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Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton university press, 2012
Abstract: Elliptic Tales describes the latest developments in number theory by looking at one of the most exciting unsolved problems in contemporary mathematics--the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture. The Clay Mathematics Institute is offering a prize of $1 million to anyone who can discover a general solution to the problem. The key to the conjecture lies in elliptic curves, which are cubic equations in two variables. These equations may appear simple, yet they arise from some very deep--and often very mystifying--mathematical ideas. Using only basic algebra and calculus while presenting numerous eye-opening examples, Ash and Gross make these ideas accessible to general readers, and, in the process, venture to the very frontiers of modern mathematics. Along the way, they give an informative and entertaining introduction to some of the most profoundmay appear simple, yet they arise from some very deep--and often very mystifying--mathematical ideas. Using only basic algebra and calculus while presenting numerous eye-opening examples, Ash and Gross make these ideas accessible to general readers, and, in the process, venture to the very frontiers of modern mathematics. Along the way, they give an informative and entertaining introduction to some of the most profound discoveries of the last three centuries in algebraic geometry, abstract algebra, and number theory. They demonstrate how mathematics grows more abstract to tackle ever more challenging problems, and how each new generation of mathematicians builds on the accomplishments of those who preceded them. Ash and Gross fully explain how the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture sheds light on the number theory of elliptic curves, and how it provides a beautiful and startling connection between two very different objects arising from an elliptic curve, one based on calculus, the other on algebra.
Maumelle : Leisure arts, 2012
Abstract: This title features eight wool appliqued designs, which include 7 pillows and 1 oval box lid. Most designs have a rural and autumn motif. One pillow includes pink and taupe hearts, perfect for a Valentines gift. The designs include embroidery with a variety of fibers and ribbons. Full instructions, colour diagrams and patterns are included. All stitches are included in the general instructions. Designs are Ready for Harvest, Home of the Giant Pumpkin, Little Heart Farm (oval box), Pumpkin Valley, Sheep on a Hill, Sheep in the Meadow, Pumpkin Hill Road and Valentines. Two of the smaller pillows can double as a large pin cushion and instructions for making giant pins are included.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2012
Abstract: When Solly and Rachel Slabaugh, along with Solly's brother Abel, are found dead in a hog pit, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder investigates the gruesome scene. Once again teaming up with Agent John Tomasetti, Kate reveals that the death may not have been accidental, but one of the most horrific hate crimes ever to befall the Amish community of Painter's Creek.
New York : Hyperion, 2012
New York : Bellevue Literary Press, 2012
Abstract: In the closing days of the thirty-year Sri Lankan civil war, tens of thousands of civilians were killed, according to United Nations estimates, as government forces hemmed in the last remaining Tamil Tiger rebels on a tiny sand spit, dubbed "The Cage." Gordon Weiss, a journalist and UN spokesperson in Sri Lanka during the final years of the war, pulls back the curtain of government misinformation to tell the full story for the first time. Tracing the role of foreign influence as it converged with a history of radical Buddhism and ethnic conflict, The Cage is a harrowing portrait of an island paradise torn apart by war and the root causes and catastrophic consequences of a revolutionary uprising caught in the crossfire of international power jockeying.
New York : Anchor Books, 2012
Abstract: Meet Mma Ramotswe, the endearing, engaging, simply irresistible proprietress of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, the first and only detective agency in Botswana. With persistent observation, gentle intuition, and a keen desire to help people with the problems of their lives, she solves mysteries great and small for friends and strangers alike.
Milano : Fabbri Life, 2012
Abstract: È una bellissima bimba senza nome quella che Chun tiene tra le braccia. Ancora pochi istanti e dovrà separarsene, avvolgerla nel drappo di stoffa, posarla nella cesta di vimini e allontanarsi in fretta, senza cedere alla tentazione di voltarsi. Perché se il cielo ascolterà le sue preghiere, la porta dell'Istituto non tarderà ad aprirsi e una nuova vita, più bella e più facile, comincerà per la piccola lontano da qui. Dall'altra parte del mondo, in quello stesso momento, Maya Lange sta lavorando perché il sogno di Chun, e di tante altre come lei, possa avverarsi. È specializzata in speranza Maya, fondatrice e proprietaria di un'agenzia di adozioni: grazie a lei, il dolore di una madre si converte nella gioia di un'altra, un destino apparentemente segnato vira di colpo e le fila di vite fino a un attimo prima distanti si intrecciano a formare nuove, indissolubili trame d'amore. Sono più di quattrocento le bambine a cui Maya ha trovato, negli anni, una nuova famiglia, una casa. Di ciascuna lei conserva un ritratto, un ricordo. E nei momenti peggiori, quando le ansie, le paure e i dubbi degli aspiranti genitori minacciano di travolgerla, è sufficiente che Maya guardi i loro visi per ritrovare di colpo la forza di ascoltare, rassicurare, consolare. Perché il solo dolore che Maya abbia rinunciato a curare è quello che si porta dentro, irrimediabile come la perdita che lo ha causato. Ma il destino è un filo impossibile da spezzare, e Maya sta per scoprire chi c'è all'altro capo del suo.
[S.l.] : Roc, 2012
Abstract: The year is 2001, and cosmonauts uncover a mysterious monolith that has been buried on the Moon for at least three million years. To their astonishment, the monolith releases an equally mysterious pulse?a kind of signal?in the direction of Saturn after it is unearthed. Whether alarm or communication, the human race must know what the signal is?and who it was intended for. -- -- 2001: A Space Odyssey and 2010: Odyssey II, have been adapted into films that still stand as classic examples of the genre. Without a doubt, Arthur C. Clarke is one of the most important voices in contemporary science fiction literature
New York : Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2012
North Adams : Storey publishing, 2012
Abstract: The first complete step-by-step photographic guide and an essential reference for knitters of all styles and techniques, presented in an easy-reference, take-along format. A compilation of all the techniques for beginning and ending knitting projects, it offers a welcome surprise to many knitters who are not aware of the breadth of possibilities. Choosing the right cast on or bind off to fit the chosen yarn and stitch technique will add to the appeal of the finished knitting project. If you're still using the cast-on and bind-off methods you learned when you began knitting, it's time to explore new possibilities.
Stati Uniti d'America : [s.n.], 2012
Abstract: Of books about the oeuvre of Caravaggio, there are apparently no end. A mercurial artist, who lived less than 40 years, his legacy too, is one of the volatile extremes. For better or worse, his uneven biography is in itself a work of art. Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio painted a notoriously provocative religious and classical tableaux, yet left few traces (no letters, no table talks, no treatise) of his life beyond his art. Painting with an intensity of realism never equaled before, Caravaggio`s impact was immediate, profound and everlasting. He transmuted a realism in a variety of ways, making it both the climax and golden age of European art. But his realism was too close to life, too real to comfort. Bound to appreciate the supernatural mastery of Caravaggio`s chiaroscuro of moral turpitude and death as the must, this book also evaluates the artist`s personal motifs and state of mind in freezing the ecstatic foreshortening on a two-dimensional plate. By doing so, this book employs geometrical reasoning of the golden ratio, gnomonic growth and descend. In other words, this is not a "coffee-table art-book." It lands us on a port named 'geometry of emotions,' to admire Caravaggio`s meta-theaters and experience a third-degree intimidation from his style of dynamic symmetry between life and death, astute and simpleton, dignity and humiliation. Illustrating 20 masterpieces of countless others, this book runs a 'geometrical diagnostics' on three paintings: "Cardsharps," "The fortune teller," and "The Incredulity of Saint Thomas." A few canvases of Flemish and Venice artists, presenting absolutely different styles - yet incorporating root 3 and 5 golden ratios (1.618) with square root (1.272...) ( "Jiovanni Arnolfini and His Bride" by Van Eyck and or "Cupid and Psyche" by Canova), are used as controls in building the theory. Further, Caravaggio`s exemplary canvases "The lute player," "Narcissus," and "The Beheading of Saint John," come to explain the artist`s ambitions in contrasting extremely realistic figures with extremely artificial background of brown and black that pushes his subjects closer to the spectator. Lastly, this book presents some events in Caravaggio`s turbulent life, including his apprenticeship, womanizing, his vision of Christianity, and demise.
Los Angeles : The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2012
Fort Worth : Kimbell Art Museum ; New Haven : London : Yale University Press, 2012
New York : Lark Crafts, 2012
Abstract: The author has whipped up a fresh menu of creative ideas, all in circular patterns, including 30 new designs, five new stitches, and ten inspirational projects. Just as with Katherine's first compilation, this includes photographs and color diagrams of each motif, along with how-to illustrations.
New York : Random House, 2012
New York : Barnes & Noble, 2012