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The Information
The Information
Written by James Gleick, Read by Rob Shapiro
Format: Unabridged Audiobook Download
ISBN: 9780307914972
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The Information
A History, a Theory, a Flood
Written by James Gleick
Read by Rob Shapiro


Format: Unabridged Audiobook Download
On Sale: March 1, 2011
Price: $25.00

James Gleick, the author of the best sellers Chaos and Genius, now brings us a work just as astonishing and masterly: a revelatory chronicle and meditation that shows how information has become the modern era’s defining quality—the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world.
 
The story of information begins...

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The New Cool
The New Cool
Written by Neal Bascomb
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780307588890
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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
On Sale: March 1, 2011
Price: $25.00

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...

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The New Cool
The New Cool
Written by Neal Bascomb
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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: eBook
On Sale: March 1, 2011
Price: $11.99

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...

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The New Cool
The New Cool
Written by Neal Bascomb, Read by Kirby Heyborne
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ISBN: 9780307914538
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The New Cool
A Visionary Teacher, His FIRST Robotics Team, and the Ultimate Battle of Smarts
Written by Neal Bascomb
Read by Kirby Heyborne


Format: Unabridged Audiobook Download
On Sale: March 1, 2011
Price: $20.00

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...

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Kingpin
Kingpin
Written by Kevin Poulsen
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ISBN: 9780307588708
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Kingpin
How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground
Written by Kevin Poulsen


Format: eBook, 288 pages
On Sale: February 22, 2011
Price: $11.99

Former hacker Kevin Poulsen has, over the past decade, built a reputation as one of the top investigative reporters on the cybercrime beat. In Kingpin, he pours his unmatched access and expertise into book form for the first time, delivering a gripping cat-and-mouse narrative—and an unprecedented view into the twenty-first century’s... Read more >
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The Pencil
The Pencil
Written by Henry Petroski
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ISBN: 9780307772435
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The Pencil
A History of Design and Circumstance
Written by Henry Petroski


Format: eBook, 448 pages
On Sale: February 16, 2011
Price: $18.99

Henry Petroski traces the origins of the pencil back to ancient Greece and Rome, writes factually and charmingly about its development over the centuries and around the world, and shows what the pencil can teach us about engineering and technology today.


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Faster
Faster
Written by James Gleick
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ISBN: 9780307915085
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Faster
The Acceleration of Just About Everything
Written by James Gleick


Format: Abridged Audiobook Download
On Sale: February 1, 2011
Price: $15.00

From the bestselling, National Book Award-nominated auhtor of Genius and Chaos, a bracing new work about the accelerating pace of change in today's world.

Most of us suffer some degree of "hurry sickness." a malady that has launched us into the "epoch of the nanosecond," a need-everything-yesterday sphere dominated by cell phones... Read more >
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Thunderstruck
Thunderstruck
Written by Erik Larson, Read by Tony Goldwyn
Format: Abridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9780307914231
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Thunderstruck

Written by Erik Larson
Read by Tony Goldwyn


Format: Abridged Compact Disc
On Sale: January 25, 2011
Price: $14.99

In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men—Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication—whose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.

Set in Edwardian London and on the stormy coasts of Cornwall... Read more >
Remaking the World
Remaking the World
Written by Henry Petroski
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ISBN: 9780307773203
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Remaking the World
Adventures in Engineering
Written by Henry Petroski


Format: eBook, 256 pages
On Sale: January 5, 2011
Price: $12.99

This collection of informative and pleasurable essays by Henry Petroski elucidates the role of engineers in shaping our environment in countless ways, big and small.

In Remaking the World Petroski gravitates this time, perhaps, toward the big: the English Channel tunnel, the Panama Canal, Hoover Dam, the QE2, and the Petronas Twin... Read more >
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Rescuing Prometheus
Rescuing Prometheus
Written by Thomas P. Hughes
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ISBN: 9780307773265
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Rescuing Prometheus
Four Monumental Projects that Changed Our World
Written by Thomas P. Hughes


Format: eBook, 384 pages
On Sale: January 5, 2011
Price: $13.99

"A rare insight into industrial planning on a huge scale...Excellent." --The Economist

Rescuing Prometheus is an eye-opening and marvelously informative look at some of the technological projects that helped shape the modern world.  Thomas P. Hughes focuses on four postwar projects whose vastness and complexity inspired new technology, new organizations, and new management... Read more >
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The Evolution of Useful Things
The Evolution of Useful Things
Written by Henry Petroski
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ISBN: 9780307773050
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The Evolution of Useful Things
How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as They are.
Written by Henry Petroski


Format: eBook, 304 pages
On Sale: December 1, 2010
Price: $11.99

   How did the table fork acquire a fourth tine?  What advantage does the Phillips-head screw have over its single-grooved predecessor? Why does the paper clip look the way it does? What makes Scotch tape Scotch?

   In this delightful book Henry, Petroski takes a microscopic look at artifacts that most of us count...

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The Art of Invention
The Art of Invention
Written by Steven J. Paley
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ISBN: 9781616142230
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The Art of Invention
The Creative Process of Discovery and Design
Written by Steven J. Paley


Format: Trade Paperback, 236 pages
On Sale: November 1, 2010
Price: $20.00

In this entertaining and insightful exploration of the process of invention, an experienced inventor vividly illustrates how great inventions embody three crucial characteristics--simplicity, elegance, and robustness. 

Whether you’re an aspiring inventor or an experienced designer, the author's expertise, personal examples, and case studies offer detailed guidance on conceptualizing your ideas and turning... Read more >
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Afterword by John R. Dailey, Edited by Michael J. Neufeld and Alex M. Spencer, Foreword by John Glenn
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781426206535
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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
An Autobiography
Afterword by John R. Dailey
Edited by Michael J. Neufeld and Alex M. Spencer
Foreword by John Glenn


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
On Sale: October 26, 2010
Price: $40.00

Designed to convey the awe of a visitor first walking into the world's largest showplace of aviation history, this Autobiography headlines the incredible collections, both on view and behind the scenes, of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The official story and insiders' tales of the museum are shared by... Read more >
The Erotic Engine
The Erotic Engine
Written by Patchen Barss
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307375995
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The Erotic Engine
How Pornography has Powered Mass Communication, from Gutenberg to Google
Written by Patchen Barss


Format: eBook, 320 pages
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $13.99

Pornography: The force for change that has been written out of the history of world culture.

From cave painting to photography to the internet, pornography has always been at the cutting edge in adopting and exploiting new developments in mass communication. And in so doing, it has helped to promote and propel... Read more >
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The Young and the Digital
The Young and the Digital
Written by S. Craig Watkins
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ISBN: 9780807006160
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The Young and the Digital
What the Migration to Social Network Sites, Games, and Anytime, Anywhere Media M eans for Our Future
Written by S. Craig Watkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $18.00

In The Young and the Digital, S. Craig Watkins skillfully draws from more than 500 surveys and 350 in-depth interviews with young people, parents, and educators to understand how a digital lifestyle is affecting the ways youth learn, play, bond, and communicate. Timely and deeply relevant, the book covers the influence...

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History of the Space Shuttle, Volume Two
History of the Space Shuttle, Volume Two
Written by T. A. Heppenheimer
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781588342850
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History of the Space Shuttle, Volume Two
Development of the Space Shuttle, 1972-1981
Written by T. A. Heppenheimer


Format: Trade Paperback, 504 pages
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $32.95

Basing his work on virtually untapped NASA archives, T. A. Heppenheimer has produced the second volume of his definitive history of the space shuttle. Volume Two traces the development of the shuttle through a decade of engineering setbacks and breakthroughs, program-management challenges, and political strategizing, culminating in the first launch in... Read more >
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On the Frontier
On the Frontier
Written by Richard P. Hallion and Michael H. Gorn
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ISBN: 9781588342898
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On the Frontier
Experimental Flight at NASA Dryden
Written by Richard P. Hallion and Michael H. Gorn


Format: Trade Paperback, 584 pages
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $39.95

This little known classic history of flight-testing the Xplanes is reborn, sweepingly revised and updated with new and recently released information. Aviation enthusiasts will savor the most detailed account available of record-setting aircraft like the X-1 and XZ-15, flown by Chuck Yeager and other legends, as well as all the cutting-edge... Read more >
Understanding Me
Understanding Me
Written by Herbert Marshall Mcluhan, Edited by Stephanie Mcluhan and David Staines, Introduction by Tom Wolfe
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ISBN: 9781551994161
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Understanding Me
Lectures and Interviews
Written by Herbert Marshall Mcluhan
Edited by Stephanie Mcluhan and David Staines
Introduction by Tom Wolfe


Format: eBook
On Sale: June 25, 2010
Price: $17.99

Unbuttoned McLuhan! An intimate exploration of Marshall McLuhan’s ideas in his own words

In the last twenty years of his life, Marshall McLuhan published – often in collaboration with others – a series of books that established his reputation as the pre-eminent seer of the modern age. It was McLuhan who made... Read more >
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Rethinking Cold War Culture
Rethinking Cold War Culture
Written by Peter J. Kuznick and James Gilbert
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ISBN: 9781560988953
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Rethinking Cold War Culture

Written by Peter J. Kuznick and James Gilbert


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
On Sale: June 22, 2010
Price: $29.95

This anthology of essays questions many widespread assumptions about the culture of postwar America. Illuminating the origins and development of the many threads that constituted American culture during the Cold War, the contributors challenge the existence of a monolithic culture during the 1950s and thereafter. They demonstrate instead that there was... Read more >
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Taking Charge
Taking Charge
Written by Michael Schiffer
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781588340764
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Taking Charge
The Electric Automobile in America
Written by Michael Schiffer


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
On Sale: June 22, 2010
Price: $19.95

The tumultuous history of inventors and corporations who have tried to bring the electric car to the market.

Amazingly, in 1900 28 percent of all cars were electric. By 1920 the electric car had all but vanished and gas-powered cars dominated the market. In Taking Charge, Schiffer deftly explores how cultural factors... Read more >
Extra Lives
Extra Lives
Written by Tom Bissell
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ISBN: 9780307379283
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Extra Lives
Why Video Games Matter
Written by Tom Bissell


Format: eBook, 208 pages
On Sale: June 8, 2010
Price: $11.99

Tom Bissell is a prizewinning writer who published three widely acclaimed books before the age of thirty-four. He is also an obsessive gamer who has spent untold hours in front of his various video game consoles, playing titles such as Far Cry 2, Left 4 Dead, BioShock, and Oblivion for, literally... Read more >
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The Most Powerful Idea in the World
The Most Powerful Idea in the World
Written by William Rosen
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ISBN: 9780679603610
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The Most Powerful Idea in the World
A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention
Written by William Rosen


Format: eBook
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.99

If all measures of human advancement in the last hundred centuries were plotted on a graph, they would show an almost perfectly flat line—until the eighteenth century, when the Industrial Revolution would cause the line to shoot straight up, beginning an almost uninterrupted march of progress.
   
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The Most Powerful Idea in the World
The Most Powerful Idea in the World
Written by William Rosen
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ISBN: 9781400067053
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The Most Powerful Idea in the World
A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention
Written by William Rosen


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $28.00

If all measures of human advancement in the last hundred centuries were plotted on a graph, they would show an almost perfectly flat line—until the eighteenth century, when the Industrial Revolution would cause the line to shoot straight up, beginning an almost uninterrupted march of progress.
   
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Tin and Tin Mining
Tin and Tin Mining
Written by R. Atkinson
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ISBN: 9780852637333
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Tin and Tin Mining

Written by R. Atkinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 32 pages
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $11.95

From the bronze age to the present day, man has found numerous uses for tin and its alloys, and has gone to great lengths to extract it from the ground. This book explains why tin minerals are found only in certain places, how and when they were formed, the ways in... Read more >
The Felt Industry
The Felt Industry
Written by Peter Walter
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ISBN: 9780747807537
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The Felt Industry

Written by Peter Walter


Format: Trade Paperback, 56 pages
On Sale: February 23, 2010
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Felt is an amazing material, and its history, properties and uses are unparalleled among textiles. Although its origins are lost in prehistory, there is a clear record of its manufacture and use in Roman times and it has a special place in many cultures. The Mongols, in particular, were masters of... Read more >
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