Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Lean Manufacturing: Implementation, Opportunities and Challenges

“This book deals with a hot topic and it is extremely useful for understanding integrated production management processes as well as solving the new challenges of industry 4.0.” – Professor Anónio Bastos Pereira, University of Aveiro, Portugal

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The Dissipative Mind: The Human Being as a Triadic Dissipative Structure

“This book represents a true novelty in the field of life sciences and epistemology. The authors have reached an authoritative expertise in the complex biological fields of neuroscience (SC) and immunology (SC, AV) and, with particular reference to Dr Giovanni Vella, who began the approach in the early 1990, in this editorial effort they attempted to elucidate the role and the underneath neural-psychic mechanisms of the Navigator therapy, a psychotherapeutic approach based on the “bodily-cognitive re-structuring.” READ MORE…Professor Tatyana Belikhina, MD, PhD (Psychiatrist-Deputy of Director, Center of Nuclear Medicine and Oncology, Semey University, Kazakhstan), and Dr. Geir Bjørklund (President- Council for Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (CONEM), Mo i Rana, Norway)

“This book attracted my attention, the logical texture of a psychologist, because the authors attempted a bold effort to reach the “hard problem” starting from the apparently “crude” biology. I think honestly that this book deserves to be read and expanded in those fields where science debates too much little about the human being.” READ MORE…Nicola C. Capobianco, Ph.D., Psychologist and Phyxhotherapist, Tecno Bios S.S. Appia km 7 zona P.i.p., Apollosa (Benevento), Italy

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Improving the Academic Writing Experience in Higher Education

This book analyzes the work of Sanches, Antunes and Lopes (2019) who, starting by addressing the concepts underlying the theoretical framework related to the development of writing in an academic context, invites us to reflect on the impact that the regularity of this practice can have on the academic success of higher education students. It also presents the notion that the competencies associated with the planning, guidance, dissemination and analysis of scientific information are based on knowing how to read in a careful way, thinking correctly, arguing logically and writing clearly, which, in the work under analysis, the authors consider to be a basic condition for the transfer of knowledge. It is concluded by proceeding to the approach of the implication and challenge that these formative conditions constitute for the ability to communicate science through a new architectural and morphological structure that, while traditionally already existing, now challenges the authors, but also the professors and librarians, added that it was the new and disruptive paradigm of publication in models associated with Open Science…To read more, click here.– Isabel Sousa Andrade, National School of Public Health, NOVA University of Lisbon

“The book “Improving the Academic Writing Experience in Higher Education” is a solid resource for diverse groups working in academia: faculty, librarians, academic stakeholders, and students. It explores interesting issues related to academic writing. The contributors investigate this topic from different perspectives what widens horizons and allows to better understand the subject…To read more, click here.– Zuza Wiorogórska, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Information Studies, Faculty of Journalism, Information and Book Studies. University of Warsaw, Poland

Introduction of Forensic Nanotechnology as Future Armour

“The intent of this book is to direct results and findings via intermediation of nanotechnology, which is applicable to forensic science. The paradigm of forensic science research is moving toward the development of highly selective, accurate, reliable, rapid, and cost-effective methods for the identification, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence to determine the truth behind the crime. With the advent of the use of nanotechnology in forensic science, I am sure that this book will be helpful to students, scientists, and researchers to explore and to enhance research opportunities in this diverse field.” – Professor Henry C. Lee, Director, Forensic Research and Training Center, Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, Distinguished Chair Professor in Forensic Science, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT, USA

“Forensic science, the application of scientific methods and techniques for the purposes of justice, is an interdisciplinary subject. Nanotechnology, which has emerged as a super specialty in the last three decades, leading to tremendous improvement in the analytical methods and techniques in almost every discipline of science, is slowly and gradually infusing into forensic science as well. The present treatise, Introduction of Forensic Nanotechnology as Future Armour, aims to fill the immediate need of a comprehensive book on nanotechnology and its application in various areas of forensic science. I am sure the book will prove to be of immense benefit to the students of forensic science, teachers, members of the judiciary, police, and other law enforcing agencies.” – P.K. Chattopadhyay, Visiting Professor, College of Medicine and Forensics, Jiaotang University, Xi’an, China; Former Professor of Forensic Science, Punjabi University, Patiala, Panjab, India; Ex-President, Indo-Pacific Association of Law, Medicine and Science

“I think that major concerns in forensic investigation and security are on site analysis at trace levels with high reliability because of the chances of losing evidence. This book is definitely motivation to focus on this new area of research to solve the crime on site with the help of nanotechnology in various fields of forensic science, such as detecting explosives, biological mediators, document preservation, fingerprint enhancement, and food adulteration. A must read book for researchers.” – Dr. Shobhana K. Menon, Former Director, School of Sciences, Head of Chemistry and Forensic Science Department, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India

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The End of Suicidology: Can We Ever Understand Suicide?

“This book may well mark a historic turning point for suicidology: not the end, but a re-awakening. This is a wake-up call.” – C. A. Soper, PhD, Author of “The Evolution of Suicide”

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Macroeconomic Policies in Countries of the Global South

“This book considers what macroeconomic policies are conducive to growth in developing countries, including particular fiscal, monetary, and exchange rate options. The book critically considers the growth consequences of insufficient government spending on public goods, central bank independence, alternative monetary policies, low-inflation targeting policy and foreign exchange reserve accumulation.” – Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor, was United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, and received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought

“Despite the unfortunate “global south” term, this book is not to be missed. With these 12 essays, Chowdhury and Popov provide an analytical clear presentation of how to design a progressive and effective macroeconomic policy. This is book for policy makers, students and the interested public. Not to be missed.” – Professor John Weeks, BSc, MSc PhD, Department of Development Studies, SOAS University of London

“The New York-based Nova Science Publishers has published a collection of works, Macroeconomic Policies in Countries of the Global South, which was compiled by the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute and prominent scientists from Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Brazil, Australia, and the Philippines. Some of the authors are employees of international economic organizations, such as the Asian Development Bank, which provided support for the publication.”READ MORE…Published in the journal of Russia’s Foreign Ministry, International Affairs

“Anis Chowdhury and Vladimir Popov’s Macroeconomic Policies in the Countries of the Global South (2019) offers insight into the thinking behind and practices of macroeconomic policy-setting in some of the regions of the Global South.”READ MORE…Published in C2C Digital Magazine (Fall 2019 / Winter 2020). Reviewed by Shalin Hai-Jew, instructional designer, Kansas State University, USA

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Hyperbolic Equations and General Relativity

“This is an excellent book that can be used to introduce the reader to the theory of hyperbolic equations and to the mathematical theory of gravitational waves and Einstein equations. Several basic concepts such as wavelike propagation, fundamental solution, Riemann kernel and its existence, world function and its role in the fundamental solution, characteristic conoid, are well presented. The reader is then offered the opportunity to learn in detail how Choquet-Bruhat proved existence and uniqueness of the solution of vacuum Einstein equations with non-analytic Cauchy data. Last, an introduction to some important aspects of high-speed black hole collisions, a masterpiece work of D’Eath and Payne, is presented. The appendices on Sobolev spaces and Kasner spacetime are also very useful, as well as the suggested literature at the end. The author should be congratulated for having written a book of high pedagogical value for future generations of research workers in general relativity.” – Giampiero Esposito, INFN Sezione di Napoli, Naples, Italy

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Understanding Banach Spaces

“Banach spaces as well as their specializations such as Hilbert or Euclidean spaces to mention a few are of great interest in Pure as well as Applied Mathematics. In particular Dr. González is connecting Banach spaces to applications using iterative methods. Researchers and practitioners consider Banach spaces general enough for studying operator equations, since problems from diverse disciplines can be reduced to locating a zero of a Banach space valued operator. These zeros are needed in closed form but this is achieved in rare situations. That is why he has presented a plethora of alternative iterate methods generating a sequence approximating a zero under certain initial conditions about a zero (local convergence) or about in an initial point (semilocal convergence). These methods converge with linear, quadratic or higher order of convergence and under weak conditions. Researchers and practitioners will find this book very useful as a source book, utilize its methods and also use it as a classroom text for a senior undergraduate or graduate course. It is certainly an excellent must read book.” – Ioannis K. Argyros, Cameron University, Department of Mathematics, Lawton, Oklahoma, USA

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Advances in Medicinal Chemistry Research

“This book covers hot current topics in medicinal chemistry, using a molecular-based approach, providing us with knowledge on new and valuable targets, on corresponding active synthetic and natural products, and deserves to be read by a broad audience, providing a rich food for thought.” – Dr. Marilia O. Fonseca Goulart, Professor, Federal University of Alagoas – Brazil

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Modernity, Modernization, and Globalization: Issues and Challenges of the 21st Century

“Dr. Shahidullah has assembled an impressive array of bi-cultural social scientists from different corners of the world to provide an insight into the issues and challenges facing a modern and global world order. Each chapter challenges the ideologies of nativism, localism, racism, sexism, nationalism, and bigotry which have been invigorated by the rise of right-wing politics globally. However, the book argues that the culture of modernity that builds on the notion of humanism, globalism, inclusivity, and universal human rights, is inevitable and here to stay even if it seems temporarily elusive. Citing examples of globalization of the world capitalist economy, strengthening of the Human Development Index, expansions of democracy in more countries of the world in an environment of unprecedented global connectivity through the Internet, this book argues that these forces far outweigh the rise of right-wing political parties for the global progress of modernity. Scholars in numerous disciplines such as sociology, political science, global studies, international relations, and development studies will find this text a vital addition to seminal collections in their respective disciplines. It will also serve as a valuable reference book for policy-makers in international development agencies and research organizations. It is highly recommended.” – Sheetal Ranjan, PhD., Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, William Paterson University, New Jersey

Modernity, Modernization, and Globalization: Issues and Challenges of the 21st Century provides a detailed and insightful analysis of social and cultural transformation. Dr. Shahidullah provides an excellent historical review of the concepts of Modernity, Modernization, and Globalization and moves the reader to contemporary 21st century issues within the context of the appropriate cultural and social contexts and contests as operationalized as social change, evolution, and cultural transformations. In these times of what appears to be social and cultural turmoil and despondency in the 21st Century, further understanding of the dialects of Modernity, Modernization, and Globalization are essential to reveal and understand social transformations in the modern world. This book will be of great interest and benefit to scholars, students, and social advocate practitioners who wish to understand and conceptualize the day-to-day ideological response and functions of the process of social change and evolution.” – James F. Hodgson, PhD., Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Averett University, Virginia; President- Virginia Association of Criminal Justice Educators

“Without a doubt, Dr. Shahidullah understands the significant and timely value for the continued need for inspection, education and the remembrance of history surrounding arguably three of the world’s most important concepts-modernity, modernization and globalization. Found among the pages of this book, Modernity, Modernization, and Globalization: Issues and Challenges of the 21st Century, a broad scope of these three concepts are revisited, explored and contextualized to provide a clearer perspective on what they have meant and may mean to today’s world and all of its societies. This text also encourages the reader to examine larger themes and patterns while prompting consideration of our ever advancing technological times and the direct link it has to the idea, that, although stagnation may plague modernity from time to time, it is in fact an irreversible feature of the world’s history and future. This is a must read for scholars and believers of freedom of humanity alike. This comprehensive volume is a valuable and welcome addition to the present body of literature on issues and challenges of global modernity.” – Robert C. Watson, Assistant Professor of History, Hampton University, Virginia

“Shahid Shahidullah provides not only a historical lens, but a future window, shining light and providing context on the ideologies, concepts and facts of Modernity, Modernization, and Globalization. In just one book, the reader is superbly navigated through a wealth of knowledge from scholars of multi-cultural heritages enhancing the understanding of these themes from the past, present and encourages thought for the future world, where Modernity, Modernization and Globalization, although it may experience changes, pause or progress, will undoubtedly continue to be a fact as old as time.” – C. Nana Derby, PhD., Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Virginia State University, Virginia

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