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A Modern Dictionary of Geography

This new edition of A Modern Dictionary of Geography is the outcome of a number of significant
changes. One of its aims is to meet more directly the needs of sixth-formers preparing for the new
AS and A2 examinations, at the same time maintaining the book's proven indispensability to
geography undergraduates.
The dimensions of the Dictionary now stand at nearly 2000 full entries, plus over 400 terms
dealt with briefly and embedded in the definitions of related terms. The number of illustrations
has also been increased substantially.

A User's Guide to the Universe

The life of a physicist can be a lonely one. 
 Imagine this: You sit down in an airplane, and the 
person next to you asks you what you do for a living. You 
reply that you ’ re a physicist. From here, the conversation 
can go one of two ways. Nine times out of ten, the fi rst 
thing out of his or her mouth is something along these lines: “ Physics? 
I hated that class! ” *
 You ’ ll then spend the rest of the trip (or party, or elevator ride, or 
date) apologizing for the emotional trauma that physics has apparently 

A Very Short Introduction - Geography

VERY SHORT INTRODUCTIONS are for anyone wanting a stimulating 
and accessible way in to a new subject. They are written by experts, and have 
been published in more than 25 languages worldwide.
 The series began in 1995, and now represents a wide variety of topics in 
history, philosophy, religion, science, and the humanities. Over the next 
few years it will grow to a library of around 200 volumes – a Very Short 
Introduction to everything from ancient Egypt and Indian philosophy to 
conceptual art and cosmology.

A Very Short Introduction - Geopolitics

VERY SHORT INTRODUCTIONS are for anyone wanting a stimulating 
and accessible way in to a new subject. They are written by experts, and have 
been published in more than 25 languages worldwide.
 The series began in 1995, and now represents a wide variety of topics in 
history, philosophy, religion, science, and the humanities. Over the next 
few years it will grow to a library of around 200 volumes – a Very Short 
Introduction to everything from ancient Egypt and Indian philosophy to 
conceptual art and cosmology.

A Very Short Introduction - International Migration

VERY SHORT INTRODUCTIONS are for anyone wanting a stimulating 
and accessible way in to a new subject. They are written by experts, and have 
been published in more than 25 languages worldwide.
 The series began in 1995, and now represents a wide variety of topics in 
history, philosophy, religion, science, and the humanities. Over the next 
few years it will grow to a library of around 200 volumes – a Very Short 
Introduction to everything from ancient Egypt and Indian philosophy to 
conceptual art and cosmology.

A Very Short Introduction to - Global Catastrophes

VERY SHORT INTRODUCTIONS are for anyone wanting a stimulating 
and accessible way in to a new subject. They are written by experts, and have 
been published in more than 25 languages worldwide.
 The series began in 1995, and now represents a wide variety of topics in 
history, philosophy, religion, science, and the humanities. Over the next 
few years it will grow to a library of around 200 volumes – a Very Short 
Introduction to everything from ancient Egypt and Indian philosophy to 
conceptual art and cosmology.

A Very Short Introduction to - Global Warning

VERY SHORT INTRODUCTIONS are for anyone wanting a stimulating 
and accessible way in to a new subject. They are written by experts, and have 
been published in more than 25 languages worldwide.
 The series began in 1995, and now represents a wide variety of topics in 
history, philosophy, religion, science, and the humanities. Over the next 
few years it will grow to a library of around 200 volumes – a Very Short 
Introduction to everything from ancient Egypt and Indian philosophy to 
conceptual art and cosmology.

Advanced Calculus Demystified

In the first year of calculus we study limits, derivatives, and integrals of functions
with a single input, and a single output. The transition to advanced calculus is
made when we generalize the notion of “function” to something which may have
multiple inputs and multiple outputs. In this more general context limits, derivatives,
and integrals take on new meanings and have new geometric interpretations. For
example, in first-year calculus the derivative represents the slope of a tangent line at

Advanced Geoinformation Science

Why This Book?
Two motivations lead to the compilation of this edited volume. At the turn of 
the century, a variety of global and regional issues became increasingly challenging to global citizens and could only be best tackled by collaborations 
across countries and organizations. These challenges have physical dimensions, such as tsunamis, hurricanes, and climate change, and human dimensions, such as economic crises, epidemics, and emergency responses. This 

Advanced Ocean Modelling

This book focuses on motions of incompressible fluids of a freely moving surface
being influenced by both the Earth’s rotation and density stratification. In contrast
to traditional textbooks in the field of geophysical fluid dynamics, such as those by
by Cushman-Roisin (1994) and Gill (1982), this book uses the method of processoriented hydrodynamic modelling to illustrate a rich variety of fluid phenomena.
To this end, the reader can adopt the model codes, found on the Springer server

Advances in 3D Geoinformatic Systems

Society is expecting and demanding more 3D support since users have experienced the added value in emerging visualisation applications such as 3D
globe based interfaces, navigation systems presenting a 3D perspective, etc.
Due to the rapid developments in sensor techniques more 3D data have become available. Effective algorithms for (semi) automatic object reconstruction are required. Integration of existing 2D objects with height data is a
non-trivial process, and further research is needed. The resulting 3D models

Advances in Marine Biology

As the most ancient extant metazoans, glass sponges (Hexactinellida) have
attracted recent attention in the areas of molecular evolution and the evolution of
conduction systems but they are also interesting because of their unique histology: the greater part of their soft tissue consists of a single, multinucleate
syncytium that ramifies throughout the sponge. This trabecular syncytium serves
both for transport and as a pathway for propagation of action potentials that
trigger flagellar arrests in the flagellated chambers. The present chapter is the

Africa an Encyclopedia for Students

Understanding areas outside our own corner of
the globe is always a challenge. This is particularly
true in the case of Africa, a vast continent with a
complex web of indigenous cultures. Yet Africans
make up one-fifth of the world’s population, and
the continent lies at the crossroads between the
Americas, Europe, and the Middle East. What happens in Africa affects us all.
Moreover, North America’s links to Africa go back
many centuries—first as a partner in the Atlantic
slave trade and later as an ally of European colonial

African Climate and Climate Change

It is widely accepted that the trend in rising global temperatures during the
twentieth-century can be attributed to anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions,
stated with 90% certainty by the most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change (IPCC 2007). Even with immediate and complete mitigation
of emissions, an unlikely eventuality under the current political consensus, global
impacts of such increasing temperatures are unavoidable; far less certain are the

Algebra I for Dummies

Let me introduce you to algebra. This introduction is somewhat like 
what would happen if I were to introduce you to my friend Donna. I’d 
say, “This is Donna. Let me tell you something about her.” After giving a 
few well-chosen tidbits of information about Donna, I’d let you ask more 
questions or fill in more details. In this book, you find some well-chosen 
topics and information, and I try to fill in details as I go along.
As you read this introduction, you’re probably in one of two situations:

Algebra demystified

This book is designed to take the mystery out of algebra. Each section contains exactly one new idea—unlike most math books, which cover several
ideas at once. Clear, brief explanations are followed by detailed examples.
Each section ends with a few Practice problems, most similar to the examples.
Solutions to the Practice problems are also given in great detail. The goal is
to help you understand the algebra concepts while building your skills and
confidence.
Each chapter ends with a Chapter Review, a multiple-choice test designed

Algebra 1 in 24 Hours

At the start of every school year, my algebra students always ask me this 
crucial question: 
“What does algebra have to do with real life?” 
As you begin the journey in Alpha Teach Yourself Algebra 1 in 24 Hours, 
you may find yourself asking the same question. This book helps you find 
the answer. Along the way, you will discover that when you invest in algebra, you invest in yourself. Learning the hows and whys of algebra will 
expand your mind and open up new possibilities for your life. 

Algebra Success in 20 Minutes a Day

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f you have never taken an algebra course and now find that you need to know algebra, this is the book for you.
If you have already taken an algebra course but felt like you never understood what the teacher was trying to
tell you, this book can teach you what you need to know. If it has been a while since you have taken an algebra course and you need to refresh your skills, this book will review the basics and reteach you the skills you may
have forgotten. Whatever your reason for needing to know algebra, Algebra Success will teach you what you need

Algebraic Geodesy and Geoinformatics

While preparing and teaching ‘Introduction to Geodesy I and II’ to undergraduate
students at Stuttgart University, we noticed a gap which motivated the writing of
the present book: Almost every topic that we taught required some skills in algebra,
and in particular, computer algebra! From positioning to transformation problems
inherent in geodesy and geoinformatics, knowledge of algebra and application of
computer algebra software were required. In preparing this book therefore, we

Allen Hatcha — Algebraic Topology

This book was written to be a readable introduction to algebraic topology with
rather broad coverage of the subject. The viewpoint is quite classical in spirit, and
stays well within the confines of pure algebraic topology. In a sense, the book could
have been written thirty or forty years ago since virtually everything in it is at least
that old. However, the passage of the intervening years has helped clarify what are
the most important results and techniques. For example, CW complexes have proved

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