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Wenn wir nur über CO2-Bilanzen, Vor- und Nachteile von Sonne, Wind oder Atom sprechen, dann verpassen wir es, über wirkliche Alternativen zu sprechen. Eine solche Alternative könnte eine gerechtere Gesellschaft sein, in der die Starken weniger Macht hätten und die Schwachen weniger marginalisiert würden; eine Gesellschaft, in der die Menschen weniger konsumieren, aber mehr Zeit und Raum für sich haben; eine Gesellschaft mit teureren Lebensmitteln, aber weniger Hunger; eine freiere Gesellschaft.
Dass das Verbrennen von Erdöl die Umwelt schädigt, wissen mittlerweile alle. Der hohe...
Recommended by Ante Shoda, and 1 others.

Ante ShodaIt’s a very sobering book. It’s pessimistic and optimistic at the same time. This is the ultimate engineering book, even though it’s not a typical engineering book. (Source)

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Power, Speed, and Form

Engineers and the Making of the Twentieth Century

Power, Speed, and Form is the first accessible account of the engineering behind eight breakthrough innovations that transformed American life from 1876 to 1939--the telephone, electric power, oil refining, the automobile, the airplane, radio, the long-span steel bridge, and building with reinforced concrete. Beginning with Thomas Edison's system to generate and distribute electric power, the authors explain the Bell telephone, the oil refining processes of William Burton and Eugene Houdry, Henry Ford's Model T car and the response by General Motors, the Wright brothers' airplane,... more
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Ante ShodaThis is what I would call a typical engineering book. It describes eight breakthrough innovations from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century. Those eight innovations are the telephone, electricity, oil refining, the automobile, the airplane, radio, long span bridges and, finally, reinforced concrete. (Source)

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An investigation into how machines and living creatures fly, and of the similarities between butterflies and Boeings, paper airplanes and plovers.

From the smallest gnat to the largest aircraft, all things that fly obey the same aerodynamic principles. In The Simple Science of Flight, Henk Tennekes investigates just how machines and creatures fly: what size wings they need, how much energy is required for their journeys, how they cross deserts and oceans, how they take off, climb, and soar. Fascinated by the similarities between nature and technology, Tennekes offers...
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Ante ShodaPerhaps it’s an odd choice for an introductory book, in that it’s not about engineering in general. It focuses just on airplanes. Though it’s about aerospace engineering, the great thing about this book is that it shows the connection between the natural world and the world of engineering. It shows how we can learn from nature. (Source)

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In In Pursuit of the Unknown, celebrated mathematician Ian Stewart uses a handful of mathematical equations to explore the vitally important connections between math and human progress. We often overlook the historical link between mathematics and technological advances, says Stewart—but this connection is integral to any complete understanding of human history.Equations are modeled on the patterns we find in the world around us, says Stewart, and it is through equations that we are able to make sense of, and in turn influence, our world. Stewart locates the origins of each equation he... more
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Nick HighamHe is a brilliant writer and one of the most famous people in the world for popularising mathematics. (Source)

Ante ShodaThis is written by a professor of mathematics from the United Kingdom, and it describes a number of mathematical breakthroughs and their consequences related to engineering and the practical usage of mathematics in machines and other things that we use every day. It’s a great introduction to the underlying principles of engineering. (Source)

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Cosmos has 13 heavily illustrated chapters, corresponding to the 13 episodes of the Cosmos television series. In the book, Sagan explores 15 billion years of cosmic evolution and the development of science and civilization. Cosmos traces the origins of knowledge and the scientific method, mixing science and philosophy, and speculates to the future of science. The book also discusses the underlying premises of science by providing biographical anecdotes about many prominent scientists throughout history, placing their contributions into the broader context of the development of modern... more

Richard BransonToday is World Book Day, a wonderful opportunity to address this #ChallengeRichard sent in by Mike Gonzalez of New Jersey: Make a list of your top 65 books to read in a lifetime. (Source)

Bill NyeThe story of my other hero, Carl Sagan. The other guy who inspired me to do what I do now. (Source)

Ante ShodaIt explains 14 billion years of the evolution of the universe, a sort of engineering experiment on the largest possible scale. It spans all scales of space and time, describing everything from the largest scales of the universe to the smallest scales of molecules and atoms. It’s a good book for putting everything in perspective. (Source)

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