A leading M.I.T. social scientist and consultant examines five professions—engineering, architecture, management, psychotherapy, and town planning—to show how professionals really go about solving problems.
The Evolution of Cooperation provides valuable insights into the age-old question of whether unforced cooperation is ever possible. Widely praised and much-discussed, this classic book explores how cooperation can emerge in a world of self-seeking egoists-whether superpowers, businesses, or individuals-when there is no central authority to police their actions. The problem of cooperation is central to many different fields. Robert Axelrod recounts the famous computer tournaments in which the "cooperative” program Tit for Tat recorded its stunning victories, explains its application to a broad spectrum of subjects, and suggests how readers can both apply cooperative principles to their own lives and teach cooperative principles to others.
"Learn the art of box making from one of the foremost experts of the craft. Through Doug Stowe's decades of experience, you'll learn the basic techniques to get started, as well as more advanced ways to approach finely crafted boxes"--Publisher website (publisher website (December 2007).
The Vatican’s silence in the face of Nazi atrocities remains one of the great controversies of our time. History has accused wartime pontiff Pius the Twelfth of complicity in the Holocaust and dubbed him “Hitler’s Pope.” But a key part of the story has remained untold. Pius ran the world’s largest church, smallest state, and oldest spy service. Saintly but secretive, he skimmed from church charities to pay covert couriers, and surreptitiously tape-recorded his meetings with top Nazis. When he learned of the Holocaust, Pius played his cards close to his chest. He sent birthday cards to Hitler—while secretly plotting to kill him. Church of Spies documents this cloak and dagger intr...
Combing personal memoir, philosophical essay, and historical analysis,a comprehensive approach to the elusive ailment of nostalgia and an exploration of the spaces of collective nostalgia that connect national biography and personal self-fashioning in the twenty-first century.
"A charmingly full, frank, and humorous account of a career dedicated to rigorous lexicographic rectitude. . . . He is an absolute hero."-Lynne Truss, New York Times Can you drink a glass of balderdash? And what do you call the part of a dog's back it can't scratch? The answers to these questions can be found in the Oxford English Dictionary. There is no better guide to the dictionary's many wonderments than its former chief editor, John Simpson. In The Word Detective, an intensely personal memoir and a joyful celebration of English, he weaves a story of how words come into being, how culture shapes language, and how technology transforms words. A brilliant and deeply humane expedition through the world of words, The Word Detective will delight and inspire any lover of language.
Basic Radio is a wide ranging introduction to the principles of radio waves, transmission and reception, and to the technologies of broadcasting, satellite and personal communications. As well as being a textbook for vocational courses such as City & Guilds and BTEC Ian Poole's book is essential reading for all communications and broadcast professionals. Radio technology is becoming increasingly important in today's highly sophisticated electronics industry. There are traditional uses including broadcasting and point to point communications, as well as new technologies associated with cellular phones and wire-less data links. All of these developments mean that there will be a greater need for radio engineers at all levels. Ian Poole is an electronic engineer currently involved in project management for the development of a large radio system. He is a regular contributor to Electronic - The Maplin Magazine, Everyday Practical Electronics and Practical Wireless. He has also written several books on amateur radio. An accessible introduction to radio engineering Suitable for FE students, technicians and hobbyists Covers the latest technologies: cellular phones, wire-less data links