Introducing Game Theory: A Graphic Guide by Ivan Pastine, Tuvana Pastine
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Overview: When should you adopt an aggressive business strategy? How do we make decisions when we don’t have all the information? What makes international environmental cooperation possible?
Game theory is the study of how we make a decision when the outcome of our moves depends on the decisions of someone else. Economists Ivan and Tuvana Pastine explain why, in these situations, we sometimes cooperate, sometimes clash, and sometimes act in a way that seems completely random.
Stylishly brought to life by award-winning cartoonist Tom Humberstone, Game Theory will help readers understand behaviour in everything from our social lives to business, global politics to evolutionary biology. It provides a thrilling new perspective on the world we live in.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational
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Multimedia Networking: Technologies, Protocols, & Architectures by Ivan Vidal, Ignacio Soto, Albert Banchs, Jaime Garcia-Reinoso, Ivan Lozano, Gonzalo Camarillo
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Overview: This practical resource provides a survey on the technologies, protocols, and architectures that are widely used in practice to implement networked multimedia services. The book presents the background and basic concepts behind multimedia networking, and provides a detailed analysis of how multimedia services work, reviewing the diverse network protocols that are of common use to implement them. To guide the explanation of concepts, the book focuses on a representative set of networked multimedia services with proven success and high penetration in the telecommunication market, namely Internet telephony, Video-on-Demand (VoD), and live IP television (IPTV). Contents are presented following a stepwise approach, describing each network protocol in the context of a networked multimedia service and making appropriate references to the protocol as needed in the description of other multimedia services. This book also contains questions and exercises to provide the reader with insight on the practical application of the explained concepts. Additionally, a laboratory practice is included, based on open-source tools and software, to analyze the operation of an Internet telephony service from a practical perspective, as well as to deploy some of its fundamental components.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Tech & Devices
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Ivan Turgenev (Modern Critical Views 2) by Harold Bloom
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Overview: A prolific writer of short stories, character sketches, dramas, and novels, Ivan Turgenev responded to the social issues of the time. The author wrote in 19th century Russia, and has been said to work with the competing ideologies of a humanistic aesthetic and a rising materialistic social paradigm. His profound influence on English and American writers has led him to be called the novelist’s novelist. This title, Ivan Turgenev, part of Chelsea House Publishers’ Modern Critical Views series, examines the major works of Ivan Turgenev through full-length critical essays by expert literary critics. In addition, this title features a short biography on Ivan Turgenev, a chronology of the author’s life, and an introductory essay written by Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities, Yale University.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biography
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Rituals of Childhood: Jewish Acculturation in Medieval Europe by Ivan G. Marcus
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Overview: In medieval times, when a Jewish boy of five began religious schooling, he was carried from home to a teacher and placed on the teacher’s lap. He was then asked to recite the Hebrew alphabet and lick honey from the slate on which it was written, to eat magically inscribed cooked peeled eggs and cakes, to recite an incantation against a demon of forgetfulness, and then to go down to the riverbank with the teacher, where he was told that his future study of the Torah, like the rushing river, would never end. This book–Ivan Marcus’s erudite and novel interpretation of this rite of passage–presents a new anthropological historical approach to Jewish culture and acculturation in medieval Christian Europe.
Marcus traces ancient Jewish and Greco-Roman elements in the rite and then analyzes it from different perspectives, making use of narrative, legal, poetic, ethnographic, and pictorial sources, as well as firsthand accounts. He then describes contemporary medieval Christian images and initiation rites–including the eucharist and the Madonna and child–as contexts within which to understand the ceremony. He is the first to investigate how medieval Jews were aware of, drew upon, and polemically transformed Christian religious symbols into Jewish counterimages in order to affirm the truth of Judaism and to make sense of living as Jews in an intensely Christian culture.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
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The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
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Overview: The Death of Ivan Ilyich, first published in 1886, is a novella by Leo Tolstoy, considered one of the masterpieces of his late fiction, written shortly after his religious conversion of the late 1870s.
Usually classed among the best examples of the novella, The Death of Ivan Ilyich tells the story of a high-court judge in 19th-century Russia and his sufferings and death from a terminal illness.
Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction
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