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The Man Who Invented the Computer
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The Man Who Invented the Computer

By Jane Smiley

New York: Doubleday. Hardcover. 2010. First Edition (stated) / full number line. Near Fine book in a Fine jacket. Spine ends bumped. Interior pristine. Cover clean and bright. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. One night in the late 1930s, in a bar on the Illinois-Iowa border, John Vincent Atanasoff, a professor of physics at Iowa State University, after a frustrating day performing tedious mathematical calculations in his lab, hit on the idea that the binary number system and electronic switches, com­bined with an array of capacitors on a moving drum to serve as memory, could yield a computing machine that would make his life and the lives of other similarly burdened scientists easier. Then he went back and built the machine. It worked. The whole world changed. Why dont we know the name of John Atanasoff as well as we know those of Alan Turing and John von Neumann? Because he never patented the device, and because the developers of the far-better-known ENIAC almost certainly stole critical ideas from him. But in 1973 a court declared that the patent on that Sperry Rand device was invalid, opening the intellectual property gates to the computer revolution. Jane Smiley tells the quintessentially American story of the child of immigrants John Atanasoff with technical clarity and narrative drive, making the race to develop digital computing as gripping as a real-life techno-thriller.

$31.35

30-Second Quantum Theory
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30-Second Quantum Theory

By Brian Clegg (ed); Philip Ball; Brian Clegg; Leon Clifford; Frank Close; Sophie Hebden; Alexander Hellemans; Sharon Ann Holgate; Andrew May

New York: Metro Books. Hardcover. 2017. Fine book. No jacket as published. 160 pages.

$10.45

Telling Lies
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Telling Lies

By Paul Ekman

New York: W. W. Norton & Company. Trade Paperback. September 17, 2001. As New. Not from a library. No remainder mark. No signs of prior use. 390 pages.

$10.95

Emotions Revealed: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life
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Emotions Revealed: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life

By Paul Ekman

New York: Times Books. Hardcover. 2003. Fine book in a Near Fine jacket with light edgewear. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. xvii + 267 pages.

$14.90

Galileo: A Play by Bertolt Brecht
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Galileo: A Play by Bertolt Brecht

By Bertolt Brecht; Charles Laughton; Eric Bentley

New York: Grove Press / Black Cat. 1966. Paperback. Black Cat B-120. Eighteenth Printing, 1981. Very Good. Interior unmarked. Spine straight and tight. Cover shows light reading wear. Not from a library. No remainder mark. 155 pp. One of Brecht's masterpieces, Galileo explores the question of a scientist's social and ethical responsibility, as the Galileo must choose between his life and his life's work when confronted with the demands of the Inquisition. Through the dramatic characterization of the famous astronomer, Brecht examines the issues of scientific morality and the difficult relationship between the intellectual and authority. This version of the play is the famous one that was brought to completion by Brecht himself, working with Charles Laughton, who played Galileo in the first two American productions. Since then the play has become a classic in the world repertoire.

$6.45

Einstein On Peace
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Einstein On Peace

By Albert Einstein; Bertrand Russell; Otto Nathan (ed.); Heinz Norden (ed.)

New York: Avenel. Hardcover. 1981. Good book in a Good jacket. Pages tanned. Shelf and reading wear, including small tears to jacket. Not ex-library. Not remainder. Not clipped. Text unmarked.

$41.95

China\'s Open Door Policy: The Quest For Foreign Technology And Capital: A Study Of China\'s Special Trade
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China's Open Door Policy: The Quest For Foreign Technology And Capital: A Study Of China's Special Trade

By Sam P. S. Ho; Ralph William Huenemann

Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press. 1984. Hardcover. Very Good book in a Very Good jacket. Not ex-library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. Text unmarked. No tears, no creases.

$12.45

The Encyclopædia of Geography: comprising a complete description of the earth, physical, statistical, civil, and political;
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The Encyclopædia of Geography: comprising a complete description of the earth, physical, statistical, civil, and political;

By Hugh Murray, Thomas G. Bradford

Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1847. Revised with additions by Thomas G. Bradford. Complete three volume set. Hardcover. Full brown leather over boards with gold stamping on black title label on spine. Title page dated 1847. Copyright page dated 1836. 597 + 592 + 648 pages. In fair condition. Leather is dry, flaking, scratched, and scuffed. Spine of volume two has a two inch tear. All gutters cracked; volume two covers mostly detached. Aside from covers, binding feels relatively secure. Ex-Library with associated markings and wear plus additional markings from second owner inside front covers. Toned and foxed throughout, but does not affect the readability of the text. Illustrations and maps throughout. See photos. Heavy item; extra charge for Expedited, Express or International shipping.

$39.95

Ideas and Opinions
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Ideas and Opinions

By Albert Einstein

New York: Bonanza Books/Crown Publishers. 1954. Hardcover. Very Good. Prior owner's name on FFEP, otherwise unmarked. Shelfwear. Not ex-library. Not remainder. Not clipped. No tears. 377+vi pp. Essays by Albert Einstein on subjects ranging from atomic energy, relativity, and religion to human rights, government, and economics. Previously published articles, speeches, and letters are gathered to create a fascinating collection of meditations by one of the world's greatest minds.

$5.95

What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear (The Great Courses, 1474)
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What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear (The Great Courses, 1474)

By Michael Starbird

Twelve 30-minute lectures on two DVDs in original clamshell case along with an As New paperback Course Guidebook (83 pages). Not from a library. Suitable for a gift. Contents: Lecture 1. Our Random World-Probability Defined; Lecture 2. The Nature of Randomness; Lecture 3. Expected Value-You Can Bet on It; Lecture 4. Random Thoughts on Random Walks; Lecture 5. Probability Phenomena of Physics; Lecture 6. Probability Is in Our Genes; Lecture 7. Options and Our Financial Future; Lecture 8. Probability Where We Don't Expect It; Lecture 9. Probability Surprises; Lecture 10. Conundrums of Conditional Probability; Lecture 11. Believe It or Not-Bayesian Probability; Lecture 12. Probability Everywhere.

$10.95

The View from Serendip
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The View from Serendip

By Arthur C. Clarke

New York: Del Ray. September 1978. First Ballantine Books Edition. Mass Market Paperback. Very Good. Binding is straight and tight. Interior is unmarked. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Mostly essays, with one short story, "When the Twerms Came." The essays were written in the 1960s and 1970s for various magazines; though many have extensive prefatory and/or concluding notes. Contents: Concerning Serendipity; Dawn of the Space Age; Servant Problem, Oriental Style; The Scent of Treasure; The Stars in Their Courses; How to Dig Space; A Breath of Fresh Vacuum; The World of 2001; "And Now, Live from the Moon ... "; Time and the Times; The Next Twenty Years; Satellites and Saris; The Sea of Sinbad; Willy and Chesley; Mars and the Mind of Man; The Snows of Olympus; Introducing Isaac Asimov; Life in Space; Last (?) Words on UFOs; When the Twerms Came (short story); The Clarke Act; Technology and the Limits of Knowledge; To the Committee on Space Science; The Second Century of the Telephone; Ayu Bowan!

$5.95

The Western Calculator, or, A New and Compendious System of Practical Arithmetic; Containing the Elementary Principles and Rules of Calculation, in Whole, Mixed, and Decimal Numbers.
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The Western Calculator, or, A New and Compendious System of Practical Arithmetic; Containing the Elementary Principles and Rules of Calculation, in Whole, Mixed, and Decimal Numbers.

By J. Stockton

Pittsburgh: Johnston & Stockton. 1828. Hardcover. 5th Edition. Fair condition. Original green paper covered boards with one-quarter brown leather spine. 4.25 x 7 inches. 203 pages, not illustrated. Covers and spine quite worn; half-inch gouge at top of rear cover. Corners bumped and worn. Edges worn. Prior owner's name on front pastedown, small ink note to rear pastedown. Foxing, tanning, and staining throughout. Text is complete and unmarked. A well-used arithmetic textbook from the frontier period.

$11.45

Consciousness and Its Implications (The Great Courses, 4168)
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Consciousness and Its Implications (The Great Courses, 4168)

By Daniel N. Robinson

Chantilly, Virginia: The Teaching Company. 2007. Audio CD. As New. Twelve 30-minute lectures on six As New Audio CDs in original clamshell case along with an As New paperback Course Guidebook (70 pages). Suitable for a gift. It's as essential to human existence as water is to a fish. Every night we surrender it gratefully only to get it back in the morning. We recognize that we have it, but we can never be sure anyone else does. Consciousness, this unique and perplexing mental state, has been the subject of debate for philosophers and scientists for millennia. And while it is widely agreed within contemporary philosophy that consciousness is a problem whose solutions are likely to determine the fate of any number of other problems, there is no settled position on the ultimate nature of consciousness. Professor Robinson reviews some of the special problems that philosophers, psychologists, scientists, and doctors face when taking on the vexing question "What Is Consciousness?" Much of what we do every day is done without our being directly conscious of the steps taken to complete the task: riding a bicycle, taking a walk, humming a tune. But as natural as this state is, it stands as a very serious threat to any number of core convictions and assumptions in both philosophy and science. One of the overarching goals of this intriguing course is to make clear just what about consciousness serves as such a challenge to these convictions and assumptions.

$12.95

My Favorite Universe (The Great Courses, 158)
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My Favorite Universe (The Great Courses, 158)

By Neil deGrasse Tyson

Chantilly, Virginia: The Teaching Company. 2003. DVD. Fine. Twelve 30-minute lectures on two DVDs in original clamshell case along with an As New paperback Course Guidebook (94 pages). DVDs show only minor signs of prior use. Not from a library. Suitable for a gift. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson takes you on a spirited and intellectually engaging journey through the cosmos and all its history, from before the Big Bang to the most likely ways in which the universe might end. Created for a lay audience and readily accessible, in this course science always takes precedence over drama, yet the lectures are certainly entertaining, of ten funny, and even awe-inspiring at times. Contents: 1 On Being Round; 2 On Being Rarefied; 3 On Being Dense; 4 Death by Black Hole; 5 Ends of the World; 6 Coming Attractions; 7 Onward to the Edge; 8 In Defense of the Big Bang; 9 The Greatest Story Ever Told; 10 Forged in the Stars; 11 The Search for Planets; 12 The Search for Life in the Universe.

$10.95

Earth\'s Changing Climate (The Great Courses, 1219)
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Earth's Changing Climate (The Great Courses, 1219)

By Richard Wolfson

Chantilly, Virginia: The Teaching Company. 2007. Audio CD. As New. Twelve 30-minute lectures on six Audio CDs in original clamshell case along with an As New paperback Course Guidebook (83 pages). CDs show only minor signs of prior use. Not from a library. Suitable for a gift. This lucid series of twelve lectures reviews the research and explains the concepts, tools, data, and analysis that have led an overwhelming number of climate scientists to conclude that Earth is warming and that we humans are responsible. In clear and accessible lectures designed for nonscientists, you'll learn about the "fingerprints" of global climate change--ranging from borehole temperatures to melting glaciers to the altered behavior of plant and animal species and other indicators--that convince scientists that our Earth has been warming at an unprecedented rate in recent decades. The lectures address only scientific issues and make no policy recommendations. Instead, they have been designed to serve as your personal scientific briefing to equip you to engage knowledgeably in one of the most important environmental issues of our time. Contents: 1. Is Earth warming?; 2. Butterflies, glaciers, and hurricanes; 3. Ice ages and beyond; 4. In the greenhouse; 5. A tale of three planets; 6. Global recycling; 7. The human factor; 8. Computing the future; 9. Impacts of climate change; 10. Energy and climate; 11. Energy, resources and alternatives; 12. Sustainable futures.

$13.90

Understanding Complexity (The Great Courses, 5181)
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Understanding Complexity (The Great Courses, 5181)

By Scott E. Page

Chantilly, Virginia: The Teaching Company. 2009. DVD. As New. Twelve 30-minute lectures on two As New DVDs in original clamshell case along with an As New paperback Course Guidebook (55 pages). Suitable for a gift. Recent years have seen the introduction of concepts from the new and exciting field of complexity science that have captivated the attention of economists, sociologists, engineers, businesspeople, and many others. These include tipping points, the sociological term used to describe moments when unique or rare phenomena become more commonplace; the wisdom of crowds, the argument that certain types of groups harness information and make decisions in more effective ways than individuals; six degrees of separation, the idea that it takes no more than six steps to find some form of connection between two random individuals; and emergence, the idea that new properties, processes, and structures can emerge unexpectedly from complex systems.

$18.95

Roots of Human Behavior (The Great Courses, 168)
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Roots of Human Behavior (The Great Courses, 168)

By Barbara King

Chantilly, Virginia: The Teaching Company. 2001. Audio CD. Very Good. Twelve 30-minute lectures on six Audio CDs in original clamshell case along with an As New paperback Course Guidebook (56 pages). CDs are in very good condition showing only minor signs of prior use. Suitable for a gift. While human behavior is usually studied from the historical perspective of a few hundred years, anthropologists consider deeper causes for the ways we act. In this course, anthropologist Barbara J. King uses her wealth of research experience to open a window of understanding for you into the legacy left by our primate past. By looking for roots of human behavior in the behavior of monkeys, apes, and human ancestors, you explore such questions as: Are language and technology unique to humans? Have human love and loyalty developed from our primate cousins? Do ways in which human males and female s relate to each other come from our primate past? Have we inherited a biological tendency for aggression? Contents: lecture 1. The four facets of anthropology -- lecture 2. Social bonds and family ties -- lecture 3. The journey away from mom -- lecture 4. Males and females, really so different? -- lecture 5. Sex and reproduction -- lecture 6. Tool making, of hammers and anvils -- lecture 7. Social learning and teaching -- lecture 8. Culture, what is it? who's got it? -- lecture 9. Dynamics of social communication -- lecture 10. Do great apes use language? -- lecture 11. Highlights of human evolution -- lecture 12. Exploring and conserving a legacy.

$13.80

Science, Technology and the Nuclear Arms Race
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Science, Technology and the Nuclear Arms Race

By Dietrich Schroeer

New York: John Wiley & Sons. 1984. Paperback. Fine. Binding is square and tight. Interior is pristine other than the original bookseller's price stamp on half-title page. Cover is clean and crisp other than a crease on the rear cover. 432 pages. A comprehensive survey of the nuclear arms race from a technological point of view, written to appeal to the scientist and non-scientist alike. Explores the motivation behind the development of various nuclear arms technologies and their deployment and examines the effects these technologies have on military, political and social strategies. Discusses the nature of deterrence and alternatives to it, arms control, and disarmament.

$56.95

Digital Chart of the World
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Digital Chart of the World

By United States. Defense Mapping Agency.

Washington, DC: United States. Defense Mapping Agency. 1992. 3.5" and 5.25" disks with manuals. 1st Edition. Very Good. Based on the Defense Mapping Agency's 1:1,000,000-scale Operational navigation chart base maps; organized into 17 thematic layers; allows you to change the colors and symbols used in the display; gives you full zoom capability; allows you to print hard copy or save data to a hard disk. Government doc no.: D 5.358:992/PACK. GPO item no.: 0378-E-36 Geographic class no.: 3200 Other system no.: (OCoLC)26783779 Type of material: Map.

$9.95