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The Art of Electronics

The Art of ElectronicsPaul Horowitz, Winfield Hill. ©1989, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-37095-7For more advanced coverage of electronics, but still accessible to the non-engineeer, this is an invaluable reference.
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Snap To Grid: A User’s Guide to Digital Arts, Media, and Cultures

“Snap to Grid: A User’s Guide to Digital Arts, Media, and Cultures” (Peter Lunenfeld)©2000, MIT Press; ISBN: 026212226XA series of smart essays on the nature of digital media and the cultures formed around and influenced by digital media. Introduces the idea of the digital dialectic, “a method to ground the insights of theory in the constraints of practice”. Continue reading

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Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution

“Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution” (Howard Rheingold) Perseus Publishing; ISBN 0-7832-0608-3; ©2002Covers the social uses of mobile networked technologies. Filled with personal stories and anecdotes, this serves as a light introduction to possible futures of mobile networked devices and the effect they are having on the communities who have access to them. Continue reading

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Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age

“Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age (Open Market Edition)” (Duncan J…. ISBN: 0393041425 a nice introduction to the science of networks, with a good bit of focus on the social angle. Continue reading

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Robots, Androids, and Animatrons

“Robots, Androids and Animatrons, Second Edition : 12 Incredible Projects You Can Build” (John Iovine) ©1998, McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0-07-032804-8A good beginning robot guide, including schematics and recipes for several robotic projects. Continue reading

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Robot Builder’s Bonanza

“Robot Builder’s Bonanza, Third Edition (Robot Builder’s Bonanza)” (Gordon McComb, Myke Predko) ©2000, McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing; ISBN: 0071362967For those looking to build robot projects or any form of kinetic sculpture, this is a great reference. The author discusses problems often encountered in making robotic systems and the most common approaches to those problems. Continue reading

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Practical Electronics for Inventors

“Practical Electronics for Inventors” (Paul Scherz)©2000, McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing; ISBN: 0070580782An in-depth treatment of electronics, with many practical examples and illustrations…. The use of plumbing systems as exmples to demonstrate electric principles makes for some very clear illustrations of how different components work. Continue reading

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Nexus: Small Worlds and the Groundbreaking Science of Networks

“Nexus: Small Worlds and the Groundbreaking Theory of Networks” (Mark Buchanan)W.W. Norton & Company; ISBN: 0393041530; © 2002Similar subject matter to Barabási’s book, but more generalized, and written from a science journalist’s point of view. Continue reading

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MIDI For The Professional

“Midi for the Professional” (Paul D. Lehrman, Tim Tully)©1993 Amsco Publications, ISBN 0.8256.1374.2An indespensable introduction to and reference for MIDI programming. Continue reading

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The Clock of the Long Now: Time and Responsibility

“The Clock of the Long Now: Time and Responsibility” (Stewart Brand)©Basic Books; ISBN: 0465007805A series of essays centering around work on the Clock of the Long Now Foundation and Library. Useful for thinking in the extremely long term, and a good contrast to the usual pace of thinking and writing about technology.
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