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Darwin's Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us about the History of Life and the Future of Technology
Darwin's Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us about the History of Life and the Future of Technology
by John Long
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What happens when we let robots play the game of life? The challenge of studying evolution is that the history of life is buried in the past—we can’t witness the dramatic events that shaped the adaptations we see today. But biorobotics... (read more)

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The Measure of All Things: The Seven-Year Odyssey and Hidden Error That Transformed the World
The Measure of All Things: The Seven-Year Odyssey and Hidden Error That Transformed the World
by Ken Alder
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You might not imagine that a simple unit of measurement could qualify as an explosive secret, driving scientific men to the limits of their sanity. But the length of the meter — conceived as one ten-millionth of the distance from the pole... (read more)

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The Construction of Modern Science: Mechanisms and Mechanics (Cambridge History of Science)
The Construction of Modern Science: Mechanisms and Mechanics (Cambridge History of Science)
by Richard S Westfall
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First published by Wiley in 1971. This is an introduction to the history of science in the seventeenth century. Instead of simply listing discoveries, the author presents a new pattern of organization for students that is designed to integrate separate... (read more)

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Body Bazaar: The Market for Human Tissue in the Biotechnology Age
Body Bazaar: The Market for Human Tissue in the Biotechnology Age
by Lori B Andrews
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In the age of biotechnology, the body is speaking to us in new ways. Our DNA, blood, and bones -- our very being! -- have acquired currency in an exceedingly bizarre fashion that we could not have imagined even a decade ago. Valued as both a source of... (read more)

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The Electronic Privacy Papers: Documents on the Battle for Privacy in the Age of Surveillance
The Electronic Privacy Papers: Documents on the Battle for Privacy in the Age of Surveillance
by Bruce Schneier
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Edited by internationally recognized security expert Bruce Schneier and privacy advocate David Banisar, this is the definitive collection of critical and previously classified government and industry documents. It enables you to fully understand... (read more)

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Electrifying America: Social Meanings of a New Technology, 1880-1940
Electrifying America: Social Meanings of a New Technology, 1880-1940
by David Nye
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How did electricity enter everyday life in America? Using Muncie, Indiana - the Lynds' now iconic Middletown - as a touchstone, David Nye explores how electricity seeped into and redefined American culture. With an eye for telling details from archival... (read more)

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Don't Know Much about the Universe: Everything You Need to Know about the Cosmos But Never Learned
Don't Know Much about the Universe: Everything You Need to Know about the Cosmos But Never Learned
by Kenneth C Davis
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From the ancients who charted the stars, to Jules Verne and Flash Gordon, to The X-Files, Apollo 13, and Armageddon, subjects engaging the heavens and outer space have intrigued people through the ages. And yet so many of us look up at the night sky and... (read more)

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Emil Du Bois-Reymond: Neuroscience, Self, and Society in Nineteenth-Century Germany (Transformations: Studies in the History of Science and Technology)
Emil Du Bois-Reymond: Neuroscience, Self, and Society in Nineteenth-Century Germany (Transformations: Studies in the History of Science and Technology)
by Gabriel Ward Finkelstein
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Emil du Bois-Reymond is the most important forgotten intellectual of the nineteenth century. In his own time (1818--1896) du Bois-Reymond grew famous in his native Germany and beyond for his groundbreaking research in neuroscience and his provocative... (read more)

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Hydrogen: The Essential Element
Hydrogen: The Essential Element
by John S Rigden
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Seduced by simplicity, physicists find themselves endlessly fascinated by hydrogen, the simplest of atoms. Hydrogen has shocked, it has surprised, it has embarrassed, it has humbled--and again and again it has guided physicists to the edge of new vistas... (read more)

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American Firsts: Innovations, Discoveries, and Gadgets Born in the U.S.A.
American Firsts: Innovations, Discoveries, and Gadgets Born in the U.S.A.
by Stephen J Spignesi
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What would the world be like without all that the United States--in just over two short centuries--has achieved, invented, accomplished, and shared? The "invention" known as the United States of America has been the most influential force in the history... (read more)

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The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
by Richard Holmes
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Richard Holmes's The Age of Wonder is at once a history of Regency-era scientific discovery and a meditation on what the pursuit of science says about us as individuals and as a culture. Scrupulously researched and deftly told, this book is an epic... (read more)

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Scientific Culture and the Making of the Industrial West
Scientific Culture and the Making of the Industrial West
by Margaret C Jacob
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As more historians acknowledge the central significance of science and technology in the making of the first Industrial Revolution, the need for a good, general history of the achievements of the Scientific Revolution has grown. Scientific Culture and... (read more)

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Pendulum: Leon Foucault and the Triumph of Science
Pendulum: Leon Foucault and the Triumph of Science
by Amir D Aczel
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He was neither a mathematician nor a trained physicist and yet Land#233;on Foucault always knew that a mysterious force of nature was among us. Like Newton, Galileo, Copernicus, and others before him, Foucault sensed a dramatic relationship between the... (read more)

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Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters from the Malay Archipelago
Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters from the Malay Archipelago
by John Van Wyhe
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This volume brings together the letters of the great Victorian naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) during his famous travels of 1854-62 in the Malay Archipelago (now Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia), which led him to come independently to the... (read more)

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Edison and the Electric Chair: A Story of Light and Death
Edison and the Electric Chair: A Story of Light and Death
by Mark Essig
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A Discover magazine Top Science Book Thomas Edison stunned America in 1879 by unveiling a world-changing invention--the light bulb--and then launching the electrification of Americas cities. A decade later, despite having been an avowed opponent of the... (read more)

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The Industrial Revolution in America, Volumes 1-3: Iron and Steel, Railroads, Steam Shipping
The Industrial Revolution in America, Volumes 1-3: Iron and Steel, Railroads, Steam Shipping
by Kevin Hillstrom and Laurie Collier Hillstrom
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The first set of volumes in ABC-CLIO's breakthrough Industrial Revolution in America series features separate histories of three closely related industries whose maturation fueled the Industrial Revolution in the United States during the late 19th and... (read more)

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Wondrous Contrivances: Technology at the Threshold
Wondrous Contrivances: Technology at the Threshold
by Merritt Ierley
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The telegraph, typewriter, phonograph, radio, train, plane, fax, and Internet were all at one time or another the latest technological wonder. All of them changed people's lives, but whether that was perceived as a blessing or a burden is a very human... (read more)

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Making the World Work Better: The Ideas That Shaped a Century and a Company
Making the World Work Better: The Ideas That Shaped a Century and a Company
by Kevin Maney
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One hundred years ago, the company that would become IBM took its first steps into an unknown future. In Making the World Work Better: The Ideas That Shaped a Century and a Company, journalists Kevin Maney, Steve Hamm and Jeffrey M. O’Brien tell a... (read more)

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The Universal History of Computing: From the Abacus to the Quantum Computer
The Universal History of Computing: From the Abacus to the Quantum Computer
by Georges Ifrah
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A brilliant follow-up to a landmark international bestseller "Suppose every instrument could by command or by anticipation of need execute its function on its own; suppose that spindles could weave of their own accord, and plectra strike the strings... (read more)

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Apple: The Inside Story of Intrigue, Egomania, and Business Blunders
Apple: The Inside Story of Intrigue, Egomania, and Business Blunders
by Jim Carlton
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Jim Carlton covers West Coast technology issues for the Wall Street Journal. For the past twenty years, he has worked as a journalist for a variety of newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle, The Orange County Register, and the Los Angeles Times. His... (read more)

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