Book Reviews

Advances in Squid Biology, Ecology and Fisheries. Part II: Oegopsid squids

"The aims of this volume are basically the same as with the previous one, Part II dealing with oegopsid squids, which – in contrast to the myopsids – belong to the pelagic, oceanic environment." READ MORE... - Sigurd v. Boletzky, Associate Editor VIE ET MILIEU – Life and Environment

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Probiotic and Prebiotic Foods: Technology, Stability and Benefits to Human Health

"The book is a unique compilation of technology of various probiotic foods and stability of probiotics in various probiotic and prebiotic foods, as well as their health benefits. The book fills in a gap in our knowledge on the production and practical application of prebiotics and probiotics in foods." READ MORE... - Niels Skovgard, Birkerød, Denmark, International Journal of Food Microbiology

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Understanding Ethnic Segregation in Contemporary Britain

"In this in-depth study of segregation, ethnicity and the northern English city Jamie Halsall examines the debate over whether we are sleepwalking into a more segregated future, or whether the reality of change on the ground is not so easily turned into sound bites. Not afraid of making strong claims this study is both interesting to read and a timely contribution." - Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, The University of Oxford

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What Are Finnish Teachers Made Of? A Glance at Teacher Education in Finland Yesterday and Today

"...Already in the 1920s, Finland understood that teachers had to be educated for the need of the whole country, and therefore, teacher educated was also started in the Teacher Training College of Tornio, in North-Finland. Today, the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi educates teachers in this region." READ MORE... - Dr. Maija Rask, PhD, former Minister of Education

"Drs. Merja Paksuniemi, Satu Uusiautti, and Kaarina Määttä have answered to the call for scientific books explaining the Finnish education system by introducing the early phases of the Finnish education system. However, the book is not just historical but it extends the review to the present day." READ MORE... - Dr. Erika Sarivaara, Sámi Parliament, Norway

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Putting Privacy in Perspective: Exploring the Evolution and Implications of Privacy in U.S. Society

"In Dr. Hough’s book, a compelling case is made that the four kinds of Privacy she describes were not very much present in past societies." READ MORE... - David Brin, Scientist, Best-Selling Author and Tech-Futurist

"Putting Privacy in Perspective offers a quick, readable and provocative survey of how privacy has evolved in this country from colonial times through the Industrial Revolution to the modern age. Its somewhat surprising conclusion is that people in the post-Civil War era enjoyed much more solitude, intimacy, and anonymity than either the founding generation or our current computer-driven era." - Christopher Slobogin, Milton Underwood Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University

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Introduction to Communication Sciences

"An expert on ancient and contemporary languages of India, and an outstanding pioneer in the field of acoustic phonetics of Indian languages, Dr. S. R. Savithri’s book on Introduction to Communication Sciences is a treasure cove for all seekers in the area of Speech Science. This book covers fundamental and advanced concepts of speech production, perception, regulation, and their implications in a nutshell. The five chapters in the book use many illustrations and clearly describe the process of communication and its components; biological and neurological bases of speech production; fundamental concepts related to the nature of sound; auditory mechanism and functions related to the perception of sound; and historical developments and scope of practice with special emphasis on the interdisciplinary nature, global issues, and technology. Dr. Savithri’s clear elucidations of complex concepts of speech science is a must read for all beginners, advanced learners, and professionals in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology." - Rangamani G. N., Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, Professor and Fulbright Scholar, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, St. Cloud State University, MN USA

"The textbook ‘Introduction to Communication Sciences’ by Prof. Dr. S. R. Savithri is a highly welcome contribution to teaching speech pathology/audiology and phonetics. It provides a fresh and exciting perspective on the field, building on the author’s wealth of research and teaching experience in a vibrant multi-lingual environment. Importantly, the book incorporates some valuable insights of ancient Sanskrit scholars – first known phoneticians, as part of a historical review of the field. The book is remarkably clearly written, with various – often quite complex – concepts and topics presented in a very accessible way and amply illustrated. As such, the textbook will serve as a valuable resource for students and young researchers in speech/audiology and phonetics." - Alexei Kochetov, Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Advances in Artificial Intelligence Systems

"Artificial intelligence is an important field of research and I congratulate the Editors, Dr. V. Rajinikanth and Dr. K. Kamalanand for bringing out this excellent book entitled “Advances in Artificial Intelligence Systems”. This book is sectioned into six chapters and each chapter provides excellent information on some of the recent algorithms in the field of computational intelligence along with their applications. Computational intelligence algorithms such as Social Group Optimization, Convolution Neural Networks, Firefly Optimization and Non-dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithms-II are explained along with few applications in the field of biomedical diagnostics and process control. This book will be highly useful both as a research reference and as a learning medium." - Dr. P. Mannar Jawahar, Senior Professor and 8th Vice Chancellor, Anna University, Vice Chancellor, Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences

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Best Human Resource Management Practices and Firm Performance in the Pacific Island Countries

"The book is a valuable resource for both scholars wishing to study more about HRM in hotels in developing small islands, and for HR managers who want to study and improve their day to day working process." READ MORE... - Erez Katz Volovelsky, student of Professor Leo Dana, Associate Professor of Management, The University of Canterbury

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Quantum Mechanics Upon Theorems

"The basic concepts and pictures of quantum mechanics in this textbook are easy to understand due to using the mathematical and analytical mechanics methods, the concepts, pictures, and equations, are self-contained." READ MORE... - Zhang Xin-Wei, Professor, Academician of Chinese Engineering Academy

"...In terms of a series of interesting stories in the processes of development of quantum mechanics, this textbook emphasizes some experiences and lessons which are worth to note for the future development of the physics." READ MORE... - Chongyu Wang, Department of Physics, Tsinghua University, Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

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Some Problems in the Theory of Engineering Systems (Geometric Approaches)

"Unconventional approach to the solution of the Inverse Problem of Kinematics – a classical problem of Mechanics which leads to the development of new approach to the Terminal Control of mechanical objects movement. The present method has both theoretical and practical value. The novelty of the research consists in the use of spinor geometry's mathematical apparatus. The latter gave an efficient and simple solution of Inverse Problem of Kinematics, which should be useful in practical problems of robotics." - Tamaz Natriashvili, Professor, Doctor of Sciences, Principal of R. Dvali Research Institute of Machine Mechanics

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