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Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs The Innovators is Walter Isaacson s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities What led to their creative leaps Why did some succeed and others fail In his masterly saga Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace Lord Byron s daughter who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution such as Vannevar Bush Alan Turing John von Neumann J C R Licklider Doug Engelbart Robert Noyce Bill Gates Steve Wozniak Steve Jobs Tim Berners-Lee and Larry Page This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive It s also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative For an era that seeks to foster innovation creativity and teamwork The Innovators shows how they happen
New York Times bestselling author Hampton Sides returns with a white-knuckle tale of polar exploration and survival in the Gilded AgeIn the late nineteenth century people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe the North Pole No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans although theories abounded The foremost cartographer in the world a German named August Petermann believed that warm currents sustained a verdant island at the top of the world National glory would fall to whoever could plant his flag upon its shores James Gordon Bennett the eccentric and stupendously wealthy owner of The New York Herald had recently captured the world s attention by dispatching Stanley to Africa to find Dr Livingstone Now he was keen to re-create that sensation on an even more epic scale So he funded an official U S naval expedition to reach the Pole choosing as its captain a young officer named George Washington De Long who had gained fame for a rescue operation off the coast of Greenland De Long led a team of 32 men deep into uncharted Arctic waters carrying the aspirations of a young country burning to become a world power On July 8 1879 the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to... cheering crowds in the grip of Arctic Fever The ship sailed into uncharted seas but soon was trapped in pack ice Two years into the harrowing voyage the hull was breached Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards the crew abandoned the ship Less than an hour later the Jeannette sank to the bottom and the men found themselves marooned a thousand miles north of Siberia with only the barest supplies Thus began their long march across the endless ice a frozen hell in the most lonesome corner of the world Facing everything from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and frosty labyrinths the expedition battled madness and starvation as they desperately strove for survival With twists and turns worthy of a thriller In The Kingdom of Ice is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth more
When the San Jos mine collapsed outside of Copiap Chile in August 2010 it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking sixty-nine days The entire world watched what transpired above-ground during the grueling and protracted rescue but the saga of the miners experiences below the Earth s surface and the lives that led them there has never been heard until now For Deep Down Dark the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist H ctor Tobar received exclusive access to the miners and their tales These thirty-three men came to think of the mine a cavern inflicting constant and thundering aural torment as a kind of coffin and as a church where they sought redemption through prayer Even while still buried they all agreed that if by some miracle any of them escaped alive they would share their story only collectively H ctor Tobar was the person they chose to hear and now to tell that story The result is a masterwork or narrative journalism a riveting at times shocking emotionally textured account of a singular human event Deep Down Dark brings to haunting tactile life the experience of being imprisoned inside a mountain of stone the horror of being slowly consumed by hunger and the spiritual and mystical... elements that surrounded working in such a dangerous place In its stirring final chapters it captures the profound way in which the lives of everyone involved in the disaster were forever changed more
Did you know that can you scroll a Web page just by tapping the space bar How do you recover photos you ve deleted by accident What can you do if your cell phone s battery is dead by dinnertime each day When it comes to technology there s no driver s ed class or government-issued pamphlet covering the essentials Somehow you re just supposed to know how to use your phone tablet computer camera Web browser e-mail and social networks Luckily award-winning tech expert David Pogue comes to the rescue with Pogue s Basics a book that will change your relationship with all of the technology in your life With wit and authority Pogue s Basics collects every essential technique for making your gadgets seem easier faster and less of a hassle Crystal-clear illustrations accompany these 225 easy-to-follow tips Tips include Make the type bigger on your screen Bring a wet phone back from the dead The fastest way to charge an iPad The 10 best apps to put on your phone How to type symbols Bypass annoyingly long voice mail instructions Use map apps on your phone without an Internet connection Sign a contract electronically See what s in a file without opening it The 12 best free services on the Web Turn off automatic bullets lists and links in Word... Protect yourself from online scams and viruses Set up an automatic backup system on your computer What to do about junk e-mail Send photos so that they don t bounce back Print or email articles without ads How to get money for your used electronics Rename a bunch of files in one fell swoop Make YouTube videos sharper and much more At last you can lose that nagging insecure feeling that you re not the master of your own gadgets The tech tips in Pogue s Basics are all you need the shortcuts to a happier technological life more
From the New York Times bestselling author of Where Good Ideas Come From and Everything Bad Is Good for You a new look at the power and legacy of great ideas In this illustrated history Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries tracing facets of modern life refrigeration clocks and eyeglass lenses to name a few from their creation by hobbyists amateurs and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of contemporary life In his trademark style Johnson examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields how the invention of air-conditioning enabled the largest migration of human beings in the history of the species to cities such as Dubai or Phoenix which would otherwise be virtually uninhabitable how pendulum clocks helped trigger the industrial revolution and how clean water made it possible to manufacture computer chips Accompanied by a major... six-part television series on PBS How We Got to Now is the story of collaborative networks building the modern world written in the provocative informative and engaging style that has earned Johnson fans around the globe more
LEGO MINDSTORMS has changed the way we think about robotics by making it possible for anyone to build real working robots The latest MINDSTORMS set EV3 is more powerful than ever and The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book is the complete beginner-friendly guide you need to get started Begin with the basics as you build and program a simple robot to experiment with motors sensors and EV3 programming Then you ll move on to a series of increasingly sophisticated robots that will show you how to work with advanced programming techniques like data wires variables and custom-made programming blocks You ll also learn essential building techniques like how to use beams gears and connector blocks effectively in your own designs Master the possibilities of the EV3 set as you build and program The EXPLOR3R a wheeled vehicle that uses sensors to navigate around a room and follow linesThe FORMULA EV3 RACE CAR a streamlined remote-controlled race carANTY a six-legged walking creature that adapts its behavior to its surroundingsSK3TCHBOT a robot that lets you play games on the EV3 screenThe SNATCH3R a robotic arm that can autonomously find grab lift and move the infrared beaconLAVA R3X a humanoid robot that walks and talksMore than 150... building and programming challenges throughout encourage you to think creatively and apply what you ve learned to invent your own robots With The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book as your guide you ll be building your own out-of-this-world creations in no time Requirements One LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set LEGO SET 31313 more
A New York Times Bestseller An eye-opening 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 is constantly asking himself A globally-renowned materials scientist Miodownik has spent his life exploring objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world In Stuff Matters Miodownik entertainingly 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 sneakers and the concrete in a nearby skyscraper He offers a compendium of the most astounding histories and marvelous scientific breakthroughs in the material world including The imprisoned alchemist who saved himself from execution by creating the first European porcelain The hidden gem of the Milky Way a planet five times the size of Earth made entirely of diamond Graphene the thinnest strongest stiffest material in existence only a single atom thick that could be... used to make entire buildings sensitive to touch From the teacup to the jet engine the silicon chip to the paper clip the plastic in our appliances to the elastic in our underpants our lives are overflowing with materials Full of enthralling tales of the miracles of engineering that permeate our lives Stuff Matters will make you see stuff in a whole new way more
You ll enjoy this gun book if You want updated information and gun reviews on both recently released firearms older gunsYou re looking for an accurate firearms catalogYou want to read about all things guns from handloading to ammunition moreFor nearly 7 decades Gun Digest has been regarded by the shooting industry hunters competitive shooters collectors and hobbyists everywhere as the shooter s No 1 resource In our 2015 69th Edition Jerry Lee again helps us carry on the tradition of being the gun book every firearms lover turns to With in-depth articles about today s most fascinating guns both old and new testfire stories on the industry s hot-off-the-line guns insights on fine collectibles and custom creations and up to date reports on new optics guns ammo and reloading equipment this book has something for everyone Whether you re interested in the latest tactical firearms or the antiques of yesterday new ammunition or the latest in reloading innovations you simply won t find a more comprehensive collection of firearms information Gun Digest 2015 has it all Inside you ll find Hundreds of full-color photos rifles handguns shotguns custom guns and tactical firearms ammunition and handloading resources and much much more
How do successful companies create products people can t put down Why do some products capture widespread attention while others flop What makes us engage with certain products out of sheer habit Is there a pattern underlying how technologies hook us Nir Eyal answers these questions and many more by explaining the Hook Model a four-step process embedded into the products of many successful companies to subtly encourage customer behavior Through consecutive hook cycles these products reach their ultimate goal of bringing users back again and again without depending on costly advertising or aggressive messaging Hooked is based on Eyal s years of research consulting and practical experience He wrote the book he wished had been available to him as a start-up founder not abstract theory but a how-to guide for building better products Hooked is written for product managers designers marketers start-up founders and anyone who seeks to understand how products influence our behavior Eyal provides readers with Practical insights to create user habits that stick Actionable steps for building products people love Fascinating examples from the iPhone to Twitter Pinterest to the Bible App and many other habit-forming products
This is teaching at its best --Hans Camenzind inventor of the 555 timer the world s most successful integrated circuit and author of Much Ado About Almost Nothing Man s Encounter with the Electron Booklocker com A fabulous book well written well paced fun and informative I also love the sense of humor It s very good at disarming the fear And it s gorgeous I ll be recommending this book highly --Tom Igoe author of Physical Computing and Making Things TalkWant to learn the fundamentals of electronics in a fun hands-on way With Make Electronics you ll start working on real projects as soon as you crack open the book Explore all of the key components and essential principles through a series of fascinating experiments You ll build the circuits first then learn the theory behind them Build working devices from simple to complexYou ll start with the basics and then move on to more complicated projects Go from switching circuits to integrated circuits and from simple alarms to programmable microcontrollers Step-by-step instructions and more than 500 full-color photographs and illustrations will help you use -- and understand -- electronics concepts and techniques Discover by breaking things experiment with components and learn from... failureSet up a tricked-out project space make a work area at home equipped with the tools and parts you ll needLearn about key electronic components and their functions within a circuitCreate an intrusion alarm holiday lights wearable electronic jewelry audio processors a reflex tester and a combination lockBuild an autonomous robot cart that can sense its environment and avoid obstaclesGet clear easy-to-understand explanations of what you re doing and whymore