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DICTIONARIES AND ENCYCLOPEDIAS:

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David Leeming
A Dictionary of Asian Mythology

Meet the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesa, and Chang O, the Lunar Toad who is Chinese goddess of the Moon In handy A-to-Z format, here are the stories of the revered deities, sacred places, key events and epics, and recurring themes and traditions that make up the rich and varied fabric of Asian mythology Entries address the key mythologies of India, China, Tibet, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and Japan

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Sir Patrick Moore
Philip’s Astronomy Encyclopedia

The new Philip’s Astronomy Encyclopedia is one of the most comprehensive, authoritative and accessible books on astronomy In more than 3000 alphabetically organized articles and over 500 photographs and diagrams, it covers everything and everyone from the Anglo-Australian Observatory to Fritz Zwicky Its 464 pages include a host of major articles on subjects such as our Galaxy, the Sun and planets, optical and radio telescopes, stars, black holes, astrophysics, observatories, astronomical photography, space programmes, the constellations and famous astronomers Supporting these articles are shorter entries on planetary features and satellites, asteroids, observational techniques, comets, satellite launchers, meteros, and subjects as diverse as life in the Universe and the structure of meteorites Scores of tables list the brightest stars in the major constellations, annual meteor showers, major variable stars, dwarf stars, energy production processes in the Sun, and other relevant data Philip’s Astronomy Encyclopedia is written by more than 100 leading astronomers from the world’s universities and observatories, each an expert in a specialized field of knowledge They have produced an up-to-date and reliable popular reference work for 2001 and beyond

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Rama Cont
Encyclopedia of Quantitative Finance

The Encyclopedia of Quantitative Finance is a major reference work designed to provide a comprehensive coverage of essential topics related to the quantitative modelling of financial markets, with authoritative contributions from leading academics and professionals Drawing on contributions from a wide spectrum of experts in fields including financial economics, econometrics, mathematical finance, operations research, numerical analysis, risk management and statistics, the Encyclopedia of Quantitative Finance faithful reflects the multidisciplinary nature of its subject With a pool of author comprising over 400 leading academics and professionals worldwide, the Encyclopedia provides a balanced view of theoretical and practical aspects of quantitative modelling in finance Topics covered in the Encyclopedia includethe historical development of quantitative modelling in finance, including biographies of influential figuresself-contained expositions of mathematical and statistical tools used in financial modellingauthoritative expositions on the foundations of financial theory and mathematical finance, including arbitrage pricing, asset pricing theory, option pricing and asset allocationcomprehensive reviews of various aspects of risk management: credit risk, market risk, operational risk, economic capital and Basel II with a detailed coverage of topics related to credit riskup-to-date surveys of the state of the art in computational finance: Monte Carlo simulation, partial differential equations (PDEs), Fourier transform methods, model calibrationdetailed entries on various types of financial derivatives and methods used for pricing and hedging them, including equity derivatives, credit derivatives, interest rate derivatives and foreign exchange derivativespedagogical surveys of econometric methods and models used in finance, including GARCH models, GMM, realized volatility, factor models, Mixed Data Sampling and high-frequency dataempirical and theoretical aspects of market microstructure and trade-level modellingtimely entries on new topics such as commodity risk, electricity derivatives, algorithmic trading and multi-fractalsquantitative methods in actuarial science, including insurance derivatives, catastrophe bonds , equity-linked life insurance and other topics at the interface of finance and insurance All articles contain are cross-referenced to other relevant articles in the Encyclopedia and include detailed bibliographies for further reading The scope and breadth of the Encyclopedia will make it an invaluable resource for students and researchers in finance, quantitative analysts and developers, risk managers, portfolio managers, regulators, financial market analysts and anyone interested in the complexity of today’s financial markets and products

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Christian Ratsch
The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants: Ethnopharmacology and Its Applications

The most comprehensive guide to the botany, history, distribution, and cultivation of all known psychoactive plants
• Examines 414 psychoactive plants and related substances
• Explores how using psychoactive plants in a culturally sanctioned context can produce important insights into the nature of reality
• Contains 797 color photographs and 645 black-and-white illustrations
In the traditions of every culture, plants have been highly valued for their nourishing, healing, and transformative properties The most powerful plants–those known to transport the human mind into other dimensions of consciousness–have traditionally been regarded as sacred

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Dr Ali Nourai
An Etymological Dictionary of Persian, English and Other Indo-European Languages: Etymological Charts

Words are the elements of a language used to identify objects, formulate ideas and express feelings These words are also a mirror in that they are a reflection of the cultural history and development of a people Tracing words to their origins will open a new window to human civilization and culture and help us understand the roots of some of our present social trends and attitudes

The Main Features of this Dictionary

1) Over 1600 COMMON ROOTS for 4700 Persian and 3300 English
words
2) Over 9400 COGNATES in more than fifty other languages
3) NON INDO-EUROPEAN ROOTS are also included
4) GRAPHIC CHARTS showing word relations
5) WORD INDEX for each recorded language
6) DOCUMENTATION of word relations

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