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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 volume 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
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
The new sixth edition of this best-selling introduction to biochemistry maintains the clarity and coherence that so appeals to students whilst incorporating the very latest advances in the field new worked examples and end of chapter problems and an improved artwork programme to highlight key processes and important lessons
Many new and revised requirements in the 2014 NEC impact residential commercial and industrial electrical installations The 2014 NFPA 70 NEC covers the latest requirements on electrical wiring and equipment installation issues including minimum provisions for the use of connections voltage markings conductors and cables Chapters address specific circumstances surrounding special occupancies and industrial equipment and machines It also contains specific details on the safe installation and use of communications and signaling conductors The 2014 edition of the NEC has been revised to include important changes such as Expanded AFCI and GFCI protection in homes Continued emphasis on making installations safe for electrical workers Coverage of new methods to distribute low voltage power New approaches toward ensuring safety of photovoltaic PV electric systems Changes to the long-standing voltage thresholds used in the Code Plus hundreds of others that allow for the safe implementation of the latest in electrical system and equipment technology
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
The New York Times bestselling manifesto for the future that is grounded in practical solutions addressing the world s most pressing concerns overpopulation food water energy education health care and freedom The Wall Street Journal Since the dawn of humanity a privileged few have lived in stark contrast to the hardscrabble majority Conventional wisdom says this gap cannot be closed But it is closing fast In Abundance space entrepreneur turned innovation pioneer Peter H Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler document how progress in artificial intelligence robotics digital manufacturing synthetic biology and other exponentially growing technologies will enable us to make greater gains in the next two decades than we have in the previous 200 years We will soon have the ability to meet and exceed the basic needs of every person on the planet Abundance for all is within our grasp Breaking down human needs by category water food energy healthcare education freedom Diamandis and Kotler introduce us to innovators and industry captains making tremendous strides in each area Not only is Abundance a riveting page-turner but it s a book that gives us a future worth fighting for And even more than that it shows us our... place in that fight The Christian Science Monitor more
Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics offers comprehensive topical coverage with varied examples and problems application of visual component of fluid mechanics and strong focus on effective learning The text enables the gradual development of confidence in problem solving The authors have designed their presentation to enable the gradual development of reader confidence in problem solving Each important concept is introduced in easy-to-understand terms before more complicated examples are discussed Continuing this book s tradition of extensive real-world applications the 7th edition includes more Fluid in the News case study boxes in each chapter new problem types an increased number of real-world photos and additional videos to augment the text material and help generate student interest in the topic Example problems have been updated and numerous new photographs figures and graphs have been included In addition there are more videos designed to aid and enhance comprehension support visualization skill building and engage students more deeply with the material and concepts
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the 2014 NEC Handbook from NFPA does much more than bring you up-to-code -- it also explains the reasoning behind NFPA 70 NEC concepts provides real-world examples and gives you the background behind Code revisions so you can work with authority Trust the only NEC Code reference that has it all Complete 2014 NEC text for convenient reference Explanations from experts involved with NEC development First-time commentary on four new articles that expand NEC coverage to address industry needs Commentary on important changes involving AFCIs and GFCIs electrical worker safety and green energy systems Full-color photos and visuals such as schematics floor plans flow charts and cross-sectional graphics Extracted data from other NFPA documents and UL White Book
Mastering the theory and application of electrical concepts is necessary for a successful career in the electrical installation or industrial maintenance fields and this new fifth edition of DELMAR S STANDARD TEXTBOOK OF ELECTRICITY delivers Designed to teach by blending concepts relating to electrical theory and principles with practical how to information that prepares you for situations commonly encountered on the job Topics span all the major aspects of the electrical field including atomic structure and basic electricity direct and alternating current basic circuit theory three-phase circuits single phase transformers generators and motors This revision retains all the hallmarks of our market-leading prior editions and includes enhancements such as updates to the 2011 NEC a new chapter on industry orientation and new coverage of constant-current transformers and fuel cells as well as tips on energy efficiency throughout the text
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