In tracing the antecedents of these scriptures, Bokenkamp uncovers a stunning array of non-Buddhist accounts that provide detail on the realms of the dead, their denizens, and human interactions with them. Bokenkamp demonstrates that the motive for the Daoist acceptance of Buddhist notions of rebirth lay not so much in the power of these ideas as in the work they could be made to do.
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Books Digital Products Journals. Disciplines Religion Taoism. About the Book This innovative work on Chinese concepts of the afterlife is the result of Stephen Bokenkamp's groundbreaking study of Chinese scripture and the incorporation of Indic concepts into the Chinese worldview. About the Author Stephen R.
Reviews " Ancestors and Anxiety focuses on one of the most important periods in the history of Chinese religion, the third through sixth centuries C. Steve Bokenkamp makes an innovative and unprecedented contribution to the study of Chinese concepts of the afterlife. This image on page is entitled "Interrelated factors reputedly concerned in the etiology of atherosclerosis. Even 30 years ago, Netter laid out a single model that captured all of the currently important elements in designing preventative strategies for reducing cardiovascular disease.
His painting goes beyond the usual listing of cardiovascular risk factors that were known at the time diet, exercise, smoking, etc and shows that treatment of cardiovascular disease requires sophisticated understanding of the effects of behavior on biology and an understanding of how multiple risk factors interact to result in disease.
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He depicts two major mechanisms that are likely to be responsible for the effects of cardiac risk factors on atherogenesis: changes in lipid metabolism and changes in the susceptibility of the artery wall. The emerging field of interventional cardiology, and my own work, is now focused on reducing the susceptibility of the artery wall to the development of plaques.
Netter's work anticipated this critical development in cardiovascular science and I hope that his paintings will continue to inspire generations of scholars interested in biobehavioral factors that influence human health and physiology. I chose this book as most significant because reading it began a chain of events that has led to the publication of two books on first ladies as well as a number of conference papers and phone interviews with journalists. Bush's candid reflections on people, places, and events during the years she served as first lady reveal the hard work and importance to their husbands' administrations of the women who hold that position.
Fascinating reading all of it. I found this story about faith in a time of absolute terror and struggle to be both moving and thought provoking. I have not been able to stop thinking about this story since I first read it and try to incorporate the lessons learned into daily life. The training that I received--which was informed by the latest research, in-the-trenches experience and, most importantly, a faith in the potential of human beings to communicate effectively, understand each other and resolve problems themselves--continues to inspire me.
Indeed, it has served as the catalyst for much of my service and scholarship. Beautifully photographed and written, Days With My Father reminds us that our humanity is often most genuinely expressed in the relationships we have with our parents - the people who cheer the loudest, most proudly, and most lovingly for us. Paul Starr's Pulitzer Prize winning, insightful work should be required reading for any student contemplating a career in medicine. He artfully traces the sociological origin of the profession's autonomy and authority, leading to the conclusion that medicine's privileged place in American society is grounded in an implied social contract of benevolent knowledge, professionalism, discovery and healing.
It is a contract which we in this noble profession ignore at our own peril. The book You Can't Go Home Again provides an analysis of the inception of two of the defining and related events of the 20th century: the beginning of the depression and the rise of Nazi Germany.
Rather than look at the events from a merely historical perspective, Thomas Wolfe considers a human perspective, where man's worst behavioral characteristics e. The events chronicled in this book have relevance throughout any period, because you can't prevent the repeat of such tragedies without first comprehending the human responsibility inherent within them. Richard Feynman shared the Nobel Prize in physics for his role in the development of the theory of quantum electrodynamics.
Feynman was a masterful teacher, a notorious practical joker, and one of the most colorful characters in physics. He was able to see the universe in a way that is almost magical to everybody else. His book of reminiscences, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman , was on the New York Times best-seller list for 14 weeks. At Caltech, Feynman was asked to "spruce up" the teaching of undergraduate physics. After working for three years, he produced a series of lectures for freshman and sophomores, which eventually became the famous Feynman Lectures on Physics.
I purchased the Feynman lectures as a freshman physics major, and studied them extensively as an undergraduate. I found Feynman's explanations remarkably lucid and intuitive, and I still find these lectures capivating and inspiring. I have recommended them to many people: from bright high school students to Ph. From the lectures I also learned the amazing power of mathematics to describe nature. This theme has played a major role in my career as a reseacher and teacher. The author of this book, David Rosenbaum, is a cherished friend, colleague, and office neighbor.
He has opened my eyes to an under-appreciated field within psychology, represented in this book. The beauty of this field is how very complex cognitive processes are cloaked in mundane, everyday activities. David has shared with me his talent for designing simple yet elegant experiments, and this has led to an unexpected and wonderful collaboration. Einstein is everyman's physicist, and his iconic stature is often hard to distinguish from a caricature. But he's also near the very top of almost all physicists' favorite physicists. I first read these essays after I learned special relativity during my sophomore year in college, which was the most fun I ever had in a classroom.
For a while I couldn't get enough Einstein. Some of the essays in this book resonated with the scientific view of the world that I've had since I was 11, and reading them when I was 19 was inspirational. My father passed away shortly before I learned of my promotion to full professor. He was a prolific scientist who made deep contributions to the fields of physics and mathematics.
He was also a terrific father who invested in my education, fostered my curiosity, and believed I could accomplish anything I set my mind toward. Whether it was playing catch in the backyard or teaching me algebra at the kitchen table, I was blessed with a great dad. Given that some of my father's most important contributions related to random walks, this book seemed like a particularly fitting choice to acknowledge his contributions to my own success.
This book, by the terrifically talented young historian Jessica Wang, is a seminal contribution to the history of the American scientific community during the Cold War. The book demonstrates not only the highest standards of academic scholarship but also the passion of a committed researcher. Wang's analysis shows that the Truman administration, the House Committee on Un-American Activity and the FBI were over zealous in exposing innocent American scientists to harassment and surveillance.
Her evidence also shows that these actions grew not out of a careful and realistic evaluation of threats but out of a number of ideological and domestic worries that were exaggerated in the paranoid atmosphere of the early Cold War. The book is pertinent today in warning us of the difficulty of maintaining national security and at the same time keeping our American identity as an open and free society. This book is a fine example of a world-class physicist communicating to a general audience. Frank Chen describes the difficult plasma physics underlying research on controlled thermonuclear fusion energy in understandable language, and reviews the progress that has been made during the last fifty years.
He also surveys concerns about global warming and possible energy shortages, to further underline the importance of fusion research. Nevertheless, both cases show that human society must engage in public discussions, research, and planning that extend beyond the relatively short time frames of the business and political worlds. This book, by one of our greatest scientists and teachers, makes an excellent contribution to such discussions. As noted in the preface, the experience of women in the field of economics differ not only from that of men, but from those of each other.
This book contains interviews with women from a broad range of backgrounds and schools of thought who have contributed to the body of economic knowledge. This book reflects my interest in the different approaches economists take in analysis of economic issues and economic policy debates. It reflects my interest in the history of economic thought. It reflects my respect for the dedication and persistence of the women who made inroads into the discipline of economics. It reflects my respect and admiration for the hard work and contributions of the authors' of this book to economics in general and to me personally.
Thank you. This book has been one of the most significant sources of knowledge for my research. The approach taken by the authors was far ahead of their time and has proven to be very powerful. I remember picking up this book and reading it after determining that I wanted to conduct qualitative studies in urban and distressed communities. After reading Code of the Street , it opened my eyes to the depth of qualitative research that had been conducted in urban communities and the need for more researchers of color to engage in socially responsible work in these areas.
I was fascinated by the eloquence with which Anderson spoke as he described the blueprint of urban life. His culturally relevant research-based text filled in the gaps that were missing from much of the mainstream literature. His words told a very vivid story that inspired me to want to tell the same types of stories in my line of work. As I moved toward building my line of research, I would periodically read a couple of passages to help me keep focused and to know that I was headed down the right path. I have always had a love for history and regularly read books on various periods and themes.
My favorite area by far is the military history of colonial America. I spent my grade school years in New Hampshire, and fondly remember field trips to colonial sites and aimless wanderings in the woods, daydreaming about what great events might have transpired among those very trees in years past. I first read Douglas Edward Leach's work when in graduate school for library science. I credit Leach's book not with rekindling my interest in colonial American history, which had never faltered, but with helping me to determine exactly which facets I found most intriguing.
I selected this book because I believe that every psychiatrist working with children in mental health settings benefits from at least a basic knowledge of behavioral interventions for commonly occurring problems. We all fall back to what we know and I have found that having a knowledge base that spans both pharmacological and psychosocial treatments is beneficial. As a psychiatrist, my training in behavioral therapies has allowed me to appropriately frame the benefits and limitations of psychiatric medications. A rare mix of hard science and beautifully poetic prose.
This book first engaged me in the study of biology as an undergraduate, and was the first example I saw where the study of human biology could be more than memorization and dry textbooks. The quirky title and cover art first brought me to The Sisters Brothers , a Western I hoped might fill a few afternoons one summer. But I soon found myself engrossed in the voice of a man who is — by turn — a murderer, outlaw, traveler, business partner, friend, son, and brother. The violence and meanness of the novel may strike some readers as excessive, but they succeed in making the truly tender moments all the more powerful.
In particular, the novel has led me to ponder the contours of friendship and brotherhood, and the sacrifices one makes for each. As an undergraduate embarking on a senior thesis about Donald Barthelme, this book became a constant companion. Many years later, Forty Stories is still a valued friend. Many readers dismiss Barthelme as too ironic, cold, and mysterious to take seriously. One of my mentors described his work as "unwholesome. This talented writer produced stories whose brevity, wit, and honesty can leave one staggered with feeling. And they often do. I took the course associated with this textbook in the fall of as an undergraduate chemical engineering student at the University of Akron.
The reputation of this course and the high expectations of the instructor who taught the course terrified most students. At the end of thermodynamics from the previous semester the professor advised us to get this book early and study the appendix concerning tensors over the summer. I took his advice and over the summer made the transition from an average passive post high school student to an involved self-directed engineering student. I went on to excel in this course and it changed my whole outlook toward my education.
It was due to this course that I understood that I wanted to go on to graduate school. I have very fond memories of this course and textbook as it represents the first time that I recognized that I could surmount significant academic challenges and could experience the immense satisfaction of doing so. It is the small, but critical tasks of daily life that I find most stimulating and reflective of the quality of essential, personal, community, and social values.
The essays and images assembled in this collection tell of the vitality of the Gullah people -- direct descendents of slaves who labored on South Carolina's barrier island rice plantations in the early s. Because of their geographical isolation and strong community life, Gullah islanders have retained much of their West African heritage and have transformed it into a rich and distinct African-American culture. His work ranges from scenes of spring planting, men picking oysters, and wind-blown sheets on laundry day to special occasions such as community dances, river baptisms, weddings, and funerals.
The poet Benedikt Livshits was a pioneer of Russian futurism who became a victim of Stalin's terror. His work has been unduly neglected both in Russia and abroad. This book is the first monograph about Livshits to appear in any country. I have been fascinated by Livshits since graduate school and have tried to rescue him from oblivion in two of my own books.
In Baudelaire in Russia I discussed Livshits' unusual translations of Baudelaire's poetry, and in Russian Minimalism: From the Prose Poem to the Anti-Story I analyze his prose poem "People in a Landscape," which is an interesting attempt to create a work of verbal cubism. This book is exemplary for its theoretically sophisticated, historically-informed cultural analysis.
I appreciate the comparative dimensions the author adds, which makes the study that much more ambitious and useful to others, as well as his engagement with issues of contemporary significance. This is a recent book from Dennis A. Hejhal, who was my undergraduate adviser.
I became fascinated with science because of Dennis. The topic of the book, emerging applications of number theory, is quite timely. Although this is a book written by my father, I would recommend this book to others. The book is a biography of Prof. Loo-Keng Hua, the mentor of my father. Hua is recognized by many as the most distinguished mathematician in modern China.
Through the life of Hua and the struggle of their generation of Chinese scientists, we gain great courage in the pursuit of science. I have found scientific research a satisfying career because it fulfills one's curiosity by offering novel answers to the world around us and new methods to treat devastating human diseases.
Epigenetics is a novel research field which seeks answers for this fundamental biology question, i. The knowledge from this research area will help us understand human health, development, aging, immunity and cancers. Many leading scientists in this research field have offered their own perspectives in this book. It is fun to read and useful to guide future research.
I remember clearly the first time I heard the name Amartya Sen. He had just won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences "for his contribution on welfare economics. Later in when I was a graduate student at Western Illinois University, I bought his book -- Development as Freedom -- that was published in His contribution really touched me when I read the following:. We live in a world of unprecedented opulence of a kind that could have been hard even to imagine a century or two ago. Yet, we also live in a world with remarkable deprivation, destitution and oppression. There are many new problems as well as old ones including persistence of poverty and unfulfilled elementary needs, occurrence of famines and widespread hunger, violation of elementary political freedoms as well as basic liberties, extensive neglect of the interests and agency of women, and worsening threats to our environment and to the sustainability of our economic and social lives.
Sen is an economist, philosopher and academician with unmatched contributions in welfare economics. He addresses issues that are at the core of ordinary individuals deprived of opportunities in poor countries as well as those marginalized people in advanced countries. The words in this book have not only been my motivation over the years but also my inspiration. I would not have made it to this point in my academic career, or even had an academic career in the first place, if not for my graduate advisor Mike Schulte. It all began when Mike loaned this book to me a year before I even started graduate school.
It was the first textbook I ever read cover to cover, and I learned more from it than any other textbook.
Several editions later, this edition is long out of date and may never be taken off the shelf of the library. However, I will smile when I think of it sitting there as a snapshot of the time and a reminder of a simple act that changed my life. Thank you, Mike for everything; you have made more of a difference than you know. This fundamental principle defines both the text I have selected and my career. This scholarly survey has implications for the development of international trade, the study of religious conflict, the growth of the middle class, and the shift from Latin to vernacular languages in public discourse.
This riveting memoir is the incredible story of his rollercoaster from high-stakes cocaine dealer to prison inmate to world-class chef. Ida: A Novel , particularly Logan Esdale's long-needed new edition, reminds me of so many of Gertrude Stein's great lessons -- about beginning again, about being known, about saying yes. This is a book that spurs me, as I hope this copy will urge others, to take risks and to remember.
Most researchers advance their field of study through their particular findings and research contributions. A much smaller group advances their field by giving it structure and by organizing the knowledge that is already available.
Ven Te Chow belongs to the latter group. His book Applied Hydrology , written with two of his former PhD students, is still the one book in the field of hydrology that structures all our knowledge in a consistent manner. It is the first book I would recommend to anybody studying hydrology—over twenty years after it was written—and it has greatly influenced my thinking! As a graduate student, I began to explore normal forms of Poisson structures. I had the pleasure to work with Jean-Paul Dufour on this topic. This book covers many exciting aspects of Poisson geometry.
It's a comprehensive, nicely written treatise on normal forms of Poisson structures. The book covers others related topics: Lie groupoids, Lie algebroids, etc. It gives a good exposition full of valuable insights. One of the most dazzling minds of the Renaissance --'founder of discursivity' to borrow Michel Foucault's neologism for powerfully original thinkers-- Montaigne has paved the way to transform my conceiving of central issues of the Western philosophical tradition: the status of representation and of imitation, the nature of language and the function of rhetoric, the problematic of the subject.
He has shown truth to be a thing of this world --produced, sustained and managed by strategies of power, as Foucault will add-- the relativity of civilizations and the elusive nature of personal identity, the capacity of the written word to embody being, plenitude, and presence. In Montaigne's self-reflexive and encyclopedic Essays I find myself before a distant yet pertinent textual expression that allows me to gain understanding of my own critical activity and to situate myself theoretically. Few authors of the beginning of the baroque area speak to us as directly and immediately as Montaigne does.
I consider Montaigne a contemporary fellow whose name engraved on Burrowes Building east frieze is a constant reminder that, indeed, I've got a friend in Pennsylvania. This book was the inspiration for my passionate interest in the relationship between internal physiological and external ecological environments, and the adaptive mechanisms that enable animals to function under extreme conditions. Steven Vogel writes about biomechanics, one of my first loves as a graduate student. His work gave me insight into the surprising, but predictable, patterns of structure and function that result when biological necessity bumps up against the limitations of the physical world.
There are a number of books on economics that can teach the reader the subject matter of economics--however, this is one of those rare books that can teach the reader how to think like an economist. I used this book in my first graduate-level course in economics and found that it really made me think. Because, as the author states in the introduction, if we can effectively teach physics, mathematics, chemistry and other subjects to our students by assigning them a number of problems with varied levels of difficulty, why not economics? There is a great supply of interesting problems throughout the textbook that get the reader to grapple with the economic issues.
The first result of having to use this textbook was that I spent a good deal of time and effort on these problems--the credit for the foundation of whatever little I know about economics goes to this textbook. The second result is that it has had a huge impact on how I teach my classes, selecting those textbooks that have a plentiful supply of problems and emphasizing the role of problem solving in learning how to think like a financial economist. David Wang's long-awaited study redefines the parameters of modern Chinese literature.
Focusing on the epic mid-century transitions, Wang's monumental ouevre situates twentieth-century Chinese literature in deep historical time by excavating the "lyrical tradition" of Chinese writing. Faced with historical changes on a monumental scale, Chinese writers and artists sustained their creative impetus by drawing on and reinventing the lyrical foundations that had supported Chinese literature through the ages. Synthesizing a vast amount of scholarship in both English and Chinese, and all the while re-reading canonical texts and drawing attention to hitherto overlooked figures, Wang's book proposes a scholarly agenda that will occupy the field for many years.
I look to The Lyrical in Epic Time as a model of scholarship, and I have drawn inspiration from it for my own work, in which I juxtapose Wang's "lyrical tradition" with the "cosmopolitan tradition" of modern Chinese literature. Working on a similar period, but from a very different methodological and conceptual angle, I find many productive points of conversation with Wang's line of thought.
I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed the slow genesis of The Lyrical in Epic Time ; not being a student of Wang's myself, I have nonetheless—like nearly anyone in the field today—benefited from the intellectual generosity of Prof. Kuttruff's book 4th edition, was the first title I owned on room acoustics theory. However, this book has proven to be an invaluable reference over the years for its concise, yet thorough explanations of the theory behind sound propagation in rooms. I had the privilege to meet Prof. It was a true honor to meet such a distinguished researcher in the field and he agreed to sign my copy of his book!
I am grateful to my mentor, Lily Wang, for all of her guidance during my graduate studies on the topic of concert hall acoustics and for her continued support post-graduation. Among the several themes explored in this book, the one that captured my fancy was the "power of trust. As an educator, trusting my students in their ability to do their very best is what I bring to the classroom. In return, my students have never disappointed me and teaching has been a joyous experience.
Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a tactical genius who effected radical changes based on the radical teachings of his faith. By targeting Montgomery, Birmingham, and Selma with the weapon of non-violence and the sword of self-sacrifice, he initiated sweeping changes in the character of our nation.
I saw the power of one voice in uniting many hands and many feet. Even today I hear the tramp-tramp-tramp sound of his feet, marching for a righteous cause. Let us all join that march. The Bible tells me that everyone--my students, my colleagues, me--has a purpose that is noble is dignified.
This book gives me hope, so that I delight in inspiring each of my students to reach for his or her dream that will change the world. One of my favorite verses is John Alan Wallach's unflinching critical approach to social art history and his concise prose model ideal scholarship. For almost two decades, he has been my esteemed mentor and the greatest supporter of my professional development. The clear presentation of data is paramount for the engineer and in many, many other fields, of course , who must often communicate complex information to a wide audience in limited space or time.
This book is the first of a excellent series from the author, each of which beautifully deals with how to accurately, succinctly, yet creatively, communicate data of various sorts. If the reader will use some of the techniques suggested, and more often try to think of interesting but efficient ways to show data, the number of dry, illegible or ponderous tables and graphs, especially in electronic presentations, could be reduced, to the great relief of those in the audience. In addition, digesting the principles of "graphical integrity" which this book describes will also make the reader a more critical consumer of the tables and graphs of others, many of which mislead.
My hope is that this book both inspires my fellow engineers to rise above the data they're representing and free the artist within, and enlightens them to recognize when others have not met their responsibility for clarity in graphical communications. India is a vibrant democracy with multiple thriving cultures and several spoken languages. Though, any reading about India seems like a tip of an iceberg, to understand such complex country, this book is a good read for anyone who is interested in knowing about modern India from the cross-cultural perspective.
I chose this book because it has shaped me both as a scientist and a teacher. In this book, Dr. Desowitz illustrates how complex topics in parasitology and biology can be relayed in simpler terms, allowing me to rethink how to cover such topics in my courses. With a focus on real-life case-studies, and a little humor, this book is a model for how I approach undergraduate classes in infectious disease.
I chose Conceptual and Procedural Knowledge: The Case of Mathematics as it provides insights into the nature of mathematics learning and competency. The chapters are updated versions of the colloquium series associated with a graduate seminar at the University of Delaware where I and other graduate students examined issues raised by each author. I had the privilege of meeting many authors and discussing their views of mathematics learning, a central theme of my dissertation and subsequent work as a mathematics educator. In The Creators one gets an appreciation for the imagination that sparked successful creators, but also the dedication it took to achieve the creation -- very inspiring.
I have found this book to explain why the Nature versus Nurture argument is incomplete and naive, better than any other book I have read. I would include the book with Horace Freeland Judson's Eighth Day of Creation for describing molecular biology in a way that kept me reading longer than I had intended each time I picked up the book. The idea that Nature works via Nurture, and that the two are interwoven in ways that we do not always appreciate, makes science exciting.
This text and the associated graduate course taught by Dr. Van Soest was pivotal in merging my previous veterinary clinical experience with current graduate education. Throughout the course, many lightbulbs went off for me, allowing for a level of scientific explanation for my real world veterinary practice experiences. It was truly an enlightening experience. Beyond the educational experience, Dr. Van Soest inspired a desire to applied basic foundational information to other areas. To this end, I have applied my dairy cattle nutritional knowledge to many other species, which has continuously provided me with new and exciting areas of study.
This approach has opened many new doors during my academic career and provided me opportunities to share my knowledge internationally. Many other people throughout my education and career have provided me inspiration and insight, but I believe Dr. Van Soest's course to be the cornerstone to my educational career. I am extremely grateful that I can recognize his contributions to my career through my own academic success.
This is the third novel by an internationally famous Hispanic author who is also a professor of Spanish at Penn State Worthington-Scranton. We thus recognize the accomplishments of two Penn State professors of Spanish in the Commonwealth College. More than any author, Godfried Bomans taught me how to write, think and look at life - and the subject of this book, which. Although not even remotely related to computer science, Guns, Germs, and Steel has been an absolute favorite of mine since the first time I read it.
According to Professor Jared Diamond, this had to do with geography and timing more than the superiority of one race over another. For someone who must understand complicated computer systems and employ creative techniques to model their behavior in both his research and teaching, this book is highly inspirational. Good models balance simplicity and accuracy.
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Furthermore, they do not hesitate to cast away old ideas and approaches that do not work. Diamond's models do all of this.
To top it all off, Diamond's writing makes this work on anthropology approachable even to non-experts. This book does an excellent job at merging both signal processing and electromagnetic wave theories and describing how to extract the desired information from the illumination of waveforms into a target in a very rigorous but yet intuitive manner. This book has a special meaning for me personally. I still use this book extensively in my research work. I am very honored to be able to choose this book as part of the Penn State's Promotion and Tenure Recognition Program.
This book has given me inspiration and stimulation to go thru the vigors of moving up in academic medicine. It is about not giving up, always persevering, and never stopping. This book was my most valuable resource for understanding fundamental principles of cardiopulmonary bypass bypassing heart and lung during open-heart surgery procedures during my studies in graduate school. My PhD research topic was "Design and performance of physiologic pulsatile flow cardiopulmonary bypass systems for neonates and infants.
Although this book was published over 20 years ago, it is my opinion that it continues to be a perfect resource for beginners studying cardiopulmonary bypass procedures. Every year, hundreds of thousands of pediatric and adult cardiac patients around the globe are saved with the use of cardiopulmonary bypass procedures. It is my opinion that, to date, this book is the best resource, not only for clinicians but also for biomedical engineers, to learn basic principles and practices of cardiopulmonary bypass procedures.
Upon a recommendation from my undergraduate mentor, Dr. It may sound from that description as though the book is dry and inaccessible, but it is a lively and interesting read. Since that summer 24 years ago, this book has provided the foundation for the way I think of literally every sociological issue I have encountered in my research and teaching. This is book serves as the foundation for learning plant disease epidemiology, particularly for those in applied plant pathology. This book is a center piece in research and education that addresses various aspects of plant disease epidemiology such as pathogen dispersal and disease spread, plant disease epidemic development over time and space, and assessment of crop plant damages and economic loss, and much much more.
This publication is a great source of information for beginners as well as advanced researchers in plant pathology. This is one of the few books I had a chance to give to my late father as a gift. It recounts an extraordinary journey of a European who embraced Islam. It takes place in the s in the Saudi desert when the sky was still unpolluted and life was simple, before the advent of oil wealth. The book describes a spiritual journey in search of the Creator.
It is a fascinating story that bridges the gap between the East and the West from both spiritual and cultural perspectives. Its relevance to current times cannot be overstated. When I first began to explore the dynamics of stories and storytelling in organization settings, most of the literature treated stories as tools conscripted by us into service.
The primary discourse around narrative analysis at that time — still popular today — was that it was perfectly okay to dismember and reconstitute stories of others into some composite narrative a la Frankenstein's monster — a sort of undead conglomeration that in its effort to be everyone's story was actually, in the end, no one's. David Boje stood apart from this field of voices with his proposition of living stories, distinct from narrative.
If the stories were living, he contended, then traditional approaches to narrative analysis were not an appropriate way to work with them. His position echoed my own intuition that stories deserved more care, and could only really be understood as highly contextualized whole cloth. As an emerging scholar, David, his work, and this seminal book in particular, blazed a trail for me.
This and David's subsequent works continue to reflexively challenge my ideas and substantiate my instincts to forge ahead in the weird, wide, wonderful world of stories, narrative, telling, and listening between and among humans. The work of David Boje makes me smarter every time I read it. It never wears thin even, as in this case, a decade after its release.
There is always something more to notice and that, to me, is a hallmark of scholarly excellence. By , Dick Gregory lifted himself out of deep poverty, became a successful comedian, and joined the civil rights movement in the South. Among many things, his autobiography illustrates how, at least on a personal level, humor can overcome bigotry and hatred. Nigger is one of the most memorable books I have ever read. Solla warataa bii jawngal , dust does not kill a little guinea fowl.
This Fulfulde saying captures the ecological, social, and political insecurities among agro-pastoralists in the Sahel, the times of scarcity, and the ways people manage to endure hardship. It has shaped my thinking about resilience and marginalization, inspired and sustained me during long weeks in the "field," and offered solace every time a piece of research got exceedingly tough.
It is a constant reminder of what it means to be humble during these encounters at the margin, to be present with all my senses, and to care, always. I did not have much money when I was a doctoral student and could not afford to buy many books. Yet, I quickly decided to buy this book when I first saw it in my doctoral program, and that proved to be money well spent. The book continues to inspire me with many useful ideas for examining social phenomena. This is the first book I have published, so the effort put toward it gives the book particular meaning for me. I was the first editor of the text, and I participated in writing three of the chapters.
Multicultural counseling has been a major focus of my professional career as a school counselor and as a counselor educator. Gaining a multicultural perspective and developing multicultural competency has also been a major theme in my life. Reading this book has completely changed my life. No other book even comes close to the impact it has had on my behavior. I now act to do the will of the Lord in any way that I can.
I continue to read it every day. I encourage others to have a positive, life-changing experience, too, by studying the Bible. James Carey was a scholar who recognized the significance of culture as part of the communication process. He devoted his life to better understanding how culture and communication were intertwined.
Communication As Culture made a profound impact on the field of cultural studies, and Professor Carey, through his generous sharing of his time, inspired numerous individuals to connect culture and communication in their scholarship in ways that did not occur in previous eras. I was fortunate to call Jim a friend. I collaborated with him to edit his work after he gave an address at Penn State for a national-level graduate conference that was organized by the College of Communications in He served as the keynote speaker for that event and was outstanding. He was a wonderful person, a skilled researcher, and very much a gentleman.
When I would attend conferences, we would share a beer, talk about the field, and he would encourage my research well before I was known by anyone. It was a move that I was proud to support after his passing in , and I am now fortunate to head up that division. If anyone wants to truly understand the link between communication and culture, the book I have chosen is an essential text. As an opera singer, I was required to research the roles I performed; now I use this book as a suggested text for my opera literature course in the newest edition.
The Grove series is the most respected resource in my field and this book contains the operas most frequently performed; it's a great place to start one's research. The book provides historical information, plot synopses, context and interesting facts; includes a glossary and helpful indices. Professor dr. Gert Due Billing was a pioneer in the field of classical-quantum calculations of molecules adsorbed to surfaces.
His book Dynamics of Molecule Surface Interactions helped me transition from classical to quantum dynamic calculations, an area I was keen to explore. In choosing this book, I honor the memory of this great scientist whose early demise deprived the scientific community of a highly respected leader.
Chosen with gratitude for the many hours of collaboration with James D. Kubicki at Penn State, my unofficial mentor and valued colleague. La Chambre Claire is a deeply felt reflection on the nature of photography, representation, time, and mortality. Barthes beautifully intertwines his semiotic theory with his poignant search for a true photograph of his beloved mother.
After looking extensively among family albums, he finally rediscovers his mother in a picture of her as a small child, where she lets herself be and be photographed and his son is able to read the quality gentleness that defined her when she was alive. Camera Lucida enlightens, intellectually and spiritually, those of us who are interested in the rhetoric of images and the profound effect they can have on the audience. I was born and raised on the Dominican side of Hispaniola within 10 kilometers of the Haitian border. As a child, I observed the disparity between Dominicans and our Haitian neighbors, but I was ignorant of its causes and unaware of its pernicious effects on Haitians and Dominicans alike.
With her rigorous research and engaging style, Michelle Wucker has offered me novel vistas on the uneasy alliance between the nations of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. In this book, she has encapsulated the profoundly disturbing histories of these two nations and provided me with a framework in which to understand much of my own personal history. This book, then, bears directly on my past and on my current professional development as well. It has inspired a new direction in my research in linguistics, which strives to further the understanding of the situation of Haitians and Dominicans in national and diasporic settings through the lens of sociolinguistics and the sociology of language.
Wucker's book has led me to reevaluate my belief system and I recommend it constantly to my family and friends in the hope that it will lead them to reevaluate theirs. Over evolutionary time, parasites have infiltrated most living species; in fact, as this book reveals, they are thought to outnumber non-parasitic species. Many parasites species have developed complex life histories to access their hosts, and evolved impressive manipulations to maximize their own fitness at the expense of their host.
Many parasites are, of course, medically relevant and their ability to adapt and overcome treatments makes them very challenging to manage. Others, however, are worth studying from a very basic perspective, to understand how they evolved and why they are so successful. This book reminded me why I became interested in parasites in graduate school and continue to keep these fascinating organisms part of my research program.
Radio frequency RF and microwave technology is a key component of modern communication systems such as high speed internet and cell phones, and many books have been written by various experts about this technology from a purely engineering point of view. I have selected this book because of its special meaning to me. One day in early , when I was a post-doc at Drexel, Arye Rosen approached me.
He spoke with me about this book that he was co-authoring and if I could design some problems for it. I didn't hesitate to accept, since I respected him a lot, and it would add at least one more line to my CV anyway. That moment was the start of a mentorship and collegial friendship that has lasted up to this day. During the course of this relationship, I have learned some of the most valuable lessons of my life, and I have always felt fortunate to benefit from an excellent mentor and a great human being.
Interdisciplinary research is the core of innovation in structural and materials engineering. This book is a global work that looks beyond rote solutions of individuals and into the probabilistic ones of collaboration. Other Ways to Win is a timeless book which highlights the need for students to regain control of their futures. Success can certainly be achieved in many different ways. The premise of this book resonates with me both personally and professionally. A special thank you to Dr. Ken Gray and Dr.
Ed Herr for promoting this important message. This was a collective effort. A special thank you to my wife Annette for her love, encouragement and support throughout this process. I am the luckiest guy to have such a special lady by my side. I would also like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Richard Walter for serving as a mentor and for the valuable lessons he has taught me over the years. I received How Children Fail as a gift for my undergraduate graduation. This book is an indelible part of my transformation from music student to music teacher.
As a beginning music teacher, my perspective on who, why, and how I should serve in public schools was greatly affected by this classic text. As a teacher, and later, as a researcher, this book helped me discover how responsibility, creativity, and listening are the key components to a successful teacher-learner partnership. The drawings, paintings, constructions, and photographic explorations by preschool children from the northern Italian city of Reggio Emilia defied conventional wisdom about the capabilities of young children. The sophistication of the children's work, and the thought it embodies, suggested that even the most progressive contemporary approaches to early art education fail to acknowledge the richness of possibilities inherent in interactions between children, adults, and the world they share in common.
This text, as much visual as verbal, helped me to reconsider my own assumptions about the three central terms of my research and teaching--teacher, child, and subject--and encouraged me to challenge the assumptions about children, art, and education that permeate both everyday conversations and professional discourse. This book is filled with many simple, yet inspirational, life lessons. Written by Ben Carson, who is perhaps America's most celebrated neurosurgeon, it helps readers understand the importance of dreaming, knowledge, and faith in God, among other things.
It uses real-life examples to show how ordinary people can succeed against the odds. Arguably the best of these is that of Carson himself. Shirley Hazzard understands this wonderful, chaotic, dirty, beautiful place as well as any living person. In conversations with her in Naples and New York, she and I have shared many stories about the siren city. These essays distill the essence of many such conversations held with countless others over the years. I spent countless hours reading, underlining, and highlighting this volume. I still have my dog-eared and worn copy on my bookshelf today. I remember fondly my peers and professors from the LSE, and I dedicate this book to this fine group of scholars and good-natured souls.
His works continue to influence in profound ways American culture in general and contemporary African American literature—my field of research—in particular. Transformative learning, a theory of meaning-making and change of perspective, was introduced to the field of adult education in Since that time, transformative learning has inspired a significant body of research and theory. This volume continue the work begun over 20 years ago-revealing the impact of transformative learning on the theory and practice of adult education. The book has affected my life profoundly.
It provides wisdom to me. It not only teaches me on how to successfully handle every situation but also how to practice to reach a peaceful mind. As Buddha said, do not believe but see it for yourself. I highly recommend to everyone. When this book first came out in I was in college and studying abroad in Seville, Spain. I was studying languages—Spanish and Arabic, and history—medieval and art, at the Universidad de Sevilla.
I was reading hundreds of pages in Spanish each week and in my exhaustion, sought out an English-language guilty-pleasure read. I bought a copy of this book at a local English-language bookstore and was instantly transfixed. I read the entire book to the detriment of sleep, study and social interaction.
The book is a long metaphor for the beginnings of the enlightenment and hope for mankind. As the main characters build a new style of cathedral, in which the space is open, filled with light and built on new scientific insights, so is the medieval society in which the story takes place. The book is a story of the triumph of science, reason, ingenuity and perseverance over dogma, fundamentalism and fanaticism.
Throughout the book, the main characters find new ways to do, create, and build something that breaks with tradition, yet yields a better practice or product. These same main characters are confronted by evil in the form of religious fanaticism and dogma, traditional blind adherence, greed, and jealousy, and yet persevere in their efforts to build something better.
These characters also struggle against the hierarchical structure of medieval society, suffering under the unjust nature of the feudal system and attempting to work around and bend these strictures. Twenty-one years later, I believe that this book has affected my choice of career. I am now a public informatician, an academic with expertise in social research methods and social theory and I apply these tools to the study of information and communication technologies ICT and their context of development, implementation, and use.
Technologies are created, adopted, and used by groups, organizations, institutions, and societies in patterned behavior, which has implications for both the institution and the technology. These technologies are mediated via stratified groups and often are imbued with power beyond their function. I often see the world in stratified layers and classes, as oppositional and conflicted, and I am comfortable with the role of academic-activist and public agent.
My scholarship of public informatics is focused on problems faced by public and non-profit institutions and their work toward a public good. The problems that concern me are those endemic to the public sphere, the lack of and management of scarce resources, sharing materials and information, and increasingly, the need to play competitively alongside private industry.
I've always admired the skill in which Judson details the early days of molecular biology. He not only describes the key individuals and events, but also manages to capture the wonderment and thrills of doing science. This book is especially meaningful to me because I read it before I started working as a graduate student at the Lab of Molecular Biology in Cambridge and then again when I was actually there.
I will always be grateful that I had the opportunity to interact with wonderful individuals in this book like Max Perutz and Aaron Klug. Arthur Schlesinger describes Robert Kennedy as an individual who continued to grow and develop in response to challenges and adversity.
In doing so, Robert Kennedy become a champion of the less fortunate and he inspired an entire generation. I read this book while I was in college, and the inspirational message of Robert Kennedy's life is one that still influences me today. Michael is a renowned Canadian landscape architect and ecological thinker.