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Make magazine called Bill a "brilliant science-and-technology documentarian", whose "videos should be held up as models of how to present complex technical information visually." Wired called them "dazzling." His work has been recognized by an extraordinarily broad range of scientific, engineering, and journalistic professional societies. From journalists he has won the trifecta of the top science and engineering journalism awards: The National Association of Science Writer's coveted Science in Society Award; the American Chemical Society's Grady-Stack Medal, and the American Institute of Physics' Science Writing Award--all typically given to journalists. From his engineering peers he's been recognized with the ASME's Church Medal, ieee's D ...more

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Eight Amazing Engineering S...

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Fatal Flight: The True Stor...

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How Engineers Create the Wo...

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The Man without Qualities by Thomas Sebastian
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This is an excellent short book on Musil's Man without Qualities (MWQ). It is not an introduction, but useful to read once you spent some time with MWQ. Perhaps the most useful aspect is showing the early influence of Mach on Musil.
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Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger
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Nearly every listing of the best best travel books mentions this book. And it is no surprise: There is nothing quite like it. Most travel book contains vivid descriptions of the landscape. While Thesiger's occasionally describes the deserts physical ...more
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“Melvin Kranzberg, a historian, once observed “technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.”
Bill Hammack, Eight Amazing Engineering Stories: Using the Elements to Create Extraordinary Technologies

“Georges Claude made a fortune from his neon signs, but lost most of it in the 1930s with hair brained schemes to make electricity using the temperature difference between the top of the ocean and its icy depths. He almost ended his career imprisoned for life.”
Bill Hammack, How Engineers Create the World: The Public Radio Commentaries of Bill Hammack

“And Moore’s Law gave us bad software: Instead of writing efficient code, programmers just waited until the computers got faster. I’m reminded of Blaise Pascal’s comment three centuries ago. Apologizing for a verbose letters he wrote “I have only made this [letter] longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.”
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