'Four Books on Human Proportion'
Gallucci's Commentary on Dürer's 'Four Books on Human Proportion'

by James Hutson

In 1591, Giovanni Paolo Gallucci published his Della simmetria dei corpi humani, an Italian translation of Albrecht Dürer's Four Books on Human Proportion. While Dürer's treatise had been translated earlier in the sixteenth-century into French and Latin, it was Gallucci's Italian translation that endured in popularity as the most cited version of...

The Sword of Judith
The Sword of Judith

by Kevin R. Brine, Elena Ciletti, Henrike Lähnemann

The Book of Judith tells the story of a fictitious Jewish woman beheading Holofernes, the general of a powerful army, to free her people. The story has fascinated artists and authors for centuries, and is becoming a major field of research in its own right. The Sword of Judith is the first multidisciplinary collection of essays to discuss repres...

The SysAdmin Handbook
The SysAdmin Handbook

by Various

Over the past two years, Simple-Talk has published articles on a variety of SysAdmin topics, from Exchange to Virtualization, and including everything from Powershell to Unified Messaging. We have brought the best of these articles together to form The SysAdmin Handbook. With over fifty articles packed into this book, it will be an essential refere...

Mapping Global Theatre Histories
Mapping Global Theatre Histories

by Mark Pizzato

This book provides a global, chronological mapping of significant areas of theatre, sketched from its deepest history in the evolution of our brain's 'inner theatre' to ancient, medieval, modern, and postmodern developments. It considers prehistoric cave art and built temples, African trance dances, ancient Egyptian and Middle-Eastern ritual dramas...

Intelligence Unleashed
Intelligence Unleashed

by Rose Luckin, Wayne Holmes, Mark Griffiths, Laurie B. Corcier

This book on artificial intelligence in education (AIEd) with two aims in mind. The first was to explain to a non-specialist, interested reader what AIEd is: its goals, how it is built, and how it works. After all, only by securing a certain degree of understanding can we move beyond the science-fiction imagery of AI, and the associated fears. The ...

Higher Education in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Higher Education in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

by Nancy W. Gleason

This collection examines how higher education responds to the demands of the automation economy and the fourth industrial revolution. Considering significant trends in how people are learning, coupled with the ways in which different higher education institutions and education stakeholders are implementing adaptations, it looks at new programs ...

Library and Information Sciences
Library and Information Sciences

by Chuanfu Chen, Ronald Larsen

This book explores the development, trends and research of library and information sciences (LIS) in the digital age. Inside, readers will find research and case studies written by LIS experts, educators and theorists, most of whom have visited China, delivered presentations there and drafted their articles based on feedback they received. As a res...

The Academic Book of the Future
The Academic Book of the Future

by Rebecca E. Lyons, Samantha J. Rayner

Part of the AHRC/British Library Academic Book of the Future Project, this book interrogates current and emerging contexts of academic books from the perspectives of thirteen expert voices from the connected communities of publishing, academia, libraries, and bookselling....

A Philosophy of Israel Education
A Philosophy of Israel Education

by Barry Chazan

This book develops a new philosophy of Israel education. "Person-centered" Israel education is concerned with developing in individual learners the ability to understand and make rational, emotional, and ethical decisions about Israel, and about the challenges Israel regularly faces, whether they be existential, spiritual, democratic, hum...

Neurovascular Surgery
Neurovascular Surgery

by Julius July, Eka J. Wahjoepramono

This book presents the diagnosis, investigation and treatment of neurovascular diseases, and offers expert opinions and advice on avoiding complications in neurovascular surgery. It also covers complication management and post-operative follow-up care. The book is divided in to three parts; the first part discusses common approaches in neurovascula...

The Values of Independent Hip-Hop in the Post-Golden Era
The Values of Independent Hip-Hop in the Post-Golden Era

by Christopher Vito

Utilizing a mixed-methods approach, this book uncovers the historical trajectory of U.S. independent hip-hop in the post-golden era, seeking to understand its complex relationship to mainstream hip-hop culture and U.S. culture more generally. Christopher Vito analyzes the lyrics of indie hip-hop albums from 2000-2013 to uncover the dominant ideolog...

Foundations of Software Science and Computation Structures
Foundations of Software Science and Computation Structures

by Mikołaj Bojańczyk, Alex Simpson

This book constitutes the proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Foundations of Software Science and Computational Structures, FOSSACS 2012, held as part of the joint European Conference on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2012, which took place in Tallinn, Estonia, in March/April 2012. The 29 papers presented in this book toget...

Cultural Heritage in a Changing World
Cultural Heritage in a Changing World

by Karol Jan Borowiecki, Neil Forbes, Antonella Fresa

The central purpose of this collection of essays is to make a creative addition to the debates surrounding the cultural heritage domain. In the 21st century the world faces epochal changes which affect every part of society, including the arenas in which cultural heritage is made, held, collected, curated, exhibited, or simply exists. The book is a...

Entity-Oriented Search
Entity-Oriented Search

by Krisztian Balog

This book covers all facets of entity-oriented search—where "search" can be interpreted in the broadest sense of information access—from a unified point of view, and provides a coherent and comprehensive overview of the state of the art. It represents the first synthesis of research in this broad and rapidly developing area. Selected ...

Computer and Information Sciences
Computer and Information Sciences

by Tadeusz Czachórski, Erol Gelenbe, Krzysztof Grochla, Ricardo Lent

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 31st International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences, ISCIS 2016, held in Krakow, Poland, in October 2016. The 29 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 65 submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections on smart algorithms; data classific...

European Traditions in Didactics of Mathematics
European Traditions in Didactics of Mathematics

by Werner Blum, Michèle Artigue, Maria Alessandra  Mariotti, Rudolf Sträßer, Marja Van den Heuvel-Panhuizen

This book discusses several didactic traditions in mathematics education in countries across Europe, including France, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, the Czech and Slovakian Republics, and the Scandinavian states. It shows that while they all share common features both in the practice of learning and teaching at school and in research and develop...

Machine Learning for Cyber Physical Systems
Machine Learning for Cyber Physical Systems

by Jürgen Beyerer, Christian Kühnert, Oliver Niggemann

This book proceedings presents new approaches to Machine Learning for Cyber Physical Systems, experiences and visions. It contains some selected papers from the international Conference ML4CPS - Machine Learning for Cyber Physical Systems, which was held in Karlsruhe, October 23-24, 2018. Cyber Physical Systems are characterized by their ability to...

Disrupting Finance
Disrupting Finance

by Theo Lynn, John G. Mooney, Pierangelo Rosati, Mark Cummins

This open access Pivot demonstrates how a variety of technologies act as innovation catalysts within the banking and financial services sector. Traditional banks and financial services are under increasing competition from global IT companies such as Google, Apple, Amazon and PayPal whilst facing pressure from investors to reduce costs, increase ag...

Computation and the Humanities
Computation and the Humanities

by Julianne Nyhan, Andrew Flinn

This book addresses the application of computing to cultural heritage and the discipline of Digital Humanities that formed around it. Digital Humanities research is transforming how the Human record can be transmitted, shaped, understood, questioned and imagined and it has been ongoing for more than 70 years. However, we have no comprehensive histo...

3D Recording and Interpretation for Maritime Archaeology
3D Recording and Interpretation for Maritime Archaeology

by John McCarthy, Jonathan Benjamin, Trevor Winton, Wendy van Duivenvoorde

This book was inspired by the UNESCO UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology International Workshop held at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia in November 2016. Content is based on, but not limited to, the work presented at the workshop which was dedicated to 3D recording and interpretation for maritime archaeology. The volume consists of ...

Design Science and Its Importance in the German Mathematics Educational Discussion
Design Science and Its Importance in the German Mathematics Educational Discussion

by Marcus Nührenbörger, Bettina Rösken-Winter, Chun Ip Fung, Ralph Schwarzkopf, Erich Christian Wittmann, Kathrin Akinwunmi, Felix Lensing, Florian Schacht

This ICME-13 Topical Survey reviews the state-of-the-art by first exploring the roots and scope of design science. Second, it presents two examples of current design science projects that focus on substantial learning environments including a student and a teacher perspective. Subsequently, the book elaborates on how empirical research can be conce...

Uses of Technology in Lower Secondary Mathematics Education
Uses of Technology in Lower Secondary Mathematics Education

by Paul Drijvers, Lynda Ball, Bärbel Barzel, M. Kathleen Heid, Yiming Cao, Michela Maschietto

This topical survey provides an overview of the current state of the art in technology use in mathematics education, including both practice-oriented experiences and research-based evidence, as seen from an international perspective. Three core themes are discussed: Evidence of effectiveness; Digital assessment; and Communication and collaboration....

Rethinking Health Care Ethics
Rethinking Health Care Ethics

by Stephen Scher, Kasia Kozlowska

​The goal of this book is to develop an approach to clinical health care ethics that is more accessible to, and usable by, health professionals than the now-dominant approaches that focus, for example, on the application of ethical principles. The book elaborates the view that health professionals have the emotional and intellectual resources to ...

Programming Languages and Systems
Programming Languages and Systems

by Amal Ahmed

This book constitutes the proceedings of the 27th European Symposium on Programming, ESOP 2018, which took place in Thessaloniki, Greece in April 2018, held as Part of the European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2018. The 36 papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 114 submissions. The ...

The Mathematics Education of Prospective Secondary Teachers Around the World
The Mathematics Education of Prospective Secondary Teachers Around the World

by Marilyn Strutchens, Rongjin Huang, Leticia Losano, Despina Potari, Márcia Cristina de Costa Trindade Cyrino, João Pedro da Ponte, Rose Mary Zbiek

This volume shares and discusses significant new trends and developments in research and practices related to various aspects of preparing prospective secondary mathematics teachers from 2005–2015. It provides both an overview of the current state-of-the-art and outstanding recent research reports from an international perspective. The authors co...

Moral Reasoning at Work
Moral Reasoning at Work

by Øyvind Kvalnes

Moral dilemmas are a pervasive feature of working life. Moral Reasoning at Work offers a fresh perspective on how to live with them using ethics and moral psychology research. It argues that decision-makers must go beyond compliance and traditional approaches to ethics to prepare for moral dilemmas. The 2nd edition has been updated with a range of...

Protecting the Rights of People with Autism in the Fields of Education and Employment
Protecting the Rights of People with Autism in the Fields of Education and Employment

by Valentina Della Fina, Rachele Cera

Fundamental rights for all people with disabilities, education and employment are key for the inclusion of people with autism. They play as facilitators for the social inclusion of persons with autism and as multipliers for their enjoyment of other fundamental rights. After outlining the international and European dimensions of the legal protection...

Teaching and Learning of Calculus
Teaching and Learning of Calculus

by David Bressoud, Imène Ghedamsi, Victor Martinez-Luaces, Günter Törner

This survey focuses on the main trends in the field of calculus education. Despite their variety, the findings reveal a cornerstone issue that is strongly linked to the formalism of calculus concepts and to the difficulties it generates in the learning and teaching process. As a complement to the main text, an extended bibliography with some of the...

Computer Aided Verification
Computer Aided Verification

by Isil Dillig, Serdar Tasiran

The book set LNCS 11561 and 11562 constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 31st International Conference on Computer Aided Verification, CAV 2019, held in New York City, USA, in July 2019. The 52 full papers presented together with 13 tool papers and 2 case studies, were carefully reviewed and selected from 258 submissions. The papers were organ...

Foundations of Software Science and Computation Structures
Foundations of Software Science and Computation Structures

by Christel Baier, Ugo Dal Lago

This book constitutes the proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Foundations of Software Science and Computational Structures, FOSSACS 2018, which took place in Thessaloniki, Greece, in April 2018, held as part of the European Joint Conference on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2018.The 31 papers presented in this volume were ca...

Intertwingled
Intertwingled

by Douglas Dechow, Daniele Struppa

This engaging volume celebrates the life and work of Theodor Holm "Ted" Nelson, a pioneer and legendary figure from the history of early computing. Presenting contributions from world-renowned computer scientists and figures from the media industry, the book delves into hypertext, the docuverse, Xanadu, and other products of Ted Nelson's ...

Language Technologies for the Challenges of the Digital Age
Language Technologies for the Challenges of the Digital Age

by Georg Rehm, Thierry Declerck

This open access volume constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 27th biennial conference of the German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology, GSCL 2017, held in Berlin, Germany, in September 2017, which focused on language technologies for the digital age. The 16 full papers and 10 short papers included in the proceeding...

Research on Teaching and Learning Mathematics at the Tertiary Level
Research on Teaching and Learning Mathematics at the Tertiary Level

by Irene Biza, Victor Giraldo, Reinhard Hochmuth, Azimeh Sadat Khakbaz, Chris Rasmussen

This topical survey focuses on research in tertiary mathematics education, a field that has experienced considerable growth over the last 10 years. Drawing on the most recent journal publications as well as the latest advances from recent high-quality conference proceedings, our review culls out the following five emergent areas of interest: mathem...

Current and Future Perspectives of Ethnomathematics as a Program
Current and Future Perspectives of Ethnomathematics as a Program

by Milton Rosa, Ubiratan D’Ambrosio, Daniel Clark Orey, Lawrence Shirley, Wilfredo Alangui, Pedro Palhares, Maria Elena Gavarrete

This survey on the modernity of ethnomathematics addresses numerous themes related to both ethnomathematics and mathematics education. It offers a broader view of mathematics, including ideas, procedures, concepts, processes, methods, and practices rooted in distinct cultural environments. In addition, by reflecting on the social and political dime...

Shaping Natural History and Settler Society
Shaping Natural History and Settler Society

by Tanja Hammel

"Hammel successfully illuminates how the production and circulation of Barber's work was deeply affected by contemporary attitudes towards gender and race within the colonial context of the nineteenth-century Cape. This fascinating book is destined to become a landmark in the history of science in South Africa." —Nigel Penn, University...

Early Algebra
Early Algebra

by Carolyn Kieran, JeongSuk Pang, Deborah Schifter, Swee Fong Ng

This survey of the state of the art on research in early algebra traces the evolution of a relatively new field of research and teaching practice. With its focus on the younger student, aged from about 6 years up to 12 years, this volume reveals the nature of the research that has been carried out in early algebra and how it has shaped the growth o...

The Future of Software Quality Assurance
The Future of Software Quality Assurance

by Stephan Goericke

This book, published to mark the 15th anniversary of the International Software Quality Institute (iSQI), is intended to raise the profile of software testers and their profession. It gathers contributions by respected software testing experts in order to highlight the state of the art as well as future challenges and trends. In addition, it covers...

Digital Technology and the Practices of Humanities Research
Digital Technology and the Practices of Humanities Research

by Jennifer Edmond

How does technology impact research practices in the humanities? How does digitisation shape scholarly identity? How do we negotiate trust in the digital realm? What is scholarship, what forms can it take, and how does it acquire authority? This diverse set of essays demonstrate the importance of asking such questions, bringing together establis...

Models, Methods and Tools for Product Service Design
Models, Methods and Tools for Product Service Design

by Laura Cattaneo, Sergio Terzi

This free book summarizes research being pursued within the Manutelligence project, the goal of which is to help enterprises develop smart, social and flexible products with high value added services. Manutelligence has improved Product and Service Design by developing suitable models and methods, and connecting them through a modular, collaborativ...

Magazines, Tourism, and Nation-Building in Mexico
Magazines, Tourism, and Nation-Building in Mexico

by Claire Lindsay

This free book discusses the relationship between periodicals, tourism, and nation-building in Mexico. It enquires into how magazines, a staple form of the promotional apparatus of tourism since its inception, articulated an imaginative geography of Mexico at a time when that industry became a critical means of economic recovery and political stabi...

Manual of Digital Earth
Manual of Digital Earth

by Huadong Guo, Michael F. Goodchild, Alessandro Annoni

This open access book offers a summary of the development of Digital Earth over the past twenty years. By reviewing the initial vision of Digital Earth, the evolution of that vision, the relevant key technologies, and the role of Digital Earth in helping people respond to global challenges, this publication reveals how and why Digital Earth is beco...

Children's Exploration and Cultural Formation
Children's Exploration and Cultural Formation

by Mariane Hedegaard, Elin Eriksen Ødegaard

This open access book examines the educational conditions that support cultures of exploration in kindergartens. It conceptualises cultures of exploration, whether those cultures are created through children's own engagement or are demanded of them through undertaking specific tasks within different institutional settings. It shows how the conditio...

Reading Breath in Literature
Reading Breath in Literature

by Arthur Rose, Stefanie Heine, Naya Tsentourou, Corinne Saunders, Peter Garratt

This book presents five different approaches to reading breath in literature, in response to texts from a range of historical, geographical and cultural environments. Breath, for all its ubiquity in literary texts, has received little attention as a transhistorical literary device. Drawing together scholars of Medieval Romance, Early Modern Drama, ...

Attitudes, Beliefs, Motivation and Identity in Mathematics Education
Attitudes, Beliefs, Motivation and Identity in Mathematics Education

by Markku S. Hannula, Pietro Di Martino, Marilena Pantziara, Qiaoping Zhang, Francesca Morselli, Einat Heyd-Metzuyanim, Sonja Lutovac, Raimo Kaasila, James A. Middleton, Amanda Jansen, Gerald A Goldin

This book records the state of the art in research on mathematics-related affect. It discusses the concepts and theories of mathematics-related affect along the lines of three dimensions. The first dimension identifies three broad categories of affect: motivation, emotions, and beliefs. The book contains one chapter on motivation, including discuss...

Eloquent JavaScript
Eloquent JavaScript

by Marijn Haverbeke

JavaScript lies at the heart of almost every modern web application, from social apps like Twitter to browser-based game frameworks like Phaser and Babylon. Though simple for beginners to pick up and play with, JavaScript is a flexible, complex language that you can use to build full-scale applications. This much anticipated and thoroughly revis...

Why Do We Quote?
Why Do We Quote?

by Ruth Finnegan

Quoting is all around us. But do we really know what it means? How do people actually quote today, and how did our present systems come about? This book brings together a down-to-earth account of contemporary quoting with an examination of the comparative and historical background that lies behind it and the characteristic way that quoting links pa...

The Foundations of Hip-Hop Encyclopedia
The Foundations of Hip-Hop Encyclopedia

by Anthony Kwame Harrison

Deejaying, emceeing, graffiti writing, and breakdancing. Together, these artistic expressions combined to form the foundation of one of the most significant cultural phenomena of the late 20th century - Hip-Hop. Rooted in African American culture and experience, the music, fashion, art, and attitude that is Hip-Hop crossed both racial boundaries an...

Of Cigarettes, High Heels, and Other Interesting Things
Of Cigarettes, High Heels, and Other Interesting Things

by Marcel Danesi

This book deals with one the most interesting aspects of human life - the search for meaning. It discusses how the science of semiotics is equipped to provide insight on what meaning is and how we produce it. Why is it that certain people routinely put their survival at risk by smoking? Why is it that some women make locomotion difficult for themse...

An Introduction to Machine Learning
An Introduction to Machine Learning

by Miroslav Kubat

This textbook presents fundamental machine learning concepts in an easy to understand manner by providing practical advice, using straightforward examples, and offering engaging discussions of relevant applications. The main topics include Bayesian classifiers, nearest-neighbor classifiers, linear and polynomial classifiers, decision trees, neural ...

LaTeX in 24 Hours
LaTeX in 24 Hours

by Dilip Datta

This book presents direct and concise explanations and examples to many LaTeX syntax and structures, allowing students and researchers to quickly understand the basics that are required for writing and preparing book manuscripts, journal articles, reports, presentation slides and academic theses and dissertations for publication. Unlike much of th...

Reinforcement Learning
Reinforcement Learning

by Richard S. Sutton, Andrew G. Barto

Reinforcement learning, one of the most active research areas in artificial intelligence, is a computational approach to learning whereby an agent tries to maximize the total amount of reward it receives while interacting with a complex, uncertain environment. In Reinforcement Learning, Richard Sutton and Andrew Barto provide a clear and simple acc...

Laravel 5 Official Documentation
Laravel 5 Official Documentation

by Gary Blankenship

A free ebook version of the Laravel 5.x Official Documentation...

Humanities World Report 2015
Humanities World Report 2015

by Poul Holm, Arne Jarrick, Dominic Scott

The first of its kind, this Open Access 'Report' is a first step in assessing the state of the humanities worldwide. Based on an extensive literature review and enlightening interviews the book discusses the value of the humanities, the nature of humanities research and the relation between humanities and politics, amongst other issues....

Cyborgs in Latin America
Cyborgs in Latin America

by J. Andrew Brown

A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via the OAPEN Library platform, www.oapen.org . Cyborgs in Latin America explores the ways cultural expression in Latin America has grappled with the changing relationships between technology and human identity....

Policy-Oriented Technology Assessment Across Europe: Expanding Capacities
Policy-Oriented Technology Assessment Across Europe: Expanding Capacities

by Lars Klüver, Rasmus Øjvind Nielsen, Marie Louise Jørgensen

Policy-making to address grand challenges faces greater complexity than any previous project of modernization. Future scenarios are haunted by uncertainty and there is real ambivalence as to the values that policy should strive for. In this situation decision-makers look to research and innovation to provide answers and solutions. But neither can t...

Manifesto of the New Economy
Manifesto of the New Economy

by Alexander Dolgin

How do social networking services earn money?What is the "second hand of the market" and how does it operate? Why does society need so many different kinds of goods? What does happiness economics not reveal about happiness?What is the link between talent, success and "stardom"? What is the business development model for the ent...

Vote Buying in Indonesia
Vote Buying in Indonesia

by Burhanuddin Muhtadi

Muhtadi's analysis of vote-buying in post-democratization Indonesia is original, profound, subtle, nuanced, and convincing as well as beautifully organized and well written. Equally important, its imaginative policy prescriptions will be widely read and cited as a significant contribution to the literature of comparative electoral politics. —Wil...

Bats in the Anthropocene: Conservation of Bats in a Changing World
Bats in the Anthropocene: Conservation of Bats in a Changing World

by Christian C. Voigt, Tigga Kingston

This book focuses on central themes related to the conservation of bats. It details their response to land-use change and management practices, intensified urbanization and roost disturbance and loss. Increasing interactions between humans and bats as a result of hunting, disease relationships, occupation of human dwellings, and conflict over fruit...

Higher Education Reforms in Romania
Higher Education Reforms in Romania

by Adrian Curaj, Ligia Deca, Eva Egron-Polak, Jamil Salmi

Romania is an active player in various international higher education areas, while undergoing a series of higher education reforms within its national framework. The Higher Education Evidence Based Policy Making: a necessary premise for progress in Romania project was implemented by the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development ...

The Restless Compendium
The Restless Compendium

by Felicity Callard, Kimberley Staines, James Wilkes

This interdisciplinary book contains 22 essays and interventions on rest and restlessness, silence and noise, relaxation and work. It draws together approaches from artists, literary scholars, psychologists, activists, historians, geographers and sociologists who challenge assumptions about how rest operates across mind, bodies, and practices. Rest...

Research Assessment in the Humanities
Research Assessment in the Humanities

by Michael Ochsner, Sven E. Hug, Hans-Dieter Daniel

This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access.This book analyses and discusses the recent developments for assessing research quality in the humanities and related fields in the social sciences. Research assessments in the humanities are highly controversial and the evaluation of humanities research is delicate. Whi...

Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions of Gases and Particles
Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions of Gases and Particles

by Peter Liss, Martin Johnson

The oceans and atmosphere interact through various processes, including the transfer of momentum, heat, gases and particles. In this book leading international experts come together to provide a state-of-the-art account of these exchanges and their role in the Earth-system, with particular focus on gases and particles. Chapters in the book cover: ...

The Ethical Spirit of EU Law
The Ethical Spirit of EU Law

by Markus Frischhut

This book seeks to identify the ethical spirit of European Union (EU) law, a context in which we can observe a trend towards increasing references to the terms 'ethics' and 'morality.' This aspect is all the more important because EU law is now affecting more and more areas of national law, including such sensitive ones as the patentability of huma...

Social Theory of Fear
Social Theory of Fear

by Geoffrey R. Skoll

In the current crisis of the capitalist world system, elites promote fear of crime and terrorism to keep and expand their privileges and control the masses. This book offers an analysis of the crisis and strategies for rebellion....

The European Higher Education Area
The European Higher Education Area

by Adrian Curaj, Liviu Matei, Remus Pricopie, Jamil Salmi, Peter Scott

Bridging the gap between higher education research and policy making was always a challenge, but the recent calls for more evidence-based policies have opened a window of unprecedented opportunity for researchers to bring more contributions to shaping the future of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Encouraged by the success of the 2011 fir...

Primary Angioplasty
Primary Angioplasty

by Timothy J Watson, Paul JL Ong, James E Tcheng

This quick-reference handbook offers a concise and practical review of key aspects of the treatment of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) in the era of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI). In the context of STEMI, PPCI is the preferred mode of emergency revascularization. Access to PPCI is rapidly increasing and is now...

Equitable Research Partnerships
Equitable Research Partnerships

by Doris Schroeder, Kate Chatfield, Michelle Singh, Roger Chennells, Peter Herissone-Kelly

This book offers insights into the development of the ground-breaking Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings (GCC) and the San Code of Research Ethics. Using a new, intuitive moral framework predicated on fairness, respect, care and honesty, both codes target ethics dumping - the export of unethical research practices from a ...

Semiotics in Mathematics Education
Semiotics in Mathematics Education

by Norma Presmeg, Luis Radford, Wolff-Michael Roth, Gert Kadunz

This volume discusses semiotics in mathematics education as an activity with a formal sign system, in which each sign represents something else. Theories presented by Saussure, Peirce, Vygotsky and other writers on semiotics are summarized in their relevance to the teaching and learning of mathematics. The significance of signs for mathematics educ...

Human Rights in Child Protection
Human Rights in Child Protection

by Asgeir Falch-Eriksen, Elisabeth Backe-Hansen

This book critically explores what child protection policy and professional practice would mean if practice was grounded in human rights standards. This book inspires a new direction in child protection research – one that critically assesses child protection policy and professional practice with regard to human rights in general, and the rights ...

History Education and Conflict Transformation
History Education and Conflict Transformation

by Charis Psaltis, Mario Carretero, Sabina Čehajić-Clancy

This volume discusses the effects, models and implications of history teaching in relation to conflict transformation and reconciliation from a social-psychological perspective. Bringing together a mix of established and young researchers and academics, from the fields of psychology, education, and history, the book provides an in-depth exploration...

The Gene Ontology Handbook
The Gene Ontology Handbook

by Christophe Dessimoz, Nives Škunca

This book provides a practical and self-contained overview of the Gene Ontology (GO), the leading project to organize biological knowledge on genes and their products across genomic resources. Written for biologists and bioinformaticians, it covers the state-of-the-art of how GO annotations are made, how they are evaluated, and what sort of analyse...

From Bilateral Arbitral Tribunals and Investment Courts to a Multilateral Investment Court
From Bilateral Arbitral Tribunals and Investment Courts to a Multilateral Investment Court

by Marc Bungenberg, August Reinisch

This book considers the potential setup for a future Multilateral Investment Court (MIC). The option of an MIC was first discussed by the EU Commission in 2016 and has since been made an official element of the EU Common Commercial Policy. In 2017, UNCITRAL also decided to discuss the possibility of an MIC, and on 20 March 2018, the Council of the ...

European Citizenship after Brexit
European Citizenship after Brexit

by Patricia Mindus

This book investigates European citizenship after Brexit, in light of the functionalist theory of citizenship. No matter its shape, Brexit will impact significantly on what has been labelled as one of the major achievements of EU integration: Citizenship of the Union. For the first time an automatic and collective lapse of status is observed. It is...

Anti-fragile ICT Systems
Anti-fragile ICT Systems

by Kjell Jørgen Hole

This book introduces a novel approach to the design and operation of large ICT systems. It views the technical solutions and their stakeholders as complex adaptive systems and argues that traditional risk analyses cannot predict all future incidents with major impacts. To avoid unacceptable events, it is necessary to establish and operate anti-frag...

The Essence of Software Engineering
The Essence of Software Engineering

by Volker Gruhn, Rüdiger Striemer

This book includes contributions by leading researchers and industry thought leaders on various topics related to the essence of software engineering and their application in industrial projects. It offers a broad overview of research findings dealing with current practical software engineering issues and also pointers to potential future developme...

Evaluating Climate Change Action for Sustainable Development
Evaluating Climate Change Action for Sustainable Development

by Juha I. Uitto, Jyotsna Puri, Rob D. van den Berg

This book is open access under a Creative Commons license.This authoritative book presents the ever progressing state of the art in evaluating climate change strategies and action. It builds upon a selection of relevant and practical papers and presentations given at the 2nd International Conference on Evaluating Climate Change and Development held...

Re-engineering the Uptake of ICT in Schools
Re-engineering the Uptake of ICT in Schools

by Frans Van Assche, Luis Anido, David Griffiths, Cathy Lewin, Sarah McNicol

This book reports on a novel and comprehensive approach to the uptake of ICT in Schools. It focuses on key questions, pedagogically sound ways of introducing ICT, new technical artifacts supporting the approach, the evaluation in a large-scale validator, and future work. While many innovations in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) have emerged over...

Dissonant Heritages and Memories in Contemporary Europe
Dissonant Heritages and Memories in Contemporary Europe

by Tuuli Lähdesmäki, Luisa Passerini, Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus, Iris van Huis

This book discusses political, economic, social, and humanitarian challenges that influence both how people deal with their past and how they build their identities in contemporary Europe. Ongoing debates on migration, on local, national, inter- and transnational levels, prove that it is a divisive issue with regards to understanding European integ...

Reconsidering Constitutional Formation II Decisive Constitutional Normativity
Reconsidering Constitutional Formation II Decisive Constitutional Normativity

by Ulrike Müßig

This second volume of ReConFort, published open access, addresses the decisive role of constitutional normativity, and focuses on discourses concerning the legal role of constitutional norms. Taken together with ReConFort I (National Sovereignty), it calls for an innovative reassessment of constitutional history drawing on key categories to convey ...

Pentecostalism and Witchcraft
Pentecostalism and Witchcraft

by Knut Rio, Michelle MacCarthy, Ruy Blanes

This book presents fresh ethnographic work from the regions of Africa and Melanesia—where the popularity of charismatic Christianity can be linked to a revival and transformation of witchcraft. The volume demonstrates how the Holy Spirit has become an adversary to the reconfirmed presence of witches, demons, and sorcerers as manifestations of evi...

Multi-dimensional Approaches Towards New Technology
Multi-dimensional Approaches Towards New Technology

by Ashish Bharadwaj, Vishwas H. Devaiah, Indranath Gupta

This open access edited book captures the complexities and conflicts arising at the interface of intellectual property rights (IPR) and competition law. To do so, it discusses four specific themes: (a) policies governing functioning of standard setting organizations (SSOs), transparency and incentivising future innovation; (b) issue of royalties fo...

Indigenous Knowledge and Education in Africa
Indigenous Knowledge and Education in Africa

by Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu

This book presents a strong philosophical, theoretical and practical argument for the mainstreaming of indigenous knowledge in curricula development, and in teaching and learning across the African continent. Since the dawn of political independence in Africa, there has been an ongoing search for the kind of education that will create a class of pr...

Knowledge and Action
Knowledge and Action

by Peter Meusburger, Benno Werlen, Laura Suarsana

This volume explores interdependencies between knowledge, action, and space from different interdisciplinary perspectives. Some of the contributors discuss knowledge as a social construct based on collective action, while others look at knowledge as an individual capacity for action. The chapters contain theoretical frameworks as well as experiment...

Teaching and Learning Mathematical Modelling
Teaching and Learning Mathematical Modelling

by Gilbert Greefrath, Katrin Vorhölter

This survey provides an overview of the German discussion on modelling and applications in schools. It considers the development from the beginning of the 20th century to the present, and discusses the term "mathematical model" as well as different representations of the modelling process as modelling cycles. Different trends in the histo...

Dignity in the 21st Century
Dignity in the 21st Century

by Doris Schroeder, Abol‐Hassan Bani-Sadr

This book offers a unique and insightful analysis of Western and Middle Eastern concepts of dignity and illustrates them with examples of everyday life. Dignity in the 21st Century - Middle East and West is unique and insightful for a range of reasons. First, the book is co-authored by scholars from two different cultures (Middle East and West). As...

Scaling of Differential Equations
Scaling of Differential Equations

by Hans Petter Langtangen, Geir K. Pedersen

The book serves both as a reference for various scaled models with corresponding dimensionless numbers, and as a resource for learning the art of scaling. A special feature of the book is the emphasis on how to create software for scaled models, based on existing software for unscaled models. Scaling (or non-dimensionalization) is a mathematical...

Informatics in the Future
Informatics in the Future

by Hannes Werthner, Frank van Harmelen

This volume discusses the prospects and evolution of informatics (or computer science), which has become the operating system of our world, and is today seen as the science of the information society. Its artifacts change the world and its methods have an impact on how we think about and perceive the world. Classical computer science is built on th...

Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems
Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems

by Dirk Beyer, Marieke Huisman, Fabrice Kordon, Bernhard Steffen

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems, TACAS 2001. The 36 revised full papers presented together with an invited contribution were carefully reviewed and selected from a total of 125 submissions. The papers are organized in sections on ...

Earth Observation Open Science and Innovation
Earth Observation Open Science and Innovation

by Pierre-Philippe Mathieu, Christoph Aubrecht

Over the past decades, rapid developments in digital and sensing technologies, such as the Cloud, Web and Internet of Things, have dramatically changed the way we live and work. The digital transformation is revolutionizing our ability to monitor our planet and transforming the way we access, process and exploit Earth Observation data from satell...

Socio-Environmental Dynamics along the Historical Silk Road
Socio-Environmental Dynamics along the Historical Silk Road

by Liang Emlyn Yang, Hans-Rudolf Bork, Xiuqi Fang, Steffen Mischke

This book discusses socio-environmental interactions in the middle to late Holocene, covering specific areas along the ancient Silk Road regions. Over twenty chapters provide insight into this topic from various disciplinary angles and perspectives, ranging from archaeology, paleoclimatology, antiquity, historical geography, agriculture, carving ar...

IMPROVE - Innovative Modelling Approaches for Production Systems to Raise Validatable Efficiency
IMPROVE - Innovative Modelling Approaches for Production Systems to Raise Validatable Efficiency

by Oliver Niggemann, Peter Schüller

This open access work presents selected results from the European research and innovation project IMPROVE which yielded novel data-based solutions to enhance machine reliability and efficiency in the fields of simulation and optimization, condition monitoring, alarm management, and quality prediction. Prof. Dr. Oliver Niggemann is Professor for Ar...

Achieving the Paris Climate Agreement Goals
Achieving the Paris Climate Agreement Goals

by Sven Teske

This book presents detailed pathways to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050, globally and across ten geographical regions. Based on state-of-the-art scenario modelling, it provides the vital missing link between renewable energy targets and the measures needed to achieve them. Bringing together the latest research in climate science, renewable en...

Wetlands and Water Framework Directive
Wetlands and Water Framework Directive

by Stefan Ignar, Mateusz Grygoruk

This book compares the lessons learned from a wetland-perspective approach to the changing climate and the requirements of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) with regard to environmental conservation. Examples from Germany and Poland are discussed due to the efficiency of their respective implementations of water conservation policies. Although th...

The Interconnected Arctic - UArctic Congress 2016
The Interconnected Arctic - UArctic Congress 2016

by Kirsi Latola, Hannele Savela

This book presents the most current research results and knowledge from five multidisciplinary themes: Vulnerability of Arctic Environments, Vulnerability of Arctic Societies, Local and Traditional Knowledge, Building Long-term Human Capacity, New Markets for the Arctic, including tourism and safety. The themes are those discussed at the first ever...

Compartment Syndrome
Compartment Syndrome

by Cyril Mauffrey, David J. Hak, Murphy P. Martin III

Compartment syndrome is a complex physiologic process with significant potential harm, and though an important clinical problem, the basic science and research surrounding this entity remains poorly understood. This unique open access book fills the gap in the knowledge of compartment syndrome, re-evaluating the current state of the art on this con...

Bio-based Building Skin
Bio-based Building Skin

by Anna Sandak, Jakub Sandak, Marcin Brzezicki, Andreja Kutnar

This book provides a compendium of material properties, demonstrates several successful examples of bio-based materials' application in building facades, and offers ideas for new designs and novel solutions. It features a state-of-the-art review, addresses the latest trends in material selection, assembling systems, and innovative functions of faca...

Compendium for Early Career Researchers in Mathematics Education
Compendium for Early Career Researchers in Mathematics Education

by Gabriele Kaiser, Norma Presmeg

The purpose of this Open Access compendium, written by experienced researchers in mathematics education, is to serve as a resource for early career researchers in furthering their knowledge of the state of the field and disseminating their research through publishing. To accomplish this, the book is split into four sections: Empirical Methods, Impo...

History of Mathematics Teaching and Learning
History of Mathematics Teaching and Learning

by Alexander Karp, Fulvia Furinghetti

This work examines the main directions of research conducted on the history of mathematics education. It devotes substantial attention to research methodologies and the connections between this field and other scholarly fields. The results of a survey about academic literature on this subject are accompanied by a discussion of what has yet to be do...

Contemporary Perspectives on Ageism
Contemporary Perspectives on Ageism

by Liat Ayalon, Clemens Tesch-Römer

This book provides a comprehensive European perspective on the concept of ageism, its origins, the manifestation and consequences of ageism, as well as ways to respond to and research ageism. The book represents a collaborative effort of researchers from over 20 countries and a variety of disciplines, including, psychology, sociology, gerontology, ...

Theory and Applications of Ordered Fuzzy Numbers
Theory and Applications of Ordered Fuzzy Numbers

by Piotr Prokopowicz, Jacek Czerniak, Dariusz Mikołajewski, Łukasz Apiecionek, Dominik Ślȩzak

This book offers comprehensive coverage on Ordered Fuzzy Numbers, providing readers with both the basic information and the necessary expertise to use them in a variety of real-world applications. The respective chapters, written by leading researchers, discuss the main techniques and applications, together with the advantages and shortcomings of t...

The Making of Islamic Heritage
The Making of Islamic Heritage

by Trinidad Rico

Offering key insights into critical debates on the construction, management and destruction of heritage in Muslim contexts, this volume considers how Islamic heritages are constructed through texts and practices which award heritage value. It examines how the monolithic representation of Islamic heritage (as a singular construct) can be enriched by...

Nuclear Back-end and Transmutation Technology for Waste Disposal
Nuclear Back-end and Transmutation Technology for Waste Disposal

by Ken Nakajima

This book covers essential aspects of transmutation technologies, highlighting especially the advances in Japan. The accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) has caused us to focus attention on a large amount of spent nuclear fuels stored in NPPs. In addition, public anxiety regarding the treatment and disposal of high-level radi...

Reconsidering Constitutional Formation I National Sovereignty
Reconsidering Constitutional Formation I National Sovereignty

by Ulrike Müßig

Legal studies and consequently legal history focus on constitutional documents, believing in a nominalist autonomy of constitutional semantics.Reconsidering Constitutional Formation in the late 18th and 19th century, kept historic constitutions from being simply log-books for political experts through a functional approach to the interdependencies ...

Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming
Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming

by Philippe Kruchten, Steven Fraser, François Coallier

This book constitutes the proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Agile Software Development, XP 2019, held in Montreal, QC, Canada, in May 2019. XP is the premier agile software development conference combining research and practice. It is a hybrid forum where agile researchers, academics, practitioners, thought leaders, coaches, and...

IEA International Computer and Information Literacy Study 2018 Assessment Framework
IEA International Computer and Information Literacy Study 2018 Assessment Framework

by Julian Fraillon, John Ainley, Wolfram Schulz, Daniel Duckworth, Tim Friedman

This free book presents the assessment framework for IEA's International Computer an Information Literacy Study (ICILS) 2018, which is designed to assess how well students are prepared for study, work and life in a digital world. The study measures international differences in students' computer and information literacy (CIL): their ability to use ...

Contemporary Issues in Human Rights Law
Contemporary Issues in Human Rights Law

by Yumiko Nakanishi

This book analyzes issues in human rights law from a variety of perspectives by eminent European and Asian professors of constitutional law, international public law, and European Union law. As a result, their contributions collected here illustrate the phenomenon of cross-fertilization not only in Europe (the EU and its member states and the Counc...

The Huawei and Snowden Questions
The Huawei and Snowden Questions

by Olav Lysne

PreliminaryThis book answers two central questions: firstly, is it at all possible to verify electronic equipment procured from untrusted vendors? Secondly, can I build trust into my products in such a way that I support verification by untrusting customers? In separate chapters the book takes readers through the state of the art in fields of comp...

Transitions in Mathematics Education
Transitions in Mathematics Education

by Ghislaine Gueudet, Marianna Bosch, Andrea diSessa, Oh Nam Kwon, Lieven Verschaffel

This book examines the kinds of transitions that have been studied in mathematics education research. It defines transition as a process of change, and describes learning in an educational context as a transition process. The book focuses on research in the area of mathematics education, and starts out with a literature review, describing the epist...

Autonomous Control for a Reliable Internet of Services
Autonomous Control for a Reliable Internet of Services

by Ivan Ganchev, R. van der Mei, Hans van den Berg

This free book was prepared as a Final Publication of the COST Action IC1304 "Autonomous Control for a Reliable Internet of Services (ACROSS)". The book contains 14 chapters and constitutes a show-case of the main outcome of the Action in line with its scientific goals. It will serve as a valuable reference for undergraduate and post-grad...

Inside Asylum Bureaucracy: Organizing Refugee Status Determination in Austria
Inside Asylum Bureaucracy: Organizing Refugee Status Determination in Austria

by Julia Dahlvik

This open access monograph provides sociological insight into governmental action on the administration of asylum in the European context. It offers an in-depth understanding of how decision-making officials encounter and respond to structural contradictions in the asylum procedure produced by diverging legal, political, and administrative objectiv...

High-Performance Modelling and Simulation for Big Data Applications
High-Performance Modelling and Simulation for Big Data Applications

by Joanna Kołodziej, Horacio González-Vélez

This book is the final compendium of case studies emanated from the 4-year COST Action IC1406 "High-Performance Modelling and Simulation for Big Data Applications" (cHiPSet). Funded by the European Commission from 2015, cHiPSet has created a sustainable reference network linking applied research in High Performance Computing (HPC) and Mod...

R.J. Rummel: An Assessment of His Many Contributions
R.J. Rummel: An Assessment of His Many Contributions

by Nils Petter Gleditsch

The book provides a critical and constructive assessment of the many contributions to social science and politics made by Professor R. J. Rummel. Rummel was a prolific writer and an important teacher and mentor to a number of people who in turn have made their mark on the profession. His work has always been controversial. But after the end of the ...

Representations of Transnational Human Trafficking
Representations of Transnational Human Trafficking

by Christiana Gregoriou

This open access edited collection examines representations of human trafficking in media ranging from British and Serbian newspapers, British and Scandinavian crime novels, and a documentary series, and questions the extent to which these portrayals reflect the realities of trafficking. It tackles the problematic tendency to under-report particula...

Problem Solving in Mathematics Education
Problem Solving in Mathematics Education

by Peter Liljedahl, Manuel Santos-Trigo, Uldarico Malaspina, Regina Bruder

This survey book reviews four interrelated areas: (i) the relevance of heuristics in problem-solving approaches – why they are important and what research tells us about their use; (ii) the need to characterize and foster creative problem-solving approaches – what type of heuristics helps learners devise and practice creative solutions; (iii) t...

Knowledge and Institutions
Knowledge and Institutions

by Johannes Glückler, Roy Suddaby, Regina Lenz

This book bridges the disciplinary boundaries within the social sciences to explore the role of social institutions in shaping geographical contexts, and in creating new knowledge. It includes theorizations as well as original empirical case studies on the emergence, maintenance and change of institutions as well as on their constraining and enabli...

Qualitative Research in European Migration Studies
Qualitative Research in European Migration Studies

by Ricard Zapata-Barrero, Evren Yalaz

This book covers the main issues, challenges and techniques concerning the application of qualitative methodologies to the study of migration. It discusses theoretical, epistemological and empirical questions that must be considered before, during, and after undertaking qualitative research in migration studies. It also covers recent innovative dev...

Biodiversity Conservation and Phylogenetic Systematics
Biodiversity Conservation and Phylogenetic Systematics

by Roseli Pellens, Philippe Grandcolas

Phylogenetic diversity is now a key concept for biodiversity conservation due to its link to option value, evolutionary potential and to the possibility of guiding conservation across scales. Present facilities for obtaining molecular sequences and metagenomes are powering this research field, rendering available detailed information of phylogeneti...

Medical Imaging Systems
Medical Imaging Systems

by Andreas Maier, Stefan Steidl, Vincent Christlein, Joachim Hornegger

This book gives a complete and comprehensive introduction to the fields of medical imaging systems, as designed for a broad range of applications. The authors of the book first explain the foundations of system theory and image processing, before highlighting several modalities in a dedicated chapter. The initial focus is on modalities that are clo...

Nordic Mediation Research
Nordic Mediation Research

by Anna Nylund, Kaijus Ervasti, Lin Adrian

This book presents twelve unique studies on mediation from researchers in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, respectively. Each study highlights important aspects of mediation, including the role of children in family mediation, the evolution and ambivalent application of restorative justice in the Nordic countries, the confusion of roles in cour...

Managed Software Evolution
Managed Software Evolution

by Ralf Reussner, Michael Goedicke, Wilhelm Hasselbring, Birgit Vogel-Heuser, Jan Keim, Lukas Märtin

This book presents the outcomes of the "Design for Future - Managed Software Evolution" priority program 1593, which was launched by the German Research Foundation ("Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)") to develop new approaches to software engineering with a specific focus on long-lived software systems. The different lifecy...

The Indigenous Identity of the South Saami
The Indigenous Identity of the South Saami

by Håkon Hermanstrand, Asbjørn Kolberg, Trond Risto Nilssen, Leiv Sem

This book is a novel contribution in two ways: It is a multi-disciplinary examination of the indigenous South Saami people in Fennoscandia, a social and cultural group that often is overlooked as it is a minority within the Saami minority. Based on both historical material such as archaeological evidence, 20th century newspapers, and postcard motiv...

Empirical Research in Statistics Education
Empirical Research in Statistics Education

by Andreas Eichler, Lucía Zapata-Cardona

This ICME-13 Topical Survey provides a review of recent research into statistics education, with a focus on empirical research published in established educational journals and on the proceedings of important conferences on statistics education. It identifies and addresses six key research topics, namely: teachers' knowledge; teachers' role in stat...

Handbook of Ocean Wave Energy
Handbook of Ocean Wave Energy

by Arthur Pecher, Jens Peter Kofoed

Тhis book offers a concise, practice-oriented reference-guide to the field of ocean wave energy. The ten chapters highlight the key rules of thumb, address all the main technical engineering aspects and describe in detail all the key aspects to be considered in the techno-economic assessment of wave energy converters. Written in an easy-to-underst...

High Density Lipoproteins
High Density Lipoproteins

by Arnold von Eckardstein, Dimitris Kardassis

In this Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology on "High Density Lipoproteins – from biological understanding to clinical exploitation" contributing authors (members of COST Action BM0904/HDLnet) summarize in more than 20 chapters our current knowledge on the structure, function, metabolism and regulation of HDL in health and several dise...

A Practical Guide to TPM 2.0
A Practical Guide to TPM 2.0

by Will Arthur, David Challener, Kenneth Goldman

A Practical Guide to TPM 2.0: Using the Trusted Platform Module in the New Age of Security is a straight-forward primer for developers. It shows security and TPM concepts, demonstrating their use in real applications that the reader can try out. Simply put, this book is designed to empower and excite the programming community to go out and do co...

Integration Processes and Policies in Europe
Integration Processes and Policies in Europe

by Blanca Garcés-Mascareñas, Rinus Penninx

In this book, experts on integration processes, integration policies, transnationalism, and the migration and development framework provide an academic assessment of the 2011 European Agenda for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals, which calls for integration policies in the EU to involve not only immigrants and their society of settlement, ...

Market Segmentation Analysis
Market Segmentation Analysis

by Sara Dolnicar, Bettina Grün, Friedrich Leisch

This book offers something for everyone working with market segmentation: practical guidance for users of market segmentation solutions; organisational guidance on implementation issues; guidance for market researchers in charge of collecting suitable data; and guidance for data analysts with respect to the technical and statistical aspects of mark...

Finding the Limits of the Limes
Finding the Limits of the Limes

by Philip Verhagen, Jamie Joyce, Mark Groenhuijzen

This book demonstrates the application of simulation modelling and network analysis techniques in the field of Roman studies. It summarizes and discusses the results of a 5-year research project carried out by the editors that aimed to apply spatial dynamical modelling to reconstruct and understand the socio-economic development of the Dutch part o...

Research on Teaching and Learning Probability
Research on Teaching and Learning Probability

by Carmen Batanero, Egan Chernoff, Joachim Engel, Hollylynne Lee, Ernesto Sánchez

This book summarizes the vast amount of research related to teaching and learning probability that has been conducted for more than 50 years in a variety of disciplines. It begins with a synthesis of the most important probability interpretations throughout history: intuitive, classical, frequentist, subjective, logical propensity and axiomatic vie...

Fundamentals of Clinical Data Science
Fundamentals of Clinical Data Science

by Pieter Kubben, Michel Dumontier, Andre Dekker

This book comprehensively covers the fundamentals of clinical data science, focusing on data collection, modelling and clinical applications. Topics covered in the first section on data collection include: data sources, data at scale (big data), data stewardship (FAIR data) and related privacy concerns. Aspects of predictive modelling using tec...

Social and Political Dimensions of Mathematics Education
Social and Political Dimensions of Mathematics Education

by Murad Jurdak, Renuka Vithal, Elizabeth de Freitas, Peter Gates, David Kollosche

This book examines the current thinking on five critical social and political areas in mathematics education. It focuses on material conditions in teaching and learning, and details features of social life and their influence on mathematics teaching, learning and achievement. Following an introduction, the first section addresses equitable access a...

Optics in Our Time
Optics in Our Time

by Mohammad D. Al-Amri, Mohamed El-Gomati, M. Suhail Zubairy

Light and light based technologies have played an important role in transforming our lives via scientific contributions spanned over thousands of years. In this book we present a vast collection of articles on various aspects of light and its applications in the contemporary world at a popular or semi-popular level. These articles are written by th...

Do Exclusionary Rules Ensure a Fair Trial?
Do Exclusionary Rules Ensure a Fair Trial?

by Sabine Gless, Thomas Richter

This open access publication discusses exclusionary rules in different criminal justice systems. It is based on the findings of a research project in comparative law with a focus on the question of whether or not a fair trial can be secured through evidence exclusion. Part I explains the legal framework in which exclusionary rules function in six l...

Affect and Mathematics Education
Affect and Mathematics Education

by Markku Hannula, Gilah Leder, Francesca Morselli, Maike Vollstedt, Qiaoping Zhang

This book, inspired by the ICME 13 topic study group "Affect, beliefs and identity in mathematics education", presents the latest trends in research in the area. Following an introduction and a survey chapter providing a concise overview of the state-of-art in the field of mathematics-related affect, the book is divided into three main se...

Fashion Figures
Fashion Figures

by Melissa A. Borza

Missy Maker is a middle school girl who loves math and fashion. She sees math in everything she does. She tries to hide this from her friends, because she thinks it's too geeky. Missy hears that the school math club needs more members, but she's worried about what her friends will think if she joins, and she's already committed to joining the fashi...

Building the Foundation: Whole Numbers in the Primary Grades
Building the Foundation: Whole Numbers in the Primary Grades

by Maria Bartolini Bussi, Xu Hua Sun

This twenty-third ICMI Study addresses for the first time mathematics teaching and learning in the primary school (and pre-school) setting, while also taking international perspectives, socio-cultural diversity and institutional constraints into account. One of the main challenges of designing the first ICMI primary school study of this kind is the...

Nanoinformatics
Nanoinformatics

by Isao Tanaka

This book brings out the state of the art on how informatics-based tools are used and expected to be used in nanomaterials research. There has been great progress in the area in which "big-data" generated by experiments or computations are fully utilized to accelerate discovery of new materials, key factors, and design rules. Data-intensi...

International Comparative Studies in Mathematics
International Comparative Studies in Mathematics

by Jinfa Cai, Ida A.Mok, Vijay Reddy, Kaye Stacey

It argues that the main purpose of educational research is to improve student learning, and that international comparative studies are no exception....

Psychometric Framework for Modeling Parental Involvement and Reading Literacy
Psychometric Framework for Modeling Parental Involvement and Reading Literacy

by Annemiek Punter, Cees A. Glas, Martina R. Meelissen

This volume offers insights from modelling measures of parental involvement and their relationship with student reading literacy across countries, exploring and incorporating cultural differences. This is a significant contribution to a field where cross-cultural comparisons from a triangulated perspective are sparse. For readers interested in expl...

Elements of Robotics
Elements of Robotics

by Mordechai Ben-Ari, Francesco Mondada

This book bridges the gap between playing with robots in school and studying robotics at the upper undergraduate and graduate levels to prepare for careers in industry and research. Robotic algorithms are presented formally, but using only mathematics known by high-school and first-year college students, such as calculus, matrices and probability. ...

Diseases of the Abdomen and Pelvis 2018-2021
Diseases of the Abdomen and Pelvis 2018-2021

by Juerg Hodler, Rahel Kubik-Huch, Gustav von Schulthess

This book deals with imaging of the abdomen and pelvis, an area that has seen considerable advances over the past several years, driven by clinical as well as technological developments. The respective chapters, written by internationally respected experts in their fields, focus on imaging diagnosis and interventional therapies in abdominal and pel...

Drones and the Creative Industry
Drones and the Creative Industry

by Virginia Santamarina-Campos, Marival Segarra-Oña

This open access, interdisciplinary book presents innovative strategies in the use of civil drones in the cultural and creative industry. Specially aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the book offers valuable insights from the fields of marketing, engineering, arts and management. With contributions from experts representing varied ...

Engineering a Better Future
Engineering a Better Future

by Eswaran Subrahmanian, Toluwalogo Odumosu, Jeffrey Y. Tsao

This book examines how the social sciences can be integrated into the praxis of engineering and science, presenting unique perspectives on the interplay between engineering and social science. Motivated by the report by the Commission on Humanities and Social Sciences of the American Association of Arts and Sciences, which emphasizes the importance...

Assessment in Mathematics Education
Assessment in Mathematics Education

by Christine Suurtamm, Denisse Thompson, Rae Young Kim, Leonora Diaz Moreno, Nathalie Sayac, Stanislaw Schukajlow, Edward Silver, Stefan Ufer, Pauline Vos

This book provides an overview of current research on a variety of topics related to both large-scale and classroom assessment. First, the purposes, traditions and principles of assessment are considered, with particular attention to those common to all levels of assessment and those more connected with either classroom or large-scale assessment. A...

Proceedings of the 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education
Proceedings of the 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education

by Gabriele Kaiser

The book presents the Proceedings of the 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-13) and is based on the presentations given at the 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-13). ICME-13 took place from 24th- 31st July 2016 at the University of Hamburg in Hamburg (Germany). The congress was hosted by the Societ...

Old and New Perspectives on Mortality Forecasting
Old and New Perspectives on Mortality Forecasting

by Tommy Bengtsson, Nico Keilman

This book describes methods of mortality forecasting and discusses possible improvements. It contains a selection of previously unpublished and published papers, which together provide a state-of-the-art overview of statistical approaches as well as behavioural and biological perspectives. The different parts of the book provide discussions of cu...

New Horizons for Asian Museums and Museology
New Horizons for Asian Museums and Museology

by Naoko Sonoda

This book presents up-to-date information about museums and museology in present-day Asia, focusing on Japan, Mongolia, Myanmar, and Thailand.Asian countries today have developed or are developing their own museology and museums, which are not simple copies of European or North American models. This book provides readers with carefully chosen examp...

Opening Science
Opening Science

by Sönke Bartling, Sascha Friesike

Modern information and communication technologies, together with a cultural upheaval within the research community, have profoundly changed research in nearly every aspect. Ranging from sharing and discussing ideas in social networks for scientists to new collaborative environments and novel publication formats, knowledge creation and dissemination...

Automated Machine Learning
Automated Machine Learning

by Frank Hutter, Lars Kotthoff, Joaquin Vanschoren

This book presents the first comprehensive overview of general methods in Automated Machine Learning (AutoML), collects descriptions of existing systems based on these methods, and discusses the first series of international challenges of AutoML systems. The recent success of commercial ML applications and the rapid growth of the field has created ...

Big Data in Context
Big Data in Context

by Thomas Hoeren, Barbara Kolany-Raiser

This book sheds new light on a selection of big data scenarios from an interdisciplinary perspective. It features legal, sociological and economic approaches to fundamental big data topics such as privacy, data quality and the ECJ's Safe Harbor decision on the one hand, and practical applications such as smart cars, wearables and web tracking on th...

Efficient Learning Machines
Efficient Learning Machines

by Mariette Awad, Rahul Khanna

Machine learning techniques provide cost-effective alternatives to traditional methods for extracting underlying relationships between information and data and for predicting future events by processing existing information to train models. Efficient Learning Machines explores the major topics of machine learning, including knowledge discovery, cla...

Innovations in Derivatives Markets
Innovations in Derivatives Markets

by Kathrin Glau, Zorana Grbac, Matthias Scherer, Rudi Zagst

This book presents 20 peer-reviewed chapters on current aspects of derivatives markets and derivative pricing. The contributions, written by leading researchers in the field as well as experienced authors from the financial industry, present the state of the art in: - Modeling counterparty credit risk: credit valuation adjustment, debit valuation a...

The Technological and Economic Future of Nuclear Power
The Technological and Economic Future of Nuclear Power

by Reinhard Haas, Lutz Mez, Amela Ajanovic

This open book discusses the eroding economics of nuclear power for electricity generation as well as technical, legal, and political acceptance issues. The use of nuclear power for electricity generation is still a heavily disputed issue. Aside from technical risks, safety issues, and the unsolved problem of nuclear waste disposal, the economic pe...

S-BPM in the Production Industry
S-BPM in the Production Industry

by Matthias Neubauer, Christian Stary

This volume presents several case studies highlighting the latest findings in Industry 4.0 projects utilizing S-BPM features. Their potential is explored in detail, while the limits of engineering a company from a communication-centred perspective are also discussed. After a general introduction and an overview of the book in chapter 1, chapter 2 ...

Nils Petter Gleditsch: Pioneer in the Analysis of War and Peace
Nils Petter Gleditsch: Pioneer in the Analysis of War and Peace

by Nils Petter Gleditsch

This book presents Nils Petter Gleditsch, a staff member of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO) since 1964, a former editor of the Journal for Peace Research (1983-2010), a former president of the International Studies Association (2008-2009) and the recipient of several academic awards as a pioneer in the scientific analysis of war and pea...

Special Topics in Information Technology
Special Topics in Information Technology

by Barbara Pernici

This book presents nine outstanding doctoral dissertations in Information Technology from the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Information Technology has always been highly interdisciplinary, as many aspects have to be considered in IT systems. The doctoral studies program in IT at Politecnico...

Happiness is the Wrong Metric
Happiness is the Wrong Metric

by Amitai Etzioni

This timely book addresses the conflict between globalism and nationalism. It provides a liberal communitarian response to the rise of populism occurring in many democracies. The book highlights the role of communities next to that of the state and the market. It spells out the policy implications of liberal communitarianism for privacy, freedom o...

The Future of the Law of the Sea
The Future of the Law of the Sea

by Gemma Andreone

It explores the diverse phenomena which are challenging the international law of the sea today, using the unique perspective of a simultaneous analysis of the national, individual and common interests at stake. This perspective, which all the contributors bear in mind when treating their own topic, also constitutes a useful element in the effort to...

Swiss Public Administration
Swiss Public Administration

by Andreas Ladner, Nils Soguel, Yves Emery, Sophie Weerts, Stéphane Nahrath

Swiss citizens approve of their government and the way democracy is practiced; they trust the authorities and are satisfied with the range of services Swiss governments provide. This is quite unusual when compared to other countries. This book provides insight into the organization and the functioning of the Swiss state. It claims that, beyond poli...

14th International Congress for Applied Mineralogy (ICAM2019)
14th International Congress for Applied Mineralogy (ICAM2019)

by Sergey Glagolev

This open access proceedings of the 14th International Council for Applied Mineralogy Congress (ICAM) in Belgorod, Russia cover a wide range of topics including applied mineralogy, advanced and construction materials, ore and industrial minerals, mineral exploration, cultural heritage, etc. It includes contributions to geometallurgy, industrial min...

Lithium-Ion Batteries
Lithium-Ion Batteries

by Beta Writer

This is the first machine-generated scientific book in chemistry published by Springer Nature. Serving as an innovative prototype defining the current status of the technology, it also provides an overview about the latest trends of lithium-ion batteries research.This book explores future ways of informing researchers and professionals. State-of-th...

The Psychology of Silicon Valley
The Psychology of Silicon Valley

by Katy Cook

This book explores the conscious and unconscious norms, values, and characteristics that drive behaviors within the high-tech capital of the world, Silicon Valley, and the sector it represents. In an era where the reach and influence of a single industry has the potential to define the future of our world, it has become apparent just how little we ...

Internal Diversity
Internal Diversity

by Sonja Moghaddari

This book explores the interrelation between diversity in migrants' internal relations and their experience of inequality in local and global contexts. Taking the case of Hamburg-based Iranians, it traces evaluation processes in ties between professionals - artists and entrepreneurs - since the 1930s, examining migrants' potential to act upon hiera...

5 Unsung Tools of DevOps
5 Unsung Tools of DevOps

by Jonathan Thurman

To quote Arthur Conan Doyle, "It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important." While I usually associate that quote with the toppings I want on my sundae, it rings true for the holistic view of DevOps. Configuration Management is critical, and you should have a system in place to handle the b...

Exploring .NET Core
Exploring .NET Core

by Dustin Metzgar

Windows developers have always enjoyed the productivity boost you get with the .NET platform, tools like Entity Framework and ASP.NET, and the amazingly-powerful C# language. Now, .NET Core extends those same benefits to Linux-based systems, offering a true cross-platform solution for enterprise application development. The .NET Core tools, includi...

Sustainability, Human Well-Being, and the Future of Education
Sustainability, Human Well-Being, and the Future of Education

by Justin W. Cook

This book explores the key dimensions of a future education system designed to enable individuals, schools, and communities to achieve the twin twenty-first century challenges of sustainability and human well-being. For much of the twentieth century, Western education systems prepared students to enter the workforce, contribute to society and succe...

Systematic Reviews in Educational Research
Systematic Reviews in Educational Research

by Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Michael Kerres, Svenja Bedenlier, Melissa Bond, Katja Buntins

In this volume, international researchers of the field describe and discuss the systematic review method in its application to research in education. Alongside fundamental methodical considerations, reflections and practice examples are included and provide an introduction and overview on systematic reviews in education research. Reflections on th...

One Hundred Years of Chemical Warfare: Research, Deployment, Consequences
One Hundred Years of Chemical Warfare: Research, Deployment, Consequences

by Bretislav Friedrich, Dieter Hoffmann, Jürgen Renn, Florian Schmaltz, Martin Wolf

Carried by a long-awaited wind, the chlorine cloud passed within a few minutes through the British and French trenches, leaving behind at least 1,000 dead and 4,000 injured. This chemical attack, which amounted to the first use of a weapon of mass destruction, marks a turning point in world history. The preparation as well as the execution of the g...

European Variations as a Key to Cooperation
European Variations as a Key to Cooperation

by Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Emina Ćerimović, Huub Dijstelbloem, Mathieu Segers

This free book offers a novel view on the benefits of a lasting variation between the member states in the EU. In order to bring together thirty very different European states and their citizens, the EU will have to offer more scope for variation. Unlike the existing differentiation by means of opt-outs and deviations, variation is not a concession...

National Constitutions in European and Global Governance: Democracy, Rights, the Rule of Law
National Constitutions in European and Global Governance: Democracy, Rights, the Rule of Law

by Anneli Albi, Samo Bardutzky

This two-volume book, published open access, brings together leading scholars of constitutional law from twenty-nine European countries to revisit the role of national constitutions at a time when decision-making has increasingly shifted to the European and transnational level. It offers important insights into three areas. First, it explores how c...

Perspectives on European Earthquake Engineering and Seismology
Perspectives on European Earthquake Engineering and Seismology

by Atilla Ansal

This book collects 4 keynote and 15 theme lectures presented at the 2nd European Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (2ECEES), held in Istanbul, Turkey, from August 24 to 29, 2014. The conference was organized by the Turkish Earthquake Foundation - Earthquake Engineering Committee and Prime Ministry, Disaster and Emergency Managemen...

Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights
Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights

by Markus Kaltenborn, Markus Krajewski, Heike Kuhn

This free book analyses the interplay of sustainable development and human rights from different perspectives including fight against poverty, health, gender equality, working conditions, climate change and the role of private actors. Each aspect is addressed from a more human rights-focused angle and a development-policy angle. This allows compari...

Same-Sex Families and Legal Recognition in Europe
Same-Sex Families and Legal Recognition in Europe

by Marie Digoix

This free book focuses on family diversity from a legal, demographical and sociological perspective. It investigates what is at stake in the life of homosexuals in the field of family formation, parenting and parenthood, what it brings to everyday life, the support of the law, and what its absence implies. The book shows the paths leading to the ad...

The Poetics and Politics of Alzheimer's Disease Life-Writing
The Poetics and Politics of Alzheimer's Disease Life-Writing

by Martina Zimmermann

This is the first book-length exploration of the thoughts and experiences expressed by dementia patients in published narratives over the last thirty years. It contrasts third-person caregiver and first-person patient accounts from different languages and a range of media, focusing on the poetical and political questions these narratives raise: wha...

Statistical Population Genomics
Statistical Population Genomics

by Julien Y. Dutheil

This open access volume presents state-of-the-art inference methods in population genomics, focusing on data analysis based on rigorous statistical techniques. After introducing general concepts related to the biology of genomes and their evolution, the book covers state-of-the-art methods for the analysis of genomes in populations, including demog...

Understanding Values Work
Understanding Values Work

by Harald Askeland, Gry Espedal, Beate Jelstad Løvaas, Stephen Sirris

At the core of institutional theories, 'values' is a central term and figures in most definitions; however it remains understudied and under-explored. The editors of this open access book identify a resurgence of interest in the values-construct which underpins discussions of identity, 'ethos' and the purpose/nature of public and civic welfare prov...

Handbook of Vascular Biometrics
Handbook of Vascular Biometrics

by Andreas Uhl, Christoph Busch, Sébastien Marcel, Raymond Veldhuis

This open access handbook provides the first comprehensive overview of biometrics exploiting the shape of human blood vessels for biometric recognition, i.e. vascular biometrics, including finger vein recognition, hand/palm vein recognition, retina recognition, and sclera recognition. After an introductory chapter summarizing the state of the art i...

Seeing Ourselves Through Technology: How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves
Seeing Ourselves Through Technology: How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves

by Jill Walker Rettberg

Selfies, blogs and lifelogging devices help us understand ourselves, building on long histories of written, visual and quantitative modes of self-representations. This book uses examples to explore the balance between using technology to see ourselves and allowing our machines to tell us who we are....

Internal Migration, Urbanization and Poverty in Asia: Dynamics and Interrelationships
Internal Migration, Urbanization and Poverty in Asia: Dynamics and Interrelationships

by Kankesu Jayanthakumaran, Reetu Verma, Guanghua Wan, Edgar Wilson

Asia's recent demographic transitions and rural - urban structural transformations are extraordinary and involve complexities that require in-depth study.The chapters within this volume examine those complexities using a range of traditional and nontraditional measures - such as multidimensional poverty, gaps, and polarization - to arrive at the co...

Physiology, Psychoacoustics and Cognition in Normal and Impaired Hearing
Physiology, Psychoacoustics and Cognition in Normal and Impaired Hearing

by Pim van Dijk, Deniz Başkent, Etienne Gaudrain, Emile de Kleine, Anita Wagner, Cris Lanting

The International Symposium on Hearing is a prestigious,triennial gathering where world-class scientists present and discuss the most recent advances in the field of human and animal hearing research. The 2015 edition will particularly focus on integrative approaches linking physiological, psychophysical and cognitive aspects of normal and impaired...

Handbook on Craniofacial Superimposition
Handbook on Craniofacial Superimposition

by Sergio Damas, Oscar Cordón, Oscar Ibáñez

This free book is the first comprehensive guide to a new soft computing technique which is used in complex forensic cases. The chapters include detailed technical and practical overviews, and discussions about the latest tools, open problems and ethical and legal issues involved. The book will be of interest to researchers and practitioners in fore...

Compositionality and Concepts in Linguistics and Psychology
Compositionality and Concepts in Linguistics and Psychology

by James A. Hampton, Yoad Winter

By highlighting relations between experimental and theoretical work, this volume explores new ways of addressing one of the central challenges in the study of language and cognition. The articles bring together work by leading scholars and younger researchers in psychology, linguistics and philosophy. An introductory chapter lays out the background...

Low-Dose Radiation Effects on Animals and Ecosystems
Low-Dose Radiation Effects on Animals and Ecosystems

by Manabu Fukumoto

This free book summarizes the latest scientific findings regarding the biological effects of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP) accident in 2011. Various cases of changes in animals and organisms have been reported since the FNPP accident. However, it is often unknown whether they are actually due to radiation, since the dose or dos...

Diseases of the Chest, Breast, Heart and Vessels 2019-2022
Diseases of the Chest, Breast, Heart and Vessels 2019-2022

by Juerg Hodler, Rahel A. Kubik-Huch, Gustav K. von Schulthess

This open access book focuses on diagnostic and interventional imaging of the chest, breast, heart, and vessels. It consists of a remarkable collection of contributions authored by internationally respected experts, featuring the most recent diagnostic developments and technological advances with a highly didactical approach. The chapters are disea...

Loss and Damage from Climate Change
Loss and Damage from Climate Change

by Reinhard Mechler, Laurens M. Bouwer, Thomas Schinko, Swenja Surminski, JoAnne Linnerooth-Bayer

This book provides an authoritative insight on the Loss and Damage discourse by highlighting state-of-the-art research and policy linked to this discourse and articulating its multiple concepts, principles and methods. Written by leading researchers and practitioners, it identifies practical and evidence-based policy options to inform the discourse...

Advances in Energy System Optimization
Advances in Energy System Optimization

by Valentin Bertsch, Armin Ardone, Michael Suriyah, Wolf Fichtner, Thomas Leibfried, Vincent Heuveline

The papers presented in this open access book address diverse challenges in decarbonizing energy systems, ranging from operational to investment planning problems, from market economics to technical and environmental considerations, from distribution grids to transmission grids, and from theoretical considerations to data provision concerns and app...

Digital Transformation of the Design, Construction and Management Processes of the Built Environment
Digital Transformation of the Design, Construction and Management Processes of the Built Environment

by Bruno Daniotti, Marco Gianinetto, Stefano Della Torre

This open access book focuses on the development of methods, interoperable and integrated ICT tools, and survey techniques for optimal management of the building process. The construction sector is facing an increasing demand for major innovations in terms of digital dematerialization and technologies such as the Internet of Things, big data, advan...

Obsessed by a Dream
Obsessed by a Dream

by Aashild Sørheim

This Open Access biography chronicles the life and achievements of the Norwegian engineer and physicist Rolf Widerøe. Readers who meet him in the pages of this book will wonder why he isn't better known.The first of Widerøe's many pioneering contributions in the field of accelerator physics was the betatron. He later went on to build the first ra...

From Assessing to Conserving Biodiversity
From Assessing to Conserving Biodiversity

by Elena Casetta, Jorge  Marques da Silva, Davide Vecchi

This book features essays written by philosophers, biologists, ecologists and conservation scientists facing the current biodiversity crisis. Despite increasing communication, accelerating policy and management responses, and notwithstanding improving ecosystem assessment and endangered species knowledge, conserving biodiversity continues to be mor...

Childlessness in Europe: Contexts, Causes, and Consequences
Childlessness in Europe: Contexts, Causes, and Consequences

by Michaela Kreyenfeld, Dirk Konietzka

​This open access book provides an overview of childlessness throughout Europe. It offers a collection of papers written by leading demographers and sociologists that examine contexts, causes, and consequences of childlessness in countries throughout the region.The book features data from all over Europe. It specifically highlights patterns of ch...

P5 eHealth: An Agenda for the Health Technologies of the Future
P5 eHealth: An Agenda for the Health Technologies of the Future

by Gabriella Pravettoni, Stefano Triberti

This open access volume focuses on the development of a P5 eHealth, or better, a methodological resource for developing the health technologies of the future, based on patients' personal characteristics and needs as the fundamental guidelines for design. It provides practical guidelines and evidence based examples on how to design, implement, use a...

Lewis Fry Richardson: His Intellectual Legacy and Influence in the Social Sciences
Lewis Fry Richardson: His Intellectual Legacy and Influence in the Social Sciences

by Nils Petter Gleditsch

This is an open access book. Lewis F Richardson (1981-1953), a physicist by training, was a pioneer in meteorology and peace research and remains a towering presence in both fields. This edited volume reviews his work and assesses its influence in the social sciences, notably his work on arms races and their consequences, mathematical models, the s...

An Invitation to Statistics in Wasserstein Space
An Invitation to Statistics in Wasserstein Space

by Victor M. Panaretos, Yoav Zemel

This open access book presents the key aspects of statistics in Wasserstein spaces, i.e. statistics in the space of probability measures when endowed with the geometry of optimal transportation. Further to reviewing state-of-the-art aspects, it also provides an accessible introduction to the fundamentals of this current topic, as well as an overvie...

Ethnic Identity, Social Mobility and the Role of Soulmates
Ethnic Identity, Social Mobility and the Role of Soulmates

by Marieke Slootman

Based on a study among higher-educated adult children of lower-class Turkish and Moroccan immigrants in the Netherlands, this open access book explores processes of identification among social climbers with ethnic minority backgrounds. Using both survey data and open interviews with these 'minority climbers', the study details the contextual and te...

Innovation, Economic Development, and Intellectual Property in India and China
Innovation, Economic Development, and Intellectual Property in India and China

by Kung-Chung Liu, Uday S. Racherla

This book analyses intellectual property and innovation governance in the development of six key industries in India and China. These industries are reflective of the innovation and economic development of the two economies, or of vital importance to them: the IT Industry, the film industry, the pharmaceutical industry, plant varieties and food sec...

Multiple-Aspect Analysis of Semantic Trajectories
Multiple-Aspect Analysis of Semantic Trajectories

by Konstantinos Tserpes, Chiara Renso, Stan Matwin

This free book constitutes the refereed post-conference proceedings of the First International Workshop on Multiple-Aspect Analysis of Semantic Trajectories, MASTER 2019, held in conjunction with the 19th European Conference on Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery in Databases, ECML PKDD 2019, in Würzburg, Germany, in September 2019. The 8 ful...

YOUMARES 9 - The Oceans: Our Research, Our Future
YOUMARES 9 - The Oceans: Our Research, Our Future

by Simon Jungblut, Viola Liebich, Maya Bode-Dalby

This book summarizes peer-reviewed articles and the abstracts of oral and poster presentations given during the YOUMARES 9 conference which took place in Oldenburg, Germany, in September 2018. The aims of this book are to summarize state-of-the-art knowledge in marine sciences and to inspire scientists of all career stages in the development of fur...

Micro-, Meso- and Macro-Dynamics of the Brain
Micro-, Meso- and Macro-Dynamics of the Brain

by György Buzsáki, Yves Christen

How does the brain orchestrate perceptions, thoughts, and actions from the activity of its neurons? Addressing these challenging issues requires methods with sufficiently high temporal and spatial resolution of neuronal activity in both local and global networks as well as theories to advance understanding how different levels of brain dynamics int...

Diseases of the Brain, Head and Neck, Spine 2020–2023
Diseases of the Brain, Head and Neck, Spine 2020–2023

by Juerg Hodler, Rahel A. Kubik-Huch, Gustav K. von Schulthess

This open access book offers an essential overview of brain, head and neck, and spine imaging. Over the last few years, there have been considerable advances in this area, driven by both clinical and technological developments. Written by leading international experts and teachers, the chapters are disease-oriented and cover all relevant imaging mo...

The Troika of Adult Learners, Lifelong Learning, and Mathematics
The Troika of Adult Learners, Lifelong Learning, and Mathematics

by Katherine Safford-Ramus, Pradeep Kumar Misra, Terry Maguire

This book presents a synopsis of six emerging themes in adult mathematics/numeracy and a critical discussion of recent developments in terms of policies, provisions, and the emerging challenges, paradoxes and tensions. It also offers an extensive review of the literature adult mathematics education. Why do adults want to learn mathematics? Did they...

Warlike and Peaceful Societies
Warlike and Peaceful Societies

by Agner Fog

Are humans violent or peaceful by nature? We are both. In this ambitious and wide-ranging book, Agner Fog presents a ground-breaking new argument that explains the existence of differently organised societies using evolutionary theory. It combines natural sciences and social sciences in a way that is rarely seen. According to a concept called...

Stories from Quechan Oral Literature
Stories from Quechan Oral Literature

by A. M. Halpern, Amy Miller

The Quechan are a Yuman people who have traditionally lived along the lower part of the Colorado River in California and Arizona. They are well known as warriors, artists, and traders, and they also have a rich oral tradition. The stories in this volume were told by tribal elders in the 1970s and early 1980s. The eleven narratives in this volume ta...

Cultural Heritage Ethics
Cultural Heritage Ethics

by Constantine Sandis

Theory without practice is empty, practice without theory is blind, to adapt a phrase from Immanuel Kant. The sentiment could not be truer of cultural heritage ethics. This intra-disciplinary book bridges the gap between theory and practice by bringing together a stellar cast of academics, activists, consultants, journalists, lawyers, and museum pr...

Gaming Rhythms
Gaming Rhythms

by Thomas Apperley

This book is about digital games, the people who play digital games, and how they play them. This poses a large problem: even when discussing one game, each instance of play is different. Combine this with the thousands of digital games, and the millions of players, and it is apparent that the number of individual instances of game play is unfathom...

Making Games with Python & Pygame
Making Games with Python & Pygame

by Al Sweigart

Making Games with Python & Pygame covers the Pygame library with the source code for 11 games. Making Games was written as a sequel for the same age range as Invent with Python. Once you have an understanding of the basics of Python programming, you can now expand your abilities using the Pygame library to make games with graphics, animation, a...

Beyond Holy Russia
Beyond Holy Russia

by Michael Hughes

This biography examines the long life of the traveller and author Stephen Graham. Graham walked across large parts of the Tsarist Empire in the years before 1917, describing his adventures in a series of books and articles that helped to shape attitudes towards Russia in Britain and the United States. In later years he travelled widely across Europ...

Politics, Power, & Playboy
Politics, Power, & Playboy

by Dr. Marian Mollin

The 1960s was a time of reform and revolution in America, brought on by individuals willing to challenge political, social, and cultural norms. Politics, Power, & Playboy explores the American mindset during this turbulent and transformative time in American history. Each chapter examines instances of Americans confronting power, whether it be ...

Welcome to the Beatles
Welcome to the Beatles

by Andrew Pregnall, Jason Arquette, Allyson Manhart

Organized, authored, and edited over the course of five months by a class of eighteen Virginia Tech undergraduate students, Welcome to the Beatles represents their collective contribution to the larger scholarship on the most important band in rock history. The chapters build upon the work of noted author and historian Mark Lewisohn and take into a...

Annotated Algorithms in Python
Annotated Algorithms in Python

by Massimo Di Pierro

This book is assembled from lectures given by the author over a period of 10 years at the School of Computing of DePaul University. The lectures cover multiple classes, including Analysis and Design of Algorithms, Scientific Computing, Monte Carlo Simulations, and Parallel Algorithms. These lectures teach the core knowledge required by any scientis...

Java Web Scraping Handbook
Java Web Scraping Handbook

by Kevin Sahin

Web scraping or crawling is the art of fetching data from a third party website by downloading and parsing the HTML code to extract the data you want. It can be hard. From bad HTML code to heavy Javascript use and anti-bot techniques, it is often tricky. Lots of companies use it to obtain knowledge concerning competitor prices, news aggregation, ma...

Don't Just Roll the Dice
Don't Just Roll the Dice

by Neil Davidson

How do you price your software? Is it art, science or magic? How much attention should you pay to your competitors? This short handbook will provide you with the theory, practical advice and case studies you need to stop yourself from reaching for the dice. Neil Davidson is co-founder of Red Gate Software. Redgate was founded in 1999 and now ...

Electronics for Embedded Systems
Electronics for Embedded Systems

by Ahmet Bindal

This book provides semester-length coverage of electronics for embedded systems, covering most common analog and digital circuit-related issues encountered while designing embedded system hardware. It is written for students and young professionals who have basic circuit theory background and want to learn more about passive circuits, diode and bi...

Life Cycle Assessment
Life Cycle Assessment

by Michael Z. Hauschild, Ralph K. Rosenbaum, Stig Irving Olsen

This book is a uniquely pedagogical while still comprehensive state-of-the-art description of LCA-methodology and its broad range of applications. The five parts of the book conveniently provide: I) the history and context of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) with its central role as quantitative and scientifically-based tool supporting society’s trans...

Handbook of Evolutionary Research in Archaeology
Handbook of Evolutionary Research in Archaeology

by Anna Marie Prentiss

Evolutionary Research in Archaeology seeks to provide a comprehensive overview of contemporary evolutionary research in archaeology. The book will provide a single source for introduction and overview of basic and advanced evolutionary concepts and research programs in archaeology. Content will be organized around four areas of critical research in...

An Introduction to Zooarchaeology
An Introduction to Zooarchaeology

by Diane Gifford-Gonzalez

This volume is a comprehensive, critical introduction to vertebrate zooarchaeology, the field that explores the history of human relations with animals from the Pliocene to the Industrial Revolution.​ The book is organized into five sections, each with an introduction, that leads the reader systematically through this swiftly expanding field. Sec...

Introduction to Law
Introduction to Law

by Jaap Hage, Antonia Waltermann, Bram Akkermans

This book is exceptional in the sense that it provides an introduction to law in general rather than the law of one specific jurisdiction, and it presents a unique way of looking at legal education. It is crucial for lawyers to be aware of the different ways in which societal problems can be solved and to be able to discuss the advantages and disad...

Robotics
Robotics

by Matjaž Mihelj, Tadej Bajd, Aleš Ude, Jadran Lenarčič, Aleš Stanovnik, Marko Munih, Jure Rejc, Sebastjan Šlajpah

This book introduces readers to robotics, industrial robot mechanisms, and types of robots, e.g. parallel robots, mobile robots and humanoid robots. The book is based on over 20 years of teaching robotics and has been extensively class tested and praised for its simplicity.It addresses the following subjects: a general introduction to robotics; bas...

Entertainment Science
Entertainment Science

by Thorsten Hennig-Thurau, Mark B. Houston

The entertainment industry has long been dominated by legendary screenwriter William Goldman’s “Nobody-Knows-Anything” mantra, which argues that success is the result of managerial intuition and instinct. This book builds the case that combining such intuition with data analytics and rigorous scholarly knowledge provides a source of sustainab...

An Anthology of London in Literature, 1558-1914
An Anthology of London in Literature, 1558-1914

by Geoffrey G. Hiller, Peter L. Groves, Alan F. Dilnot

This book is an anthology of extracts of literary writing (in prose, verse and drama) about London and its diverse inhabitants, taken from the accession of Queen Elizabeth I in 1558 to the outbreak of the Great War in 1914. The 143 extracts, divided into four periods (1558-1659, 1660-1780, 1781-1870 and 1871-1914), range from about 250 words to 2,5...

Neural Networks and Deep Learning
Neural Networks and Deep Learning

by Charu C. Aggarwal

This book covers both classical and modern models in deep learning. The chapters of this book span three categories:The basics of neural networks: Many traditional machine learning models can be understood as special cases of neural networks. An emphasis is placed in the first two chapters on understanding the relationship between traditional mac...

HTML5 Notes for Professionals
HTML5 Notes for Professionals

by GoalKicker

The HTML5 Notes for Professionals book is compiled from Stack Overflow Documentation, the content is written by the beautiful people at Stack Overflow....

Modern Web Development on the JAMstack
Modern Web Development on the JAMstack

by Mathias Biilmann, Phil Hawksworth

Learn how to run your web projects - everything from simple sites to complex applications - without a single server. It's possible with the JAMstack, a modern web development architecture for deploying fast, highly-scalable sites and applications that don't require traditional origin infrastructure. This practical report explains how the JAMstack d...

Machine Learning Yearning
Machine Learning Yearning

by Andrew Ng

AI is transforming numerous industries. Machine Learning Yearning, a free ebook from Andrew Ng, teaches you how to structure Machine Learning projects. This book is focused not on teaching you ML algorithms, but on how to make ML algorithms work. After reading Machine Learning Yearning, you will be able to: - Prioritize the most promising direc...