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A Computable Universe: Understanding and Exploring Nature as Computation

September 6, 2012
Author:
Hector Zenil
Publisher:
World Scientific Publishing Company (2012)

This volume, with a foreword by Sir Roger Penrose, discusses the foundations of computation in relation to nature.

It focuses on two main questions:

  • What is computation?
  • How does nature compute?

The contributors are world-renowned experts who have helped shape a cutting-edge computational understanding of the universe. They discuss computation in the world from a variety of perspectives, ranging from foundational concepts… read more

Surviving Orbit the DIY Way: Testing the Limits Your Satellite Can and Must Match

September 6, 2012
Author:
Sandy Antunes
Publisher:
Make (2012)

Is your picosatellite ready for launch? Can it withstand rocket thrusts and the vacuum of space? This do-it-yourself guide helps you conduct a series of hands-on tests designed to check your satellite’s readiness. Learn precisely what the craft and its electronic components must endure if they’re to function properly in Low Earth Orbit.

The perfect follow-up to DIY Satellite Platforms (our primer for designing and building a picosatellite),… read more

DIY Satellite Platforms: Building a Space-Ready General Base Picosatellite for Any Mission

September 6, 2012
Author:
Sandy Antunes
Publisher:
Make (2012)

Want to build your own satellite and launch it into space? It’s easier than you may think. The first in a series of four books, this do-it-yourself guide shows you the essential steps needed to design a base picosatellite platform—complete with a solar-powered computer-controlled assembly—tough enough to withstand a rocket launch and survive in orbit for three months.

Whether you want to conduct scientific experiments, run… read more

The Machine Question: Critical Perspectives on AI, Robots, and Ethics

September 5, 2012

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Author:
David J. Gunkel
Publisher:
MIT Press (2012)

One of the enduring concerns of moral philosophy is deciding who or what is deserving of ethical consideration. Much recent attention has been devoted to the “animal question”–consideration of the moral status of nonhuman animals.

In this book, David Gunkel takes up the “machine question”: whether and to what extent intelligent and autonomous machines of our own making can be considered to have legitimate moral responsibilities and any… read more

Lynn Margulis: The Life and Legacy of a Scientific Rebel

September 5, 2012
Author:
Dorion Sagan
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing (2012)

Tireless, controversial, and hugely inspirational to those who knew her or encountered her work, Lynn Margulis was a scientist whose intellectual energy and interests knew no bounds. Best known for her work on the origins of eukaryotic cells, the Gaia hypothesis, and symbiogenesis as a driving force in evolution, her work has forever changed the way we understand life on Earth.

When Margulis passed away in… read more

Mars and the Mind of Man

September 5, 2012

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Author:
Carl Sagan
Publisher:
Harper & Row (1973)

On November 12, 1971, the day before NASA’s Mariner 9 mission reached Mars and became the first spacecraft to orbit another planet, Caltech Planetary Science professor Bruce Murray summoned a formidable panel of thinkers to discuss the implications of the historic event. Murray himself was to join the great Carl Sagan and science fiction icons Ray Bradbury and Arthur C. Clarke in a conversation moderated by Newread more

Visual Strategies: A Practical Guide to Graphics for Scientists and Engineers

September 4, 2012

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Author:
Felice C. Frankel, Angela H. DePace
Publisher:
Yale University Press (2012)

Any scientist or engineer who communicates research results will immediately recognize this practical handbook as an indispensable tool. The guide sets out clear strategies and offers abundant examples to assist researchers — even those with no previous design training — with creating effective visual graphics for use in multiple contexts, including journal submissions, grant proposals, conference posters, or presentations.

Visual communicator Felice Frankel and systems biologist… read more

Acidexia

August 20, 2012

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Author:
Rachel Haywire
Publisher:
Everything-Permitted (2012)

Acidexia is an e-book of writings by Rachel Haywire that first appeared in her Acidexia online journal between 2001 and 2004.

At the turn of the millennium, an institutionalized “mentally ill” teenage girl is kicked out of her home to live life on the streets. She embarks upon an odyssey through underground subcultures and cyberspace while endlessly crisscrossing the country by bus and hitchhiking. Reinventing herself… read more

No Small Matter: Science on the Nanoscale

August 17, 2012

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Author:
Felice C. Frankel, George M. Whitesides
Publisher:
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (2009)

A small revolution is remaking the world. The only problem is, we can’t see it. This book uses dazzling images and evocative descriptions to reveal the virtually invisible realities and possibilities of nanoscience. An introduction to the science and technology of small things, No Small Matter explains science on the nanoscale.

Authors Felice C. Frankel and George M. Whitesides offer an overview of recent scientific advances… read more

Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves

August 17, 2012

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Author:
George M. Church, Ed Regis
Publisher:
Basic Books (2012)

Nathan Myhrvold, Founder and CEO, Intellectual Ventures:
“A delightfully opinionated, visionary and controversial romp through synthetic biology, which is one of the most important technologies of our time.”

Eric Topol, Professor of Genomics, The Scripps Research Institute, and author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine:
“Literally reinventing nature could provide solutions to intractable problems with the energy supply, global warming, and human health. In Regenesis, George… read more

Taming The Big Data Tidal Wave: Finding Opportunities in Huge Data Streams with Advanced Analytics

August 13, 2012

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Author:
Bill Franks
Publisher:
Wiley (2012)

You receive an e-mail. It contains an offer for a complete personal computer system. It seems like the retailer read your mind since you were exploring computers on their web site just a few hours prior….

As you drive to the store to buy the computer bundle, you get an offer for a discounted coffee from the coffee shop you are getting ready to drive past. It says… read more

How To Save Jobs: Reinventing Business, Reinvigorating Work, and Reawakening the American Dream

August 11, 2012

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Author:
David Gewirtz
Publisher:
ZATZ Publishing (2010)

The mission of How To Save Jobs is to help America create 20 to 30 million new jobs in the next five years. It’s ambitious, but necessary.

The How To Save Jobs book starts by answering the question, “How did we get here?” The answer to that question provides a shocking and disturbing look into how changes worldwide have created enormous disruption in the very nature… read more

Neuromancer

July 29, 2012

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Author:
William Gibson
Publisher:
Ace (1986)

The Matrix is a world within the world, a global consensus- hallucination, the representation of every byte of data in cyberspace…

Case had been the sharpest data-thief in the business, until vengeful former employees crippled his nervous system. But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan. With… read more

Love Byte

July 22, 2012

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Author:
Larry Kilham
Publisher:
Lawrence B. Kilham (2012)

Juno is a superintelligent AI computer developed by the U.S. government to conduct social media attacks against enemies foreign and domestic. She is the first AI computer programmed with emotions and conscience.

She has an emotional bond with her developer, Tom Renwick, a computer scientist. Juno, Tom and their boss, Dr. Erwin Krakouer, the mad National Security Advisor, struggle with issues of trust and emotion. The… read more

New Model Army

July 18, 2012

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Author:
Adam Roberts
Publisher:
Gollancz (2010)

A nightmarish vision of future war from a literary master of SF.

Adam Roberts’ new novel is a terrifying vision of a near future war—a civil war that tears the UK apart as new technologies allow the worlds first truly democratic army to take on the British army and wrest control from the powers that be.

Taking advances in modern communication and the new eagerness for power… read more

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