The Pattern On The Stone
By Daniel Hillis
Will computers become thinking machines? A scientist at the cutting-edge of current research gives his provocative analysis.The world was shocked when a computer, Deep Blue defeated Gary Kasparov, arguably the greatest human chess player ever to have lived. This remarkable victory, and other, more day-to-day innovations, beg serious questions: what are the limits of what computers can do? Can they think? Do they learn?Discussions of these questions tend to get muddled because most people have only the vaguest idea of how computers actually work. This book explains the inner workings of computers in a way that does not require a profound knowledge of mathematics nor an understanding of electrical engineering. Starting with an account of how computers are built and why they work, W. Daniel Hillis describes what they can and cannot do - at the present time - before explaining how a computer can surpass its programmer and, finally, where humanity has reached in its quest for a true Thinking Machine.
Building Basics: Doors and Entryways
By William P Spence
The challenge is to select just the right style that reflects the feeling you want to create for visitors, passers by and yourself. Start by making sure your door is in the right location. Then get helpful tips on drawing plans for the entire entryway including door, side windows, foyer and lighting. Factor in practical needs like energy efficiency, durability of material, security, the amount of light that you want, the type of hardware that fits the best. Finally there are issues of blending aesthetics (colour schemes and planting), night illumination, privacy, and security. Now you¿re ready to follow the instructions for buying materials and installation. Other doorways also get special chapters, from patios to garage entries, storage areas, and entries to workshops and studies.
Encyclopedia Of Construction Methods & Materials
By William P Spence
Over 600 pages of information and instruction, with more than 900 diagrams, illustrations and photos.Hundreds of topics covered.
Drills And Drill Presses
By Rick Peters
A Brief History of the Future
By John Naughton
The only book that tells the whole story of the internet from its origins in the 1940s to the advent of the worldwide web at the dawn of the 21st centuryThe Internet is the most remarkable thing human beings have built since the Pyramids. John Naughton¿s book intersperses wonderful personal stories with an authoritative account of where the Net actually came from, who invented it and why, and where it might be taking us. Most of us have no idea of how the Internet works or who created it. Even fewer have any idea of what it means for society and the future. In a cynical age, John Naughton has not lost his capacity for wonder. He examines the nature of his own enthusiasm for technology and traces its roots in his lonely childhood and in his relationship with his father. A Brief History of the Future is an intensely personal celebration of vision and altruism, ingenuity and determination and above all, of the power of ideas, passionately felt, to change the world.