Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Farewell – Peace and Justice? A Look Back at (My) Half a Century of Political Science in Times of the Ukraine Crisis

“Arno Tausch is a scholar who developed during half a century a productive world-system perspective on global dynamics and dependencies, inequalities and exclusion as well as changing subjectivities in many different fields: Theoretically sound, methodologically innovative and empirically insightful. Tausch is a truly transnational intellectual with a clear cosmopolitan and social-liberal democratic compass, always with a healthy distance to the false comfort of Anglo-Saxon dominance in social sciences. In a way, his autobiography contains also a strong and motivating message to younger scholars: Develop a critical thinking, reflect on the highly uneven conditions of knowledge production and your position within the system – and find your own way! In Tausch´s own words: “one must always be one’s own teacher.” Today´s world is in deep trouble and needs such a thinking out of the box that contributes to understanding the “big picture.” Ulrich Brand, Professor of International Politics at the University of Vienna, Austria, and Co-Author (with Markus Wissen) of “The Imperial Mode of Living. Everyday Life and the Ecological Crisis of Capitalism”, London 2021

“Arno Tausch shares with us his intellectual biography, looking back at half a century of doing political science research in an ever-changing world. He eloquently combines his personal life and the beginning of his career and visits abroad with larger questions of the world system. A quantitatively oriented scholar, he introduces us not only to his perspectives on value surveys but circles back to basic questions of how to make sense of the global order against the backdrop of Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine.” – Farid Hafez, Class of 1955 Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Studies, Williams College,  Williamstown, MA, USA

 “Arno Tausch is in his early 70s and thus looks back in this remarkable intellectual autobiography on a life with many distinct professional phases, as a university researcher in the fields of political science and political economy, as a diplomat witnessing the dramatic phases of systemic transition in Warsaw/Poland and as a civil servant in the field of social policies. This book testifies to his inquisitive mind confronting and investigating some of the great challenges the world is and has been facing (from the problems development-underdevelopment in the 1970s, to nationalism and populism over the 2000s, up to the more recent escalation of military conflict in Europe). He employs a variety of tools of analysis in an original way (from theoretical approaches of dependencia and world systems theories, to the heterodox approaches of Kaleckian and Keynesian economics, to the use of a spectrum of empirical tools applied in particular to World Values Survey data). Interesting are also his account of interactions with many intellectual figures who influenced his work, to name just a few: Friedrich v. Hayek, Karl Deutsch, Anton Pelinka, Andre Gunder Frank, Dieter Senghaas, Kurt Rothschild and many others. The book reflects a remarkable life of an intellectual always engaged in the pressing social and political issues of the time.”  – Professor Dr. Michael Landesmann, Johannes Kepler University and Former Scientific Director, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) Wien, Austria

 “This is the exciting autobiography of an unorthodox scholar whose prolific writings and fine insights on an array of topics of grave importance have enriched our world. I recommend this book with enthusiasm!” – Andrei S. Markovits, Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

This book is a must to all students of political science. I also, firmly believe that professor Arno Tausch’s analysis would serve many politicians and decision makers around the world in their daily assessment as to the direction they would like to navigate to in a reality of constant tectonic confrontation between East and West. Such a concise book with so much content and reflection!” – Colonel (ret. ) Dr. Jacques Neriah, Former Head of Assessment at Israel’s Directorate of Military Intelligence, Senior Researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, and Senior Security Commentator on i24news TV Channels.

“Arno Tausch’s intellectual biography tells us the story of a political scientist who neither drifted in the waves of changing mainstreams nor put too much effort in fighting them. Instead, he explored the “sidestreams” in different areas of social sciences, from (political) “world system” theory, the (economic) concept of “long cycles” and the role of “global values” to the deeper origins of “putinism” and its terrible consequences nowadays in the Ukraine. A stimulating read.” – Stephan Schulmeister, Economic Researcher and University Lecturer, Homepage:

The Impossible Quintic Made as Simple as Possible

This book presents a simple and readable account of Galois’ proof almost 200 years ago that almost all degree five equations cannot be solved by any standard method. The prologue presents an attractive and engaging introduction to the aim and promise of the book. This book provides access to this wonderful mathematics for anyone with a mathematics training up to the level of university entrance. In summary, this is a fascinating book, full of exciting new concepts for a reader coming straight from school. For such readers it would be a challenging read. The book traces the variety of mathematics involved in exploring an amazing proof of a stunning mathematical truth.” – Cheryl E. Praeger, AC, FAA, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Western Australia; former president of the Australian Mathematical Society and a recipient of many distinguished international awards

An Essential Guide to Fuzzy Systems

The book is original and interesting. The authors prove to be mastering the subject of fuzzy information processing and intelligent algorithms. Apart from the fuzzy sets theory it is also related to the following research areas: computational thinking systems, intelligent computing, recent trends of machine learning and Artificial Intelligence techniques.” – Professor Abdel-Badeeh M. Salem, Professor of Computer Science, Founder & Head of Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Engineering Research Labs, Faculty of Computer and Information Sciences, Ain Shams University, Abbasia, Cairo, Egypt

Random Homeostasis – On the Nature of Contingent Reality

“Utterly fascinating. Scientifically provocative. Urgently necessary. Read this book.” – William Shatner, Actor, Writer, Producer

“Tobias and Morrison have done it again! In an important sequel to their previous books, they introduce the concept of Compound Expressive Potential, which combines aspects of human history, biosemiotics, and quantum physics to propose a radically novel solution to how we view evolution, predation, and stability in ecosystems. This may well be the most important book that Tobias and Morrison have written to date, challenging our understanding of how Nature works and how humans can seamlessly fit into this world without destroying it.” – Dr. Con Slobodchikoff, Author of Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals (St. Martin’s Press, 2012); Professor Emeritus of Biology, Northern Arizona University, CEO of Zoolingua, CEO of Animal Communications Ltd., Director, Animal Language Institute; Lead author, Prairie Dogs: Communication and Community in an Animal Society (Harvard University Press, 2009)

“Tobias and Morrison’s mastery of the sciences, philosophy, history, mathematics and the work of numerous other scholars chronicled in this masterpiece is amazing, compelling, extraordinary, articulate, engaging and, at times, very demanding…Random Homeostasis – On the Nature of Contingent Reality is a must read for all who have compassion for nature and love the children who will inherit the earth.” – Bob Gillespie, President, Population Communication

“When Albert Einstein observed the phenomenon of particles separated by great distances interacting with each other, he realized that reality is stranger than we can imagine. So it is with homeostasis, the main subject of this extraordinary far-ranging and fascinating book, one bursting with enlightening facts and the wisdom of the world’s thinkers, cultures, and history. The Authors posit that certainty is out the window, and our kindnesses must be brought to bear. In their words, “Our generation’s singular task will be to emancipate our intentions and behavior outside the perceived boundaries of gravity.” This book is not only jaw dropping and eye opening, it reminds us that while we may sometimes see ourselves as mere cogs in the wheel, without us the wheel will not turn in the right direction, if at all. This is a Michelin guide to what Jains call right thinking.– Ingrid Newkirk, Founder and President of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and its international affiliates – the largest animal rights organization in the world. A Forbes Person of the Year, Ms. Newkirk is the author of 14 books on animals, their abilities, language, and sentience, and the subject of the HBO documentary, “I Am an Animal.”

Random Homeostasis– On the Nature of Contingent Reality by Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison is a bold and brave book of historical significance both theoretically and practically. The book’s power is to address both the contingent nature of local and global homeostatic processes expressed in the biosphere’s co-evolutionary earth shaping power, and at the same time to explore the biological realities and dynamics of an ecosphere under unremitting assault by the power of the human species, an animal quite unlike any other…” – Roy Morrison’s books include Ecological Democracy, Sustainability Sutra; An Ecological Investigation, and his latest, The New Green Republic. Morrison is an internationally acclaimed energy expert and Managing Partner of Sun Partners Solar in the northeastern United Sates. Morrison (no relation to the co- Author, Jane) is a Fellow at the Center for Ecozoic Societies, and has coordinated China’s International Working Groups (CIWG) to develop super grid and ecological solutions (; He was the Founding Director of the Office for Sustainability at the Southern New Hampshire University and wrote the first law in the nation for municipal aggregation under retail electric competition.

Random Homeostasis -On the Nature of Contingent Reality, is the latest work by Tobias and Morrison. This tome presents the first theory of Anthropocene extinctions based upon a fusion of philosophical and scientific meaning. It challenges us to think where we fit in the orchestra of the cosmos and how fragile our part is in it. A great contribution.” – Melanie L. DeVore, Georgia College & State University Professor, Department of Biology & Environmental Sciences; Arizona State University, Adjunct Faculty Member, Center for Biology & Society and School of Life Sciences; University of Washington, Research Associate in Paleobotany, Burke Museum; New Jersey City University, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Adjunct Professor; University of Rwanda, Honorary Research Fellow in the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity & Natural Resource Management (CoEB-UR, CST)

“Tobias and Morrison’s book Random Homeostasis – On the Nature of Contingent Reality provides a fascinating and novel alternative to traditional theories of “punctuated equilibria” and builds a holistic theory of “random homeostasis” based upon theoretical biology, but also the humanities, social sciences and ecological metaphysics. The book is extremely well written and provides insight into the real world we live in today and tomorrow.” – Thomas Gillespie, Ph.D., Professor of Geography specializing in Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing and Biogeography, UCLA

Random Homeostasis by Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison, is a treatise on the topic of change through ecological time and space, thought, action and inaction. Fundamental to their discourse is the notion that organisms in the past have existed because contingencies allowed them to adapt and survive external challenges. But of course, times have changed, along with climate and decimation of habitat and species. Their book is a philosophical examination of “the broad discourse on general evolutionary mutations, phenotypically expressed human behaviors, and the largely inaccessible alterations to the biosphere that follow on from collision points, non-equilibrium, and the seemingly random oscillations of ecosystem mechanics.” Precognitive yet retrospective, the Authors’ literary journey brings the reader to the observation that in spite of political rhetoric, nations of the world have failed in their attempts to course correct from an impending Anthropocene tipping point because the world is hamstrung by “the political syndrome of historical sovereignties (illusory boundaries with no ecological basis) vying for power.” Random Homeostasis is a challenging work, which weaves in and out of first-person and third person reference to bring together a phenomenally wide range of analytics from quantum math to literary analysis and so much more.” – David J. Wagner, PhD, Author, American Wildlife Art; Guest Curator, and adjunct faculty at colleges and universities, and Curator of over fifty art exhibitions

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Undergraduate Research Perceptions and Experiences: A New Zealand Study

“At a time when the desired purposes and outcomes of a university education are under consideration due to a fluid job market and large challenges, such as climate change, Dr. Chandra’s book is timely in focusing on how students attain critical analysis skills from research experiences. Her rigorous and robust treatment of the data she collected provides an accessible lens through which to see how undergraduates interact, or not, with research within a university context. As a faculty member who works with colleagues on their teaching practices, this book will be useful in how we think about engaging our students with research.” – Billy Osteen, Associate Professor, Director of the UC Community Engagement Research Lab, Faculty of Education, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand 

“Dr. Chandra is to be congratulated on the depth and detail of her PhD research, which is fully reported in this book. Doreen has analyzed and discussed both quantitative and qualitative findings in response to the important research questions as to how undergraduate university students perceive, engage in and develop research skills as they progress through their university degree. This book should be of interest to undergraduate program developers who would like to support and foster student interest, motivation, engagement in, and efficacy for, research.” – Dr. Veronica O’Toole, Senior Lecturer, School of Educational Studies and Leadership, Faculty of Education, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

The Dangers of Allergic Asthma

“Several textbooks on asthma are already in existence but, in my opinion, this one edited by Jesús Miguel García-Menaya, is a truly comprehensive book about allergic asthma. Authors have achieved their initial goal, summarizing in each chapter the new information on every important aspect in this topic and providing a worthy update to allergists and other practitioners interested in asthma….” To read the full review, click here>>> – Dr. Javier Dominguez Ortega, Allergy Department, La Paz University Hospital, Madrid, Spain

Situational Modeling: Definitions, Awareness, Simulation

“The reviewed book, Situational Modeling: Definitions, Awareness, Simulation, contains a thorough description of an original method of situational modeling (MSM) of industrial-natural complexes (INCs), developed by the author in the course of many years of research into the problems of analyzing and predicting the state of systems of this class within the framework of the “classical” deterministic approach to simulation modeling, which allows, unlike all other known methods, to carry out preventive analytics of the degree of danger of cascading failures in the process of development of an INC. According to current modeling trends, the MSM is based on a declarative INC model that is open to modification as new information about the INC is obtained, with the possibility of using the spatial characteristics of the INC and expert knowledge about it. Scenario methods for analyzing and synthesizing situations that arise during the operation of the INC are proposed by using situational digital twins of the components of the simulating object, with the possibility of taking into account the safety aspects and situational awareness of decision makers involved in the functioning of the INC. The obtained theoretical results have been tested at international conferences, reflected in rating publications and confirmed by the MCM applications to various practical problems of studying INCs. The book creates a fundamental basis for the development of flexible systems for situational modeling of INCs, in particular, in projects such as “Smart City”. – Victor Mikhailovich Grinyak, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor, Vladivostok State University, Department of Information Technologies and Systems

“The originality of the situational modeling technology described in the monograph is that: original rigorous definitions of the basic concepts of situational control have been developed, which provide the basis for the correct structuring and adequate application of heterogeneous available information about the properties of the CSRSs; significant attention is paid to formal methods for controlling the correctness of the CPRS model, which allows it to be quickly modified and complicated as new knowledge about the modeling object appears; and the geoinformation and expert subsystems are built into the modeling system, which provide effective accounting and calculating the spatial characteristics of the CSRS under study, as well as the intellectualization of methods of modeling at all its stages. In general, the monograph by Alexander Ya. Fridman offers CSRS developers a useful and flexible tool for solving various problems of designing and monitoring systems of this class in today’s rapidly changing world.” – Andrey Emelianovich Gorodetskiy, Doctor of Science (Engineering Sciences), Professor of the St. Petersburg Peter the Great Polytechnic University, member of the Russian Metrological Academy and Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Head of the Laboratory of Smart Electro Mechanical Systems at the Institute of Problems of Mechanical Engineering of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Applications of Artificial Intelligence in the Healthcare Sector

The book is a collection of 10 chapters, each written by a different author, exploring various themes and issues related to Healthcare Sector. Overall, I found the book to be an insightful and informative read. The range of topics covered by the various authors was impressive, providing a comprehensive overview of the field. Each chapter was well-written, with clear and concise prose. The authors demonstrated a deep understanding of their respective topics, and the arguments were well-supported by evidence. I appreciated the way that the authors approached their subjects from different angles, providing a diversity of perspectives and viewpoints…”– Suman Kumar Swarnkar, PhD, Assistant Professor, Shri Shankaracharya Institute of Professional Management and  Technology (SSIPMT), Chhattisgarh, India

Child Mortality in Eritrea: An Overview of History and Progress

“What an author…what a subject. A must-read book on the future of Eritrea!” – E. Arefaine Berhe, Minister of Agriculture, State of Eritrea

“This well-written, fact-filled book offers a glimpse into Eritrea’s child health care system – which places the responsibility for the welfare of the child on the entire community.” – Sophia Tesfamariam, Permanent Representative of Eritrea to the United Nations

“An exhaustive and comprehensive analysis of Eritrea’s laudable success in reducing child mortality by Dr. Fikresus Amahazion – a polymath and product of Awet n’hafash.” – Ruby Sandhu, FRSA Lawyer, London

“Dr. Fikresus makes sense of a complex subject. He describes an important aspect of the story of Eritrea using one of the most valuable gauges, children. How a country treats and cares for its children tells us a whole lot about it.” – Amanuel Biedemariam, entrepreneur, community activist, and author of The History of the USA in Eritrea (2020)

Characterizations of Recently Introduced Univariate Continuous Distributions IV

“To fully appreciate the meaning and the proper application of a continuous univariate distribution, one should be equipped to go through two scientific steps.  First Step: One should know the true meaning of the distribution by various available means  of characterizations. Second Step: One should know the underlying phenomenon for which the distribution is to be meaningfully approximated. These outstanding volumes prepared by Professor G.G. Hamedani are providing timely and most comprehensive mathematical/statistical tools for the First Step in applying and utilizing  continuous univariate distributions.” – Samad Hedayat, UIC Distinguished Professor Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, USA

“These volumes will be of great value to researches as they navigate thee burgeoning literature on generalized univariate distributions.  It will enable them to ruminate on possible variations of exiting themes and to avoid rediscovering the wheel in some instances.” – Barry Charles Arnold, Distinguished  Professor, Department of Statistics, University of California, California, USA

“Our statistics training in the mid-1969s was largely based on Versatile Teachers  Lecture Notes and very few available  Classical Textbooks.  In  the area of Statistical  Distributions,  much later,  there came an Intellectual  Gift from the joint efforts of Johnson-Kotz-Kemp-Balakrishnan.  Several volumes were compiled and published in the Wiley Series. These are treasured collections in any statistical library.  In the same vein, this book by Hamedani will soon attract  attention of those of us who work in the areas of life distributions and reliability estimation in general. The author has put in tremendous intellectual efforts to come up with these compilations, and they undoubtedly serve as an Encyclopedia in this field of study.  They are amazing compilations of so many basic and derived (life) distributions and their characterizations. As we know, characterization problems are themselves very intriguing  and intellectually  challenging. The author has mastered the subject matter so much so that he has ventured into this difficult area in presenting a vast material with the utmost technical competence. On behalf of the researchers in this area of life distributions and allied topics, I congratulate the author. Simply told, this is a masterpieces in any sense of the term!” – Bikas K. Sinha, Professor of Statistics (Retired) Indian Statistical Institute,  Kolkata, India

“In  recent  years, numerous new probability  distributions have been developed for more sophisticated statistical modeling in challenging areas of new applications.  Advances in  statistical computing and the availability  of ever- increasing computing power have enabled us to fit highly complicated probability distributions in practice. The non-uniqueness of fitted distributions, however, raises the problem of determining the most appropriate distribution.  This is why characterizations of probability distributions distributions are of fundamental importance.  Hamedani has done a great service by collecting a huge number of characterizations in four volumes.  These extremely useful reference books are notable contributions to distribution  theory.” – Syed N.U. A. Kirmani,  Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa, USA