Man s Best Friend

Titre : Man s Best Friend
Auteur : William Wegman
Éditeur : ABRAMS
ISBN-13 : STANFORD:36105021935775
Libération : 1999-04-01

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Man Ray, artist William Wegman's stunning weimaraner, was called "the Charlie Chaplin of dog photography" by The New York Times and "the ideal post-modern photographer's model" by New York magazine. In Wegman's beautiful, vibrantly colored Polaroid photographs, Man Ray dresses as Louis XIV, imitates a bat, poses as Picasso's Old Guitarist, and is variously covered with baby powder, flowers, zebra-print fabric, and tinsel. These photographs and Wegman's later work have made Man Ray, Fay Ray, and their family among the best-known models in contemporary art.

In a Unicorn s Garden

Titre : In a Unicorn s Garden
Auteur : Judyth A. McLeod
Éditeur : Allen & Unwin
ISBN-13 : 9781921208577
Libération : 2008

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This unique, multilayered book recreates the myste

1493

Titre : 1493
Auteur : Charles C. Mann
Éditeur : Vintage
ISBN-13 : 9780307596727
Libération : 2011-08-09

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From the author of 1491—the best-selling study of the pre-Columbian Americas—a deeply engaging new history of the most momentous biological event since the death of the dinosaurs. More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed radically different suites of plants and animals. When Christopher Columbus set foot in the Americas, he ended that separation at a stroke. Driven by the economic goal of establishing trade with China, he accidentally set off an ecological convulsion as European vessels carried thousands of species to new homes across the oceans. The Columbian Exchange, as researchers call it, is the reason there are tomatoes in Italy, oranges in Florida, chocolates in Switzerland, and chili peppers in Thailand. More important, creatures the colonists knew nothing about hitched along for the ride. Earthworms, mosquitoes, and cockroaches; honeybees, dandelions, and African grasses; bacteria, fungi, and viruses; rats of every description—all of them rushed like eager tourists into lands that had never seen their like before, changing lives and landscapes across the planet. Eight decades after Columbus, a Spaniard named Legazpi succeeded where Columbus had failed. He sailed west to establish continual trade with China, then the richest, most powerful country in the world. In Manila, a city Legazpi founded, silver from the Americas, mined by African and Indian slaves, was sold to Asians in return for silk for Europeans. It was the first time that goods and people from every corner of the globe were connected in a single worldwide exchange. Much as Columbus created a new world biologically, Legazpi and the Spanish empire he served created a new world economically. As Charles C. Mann shows, the Columbian Exchange underlies much of subsequent human history. Presenting the latest research by ecologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians, Mann shows how the creation of this worldwide network of ecological and economic exchange fostered the rise of Europe, devastated imperial China, convulsed Africa, and for two centuries made Mexico City—where Asia, Europe, and the new frontier of the Americas dynamically interacted—the center of the world. In such encounters, he uncovers the germ of today’s fiercest political disputes, from immigration to trade policy to culture wars. In 1493, Charles Mann gives us an eye-opening scientific interpretation of our past, unequaled in its authority and fascination. From the Hardcover edition.

Elements of Data Compression

Titre : Elements of Data Compression
Auteur : Adam Drozdek
Éditeur : Course Technology Ptr
ISBN-13 : UOM:39015054131944
Libération : 2002

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Today's increased use of digital sound and video makes data compression crucial to computer technology because of its vast storage and transmission requirements. The question in many applications is now not whether to compress data, but what compression method should be applied. Most data compression books have been written for professionals and require a strong background in data compression techniques as well as an understanding of algorithms based on sophisticated mathematical models. This book is one of a handful of textbooks to present Data Compression for students in an academic environment. This is not a simple task since most of the widely used algorithms rely on sophisticated mathematical models. ELEMENTS OF DATA COMPRESSION addresses the needs of students who will use these techniques on a daily basis. The author accomplishes this through the use of elementary-level representative methods of text, audio, and video compression. Drozdek presents these methods with pseudocode, tables, diagrams, and many worked out examples, all the while employing commonly used techniques that build upon the mathematics students have been exposed to in earlier courses.

Cy Twombly

Titre : Cy Twombly
Auteur : Simon Schama
Éditeur :
ISBN-13 : 1933045175
Libération : 2004

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Edited by Julie Sylvester. Texts by Roland Barthes and Simon Schama. Foreword by Adam D. Weinberg.