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Metallomics
A Primer of Integrated Biometal Sciences
by Wolfgang Maret

"Metallomics is a fascinating small book, easy to read for everybody with a basic knowledge of chemistry and biology, which will undoubtedly stimulate at least some of the readers to explore the field more in depth."

Acta Crystallographica Section D
 
Asymptotic Issues for Some Partial Differential Equations
by Michel Marie Chipot

"The monograph is well written and organized and recommended to graduate students and researchers in applied mathematics or engineering."

Zentralblatt MATH
 
Handbook of Terrorism in the Asia-Pacific
edited by Rohan Gunaratna & Stefanie Kam

"Terrorism is a global threat, as this useful and timely Handbook reveals, showing that every country in the Asia-Pacific region faces some form of potentially violent political, ethnic and religious extremism. The Handbook is both comprehensive and authoritative, relying on the expertise of Asia's finest centre of terrorism research. It is invaluable — a country-by-country resource for business, government, journalism, and the concerned public — and will be the go-to reference for years to come."

Professor Mark Juergensmeyer
Author of Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence
 
Engineering in Perspective
Lessons for a Successful Career
by Tony Ridley

"It provides sound advice to professional engineers and their educators and employers, there is no doubt. The approach recommended will likely stand the test of time and provide inspiration and satisfaction for those who follow."

Roger J Allport
Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Imperial College
 
Entrepreneurship in Western Europe
A Contextual Perspective
by Léo-Paul Dana

"The bottom-up methodological approach is the most fascinating aspect of the book and it makes the reading really pleasant, also for the ones who do not have an economic and managerial background. This book will surely offer an excellent foundation for all those who are interested in an in-depth study of the topic of entrepreneurship in western Europe (researchers, businessmen, managers and politicians) and also to analyse the peculiarities of the business models of the single nations, but also of the specific territorial areas. The writing style, poetical and engaging, will add to the pleasure of reading about themes that are generally presented inadequately to readers coming from different backgrounds."

Filippo Vitolla and Michele Rubino
Lum University, Casamassima, Italy
 
Goethe's "Exposure of Newton's Theory"
A Polemic on Newton's Theory of Light and Colour
by Michael Duck & Michael Petry

"Perhaps the example of Goethe's forays into science will stimulate some people to at least attempt to appreciate the cultural value of science and technology."

Contemporary Physics
 
China's One Belt One Road Initiative
by Tai Wei Lim, Henry Hing Lee Chan, Katherine Hui-Yi Tseng & Wen Xin Lim

"The book captures a comprehensive historical background to OBOR, with a careful documentation of voyages by Cheng Ho (1405 to 1433) from China across Asia toward Europe, to as far as North Africa. What is eminently clear is that the book makes a good starting point, especially from the historical beginnings as equally originating from China's point of view."

Associate Professor Linda Low
Singapore University of Social Sciences
 
Does Mathematical Study Develop Logical Thinking?
Testing the Theory of Formal Discipline
by Matthew Inglis & Nina Attridge

"This book is interesting and well-written. The research methods were explained clearly and conclusions were summarized nicely. It is a relatively quick read at only 130 pages. Anyone who has been told, or who has told others, that mathematicians make better thinkers should read this book."

MAA Reviews
 
Colour
How We See It and How We Use It
by Michael Mark Woolfson

"This slender work is packed with an enormous amount of information related to the science of colour. The best part of the material is the array of pictures and diagrams, many of which are in colour, that help to complement the text. The book has something for the physicist, chemist, biologist, engineer, and lay reader. Summing up: Highly recommended."

CHOICE Connect
 
Introduction to Heterogeneous Catalysis
by Roel Prins, Anjie Wang & Xiang Li

"I would definitely recommend this book to students who have newly been introduced to the heterogeneous catalyst applications in industry. It also serves as an academic resource for experienced scientists and engineers to have a better understanding of the current trend in heterogeneous catalysis. This will help the professionals to think out of the box and think ahead."

Hong Nie
Vice President
VResearch Institute of Petroleum Processing, SINOPEC
 
Anomaly! Collider Physics and the Quest for New Phenomena at Fermilab
by Tommaso Dorigo

"Anomaly!' provides a very honest description of how large HEP collaborations work, what makes experimental physicists excited, and of the occasional interference between scientific goals and ˇ°human factorsˇ± such as personal ambitions, career issues, personality clashes, the fear of being scooped. The author proves to be a highly skilled communicator of science to the general public, as already known to the readers of his blog 'Quantum Diaries Survivor'."

Il Nuovo Saggiatore
 
The Power of Computational Thinking
Games, Magic and Puzzles to Help You Become a Computational Thinker
by Paul Curzon & Peter W McOwan

"The book should be on the reading lists of teachers of computing. It gives an insight into our curriculum mantra, ˇ°to use computational thinking ... to understand and change the worldˇ±."

John Woollard
CAS Tenderfoot coordinator
CAS Assessment wg chair
BCS Certificate assessor
 
Paradigms of Peace
A Pragmatist Introduction to the Contribution to Peace of Paradigms of Social Science
by Timo Kivimäki

"Paradigms of Peace is a compelling read, grounded in practice and experience-based insight as well as epistemological inquiry. Concluding thoughts point to the usefulness of different theoretical strands in the creation of tools for peacemaking, while offering observations on global security communities in flux. This is a timely contribution for taking stock of the field and reflecting on individual research pursits."

Journal of Peace Research
 
The Anthropology of China
China as Ethnographic and Theoretical Critique
by Charlotte Bruckermann & Stephan Feuchtwang

"The Anthropology of China is packed with useful references and valuable insights. It is an informative volume offering students, teachers and general readers not only a unique perspective on China, but also on the study of China."

LSE Book Reviews
 
The Power of Computational Thinking
Games, Magic and Puzzles to Help You Become a Computational Thinker
by Paul Curzon & Peter W McOwan

"A wonderful book full of ideas with which to inspire and engage in computational thinking. Core concepts and principles are brought to life in fun and engaging ways through puzzles, magic tricks and games. This is a must-have book for Computing teachers."

Dr Kevin R Bond
Managing Director
Educational Computing Services Ltd
 
Camels, Tigers & Unicorns
Rethinking Science and Technology-Enabled Innovation
by Uday Phadke & Shailendra Vyakarnam

"This remarkable book provides a blueprint for developing an effective Industrial Strategy. I commend this book to both business leaders and government ministers in the hope that by using these findings, they will come together to articulate policies which will accelerate economic growth."

Professor David Hughes
Managing Director of the Business Innovation Group
and visiting Professor of Engineering Management City University, London
 
Metals and Energy Finance
Advanced Textbook on the Evaluation of Mineral and Energy Projects
by Dennis L Buchanan

"The author, an excellent presenter, has put down an updated summary of his teachings in this textbook, findings based on his broad experience. A useful input to the understanding of the evaluation of resource finance."

Mineral Economics
 
Biological Threats in the 21st Century
The Politics, People, Science and Historical Roots
edited by Filippa Lentzos

"The book has an interesting structure. Formal chapters are interspersed with opinion pieces from academics and scientists, many of whom have worked on state bioweapons and biodefence programmes, and in drafting non-proliferation policy. Their thoughts provide unique personal perspectives on issues usually discussed from an academic distance and are the most valuable contribution the book makes to the bioweapons literature."

The RUSI Journal
 
The Recovery of Gold from Secondary Sources
edited by Syed Sabir

"This book is apparently for experts in the detection of forgeries and those who might need this expertise. It provides a wealth of ideas and stimuli for the artist himself/herself."

Brian Reffin Smith
Collège de 'Pataphysique, Paris
 
Simulation-Driven Aerodynamic Design Using Variable-Fidelity Models
by Leifur Leifsson & Slawomir Koziel

"The text is concise, clearly written and systematically organised. It contains the equations and formulae needed to solve practical problems. The text is amply illustrated. The book is well-presented and should appeal to a wider audience interested in computational optimisation design. It explains the major concepts, gives enough depth and provides references for further studies."

The Aeronautical Journal
 
Modern Developments in Catalysis
edited by Graham Hutchings, Matthew Davidson, Richard Catlow, Christopher Hardacre, Nicholas Turner & Paul Collier

"The book has been written at the level of chemistry and chemical engineering graduate students. It provides a very accessable and useful guide to those who are interested in current state of the art and applications of catalytic science."

Professor Rutger A van Santen
Eindhoven University of Technology
 
Edward Teller Lectures
Lasers and Inertial Fusion Energy
2nd Edition
edited by Heinrich Hora & George H Miley

"The 2nd Edition gives an overview of inertial confinement research over 50 years presented by major participants. It provides an authoritative account of the inertial confinement fusion approach to achieving an environmentally clean and economically feasible option for future energy production."

Dr Fred Osman
Trinity Grammar School, Sydney
 
Introduction to Heterogeneous Catalysis
by Roel Prins, Anjie Wang & Xiang Li

"Heterogeneous catalysis is highly related to the industrial production of fuels, petrochemicals, agrochemicals, and fine chemicals. This book highlights the fundamental aspects and basic concepts of heterogeneous catalysis with many examples of industrial applications, providing a complete introduction to the principles behind catalysis. This book is well designed to provide supplementary knowledge for both the students in chemical engineering, who have often only a limited knowledge of chemistry, and those in chemistry and physics, who have not studied systematically the engineering-oriented courses. The representative types of catalysis and industrial examples are carefully selected to enable the readers to grasp the essence of heterogeneous catalysis and the importance of related engineering."

Distinguished Professor Feng-Shou Xiao
Zhejiang Univeristy, China
 
Civil Society and the State of Singapore
edited by Carol Soon & Gillian Koh

"This collection of essays offers a good update on the evolving nature of Singapore's civil society. Written by civil society observers and activists, these essays tackle a range of issues from the arts, ethnic self-help groups, youth activism to the legal landscape. A useful introduction to the complexities of state-society relations in Singapore."

Terence Chong
Senior Fellow, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore
 
Renewable Energy Finance
Powering the Future
edited by Charles W Donovan

"The entire text is quite readable and can be moved through with relative ease. This reviewer heartily recommends that, regardless of your background, you read this book to really get a grasp of the cutting-edge of climate finance."

LSE Review of Books
 
Investigating the Pedagogy of Mathematics
How Do Teachers Develop Their Knowledge?
by Lianghuo Fan

"I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed this work. It comes highly recommended for all the reasons stated and the many more that readers would find in learning about particular cases and incidences recorded. A great contribution to the mathematics teacher education scholarship."

Teaching Innovations
 
Publishing and the Advancement of Science
From Selfish Genes to Galileo's Finger
by Michael Rodgers

"Rodger's observations of the intricate world of science book production, which has so far remained opaque to most, and its various personalities provide delightful reading and, for prospective authors, invaluable advice."

Public Understanding of Science
 
Plenty of Room for Biology at the Bottom
An Introduction to Bionanotechnology
2nd Edition
by Ehud Gazit & Anna Mitraki

"The book deals with a complex topic, but presents the material in an engaging and compelling style that offers something to both the general reader and subject expert. Plenty of Room is superbly underpinned by subject specific, peer reviewed material and enhanced by some beautiful illustrations. It's a delightful and detailed overview of an emerging area of science."

The Biologist
 
4D Visualization of Matter
Recent Collected Works of Ahmed H Zewail, Nobel Laureate
by Ahmed H Zewail

"The collection of remarkable papers brought together in this book by Ahmed Zewail tells a compelling and indeed thrilling story of extraordinary innovation and discovery over some 15 years ˇ­ they give us just a glimpse of a future in which our knowledge of the world in which we live will be transformed by the breakthroughs described in this fascinating volume."

Christopher Martin Dobson
John Humphrey Plummer Professor of Chemical and Structural Biology
Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
 
Getting to Grips with Science
A Fresh Approach for the Curious
by Andrew Morris

"This book is aimed at those who have preconceptions that science is a difficult and boring subject, those who are interested in science but have little background knowledge, or who may have had difficulties in getting to grips with science at an earlier stage in their life. It is a good read and I ended up reading it from start to finish, which surprised me. I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to look further into science ideas."

The Biologist
 
Surprising Quantum Bounces
by Valery Nesvizhevsky & Alexei Voronin

"This interesting book is full of eye-catching illustrations, thought stimulating problems, and intuitive and rigorous descriptions. Anyone interested in quantum mechanics will find it very interesting."

IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine
 
Motivating Mathematics
Engaging Teachers and Engaged Students
by David Wells

"Throughout the book, Wells draws on his personal experiences. He understands how students think and, more importantly, how they perceive mathematics. We owe it to our students to provide them with the necessary tools not only to solve problems, but also to be better thinkers. To allow self-discovery and struggle when first approached with new concepts, and thereby to create a fun and motivating mathematical environment, is vital to a student's success."

Mathematical Association of America
 
Gold Nanoparticles for Physics, Chemistry and Biology
2nd Edition
edited by Catherine Louis & Olivier Pluchery

"Gold Nanoparticles for Physics, Chemistry, and Biology is a book that captures the tremendous scientific interest and research activity in gold nanoparticles that we have witnessed in recent times."

Prashant K Jain
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Angewandte Chemie International Edition
 
Algebra, Logic and Combinatorics
edited by Shaun Bullett, Tom Fearn & Frank Smith

"The articles are all quite well-written and informative. In these days of increasing mathematical specialization, it's always nice to find something that helps bridge the gap between disciplines. It's even nicer when the contents are of the quality of these articles. This is an interesting, enjoyable and valuable book."

Mathematical Association of America
 
Exploring Big Historical Data
The Historian's Macroscope
by Shawn Graham, Ian Milligan & Scott Weingart

"This primer offers a fine introduction to big data for the next generation of humanities researchers. Summing Up: Highly recommended."

Choice
 
Whither Southeast Asia Terrorism?
by Arabinda Acharya

"Readers seeking a solid introduction to the issues and groups underpinning the region's terrorism hotspots, however, are likely to come away feeling much more favourably disposed. It is still a work that deserves to be read and debated, even if one does not agree wholeheartedly with the author's views."

Book Reviews
 
Parameterization of Atmospheric Convection
(In 2 Volumes)
Volume 1: Theoretical Background and Formulation
Volume 2: Current Issues and New Theories
edited by Robert S Plant & Jun-Ichi Yano

"This set of articles is a laudable endeavour that provides, or at least advocates for, a sound physical basis for convection parameterization." Read Full Review

Mitchell W Moncrieff
NCAR Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory
 
The Scientist and the Forger
Insights into the Scientific Detection of Forgery in Paintings
by Jehane Ragai

"Dr Ragai is a clear and engaging writer. She takes a subject that could be a cure for insomnia and makes it interesting and, crucially, easy for laypeople to understand. The book's full of illustrations, including reproductions of the paintings that star in the case studies ˇ­ There's also a comprehensive glossary, wide-ranging sources noted at the end of each chapter, and an index that's actually useful. It's also a good pick if you're into art crime, forensic science, or just seeing scientists doing the damnedest things."

Criminal Element
 
Bioanalytical Chemistry
2nd Edition
by Andreas Manz, Petra S Dittrich, Nicole Pamme & Dimitri Iossifidis

"It will be useful to chemists interested in bioanalysis who have little experience with biochemistry, and to biologists interested in the range of analytical techniques for studying protein and nucleic acid samples."

Choice
 
A Mathematical Introduction to Control Theory
2nd Edition
by Shlomo Engelberg

"The book is an excellent introduction to classical control theory, based on frequency domain approach, modern control theory based on time domain approach, and nonlinear control and control of hybrid systems. The use of MATLAB will be beneficial to the students, undergraduate and graduate level. The readers are expected to know complex variable theory, differential equations and elementary modern algebra for using this book. It will serve elements of control theory, to both mathematicians and engineers, in a very systematic, rigorous manner."

Zentralblatt MATH
 
The Mechanics of Engineering Structures
by David W A Rees

"This book is immaculately produced and is written by an author who is adept at solving elementary set-piece problems in stress and strain."

The Aeronautical Journal
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