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New products -- Environmental aspects. Life cycle assessment. Summary This book is for those who want to learn the practice of LCA: environmental engineers, environmental managers, ecodesigners, product developers, marketers, production and waste management professionals. Applications in these diverse disciplines require different methodologies and alternatives. This book provides a step-by-step examination of how LCA works. Notes Includes bibliographical references p. View online Borrow Buy Freely available Show 0 more links Set up My libraries How do I set up "My libraries"?
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Some might find it to be so. I enjoyed it and would recommend it with the caveat that the first book is more exciting perhaps because it was original.
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A nice little read. Can't say I am in a huge rush for book 3. But should I run into it before the year is out I may likely check in to see how the story ends. Highly recommended for anyone that likes NS. Anyone who wants a story introduction to how modern finance came about will also enjoy ferreting out the history and the logic of these events. Want to give your brain a bit of a workout? Go for this one.
Sep 27, Mia rated it it was ok Shelves: read , unfinished. I couldn't finish this, and I am not one who is daunted by the size of a book. I should have been warned when I picked it up the first time after having finished reading a novel written by somebody with a more poetic sense of language and thinking, "Wow, this is ugly writing. As a discussion of some interesting concepts about math or financial dealing, it's not bad. As a novel, though, it's dreadful.
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Reading it felt like trying to put together a moderately intricate jigsaw puzzle whose creator hadn't sanded or polished the pieces, nor used any color in the picture itself. Stephenson has always had this problem to some degree, but usually there's enough story and character to make it worthwhile. Sometimes I get the feeling that because he is a smart guy, that editors and some readers feel like whatever they find tedious or verbose must just be because they don't understand.
For this book, I don't think it's the case. In Quicksilver I half hoped that the length of the book was because it was written in the kind of coding discussed in the book, and I found the intersecting stories interesting. In The Confusion I no longer cared and quit even though I was most of the way through. This is adventure, much more in the mould of Wilbur Smith - heaps of fun as my Aussie relatives say! It's still got that twisty-turny rambling-Stephenson plot, that's as much of a world-tour as it is a narrative arc, but where I thought Quicksilver was utterly fascinating, I thought The Confusion was truly enjoyable - both get 5-stars, but surprisingly different books!
Fantastic book! There is less natural philosophy and more swashbuckling including a complete circumnavigation of the globe. There's a bit about the alchemical properties of King Solomon's gold and some pre-Enlightenment chemical engineering. Additionally, there is a significant amount of banking, as many of the events in the book orbit the disintegration of the traditional feudal land economy of Europe and the rise to dominance of a market eco Fantastic book! Additionally, there is a significant amount of banking, as many of the events in the book orbit the disintegration of the traditional feudal land economy of Europe and the rise to dominance of a market economy driven by international trade.
We also are clued in to the conceptualization and creation of the first computing machines. Other than that, this novel is all over the place. So far, The Baroque Cycle is a really great story. Give it a chance if you have a lot of time on your hands. Jun 25, Miles rated it it was ok.
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As with Quicksilver , this volume contains a considerable dose of magical moments dissolved in a nearly impenetrable sea of overdone gibberish. Our consolation is that the lives of Jack Shaftoe and Eliza of Qwghlm become more complex if not always more interesting. These two signify the social upheaval and economic recalibration that swept through Europe and the rest of the world, to varying extents as the 17th century came to a close.
They are the figureheads of Confusion, that great handmaiden of Progress. Jack Shaftoe, it turns out, is not dead. His body having purged itself of the maddening French Pox, Jack teams up with an eclectic cabal of similarly disenfranchised galley slaves to win their freedom. The antics of this motley bunch are variously inspiring, puzzling, and yawn-inducing.
Jack is charismatic and exhibits just enough moral complexity to pique my curiosity about how his unfolding odyssey will terminate. Important events do happen, but slowly, ever so slowly. Eliza has grown on me. Similar to Jack, she is a vehicle for unlikely but inevitable fits of progress in a stifling world. She is unusually assertive and laudably subversive, but also tragically subject to the confines of Baroque gender roles.
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Despite her past, Eliza is eventually declared a Duchess by Louis XIV——a historically significant concession that marks the decline of monarchic power and the rise of the mercantile class and free markets. Later, she marries unhappily into a very powerful French family. Though Eliza is forced to assume traditional wifely responsibilities, she retains her passion for independence, her economic acuity, and her steadfast hatred of the slave trade.
She is a woman of contradictions sprung from traits and perspectives ahead of her time. Ideas that could be communicated in a few carefully-chosen scenes get lost in a barrage of monetary minutiae, epistolary doldrums, and tiresome aristocratic bickering. Perhaps the saddest aspect of both Eliza and Jack is that they seem more coherent when understood as symbols rather than as actual people, a quality that makes for excellent intellectual fodder but prevents me from making an emotional commitment to them. Events begin some time years for Jack, months for Eliza after we left them in Quicksilver , and that proves to be something of a problem — after enjoying the previous novel more than I had been expecting to, I almost gave up on The Confusion because of the incredibly clunky way Stephenson catches up on what happened in the time that has passed.
Stephenson is often praised as master of the infodump, but what we get here are a series of extremely clumsy dialogues that would have been cause of much eye-rolling even in a debut novel, but coming from someone who already has several novels under his belt and has shown that he can do better this is extremely annoying. Fortunately, the novel eventually gets caught up and rolling, and things take a marked turn for the better compared to Quicksilver.
Jack travels not only in Europe this time, but gets to visit exotic places like India, the Americas and even Japan in a series of increasingly outrageously adventures, making and losing his fortunes several times over, acquiring the gold of Solomon and being chased for it by dastardly foes. He remains the lovable rogue throughout, and Stephenson thankfully does not skimp on the rogue part — Jack does not have many scruples in the pursuit of this goals, and is not someone even the most kindly inclined reader would enjoy spending time with.
But he certainly is a lot of fun to read about, and more than once this particular reader wished Neal Stephenson had just written a neo-Picaresque novel with Jack as hero and dispensed with all the stuff about Science, Finances and Enlightenment — whose only real function is to give the author room to brag about the huge amount of mostly useless information he has accumulated — and focussed on travels, roguery and swashbuckling. Still, there is less dross here than in Quicksilver , so maybe there still is hope for Neal Stephenson, and the best volume of the Baroque Cycle is still to come.
View all 3 comments. So you can be sure that this review is going to be full of the sort of specifics and vivid details that make book reviews interesting. And you can be sure that, if I didn't think the entire concept took away from the art of reading and writing, that last sentence would have an upside down exclamation mark at the end of it, opensarcasm.
My main problem with The Confusion , as with the entire cycle, is the sheer amount of detail.