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Introduction to High Performance Computing for Scientists and Engineers (Chapman & Hall/CRC Computational Science)

Introduction to High Performance Computing for Scientists and Engineers (Chapman & Hall/CRC Computational Science) Lowest new price: $40.00
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Author: Georg Hager
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Written by high performance computing (HPC) experts, Introduction to High Performance Computing for Scientists and Engineers provides a solid introduction to current mainstream computer architecture, dominant parallel programming models, and useful optimization strategies for scientific HPC. From working in a scientific computing center, the authors gained a unique perspective on the requirements and attitudes of users as well as manufacturers of parallel computers.

The text first introduces the architecture of modern cache-based microprocessors and discusses their inherent performance limitations, before describing general optimization strategies for serial code on cache-based architectures. It next covers shared- and distributed-memory parallel computer architectures and the most relevant network topologies. After discussing parallel computing on a theoretical level, the authors show how to avoid or ameliorate typical performance problems connected with OpenMP. They then present cache-coherent nonuniform memory access (ccNUMA) optimization techniques, examine distributed-memory parallel programming with message passing interface (MPI), and explain how to write efficient MPI code. The final chapter focuses on hybrid programming with MPI and OpenMP.

Users of high performance computers often have no idea what factors limit time to solution and whether it makes sense to think about optimization at all. This book facilitates an intuitive understanding of performance limitations without relying on heavy computer science knowledge. It also prepares readers for studying more advanced literature.

Read about the authors’ recent honor: Informatics Europe Curriculum Best Practices Award for Parallelism and Concurrency


  • CRC Press

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Ghost Wave: The True Story of the Biggest Wave on Earth and the Men Who Challenged It

Ghost Wave: The True Story of the Biggest Wave on Earth and the Men Who Challenged It Lowest new price: $6.62
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Author: Chris Dixon

Rising from the depths of the Pacific lies a fabled island, now submerged just below the surface of the ocean. Rumors and warnings about Cortes Bank abound, but among big wave surfers, this legendary rock is famous for one simple (and massive) reason: this is the home of the biggest rideable wave on the face of the earth. In this dramatic work of narrative non-fiction, journalist Chris Dixon unlocks the secrets of Cortes Bank and pulls readers into the harrowing world of big wave surfing and high seas adventure above the most enigmatic and dangerous rock in the sea. The true story of this Everest of the sea will thrill anyone with an abiding curiosity of—and respect for—mother ocean.

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Quantum Many-particle Systems (Frontiers in Physics)

Quantum Many-particle Systems (Frontiers in Physics) Lowest new price: $65.29
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Author: John W. Negele
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This book explains the fundamental concepts and theoretical techniques used to understand the properties of quantum systems having large numbers of degrees of freedom. A number of complimentary approaches are developed, including perturbation theory; nonperturbative approximations based on functional integrals; general arguments based on order parameters, symmetry, and Fermi liquid theory; and stochastic methods.


  • Westview Press

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Satellite Communications Systems: Systems, Techniques and Technology

Satellite Communications Systems: Systems, Techniques and Technology Lowest new price: $93.71
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Author: Gerard Maral

Revisions to 5th Edition by: Zhili Sun, University of Surrey,UK

New and updated edition of this authoritative andcomprehensive reference to the field of satellite communicationsengineering

Building on the success of previous editions, SatelliteCommunications Systems, Fifth Edition covers the entire fieldof satellite communications engineering from orbital mechanics tosatellite design and launch, configuration and installation ofearth stations, including the implementation of communicationslinks and the set-up of the satellite network. This book provides acomprehensive treatment of satellite communications systemsengineering and discusses the technological applications. Itdemonstrates how system components interact and details therelationship between the system and its environment. The authorsdiscuss the systems aspects such as techniques enabling equipmentand system dimensioning and state of the art technology forsatellite platforms, payloads and earth stations.

New features and updates for the fifth editioninclude:

  • More information on techniques allowing service provision ofmultimedia content
  • Extra material on techniques for broadcasting, including recentstandards DVB-RCS and DVB-S2 (Digital Video Broadcasting -ReturnChannel Satellite and -Satellite Version 2)
  • Updates on onboard processing

By offering a detailed and practical overview, SatelliteCommunications Systems continues to be an authoritative text foradvanced students, engineers and designers throughout the field ofsatellite communications and engineering.

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Six Ideas That Shaped Physics: Unit R - Laws of Physics are Frame-Independent

Six Ideas That Shaped Physics: Unit R - Laws of Physics are Frame-Independent Lowest new price: $80.30
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Author: Thomas A Moore

SIX IDEAS THAT SHAPED PHYSICS is the 21st century's alternative to traditional, encyclopedic textbooks. Thomas Moore designed SIX IDEAS to teach students: --to apply basic physical principles to realistic situations --to solve realistic problems --to resolve contradictions between their preconceptions and the laws of physics --to organize the ideas of physics into an integrated hierarchy

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Supergravity Lowest new price: $68.37
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Author: Daniel Z. Freedman
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Supergravity, together with string theory, is one of the most significant developments in theoretical physics. Written by two of the most respected workers in the field, this is the first-ever authoritative and systematic account of supergravity. The book starts by reviewing aspects of relativistic field theory in Minkowski spacetime. After introducing the relevant ingredients of differential geometry and gravity, some basic supergravity theories (D=4 and D=11) and the main gauge theory tools are explained. In the second half of the book, complex geometry and N=1 and N=2 supergravity theories are covered. Classical solutions and a chapter on AdS/CFT complete the book. Numerous exercises and examples make it ideal for Ph.D. students, and with applications to model building, cosmology and solutions of supergravity theories, it is also invaluable to researchers. A website hosted by the authors, featuring solutions to some exercises and additional reading material, can be found at


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Quantum Theory of Many-Particle Systems (Dover Books on Physics)

Quantum Theory of Many-Particle Systems (Dover Books on Physics) Lowest new price: $20.48
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Author: Alexander L. Fetter

"Singlemindedly devoted to its job of educating potential many-particle theorists…deserves to become the standard text in the field." — Physics Today
"The most comprehensive textbook yet published in its field and every postgraduate student or teacher in this field should own or have access to a copy." — Endeavor
A self-contained, unified treatment of nonrelativistic many-particle systems, this text offers a solid introduction to procedures in a manner that enables students to adopt techniques for their own use. Its discussions of formalism and applications move easily between general theory and direct use by offering illustrations of principles to specific cases.
Chapters on second quantization and statistical mechanics introduce students to ground-state (zero-temperature) formalism, which is explored by way of Green’s functions and field theory (fermions), Fermi systems, linear response and collective modes, and Bose systems. Finite-temperature formalism is examined through field theory at finite temperature, physical systems at finite temperature, and real-time Green’s functions and linear response. Additional topics cover canonical transformations and applications to physical systems in terms of nuclear matter, phonons and electrons, superconductivity, and superfluid helium as well as applications to finite systems.
Graduate students will find this text enormously practical in making the transition from taking courses in quantum mechanics to interpreting the vast quantity of literature concerning the many-body problem.

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Incredible Waves: Amazing Surf Photos and How to Shoot Them

Incredible Waves: Amazing Surf Photos and How to Shoot Them Lowest new price: $66.91
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Beautiful, unique, kaleidoscopic, geometrically exquisite...perfect waves are some of Mother Nature’s most alluring and mesmerizing creations.

Incredible Waves is a stunning coffee-table book of photographs that capture the beauty and majesty of the world’s most awesome waves. This breathtaking volume is a collection of the best recent work by 20 top surf photographers including Clark Little, Brian Bielmann, Chris Burkard, Russell Ord, DJ Struntz, Tungsten, Jeff Flindt, Ray Collins and Andrew Shield. Among the most spectacular shots are images of big-wave breaks such as Pipeline, Cloudbreak, The Right, Teahupoo and Jaws – waves which are as dangerous as they are enticing, for photographers as well as surfers.

The stories behind the most dramatic shots are revealed in the accompanying text, along with essays and discussions about current trends in surf photography.
Readers interested in improving their own photographic skills will benefit from the technique sections throughout the book which offer tips and advice for getting better shots. Everything from basic composition to underwater photography is covered, along with tips for getting the best from board-mounted miniature cameras such as the GoPro.

The photos in Incredible Waves are guaranteed to thrill surfers, longboarders, kite surfers and bodyboarders fact everyone who loves looking at images of the ocean at its most spectacular.


  • Orca Book Publishers

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Sound Intensity

Sound Intensity Lowest used price: $75.00
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Author: Frank J. Fahy

Physics of Waves (Dover Books on Physics)

Physics of Waves (Dover Books on Physics) Lowest new price: $13.46
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Author: William C. Elmore

Because of the increasing demands and complexity of undergraduate physics courses (atomic, quantum, solid state, nuclear, etc.), it is often impossible to devote separate courses to the classic wave phenomena of optics, acoustics, and electromagnetic radiation. This brief comprehensive text helps alleviate the problem with a unique overview of classical wave theory in one volume.
By examining a sequence of concrete and specific examples (emphasizing the physics of wave motion), the authors unify the study of waves, developing abstract and general features common to all wave motion. The fundamental ideas of wave motion are set forth in the first chapter, using the stretched string as a particular model. In Chapter Two, the two-dimensional membrane is used to introduce Bessel functions and the characteristic features of waveguides. In Chapters Three and Four, elementary elasticity theory is developed and applied to find the various classes of waves that can be supported by a rigid rod. The impedance concept is also introduced at this point. Chapter Five discusses acoustic waves in fluids.
The remainder of the book offers concise coverage of hydrodynamic waves at a liquid surface, general waves in isotropic elastic solids, electromagnetic waves, the phenomenon of wave diffraction, and other important topics. A special feature of this book is the inclusion of additional material designed to encourage the serious student to investigate topics often not covered in lectures. Throughout, the mathematics is kept relatively simple (mostly differential equations) and is accessible to advanced undergraduates with a year of calculus. In addition, carefully selected problems at the end of each section extend the coverage of the text by asking the student to supply mathematical details for calculations outlined in the section, or to develop the theory for related cases.
Impressively broad in scope, Physics of Waves offers a novel approach to the study of classical wave theory — a wide-ranging but thorough survey of an important discipline that pervades much of contemporary physics. The simplicity, breadth, and brevity of the book make it ideal as a classroom text or as a vehicle for self-study.

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