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This book contains mainly quantitative techniques used to assist decision making, including analytic hierarchy process (AHP), decision theories, conditional probabilities and the value of information, inventory modeling, dynamic programming, Monte-Carlo simulation, CYCLONE simulation modeling, information systems and process of decision making in construction.
In Process and Reality and other works, Alfred North Whitehead struggled to come to terms with the impact the new science of quantum mechanics would have on metaphysics.This ambitious book is the first extended analysis of the intricate relationships between relativity theory, quantum mechanics, and Whitehead's cosmology. Michael Epperson illuminates the intersection of science and philosophy in Whitehead's work-and details Whitehead's attempts to fashion an ontology coherent with quantum anomalies.Including a nonspecialist introduction to quantum mechanics, Epperson adds an essential new dimension to our understanding of Whitehead-and of the constantly enriching encounter between science and philosophy in our century.
Incisive and witty meditations on the disruptions and difficulties of family life, the stories in The Quarry focus on the precariously balanced world of anxious and awkward sons and painfully failed or failing fathers. The title novella sifts through the irreparable moral and psychological confusion brought about by the Holocaust, following two families as they struggle to reconcile themselves to personal disorder and private grief--with no illusory platitudes about the redemptive power of suffering.
With unerring compassion for conveying emotional revelations and a keen sensitivity to the frailty and malleability of the human spirit, The Quarry lures the reader into confronting the most hidden and disquieting parts of the buried self.
Once or twice in a generation a poet comes along who captures the essential spirit of the American Midwest and gives name to the peculiar nature that persists there. Like James Wright, Robert Bly, Ted Kooser, and Jared Carter before him, Dan Lechay reshapes our imagination to include his distinct and profound vision of this undersung region.
The poetry of Dan Lechay, collected in The Quarry, constructs a myth of the Midwest that is at once embodied in the permanence of the landscape, the fleeting nature of the seasons, and the eternal flow of the river. Lechay writes of memory and the mutability of memory, of the change brought on a person by the years lived and lost, and of the stoic attempts made by those around him to elicit an order and rationale to their lives.
The Quarry is the first full-length collection from this seasoned poet. Final judge Alan Shapiro in writing about The Quarry said: “If Dan Lechay's poems often begin with the ordinary details and circumstances of life in a small Midwestern town or city, they always end by reminding us that no moment of life is ever ordinary, that 'Nothing is more mysterious than the way things are.'
The Quarry is a marvelous, disquieting, extraordinarily beautiful book that meditates on fundamental questions of time and change in and through a clear-eyed yet loving evocation of everyday existence. Under Lechay's soulful gaze, the backyards, neighborhoods, animals, and landscapes he describes dramatize the often wrenching connection between beauty and loss, evanescence and memory. The Quarry is a thoroughly mature and accomplished book.”
Evolution and Impact
Slave Families in the Non-Cotton South
The Quarters and the Fields offers a unique approach to the examination of slavery. Rather than focusing on slave work and family life on cotton plantations, Damian Pargas compares the practice of slavery among the other major agricultural cultures in the nineteenth-century South: tobacco, mixed grain, rice, and sugar cane. He reveals how the demands of different types of masters and crops influenced work patterns and habits, which in turn shaped slaves' family life.
By presenting a broader view of the complex forces that shaped enslaved people's family lives, not only from outside but also from within, this book takes an inclusive approach to the slave agency debate. A comparative study that examines the importance of time and place for slave families, The Quarters and the Fields provides a means for understanding them as they truly were: dynamic social units that were formed and existed under different circumstances across time and space.
Into a Metaphysical Playroom
Quel développement ?
Face à l'internationalisation de l'économie, la globalisation des marchés et la fin de la guerre froide, toutes les sociétés occidentales doivent revoir leur modèle de développement. Cet ouvrage collectif regroupe des articles qui traitent des principaux enjeux de développement au Québec dont l'évolution de la place du Québec dans l'économie mondiale, l'impact du processus de continentalisation et les stratégies des acteurs.
L'économie québécoise en perspective - Le contexte international - La concurrence s'amplifie et se diversifie - La compétitivité de l'économie québécoise - Les changements technologiques - À la recherche de l'excellence - Vers une économie d'investissements - Quelques tendances plus spécifiques au Québec - Le rôle du gouvernement dans l'économie - Développer de grandes entreprises québécoises - Prendre parti pour le long terme - La formation : miser sur la qualité et l'audace - Le relèvement économique de Montréal - La langue : le compromis est-il possible ?
Aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles, dans le contexte urbain de Québec, alors marqué par des rapports coloniaux avec la France, les groupes sociaux adoptent des comportements démographiques différents. Cet ouvrage reconstitue l'histoire de plus de 7000 familles ayant vécu à Québec au cours de près d'un siècle et demi d'histoire, ce qui permet d'analyser le régime démographique de la population et les conditions de son renouvellement en rapport avec les structures sociales existantes. Il intéressera toutes les personnes concernées de près ou de loin par les domaines de l'histoire ou de la démographie.