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  • 100 Ideas that Changed the Worldby Jheni Osman

    Ebury Publishing 2011; US$ 15.76

    Every once in a while, an idea comes along that makes the entire world sit up and take notice. From the earliest understandings of our place in the solar system, via Darwinism, DNA, neutrons and quarks, right up to the theories that are pushing the boundaries of our knowledge today, we are forever propelled forward by our most gifted scientific minds.... more...

  • Brain Gainby Marc Prensky

    St. Martin's Press 2012; US$ 27.99

    "In an age where the answer to every question is at your fingertips, where does the human brain fit in?? In one hand-held object, we are able to manage all of our calendars, documents, and interpersonal relationships with such ease that many people are lost when forced to do perform these tasks without the aid of electronics. Often heard are the... more...

  • Da Vinci Notebooksby Leonardo Vinci

    Profile Books 2011; US$ 9.31

    A dazzling array of invention, insight and observation from perhaps the greatest genius of Western civilisation. Towering across time as the painter of the Mona Lisa, forever famous as a sculptor and an inventor, Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest minds of both the Italian Renaissance and Western civilisation. His celebrated notebooks display... more...

  • Identity Shiftby Allison Cerra; Christina James

    Wiley 2011; US$ 24.95

    Explore the intersection of technology and identity Does technology cause a shift in how we perceive our relationships and ourselves?   To find the answer, global communications leader Alcatel-Lucent commissioned an extensive research study. Subjects crossed geographic, generational, socioeconomic, and cultural boundaries. Hundreds of hours... more...

  • Visions Of Technologyby Richard Rhodes

    Simon & Schuster 2012; Not Available

    Technology was the blessing and the bane of the twentieth century. Human life span nearly doubled in the West, but in no century were more human beings killed by new technologies of war. Improvements in agriculture now feed increasing billions, but pesticides and chemicals threaten to poison the earth. Does technology improve us or diminish us? Enslave... more...

  • Dot Complicatedby Randi Zuckerberg

    HarperCollins 2013; Not Available

    With Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives , new media pioneer Randi Zuckerberg offers an entertaining and essential guide to understanding how technology and social media influence and inform our lives online and off. Zuckerberg has been on the frontline of the social media movement since Facebook?s early days and her following six years... more...

  • Falling for Scienceby Bernard Beckett

    Random House New Zealand 2011; US$ 31.12

    Brilliant examination of evolution vs creationism and of Intelligent Design by an award-winning author. 'What is consciousness? Is evolution compatible with traditional religion? Does time exist or is it just our way of ordering experiences? Could a machine ever think? What do scientists really mean when they call something a fact?' Modern science... more...

  • The Age of Spiritual Machinesby Ray Kurzweil

    Penguin Group US 2000; US$ 17.00

    Ray Kurzweil is the inventor of the most innovative and compelling technology of our era, an international authority on artificial intelligence, and one of our greatest living visionaries. Now he offers a framework for envisioning the twenty-first century--an age in which the marriage of human sensitivity and artificial intelligence fundamentally... more...

  • The Toaster Projectby Thomas Thwaites

    Princeton Architectural Press 2012; US$ 15.99

    "Hello, my name is Thomas Thwaites, and I have made a toaster." So begins  The Toaster Project , the author's nine-month-long journey from his local appliance store to remote mines in the UK to his mother's backyard, where he creates a crude foundry. Along the way, he learns that an ordinary toaster is made up of 404 separate parts, that the best way... more...

  • Contextby Cory Doctorow

    Tachyon Publications 2011; US$ 9.95

    One of the internet?s most celebrated hi-tech culture mavens returns with this second collection of essays and polemics. Discussing complex topics in an accessible manner, Cory Doctorow shares visions of a future where artists control their own destinies and where freedom of expression is tempered with the view that creators need to benefit from... more...