Books by Thayer School Faculty

Alternative Breast Imaging

Alternative Breast Imaging: Four Model-Based Approaches

Editors: Keith D. Paulsen, Paul M. Meaney with Larry Gilman

Synopsis: Medical imaging has been transformed over the past 30 years by the advent of computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and various advances in x-ray and ultrasonic techniques. An enabling force behind this progress has been the (so far) exponentially increasing power of computers, which has made it practical to explore fundamentally new approaches.

Publisher: Springer, 2004

Keith D. Paulsen is the Robert A. Pritzker Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Thayer School, Professor of Radiology at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Director of the Dartmouth Advanced Imaging Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and Co-Director of the Cancer Imaging and Radiobiology Research Program at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

Paul M. Meaney is a professor at Thayer School.

This Business of Television

This Business of Television: The Standard Guide to the Television Industry

Authors: Howard J. Blumenthal, Oliver R. Goodenough

Synopsis: Broad in scope and rich in detail, This Business of Television has been the essential sourcebook for producers, writers, broadcasters, network executives, and other television professionals since the first edition was published in 1991. And as the television business continues to evolve, This Business of Television evolves along with it. This comprehensive guide to the legal, economic, and production aspects of the industry has been completely revised and restructured to reflect the rapid changes in television today, both domestically and internationally. A user's guide to television contracts, plus directories of associations, governmental agencies, and producers and distributors, make this book an invaluable resource for anyone involved with — or simply interested in — the business of television.

Publisher: Billboard Books, 2006

Oliver R. Goodenough is a professor at Vermont Law School and an adjunct professor at Thayer School.

Coastal and Estuarine Studies

Coastal and Estuarine Studies: Quantitative Skill Assessment for Coastal Ocean Models

Editors: Daniel R. Lynch, Alan M. Davies

Synopsis: As we work through the implications of industrialization for oceanic systems, there can be little doubt that estuarine, coastal, and shelf circulation modeling will assume increasing importance in the immediate future. These issues will place new and serious operational demands on available models, and the rapid increase in computational power we now enjoy makes it possible for us to respond with detailed simulations in many categories. The purpose of this volume is to assemble and present what is known about the intrinsic quality of simulation output.

Publisher: American Geophysical Union, 1995

Daniel R. Lynch is the MacLean Professor of Engineering at Thayer School.

Creep and Fracture of Ice

Creep and Fracture of Ice

Authors: Erland M. Schulson, Paul Duval

Synopsis: This is the first complete account of the physics of the creep and fracture of ice, and their interconnectivity. It investigates the deformation of low-pressure ice, which is fundamental to glaciers, polar ice sheets, and the uppermost region of icy moons of the outer Solar System. The book discusses ice structure and its defects, and describes the relationship between structure and mechanical properties. It reviews observations and measurements, and then interprets them in terms of physical mechanisms. The book provides a road-map to future studies of ice mechanics, such as the behavior of glaciers and ice sheets in relation to climate change and the dating of deep ice cores. It also highlights how this knowledge is transferable into an understanding of other crystalline materials. Written by experts in the field, it is ideal for graduate students, engineers, and scientists in Earth and planetary science, and materials science.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2009

Erland M. Schulson is the George Austin Colligan Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Thayer School and Director of Thayer School's Ice Research Laboratory.

Designing for Change

Designing for Change: A web-based course on program design

Author: Stephen Taylor

Synopsis: The successful engineering of complex computer programs depends upon a team's ability to write code that is readable, easy to maintain and update, and designed for change. The best practices in software engineering presented in this text enable programmers to maximize the system's maintainability and minimize the cost of software maintenance. The text emphasizes the importance of both modular programing—a method of program design that combines a series of independently constructed modules—and conceptual integrity—a complex system's ability to perform the task that it was initially designed for. While the book's examples are written in C, its methods can be applied to any programing language.

Publisher: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1998

Stephen Taylor is a professor at Thayer School.

Introduction to Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Introduction to Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Author: Benoit Cushman-Roisin

Synopsis: This is the second edition of the only introductory level text available on geophysical fluid dynamics. Emphasis is placed on physics, not mathematics. Simple and complex laboratory demonstrations are featured in most chapters. Special contemporary topics of climate dynamics and equatorial dynamics are covered, including the greenhouse effect, global warming, and southern oscillation.

Publisher: Elsevier Inc., 2011

Benoit Cushman-Roisin is a professor at Thayer School.

An Introduction to Parallel Programming

An Introduction to Parallel Programming

Authors: K. Mani Chandy, Stephen Taylor

Synopsis: This introductory text explains important concepts in parallel programming to new students. First explored in the 1950s, parallel programming is a computational method that calculates a given specification through the use of cooperating programs. While the most common application of parallel programming is data processing using super computers, this system is also used in programs that control space vehicles, circuits on a chip, and scientific applications that are executed on concurrent supercomputers. The text covers topics including transformational programs—programs that are specified by their initial and final states—and reactive programs—programs that interact with their environment during execution and cannot be specified purely in terms of their initial and final states.

Publisher: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 1992

Stephen Taylor is a professor at Thayer School.

Law and the Brain

Law and the Brain

Editors: Semir Zeki, Oliver Goodenough

Synopsis: This volume represents a first serious attempt to address questions of law as reflecting brain activity, emphasizing that it is the organization and functioning of the brain that determines how we enact and obey laws. It applies the most recent developments in brain science to debates over criminal responsibility, cooperation and punishment, deception, moral and legal judgment, property, evolutionary psychology, law and economics, and decision-making by judges and juries. Written and edited by leading specialists from a range of disciplines, the book presents a groundbreaking and challenging new look at human behavior.

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 1st edition (April 27, 2006)

Oliver R. Goodenough is a professor at Vermont Law School and an adjunct professor at Thayer School.

Law, Mind and Brain

Law, Mind and Brain

Editors: Michael Freeman, Oliver R. Goodenough

Synopsis: The international and interdisciplinary chapters in this volume are written by experts in criminal behavior and justice. They concentrate on the potential of neuroscience to increase our understanding of blame and responsibility in such areas as juveniles and the death penalty, evidence and procedure, neurological enhancement and treatment, property, end-of-life choices, contracting and the effects of words and pictures in law. This collection suggests that legal scholarship and practice will be increasingly enriched by an interdisciplinary study of law, mind, and brain and is a valuable addition to the emerging field of neurolaw.

Publisher: Ashgate, 2009

Oliver R. Goodenough is a professor at Vermont Law School and an adjunct professor at Thayer School.

Mixed Models: Theory and Applications

Mixed Models: Theory and Applications

Author: Eugene Demidenko

Synopsis: Mixed models are generalizations of linear and nonlinear regressions for clustered and measurements multi-dimensional data estimated by Empirical Bayesian approach. Mixed models became a subject of intensive theoretical research as well as an indispensable tool for practical analysis of complex-structure data. This book covers all aspects of linear and nonlinear mixed models with the emphasis of their theoretical statistical properties and algorithms for parameter estimation using the method of maximum likelihood and its approximation. Applications include statistical analysis of ensemble of shapes and images, and mathematical modeling of tumor response to treatment.

Publisher: Wiley, 2004

Eugene Demidenko is a Professor of Community & Family Medicine (Biostatistics) at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Adjunct Professor of Engineering at Thayer School, and Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at Dartmouth.

The Neurolab Spacelab Mission

The Neurolab Spacelab Mission: Neuroscience Research in Space

Editors: Jay C. Buckey, Jr., M.D., Jerry L. Homick, Ph.D.

Synopsis: The Neurolab Spacelab Mission reveals the results of Neurolab, a 16-day space shuttle mission dedicated to studying how weightlessness affects the brain and nervous system. This book shows the complex — and sometimes surprising — changes in the brain and nervous system that allow astronauts to adapt to weightlessness. The results suggest that the developing nervous system may need gravity to develop normally; it also demonstrates how gravity works may be "built into" the brain.

Publisher: Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (May 21, 2003)

Jay C. Buckey, Jr. is an Associate Professor of Medicine at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and an adjunct professor at Thayer School.

Numerical Partial Differential Equations for Environmental Scientists and Engineers

Numerical Partial Differential Equations for Environmental Scientists and Engineers: A First Practical Course

Author: Daniel R. Lynch

Synopsis: This book concerns the practical solution of Partial Differential Equations (PDE). It reflects an interdisciplinary approach to problems occurring in natural Environmental Phenomena: the hydrosphere, atmosphere, cryosphere, lithosphere, biosphere, and ionosphere. It assumes the reader has gained some intuitive knowledge of their solution properties and now wants to solve PDEs in the context of practical problems as they arise in real situations. The practical aspect of this book is the infused focus on computation. It presents two major discretization methods: Finite Difference and Finite Element. The blend of theory, analysis, and implementation practicality supports solving and understanding complicated problems. It is divided into three parts. Part I is an overview of Finite Difference Methods. Part II focuses on Finite Element Methods, including an FEM tutorial. Part III deals with Inverse Methods, an introduction to formal approaches to practical problems.

Publisher: Springer; 1st edition (December 15, 2004)

Daniel R. Lynch is the MacLean Professor of Engineering at Thayer School.

Optimization

Optimization

Author: A.O. Converse

Synopsis: The employment of operations research or analysis, and the subsequent optimization, has developed to such an extent that engineering and business students are well advised to include these subjects in their education. At the present time it is rather difficult to carry out such study in a reasonably short time, particularly in the field of optimization. One of the reasons for this difficulty is the scarcity of texts with a sufficiently broad coverage, and the corresponding preponderance of specialized texts. This text was written hopefully to overcome this difficulty. — from the Preface of Optimization

Publisher: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., 1970

Alvin O. Converse is Professor, Emeritus at Thayer School.

Parallel Computational Fluid Dynamics

Parallel Computational Fluid Dynamics: Implementations and Results Using Parallel Computers

Editors: A. Ecer, J. Periaux, N. Satofuka, S. Taylor

Synopsis: This volume contains a selection of papers presented at the 1995 Parallel Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) conference held in Pasadena, California. These papers cover subject areas including novel parallel algorithms, parallel Euler and Navier-Stokes solvers, parallel Direct Simulation Monte Carlo method, parallel multigrid techniques, parallel flow visualization and grid generation, and parallel adaptive and irregular solvers. The research disseminated in this text documents global developments in the utilization of parallel computing as a computational tool for solving complex fluid dynamic problems. Each year, the CFD conference facilitates research collaborations on parallel architectures and parallel processing that improve the performance of supercomputers and high performance computers.

Publisher: Elsevier, 1996

Stephen Taylor is a professor at Thayer School.

Parallel Logic Programming Techniques

Parallel Logic Programming Techniques

Author: Stephen Taylor

Synopsis: Programing language research seeks to find abstractions that connect the human thought process with the operational patterns of computers. This text surveys both how parallel computers are programmed as well as concurrent logic programming languages. By covering a broad range of techniques for language implementation, compilation, and complexity analysis, the work examines the strengths of using parallel architectures to solve complex computational issues. In particular, the text examines the implementation of the tools and various advanced programing techniques including high-level communication protocols and enhanced meta-interpreters.

Publisher: Prentice-Hall, 1989

Stephen Taylor is a professor at Thayer School.

Physical Oceanography of the Adriatic Sea

Physical Oceanography of the Adriatic Sea: Past, Present, and Future

Editors: Benoit Cushman-Roisin, Miroslav Gacic, Pierre-Marie Poulain, Antonio Artegiani

Synopsis: This monograph is the first book on the oceanography of the Adriatic Sea. It is a synthesis between the physical oceanography of the Adriatic Sea, its water masses, overall circulation and regional dynamics as well as its connection to the rest of the Mediterranean Sea. Topical coverage ranges from historical surveys to contemporary methods of investigation and simulation. A final chapter identifies topics in need of further inquiry. This reference book should be an aid to all scientists and policy makers with an interest in the Adriatic Sea.

Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001

Benoit Cushman-Roisin is a professor at Thayer School.

Physics of Ice

Physics of Ice

Authors: Victor F. Petrenko, Robert W. Whitworth

Synopsis: In this volume the physical principles underlying the properties of ice are carefully developed at a level suitable for both students and applied researchers in the field. Important topics such as the current understanding of the electrical, mechanical, and surface properties of ice, or the occurrence of many different crystalline phases, are developed in a coherent way for the first time. An extensive reference list and numerous illustrations add to the usefulness and readability of the text.

Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2002

Victor F. Petrenko is a professor at Thayer School.

Physics of the Magnetopause

Physics of the Magnetopause

Editors: P. Song, B.U.Ö. Sonnerup, M.F. Thomsen

Synopsis: This volume provides a comprehensive overview of our current observational knowledge and theoretical understanding of the outer boundary of the Earth's magnetic field: the magnetopause. The magnetopause itself is closely coupled to the high-latitude ionosphere. For this reason, the volume should be of interest not only to scientists and students concerned with the physics of the magnetopause proper but also to magnetospheric, ionospheric, and upper atmospheric works in general. Much of the material in the volume is relevant to other planetary magnetopauses and, as an example of an interface between two collisionless plasmas, the Earth's magnetopause is also relevant in solar, interplanetary, cosmic, and laboratory plasma physics.

Publisher: American Geophysical Union, 1995

Bengt U.Ö. Sonnerup is the Sydney E. Junkins Professor of Engineering, Emeritus at Thayer School.

Principles of Sequencing and Scheduling

Principles of Sequencing and Scheduling

Authors: Kenneth R. Baker and Dan Trietsch

Synopsis: Principles of Sequencing and Scheduling strikes a unique balance between theory and practice, providing an accessible introduction to the concepts, methods, and results of scheduling theory and its core topics. With real-world examples and up-to-date modeling techniques, the book equips readers with the basic knowledge needed for understanding scheduling theory and delving into its applications. The authors begin with an introduction and overview of sequencing and scheduling, including single-machine sequencing, optimization and heuristic solution methods, and models with earliness and tardiness penalties. The most current material on stochastic scheduling, including correct scheduling of safety time and the use of simulation for optimization, is then presented and integrated with deterministic models.

Publisher: Wiley, 2009

Kenneth R. Baker is the Nathaniel Leverone Professor of Management at Tuck School of Business and an adjunct professor at Thayer School.

Programmation en logique concurrente

Programmation en logique concurrente: Comparaison des techniques

Author: Stephen Taylor

Synopsis: To meet the increasing need of large-scale computing capacity, major manufacturers are using parallel programing to build systems that connect parallel computers to large systems. Written for industry professionals and students interested in the field, this book examines the fundamental techniques of concurrent logic programming. Topics covered include flat concurrent prolog, language and implementation, compilation and design of abstract machines, and the optimization of communication protocols. This text seeks to popularize the field of large-scale computing by making this type of computation accessible to a large audience.

Publisher: AFNOR, 1991

Stephen Taylor is a professor at Thayer School.

Space Physiology

Space Physiology

Author: Jay C. Buckey, Jr.

Synopsis: The success of any space flight mission depends not only on advanced technology but also on the health and well-being of crew members. This book, written by an astronaut physician, is the first practical guide to maintaining crew members' health in space. It combines research results with practical advice on such problems as bone loss, kidney stones, muscle wasting, motion sickness, loss of balance, orthostatic intolerance, weight loss, and excessive radiation exposure. Additional topics include pre-flight preparation, relevant gender differences, long-duration medical planning, post-flight rehabilitation, and the physiology of extra-vehicular activity. Designed as a handbook for space crews, this text is also an invaluable tool for all the engineers, medical personnel, and scientists who plan and execute space missions.

Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2006

Jay C. Buckey, Jr. is an Associate Professor of Medicine at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and an adjunct professor at Thayer School.

Strand: New Concepts in Parallel Programming

Strand™: New Concepts in Parallel Programming

Authors: Ian Foster, Stephen Taylor

Synopsis: Upon its release, Strand was the first of a new generation of software languages specifically designed for parallel programming. The language enables programmers to easily build portable, parallel applications that are able to calculate sophisticated algorithms on large-scale, interconnected systems. Subdividing tasks among individual processing units dramatically increases the computational speed of these programs as well as the complexity of the tasks that they are able to perform. This text introduces new concepts in parallel computer programing that have been made possible by the Strand™ programming language.

Publisher: Prentice-Hall, 1990

Stephen Taylor is a professor at Thayer School.

Sustainable Natural Resource Management for Scientists and Engineers

Sustainable Natural Resource Management for Scientists and Engineers

Author: Daniel R. Lynch

Synopsis: This book uses applied mathematics familiar to undergraduate engineers and scientists to examine natural resource management and its role in framing sustainability. Renewable and nonrenewable resources are covered, along with living and sterile resources. Examples and applications are drawn from petroleum, fisheries, and water resources. Each chapter contains problems illustrating the material. Simple programs in commonly available packages (Excel, MATLAB) support the text. The material is a natural prelude to more advanced study in ecology, conservation, and population dynamics, as well as engineering and science.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1st edition (March 2, 2009)

Daniel R. Lynch is the MacLean Professor of Engineering at Thayer School.