Black Consciousness and South Africa’s National Literature

History / Military

50 Years of First-Passage Percolation
John Steinbeck: A Literary Life (Literary Lives) by Linda Wagner-Martin
The History of US-Japan Relations: From Perry to the Present by Makoto Iokibe
Black Consciousness and South Africa’s National Literature by Tom Penfold
Physical and Personality Traits of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor
and King of Bohemia : A Medical-anthropological Investigation

50 Years of First-Passage Percolation

AMS | English | 2017 | ISBN-10: 1470441837 | 161 pages | PDF | 13.87 MB

by Antonio Auffinger (Author), Michael Damron (Author), Jack Hanson (Author)
First-passage percolation (FPP) is a fundamental model in probability theory that has a wide range of applications to other scientific areas (growth and infection in biology, optimization in computer science, disordered media in physics), as well as other areas of mathematics, including analysis and geometry. FPP was introduced in the 1960s as a random metric space. Although it is simple to define, and despite years of work by leading researchers, many of its central problems remain unsolved.In this book, the authors describe the main results of FPP, with two purposes in mind. First, they give self-contained proofs of seminal results obtained until the 1990s on limit shapes and geodesics. Second, they discuss recent perspectives and directions including (1) tools from metric geometry, (2) applications of concentration of measure, and (3) related growth and competition models. The authors also provide a collection of old and new open questions. This book is intended as a textbook for a graduate course or as a learning tool for researchers.
About the Author
Antonio Auffinger, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.Michael Damron, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.Jack Hanson, The City College of New York, NY.

John Steinbeck: A Literary Life (Literary Lives) by Linda Wagner-Martin

English | 24 Mar. 2017 | ISBN: 1137553812 | 204 Pages | PDF | 11.52 MB

This book aims to both describe and analyze the way Steinbeck learned the writing craft. It begins with his immersion in the short story, some years after he stopped attending Stanford University. Aside from a weak first novel, his professional writing career began with the publication in 1932 of The Pastures of Heaven, stories set in the Salinas Valley and dedicated to his parents. From that book he wrote truly commanding stories such as The Red Pony. Intermixed with Steinbeck’s journalism about California’s labor difficulties, his writing skill led to his 1930 masterpieces, Of Mice and Men, In Dubious Battle, and The Grapes of Wrath. The latter novel, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1940, led eventually to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. He continued producing such wide-ranging works as The Pearl, East of Eden, The Winter of Our Discontent, and Travels with Charley up to just a few months before his death in 1968.

The History of US-Japan Relations: From Perry to the Present by Makoto Iokibe

English | 27 Mar. 2017 | ISBN: 9811031835 | 370 Pages | PDF | 2.55 MB

Examining the 160 year relationship between America and Japan, this cutting edge collection considers the evolution of the relationship of these two nations which straddle the Pacific, from the first encounters in the 19th century to major international shifts in a post 9/11 world. It examines the emergence of Japan in the wake of the 1905 Russo-Japanese War and the development of U.S. policies toward East Asia at the turn of the century. It goes on to study the impact of World War One in Asia, the Washington Treaty System, the issue of Immigration Issue and the deterioration of US-Japan relations in the 1930s as Japan invaded Manchuria. It also reflects on the Pacific War and the Occupation of Japan, and the country’s postwar Resurgence, democratization and economic recovery, as well as the maturing and the challenges facing the US Japan relationship as it progresses into the 21st century. This is a key read for those interested in the history of this important relationship as well as for scholars of diplomatic history and international relations.

Black Consciousness and South Africa’s National Literature by Tom Penfold

English | 2017 | ISBN: 3319579398 | 149 Pages | PDF | 3.9 MB

This book analyses Black Consciousness poetry and theatre from the 1970s through to the present. South Africa’s literature, like its history, has been beset by disagreement and contradiction, and has been consistently difficult to pin down as one, united entity. Much existing criticism on South Africa’s national literature has attempted to overcome these divisions by discussing material written from a variety of different subject positions together. This book argues that Black Consciousness desired a new South Africa where African and European cultures were valued equally, and writers could represent both as they wished. Thus, a body of literature was created that addressed a range of audiences and imagined the South African nation in different ways. This book explores Black Consciousness in order to demonstrate how South African writers have responded in various ways to the changing history and politics of their country.

Physical and Personality Traits of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor
and King of Bohemia : A Medical-anthropological Investigation

English | 2016 | ISBN: 8024634090 | 55 Pages | PDF | 1.87 MB

On the occasion of the 600th anniversary of the death of Charles IV in 1978, Professor Emanuel Vlcek, MD, DSc conducted research of the skeletal remains of the Pater Patriae, which brought a number of surprising findings, important to a whole range of scientific disciplines at Charles University, and cast light on significant events in Charles’ life as well as on the cause of his death. The research presents this prominent ruler as a human being, an ordinary mortal, suffering from many injuries and chronic diseases, with which he coped with indefatigable will, keeping in mind his commitments to God and the Kingdom of Bohemia. This pain and suffering may have had an effect on his spirituality and his efforts to find salvation by attempting to realize his concept of the Supreme Being (Imitatio Christi). Although the results of Professor Vlcek’s research have been published repeatedly, this is the first representative publication in English. The forthcoming celebrations of the 700th anniversary of Charles’birth offer an opportunity to fill this gap.