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Infranomics

By Adrian V. Gheorghe,Marcelo Masera,Polinpapilinho F. Katina
  • ISBN Code: : 3319024930
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Pages : 422
  • Category : Technology & Engineering
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This book provides a rough entry into the interdisciplinary field of Infranomics. It enables better decision making in an increasing ambiguous, complex, emergent, interdependent, and uncertain world where we attempt to anticipate modern society trends and patterns in order to react appropriately. However, as with any emerging discipline, much research is needed at the applications and conceptual level. The applications level may require development and testing of methods, tools, and techniques to enable analysis and decision-making in ambiguous, complex, emergent, interdependent, and uncertain conditions while the conceptual level may require taping into driving philosophies, theories, and methodologies that form the basis for Infranomics. Striking the right balance between applications and conceptual foundation (theory) requires rigorous research. This book provides a springboard for robust discussions on applications, theory, and transformation of current thinking to better deal with modern society’s problematic issues using Infranomics.

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It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against destruction, of creativity in oppression, joy amid grief, the affirmation of life against the steepest of odds. The first of two volumes, The Story of the Jews spans the millennia and the continents—from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes readers to unimagined places: a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia, a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings, the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman catacombs. And its voices ring loud and clear, from the severities and ecstasies of the writers of the Bible to the love poems of wine bibbers in a garden in Muslim Spain. Within these pages, the Talmud burns in the streets of Paris, massed gibbets hang over the streets of medieval London, a Majorcan illuminator redraws the world, candles are lit, chants are sung, mules are packed, and ships loaded with spices and gems founder at sea. And a great story unfolds. Not—as often imagined—of a culture apart, but of a Jewish world immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians. Which makes the story of the Jews everyone’s story.

Serviceology for Designing the Future

By Takashi Maeno,Yuriko Sawatani,Tatsunori Hara
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 4431558616
  • Total of Pages : 603
  • Category : Technology & Engineering
  • Members : 972
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Book Short Summary:

This book provides a useful overall guide to the state of the art in theory and practice of services. It can also serve as a reference book for researchers in various fields, including engineering, marketing, economics, and other disciplines. Advanced works presented here were selected from the proceedings of the Second International Conference on Serviceology (ICServ2014), held September 14–16, 2014. This book helps readers to understand serviceology, which tackles with a broad range of services, the globalization of the economy and also enhances the quality of life of local residents.

Global Engineering Ethics

By Heinz Luegenbiehl,Rockwell Clancy
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  • Publisher : Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Book Code : 0128112190
  • Total of Pages : 222
  • Category : Technology & Engineering
  • Members : 847
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Book Short Summary:

Global Engineering Ethics introduces the fundamentals of ethics in a context specific to engineering without privileging any one national or cultural conception of ethics. Numerous case studies from around the world help the reader to see clearly the relevance of design, safety, and professionalism to engineers. Engineering increasingly takes place in global contexts, with industrial and research teams operating across national and cultural borders. This adds a layer of complexity to already challenging ethical issues. This book is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand or communicate the ethics of engineering, including students, academics, and researchers, and is indispensable for those involved in international and cross-cultural environments. Takes a global-values approach to engineering ethics rather than prioritizing any one national or regional culture Uses engineering case studies to explain ethical issues and principles in relatable, practical contexts Approaches engineering from a business perspective, emphasizing the extent to which engineering occurs in terms of profit-driven markets, addressing potential conflicts that arise as a result Provides extensive guidance on how to carry out ethical analysis by using case studies, to practice addressing and thinking through issues before confronting them in the world

Global Perspectives on Service Science: Japan

By Stephen K. Kwan,James C. Spohrer,Yuriko Sawatani
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1493935941
  • Total of Pages : 349
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 863
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Book Short Summary:

This contributed volume presents the experiences, challenges, trends, and advances in Service Science from Japan’s perspective. As the global economy becomes more connected and competitive, many economies depend the service sector on for growth and prosperity. A multi-disciplinary approach to Service Science can potentially transform service industries through research, education, and practice. Offering a forum for best practices in Service Science within Japan, the volume benefits its audience by sharing viewpoints from a wide range of geographical regions and economies. The book is organized as follows: • Foundations of Service Science and the service industry sector • Public/Private sector partnerships, policies, trade in services, future prospects • Contributions from science, social science, management, engineering, design as well as industry sector perspectives • Road-maps, methodology, business development, strategies and innovative models, application of information technology, performance measures, and service system design • Education and workforce development • Case studies from practice, research and educational community • Future Directions in Japan This book includes three Forewords written by key leaders in Service Science: • Takayuki Aso (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology in Japan) • Yasuhiro Maeda (Director, Service Affairs Policy Division METI) • Norihisa Doi (Professor Emeritus, Keio University and Service Science, Solutions and Foundation Integrated Research (S3FIRE) Program Officer, JST/RISTEX)

New Carbon Based Materials for Electrochemical Energy Storage Systems: Batteries, Supercapacitors and Fuel Cells

By Igor V. Barsukov,Christopher S. Johnson,Joseph E. Doninger,Vyacheslav Z. Barsukov
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  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Book Code : 1402048122
  • Total of Pages : 523
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 160
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This book reviews research work on electrochemical power sources in the former Warsaw Pact countries. It explores the role carbon plays in the cathodes and anodes of power sources and reveals the latest research into the development of metal air batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells and lithium-ion and lithium-ion polymer batteries. For the first time, a full chapter was devoted to metal-carbon composites as electrode materials of lithium-ion batteries

Defense Modernization Plans through the 2020s

By Todd Harrison
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  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Book Code : 1442259159
  • Total of Pages : 40
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 269
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This report details the plans for major U.S. Defense Department acquisition programs over the next 15 years and explores the complicating factors that may make the situation more problematic for policymakers.

Overwhelmed

By Brigid Schulte
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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 1443410209
  • Total of Pages : 368
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 830
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Book Short Summary:

An award-winning journalist and a mother, Brigid Schulte was feeling overwhelmed by the demands of her work and home lives. As journalists do, she decided to find out if she was alone in this feeling and how she could fix it. She was relieved to discover that most working mothers felt as crazed as she did. Few of them were really enjoying “leisure” time. They weren’t complaining; they chose to have children and to work, and they made the best of it. But what about that term women’s magazines are so fond of: “me time”? Was there anything working mothers could do to make their lives feel less like a treadmill gone haywire? Anything they could change? Schulte interviewed working mothers and examined how not just individual pressures but biological, societal, economic and cultural ones were splintering their days into slivered messes. She explored everything from the wiring of the female brain to male–female income distribution and the current state of gender equality in the workplace and home. She talked to neuroscientists, sociologists, and above all, other working mothers in order to tease out all the factors contributing to our collective overwhelm. And then she sought out insights and answers and inspiration: investigating companies, travelling across Western Europe to meet families and researchers, and seeking out the sages of the age for their wisdom on how to manage time. Overwhelmed is the story of what she found out. It’s a map of the stresses--individual, historical, biological and societal--that have ripped working mothers’ leisure to shreds, and a look at how it might be possible to put the pieces back together.

Engineering Ethics

By Deborah G. Johnson
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  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Book Code : 030025279X
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Technology & Engineering
  • Members : 699
  • Pdf File: engineering-ethics.pdf

Book Short Summary:

An engaging, accessible survey of the ethical issues faced by engineers, designed for students The first engineering ethics textbook to use debates as the framework for presenting engineering ethics topics, this engaging, accessible survey explores the most difficult and controversial issues that engineers face in daily practice. Written by a leading scholar in the field of engineering and computer ethics, Deborah Johnson approaches engineering ethics with three premises: that engineering is both a technical and a social endeavor; that engineers don’t just build things, they build society; and that engineering is an inherently ethical enterprise.

Cognitive Development in Digital Contexts

By Fran C. Blumberg,Patricia J. Brooks
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  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Book Code : 0128097094
  • Total of Pages : 370
  • Category : Psychology
  • Members : 971
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Book Short Summary:

Cognitive Development in Digital Contexts investigates the impact of screen media on key aspects of children and adolescents’ cognitive development. Highlighting how screen media impact cognitive development, the book addresses a topic often neglected amid societal concerns about pathological media use and vulnerability to media effects, such as aggression, cyber-bullying and Internet addiction. It addresses children and adolescents’ cognitive development involving their interactions with parents, early language development, imaginary play, attention, memory, and executive control, literacy and academic performance. Covers the impact of digital from both theoretical and practical perspectives Investigates effects of digital media on attention, memory, language and executive functioning Examines video games, texting, and virtual reality as contexts for learning Explores parent-child interactions around media Considers the development of effective educational media Addresses media literacy and critical thinking about media Considers social policy for increasing access to high quality education media and the Internet Provides guidance for parents on navigating children’s technology usage