Herman Klein and the Gramophone
Being a Series of Essays on the Bel Canto
Hardcover ISBN: 0931340187
From Klein's comments on early recordings that remain available today, the reader can get a glimpse of what legendary singers such as Patti and Lind sounded like more than a century ago. The essays of Herman Klein that appeared in The Gramophone from 1924 until 1934 are indispensable sources of information on the singers of the Golden Age.
Why Things Bite Back
Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences
Paperback ISBN: 0679747567
A scientific historian takes a close-up look at the unexpected ramifications of technological development, examining the paradoxical, ironic consequences of the things we do to supposedly improve our lives. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
Climbing Mount Improbable
Hardcover ISBN: 0393039307
Arguing fiercely that the perfection of the human body is the result of improbable mutation, a prominent Darwinian uses the metaphor of a climb up Mount Improbable to illustrate how natural perfection is due to the unending journey of DNA through time. Tour.
The Languages of Edison's Light
Hardcover ISBN: 026202456x
Winner in the category of History of Science & Technology, 1999 Professional/Scholarly Publishing Annual Awards Competition presented by the Association of American Publishers, Inc. Technology is business, and dealing with the media, the public, financiers, and government agencies can be as important to an invention's success as effective product development. To understand how rhetoric works in technology, one cannot do better than to start with the American inventor Thomas Alva Edison and the incandescent light bulb. Charles Bazerman tells the story of the emergence of electric light as one of symbols and communication. He examines how Edison and his colleagues represented light and power to themselves and to others as the technology was transformed from an idea to a daily fact of life. He looks at the rhetoric used to create meaning and value for the emergent technology in the laboratory, in patent offices and courts, in financial markets, and in boardrooms, city halls, newspapers, and the consumer marketplace. Along the way he describes the social and communicative arrangements that shaped and transformed the world in which Edison acted. He portrays Edison, both the individual and the corporation, as a self-conscious social actor whose rhetorical groundwork was crucial to the technology's material realization and success.
The Age of Spiritual Machines
When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence
Hardcover ISBN: 0670882178
The creator of the Kurzweil Reading Machine, the Kurzweil synthesizer, and the Windows 95 voice-recognition program offers logical and readable forecasts about twenty-first century technology. 65,000 first printing. Tour.
Edison Inventing the Century
Hardcover ISBN: 0786860413
A biography of an American legend reveals the ambitious, uneducated, contradictory man behind the myths--a man obsessed with knowledge. By the author of To All Gentleness: William Carlos Williams, The Doctor-Poet. 25,000 first printing.
Life in the Trenches of Hyperspace
Hardcover ISBN: 006251010x
A fascinating trip through modern culture that examines the cyberpunk movement explores the cutting-edge subculture of hackers, virtual reality, and smart drugs, offering an accessible look at an emerging world. 20,000 first printing. $20,000 ad/promo.
The Physics of Baseball
3rd Edition Paperback ISBN: 0060084367
Combining sports trivia and science, a physicist discusses the scientific principles involved in pitching and hitting a baseball, looks at the properties of bats, describes the flight of a baseball, and features new sections on the neurophysiology of batting, ball constancy and elasticity over time, bat vibration, and the "sweet spot." Original.