Weekly Bulletin
November 15, 1999
Vol. 89, No. 9
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Thinking about math
Real-world problems
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In print
Nassau Notes
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In the news

In print

Republic of Capital: Buenos Aires and the Legal Transformation of the Atlantic World, by Associate Professor of History Jeremy Adelman. (Stanford University Press, 1999)

"This book is a political history of economic life. Through a description of the convulsions of long-term change from colony to republic in Buenos Aires, Republic of Capital explores Atlantic world transformations in the 18th and 19th centuries. Tracing the transition from colonial Natural Law to instrumental legal understandings of property, the book shows that the developments of constitutionalism and property law were more than coincidences: the polity shaped the rituals and practices arbitrating economic justice, while the crisis of property animated the support for a centralized and executive-dominated state. In dialectical fashion, politics shaped private law while the effort to formalize the domain of property directed the course of political struggles." (from the book cover)

Robert Maillart: Builder, Designer and Artist, by Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of Engineering David Billington (Cambridge University Press, 1999)

"This comprehensive biography traces the life and works of Robert Maillart, one of the most important engineers and designers of the 20th century. Maillart considered structures not merely works of utility, but also as works of art. As utilitarian objects, he created a series of innovations of lasting significance, including the concrete hollow box, the concrete flat-slab floor, the concrete deck-stiffened arch and the concept of the shear center. Aesthetically, Maillart shaped his three innovations in concrete to create surprising and often stunning new forms. Providing an analysis of these innovations, this biography also connects Maillart's aesthetic ideas with the private and professional context in which he worked." (from the book cover)

The Lives of Animals, by J.M. Coetzee, edited and introduced by Laurance

S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values Amy Gutmann (Princeton University Press, 1999)

"Here the internationally renowned writer J.M. Coetzee uses fiction to present a powerfully moving discussion of animal rights in all their complexity. He draws us into Elizabeth Costello's own sense of mortality, her compassion for animals and her alienation from humans, even from her own family. In his fable, presented as a Tanner Lecture sponsored by the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, Coetzee immerses us in a drama reflecting the real-life situation at hand: a writer delivering a lecture on an emotionally charged issue at a prestigious university. Coetzee's text is accompanied by an introduction by political philosopher Amy Gutmann and responsive essays by religon scholar Wendy Doniger, primatologist Barbara Smuts, literary theorist Majorie Garber, and moral philosopher Peter Singer." (from the book cover)

Fragile Dominion: Complexity and the Commons, by George M. Moffett Professor of Biology Simon Levin (Helix/Perseus Books, 1999)

"Levin provides a lucid introduction to ecological thought, focusing on how ecosystems and ecological communities are structured, with an emphasis on biodiversity. [He] introduces readers to current ecological theories, summarizing the primary literature in a form accessible even to scientific neophytes. Through these ideas, he discusses how ecosystems achieve stability and how resistant they may or may not be to human interference. [He] ably illustrates how the evolving science of complexity can shed light on the earth's ecology." (review by Publishers Weekly, April 19, 1999)

Worldwide Asset and Liability Modeling, edited by William Ziemba and Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering John Mulvey (Cambridge University Press, 1998)

"Worldwide Asset and Liability Modeling takes a serious look at asset and liability modeling from the management science (i.e., operations research) perspective. The combination of theoretical papers and practical discussions of actual asset/liability management (ALM) models makes for an appealing wealth of information bound in one volume. The book is worth obtaining if for no other reason than the excellent opening article by editors Mulvey and Ziemba. The book should have great appeal to those whose responsibility it is to solve ALM modeling problems. In addition, it is an excellent introduction for those outside the field to both the strategic and the technical issues facing ALM modelers today." (review by Christopher Culp, Financial Engineering News, July, 1999)

Wireless Communications: Signal Processing Perspectives, edited by Professor of Electrical Engineering Vincent Poor and Gregory Wornell (Prentice Hall, 1999)

"Signal processing algorithms and architectures have an increasingly important role to play in meeting the central challenges faced in the design of advanced wireless communication systems. In Wireless Communications, leaders in the field describe state-of-the-art research in applying signal processing methodologies in the context of tomorrow's most important wireless applications, ranging from next-generation cellular telephony and personal communication services, to nomadic computing and wireless multimedia." (from the book cover)

Algorithms in C, by William O. Baker *39 Professor in Computer Science Robert Sedgewick (Addison-Wesley, 1999)

"Robert Sedgewick has thoroughly rewritten and substantially expanded his popular work to provide current and comprehensive coverage of important algorithms and data structures. Many new algorithms are presented, and the explanations of each algorithm are much more detailed than in previous editions. A new text design and detailed, innovative figures with accompanying commentary, greatly enhance the presentation. The third edition retains the successful blend of theory and practice that has made Sedgewick's work an invaluable resource for more than 250,000 programmers!" (from the book cover)

Parallel Computer Architecture: A Hardware/Software Approach, by David Culler and Associate Professor of Computer Science Jaswinder Singh (Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 1999)

"The most exciting development in parallel computer architecture is the convergence of traditionally disparate approaches on a common machine structure. This book explains the forces behind this convergence of shared memory, message-passing, data parallel and data-driven computing architectures. It then examines the design issues that are critical to parallel architecture across the full range of modern designs, covering data access, communication performance, coordination of cooperaative work and correct implementation of useful semantics. It not only describes the hardware and software techniques for addressing each of these issues but also explores how these techniques interact in the same system." (from the book cover)