- The Gap Symmetry and Fluctuations in High-Tc Superconductors
Since the discovery in 1986 of high temperature superconductors by J. G. Bednorz and K. A. Muller, a considerable progress has been made and several important scientific problems have emerged. Within this NATO Advanced Study Institute our intention was to focus mainly on the controversial topic of the symmetry of the superconducting gap and given the very short coherence length, the role of fluctuations. The Institute on 'The Gap Symmetry and Fluctuations in High- Superconductors' took place in the "Institut d'Etudes Scientifiques de Cargese" in Corsica, France, between 1 - 13 September 1997. The 110 participantsfrom 18 countries (yet 30 nationalities) including 23 full time lecturers, have spent two memorable weeks in this charming Mediterranean resort. All lecturers were asked to prepare pedagogical papers to clearly present the central physical idea behind specific model or experiment. The better understanding of physics of high temperature superconductivity is certainly needed to guide the development of applications of these materials in high and weak current devices.
- Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans
"In all my whole career the Brick House was one of the toughest joints I ever played in. It was the honky-tonk where levee workers would congregate every Saturday night and trade with the gals who'd stroll up and down the floor and the bar. Those guys would drink and fight one another like circle saws. Bottles would come flying over the bandstand like crazy, and there was lots of just plain common shooting and cutting. But somehow all that jive didn't faze me at all, I was so happy to have some place to blow my horn." So says Louis Armstrong, a tough kid who just happened to be a musical genius, about one of the places where he performed and grew up. This raucous, rich tale of his early days in New Orleans concludes with his departure to Chicago at twenty-one to play with his boyhood idol King Oliver, and tells the story of a life that began, mythically, on July 4, 1900, in the city that sowed the seeds of jazz.
- Basic Training in Mathematics: A Fitness Program for Science Students
Based on course material used by the author at Yale University, this practical text addresses the widening gap found between the mathematics required for upper-level courses in the physical sciences and the knowledge of incoming students. This superb book offers students an excellent opportunity to strengthen their mathematical skills by solving various problems in differential calculus. By covering material in its simplest form, students can look forward to a smooth entry into any course in the physical sciences.
- Bird Lives!: The High Life And Hard Times Of Charlie (yardbird) Parker
"The best biography of any jazz musician that we have. Bird Lives! will stand for a long time as a major source of information and illumination not only of the great musician with whom it deals but of the entire jazz life in this society."--Ralph Gleason
"Inspired by great affection and dedication, Bird Lives! provides a vivid and accurate picture not only of the saxophonist-composer as artist and human being but of his zeitgeist and the musical/social setting that produced him. Parker was an immensely complex personality; saint and satyr, loving father and footloose vagabond, with a limitless appetite for sex, music, food, pills, heroin, liquor, life. A man of vast influence, the most admired and imitated creator of the mid-1940s bop revolution, he was forced to work in dives, reduced to bumming dollars when he should have been respected as a reigning virtuoso. . . . A sensitive, penetrating portrait."--Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times
"One of the very few jazz books that deserve to be called literature . . . perhaps the finest writing on jazz to be found anywhere. . . . Those aware of Parker's genius cannot do without this book."--Grover Sales, Saturday Review
- Sample Preparation for Biomedical and Environmental Analysis
This volume represents the proceedings of an international symposium on sample preparation, held at the University of Surrey, and jointly organised by the Chromatographic Society and the Robens Institute. The Chromatographic Society is the only international organisation devoted to the promotion of, and the exchange of information on, all aspects of chromatography and related techniques. With the introduction of gas chromatography in 1952, the Hydrocarbon Chemistry Panel of the Hydrocarbon Research Group of the Institute of Petroleum, recognising the potential of this new technique, set up a Committee under Dr S.F. Birch to organise a symposium on "Vapor Phase Chromatography" which was held in London in June 1956. Almost 400 delegates attended this meeting and success exceeded all expectation. It was to afford discussion of immediately apparent that there was a need for an organised forum development and application of the method and, by the end of the year, the Gas Chromatog- raphy Discussion Group had been formed under the Chairmanship of Dr A.T. James with D.H. Desty as Secretary. Membership of this Group was originally by invitation only, but in deference to popular demand, the Group was opened to all willing to pay the modest sub- scription of one guinea and in 1957 A.J.P. Martin, Nobel Laureate, was elected inaugural Chairman of the newly-expanded Discussion Group.