Sand and Silicon

Author: Denis McWhan
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199640270
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This is a story about sand and how science and silicon changed our lives. Over the last century science taught us to take this common material and make the products on which we depend - computer chips, solar cells and optical fibers. This book relates the underlying scientific discoveries to the products made from sand.

Reusable and Sustainable Building Materials in Modern Architecture

Author: Koç, Gül?ah
Publisher: IGI Global
ISBN: 1522569960
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Designing buildings and physical environments depends on social structure, social needs, economic data, environment, and technological development. Planning these environments is heavily influenced by cultural and regional need, the existing environment, and the materials available. Reusable and Sustainable Building Materials in Modern Architecture is an essential reference source that discusses the shaping of building design through culture and materials as well as the influence of environment on building design. Featuring research on topics such as passive design, ecological design, and urban design, this book is ideal for academicians, specialists, and researchers seeking coverage on culture, environment, and building design.

Seven Elements That Have Changed The World

Author: John Browne
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0297868063
Format: PDF, Mobi
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'Fascinating and enjoyable ... enthused with insight' - Brian Cox Uranium, carbon, iron, titanium, gold, silver and silicon - former BP CEO John Browne explains how seven elements are shaping the 21st century, for good and for bad. Humans have put the Earth's resources to extraordinary use, but not always for the benefit of humankind. SEVEN ELEMENTS vividly describes how iron, carbon, gold, silver, uranium, titanium and silicon have shaped the world around us - for good and for bad. This book takes you on an adventure of human passion, ingenuity and discovery, but it is a journey that is far from over: we continue to find surprising new uses for each of these seven key elements. Discover how titanium pervades modern consumer society, how natural gas is transforming the global energy sector and how an innovative new form of carbon could be starting a technological revolution. SEVEN ELEMENTS is a unique mix of science, history and politics, interwoven with the author's extensive personal and professional experience.

Secrets of Silicon Valley

Author: Deborah Perry Piscione
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 113732421X
Format: PDF, ePub
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While the global economy languishes, one place just keeps growing despite failing banks, uncertain markets, and high unemployment: Silicon Valley. In the last two years, more than 100 incubators have popped up there, and the number of angel investors has skyrocketed. Today, 40 percent of all venture capital investments in the United States come from Silicon Valley firms, compared to 10 percent from New York. In Secrets of Silicon Valley, entrepreneur and media commentator Deborah Perry Piscione takes us inside this vibrant ecosystem where meritocracy rules the day. She explores Silicon Valley's exceptionally risk-tolerant culture, and why it thrives despite the many laws that make California one of the worst states in the union for business. Drawing on interviews with investors, entrepreneurs, and community leaders, as well as a host of case studies from Google to Paypal, Piscione argues that Silicon Valley's unique culture is the best hope for the future of American prosperity and the global business community and offers lessons from the Valley to inspire reform in other communities and industries, from Washington, DC to Wall Street.

Growing Up with Science

Author: Michael W. Dempsey
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780874758306
Format: PDF, Docs
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A twenty-five-volume, alphabetically-arranged science encyclopedia.