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  • Tuxedo Park

    Tuxedo Park

    Tuxedo Park

    Jennet Conant
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.81 (1,130)

    The untold story of an eccentric wall street tycoon and the circle of scientific geniuses he assembled before world war ii to develop the science for radar and the atomic bomb. together they changed the course of history.legendary financier, philanthropist, and society figure alfred lee loomis gathered the most visionary scientific minds of the twentieth century—albert einstein, werner heisenberg, niels bohr, enrico fermi, and others—at his state-of-the-art laboratory in tuxedo park, new york, in the late 1930s. he established a top-secret defense laboratory at mit and personally bankrolled pioneering research

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  • The Inner Game of Tennis

    The Inner Game of Tennis

    The Inner Game of Tennis

    W. Timothy Gallwey
    Sports & Recreation
    4.16 (13,763)

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  • The Enlightened Economy

    The Enlightened Economy

    The Enlightened Economy

    Joel Mokyr
    Business & Economics
    4.04 (117)

    This book focuses on the importance of ideological and institutional factors in the rapid development of the british economy during the years between the glorious revolution and the crystal palace exhibition. joel mokyr shows that we cannot understand the industrial revolution without recognizing the importance of the intellectual sea changes of britain’s age of enlightenment. in a vigorous discussion, mokyr goes beyond the standard explanations that credit geographical factors, the role of markets, politics, and society to show that the beginnings of modern economic growth in britain depended a great

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  • Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens

    Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens

    Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens

    K. C. Cole
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.16 (141)

    As a young man frank oppenheimer followed in his famous brother’s footsteps—growing up in a privileged manhattan household, becoming a physicist, working on the atomic bomb. tragically, frank and robert both had their careers destroyed by the red scare. but their paths diverged. while robert died an almost ruined man, frank came into his own, emerging from ten years of exile on a colorado ranch to create not just a multimillion dollar institution but also a revolution that was felt all over the world. his exploratorium was a "museum of

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  • Hard Landing

    Hard Landing

    Hard Landing

    Thomas Petzinger Jr.
    4.4 (560)

    In this updated paperback edition of a "rich, readable, and authoritative" fortune) book, wall street journal reporter petzinger tells the dramatic story of how a dozen men, including robert crandall of american airlines, frank borman of eastern, and richard ferris of united, battled for control of the world's airlines. 416 pp. radio drive-time pubilcity. 20,000 print.

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  • Anthropic Bias

    Anthropic Bias

    Anthropic Bias

    Nick Bostrom
    Philosophy
    4 (86)

    Anthropic bias explores how to reason when you suspect that your evidence is biased by observation selection effects--that is, evidence that has been filtered by the precondition that there be some suitably positioned observer to have the evidence. this conundrum--sometimes alluded to as the anthropic principle, self-locating belief, or indexical information--turns out to be a surprisingly perplexing and intellectually stimulating challenge, one abounding with important implications for many areas in science and philosophy.there are the philosophical thought experiments and paradoxes: the doomsday argument; sleeping beauty; the presumptuous philosopher; adam &

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  • Democracy in America

    Democracy in America

    Democracy in America

    Alexis de Tocqueville,Isaac Kramnick
    Democracy
    4.03 (23,685)

    Democracy in america has had the singular honor of being even to this day the work that political commentators of every stripe refer to when they seek to draw large conclusions about the society of the usa. alexis de tocqueville, a young french aristocrat, came to the young nation to investigate the functioning of american democracy & the social, political & economic life of its citizens, publishing his observations in 1835 & 1840. brilliantly written, vividly illustrated with vignettes & portraits, democracy in america is far more than a trenchant

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  • Nixon Agonistes

    Nixon Agonistes

    Nixon Agonistes

    Garry Wills
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.11 (496)

    From one of america's most distinguished historians comes this classic analysis of richard nixon. by considering some of the president's opinions, wills comes to the controversial conclusion that nixon was actually a liberal. both entertaining and essential, nixon agonistes captures a troubled leader and a struggling nation mired in a foolish asian war, forfeiting the loyalty of its youth, puzzled by its own power, and looking to its cautious president for confidence. in the end, nixon agonistes reaches far beyond its assessment of the thirty-seventh president to become an incisive

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  • Age of Ambition

    Age of Ambition

    Age of Ambition

    Evan Osnos
    History
    4.26 (7,617)

    From abroad, we often see china as a caricature: a nation of pragmatic plutocrats and ruthlessly dedicated students destined to rule the global economy-or an addled goliath, riddled with corruption and on the edge of stagnation. what we don't see is how both powerful and ordinary people are remaking their lives as their country dramatically changes. as the beijing correspondent for the new yorker, evan osnos was on the ground in china for years, witness to profound political, economic, and cultural upheaval. in age of ambition, he describes the greatest

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  • Poor Charlie's Almanack

    Poor Charlie's Almanack

    Poor Charlie's Almanack

    Charles T. Munger,Peter D. Kaufman
    Investments
    4.4 (8,049)

    Expanded third edition includes charlie's 2007 usc law school commencement address. edited by peter d. kaufman. brand new.

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  • The Paris Review Interviews, I

    The Paris Review Interviews, I

    The Paris Review Interviews, I

    The Paris Review
    4.38 (1,064)

    How do great writers do it? from james m. cain's hard-nosed observation that "writing a novel is like working on foreign policy. there are problems to be solved. it's not all inspirational," to joan didion's account of how she composes a book--"i constantly retype my own sentences. every day i go back to page one and just retype what i have. it gets me into a rhythm"--the paris review has elicited some of the most revelatory and revealing thoughts from the literary masters of our age. for more than half

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  • The Art of Doing Science and Engineering

    The Art of Doing Science and Engineering

    The Art of Doing Science and Engineering

    Richard W. Hamming
    4.22 (694)

    Highly effective thinking is an art that engineers and scientists can be taught to develop. by presenting actual experiences and analyzing them as they are described, the author conveys the developmental thought processes employed and shows a style of thinking that leads to successful results is something that can be learned. along with spectacular successes, the author also conveys how failures contributed to shaping the thought processes. provides the reader with a style of thinking that will enhance a person's ability to function as a problem-solver of complex technical issues.

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  • The Rise and Fall of American Growth

    The Rise and Fall of American Growth

    The Rise and Fall of American Growth

    Robert J. Gordon
    Business & Economics
    4.19 (1,621)

    In the century after the civil war, an economic revolution improved the american standard of living in ways previously unimaginable. electric lighting, indoor plumbing, motor vehicles, air travel, and television transformed households and workplaces. but has that era of unprecedented growth come to an end? weaving together a vivid narrative, historical anecdotes, and economic analysis, the rise and fall of american growth challenges the view that economic growth will continue unabated, and demonstrates that the life-altering scale of innovations between 1870 and 1970 cannot be repeated. gordon contends that the

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  • The Dream Machine
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  • Mindstorms

    Mindstorms

    Mindstorms

    Seymour A Papert
    Education
    4.32 (719)

    Computers have completely changed the way we teach children. we have mindstorms to thank for that. in this book, pioneering computer scientist seymour papert uses the invention of logo, the first child-friendly programming language, to make the case for the value of teaching children with computers. papert argues that children are more than capable of mastering computers, and that teaching computational processes like de-bugging in the classroom can change the way we learn everything else. he also shows that schools saturated with technology can actually improve socialization and interaction among

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  • If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... Where Is Everybody?

    If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... Where Is Everybody?

    If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... Where Is Everybody?

    Stephen Webb
    Science
    4.2 (1,100)

    From the reviews: �webb offers coherent, understandable, and sometimes humorous coverage of a diverse range of topics. he provides readers with non-trivial insights into research fields they may not have encountered previously . . . i think everyone who has ever considered the possibility that other intelligent civilizations exist elsewhere within our galaxy will enjoy where is everybody? they will find much to agree with, and much to argue about, in this very accessible volume.� �science during a los alamos lunchtime conversation that took place more than 50 years ago,

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  • The Mind-Body Problem

    The Mind-Body Problem

    The Mind-Body Problem

    Rebecca Goldstein
    3.78 (1,050)

    When renee feuer goes to college, one of the first lessons she tries to learn is how to liberate herself from the restrictions of her orthodox jewish background. as she discovers the pleasures of the body, renee also learns about the excitements of the mind. she enrolls as a philosophy graduate student, then marries noam himmel, the world-renowned mathematician. but renee discovers that being married to a genius is a less elevating experience than expected. the story of her quest for a solution to the mind-body problem involves the prickly

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  • Dancing in the Glory of Monsters

    Dancing in the Glory of Monsters

    Dancing in the Glory of Monsters

    Jason Stearns
    History
    4.16 (4,268)

    At the heart of africa is congo, a country the size of western europe, bordering nine other nations, that since 1996 has been wracked by a brutal and unstaunchable war in which millions have died. and yet, despite its epic proportions, it has received little sustained media attention. in this deeply reported book, jason stearns vividly tells the story of this misunderstood conflict through the experiences of those who engineered and perpetrated it. he depicts village pastors who survived massacres, the child soldier assassin of president kabila, a female hutu

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  • Out of Mao's Shadow

    Out of Mao's Shadow

    Out of Mao's Shadow

    Philip P. Pan
    History
    4.1 (1,492)

    Prize-winning journalist philip p. pan offers an unprecedented inside look at the momentous battle underway for china's future. on one side is the entrenched party elite determined to preserve its authoritarian grip on power. on the other is a collection of lawyers, journalists, entrepreneurs, activists, hustlers, and dreamers striving to build a more tolerant, open, and democratic china. the outcome of this dramatic, hidden struggle will shape china's rise to superpower status-and determine how it affects the rest of the world.from factories in the rusting industrial northeast to a tabloid

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  • How Asia Works

    How Asia Works

    How Asia Works

    Joe Studwell
    Business & Economics
    4.27 (3,362)

    In the 1980s and 1990s many in the west came to believe in the myth of an east-asian economic miracle. japan was going to dominate, then china. countries were called “tigers” or “mini-dragons,” and were seen as not just development prodigies, but as a unified bloc, culturally and economically similar, and inexorably on the rise.joe studwell has spent two decades as a reporter in the region, and the financial times said he “should be named chief myth-buster for asian business.” in how asia works, studwell distills his extensive research into

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    a really good book on this topic called How Asia Works by Joe Studwell...he tried to answer exactly this question of why did South Korea and Taiwan and China and Vietnam and so forth – why did they diverge from Philippines and from Indonesia

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  • Masters of Doom

    Masters of Doom

    Masters of Doom

    David Kushner
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.29 (15,364)

    Is the amazing true story of the lennon and mccartney of video games: john carmack and john romero. together, they ruled big business. they transformed popular culture. and they provoked a national controversy. more than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking american dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce the most notoriously successful game franchises in history—doom and quake— until the games they made tore them apart. this is a story of friendship and betrayal, commerce and artistry—a powerful and compassionate account of what it's like

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    one of my favorite books about building software

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  • Wittgenstein's Vienna

    Wittgenstein's Vienna

    Wittgenstein's Vienna

    Allan Janik,Stephen Edelston Toulmin
    Philosophy
    4.07 (388)

    This is a remarkable book about a man (perhaps the most important and original philosopher of our age), a society (the corrupt austro-hungarian empire on the eve of dissolution), and a city (vienna, with its fin-de siecle gaiety and corrosive melancholy). the central figure in this study of a crumbling society that gave birth to the modern world is wittgenstein, the brilliant and gifted young thinker. with others, including freud, viktor adler, and arnold schoenberg, he forged his ideas in a classical revolt against the stuffy, doomed, and moralistic lives

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    Sorta related, have also been enjoying Wittgenstein's Vienna

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  • A Pattern Language

    A Pattern Language

    A Pattern Language

    Christopher Alexander,Ingrid Fiksdahl-King,Max Jacobson,Murray Silverstein,Sara Ishikawa,Shlomo Angel
    Architecture
    4.41 (4,548)

    At the core of a pattern language is the philosophy that in designing their environments people always rely on certain ‘languages,’ which, like the languages we speak, allow them to articulate and communicate an infinite variety of designs within a formal system which gives them coherence.this book provides a language of this kind. it will enable making a design for almost any kind of building, or any part of the built environment. ‘patterns,’ the units of this language, are answers to design problems: how high should a window sill be?;

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  • The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics

    The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics

    The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics

    Nicholas J. Higham
    Mathematics
    4.63 (70)

    This is the most authoritative and accessible single-volume reference book on applied mathematics. featuring numerous entries by leading experts and organized thematically, it introduces readers to applied mathematics and its uses; explains key concepts; describes important equations, laws, and functions; looks at exciting areas of research; covers modeling and simulation; explores areas of application; and more.modeled on the popular princeton companion to mathematics, this volume is an indispensable resource for undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and practitioners in other disciplines seeking a user-friendly reference book on applied mathematics.features nearly 200

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  • The City in History
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  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    The Count of Monte Cristo

    The Count of Monte Cristo

    Alexandre Dumas père
    4.27 (813,159)

    Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, edmond dantes is confined to the grim fortress of if. there he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the isle of monte cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. dumas’ epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular success when it was first serialized

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  • Stuff Matters

    Stuff Matters

    Stuff Matters

    Mark Miodownik
    Science
    4.1 (16,351)

    An adventure deep inside the everyday materials that surround us, packed with surprising stories and fascinating science. why is glass see-through? what makes elastic stretchy? why does a paper clip bend? why does any material look and behave the way it does? these are the sorts of questions that mark miodownik a globally-renowned materials scientist has spent his life exploring in this book he examines the materials he encounters in a typical morning, from the steel in his razor and the graphite in his pencil to the foam in his

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  • On the Shortness of Life

    On the Shortness of Life

    On the Shortness of Life

    Seneca
    Health & Fitness
    Philosophy
    4.18 (25,006)

    The stoic writings of the philosopher seneca offer powerful insights into the art of living, the importance of reason and morality, and continue to provide profound guidance to many through their eloquence, lucidity and timeless wisdom.throughout history, some books have changed the world. they have transformed the way we see ourselves—and each other. they have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. they have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. they have enriched lives—and destroyed them.now, penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook

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  • Global Catastrophic Risks

    Global Catastrophic Risks

    Global Catastrophic Risks

    Milan M. Cirkovic,Nick Bostrom
    Science
    3.99 (235)

    A global catastrophic risk is one with the potential to wreak death and destruction on a global scale. in human history, wars and plagues have done so on more than one occasion, and misguided ideologies and totalitarian regimes have darkened an entire era or a region. advances in technology are adding dangers of a new kind. it could happen again.in global catastrophic risks 25 leading experts look at the gravest risks facing humanity in the 21st century, including asteroid impacts, gamma-ray bursts, earth-based natural catastrophes, nuclear war, terrorism, global warming,

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  • The Educated Mind

    The Educated Mind

    The Educated Mind

    Kieran Egan
    Education
    4.19 (89)

    The educated mind offers a bold and revitalizing new vision for today's uncertain educational system. kieran egan reconceives education, taking into account how we learn. he proposes the use of particular "intellectual tools"—such as language or literacy—that shape how we make sense of the world. these mediating tools generate successive kinds of understanding: somatic, mythic, romantic, philosophical, and ironic. egan's account concludes with practical proposals for how teaching and curriculum can be changed to reflect the way children learn. "a carefully argued and readable book. . . . egan proposes

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  • The Big Score

    The Big Score

    The Big Score

    Michael S. Malone
    Business & Economics
    3.98 (41)

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  • The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan

    The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan

    The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan

    James Morier
    English fiction
    3.89 (478)

    Full of rip-roaring exploits, witty satire, and nimble humor, this classic work of fiction, first published in 1824, launches readers along on the rags-to-riches escapades of hajji baba, the lazy son of a barber, as he seeks his fortune... but only if it doesn't demand too much work of him. james morier's journeys through the middle east as a representative of the british government lent him an extensive and intimate knowledge of iranian culture, one that he used to great effect in his writing. the translation into persian of hajji

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  • Computer Lib/Dream Machines

    Computer Lib/Dream Machines

    Computer Lib/Dream Machines

    Theodore H. Nelson
    Computer graphics
    4.45 (119)

    Nelson writes passionately about the need for people to understand computers deeply, more deeply than was generally promoted as computer literacy, which he considers a superficial kind of familiarity with particular hardware and software. his rallying cry "down with cybercrud" is against the centralization of computers such as that performed by ibm at the time, as well as against what he sees as the intentional untruths that "computer people" tell to non-computer people to keep them from understanding computers. in dream machines, nelson covers the flexible media potential of the

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  • Metamagical Themas

    Metamagical Themas

    Metamagical Themas

    Douglas R Hofstadter
    4.19 (3,561)

    Hofstadter's collection of quirky essays is unified by its primary concern: to examine the way people perceive and think.

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  • Postcards from Tomorrow Square

    Postcards from Tomorrow Square

    Postcards from Tomorrow Square

    James Fallows
    History
    3.91 (745)

    “americans need not be hostile toward china's rise, but they should be wary about its eventual effects. the united states is the only nation with the scale and power to try to set the terms of its interaction with china rather than just succumb. so starting now, americans need to consider the economic, environmental, political, and social goals they care about defending as chinese influence grows.” —from “china makes, the world takes”since december 2006, the atlantic magazine's james fallows has been writing some of the most discerning accounts of the

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  • Dracula

    Dracula

    Dracula

    Bram Stoker,David J. Skal,Nina Auerbach
    Children's stories
    4 (1,064,327)

    You can find an alternative cover edition for this isbn here and here.a rich selection of background and source materials is provided in three areas: contexts includes probable inspirations for dracula in the earlier works of james malcolm rymer and emily gerard. also included are a discussion of stoker's working notes for the novel and "dracula's guest," the original opening chapter to dracula. reviews and reactions reprints five early reviews of the novel. "dramatic and film variations" focuses on theater and film adaptations of dracula, two indications of the novel's

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  • On Intelligence

    On Intelligence

    On Intelligence

    Jeff Hawkins,Sandra Blakeslee
    4.12 (6,505)

    Jeff hawkins, the man who created the palmpilot, treo smart phone, and other handheld devices, has reshaped our relationship to computers. now he stands ready to revolutionize both neuroscience and computing in one stroke, with a new understanding of intelligence itself.hawkins develops a powerful theory of how the human brain works, explaining why computers are not intelligent and how, based on this new theory, we can finally build intelligent machines.the brain is not a computer, but a memory system that stores experiences in a way that reflects the true structure

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  • Amusing Ourselves to Death

    Amusing Ourselves to Death

    Amusing Ourselves to Death

    Neil Postman
    Social Science
    4.13 (24,983)

    Television has conditioned us to tolerate visually entertaining material measured out in spoonfuls of time, to the detriment of rational public discourse and reasoned public affairs. in this eloquent, persuasive book, neil postman alerts us to the real and present dangers of this state of affairs, and offers compelling suggestions as to how to withstand the media onslaught. before we hand over politics, education, religion, and journalism to the show business demands of the television age, we must recognize the ways in which the media shape our lives and the

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  • On LISP

    On LISP

    On LISP

    Paul Graham
    Computers
    4.29 (466)

    Starting in the 1980s, lisp began to be used in several large systems, including emacs, autocad, and interleaf. on lisp explains the reasons behind lisp's growing popularity as a mainstream programming language. on lisp is a comprehensive study of advanced lisp techniques, with bottom-up programming as the unifying theme. it gives the first complete description of macros and macro applications. the book also covers important subjects related to bottom-up programming, including functional programming, rapid prototyping, interactive development, and embedded languages. the final chapter takes a deeper look at object-oriented programming

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  • Dealers of Lightning

    Dealers of Lightning

    Dealers of Lightning

    Michael A. Hiltzik
    Business & Economics
    4.13 (2,025)

    March 1999 while gates, jobs, and the other big boys of silicon valley are basking in the glory of the information age, renowned los angeles times reporter michael hiltzik reveals how, back in the early '70s, a group of inventors at xerox's palo alto research center (parc) blazed the trail for all of today's indispensable technology — from the pc to email to atms to meteorologists' weather maps. and they did it without fanfare or recognition from their employer. hiltzik's dealers of lightning provides a fascinating look at technohistory that

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  • The Arabs

    The Arabs

    The Arabs

    Eugene Rogan
    History
    4.33 (3,305)

    To american observers, the arab world often seems little more than a distant battleground characterized by religious zealotry and political chaos. years of tone-deaf us policies have left the region powerless to control its own destiny—playing into a longstanding sense of shame and impotence for a once-mighty people. in this definitive account, preeminent historian eugene rogan traces five centuries of arab history, from the ottoman conquests through the british and french colonial periods and up to the present age of unipolar american hegemony. the arab world is now more acutely

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  • Sum

    Sum

    Sum

    David Eagleman
    Fiction
    4.13 (17,842)

    At once funny, wistful and unsettling, sum is a dazzling exploration of unexpected afterlives—each presented as a vignette that offers a stunning lens through which to see ourselves in the here and now. in one afterlife, you may find that god is the size of a microbe and unaware of your existence. in another version, you work as a background character in other people’s dreams. or you may find that god is a married couple, or that the universe is running backward, or that you are forced to live out

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  • A Decade of Research

    A Decade of Research

    A Decade of Research

    Giuliana ed. Lavendel
    3 (1)

    A series of papers showing the early research of xerox regarding computers. includes the first reference of the term "windows" in computer nomenclature.

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  • The Ocean of Life

    The Ocean of Life

    The Ocean of Life

    Callum Roberts
    Nature
    4.27 (739)

    Who can forget the sense of wonder with which they discovered the creatures of the deep? in this vibrant hymn to the sea, callum roberts—one of the world’s foremost conservation biologists—leads readers on a fascinating tour of mankind’s relationship to the sea, from the earliest traces of water on earth to the oceans as we know them today. in the process, roberts looks at how the taming of the oceans has shaped human civilization and affected marine life.we have always been fish eaters, from the dawn of civilization, but in

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  • Nixonland

    Nixonland

    Nixonland

    Rick Perlstein
    History
    4.2 (8,837)

    Politically insightful, nixonland recaptures the turbulent 60s & early 70s, revealing how dick nixon rose from the political grave to seize & hold the presidency. perlstein's account begins with the '65 watts riots, nine months after johnson's landslide victory over goldwater appeared to herald a permanent liberal consensus. yet the next year, scores of liberals were tossed from congress, america was more divided than ever & a disgraced politician was on his way to a shocking comeback. between '65 & '72, america experienced a 2nd civil war. from its ashes,

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  • Pacific

    Pacific

    Pacific

    Simon Winchester
    4.02 (3,212)

    Following his acclaimed atlantic and the men who united the states, new york times bestselling author simon winchester offers an enthralling biography of the pacific ocean and its role in the modern world, exploring our relationship with this imposing force of nature.as the mediterranean shaped the classical world, and the atlantic connected europe to the new world, the pacific ocean defines our tomorrow. with china on the rise, so, too, are the american cities of the west coast, including seattle, san francisco, and the long cluster of towns down the

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  • Matterhorn

    Matterhorn

    Matterhorn

    Karl Marlantes
    Fiction
    4.19 (42,560)

    A big, powerful saga of men in combat, written over the course of thirty-five years by a highly decorated vietnam veteran.intense, powerful, and compelling, matterhorn is an epic war novel in the tradition of norman mailer's the naked and the dead and james jones's the thin red line. it is the timeless story of a young marine lieutenant, waino mellas, and his comrades in bravo company, who are dropped into the mountain jungle of vietnam as boys and forced to fight their way into manhood. standing in their way are

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  • The Old Way

    The Old Way

    The Old Way

    Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
    Social Science
    4.24 (461)

    One of our most influential anthropologists reevaluates her long and illustrious career by returning to her roots--and the roots of life as we know it.when elizabeth marshall thomas first arrived in africa to live among the kalahari san, or bushmen, it was 1950, she was nineteen years old, and these last surviving hunter-gatherers were living as humans had lived for 15,000 centuries. thomas wound up writing about their world in a seminal work, the harmless people (1959). it has never gone out of print.back then, this was uncharted territory and

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  • Plagues and Peoples

    Plagues and Peoples

    Plagues and Peoples

    William H. McNeill
    Social Science
    3.9 (4,269)

    Upon its original publication, plagues and peoples was an immediate critical and popular success, offering a radically new interpretation of world history as seen through the extraordinary impact--political, demographic, ecological, and psychological--of disease on cultures. from the conquest of mexico by smallpox as much as by the spanish, to the bubonic plague in china, to the typhoid epidemic in europe, the history of disease is the history of humankind. with the identification of aids in the early 1980s, another chapter has been added to this chronicle of events, which william

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  • China Airborne

    China Airborne

    China Airborne

    James Fallows
    Business & Economics
    3.86 (594)

    More than two-thirds of the new airports under construction today are being built in china. chinese airlines expect to triple their fleet size over the next decade and will account for the fastest-growing market for boeing and airbus. but the chinese are determined to be more than customers. in 2011, china announced its twelfth five-year plan, which included the commitment to spend a quarter of a trillion dollars to jump-start its aerospace industry. its goal is to produce the boeings and airbuses of the future. toward that end, it acquired

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  • Technics and Civilization

    Technics and Civilization

    Technics and Civilization

    Lewis Mumford
    History
    4.29 (482)

    This is a history of the machine and a critical study of its effects on civilization. mumford has drawn on every aspect of life to explain the machine and to trace its social results. "an extraordinarily wide-ranging, sensitive, and provocative book about a subject upon whichphilosophers have so far shed but little light" (journal of philosophy).

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  • A Vast Machine

    A Vast Machine

    A Vast Machine

    Paul N. Edwards
    Technology & Engineering
    4 (102)

    Global warming skeptics often fall back on the argument that the scientific case for global warming is all model predictions, nothing but simulation; they warn us that we need to wait for real data, “sound science.” in a vast machine paul edwards has news for these skeptics: without models, there are no data. today, no collection of signals or observations—even from satellites, which can “see” the whole planet with a single instrument—becomes global in time and space without passing through a series of data models. everything we know about the

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  • Whole Earth Discipline

    Whole Earth Discipline

    Whole Earth Discipline

    Stewart Brand
    Business & Economics
    4.13 (1,172)

    According to stewart brand, a lifelong environmentalist who sees everything in terms of solvable design problems, three profound transformations are underway on earth right now. climate change is real and is pushing us toward managing the planet as a whole. urbanization--half the world's population now lives in cities, and eighty percent will by midcentury--is altering humanity's land impact and wealth. and biotechnology is becoming the world's dominant engineering tool. in light of these changes, brand suggests that environmentalists are going to have to reverse some longheld opinions and embrace tools

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  • The Chip

    The Chip

    The Chip

    T.R. Reid
    4.25 (619)

    Barely fifty years ago a computer was a gargantuan, vastly expensive thing that only a handful of scientists had ever seen. the world's brightest engineers were stymied in their quest to make these machines small and affordable until the solution finally came from two ingenious young americans. jack kilby and robert noyce hit upon the stunning discovery that would make possible the silicon microchip, a work that would ultimately earn kilby the nobel prize for physics in 2000. in this completely revised and updated edition of , t.r. reid tells

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  • Midnight's Children

    Midnight's Children

    Midnight's Children

    Salman Rushdie
    Fiction
    3.98 (111,452)

    Saleem sinai was born at midnight, the midnight of india's independence, and found himself mysteriously "handcuffed to history" by the coincidence. he is one of 1,001 children born at the midnight hour, each of them endowed with an extraordinary talent—and whose privilege and curse it is to be both master and victims of their times. through saleem's gifts—inner ear and wildly sensitive sense of smell—we are drawn into a fascinating family saga set against the vast, colourful background of the india of the 20th century.

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  • Moral Mazes

    Moral Mazes

    Moral Mazes

    Robert Jackall
    Business & Economics
    3.99 (357)

    Robert jackall's moral mazes offers an eye-opening account of how corporate managers think the world works, and how big organizations shape moral consciousness. based on extensive interviews with managers at every level of two industrial firms and of a large public relations agency, moral mazes takes the reader inside the intricate world of the corporation. jackall reveals a world where hard work does not necessarily lead to success, but where sharp talk, self-promotion, powerful patrons, and sheer luck might. cheerfully-bland public faces mask intense competition in this world where people

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  • The Nature of Mathematical Modeling

    The Nature of Mathematical Modeling

    The Nature of Mathematical Modeling

    Neil Gershenfeld
    3.9 (21)

    This book first covers exact and approximate analytical techniques (ordinary differential and difference equations, partial differential equations, variational principles, stochastic processes); numerical methods (finite differences for ode's and pde's, finite elements, cellular automata); model inference based on observations (function fitting, data transforms, network architectures, search techniques, density estimation); as well as the special role of time in modeling (filtering and state estimation, hidden markov processes, linear and nonlinear time series). each of the topics in the book would be the worthy subject of a dedicated text, but only by presenting

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  • Incompleteness

    Incompleteness

    Incompleteness

    Rebecca Goldstein
    3.99 (1,431)

    "a gem…an unforgettable account of one of the great moments in the history of human thought." —steven pinkerprobing the life and work of kurt gödel, incompleteness indelibly portrays the tortured genius whose vision rocked the stability of mathematical reasoning—and brought him to the edge of madness.

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  • The Scramble for Africa

    The Scramble for Africa

    The Scramble for Africa

    Thomas Pakenham
    History
    4.14 (2,237)

    White man's conquest of the dark continent from 1876 to 1912

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  • Medieval Technology and Social Change

    Medieval Technology and Social Change

    Medieval Technology and Social Change

    Lynn White Jr.
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.74 (226)

    In medieval technology and social change, lynn white considers the effects of technological innovation on the societies of medieval europe: the slow collapse of feudalism with the development of machines and tools that introduced factories in place of cottage industries, and the development of the manorial system with the introduction of new kinds of plows and new methods of crop rotation. one invention of particular import, writes white, was the stirrup, which in turn introduced heavy, long-range cavalry to the medieval battlefield. the development thus escalated small-scale conflict to "shock

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  • The Planet Remade

    The Planet Remade

    The Planet Remade

    Oliver Morton
    Business & Economics
    3.79 (296)

    The risks of global warming are pressing and potentially vast. the difficulty of doing without fossil fuels is daunting, possibly even insurmountable. so there is an urgent need to rethink our responses to the crisis. to meet that need, a small but increasingly influential group of scientists is exploring proposals for planned human intervention in the climate system: a stratospheric veil against the sun, the cultivation of photosynthetic plankton, fleets of unmanned ships seeding the clouds. these are the technologies of geoengineerin--and as oliver morton argues in this visionary book,

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  • The Long Way

    The Long Way

    The Long Way

    Bernard Moitessier
    Sports & Recreation
    4.26 (2,361)

    The long way is bernard moitessier's own incredible story of his participation in the first golden globe race, a solo, non-stop circumnavigation rounding the three great capes of good hope, leeuwin, and the horn. for seven months, the veteran seafarer battled storms, doldrums, gear-failures, knock-downs, as well as overwhelming fatigue and loneliness. then, nearing the finish, moitessier pulled out of the race and sailed on for another three months before ending his 37,455-mile journey in tahiti. not once had he touched land.

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  • Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics

    Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics

    Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics

    Gerald Jay Sussman,Jack Wisdom
    4.37 (49)

    This textbook takes an innovative approach to the teaching of classical mechanics, emphasizing the development of general but practical intellectual tools to support the analysis of nonlinear hamiltonian systems. the development is organized around a progressively more sophisticated analysis of particular natural systems and weaves examples throughout the presentation. explorations of phenomena such as transitions to chaos, nonlinear resonances, and resonance overlaps to help the student to develop appropriate analytic tools for understanding. computational algorithms communicate methods used in the analysis of dynamical phenomena. expressing the methods of mechanics in

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  • In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz

    In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz

    In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz

    Michela Wrong
    History
    4 (2,861)

    He was known as "the leopard," and for the thirty-two years of his reign mobutu sese seko, president of zaire, showed all the cunning of his namesake, seducing western powers, buying up the opposition, and dominating his people with a devastating combination of brutality and charm. while the population was pauperized, he plundered the country's copper and diamond resources, downing pink champagne in his jungle palace like some modern-day reincarnation of joseph conrad's crazed station manager.michela wrong, a correspondent who witnessed firsthand mobutu's last days, traces the rise and fall

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  • Longitude

    Longitude

    Longitude

    Dava Sobel
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.93 (69,084)

    Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day—and had been for centuries. lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. thousands of lives, and the increasing fortunes of nations, hung on a resolution.the scientific establishment of europe—from galileo to sir issac newton—had mapped the heavens in both hemispheres in its certain pursuit of a celestial answer. in

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  • Expert Political Judgment

    Expert Political Judgment

    Expert Political Judgment

    Philip E. Tetlock
    Political Science
    4.02 (577)

    The intelligence failures surrounding the invasion of iraq dramatically illustrate the necessity of developing standards for evaluating expert opinion. this book fills that need. here, philip e. tetlock explores what constitutes good judgment in predicting future events, and looks at why experts are often wrong in their forecasts.tetlock first discusses arguments about whether the world is too complex for people to find the tools to understand political phenomena, let alone predict the future. he evaluates predictions from experts in different fields, comparing them to predictions by well-informed laity or those

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  • Asimov's New Guide To Science
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  • Justice as Fairness

    Justice as Fairness

    Justice as Fairness

    Erin I. Kelly,John Rawls
    Philosophy
    3.91 (1,319)

    This book originated as lectures for a course on political philosophy that rawls taught regularly at harvard in the 1980s. in time the lectures became a restatement of his theory of justice as fairness, revised in light of his more recent papers and his treatise political liberalism (1993). as rawls writes in the preface, the restatement presents "in one place an account of justice as fairness as i now see it, drawing on all [my previous] works." he offers a broad overview of his main lines of thought and also

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  • The Man Behind the Microchip

    The Man Behind the Microchip

    The Man Behind the Microchip

    Leslie Berlin
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.24 (385)

    0195163435|9780195163438. the man behind the microchip robert noyce and the invention of silicon valley published in the year 2005 was published by oxford university press. the author of this book is leslie berlin. ed page displaying collection of leslie berlin books here. this is the hardback version of the title "the man behind the microchip robert noyce and the invention of silicon valley" and have around pp. xiii + 402 pages. the man behind the microchip robert noyce and the invention of silicon valley is currently available with us.

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  • Quantum Computing Since Democritus

    Quantum Computing Since Democritus

    Quantum Computing Since Democritus

    Scott Aaronson
    Science
    4.14 (838)

    Written by noted quantum computing theorist scott aaronson, this book takes readers on a tour through some of the deepest ideas of maths, computer science and physics. full of insights, arguments and philosophical perspectives, the book covers an amazing array of topics. beginning in antiquity with democritus, it progresses through logic and set theory, computability and complexity theory, quantum computing, cryptography, the information content of quantum states and the interpretation of quantum mechanics. there are also extended discussions about time travel, newcomb's paradox, the anthropic principle and the views of

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  • River Town

    River Town

    River Town

    Peter Hessler
    Travel
    4.24 (11,952)

    In the heart of china's sichuan province lies the small city of fuling. surrounded by the terraced hills of the yangtze river valley, fuling has long been a place of continuity, far from the bustling political centers of beijing and shanghai. but now fuling is heading down a new path, and gradually, along with scores of other towns in this vast and ever-evolving country, it is becoming a place of change and vitality, tension and reform, disruption and growth. as the people of fuling hold on to the china they

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  • The Journalist and the Murderer
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  • Stories of Your Life and Others

    Stories of Your Life and Others

    Stories of Your Life and Others

    Ted Chiang
    Fiction
    4.23 (82,624)

    Ted chiang's first published story, "tower of babylon," won the nebula award in 1990. subsequent stories have won the asimov's sf magazine reader poll, a second nebula award, the theodore sturgeon memorial award, and the sidewise award for alternate history. he won the john w. campbell award for best new writer in 1992. story for story, he is the most honored young writer in modern sf.now, collected here for the first time are all seven of this extraordinary writer's stories so far-plus an eighth story written especially for this volume.what

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  • A Great Leap Forward

    A Great Leap Forward

    A Great Leap Forward

    Alexander J. Field Ph.D.
    3.97 (31)

    This bold re-examination of the history of u.s. economic growth is built around a novel claim, that productive capacity grew dramatically across the depression years (1929-1941) and that this advance provided the foundation for the economic and military success of the united states during the second world war as well as for the golden age (1948-1973) that followed. alexander j. field takes a fresh look at growth data and concludes that, behind a backdrop of double-digit unemployment, the 1930s actually experienced very high rates of technological and organizational innovation, fueled

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  • The Feminine Mystique

    The Feminine Mystique

    The Feminine Mystique

    Betty Friedan
    Social Science
    3.85 (26,320)

    Landmark, groundbreaking, classic—these adjectives barely do justice to the pioneering vision and lasting impact of the feminine mystique. published in 1963, it gave a pitch-perfect description of “the problem that has no name”: the insidious beliefs and institutions that undermined women’s confidence in their intellectual capabilities and kept them in the home. writing in a time when the average woman first married in her teens and 60 percent of women students dropped out of college to marry, betty friedan captured the frustrations and thwarted ambitions of a generation and showed

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  • Plato at the Googleplex

    Plato at the Googleplex

    Plato at the Googleplex

    Rebecca Goldstein
    Philosophy
    3.86 (1,762)

    Is philosophy obsolete? are the ancient questions still relevant in the age of cosmology and neuroscience, not to mention crowd-sourcing and cable news? the acclaimed philosopher and novelist rebecca newberger goldstein provides a dazzlingly original plunge into the drama of philosophy, revealing its hidden role in today’s debates on religion, morality, politics, and science. at the origin of western philosophy stands plato, who got about as much wrong as one would expect from a thinker who lived 2,400 years ago. but plato’s role in shaping philosophy was pivotal. on her

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  • Spacetime and Geometry

    Spacetime and Geometry

    Spacetime and Geometry

    Sean M. Carroll
    Science
    4.31 (423)

    Spacetime and geometry: an introduction to general relativity provides a lucid and thoroughly modern introduction to general relativity. with an accessible and lively writing style, it introduces modern techniques to what can often be a formal and intimidating subject. readers are led from the physics of flat spacetime (special relativity), through the intricacies of differential geometry and einstein's equations, and on to exciting applications such as black holes, gravitational radiation, and cosmology.

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  • I Didn't Do It for You

    I Didn't Do It for You

    I Didn't Do It for You

    Michela Wrong
    History
    4.13 (1,226)

    Scarred by decades of conflict and occupation, the craggy african nation of eritrea has weathered the world's longest-running guerrilla war. the dogged determination that secured victory against ethiopia, its giant neighbor, is woven into the national psyche, the product of cynical foreign interventions. fascist italy wanted eritrea as the springboard for a new, racially pure roman empire; britain sold off its industry for scrap; the united states needed a base for its state-of-the-art spy station; and the soviet union used it as a pawn in a proxy war.in i didn't

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  • Wind, Sand and Stars

    Wind, Sand and Stars

    Wind, Sand and Stars

    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.09 (16,484)

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  • A course in mathematical analysis, by +douard Goursat ... translated by Earle Raymond Hedrick.

    A course in mathematical analysis, by +douard Goursat ... translated by Earle Raymond Hedrick.

    A course in mathematical analysis, by +douard Goursat ... translated by Earle Raymond Hedrick.

    Michigan Historical Reprint Series
    4 (1)

    This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. this work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. this work is in the public domain in the united states of america, and possibly other

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  • Feynman Lectures On Computation

    Feynman Lectures On Computation

    Feynman Lectures On Computation

    Richard P. Feynman
    Science
    4.23 (417)

    When, in 1984–86, richard p. feynman gave his famous course on computation at the california institute of technology, he asked tony hey to adapt his lecture notes into a book. although led by feynman, the course also featured, as occasional guest speakers, some of the most brilliant men in science at that time, including marvin minsky, charles bennett, and john hopfield. although the lectures are now thirteen years old, most of the material is timeless and presents a “feynmanesque” overview of many standard and some not-so-standard topics in computer science

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  • Foucault's Pendulum

    Foucault's Pendulum

    Foucault's Pendulum

    Umberto Eco
    Fiction
    3.9 (63,478)

    Bored with their work, three Milanese editors cook up "the Plan," a hoax that connects the medieval Knights Templar with other occult groups from ancient to modern times. This produces a map indicating the geographical point from which all the powers of the earth can be controlled—a point located in Paris, France, at Foucault’s Pendulum. But in a fateful turn the joke becomes all too real, and when occult groups, including Satanists, get wind of the Plan, they go so far as to kill one of the editors in their quest to gain control of the earth.Orchestrating these and other diverse characters into his multilayered semiotic adventure, Eco has created a superb cerebral entertainment.

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  • Ocean Flying

    Ocean Flying

    Ocean Flying

    Louise Sacchi
    Overwater flying
    3.5 (2)

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  • Toward a Theory of Instruction

    Toward a Theory of Instruction

    Toward a Theory of Instruction

    Jerome Seymour Bruner
    Education
    4.2 (74)

    Instruction is an effort to assist or to shape growth. In devising instruction for the young, one would be ill advised indeed to ignore what is known about growth, its constraints and opportunities. And a theory of instruction - and this book is a series of exercises in such a theory - is in effect a theory of how growth and development are assisted by diverse means.

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  • Popper Selections

    Popper Selections

    Popper Selections

    David W. Miller,Karl R. Popper
    Philosophy
    4.06 (180)

    These excerpts from the writings of sir karl popper are an outstanding introduction to one of the most controversial of living philosophers, known especially for his devastating criticisms of plato and marx and for his uncompromising rejection of inductive reasoning. david miller, a leading expositor and critic of popper's work, has chosen thirty selections that illustrate the profundity and originality of his ideas and their applicability to current intellectual and social problems. miller's introduction demonstrates the remarkable unity of popper's thought and briefly describes his philosophy of critical rationalism, a

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  • Weather of the San Francisco Bay Region

    Weather of the San Francisco Bay Region

    Weather of the San Francisco Bay Region

    Harold Gilliam
    Nature
    4.38 (84)

    Possibly no comparable area on earth displays as many varieties of weather simultaneously as the san francisco bay region. harold gilliam explains the atmospheric forces and geologic formations that come together in this region's unique confluence of wind, river, ocean, bay, and hills. the fully revised and updated edition of this best-selling book incorporates the latest scientific information--much of it gathered from satellite technology--that has greatly improved our understanding of the weather in the years since the book was first published. writing in a delightfully engaging style, gilliam provides the

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  • Technics and Human Development (The Myth of the Machine, Vol 1)

    Technics and Human Development (The Myth of the Machine, Vol 1)

    Technics and Human Development (The Myth of the Machine, Vol 1)

    Lewis Mumford
    4.2 (251)

    Mumford explains the forces that have shaped technology since prehistoric times and shaped the modern world. he shows how tools developed because of significant parallel inventions in ritual, language, and social organization. “it is a stimulating volume, informed both with an enormous range of knowledge and empathetic spirit” (eliot fremont-smith, new york times). index; photographs.

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  • Orality and Literacy

    Orality and Literacy

    Orality and Literacy

    Walter J. Ong
    Literary Criticism
    4.1 (1,755)

    This classic work explores the vast differences between oral and literate cultures offering a very clear account of the intellectual, literary and social effects of writing, print and electronic technology.in the course of his study, walter j. ong offers fascinating insights into oral genres across the globe and through time, and examines the rise of abstract philosophical and scientific thinking. he considers the impact of orality-literacy studies not only on literary criticism and theory but on our very understanding of what it is to be a human being, conscious of

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  • Science and Sanity

    Science and Sanity

    Science and Sanity

    Alfred Korzybski
    Adventure stories
    4.39 (353)

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  • Spastic Diplegia--Bilateral Cerebral Palsy

    Spastic Diplegia--Bilateral Cerebral Palsy

    Spastic Diplegia--Bilateral Cerebral Palsy

    Amy Schulz PT NCS,Candice Johnson OTD OTR/L,Jean Stout PT MS,Lily Collison,Tom Novacheck MD
    Family & Relationships
    4.78 (9)

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    Congrats, Mom!

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