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On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life - Friedrich Nietzsche, Peter Preuss(Part II of Thoughts Out of Season) "Moreover I hate everything which merely instructs me without increasing or directly quickening my activity.” These are Goethe’s words with which, as with a boldly expressed ceterum censeo, we may begin our consideration of the worth and worthlessness of history. Our aim will be to show why instruction which fails to quicken activity, why knowledge which enfeebles activity, why history as a costly intellectual excess and luxury must, in the spirit of Goethe’s words, be seriously hated; for we still lack what is most necessary, and superfluous excess is the
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Calculus - Edmond C. TomastikCALCULUS: APPLICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY is a modern text that is guided by four basic principles: The Rule of Four, technology, the Way of Archimedes, and an exploratory teaching method. Where appropriate, each topic is presented graphically, numerically, algebraically, and verbally, helping students gain a richer, deeper understanding of the material. A pronounced emphasis in the text on technology, whether graphing calculators or computers, permits instructors to spend more time teaching concepts. Additionally, applications play a central role in the text and are woven into the development of the
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Living Theatre: History of Theatre - Edwin Goldfar Wilson"Living Theatre: History of Theatre" conveys the excitement and variety of theatre throughout time, as well as the dynamic ways in which our interpretation of theatre history is informed by contemporary scholarship.This edition opens with, "Theatre: Its Origins and Its History," which establishes a contemporary context for the study of theatre. Biographical sketches in each chapter bring theatre history to life through the stories of the people who lived that history. Developments in theatre are examined through the debates between scholars and historians, emphasizing the living nature of this
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Video Demystified: A Handbook for the Digital Engineer - Keith JackThis international bestseller and essential reference is the "bible" for digital video engineers and programmers worldwide. This is by far the most informative analog and digital video reference available, includes the hottest new trends and cutting-edge developments in the field. Video Demystified, Fourth Edition is a "one stop" reference guide for the various digital video technologies. The fourth edition is completely updated with all new chapters on MPEG-4, H.264, SDTV/HDTV, ATSC/DVB, and Streaming Video (Video over DSL, Ethernet, etc.), as well as discussions of the latest standards
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Spatial Databases: With Application to GIS - Philippe Rigaux"Spatial Databases" is the first unified, in-depth treatment of special techniques for dealing with spatial data, particularly in the field of geographic information systems (GIS). This book surveys various techniques, such as spatial data models, algorithms, and indexing methods, developed to address specific features of spatial data that are not adequately handled by mainstream DBMS technology. The book also reviews commercial solutions to geographic data handling: ArcInfo, ArcView, and Smallworld GISs; and two extensions to the relational model, PostgreSQL and Oracle Spatial. The authors
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Empire: How Spain Became a World Power, 1492-1763 - Henry KamenFrom the late-fifteenth to the mid-eighteenth century, Spain was the most extensive empire the world had seen, stretching from Naples and the Netherlands to the Philippines. This provocative work of history attributes Spain's rise to power to the collaboration of international business interests, including Italian financiers, German technicians, and Dutch traders. At the height of its power, the Spanish Empire was a global enterprise in which non-Spaniards -- Portuguese, Basque, Aztec, Genoese, Chinese, Flemish, West African, Incan, and Neapolitan -- played an essential role. Challenging,
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Australian Library Supervision & Management - Roy SandersAustralian Library Supervision and Management introduces management theory.  Much of the theory is woven through the text which emphasises practical issues and perspectives. Topics given special attention include skills required to implement and support participative management, team management, leadership, self management, change management, strategic planning, job design, performance measurement, negotiation and conflict resolution.
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Statistics: The Exploration and Analysis of Data - Roxy Peck, Jay L. DeVoreSTATISTICS: A GUIDE TO THE UNKNOWN offers a collection of intriguing essays that describe the important applications of statistics and probability. Instead of teaching methods, the essays illustrate past accomplishments and current uses of statistics and probability. Examples of surveys, questionnaires, experiments, and observational studies help you better understand the importance of and the influence of statistics.
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Elementary Harmony: Theory and Practice - Robert W. OttmanThe Fifth Edition of Robert Ottman's Elementary Harmony continues to present a thorough introduction to harmony with continuous step-by-step development and review of concepts and skills. Changes throughout simplify instructor presentations and effect rapid student assimilation of the subject matter. New to the Fifth Edition: * Appendix providing answers to selected parts of assignments. * References to the Workbook, which have additional projects with answers. * Additional part-writing exercises with bass line only given. * Music examples by women composers of the eighteenth and nineteenth
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The Earth: A Very Short Introduction - Martin RedfernFor generations, the ground beneath the feet of our ancestors seemed solid and unchanging. In the latter half of the 20th century, two things happened that were to revolutionize the understanding of our home planet. First, geologists realized that the continents themselves were drifting across the surface of the globe and that oceans were being created and destroyed. Secondly, pictures of the entire planet were returned from space. As the astronomer Fred Hoyle had predicted, this let loose an idea as powerful as any in history. Suddenly, the Earth began to be viewed as a single entity; a dynamic,