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Early Home Computers

Written by Kevin Murrell


Format: Trade Paperback, 48 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: February 19, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1216-6 (0-7478-1216-0)

This is the story of the people and machines that revolutionized the world and made personal computers an integral part of every home. For the typical family in the 1960s and 1970s, computers were both fascinating and frightening, but largely a mystery. Developments in microelectronics in the early 1970s meant that... Read more >

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Being Digital

Written by Nicholas Negroponte


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 3, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76290-4 (0-679-76290-6)

Being Digital is both a guide to the present state of our rapidly changing digital age and a map for the future--how our lives will be shaped and enhanced by computer-related technology.  Negroponte--Wired Magazine columnist and founding director of the MIT Media Lab--describes how advancements in computer technology and telecommunications will transform... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download.


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August 5, 2014
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It Started with Copernicus
Vital Questions about Science
Written by Keith Parsons


Format: Trade Paperback, 429 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: August 5, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-929-1 (1-61614-929-9)

Is science more rational or objective than any other intellectual endeavor? Are scientific theories accurate depictions of reality or just useful devices for manipulating the environment? These core questions are the focus of this unique approach to the philosophy of science. Unlike standard textbooks, this book does not attempt a comprehensive... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fatal Defect
Chasing Killer Computer Bugs
Written by Ivars Peterson


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 30, 1996
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74027-8 (0-679-74027-9)

From crashing computers to airplane crashes that claim scores of lives, the computer virus has become a growing plague of late twentieth-century life. This arresting and at times terrifying book tells us just how prevalent these software errors and defects are and how they are multiplying as more sophisticated computers become... Read more >

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Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage
A Mystery with Hoverbots, Bristle Bots, and Other Robots You Can Build Yourself
Written by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books
On Sale: February 4, 2014
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-59474-649-9 (1-59474-649-4)

In this second novel of the Nick and Tesla series, the precocious brother-and-sister duo find themselves solving another baffling mystery. As the story opens, their Uncle Newt takes a consulting gig at a cut-rate amusement park, engineering animatronic figures for a cheap Hall of Presidents knockoff. One perk of the job... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Chip
How Two Americans Invented the Microchip and Launched a Revolution
Written by T.R. Reid


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75828-7 (0-375-75828-3)

Barely fifty years ago a computer was a gargantuan, vastly expensive thing that only a handful of scientists had ever seen. The world’s brightest engineers were stymied in their quest to make these machines small and affordable until the solution finally came from two ingenious young Americans. Jack Kilby and Robert... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The New Digital Age
Transforming Nations, Businesses, and Our Lives
Written by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94705-5 (0-307-94705-X)

In the next decade, five billion new people will come online, posing for our world a host of new opportunities—and dangers. Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen traveled to thirty-five countries, including some of the world’s most volatile regions and met with political leaders, entrepreneurs, and activists to learn firsthand about... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The New Digital Age
Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business
Written by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 23, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95713-9 (0-307-95713-6)

In an unparalleled collaboration, two leading global thinkers in technology and foreign affairs give us their widely anticipated, transformational vision of the future: a world where everyone is connected—a world full of challenges and benefits that are ours to meet and to harness.

Eric Schmidt is one of Silicon Valley’s great leaders... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Tomorrow Now
Envisioning the Next 50 Years
Written by Bruce Sterling


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: December 23, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6976-4 (0-8129-6976-6)

“Nobody knows better than Bruce Sterling how thin the membrane between science fiction and real life has become, a state he correctly depicts as both thrilling and terrifying in this frisky, literate, clear-eyed sketch of the next half-century. Like all of the most interesting futurists, Sterling isn’t just talking about machines... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Why Things Bite Back
Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences
Written by Edward Tenner


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 2, 1997
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74756-7 (0-679-74756-7)

In this perceptive and provocative look at everything from computer software that requires faster processors and more support staff to antibiotics that breed resistant strains of bacteria, Edward Tenner offers a virtual encyclopedia of what he calls "revenge effects"--the unintended consequences of the mechanical, chemical, biological, and medical forms of ingenuity... Read more >

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Arguing A.I.
The Battle for Twenty-first-Century Science
Written by Sam Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: AtRandom
On Sale: January 22, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9180-2 (0-8129-9180-X)

Few scientific topics since the theory of biological evolution have inspired as much controversy as artificial intelligence has. Even now, fifty years after the term first made its appearance in academic journals, many philosophers and more than a few prominent scientists and software programmers dismiss the pursuit of thinking machines as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Master Switch
The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
Written by Tim Wu


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 29, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39099-8 (0-307-39099-3)

A New Yorker and Fortune Best Book of the Year

It is easy to forget that every development in the history of the American information industry—from the telephone to radio to film—once existed in an open and chaotic marketplace inhabited by entrepreneurs and utopians, just as the Internet does today. Each of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Master Switch
The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
Written by Tim Wu


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26993-5 (0-307-26993-0)

A secret history of the industrial wars behind the rise and fall of the twentieth century’s great information empires—Hollywood, the broadcast networks, and AT&T—asking one big question: Could history repeat itself, with one giant entity taking control of American information?

Most consider the Internet Age to be a moment of unprecedented freedom... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.
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