Small firms drive economic growth. Research in the OECD countries
consistently shows that job growth in the entrepreneurial sector is substantially
higher than it is among established (corporate) incumbents (Audretsch and
Thurik, 2001). More recently, the international buzz about entrepreneurship
has become even more pronounced with the explosion of new technology, rise
in the availability and use of equity capital and breaking down of economic
and trade barriers.
At its inception, the original plan for this symposium was to emphasize
the medical aspects of inorganic chemistry, rather than to go over
once more new developments in bioinorganic chemistry, important as the
subject is, since the latter topic has been treated many times in recent
symposia reviews and monographs.
his monograph presents methods for full comparative distributional analysis based on the relative distribution. This provides a general integrated framework for analysis, a graphical component that simplifies exploratory data analysis and display, a statistically valid basis for the development of hypothesis-driven summary measures, and the potential for decomposition - enabling the examination of complex hypotheses regarding the origins of distributional changes within and between groups.
Every careful student of history is aware that it is no longer possible to write the general history of any
important country from the original sources; on any period, the materials which accumulate in a year are more
than can be assimilated by one mind in three years. The general historian must use the results of others' work.
It is therefore essential that the great phases of political and constitutional development be treated in
monographs, each devoted to a single, limited subject and each prepared on a careful and scientific method.
With its origins in the theories of continuous distributions of dislocations and
of metal plasticity, inhomogeneity theory is a rich and vibrant field of research.
The recognition of the important role played by configurational or material
forces in phenomena such as growth and remodelling is perhaps its greatest
present-day impetus. While some excellent comprehensive works approaching
the subject from different angles have been published, the objective of
this monograph is to present a point of view that emphasizes the differentialgeometric
aspects of inhomogeneity theory.