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            The Real World of Victorian Steampunk: Steam Planes and Radiophones

            The Real World of Victorian Steampunk: Steam Planes and Radiophones (Paperback)

            By Simon, Webb,

            • RRP: $39.99
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            Explores the fantastic and little-known inventions which underpin the fanciful world of steampunk.

            ISBN 9781526732859
            Released NZ 3 Jun 2019
            Publisher Pen & Sword Books Ltd
            Interest Age General Audience
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            The Changing Mind: A Neuroscientist's Guide to Ageing Well

            The Changing Mind: A Neuroscientist's Guide to Ageing Well (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Levitin, Daniel

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            What if the best was yet to come? Recent studies show that our happiness levels peak at age 82, and that our decision-making skills improve as we age. As more of us live past the age of 80, in this ground-breaking book, Dr Daniel Levitin uses cutting-edge research from neuroscien...ce and psychology to demonstrate the benefits of getting older. Packed with engaging interviews with individuals who thrived far beyond the conventional age of retirement, this book also reflects on challenges many readers will recognize. Levitin offers a realistic personal plan full of practical, cognitive enhancing tricks for everyone to follow over the years. Successful Ageing is a radical exploration of what we all can learn from those who age joyously. This book will revolutionize the way we plan for old age as individuals, family members, and citizens of a society in which the average life expectancy continues to rise.
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            ISBN 9780241379394
            Released NZ 7 Jan 2020
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Autopia: The Future of Cars

            Autopia: The Future of Cars (Hardback, Main)

            By Bentley, Jon

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            The perfect gift for motoring and technology enthusiasts - a guide to the history and future of cars.

            ISBN 9781786496348
            Released NZ 7 Jan 2020
            Publisher Atlantic Books
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            The Road to Conscious Machines: The Story of AI

            The Road to Conscious Machines: The Story of AI (Hardback)

            By Wooldridge, Michael

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            The long-held dream of artificial intelligence researchers is to build machines that are conscious and self-aware - the dream of creating life itself. While this remains a remote prospect, the AI floodgates have opened, and they are changing our world fundamentally. Yet the publi...c debate and media hype is still largely centred on elusive prospects such as sentient machines and dystopian robot takeovers. In this lively and clear-headed guide, Michael Wooldridge changes the narrative on AI, revealing how these anxieties distract us from the more realistic risks that this transformative technology poses, from algorithmic bias to fake news. He also shows us how they overlook the true life-changing potential of the field he loves. Instead, The Road to Conscious Machines gives us the real story of AI, through all its booms and busts, elucidating the discoveries of its greatest pioneers from Alan Turing to Demis Hassabis. It shows us what today's AI researchers actually think and do, and how they are ushering in a new era of real-time spoken word language translation, augmented reality tools, healthcare innovations and much more.
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            ISBN 9780241396742
            Released NZ 17 Mar 2020
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age General Audience
            Series Pelican books
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            SAM: One Robot, a Dozen Engineers, and the Race to Revolutionize the Way We Build

            SAM: One Robot, a Dozen Engineers, and the Race to Revolutionize the Way We Build (Hardback)

            By Waldman, Jonathan

            • RRP: $52.99
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            A true story of innovation, centered on a scrappy team of engineers--far from the Silicon Valley limelight--and their quest to achieve a surprisingly difficult technological feat: building a robot that can lay bricks. Humans have landed men on the moon, programmed cars to drive t...hemselves, and put the knowledge of our entire civilization in your back pocket. But no one--from MIT nerds to Army Corps engineers--has ever built a robot that can lay bricks as well as a mason. Unlike the controlled conditions of a factory line, where robots are now ubiquitous, no two construction sites are alike, and a day's work involves countless variables--bricks that range in size and quality, temperamental mortar mixes, uneven terrain, fickle weather, and moody foremen. Twenty-five years ago, on a challenging construction job in Syracuse, architect Nate Podkaminer had a vision of a future full of efficient, automated machines that freed men from the repetitive, toilsome burden of laying bricks. (Bricklayers lift the equivalent of a Ford truck every few days.) Offhandedly, he mentioned the idea to his daughter's boyfriend, and after some inspired scheming, the architect and engineer--soon to be in-laws--cofounded a humble startup called Construction Robotics. Working out of a small trailer, they recruited a boldly unconventional team of engineers to build the Semi-Automated Mason: SAM. In classic American tradition, a small, unlikely, and eccentric family-run startup sought to reimagine the behemoth $10 billion construction industry--the second biggest industry in America--in bootstrap fashion. In the tradition of Tracy Kidder's The Soul of a New Machine, SAM unfolds as an engineering drama, full of trials and setbacks, heated showdowns between meticulous scientists and brash bricklayers (and their even more opinionated union), and hard-earned milestone achievements. Jonathan Waldman, acclaimed author of Rust, brings readers inside the world of the renegade company revolutionizing the
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            ISBN 9781501140594
            Released NZ 1 Jan 2020
            Publisher Simon & Schuster
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            Brain Wash: Detox Your Mind for Clearer Thinking, Deeper Relationships and Lasting Happiness

            Brain Wash: Detox Your Mind for Clearer Thinking, Deeper Relationships and Lasting Happiness (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Perlmutter, David

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            The Happy Brain reveals the dangers of consumption culture to our mental and cognitive health, and offers diet and lifestyle interventions to heal the brain.

            ISBN 9781529315561
            Released NZ 14 Jan 2020
            Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            The First of Everything: A History of Human Invention, Innovation and Discovery

            The First of Everything: A History of Human Invention, Innovation and Discovery (Hardback)

            By Ross, Stewart

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            A lively and highly readable account of the origins, invention and discovery of just about everything on the planet, the truly global sweep of The First of Everything ranges from the Big Bang to driverless cars.

            ISBN 9781789290622
            Released NZ 1 Dec 2019
            Publisher Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Astronaut Maker: How One Mysterious Engineer Ran Human Spaceflight for a Generation
             

            Astronaut Maker: How One Mysterious Engineer Ran Human Spaceflight for a Generation (Paperback)

            By Cassutt, Michael

            • RRP: $47.99
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              1 Jul 20

            One of the most elusive and controversial figures in NASA's history, George W. S. Abbey was said to be secretive, despotic, a Space Age Machiavelli. Yet Abbey had more influence on human spaceflight than almost anyone in history. His story has never been told-until now. The Astro...naut Maker takes readers inside NASA to learn the real story of how Ab
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            ISBN 9781641603188
            Released NZ 1 Jul 2020
            Publisher Chicago Review Press
            Interest Age General Audience
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            Magnificent Women and their Revolutionary Machines
             

            Magnificent Women and their Revolutionary Machines (Hardback)

            By Heald, Henrietta

            • RRP: $57.50
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            • Internationally sourced

            A centenary tribute to Britain's trailblazing, boundary-breaking women engineers

            ISBN 9781783526604
            Released NZ 19 Sep 2019
            Publisher Misc - Alliance Distribution
            Interest Age General Audience
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            How Technology Works: The facts visually explained

            How Technology Works: The facts visually explained (Hardback)

            By DK

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            Have you ever asked yourself how the inventions, gadgets, and devices that surround us actually work? Discover the hidden workings of everyday technology with this graphic guide. How Technology Works demystifies the machinery that keeps the modern world going, from simple objects... such as zip fasteners and can openers to the latest, most sophisticated devices of the information age, including smart watches, personal digital assistants, and driverless cars. It includes inventions that have changed the course of history, like the internal combustion engine, as well as technologies that might hold the key to our future survival, including solar cells and new kinds of farming to feed a growing population. All the way through the book, step-by-step explanations are supported by simple and original graphics that take devices apart and show you how they work. The opening chapter explains principles that underpin lots of devices - from basic mechanics to electricity to digital technology. From there on, devices are grouped by application - such as the home, transport, and computing - making them easy to find and placing similar devices side by side. How Technology Works is perfect for anyone who didn't have a training in STEM subjects at school or is simply curious about how the modern world works.
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            ISBN 9780241356289
            Released NZ 16 Jul 2019
            Publisher Dorling Kindersley Publishers
            Interest Age 16+ years
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