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The NATO Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society, 1969-1975

The NATO Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society, 19691975

The NATO Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society, 19691975: Transatlantic Relations, the Cold War and the Environment by Evanthis Hatzivassiliou
English | 2017 | ISBN: 3319538462 | 287 Pages | PDF | 5.0 MB
This book is the first comprehensive study of the setting up and early development of the NATO Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (CCMS), or the alliance’s environmental programme. This expansion of allied cooperation is an interesting indicator of transatlantic relations during an era of transition and under the impact of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger’s diplomacy. The book discusses intra-NATO politics, the projects of the early years and the participation in CCMS projects of non-NATO countries an unusual feature in the activity of a military alliance. Environmental cooperation in NATO was part of the changes which scientific cooperation was effecting in the international system during the entry into the post-industrial era. The making of the CCMS is the story of a crisis of adjustment to the new era, of hiccups in transatlantic relationships, but ultimately also a story of transatlantic unity. The book will be of much interest to students of NATO, the Cold War, international and environmental history, history of science and international relations.

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The Little Book of Black Holes

The Little Book of Black Holes

The Little Book of Black Holes
by Steven S. Gubser and Frans Pretorius
English | 2017 | ISBN: 0691163723 | 198 Pages | PDF | 17 MB
Dive into a mind-bending exploration of the physics of black holes.
Black holes, predicted by Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity more than a century ago, have long intrigued scientists and the public with their bizarre and fantastical properties. Although Einstein understood that black holes were mathematical solutions to his equations, he never accepted their physical realitya viewpoint many shared. This all changed in the 1960s and 1970s, when a deeper conceptual understanding of black holes developed just as new observations revealed the existence of quasars and X-ray binary star systems, whose mysterious properties could be explained by the presence of black holes. Black holes have since been the subject of intense researchand the physics governing how they behave and affect their surroundings is stranger and more mind-bending than any fiction.
After introducing the basics of the special and general theories of relativity, this book describes black holes both as astrophysical objects and theoretical laboratories in which physicists can test their understanding of gravitational, quantum, and thermal physics. From Schwarzschild black holes to rotating and colliding black holes, and from gravitational radiation to Hawking radiation and information loss, Steven Gubser and Frans Pretorius use creative thought experiments and analogies to explain their subject accessibly. They also describe the decades-long quest to observe the universe in gravitational waves, which recently resulted in the LIGO observatories’ detection of the distinctive gravitational wave chirp of two colliding black holesthe first direct observation of black holes’ existence.
The Little Book of Black Holes takes readers deep into the mysterious heart of the subject, offering rare clarity of insight into the physics that makes black holes simple yet destructive manifestations of geometric destiny.

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The Language Question under Napoleon (War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850)

The Language Question under Napoleon (War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850)

The Language Question under Napoleon (War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850) by Stewart McCain
English | 17 Nov. 2017 | ISBN: 3319549359 | 324 Pages | PDF | 2.78 MB
This book offers a new perspective on the cultural politics of the Napoleonic Empire by exploring the issue of language within four pivotal institutions – the school, the army, the courtroom and the church. Based on wide-ranging research in archival and published sources, Stewart McCain demonstrates that the Napoleonic State was in reality fractured by disagreements over how best to govern a population characterized by enormous linguistic diversity. Napoleonic officials were not simply cultural imperialists; many acted as culture-brokers, emphasizing their familiarity with the local language to secure employment with the state, and pointing to linguistic and cultural particularism to justify departures from which what others might have considered desirable practice by the regime. This book will be of interest to scholars of the Napoleonic Empire, and of European state-building and nationalisms.

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The Jamwich – January 2018

The Jamwich – January 2018

The Jamwich – January 2018
English | 24 pages | True PDF | 4.5 MB
The Jamwich Issue 69!
– Featured Musician: Billy Strings
– Artist of the Month: Danielle Sperandeo
– Upcoming shows in February
– Wishes for the 2018 New Year
– And more!

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The Guadagnini Family of Violin Makers

The Guadagnini Family of Violin Makers

The Guadagnini Family of Violin Makers (Dover Books on Music) by Ernest N. Doring, Stewart Pollens
2012 | ISBN: 0486497968 | English | 336 pages | EPUB | 4 MB
Along with the instruments of Stradivari and del Ges, the violins of Giovanni Battista Guadagnini have long been favored by professional musicians for their responsiveness, tonal quality, and projection. Originally published in 1949 in a very limited edition, this study remains the most comprehensive account of G. B. Guadagnini’s work and the legacy carried on by his descendants.
Author Ernest N. Doring conducted painstaking research into eighteenth-century documentation of Guadagnini’s itinerant life. He traces the craftsman’s progress from Piacenza, Milan, Cremona, and Parma to Turin, where Guadagnini created his most prized stringed instruments. A catalog of the family’s masterpieces is organized by city and provides a detailed provenance for each instrument. A new Introduction by Stewart Pollens, a leading authority on musical instruments, offers historical perspectives. Widely available for the first time in an affordable edition, this rare and authoritative work provides violinists, musicologists, and music history enthusiasts with a fascinating resource.

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The Finder Singapore – January 2018

The Finder Singapore – January 2018

The Finder Singapore – January 2018
English | 68 pages | True PDF | 18.9 MB
Adopting a sustainable lifestyle is a breeze in SG once you’ve read Issue 290! In this issue, pick up a few smart #SGGreenHacks, understand what labels like organic and ethical mean, find out how to create an almost zero-waste household and start planning your next eco-friendly holiday. Bonus: Get great hair and skin with The Finder’s pick of ethical brands, learn how to help your child be more independent, and explore SG’s best vegetarian and vegan restaurants for your next date night.

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The Female Philosopher and Her Afterlives

The Female Philosopher and Her Afterlives

The Female Philosopher and Her Afterlives: Mary Wollstonecraft, the British Novel, and the Transformations of Feminism, 1796-1811 (Palgrave Studies in … Romanticism and Cultures of Print) by Deborah Weiss
English | 22 Dec. 2017 | ISBN: 3319553623 | 304 Pages | PDF (True) | 2.67 MB
This book argues that the female philosopher, a literary figure brought into existence by Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, embodied the transformations of feminist thought during the transition from the Enlightenment to the Romantic period. By imagining a series of alternate lives and afterlives for the female philosopher, women authors of the early Romantic period used the resources of the novel to evaluate Wollstonecraft’s ideas and legacy. This book examines how these writers’ opinions converged on such issues as progress, education, and ungendered virtues, and how they diverged on a fundamental question connected to Wollstonecraft’s life and feminist thought: whether the enlightened, intellectual woman should live according to her own principles, or sacrifice moral autonomy in the interest of pragmatic accommodation to societal expectations.

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