“In this book, the plant stands before the child as a living being, with needs like his own. To live, the plant must be born, must be nourished, must breathe, must reproduce, and, after experiencing these things, must die.”
George Francis Atkinson was a distinguished professor of Botany, yet when he wrote this book in the 1900s, his sole aim was to capture the life process of plants and tell it in a way that any child could understand.
Children are drawn into and amazed by the details of the plants' lifecycles, and find the descriptions and progressions intuitive and easy to follow. The stories of the plants are told as biographies, so the children read them the way they would the story of a caterpillar that transforms into a butterfly.
If you are a parent or teacher who struggles to explain to your child the different stages of life, or you’d simply like to get your child interested in gardening, there’s no better way to do it. This book simplifies and teaches the lessons of birth, growth and death, through the life of a plant.All Left of Brain books have been proofread and typeset by real humans. This book does NOT contain scanned or computer generated OCR text.
This book includes my lecture notes for electrical power generation course. The layout, main components, and characteristics of common electrical power generation plants are described with application to various thermal power plants.The book is divided to different learning outcomesCLO 1- Describe the layout of common electrical power generation plants.CLO 2- Describe the main components and characteristics of thermal power plants.a)CLO1 Describe the layout of common electrical power generation plants.Explain the demand of base - power stations, intermediate - power stations, and peak- generation power stations.Describe the layout of thermal, hydropower, nuclear, solar and wind power generation plants.Identify the size, efficiency, availability and capital of generation for electrical power generation plants.Eexplain the main principle of operation of the transformer and the generator. b)CLO2: Describe the main components and characteristics of thermal power plants.Identify the structure and the main components of thermal power plants.Describe various types of boilers and combustion process.List types of turbines, explain the efficiency of turbines, impulse turbines, reaction turbines, operation and maintenance, and speed regulation, and describe turbo generator.Explain the condenser cooling - water loop.Discuss thermal power plants and the impact on the environment.
What is Big Data, and why should you care?
Big data knows where you've been and who your friends are. It knows what you like and what makes you angry. It can predict what you'll buy, where you'll be the victim of crime and when you'll have a heart attack. Big data knows you better than you know yourself, or so it claims.
But how well do you know big data?
You've probably seen the phrase in newspaper headlines, at work in a marketing meeting, or on a fitness-tracking gadget. But can you understand it without being a Silicon Valley nerd who writes computer programs for fun?
Yes. Yes, you can.
Timandra Harkness writes comedy, not computer code. The only programmes she makes are on the radio. If you can read a newspaper you can read this book.
Starting with the basics – what IS data? And what makes it big? – Timandra takes you on a whirlwind tour of how people are using big data today: from science to smart cities, business to politics, self-quantification to the Internet of Things.
Finally, she asks the big questions about where it's taking us; is it too big for its boots, or does it think too small? Are you a data point or a human being? Will this book be full of rhetorical questions?
No. It also contains puns, asides, unlikely stories and engaging people, inspiring feats and thought-provoking dilemmas. Leaving you armed and ready to decide what you think about one of the decade's big ideas: big data.
With the widespread growth of agile project management and agile development methods, we face challenges when these projects don't (or can't) provide us with our standard performance metrics for project health assessment and project portfolio management. Join Kevin Aguanno, a well-known expert on the agile methodologies, as he explains how project managers can adapt existing control systems (and incorporate the metrics provided by the agile methods themselves) to better track and control projects using these methods.
The Upcycle is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Cradle to Cradle, the most consequential ecological manifesto of our time. Now, drawing on the lessons gained from ten years of putting the cradle-to-cradle concept into practice with businesses, governments, and ordinary people, William McDonough and Michael Braungart envision the next step in the solution to our ecological crisis: We don't just reuse resources with greater effectiveness, we actually improve them as we use them.For McDonough and Braungart, the questions of resource scarcity and sustainability are questions of design. And they are practical-minded visionaries: They envision beneficial designs of products, buildings, and business practices-and they show us these ideas being put to use around the world as everyday objects like chairs, cars, and factories are being reinvented not just to sustain life on the planet but to grow it. It is an eye-opening, inspiring tour of the next industrial revolution as it unfolds in front of us.The Upcycle is every bit as ambitious as such classics as Rachel Carson's Silent Spring-but its mission is very different. McDonough and Braungart want to turn on its head our very understanding of the human role on earth: We should not just protect the planet from ourselves but should redesign our activity to improve the planet. And that goal is well within our reach.
First published in 1975, Animal Liberation created a sensation upon its release, shaking the world's philosophical and animal-protection circles to their cores. Now, forty years later, Peter Singer's landmark work still looms large as a foundational and canonical text of animal advocacy. Arguing that all beings capable of suffering deserve equal consideration, Singer contends that the only justifiable treatment of animals is that which maximizes good and minimizes suffering. In examining the cruelty of factory farming and the exploitation, both commercial and scientific, of laboratory animals, he identifies a kind of "ethical blindness" and calls for political action. A moral wake-up call from one of the most influential and controversial ethicists of our time, Animal Liberation tackles an emotionally charged social issue with a compelling rational argument in a rousing and riveting read.
The acclaimed naturalist offers an in-depth profile of the timber rattlesnake, from its unique biological adaptations to its role in American history. The ominous rattle of the timber rattlesnake is one of the most famous—and terrifying—sounds in nature. Today, they are found in thirty-one states and many major cities. Yet most Americans have never seen a timber rattler, and only know them from movies or our frightened imaginations. Ted Levin aims to change that with America’s Snake. This portrait of the timber rattler explores its significance in American frontier history, and sheds light on the heroic efforts to protect the species against habitat loss, climate change, and the human tendency to kill what we fear. Taking us from labs where the secrets of the snake’s evolutionary adaptations are being unlocked to far-flung habitats that are protected by dedicated herpetologists, Levin paints a picture of a fascinating creature: peaceable, social, long-lived, and, despite our phobias, not inclined to bite. The timber rattler emerges here as an emblem of America, but also of the struggles involved in protecting the natural world. A wonderful mix of natural history, travel writing, and exemplary journalism, America’s Snake is loaded with remarkable characters—none more so than the snake itself: frightening, fascinating, and unforgettable. A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award-winner
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