By Harold Dick,Douglas Robinson
By Robert Friedel
By Roy Rosenzweig,Anthony Grafton
In those visionary essays, Roy Rosenzweig charts the impression of recent media on instructing, learning, maintaining, proposing, and realizing background. Negotiating among the "cyberenthusiasts" who champion technological breakthroughs and the "digitalskeptics" who worry the tip of conventional humanistic scholarship, Rosenzweig re-envisions educational historians' practices rites whereas interpreting and advocating for beginner historians' achievements.
While he addresses the perils of "doing background" on-line, Rosenzweig eloquently identifies the guarantees of electronic paintings, detailing leading edge options for robust searches in basic and secondary resources, the elevated possibilities for discussion and debate, and, so much of all, the unparalleled entry afforded by way of the web. Rosenzweig attracts realization to the outlet up of the historic list to new voices, the provision of records and narratives to new audiences, and the points of interest of electronic applied sciences for brand spanking new and various practitioners. even though he celebrates electronic history's democratizing affects, Rosenzweig additionally argues that we will be able to basically make sure the way forward for the previous during this electronic age via actively resisting the efforts of enterprises to place up gates and cash in on the Web.
By Rick Houston,Milt Heflin,John Aaron
at the beginning look, it appears like simply one other auditorium in precisely one other govt construction. yet one of the proficient males (and later girls) who labored in project regulate, the room situated at the 3rd ground of creating 30—at what's now Johnson house Center—would turn into recognized by way of many as “the Cathedral.” those contributors of the gap software have been the brightest in their generations, making split-second judgements that decided the good fortune or failure of a challenge. The flight controllers, every one supported by way of a employees of experts, have been the main noticeable a part of the operation, operating the missions, chatting with the heavens, troubleshooting concerns on board, and, finally, trying to convey every body correctly again home.
None of NASA’s storied accomplishments might were attainable with no those humans. Interviews with dozens of individuals who labored within the ancient third-floor venture keep watch over room convey the compelling stories to lifestyles. Go, Flight! is a real-world reminder of the place we've been and the place lets pass back given the best political and social climate.
By Kathryn A. Neeley
By Kevin Desmond
This biographical dictionary profiles ninety five electrochemists from 19 international locations who up to now 270 years have researched and built ever extra effective batteries and effort cells. each one access lines the subject’s beginning, schooling, discoveries and patents, in addition to leisure pursuits and kin existence. The breakthroughs of early innovators are cataloged and the paintings of residing scientists and technicians is stated thus far. An appendix presents a cross-referenced timeline of innovation.
By Lawrence Goldstone
By Pier Luigi Luisi,Zara Houshmand
For over a decade, a small team of scientists and philosophers—members of the brain and existence Institute—have met frequently to discover the intersection among technological know-how and the spirit. At this sort of conferences, the subjects mentioned have been either basic and profound: can physics, chemistry, and biology clarify the secret of existence? How do our philosophical assumptions effect technological know-how and the ethics we convey to biotechnology? and the way does an historic non secular culture throw new mild on those questions?
Pier Luigi Luisi not just reproduces this dramatic, cross-cultural discussion, within which world-class scientists, philosophers, and Buddhist students increase a holistic method of the clinical exploration of truth, but additionally provides clinical historical past to their displays, in addition to supplementary discussions with sought after individuals and attendees. Interviews along with his Holiness the Karmapa, the Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, and the actor and longtime human rights suggest Richard Gere take the complaints into new instructions, enriching the fabric with own viewpoints and full of life dialog approximately such subject matters because the foundation of subject, the homes of cells, the character of evolution, the ethics of genetic manipulation, and the query of cognizance and ethics.
A prepared learn of personality, Luisi comprises his personal a laugh observations into this attention-grabbing discussion, portray a really human portrait of a few of our greatest—and so much intimidating—thinkers. Deeply textured and cleverly crafted, Mind and Life is a wonderful chance for any reader to affix within the debate surrounding this state of the art box of inquiry.
By Steve Levine
A around the globe race is directly to excellent the subsequent engine of monetary progress, the complicated lithium-ion battery. it's going to strength the electrical automobile, relieve international warming, and catapult the winner right into a new period of financial and political mastery. Can the U.S. win?
Steve LeVine was once granted remarkable entry to a safe federal laboratory outdoor Chicago, the place a bunch of geniuses is attempting to resolve this subsequent enormous job of physics. yet those scientists-- just about all international born--are no longer on my own. With a lot at stake, researchers in Japan, South Korea, and China are within the similar pursuit. The drama intensifies whilst a Silicon Valley start-up licenses the federal laboratory's signature invention with the purpose of a blockbuster sale to the world's largest carmakers.
The Powerhouse is a real-time, two-year account of great invention, mammoth commercialization, and large deception. It exposes the layers of pageant and ambition, aspiration and sadness in the back of this nice turning aspect within the heritage of technology.
By Adelheid Voskuhl