A provocative look at what our online lives reveal about who we really are — and how this deluge of data will transform the science of human behavior. Big Data is used to spy on us, hire and fire us, and sell us things we don't need. In Dataclysm, Christian Rudder puts this flood of information to an entirely different use: understanding human nature.
A man who is both a computer programmer and a published fiction author searches for the connections between the worlds of art and technology, by exploring the similarities between coding and creative writing. Original.
Presents a look at the science of alcohol production and consumption, from the principles behind the fermentation, distillation, and aging of alcoholic beverages, to the psychology and neurobiology of what happens after it is consumed.
Featuring previously unpublished landscape photographs and complemented by a downloadable app, a detailed reference written in consultation with NASA scientists documents the ambitious space expedition through inside stories, accessible science and theories about the future of space exploration.
The moments of grandeur and weakness, the aspirations, and the problems of America's test pilots and first astronauts are revealed in an exploration of the dimensions of their inner lives in space and on the earth. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Part travelogue, part social observation, this book presents an entertaining look at life aboard an American aircraft carrier and the military personnel who must adhere to a regimen defined by service and restraint.
An investigative reporter for The Guardian presents an assessment of the NSA surveillance scandal that has triggered debates over national security and information privacy.
Determined to restore a rusted out wreck of an old Chevy to its former glory in one last attempt to salvage his business and stay out of jail, Tommy Arney finds himself once again on the wrong side of the law, in this wise, funny and heartbreaking true story of man, machine and the rise, fall and rebirth of the American dream.
Surveys the online social habits of American teens and analyzes the role technology and social media plays in their lives, examining common misconceptions about such topics as identity, privacy, danger, and bullying.
An investigative journalist offers a revealing look at the surveillance economy in America that captures what citizens actions online and off, putting individual freedoms at risk and discusses results from a number of experiments she conducted to try and protect herself.
A New Yorker staff writer presents a narrative assessment of the American food world's extremes that considers how new animals, animal parts and trend ingredients are reshaping what we eat. Anything That Moves shares behind-the-scenes revelations about an intricate network of scavengers, dealers and pitchmen who are introducing exotic elements into the culinary marketplace.
On March 16, 1968, between 347 and 504 unarmed Vietnamese civilians were gunned down by members of the U.S. Army in what became known as the My Lai Massacre. The U.S. government has maintained that atrocities like this were isolated incidents, but Nick Turse argues that the intentional killing of civilians during the Vietnam War was quite common.
Journalist Simon Garfield takes us from the earliest maps — scratchings on rocks dating back over 10,000 years — through medieval European maps — with Jerusalem always in the middle — right up to the maps that guide us with voices from our smartphones and GPS trackers. All the while, he examines the pivotal relationship between mapping and civilization, demonstrating the unique ways that maps relate and realign history.
Describes the post-recession job market that is erasing the middle range, leaving only high-earning jobs that utilize machine intelligence and data analysis and low-earning jobs for those who are not learning and adopting the new technologies.
Walter Isaacson delves into the computer visionary's personal life and professional legacy — from learning the art of good craftsmanship as a kid to becoming a notoriously demanding boss to fighting the cancer that eventually killed him.
Nate Anderson describes how authorities in Australia, Belgium, Ukraine and the United States combined forces to respond to a child pornography ring, and how other criminal sting operations have been policed and patrolled online.