Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Disciplines of the City: New Forms of Governance in Today’s Postmetropolises

Please click here for a review by Alejandra Ríos Ramírez (Departamento de Gobierno y Ciencias Políticas, Universidad EAFIT- Colombia) published in Daimon International Journal of Philosophy, nº 82 (January-April) 2021.

Please click here for a review by Paula Aguadero Ruiz (Graduada en Humanidades, M. U. en Filosofía, Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona/España) published in Salamanca Notebooks of Philosophy, Vol. 47, 2020, 639-642, ISSN: 0210-4857.

Caspian: Status, Challenges, and Prospects. An Analysis into the Legal Classification, Security and Environmental Concerns, Geopolitics and Energy Flow Impact of the Caspian Plateau

"A thoughtful, comprehensive, and balanced analysis of the complex interplay between geopolitics and geo-economics in Central Eurasia, and pivotal energy plateau - that of Caspian. We finally have an all-in reader that was otherwise chronically missing in international literature, which will hopefully reverse the trend of underreporting on such a prime world's spot. Hence, this is a must-read book for those wondering about the future of one of the most dynamic and most promising regions of the world and what it could entail for both regional and external players."
Andrey Kortunov
Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council

“Although of pivotal geopolitical and geo-economic importance, the Caspian energy plateau represents one of the most underreported subjects in the western literature. Interdisciplinary research on the topic is simply missing. This book by the three authors is unbiased, multidisciplinary, accurate, and timely. It is certainly a much-needed and long-awaited reader: a must read for scholars and practitioners, be it from Eurasia or beyond. Authors were able to tackle a challenging subject with a passion, knowledge and precision, and turn it into a compelling, comprehensive (yet concise) read which I highly recommend. It is truly a remarkable piece of work!”
Mr. Erzhan Kazykhanov
Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Washington, D.C., USA
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Kazakhstan

“ARTNeT secretariat is pleased to see how our initial invitation to Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic to present at the ARTNeT Seminar Series in 2015 evolved. The talk was initially published as a working paper for ARTNeT (AWP 149). Now Prof. Bajrektarevic, in collaboration with another two co-authors, offers a comprehensive study on a nexus of legal, security, and environmental issues all emanating from and linked to energy cooperation (or lack thereof) in the subregion. This volume’s value extends beyond the education of readers on the Caspian Basin’s legal status (e.g., is it a sea or a lake?). It is just as relevant for those who want a more in-depth understanding of an interplay of economic, security, and political interest of players in the region and outside. With the global institutions increasingly less capable of dealing with rising geopolitics and geo-economic tensions, more clarity – even if only about some aspects of those problematic issues – should be appreciated. This volume offers such clarity.”
Mia Mikic
Director, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP)
ARTNeT coordinator

This book on the Caspian Region by Anis Bajrektarevic and his two co-authors, Tanvi Chauhan and Mak Bajrektarevic, is a comprehensive overview of Central Asian area. Its very title is comprehensive and fitting. This region’s pivotal place – practically in the heart of world’s largest continental landmass, that of Eurasia – is masterfully covered: Their instabilities, energy security, including pipelines, and economic interests are only some of the areas covered. It even addresses the important legal classification of the Caspian Basin, this world’s largest inland (landlocked) water plateau. For me, the book offers a wonderful learning experience, because we in the west (of my generation) learned little of the history and even geography of the various states and peoples making up the Soviet Union. Our interest and preoccupations focused primarily on geopolitical issues associated with the cold war between the Soviet Union and the West led by the United States.”
Honorable Donald J Johnston PC OC QC
Former Minister of the Canadian Government, Secretary General of the OECD (1996-2006)

“The book by Professor Bajrektarevic and his co-authors embodies a wide-ranging overview of the intertwined interests pursued by the young democracies of the Caspian basin, battling with inherited land and water disputes, and their interplay with regional and global powers. Apparently, supporting political independence of the formers and promoting their integration into the latter’s markets requires adequate analyses, timely outreach policies and consistent engagement. In this sense the publication serves as one of the scarce handbooks to understand diverse interests of stakeholders, dynamically changing security architecture of the region and emerging opportunities of cooperation around the Caspian Sea.”
Ambassador Galib Israfilov
Permanent Representative to the UN Vienna and to the OSCE
Embassy of Azerbaijan to Austria

"The Caspian basin and adjacent Central Asian region (all being OSCE member states, apart from Iran) have, since the early Middle ages, acted as a crossroads between different civilizations and geopolitical spaces. In an increasingly interconnected world, growing geopolitical competition, economic interdependence and the emergence of new global challenges, particularly those related to water, energy and the climate emergency, have highlighted the relevance of this region, making it of increasing interest to researchers and academics. This book presents a thorough analytical compendium of historical factors, political dynamics, economic trends, legal frameworks and geopolitical interests which underpin, but also affect, the stability and development of this complex, diverse and strategically significant region."
Ambassador Lamberto Zanier
Secretary-General, Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (2011-2017)
OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (2017-2020)

“Waste-to-Profit” (W-t-P): Circular Economy in the Construction Industry for a Sustainable Future. Volume 2

"The book is structured not only for researchers but for business people, municipalities as well as investors. I have never seen such an innovation before. I liked the fact that the authors of the chapters highlighted very important element for researchers to translate research and development findings into products, essential for economic gains. In addition, policies governing and regulating different enterprises are clearly highlighted to help entrepreneurs to start businesses in selected countries. What I found interesting is the way the authors explained processes to product development. Furthermore, recent research and development for each chapter is given comprehensively to accommodate professors. The author wanted the readers to get an idea about how different waste streams can be translated to commercial products. This has been the main challenge not only in South Africa, but globally. The book has accomplished displaying innovative processes which are used to translate waste to profit after demolishing a building. The argument is clearly stated. The topic is also clearly articulated. The author covers all aspects of the subject in a balanced fashion and the subject is covered adequately. The approach adopted is innovative in nature...This book has helped me understand the need to do much more value addition to construction wastes and how new innovative products can be produced. The demand of such products is highlighted with the view to help investors know where to invest. SWOT analysis is also given extensively. I would recommend this book to others who wish to do much more value addition to produce commercial products. The book meets the highest academic standards of clarity. I therefore, recommend this book, it will help different countries to learn processes of innovative product development for economic growth. It teaches practical approach to solving waste management challenges and processes are clearly highlighted. We thank the authors of chapters (contributors) for such a valuable contribution to “Waste-to-Profit” (W-t-P): Circular Economy in the Construction Industry for a Sustainable Future. Volume 2."
Dr. Nobathembu Faleni
Lecturer, Walter Sisulu University (WSU)

How to Take Your Course Fully Online

“In this information age, the book “How To Take Your Course Fully Online” is a timely project having online-learning/E-learning as the central focal theme. It is a well-researched and a way-forward project in this given theme. It introduces ‘essential ingredients to instructional designers and a guide to unfamiliar learners’ and evolve with an effective and qualitative online teaching-learning methodologies. Having this aim in view, it proposes a stepwise online course structure projecting learning outcomes, learning resources and learning activities to make the course a more student-centric, self-directed and engaging than ever before by successfully transcending tempo-spatial gap and getting out of the traditional teaching-learning methods. This process is facilitated by identifying different learners’ type and impediments in existing online course design and to come up with an innovative Universal design for learning style (UDL) designing to execute ‘what, how and why of learning’ via course design, module development, module implementation, analysing and evaluating the module outcome. This is a must-read book for online course designers, content writers, researchers, practitioners and policy formulators across the globe. I strongly recommend this book to all the readers.”
Dr. Asmita Bhattacharyya, PhD (JU), JRF-SRF (ISI, Kol.), MPhil (JU), M.A(JNU, New Delhi), Fulbright-Nehru Awardee-2020-2021
Department of Sociology
Vidyasagar University
Midnapore INDIA

“The textbook entitled “How to Take Your Course Fully Online” is a textbook that we have been waiting for all over the years. Such a book is great because these days, the following advantages are welcoming:
• Flexible schedule and environment
• Career advancement and hobbies
• Lower costs and debts
• Self-discipline and responsibility
To be honest, this textbook teaches the instructor how to make a professional online course, and how to disseminate the information in a professional fashion. I do approve this textbook for all academics and even high school teachers who lecture and teach STEM subjects. Other disciplines do need to utilise this textbook.”
Alvin Holder, Ph.D., FRSC, CChem
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Old Dominion University
4541 Hampton Boulevard
Norfolk, VA, U.S.A.

The Monadic Space of Suburban Canada

A very interesting comparative perspective on essential social and spatial aspects of suburban residential environments.”
Dr. Sasha Tsenkova

This timely and valuable contribution to the urban studies literature is a sophisticated and cogently argued need to reconceptualize the connections between the built form, gated-ness, and social cohesion.”
Dr. Ivan Townshend

“The debate over urban design in suburban communities has been too polarized between proponents of the grid versus the cul-de-sac models. Dr. Youssef offers an approach that incorporates the advantages of both..”
Dr. Alan Smart

Practical Application of Integrative Rules and Principles of Urban Design: Lessons Learned From the Past

"Practical Application of Integrative Rules and Principles of Urban Design: Lessons Learned From the Past is one of the few publications which has notably explained the nature of urban design and how it may be applied to make the cities more livable. The main goal of Hossein Bahrainy and Ameneh Bakhtiar in this book is to develop an integrative urban design theory through a synthesis of theory and practice. They have recently formulated the theory, its philosophical theoretical base and main structure in their last publication (Bahrainy and Bakhtiar, 2016) which may be considered as a general theory of urban design. Now they have illustrated the implications of their proposed theory in a practical situation in this book...READ MORE"
Shahrzad Faryadi
University of Tehran
Iran

An Introduction to Contact Resistance

As transistors become smaller and smaller, device performance is dominated by parasitics, especially contact resistance. In the last decade, FinFETs lead semiconductor technology. Its 3D structure brings unique opportunities for engineering the contact. This book introduces transistor electronics, contact physics, test structures, and measurements of contact resistance. In technology, process material and integration for resistance reduction are discussed. This book can serve as a reference for semiconductor professionals and students in electrical engineering and material science.

Differences in the City: Postmetropolitan Heterotopias as Liberal Utopian Dreams

An essential book in order to understand the return of a concept (“heterotopia”) that never left."
Luis Arenas
Former President of the Academic Society of Philosophy (Sociedad Académica de Filosofía)
Spain

This indispensable book carefully assesses the emancipatory potential of the polysemic Foucaldian term of “heterotopia” when used to analyse and evaluate various geopolitical and ideological urban contexts, besides and beyond Western-centered “topoi”. Timely and deeply original, the book will prove fundamental both for architects and urban planners on one hand, and social scientists on the other hand - anyone interested in understanding metropolitan processes of social resistance and minority empowerment."
Magali Bessone
Institute of Legal and Philosophical Sciences (Institut des Sciences Juridique et Philosophique)
University of Paris 1- Panthéon-Sorbonne
France

“Aggressive, militant, controversial, incorrect... An appealing book that does not walk around the beaten tracks. An excellent collective work that wakes you up from neoliberal urban dreams."
Ignacio Borrego
Institute of Architecture (Institut für Architektur)
University of Technology
Berlin, Germany

Frontiers in Quantum Computing

Quantum Computing is an ever-increasing field of interest both from a conceptual and applied standpoint. In fact, apart from its importance in helping to understand the quantum mechanical behavior of several physical systems (including condensed matter, living systems, elementary particles, astrophysical structures and so on) as well as the physical foundation of information itself at the most elementary level, quantum computing is related to the possibility in designing and realizing an actual quantum computer that could be enormously faster than its classical counterpart. This book covers some of the most interesting, advanced and promising features of quantum computing related to different frontier fields, even unconventional, such as the possibility to realize a quantum superfast “hypercomputing” system using water molecules as physical substrate; the connection between quantum computers and quantum gravity; the development of an “instantaneous quantum computer algorithm”; the realization of a universal quantum computer, as well as of a brain-like quantum supercomputer and many others fascinating topics.

Emerging Human and Techno-Human Business Management Dynamics in a Globalized Environment

An exponential stride in globalization, impressively expedited by advanced technology, has brought about immense changes in the backdrop of world markets. Big data and digital technologies like Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence, assisted this progression by improving efficiency and effectiveness of the way ‘things are done’. All of these factors, in conjunction, have highly influenced the how, where and when of business management today. Leveraging on them has enabled advanced markets to establish themselves further, and new markets to start emerging spectacularly. In this novel, Environment of Emerging Human and Techno-Human Business Management Dynamics, virtual influencers and gamification started becoming the norm of the day. What’s more, businesses are in constant competition to achieve brand loyalty among their customers through bolstering up the branding of their products and services. Advancement in technology though comes at a price, as it leads to an increase in fraudulent activities. In this climate, ethical leadership is required to lead people. Management by mission and evidence-based management can be tools to steer towards better and more transparent decision making in organizations. Amidst this, the role of crisis management is vital to assist in crisis and disaster preparedness.