Author: Biz India

Book Review: Religious Freedom, LGBT Rights, and the Prospects for Common Ground

Editors: William N. Elkridge Jr. and Robin Fretwell Wilson Publisher:  Cambridge University Press – 542 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram Many groups in the United States have taken various stances in the fight for, or against, lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender (LGBT) individuals having legal rights of many kinds. Some of these are religious organizations such as the National Association of Evangelicals and Catholics, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS). Others are civil rights associations such as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The legalization of same-sex marriage began with one state...

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Book Review: New Cambridge History of India – Architecture and Art of the Deccan Sultanates

Authors: George Michell and Mark Zebrowski Publisher:  Cambridge University Press – 297 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram This unique book is rare in that it is a descriptive account of not only the architecture of the period of Indian history that it covers, it is also about the then-prevailing art in the country, so it is an unusual and delightful combination for readers and students of history, art, architecture, and culture or combinations thereof. In particular, the authors itemize on pages ix to xvii -200 items described as ‘Figures’: these are  assortments of black and white  drawings, sketches...

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Book Review: Fed-Batch Cultures – Principles and Applications of Semi-Batch Bioreactors

Authors: Henry C. Lim and Hwa Sung Shin Publisher: Cambridge University Press – 457 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram Since this book is about an industrial process we are not familiar with, we present here how this book is described by the editors as being different from others on the subject of fed-batch cultures, as follows: “Most industrially important fermentation and bioreactor operations are carried out in fed-batch mode, producing a wide variety of products. This is the first book that puts together all the necessary background material regarding the “what, why, and how” of optimal and sub-optimal...

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Book Review: Cambridge Encyclopedia of Brass Instruments

Editors: Trevor Herbert, Arnold Myers, and John Wallace Publisher: Cambridge University Press – 612 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram This encyclopedia has been written for those who want to learn about new aspects of brass instruments. It is for those who have very little knowledge about the instruments and also for those who already have a lot of knowledge about them, but want to fill in gaps in some aspects of their current information on particular musical instruments. Thirty-five music specialists including the three editors named above, from all over the United States and 14 other countries –...

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Book Review: The Impact of Binary Stars on Stellar Evolution

Editors: Giacomo Beccari and Henri M.J. Boffin Publisher: Cambridge University Press – 333 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram A binary star has been found to be actually a system of stars consisting of two stars orbiting around their common barycenter, according to an article in Wikipedia. Systems of two or more stars are called multiple star systems. These systems, especially when more distant, often appear to the unaided eye as a single point of light, and are then revealed as multiple by other means. Research over the last two centuries suggests that half or more of visible stars are part of multiple star systems. A barycenter...

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