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Aisle 49

Aisle 49A new month brings a new theme to Aisle 49, stocked full of books you covet and desperately want. The beginning of the year is time for fresh starts, new ideas, and even a radical thought or two. Check out our favorite selections by noted inventors such as Nikola Tesla (Tesla: The Lost Inventions) and Buckminster Fuller (Your Private Sky). And for reworking the way we think, there's no one better than James Burke (Connections). For those of you who are working on a project in the basement, Nolo Press's 13th edition of Patent It Yourself is the ultimate DIY book. Intrigued? Check out what else we've picked out for you!

Technica Q&A: Joseph Hallinan

Joseph Hallinan"To err is human," Alexander Pope once said, but have you ever wondered why? Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Joseph Hallinan has. He describes his new book, Why We Make Mistakes, as "a field guide to human error" and also offers some helpful hints about making fewer of them. Adults tend to act and see in patterns, neglecting to notice the details. That's why your kids always know where your car keys are and you don't. In this Q&A, find out why Hallinan prefers the outdoors to chess, what famous scientist he'd like to be in his next life, and why the PedEgg is on his mind. Save 30% on Why We Make Mistakes for a limited time.

Technica Q&A: Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost

Nick Montfort and Ian BogostIt's not hard to imagine how Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost spent their youth. Their new book, Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System, is one of the first to explore the "systems" of the Atari game console, and explains the relationship between platforms and creative expression. They discuss and dissect popular Atari games such as Pitfall, Adventure, Pac Man and Star Wars. In their Q&A, find out why E. coli spinach makes Ian sympathize with Dilbert, why Nick believes laptops make people think differently, and why Ian hasn't yet mastered Latin. Plus, save 30% on Racing the Beam.

Technica Q&A: James Boyle

James BoyleJames Boyle is a professor of law at Duke University and cofounder of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain there, as well. Boyle's newest book, The Public Domain, asserts the importance of a richer public domain in an increasingly private and litigious copyright law environment. In his Technica Q&A, find out why elementary school teachers failed to inspire him, how he has "vicarious geek cred," and learn why he hopes the Internet will be as beneficial to science as it has been for shoe shopping. For a limited time save 30% on The Public Domain.

Technica Q&A: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse TysonIn The Pluto Files, New York Times-bestselling author Neil deGrasse Tyson chronicles America's irrational love affair with Pluto. In his typically witty way, Tyson explores the history of planet classification and America's obsession with the "planet" that's recently been judged as a dwarf. "[H]ighly entertaining," cheers Booklist. Read Tyson's Tech Q&A and save 30% on The Pluto Files.

"What Do I Do with This Thing?"

Take Your iPod Touch to the MaxHuzzah! Santa was very good to you this year, and now you've got a new, shiny gadget that you haven't figured out yet. Between work, school, and spending time on Facebook, who has time to read those dull user manuals? Worry not! It's time for our annual "What Do I Do with This Thing?" promotion. New to the iPod Touch? Erica Sadun's Take Your iPod Touch to the Max teaches you all the new tricks. New to geocaching, or just want to go hiking with safety in mind? GPS Made Easy by Lawrence Letham will show you the way. Shop enthusiasts can't be without the classic text How to Run a Lathe by South Bend Machine Works. And for those of you who want to dig a well, but want to save on surveying costs, Dowsing: A Journey beyond Our Five Senses, by Hamish Miller, is just what you need.

Multimedia

Blender Master Class: A Hands-On Guide to Modeling, Sculpting, Materials, and Rendering Blender Master Class: A Hands-On Guide to Modeling, Sculpting, Materials, and Rendering
by Ben Simonds

Blender is a powerful and free 3D graphics tool used by artists and designers worldwide. But even experienced designers can find it challenging to turn an idea into a polished piece. For those who have struggled to create professional quality projects... (read more)
Your Price $49.95
New - Trade Paper

Popular Science

Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do
by Wallace J. Nichols

A landmark book by marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols on the remarkable effects of water on our health and well-being. Why are we drawn to the ocean each summer? Why does being near water set our minds and bodies at ease? In Blue Mind, Wallace J... (read more)
Your Price $27.00
New - Hardcover

Operating Systems

Windows 7 for Dummies (For Dummies) Windows 7 for Dummies (For Dummies)
by Andy Rathbone

Learn to: Personalize your Windows 7 desktop with your own photos Speed up Windows with built-in shortcuts Customize Windows warnings to only give the notices you want Move your files from your old PC to a Windows 7 computer Windows 7 is loaded with... (read more)
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Your Price $17.50
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Chemistry

Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood
by Oliver Sacks

After compiling my short list of unconventional memoirs, I discovered that one author was listed twice. While I loved Oaxaca Journal, I found that Uncle Tungsten takes the cake. You just can't go wrong when you read a book by Oliver Sacks.... (read more)
List Price $15.95
Your Price $5.95
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Electricity

Inside the Vacuum Tube Inside the Vacuum Tube
by John F. Rider

John Rider has produced one of the funniest and most thorough books ever written on the way vacuum tubes function. His first chapter on the electron is virtually a comic book. Fresh out of the U.S. Army in 1945, he wrote and published an impressive array... (read more)
Your Price $29.95
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Physics

The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light
by Paul Bogard

A deeply panoramic tour of the night, from its brightest spots to the darkest skies we have left. A starry night is one of nature's most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, three-quarters of Americans' eyes never switch to night... (read more)
Your Price $27.00
New - Hardcover

Construction

Doolin's Trouble Shooters Bible: Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Heat Pumps, Heating, 5th Edition Doolin's Trouble Shooters Bible: Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Heat Pumps, Heating, 5th Edition
by Doolco Inc.

More than 200,000 servicemen own the Doolin's Trouble Shooters Bible. Hundreds of trade schools and community colleges use this book in their training programs. This book rides service trucks, is the shop manual of the trade and is used extensively by... (read more)
Your Price $75.00
New - Hardcover

Engineering

Acoustics of Ducts and Mufflers Acoustics of Ducts and Mufflers
by M. L. Munjal

Fully updated second edition of the premier reference book on muffler and lined duct acoustical performance Engine exhaust noise pollutes the street environment and ventilation fan noise enters dwellings along with fresh air. People have become conscious... (read more)
Your Price $145.00
New - Hardcover

This Day in Tech History

Wednesday, July 30

Opening of Lowell observatory (Arizona) first in US

Jerrie Mock becomes first woman to fly solo around the world 1964

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