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Discover the origins and traditions of world religions! With so many religions in the world, it isn't always easy to recall each faith's key influences, spiritual figures, and dogmas. Written in easy-to-understand language, Religion 101 offers a fascinating--and memorable--glimpse at the sacred stories, traditions, and doctrines that have influenced today's most popular religions. From Jesus and the Four Noble Truths to the Buddhist Wheel of Existence, this book provides you with thought-provoking insight into the customs and beliefs of common faiths like Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam. Inside, you will also discover hundreds of important religious facts, illustrations, and thought puzzles that you won't be able to find anywhere else. So whether you're looking to unravel the mysteries of existence and meaning, or just want to find out what Kabbalah is all about, Religion 101 has all the answers--even the ones you didn't know you were looking for.
Economics is all around us, essential to every aspect of our lives.
But just how much does the average person understand about what Economics is for, how it underpins crucial decisions taken every day and how it continues to evolve?
Step forward the Economist's guide to Economics, written with the clarity and wit for which the newspaper is renowned and featuring bite-sized overviews of the most important economic ideas, concepts and terms.
If you need to understand why a country's balance of payments is such a big deal, whether deflation is always a bad thing, or exactly why John Maynard Keynes or Milton Friedman were so influential, then dipping into this A-Z Guide will provide the answers.
Primer, glossary, dictionary and reference, this book offers everything you always wanted to know about Economics, but perhaps were afraid to ask.
An Economist Book, published in association with the Economist.
Get the perfect guide to rocks and minerals of the Pacific Coast! Keep this tabbed booklet close at hand on your next rock-hunting adventure. Based on Dan R. Lynch and Bob Lynch's best-selling field guides and featuring 52 of the most common and desirable rocks and minerals along the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington, the booklet is organized by rocks/minerals and then by general appearance for quick and easy identification. Narrow your choices by appearance, and view photos of just a few specimens at a time. The easy-to-use format means you'll quickly find what you need to know. Plus, the quick guide is much easier to use than laminated foldouts, and the tear-resistant pages help to make the book durable in the field.
Imaging in Endocrinology will provide endocrinologists and radiologists of all levels with an outstanding diagnostic imaging atlas to aid them in the diagnosis and management of all the major endocrine diseases they are likely to encounter.
In full colour throughout, the 300 high-quality images consist of CT scans, MRI, NMR and histopathology slides, and are arranged by each specific endocrine condition, resulting in a visually outstanding and easily accessible tool that guides the user through exactly what to look out for and provides a practical and extremely useful aid in helping them formulate a diagnosis. Every major endocrine condition is covered in a specific section, including diseases of the thyroid, pituitary, reproductive and adrenal glands, the pancreas, bone metabolism problems, and the various forms of endocrine cancers. Each disease covered will offer a comparison of the normal findings so as to further assist in diagnosis. An accompanying website contains an online slide-atlas of all the figures in the book, to allow users to download all figures for use in presentations.
Led by Paolo Pozzilli, an internationally-recognised expert in this field, the authors have assembled a wonderful collection of images that will be greatly valued by endocrinologists and radiologists alike, ensuring this is the perfect tool to consult when assessing patients with endocrine disease.
This encyclopedia of firearms is both an authoritative reference work and a stunning visual directory, explaining the development of arms through the centuries. The chronological survey begins with gunpowder and the first crude 14th-century hand cannons, and continues through handguns and the development of machine and submachine guns. Each gun's features are listed, as are the military, political and technological contexts in which the gun was developed. A full list of manufacturers and a glossary complete this easy-to-use encyclopedia. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in gun manufacture and conflicts of war.
Representing the definitive reference work for this broad and dynamic field, The International Encyclopedia of Geography arises from an unprecedented collaboration between Wiley and the American Association of Geographers (AAG) to review and define the concepts, research, and techniques in geography and interrelated fields. Available as a robust online resource and as a 15-volume full-color print set, the Encyclopedia assembles a truly global group of scholars for a comprehensive, authoritative overview of geography around the world. * Contains more than 1,000 entries ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 words offering accessible introductions to basic concepts, sophisticated explanations of complex topics, and information on geographical societies around the world * Assembles a truly global group of more than 900 scholars hailing from over 40 countries, for a comprehensive, authoritative overview of geography around the world * Provides definitive coverage of the field, encompassing human geography, physical geography, geographic information science and systems, earth studies, and environmental science * Brings together interdisciplinary perspectives on geographical topics and techniques of interest across the social sciences, humanities, science, and medicine * Features full color throughout the print version and more than 1,000 illustrations and photographs * Annual updates to online edition
British Columbia's rocky and sandy shorelines simply teem with life and 'tide-pooling' for creatures is a pastime enjoyed by residents and tourists alike. British Columbia Seashore Life is the perfect pocket-sized, folding guide for the beachcomber, and features over 140 beautiful illustrations of familiar and unique seashore plants and animals. Laminated for durability, this lightweight, pocket-sized folding guide is an excellent source of portable information and ideal for field use.
Thoroughly revised and updated to include the latest research in the field, A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation provides over 9,000 A to Z entries on scientific and social aspects of the environment-its key thinkers, treaties, movements, organizations, concepts, and theories. Covering subjects such as sustainable development, biodiversity, and environmental ethics, it is at the cutting edge of environmental and conservation studies. This is the ideal reference for students studying these subjects and anyone with an interest in environment and conservation.
The Complete Language of Flowers is a comprehensive dictionary for over 1,001 flower species. Along with a visual depiction, each entry provides the flower's name, characteristics, and historic meanings from mythology, medieval legends, folklore, and flower poetry. For centuries, symbolic flower meanings have fascinated readers, writers, poets, and suddenly smitten couples alike. Extremely popular during the Victorian era, these floriographies flourished and versed the public on the hidden meaning of popular flowers like peonies (bashfulness) and tulips (passion).Coupled with stunning full-color illustrations, this beautiful reference is a must-have for gardeners, florists, and flower enthusiasts. Whether you're looking to arrange the perfectly bespoken wedding bouquet or to understand what the yellow rose you just received from an admirer means (friendship), this updated floriography is a visual delight. Elegantly designed and beautifully illustrated, the Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia series offers comprehensive, display-worthy references on a range of intriguing topics, including birthday astrology, dream interpretation, techniques for harnessing the power of dreams, and the stories behind signs and symbols.
Cassandra Eason's unique directory offers accessible information on more than 150 crystals. Each crystal is explored in detail and set in context with its associated mythology, herbs, oils, incenses and astrological significance. Divided into sections by colour, the book describes methods of crystal healing, colour wisdom, ways of working with chakras and aura, and the basics of crystal divination and magic. Learn how to select crystals that are protective and empowering, and how to use them in the work place, home and with children, plants and animals. You'll also discover how to make the most of crystals in the modern world: for decision-making and for cleansing homes and workplaces of pollution, adverse affects of technology and negative earth energies. This book is not only a comprehensive reference work for beginners and crystal experts alike, it is also an essential workbook, whether you use crystals to bring peace to your home or are a healer looking for new ideas. Previous edition ISBN: 9781843402466
The third edition of The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics is an authoritative and invaluable reference source covering every aspect of its wide-ranging field. In 3,250 entries the Dictionary spans grammar, phonetics, semantics, languages (spoken and written), dialects, and sociolinguistics. Clear examples - and diagrams where appropriate - help to convey the meanings of even the most technical terms. It also incorporates entries on key scholars of linguistics, both ancient and modern, summarising their specialisms and achievements. With existing entries thoroughly revised and updated, and the addition of 100 new entries, this new edition expands its coverage of semantics, as well as recently emerging terminology within, for example, syntactic theory and sociolinguistics. Wide-ranging and with clear definitions, it is the ideal reference for students and teachers in language-related courses, and a great introduction to linguistics for the general reader with an interest in language and its study.
Based on the highly acclaimed Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, this is an indispensable guide for both students and the general reader. Over 6,000 entries provide authoritative coverage of theology, patristic scholarship, churches and denominations across the world, canon law, and the church calendar, as well as entries on theologians, philosophers, artists, musicians, and mystics. The third edition has been updated to reflect recent changes in the Church. Over 100 new entries cover topics such as the Antonian Movement, dispensationalism, Heilsgeschichte, Alvin Plantinga, Garima Gospels, and Intelligent Design. It also includes a new appendix listing the Archbishops of Canterbury and a web links appendix providing online resources that are listed and regularly updated on a dedicated companion website. This handy, concise volume is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Christianity.
The Understanding the Stomach chart presents an overview of a major component of the digestive system. The internal structure of the stomach and stomach lining are covered, as well as common disorders. Heavy gauge 3ml lamination with sealed edges and two metal eyelets for hanging makes chart highly durable. Write-on/wipe-off with dry erase marker (not included).
The progress in polymer science is revealed in the chapters of
"Polymer Science: A Comprehensive Reference." In Volume 1, this is
reflected in the improved understanding of the properties of
polymers in solution, in bulk and in confined situations such as in
thin films. Volume 2 addresses new characterization techniques,
such as high resolution optical microscopy, scanning probe
microscopy and other procedures for surface and interface
characterization. Volume 3 presents the great progress achieved in
precise synthetic polymerization techniques for vinyl monomers to
control macromolecular architecture: the development of metallocene
and post-metallocene catalysis for olefin polymerization, new ionic
polymerization procedures, and atom transfer radical
polymerization, nitroxide mediated polymerization, and reversible
addition-fragmentation chain transfer systems as the most often
used controlled/living radical polymerization methods. Volume 4 is
devoted to kinetics, mechanisms and applications of ring opening
polymerization of heterocyclic monomers and cycloolefins (ROMP), as
well as to various less common polymerization techniques.
Polycondensation and non-chain polymerizations, including dendrimer
synthesis and various "click" procedures, are covered in Volume 5.
Volume 6 focuses on several aspects of controlled macromolecular
architectures and soft nano-objects including hybrids and
bioconjugates. Many of the achievements would have not been
possible without new characterization techniques like AFM that
allowed direct imaging of single molecules and nano-objects with a
precision available only recently. An entirely new aspect in
polymer science is based on the combination of bottom-up methods
such as polymer synthesis and molecularly programmed self-assembly
with top-down structuring such as lithography and surface
templating, as presented in Volume 7. It encompasses polymer and
nanoparticle assembly in bulk and under confined conditions or
influenced by an external field, including thin films,
inorganic-organic hybrids, or nanofibers. Volume 8 expands these
concepts focusing on applications in advanced technologies, e.g. in
electronic industry and centers on combination with top down
approach and functional properties like conductivity. Another type
of functionality that is of rapidly increasing importance in
polymer science is introduced in volume 9. It deals with various
aspects of polymers in biology and medicine, including the response
of living cells and tissue to the contact with biofunctional
particles and surfaces. The last volume is devoted to the scope and
potential provided by environmentally benign and green polymers, as
well as energy-related polymers. They discuss new technologies
needed for a sustainable economy in our world of limited resources.
Foreword by Master Cicerone Rich Higgins Discover a world of beer with this sensational handbook, packed with style guides, how-tos, and fascinating anecdotes about the origins and evolution of both well-known and esoteric beers-and ten unique "scratch and sniff" stickers devoted to aromas inherent in your favorite brews. To truly know a beer, it isn't enough to taste it. You must breathe in its distinctive aroma-a specialty blend of hops, malt, water, and yeast that differentiate one beer style from another. Divided into eight chapters, each segment of this book introduces you to a new aspect of beer. Whether illuminating the process of making beer, or teaching you how to start your very own at-home beer cellar, The Scratch & Sniff Guide to Beer bursts with fun information and factoids to dispense at your next bottle share-a wealth of insider knowledge that adds body, depth, and flavor to every page. The Scratch & Sniff Guide to Beer is for anyone who has even delighted in the pleasures of an aged lambic, marveled at the crispness of properly made pilsner, or longed to seek out some of the world's most unique brews.
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