By Alan Davies
By Robert W Gehl
Robert Gehl's well timed critique, Reverse Engineering Social Media, conscientiously analyzes the tips of social media and software program engineers, utilizing those rules to discover contradictions and fissures underneath the surfaces of modern websites resembling fb, Google, and Twitter.
Gehl adeptly makes use of a mixture of software program stories, technology and know-how experiences, and political economic climate to bare the histories and contexts of those social media websites. taking a look backward at divisions of work and the method of person exertions, he presents case reviews that illustrate how binary "Like" purchaser offerings conceal surveillance structures that depend upon clients to construct content material for webmasters who earn a living promoting consumer facts, and that advertise a tradition of hysteria and immediacy over depth.
Reverse Engineering Social Media additionally provides methods out of this paradox, illustrating how activists, lecturers, and clients swap social media for the higher by way of development choices to the dominant social media sites.
By Simone Tosoni,Trevor Pinch
By Jill H. Casid
Theorizing imaginative and prescient and gear on the intersections of the histories of psychoanalysis, media, clinical technique, and colonization, Scenes of Projection poaches the prized tools on the center of the so-called clinical revolution: the projecting telescope, digital camera obscura, magic lantern, sun microscope, and prism. From the beginnings of what's retrospectively enshrined because the origins of the Enlightenment and within the wake of colonization, the scene of projection has functioned as a contraption for making a delusion topic of discarnate imaginative and prescient for the workout of “reason.”
Jill H. Casid demonstrates throughout various websites that the scene of projection is neither a static diagram of energy nor a hard and fast structure yet really a pedagogical setup that operates as an influencing computing device of power education. pondering with queer and feminist paintings initiatives that soak up outdated units for casting a picture to reorient this gear of strength that produces its topic, Scenes of Projection deals a suite of theses at the percentages for felt embodiment out of the broken and hard pasts that hang-out our present.
By David Cannadine
To stay in Victorian Britain was once to event an remarkable sequence of adjustments, of a sort for which there has been easily no precedent within the human event. there have been revolutions in delivery, conversation, paintings; towns grew immense; clinical principles made the highbrow panorama unrecognizable. This used to be an exciting time, but in addition a scary one.
In his significant new booklet David Cannadine has created a daring, interesting new interpretation of Victorian Britain. This used to be a rustic which observed itself on the summit of the realm and through a few measures this used to be certainly precise. And but it was once a society additionally convulsed through doubt, worry and introspection. time and again, politicians and writers felt themselves to be staring into the abyss and what's visible as an period of frustrating self-belief was once in perform obsessed via a feeling of its personal fragility, no matter if as a superb strength or as an ethical force.
Victorious Century is a very stress-free and stimulating publication - its writer catches the enjoy, humour and staginess of the age, but in addition the dilemmas of a type with which we stay typical today.
By Jennifer E. Riddle,Elizabeth Dickey
By Bart Hendrickx,Bert Vis
This soaking up e-book describes the lengthy improvement of the Soviet area travel process, its infrastructure and the gap agency’s plans to persist with up the 1st historical unmanned challenge. The booklet comprises comparisons with the yankee commute procedure and gives debts of the Soviet try pilots selected for education to fly the process, and the operational, political and engineering difficulties that at last sealed the destiny of Buran and finally of NASA’s go back and forth fleet.
By Robert Courland,Dennis Smith
In a full of life narrative peppered with interesting information, writer Robert Corland describes how essentially the most recognized personalities of heritage grew to become fascinated about the improvement and use of concrete—including King Herod the good of Judea, the Roman emperor Hadrian, Thomas Edison (who as soon as owned the biggest concrete cement plant within the world), and architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Courland issues to contemporary archaeological facts suggesting that the invention of concrete without delay resulted in the Neolithic Revolution and the increase of the earliest civilizations. a lot later, the Romans reached terribly excessive criteria for concrete creation, showcasing their fulfillment in iconic structures just like the Coliseum and the Pantheon. Amazingly, with the autumn of the Roman Empire, the secrets and techniques of concrete production have been misplaced for over a millennium.
The writer explains that after concrete used to be rediscovered within the past due eighteenth century it used to be at the beginning seen as an engaging novelty or, at top, a really good development fabric compatible just for a slender variety of functions. It used to be purely towards the top of the 19th century that using concrete exploded. in this speedy growth, lobbyists attempted to cover the truth that glossy concrete had convinced defects and important shortcomings. it really is now famous that smooth concrete, in contrast to its Roman predecessor, progressively disintegrates with age. Compounding this challenge is one other distressing truth: the manufacture of concrete cement is an enormous contributor to worldwide warming.
Concrete Planet is full of impressive tales, interesting characters, astonishing evidence, and an array of fascinating insights into the development fabric that kinds the foundation of the infrastructure on which we depend.
From the Hardcover edition.
By Hans-Gert Bachmann
By Jill Jonnes
Edison struggled to introduce his radical new direct present (DC) know-how into the hurly-burly of recent York urban as Tesla and Westinghouse challenged his dominance with their alternating present (AC), therefore environment the level for one of many eeriest feuds in American company historical past, the struggle of the electrical Currents. The battlegrounds: Wall highway, the 1893 Chicago World’s reasonable, Niagara Falls, and, ultimately, the demise chamber—Jonnes takes us at the stressful stroll down a jail hallway and into the sunlit room the place William Kemmler, convicted ax assassin, turned the 1st guy to die within the electrical chair.
Empires of Light is the gripping heritage of electrical energy, the “mysterious fluid,” and the way the fateful collision of Edison, Tesla, and Westinghouse left the area completely transformed.
From the Hardcover edition.