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Flushed: How the Plumber Saved Civilization
Flushed: How the Plumber Saved Civilization
by W. Hodding Carter
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"The unsung hero of human history was, of course, the Brain of Drains, the Hub of Tubs, the Power of Showers, the Brewer of Sewers...the humble plumber." -- W. Hodding Carter When we consider the amenities that really make a difference in our well-being,... (read more)

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Forbes Greatest Technology Stories (Wiley Audio)
Forbes Greatest Technology Stories (Wiley Audio)
by Jeffrey Young
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Here is the fascinating story of the making of the high-tech business revolution and the birth of the Digital Age. Journalist Jeffrey Young chronicles six decades of unbridled technological innovation, taking you inside today's business empires and... (read more)

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The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself
The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself
by Daniel J. Boorstin
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Daniel Boorstin, former librarian of the Library of Congress, gives a fascinating history of world civilization. From astronomical development, microscopes, telescopes, medicine, vaccines, genetics and map-making, this book delves into the discoveries of... (read more)

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To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design
To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design
by Henry Petroski
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How did a simple design error cause one of the great disasters of the 1980s — the collapse of the walkways at the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel? What made the graceful and innovative Tacoma Narrows Bridge twist apart in a mild wind in 1940? How... (read more)

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Backyard Ballistics
Backyard Ballistics
by William Gurstelle
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As tempting as it sounds to spend the afternoon with the two digital puppies wrestling under Lara Croft's wife-beater, nothing is really more entertaining than plain ol' throwing rocks at stuff. Or, better still, shooting said rocks out of a homemade... (read more)

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Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology
Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology
by Neil Postman
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Measure for Measure: A Musical History of Science
Measure for Measure: A Musical History of Science
by Thomas Levenson
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In this imaginative investigation of the links between science and art, Levenson explores how we have come to understand and experience the natural world through instruments both scientific and musical. As he traces the development of the organ, the... (read more)

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Ruling the Waves: Cycles of Discovery, Chaos, and Wealth from the Compass to the Internet
Ruling the Waves: Cycles of Discovery, Chaos, and Wealth from the Compass to the Internet
by Debora L. Spar
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Beginning with the development of the compass, Ruling the Waves examines a series of technological revolutions that promised, in their time, to transform the world's politics and business. With Debora Spar's gifted storytelling, each chapter reads like... (read more)

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Bum Fodder: An Absorbing History of Toilet Paper
Bum Fodder: An Absorbing History of Toilet Paper
by Richard Smyth
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Unrolling the many mysteries of toilet paper, an essential part of everyday life yet barely thought about and rarely discussed, this book looks at how it was invented by the Chinese and turned into a multi-billion dollar industry by the United States... (read more)

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The Scientific Revolution
The Scientific Revolution
by Steven Shapin
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"There was no such thing as the Scientific Revolution, and this is a book about it." With this provocative and apparently paradoxical claim, Steven Shapin begins his bold vibrant exploration of the origins of the modern scientific worldview. "Shapin's... (read more)

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Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences
Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences
by Edward Tenner
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If computers really eliminate paperwork, why is the office recycling bin always overflowing? Why are the lines before the bank's ATMs often longer than the ones at the tellers' windows? Anyone who has ever pondered those questions will delight in Why... (read more)

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Sky in a Bottle
Sky in a Bottle
by Peter Pesic
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andlt;Pandgt;Children ask, "Why is the sky blue?" but the question also puzzled Plato, Leonardo, and even Newton, who unlocked so many other secrets. The search for an answer continued for centuries; in 1862 Sir John Herschel listed the color and... (read more)

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What Technology Wants
What Technology Wants
by Kevin Kelly
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andquot;More thriller than primer, this is the best technology book I have ever read.andquot; -Nicholas Negroponte, author of Being Digital In this provocative book, one of today's most respected thinkers turns the conversation about technology on its... (read more)

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Welcome to Biotech Nation: My Unexpected Odyssey Into the Land of Small Molecules, Lean Genes, and Big Ideas
Welcome to Biotech Nation: My Unexpected Odyssey Into the Land of Small Molecules, Lean Genes, and Big Ideas
by Moira A. Gunn
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A fun and fascinating tour through the world of biotechnology. As host of public radio’s Tech Nation, Dr. Moira Gunn has long been known for making all aspects of science and technology meaningful to the general listening public. But when she... (read more)

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The Evolution of Wired Life: From the Alphabet to the Soul-Catcher Chip— How Information Technologies Change Our World
The Evolution of Wired Life: From the Alphabet to the Soul-Catcher Chip— How Information Technologies Change Our World
by Charles Jonscher
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"Thoughtful and erudite... Intelligent and readable...Will appeal to people who enjoyed Longitude by Dava Sobel or Fermat's Enigma by Simon Singh." -The San Diego Union Tribune "Most engaging."-The Boston Globe "An optimistic and reassuring assertion... (read more)

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Throwing Fire: Projectile Technology Through History
Throwing Fire: Projectile Technology Through History
by Alfred W Crosby
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In Throwing Fire, historian Alfred W. Crosby looks at hard, accurate throwing and the manipulation of fire as unique human capabilities. Humans began throwing rocks in prehistory and then progressed to javelins, atlatls, bows and arrows. We learned to... (read more)

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Opening the Xbox: Inside Microsoft's Plan to Unleash an Entertainment Revolution
Opening the Xbox: Inside Microsoft's Plan to Unleash an Entertainment Revolution
by Dean Takahashi
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Inside Microsoft's Plan to Unleash an Entertainment Revolution The video game industry is expected to double in sales over the next five years. It has already eclipsed motion pictures to become one of the largest and fastest growing markets in history... (read more)

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Chips and Change: How Crisis Reshapes the Semiconductor Industry
Chips and Change: How Crisis Reshapes the Semiconductor Industry
by Clair Brown
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andlt;Pandgt;For decades the semiconductor industry has been a driver of global economic growth and social change. Semiconductors, particularly the microchips essential to most electronic devices, have transformed computing, communications, entertainment,... (read more)

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Nightwork: A History of Hacks and Pranks at MIT
Nightwork: A History of Hacks and Pranks at MIT
by T F Peterson
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Before the term hacking became associated with computers, MIT undergraduates used it to describe any activity that took their minds off studying, suggested an unusual solution to a technical problem, or generally fostered nondestructive mischief. The MIT... (read more)

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Medieval Technology and Social Change
Medieval Technology and Social Change
by Lynn Townsend White
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This study examines the role of technological innovation during the rise of social groups in the Middle... (read more)

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