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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

Dance Music Manual 2: Tools, Toys, and Techniques - With CD (2ND 09 Edition) Dance Music Manual 2: Tools, Toys, and Techniques - With CD (2ND 09 Edition)
by Snoman

Learn how to create original and remix dance tracks from an expert - one of the biggest names in music... (read more)
Your Price $21.00
Used - Trade Paper

Popular Science

You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes: Photographs from the International Space Station You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes: Photographs from the International Space Station
by Chris Hadfield

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... (read more)
List Price $26.00
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Used - Hardcover

Operating Systems

... Simplified #13: Windows 7 Simplified ... Simplified #13: Windows 7 Simplified
by Paul Mcfedries

This full color book uses the Visual approach to cover the new features of Windows 7 and provide step-by-step instructions for readers who are entirely new to the subject. Inside readers will find tasks on topics such as: Windows 7 basics, creating... (read more)
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Your Price $17.50
Used - Trade Paper

Chemistry

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
by Sam Kean

Sam Kean proves that chemistry makes for great storytelling with this entertaining look at the human stories behind the elements found in the periodic table. A delightful history of science, The Disappearing Spoon makes for both an engaging and... (read more)
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Used - Trade Paper

Electricity

Tube Circuits for Audio Amplifiers: Power Amplifiers and Pre-Amplifiers, for Monaural and Stereophonic Reproduction from Microphone, Radio, Tape, and Pick-up Signals Tube Circuits for Audio Amplifiers: Power Amplifiers and Pre-Amplifiers, for Monaural and Stereophonic Reproduction from Microphone, Radio, Tape, and Pick-up Signals
by Mullard

The complete guide to building eleven power and control amps for sound systems with vacuum tubes, featuring a four-chapter tutorial on sound quality which is solid guidance on achieving the best sound with tubes. First published in 1959 by Mullard, one... (read more)
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New - Trade Paper

Physics

The Copernicus Complex: Our Cosmic Significance in a Universe of Planets and Probabilities The Copernicus Complex: Our Cosmic Significance in a Universe of Planets and Probabilities
by Caleb Scharf

“How reasonable is it to think that we are alone in the vast expanses of space? And how significant is life on Earth on the Universal (or multiversal) scale? These are the questions that astrobiologist Caleb Scharf addresses intelligently and... (read more)
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Your Price $17.42
New - Hardcover

Construction

IPT's Pipe Trades Handbook IPT's Pipe Trades Handbook
by Robert A. Lee

IPT's PIPE TRADES HANDBOOK sets the standard for piping handbooks. It contains all the necessary information previously combined in other reference books, plus much more. It includes information on: pipe and tube data; valves; fittings, flanges and... (read more)
Your Price $22.50
New - Trade Paper

Engineering

Existential Pleasures of Engineering 2ND Edition Existential Pleasures of Engineering 2ND Edition
by Samuel C Florman

Humans have always sought to change their environment--building houses, monuments, temples, and roads. In the process, they have remade the fabric of the world into newly functional objects that are also works of art to be admired. In this second edition... (read more)
Your Price $5.95
Used - Trade Paper

This Day in Tech History

Saturday, October 25

Opening of Lowell observatory (Arizona) first in US

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

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