Portillo's Hidden History of Britain [EPUB]

Portillo's Hidden History of Britain [EPUB]
Portillo's Hidden History of Britain by Michael Portillo
2019 | EPUB | 6.3 MB

Discover the hidden history of Britain through the stories of its 'lost' or abandoned places and buildings.

Portillo's Secret History of Britain presents a compelling and wonderfully evocative history of Britain through the stories of its 'lost' or abandoned buildings. The chapters cover a variety of historical themes: Crime and Punishment, Health and Medicine, Defence and Warfare, and Entertainment and Leisure. Using a combination of his own investigations and archive research, plus memories and quotations from the contributors he interviewed for the series, Michael Portillo explains what the buildings were used for and by whom, why they were abandoned, and what they can tell us about our past. For example:

  • Learn what the ruins of London Road Fire and Police Station in Manchester reveal about the history of the emergency services in the last 100 years
  • How Bradford's art deco Odeon cinema encapsulates a century of film-making and movie-going

With evocative text that brings each location vividly to life, Michael Portillo describes the building and its activities in its heyday and compares this past life with its faded grandeur or melancholic abandonment seen today. Filled with fascinating insights and observations, his narrative provides a compelling and original perspective on Britain's social and military history. Complementing the text are 32 pages of atmospheric and informative photographs, including 'then' and 'now' images of the locations, which pointedly juxtapose their former glory with their present-day destitution.

Understanding the Quantum World [TTC Video]

Understanding the Quantum World [TTC Video]
Understanding the Quantum World [TTC Video] by Erica W. Carlson, PhD
Course No 9750 | MP4, AVC, 2000 kbps, 1280x720 | AAC, 192 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 11.17GB

Quantum mechanics has a reputation for being so complex that the word “quantum” has become a popular label for anything mystical or unfathomable. In fact, quantum mechanics is one of the most successful theories of reality yet discovered, explaining everything from the stability of atoms to the glow of neon lights, from the flow of electricity in metals to the workings of the human eye.

At the same time, quantum mechanics does have a mysterious side, symbolized by the famous thought experiment concerning the fate of Schrödinger’s cat, a hypothetical feline who is both dead and alive in a quantum experiment proposed by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger.

In Understanding the Quantum World, Professor Erica W. Carlson of Purdue University guides you through this fascinating subject, explaining the principles and paradoxes of quantum mechanics with exceptional rigor and clarity—and using minimal mathematics. The winner of multiple teaching awards, Professor Carlson is renowned for her “fantastic ability to develop and implement tools that help students learn a challenging subject”—in the words of one of her admiring colleagues. With her guidance, anyone can get a fundamental understanding of this wide-ranging field.

In these 24 half-hour lectures, you discover:

  • What distinguishes quantum physics from classical physics,
  • The major breakthroughs in the field and who made them,
  • How to see quantum “weirdness” as a normal aspect of matter,
  • Experiments that demonstrate quantum phenomena,
  • Quantum theory’s many applications and physical insights,
  • The probable fate of Schrödinger’s cat, and much more.

How to Learn Quantum Physics

Custom animations and graphics, analogies, demonstrations—whatever works to convey a concept, Professor Carlson uses it. You will begin Understanding the Quantum World by covering the central paradox of the field: the wave-particle duality of matter. One of the key ideas here is that waves can come in countable “quantum” units. Dr. Carlson demonstrates this with a slinky being oscillated back and forth, which generates standing waves that can be likened to quantum waves of electrons orbiting the nucleus of an atom.

Professor Carlson has a special affinity for analogies, and she uses them frequently, noting that while scientists prefer the precision of mathematics, for non-scientists an apt analogy is often the best route to an “aha” moment of insight. For example:

  • The Copenhagen coin: A spinning coin is neither heads nor tails until an observation is made. Similarly, the Copenhagen interpretation considers a quantum particle to lack definitive properties until it is measured. Before that, it’s a matter of probabilities, just as a spinning coin can be considered 50 percent heads and 50 percent tails.
  • Quantum gear shifter: Energy levels in an atom are quantized like the gear shifter in a car, which can go from first to second to third gear, but not to second-and-a-half. For gears, the limitation is the individual teeth in a gear wheel, while atoms are limited by the possible standing wave patterns in different atomic energy states.
  • The roller coaster that could: The uncanny ability of quantum particles to pass through potential energy barriers is like a roller coaster that doesn’t have enough speed to surmount a high hill but nonetheless appears on the other side. If a coaster had a long tail to its wavefunction, then it could!
  • Surfing electrons: Next time you turn on a light, think of the electrons in the wire as surfing on quantum waves, from the outer shell of one metal atom to the next, to carry current to the light bulb. Imperfections in the metal’s atomic lattice and other factors cause occasional “wipeouts,” giving rise to electrical resistance.

One of the hardest things to picture in the quantum world is the three-dimensional shape of atomic orbitals. These shapes reveal how electrons are bound to atoms and the probability of finding electrons in specific regions. Here, Dr. Carlson draws on the visualization software that physicists themselves use, which turns atoms into multicolored animations where the probability distribution is a gauzy cloud and shifting colors signify properties such as phase. These visualizations give an eerie look into a domain trillions of times smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. And for anyone studying physics or chemistry, Professor Carlson provides a handy mnemonic for remembering the nomenclature of the different atomic orbitals.

An Astonishing Range of Applications

Quantum physics is more than just a fun intellectual exercise. It is the key to countless technologies, and also helps to explain how the natural world works, including living systems. Professor Carlson discusses many such examples, among them:

  • Color vision: What we perceive as color has its origin in quantum events in the outside world, which produce photons of visible light. Color-sensitive cones in our eyes detect some of these photons. Depending on their wavelength, the photons trigger quantum reactions that our brains interpret as different colors.
  • Global Positioning System (GPS): GPS satellites are essentially atomic clocks in orbit, sending out very accurate time signals based on tiny transitions in energy states of cesium atoms. The time for the signal to reach Earth gives the distance to the satellite. Signals from four GPS satellites suffice to fix a position exactly.
  • Flash memory: Smart phones, solid-state hard drives, memory sticks, and other electronic devices use flash memory to store data with no need for external power to preserve information. When it’s time to erase the information, quantum tunneling allows electrons that encode the data to be quickly discharged.
  • Superconductivity: Dr. Carlson covers the crucial difference between the two classes of subatomic particles—fermions and bosons. Then, in a later lecture, she shows that, under special conditions, fermions can be induced to behave like bosons, leading to a frictionless state of zero electrical resistance known as superconductivity.

These and other successes in understanding and manipulating nature make the mysteries and paradoxes of quantum theory seem almost like a scientific detour into a strange new world. This is what Nobel Prize–winning physicist Richard Feynman had in mind when he urged, “I think it is safe to say that no one understands quantum mechanics. Do not keep saying to yourself …‘but how can it be like that?’ because you will go … into a blind alley from which nobody has yet escaped. Nobody knows how it can be like that.”

On the other hand, even as scientists invent new uses for this astonishingly powerful tool, they can’t help but speculate on how it can be like that—as you do as well in this remarkable course.

Understanding the Quantum World [TTC Video]

The Designing for Growth Field Book: A Step-by-Step Project Guide [EPUB]

The Designing for Growth Field Book: A Step-by-Step Project Guide [EPUB]
The Designing for Growth Field Book: A Step-by-Step Project Guide (Columbia Business School Publishing), 2nd Edition by Jeanne Liedtka, Tim Ogilvie
2019 | EPUB | 6.16MB

Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool Kit for Managers (D4G) showed how organizations can use design thinking to boost innovation and drive growth. This updated and expanded companion guide is a stand-alone project workbook that provides a step-by-step framework for applying the D4G tool kit and process to a particular project, systematically explaining how to address the four key questions of the design thinking approach.

In the field book, Jeanne Liedtka, Tim Ogilvie, and Rachel Brozenske guide readers through the design process with reminders of key D4G takeaways as they progress. Readers learn to identify an opportunity, draft a design brief, conduct research, establish design criteria, brainstorm, develop concepts, create napkin pitches, make prototypes, solicit feedback from stakeholders, and run learning launches. This second edition is suitable for projects in business, nonprofit, and government contexts, with all-new tools, practical advice, and facilitation tips. A new introduction discusses the relationship between strategy and design thinking.

Productivity: Get Motivated, Get Organised and Get Things Done [EPUB]

Productivity: Get Motivated, Get Organised and Get Things Done [EPUB]
Productivity: Get Motivated, Get Organised and Get Things Done by Gill Hasson
2019 | EPUB | 0.79MB

Productivity Is Personal!

When it comes to your own productivity, the smartest thing you can do is to learn what works best for you.

Personal development author Gill Hasson helps you to discover how to manage your time and get things done with less stress and more efficiency.

Being productive involves finding your own rhythm and getting things done in a way that works best for you; according to your circumstances, your skills and abilities and the time, energy and resources you have.

Productivity helps you to identify what might currently be getting in the way of you being more productive. It has plenty of ideas and suggestions, tips and techniques to help you get organised and be more productive.

  • Develop a personal productivity mindset
  • Identify your optimum times of day
  • Plan your time purposefully
  • Manage difficulties and setbacks

Rather than work harder, work smarter. This book shows you how!

Period Power: Harness Your Hormones and Get Your Cycle Working For You [EPUB]

Period Power: Harness Your Hormones and Get Your Cycle Working For You [EPUB]
Period Power: Harness Your Hormones and Get Your Cycle Working For You by Maisie Hill
2019 | EPUB | 3.97MB

A profound and practical blueprint for aligning daily life with your menstrual cycle.

Period Power is the handbook to periods and hormones that will leave you wondering why the hell nobody told you this sooner.

The hormones of the menstrual cycle profoundly influence our energy, mood and behaviour, but all too often we're taught that our hormones make us unreliable, moody bitches, or that it's our lot in life to put up with 'women's problems'. Maisie Hill, a women's health practitioner, knows the power of working with the menstrual cycle and refuses to accept this theory. Instead, Maisie believes that our hormones are there to serve us and, if utilized correctly, can be used to help you get what you want out of life. Yes, we are hormonal, and that's a very good thing.

This revolutionary book reveals everything you need to know about taking control of your menstrual cycle and outlines The Cycle Strategy to help us perform at our best, throughout our cycle. In Period Power you will discover how to:

  • maximise your natural superpowers each month while making adjustments for the darker days, and use Maisie's
  • favourite tips to improve them
  • identify your personal patterns, powers and pitfalls for each phase of the menstrual cycle
  • plan your month to perform at your best in all aspects of your life
  • figure out if you have a hormonal imbalance and what to do about it.

Period Power is a no-nonsense guide with all the tools you need to improve your menstrual health.

Protecting Pollinators: How to Save the Creatures that Feed Our World [EPUB]

Protecting Pollinators: How to Save the Creatures that Feed Our World [EPUB]
Protecting Pollinators: How to Save the Creatures that Feed Our World by Jodi Helmer
2019 | EPUB | 2.0MB

We should thank a pollinator at every meal. These diminutive creatures fertilize a third of the crops we eat. Yet half of the 200,000 species of pollinators are threatened. Birds, bats, insects, and many other pollinators are disappearing, putting our entire food supply in jeopardy. In North America and Europe, bee populations have already plummeted by more than a third and the population of butterflies has declined 31 percent.

Protecting Pollinators explores why the statistics have become so dire and how they can be reversed. Jodi Helmer breaks down the latest science on environmental threats and takes readers inside the most promising conservation initiatives. Efforts include famers reducing pesticides, cities creating butterfly highways, volunteers ripping up invasive plants, gardeners planting native flowers, and citizen scientists monitoring migration.

Along with inspiring stories of revival and lessons from failed projects, readers will find practical tips to get involved. They will also be reminded of the magic of pollinators—not only the iconic monarch and dainty hummingbird, but the drab hawk moth and homely bats that are just as essential. Without pollinators, the world would be a duller, blander place. Helmer shows how we can make sure they are always fluttering, soaring, and buzzing around us.

Colorways: Acrylic Animals [EPUB]

Colorways: Acrylic Animals [EPUB]
Colorways: Acrylic Animals: Tips, techniques, and step-by-step lessons for learning to paint whimsical artwork in vibrant acrylic by Megan Wells
2019 | EPUB | 44.7MB

Colorways: Acrylic Animals teaches artists of all skill levels how to paint vibrant, colorful renditions of animals from around the globe.

Grab your paints, canvas, and imagination because it's time to paint pointillistic pandas, tetradic llamas, vibrant flamingos, and complementary cows...and that's just the beginning! Each step-by-step project in Colorways: Acrylic Animals shows you not only how to capture an animal’s likeness, but also how touse color to create magical, other-worldly, and whimsical paintings. You'll also learn how to use acrylic paint to add texture and fanciful flourishes, like florals and collage, to your glorious animal subjects.

Colorways is a brand-new series from Walter Foster teaching artists of all skill levels how to create innovative, inspired artwork that's full of color and imagination. Focusing on creating expressive pieces over realistic scenes, Colorways shows artists how to break the "rules" of color and let their imaginations and artwork soar to new heights. In the Colorways series, flamingos are green, giraffes boast multicolored spots, and raccoons feature blue undertones.

World War II Akron [EPUB]

World War II Akron [EPUB]
World War II Akron (Military) by Tim Carroll
2019 | EPUB | 7.84MB

When World War II engulfed the nation, the men and women of Akron dutifully played their part in the epic struggle. Keyes Beech ducked grenades as marines raised the American flag at on Iwo Jima. Newspaper magnate John S. Knight watched the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri just five months after his son was killed in Germany. On the homefront, Goodyear manufactured blimps used to hunt down Nazi submarines, and noted Beacon Journal cartoonist Web Brown pledged his talent and his pen to boosting morale at home and abroad. Replete with more than one hundred images, including many of Brown's wartime drawings, this thrilling account by local author Tim Carroll recalls all that Akron gave for freedom.

Escaping SEO and Amazon: Survival Guide for Small Businesses [EPUB]

Escaping SEO and Amazon: Survival Guide for Small Businesses [EPUB]
Escaping SEO and Amazon: Survival Guide for Small Businesses (The Online Transformation) by Jatin Patro
2019 | EPUB | 2.0MB
Online technology has revolutionized commerce, from megabrands to local stores. But if independent businesses want to counter the growing challenges and threats, they need to innovate, adapt, and collaborate online.

Jatin Patro, business owner and pioneer of the next generation website, e-commerce, and community platform SharedMall highlights challenges small businesses face, builds the case for an online transformation, prescribes a reference infrastructure, and offers practical solutions for independent proprietors to thrive online today and in the future. In Escaping SEO and Amazon, he shows you how to readily overcome your technology, time, and cost constraints and contend in the digital economy with minimal money and technical expertise. Jatin presents actionable solutions that you can implement independently, using his SharedFACT model, and collectively, through collaborative communities.

With creativity and cooperation, small businesses can level the online playing field, compete more effectively, and take back control in the digital sphere.

Bonsai: The Art of Growing and Keeping Miniature Trees [EPUB]

Bonsai: The Art of Growing and Keeping Miniature Trees [EPUB]
Bonsai: The Art of Growing and Keeping Miniature Trees by Peter Chan
2019 | EPUB | 34.08MB

For everyone from beginners to masters, the one essential book to growing, grooming, and caring for your bonsai tree.

Bonsai is the ancient craft of carefully regulating the growth and shape of trees in order to produce miniature versions of mature trees. Dating back over one thousand years to ancient Japan, bonsai trees are some of the most beautiful and meticulously looked-after plants in the world, and in recent years bonsai have exploded in popularity in the Western world.

Bonsai, written by world-renowned bonsai expert Peter Chan, is the essential compendium for anyone interested in trying out bonsai for the first time or adding more bonsai to their existing collections, detailing everything you need to know about buying and maintaining a magnificent bonsai tree, including:

  • How to pick the right bonsai for you
  • Tools and supplies to ensure your bonsai prospers
  • How to shape your bonsai into different styles
  • How different pots affect the growth of your bonsai
  • And much more!

With hundreds of color photographs and easy-to-read directions and explanations on a variety of subjects, Bonsai is the only book you’ll ever need to successfully start and maintain your own beautiful bonsai tree collection.

Grow Great Vegetables in New York [EPUB]

Grow Great Vegetables in New York [EPUB]
Grow Great Vegetables in New York (Regional Vegetable Gardening Series) by Marie Iannotti
2019 | EPUB | 21.68MB

Get the Inside Dirt, New York!

Grow Great Vegetables in New York is the ultimate guide to growing food in the Empire State! This must-have guide to growing vegetables, fruits, and herbs provides you with insider advice on climate zones, average frost dates, and growing season details. Information includes details on sun, soil, fertilizer, mulch, water, and the best varieties for your region. A garden planning section helps with design and crop rotation, and monthly lists explain what to do from January through December. In-depth profiles of fifty best edibles help ensure a can’t-miss harvest.

Salad leaves for all seasons: Organic Growing from Pot to Plot, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

Salad leaves for all seasons: Organic Growing from Pot to Plot, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
Salad leaves for all seasons: Organic Growing from Pot to Plot, 2nd Edition by Charles Dowding
2019 | EPUB | 33.35MB

This compendium of practical methods for growing a wide variety of salads throughout the year will inspire you to grow your own greens, whether on a windowsill, in your garden, or on your allotment. Here is all the information you need for productive, healthy, and tasty salads. The subtleties of salad seasons and virtues of different leaves throughout the year are discussed and there are delicious and imaginative recipes to try, exploiting the fantastic flavors, color, and vitality of home-grown salad leaves.

New Vegetable Garden Techniques: Essential skills and projects for tastier, healthier crops [EPUB]

New Vegetable Garden Techniques: Essential skills and projects for tastier, healthier crops [EPUB]
New Vegetable Garden Techniques: Essential skills and projects for tastier, healthier crops by Joyce Russell
2019 | EPUB | 57.6 MB

This book is ideal for beginners, improvers and those serious about growing tasty, healthy organic fruit and vegetables. It will empower readers to grow food for a family, and help work out how to get the best results. Many books give sowing and growing instructions for a multitude of crops, but few give space to the techniques and tips that make gardening easier and that help anyone to grow healthy, sustainable food.

Some of the techniques are developed from Joyce’s own trials and observations; others are classic techniques that are still useful now. With a bit more detail, and a step-by-step project, a technique becomes much easier to follow and understand.

There’s something here for everyone: whether you grow in a small back yard and want to know how to raise salad in buckets, or if you have a large allotment where you want to improve pollination, or make your own liquid feeds.

The book makes several promises to its readers. Firstly, by following its advice you will grow great fruit and vegetables. Next, the knowledge you gain will save you time as well as money. Third, you'll enjoy the gardening journey and the discoveries made along the way. Fourth, you'll find greener and cleaner ways of doing things, and you'll improve your skills, methods and habits.

Find out how to rotate your vegetables so they stay healthy and well-fed, to preserve choice crops for the freshest taste, to improve the soil organically and sustainably, and to produce home made fertiliser from the leaves of your comfrey crop.

Vegetable Gardening Wisdom: Daily Advice and Inspiration for Getting the Most from Your Garden [EPUB]

Vegetable Gardening Wisdom: Daily Advice and Inspiration for Getting the Most from Your Garden [EPUB]
Vegetable Gardening Wisdom: Daily Advice and Inspiration for Getting the Most from Your Garden by Kelly Smith Trimble
2019 | EPUB | 19.03MB

Sometimes the best gardening advice comes in tidbits shared over the backyard fence from a sage neighbor. In Vegetable Gardening Wisdom, master gardener Kelly Smith Trimble shares her tried-and-true ideas and guidance for finding success and enjoyment in every aspect of vegetable gardening. Trimble invites readers to dip in regularly for bite-sized pieces of information on topics ranging from herb and vegetable gardening to cooking, preserving, and creative ways to use the harvest along with ideas for reducing garden and kitchen waste, all presented in a lively, beautifully designed package that makes a perfect gift and source for daily inspiration.

She suggests the best herbs to grow indoors, the best way to start peas, how to use lettuce as a living mulch in the garden, how to make compost tea, how to identify beneficial bugs, how to blanch cauliflower, and much more. Woven in among her tips are helpful and inspiring quotes from other plant-loving folks, ranging from novelist Jamaica Kincaid to vegetable gardening guru Ed Smith and renowned chef Sean Brock.

A Taste for Herbs: A guide to seasonings, mixes and blends from the herb lover's garden [EPUB]

A Taste for Herbs: A guide to seasonings, mixes and blends from the herb lover's garden [EPUB]
A Taste for Herbs: A guide to seasonings, mixes and blends from the herb lover's garden by Sue Goetz
2019 | EPUB | 39.03MB

Think of this book as your herb-seasoning master class, filled with simple secrets for capturing the power of flavor from your herb garden. Herbs are easy to grow anywhere, indoors or out, but do you know which ones do what in your foods and beverages…or how flavors play off of each other? This book shows you how to become an herbal tastemaster, whether you’re a home cook or a gourmet foodie. It all starts in the garden with fresh-picked herbs. Let dedicated herb lover Sue Goetz guide you into the delicious world of 20 essential, flavor-rich herbs and the pleasures they offer.

With over 100 kitchen-tested herb recipes and full-color photographs throughout, you’ll discover how to:

  • grow and harvest the best flavor cultivars for culinary use
  • preserve and package
  • complement herbal flavors with spices, edible flowers, garlic, citrus, and other botanicals
  • prepare easy recipes for mixes, salts, rubs, pestos, oils, vinegars, butters, sugars, dressings, teas, herb-infused beverages…and much more!

Mini Meadows: Grow a Little Patch of Colorful Flowers Anywhere around Your Yard [EPUB]

Mini Meadows: Grow a Little Patch of Colorful Flowers Anywhere around Your Yard [EPUB]
Mini Meadows: Grow a Little Patch of Colorful Flowers Anywhere around Your Yard by Mike Lizotte
2019 | EPUB | 35.43MB

The word “meadow” conjures images of wide expanses of land, but a mini meadow — a kind of informal flower garden started with seed sown directly into the soil — can be any size; plus, it’s fun, easy to grow, and good for the planet. With as little as 50 square feet and for less than $20, gardeners can plant a colorful meadow that demands little in the way of space, mowing, or maintenance, uses less water than a traditional lawn, and provides habitat for pollinators — not to mention a natural exploration space for children.

From choosing the right variety of seeds, preparing the soil, sowing evenly, and watering well, author Mike Lizotte guides readers through the process of successfully creating a miniature meadow that suits their climate, soil, and growing goals, whether planting to beautify a hellstrip, halt erosion, fill a boggy spot, or establish a nesting area for bees and butterflies. Mini Meadows offers gardeners of all levels the keys to creating, caring for, and reaping the rewards of thriving meadows through the seasons, year after year.