Summary: Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He....+
Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies--and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable. But for Kevin, hacking wasn’t just about technological feats--it was an old fashioned confidence game that required guile and deception to trick the unwitting out of valuable information. Driven by a powerful urge to accomplish the impossible, Mitnick bypassed security systems and blazed into major organizations including Motorola, Sun Microsystems, and Pacific Bell. But as the FBI’s net began to tighten, Kevin went on the run, engaging in an increasingly sophisticated cat-and-mouse game that led through false identities, a host of cities, plenty of close shaves, and to an ultimate showdown with the feds, who would stop at nothing to bring him down. Ghost in the Wires is a thrilling true story of intrigue, suspense, and unbelievable escape and a portrait of a visionary whose creativity, skills, and persistence forced the authorities to rethink the way they pursued him, inspiring ripples that brought permanent changes in the way people and companies protect their most sensitive information.
Summary: Are myths about thinking and innovation holding you back? Are you interested....+
Are myths about thinking and innovation holding you back? Are you interested in getting outside your box? Would you like to work smarter, not harder? Do you sometimes wish you could see a problem through someone else's eyes just so you could get a fresh perspective? The Power of Innovative Thinking is a practical and motivational book that leads you to generate new ideas on your own and unlock the creativity stored inside you. The exercises and advice in this breakthrough book will help you open your mind to explore options you've known about all along but didn't know how to reach. The Power of Innovative Thinking delivers concise, how-to information in a friendly, interactive format ideal for team or individual use. And the guidance it offers promises worlds of new possibilities for professional and personal enrichment. About the Narrator: Patrick Girard Lawlor, a classically trained stage actor, has performed on-stage throughout the United States and Europe. He has appeared in several feature films, as well as on the television series, “L.A. Heat.” His extensive work as an audiobook narrator has garnered numerous awards, including the Audie Award nomination.
Summary: Innovate Like Edison presents Edison’s world-changing innovation methods....+
Innovate Like Edison presents Edison’s world-changing innovation methods as a cohesive, practical, and immediately applicable system. Based on three years of research, Innovate Like Edison offers readers an in-depth view of Edison’s comprehensive innovation approach - an analysis which has never previously been documented. Readers will learn to apply Edison’s Five Competencies of Innovation™ either to their work lives or their personal lives, following the timeless principles Edison used to generate his record-breaking 1,093 U.S. patents. About the Author: Michael J. Gelb, a renowned innovator in the field of creative thinking and leadership development, is the bestselling author of How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, Body Learning, Samurai Chess and Present Yourself! Since 1978 Michael Gelb has conducted seminars around the world for companies such as BP, IBM, DuPont, KPMG, and YPO. He lives in Edgewater, New Jersey. About the Narrator: Rick Adamson is a Grammy nominee and an American Library Association award-winning narrator of audiobooks for all ages. He has appeared on television and videos, as well as dozens of audiobook productions. Rick lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons.
Summary: By the first decade of the twentieth century, Germany was the Mecca of science....+
By the first decade of the twentieth century, Germany was the Mecca of science and technology in the world. However, by the beginning of the First World War, Germany began to display some of the features that would blight the conduct of ideal science through the rest of the century.
After Hitler came into power in 1933, science and technology were quickly pressed into service by racist, xenophobic idealologies. From 1939 to the war's end, scientists working under military control began research on nuclear chain reaction with the prospect of arming Hitler with an atomic bomb. By 1943, few areas of German science, technology, and industry had not been experimentation and mass killing.
How German scientists behaved in the era spanning the beginning of the First War and the end of the Second raises many questions, disturbing and relevant to this day, about how scientist act under pressure of social and political circumstances and events. In pondering the moral and political predicament of the unregulated pursuit of scientific progress, Hitler's Scientist today prompts uncomfortable parallels with the past. About the Author: John Cornwell is in the department of history and philosophy of science at Cambridge University. He is also an award winning journalist and director of the Science and Human Dimension Project at Cambridge University. He is a regular feature writer at the Sunday Times (London) and the author and editor of four books on science, including Power to Harm, on the Louisville Prozae trial. He lives in Cambridge, England. About the Narrator: Simon Prebble is considered one of the premier voices in the audiobook industry, having narrated nearly 150 titles. In addition, the UK native has extensive voice-over experience in industrial, public service, radio, television advertising campaigns, and has been an on-camera spokesman for corporate presentations and a veteran of television soap operas, "As The World Turns" and "Loving". "Hitler's Scientists" is his first Audie Award nomination.
Summary: Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 - October 18, 1931) was an American inventor....+
Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 - October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and because of that, he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory. The following, from 1908, is a commemoration at the New York Electrical Show of the 50th anniversary of the first Atlantic cable. Thomas Augustus Watson (January 18, 1854 - December 13, 1934) was as a bookkeeper and a carpenter before becoming an assistant to Alexander Graham Bell, aiding in the the invention of the telephone in 1876. He is best known because his name was one of the first words spoken over the telephone. "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you," were the first words Bell said using the new invention, according to Bell's laboratory notebook. Guglielmo Marconi (April 25, 1874 - July 20, 1937) was an Italian inventor, known for his pioneering work on long distance radio transmission and radio telegraph system. Marconi shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun "in recognition of their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy". As an entrepreneur, businessman, and founder of the The Wireless Telegraph & Signal Company in Britain in 1897, Marconi succeeded in making a commercial success of radio by innovating and building on the work of previous experimenters and physicists. The following is from a talk he gave in 1935 about how he received the first transatlantic message by wireless telegraphy.
Summary: Bertrand Russell (May 18, 1872 - February 2, 1970) was born in Monmouthshire,....+
Bertrand Russell (May 18, 1872 - February 2, 1970) was born in Monmouthshire, into one of the most prominent aristocratic families in Britain. Russell was a philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, prominent anti-war activist, and an outspoken opponent of nuclear weapons. In 1950, Russell was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. The following is a 1959 speech on nuclear disarmament.
Summary: This book takes its origin in a course of lectures on the history and progress....+
This book takes its origin in a course of lectures on the history and progress of Astronomy arranged for Sir Oliver Lodge in the year 1887. The first part of this book is devoted to the biographies and discoveries of well known astronomers like Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler, Galileo and Newton. In the second part, the biographies take a back seat, while scientific discoveries are discussed more extensively, like the discovery of Asteroids and Neptune, a treatise on the tides and others. (Summary by Availle)
Summary: A detailed biography of Thomas Alva Edison, inventor of such things as the....+
A detailed biography of Thomas Alva Edison, inventor of such things as the telephone, the microphone, the electric motor, the storage battery, and the electric light. In the words of the authors, “It is designed in these pages to bring the reader face to face with Edison; to glance at an interesting childhood and a youthful period marked by a capacity for doing things, and by an insatiable thirst for knowledge; then to accompany him into the great creative stretch of forty years, during which he has done so much. This book shows him plunged deeply into work for which he has always had an incredible capacity, reveals the exercise of his unsurpassed inventive ability, his keen reasoning powers, his tenacious memory, his fertility of resource; follows him through a series of innumerable experiments, conducted methodically, reaching out like rays of search-light into all the regions of science and nature, and finally exhibits him emerging triumphantly from countless difficulties bearing with him in new arts the fruits of victorious struggle.”
(Summary by Justin Barrett, with authors’ quote taken from the work itself)