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Six Degrees of Freedom
Author: Nicolas Dickner
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 0345811186
Pages: 336
Year: 2017-08-29
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A funny and fast-paced novel about obsession and adventure, science experiments and parakeets, coding and container ships, Six Degrees of Freedom won the Governor General's Literary Award in its original French. Nicolas Dickner is a previous winner of Canada Reads for the novel Nikolski. "Brilliant, beautiful and poetic with moments of pure reading pleasure! You read it with a smile on your lips--it's a book that makes you happy." --Anne Michaud, Bernier et Cie, Radio-Canada Three characters, infinite paths to freedom... Lisa is a young woman whose longing for adventure is tethered by the demands of an eccentric mother and a father slowly succumbing to Alzheimer's. Lisa's friend �ric is an agoraphobic hacker who becomes independently wealthy before his eighteenth birthday. And Jay is a former computer pirate who's paying her debt to society, day by stultifying day, working for the RCMP in Montreal. But when Jay learns of the existence of the mysterious shipping container Papa Zulu, she begins a clandestine investigation to discover who made it disappear and what they are trying to hide.
Six degrés de liberté
Author: Nicolas Dickner
Publisher: Le Seuil
ISBN: 2021340538
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Year: 2017-01-12T00:00:00+01:00
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Six degrés de liberté c'est l'histoire d'une jeune fille qui désire repousser les limites de l'expérience humaine, d'un hacker qui veut optimiser la circulation mondiale des bananes et des coussins, d'une employée de la gendarmerie qui rêve d'en finir une bonne fois pour toutes avec la géographie, d'un conteneur fantôme qui sillonne les mers et les écrans d'ordinateurs, d'un septuagénaire qui perd un boulon, d'une acheteuse compulsive bipolaire, de six perruches et d'un chat intermittent, tous unis dans un jeu de société à l'échelle planétaire dont personne ne connaît les règles. En somme l'histoire d'un voyage qui échappe aux lois de la gravité, au-delà, bien au-delà de ces six degrés de liberté. Nicolas Dickner est né à Rivière-du-Loup (Canada), a voyagé en Amérique latine et en Europe avant de jeter l'ancre à Québec puis à Montréal, où il vit aujourd'hui avec sa famille. Il signe en 2005 Nikolski, qui remporte le Prix des libraires du Québec, le Prix littéraire des collégiens ainsi que le prix Anne-Hébert et qui est, à ce jour, traduit dans une dizaine de langues. Tarmac, son deuxième roman paru en 2009, est également traduit dans plusieurs pays. Six degrés de liberté est son troisième roman, il a obtenu le Prix littéraire du Gouverneur général en 2016.
Nikolski
Author: Nicolas Dickner
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 0307375803
Pages: 304
Year: 2010-03-09
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Selected as the 2010 CBC Canada Reads Winner! Awards for the French-language edition: Prix des libraires 2006 Prix littéraire des collégiens 2006 Prix Anne-Hébert 2006 (Best first book) Prix Printemps des Lecteurs–Lavinal Intricately plotted and shimmering with originality, Nikolski charts the curious and unexpected courses of personal migration, and shows how they just might eventually lead us to home. In the spring of 1989, three young people, born thousands of miles apart, each cut themselves adrift from their birthplaces and set out to discover what — or who — might anchor them in their lives. They each leave almost everything behind, carrying with them only a few artefacts of their lives so far — possessions that have proven so formative that they can’t imagine surviving without them — but also the accumulated memories of their own lives and family histories. Noah, who was taught to read using road maps during a life of nomadic travels with his mother — their home being a 1966 Bonneville station wagon with a silver trailer — decides to leave the prairies for university in Montreal. But putting down roots there turns out to be a more transitory experience than he expected. Joyce, stifled by life in a remote village on Quebec’s Lower North Shore, and her overbearing relatives, hitches a ride into Montreal, spurred on by a news story about a modern-day cyber-pirate and the spirit of her own buccaneer ancestors. While her daily existence remains surprisingly routine —working at a fish shop in Jean-Talon market, dumpster-diving at night for necessities — it’s her Internet piracy career that takes off. And then there’s the unnamed narrator, who we first meet clearing out his deceased mother’ s house on Montreal’s South Shore, and who decides to move into the city to start a new life. There he finds his true home among books, content to spend his days working in a used bookstore and journeying though the many worlds books open up for him. Over the course of the next ten years, Noah, Joyce and the unnamed bookseller will sometimes cross paths, and sometimes narrowly miss each other, as they all pass through one vibrant neighbourhood on Montreal’s Plateau. Their journeys seem remarkably unformed, more often guided by the prevailing winds than personal will, yet their stories weave in and out of other wondrous tales — stories about such things as fearsome female pirates, urban archaeologists, unexpected floods, fish of all kinds, a mysterious book without a cover and a dysfunctional compass whose needle obstinately points to the remote Aleutian village of Nikolski. And it is in the magical accumulation of those details around the edges of their lives that we begin to know these individuals as part of a greater whole, and ultimately realize that anchors aren’t at all permanent, really; rather, they’re made to be hoisted up and held in reserve until their strength is needed again. From the Hardcover edition.
Apocalypse for Beginners
Author: Nicholas Dickner
Publisher: Granta
ISBN: 1846273366
Pages: 272
Year: 2011-01-06
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Mickey is your average teenage boy, until he meets seventeen-year-old Hope Randall. Living in what was once an exotic pet shop with a bathtub for a bed, Hope is anything but average. For every member of her family, the onset of puberty seems to bring with it a prophetic vision of the world, which – when Armageddon fails to materialize – invariably tips the expectant prophet over the edge. So far, Hope is a late developer and has yet to receive her revelation. Instead, she picks a date at random, has it 'confirmed' by the best-before date on a batch of ramen noodles, and begins to wait for the worst. In the meantime, Mickey is falling helplessly in love. But what kind of future can you have with someone who believes that doomsday looms? Moving between Canada and Japan, between solid ground and flights of the surreal, Apocalypse for Beginners is the lovely, surprising story of two people travelling from friendship to romance, and from separation to the possibility of reunion.
The Orange Grove
Author: Larry Tremblay
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
ISBN: 1571319344
Pages: 174
Year: 2016-05-10
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Twin brothers Amed and Aziz live in the peaceful shade of their family’s orange grove. But when a bomb kills the boys’ grandparents, the war that plagues their country changes their lives forever. Blood must repay blood, and, in order to avenge their grandparents’ deaths, one brother must offer the ultimate sacrifice. Years later, the surviving twin – now a student actor in a wintry Montreal – is given a role which forces him to confront the past. Tremblay, an actor and director himself, poses the difficult question: can art ever adequately address suffering? Both current and timeless, written with the sharp purity of desert poetry, The Orange Grove depicts the haunting inheritance of war and its aftermath.
The Party Wall
Author: Catherine Leroux
Publisher: Biblioasis
ISBN: 1771960779
Pages: 200
Year: 2016-05-10
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Shortlisted for the 2016 Giller Prize Selected for Indies Introduce Summer/Fall 2016 Catherine Leroux's first novel, translated into English brilliantly by Lazer Lederhendler, ties together stories about siblings joined in surprising ways. A woman learns that she absorbed her twin sister's body in the womb and that she has two sets of DNA; a girl in the deep South pushes her sister out of the way of a speeding train, losing her legs; and a political couple learn that they are non-identical twins separated at birth. The Party Wall establishes Leroux as one of North America's most intelligent and innovative young authors. Catherine Leroux was born in 1979 in Montreal, Quebec, where she continues to live and write.
L'étalonnage des robots manipulateurs industriels
Author: MAURINE Patrick, QUINET Jean-François
Publisher: Lavoisier
ISBN: 2746295245
Pages: 347
Year: 2013-03-01
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Fruit d’une étroite collaboration entre la recherche universitaire et le monde de l’industrie, cet ouvrage traite de la robotique industrielle, et tout particulièrement de l’étalonnage des robots manipulateurs. Il développe les aspects suivants : la représentation des structures des robots manipulateurs sériels et parallèles ; les principes généraux de l’étalonnage ; les méthodes d’étalonnage spécifiques aux robots sériels et parallèles ; l’innovation en robotique, ses réussites et ses échecs. Théorique et pragmatique, il s’adresse aux étudiants et aux chercheurs, aux techniciens et aux ingénieurs et à tous ceux qui désirent appréhender la robotique industrielle. Patrick Maurine est maître de conférences à l’INSA de Rennes. Ses travaux portent sur la précision et l’étalonnage des robots manipulateurs industriels. Jean-François Quinet est consultant en robotique appliquée à l’ensemble de l’industrie internationale depuis 1973. Ses activités portent aussi sur la mesure tridimensionnelle statique et dynamique.
The Longest Year
Author: Daniel Grenier
Publisher: ARACHNIDE EDITIONS
ISBN: 1487001533
Pages: 384
Year: 2018-08-07
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There's something extraordinary about Thomas Langlois. Thomas is a young boy growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with a French-Canadian father, Albert, and an American mother, Laura. But beyond the fact that he lives between two cultures and languages, there's something else about Thomas that sets him apart: he was born on February 29. Before Albert goes on a strange quest to find out more about their mysterious relative, Aim� Bolduc, he explains to Thomas that he will only age one year out of every four and he will outlive all of his loved ones. Thomas's loneliness grows and the years pass until a terrible accident involving a young girl sets in motion a series of events that link the young girl and Thomas to Aim� Bolduc -- a Civil War-era soldier and perhaps their contemporary. Spanning three centuries and set against the backdrop of the Appalachians, from Quebec to Tennessee, The Longest Year is a magical and poignant story about family history, fateful dates, fragile destinies, and lives brutally ended and mysteriously extended.
Under Heaven
Author: Guy Gavriel Kay
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 110118700X
Pages: 608
Year: 2010-04-27
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In his latest innovative novel, the award-winning author of River of Stars, Children of Earth and Sky, and Tigana evokes the dazzling Tang Dynasty of 8th-century China in a story of honor and power. Inspired by the glory and power of Tang dynasty China, Guy Gavriel Kay has created a masterpiece. It begins simply. Shen Tai, son of an illustrious general serving the Emperor of Kitai, has spent two years honoring the memory of his late father by burying the bones of the dead from both armies at the site of one of his father's last great battles. In recognition of his labors and his filial piety, an unlikely source has sent him a dangerous gift: 250 Sardian horses. You give a man one of the famed Sardian horses to reward him greatly. You give him four or five to exalt him above his fellows, propel him towards rank, and earn him jealousy, possibly mortal jealousy. Two hundred and fifty is an unthinkable gift, a gift to overwhelm an emperor. Wisely, the gift comes with the stipulation that Tai must claim the horses in person. Otherwise he would probably be dead already...
Fluid Mechanics and Physics
Author: Jean de Climont
Publisher: Editions d Assailly
ISBN: 2902425244
Pages: 171
Year: 2014-04-30
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This book gathers some fluid mechanics and physics papers of Jean de Climont such as waves physical modelling, fluid anomalies (flows around cylinders and vortices), tides, implementation of Hamilton's principle, Pr. Allais' analysis of Miller's measurments, gravitation zonal effects and root cause of magnetic field of electrical currents
Robotics, Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems
Author: T. Takamori, K. Tsuchiya
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 0444600299
Pages: 977
Year: 2012-12-02
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One of the most important problems in the field of engineering and technology is the development of so-called intelligent systems, which can perform various intellectual tasks. This book is dedicated to the current progress of research in this vast field and specifically explores the topics of robotics, mechatronics and manufacturing systems.
Cosplayers
Author: Dash Shaw
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
ISBN: 1606999486
Pages: 116
Year: 2016-08-03
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This graphic novel is an ode to the defining element of fandom. It celebrates both the culture’s theatricality and D.I.Y. beauty―as well as its often-awkward conflation of fantasy with reality―in seven interconnected short stories about two young women. Cosplayers is an affectionate, funny book about how fandom can be much more inclusive and humanistic than the stories and characters it's built upon.
Analyse des structures et milieux continus
Author: François Frey, Marc-André Studer
Publisher: PPUR presses polytechniques
ISBN: 2880745160
Pages: 262
Year: 2003
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Les coques et, plus généralement, les constructions et pièces formées d'éléments porteurs bidimensionnels minces, plans ou courbes, sont d'usage courant en ingénierie structurale (génie civil, mécanique, construction navale, aéronautique, etc.). Ce livre présente une introduction aux bases théoriques, numériques et pratiques de l'étude des coques. Il aborde avant tout les coques minces en régime statique linéaire. Il privilégie le point de vue de l'ingénieur concepteur, analyste et constructeur, qui souhaite maîtriser le comportement structural. Le projet d'une coque est souvent une tâche difficile. Les coques peuvent présenter des comportements structuraux inhabituels et délicats, ardus à analyser, liés à leur caractère tridimensionnel et se manifestant à différents niveaux (équations compliquées, concentrations locales des efforts, pièges de la modélisation numérique, instabilité spatiale, durabilité, etc.). Ces problèmes sont abordés ici sous un angle analytique simple - sans sacrifier la rigueur nécessaire - et sous leurs aspects physiques et concrets. Assorti d'exercices, cet ouvrage s'adresse aux étudiants des second et troisième cycles universitaires, ainsi qu'aux ingénieurs désireux de mieux connaître l'analyse structurale des coques.
Robot Control 2003 (SYROCO '03)
Author: Ignacy Dulęba, Jurek Sasiadek
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 0080440096
Pages: 594
Year: 2004
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SYROCO'2003 covered areas and aspects of robot control Topics: Robot control techniques (adaptive, robust, learning) Modeling and identification Control of discrete / continuous-time robotic systems Non-holonomic robotic systems Intelligent control Control based on sensing Control design and architectures Force and compliance control Grasp control Flexible robots Micro robots Mobile robots Walking robots Humanoid robots Teleoperation and man / machine dynamic systems Multi-Robot-Systems, cooperative robots Applications: space, underwater, civil engineering, surgery, entertainment, mining, etc. *Provides the latest research on Robotics *Contains contributions written by experts in the field. *Part of the IFAC Proceedings Series which provides a comprehensive overview of the major topics in control engineering.
3,096 Days in Captivity
Author: Natascha Kampusch
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101544031
Pages: 320
Year: 2011-09-06
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On March 2, 1998, ten-year-old Natascha Kampusch was kidnapped, and found herself locked in a house that would be her home for the next eight years. She was starved, beaten, treated as a slave, and forced to work for her deranged captor. But she never forgot who she was-and she never gave up hope of returning to the world. This is her story.