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Air Vagabonds

Oceans, Airmen, and a Quest for Adventure

by Anthony J. Vallone

<i>Air Vagabonds</i> is the story of the amazing, true (mis)adventures of a band of rogues piloting aircraft alone into exotic and deadly destinations.<br><br>In the late 1970s and through the 1980s the demand for light aircraft eclipsed ...

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Area 51

by Dwight Zimmerman & Greg Scott

The actual history of the United States' worst-kept military secret revealed in graphic format. Though nearly everyone has heard of it, almost no one has known anything about it . . . until now. Located in the remote Nevada desert near the dry ...

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Atari Age

The Emergence of Video Games in America

by Michael Z. Newman

<DIV>Beginning with the release of the Magnavox Odyssey and <I>Pong</I> in 1972, video games, whether played in arcades and taverns or in family rec rooms, became part of popular culture, like television. In fact, video games were sometimes seen

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Atlantic Automobilism: Emergence and Persistence of the Car, 1895-1940

by Mom, Gijs

<p> Our continued use of the combustion engine car in the 21st century, despite many rational arguments against it, makes it more and more difficult to imagine that transport has a sustainable future. Offering a sweeping transatlantic ...

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Backroom Boys

by Francis Spufford

<p>A brilliant, beautiful account of how British boffins triumphed across the decades in creating everything from computer games to Martian landers.</p><p>The book contains chapters on the Beagle II, Elite - the 80s computer game, the Blue ...

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Beautiful Data

A History of Vision and Reason since 1945

by Orit Halpern

<div><I>Beautiful Data</I> is both a history of big data and interactivity, and a sophisticated meditation on ideas about vision and cognition in the second half of the twentieth century. Contending that our forms of attention, observation, and ...

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Beyond the Big Ditch

Politics, Ecology, and Infrastructure at the Panama Canal

by Ashley Carse

<DIV>In this innovative book, Ashley Carse traces the water that flows into and out from the Panama Canal to explain how global shipping is entangled with Panama's cultural and physical landscapes. By following container ships as they travel ...

ISBN: 9780262320474

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Breathing Race into the Machine

The Surprising Career of the Spirometer from Plantation to Genetics

by Lundy Braun

<DIV><p><BR>In the antebellum South, plantation physicians used a new medical device—the spirometer—to show that lung volume and therefore vital capacity were supposedly less in black slaves than in white citizens. At the end of the Civil War, a

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Bunch of Amateurs

A Search for the American Character

by Jack Hitt

<b>WHAT IS IT THAT DRIVES THE SUCCESS OF AMERICA AND THE IDENTITY OF ITS PEOPLE? ACCLAIMED WRITER AND CONTRIBUTING EDITOR TO <i>THIS AMERICAN LIFE</i> JACK HITT THINKS IT’S BECAUSE WE’RE ALL A BUNCH OF AMATEURS.<br><br></b>America’s ...

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Concrete Revolution

Large Dams, Cold War Geopolitics, and the US Bureau of Reclamation

by Christopher Sneddon

<div>Water may seem innocuous, but as a universal necessity, it inevitably intersects with politics when it comes to acquisition, control, and associated technologies. While we know a great deal about the socioecological costs and benefits of ...

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Conquering the Electron

The Geniuses, Visionaries, Egomaniacs, and Scoundrels Who Built Our Electronic Age

by Derek Cheung & Eric Brach

<span><span style="font-style:italic;">Conquering the Electron</span><span> offers readers a true and engaging history of the world of electronics, beginning with the discoveries of static electricity and magnetism and ending with the creation ...

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Digital State

The Story of Minnesota's Computing Industry

by Thomas J. Misa

<DIV><P>Accounts of the early events of the computing industry—the Turing machine, the massive Colossus, the ENIAC computer—are well-told tales, and equally well known is the later emergence of Silicon Valley and the rise of the personal ...

ISBN: 9780816688364

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Dreamscapes of Modernity

Sociotechnical Imaginaries and the Fabrication of Power

by Sheila Jasanoff & Sang-Hyun Kim

<div><i>Dreamscapes of Modernity</i> offers the first book-length treatment of sociotechnical imaginaries, a concept originated by Sheila Jasanoff and developed in close collaboration with Sang-Hyun Kim to describe how visions of scientific and ...

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Entanglements

Conversations on the Human Traces of Science, Technology, and Sound

by Simone Tosoni & Trevor Pinch

<DIV>Science and technology studies (STS) is a relatively young but influential field. Scholars from disciplines as diverse as urban studies, mobility studies, media studies, and body culture studies are engaging in a systematic dialogue with ...

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Eureka

How Invention Happens

by Gavin Weightman

<div>Tracing the long pre-history of five twentieth-century inventions which have transformed our lives, Gavin Weightman reveals a fantastic cast of scientists and inspired amateurs whose ingenuity has given us the airplane, television, bar ...

ISBN: 9780300216059

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Eye in the Sky

The Story of the CORONA Spy Satellites

by Dwayne Day

Presenting the full story of the CORONA spy satellites' origins, <i>Eye in the Sky</i> explores the Cold War technology and far-reaching effects of the satellites on foreign policy and national security. Arguing that satellite reconnaissance was

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Fascist Pigs

Technoscientific Organisms and the History of Fascism

by Tiago Saraiva

<DIV>In the fascist regimes of Mussolini's Italy, Salazar's Portugal, and Hitler's Germany, the first mass mobilizations involved wheat engineered to take advantage of chemical fertilizers, potatoes resistant to late blight, and pigs that ...

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Forensic Media

Reconstructing Accidents in Accelerated Modernity

by Greg Siegel

<div>In <I>Forensic Media</I>, Greg Siegel considers how photographic, electronic, and digital media have been used to record and reconstruct accidents, particularly high-speed crashes and catastrophes. Focusing in turn on the birth of the field

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Harpers Ferry Armory and the New Technology

The Challenge of Change

by Merritt Roe Smith

<p> Focusing on the day-to-day operations of the U.S. armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, from 1798 to 1861, this book shows what the "new technology" of mechanized production meant in terms of organization, management, and worker morale. A local

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Haydn’s Sunrise, Beethoven’s Shadow

Audiovisual Culture and the Emergence of Musical Romanticism

by Deirdre Loughridge

<div>The years between roughly 1760 and 1810, a period stretching from the rise of Joseph Haydn’s career to the height of Ludwig van Beethoven’s, are often viewed as a golden age for musical culture, when audiences started to revel in the sounds

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