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Book Review: The Codex of Justinian. 3 Volumes – A New Annotated Translation, with Parallel Latin and Greek Text

General Editor: Bruce W. Frier (Based on a translation by Justice Fred H. Blume) Editors (and content contributors) : Serena Connolly, Sarah Corcoran, Michael Crawford, John Noel Dillon, Dennis P Kehoe, Noel Lenski, Thomas A. McGinn, Charles F. Pazdernik, and Bennet Salway. With contributions by Timothy Kearley Publisher: Cambridge University Press Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram – 3176 pages Volume 1 – Introductory Matter and Books I – III (Page 1 to 791) Volume 2 – Books IV – VII (Page 793 to 2023) Volume 3 – Books VIII – XII (Page 2024 to 3176) Justinian I, traditionally known...

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Book Review: Ecological Management of Agricultural Weeds

Authors: Matt Liebman, Charles L. Mohler and Charles P. Staver Publisher: Cambridge University Press – 532 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram The rising costs of crop production have led agricultural producers, with the help of scientists, to control weeds, including finding solutions to herbicide resistance in weeds, and develop other strategies for proper ecological management of weeds in a variety of temperatures and other factors that affect growth of agricultural crops The three authors of this book who have backgrounds in various aspects of agriculture present the knowledge they have acquired over the years through research, study and...

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Book Review: Introduction to Human Neuroimaging

Authors: Hans Op de Beeck and Chie Nakatani Publisher:  Cambridge University Press – 350 pages Book Review by: Nano Khilnani The authors Hans Op de Beeck and Chie Nakatani write in the Preface that even as we have been exploring the vast universe out there for centuries (which of course has yielded benefits), there’s still much we do not yet know about in here (ourselves), much less really understand. We not only want to know more and understand the interactive functioning of the small, medium and big planets revolving around our sun, we also want to know about other...

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Book Review: Cambridge Handbook of Computing Education Research

Editors: Sally A. Fincher and Anthony V. Robins Publisher: Cambridge University Press – 905 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram This lengthy book of 900+ pages informs us about the current state of computing education research. Besides providing an overview of this area along with detailed views of its many components, the authors Sally Fincher and Anthony Robins, along with over 50 contributors of content, do the following in this book: Set the field in context Provide expertise on their individual specialty areas Inform us what is already known and what else needs to be learned from empirical, methodological,...

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Book Review: Biomedical Engineering for Global Health

Author: Rebecca Richards-Kortum Publisher:  Cambridge University Press – 408 pages Book Review by: Nano Khilnani The primary purpose of this book by Rebecca Richards-Kortum is to show readers how biomedical technologies have (and are being) developed, and how they have been (and are being) used in clinical practice to treat and prevent a variety ailments, conditions, diseases and disorders. Along with providing the good news of technological  advances, this book also outlines the constraints, such as government regulations of an economic, ethical or social nature. On the biomedical and technological advances, let us first give you a brief note on smallpox. Over the decades, smallpox killed more people than any other disease in history. The earliest evidence of this disease dates back to the third century BCE in Egyptian mummies. Historically, the disease occurred in mass outbreaks in certain world regions. For example, in 18th-century Europe, it is estimated by the World Health Organization (WHO) that more than 400,000 people per year died from this disease. In the more recent modern times, the risk of death after contracting it was over 30 percent. But with research and acquisition of scientific understanding of the human immune response system, a vaccine was developed. After a global program of mass vaccination by the WHO through country leaders, various medical organizations, and practitioners, treatments and antidotes were provided to millions of people the...

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