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Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly Wilbur and Orville Wright On a winter day in 1903 in the Outer Banks of North Carolina two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened the age of flight had begun with the first heavier-than-air powered machine carrying a pilot Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did David McCullough two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize tells the surprising profoundly American story of Wilbur and Orville Wright Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success they were men of exceptional courage and determination and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity much of which they attributed to their upbringing The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing but there were books aplenty supplied mainly by their preacher father and they never stopped reading When they worked together no problem seemed to be insurmountable Wilbur was unquestionably a genius Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen That they... had no more than a public high school education little money and no contacts in high places never stopped them in their mission to take to the air Nothing did not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off in one of their contrivances they risked being killed In this thrilling book master historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers including private diaries notebooks scrapbooks and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers story including the little-known contributions of their sister Katharine without whom things might well have gone differently for them more
In Elon Musk Tesla SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley s most audacious entrepreneur Written with exclusive access to Musk his family and friends the book traces the entrepreneur s journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world Vance spent more than 30 hours in conversation with Musk and interviewed close to 300 people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk s world-changing companies PayPal Tesla Motors SpaceX and SolarCity and to characterize a man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation while making plenty of enemies along the way Vance uses Musk s story to explore one of the pressing questions of our time can the nation of inventors and creators which led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition He argues that Musk--one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history--is a contemporary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists like Thomas Edison Henry Ford Howard Hughes and Steve Jobs More than any other entrepreneur today Musk has dedicated... his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy more
1 New York Times BestsellerFrom the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the LusitaniaOn May 1 1915 with WWI entering its tenth month a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York bound for Liverpool carrying a record number of children and infants The passengers were surprisingly at ease even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone For months German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic But the Lusitania was one of the era s great transatlantic Greyhounds the fastest liner then in service and her captain William Thomas Turner placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack Germany however was determined to change the rules of the game and Walther Schwieger the captain of Unterseeboot-20 was happy to oblige Meanwhile an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger s U-boat but told no one As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool an array of forces both grand and achingly small hubris a chance fog a closely guarded secret and more all converged to produce one of the great... disasters of history It is a story that many of us think we know but don t and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era Full of glamour and suspense Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson a man lost to grief dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love Gripping and important Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history more
Firebrand conservative columnist commentator Internet entrepreneur and 1 New York Times bestselling author Michelle Malkin tells the fascinating little-known stories of the inventors who have contributed to American exceptionalism and technological progress In July 2012 President Obama infamously proclaimed If you ve got a business you didn t build that Somebody else made that happen Malkin wholeheartedly disagrees Who Built That is a rousing tribute to the hidden American capitalists who pioneered everyday inventions They re the little big things we take for granted bottle caps and glassware tissue paper flashlights railroad signals bridge cables revolutionary plastics and more Malkin takes readers on an eclectic journey of American capitalism from the colonial period to the Industrial Age to the present spotlighting awe-inspiring and little-known tinkerpreneurs who achieved their dreams of doing well by doing good You ll learn how famous patent holders Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain championed the nation s unique system of intellectual property rights how glass manufacturing mavericks Edward Libbey and Mike Owens defied naysayers to revolutionize food beverage and pharmaceutical packaging how penniless Croatian immigrant... Anthony Maglica started his 400 million Maglite flashlight business in a rented garage and many more riveting stories that explain our country s fertile climate for scientific advancement and entrepreneurship To understand who we are as people we need to first understand what motivates America s ordinary and extraordinary makers and risk-takers Driven by her own experience as a second-generation beneficiary of the American Dream Malkin skillfully and passionately rebuts collectivist orthodoxy to celebrate the engineers mechanics designers artisans and relentless tinkerers of all backgrounds who embody our nation s spirit of self-made entrepreneurialism more
What are the jobs of the future How many will there be And who will have them We might imagine and hope that today s industrial revolution will unfold like the last even as some jobs are eliminated more will be created to deal with the new innovations of a new era In Rise of the Robots Silicon Valley entrepreneur Martin Ford argues that this is absolutely not the case As technology continues to accelerate and machines begin taking care of themselves fewer people will be necessary Artificial intelligence is already well on its way to making good jobs obsolete many paralegals journalists office workers and even computer programmers are poised to be replaced by robots and smart software As progress continues blue and white collar jobs alike will evaporate squeezing working- and middle-class families ever further At the same time households are under assault from exploding costs especially from the two major industries education and health care that so far have not been transformed by information technology The result could well be massive unemployment and inequality as well as the implosion of the consumer economy itself In Rise of the Robots Ford details what machine intelligence and robotics can accomplish and implores employers... scholars and policy makers alike to face the implications The past solutions to technological disruption especially more training and education aren t going to work and we must decide now whether the future will see broad-based prosperity or catastrophic levels of inequality and economic insecurity Rise of the Robots is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what accelerating technology means for their own economic prospects not to mention those of their children as well as for society as a whole more
At long last here is the thoroughly revised and updated third edition of the hugely successful Art of Electronics It is widely accepted as the best single authoritative book on electronic circuit design In addition to new or enhanced coverage of many topics the Third Edition includes 90 oscilloscope screenshots illustrating the behavior of working circuits dozens of graphs giving highly useful measured data of the sort that s often buried or omitted in datasheets but which you need when designing circuits 80 tables listing some 1650 active components enabling intelligent choice of circuit components by listing essential characteristics both specified and measured of available parts The new Art of Electronics retains the feeling of informality and easy access that helped make the earlier editions so successful and popular It is an indispensable reference and the gold standard for anyone student or researcher professional or amateur who works with electronic circuits
In 2009 BlackBerry controlled half of the smartphone market Today that number is less than one percent What went so wrong Losing the Signal is a riveting story of a company that toppled global giants before succumbing to the ruthlessly competitive forces of Silicon Valley This is not a conventional tale of modern business failure by fraud and greed The rise and fall of BlackBerry reveals the dangerous speed at which innovators race along the information superhighway With unprecedented access to key players senior executives directors and competitors Losing the Signal unveils the remarkable rise of a company that started above a bagel store in Ontario At the heart of the story is an unlikely partnership between a visionary engineer Mike Lazaridis and an abrasive Harvard Business school grad Jim Balsillie Together they engineered a pioneering pocket email device that became the tool of choice for presidents and CEOs The partnership enjoyed only a brief moment on top of the world however At the very moment BlackBerry was ranked the world s fastest growing company internal feuds and chaotic growth crippled the company as it faced its gravest test Apple and Google s entry in to mobile phones Expertly told by acclaimed journalists... Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff this is an entertaining whirlwind narrative that goes behind the scenes to reveal one of the most compelling business stories of the new century more
Hadfield is a genius a man of science and technology and no first-timer to the universe -New York Post Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft In his bestselling An Astronaut s Guide to Life on Earth Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible Through eye-opening entertaining stories his vivid and refreshing insights will teach you how to think like an astronaut and will change completely the way you view life on Earth-especially your own
Clear writing and illustrations Clear explanations of difficult concepts Clear communication of the ways in biochemistry is currently understood and practiced For over 35 years in edition after bestselling edition Principles of Biochemistry has put those defining principles into practice guiding students through a coherent introduction to the essentials of biochemistry without overwhelming them The new edition brings this remarkable text into a new era Like its predecessors Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry Sixth Edition strikes a careful balance of current science and enduring concepts incorporating a tremendous amount of new findings but only those that help illustrate biochemistry s foundational principles With this edition students will encounter new information emerging from high throughput DNA sequencing x-ray crystallography and the manipulation of genes and gene expression and other techniques In addition students will see how contemporary biochemistry has shifted away from exploring metabolic pathways in isolation to focusing on interactions among pathways They will also get an updated understanding of the relevance of biochemistry to the study of human disease especially diabetes as well as the important role of... evolutionary theory in biochemical research These extensive content changes as well as new art and powerful new learning technologies make this edition of Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry the most impressive yet more
A poetic and nuanced exploration of the human experience of flight that reminds us of the full imaginative weight of our most ordinary journeys and reawakens our capacity to be amazed The twenty-first century has relegated airplane flight a once remarkable feat of human ingenuity to the realm of the mundane Mark Vanhoenacker a 747 pilot who left academia and a career in the business world to pursue his childhood dream of flight asks us to reimagine what we both as pilots and as passengers are actually doing when we enter the world between departure and discovery In a seamless fusion of history politics geography meteorology ecology family and physics Vanhoenacker vaults across geographical and cultural boundaries above mountains oceans and deserts through snow wind and rain renewing a simultaneously humbling and almost superhuman activity that affords us unparalleled perspectives on the planet we inhabit and the communities we form
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