» Articles for December 2013 Year
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Power Electronics: Converters, Applications, and Design - Ned Mohan, Tore M. Undeland, William P. Robbins
Cohesive presentation of power electronics fundamentals for applications and design in the power range of 500 kW or less. Describes a variety of practical and emerging power electronic converters made feasible by the new generation of power semiconductor devices. This revised edition includes an expanded discussion of diode rectifiers and thyristor converters as well as new chapters on heat sinks, magnetic components which present a step-by-step design approach and a computer simulation of
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The Sea Around Us - Rachel Carson, Ann H. Zwinger
Published in 1951, The Sea Around Us is one of the most remarkably successful books ever written about the natural world. Rachel Carson's rare ability to combine scientific insight with moving, poetic prose catapulted her book to first place on The New York Times best-seller list, where it enjoyed wide attention for thirty-one consecutive weeks. It remained on the list for more than a year and a half and ultimately sold well over a million copies, has been translated into 28 languages, inspired
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Mastering the Requirements Process - Suzanne Robertson, James W. Robertson
If the purpose is to create one of the best books on requirements yet written the authors have succeeded." --Capers Jones It is widely recognized that incorrect requirements account for up to 60 percent of errors in software products and yet the majority of software development organizations do not have a formal requirements process. Many organizations appear willing to spend huge amounts on fixing and altering poorly specified software but seem unwilling to invest a much smaller amount to get
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King Solomon's Ring - Konrad Lorenz, Marjorie Kerr Wilson
Solomon, the legend goes, had a magic ring which enabled him to speak to the animals in their own language. Konrad Lorenz was gifted with a similar power of understanding the animal world. He was that rare beast, a brilliant scientist who could write (and indeed draw) beautifully. He did more than any other person to establish and popularize the study of how animals behave, receiving a Nobel Prize for his work. King Solomon's Ring, the book which brought him worldwide recognition, is a
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The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction - Peter   Atkins
The laws of thermodynamics drive everything that happens in the universe. From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas to the cooling of hot metal--everything is moved or restrained by four simple laws. Written by Peter Atkins, one of the world's leading authorities on thermodynamics, this powerful and compact introduction explains what these four laws are and how they work, using accessible language and virtually no mathematics. Guiding the reader a step at a time, Atkins begins with Zeroth (so
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Creation: How Science Is Reinventing Life Itself - Adam Rutherford
What is life?   Humans have been asking this question for thou­sands of years. But as technology has advanced and our understanding of biology has deepened, the answer has evolved. For decades, scientists have been exploring the limits of nature by modifying and manipulating DNA, cells and whole organisms to create new ones that could never have existed on their own.   In Creation, science writer Adam Rutherford explains how we are now radically exceeding the boundaries of evolution and