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Technology

  • Chemistry, biology, physics and geology are the pure sciences.
  • The application of the principles of these sciences is applied science.
  • The use of applied science to build, construct, create, develop or manufacture something is technology.
  • These books are labeled with call numbers in the 600s and can be found in the same section of shelving in your library.

Many of those things that are developed have interesting stories. The following books contain stories of airplanes, one of the largest dams in the world, plastics, sugar, space exploration, automobiles, coffee and even LEGOs®.

Atlantic Fever: Lindbergh, His Competitors and the Race to Cross the Atlantic

cover photo: Atlantic Fever: Lindbergh, His Competitors and the Race to Cross the Atlantic by Joe Jackson 629.13 J12a

For five weeks - from April 14 to May 21, 1927 - the world held its breath while 14 aviators took to the air to capture the $25,000 prize that Raymond Orteig offered to the first man to cross the Atlantic Ocean without stopping. Joe Jackson's Atlantic Fever is about this race, a milestone in American history whose story has never been fully told.

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The World Encyclopedia of Coffee: The Definitive Guide to Coffee from Simple Bean to Irresistible Beverage

cover photo: The World Encyclopedia of Coffee: The Definitive Guide to Coffee from Simple Bean to Irresistible Beverage by Mary Banks 641.877 fB21w

This book explores the history and cultural, political and economic impact of coffee across the world and examines on a country-by-country basis the tastes and characteristics of the coffee produced there. Also included are how to brew, grind and make the perfect cup of coffee and a potpourri of recipes. Browse this book with your second cup of coffee.

Plastic: The Making of a Synthetic Century

cover photo: Plastic: The Making of a Synthetic Century by Stephen Fenichell 668.4 F33p

Could a book about something as mundane as plastic be irreverent and funny yet take a peek at the dark side of this ubiquitous material. Yes. Interesting stories about celluloid, Bakelite, nylon and cellophane and the dark side with problems with PVC and ocean pollution plus a look at the pop culture of plastic.

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier

cover photo: Space Chronicles:  Facing the Ultimate Frontier by Neil deGrasse Tyson 629.409 T99s

Neil deGrasse Tyson is a rare breed of astrophysicist, one who can speak as easily and brilliantly with popular audiences as with professional scientists. Now that NASA has put human space flight effectively on hold - with a five- or possibly ten-year delay until the next launch of astronauts from U.S. soil - Tyson's views on the future of space travel and America's role in that future are especially timely and urgent.

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Martian Summer: Robot Arms, Cowboy Spacemen, and My 90 Days with the Phoenix Mars Mission

cover photo: Martian Summer: Robot Arms, Cowboy Spacemen, and My 90 Days with the Phoenix Mars Mission by Andrew Kessler 629.4534 K42m

The Phoenix Mission was the first man-made probe ever sent to Mars. How would you like to spend three months in mission control of the Phoenix expedition with 130 top scientists and engineers as they explored Mars? The author was the first one to have unfettered access, and he gives this mission-to-Mars exclusive.

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Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science

cover photo: Sugar Changed the World:  A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science by Mark Aronson & Marina Budhos 664.109 A76s

Foods we take for granted often have an interesting and convoluted history. Sugar has had a role in the Louisiana Purchase, the slave trade in the Caribbean, the Louisiana plantation system, as well as the sugar trade. The decline of honey, the rise of saccharin, and even Gandhi's struggle for human rights was affected by sugar. Science, history, technology - blended.

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50 Aircraft That Changed the World

cover photo: 50 Aircraft That Changed the World by Ron Dick & Dan Patterson 629.13334 qD54f

Starting with the 1905 Wright Flyer III, here are stories about planes from around the world, including the first jets, modest planes like the Piper Club and the DHC Beaver, and cutting-edge aircraft such as the X-15 and the early Boeing Jets. Full-page illustrations and well-written essays will take you on a tour of aviation history.

The Cult of LEGO®

cover photo: The Cult of LEGO® by John Baichtal & Joe Meno 688.725 qB15c

The first sentence on the inside cover puts it all in perspective: "LEGO® is much more than a toy - it is a way of life." This is an illustrated tour of the LEGO® community and LEGO® fans from all walks of life, plus full color photographs of a full size harpsichord, a 20-foot statue of Sitting Bull using 1.5 million bricks, Battleship Yamamoto and more.

Warman's Civil War Weapons

cover photo: Warman's Civil War Weapons by Graham Smith 623.4 qS64m

When the Civil War began, armories of the United States military held a mixture of obsolete and current weaponry that was quickly emptied. The Civil War was a driver for technological change. This is a history of the pistols, carbines, rifles and longarms, but also artillery, swords and other edged weapons.