Inventions
Applied Minds: How Engineers Think
Applied Minds
How Engineers Think
Paperback      ISBN: 039335301x
This fascinating volume explores the unique visions and mental tools of engineers, revealing the influence they wield in transforming problems into opportunities and how the concepts of prototyping, reliability, standards, optimization and feedback are put to use in diverse fields.
The Atlantic Crossing Guide: Preparation, Passages and Cruising Grounds
The Atlantic Crossing Guide
Preparation, Passages and Cruising Grounds
Hardcover      ISBN: 1472947665
The Atlantic Crossing Guide, expanded and refreshed in its 7th edition for a new generation of Atlantic cruisers, is the well-established and definitive reference, relied upon by thousands of cruisers crossing the Atlantic in both directions. It is packed with information and collective wisdom of cruising sailors from over four decades, this edition includes updated advice on: PREPARATIONS: - Suitable boats, including considerations of hull integrity - Equipment and maintenance - Advances in navigation and communications systems - Access to weather and routeing information - The balance of power input and usage - Planning for hurricane season - Risk management - Crew harmony and health - Provisioning PASSAGE PLANNING - Atlantic weather systems, including tropical waves and hurricanes - Common routes and timings across the Atlantic - Seasonal cruising along bordering coasts and within Atlantic island groups - Fog and ice in the higher latitudes - Key landfalls The comprehensiveness of this new edition will both inspire dreamers and instill confidence in those about to depart.
Aviation Weather: FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 00-6B
Aviation Weather
FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 00-6B
Paperback      ISBN: 1510725504
Aviation Weather is a comprehensive resource for everything that pilots, students, and instructors need to know about navigating all types of weather safely. This book covers both visual (VMC) and instrument (IMC) meteorological conditions, and does so using detailed illustrations and diagrams. Subjects covered include the earth’s atmosphere, temperatures, atmospheric pressure and altimetry, wind, moisture, precipitation, clouds, air masses and fronts, turbulence, icing, thunderstorms, common IFR producers, high altitude weather, arctic and tropical weather, and soaring weather. A detailed glossary and index are provided for guidance.
Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices
Backyard Ballistics
Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices
Paperback      ISBN: 1556523750
Uses diagrams, photographs, and text to provide step-by-step instructions for making thirteen ballistic devices, including a match-powered rocket, a potato cannon, and a Cincinnati fire kite.
The Barefoot Navigator: Wayfinding with the Skills of the Ancients
The Barefoot Navigator
Wayfinding with the Skills of the Ancients
2nd Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1472944771
The Barefoot Navigator introduces the navigation skills of the ancients--methods using the sun, sea, wind, and stars, and even the flight patterns of ocean birds. The Barefoot Navigator also shows today's sailors how to apply these methods to augment--and in the case of emergency, replace-their modern navigation systems. And it not just for emergencies--sometimes it is just plain fun to create a simple astrolabe or polar stick and confirm what your GPS tells you. Polynesians managed to populate an area of ocean larger than North America simply by analyzing clouds, currents, and wind direction--how did they do it? In the first portion of The Barefoot Navigator Lagan introduces these ancient seafarers and their powerful, accurate--and seemingly simple--navigation techniques. We also learn that the Vikings routinely traveled on the notorious stretches of water between Iceland, Greenland, and Scandinavia--no charts, no GPS; it seems mind-boggling but Lagan shows us how. The second section of The Barefoot Navigator teaches how to combine these ancient techniques--and even construct the simple devices if we desire-with today's modern navigational devices, especially in emergency situations (loss of power, loss of signal), to ensure a constant grasp on your vessel's location--no matter what. Interlacing fascinating history with useful advice and enjoyable writing, The Barefoot Navigator is unlike every other navigation reference out there.
Basic Electronics for Tomorrow's Inventors: A Thames & Kosmos Book
Basic Electronics for Tomorrow's Inventors
A Thames & Kosmos Book
Paperback      ISBN: 0071794697
Introduces basic electronics concepts with do-it-yourself projects that can be completed at home and with inexpensive materials, featuring phone, dashboard, security, and electronic game experiments.
The Big Book of Hacks: 250 Amazing DIY Tech Projects
The Big Book of Hacks
250 Amazing DIY Tech Projects
Paperback      ISBN: 1681880423
In this reboot of the popular 2012 title, readers will find a collection of the most up-to-date and thrilling DIY tech projects around—straight from the experts at Popular Science magazine. Updated with new and more modern projects, theBig Book of Hacks the perfect book for aspiring makers, curious young techies and old-school enthusiasts alike … especially any who love using a soldering iron! Charge up that drill, fire up your soldering iron, and get ready to hack! Starting with a robust introduction to basic yet essential maker skills and followed by four comprehensive chapters of hack projects, this book has everything you’ll need. BASIC MAKER SKILLS From setting up your workspace to using basic hand and power tools to tinkering with robotics, find the top tips and essential skills every maker and maker-in-training needs to be successful. Other skills include 3-D printing, lasercutting, CAD design, and more! GEEK TOYS Be the life of the party with quirky drinking amusements, amazing pyrotechnics, and robots. Includes projects for installing a shower beer caddy, freezing LEGO ice cubes, wielding a potato launcher, building an LED-light dance floor, and constructing a light saber, with updates like a sword that detects free Wi-Fi, a solar-powered rover that really goes, a replica of a Roman catapult, and more! HOME IMPROVEMENTS Pimp out your pad with a laser-security system, an improvised sous-vide cooker, a secret door, an aquarium in an old TV, the perfect gaming chair or a life-size cardboard display of anyone you want. New projects include a sensor that lets you control your home’s temperature and energy use from afar, an automated pet-feeder, and a light made with pennies! GADGET UPGRADES Want to use an XBOX 360 controller as a phone case or build a polygraph test? Looking to brighten up a standard flashlight or charge your phone with solar rays? Improvise a fisheye lens for your camera or dye your laptop? Now you can upgrade many household items without breaking the bank. Look for updated content, such as a hacked radio that lets you listen to meteor showers, your very own DIY particle detector, and a cool soldering stencil. THINGS THAT GO Give your motorbike a Tron vibe or make a unicycle out of an old bike, deck out your car with an action-figure hood ornament or install a bed in your van, upgrade your kayak to a sail boat or take aerial photos with a balloon. Find these mobile projects and more—plus new stuff, like a heart-rate monitor you wear on your sleeve, a bike jacket with flashing turn signals, goggles with prescription lenses, and a bicycle-powered generator! With its clever tone, step-by-step instructions, and useful diagrams, every project is accessible to people of all ages. Find all the ingenious and hilarious projects that every techie will enjoy, in the upgradedThe Big Book of Hacks.
The Big Book of Hacks: 264 Amazing DIY Tech Projects
The Big Book of Hacks
264 Amazing DIY Tech Projects
Paperback      ISBN: 1616283998
There’s a new movement afoot—a whole generation of makers and tech-savvy innovators who excel at making wild and fascinating projects using electronics and found materials. In The Big Book of Hacks, you get a collection of these amazing ideas from the DIY masters at Popular Science magazine—from a theremin you can make for under $15 to a motorized skateboard, from an epic potato gun to a Roomba that waters your plants. It’s never been a better time to be a geek. Four comprehensive chapters help readers create megafun games and toys for the amusement of all; trick out their home with improvised gadgets; upgrade basic electronics and tools like a pro; and build wild and zany vehicles. Contents: Geek Toys Build a Pocket Theremin - Tear Up the Dance Floor in an LED Suit - Disguise Your Beer Can - Shoot Fireballs with a Rocket-Shaped Launcher - Program a Drink-Slinging Droid-Start Up a Lego™ Pinball Machine - Make a Mini Toothbrush Robot Home Improvements Turn Your Roomba into a Robot - Make a Customizable Doormat - Put Together a Low-Budget Luxury Shower - Set Up a DIY Smoker - Organize Loose Cables Foil Wi-Fi Thieves - Make the Lazy Man’s Lawn Mower Tech Upgrades Rig a Smartphone Projector - Retrofit a Vintage Radio - Assemble an eBook Reader Case - Repurpose an Old Computer for Any Room in the House Hack Your Cable Box - RFID-Proof Your Wallet Things That Go Trick Out a Motorized Skateboard - Run Your Car on Trash - Soar in a Personal Blimp - Convert an Old Bike into an All-Star Cruiser - Supercharge a Paper Plane - Speed Off on a Jet Kayak
Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention That Launched the Military-Industrial Complex
Big Science
Ernest Lawrence and the Invention That Launched the Military-Industrial Complex
Hardcover      ISBN: 1451675755
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist traces the story of forgotten genius Ernest Lawrence to discuss how the invention of the cyclotron triggered "Big Science" breakthroughs that have rendered science dependent on government and industry.
Biological Imaging and Sensing
Biological Imaging and Sensing
Hardcover      ISBN: 354043898x
An excellent survey of and introduction to new methods of biological imaging and sensing, particularly related to biomedical measurements and controls. The main topics discussed include: cell imaging, multiphoton microscopy for biomedical studies, molecular imaging, infrared imaging, biomedical magnetic imaging, and microscopy with laser-trapped particles. The book also deals with nanosurgery with light, the effects of ultrasound on tissue, diagnostics, near- and far-infrared transmission of biomedical information, and cell sensors. This book will be a valuable resource for both medical doctors and biophysicists.