Leap into the world of a ballet dancer! In this engaging nonfiction book, readers learn about the history of this art form as well as what a ballet dancer does to get ready for a performance. With informational text, vibrant photographs, a sample schedule of ballet dancer's day, a look at ballet positions, and simple, clear text, readers learn about the basics of ballet and that this beautiful art form takes a lot of hard work and dedication.
For centuries, the rite of the tarantula was the only cure for those 'bitten' or 'possessed' by the mythic Apulian spider. Its victims had to dance to the local tarantella or 'pizzica' for days on end. Today, the pizzica has returned to the limelight, bringing to the forefront issues of performance, gender, identity and well-being. This book explores how and why the pizzica has boomed in the Salento and elsewhere and asks whether this current popu- larity has anything to do with the historic ritual of tarantism or with the intention of recovering well-being. While personal stories and experiences may confirm the latter, a vital shift has appeared in the Salento: from the confrontation of life crises to the vibrant promotion and celebration of a local sense of identity and celebrity.
N=omai dance drama, an artistic expression combining sacred, communal, economic, and cultural spheres of community life in the district of Higashidorimura, is a performing tradition that provides an identity to agriculturally based villages. It has retained features characteristic of the music, drama, and sacred practices of medieval Japan. N=omai singing exhibits traits linked to Buddhist chanting. The instrumental music originates from folk Shinto. This study highlights the social and cultural value n=omaii has for the residents in villages that perform it by providing the historical context in which it is examined, as well as its current performance practices. As this work explores the aspects of agricultural Japanese society, revealed through a dance drama, it will appeal to music and drama scholars as well as students of Japanese culture and history. After establishing the historical lens from which to view n^D=omai drama, the theatrical and musical aspects are discussed in detail. Photographs and musical examples enhance this thorough, well-organized study.
Detectors for Liquid Chromatography Edited by Edward S. Yeung Written by an expert in the field, this comprehensive guide explains the basic principles behind detector response instrumentation and selected applications. Early chapters cover absorption detectors for high performance liquid chromatography, FTIR detection, indirect absorbance detectors, fluorometric detection, and polarimetric detectors. Coverage continues with detection based on electrical and electrochemical measurements, mass spectrometry as an online detector for HPLC, and miscellaneous methods. 1986 0 471-82169-1 366 pp. Small Bore High Performance Liquid Chromatography Edited by Raymond R. W. Scott A state-of-the-art guide that demonstrates how to design, construct, and pack optimized small bore columns, the center of any chromatography system. Case examples show the use of these columns for high resolution, very fast analysis, and special methods for molecular weight determinations. Applications from a wide range of industrial and forensic analyses aid in developing sophistication in a number of useful techniques. The book provides essential information on topics such as calculating the minimum column radius, detectors, and molecular diffusion. Includes 92 illustrations and 14 tables to enhance explanations of microbore HPLC methods. 1984 0 471-80052-X 271 pp. Reversed-Phase High Performance Liquid Chromatography: Theory, Practice, and Biomedical Applications Ante M. Krstulovic and Phyllis R. Brown Reversed-phase liquid chromatography has increased tremendously in popularity over the past ten years. Estimates show that more than 80 per cent of all HPLC separations are performed using this technique. This book covers both theoretical aspects of RPLC and practical information needed in diverse areas of research; it also contains a review of the RPLC applications in the biomedical/biochemical field, with references and collateral readings. Material is presented in a practical, problem-solving manner and should be immensely useful in theoretical aspects of RPLC and all areas of scientific research, particularly the biomedical/biochemical field, where RPLC has made its largest impact. 1982 0 471-05369-4 296 pp.
Dean Pomerleau's trainable road tracker, ALVINN, is arguably the world's most famous neural net application. It currently holds the world's record for distance traveled by an autonomous robot without interruption: 21.2 miles along a highway, in traffic, at speedsofup to 55 miles per hour. Pomerleau's work has received worldwide attention, including articles in Business Week (March 2, 1992), Discover (July, 1992), and German and Japanese science magazines. It has been featured in two PBS series, "The Machine That Changed the World" and "By the Year 2000," and appeared in news segments on CNN, the Canadian news and entertainment program "Live It Up", and the Danish science program "Chaos". What makes ALVINN especially appealing is that it does not merely drive - it learns to drive, by watching a human driver for roughly five minutes. The training inputstothe neural networkare a video imageoftheroad ahead and thecurrentposition of the steering wheel. ALVINN has learned to drive on single lane, multi-lane, and unpaved roads. It rapidly adapts to other sensors: it learned to drive at night using laser reflectance imaging, and by using a laser rangefinder it learned to swerve to avoid obstacles and maintain a fixed distance from a row of parked cars. It has even learned to drive backwards.
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