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Leonardo's Universe
The Renaissance World of Leonardo DaVinci
Written by Bulent Atalay and Keith Wamsley


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0285-8 (1-4262-0285-7)

A veritable rock star in the book world some five centuries after his birth, Leonardo Da Vinci is a man for the ages. Millions of readers hungrily ponder the mysteries behind his sketch-filled notebooks, radical inventions, and enigmatic paintings. This stunning book, like no other on the market, explores the master’s... Read more >

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The New Cool
A Visionary Teacher, His FIRST Robotics Team, and the Ultimate Battle of Smarts
Written by Neal Bascomb


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-58890-6 (0-307-58890-4)

That Monday afternoon, in high-school gyms across America, kids were battling for the only glory American culture seems to want to dispense to the young these days: sports glory. But at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, California, in a gear-cluttered classroom, a different type of “cool” was brewing. A physics... Read more >
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The New Cool
A Visionary Teacher, His FIRST Robotics Team, and the Ultimate Battle of Smarts
Written by Neal Bascomb


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: March 1, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-58889-0 (0-307-58889-0)

THE NEW COOL is the astonishing and inspiring story of a team of high school seniors and their mentor, who come together–not to play a sport or exercise their athletic prowess–but rather to build a machine that will compete in the most heated, sophisticated robotics competition in the world. The FIRST... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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CodeNotes for J2EE
EJB, JDBC, JSP, and Servlets
Written by Gregory Brill


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 2, 2002
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9190-1 (0-8129-9190-7)


CodeNotes provides the most succinct, accurate, and speedy way for a developer to ramp up on a new technology or language. Unlike other programming books, CodeNotes drills down to the core aspects of a technology, focusing on the key elements needed in order to understand it quickly and implement it immediately... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Flesh and Machines
How Robots Will Change Us
Written by Rodney Brooks


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72527-2 (0-375-72527-X)

Rodney A. Brooks, director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory believes we are. In this lucid and accessible book, Brooks vividly depicts the history of robots and explores the ever-changing relationships between humans and their technological brethren, speculating on the growing role that robots will play in our existence. Knowing the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Most Human Human
What Artificial Intelligence Teaches Us About Being Alive
Written by Brian Christian


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47670-8 (0-307-47670-7)

Each year, the AI community convenes to administer the famous (and famously controversial) Turing test, pitting sophisticated software programs against humans to determine if a computer can “think.” The machine that most often fools the judges wins the Most Human Computer Award. But there is also a prize, strange and intriguing... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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El salto
Aprovecha las nuevas tecnologías y alcanza tu potencial
Written by Ariel Coro


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: February 7, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94741-3 (0-307-94741-6)

Puedes tratar de ignorarla pero es inevitable. La tecnología está transformando tu vida y el mundo que te rodea a una velocidad prácticamente incomprensible. Las reglas del juego han cambiado: desde como buscar un trabajo, educarte, promover o financiar tu negocio y hasta proteger a tu familia. Para ser exitosos, es... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Black Code
Surveillance, Privacy, and the Dark Side of the Internet
Written by Ronald J. Deibert


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Signal
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-2535-8 (0-7710-2535-1)

In Black Code, Ronald J. Deibert, a leading expert on digital technology, security, and human rights, lifts the lid on cyberspace and shows what’s at stake for Internet users and citizens.

As cyberspace develops in unprecedented ways, powerful agents are scrambling for control. Predatory cyber criminal gangs such as Koobface have... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Turing's Cathedral
The Origins of the Digital Universe
Written by George Dyson


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 11, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7599-7 (1-4000-7599-8)

In this revealing account of how the digital universe exploded in the aftermath of World War II, George Dyson illuminates the nature of digital computers, the lives of those who brought them into existence, and how code took over the world.

In the 1940s and ‘50s, a small group of men... Read more >
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Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field
How Two Men Revolutionized Physics
Written by Nancy Forbes and Basil Mahon


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-942-0 (1-61614-942-6)

Two of the boldest and most creative scientists of all time were Michael Faraday (1791-1867) and James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879). This is the story of how these two men - separated in age by forty years - discovered the existence of the electromagnetic field and devised a radically new theory which... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Information
A History, A Theory, A Flood
Written by James Gleick


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9623-7 (1-4000-9623-5)

A New York Times Notable Book
A Los Angeles Times and Cleveland Plain Dealer Best Book of the Year

From the bestselling author of the acclaimed Chaos and Genius comes a thoughtful and provocative exploration of the big ideas of the modern era: Information, communication, and information theory.

Acclaimed science writer James Gleick... Read more >

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The Information
A History, a Theory, a Flood
Written by James Gleick


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 1, 2011
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-42372-7 (0-375-42372-9)

The story of information begins in a time profoundly unlike our own, when every thought and utterance vanished as soon as it was born. From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long misunderstood “talk­ing drums” of Africa, James Gleick tells the story of information technologies that changed the very... Read more >

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Minecraft
The Unlikely Tale of Markus "Notch" Persson and the Game that Changed Everything
Written by Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson
Translated by Jennifer Hawkins


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 17, 2013
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-537-1 (1-60980-537-2)

A few years ago, 32-year-old Markus “Notch” Persson of Stockholm was an unknown and bored computer programmer. Today, he is a multi-millionaire international icon. Minecraft, the “virtual Lego” game Markus crafted in his free time, has become one of the most talked about activities since Tetris. Talked about by tens of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Computing with Quantum Cats
From Colossus to Qubits
Written by John Gribbin


Format: Hardcover, 295 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-921-5 (1-61614-921-3)

The quantum computer is no longer the stuff of science fiction. Pioneering physicists are on the brink of unlocking a new quantum universe which provides a better representation of reality than our everyday experiences and common sense ever could. The birth of quantum computers - which, like Schrödinger’s famous “dead and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension
Einstein Adds a New Dimension
Written by Joy Hakim


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 1, 2007
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-162-4 (1-58834-162-3)

Joy Hakim’s The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension brings us to the recent past and the groundbreaking discoveries made in it: the quantum world, the theory of relativity, and nuclear physics. These discoveries created our modern world, from solar-powered calculators to cell phones to global positioning systems and... Read more >

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They Changed the World: Bell, Edison and Tesla

Written by Lewis Helfand
Illustrated by Naresh Kumar


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Campfire
On Sale: June 17, 2014
Price: $12.99
ISBN: 978-93-80741-87-1 (93-80741-87-1)

Despite having three completely different approaches, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and Nicola Tesla each made significant contributions to the field of science and laid the foundation for modern technology.  As their paths crossed, a rivalry grew, with Tesla pushed into the shadows of history until a resurgence in the 1990s. ... Read more >

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The Hacker Ethic
A Radical Approach to the Philosophy of Business
Written by Pekka Himanen
Prologue by Linus Torvalds
Epilogue by Manuel Castells


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 12, 2002
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75878-2 (0-375-75878-X)

Nearly a century ago, Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism articulated the animating spirit of the industrial age, the Protestant ethic. Now, Pekka Hinamen — together with Linus Torvalds and Manuel Castells — articulates how hackers* represent a new, opposing ethos for the information age. Underlying hackers’... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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A Shortcut Through Time
The Path to the Quantum Computer
Written by George Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72618-7 (0-375-72618-7)

In this remarkably illustrative and thoroughly accessible look at one of the most intriguing frontiers in science and computers, award-winning New York Times writer George Johnson reveals the fascinating world of quantum computing—the holy grail of super computers where the computing power of single atoms is harnassed to create machines capable... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Physics of the Future
How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100
Written by Michio Kaku


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: March 15, 2011
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53080-4 (0-385-53080-3)

The New York Times bestselling author of Physics of the Impossible gives us a stunning and provocative vision of the future.

Based on interviews with over three hundred of the world’s top scientists, who are already inventing the future in their labs, Kaku—in a lucid and engaging fashion—presents the revolutionary developments... Read more >

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Visions
How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century
Written by Michio Kaku


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 15, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48499-2 (0-385-48499-2)

Now in Paperback. A Library Journal Best Scientific & Technical Book.

In Visions, Michio Kaku examines the great scientific revolutions that have reshaped the 20th century-quantum mechanics, biogenetics, and artificial intelligence-and shows how they will change science and society in the 21st century.  In Section I, Kaku explores the evolution and development... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Geeks
How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho
Written by Jon Katz


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 20, 2001
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0699-9 (0-7679-0699-3)

The sociological study and inspirational story of how two social misfits and self-professed “geeks” used their technological prowess to escape dead-end life in a dreary Idaho town. Geeks is a provocative look inside a rapidly growing subculture of “techno-outsiders,” many of whom are now running the systems that run the world.

"A... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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You Are Not a Gadget
A Manifesto
Written by Jaron Lanier


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38997-8 (0-307-38997-9)

A programmer, musician, and father of virtual reality technology, Jaron Lanier was a pioneer in digital media, and among the first to predict the revolutionary changes it would bring to our commerce and culture. Now, with the Web influencing virtually every aspect of our lives, he offers this provocative critique of... Read more >
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A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines

Written by Janna Levin


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 18, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3240-2 (1-4000-3240-7)

Winner of 2007 PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers
Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award Finalist
Winner of the Mary Shelley Award for Outstanding Fictional Work


Kurt Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems sent shivers through Vienna’s intellectual circles and directly challenged Ludwig Wittgenstein’s dominant philosophy. Alan Turing’s mathematical genius helped him break the Nazi Enigma Code during WWII... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Artificial Life
A Report from the Frontier Where Computers Meet Biology
Written by Steven Levy


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 27, 1993
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74389-7 (0-679-74389-8)

This enthralling book alerts us to the existence of new varieties of life. Some of these species can move and eat, see, reproduce, and die. Some behave like birds or ants. What these species have in common is that they exist inside computers, their DNA is digital, and they have come... Read more >

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Programming the Universe
A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes on the Cosmos
Written by Seth Lloyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3386-7 (1-4000-3386-1)

Is the universe actually a giant quantum computer? According to Seth Lloyd, the answer is yes.

All interactions between particles in the universe, Lloyd explains, convey not only energy but also information–in other words, particles not only collide, they compute. What is the entire universe computing, ultimately? “Its own dynamical evolution,”... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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