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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

The Audio Programming Book [With CDROM] The Audio Programming Book [With CDROM]
by Richard Boulanger

andlt;Pandgt;This comprehensive handbook of mathematical and programming techniques for audio signal processing will be an essential reference for all computer musicians, computer scientists, engineers, and anyone interested in audio. Designed to be used... (read more)
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Popular Science

This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works
by John Brockman

Drawn from the cutting-edge frontiers of science, This Explains Everything will revolutionize your understanding of the world. What is your favorite deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation? This is the question John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org ("... (read more)
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Used - Trade Paper

Operating Systems

Just for Fun : Story of an Accidental Revolutionary (01 Edition) Just for Fun : Story of an Accidental Revolutionary (01 Edition)
by Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds was born in Finland. He graduated from the University of Helsinki and lives with his wife, the six-time karate champion of Finland, and his children. Linus currently works as a programmer on several projects for Transmeta. David Diamond... (read more)
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Your Price $8.00
Used - Trade Paper

Chemistry

Organic Chemistry (3RD 11 - Old Edition) Organic Chemistry (3RD 11 - Old Edition)
by Janice Smith

Serious Science with an Approach Built for Todays Students Smith's Organic Chemistry continues to breathe new life into the organic chemistry world. This new third edition retains its popular delivery of organic chemistry content in a student-friendly... (read more)
List Price $266.60
Your Price $177.00
Used - Hardcover

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

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Your Price $16.95
New - Trade Paper

Physics

The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring
by Richard Preston

1 VERTICAL EDEN NAMELESS One day in the middle of October 1987, a baby-blue Honda Civic with Alaska license plates, a battered relic of the seventies, sped along the Oregon Coast Highway, moving south on the headlands. Below the road, surf broke around... (read more)
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Your Price $10.95
Used - Trade Paper

Construction

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

IPT's Pipe Trades Handbook and Manual - Setting the Standard Updated in 2006, IPT’s Pipe Trades Handbook and Training Manual combine all the essentials of other reference books, plus so much more. Topics include pipe and tube data, valves, fittings,... (read more)
Your Price $24.75
New - Trade Paper

Engineering

The Buffalo Creek Disaster: How the Survivors of One of the Worst Disasters in Coal-Mining History Broughtsuit Against the Coal Company--And Won The Buffalo Creek Disaster: How the Survivors of One of the Worst Disasters in Coal-Mining History Broughtsuit Against the Coal Company--And Won
by Gerald M Stern

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Your Price $2.95
Used - Mass Market

This Day in Tech History

Sunday, July 5

Opening of Lowell observatory (Arizona) first in US

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

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