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Tennis, more so than basketball or football, is a game of physics (angles, spin, torque, velocity, force, vectors), played with athleticism and high precision on a frustratingly small court. And thus tennis fans, more so than those of basketball or football, obsess about technique. We daydream, for example, about the effortless way the perfectly-directed momentum of a racquet-head imposes a trajectory upon a yellow felt ball. This is a book for tennis fanatics looking to geek out over technique, or for a gift-giver to bind the tennis fanatic in his or her life to undying loyalty.

Tennis Science: How Player and Racket Work Together Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780226136400
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 26th, 2015

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Cannon’s simple thesis is that the Supreme Court, highest arbiter in the land and national bastion of fairness and objectivity, is a key player in wider social battles of ideology and values, especially when it comes to environmental issues. The controversies of environmentalism are incredibly complex, are actually conflicts of value systems (e.g. mastery vs. harmony). By a comprehensive review of landmark environmental Court cases, Cannon argues convincingly that how these cases are decided amount to symbolic elevations of certain values over others. Important reading for anyone who wants further insight into the cultural or political status of environmentalism today.

Environment in the Balance: The Green Movement and the Supreme Court Cover Image
$49.50
ISBN: 9780674736788
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Published: Harvard University Press - April 22nd, 2015

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Beyond regular appearances on the news as an invocation of quantitative authority, economics has a rich and wide-ranging intellectual history. Kurz capably traces its evolution, from the earliest Grecian musings on households and taxation to the most complex modern theories, in doing so contextualizing the widely known titans (Smith, Marx, Keynes) and the bogeymen of undergrad economics (Marshall, Pigou, Hayek) alongside a host of lesser though still important contributors. This is a serious but accessible book for anyone wanting to understand why economists sound so sure about so many things but disagree all the time.

Economic Thought: A Brief History Cover Image
By Heinz Kurz, Jeremiah Riemer (Translator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780231172585
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Published: Columbia University Press - May 3rd, 2016

Economic Thought: A Brief History Cover Image
By Heinz Kurz, Jeremiah Riemer (Translator)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780231172592
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Published: Columbia University Press - August 8th, 2017

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