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Spaceflight in the Shuttle Era and Beyond
Redefining Humanity's Purpose in Space
ISBN: HB: 9780300206517,
Yale University Press
15.6x23.5 cm, 17 colour illus., 23 black&white illus.
An exploration of the changing conceptions of the iconic Space Shuttle and a call for a new vision of spaceflight.
The thirty years of Space Shuttle flights saw contrary changes in American visions of space. Valerie Neal, who has spent much of her c...
The Story of Cool in the Kitchen
ISBN: HB: 9781780237510,
15.6x20.8 cm, 50 colour illus., 50 black&white illus.
Humans have been preserving food for millennia, but the refrigerator is a relatively new addition to our homes. Just before the Second World War, only 3 per cent of British households had one. In the interim years the fridge has become accepted as a...
Nature and Culture
ISBN: PB: 9781780237565,
14.8x21 cm, 60 colour illus., 40 black&white illus.
From silver spoons to silver bullets, silver permeates our everyday culture and language. For millennia we've used it to buy what we need, adorn our bodies and trumpet our social status. Silver vanquishes our insecurities, as well as vampires, werewo...
Sustainable Design in Historical Perspective
Besides being the right thing to do for Mother Earth, recycling can also make money – particularly when it comes to upcycling, a zero waste practice where discarded materials are fashioned into goods of greater economic or cultural value. In "Upcycli...
New Geopolitics of Natural Gas
We are in the midst of an energy revolution, led by the United States. As the world's greatest producer of natural gas moves aggressively to expand its exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG), America stands poised to become an energy superpower – an...
Aerial Crossroads of America
St. Louis's Lambert Airport
The history of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is the story of American aviation. Everything that has taken place on the airport's footprint – from Lindbergh to American Airlines, jet airliners to space travel – constitutes a microcosm of the...
Electrification of Russia, 1880-1926
"The Electrification of Russia, 1880-1926" is the first full account of the widespread adoption of electricity in Russia, from the beginning in the 1880s to its early years as a state technology under Soviet rule. Jonathan Coopersmith has mined the a...
Decline and Renaissance in the Twentieth Century
ISBN: PB: 9780674970793,
ISBN: HB: 9780674725645,
Harvard University Press
15.2x22.8 cm, 15 halftones, 14 line illus., 14 maps
Once an icon of American industry, railroads fell into a long decline beginning around the turn of the twentieth century. Overburdened with regulation and often displaced by barge traffic on government-maintained waterways, trucking on interstate hig...
Cycles of Invention and Discovery
Rethinking the Endless Frontier
"Cycles of Invention and Discovery" offers an in-depth look at the real-world practice of science and engineering. It shows how the standard categories of "basic" and "applied" have become a hindrance to the organization of the U.S. science and techn...
Exploration and Engineering
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Quest for Mars
Although the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has become synonymous with the United States' planetary exploration during the past half century, its most recent focus has been on Mars. Beginning in the 1990s and continuing through th...