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From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask Millions of people visit xkcd com each week to read Randall Munroe s iconic webcomic His stick-figure drawings about science technology language and love have a large and passionate following Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live If there was a robot apocalypse how long would humanity last In pursuit of answers Munroe runs computer simulations pores over stacks of declassified military research memos solves differential equations and consults with nuclear reactor operators His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity complemented by signature xkcd comics They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind or at least a really big explosion The book features new and never-before-answered questions along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website What If will be required reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical
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
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
THE REVOLUTIONARY BOOK THATBRINGS SCIENCE TO THE STOVEGreat cooks seem to operate on intuition Watch one at work and you might think he or she must have a sixth sense that switches on in the kitchen But great cooks aren t psychic They simply understand the fundamental principles of cooking the unspoken rules that guide their every move in the kitchen What s behind these principles Science At America s Test Kitchen we know something about that The team at Cook s Illustrated has spent the past 20 years investigating every facet and every detail associated with home cooking through tens of thousands of kitchen tests In The Science of Good Cooking we distill the past two decades of this test kitchen work into 50 basic cooking concepts ones that every home cook should know These concepts sound suspiciously simple Gentle Heat Retains Moisture Salty Marinades Work Best Starch Helps Cheese Melt Nicely Sugar Changes Sweetness and Texture It turns out that these ideas are not only easy to understand but also easy to master And don t worry there is no molecular gastronomy liquid nitrogen or fancy equipment involved As always our mission is squarely focused on great home cooking In addition to explaining how food science works and why you... should care The Science of Good Cooking shows you the science This book brings you into the test kitchen with 50 unique and fun experiments engineered to illustrate and illuminate the science at work The experiments demonstrate why adding fat to your eggs will make the perfect tender omelet why grinding your own meat will make the ultimate burger and why you should have patience before carving your roast And because no concept is complete without recipes The Science of Good Cooking includes more than 400 classic Cook s Illustrated recipes that take the science to the stove putting the principles to work The book offers a fresh perspective on everything from roasting a chicken to baking chocolate chip cookies These are the fundamental recipes home cooks struggle to get right And when these recipes are coupled with the simple science explaining how and why they work the results are illuminating more
NewYork Times best seller Sean Brock is the chef behind the game-changing restaurants Husk and McCrady s and his first book offers all of his inspired recipes With a drive to preserve the heritage foods of the South Brock cooks dishes that are ingredient-driven and reinterpret the flavors of his youth in Appalachia and his adopted hometown of Charleston The recipes include all the comfort food think food to eat at home and high-end restaurant food fancier dishes when there s more time to cook for which he has become so well-known Brock s interpretation of Southern favorites like Pickled Shrimp Hoppin John and Chocolate Alabama Stack Cake sit alongside recipes for Crispy Pig Ear Lettuce Wraps Slow-Cooked Pork Shoulder with Tomato Gravy and Baked Sea Island Red Peas This is a very personal book with headnotes that explain Brock s background and give context to his food and essays in which he shares his admiration for the purveyors and ingredients he cherishes
A journey through the otherworldly science behind Christopher Nolan s highly anticipated film Interstellar from executive producer and theoretical physicist Kip Thorne Interstellar from acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan takes us on a fantastic voyage far beyond our solar system Yet in The Science of Interstellar Kip Thorne the physicist who assisted Nolan on the scientific aspects of Interstellar shows us that the movie s jaw-dropping events and stunning never-before-attempted visuals are grounded in real science Thorne shares his experiences working as the science adviser on the film and then moves on to the science itself In chapters on wormholes black holes interstellar travel and much more Thorne s scientific insights many of them triggered during the actual scripting and shooting of Interstellar describe the physical laws that govern our universe and the truly astounding phenomena that those laws make possible Interstellar and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and Warner Bros Entertainment Inc s14 200 color illustrations
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
Revised Fourth Edition updated for use through 2025 The first three editions of NightWatch sold more than 600 000 copies making it the top-selling stargazing guide in the world for the last 20 years The key feature of this classic title is the section of star charts that are cherished by backyard astronomers everywhere Each new edition has outsold the previous one because of thorough revisions and additional new material NightWatch has been acclaimed as the best general interest introduction to astronomy The fourth edition has improvements over the 3rd edition in every chapter including The famous charts ideal for stargazers using a small telescope or binoculars A complete update of the equipment section including computerized telescopes An enlarged photography section including how-to instructions for using the new generation of digital cameras for astronomical photography both with and without a telescope The tables of future solar and lunar eclipses planetary conjunctions and planet locations updated through 2025 This edition includes star charts for use in the southern hemisphere There are also dozens of new photographs throughout the book that show the latest thrilling discoveries made by current space observatories and... probes more
Divided by continent YOU ARE HERE represents one idealized orbit of the ISS This planetary photo tour -- surprising playful thought-provoking and visually delightful -- is also punctuated with fun fascinating commentary on life in zero gravity In the spirit of his bestselling An Astronaut s Guide to Life on Earth YOU ARE HERE opens a singular window on our planet using remarkable photographs to illuminate the history and consequences of human settlement the magnificence and wit of never-before-noticed landscapes and the power of the natural forces shaping our world and the future of our species
The book that started the Quiet RevolutionAt least one-third of the people we know are introverts They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion who favor working on their own over working in teams It is to introverts Rosa Parks Chopin Dr Seuss Steve Wozniak that we owe many of the great contributions to society In Quiet Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture She also introduces us to successful introverts from a witty high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions Passionately argued superbly researched and filled with indelible stories of real people Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and equally important how they see themselves Now with Extra Libris material including a reader s guide and bonus content
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