THE POINT OF VANISHING

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The Point Of Vanishing

Author : Howard Axelrod
ISBN : 9780807075470
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Named one of the best books of the year by Slate, Chicago Tribune, Entropy Magazine, and named one of the top 10 memoirs by Library Journal Into the Wild meets Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man—a lyrical memoir of a life changed in an instant and of the perilous beauty of searching for identity in solitude On a clear May afternoon at the end of his junior year at Harvard, Howard Axelrod played a pick-up game of basketball. In a skirmish for a loose ball, a boy’s finger hooked behind Axelrod’s eyeball and left him permanently blinded in his right eye. A week later, he returned to the same dorm room, but to a different world. A world where nothing looked solid, where the distance between how people saw him and how he saw had widened into a gulf. Desperate for a sense of orientation he could trust, he retreated to a jerry-rigged house in the Vermont woods, where he lived without a computer or television, and largely without human contact, for two years. He needed to find, away from society’s pressures and rush, a sense of meaning that couldn’t be changed in an instant.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Geometry Perspective Drawing And Mechanisms

Author : Don Row
ISBN : 9789814343824
Genre : Mathematics
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The aim of this book is to examine the geometry of our world and, by blending theory with a variety of every-day examples, to stimulate the imagination of the readers and develop their geometric intuition. It tries to recapture the excitement that surrounded geometry during the Renaissance as the development of perspective drawing gathered pace, or more recently as engineers sought to show that all the world was a machine. The same excitement is here still, as enquiring minds today puzzle over a random-dot stereogram or the interpretation of an image painstakingly transmitted from Jupiter. The book will give a solid foundation for a variety of undergraduate courses, to provide a basis for a geometric component of graduate teacher training, and to provide background for those who work in computer graphics and scene analysis. It begins with a self-contained development of the geometry of extended Euclidean space. This framework is then used to systematically clarify and develop the art of perspective drawing and its converse discipline of scene analysis and to analyze the behavior of bar-and-joint mechanisms and hinged-panel mechanisms. Spherical polyhedra are introduced and scene analysis is applied to drawings of these and associated objects. The book concludes by showing how a natural relaxation of the axioms developed in the early chapters leads to the concept of a matroid and briefly examines some of the attractive properties of these natural structures.
Category: Mathematics

Encyclopaedia Metropolitana

Author : Edward Smedley
ISBN : STANFORD:36105119077514
Genre : Encyclopedias and dictionaries
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Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries

Intelligent Science And Intelligent Data Engineering

Author : Jian Yang
ISBN : 9783642366697
Genre : Computers
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This book constitutes the proceedings of the third Sino-foreign-interchange Workshop on Intelligence Science and Intelligent Data Engineering, IScIDE 2012, held in Nanjing, China, in October 2012. The 105 papers presented were carefully peer-reviewed and selected from 429 submissions. Topics covered include pattern recognition; computer vision and image processing; machine learning and computational intelligence; knowledge discovery, data mining, and web mining; graphics and computer visualization; and multimedia processing and applications.
Category: Computers

A Kind Of Vanishing

Author : Lesley Thomson
ISBN : 9780956559999
Genre : Fiction
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From the author of acclaimed thriller 'The Detective's Daughter' A spellbinding mystery of obsession and guilt, this is also the poignant story of what happens to those left behind when a child vanishes without trace. It is the summer of 1968, the day Senator Robert Kennedy is shot. Two nine-year-old girls are playing hide and seek in the ruins of a deserted village. Alice has discovered a secret about Eleanor Ramsay's mother, and is taunting the other girl. When it is Eleanor's turn to hide, Alice disappears. Years later, an extraordinary turn of events opens up shocking truths for the Ramsay family and all who knew the missing girl.
Category: Fiction

Twistors In Mathematics And Physics

Author : T. N. Bailey
ISBN : 9780521397834
Genre : Mathematics
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Twistor theory has become a diverse subject as it has spread from its origins in theoretical physics to applications in pure mathematics. This 1990 collection of review articles covers the considerable progress made in a wide range of applications such as relativity, integrable systems, differential and integral geometry and representation theory. The articles explore the wealth of geometric ideas which provide the unifying themes in twistor theory, from Penrose's quasi-local mass construction in relativity, to the study of conformally invariant differential operators, using techniques of representation theory.
Category: Mathematics

Polynomials And Vanishing Cycles

Author : Mihai Tibăr
ISBN : 0521829208
Genre : Mathematics
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A systematic geometro-topological approach to vanishing cycles appearing in non-proper fibrations is proposed in this tract. Lefschetz theory, complex Morse theory and singularities of hypersurfaces are presented in detail leading to the latest research on topics such as the topology of singularities of meromorphic functions and non-generic Lefschetz pencils.
Category: Mathematics

Probability Models In Engineering And Science

Author : Haym Benaroya
ISBN : 0824723155
Genre : Science
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Certainty exists only in idealized models. Viewed as the quantification of uncertainties, probabilitry and random processes play a significant role in modern engineering, particularly in areas such as structural dynamics. Unlike this book, however, few texts develop applied probability in the practical manner appropriate for engineers. Probability Models in Engineering and Science provides a comprehensive, self-contained introduction to applied probabilistic modeling. The first four chapters present basic concepts in probability and random variables, and while doing so, develop methods for static problems. The remaining chapters address dynamic problems, where time is a critical parameter in the randomness. Highlights of the presentation include numerous examples and illustrations and an engaging, human connection to the subject, achieved through short biographies of some of the key people in the field. End-of-chapter problems help solidify understanding and footnotes to the literature expand the discussions and introduce relevant journals and texts. This book builds the background today's engineers need to deal explicitly with the scatter observed in experimental data and with intricate dynamic behavior. Designed for undergraduate and graduate coursework as well as self-study, the text's coverage of theory, approximation methods, and numerical methods make it equally valuable to practitioners.
Category: Science