The End of Big

Author: Nicco Mele
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781250021861
Release Date: 2013-04-23
Genre: Business & Economics

How seemingly innocuous technologies are unsettling the balance of power by putting it in the hands of the masses - and what a world without "big" will mean for all of us. In The End of Big, social media pioneer, political and business strategist, and Harvard Kennedy School faculty member Nicco Mele offers a fascinating, sometimes frightening look at how our ability to stay connected - constantly, instantly, and globally - is dramatically changing our world. Governments are being upended by individuals relying only on social media. Major political parties are seeing their power eroded by grassroots forces through online fund-raising. Universities are scrambling to preserve their student populations in the face of less expensive, more accessible online courses. Print and broadcast news outlets are struggling to compete with citizen journalists and bloggers. Our traditional institutions are being disrupted in revolutionary ways, some for the better. But, as Nicco Mele argues, the benefits of new technology come with unintended consequences. In The End of Big, Mele examines: - How fringe political forces enter the mainstream and gain traction using everyday technology - with the enormous potential to undermine central power - What happens when investigative journalism is replaced by ad hoc bloggers, mobile video, and instantaneous tweets...and whether they challenge or simply enable power - Why Web-based micro-businesses are outcompeting major corporations, and what innovations will alter the way we work, own things, and pay for goods and services - The collapse of traditional party politics, and the rise of a new kind of democracy, one which could produce dynamic and effective leaders...or demagogues - How citizen initiatives can replace local and state government functions, such as safety regulations, tax collection, and garbage pickup, and do so cheaper, faster, and better Mele argues that unless we exercise caution in our use of these new technologies, we risk a dark and wildly unstable future, one in which our freedoms and basic human values could be destroyed rather than enhanced. Both hopeful and alarming, The End of Big is a thought-provoking, passionately argued book that offers genuine insight into the ways we are using technology, and how it is radically changing our world in ways we are only now beginning to understand.

The End of The Worlds

Author: Josh Kilen
Publisher: Cantonfield Publishing
ISBN: 9781497723948
Release Date: 2013-03-27
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

About The Tales of Big and Little: Part Three - The End of the Worlds Could this be the end for Big and Little? Will the worlds survive the wrath of Shir? What new creations will Shir bring to life? Big and Little finish their biggest adventure yet, battling Shir and his forces to the bitter end, and the very fate of all the worlds hangs in the balance. On the way they will find the true meaning of love, courage, honor, and wisdom. This is one adventure you don't want to miss! Look for Other Titles in the Tell Me A Story Series Sean Ryanis & The Impossible Chase The Superhero Chronicles: Birth of Moonlight Tales of Big and Little - Part Two: Shirlee's Revenge! The Lost Princess in Winter's Grip The Lost Princess in Desert's Embrace About "Tell Me A Story" Bedtime Stories... Deep down every kid loves bedtime stories, but sometimes at the end of the day you just don't have the energy. That's where the Tell Me A Story series of books can help. Each nightly episode takes 5-10 minutes to read out loud and ends in a gripping cliffhanger. Imagine your child hanging on your every word and captivating them every night with an easy to tell bedtime story. These stories are not only exciting for them but they are fun for you to read as well. For less time than it takes to watch the start of a sit-com, you can spend quality time with your kids and make memories they will never forget.

How to Build a Universe From the Big Bang to the End of the Universe

Author: Ben Gilliland
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781844038244
Release Date: 2015-01-05
Genre: Science

From the first particles of matter and atomic building-blocks to hydrogen fusion, large galaxies and supermassive black holes, with a healthy dose of history and fun facts to glue everything together, this is your very own guide to How to Build a Universe. Using a mixture of eye-catching graphics, humour and structured narrative, in How to Build a Universe, Metro columnist Ben Gilliland explains the complex concepts surrounding the birth and development of the galaxies, without overwhelming or patronising the reader. Gilliland demonstrates how the cosmos came to be - from the formation of the first particles in the Big Bang to the development of the first stars, galaxies, planets and leading up to the present day and where the future of the universe might lie. Each chapter has an ongoing narrative, building the universe piece by piece, with graphics and fact boxes interspersed throughout.

Scream Team 3 The Big Foot in the End Zone

Author: Bill Doyle
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 9780545510448
Release Date: 2012-10-01
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Are you ready for some Bigfoot-ball? Karl and the rest of the Scream Team kick off football season with a new monster on the squad! It's Dr. Neuron's nephew. And this cranky creature is pulling out every prank to keep victory on the sidelines. Not good news for Karl who's howling ready to play in the Wolfenstein Muck Bowl, or for Beck whose big feet have become the league's biggest joke. One thing's for sure, the game of football has never been so funny!

The Big End of Town

Author: Grant Fleming
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139452134
Release Date: 2004-05-24
Genre: Business & Economics

Never before had a book been published which provides such a comprehensive study of Australian corporate leadership over the past 100 years. Written by a team of economic historians The Big End of Town, first published in 2004, is a proper business history of twentieth-century Australia. This book traces the evolution of large business enterprises in Australia, from the giants of the nineteenth century - such as Dalgety's, CSR and BHP - to the contemporary leaders in Newscorp and Qantas. It delves into why the market leaders became the major players, examines what was crucial to their success, and their roles in leading the Australian economy. By investigating their evolution this book provides a useful evaluation of the factors that have led to their competitive success and provides an essential guide for all businesses in Australia and beyond.

Big Meadows and Lake Almanor

Author: Marilyn Morris Quadrio
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9781467132299
Release Date: 2014
Genre: History

Few among the thousands of vacationers who recreate on and around Lake Almanor each summer realize that beneath its waters lie the remains of a vanished way of life. This tiny Atlantis, Big Meadows, was a microcosm of the cultural forces and conflicts that racked the West in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Rich in natural resources, the Meadows sustained the lives of the native Maidu and the hundreds of encroaching whites who followed on the heels of the Lassen Trail immigrant parties. White men came seeking to exploit those precious resources for gold mining, stock raising, dairying, tourism, timber, and later, hydroelectric power. In the tumult of cultural and industrial change, a pastoral way of life was lost and a native culture vanquished.

Austin Healey Big Healeys

Author: Reid Trummel
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781845843922
Release Date: 2014-03-28
Genre: Transportation

Having this book in your pocket is like having a real marque expert by your side. Benefit from the author’s years of real ownership experience, learn how to spot a bad car quickly, and how to assess a promising one like a professional. Get the right car at the right price!

The Big Book of Jazz Piano Improvisation

Author: Noah Baerman
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
ISBN: 0739031716
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Music

Vital concepts and topics of jazz piano improvisation are thoroughly presented in this outstanding book & CD by master performer and educator, Noah Baerman. Organized into three main categories----scales, modes and other source material; practical application; and conceptual issues----Baerman's approach develops the skills you need to channel your improvisational impulses into amazing solos. Complex subjects such as patterns, rhythmic variety, melodic contour, guide tones, locked hands and rhythmic displacement are easy and enjoyable to learn. No jazz pianist's library is complete without the Big Book of Jazz Piano Improvisation. 144 pages.

Training Students to Extract Value from Big Data

Author: National Research Council
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 9780309314404
Release Date: 2015-01-16
Genre: Mathematics

As the availability of high-throughput data-collection technologies, such as information-sensing mobile devices, remote sensing, internet log records, and wireless sensor networks has grown, science, engineering, and business have rapidly transitioned from striving to develop information from scant data to a situation in which the challenge is now that the amount of information exceeds a human's ability to examine, let alone absorb, it. Data sets are increasingly complex, and this potentially increases the problems associated with such concerns as missing information and other quality concerns, data heterogeneity, and differing data formats. The nation's ability to make use of data depends heavily on the availability of a workforce that is properly trained and ready to tackle high-need areas. Training students to be capable in exploiting big data requires experience with statistical analysis, machine learning, and computational infrastructure that permits the real problems associated with massive data to be revealed and, ultimately, addressed. Analysis of big data requires cross-disciplinary skills, including the ability to make modeling decisions while balancing trade-offs between optimization and approximation, all while being attentive to useful metrics and system robustness. To develop those skills in students, it is important to identify whom to teach, that is, the educational background, experience, and characteristics of a prospective data-science student; what to teach, that is, the technical and practical content that should be taught to the student; and how to teach, that is, the structure and organization of a data-science program. Training Students to Extract Value from Big Data summarizes a workshop convened in April 2014 by the National Research Council's Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics to explore how best to train students to use big data. The workshop explored the need for training and curricula and coursework that should be included. One impetus for the workshop was the current fragmented view of what is meant by analysis of big data, data analytics, or data science. New graduate programs are introduced regularly, and they have their own notions of what is meant by those terms and, most important, of what students need to know to be proficient in data-intensive work. This report provides a variety of perspectives about those elements and about their integration into courses and curricula.

Beyond the Science Wars

Author: Ullica Christina Olofsdotter Segerstråle
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791446182
Release Date: 2000-08-03
Genre: Science

Contextualizes the "Science Wars" from interdisciplinary sociological, historical, scientific, political, and cultural perspectives.

A Confederate General From Big Sur

Author: Richard Brautigan
Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 9781782113829
Release Date: 2014-09-18
Genre: Fiction

Jesse and Lee share a house owned by a very nice Chinese dentist, where it rains in the hall. They move to cabins on the cliffs at Big Sur where the deafening croaks of frogs can be temporarily silenced by the cry, 'Campbell's Soup'. Ultimately, we learn how the frogs are permanently silenced . . . and dreams disperse around a fire into 186,000 endings per second. In anticipating flower power and the ideals of the Sixties, Brautigan's debut novel was at least at decade before its time and remains a weird and brilliant classic.

Non fiction Writing Strategies Using Science Big Books as Models

Author: Marcia Sheehan Freeman
Publisher: Maupin House Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9780929895376
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Here's how to use Newbridge Early Science Big Books -- or any other Big Book series -- as models of good writing to teach the information-writing techniques so critical for student success on performance-based writing tests. Includes strategies for teaching writing-craft fundamentals, oral and written models, student examples, practice activities, assessment procedures, and advice on preparing young writers for success on performance-based tests.

The Origins of the Universe for Dummies

Author: Stephen Pincock
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781119998198
Release Date: 2011-02-15
Genre: Science

Do you want to learn about the physical origin of the Universe, but don’t have the rest of eternity to read up on it? Do you want to know what scientists know about where you and your planet came from, but without the science blinding you? ‘Course you do – and who better than For Dummies to tackle the biggest, strangest and most wonderful question there is! The Origins of the Universe For Dummies covers: Early ideas about our universe Modern cosmology Big Bang theory Dark matter and gravity Galaxies and solar systems Life on earth Finding life elsewhere The Universe’s forecast

Armageddon Now

Author: Jim Willis
Publisher: Visible Ink Press
ISBN: 9781578593002
Release Date: 2005-09-01
Genre: History

Who knew that doomsday would be so hot? Environmental disasters, Ebola outbreaks, the popularity of reality television, and strife in the Middle East, may all be signs that time has come today. Weak and ailing after the end of the Cold War and the financial spree of the nineties, the timeless notion that the end is near is once again exerting a powerful influence on pop culture, politics, religion, and Mel Gibson. Omens and prophecies, asteroids collisions and nuclear war, oil crises and global warming, fire or ice, bang or whimper, asteroid or alien, act of God or human folly, Armageddon Now: The End of the World A to Z is all over doomsday prophecies. From alpha to omega, it is packed with 200 entries and 100 illustrations. Satan, saints, survivalists, and evangelical preachers known for their views on Biblical prophecies receive their due. In the end, the end has never been so thoroughly covered as in Armageddon Now. It's the last word for the end user. So, don't be left behind. Save yourself by buying this book.