Engineering

An Illustrated History from Ancient Craft to Modern Technology

Author: Tom Jackson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780985323097

Category:

Page: 168

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Combining engaging text with captivating images and helpful diagrams, renowned science writer Tom Jackson guides readers through the history of Engineering in the 7th installment of the groundbreaking Ponderables? series.Engineering is all around us. From our bridges, tunnels and skyscrapers, to our cars, computers and smartphones, engineering shapes our world and influences just about everything we see and do. And it's been that way for longer than you might think. From the crudely knapped hand axes of our human ancestor Homo Habilis to the mind-blowing ways in which modern engineering has improved our quality of daily life and expanded the scope of our civilization, the story of engineering is the story of humankind itself. In a series of 100 enlightening articles, this book tells that incredible story by exploring the biggest names, grandest achievements and greatest inventions of the engineering world from prehistory all the way up to present day. Carefully curated, beautifully illustrated and addictively fun, this volume is your ultimate guide to the dreamers, thinkers, tinkerers and builders that make our world.
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Mathematics

An Illustrated History of Numbers

Author: Tom Jackson

Publisher: Ponderables

ISBN: 9781627950954

Category: Mathematics

Page: 168

View: 6945

"Includes foldout timeline with over 1,000 milestone facts" -- Cover.
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The Universe

An Illustrated History of Astronomy

Author: Tom Jackson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780985323059

Category: Science

Page: 144

View: 2389

Covering one hundred scientific breakthroughs, presents a history of astronomy and man's quest to understand the universe.
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Physics

An Illustrated History of the Foundations of Science

Author: Tom Jackson

Publisher: Ponderables

ISBN: 9781627950961

Category: Science

Page: 144

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Here is the essential guide to physics, an authoritative reference book and timeline that examines the foundations upon which all scientific knowledge rests. Without physics, everything else -- from astronomy to zoology -- would be a meaningless conjecture. Our journey begins with the first attempts to understand reality, Mother Nature -- or as the ancient Greeks called it, physics. Follow the journey through history as great scientists, such as Thales, Galileo, Feynman, and many others, gradually unpick the fabric of the Universe, revealing an array of fundamental forces, intangible particles, and indestructible energy. Today, physics discoveries make headline news as we confirm the fresh mysteries of the Higgs boson, supersymmetry, and dark energy.
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The Engineering Book

From the Elevator to the Electron Microscope, 250 Milestones in the History of Engineering

Author: Marshall Brain

Publisher: Sterling

ISBN: 9781454908098

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 528

View: 6783

Make 25 fantastic fliers! You can create a sky-full of fabulous-looking paper planes, from old-time gliders to cutting-edge jets, that soar, swoop, sail and dive. The projects include fascinating background information on every model.
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The Elements

An Illustrated History of the Periodic Table

Author: Tom Jackson

Publisher: Ponderables

ISBN: 9781627950947

Category: Science

Page: 168

View: 3537

Profiles every element on the periodic table and describes their properties, when they were discovered, and how they are used in household materials.
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Plato and the Nerd

The Creative Partnership of Humans and Technology

Author: Edward Ashford Lee

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262341212

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 288

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In this book, Edward Ashford Lee makes a bold claim: that the creators of digital technology have an unsurpassed medium for creativity. Technology has advanced to the point where progress seems limited not by physical constraints but the human imagination. Writing for both literate technologists and numerate humanists, Lee makes a case for engineering -- creating technology -- as a deeply intellectual and fundamentally creative process. Explaining why digital technology has been so transformative and so liberating, Lee argues that the real power of technology stems from its partnership with humans. Lee explores the ways that engineers use models and abstraction to build inventive artificial worlds and to give us things that we never dreamed of -- for example, the ability to carry in our pockets everything humans have ever published. But he also attempts to counter the runaway enthusiasm of some technology boosters who claim everything in the physical world is a computation -- that even such complex phenomena as human cognition are software operating on digital data. Lee argues that the evidence for this is weak, and the likelihood that nature has limited itself to processes that conform to today's notion of digital computation is remote. Lee goes on to argue that artificial intelligence's goal of reproducing human cognitive functions in computers vastly underestimates the potential of computers. In his view, technology is coevolving with humans. It augments our cognitive and physical capabilities while we nurture, develop, and propagate the technology itself. Complementarity is more likely than competition.
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Ponderables, Psychology

An Illustrated History of the Mind from Hypnotism to Brain Scans

Author: Tom Jackson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781627951203

Category: Psychology

Page: 168

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Here is the essential guide to psychology, an authoritative reference book and timeline that examines how we learned to understand the mysteries of the human mind. Psychology is a young science. While great thinkers have pondered the nature of thought itself for centuries, the idea of using scientific experiments to examine the way we think, make decisions, and behave was only arrived at in the mid-19th century. However, the impact of psychology has been far reaching. Thanks to the work of Sigmund Freud, William James, Abraham Maslow, and many others, we now consider the psychological impact of events, along with their economic, political and legal aspects. Nevertheless, psychology studies a very difficult subject‚"‚€‚"the human mind‚"‚€‚"and finding ways of measuring our thoughts is not easy. New techniques, such the functional MRI scanner and improved understanding of brain function, may help to unlock the secrets of what makes us who we are. What do you think?
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Philosophy

An Illustrated History of Thought

Author: Tom Jackson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780985323073

Category: Philosophy

Page: 144

View: 8867

Presents a history of philosophy chronologically organized, offering descriptions of the "schools" of philosophy and brief profiles of notable philosophers.
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Biology

Author: Tom Jackson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781627950930

Category: Science

Page: 144

View: 6717

Here is the essential guide to biology, an authoritative reference book and timeline that examines how we have uncovered the secrets of life--the most complex process in the Universe. From the workings of molecules to the way entire oceans or continents of lifeforms interact, biology seeks to understand how it is that something can be alive, how it fends off death and how it leaves more life in its wake. We follow the journey through the history of life science to find out why the dolphin got its name (it is the 'womb fish'), how a seven-foot strand of DNA is able to build your body, and what gives a lobster its blue blood. The great names, such as Darwin and Linnaeus, are joined by lesser known discoverers, such as Karl von Frisch who discovered that bees dance, and Jan Baptist van Helmont who found a plant uses air and water to grow. Biology today is still very much a live science, finding a purpose in robot design and helping us to understand non-living complex systems like the Internet. Biology has changed the way we understand ourselves. What will it tell us next? - Contains 100 chronological articles that tell the story of biology from the dawn of history to the present day - Authoritative text, exciting imagery and helpful diagrams accompany each of the steps along the way - Biographies of great life scientists and a chart of the tree of life - A simple guide to biology draws together current understanding to set out the basics of the science - The Imponderables looks at what questions biology still needs to answer. Also contains a 24-page removable foldout concertina neatly housed at the back of the book. This fold-out concertina includes a 12-page Timeline History of Biology and 12 full pages of amazing electron micrographs called Our Hidden World.
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The Cambridge Illustrated History of Astronomy

Author: Michael A. Hoskin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780521411585

Category: Science

Page: 392

View: 8497

Traces the history of astronomy as a science from ancient times to the present and describes the discoveries that have contributed to current beliefs about space and the universe
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The Brain

An Illustrated History of Neuroscience

Author: Tom Jackson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780985323080

Category:

Page: 144

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Here is the essential guide to the human brain, an authoritative reference book and timeline that examines the three pounds of matter inside our heads that does all our thinking for us. With 100 billion nerve cells joined by thousands more to every corner of the body, the brain is wired together with 100 trillion connections. That makes each and every human brain a contender for the most complex system in the universe, endowing us with an intellect that far outstrips any other creature. However, one difficult question remains: Are we intelligent enough to understand our own brains? Follow the journey as history's greatest brains, including Avicenna, Thomas Willis, Charles Darwin, and Paul Broca, try to figure it out by linking structure to function. How does the brain control the body, make sense of our surroundings, and allow us to understand, empathize with, and love other people--and their brains? And how does it create that most mysterious feature of the universe, consciousness? 100 chronological articles tell the story of neuroscience from the dawn of history to the present day. Authoritative text, exciting imagery, and helpful diagrams accompany each of the steps along the way. Biographies of great neuroscientists and a functional map of the brain boost the content for all readers. This simple guide to neuroscience draws together current understanding and sets out the basics of the field. A 24-page removable foldout concertina neatly housed at the back of the book includes a 12-page Timeline History of the Brain and 12 pages of optical illusions that demonstrate how our view of the world comes entirely from the brain--which can sometimes be fooled.
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Think Like an Engineer

Author: Guruprasad Madhavan

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1780746385

Category: Science

Page: 304

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At last engineering is getting its due; engineers are finally cool. But few of us understand the engineering mindset. It’s the mindset that came up with flatpack furniture, disposable nappies, and the postal code; that solved Stockholm’s traffic and the problem of bank closing times (the hole-in-the-wall); and whose seemingly simple ideas have saved countless lives, with innovations such as painting a line behind traffic lanes and combining GPS with 999. It’s a mindset much like a Swiss-army knife – multipurpose, combining structured and abstract thinking, common sense and great imagination, and cross-pollinating information from every possible sector. With the help of a cast of star engineers and fascinating, unexpected real world examples, Madhavan offers a framework for thinking creatively, systematically and strategically so that we can all learn to make better decisions in a complex world.
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The Battles that Changed History

Author: Fletcher Pratt

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 048631894X

Category: History

Page: 368

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DIVHistorian profiles 16 crucial conflicts, ancient to modern, that changed the course of Western civilization. Gripping accounts of battles led by Alexander the Great, Joan of Arc, Ulysses S. Grant, other commanders. 27 maps. /div
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The Math Book

From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics

Author: Clifford A. Pickover

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 9781402757969

Category: Mathematics

Page: 527

View: 8121

This book covers 250 milestones in mathematical history, beginning millions of years ago with ancient "ant odometers" and moving through time to our modern-day quest for new dimensions.
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Painful questions

an analysis of the September 11th attack

Author: Eric Hufschmid

Publisher: Ink & Scribe

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 154

View: 6531

This respected classic contains over 100 color photos and diagrams, and the analysis to prove that the World Trade Center towers and Bldg. 7 were demolished with explosives. These were placed in the buildings in advance of the 9-11 attack - and the official story is a fairy tale. The book has been used by people around the world to support their accusations that elements in the US Government were the primary conspirators in the 9-11 attack. For example, David Ray Griffin references it in his book "The New Pearl Harbor," and Andreas von Bulow, a retired German government minister, in his book "The CIA and 9/11." If you still believe Osama bin Laden attacked us without our government's assistance, why not find the flaws in this book, put these accusations to rest, and help restore America's credibility? If you already know the attack was conducted by the U.S. government, this book will help you educate your fellow citizens on the unbelievable corruption in our world.
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The God of the Machine

Author: Isabel Paterson

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 1560006668

Category: Political Science

Page: 308

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The God of the Machine presents an original theory of history and a bold defense of individualism as the source of moral and political progress. When it was published in 1943, Isabel Paterson's work provided fresh intellectual support for the endangered American belief in individual rights, limited government, and economic freedom. Her book placed her in the vanguard of the free-enterprise movement now sweeping the world. It will be essential to students of American history, political theory, and literature.
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Mathematics for the Million: How to Master the Magic of Numbers

Author: Lancelot Hogben

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393347222

Category: Mathematics

Page: 656

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"It makes alive the contents of the elements of mathematics."—Albert Einstein Taking only the most elementary knowledge for granted, Lancelot Hogben leads readers of this famous book through the whole course from simple arithmetic to calculus. His illuminating explanation is addressed to the person who wants to understand the place of mathematics in modern civilization but who has been intimidated by its supposed difficulty. Mathematics is the language of size, shape, and order—a language Hogben shows one can both master and enjoy.
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Building Physics

From physical principles to international standards

Author: Marko Pinterić

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319574841

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 254

View: 3940

This book provides thorough coverage of the most important building physics phenomena: heat transfer, moisture, sound/acoustics, and illumination. Since the book is primarily aimed at engineers, it addresses professional issues with due pragmatism, and by including many practical examples and related ISO standards. Nevertheless, in order to guarantee full comprehension, it also explains the underlying physical principles and relates them to practical aspects in a simple and clear way. This is achieved with the aid of more than 100 figures and consistent cross-referencing of formulas and ideas. In addition, interrelationships between the different building physics phenomena are elucidated in a way that will enable readers to develop performance specifications that inform the design process. The book will primarily appeal to students of civil engineering and architecture, as well as to all practitioners in these areas who wish to broaden their fundamental understanding of topics in building physics.
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Hands-On Science

50 Kids' Activities from CSIRO

Author: Sarah Kellett,David Shaw,Kath Kovac

Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING

ISBN: 1486306152

Category: Mathematics

Page: 128

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Did you ever wonder why some insects can walk on water? Or how the ancient Egyptians made mummies? Are you curious about why a guitar sounds different from a flute? Gather some everyday materials from around your home and find out the answers with these 50 kid-approved science activities from CSIRO. The activities cover electricity and magnetism, sound and light, heat and motion, water and gases, living things, shapes and our planet Earth. Each activity has a simple list of materials required, and uses simple step-by-step instructions and drawings to enable you to create exciting and interesting reactions, experiments and inventions. Fast facts and quiz questions will help you test your knowledge, and you’ll also find an explanation of the science behind each activity, along with examples of how each principle works in the real world. Discover more about the world of science by making: dancing slime, rubbery bones, a ping pong ball shooter, ghastly ghostly photos, fizzy dinosaur eggs and a lemon battery.
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