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The Oxford Dictionary of Difficult Words

We all know what the words cat and dog and mother and tree mean. What we really need is a dictionary that helps us with the tough words, like elucubrate, or demesne, or cynosure. True, a standard dictionary can bail us out when we run across a tough word at home or in a library. But we often read elsewhere–in a doctor's waiting room or on a plane, or while on vacation. What do we do then? The Oxford Dictionary of Difficult Words is d...

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Dictionnaire Etymologique Langue Grecque: Histoire Des Mots

En 1999, une nouvelle edition reunissait en un seul volume compact (17 x 22 cm, reliure souple) les 4 tomes de l'edition originale (1968-1980) et un supplement de 78 pages de ce grand classique du catalogue Klincksieck. Les reimpressions successives ont altere la lisibilite de certains caracteres (effacements progressifs de lettres ou graisse rendant difficile la lecture des accents, esprits et signes diacritiques). C'est une composi...

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The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality, Volume II

Broadly defined as “ways of getting things done,” the invisible yet powerful concepts of “informal practices” tend to escape articulation in official discourse. These practices include emotion-driven exchanges of gifts or favours and tributes for services, interest-driven know-how (from informal welfare to informal employment), identity-driven practices of solidarity, and power-driven forms of co-optation and control. Yet, the possib...

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World History (Eyewitness Companions)

This title offers more than 10,000 years of history in the palm of your hand. From the early beginnings of human civilization in prehistoric times, to the first manned space flight and beyond, discover all about the things that have influenced our past and shaped our world today. You'll meet great rulers and politicians, philosophers and revolutionaries who have changed world history. Travel to mighty civilisations to explore the pro...

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Gun Control in the United States

Most public debate and discussion about guns in U.S. society is rarely guided by research–not surprising, as most individuals have a personal opinion on this highly inflammatory topic based on their upbringing or personal experiences. Additionally, most research about gun use in America is confusing and contradictory, making it difficult for citizens to gain much from their attempts to investigate the topic objectively. This book off...

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The Handy California Answer Book

California is the country's most populous state. The home of the entertainment industry and silicon valley. It's known for its beaches, its redwood forests, and as the “land of fruit and nuts.” Its people, industries, politicians, climate, and allure captivates the world and draws millions of visitors each year. Exploring the state’s fascinating history, people, myths, culture, and trivia, The Handy California Answer Book takes an in...

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Scientific and Technical Terms in Bioengineering and Biological Engineering

This immensely valuable book provides a comprehensive, easy-to-understand, and up-to-date glossary of technical and scientific terms used in the fields of bioengineering and biotechnology, including terms used in agricultural sciences. The volume also includes terms for plants, animals, and humans, making it a unique, complete, and easily accessible reference. Scientific and Technical Terms in Bioengineering and Biological Engineerin...

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The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality, Volume I

Broadly defined as “ways of getting things done,” the invisible yet powerful concepts of “informal practices” tend to escape articulation in official discourse. These practices include emotion-driven exchanges of gifts or favours and tributes for services, interest-driven know-how (from informal welfare to informal employment), identity-driven practices of solidarity, and power-driven forms of co-optation and control. Yet, the possib...

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Native Americans in the Movies

Since the early days of the silent era, Native Americans have been captured on film, often in unflattering ways. Over the decades, some filmmakers have tried to portray the Native American on screen with more balanced interpretations—to varying degrees of success. More recent films such as The New World, Flags of Our Fathers, and Frozen River have offered depictions of both historical and contemporary Native Americans, providing view...

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Handbook of Discrete and Computational Geometry, Third Edition

The Handbook of Discrete and Computational Geometry is intended as a reference book fully accessible to nonspecialists as well as specialists, covering all major aspects of both fields. The book offers the most important results and methods in discrete and computational geometry to those who use them in their work, both in the academic world―as researchers in mathematics and computer science―and in the professional world―as practitio...