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"Thus far, this is the most interesting account of the Difference Engine history I have read. It sets the context of Babbage's work, and shows how his idea was completed by others." Nov 20, 2014 08:22AM

 
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Ron is on page 138 of 414 of Glory and Failure: Thus far, this is the most interesting account of the Difference Engine history I have read. It sets the context of Babbage's work, and shows how his idea was completed by others.
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Dr. Eckener's Dream Machine by Douglas Botting
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Dr. Hugo Eckener was the visionary behind the development of modern rigid frame airships in Germany up to the start of WW2. Eckener's fight to fund the construction of these behemoths included national donation campaigns and verbal battles with Nazi ...more
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The Prize by Daniel Yergin
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While its getting a bit old now, Daniel Yergin's history of the oil industry is still definitive. Others have disputed it on various points, such as why and at what point kerosene replaced whale oil for lighting, but overall this book still has the b ...more
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Air-Conditioning America by Gail Cooper
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Air conditioning has been described as one of the key technologies that changed American society. This book describes how it evolved, first as a tool for industry to control manufacturing environments (its not he heat its the humidity), and eventuall ...more
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The Chronoliths by Robert Charles Wilson
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A towering pillar appears with a crack of thunder in the middle of the swelting jungles of Southeast asia. An inscription on its initially frozen surface celebrates a victorious battle... but one that has yet to take place. Political and technologica ...more
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Licence to Thrill by James  Chapman
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A bit hard to find, this book treads middle ground between film criticism based on the tenants of some particular school of thought, and a more "pop culture" analysis of the Bond films. It describes the relationship of the films to the books, how the ...more
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Saints and Avengers by James  Chapman
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Puts into historic context the British TV series of the 1960s, several of which (like the Avengers & Secret Agent Man) made it to US television. If you enjoyed these shows the book is quite engaging, in that it both explores the stories in them a ...more
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Aramis, Or, The Love Of Technology by Bruno Latour
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The Aramis book is a meta dialog by a sociologist about the development of a technology, how project structure, etc. evolved, grew and interacted with the world. It begins with the question "Who killed Aramis (the project)?" and bounces back and fort ...more
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Infernal Devices by K.W. Jeter
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More properly referred to as "steampunk" than sci-fi, and written in Jeter's kinetic style, it follows the hapless son of a famous victorian mechanical inventor. He's constantly mistaken for his rather more talented father, which ultimately puts him ...more
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