Top 7 Best Technology Books

From robots to microchips, technology is rapidly taking over the world. Whether you are a firm supporter of the technological revolution or are just curious to know more, we have a fantastic range of technology books for you to let you know all the key details. Uncover the true stories behind some of the world's most fascinating inventions and technological advancements and what you can learn from them in your own work in these excellent books.

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1. How to Build a Car

Adrian Newey

This autobiography from car designer and engineer Adrian Newey details the 40 years of his career. The cars he's designed have won over 150 Grand Prix and 10 championships. If you have an interest in cars, how they are made and how they work, you'll love exploring this fascinating piece of car history from one of the legends in the industry.

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2. The Complete Guide to Drones

Adam Juniper

If you're a fan of technology and always clued up on the latest gadgets then this handy guide provides you with all the information you need about drones, including how they work and how to use them to take great photos and videos. You can even have a go at making your own drone by following Adam Juniper's simple step-by-step instructions. Plus, don't get caught out by the legal issues surrounding drones with the clear advice in this excellent guide.

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3. Gadgets, Games and Gizmos

Jean-Marie Donat

Inventors everywhere, whether professional or amateur, will find this book a fascinating read. Jean-Marie Donat looks at how some of the world's most interesting and unique inventions were designed and made, from the paperclip to the space suit. Discover some of the most significant inventions and see how this can inspire you to create your own.

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4. NASA Space Shuttle Manual

David Baker

Any technicians and engineers with a fascination with space craft and travel will be absorbed by this brilliant book by David Baker. Discover the history of NASA's reusable launch vehicle concept from the 1960s and how this then turned from an idea into a reality in the 1970s. Learn all about the design, engineering, flight control and more in this fascinating book.

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5. The Weapon Wizards

Yaakov Katz

Israel, though a relatively small nation, has become the leading country in modern technological warfare. And it is the impressive innovation in Israel's modern weaponry that is the focus of this truly fascinating technology book. Yaakov Katz considers how and why Israel has come to be in this position and what this means for the rest of the world. Technology fans and those with an interest in modern warfare will greatly enjoy diving into this book.

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6. Megatech

Daniel Franklin

Daniel Franklin's interesting book considers where technology will take us in the future – specifically where it will have taken us by 2050. Bringing together various technological minds, including scientists, academics, science-fiction writers and journalists, this book tries to answer the question of where we will be in the future and the impact new technology will have on jobs, transportation and more.

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7. The Tetris Effect

Dan Ackerman

This book about how the much-loved game of Tetris came to be is written as a very riveting thriller. Across the backdrop of the Cold War with heightened tensions across all the world leaders and spies in every state, the highly addictive game was born. Shocking and inspiring, the origin story of Tetris is a must-read for any technological mind with a fondness for a true story.

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Get clued up on the technological developments in the world around you with these fantastic books and the rest of the great reading in our range.

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    Designed between 1969 and 1972 and first flown into space in 1981, the NASA Shuttle will have flown almost 140 missions by the time it is retired in 2010. David Baker describes the origin of the reusable launch vehicle concept during the 1960s, its evolution into a viable flying machine in the early 1970s, and its subsequent design, engineering, construction and operation. The Shuttle's internal layout and systems are explained, including the operation of life support, electrical power production, cooling, propulsion, flight control, communications, landing and avionics systems.
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    The Complete Guide to Drones shows you everything there is to know about drones, multicopters and UAVs (all terms associated with these increasingly common aerial vehicles!).

    Written in jargon-free English, the book will show you how they work, how you can fly them, how to choose the right one and how to take amazing photos and videos using drones from above. There are also clear illustrations and brand new photography to give even more insight.

    There is even a step-by-step project to help you build your very own modestly priced drone. Great as a first step into the world of drones, this a fun, educational project. The legal issues surrounding drones are also covered in detail.
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    From drones to satellites, missile defense systems to cyber warfare, Israel is leading the world when it comes to new technology being deployed on the modern battlefield. The Weapon Wizards shows how this tiny nation of 8 million learned to adapt to the changes in warfare and become the new prototype of a 21st century superpower, not in size, but rather in innovation and efficiency and as a result of its long war experience. Sitting on the front lines of how wars are fought in the 21st century, Israel has developed new weapons and retrofitted old ones so they remain effective, relevant, and deadly on a constantly-changing battlefield. While other countries begin to prepare for these challenges, they are looking to Israel and specifically its weapons for guidance. Israel is, in effect, a laboratory for the rest of the world. How did Israel do it? And what are the military and geopolitical implications of these developments? These are some of the key questions Yaakov Katz and Amir Bohbot address. Drawing on a vast amount of research, and unparalleled access to the Israeli defense establishment, this book is a report directly from the front lines.
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    21 February 1989. Three men fly into Moscow, representing software giants from Britain, America, and Japan. Each of them is determined to undercut the others in order to secure a technology so powerfully addictive it has brought the government department that created it to a standstill. In a country on the brink of seismic change, where spycraft is about to give way to cut-throat capitalism, Tetris has become the grand prize. Featuring corporate espionage, unmarked government organizations, courtroom drama and international conspiracies, the origin of the world's most popular video game is a gripping, fast-paced thriller of the highest order. Not only this, but it is also the tale of a one-in-a-million software start-up - a unique example of an idea, a product, and an era coming together at exactly the right moment. Tetris was perfectly (if accidentally) crafted to hit primal triggers in our minds and in Ackerman's hands its story is unputdownable.
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    In this eye-opening autobiography, car designer and engineer Adrian Newey looks back over a full-throttle career in Formula 1 that has lasted nearly 40 years.

    Adrian has designed cars for everyone from Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost to Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel and has won 10 championships and over 150 Grand Prix during the course of his career. A true engineering genius, he talks about his life in racing and all his successes as well as the tragedies he's suffered, including the death of Ayrton Senna.

    Illustrated throughout and featuring some never-before seen drawings, this memoir is perfect for F1 fans, petrolheads or anyone who's ever wanted to know how a car actually works. It's fascinating and very powerful.
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    Technology moves fast - so where will it have taken us by 2050? How will it affect the way we live? And how far are we willing to let it go? In Megatech, distinguished scientists, industry leaders, star academics and acclaimed science-fiction writers join journalists from The Economist to explore answers to these questions and more. Twenty experts in the field, including Nobel prize-winner Frank Wilczek, Silicon Valley venture-capitalist Ann Winblad, philanthropist Melinda Gates and science-fiction author Alastair Reynolds identify the big ideas, fantastic inventions and potentially sinister trends that will shape our future. Join them to explore a brave new world of brain-computer interfaces, vat-grown cruelty-free meat, knitted cars and guided bullets. The writers predict the vast changes that technology will bring to everything from food production to health care, energy output, manufacturing and the military balance. They also consider the impact on jobs, and how we can prepare for the opportunities, as well as the dangers, that await.Thought-provoking, engaging and full of insight from the forefront of tech innovation, Megatech is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand tomorrow's world.
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    This book provides a fascinating insight into how inventions are designed and how they evolved from drawings on a page into the items we know and love today.

    Featuring the original drawings submitted to the patent office for the paperclip, the umbrella and even a space suit, this is an intriguing read for anyone who fancies themselves as an inventor.

    Other gadgets, gizmos and games feature in the book include the floppy disk, the Barbie doll and the Game Boy!