Soonish

Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything

Author: Kelly Weinersmith,Zach Weinersmith

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399563830

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 368

View: 2157

The instant New York Times bestseller! A Wall Street Journal Best Science Book of the Year! A Popular Science Best Science Book of the Year! From a top scientist and the creator of the hugely popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, a hilariously illustrated investigation into future technologies -- from how to fling a ship into deep space on the cheap to 3D organ printing What will the world of tomorrow be like? How does progress happen? And why do we not have a lunar colony already? What is the hold-up? In this smart and funny book, celebrated cartoonist Zach Weinersmith and noted researcher Dr. Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of what's coming next -- from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters. By weaving their own research, interviews with the scientists who are making these advances happen, and Zach's trademark comics, the Weinersmiths investigate why these technologies are needed, how they would work, and what is standing in their way. New technologies are almost never the work of isolated geniuses with a neat idea. A given future technology may need any number of intermediate technologies to develop first, and many of these critical advances may appear to be irrelevant when they are first discovered. The journey to progress is full of strange detours and blind alleys that tell us so much about the human mind and the march of civilization. To this end, Soonish investigates ten different emerging fields, from programmable matter to augmented reality, from space elevators to robotic construction, to show us the amazing world we will have, you know, soonish. Soonish is the perfect gift for science lovers for the holidays!

Soonish

Emerging Technologies That Will Improve And/or Ruin Everything

Author: DR. KELLY. WEINERSMITH WEINERSMITH (ZACH.),Zach Weinersmith

Publisher: Particular Books

ISBN: 9781846148996

Category:

Page: 368

View: 831

From a top scientist and the creator of the hugely popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, an illustrated investigation into future technologies What will the world of tomorrow be like? How does progress happen? And why don't we have a lunar colony yet? In this witty and entertaining book, Zach and Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of the transformative technologies that are coming next - from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters - and explain how they will change our world in astonishing ways. By weaving together their own research, interviews with pioneering scientists and Zach's trademark comics, the Weinersmiths investigate why these innovations are needed, how they would work, and what is standing in their way.

Soonish

Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve And/or Ruin Everything

Author: Kelly Weinersmith,Zach Weinersmith

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399563822

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 358

View: 2276

Presents an illustrated investigation into the technologies of the near future, from deep-space travel to 3D organ printing, to offer insight into how they will work and what is needed to advance their readiness.

Drawing Physics

2,600 Years of Discovery From Thales to Higgs

Author: Don S. Lemons

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262338750

Category: Science

Page: 264

View: 6564

Humans have been trying to understand the physical universe since antiquity. Aristotle had one vision (the realm of the celestial spheres is perfect), and Einstein another (all motion is relativistic). More often than not, these different understandings begin with a simple drawing, a pre-mathematical picture of reality. Such drawings are a humble but effective tool of the physicist's craft, part of the tradition of thinking, teaching, and learning passed down through the centuries. This book uses drawings to help explain fifty-one key ideas of physics accessibly and engagingly. Don Lemons, a professor of physics and author of several physics books, pairs short, elegantly written essays with simple drawings that together convey important concepts from the history of physical science.Lemons proceeds chronologically, beginning with Thales' discovery of triangulation, the Pythagorean monocord, and Archimedes' explanation of balance. He continues through Leonardo's description of "earthshine" (the ghostly glow between the horns of a crescent moon), Kepler's laws of planetary motion, and Newton's cradle (suspended steel balls demonstrating by their collisions that for every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction). Reaching the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Lemons explains the photoelectric effect, the hydrogen atom, general relativity, the global greenhouse effect, Higgs boson, and more. The essays place the science of the drawings in historical context -- describing, for example, Galileo's conflict with the Roman Catholic Church over his teaching that the sun is the center of the universe, the link between the discovery of electrical phenomena and the romanticism of William Wordsworth, and the shadow cast by the Great War over Einstein's discovery of relativity. Readers of Drawing Physics with little background in mathematics or physics will say, "Now I see, and now I understand."

We Have No Idea

A Guide to the Unknown Universe

Author: Jorge Cham,Daniel Whiteson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0735211515

Category: Humor

Page: 368

View: 2761

Cham and Whiteson "explore the biggest unknowns in the universe, why these things are still mysteries, and what a lot of smart people are doing to figure out the answers (or at least ask the right questions). While they're at it, they ... demystify many complicated things we do know about, from quarks and neutrinos to gravitational waves and exploding black holes"--Amazon.com.

Augie and the Green Knight

Author: Zach Weinersmith

Publisher: Breadpig Incorporated

ISBN: 9780978501693

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 224

View: 8635

Augie and the Green Knight is about 20,000 words long, and is a retelling of when King Arthur's court encounters a strange giant Green Knight. In this book, we get to hear the Green Knight's side of the story through the lens of a young nerdy girl named Augie.

Save Yourself, Mammal!

A Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal Collection

Author: Zach Weiner

Publisher: Breadpig Incorporated

ISBN: 9780982853702

Category: Humor

Page: 88

View: 2362

Presents selections from the online comic which addresses a wide variety of themes, including love, relationships, politics, religion, and science.

How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

Author: Mike Brown

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

ISBN: 0385531109

Category: Science

Page: 271

View: 5270

The astronomer who inadvertently triggered the "demotion" of Pluto in his effort to officially recognize the solar system's tenth planet describes the ensuing debates and public outcry while revealing the behind-the-scenes story of his discovery.

Science

Ruining Everything Since 1543

Author: Zach Weinersmith

Publisher: Breadpig Incorporated

ISBN: 9780982853733

Category: Humor

Page: 266

View: 9705

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal is at heart a geek comic, but it nevertheless addresses a broad range of topics, such as love, relationships, economics, politics, religion, science, and philosophy. It is one of the fastest growing comics online, having sextupled in readership since 2008. This is a compendium of the finest science-related strips from SMBC, featuring science stories from Phil Plait, Elizabeth Iorns Henry Reich, Ed Yong, Emily Lakdawalla, Sean Carroll, Christina Agapakis, and Adam Savage.

Safe Is Not An Option

Overcoming The Futile Obsession With Getting Everyone Back Alive That Is Killing Our Expansion Into Space

Author: Rand Simberg

Publisher: Interglobal Media LLC

ISBN: 0989135527

Category: Law

Page: 242

View: 5065

The history of exploration and establishment of new lands, science and technologies has always entailed risk to the health and lives of the explorers. Yet, when it comes to exploring and developing the high frontier of space, the harshest frontier ever, the highest value is apparently not the accomplishment of those goals, but of minimizing, if not eliminating, the possibility of injury or death of the humans carrying them out. For decades since the end of Apollo, human spaceflight has been very expensive and relatively rare (about 500 people total, with a death rate of about 4%), largely because of this risk aversion on the part of the federal government and culture. From the Space Shuttle, to the International Space Station, the new commercial crew program to deliver astronauts to it, and the regulatory approach for commercial spaceflight providers, our attitude toward safety has been fundamentally irrational, expensive and even dangerous, while generating minimal accomplishment for maximal cost. This book entertainingly explains why this means that we must regulate passenger safety in the new commercial spaceflight industry with a lighter hand than many might instinctively prefer, that NASA must more carefully evaluate rewards from a planned mission to rationally determine how much should be spent to avoid the loss of participants, and that Congress must stop insisting that safety is the highest priority, for such insistence is an eloquent testament to how unimportant they and the nation consider the opening of this new

Disruption

Emerging Technologies and the Future of Work

Author: Victor Del Rosal

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781514173947

Category:

Page: 184

View: 9920

Disruption: Emerging Technologies and the Future of Work Disruption explores the impact of emerging technologies in career paths, including technologies such as 3D printing, alternative energies, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, biotech, Internet of Things, nanotechnology, space exploration, super materials, robotics, and virtual reality. Written without technical jargon, Disruption guides the reader through a fascinating journey of the new world around the corner. Based on widely validated scientific facts, this book paints a picture of what the industry landscape will be like from 2020 onward. This is what readers of the draft manuscript are saying: "One of the best primers on emerging technology available anywhere." "A window into the work and career opportunities for the decade to come." "It is clear to me now that traditional career paths are about to experience some serious disruption." "A real eye opener." "A great tool for the global STEM movement." "A bit frightening, but inspiring nevertheless." "I wouldn't be surprised if this book is cited as the inspiration behind some prominent techies a few years down the road." Disruption is a must-read for entrepreneurs, business executives, parents, students, teachers, career guides, analysts, and anyone in an advisory or decision-making capacity.

Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies: Best Practices for Information Professionals

Author: Nicole Hennig

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440854416

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 177

View: 5172

The ever-increasing acceleration of technological change demands that today's information professionals and educators not only be constantly acquiring new knowledge and skills, but also that they cultivate the ability to make sound judgments on which technologies to embrace. If you are grappling with information overload and wondering how you can keep up, this guide is for you. • Helps information specialists create a strategy for keeping up with new technologies and for making informed judgments on which technologies to test and integrate into library services • Provides ideas for designing curriculum for an education technology specialist career track in library school • Gives those who are preparing to interview for a technology specialist position a reliable guide for professional growth • Identifies which types of resources are most helpful for keeping up with new technologies

Romeo And/or Juliet

A Chooseable-path Adventure

Author: Ryan North

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101983302

Category: Conflict of generations

Page: 400

View: 8904

A choose-your-own-path adaptation of Shakespeare's classic imagines riotous "what if" scenarios, inviting readers to explore the alternate stories of the star-crossed lovers as they fall for other partners, pursue unconventional interests and team up to take over Verona in robot suits.

The Many Lives of Carbon

Author: Dag Olav Hessen

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1780238746

Category: Science

Page: 272

View: 895

In its pure form, carbon appears as the soft graphite of a pencil or as the sparkling diamond in a woman’s engagement ring. Underneath the surface, carbon is also the basic building block of the cells in our bodies and of all known life on earth. And at a molecular level, carbon bonds with oxygen to create carbon dioxide—a gas as vital to our life on this planet as it is detrimental at high levels in our atmosphere. As we face the climate change crisis, it’s now more important than ever to understand carbon and its life cycle. The Many Lives of Carbon is the story of this all-important chemical element, labeled C on our periodic tables. It’s the story of balance—between photosynthesis and cell respiration, between building and burning, between life and death. Dag Olav Hessen is our guide as we discover carbon in minerals, rocks, wood, and rain forests. He explains how carbon is studied by scientists, as well as its role in the greenhouse effect, and, not least, the impact of manmade emissions. Hessen isn’t afraid to ask the difficult questions as he confronts us with the literally burning issue of climate change. How will ecosystems respond to global change, and how will this feed back into our climate systems? How bad could climate change be, and will our ecosystems recover? What are our moral obligations in the face of excess carbon production? Neither alarmist nor moralistic, Hessen takes readers on a journey from atom to planet in informative, compelling prose.

Trekonomics

The Economics of Star Trek

Author: Manu Saadia

Publisher: Inkshares

ISBN: 1941758762

Category: Business & Economics

Page: N.A

View: 8472

"Manu Saadia has managed to show us one more reason, perhaps the most compelling one of all, why we all need the world of Star Trek to one day become the world we live in." — Chris Black, Writer and Co-Executive Producer, Star Trek: Enterprise What would the world look like if everybody had everything they wanted or needed? Trekonomics, the premier book in financial journalist Felix Salmon's imprint PiperText, approaches scarcity economics by coming at it backwards — through thinking about a universe where scarcity does not exist. Delving deep into the details and intricacies of 24th century society, Trekonomics explores post-scarcity and whether we, as humans, are equipped for it. What are the prospects of automation and artificial intelligence? Is there really no money in Star Trek? Is Trekonomics at all possible?

Zen Pencils--Creative Struggle

Illustrated Advice from Masters of Creativity

Author: Gavin Aung Than

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 1449488633

Category: Self-Help

Page: 148

View: 3298

Zen Pencils: Creative Struggle is a call to wake up the creative spirit inside you. Through Zen Pencils cartoon quotes on creativity from inspirational artists, musicians, writers, and scientists, you'll discover what inspired each of the subjects to reach the full potential of their creativity. In each comic, the speaker of the quote is the character in the story. Imagine cartoon versions of Albert Einstein, Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie, and Vincent van Gogh revealing the spark that ignited them to achieve their dreams!

Pax Technica

How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free Or Lock Us Up

Author: Philip N. Howard

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300199473

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

View: 5678

A technology expert describes a possible future, and its repercussions in the area of privacy, social control and political manipulation, of a world where more and more things, like eyeglasses, thermostats and home security systems are reliant on the Internet.

South African Coasts

A celebration of our seas and shores

Author: N.A

Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa

ISBN: 1775842134

Category: Nature

Page: 176

View: 3747

This book showcases the very best of the photography as judged in the Sustainable Seas Trust 2013/14 competition. The extraordinary, prize-winning photographs are accompanied by illuminating essays from leading scientists, sports people and others whose lives are intimately connected with the seas. It also serves as a call to create a South African network of Hope Spots, which are special, people-orientated marine conservation areas. The hope is that, with the close involvement of the communities that live near and depend on the seas, we can safeguard our natural resources.

Dawn of the New Everything

Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality

Author: Jaron Lanier

Publisher: Henry Holt

ISBN: 1627794093

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 9748

The guru of virtual reality looks back at the unique experiences that formed his vision for the future of technology With a singular voice and perspective, Lanier who The New York Times calls "daringly original . . . a major wizard in the futurist circus. He is the father of virtual reality in the gaudy, reputation-burnishing way that Michael Jackson was the king of pop" considers the future of virtual technology in a book that blends memoir with ideas. He tells the wild story of his own relationship with technology by starting from the beginning. The son of Jewish immigrants and concentration camp survivors, raised in the UFO territory of New Mexico, he lost his mother at a young age and built a geodesic dome with his father in the desert. He worked as a goatherd and midwife, attended college before graduating high school, transferred to and failed out of a tony northeast liberal arts college, played music for money on the streets of New York, and eventually landed in Silicon Valley at the dawn of the first tech boom where he suddenly became rich. This crazy course to becoming a world renowned technology guru informs Lanier's optimism about virtual reality--the technology he has been immersed in from its very start. While he has been very critical of social media and other manifestations of technology, he believes that virtual reality can actually make our lives richer and fuller.Dawn of the New Everything is ultimately a look at what it means to be human in the dawn of unprecedented technological possibility.