Book Reviews

Global Geometry of Space-Times with Shells

"One can never learn too much about elementary solutions of General Relativity. In this book, the authors provide a general global description, using Israel matching conditions, of spherically symmetric spacetimes with thin shell sources, charged or neutral, in spacetimes that are themselves asymptotically Schwarzschild or Reissner-Nordstrom, and have various charged/neutral interiors. This book will provide an authoritative, useful, basis for further explorations of the Einstein-Maxwell system, and its extensions both to wider models and more complex sources.” - Stanley Deser, PhD., Professor Emeritus of Physics, Brandeis University, USA

"Thin shells and surface layers are increasingly used to model gravitational collapse and phase transitions in general relativity and cosmology. However, a textbook treatment of these topics is still hard to find in the current literature. This book nicely fills the gap. The techniques are illustrated by focusing on the dynamics of charged spherical shells in a variety of backgrounds. Recommended for students and practitioners who want to add this useful tool to their armory.” - Werner Israel, Adjunct Professor, University of Victoria, Canada

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Cosmic Ray History

"The book is very useful and comprehensive review of the milestones and of selected important results in cosmic ray (CR) physics obtained since its discovery until present, in the series of Space Science, Exploration and Policies of NOVA. Division into five parts including the chapters within each of the part, is done based on extensive and detailed knowledge of the important subjects related not only to CR physics, but also to high energy physics, physics of the atmosphere, space plasma physics etc." READ MORE... - Karel Kudela, Professor, Institute of Experimental Physics, Former Head of Space Physics Department of IEP SAS in Kosice and PI of Cosmic Ray Observatory on Lomnitsky Stit.

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Dynamic Consumer Theory: A Premier Treatise with Stochastic Dynamic Slutsky Equations

"As a researcher I found this book as a pioneering and fundamental work of dynamic consumer theory. There is no other work which goes as deeply into this field than this book. It is not only an excellent reference of the field, but Dr Yeung, as the leading researcher of this field, introduced many new developments and results, some of which were not published before." READ MORE... - Ferenc Szidarovszky, Professor, University of Pecs, Applied Mathematics Department, Hungary.

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Commonly Used Biomarkers in Dentistry: A Handbook

"Dr. Anila has comprehensively covered the various lesions in oral pathology with a relevant table on its immunohistochemical assessment in this book. The differential diagnosis at the end of each topic is also very useful." - Dr. Karthikeyan Ramalingam

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Achieving the Quadruple Aim in a Technology-Driven Transformed Health System: Better Care, Improved Health, Lower Costs and Decreased Medical Liability

"This brilliantly written book should become required reading by the directors and staffs of medical liability insurance companies and all residency directors to use some of its main messages to help break the cycle of wasteful defensive medicine practices often perpetuated by senior physician mentors." - Charles Aswad, M.D., President Emeritus, Medical Society of the State of New York, Board Member, Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company (MLMIC)

"Clear; concise; accurate; understandable and optimistic. No quibbles. I like it, a lot!" - George D. Lundberg, M.D., Former Editor in Chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association

"In his book, Dr. Couch, who describes himself as a "radical independent pragmatic centrist," describes the face of medical liability in the world of healthcare reform, in particular how health IT like electronic health records (EHRs) can influence care in ways that can drive healthcare costs and quality either up or down." READ MORE... - Paul Anderson, Editor and director of ECRI Institute's risk management and patient safety publications

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Nanofluids: Synthesis, Properties and Applications

"This is a very interesting book that brings the reader to the up-to-date state of knowledge in a variety of areas related to nanofluids. The first chapter describes the ways of preparation, crucial to the stability of the nanofluid. Lists of commercially available nanoparticles are also given. The next two chapters deal mostly with the enhancement of heat transfer in the presence of nanoparticles in a fluid. Measurements are examined and the available correlations since Maxwell are discussed. An up-to-date discussion of viscosity is presented in Chapter 5. The next chapters give a very good insight in capillary wetting, convective heat transfer and pool boiling, areas which are very interesting today. Chapter 9 presents a description of nanofluids in droplet-based microfluidics. Optical engineering applications are discussed in the next chapter while the book ends with a chapter in progress and challenges in nanofluids research. In general, it presents a very good opportunity for the reader to get a good insight in the field of nanofluid. Readers can be researchers, postgraduate and undergraduate students but as it reads easily, anybody else that wants to get a good understanding of the field." - Professor Marc J. Assael, FIChemE, CEng, CSci, DIC, Director, Laboratory of Thermophysical Properties & Environmental Processes, Department of Chemical Engineering, Aristotle University

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Genetic, Health and Environmental Impacts Caused by Glyphosate in Ecuador

"It is a great honor for me to recommend the publication and edition of this book entitled: Genetic, health and environmental impacts caused by glyphosate in Ecuador. The book offers a vast revision of knowledge with specific well-detailed research about the genetic, health and environmental impacts caused by glyphosate. Understanding the linkages between each of these interrelated impacts is of sum importance because it provides a holistic, yet detailed overview of the multiple cascading effects that glyphosate produces. Moreover, the book provides useful information about effective methods and techniques, which can be used for ongoing or future research to identify, monitor and consequently mitigate such diverse impacts. I consider that this book will be of great interests for practitioners and students in many of the related research areas, but also I would consider it important for policy and decision makers." - Francisco Benítez Capistros, Ph.D. Fellow/Researcher

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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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