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Mainspring [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1429933720
Publisher: Macmillan
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Mainspring by Book Resume:

Jay Lake's first trade novel is an astounding work of creation. Lake has envisioned a clockwork solar system, where the planets move in a vast system of gears around the lamp of the Sun. It is a universe where the hand of the Creator is visible to anyone who simply looks up into the sky, and sees the track of the heavens, the wheels of the Moon, and the great Equatorial gears of the Earth itself. Mainspring is the story of a young clockmaker's apprentice, who is visited by the Archangel Gabriel. He is told that he must take the Key Perilous and rewind the Mainspring of the Earth. It is running down, and disaster to the planet will ensue if it's not rewound. From innocence and ignorance to power and self-knowledge, the young man will make the long and perilous journey to the South Polar Axis, to fulfill the commandment of his God. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Mainspring of Human Progress

The Mainspring of Human Progress [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1610164024
Publisher: Ludwig von Mises Institute
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The Mechanics of Mechanical Watches and Clocks

The Mechanics of Mechanical Watches and Clocks [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3642293085
Author: Ruxu Du,Longhan Xie
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
File Size: 431 KB
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The Mechanics of Mechanical Watches and Clocks by Ruxu Du,Longhan Xie Book Resume:

"The Mechanics of Mechanical Watches and Clocks" presents historical views and mathematical models of mechanical watches and clocks. Although now over six hundred years old, mechanical watches and clocks are still popular luxury items that fascinate many people around the world. However few have examined the theory of how they work as presented in this book. The illustrations and computer animations are unique and have never been published before. It will be of significant interest to researchers in mechanical engineering, watchmakers and clockmakers, as well as people who have an engineering background and are interested in mechanical watches and clocks. It will also inspire people in other fields of science and technology, such as mechanical engineering and electronics engineering, to advance their designs. Professor Ruxu Du works at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, China. Assistant Professor Longhan Xie works at the South China University of Technology, China.

Memetic Computation

Memetic Computation [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3030027295
Author: Abhishek Gupta,Yew-Soon Ong
Publisher: Springer
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Memetic Computation by Abhishek Gupta,Yew-Soon Ong Book Resume:

This book bridges the widening gap between two crucial constituents of computational intelligence: the rapidly advancing technologies of machine learning in the digital information age, and the relatively slow-moving field of general-purpose search and optimization algorithms. With this in mind, the book serves to offer a data-driven view of optimization, through the framework of memetic computation (MC). The authors provide a summary of the complete timeline of research activities in MC – beginning with the initiation of memes as local search heuristics hybridized with evolutionary algorithms, to their modern interpretation as computationally encoded building blocks of problem-solving knowledge that can be learned from one task and adaptively transmitted to another. In the light of recent research advances, the authors emphasize the further development of MC as a simultaneous problem learning and optimization paradigm with the potential to showcase human-like problem-solving prowess; that is, by equipping optimization engines to acquire increasing levels of intelligence over time through embedded memes learned independently or via interactions. In other words, the adaptive utilization of available knowledge memes makes it possible for optimization engines to tailor custom search behaviors on the fly – thereby paving the way to general-purpose problem-solving ability (or artificial general intelligence). In this regard, the book explores some of the latest concepts from the optimization literature, including, the sequential transfer of knowledge across problems, multitasking, and large-scale (high dimensional) search, systematically discussing associated algorithmic developments that align with the general theme of memetics. The presented ideas are intended to be accessible to a wide audience of scientific researchers, engineers, students, and optimization practitioners who are familiar with the commonly used terminologies of evolutionary computation. A full appreciation of the mathematical formalizations and algorithmic contributions requires an elementary background in probability, statistics, and the concepts of machine learning. A prior knowledge of surrogate-assisted/Bayesian optimization techniques is useful, but not essential.

English Fusee Lever Pocket Watch

English Fusee Lever Pocket Watch [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0719830168
Author: Christopher S Barrow
Publisher: The Crowood Press
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English Fusee Lever Pocket Watch by Christopher S Barrow Book Resume:

Following on from the success of his three previous books, The Pocket Watch, The Verge Pocket Watch and The American Pocket Watch, Chris Barrow has produced another clear and concise guide, aimed again at the enthusiastic amateur. This book concentrates on one particular type of watch, namely the English fusee lever. It combines a brief history of the development of the watch with a step-by-step manual covering the dismantling, cleaning, repair and reassembly of a variety of English fusee lever movements made during the nineteenth century. If you have acquired a pocket watch of this type, and would like to investigate its workings, perhaps with a view to getting it going again, then this book will help you step by step to reach that goal. It will also give you a better appreciation of the beauty of both the desing and technology of the English fusee lever pocket watch.

Practical Watch Repairing

Practical Watch Repairing [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0719831067
Author: Donald De Carle
Publisher: The Crowood Press
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Practical Watch Repairing by Donald De Carle Book Resume:

Here is a unique book. It describes the theories and processes of repairing and adjusting the modern watch in precise and meticulous detail: a thing which has never been done so completely before in the many books on the same subject. As a text book it is a revelation. Taking nothing for granted, except the ability to read and comprehend a simple description of mechanical processes, de Carle takes his reader through every stage and every operation of watch repairing ...and to deal with them thoroughly is quite a programme - it takes 300 pages containing 24 chapters, two appendices and 553 illustrations. The fine draughtsmanship and accurate technical detail of the illustrations set a new standard. Practical Watch Repairing can justifiably claim to be the best illustrated book on practical horology yet issued, and one of the best of its kind on any subject. The publication of the book marks the beginning of a new epoch in the study of the mechanics of horology.

Watches Adjustment and Repair - A Practical Handbook on Modern Watches

Watches Adjustment and Repair - A Practical Handbook on Modern Watches [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1473347580
Author: F. J. Camm
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
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Watches Adjustment and Repair - A Practical Handbook on Modern Watches by F. J. Camm Book Resume:

This antiquarian book comprises a comprehensive and practical handbook on modern watches, with information on the history and development of watches, on cleaning them, repairing them, and much more. Written in clear, concise language and containing a plethora of useful diagrams and photographs, this text will be of considerable value to anyone with a keen interest in watches, and would make for a great addition to collections of watch and clock-related literature. The chapters of this volume include: Time and the Origin of Watches, Tools and Materials, The Parts of a Watch, The Compensating Balance and the Hair-spring, Lever Escapement, Cylinder Escapement, Dismantling: Fitting Winding Shafts, Fitting Mainsprings, Cleaning a Watch, et cetera. This antiquarian book is being republished now complete with a new introduction on the history of clocks and watches.

British Domestic Synchronous Clocks 1930-1980

British Domestic Synchronous Clocks 1930-1980 [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3319143883
Author: Leslie Philip Pook
Publisher: Springer
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British Domestic Synchronous Clocks 1930-1980 by Leslie Philip Pook Book Resume:

This book complements available one-make books on domestic synchronous clocks. It is also a history of science book that sets British domestic synchronous clocks, their manufacturers and technology in their social context. Part I covers the historical background, British domestic synchronous clock manufacturers and brands, how synchronous clocks work, domestic synchronous clock cases, practical advice on the servicing of domestic synchronous clocks and analysis of the marketing and reliability of British domestic synchronous clocks. This analysis provides an explanation of the rise and eventual fall of their technology. Part II contains galleries of a selection of British domestic synchronous clocks and of the movements with which they are fitted. There is a front and back view of each clock, together with a brief description. Views of each movement include views with the movement partly dismantled, together with a brief technical description of the movement. This profusely illustrated book is primarily for fellow enthusiasts and is based on an extensive archive of information on domestic synchronous clocks, their movements and their manufacturers. Current electrical regulations mean that professional clockmakers are reluctant to repair synchronous clocks. In fact, provided that they have not been mistreated, synchronous clocks are usually reliable, and quite easy to maintain.

The Watch Jobber's Handybook - A Practical Manual on Cleaning, Repairing and Adjusting: Embracing Information on the Tools, Materials Appliances and Processes Employed in Watchwork

The Watch Jobber's Handybook - A Practical Manual on Cleaning, Repairing and Adjusting: Embracing Information on the Tools, Materials Appliances and Processes Employed in Watchwork [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1446546675
Author: Paul N. Hasluck
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
File Size: 1925 KB
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The Watch Jobber's Handybook - A Practical Manual on Cleaning, Repairing and Adjusting: Embracing Information on the Tools, Materials Appliances and Processes Employed in Watchwork by Paul N. Hasluck Book Resume:

Contents Include: Early Time Measures and Modern Watches A Watch Movement and How to Take it Apart Examining, Cleaning and Putting Together Repairs and Adjustment Glossary of Terms, Tools, Materials, Parts and Processes Used in Watchwork

Clock Cleaning and Repairing - With a Chapter on Adding Quarter-Chimes to a Grandfather Clock

Clock Cleaning and Repairing - With a Chapter on Adding Quarter-Chimes to a Grandfather Clock [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1473385555
Author: Bernard E. Jones
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
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Clock Cleaning and Repairing - With a Chapter on Adding Quarter-Chimes to a Grandfather Clock by Bernard E. Jones Book Resume:

This vintage text contains an accessible and novice-friendly guide to cleaning and repairing clocks. Complete with simple step-by-step instructions and a plethora of detailed, useful illustrations, this timeless text is ideal for anyone looking for a simple and easy-to-digest guide pertaining to watch repair. Although old, the information contained herein will still be of considerable utility to the modern reader, and it would make for a worthy addition to any bookshelf. The chapters of this book include: How a Simple Clock Works, Clock Repairers’ Tools and Materials, General Repairs to Escapements, Recoil Escapements and their Repair, Dead-beat Escapements and their Repair, Cleaning Simple Clocks, Cleaning Dutch Clocks, etcetera. We are republishing this vintage book now in an affordable, modern edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction on the history of clocks and watches.

Practical Clock Repairing

Practical Clock Repairing [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0719831075
Author: Donald De Carle
Publisher: The Crowood Press
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Practical Clock Repairing by Donald De Carle Book Resume:

The repair of clocks calls for a variety of skills and crafts, few of which can be 'picked up' by bench work alone. In the horological trade, it is technical practice that the 'prentice hand' is first tried out on clocks, before attempting repair work on watches. Clocks have the advantage of possessing sizeable and robust parts and of being easier to handle. But there the advantage for the repairer ends. The sizes, shapes, complications and even the nationalities of clocks appear to be without end. Every movement has detail difference and, naturally, the defects when due for repair, are as varied. In this book, the author has dealt with the usual faults likely to develop in each type of movement in general use; from the lordly grandfather to the humble alarm. All the tools and equipment are described and illustrated, together with the ways of using them. The craftsman's most important and valuable tools of all - his skilful fingers - are shown in use in the clearest manner. As is usual in N.A.G. Press textbooks, the drawings have been specially made from parts under working conditions. A glance through the book will show their usefulness and clarity. Over 400 line drawings are used throughout and the reader is left in no doubt of what he is asked to do in following the author's clearly written technical and practical instructions.

Information Technology Outlook 2000 ICTs, E-commerce and the Information Economy

Information Technology Outlook 2000 ICTs, E-commerce and the Information Economy [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9264181032
Author: OECD
Publisher: OECD Publishing
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Information Technology Outlook 2000 ICTs, E-commerce and the Information Economy by OECD Book Resume:

The OECD Information Technology Outlook 2000 describes the rapid growth in the supply and demand for information technology goods and services and their role in the expanding Internet economy and looks at emerging uses of information technology.

Mad Hatter Summer

Mad Hatter Summer [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 147190430X
Author: Donald Thomas
Publisher: Orion
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Mad Hatter Summer by Donald Thomas Book Resume:

The man the world knew as Lewis Carroll, author of the adventures of Alice, was known to his colleagues in the Christ Church Common Room as the Reverend C. L. Dodgson, a middle-aged Oxford don. His hobby was photography, especially of pubescent girls 'in their favourite dress of nothing to wear'. When evidence of the Reverend's pastime falls into the hands of Charles Augustus Howell, the infamous Victorian blackmailer, and a murder victim is fished out of the Isis, Inspector Swain is called to investigate the case that casts the shadow of doom over Dodgson. 'One of the most entertaining mysteries of the year' Julian Symons 'Catches the authentic whiff of steaming sexuality behind the Victorian whiskers' Guardian

Addresses to the German Nation

Addresses to the German Nation [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1603849815
Author: Johann Gottlieb Fichte
Publisher: Hackett Publishing
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Addresses to the German Nation by Johann Gottlieb Fichte Book Resume:

In the winter of 1807, while Berlin was occupied by French troops, the philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte presented fourteen public lectures that have long been studied as a major statement of modern nationalism. Yet Fichte's Addresses to the German Nation have also been interpreted by many as a vision of a cosmopolitan alternative to nationalism. This new edition of the Addresses is designed to make Fichte's arguments more accessible to English-speaking readers. The clear, readable, and reliable translation is accompanied by a chronology of the events surrounding Fichte's life, suggestions for further reading, and an index. The groundbreaking introductory essay situates Fichte's theory of the nation state in the history of modern political thought. It provides historians, political theorists, and other students of nationalism with a fresh perspective for considering the interface between cosmopolitanism and republicanism, patriotism and nationalism.

The Elusiveness of the Ordinary

The Elusiveness of the Ordinary [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0300129521
Author: Stanley Rosen
Publisher: Yale University Press
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The Elusiveness of the Ordinary by Stanley Rosen Book Resume:

The concept of the ordinary, along with such cognates as everyday life, ordinary language, and ordinary experience, has come into special prominence in late modern philosophy. Thinkers have employed two opposing yet related responses to the notion of the ordinary: scientific and phenomenological approaches on the one hand, and on the other, more informal or even anti-scientific procedures. Eminent philosopher Stanley Rosen here presents the first comprehensive study of the main approaches to theoretical mastery of ordinary experience. He evaluates the responses of a wide range of modern and contemporary thinkers and grapples with the peculiar problem of the ordinary—how to define it in its own terms without transforming it into a technical (and so, extraordinary) artifact. Rosen’s approach is both historical and philosophical. He offers Montesquieu and Husserl as examples of the scientific approach to ordinary experience; contrasts Kant and Heidegger with Aristotle to illustrate the transcendental approach and its main alternatives; discusses attempts by Wittgenstein and Strauss to return to the pre-theoretical domain; and analyzes the differences among such thinkers as Moore, Austin, Grice, and Russell with respect to the analytical response to ordinary language. Rosen concludes with a theoretical exploration of the central problem of how to capture the elusive ordinary intact.

Most Pernicious Thing

Most Pernicious Thing [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0773573860
Author: Brian J. Given
Publisher: McGill-Queen\'s Press - MQUP
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Most Pernicious Thing by Brian J. Given Book Resume:

The author challenges the myth of trade dependence which has pervaded histories of this period, by proving the superiority of native weapons over matchlock muskets. A fascinating argument on a contentious ethno-historical issue.

In Other Words

In Other Words [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1800180349
Author: Mainspring Arts
Publisher: Unbound Publishing
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In Other Words by Mainspring Arts Book Resume:

A shift in the nature of light reveals an eighth colour in the visible spectrum. A boy befriends the last tree in the natural world. A single mother finds help at the darkest point of her life. A young man finds himself trapped in a university overrun by crows. These stories and more form In Other Words, an anthology as diverse as the writers themselves. Some cover trauma, societal issues and stigma; others offer fragments of hope and light. Some reach back in time while others transport us to another dimension altogether. There is heartbreak, wit, humour, poignancy and above all a mastery of the imagination. What these transcendent stories share is that they were created by autistic writers, people often dismissed as unimaginative or incapable of creativity – a myth that has persisted for generations. This collection hopes to shatter those stereotypes, those misconceptions and misunderstandings, and the perception that one must be neurotypical to be afforded a voice in the arts.

Fine Shotguns

Fine Shotguns [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 151070096X
Author: John M. Taylor
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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Fine Shotguns by John M. Taylor Book Resume:

In Fine Shotguns, expert John M. Taylor offers a global view of shotguns using photographs and descriptions of guns from the United States, Britain, Germany, Austria, France, Spain, and Italy. Here are all types of shotguns: single barrel, double barrel, combination guns, hammer shotguns, paired shotguns, special-use guns, small-bore shotguns, shotgun stocks or shotguns with metal finishes, and bespoke shotguns. This all encompassing guide includes sections on how to care for and storage your weapon, what accessories are available for your model, and how to choose the perfect traveling case. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

The Modern Conservative

The Modern Conservative [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 153201984X
Author: M. W. Brainard
Publisher: iUniverse
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The Modern Conservative by M. W. Brainard Book Resume:

This primer for conservatives builds from the most basic definitions and principles. It includes special condensations and summaries of five other books, each a recognized masterpiece in its field.

The Headhunter's Edge

The Headhunter's Edge [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1588362566
Author: Jeffrey E. Christian
Publisher: Random House
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The Headhunter's Edge by Jeffrey E. Christian Book Resume:

One of the world’s top headhunters reveals his most valuable techniques for getting the best jobs and finding the right people. The most important thing you’ll ever do if you are trying to build, rebuild, or even turn around an organization is hire the best people—and keep them. Jeffrey E. Christian has learned this lesson by working on hundreds of executive search assignments and building his own headhunting firm into a nationally recognized company, one of the top ten in the nation. In The Headhunter’s Edge, he reveals his secrets for excelling on either side of the desk—as a leader trying to build a great company, or as a job seeker in search of the next big position. In this practical manifesto, Christian shows how essential it is to have the most talented people on your side. But how do you find the best? And how do you become the best? Christian’s solution: Think like a headhunter. He gives readers the benefits of his twenty years of experience interviewing thousands of CEOs and potential CEOs, and tells you • how to conduct an interview and spot great leadership qualities in job candidates • exactly what to do and say to keep a valuable employee from resigning • how to expand your network to find the best emerging talent • key strategies and instructions for choosing and getting the most out of a search firm • what it takes for ambitious and talented people to get noticed and get the next big job or promotion Practical, impassioned, and wise, The Headhunter’s Edge is an indispensable guide to advancing your career—and making your business more successful and profitable.