The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History since 1900

By David Edgerton

From the books of H.G. Wells to the click releases of NASA, we're awash in clichéd claims approximately excessive technology's skill to alter the process heritage. Now, in The surprise of the Old, David Edgerton bargains a startling new and clean state of mind concerning the background of expertise, significantly revising our rules concerning the interplay of expertise and society some time past and within the current. He demanding situations us to view the background of know-how when it comes to what daily humans have really used-and proceed to use-rather than simply subtle innovations. certainly, many hugely touted applied sciences, from the V-2 rocket to the Concorde jet, were expensive mess ups, whereas many mundane discoveries, like corrugated iron, turn into highly very important all over the world. Edgerton reassesses the importance of such acclaimed innovations because the capsule and knowledge know-how, and underscores the ongoing value of unheralded know-how, debunking many notions concerning the implications of the "information age." A provocative background, The surprise of the Old offers a completely new manner of having a look traditionally on the dating among invention and innovation.

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Wine Production and Quality

By Keith Grainger

Since the booklet of Wine creation: Vine to Bottle (2005) and Wine caliber: Tasting and choice (2009), there was loads of swap within the wine undefined, and the perceptions of critics and expectancies of customers have shifted. Wine construction and caliber, moment version brings jointly its predecessors in a single up to date and significantly accelerated volume.

This accomplished advisor explores the ideas of wine construction within the winery and vineyard, and considers their influence upon the flavor, variety and caliber of wine within the bottle. half 1 of the publication presents a dependent but simply readable figuring out of wine creation, from vine to bottle. The impression of typical elements, together with weather and soil, is taken into account, including the selections made and paintings undertaken within the winery and winery.  half 2 seems to be at caliber in wines: the innovations and strategies of tasting are special, besides the demanding situations in recognising and assessing caliber. additionally mentioned are the stairs manufacturers may possibly take, and the constraints they could face, in growing caliber wines.

The booklet will turn out beneficial to beverage pros, wine alternate scholars, wine retailers, sommeliers, restaurateurs , and wine fanatics in addition to these coming into (or taking into consideration coming into) the hugely aggressive global of wine production.
 

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XCOR, Developing the Next Generation Spaceplane (Springer Praxis Books)

Employing an identical informational approach Erik Seedhouse used in "SpaceX" and "Bigelow Aerospace", this new publication familiarizes area fans with the corporation XCOR Aerospace and examines the layout of the two-seater Lynx. The new spaceplane's low weight and excessive octane gas confer very important merits, similar to direct runway launches and the facility to fly numerous instances consistent with day. Over the last 15 years, XCOR has constructed and outfitted thirteen various rocket engines, outfitted and flown manned rocket-powered airplane and has collected over 4,000 engine firings and approximately 500 mins of run time on their engines. 
This publication serves as a go-to reference consultant for suborbital scientists and people looking to learn how one corporation has discovered good fortune. also, it describes the clinical and coaching necessities for these flying on board the Lynx and the similar severe roles of the astronaut running shoes and a new breed of business area pilots. The finish result is a thorough chronicle of the improvement of rocket propulsion, avionics, simulator and flooring help operations being placed into play through XCOR with the Lynx.

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Valve Amplifiers, Fourth Edition

By Morgan Jones

Valve Amplifiers has been famous because the such a lot finished advisor to valve amplifier layout, research, amendment and upkeep. It presents a close presentation of the rudiments of electronics and valve layout for engineers and non-experts. The resource additionally covers layout rules and building innovations to aid finish clients construct their very own software from scratch designs that paintings. The author's strategy walks the reader via every one step of designing and developing, beginning with an outline of the fundamental operating ideas of valve amplifiers, the straightforward and intricate levels, the method of linking the levels, and finishing the layout.
The ebook is constituted of seven chapters all of which come with a DIY consultant dialogue of sensible features. The textual content begins with familiarization of the basics of electronics, that are crucial for designing and development valve amplifiers. specific realization has been paid to supplying ideas for questions which are frequently asked and confronted via newbies in valve designing and building.

Valve Amplifiers is a masterful hands-on advisor for either specialists and newbies who paintings with tube audio apparatus, and for digital hobbyists, audio engineers, and audiophiles.

* the sensible consultant to research, amendment, layout, building and upkeep of valve amplifiers
* The absolutely up to date method of valve electronics
* crucial studying for audio designers and tune and electronics fans alike

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Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond

By Gene Kranz

This memoir of a veteran NASA flight director tells riveting tales from the early days of the Mercury application via Apollo eleven (the moon touchdown) and Apollo thirteen, for either one of which Kranz was once flight director.

Gene Kranz used to be current on the construction of America’s manned house software and was once a key participant in it for 3 many years. As a flight director in NASA’s venture regulate, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of heritage. He participated within the area application from the early days of the Mercury software to the final Apollo venture, and past. He continued the disastrous first years while rockets blew up and the USA appeared to fall extra at the back of the Soviet Union within the house race. He helped to release Alan Shepard and John Glenn, then assumed the flight director’s position within the Gemini application, which he guided to fruition. together with his teammates, he authorised the problem to hold out President John F. Kennedy’s dedication to land a guy at the Moon ahead of the tip of the Nineteen Sixties.

Kranz recounts those exciting old occasions and provides new information regarding the well-known flights. What seemed as approximately perfect missions to the Moon have been, in truth, a sequence of hair-raising close to misses. while the gap expertise failed, because it occasionally did, the controllers’ purely recourse used to be to depend on their talents and people in their teammates. He finds behind-the-scenes information to illustrate the management, self-discipline, belief, and teamwork that made the distance application a hit.

A interesting firsthand account by means of a veteran project controller of 1 of America’s maximum achievements, Failure isn't really an Option displays on what has occurred to the distance application and gives his personal daring feedback approximately what we needs to be doing in house now.

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Popular Science (January 2014)

This can be the main intriguing time to be alive in background. Discovery and innovation are reshaping the area round us, and renowned technology makes even the main advanced rules interesting and available. by way of taking an upbeat, solutions-oriented examine today's such a lot audacious technology and progressive know-how, we forecast what day after today should be like. We bring the long run now.

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Social Media in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality: Theory, Practice and Cases (New Directions in Tourism Analysis)

By Marianna Sigala

Social media is essentially altering the best way visitors and travelers seek, locate, learn and belief, in addition to collaboratively produce information regarding tourism providers and tourism locations. featuring state of the art thought, examine and case reports investigating net 2.0 purposes and instruments that remodel the position and behavior of the recent iteration of visitors, this e-book additionally examines the ways that tourism companies reengineer and enforce their company versions and operations, resembling new carrier improvement, advertising, networking and data administration. Written by means of a world crew of researchers well known for his or her services within the box of the net and tourism, chapters comprise purposes and case experiences in numerous shuttle, tourism and relaxation sectors.

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A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention

An usual Utah university pupil named Reggie Shaw fatally moves rocket scientists whereas texting and riding. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Matt Richtel follows Reggie from the instant of the tragedy, during the police research, the state's groundbreaking prosecution, and eventually, Reggie's wrenching admission of accountability. Richtel parallels Reggie's trip with modern medical findings relating to human awareness and the impression of know-how on our brains.

Remarkably, at the present time Reggie is a number one suggest who has helped spark a countrywide attempt focusing on distracted using, and the arc of his tale presents a window by which Richtel pursues actionable suggestions to assist deal with this concern separately and as a society. A propulsive hear choked with attention-grabbing clinical aspect, riveting narrative stress, and infrequent emotional intensity, A lethal Wandering is an audiobook which could swap - and retailer - lives.

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MP3: The Meaning of a Format (Sign, Storage, Transmission)

By Jonathan Sterne

MP3: The which means of a Format recounts the hundred-year historical past of the world's most typical layout for recorded audio. figuring out the historic which means of the MP3 layout involves rethinking where of electronic applied sciences within the greater universe of twentieth-century verbal exchange heritage, from listening to examine performed by way of the phone within the 1910s, during the mid-century improvement of perceptual coding (the expertise underlying the MP3), to the format's promiscuous social existence because the mid 1990s.

MP3s are items of compression, a strategy that gets rid of sounds not likely to be heard from recordings. even though media heritage is usually characterised as a development towards larger definition, constancy, and truthfulness, MP3: The that means of a Format illuminates the the most important position of compression within the improvement of contemporary media and sound tradition. Taking the background of compression as his element of departure, Jonathan Sterne investigates the relationships between sound, silence, experience, and noise; the commodity prestige of recorded sound and the industrial function of piracy; and the significance of criteria within the governance of our rising media tradition. He demonstrates that codecs, criteria, and infrastructures—and the necessity for content material to slot within them—are each piece as critical to conversation because the bins we name "media."

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World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet

By Michael Chorost

What if electronic communique felt as actual as being touched?

This query led Michael Chorost to discover profound new rules brought on by way of lab study around the globe, and the result's the publication you currently carry. really good and momentous, World extensive brain takes mind-to-mind verbal exchange out of the world of technology fiction and divulges how we're at the verge of a thorough new knowing of human interaction.

Chorost himself has pcs in his head that permit him to listen to: cochlear implants. Drawing on that have, he proposes that our Paleolithic our bodies and our Pentium chips might be bodily merged, and he explores the applied sciences which could do it. He visits engineers development wearable desktops that let humans to be on-line each waking second, and scientists engaged on implanted chips that will enable paralysis sufferers converse. solely new neural interfaces are being built that permit desktops learn and change neural job in exceptional detail.

But we know how addictive the web is. Chorost explains the habit: he info the biochemistry of what makes you starvation to the touch your iPhone and money your e mail. He proposes how lets layout a mind-to-mind expertise that might allow us to reconnect with bodies and improve our relations. With such applied sciences, lets in achieving a collective consciousness—a around the world brain. And it might be humankind’s subsequent evolutionary step.

With bold and sensitivity, Chorost writes approximately how he discovered the best way to increase his personal relationships by means of attending workshops educating the ability of contact. He realized the best way to convey know-how and communique jointly to discover real love, and his tale indicates how we will be able to grasp expertise to make ourselves extra human instead of less.

World large brain offers a brand new realizing of ways we converse, what we have to attach absolutely with each other, and the way our dependancy to electronic mail and texting should be countered with applied sciences that placed us—literally—in each one other’s minds.

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