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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....

Nature-Based Flood Risk Management on Private Land
Nature-Based Flood Risk Management on Private Land

by Thomas Hartmann, Lenka Slavíková, Simon McCarthy

This book addresses the various disciplinary aspects of nature-based solutions in flood risk management on private land. In recent decades, water management has been moving towards nature-based solutions. These are assumed to be much more multi-purpose than traditional "grey infrastructures" and seem to be regarded as a panacea for many e...

Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Areas
Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Areas

by Nadja Kabisch, Horst Korn, Jutta Stadler, Aletta Bonn

This book brings together research findings and experiences from science, policy and practice to highlight and debate the importance of nature-based solutions to climate change adaptation in urban areas. Emphasis is given to the potential of nature-based approaches to create multiple-benefits for society.The expert contributions present recommendat...

High Mountain Conservation in a Changing World
High Mountain Conservation in a Changing World

by Jordi Catalan, Josep Ninot, M. Mercè Aniz

This book aims to provide case studies and a general view of the main processes involved in the ecosystem shifts occurring in the high mountains, and to analyse the implications for nature conservation. Although case studies from the Pyrenees are preponderant, conclusions are aimed at any mountain range surrounded by highly populated lowland areas....

Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change
Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change

by Melissa R. Marselle, Jutta Stadler, Horst Korn, Katherine N. Irvine, Aletta Bonn

This book identifies and discusses biodiversity's contribution to physical, mental and spiritual health and wellbeing. Furthermore, the book identifies the implications of this relationship for nature conservation, public health, landscape architecture and urban planning – and considers the opportunities of nature-based solutions for climate chan...

Environmental Governance in Latin America
Environmental Governance in Latin America

by Fábio de Castro, Barbara Hogenboom, Michiel Baud

The multiple purposes of nature - livelihood for communities, revenues for states, commodities for companies, and biodiversity for conservationists - have turned environmental governance in Latin America into a highly contested arena. In such a resource-rich region, unequal power relations, conflicting priorities, and trade-offs among multiple goal...

Information-Consciousness-Reality
Information-Consciousness-Reality

by James Glattfelder

This book chronicles the rise of a new scientific paradigm offering novel insights into the age-old enigmas of existence. Over 300 years ago, the human mind discovered the machine code of reality: mathematics. By utilizing abstract thought systems, humans began to decode the workings of the cosmos. From this understanding, the current scientific pa...

Governance for Drought Resilience
Governance for Drought Resilience

by Hans Bressers, Nanny Bressers, Corinne Larrue

This book presents the findings of a team of scientists and practitioners who have been working on the project "Benefits of Governance in Drought Adaptation" (in short: the DROP project), which is included in the European Union's INTERREG IVB NWE programme. The DROP governance team developed a Governance Assessment Tool (GAT), which allow...

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...

Constructions of Cancer in Early Modern England
Constructions of Cancer in Early Modern England

by Alanna Skuse

This book is open access under a CC-BY licence. Cancer is perhaps the modern world's most feared disease. Yet, we know relatively little about this malady's history before the nineteenth century. This book provides the first in-depth examination of perceptions of cancerous disease in early modern England. Looking to drama, poetry and polemic as wel...

Agency and Causal Explanation in Economics
Agency and Causal Explanation in Economics

by Peter Róna, László Zsolnai

This open access book provides an exploration of the consequences of the ontological differences between natural and social objects (sometimes described as objects of nature and objects of thought) in the workings of causal and agency relationships. One of its important and possibly original conclusions is that causal and agency relationships do no...

Rewilding European Landscapes
Rewilding European Landscapes

by Henrique M. Pereira, Laetitia M. Navarro

Some European lands have been progressively alleviated of human pressures, particularly traditional agriculture in remote areas. This book proposes that this land abandonment can be seen as an opportunity to restore natural ecosystems via rewilding. We define rewilding as the passive management of ecological successions having in mind the long-term...

The Onlife Manifesto
The Onlife Manifesto

by Luciano Floridi

What is the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on the human condition? In order to address this question, in 2012 the European Commission organized a research project entitled The Onlife Initiative: concept reengineering for rethinking societal concerns in the digital transition. This volume collects the work of the Onlife ...

Energy Poverty
Energy Poverty

by Stefan Bouzarovski

This book aims to consolidate and advance debates on European and global energy poverty by exploring the political and infrastructural drivers and implications of the condition across a variety of spatial scales. It highlights the need for a geographical conceptualization of the different ways in which household-level energy deprivation both influe...

Research On and Activities For Mathematically Gifted Students
Research On and Activities For Mathematically Gifted Students

by Florence Mihaela Singer, Linda Jensen Sheffield, Viktor Freiman, Matthias Brandl

This Topical Survey offers a brief overview of the current state of research on and activities for mathematically gifted students around the world. This is of interest to a broad readership, including educational researchers, research mathematicians, mathematics teachers, teacher educators, curriculum designers, doctoral students, and other stakeho...

The Great Mindshift
The Great Mindshift

by Maja Göpel

Sustainable development is the 21st Century's wicked problem. After 40 years into this agenda have reversed only few unsustainable trends we hear the call for aparadigm shift, transformation, radical change or system innovations in order to finally change course. But what does this actually mean? And how do we put it into practice? This book descr...

Leading in a VUCA World
Leading in a VUCA World

by Jacobus (Kobus) Kok, Steven van den Heuvel

This book brings together works by specialists from different disciplines and continents to reflect on the nexus between leadership, spirituality and discernment, particularly with regard to a world that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA). The book spells out, first of all, what our VUCA world entails, and how it aff...

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...

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...

The Philosophy of Mathematics Education
The Philosophy of Mathematics Education

by Paul Ernest, Ole Skovsmose, Jean Paul van Bendegem, Maria Bicudo, Roger Miarka, Ladislav Kvasz, Regina Moeller

This survey provides a brief and selective overview of research in the philosophy of mathematics education. It asks what makes up the philosophy of mathematics education, what it means, what questions it asks and answers, and what is its overall importance and use? It provides overviews of critical mathematics education, and the most relevant mode...

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...

A City in Blue and Green
A City in Blue and Green

by Peter G. Rowe, Limin Hee

This book highlights Singapore's development into a city in which water and greenery, along with associated environmental, technical, social and political aspects have been harnessed and cultivated into a liveable sustainable way of life. It is also a story about a unique and thoroughgoing approach to large-scale and potentially transferable water ...

The Challenge of Chance
The Challenge of Chance

by Klaas Landsman, Ellen van Wolde

This book presents a multidisciplinary perspective on chance, with contributions from distinguished researchers in the areas of biology, cognitive neuroscience, economics, genetics, general history, law, linguistics, logic, mathematical physics, statistics, theology and philosophy. The individual chapters are bound together by a general introductio...

Qualitative Freedom - Autonomy in Cosmopolitan Responsibility
Qualitative Freedom - Autonomy in Cosmopolitan Responsibility

by Claus Dierksmeier

In the light of growing political and religious fundamentalism, this book defends the idea of freedom as paramount for the attempt to find common ethical ground in the age of globality. The book sets out to examine as yet unexhausted ways to boost the resilience of the principle of liberalism. Critically reviewing the last 200 years of the philosop...

Indigenous Life Projects and Extractivism
Indigenous Life Projects and Extractivism

by Cecilie Vindal Ødegaard, Juan Javier Rivera Andía

Exploring indigenous life projects in encounters with extractivism, the present open access volume discusses how current turbulences actualise questions of indigeneity, difference and ontological dynamics in the Andes and Amazonia. While studies of extractivism in South America often focus on wider national and international politics, this contribu...

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...

Framing in Sustainability Science
Framing in Sustainability Science

by Takashi Mino, Shogo Kudo

This book offers both conceptual and empirical descriptions of how to "frame" sustainability challenges. It defines "framing" in the context of sustainability science as the process of identifying subjects, setting boundaries, and defining problems. The chapters are grouped into two sections: a conceptual section and a case sect...

Placing the Public in Public Health in Post-War Britain, 1948–2012
Placing the Public in Public Health in Post-War Britain, 1948–2012

by Alex Mold, Peder Clark, Gareth Millward, Daisy Payling

This book explores the question of who or what 'the public' is within 'public health' in post-war Britain. Drawing on historical research on the place of the public in public health in Britain from the establishment of the National Health Service in 1948, the book presents a new perspective on the relationship between state and citizen. Focusing on...

Well-being, Sustainability and Social Development
Well-being, Sustainability and Social Development

by Harry Lintsen, Frank Veraart, Jan-Pieter Smits, John Grin

This book examines more than two centuries of societal development using novel historical and statistical approaches. It applies the well-being monitor developed by Statistics Netherlands that has been endorsed by a significant part of the international, statistical community. It features The Netherlands as a case study, which is an especially inte...

Knowledge from a Human Point of View
Knowledge from a Human Point of View

by Ana-Maria Crețu, Michela Massimi

This open access book – as the title suggests – explores some of the historical roots and epistemological ramifications of perspectivism. Perspectivism has recently emerged in philosophy of science as an interesting new position in the debate between scientific realism and anti-realism. But there is a lot more to perspectivism than discussions ...

Cosmology for the Curious
Cosmology for the Curious

by Delia Perlov, Alex Vilenkin

This book is an introductory text for all those wishing to learn about modern views of the cosmos. Our universe originated in a great explosion – the big bang. For nearly a century cosmologists have studied the aftermath of this explosion: how the universe expanded and cooled down, and how galaxies were gradually assembled by gravity. The nature ...

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....

The GEO Handbook on Biodiversity Observation Networks
The GEO Handbook on Biodiversity Observation Networks

by Michele Walters, Robert J. Scholes

Biodiversity observation systems are almost everywhere inadequate to meet local, national and international (treaty) obligations. As a result of alarmingly rapid declines in biodiversity in the modern era, there is a strong, worldwide desire to upgrade our monitoring systems, but little clarity on what is actually needed and how it can be assembled...

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...

The Proceedings of the 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education
The Proceedings of the 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education

by Sung Je Cho

This book comprises the Proceedings of the 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-12), which was held at COEX in Seoul, Korea, from July 8th to 15th, 2012. ICME-12 brought together 4700 experts from 100 countries, working to understand all of the intellectual and attitudinal challenges in the subject of mathematics education as...

Innovative Medicine
Innovative Medicine

by Kazuwa Nakao, Nagahiro Minato, Shinji Uemoto

This book is devoted to innovative medicine, comprising the proceedings of the Uehara Memorial Foundation Symposium 2014. It remains extremely rare for the findings of basic research to be developed into clinical applications, and it takes a long time for the process to be achieved. The task of advancing the development of basic research into clini...

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...

Transgovernance
Transgovernance

by Louis Meuleman

'Transgovernance: Advancing Sustainability Governance' analyses what implications recent and ongoing changes in the relations between politics, science and media – together characterized as the emergence of a knowledge democracy – may have for governance for sustainable development, on global and other levels of societal decision making, and v...

Networks in the Russian Market Economy
Networks in the Russian Market Economy

by Markku Lonkila

A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via the OAPEN Library platform, www.oapen.org. This book examines the significance of networks among the firms operative in the contemporary Russian software industry in the St. Petersburg region....

Goods and Services of Marine Bivalves
Goods and Services of Marine Bivalves

by Aad C. Smaal, Joao G. Ferreira, Jon Grant, Jens K. Petersen, Øivind Strand

The aim of this book is to review and analyse the goods and services of bivalve shellfish. How they are defined, what determines the ecological functions that are the basis for the goods and services, what controversies in the use of goods and services exist, and what is needed for sustainable exploitation of bivalves from the perspective of the va...

Trailblazing in Entrepreneurship
Trailblazing in Entrepreneurship

by Dean A. Shepherd, Holger Patzelt

In this book, the authors present a challenge for future research to build a stronger, more complete understanding of entrepreneurial phenomena. They argue that this more complete picture of entrepreneurial phenomena will likely come from scholars who undertake at least some trailblazing projects; from scholars who broaden the range of research que...

Contemporary Bioethics
Contemporary Bioethics

by Mohammed Ali Al-Bar, Hassan Chamsi-Pasha

This book discusses the common principles of morality and ethics derived from divinely endowed intuitive reason through the creation of al-fitr' a (nature) and human intellect (al-'aql). Biomedical topics are presented and ethical issues related to topics such as genetic testing, assisted reproduction and organ transplantation are discussed.Whereas...

History and Cultural Memory in Neo-Victorian Fiction
History and Cultural Memory in Neo-Victorian Fiction

by Kate Mitchell

Arguing that neo-Victorian fiction enacts and celebrates cultural memory, this book uses memory discourse to position these novels as dynamic participants in the contemporary historical imaginary....

Agricultural Implications of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident
Agricultural Implications of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

by Tomoko M. Nakanishi, Keitaro Tanoi

Following the Fukushima nuclear accident, a large volume of monitoring data has been collected about the soil, air, dust, and seawater, along with data about an immense number of foods supplied to the market. Little is known, however, about the effect of radioactive fallout on agriculture, information about which is vital. Although more than 80% of...

A Time for Metabolism and Hormones
A Time for Metabolism and Hormones

by Paolo Sassone-Corsi, Yves Christen

Recent years have seen spectacular advances in the field of circadian biology. These have attracted the interest of researchers in many fields, including endocrinology, neurosciences, cancer, and behavior. By integrating a circadian view within the fields of endocrinology and metabolism, researchers will be able to reveal many, yet-unsuspected aspe...

Ester Boserup's Legacy on Sustainability
Ester Boserup's Legacy on Sustainability

by Marina Fischer-Kowalski, Anette Reenberg, Anke Schaffartzik, Andreas Mayer

Arising from a scientific conference marking the 100th anniversary of her birth, this book honors the life and work of the social scientist and diplomat Ester Boserup, who blazed new trails in her interdisciplinary approach to development and sustainability. The contents are organized in three sections reflecting important focal points of Boserup'...

Anti-Vivisection and the Profession of Medicine in Britain
Anti-Vivisection and the Profession of Medicine in Britain

by A.W.H. Bates

This book explores the social history of the anti-vivisection movement in Britain from its nineteenth-century beginnings until the 1960s. It discusses the ethical principles that inspired the movement and the socio-political background that explains its rise and fall. Opposition to vivisection began when medical practitioners complained it was cont...

Volcanic Unrest
Volcanic Unrest

by Joachim Gottsmann, Jürgen Neuberg, Bettina Scheu

This book summarizes the findings of the VUELCO project, a multi-disciplinary and cross-boundary research funded by the European Commission's 7th framework program. It comprises four broad topics:1. The global significance of volcanic unrest2. Geophysical and geochemical fingerprints of unrest and precursory activity3. Magma dynamics le...

Delusions in Context
Delusions in Context

by Lisa Bortolotti

'This is an excellent and engaging resource on delusions. The idea that delusions should not be seen as radically different from other beliefs… is an important challenge to much contemporary thinking and practice. It should be of interest to anyone studying delusional beliefs, and to all those who aim to help people who are troubled by them.'Phil...

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 ...

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...

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...

Planning for Ecosystem Services in Cities
Planning for Ecosystem Services in Cities

by Davide Geneletti, Chiara Cortinovis, Linda Zardo, Blal Adem Esmail

This book presents current knowledge about ecosystem services (ES) in urban planning, and discusses various urban ES topics such as spatial distribution of urban ecosystems, population distribution, and physical infrastructure properties. The book addresses all these issues by: i) investigating to what extent ecosystem services are currently includ...

Observing the Volcano World
Observing the Volcano World

by Carina Fearnley, Deanne Bird, Katharine Haynes, William McGuire, Gill Jolly

This book provides a comprehensive overview of volcanic crisis research, the goal being to establish ways of successfully applying volcanology in practice and to identify areas that need to be addressed for future progress. It shows how volcano crises are managed in practice, and helps to establish best practices. Consequently the book brings toge...

Theories in and of Mathematics Education
Theories in and of Mathematics Education

by Angelika Bikner-Ahsbahs, Andreas Vohns, Oliver Schmitt, Regina Bruder, Willi Dörfler

This survey provides an overview of German meta-discourse on theories and mathematics education as a scientific discipline, from the 1970s to the 1990s. Two theory strands are offered: a semiotic view related to Peirce and Wittgenstein (presented by Willibald Dörfler), and the theory of learning activity by Joachim Lompscher (presented by Regina B...

Climate-Smart Food
Climate-Smart Food

by Dave Reay

This book asks just how climate-smart our food really is. It follows an average day's worth of food and drink to see where it comes from, how far it travels, and the carbon price we all pay for it. From our breakfast tea and toast, through breaktime chocolate bar, to take-away supper, Dave Reay explores the weather extremes the world's farmers are ...

Dissecting the Criminal Corpse
Dissecting the Criminal Corpse

by Elizabeth T. Hurren

Those convicted of homicide were hanged on the public gallows before being dissected under the Murder Act in Georgian England. Yet, from 1752, whether criminals actually died on the hanging tree or in the dissection room remained a medical mystery in early modern society. Dissecting the Criminal Corpse takes issue with the historical cliché of cor...

New Frontiers in Social Innovation Research
New Frontiers in Social Innovation Research

by Alex Nicholls, Julie Simon, Madeleine Gabriel

Interest in social innovation continues to rise, from governments setting up social innovation 'labs' to large corporations developing social innovation strategies. Yet theory lags behind practice, and this hampers our ability to understand social innovation and make the most of its potential. This collection brings together work by leading social ...

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....

Developmental State Building
Developmental State Building

by Yusuke Takagi, Veerayooth Kanchoochat, Tetsushi Sonobe

This book modifies and revitalizes the concept of the 'developmental state' to understand the politics of emerging economy through nuanced analysis on the roles of human agency in the context of structural transformation. In other words, there is a revived interest in the 'developmental state' concept. The nature of the 'emerging state' is characte...

Emerging States and Economies
Emerging States and Economies

by Takashi Shiraishi, Tetsushi Sonobe

This book asks why and how some of the developing countries have "emerged" under a set of similar global conditions, what led individual countries to choose the particular paths that led to their "emergence," and what challenges confront them. If we are to understand the nature of major risks and uncertainties in the world, we m...

Russia's Turn to the East
Russia's Turn to the East

by Helge Blakkisrud, Elana Wilson Rowe

This book explores if and how Russian policies towards the Far East region of the country – and East Asia more broadly – have changed since the onset of the Ukraine crisis and Russia's annexation of Crimea. Following the 2014 annexation and the subsequent enactment of a sanctions regime against the country, the Kremlin has emphasized the easter...

South-North Migration of EU Citizens in Times of Crisis
South-North Migration of EU Citizens in Times of Crisis

by Jean-Michel Lafleur, Mikolaj Stanek

This book looks at the migration of Southern European EU citizens (from Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece) who move to Northern European Member States (Belgium, France, Germany, United Kingdom) in response to the global economic crisis.Its objective is twofold. First, it identifies the scale and nature of this new Southern European emigration and exam...

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...

Paths to the Emerging State in Asia and Africa
Paths to the Emerging State in Asia and Africa

by Keijiro Otsuka, Kaoru Sugihara

This book addresses the issue of how a country, which was incorporated into the world economy as a periphery, could make a transition to the emerging state, capable of undertaking the task of economic development and industrialization. It offers historical and contemporary case studies of transition, as well as the international background under wh...

Biodiversity of Angola
Biodiversity of Angola

by Brian J. Huntley, Vladimir Russo, Fernanda Lages, Nuno Ferrand

This book presents a 'state of the science' synthesis of knowledge on the biodiversity of Angola, based on sources in peer-reviewed journals, in books and where appropriate, unpublished official reports. The book identifies Angola as one of the most biologically diverse countries in Africa, but notes that its fauna, flora, habitats and the processe...

Innovation Capacity and the City
Innovation Capacity and the City

by Grazia Concilio, Ilaria Tosoni

This free book represents one of the key milestones of DESIGNSCAPES, an H2020 CSA (Coordination and Support Action) research project funded by the European Commission under the Call "User-driven innovation: value creation through design-enabled innovation". The book demonstrates that adopting design allows us to embed innovation within th...

Theoretical and Practical Advances in Computer-based Educational Measurement
Theoretical and Practical Advances in Computer-based Educational Measurement

by Bernard Veldkamp, Cor Sluijter

This book presents a multitude of different, yet related, innovations in educational measurement and provides insight in their practical possibilities.The book not only addresses several improvements in the quality of educational measurement and innovations in (inter)national large scale assessments, but also several advances in psychometrics and i...

Rising Powers and Peacebuilding
Rising Powers and Peacebuilding

by Charles T Call, Cedric de Coning

This edited volume examines the policies and practices of rising powers on peacebuilding. It analyzes how and why their approaches differ from those of traditional donors and multilateral institutions. The policies of the rising powers towards peacebuilding may significantly influence how the UN and others undertake peacebuilding in the future. Thi...

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...

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...

Tales of Research Misconduct
Tales of Research Misconduct

by Hub Zwart

This monograph contributes to the scientific misconduct debate from an oblique perspective, by analysing seven novels devoted to this issue, namely: Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis (1925), The affair by C.P. Snow (1960), Cantor's Dilemma by Carl Djerassi (1989), Perlmann's Silence by Pascal Mercier (1995), Intuition by Allegra Goodman (2006), Solar ...

New Vision 2050
New Vision 2050

by Hiroshi Komiyama, Koichi Yamada

This book presents the "New Vision 2050," which adds the concept of the "platinum society" to the "Vision 2050".The 20th century was a century in which energy led the development of material civilization, resulting in deletion of resources, global warming and climate change. What form should sustainable material and en...

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...

Play-Responsive Teaching in Early Childhood Education
Play-Responsive Teaching in Early Childhood Education

by Niklas Pramling, Cecilia Wallerstedt, Pernilla Lagerlöf, Camilla Björklund, Anne Kultti, Hanna Palmér, Maria Magnusson, Susanne Thulin, Agneta Jonsson, Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson

This book develops a theoretical concept of teaching that is relevant to early childhood education, and based on children's learning and development through play. It discusses theoretical premises and research on playing and learning, and proposes the development of play-responsive didaktik. It examines the processes and products of learning and de...

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...

Weather & Climate Services for the Energy Industry
Weather & Climate Services for the Energy Industry

by Alberto Troccoli

This book showcases the burgeoning area of applied research at the intersection between weather and climate science and the energy industry. It illustrates how better communication between science and industry can help both sides. By opening a dialogue, scientists can understand the broader context for their work and the energy industry is able to ...

Riverine Ecosystem Management
Riverine Ecosystem Management

by Stefan Schmutz, Jan Sendzimir

This book surveys the frontier of scientific river research and provides examples to guide management towards a sustainable future of riverine ecosystems. Principal structures and functions of the biogeosphere of rivers are explained; key threats are identified, and effective solutions for restoration and mitigation are provided. Rivers are among ...

Genome Editing in Neurosciences
Genome Editing in Neurosciences

by Rudolf Jaenisch, Feng Zhang, Fred Gage

Innovations in molecular biology are allowing neuroscientists to study the brain with unprecedented resolution, from the level of single molecules to integrated gene circuits. Chief among these innovations is the CRISPR-Cas genome editing technology, which has the precision and scalability to tackle the complexity of the brain. This Colloque Médec...

Clinical Text Mining
Clinical Text Mining

by Hercules Dalianis

This book describes the results of natural language processing and machine learning methods applied to clinical text from electronic patient records.It is divided into twelve chapters. Chapters 1-4 discuss the history and background of the original paper-based patient records, their purpose, and how they are written and structured. These initial ch...

Bird Species
Bird Species

by Dieter Thomas Tietze

The average person can name more bird species than they think, but do we really know what a bird "species" is? This book takes up several fascinating aspects of bird life to elucidate this basic concept in biology. From genetic and physiological basics to the phenomena of bird song and bird migration, it analyzes various interactions of b...

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...

Hardy Inequalities on Homogeneous Groups
Hardy Inequalities on Homogeneous Groups

by Michael Ruzhansky, Durvudkhan Suragan

This book provides an extensive treatment of Hardy inequalities and closely related topics from the point of view of Folland and Stein's homogeneous (Lie) groups. The place where Hardy inequalities and homogeneous groups meet is a beautiful area of mathematics with links to many other subjects. While describing the general theory of Hardy, Rellich,...

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...

Agroecological Transitions: From Theory to Practice in Local Participatory Design
Agroecological Transitions: From Theory to Practice in Local Participatory Design

by Jacques-Eric Bergez, Elise Audouin, Olivier Therond

There is wide agreement on the need to change the prevalent agricultural models, given their negative impacts and their incompatibility with current societal issues. Agroecological transition has been promoted as a potential solution to the ecological, social and economic problems generated by these models. It however involves a systemic, multi-sca...

The Illusion of Risk Control
The Illusion of Risk Control

by Gilles Motet, Corinne Bieder

This book explores the implications of acknowledging uncertainty and black swans for regulation of high-hazard technologies, for stakeholder acceptability of potentially hazardous activities and for risk governance. The conventional approach to risk assessment, which combines the likelihood of an event and the severity of its consequences, is poorl...

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...

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...

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...

Railway Ecology
Railway Ecology

by Luís Borda-de-Água, Rafael Barrientos, Pedro Beja, Henrique Miguel Pereira

This book provides a unique overview of the impacts of railways on biodiversity, integrating the existing knowledge on the ecological effects of railways on wildlife, identifying major knowledge gaps and research directions and presenting the emerging field of railway ecology. The book is divided into two major parts: Part one offers a general revi...

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 Ethics of Medical Data Donation
The Ethics of Medical Data Donation

by Jenny Krutzinna, Luciano Floridi

This book presents an ethical approach to utilizing personal medical data. It features essays that combine academic argument with practical application of ethical principles. The contributors are experts in ethics and law. They address the challenges in the re-use of medical data of the deceased on a voluntary basis. This pioneering study looks at ...

Evidence Use in Health Policy Making
Evidence Use in Health Policy Making

by Justin Parkhurst, Stefanie Ettelt, Benjamin Hawkins

This book provides a set of conceptual, empirical, and comparative chapters that apply a public policy perspective to investigate the political and institutional factors driving the use of evidence to inform health policy in low, middle, and high income settings. The work presents key findings from the Getting Research Into Policy (GRIP-Health) pro...

Retirement Home? Ageing Migrant Workers in France and the Question of Return
Retirement Home? Ageing Migrant Workers in France and the Question of Return

by Alistair Hunter

This book offers new insights into the ageing-migration nexus and the nature of home. Documenting the hidden world of France's migrant worker hostels, it explores why older North and West African men continue to live past retirement age in this sub-standard housing. Conventional wisdom holds that at retirement labour migrants ought to instead retur...

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...

A Memory of Ice
A Memory of Ice

by Elizabeth Truswell

In the southern summer of 1972/73, the Glomar Challenger was the first vessel of the international Deep Sea Drilling Project to venture into the seas surrounding Antarctica, confronting severe weather and ever-present icebergs. A Memory of Ice presents the science and the excitement of that voyage in a manner readable for non-scientists. Woven i...

Faith, Finance, and Economy
Faith, Finance, and Economy

by Tanweer Akram, Salim Rashid

This book seeks to foster a multidisciplinary understanding of the ties between faith, financial intermediation, and economic progress by drawing on research across economics, finance, history, philosophy, ethics, theology, public policy, law, and other disciplines. Chapters in this edited volume examine themes as consequential as economic opportun...

Contemporary Nordic Literature and Spatiality
Contemporary Nordic Literature and Spatiality

by Kristina Malmio, Kaisa Kurikka

This open access collection offers a detailed mapping of recent Nordic literature and its different genres (fiction, poetry, and children's literature) through the perspective of spatiality. Concentrating on contemporary Nordic literature, the book presents a distinctive view on the spatial turn and widens the understanding of Nordic literature out...

Lightweight Systems for Realtime Monitoring
Lightweight Systems for Realtime Monitoring

by Sam Newman

If you're looking to access and make sense of all your data in real time, there's a more cost-effective and efficient way than using expensive commercial tool suites. In this O'Reilly report, Sam Newman from ThoughtWorks describes several small, freely available open source tools and frameworks for freeing data locked up in silos and letting it flo...

Think Complexity
Think Complexity

by Allen Downey

Complexity science uses computation to explore the physical and social sciences. In Think Complexity, you'll use graphs, cellular automata, and agent-based models to study topics in physics, biology, and economics. Whether you're an intermediate-level Python programmer or a student of computational modeling, you'll delve into examples of complex...

Science as Social Existence
Science as Social Existence

by Jeff Kochan

In this bold and original study, Jeff Kochan constructively combines the sociology of scientific knowledge (SSK) with Martin Heidegger's early existential conception of science. Kochan shows convincingly that these apparently quite different approaches to science are, in fact, largely compatible, even mutually reinforcing. By combining Heidegger...

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...

The Culture of Capital Punishment in Japan
The Culture of Capital Punishment in Japan

by David T. Johnson

This free book provides a comparative perspective on capital punishment in Japan and the United States. Alongside the US, Japan is one of only a few developed democracies in the world which retains capital punishment and continues to carry out executions on a regular basis. There are some similarities between the two systems of capital punishment b...

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

by Henry Kennedy, David C. Van Essen, Yves Christen

This book has brought together leading investigators who work in the new arena of brain connectomics. This includes 'macro-connectome' efforts to comprehensively chart long-distance pathways and functional networks; 'micro-connectome' efforts to identify every neuron, axon, dendrite, synapse, and glial process within restricted brain regions; and '...

Vermin, Victims and Disease
Vermin, Victims and Disease

by Angela Cassidy

"Dr Cassidy draws pertinent general conclusions about generating policy and mediating the role of the expert in today's science-sceptic and increasingly polarised society... It is both a useful and original contribution, specifically to the history of zoonotic disease policy, and policy history more generally."—Helen Bynum, Author of Sp...

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...

Open and Distance Education in Australia, Europe and the Americas
Open and Distance Education in Australia, Europe and the Americas

by Adnan Qayyum, Olaf Zawacki-Richter

This free book describes the history, structure and institutions of open and distance education in six countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, the UK and the US. It discusses how open and distance education is evolving in a digital age to reflect the needs and circumstances of national higher education systems in these countries, and explore...

The Responsible University
The Responsible University

by Mads P. Sørensen, Lars Geschwind, Jouni Kekäle, Rómulo Pinheiro

This book explores how the notion of the responsible university manifests itself at various levels within Nordic higher education. As the impetus of the knowledge society has catapulted the higher education sector to the forefront of policy agendas, universities and other types of higher education institutions face increasing scrutiny, assessment a...

Meaning-Making for Living
Meaning-Making for Living

by Koji Komatsu

This Open Access Brief analyzes the dynamics in which children's selves emerge through their everyday activities of meaning construction, both in their relationships with family and within school education. It begins with a discussion of new psychological inquiries into children's selves and builds upon the innovative theoretical notion of the Pres...

Techlash
Techlash

by Ian I. Mitroff, Rune Storesund

Technology has made human lives incomparably better. Civilization as we know it would utterly collapse without it. However, if not properly managed, technology can and will be systematically abused and misuse and thereby become one of the biggest threats to humankind. This open access book applies proactive crisis management to the management of te...

Conceptualizing Environmental Citizenship for 21st Century Education
Conceptualizing Environmental Citizenship for 21st Century Education

by Andreas Ch. Hadjichambis, Pedro Reis, Demetra Paraskeva-Hadjichambi, Jan Činčera, Jelle Boeve-de Pauw, Niklas Gericke, Marie-Christine Knippels

This free book is about the development of a common understanding of environmental citizenship. It conceptualizes and frames environmental citizenship taking an educational perspective. Organized in four complementary parts, the book first explains the political, economic and societal dimensions of the concept. Next, it examines environmental citiz...

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...

Open and Distance Education in Asia, Africa and the Middle East
Open and Distance Education in Asia, Africa and the Middle East

by Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Adnan Qayyum

This book describes the history, structure and institutions of open and distance education in six countries: China, India, Russia, Turkey, South Africa and South Korea. It describes how open and distance education is evolving in a digital age to reflect the needs and circumstances of the national higher education systems in these countries. It al...

Managing Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes for Sustainable Communities in Asia
Managing Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes for Sustainable Communities in Asia

by Osamu Saito, Suneetha M Subramanian, Shizuka Hashimoto, Kazuhiko Takeuchi

This free book presents up-to-date analyses of community-based approaches to sustainable resource management of SEPLS (socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes) in areas where a harmonious relationship between the natural environment and the people who inhabit it is essential to ensure community and environmental well-being as well as t...

Energy Justice Across Borders
Energy Justice Across Borders

by Gunter Bombaerts, Kirsten Jenkins, Yekeen A. Sanusi, Wang Guoyu

We must find new and innovative ways of conceptualizing transboundary energy issues, of embedding concerns of ethics or justice into energy policy, and of operationalizing response to them. This book stems from the emergent gap; the need for comparative approaches to energy justice, and for those that consider ethical traditions that go beyond the ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Student Misconceptions and Errors in Physics and Mathematics
Student Misconceptions and Errors in Physics and Mathematics

by Teresa Neidorf, Alka Arora, Ebru Erberber, Yemurai Tsokodayi, Thanh Mai

This open access report explores the nature and extent of students' misconceptions and misunderstandings related to core concepts in physics and mathematics and physics across grades four, eight and 12. Twenty years of data from the IEA's Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and TIMSS Advanced assessments are analyzed, spec...

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...

CyberParks – The Interface Between People, Places and Technology
CyberParks – The Interface Between People, Places and Technology

by Carlos Smaniotto Costa, Ina Šuklje Erjavec, Therese Kenna, Michiel de Lange, Konstantinos Ioannidis, Gabriela Maksymiuk, Martijn de Waal

This book is about public open spaces, about people, and about the relationship between them and the role of technology in this relationship. It is about different approaches, methods, empirical studies, and concerns about a phenomenon that is increasingly being in the centre of sciences and strategies – the penetration of digital technologies in...

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...

Good Research Practice in Non-Clinical Pharmacology and Biomedicine
Good Research Practice in Non-Clinical Pharmacology and Biomedicine

by Anton Bespalov, Martin C. Michel, Thomas Steckler

This free book provides up-to-date information on best practice to improve experimental design and quality of research in non-clinical pharmacology and biomedicine....

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...

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...

Long Narrative Songs from the Mongghul of Northeast Tibet
Long Narrative Songs from the Mongghul of Northeast Tibet

by Li Dechun, Gerald Roche

Containing ballads of martial heroism, tales of tragic lovers and visions of the nature of the world, Long Narrative Songs from the Mongghul of Northeast Tibet: Texts in Mongghul, Chinese, and English is a rich repository of songs collected amongst the Mongghul of the Seven Valleys, on the northeast Tibetan Plateau in western China. These songs rep...

God's Babies
God's Babies

by John McKeown

The human population's annual total consumption is not sustainable by one planet. This unprecedented situation calls for a reform of religious cultures that promote a large ideal family size. Many observers assume that Christianity is inevitably part of this problem because it promotes "family values" and statistically, in America and els...

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...

How to Read a Folktale
How to Read a Folktale

by Lee Haring

How to Read a Folktale offers the first English translation of Ibonia, a spellbinding tale of old Madagascar. Ibonia is a folktale on epic scale. Much of its plot sounds familiar: a powerful royal hero attempts to rescue his betrothed from an evil adversary and, after a series of tests and duels, he and his lover are joyfully united with a marriage...

Indigenous Cultures and Sustainable Development in Latin America
Indigenous Cultures and Sustainable Development in Latin America

by Timothy MacNeill

This book outlines development theory and practice overtime as well as critically interrogates the "cultural turn" in development policy in Latin American indigenous communities, specifically, in Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador, and Bolivia. It becomes apparent that culturally sustainable development is both a new and old idea, which is simu...

The Pangenome
The Pangenome

by Hervé Tettelin, Duccio Medini

This open access book offers the first comprehensive account of the pan-genome concept and its manifold implications. The realization that the genetic repertoire of a biological species always encompasses more than the genome of each individual is one of the earliest examples of big data in biology that opened biology to the unbounded. The study ...

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...

ENZYMES: Catalysis, Kinetics and Mechanisms
ENZYMES: Catalysis, Kinetics and Mechanisms

by N.S.  Punekar

This enzymology textbook for graduate and advanced undergraduate students covers the syllabi of most universities where this subject is regularly taught. It focuses on the synchrony between the two broad mechanistic facets of enzymology: the chemical and the kinetic, and also highlights the synergy between enzyme structure and mechanism. Designed f...

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...

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...

Empathetic Space on Screen
Empathetic Space on Screen

by Amedeo D'Adamo

In this book we learn that there is a clear but complex relationship between setting and character on screen. Certain settings stand out above others—think of the iconic gooey dripping tunnels that Ripley stumbles through in Aliens, Norman’s bird-decorated parlour in Psycho or the dark Gotham of certain Batman movies. But what makes these parti...

Energy and the Wealth of Nations
Energy and the Wealth of Nations

by Charles A.S. Hall, Kent Klitgaard

In this updated edition of a groundbreaking text, concepts such as energy return on investment (EROI) provide powerful insights into the real balance sheets that drive our "petroleum economy." Hall and Klitgaard explore the relation between energy and the wealth explosion of the 20th century, and the interaction of internal limits to grow...

Fundamental Astronomy
Fundamental Astronomy

by Hannu Karttunen, Pekka Kröger, Heikki Oja, Markku Poutanen, Karl Johan Donner

Now in its sixth edition this successful undergraduate textbook gives a well-balanced and comprehensive introduction to the topics of classical and modern astronomy. While emphasizing both the astronomical concepts and the underlying physical principles, the text provides a sound basis for more profound studies in the astronomical sciences. The cha...