Book Reviews

Current Issues in International Trade: Methodologies and Development Implications for the World Economy

"Current issues in international trade..." explores the complexities of classical and emerging international trade issues, and the challenges arising from globalization. The collection of essays provides rigorous and insightful analysis that will be of interest for academics and practitioners." - Amelia U. Santos-Paulino, UNCTAD

"The book delves into diverse issues on the evolving role of trade in the global economy of the twenty-first century. Spanning over current scenarios, analytical frameworks and methodologies, the book offers a fine balance between cutting -age theory and contemporary policy questions. Professor Das, in this present volume, provides a wholesome
food for thought to the readers." - Partha Ray, Professor of Economics, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta

"The chapters in the book offer theoretical as well as applied perspectives on many facets of trade and globalisation. The book covers a cornucopia of material and gives deep insights into many of the current problems of international economics. The editor has done a superb job and I strongly recommend this volume to those interested in this area." - Krishnendu Gosh Dastidar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

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Ultimate Equilibrium of RC Structures Using Mini-Max Principle

"The book Ultimate Equilibrium of RC Structures Using Mini-Max Principle written by Prof. I. Iskhakov and Prof. Y. Ribakov, summarizes some experimental and theoretical results of reinforced concrete structures investigation. The authors successfully use the mini-max principle for design of spatial and plane RC structures." READ MORE... - Leonid Dvorkin, Dr. Prof., Head of Building Materials, National University of Water Management and Nature Resources Use

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The Development of Organic Phosphorus Chemistry: Discoveries of the Nineteenth Century

"This treatise is an excellent review of the birth of organophosphorus chemistry with respect to the generation of C-P bonds. Dr. Quin has done a superb job in ferreting out the facts concerning the early work in this field in the 19th century. Four chapters compose the book with each chapter focusing mainly on work done by specific chemists." READ MORE... - K. Darrell Berlin, Regents Professor, Oklahoma State University.

"The book by Louis DuBose Quin is a first of its kind in presenting the early development of phosphorus chemistry. It does so by considering the discoveries of the three chemists that introduced the world to organic phosphorus chemistry. These are the French chemist , Paul Thenard, who discovered the first organic phosphorus compound in 1845, trimethylphosphine." READ MORE... - Dr. Robert Holmes, Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Phosphorus, Sulfur and Silicon and the Related Elements, University of Massachusetts

"In this book Professor Quin engagingly summarizes the many seminal discoveries made by pioneers of phosphorus chemistry in the 19th century who established the foundations of this important field. His coverage is thorough and orderly, and includes not only the chemistry that worked (despite the limits of laboratory apparatus, analytical techniques and bonding concepts of the period) but he also includes a number of informative synthetic attempts that failed. The author’s very careful analysis of the relevant literature enabled him to make a convincing case for choosing August Wilhelm Hoffman as the founder of phosphorus chemistry; a choice that at first surprised me, as I am sure it will other phosphorus-oriented chemists as well. Professor Quin has provided a wide spectrum of chemists with a delightful review of a field of great importance in academic as well as a variety industrial laboratories." - John G. Verkade, Ph.D., Iowa State University

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Optical Spectroscopy: Technology, Properties and Performance

"The book is an excellent one in the field of optical spectroscopy of materials, including both science and technology. It is written by outstanding specialista in optical spectroscopy. The book includes 2 chapters written by Dr. Nicolae Tomozeiu and 2 chapters written by Hideo Takeuchi. The book treat at a high level both the science and technology of measurement and interpretation of the results." READ MORE... - Professor Mihai Popescu, National Institute of Materials Physics, Bucharest, Magurele, Romania

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Exultant Forces of Translation and the Philosophy of Travel of Alphonso Lingis

"This is a fascinating study of an extraordinary man’s engagement with language and translation in today’s multifaceted world of intertwining cultures.” - Susan Bassnett, FRSL, Professor of Comparative Literature, Special Advisor in Translation Studies, Sub-Faculty of Modern Languages, University of Warwick

"Dalia Staponkutė interweaves literature, philosophy, and anthropology to make connections between the theory, practice and poetics of cultural translation. Particularly brilliant is the way she applies Bakhtin’s notion of the “chronotope of the road,” to unpack relationships of the body, travel, and translation in the writing of Alphonso Lingis." - Stephanos Stephanides, FEA OSSI, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Cyprus

"While translators traverse numerous sources, such as dictionaries, metaphoric variations that never result in a copy of the original, this text is a way of telling the “traveler” that there is an intertwining of sense forming a mutual “transcreation.” The latter allows the traveler to form relationships with the other that neither has suspected. According to Staponkutė, Lingis adds another dimension to encounters by travelers across texts and cultures of different continents and peoples: body comportment. It is at this level that the author points to the ways that bodies “speak” and the ways they find some immediate sense and its linguistic inadequacies. There is a “transcreational intercorporeity” that spontaneously discloses and obscures our own self understanding and the understanding of the other – leaving us with a continuous wonder and fascination to learn more of what was still “unsaid” and what can never be fully said." - Algis Mickunas, Professor of Philosophy, Ohio University

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Fulfilling Hope: Supporting the Needs of Patients with Advanced Cancers

"Lillie has written a textbook that every health care professional who sees patients with cancer should have on a "must read" list. This book provides one with a comprehensive curriculum, strategies, and tactics for those who need to provide, care, counsel, and communicate with some of the difficult messages one has to give to cancer patients. Her examples in Chapter II alone are a treasure for anyone in a position to give hope to those who are suffering -- patients, family, friends, and loved ones. Like Lillie herself, you will want the gems of information in this book to be at your side to refer to as you care for people with cancer." - Ellen Stovall, 43 year cancer survivor, Senior Health Policy Advisory, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)

"I hope that…” often is heard from patients with metastatic cancer, but patient hopes are rarely broached by oncology providers with those who receive a terminal cancer diagnosis. Calling for a “real time partnership” between patients and their oncologists where hopes and fears are freely discussed and addressed, Lillie Shockney’s book, Fulfilling Hope: Supporting the Needs of Patients with Advanced Cancers, challenges oncologists to understand and practice a pivotal role with each patient while being realistic about the patient’s prognosis and helping to fulfill each patient’s hopes. Describing research about hope and sharing poignant patient case studies, the author has written a seminal book that should be required reading for all oncologists, fellows, and those attending medical school." - Shirley Mertz, President, Metastatic Breast Cancer Network

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Online Learning: An Educational Development Perspective

"Fay Patel’s edited Online Learning: An Educational Development Perspective is an impassioned and convincing argument for the integration of pedagogy with technology, and the partnering of educators, educational developers and instructional designers, to ensure optimal, innovative online learning for students. Drawing on existing research and their own experiences, Patel and her fellow contributors are positing that technology should not be considered a simple panacea for all that currently ails higher education." READ MORE... - Suzanne Le-May Sheffield, Ph.D., Director, Centre for Learning and Teaching, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

"This book contains a rich mixture of new and innovative ideas relevant to the burgeoning field of Online Learning and Teaching. In this regard, both the novice as well as the experienced educator, particularly those interested in the value and benefits of technology enabled learning and teaching, will find the discussions and information presented both helpful and informative." READ MORE... - Karen Roland, Karen Roland, PhD, Dean, Faculty of Education and Academic Development, University of Windsor

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Beyond Money: The Social Roots of Health and Well-Being

"Scholars concerned with cultural post-modernization tend to agree upon several basic assertions. At least one is relevant for the debates around wellbeing and quality of life. With the social and economic change, people focus on better life expressed in non-material way." READ MORE... - Reviewed by Bogdan Voicu, Senior Researcher I, Romanian Academy, Research Institute for Quality of Life

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Network Meta-Analysis: Evidence Synthesis with Mixed Treatment Comparison

"Systematic reviews and meta-analyses, being at the intersection of clinical medicine, epidemiology, statistics, and translational research, arekeymethodologies for the practice of evidence-based medicine. Traditional meta-analytical methods, however, pertain to pairwise comparisons between 2 interventions, thus only partially providing evidence that patients, clinicians, and policy-makers need in order to make informed decisions or public health recommendations regarding prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment." READ MORE... - Reviewed by Orestis A. Panagiotou, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD. Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology

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Analysis of Kinetic Models of Chemical Reaction Systems. Value Approach

"This subject of this book is the systematic analysis of kinetic models of complex reactions, with emphasis on chain reactions. The intent of the authors is to provide the conceptual background for the use of numerical models to evaluate molecular kinetic data in terms of mechanistic schemes. The book concludes with an explanation of the kinetics software package, VALKIN." READ MORE... - Frederick T. Greenaway, Professor of Chemistry at Clark University

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