Wireless Systems and Network Architectures in Next Generation Internet:Second International Workshop of the EURO-NGI Network of Excellence, Villa Vigoni, Italy, July 13-15, 2005, Revised Selected Papers
Wireless Systems and Network Architectures in Next Generation Internet:Second International Workshop of the EURO-NGI Network of Excellence, Villa Vigoni, Italy, July 13-15, 2005, Revised Selected Papers Lecture Notes in Computer Science Computer Communication Networks and Telecommunications. Auflage 2006
Ukraine, Europe, and the United States:Towards a New Euro-Atlantic Security Architecture
Tower of Basel is the first investigative history of the world’s most secretive global financial institution. Based on extensive archival research in Switzerland, Britain, and the United States, and in-depth interviews with key decision-makers including Paul Volcker, the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve; Sir Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England; and former senior Bank for International Settlements managers and officials. Tower of Basel tells the inside story of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS): the central bankers’ own bank. Created by the governors of the Bank of England and the Reichsbank in 1930, and protected by an international treaty, the BIS and its assets are legally beyond the reach of any government or jurisdiction. The bank is untouchable. Swiss authorities have no jurisdiction over the bank or its premises. The BIS has just 140 customers but made tax-free profits of $1.17 billion in 20112012.Since its creation, the bank has been at the heart of global events but has often gone unnoticed. Under Thomas McKittrick, the bank’s American president from 19401946, the BIS was open for business throughout the Second World War. The BIS accepted looted Nazi gold, conducted foreign exchange deals for the Reichsbank, and was used by both the Allies and the Axis powers as a secret contact point to keep the channels of international finance open. After 1945 the BIS still behind the scenes for decades provided the necessary technical and administrative support for the trans-European currency project, from the first attempts to harmonize exchange rates in the late 1940s to the launch of the Euro in 2002. It now stands at the center of efforts to build a new global financial and regulatory architecture, once again proving that it has the power to shape the financial rules of our world. Yet despite its pivotal role in the financial and political history of the last century and during the economic c 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Mawson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013054/bk_adbl_013054_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. He has been variously called the father of paleontology, ichnology, and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. Sometimes credited with the inventions of the parachute, helicopter and tank, he epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Many historians and scholars regard Leonardo as the prime exemplar of the ´´Universal Genius´´ or ´´Renaissance Man´´, an individual of ´´unquenchable curiosity´´ and ´´feverishly inventive imagination´´. According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent in recorded history, and ´´his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, while the man himself mysterious and remote´´. Marco Rosci notes that while there is much speculation regarding his life and personality, his view of the world was logical rather than mysterious, and that the empirical methods he employed were unorthodox for his time. Leonardo was, and is, renowned primarily as a painter. Among his works, the Mona Lisa is the most famous and most parodied portrait and The Last Supper the most reproduced religious painting of all time, their fame approached only by Michelangelo´s The Creation of Adam. Leonardo´s drawing of the Vitruvian Man is also regarded as a cultural icon, being reproduced on items as varied as the euro coin, textbooks, and T-shirts. Perhaps 15 of his paintings have survived. Nevertheless, these few works, together with his notebooks, which contain drawings, scientific diagrams, and his thoughts on the nature of painting, compose a contribution to later generations of artists rivaled only by that of his contemporary, Michelangelo. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chris Lovingood. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/063334/bk_acx0_063334_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.