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  • Fly By Wireby William Langewiesche

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 15.50

    On January 15, 2009, a US Airways Airbus A320 had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport in New York, when a flock of Canada geese collided with it, destroying both of its engines. Over the next three minutes, the plane's pilot Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger, managed to glide to a safe landing in the Hudson River. It was an instant media sensation, the... more...

  • The Net Delusionby Evgeny Morozov

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 15.50

    Does free information mean free people? At the start of the twenty-first century we were promised that the internet would liberate the world. We could come together as never before, and from Iran's 'twitter revolution' to Facebook 'activism', technological innovation would spread democracy to oppressed peoples everywhere. We couldn't have been more... more...

  • Engineering and Societyby George Catalano; Caroline Baillie

    Morgan & Claypool Publishers 2009; US$ 44.00

    Engineers work in an increasingly complex entanglement of ideas, people, cultures, technology, systems and environments. Today, decisions made by engineers often have serious implications for not only their clients but for society as a whole and the natural world. Such decisions may potentially influence cultures, ways of living, as well as alter ecosystems... more...

  • Engineering and Sustainable Community Developmentby Juan Lucena; Jen Schneider; Jon A. Leydens

    Morgan & Claypool Publishers 2010; US$ 40.00

    This book, Engineering and Sustainable Community Development, presents an overview of engineering as it relates to humanitarian engineering, service learning engineering, or engineering for community development, often called sustainable community development (SCD). The topics covered include a history of engineers and development, the problems of... more...

  • Social Exclusion, Power, and Video Game Playby David G. Embrick; Talmadge J. Wright; Andras Lukacs

    Lexington Books 2012; US$ 38.99

    This book represents cutting-edge research that addresses major issues of social exclusion, power and liberatory fantasies in virtual play. Specifically, the scope of the book examines three areas of concern: social psychological implications of virtual gameplay; reproduction and contestation of social inequality in virtual realms. more...

  • Singularity Risingby James D. Miller

    BenBella Books, Inc. 2012; US$ 16.99

    In Ray Kurzweil’s New York Times bestseller The Singularity is Near , the futurist and entrepreneur describes the Singularity, a likely future utterly different than anything we can imagine. The Singularity is triggered by the tremendous growth of human and computing intelligence that is an almost inevitable outcome of Moore's Law. Since the book's... more...

  • The Blind Giantby Nick Harkaway

    Hodder & Stoughton 2012; US$ 10.99

    The digital age. An age of isolation, warped communication, disintegrating community. Where unfiltered and unregulated information pours relentlessly into our lives, destroying what it means to be human. Or an age of marvels. Where there is a world of wonder at our fingertips. Where we can communicate across the globe, learn in the blink of... more...

  • Brain Gainby Marc Prensky

    St. Martin's Press 2012; US$ 6.79

    "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...

  • Why the Net Mattersby David Eagleman

    Canongate Books 2011; US$ 9.96

    The advent of the internet has been one of the most significant technological developments in history. In this thought-provoking and groundbreaking work David Eagleman, author of international bestseller SUM, presents six ways in which the net saves us from major existential threats: epidemics, poor information flow, natural disasters, political corruption,... more...

  • AMERICA BY DESIGNby David F Noble

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 17.95

    Hailed a “significant contribution” by The New York Times , David Noble’s book America by Design describes the factors that have shaped the history of scientific technology in the United States. Since the beginning, technology and industry have been undeniably intertwined, and Noble demonstrates how corporate capitalism has not only become the driving... more...