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A Perfect Vacuum

By Stanislaw Lem
  • ISBN Code: : 0547543751
  • Publisher : HMH
  • Pages : 238
  • Category : Humor
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Ingenious essays from “a Jorge Luis Borges for the Space Age, who plays in earnest with every concept . . . from free will to probability theory” (The New York Times Book Review). In A Perfect Vacuum, Stanislaw Lem steps outside of his fictional comfort zone to try his hand at reviewing the literature of others. The only catch is this: None of these books have actually been published—or even written—he just made them up. These sixteen satirical and brilliantly insidious commentaries on non-existent books cover the gamut of unconventional writing techniques: from a Joycean review that doggedly dissects every word to a critique that is written entirely in negatives to an analysis presented in fragments for the reader to assemble as he or she likes. Along the way, Lem presents his trademark examinations on topics ranging from modern art to computer technology to philosophy. At once a disarming delight and a clever mental exercise, A Perfect Vacuum lends credence to the assertion that Lem is “Harpo Marx and Franz Kafka and Isaac Asimov rolled up into one and down the white rabbit’s hole” (Detroit News).

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  • Pdf File: speed.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Absolute zero gravity was a joke among scientists for decades. Could absolute gravitational force be a joke that has persisted for more than three hundred years? It is a very obvious thing that cloud is lighter than air, yet there is no way to prove cloud is lighter than air, since there is no way to weigh the air and obtain a weight value for unit measurement of air. Objects falling in the air are simply because the objects’ unit measurement weight is heavier than unit measurement weight of air. To gravitational force, only weight counts.

Young House Love

By Sherry Petersik,John Petersik
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Artisan
  • Book Code : 1579656765
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : House & Home
  • Members : 416
  • Pdf File: young-house-love.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This New York Times bestselling book is filled with hundreds of fun, deceptively simple, budget-friendly ideas for sprucing up your home. With two home renovations under their (tool) belts and millions of hits per month on their blog YoungHouseLove.com, Sherry and John Petersik are home-improvement enthusiasts primed to pass on a slew of projects, tricks, and techniques to do-it-yourselfers of all levels. Packed with 243 tips and ideas—both classic and unexpected—and more than 400 photographs and illustrations, this is a book that readers will return to again and again for the creative projects and easy-to-follow instructions in the relatable voice the Petersiks are known for. Learn to trick out a thrift-store mirror, spice up plain old roller shades, "hack" your Ikea table to create three distinct looks, and so much more.

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology

By Bill Whitman,Bill Johnson,John Tomczyk,Eugene Silberstein
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Cengage Learning
  • Book Code : 1111803226
  • Total of Pages : 1360
  • Category : Technology & Engineering
  • Members : 130
  • Pdf File: refrigeration-and-air-conditioning-technology.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology, 6th Edition, a time-honored best seller, has been updated and revised to provide superior hands-on information needed to successfully maintain and troubleshoot today's complex heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. The new sixth edition contains units updated to include advances or changes in technology, procedures, and or equipment. Over 250 new images have been added to emphasize the practical application approach to the book. It fosters a solid foundation and understanding of environmental problems and their solutions, and displays a depth and detail of theory, diagnostics, and repair procedures that make this a fitting book for basic HVAC-R education as well as upgrading and certification training for technicians in the field. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Spectrum Science, Grade 7

By N.a
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Carson-Dellosa Publishing
  • Book Code : 1483815250
  • Total of Pages : 176
  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Members : 246
  • Pdf File: spectrum-science-grade-7.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Cultivate a love for science by providing standards-based practice that captures children’s attention. Spectrum Science for grade 7 provides interesting informational text and fascinating facts about homeostasis, migration, cloning, and acid rain. When children develop a solid understanding of science, they’re preparing for success. Spectrum Science for grades 3-8 improves scientific literacy and inquiry skills through an exciting exploration of natural, earth, life, and applied sciences. With the help of this best-selling series, your young scientist can discover and appreciate the extraordinary world that surrounds them!

Today's Technician: Automotive Brake Systems, Classroom and Shop Manual Prepack

By Ken Pickerill
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Cengage Learning
  • Book Code : 1305178394
  • Total of Pages : 480
  • Category : Education
  • Members : 131
  • Pdf File: today-s-technician.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The 6th Edition of TODAY'S TECHNICIAN: AUTOMOTIVE BRAKE SYSTEMS is a comprehensive text that equips readers to confidently understand, diagnose, and repair today's brake systems. Using a unique two-volume approach, the first volume (Classroom Manual) details the theory and application of the total brake system, subsystem, and components, while the second (Shop Manual) covers real-world symptoms, diagnostics, and repair information. Known for its comprehensive coverage, accurate and up-to-date details, and abundant illustrations, the text is an ideal resource to prepare for success as an automotive technician or pursue ASE certification. Now updated with extensive information on new and emerging technology and techniques—including hybrid vehicles, brake by wire, and electric brakes—the Sixth Edition also aligns with the NATEF 2012 accreditation model, including job sheets correlated to specific AST and MAST tasks. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Manuals Combined: U.S. Navy FIRE CONTROLMAN Volumes 01 - 06 & FIREMAN

By N.a
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Jeffrey Frank Jones
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 1664
  • Category : Books
  • Members : 219
  • Pdf File: manuals-combined.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Over 1,600 total pages ... 14097 FIRE CONTROLMAN SUPERVISOR Covers Fire Controlman supervisor responsibilities, organization, administration, inspections, and maintenance; supervision and training; combat systems, subsystems, and their maintenance; and weapons exercises. 14098 FIRE CONTROLMAN, VOLUME 01, ADMINISTRATION AND SAFETY Covers general administration, technical administration, electronics safety, and hazardous materials as they pertain to the FC rating. 14099A FIRE CONTROLMAN, VOLUME 02--FIRE CONTROL SYSTEMS AND RADAR FUNDAMENTALS Covers basic radar systems, fire control systems, and radar safety as they relate to the Fire Controlman rating. 14100 FIRE CONTROLMAN, VOLUME 03--DIGITAL DATA SYSTEMS Covers computer and peripheral fundamentals and operations, configurations and hardware, operator controls and controlling units, components and circuits, central processing units and buses, memories, input/output and interfacing, instructions and man/machine interfaces, magnetic tape storage, magnetic disk storage, CD-ROM storage, printers, data conversion devices, and switchboards. 14101 FIRE CONTROLMAN, VOLUME 04--FIRE CONTROL MAINTENANCE CONCEPTS Introduces the Planned Maintenance System and discusses methods for identifying and isolating system faults, liquid cooling systems used by Fire Controlmen, battery alignment (purpose, equipment, and alignment considerations), and radar collimation. 14102 FIRE CONTROLMAN, VOLUME 05--DISPLAY SYSTEMS AND DEVICES Covers basic display devices and input devices associated with Navy tactical data systems as used by the FC rating. 14103 FIRE CONTROLMAN, VOLUME 06--DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS Covers the fundamentals of data communications, the Link-11 and Link-4A systems, and local area networks. 14104A FIREMAN Provides information on the following subject areas: engineering administration; engineering fundamentals; the basic steam cycle; gas turbines; internal combustion engines; ship propulsion; pumps, valves, and piping; auxiliary machinery and equipment; instruments; shipboard electrical equipment; and environmental controls.

Fluid Power Dynamics

By R. Keith Mobley
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Book Code : 9780080506623
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 983
  • Pdf File: fluid-power-dynamics.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Fluid Power Dynamics is a 12-chapter book in two sections covering the basics of fluid power through hydraulic system components and troubleshooting. The second section covers pneumatics from basics through to troubleshooting. This is the latest book in a new series published by Butterworth-Heinemann in association with PLANT ENGINEERING magazine. PLANT ENGINEERING fills a unique information need for the men and women who operate and maintain industrial plants: It bridges the information gap between engineering education and practical application. As technology advances at increasingly faster rates, this information service is becoming more and more important. Since its first issue in 1947, PLANT ENGINEERING has stood as the leading problem-solving information source for America's industrial plant engineers, and this book series will effectively contribute to that resource and reputation.

The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science

By J. Kenji López-Alt
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Book Code : 0393249867
  • Total of Pages : 960
  • Category : Cooking
  • Members : 470
  • Pdf File: the-food-lab.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A New York Times Bestseller Winner of the James Beard Award for General Cooking and the IACP Cookbook of the Year Award "The one book you must have, no matter what you’re planning to cook or where your skill level falls."—New York Times Book Review Ever wondered how to pan-fry a steak with a charred crust and an interior that's perfectly medium-rare from edge to edge when you cut into it? How to make homemade mac 'n' cheese that is as satisfyingly gooey and velvety-smooth as the blue box stuff, but far tastier? How to roast a succulent, moist turkey (forget about brining!)—and use a foolproof method that works every time? As Serious Eats's culinary nerd-in-residence, J. Kenji López-Alt has pondered all these questions and more. In The Food Lab, Kenji focuses on the science behind beloved American dishes, delving into the interactions between heat, energy, and molecules that create great food. Kenji shows that often, conventional methods don’t work that well, and home cooks can achieve far better results using new—but simple—techniques. In hundreds of easy-to-make recipes with over 1,000 full-color images, you will find out how to make foolproof Hollandaise sauce in just two minutes, how to transform one simple tomato sauce into a half dozen dishes, how to make the crispiest, creamiest potato casserole ever conceived, and much more.

Dialogues

By Stanislaw Lem
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Book Code : 0262366630
  • Total of Pages : 360
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 207
  • Pdf File: dialogues.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The first English translation of a nonfiction work by Stanisław Lem, which was "conceived under the spell of cybernetics" in 1957 and updated in 1971. In 1957, Stanisław Lem published Dialogues, a book "conceived under the spell of cybernetics," as he wrote in the preface to the second edition. Mimicking the form of Berkeley's Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous, Lem's original dialogue was an attempt to unravel the then-novel field of cybernetics. It was a testimony, Lem wrote later, to "the almost limitless cognitive optimism" he felt upon his discovery of cybernetics. This is the first English translation of Lem's Dialogues, including the text of the first edition and the later essays added to the second edition in 1971. For the second edition, Lem chose not to revise the original. Recognizing the naivete of his hopes for cybernetics, he constructed a supplement to the first dialogue, which consists of two critical essays, the first a summary of the evolution of cybernetics, the second a contribution to the cybernetic theory of the "sociopathology of governing," amending the first edition's discussion of the pathology of social regulation; and two previously published articles on related topics. From the vantage point of 1971, Lem observes that original book, begun as a search for methods "that would increase our understanding of both the human and nonhuman worlds," was in the end "an expression of the cognitive curiosity and anxiety of modern thought."

Automotive Engine Performance

By Nicholas Goodnight,Kirk VanGelder
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Book Code : 128419518X
  • Total of Pages : 760
  • Category : Transportation
  • Members : 651
  • Pdf File: automotive-engine-performance.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Automotive Engine Performance, published as part of the CDX Master Automotive Technician Series, provides technicians in training with a detailed overview of modern engine technologies and diagnostic strategies. Taking a "strategy-based diagnostic" approach, it helps students master the skills needed to diagnose and resolve customer concerns correctly on the first attempt. Students will gain an understanding of current diagnostic tools and advanced performance systems as they prepare to service the engines of tomorrow.