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The Green Book of Mathematical Problems
The Green Book of Mathematical Problems
There is a famous set of fairy tale books, each volume of which is designated by the colour of its cover: The Red Book, The Blue Book, The Yellow Book, etc. We are not presenting you with The Green Book of fairy stories. but rather a book of mathematical problems. However, the conceptual idea of all fairy stories, that of mystery, search, and...
Atlas of Egyptian Art
Atlas of Egyptian Art

This enchanted tour of Egyptian art by one of its early explorers is one of the most beautiful modern works on ancient Egyptian art. Prisse d'Avennes' monumental work, first published in Paris over a ten-year period between 1868 and 1878, includes the only surviving record of many lost artifacts.

The author of this...

The Nothing That Is: A Natural History of Zero
The Nothing That Is: A Natural History of Zero
A symbol for what is not there, an emptiness that increases any number it's added to, an inexhaustible and indispensable paradox. As we enter the year 2000, zero is once again making its presence felt. Nothing itself, it makes possible a myriad of calculations. Indeed, without zero mathematics as we know it would not exist. And without mathematics...
Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software
Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software
Our civilization runs on software. Yet the art of creating it continues to be a dark mystery, even to the experts, and the greater our ambitions, the more spectacularly we seem to fail.

Big software projects regularly crash and burn--just ask the FBI and the IRS, the Pentagon and the FAA, or any decent-size corporation. The...

Expert Network Time Protocol: An Experience in Time with NTP
Expert Network Time Protocol: An Experience in Time with NTP

Have you ever tried to figure out why your computer clock is off, or why your emails somehow have the wrong timestamp? Most likely, it’s due to an incorrect network time synchronization, which can be reset using the Network Time Protocol. Until now, most network administrators have been too paranoid to work with this, afraid that they...

The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet
The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet
"Few false ideas have more firmly gripped the minds of so many intelligent men than the one that, if they just tried, they could invent a cipher that no one could break," writes David Kahn in this massive (almost 1,200 pages) volume. Most of The Codebreakers focuses on the 20th century, especially World War II. But its reach is...
Beyond Reason: Eight Great Problems That Reveal the Limits of Science
Beyond Reason: Eight Great Problems That Reveal the Limits of Science
A mind-bending excursion to the limits of science and mathematics
Are some scientific problems insoluble? In Beyond Reason, internationally acclaimed math and science author A. K. Dewdney answers this question by examining eight insurmountable mathematical and scientific roadblocks that have stumped thinkers across the
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Matthew's Enigma: A Father's Portrait of His Autistic Son
Matthew's Enigma: A Father's Portrait of His Autistic Son

Matthew's Enigma unfolds the complex relationship between a father, who is a Romanian emigré and distinguished university professor, and his son, who was diagnosed with autism when he was 7 years old. Matei Calinescu's desire to understand Matthew -- his namesake -- is the theme of this moving memoir. Calinescu's determined...

The Fifth Postulate: How Unraveling A Two Thousand Year Old Mystery Unraveled the Universe
The Fifth Postulate: How Unraveling A Two Thousand Year Old Mystery Unraveled the Universe
What do Einstein's theory of relativity, string theory, and lots of other mind-bending—and space-bending—revelations of modern physics have in common? None of them could have been discovered until scientists and mathematicians recognized an uncomfortable truth—that there was a reason the world's greatest mathematical minds had...
Data Visualization with d3.js
Data Visualization with d3.js

Mold your data into beautiful visualizations with d3.js

Overview

  • Build blocks of web visualizations
  • Learn visualization with detailed walkthroughs
  • Learn to use data more effectively
  • Animate with d3.js
  • Design good visualizations

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Java For Artists: The Art, Philosophy, And Science Of Object-Oriented Programming
Java For Artists: The Art, Philosophy, And Science Of Object-Oriented Programming

Java For Artists: The Art, Philosophy, And Science Of Object-Oriented Programming towers head and shoulders above ordinary introductory Java texts in its comprehensive coverage and audacious style. Java For Artists is the only book of its kind that succinctly address the art, philosophy, and science of Java and object-oriented...

Tab Electronics Guide to Understanding Electricity and Electronics
Tab Electronics Guide to Understanding Electricity and Electronics

When I was 10 years old, I purchased an introductory electronics book at a local pharmacy. I cherished this book because I knew it contained marvelous and fascinating knowledge about electronics—an awesome, mysterious, and exciting field that was to become the literal foundation of the next step in human progress. Unfortunately, after...

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