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INSIDE THE DIGITAL UNDERGROUND AND THE BATTLE FOR OUR CONNECTED WORLD
Written by MARC GOODMAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 01/12/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17145-8

Technological advances have benefited our world in immeasurable ways, but there is an ominous flip side: our technology can be turned against us. And just over the horizon is a tidal wave of scientific progress that will leave our heads spinning—from implantable medical devices to drones and 3-D printers, all of which can be hacked, with disastrous consequences. 

With explosive insights based on a career in law enforcement and counterterrorism, leading authority on global security Marc...

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THE (MOSTLY) TRUE STORY OF THE FIRST COMPUTER
Written by SYDNEY PADUA

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 04/21/2015

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-90827-8

Meet Victorian London’s most dynamic duo: Charles Babbage, the unrealized inventor of the computer, and his accomplice, Ada, Countess of Lovelace, the peculiar protoprogrammer and daughter of Lord Byron. When Lovelace translated a description of Babbage’s plans for an enormous mechanical calculating machine in 1842, she added annotations three times longer than the original work. Her footnotes contained the first appearance of the general computing theory, a hundred years before an actual...

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THE HIGH-STAKES RACE TO SATISFY OUR NEED FOR THE SCARCEST METALS ON EARTH
Written by KEITH VERONESE

Format: Hardcover, 270 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 01/06/2015

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-1-616-14972-7

How will your life change when the supply of tantalum dries up? You may have never heard of this unusual metal, but without it smartphones would be instantly less omniscient, video game systems would falter, and laptops fail.  Tantalum is not alone.  Rhodium. Osmium. Niobium. Such refugees from the bottom of the periodic table are key components of many consumer products like cell phones, hybrid car batteries, and flat screen televisions, as well as sophisticated medical devices and even...

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AN INSIDE ACCOUNT FROM CURIOSITY'S CHIEF ENGINEER

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

On Sale: 10/21/2014

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-588-34473-1

In the course of our enduring quest for knowledge about ourselves and our universe, we haven't found answers to one of our most fundamental questions: Does life exist anywhere else in the universe? Ten years and billions of dollars in the making, the Mars Rover Curiosity is poised to answer this all-important question.

In Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiosity's Chief Engineer, Rob Manning, the project's chief engineer, tells of bringing the groundbreaking spacecraft to life....

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HOW LORD BYRON'S DAUGHTER ADA LOVELACE LAUNCHED THE DIGITAL AGE
Written by JAMES ESSINGER

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 10/14/2014

Price: $25.95

ISBN: 978-1-612-19408-0

Over 150 years after her death, a widely-used scientific computer program was named “Ada,” after Ada Lovelace, the only legitimate daughter of the eighteenth century’s version of a rock star, Lord Byron. Why?

Because, after computer pioneers such as Alan Turing began to rediscover her, it slowly became apparent that she had been a key but overlooked figure in the invention of the computer.

In Ada Lovelace, James Essinger makes the case that the computer age could have started two centuries ago...

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TRANSFORMING NATIONS, BUSINESSES, AND OUR LIVES

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/04/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-94705-5

In the next decade, five billion new people will come online, posing for our world a host of new opportunities—and dangers. Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen traveled to thirty-five countries, including some of the world’s most volatile regions and met with political leaders, entrepreneurs, and activists to learn firsthand about the challenges they face. Packed with fascinating ideas, informed predictions, and prescient warnings, The New Digital Age tackles some of the toughest questions...

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FROM COLOSSUS TO QUBITS
Written by JOHN GRIBBIN

Format: Hardcover, 295 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 03/04/2014

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-1-616-14921-5

The quantum computer is no longer the stuff of science fiction. Pioneering physicists are on the brink of unlocking a new quantum universe which provides a better representation of reality than our everyday experiences and common sense ever could. The birth of quantum computers - which, like Schrödinger’s famous “dead and alive” cat, rely on entities like electrons, photons, or atoms existing in two states at the same time - is set to turn the computing world on its head.

In his fascinating...

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SURVEILLANCE, PRIVACY, AND THE DARK SIDE OF THE INTERNET
Written by RONALD J. DEIBERT

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Signal

On Sale: 11/19/2013

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-771-02535-8

In Black Code, Ronald J. Deibert, a leading expert on digital technology, security, and human rights, lifts the lid on cyberspace and shows what’s at stake for Internet users and citizens.

As cyberspace develops in unprecedented ways, powerful agents are scrambling for control. Predatory cyber criminal gangs such as Koobface have made social media their stalking ground. The discovery of Stuxnet, a computer worm reportedly developed by Israel and the United States and aimed at Iran’s nuclear...

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THE ORIGINS OF THE DIGITAL UNIVERSE
Written by GEORGE DYSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 12/11/2012

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-400-07599-7

In this revealing account of how the digital universe exploded in the aftermath of World War II, George Dyson illuminates the nature of digital computers, the lives of those who brought them into existence, and how code took over the world.

In the 1940s and ‘50s, a small group of men and women—led by John von Neumann—gathered in Princeton, New Jersey, to begin building one of the first computers to realize Alan Turing’s vision of a Universal Machine. The codes unleashed within this...

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WHAT ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TEACHES US ABOUT BEING ALIVE
Written by BRIAN CHRISTIAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 03/06/2012

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-47670-8

Each year, the AI community convenes to administer the famous (and famously controversial) Turing test, pitting sophisticated software programs against humans to determine if a computer can “think.” The machine that most often fools the judges wins the Most Human Computer Award. But there is also a prize, strange and intriguing, for the “Most Human Human.”

Brian Christian—a young poet with degrees in computer science and philosophy—was chosen to participate in a recent competition. This...

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A VISIONARY TEACHER, HIS FIRST ROBOTICS TEAM, AND THE ULTIMATE BATTLE OF SMARTS
Written by NEAL BASCOMB

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 03/06/2012

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-58890-6

That Monday afternoon, in high-school gyms across America, kids were battling for the only glory American culture seems to want to dispense to the young these days: sports glory. But at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, California, in a gear-cluttered classroom, a different type of “cool” was brewing. A physics teacher with a dream – the first public high-school teacher ever to win a MacArthur Genius Award -- had rounded up a band of high-I.Q. students who wanted to put their technical...

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A HISTORY, A THEORY, A FLOOD
Written by JAMES GLEICK

Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/06/2012

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-09623-7

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Awards
Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
Winner of the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

A New York Times Notable Book; a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year; a Cleveland Plain Dealer Best Book of the Year

From the bestselling author of the acclaimed Chaos and Genius comes a thoughtful and provocative exploration of the big ideas of the modern era: Information, communication, and information...

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