AGAINST A DARK BACKGROUND

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Against A Dark Background

Author : Iain M. Banks
ISBN : 9780748109982
Genre : Fiction
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A superb standalone novel from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a master of modern science fiction. Sharrow was once the leader of a personality-attuned combat team in one of the sporadic little commercial wars in the civilisation based around the planet Golter. Now she is hunted by the Huhsz, a religious cult which believes that she is the last obstacle before the faith's apotheosis, and her only hope of escape is to find the last of the apocalyptically powerful Lazy Guns before the Huhsz find her. Her journey through the exotic Golterian system is a destructive and savage odyssey into her past, and that of her family and of the system itself. Praise for Iain M. Banks: 'Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution' Independent on Sunday 'Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future' Guardian 'Jam-packed with extraordinary invention' Scotsman 'Compulsive reading' Sunday Telegraph The Culture series: Consider Phlebas The Player of Games Use of Weapons The State of the Art Excession Inversions Look to Windward Matter Surface Detail The Hydrogen Sonata Other books by Iain M. Banks: Against a Dark Background Feersum Endjinn The Algebraist
Category: Fiction

Light And Electron Microscopy

Author : Elizabeth M. Slayter
ISBN : 0521339480
Genre : Medical
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This book describes the principles of operation of each type of microscope currently available and of use to biomedical and materials scientists. It explains the mechanisms of image formation, contrast and its enhancement, and accounts for ultimate limits on the size of observable details (resolving power and resolution). Finally it provides an account of Fourier optical theory. Principles behind the photographic methods used in microscopy are also described and there is some discussion of image processing methods. Throughout, the text emphasizes the underlying similarity of all microscope systems and, recognizing that biologists may often be uncomfortable with mathematical approaches every effort has been made to present concepts verbally.
Category: Medical

Litigation Technology

Author : Michael G. Rogers
ISBN : 9780735552906
Genre : Law
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Now you can show your students how to effectively integrate PowerPoint and Sanction II software into courtroom presentations. LITIGATION TECHNOLOGY pairs an outstanding text with a companion website to take the mystery out of using computers at trial. Written specifically to train future litigators, the text: is written in a treatise format so that a reader can digest the book from cover to cover or simply go to the index or table of contents and focus on a particular topic puts the use of technology in the context of developing and executing a trial strategy, considering the questions lawyers ask themselves: What is my theme? What type of language and presentation style will move the judge or jury toward ruling in favor of my client? What kinds of witnesses should I call? How do I prepare my case? How do I prepare for the defense case? What is the most effective type of closing? includes both theory -- the art and tactics of advocacy and how technology can be used to enhance them -- and how-to guidance through the steps in creating the visuals best suited to each stage of the trial, plus tips for placing and using the equipment in the courtroom takes an in-depth, hands-on approach to using technology through four web-based mock trial problems (two personal injury cases and two criminal cases) that provide the video depositions, document image files, scene files, audio files, and text files that students use to create and manipulate electronic presentations demonstrates how to create PowerPoint and Sanction II presentations through step-by-step tutorials illustrated by annotated screen captures; students get a free one-calendar-year license for Sanction, so they can show their presentations at job interviews teaches how to create both linear presentations (moving sequentially through slides) and nonlinear presentations (allowing the attorney to pull up images of documents, digital photos, transcripts, and video clips on the screen in any order) The author also provides: updates on changes in the software programs and printable color PDF versions of the how-to chapters at the website an extensive Teachers Manual with tips from his own teaching experience, advice on tailoring the materials to different types of courses, suggested lecturers and tactical analysis of the case problems, PowerPoint slides for use in class, and sample syllabi showing alternative use. Additional web-based resource materials for instructors: modifiable PowerPoint presentations on the visual trial; using the computer to organize a case file; using a computer for opening statement, during direct examination, for cross examination, and for closing argument annotated screen captures of CaseMap and other software packages not covered in the book as they are developed a members-only section for instructors and practicing attorneys to exchange insights and information about developments in litigation technology and methods for teaching students how to use technology at trial
Category: Law

Farr S Physics For Medical Imaging

Author : Penelope Allisy-Roberts
ISBN : 9780702028441
Genre : Medical
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Previous ed. published as: Physics for medical imaging / R.F. Farr. c1997.
Category: Medical

Light The Shape Of Space

Author : Lou Michel
ISBN : 0471286184
Genre : Architecture
File Size : 27.2 MB
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Light: The Shape of Space Designing with Space and Light Lou Michel Every design professional who touches a space shapes the light and the feeling of that space. Architect, lighting engineer, interior designer, lighting or home furnishing manufacturer: each contributes an aesthetic layer, sometimes yielding unexpected results. All too often the best laid plans of one professional are unintentionally subverted by another. Removing surprises and guess work from design, Lou Michel, honored architectural lighting educator, has created Light: The Shape of Space, showing how to design with the effects of light rather than light itself. The book is a revolutionary resource for all design professionals and manufacturers of surfacing materials. Drawing on over fifteen years’ experience of research and teaching in the architectural Space and Light Laboratory at The University of Kansas, Michel masterfully examines the interrelationship of lighting and the design of architectural space as perceived not in architectural photos or paint chips and fabric swatches, but by human vision — the gateway to emotional response. The book was written for professionals who care about how people feel in the spaces they design, and focuses on the humanization of architecture. Taking a non-stylistic approach to design, Michel analyzes architecture from the perspective of how the users see their surroundings as they move through space. The reader will learn what pleases and what disturbs people based on how the human visual system responds to color, texture, pattern, and brightness. The book features principles of design for the student and professional, and is generously supported by illustrations and research. Michel also provides a method for evaluating the visual effectiveness of building materials and lighting systems, including those that will appear on the market long after this book is dog-eared. Michel unveils a groundbreaking luminance brightness rating system (LBR) and a nine-zone brightness scale to aid designers in previsualizing the appearance of surfacing materials at every stage of the design process, from schematics to development to refinement. Among the topics treated are: the interaction of lighting and spatial design color theory for space and light the luminance relationships between free-standing objects and the surrounding spatial boundaries against which they are seen the appearance of building materials in color and brightness when modified by light and spatial location lighting spatial connections, including the perception of rooms adjacent to the observer lighting and perception of spaces screened by architectural grilles creating lighted space Designing with the effects of light is both an art and a science. No other book on the market bridges that gap as successfully as Light: The Shape of Space.
Category: Architecture

Painting Trees And Landscapes In Watercolor

Author : Ted Kautzky
ISBN : 9780486141992
Genre : Art
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Comprehensive advice on painting landscape components such as plant life, puddles, rain, and fog. Includes composition, value arrangement, balance, rhythm, pattern, and the structure of trees.127 illustrations. 16 pages in full color.
Category: Art

Light And Color In The Outdoors

Author : Marcel Minnaert
ISBN : 0387979352
Genre : Photography
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All of science springs from the observation of nature. In this classic book, the late Professor Minnaert accompanies the reader on a tour of nature's light and color and reveals the myriad phenomena that may be observed outdoors with no more than a pair of eyes and an enquiring mind. From the intriguing shape of the dapples beneath a tree on a sunny day, via rainbows, mirages, and haloes, the colors of liquid, ice, and the sky, to the appearance of the sun, moon, planets, and stars - Minnaert describes and explains them all in a clear language accessible to laymen. This new English edition is supplemented by 80 plates, over half of them in color, taken by the acclaimed photographer Pekka Parviainen, illustrating many of the phenomena - ordinary and exotic - discussed in the book.
Category: Photography

Histological Techniques For Electron Microscopy

Author : Daniel C. Pease
ISBN : 9781483263687
Genre : Science
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Histological Techniques for Electron Microscopy, Second Edition, offers a practical guide for those who would study cells or tissues with an electron microscope. The book contains 11 chapters and begins with a discussion of the organization and management of an electron microscope laboratory. This is followed by separate chapters on tissue preservation; fixatives and their variations; methacrylate embedding and cross-linked plastics, microtomes and microtomy; and section mounting. Subsequent chapters deal with the techniques of "staining" for electron microscopy, photography; mounting, shadowing, and replication; and negative staining.
Category: Science