Who makes our cities, and what part do everyday users have in the design of cities? This book powerfully shows that city-making is a social process and examines the close relationship between the social and physical shaping of urban environments. With cities taking a growing share of the global... More Info
In the wake of revelations about National Security Agency activitiesâe"many of which occur âeoein the cloudâe âe"this book offers both enlightenment and a critical view. Cloud computing and big data are arguably the most significant forces in information technology today. In clear prose, To the... More Info
We all make mistakes. Nobody is perfect. And that includes five of the greatest scientists in history -- Charles Darwin, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, Albert Einstein. But the mistakes that these great scientists made helped science to advance. Indeed, as Mario Livio... More Info
Behind the lectern stands the professor, deploying course management systems, online quizzes, wireless clickers, PowerPoint slides, podcasts, and plagiarism-detection software. In the seats are the students, armed with smartphones, laptops, tablets, music players, and social networking. Although... More Info
Unlike almost any other art form, architecture is part of our everyday life, but its ability to dramatically affect the way we think, feel and interact with one another is often overlooked. This volume brings the focus back to the sensual aspects of architecture the subtle and intangible ways it... More Info
Each year Americans supply blood, sperm, and breast milk to "banks" that store these products for use by strangers in medical procedures. Who gives, who receives, who profits? Kara Swanson traces body banks from the first experiments that discovered therapeutic uses for body products to current... More Info
How would you go about rebuilding a technological society from scratch? If our technological society collapsed tomorrow, perhaps from a viral pandemic or catastrophic asteroid impact, what would be the one book you would want to press into the hands of the postapocalyptic survivors? What crucial... More Info
An award-winning scientist, physician and New York Times best-selling author explains new concepts in human genetics and health that indicate that the fundamental nature of the human genome is much more fluid and flexible than originally thought. 75,000 first printing.
Most American college campuses are home to a vibrant drinking scene where students frequently get wasted, train-wrecked, obliterated, hammered, destroyed, and decimated. The terms that university students most commonly use to describe severe alcohol intoxication share a common theme: destruction,... More Info
A Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist and the author of two New York Times best-sellers weaves together more than 20 letters that highlight his childhood and career and why he became a biologist in the hopes of inspiring today's young people into similar pursuits.
Why would an architect reach for a pencil when drawing software and AutoCAD are a click away? Use a ruler when 3D-scanners and GPS devices are close at hand? In "Why Architects Still Draw," Paolo Belardi offers an elegant and ardent defense of drawing by hand as a way of thinking. Belardi is no... More Info
On March 11, 2011, an earthquake large enough to knock the earth from its axis sent a massive tsunami speeding toward the Japanese coast and the aging and vulnerable Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power reactors. Over the following weeks, the world watched in horror as a natural disaster became a... More Info
Identity Technologies is a substantial contribution to the fields of autobiography studies, digital studies, and new media studies, exploring the many new modes of self-expression and self-fashioning that have arisen in conjunction with Web 2.0, social networking, and the increasing saturation of... More Info
Challenges the concept that industry must inevitably damage the natural environment as it argues that products should be designed so that after their useful life they provide nourishment for something else--as biological nutrients that safely reenter the environment or as technical nutrients that... More Info
Canada’s renowned astronomer hunts for the universe’smost elusive particle Every second of every day and night, many trillions of neutrinospass through your body. But most people had never heard of them until they made headlines recently for possibly travelling faster than light. Luckily, these... More Info
How did humans acquire cognition more powerful than a hunting-gathering primate needed to survive? Combining state-of-the-art research with forty years of writing about language evolution, Derek Bickerton resolves a crucial problem that both biology and cognitive science have ignored: how animal... More Info
Revealing the workings and dangers of freight shipping, which is the key to our economy, environment and civilization, the author sails from Rotterdam to Suez to Singapore to present an eye-opening glimpse into an overlooked world filled with suspect practices, dubious operators and pirates.
When social psychologist Stanley Milgram invited volunteers to take part in an experiment at Yale in the summer of 1961, none of the participants could have foreseen the worldwide sensation the results would cause. Milgram reported that the volunteers had repeatedly shocked a man they believed to... More Info
When Technocultures Collide provides rich and diverse studies of collision courses between technologically inspired subcultures and the corporate and governmental entities they seek to undermine. The adventures and exploits of computer hackers, phone phreaks, urban explorers, calculator and... More Info
In December 2012, the exuberant video "Gangnam Style" became the first YouTube clip to be viewed more than one billion times. Thousands of its viewers responded by creating and posting their own variations of the video--"Mitt Romney Style," "NASA Johnson Style," "Egyptian Style," and many others.... More Info
The author of Dogs That Know When Their Owners Come Home presents a radical reassessment of modern science that challenges 10 conventional views about a strictly material world, explaining how alternative perspectives can redefine approaches to 21st-century problems.
The best-selling author of Where Good Ideas Come From presents an optimistic assessment of how a technologically connected world can enable a better if different future, outlining a rising model of political change that breaks traditional categories of thinking and enables positive solutions.... More Info
Over the past year, international and national media have been full of stories about protest movements and tumultuous social upheaval from Tunisia to California. But scholars have not yet fully addressed the connection between these movements and the media and communication channels through which... More Info
It's undeniable?technology is changing the way we think. But is it for the better? Amid a chorus of doomsayers, Clive Thompson delivers a resounding "yes." The Internet age has produced a radical new style of human intelligence, worthy of both celebration and analysis. We learn more and retain it... More Info
Can a case be made for reading literature in the digital age? Does literature still matter in this era of instant information? Is it even possible to advocate for serious, sustained reading with all manner of social media distracting us, fragmenting our concentration, and demanding short, rapid... More Info
"The host of CBC Radio's Spark explores the very real impact of the virtual information we generate about ourselves -- on our own lives, our communities, and our government. We generate enormous amounts of online data about our habits: where we go, what we do, and how we feel. Some of that is stuff... More Info
The best-selling author of A Brief History of Time presents a new study of the cosmos that will blow peoples' minds, presented in clear, concise language this is easy to understand. Reprint. A #1 best-seller.
Sitting on the beach on a sunny summer day, we enjoy the steady advance and retreat of the waves. In the water, enthusiastic waders jump and shriek with pleasure when a wave hits them. But where do these waves come from? How are they formed and why do they break on the shore? In "Waves," Fredric... More Info
The history of computing could be told as the story of hardware and software, or the story of the Internet, or the story of "smart" hand-held devices, with subplots involving IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, and Twitter. In this concise and accessible account of the invention and development of... More Info
Most managers leave intellectual property issues to the legal department, unaware that an organization's intellectual property can help accomplish a range of management goals, from accessing new markets to improving existing products to generating new revenue streams. In this book, intellectual... More Info
While we have been preoccupied with the latest i-gadget from Apple and with Google's ongoing expansion, we may have missed something: the fundamental transformation of whole firms and industries into giant information-processing machines. Today, more than eighty percent of workers collect and... More Info
Celebrants and skeptics alike have produced valuable analyses of the Internet's effect on us and our world, oscillating between utopian bliss and dystopian hell. But according to Robert W. McChesney, arguments on both sides fail to address the relationship between economic power and the digital... More Info
A WOMANS BATTLE WITH THE BILLION-DOLLAR BABY BUSINESS Cracked Open is Miriam Zoll's eye-opening account of growing into womanhood with the simultaneous opportunities offered by the U.S. women's movement and new discoveries in reproductive technologies. Influenced by the pervasive media and cultural... More Info
Featuring work by such prolific and talented writers as David Broad, Naomi Klein, Alan Sears, and David Livingstone, this is ideal for those interested in the changing structure of work in Canada and abroad. Its strength comes from its critical perspective as well as the examination of the role of... More Info
Presents advice on how to secure privacy and prevent identity theft, discussing strategies for removing information from public and Internet sources, creating false information trails, and protecting personal records.
Reveals fifty facts that have been hidden, distorted, or censored, including a judge's ruling that marijuana is medically beneficial, most corporations pay no federal income tax, and using sunscreen can cause cancer.
The digital world profoundly shapes how we work and consume and also how we play, socialize, create identities, and engage in politics and civic life. Indeed, we are so enmeshed in digital networks—from social media to cell phones—that it is hard to conceive of them from the outside or to... More Info