Twin Tracks

The Unexpected Origins of the Modern World

Twin Tracks

Twin Tracks is a landmark book of real-world stories that investigates the nature of change and divines as never before the unlikely origins of many aspects of contemporary life. In each of the work's twenty-five narratives, we discover how the different outcomes of an important historical event in the past often come together again in the future. Each chapter starts with an event -- such as the U.S. attack on Tripoli in 1804 -- that generates two divergent series of consequences. After tracking each pathway as it ranges far and wide through time and space, Burke shows how the paths finally and unexpectedly converge in the modern world. Twin Tracks pinpoints the myriad ways the future is shaped, whether by love, war, accident, genius, or discovery. For instance, in "The Marriage of Figaro to Stealth Fighter," Burke's twin tracks start with the composer of the opera and the French spy from whose play he stole the plot. The tracks then encompass, among other things, freemasonry, the War of Independence, Captain Cook, jellyfish, Jane Austen, and audio tape. Ultimately, the convergence of the two Figaro tracks sets the stage for the development of Gulf War Stealth aircraft. Wonderfully accessible and lucidly written, Twin Tracks offers an amusing and instructive new view of the past and the future.

Twin Tracks

The Autobiography

Twin Tracks

It was a blustery late spring day in 1954 and a young Oxford medical student flung himself over the line in a mile race. There was an agonising pause, and then the timekeeper announced the record: three minutes, fifty-nine point four seconds. But no one heard anything after that first word - 'three'. One of the most iconic barriers of sport had been broken, and Roger Bannister had become the first man to run a mile in under four minutes. To this day, more men have conquered Mount Everest than have achieved what the slender, unassuming student managed that afternoon. Sixty years on and the letters still arrive on Roger Bannister's doormat, letters testifying to the enduring appeal of the four-minute mile and the example it set for the generation of budding athletes who were inspired to attempt the impossible. In this frank memoir, Sir Roger tells the full story of the talent and dedication that made him not just one of the most celebrated athletes of the last century but also a distinguished doctor, neurologist and one of the nation's best-loved public figures. With characteristically trenchant views on drugs in sport, the nature of modern athletics and record breaking, the extraordinary explosion in running as a leisure activity, and the Olympic legacy, this rare and brilliant autobiography gives a fascinating insight into the life of a man who has lived life to the fullest.

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2005

Eradicating World Hunger - Key to Achieving the Millennium Development Goals

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2005

Examines progress towards the World Food Summit goals and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), focusing on the critical importance of reducing hunger, not only as the explicit target of MDG 1 but as an essential condition for reaching the other MDGs. The report presents compelling evidence that hunger and malnutrition are major causes of the deprivation and suffering targeted by all of the other MDGs.

Facade Access Systems

Solutions, Systems and Applications

Facade Access Systems

The book deals with building façade access systems for - builders - architects - consultants - contractors - façade engineers - facility managers It provides necessary information to - determine façade access system requirements for buildings - determine the requirement of façade maintenance through the cleaning cycle - determine functional and operational requirements - determine safety requirements - consider architectural and structural implications at the design stage - consider possible systems that can be applied to existing buildings without façade access system provision - consider the cost implications of various system options

Activity of the Conference: Resolutions of the Council of Ministers of Transport and Reports Approved in 1980 Twenty-Seventh Annual Report (1980)

Twenty-Seventh Annual Report (1980)

Activity of the Conference: Resolutions of the Council of Ministers of Transport and Reports Approved in 1980 Twenty-Seventh Annual Report (1980)

This volume sets out the ECMT activities and the Resolutions approved by the Council of Ministers during 1980.

Instabilities of Flows and Transition to Turbulence

Instabilities of Flows and Transition to Turbulence

Addressing classical material as well as new perspectives, Instabilities of Flows and Transition to Turbulence presents a concise, up-to-date treatment of theory and applications of viscous flow instability. It covers materials from classical instability to contemporary research areas including bluff body flow instability, mixed convection flows, and application areas of aerospace and other branches of engineering. Transforms and perturbation techniques are used to link linear instability with receptivity of flows, as developed by the author. The book: Provides complete coverage of transition concepts, including receptivity and flow instability Introduces linear receptivity using bi-lateral Fourier-Laplace transform techniques Presents natural laminar flow (NLF) airfoil analysis and design as a practical application of classical and bypass transition Distinguishes strictly between instability and receptivity, which leads to identification of wall- and free stream-modes Describes energy-based receptivity theory for the description of bypass transitions Instabilities of Flows and Transition to Turbulence has evolved into an account of the personal research interests of the author over the years. A conscious effort has been made to keep the treatment at an elementary level requiring rudimentary knowledge of calculus, the Fourier-Laplace transform, and complex analysis. The book is equally amenable to undergraduate students, as well as researchers in the field.

Developing Effective 16-19 Teaching Skills

Developing Effective 16-19 Teaching Skills

Developing Effective 16-19 Teaching Skills aims to enhance the competence of student- teachers in secondary schools and FE college as they confront sixteen to nineteen teaching for the first time. Based around the new standards set out in Qualifying to Teach and the Fento standards, the book will help student- teachers address the different teaching strategies needed to teach post-sixteen students. The book will also appeal to practising teachers who are looking for a fresh perspective. Full of case studies and questions for reflection, this comprehensive textbook includes chapters on: sixteen to nineteen teaching contextualized effectiveness defined avoiding preconceptions sixteen to nineteen: planning for differentiation subject expertise assessment sixteen to nineteen active learning in the sixteen to nineteen classroom the importance of the tutor role in sixteen to nineteen teaching learning with colleagues: developing a career in sixteen to nineteen teaching. Emphasizing the minimal attention given to sixteen to nineteen teaching in the Standards for Secondary QTS, the book is organized to prompt trainee teachers to draw more fully on sixteen to nineteen evidence and enhance their competence and confidence in teaching that phase. Trainee college teachers are also given a route to meeting the FENTO standards.

Work: The Meaning of Your Life

A Christian Perspective

Work: The Meaning of Your Life

Where do we find the core of life's meaning? Right on the job! At whatever work we do -- with head or hand, from kitchen to executive suite, from your house to the White House. "Work is the great equalizer -- everyone has to come to it in order to find meaning in living: no short cuts, no detours, no bargain rates."

Anti-Hunger Programme

A Twin-track Approach to Hunger Reduction: Priorities for National and International Action

Anti-Hunger Programme

More food is produced throughout the world than is required to ensure everyone has an adequate diet, yet 840 million people (almost one in seven people) do not have enough to eat, mostly in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The major challenge is to implement policies, institutions and resources that promote the interrelated goals of agricultural productivity growth, hunger reduction and the sustainable use of natural resources. The Anti-Hunger Programme sets out five priority areas for action that need to be taken in order to achieve the World Food Summit target of halving the number of chronically undernourished by 2015, and argues that the benefits of reducing world hunger will far outweigh the costs of the proposed programme.