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The 1 New York Times bestsellerThe phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America s greatest achievements in space Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P Henson Octavia Spencer Janelle Monae Kirsten Dunst and Kevin Costner Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as human computers used pencils rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women some of the brightest minds of their generation Originally relegated to teaching math in the South s segregated public schools they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II when America s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff Suddenly these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills and they answered Uncle Sam s call moving to Hampton Virginia and the fascinating high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory Even as Virginia s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white... counterparts the women of Langley s all-black West Computing group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War and complete domination of the heavens Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan Mary Jackson Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden four African American women who participated in some of NASA s greatest successes It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives and their country s future more
The New York Times bestselling winner of the 2016 James Beard Award for General Cooking and the IACP Cookbook of the Year Award A grand tour of the science of cooking explored through popular American dishes illustrated in full color Ever wondered how to pan-fry a steak with a charred crust and an interior that s perfectly medium-rare from edge to edge when you cut into it How to make homemade mac n cheese that is as satisfyingly gooey and velvety-smooth as the blue box stuff but far tastier How to roast a succulent moist turkey forget about brining and use a foolproof method that works every time As Serious Eats s culinary nerd-in-residence J Kenji L pez-Alt has pondered all these questions and more In The Food Lab Kenji focuses on the science behind beloved American dishes delving into the interactions between heat energy and molecules that create great food Kenji shows that often conventional methods don t work that well and home cooks can achieve far better results using new but simple techniques In hundreds of easy-to-make recipes with over 1 000 full-color images you will find out how to make foolproof Hollandaise sauce in just two minutes how to transform one simple tomato sauce into a half dozen dishes how to make the... crispiest creamiest potato casserole ever conceived and much more Over 1000 color photographsmore
Many people dream of escaping modern life but most will never act on it This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years making this dream a reality not out of anger at the world but simply because he preferred to live on his own A New York Times bestsellerIn 1986 a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts drove to Maine and disappeared into the forest He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later when he was arrested for stealing food Living in a tent even through brutal winters he had survived by his wits and courage developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water and to avoid freezing to death He broke into nearby cottages for food clothing reading material and other provisions taking only what he needed but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life why did he leave what did he learn as well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world It is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude community and what... makes a good life and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way and succeeded more
Wonderful Michiko Kakutani New York TimesCelebrating the 20th anniversary of storytelling phenomenon The Moth 45 unforgettable true stories about risk courage and facing the unknown drawn from the best ever told on their stagesCarefully selected by the creative minds at The Moth and adapted to the page to preserve the raw energy of live storytelling All These Wonders features voices both familiar and new Alongside Louis C K Tig Notaro John Turturro and Meg Wolitzer readers will encounter an astronomer gazing at the surface of Pluto for the first time an Afghan refugee learning how much her father sacrificed to save their family a hip-hop star coming to terms with being a one-hit wonder a young female spy risking everything as part of Churchill s secret army during World War II and more High-school student and neuroscientist alike the storytellers share their ventures into uncharted territory and how their lives were changed indelibly by what they discovered there With passion and humor they encourage us all to be more open vulnerable and alive
People are now exposed to more information than ever before provided both by technology and by increasing access to every level of education These societal gains however have also helped fuel a surge in narcissistic and misguided intellectual egalitarianism that has crippled informed debates on any number of issues Today everyone knows everything with only a quick trip through WebMD or Wikipedia average citizens believe themselves to be on an equal intellectual footing with doctors and diplomats All voices even the most ridiculous demand to be taken with equal seriousness and any claim to the contrary is dismissed as undemocratic elitism As Tom Nichols shows in The Death of Expertise this rejection of experts has occurred for many reasons including the openness of the internet the emergence of a customer satisfaction model in higher education and the transformation of the news industry into a 24-hour entertainment machine Paradoxically the increasingly democratic dissemination of information rather than producing an educated public has instead created an army of ill-informed and angry citizens who denounce intellectual achievement Nichols has deeper concerns than the current rejection of expertise and learning noting that when... ordinary citizens believe that no one knows more than anyone else democratic institutions themselves are in danger of falling either to populism or to technocracy-or in the worst case a combination of both The Death of Expertise is not only an exploration of a dangerous phenomenon but also a warning about the stability and survival of modern democracy in the Information Age more
One of the most mesmerizing and important books I ve read in quite some time Alter brilliantly illuminates the new obsessions that are controlling our lives and offers the tools we need to rescue our businesses our families and our sanity Adam Grant New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and TakeWelcome to the age of behavioral addiction an age in which half of the American population is addicted to at least one behavior We obsess over our emails Instagram likes and Facebook feeds we binge on TV episodes and YouTube videos we work longer hours each year and we spend an average of three hours each day using our smartphones Half of us would rather suffer a broken bone than a broken phone and Millennial kids spend so much time in front of screens that they struggle to interact with real live humans In this revolutionary book Adam Alter a professor of psychology and marketing at NYU tracks the rise of behavioral addiction and explains why so many of today s products are irresistible Though these miraculous products melt the miles that separate people across the globe their extraordinary and sometimes damaging magnetism is no accident The companies that design these products tweak them over time until they become... almost impossible to resist By reverse engineering behavioral addiction Alter explains how we can harness addictive products for the good to improve how we communicate with each other spend and save our money and set boundaries between work and play and how we can mitigate their most damaging effects on our well-being and the health and happiness of our children Adam Alter s previous book Drunk Tank Pink And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think Feel and Behave is available in paperback from Penguin more
New York Times and International Bestseller - Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Wall Street Journal NPR Audible and AmazonIn the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley s most exciting unpredictable and ambitious entrepreneurs--a real-life Tony Stark--and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers Elon Musk spotlights the technology and vision of Elon Musk the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind SpaceX Tesla and SolarCity who sold one of his Internet companies PayPal for 1 5 billion Ashlee Vance captures the full spectacle and arc of the genius s life and work from his tumultuous upbringing in South Africa and flight to the United States to his dramatic technical innovations and entrepreneurial pursuits Vance uses Musk s story to explore one of the pressing questions of our age can the nation of inventors and creators who 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 visionary amalgam of legendary inventors and... industrialists including 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 Thorough and insightful Elon Musk brings to life a technology industry that is rapidly and dramatically changing by examining the life of one of its most powerful and influential titans more
You know the authors names You recognize the title You ve probably used this book yourself This is The Elements of Style the classic style manual now in a fourth edition A new Foreword by Roger Angell reminds readers that the advice of Strunk White is as valuable today as when it was first offered This book s unique tone wit and charm have conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers Use the fourth edition of the little book to make a big impact with writing
It s the biggest revolution you ve never heard of and it s hiding in plain sight Over the past decade Silicon Valley executives like Eric Schmidt and Elon Musk Special Operators like the Navy SEALs and the Green Berets and maverick scientists like Sasha Shulgin and Amy Cuddy have turned everything we thought we knew about high performance upside down Instead of grit better habits or 10 000 hours these trailblazers have found a surprising short cut They re harnessing rare and controversial states of consciousness to solve critical challenges and outperform the competition New York Times bestselling author Steven Kotler and high performance expert Jamie Wheal spent four years investigating the leading edges of this revolution from the home of SEAL Team Six to the Googleplex the Burning Man festival Richard Branson s Necker Island Red Bull s training center Nike s innovation team and the United Nations Headquarters And what they learned was stunning In their own ways with differing languages techniques and applications every one of these groups has been quietly seeking the same thing the boost in information and inspiration that altered states provide Today this revolution is spreading to the mainstream fueling a trillion dollar... underground economy and forcing us to rethink how we can all lead richer more productive more satisfying lives Driven by four accelerating forces psychology neurobiology technology and pharmacology we are gaining access to and insights about some of the most contested and misunderstood terrain in history Stealing Fire is a provocative examination of what s actually possible a guidebook for anyone who wants to radically upgrade their life more
Throughout the United States and around the world NFPA 70 National Electrical Code NEC sets the foundation for electrical safety in residential commercial and industrial occupancies The 2017 edition of this trusted Code presents the latest comprehensive regulations for electrical wiring overcurrent protection grounding and installation of equipment Major additions reflect the continuing growth in renewable power technology Other NEC revisions protect the public and workers from deadly hazards Work with the latest requirements governing public and private buildings homes and structures outdoor yards and lots utility equipment installations that connect to the power grid and consumer-owned power generation systems and equipment The 2017 NEC is better aligned with the safe work practices in NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace Softbound 888 pp 2017
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