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To Engineer Is Human

by Henry Petroski St. Martin's Press (October 16, 2018)

“Though ours is an age of high technology, the essence of what engineering is and what engineers do is not common knowledge. Even the most elementary of principles upon which great bridges, jumbo jets, or...


Creating Things That Matter

by David Edwards Henry Holt and Co. (October 16, 2018)

Most things we create will not matter. This book is about creating things that do, from a master innovator who brings science and art together in his cutting edge labs.

Art and science are famous opposites. Contemporary...


Einstein's Shadow

by Seth Fletcher Ecco (October 09, 2018)

Einstein’s Shadow follows a team of elite scientists on their historic mission to take the first picture of a black hole, putting Einstein’s theory of relativity to its ultimate test and helping to answer...


The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

by Steven Novella, Bob Novella, Cara Santa Maria & Jay Novella et al. Grand Central Publishing (October 02, 2018)

An all-encompassing guide to skeptical thinking in the popular "The Skeptics Guide to the Universe" podcast's dryly humorous, accessible style.

It's intimidating to realize that we live in a world overflowing...


Knock on Wood

by Jeffrey S. Rosenthal HarperCollins Publishers (October 02, 2018)

For readers of Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Daniel Levitin with a twist of Bill Bryson—a lighthearted, entertaining and fateful exploration of luck in everyday life

For centuries, people around the world have...


2019 Guide to the Night Sky Southern Hemisphere: A month-by-month guide to exploring the skies above Australia, New Zealand and South Africa

by Storm Dunlop & Wil Tirion Collins (September 06, 2018)

A comprehensive handbook to the planets, stars and constellations visible from the southern hemisphere. 6 pages for each month covering January–December 2019.

This practical guide is both an easy introduction...


2019 Guide to the Night Sky: A month-by-month guide to exploring the skies above Britain and Ireland

by Storm Dunlop, Wil Tirion & Royal Observatory Greenwich Collins (September 06, 2018)

“This is a great guide to the night sky at a great price”Astronomy Now

A comprehensive handbook to the planets, stars and constellations visible from the northern hemisphere. 6 pages for each month covering...


Superhuman

by Rowan Hooper Simon & Schuster (September 04, 2018)

From evolutionary biologist Rowan Hooper, an awe-inspiring look into the extremes of human ability—and what they tell us about our own potential.

In 1997, an endurance runner named Yiannis Kouros ran 188 miles...


Amplify Your Message

by Marcus Brown Salem Books (August 21, 2018)

And (Jesus) said to them, 'Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation.' Mark 16:15 (ESV)

The need for proclaiming the Good News to the world has never been greater. Recent statistics...


Handbook on Household Hazardous Waste

by Amy D. Cabaniss Bernan Press (August 10, 2018)

Household hazardous waste (HHW) is a topic that affects every individual and community given the nearly universal use, storage, and disposal of chemical consumer products. Yet many communities lack the basic...


Achieving sustainable cultivation of potatoes Volume 1

by Prof. Gefu Wang-Pruski, Vinay Bhardwaj, Dr Paul Bethke & Prof. Paul C. Struik et al. Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing (August 09, 2018)

Potatoes are one of the world’s key food crops. Their nutritional value, and the fact that they can be grown with relatively few inputs in a wide range of environments, makes them an important food security...


Philistines at the Hedgerow

by Steven Gaines Little, Brown and Company (August 07, 2018)

Bestselling author Steven Gaines's "richly entertaining" (People) and juicy social history of the Hamptons.

As one of America's most fabled communities--long a magnet for artists, celebrities, the very rich,...


Sharks

by Micah and Nora May Library For All (July 27, 2018)

There are many different kinds of sharks. Some are big and some are small. How much do you know about sharks? Reading Level 2 Global Book Collection Keywords: natural world; animals; marine life; predators.


Chaos Monkeys

by Antonio Garcia Martinez Harper Paperbacks (July 24, 2018)

The instant New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback and featuring a new afterword from the author—the insider's guide to the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal, the inner workings of the...


Causal Inferences in Nonexperimental Research

by Hubert M. Blalock Jr. The University of North Carolina Press (July 11, 2018)

Taking an exploratory rather than a dogmatic approach to the problem, this book pulls together materials bearing on casual inference that are widely scattered in the philosophical, statistical, and social science...


Valley of Genius

by Adam Fisher Grand Central Publishing (July 10, 2018)

A candid, colorful, and comprehensive oral history that reveals the secrets of Silicon Valley -- from the origins of Apple and Atari to the present day clashes of Google and Facebook, and all the start-ups and...


Ecovillages around the World

by Frederica Miller Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (July 10, 2018)

A beautiful, full-color book showcasing 20 best practice designs from ecovillages around the world

• Features well-established ecovillages such as Findhorn in Scotland or Auroville in India and newer initiatives...


Buzz

by Thor Hanson Basic Books (July 10, 2018)

From the award-winning author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers, a natural and cultural history of the buzzing wee beasties that make the world go round.

Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for...


Understanding GIS

by David Smith, Nathan Strout, Christian Harder & Steven Moore et al. Esri Press (July 06, 2018)

The first single-project GIS textbook on the market, Understanding GIS: An ArcGIS® Pro Project Workbook, Fourth Edition is an excellent resource for students and educators seeking a guide for an advanced, single-project-based...


The Graphene Revolution

by Brian Clegg Icon Books Ltd (July 05, 2018)

In 2003, Russian physicists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov found a way to produce graphene – the thinnest substance in the world – by using sticky tape to separate an atom-thick layer from a block of...


Eager

by Ben Goldfarb Chelsea Green Publishing (June 27, 2018)

In Eager, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of...


Essential Natural Plasters

by Michael Henry & Tina Therrien New Society Publishers (June 26, 2018)

Natural plasters made of clay, lime, and other materials mixed with sand are beautiful building finishes. Fun to work with, low-impact, and allowing infinite creativity, they are high performance and provide...


A New Reality

by David Dewane, Jonas Salk, Jonathan Salk & Elizabeth H Blackburn City Point Press (June 26, 2018)

A New Reality: Human Evolution for a Sustainable Future provides a startling, fresh new message of understanding, perspective and hope for today’s tense, rapid-fire, kaleidoscopically changing world. 

A New...


Planning Support Methods

by Richard E. Klosterman, Kerry Brooks, Joshua Drucker & Edward Feser et al. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 25, 2018)

Planning Support Methods offers a practical quantitative guide to the key concepts and methods of urban and regional planning. The authors apply and critically assess the most important underlying forecasting...


Sharks

by Micah and Nora May Library For All (June 23, 2018)

There are many different kinds of sharks. Some are big and some are small. How much do you know about sharks? Reading Level 2 Global Book Collection Keywords: natural world; animals; marine life; predators.


AutoCAD Pocket Reference

by Cheryl R. Shrock & Steve Heather Industrial Press, Inc. (June 19, 2018)

Everyone needs a refresher sometimes. The 8th edition of the AutoCAD® Pocket Reference provides easy access to everyday information needed by AutoCAD users, including concepts, how-to, and fundamental commands. ...


Light without Heat

by David Carroll Simon Cornell University Press (June 15, 2018)

In Light without Heat, David Carroll Simon argues for the importance of carelessness to the literary and scientific experiments of the seventeenth century. While scholars have often looked to this period in...


Evolutions

by Oren Harman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 12, 2018)

A brilliant lyrical exploration of how modern science illuminates what it means to be human, from the award-winning author of The Price of Altruism

We no longer think, like the ancient Chinese did, that the world...


Lost in Math

by Sabine Hossenfelder Basic Books (June 12, 2018)

Most physicists think of beauty as the royal road to discovery; a leading critic shows it is instead the road to nowhere

Whether pondering black holes or predicting discoveries CERN, physicists believe the best...


Kids and Credibility

by Elisia Choi, Rebekah Pure, Ryan Medders & Alex Markov et al. The MIT Press (June 08, 2018)

How well do children navigate the ocean of information that is available online? The enormous variety of Web-based resources represents both opportunities and challenges for Internet-savvy kids, offering extraordinary...


Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture

by Alice J. Robison, Katie Clinton, Margaret Weigel & Ravi Purushotma et al. The MIT Press (June 08, 2018)

Many teens today who use the Internet are actively involved in participatory cultures -- joining online communities (Facebook, message boards, game clans), producing creative work in new forms (digital sampling,...


The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age

by Zoë Marie Jones, David Theo Goldberg & Cathy N. Davidson The MIT Press (June 08, 2018)

In this report, Cathy Davidson and David Theo Goldberg focus on the potential for shared and interactive learning made possible by the Internet. They argue that the single most important characteristic of the...


Young People, Ethics, and the New Digital Media

by Howard Gardner, Margaret Rundle, Lindsay Pettingill & John M. Francis et al. The MIT Press (June 08, 2018)

Social networking, blogging, vlogging, gaming, instant messaging, downloading music and other content, uploading and sharing their own creative work: these activities made possible by the new digital media are...


Privacy on the Line

by Susan Landau & Whitfield Diffie The MIT Press (June 08, 2018)

A penetrating and insightful study of privacy and security in telecommunications for a post-9/11, post-Patriot Act world.

Telecommunication has never been perfectly secure. The Cold War culture of recording devices...


The Civic Potential of Video Games

by Chris Evans, Ellen Middaugh & Joseph Kahne The MIT Press (June 08, 2018)

This report focuses on the civic aspects of video game play among youth. According to a 2006 survey, 58 percent of young people aged 15 to 25 were civically "disengaged," meaning that they participated in fewer...


Street-Fighting Mathematics

by Sanjoy Mahajan The MIT Press (June 08, 2018)

An antidote to mathematical rigor mortis, teaching how to guess answers without needing a proof or an exact calculation.

In problem solving, as in street fighting, rules are for fools: do whatever works—don't...


The Digital Rights Movement

by Hector Postigo The MIT Press (June 08, 2018)

The evolution of activism against the expansion of copyright in the digital domain, with case studies of resistance including eBook and iTunes hacks.

The movement against restrictive digital copyright protection...


Participatory Politics

by Elisabeth Soep The MIT Press (June 08, 2018)

Although they may disavow politics as such, civic-minded young people use every means and media at their disposal to carry out the basic tasks of citizenship. Through a mix of face-to-face and digital methods,...


Free Innovation

by Eric von Hippel The MIT Press (June 08, 2018)

In this book, Eric von Hippel, author of the influential Democratizing Innovation, integrates new theory and research findings into the framework of a "free innovation paradigm." Free innovation, as he defines...


Living and Learning with New Media

by Lisa Tripp, Christo Sims, Dan Perkel & Katynka Z. Martínez et al. The MIT Press (June 08, 2018)

This report summarizes the results of an ambitious three-year ethnographic study, funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, into how young people are living and learning with new media in...


Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out

by Lisa Tripp, Christo Sims, Laura Robinson & Dan Perkel et al. The MIT Press (June 08, 2018)

An examination of young people's everyday new media practices—including video-game playing, text-messaging, digital media production, and social media use.

Conventional wisdom about young people's use of digital...


Fire in California's Ecosystems

by Jan W. van Wagtendonk University of California Press (June 08, 2018)

Fire in California’s Ecosystems describes fire in detail both as an integral natural process in the California landscape and as a growing threat to urban and suburban developments in the state. Written by...


The Last Lobster

by Christopher White St. Martin's Press (June 05, 2018)

From the author of Skipjack & The Melting World comes a mystery: the curious boom in America’s beloved lobster industry and its probable crash

Maine lobstermen have happened upon a bonanza along their rugged,...


The Brain in Minutes

by Rita Carter Quercus (June 05, 2018)


Energy

by Richard Rhodes Simon & Schuster (May 29, 2018)

Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author Richard Rhodes reveals the fascinating history behind energy transitions over time—wood to coal to oil to electricity and beyond.

People have lived and...


Human Origins

by New Scientist Quercus (May 29, 2018)

Where did we come from? Where are we going?

Homo sapiens is the most successful, the most widespread and the most influential species ever to walk the Earth. In the blink of an evolutionary eye we have spread...


Post-Truth

by Steve Fuller Anthem Press (May 25, 2018)

‘Post-Truth’ was Oxford Dictionary’s 2016 word of the year. While the term was coined by its disparagers, especially in light of the Brexit and US Presidential campaigns, the roots of post-truth lie deep...


Natural Disasters and Risk Communication

by C. Vail Fletcher, Jennette Lovejoy, Do Kyun Kim & Robert F. Butler et al. Lexington Books (May 23, 2018)

Natural Disasters and Risk Communication: Implications of the Cascadia Subduction Zone Megaquake asks and addresses how we communicate about natural disasters and what effect our communication has on natural...


Origin Story

by David Christian Little, Brown and Company (May 22, 2018)

Most historians study the littlest slivers of time, emphasizing specific dates, individuals, and documents. But what would it look like to study the whole of history, from the Big Bang up through the remote...


Technology, Modernity, and Democracy

by Eduardo Beira & Andrew Feenberg Rowman & Littlefield International (May 18, 2018)

This important collection of essays by Andrew Feenberg presents his critical theory of technology, an innovative approach to philosophy and sociology of technology based on a synthesis of ideas drawn from STS...