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Blind Descent

Blind Descent ebook ISBN: 1849018596
Publisher: Hachette UK
Author: James M. Tabor
Number of Pages: 160 
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The deepest cave on earth was a prize that had remained unclaimed for centuries, long after every other ultimate discovery had been made. This is the story of the men and women who risked everything to find it, earning their place in history beside the likes of Peary, Amundsen, Hillary, and Armstrong. In 2004, two great scientist-explorers attempted to find the bottom of the world. Bold, American Bill Stone was committed to the vast Cheve Cave, located in southern Mexico and deadly even by supercave standards. On the other side of the globe, legendary Ukrainian explorer Alexander Klimchouk - Stone's opposite in temperament and style - had targeted Krubera, a freezing nightmare of a supercave in the Republic of Georgia. Blind Descent explores both the brightest and darkest aspects of the timeless human urge to discover - to be first. It is also a thrilling epic about a pursuit that makes even extreme mountaineering and ocean exploration pale by comparison. These supercavers spent months in multiple camps almost two vertical miles deep and many more miles from their caves' exits. They had to contend with thousand-foot drops, deadly flooded tunnels, raging whitewater rivers, monstrous waterfalls, mile-long belly crawls, and much more. Perhaps even worse were the psychological horrors produced by weeks plunged into absolute, perpetual darkness, beyond all hope of rescue, including a particularly insidious derangement called 'The Rapture'. Blind Descent is a testament to human survival and endurance - and to two extraordinary men whose relentless pursuit of greatness led them to heights of triumph and depths of tragedy neither could have imagined.

Blind Descent

Blind Descent ebook ISBN: 1414395760
Publisher: Tyndale House
Author: Brian Dickinson
Number of Pages: 272 
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Former Navy air rescue swimmer Brian Dickinson was roughly 1,000 feet from the summit of Mount Everest—also known as “the death zone”—when his Sherpa became ill and had to turn back, leaving Brian with a difficult decision: Should he continue to push for the summit or head back down the mountain? After carefully weighing the options, Brian decided to continue toward the summit—alone. Four hours later, Brian solo summited the highest peak in the world. But the celebration was short lived. After taking a few pictures, Brian radioed his team to let them know he had summited safely and began his descent. Suddenly, his vision became blurry, his eyes started to burn, and within seconds, he was rendered almost completely blind. All alone at 29,035 feet, low on oxygen, and stricken with snow blindness, Brian was forced to inch his way back down the mountain relying only on his Navy survival training, instincts, and faith. In Blind Descent, Brian recounts his extraordinary experience on Mount Everest, demonstrating that no matter how dire our circumstances, there is no challenge too big for God.

Blind Descent:

Blind Descent: ebook ISBN: 0380728265
Publisher: Harper Collins
Author: Nevada Barr
Number of Pages: 384 
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Forced to cope with her claustrophobia and to use all the skills she has developed above ground, park ranger Anna Pigeon enters the dangerous Lechuguilla Cavern in New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns National Park to attempt a rescue and learns who she can trust and who can be saved. Reprint.

Popular Contemporary Writers

Popular Contemporary Writers ebook ISBN: 9780761476016
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Author: Michael D. Sharp
Number of Pages: 1560 
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Ninety-six alphabetically arranged author profiles include biographical information, critical commentary, and illustrations.

Words on Cassette, 2002

Words on Cassette, 2002 ebook ISBN: 9780835245166
Publisher: Rr Bowker Llc
Author: R R Bowker Publishing
Number of Pages: 4891 
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Lights Out

Lights Out ebook ISBN: 8184005431
Publisher: Random House India
Author: Laxmi Subramani
Number of Pages: 175 
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An inspirational book about one man’s descent into blindness and his fight to live a normal life after it. Lights Out deals with the author’s gradual, incurable, and rather debilitating process of going blind, the impact of slow loss of vision, the total cluelessness of the situation, and how he overcomes the condition. The author suffers from Retinitis Pigmentosa, a condition that affects about one in 300 in India and other developing countries. Most patients experience blindness quite suddenly and reel from its impact. The book details the difficulties of trying to live a normal life despite disability and will inspire you to turn your weakness into a source of strength.

Beyond the Deep

Beyond the Deep ebook ISBN: 0446561274
Publisher: Hachette UK
Author: William Stone,Barbara am Ende,Monte Paulsen
Number of Pages: 300 
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Two members of a team who descended into the Huautla cave complex in Mexico describe their perilous and deadly trek into one of the world's deepest caves. The Huautla in Mexico is the deepest cave in the Western Hemisphere, possibly the world. Shafts reach skyscraper-depths, caverns are stadium-sized, and sudden floods can drown divers in an instant. With a two-decade obsession, William Stone and his 44-member team entered the sinkhole at Sotano de San Augustin. The first camp settled 2,328 feet below ground in a cavern where headlamps couldn't even illuminate the walls and ceiling. The second camp teetered precariously above an underground canyon where two subterranean rivers collided. But beyond that lay the unknown territory: a flooded corridor that had blocked all previous comers, claimed a diver's life, and drove the rest of the team back-except for William Stone and Barbara am Ende, who forged on for 18 more days, with no hope of rescue, to set the record for the deepest cave dive in the Western Hemisphere.

Deep Learning

Deep Learning ebook ISBN: 0262337371
Publisher: MIT Press
Author: Ian Goodfellow,Yoshua Bengio,Aaron Courville
Number of Pages: 800 
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An introduction to a broad range of topics in deep learning, covering mathematical and conceptual background, deep learning techniques used in industry, and research perspectives. “Written by three experts in the field, Deep Learning is the only comprehensive book on the subject.” —Elon Musk, cochair of OpenAI; cofounder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX Deep learning is a form of machine learning that enables computers to learn from experience and understand the world in terms of a hierarchy of concepts. Because the computer gathers knowledge from experience, there is no need for a human computer operator to formally specify all the knowledge that the computer needs. The hierarchy of concepts allows the computer to learn complicated concepts by building them out of simpler ones; a graph of these hierarchies would be many layers deep. This book introduces a broad range of topics in deep learning. The text offers mathematical and conceptual background, covering relevant concepts in linear algebra, probability theory and information theory, numerical computation, and machine learning. It describes deep learning techniques used by practitioners in industry, including deep feedforward networks, regularization, optimization algorithms, convolutional networks, sequence modeling, and practical methodology; and it surveys such applications as natural language processing, speech recognition, computer vision, online recommendation systems, bioinformatics, and videogames. Finally, the book offers research perspectives, covering such theoretical topics as linear factor models, autoencoders, representation learning, structured probabilistic models, Monte Carlo methods, the partition function, approximate inference, and deep generative models. Deep Learning can be used by undergraduate or graduate students planning careers in either industry or research, and by software engineers who want to begin using deep learning in their products or platforms. A website offers supplementary material for both readers and instructors.

The Odyssey

The Odyssey ebook ISBN: 1451686129
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Author: Homer
Number of Pages: 416 
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Enduring Literature Illuminated by Practical Scholarship The epic tale of Odysseus' extraordinary ten-year voyage home after the Trojan War. This Enriched Classic Edition includes: • A concise introduction that gives readers important background information • A timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context • An outline of key themes and plot points to help readers form their own interpretations • Detailed explanatory notes • Critical analysis and modern perspectives on the work • Discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction • A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's experience Enriched Classics offer readers affordable editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and insightful commentary. The scholarship provided in Enriched Classics enables readers to appreciate, understand, and enjoy the world's finest books to their full potential. Series edited by Cynthia Brantley Johnson

Blood Lure

Blood Lure ebook ISBN: 9781440627729
Publisher: Penguin
Author: Nevada Barr
Number of Pages: 352 
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Straddling the border between Montana and Canada lies the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park—Anna’s home away from home when she is sent on a cross-training assignment to study grizzly bears. Along with bear researcher Joan Rand and a volatile, unpredictable teenage boy, Anna hikes the back country, seeking signs of bear. But the tables are turned on their second night out, when one of the beasts comes looking for them. Daybreak finds the boy missing, a camper mutilated, and Anna caught in a grip of fear, painfully aware that her lifelong bond with nature has inexplicably snapped…

Blind Faith

Blind Faith ebook ISBN: 0552773905
Publisher: Random House
Author: Ben Elton
Number of Pages: 366 
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Imagine a world where everyone knows everything about everybody. Where 'sharing' is valued above all, and privacy is considered a dangerous perversion. Trafford wouldn't call himself a rebel, but he's daring to be different, to stand out from the crowd. In his own small ways, he wants to push against the system. But in this world, uniformity is everything. And even tiny defiances won't go unnoticed. Ben Elton's dark, savagely comic novel imagines a post-apocalyptic society where religious intolerance combines with a sex-obsessed, utterly egocentric culture. In this world, nakedness is modesty, independent thought subversive, and ignorance is wisdom. A chilling vision of what's to come? Or something rather closer to home?

Descent into Chaos

Descent into Chaos ebook ISBN: 0141919094
Publisher: Penguin UK
Author: Ahmed Rashid
Number of Pages: 560 
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Since 9/11, the war in Afghanistan and the invasion of Iraq, the West has been fighting a ‘War on Terror’, through force and through the building of new societies in the region. In this clear and devastating account, with unparalleled access and intimate knowledge of the political players, Descent into Chaos chronicles our failure. Having reported from central Asia for a quarter of a century, Ahmed Rashid shows clearly why the war in Iraq is just a sideshow to the main event. Rather, it is Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the five Central Asian states that make up the crisis zone, for it is here that terrorism and Islamic extremism are growing stronger. Documenting with precision how intimately linked Pakistan is with the Taliban and other extremist movements, while remaining the US’s main ally in the region, Rashid brings into focus the role of many regional issues in supporting extremism, from nuclear programmes to local rivalries, ineffectual peace-keeping to tyrannical rulers. For Rashid, at the heart of the failure in Iraq is the US’s refusal to accept the need to build nations. Ambitious and urgent, analyzing events, policies and personalities across the largest landmass in the world, Descent into Chaos chronicles with chilling accuracy why Islamic extremism is now stronger than ever.

Descent into Darkness

Descent into Darkness ebook ISBN: 1612511023
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Author: Edward C. Raymer
Number of Pages: 240 
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On December 7, 1941, as the great battleships Arizona, Oklahoma, and Utah lie paralyzed and burning in the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a crack team of U.S. Navy salvage divers headed by Edward C. Raymer are hurriedly flown to Oahu from the mainland. The divers have been given a Herculean task: rescue the sailors and Marines trapped below, and resurrect the pride of the Pacific fleet. Now for the first time, the chief diver of the Pearl Harbor salvage operations, Cmdr. Edward C. Raymer, USN (Ret.), tells the whole story of the desperate attempts to save crewmembers caught inside their sinking ships. Descent into Darkness is the only book available that describes the raising and salvage operations of sunken battleships following the December 7th attack. Once Raymer and his crew of divers entered the interiors of the sunken shipwrecks—attempting untested and potentially deadly diving techniques—they experienced a world of total blackness, unable to see even the faceplates of their helmets. By memorizing the ships’ blueprints and using their sense of touch, the divers groped their way hundreds of feet inside the sunken vessels to make repairs and salvage vital war material. The divers learned how to cope with such unseen dangers as falling objects, sharks, the eerie presence of floating human bodies, and the constant threat of Japanese attacks from above. Though many of these divers were killed or seriously injured during the wartime salvage operations, on the whole they had great success performing what seemed to be impossible jobs. Among their credits, Raymer’s crew raised the sunken battleships USS West Virginia, USS Nevada, USS California, After Pearl Harbor they moved on to other crucial salvage work off Guadalcanal and the sites of other great sea battles.

The Blind Owl

The Blind Owl ebook ISBN: 9781847490698
Author: Ṣādiq Hidāyat
Number of Pages: 108 
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"Following a disjointed, vision-like structure, The blind owl is the nightmarish exploration of the psyche of a madman"--Book jacket.

Colour Blind

Colour Blind ebook ISBN: 1646507398
Publisher: Notion Press
Author: Alvin Kallicharran, Robert Caine
Number of Pages: 230 
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From growing up in a tiny village, Port Mourant, Berbice, to amassing over six decades of cricketing experience, former West Indies cricketer Alvin Kallicharran has a lot to offer to the cricketing world. Having been through ups and downs, fighting adversities and overcoming challenges, he feels his experiences and influences will help upcoming young cricketers to understand that success comes with hard work and dedication. He firmly believes that principles, virtues, and values will last a lifetime and that it is only with patience that success is achieved. “When my wife, Patsy, motivated me to write this book as a way of giving back to the kids, I thought long and hard about it. I could have written about my successes. But having worked with kids from different backgrounds and countries over the last 16 years and the devotion I have in creating sports careers, I decided to change the whole angle of the book. The more I wrote, the clearer it became that the story I wanted to share was my journey of overcoming adversities, hardships and struggles to achieve success.” – Alvin Kallicharran Colour Blind is filled with colourful stories, colourful events, and colourblind cricketers, just like Alvin. The book reinstates the fact that sport is the ultimate equaliser and that the ball knows no colour. “I have played cricket with Alvin Kallicharran for a long time. He was my hero, and was playing much before I broke into the cricket scene. I wish him all the success, good health and happiness.” – Kapil Dev, Former Indian Cricketer “Colour Blind is not your usual cricket autobiography, offering some personal background and the occasional cricketing insight but more often than not padded with details of runs scored, wickets taken, catches held and missed, and other mundane details that can be easily looked up elsewhere. In Kallicharran’s autobiography, his life and cricket experiences are narrated only to bring out what he calls the ‘principles, virtues, and values [that] will last a lifetime.’ Each chapter concludes with a set of ‘Key Takeaways’ and ‘Action Steps’. Read this book and make up your own mind.” – N. Ram, Chairman, The Hindu Publishing Group

Independent Component Analysis and Blind Signal Separation

Independent Component Analysis and Blind Signal Separation ebook ISBN: 3540230564
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Author: Carlos G. Puntonet
Number of Pages: 1266 
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tionsalso,apartfromsignalprocessing,withother?eldssuchasstatisticsandarti?cial neuralnetworks. As long as we can ?nd a system that emits signals propagated through a mean, andthosesignalsarereceivedbyasetofsensorsandthereisaninterestinrecovering the originalsources,we have a potential?eld ofapplication forBSS and ICA. Inside thatwiderangeofapplicationswecan?nd,forinstance:noisereductionapplications, biomedicalapplications,audiosystems,telecommunications,andmanyothers. This volume comes out just 20 years after the ?rst contributionsin ICA and BSS 1 appeared . Thereinafter,the numberof research groupsworking in ICA and BSS has been constantly growing, so that nowadays we can estimate that far more than 100 groupsareresearchinginthese?elds. Asproofoftherecognitionamongthescienti?ccommunityofICAandBSSdev- opmentstherehavebeennumerousspecialsessionsandspecialissuesinseveralwell- 1 J.Herault, B.Ans,“Circuits neuronaux à synapses modi?ables: décodage de messages c- posites para apprentissage non supervise”, C.R. de l'Académie des Sciences, vol. 299, no. III-13,pp.525–528,1984.

Alpine Caving Techniques

Alpine Caving Techniques ebook ISBN:
Author: Georges Marbach,Bernard Tourte
Number of Pages: 320 
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Last Descendants

Last Descendants ebook ISBN: 9781484490983
Author: Matthew J. Kirby
Number of Pages: 308 
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Nothing in Owen's life has been right since his father died in prison, accused of a crime Owen is certain he didn't commit. Monroe, the IT guy at school, might finally bring Owen the means to clear his father's name by letting him use an Animus-a dev

Into Thin Air

Into Thin Air ebook ISBN: 0679462716
Publisher: Anchor
Author: Jon Krakauer
Number of Pages: 320 
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When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10,1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin the perilous descent from 29,028 feet (roughly the cruising altitude of an Airbus jetliner), twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly to the top, unaware that the sky had begun to roil with clouds... Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed Outside journalist and author of the bestselling Into the Wild. Taking the reader step by step from Katmandu to the mountain's deadly pinnacle, Krakauer has his readers shaking on the edge of their seat. Beyond the terrors of this account, however, he also peers deeply into the myth of the world's tallest mountain. What is is about Everest that has compelled so many poeple--including himself--to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense? Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement. From the Paperback edition.

The Book Thief

The Book Thief ebook ISBN: 0552779733
Publisher: Random House
Author: Markus Zusak
Number of Pages: 553 
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HERE IS A SMALL FACT - YOU ARE GOING TO DIE 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION - THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH It's a small story, about: a girl an accordionist some fanatical Germans a Jewish fist fighter and quite a lot of thievery. ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW - DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES