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Health Care, East and West
Environment and Development in the Pacific
Designed to equip graduate students in science and engineering with the mathematical skills they need to pursue their disciplines.
Hardcover, 6.125 x 9.25, 504 pp.
List Price $79.99
Based on a physical mathematics course taught by the author for over ten years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), this book offers students an active learning experience. With its powerful yet easy-to-understand approach, it focuses on helping learners grasp the central mathematical themes rather than the peripheral details, reducing much of the time-consuming task of memorizing formulae.
The first five chapters bridge the initial gap which students often face, since core skills needed for graduate studies are sometimes inadequately covered in undergraduate education. Chapter 1 begins with a brief refresher on ordinary differential equations and an exposition on the topic of operator calculus. Chapter 2 presents a review of the essentials of complex analysis and various transforms. Chapters 3 through 5 move on to a discussion of partial differential equations.
The topics of the remaining five chapters train students to apply the basic mathematical skills they have acquired to solve advanced problems. Because many problems encountered in real-life applications or research often are not solvable in closed form, the author demonstrates how to obtain approximate analytical solutions. Specific topics include the WKB approximation, the asymptotic form of integrals with a large parameter, regular perturbation and singular perturbation. Important and original research is also incorporated.
Numerous examples and interactive ?Problems for the Reader? are generously interspersed throughout to help learners absorb concepts more effectively. Exercises in each chapter are carefully designed to strengthen students? ability to solve general problems. Throughout the learning process, the author also shares valuable problem-solving tools and tips acquired through more than 40 years of research and teaching. Order now for shipment in February, 2006.
Chinese and U.S. health care leaders discussed challenges of the 21st century at the Health Care: East and West conference, held in June 2001 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. This is a publication of the papers and proceedings from the conference. This event was a historical first step in opening a dialogue between physicians from the U.S. and China in order to compare health systems and talk about common challenges. A wonderful resource for those interested in comparative international health care. CSTP, 2003.
In recent years Japan has emerged as an economic leader, and China has positioned itself to become a major player in global industry as well. These and many other rapid developments in countries along the Pacific Rim suggested that a unified approach to environmental issues is in order. The works in this book are a start on this path, offering astute analysis of regional cooperation options in the search for sound environmental policies and practice. Supplies limited. AW, 1997.
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