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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
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
New York Times Bestseller 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
At long last here is the thoroughly revised and updated third edition of the hugely successful The 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 is often buried or omitted in datasheets but which you need when designing circuits and 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
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
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
The Most Comprehensive Book for the Computer-Based Civil FE ExamThe FE Civil Review Manual offers complete coverage of FE Civil exam knowledge areas and the relevant elements equations figures and tables from the NCEES FE Reference Handbook With 16 mini-exams to assess your grasp of the exam s knowledge areas and concise explanations of thousands of equations and hundreds of figures and tables the Review Manual contains everything you need to prepare for the FE Civil exam The Review Manual organizes the Handbook elements logically grouping related concepts that the Handbook has in disparate locations All Handbook elements are shown in blue for easy identification Equations and their associated variations and values are clearly presented Descriptions are succinct and supported by exam-like example problems with step-by-step solutions to reinforce the theory and application of fundamental concepts Thousands of terms are indexed to facilitate cross-referencing If you are preparing for a different FE exam choose Michael R Lindeburg PE s FE Electrical and Computer Review Manual FE Mechanical Review Manual FE Other Disciplines Review Manual or FE Review Manual Topics Covered Computational ToolsConstructionDynamicsEngineering... EconomicsEnvironmental EngineeringEthics and Professional PracticeFluid MechanicsGeotechnical EngineeringHydraulics and Hydrologic SystemsMaterialsMathematicsMechanics of MaterialsProbability and StatisticsStaticsStructural AnalysisStructural DesignSurveyingTransportation EngineeringTo augment your review pair your FE Civil Review Manual with PPI s FE Civil Practice Problems book It contains more than 465 multiple choice problems designed to be solved in three minutes or less This book follows the FE Civil Review Manual in chapter sequence nomenclature terminology and methodology so you can easily find clear explanations of topics where you need more support Don t miss the digital Civil FE practice products exam tips FAQs and more at ppi2pass com and feprep com more
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
From the coauthors of the New York Times bestseller Abundance comes their much anticipated follow-up Bold a radical how-to guide for using exponential technologies moonshot thinking and crowd-powered tools to create extraordinary wealth while also positively impacting the lives of billions Bold unfolds in three parts Part One focuses on the exponential technologies that are disrupting today s Fortune 500 companies and enabling upstart entrepreneurs to go from I ve got an idea to I run a billion-dollar company far faster than ever before The authors provide exceptional insight into the power of 3D printing artificial intelligence robotics networks and sensors and synthetic biology Part Two of the book focuses on the Psychology of Bold drawing on insights from billionaire entrepreneurs Larry Page Elon Musk Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos In addition Diamandis reveals his entrepreneurial secrets garnered from building fifteen companies including such audacious ventures as Singularity University XPRIZE Planetary Resources and Human Longevity Inc Finally Bold closes with a look at the best practices that allow anyone to leverage today s hyper-connected crowd like never before Here the authors teach how to design and use incentive... competitions launch million-dollar crowdfunding campaigns to tap into ten s of billions of dollars of capital and finally how to build communities armies of exponentially enabled individuals willing and able to help today s entrepreneurs make their boldest dreams come true Bold is both a manifesto and a manual It is today s exponential entrepreneur s go-to resource on the use of emerging technologies thinking at scale and the awesome power of crowd-powered tools more
William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery It was also a land withered by drought and hunger But William had read about windmills and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village a set of luxuries that only 2 percent of Malawians could enjoy electricity and running water His neighbors called him misala crazy but William refused to let go of his dreams With a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks some scrap metal tractor parts and bicycle halves and an armory of curiosity and determination he embarked on a daring plan to forge an unlikely contraption and small miracle that would change the lives around him The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity It will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual s ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him
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