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Thermography: A New Way to Profit From the Energy Crisis
Thermography: A New Way to Profit From the Energy Crisis
Hardcover      SKU: 1199276707

Small 4to, 45 pgs. Full bound gray cloth with gilt title on front board and spine. Some underliningin purple ink throughout text. Some light rubbing and sunning to dj, some chipping and creasing at head of spine and upper cornertips. A first edition of this 70's text on how to save heating dollars in buildings.

Arguing A. I.: The Battle for Twenty-First Century Science
Arguing A. I.
The Battle for Twenty-First Century Science
Paperback      ISBN: 081299180x
Few scientific topics since the theory of biological evolution have inspired as much controversy as artificial intelligence has. Even now, fifty years after the term first made its appearance in academic journals, many philosophers and more than a few prominent scientists and software programmers dismiss the pursuit of thinking machines as the modern-day equivalent of medieval alchemists’ hunt for the philosopher’s stone-a pursuit based more on faith than on skeptical inquiry. In Arguing A.I., journalist Sam Williams charts both the history of artificial intelligence from its scientific and philosophical roots and the history of the A.I. debate. He examines how and why the tenor of the debate has changed over the last half-decade in particular, as scientists are struggling to take into account the latest breakthroughs in computer science, information technology, and human biology. For every voice predicting machines like 2001’s HAL within the next twenty to thirty years, others have emerged with more pessimistic forecasts. From artificial intelligence’s pioneers John McCarthy and Marvin Minsky, to futurist authors Ray Kurzweil and Hans Moravec, to software architects Bill Joy and Jaron Lanier, Arguing A.I. introduces readers to the people participating in the current debate, both proponents and critics of A.I. who are changing the way computers “think” and the way we think about computers. Ultimately, Arguing A.I. is as much a history of thought as it is a history of science. Williams notes that many of the questions plaguing modern scientists and software programmers are the same questions that have concerned scientists and philosophers since time immemorial: What are the fundamental limitations of science and scientific inquiry? What is the nature of intelligence? And, most important, what does it really mean to be human?
Vlsi Signal Processing Iii/Pc02386-Paj
Vlsi Signal Processing Iii/Pc02386-Paj
Hardcover      ISBN: 0879422483
Digital McLuhan: A Guide to the Information Millennium
Digital McLuhan
A Guide to the Information Millennium
Hardcover      ISBN: 041519251x
The often prophetic social and scientific insights of Marshall McLuhan are laid bare in this biography of the man who coined the phrase "the medium is the message."
Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything
The Acceleration of Just About Everything
Paperback      ISBN: 067977548x
Presents a study of the human fascination with time from a psychological, biological, and cultural perspective, tracing the development of measuring time and exploring ways in which we try to stretch our allotted time.
Welcome To The Machine: Science, Surveillance, and the Culture of Control
Welcome To The Machine
Science, Surveillance, and the Culture of Control
Paperback      ISBN: 1931498520
A mix of cold factual research and superheated activism powers Jensen and Draffan as they dig deep into questions of privacy, intellectual property, and power and control in our technological society. In the surveillance that's increasingly part of everyday life (smart cards, data mining, the Patriot Act) they see a stealing away of freedom of choice and even humanity. Jensen is the author of The Culture of Make Believe , among other works, and Draffan is a freelance researcher and writer based in Seattle. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Garden Birds: How to Attract Birds to Your Garden
Garden Birds
How to Attract Birds to Your Garden
Hardcover      ISBN: 0878575928
An informative handbook of American birds explains how to use landscaping and plantings to provide food and shelter and attract birds to the garden, offers practical tips on food for birds, and includes a directory of one hundred types of birds
The Quantum Leap: In Speed-To-Market
The Quantum Leap
In Speed-To-Market
3rd Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0962818216
A comprehensive new business strategy, moves companies from schedulized manufacturing to flow manufacturing based upon the Demand Flow Technology (DFT). This revolutionary business strategy allows manufacturers to adjust product volume and mix every day in the direction of actual sales. The strategic business advantages of DFT forces engineering towards process design to improve their speed-to-market by bringing new products to the market ahead of the competition as well as meeting customer demand. DFT strategically will maximize manufacturing and financial assets. This strategy impacts all organizations in a company. In the mathematically-based Demand Flow Technology, work is defined using linear and Takt techniques to design mixed-model flow lines and processes. Companies no longer use MRP systems to schedule fabricated items and subassemblies, nor do they issue material based upon production work orders. The end result is an ongoing sequence of products in a flow process that replenishes from other internal processes and external suppliers based upon actual customer demand. This book defines the DFT business, design and manufacturing techniques and compares them to traditional functional manufacturing. As such, it is a blueprint on how to become more competitive in the global marketplace and grow into the 21st century.
Empires Of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, And The Race To Electrify The World
Empires Of Light
Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, And The Race To Electrify The World
Paperback      ISBN: 0375758844
A riveting chronicle of scientific history recounts the race among three great titans of the Gilded Age--inventor Thomas Alva Edison, creator of the incandescent light bulb; eccentric genius Nikola Tesla; and George Westinghouse, a tough entrepreneur and powerful empire builder--to bring electricity to the world. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
Armored Scale Insect Pests of Trees and Shrubs Hemiptera: Diaspididae
Armored Scale Insect Pests of Trees and Shrubs Hemiptera
Hardcover      ISBN: 0801442796
This book provides the most comprehensive available information on the identification, field appearance, life history, and economic importance of the 110 economically important armored scale insects that are found in the United States. The authors have devised the first field key to economic armored scales, which will be invaluable to those trying to identify the pests and prevent the introduction of new exotics. (Most of the species covered are not native to the United States but broadly distributed across the globe.) The extensive color plates and highly detailed line drawings surpass anything available in other volumes on armored scale insects and have not previously been published. Especially noteworthy are the data on distribution, host plants, and the kinds of damage caused by armored scales. The species descriptions include scientific names, synonyms, common names, field characteristics, microscopic characters, affinities, host plants, distribution by state, life history, economic damage, and selected references.