The Road Taken

The History and Future of America's Infrastructure

Author: Henry Petroski

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1632863618

Category: Political Science

Page: 336

View: 3323

Acclaimed engineer and historian Henry Petroski explores our core infrastructure from both historical and contemporary perspectives, explaining how essential their maintenance is to America's economic health. Petroski reveals the genesis of the many parts of America's highway system--our interstate numbering system, the centerline that divides roads, and such taken-for-granted objects as guardrails, stop signs, and traffic lights--all crucial to our national and local infrastructure. A compelling work of history, The Road Taken is also an urgent clarion call aimed at American citizens, politicians, and anyone with a vested interest in our economic well-being. Physical infrastructure in the United States is crumbling, and Petroski reveals the complex and challenging interplay between government and industry inherent in major infrastructure improvement. The road we take in the next decade toward rebuilding our aging infrastructure will in large part determine our future national prosperity.

The World in a Grain

The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization

Author: Vince Beiser

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399576436

Category: Nature

Page: 304

View: 8319

The gripping story of the most important overlooked commodity in the world--sand--and the crucial role it plays in our lives. After water and air, sand is the natural resource that we consume more than any other--even more than oil. Every concrete building and paved road on Earth, every computer screen and silicon chip, is made from sand. From Egypt's pyramids to the Hubble telescope, from the world's tallest skyscraper to the sidewalk below it, from Chartres' stained-glass windows to your iPhone, sand shelters us, empowers us, engages us, and inspires us. It's the ingredient that makes possible our cities, our science, our lives--and our future. And, incredibly, we're running out of it. The World in a Grain is the compelling true story of the hugely important and diminishing natural resource that grows more essential every day, and of the people who mine it, sell it, build with it--and sometimes, even kill for it. It's also a provocative examination of the serious human and environmental costs incurred by our dependence on sand, which has received little public attention. Not all sand is created equal: Some of the easiest sand to get to is the least useful. Award-winning journalist Vince Beiser delves deep into this world, taking readers on a journey across the globe, from the United States to remote corners of India, China, and Dubai to explain why sand is so crucial to modern life. Along the way, readers encounter world-changing innovators, island-building entrepreneurs, desert fighters, and murderous sand pirates. The result is an entertaining and eye-opening work, one that is both unexpected and involving, rippling with fascinating detail and filled with surprising characters.

Power Moves

Transportation, Politics, and Development in Houston

Author: Kyle Shelton

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 1477314652

Category: History

Page: 342

View: 8130

Since World War II, Houston has become a burgeoning, internationally connected metropolis—and a sprawling, car-dependent city. In 1950, it possessed only one highway, the Gulf Freeway, which ran between Houston and Galveston. Today, Houston and Harris County have more than 1,200 miles of highways, and a third major loop is under construction nearly thirty miles out from the historic core. Highways have driven every aspect of Houston's postwar development, from the physical layout of the city to the political process that has transformed both the transportation network and the balance of power between governing elites and ordinary citizens. Power Moves examines debates around the planning, construction, and use of highway and public transportation systems in Houston. Kyle Shelton shows how Houstonians helped shape the city's growth by attending city council meetings, writing letters to the highway commission, and protesting the destruction of homes to make way for freeways, which happened in both affluent and low-income neighborhoods. He demonstrates that these assertions of what he terms "infrastructural citizenship" opened up the transportation decision-making process to meaningful input from the public and gave many previously marginalized citizens a more powerful voice in civic affairs. Power Moves also reveals the long-lasting results of choosing highway and auto-based infrastructure over other transit options and the resulting challenges that Houstonians currently face as they grapple with how best to move forward from the consequences and opportunities created by past choices.

Пришестя роботів. Техніка і загроза майбутнього безробіття

Author: Martin Ford

Publisher: Nash Format via PublishDrive

ISBN: 6177279732

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 400

View: 2232

У книжці футуролога з Массачусетського технологічного інституту Мартіна Форда йдеться про штучний інтелект і роботехніку, чиї можливості вже перевершують всяку уяву, руйнують стереотипи і конкурують з людським мозком. Автор скрупульозно досліджує технологічні інновації і моделює недалеке майбутнє, коли машини замінять людей і заживуть своїм життям. Ця книжка похитне віру читачів у абсолютну доцільність роботизації і спонукає задуматися над майбутнім людства.

The Road to Ruin

The Global Elites' Secret Plan for the Next Financial Crisis

Author: James Rickards

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698198069

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

View: 2951

The bestselling author of The Death of Money and Currency Wars reveals the global elites' dark effort to hide a coming catastrophe from investors in The Road to Ruin, now a National Bestseller. A drumbeat is sounding among the global elites. The signs of a worldwide financial meltdown are unmistakable. This time, the elites have an audacious plan to protect themselves from the fallout: hoarding cash now and locking down the global financial system when a crisis hits. Since 2014, international monetary agencies have been issuing warnings to a small group of finance ministers, banks, and private equity funds: the U.S. government’s cowardly choices not to prosecute J.P. Morgan and its ilk, and to bloat the economy with a $4 trillion injection of easy credit, are driving us headlong toward a cliff. As Rickards shows in this frightening, meticulously researched book, governments around the world have no compunction about conspiring against their citizens. They will have stockpiled hard assets when stock exchanges are closed, ATMs shut down, money market funds frozen, asset managers instructed not to sell securities, negative interest rates imposed, and cash withdrawals denied. If you want to plan for the risks ahead, you will need Rickards’s cutting-edge synthesis of behavioral economics, history, and complexity theory. It’s a guidebook to thinking smarter, acting faster, and living with the comfort­ing knowledge that your wealth is secure. The global elites don’t want this book to exist. Their plan to herd us like sheep to the slaughter when a global crisis erupts—and, of course, to maintain their wealth—works only if we remain complacent and unaware. Thanks to The Road to Ruin, we don’t need to be.

Homo creativus

Як новий клас завойовує світ

Author: Річард Флоріда

Publisher: Nash Format via PublishDrive

ISBN: 6177513018

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

View: 4467

Світовий бестселер теоретика урбаністика, професора Торонтського університету Річарда Флориди, що розкриває феномен нового креативного класу і про те, яким стане світ після його появи. ТЕМАТИКА Економіка, урбаністика, суспільний розвиток. ПРО КНИЖКУ «Homo creativus» — світовий бестселер, який здобув премію «Проривна ідея 2004 року» від Harvard Business Review і неодноразово потрапляв у топ-100 на Amazon. Уперше феномен креативного класу Річард Флорида описав ще 2002 року в книжці, яка сьогодні стала класикою. «Homo creativus» — доповнене й оновлене видання, у якому автор показує, як змінився світ із появою нового економічного класу, і яка його визначальна роль у подальшому розвитку суспільного життя. ДЛЯ КОГО КНИЖКА Книжка для всіх, хто цікавиться економікою, урбаністикою та соціальними процесами навколо нас. ЧОМУ ЦЯ КНИЖКА Книжка дає змогу по-новому поглянути на повсякденну дійсність, показує, як мотивувати креативних людей і розкрити їхній потенціал заради поліпшення вашого бізнесу чи творення нового майбутнього. ПРО АВТОРА Річард Флорида — теоретик урбаністики, професор Торонтського університету. Штатний редактор видання Atlantic, автор статей у New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist. 2005-го журнал Esquire назвав Флориду «найкращим і найяскравішим», а 2006 року Businessweek відзначив його як «голос інновацій». ЦИТАТИ Про креативність Креативність є справді безмежним ресурсом; це те, чим володіємо ми всі. Учені полюбляють казати, що ми «стоїмо на плечах гігантів». Так, ми всі стоїмо. Як вид, ми опираємося на колективну креативність не лише тих, хто живе з нами в один час, а й на тих, хто жив перед нами. Про конкурентну перевагу креативності Багато хто каже, що нині ми живемо в інформаційній економіці, чи в економіці знання. Проте ще справедливішим є твердження про те, що зараз нашу економіку рухає саме креативність. Креативність стала вирішальним чинником конкурентної переваги. Практично в будь-якій індустрії, від автомобілебудування до моди, від харчових до інформаційних технологій у довгостроковій перспективі перемагають ті, хто може творити й продовжує творити. Так було завжди, з часів Сільскогосподарської революції до Промислової, проте саме впродовж останніх десятиріч ми почали визнавати це й систематично з цього користатися.

Principles of Public and Private Infrastructure Delivery

Author: John B. Miller

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780792372011

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 654

View: 3563

Essential to anyone involved in the planning, design, construction, operation or finance of infrastructure assets, this innovative work puts project delivery, finance, and operation together in a practical new formulation of how both public and private owners can better manage their entire collection of infrastructure facilities. Principles of Public and Private Infrastructure Delivery traces the history of infrastructure development and finance in the United States, and meticulously ties America's historical success in infrastructure to the simultaneous use of Design-Bid- Build, Design-Build, Design-Build-Operate, and Design-Build-Finance-Operate to deliver both public and private infrastructure collections. This historical background provides the basis for a new, integrated strategy for managing infrastructure assets in the 21st century. Principles of Public and Private Infrastructure Delivery provides the logic and practical tools that public and private decision-makers need to make better strategic choices in the application of scarce resources to infrastructure facilities. New tools are presented that permit simple comparisons of different project delivery and finance strategies. Practical approaches are provided that allow owners to quickly compare capital program alternatives for entire collections of infrastructure facilities. Practical legislative strategies for organizing the delivery of public infrastructure are presented and described. Principles of Public and Private Infrastructure Delivery provides a practical framework that owners can apply to implement a competitive infrastructure strategy and a principled framework that private sector firms can use to effectively reposition themselves in this changing market. It puts infrastructure asset management in an entirely new and more productive light, and establishes a new paradigm for steady improvement in the quality and cost performance of public and private infrastructure networks. Audience: This book will be an essential reference tool for infrastructure managers throughout the public and private sectors, including: Public Works Officials; Corporate Officials Responsible for Asset Management; State Legislators and Executive Officials; State Agencies and Regional Authorities Responsible for Transportation, Water Supply and Treatment; City Mayors, Town Managers, and Other Local Officials; Private Infrastructure Developers and Operators; Procurement and Project Counsel; Design-Builders; Constructors; Design Professionals; Management Consultants; Program Managers; and Financial Institutions.

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Сила математичного мислення

Author: Jordan Ellenberg

Publisher: Nash Format via PublishDrive

ISBN: 6177513417

Category: Psychology

Page: 408

View: 5697

Математика — це не просто послідовність обчислень, які потрібно зубрити, поки у вас не забракне сил, як вам могло здатися в школі. Професор Джордан Елленберґ доводить, що увесь наш світ пронизаний математикою. Вона демонструє його приховану красу та логіку й має прямий стосунок до нашого щоденного життя. Автор показує, як проблеми в політиці, медицині, бізнесі, богослов’ї вирішуються за допомогою математики. А ще математично пояснює, за скільки часу потрібно приїжджати в аеропорт, чим є насправді «громадська думка», чому у високих батьків низькі діти, як виграти в лотерею та безліч інших речей.

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Barack Obama, 2009

Author: N.A

Publisher: Government Printing Office

ISBN: 0160880076

Category: Political Science

Page: 1084

View: 1300

Each Public Papers volume contains the papers and speeches of the President of the United States issued by the Office of the Press Secretary during the specified time period. The material is presented in chronological order, and the dates shown in the headings are the dates of the documents or events. In instances when the release date differs from the date of the document itself, that fact is shown in the text note. The appendixes in each Public Papers volume provide listings of a digest of the Presdient's daily schedule and meetings, when announced, and other items of general interest issed by the Officeof the Press Secretary; The President's nominations submitted to the Senate; A checklist of materials released by the Office of the Press Secretary that are not printed full-text in the book; and a table of Proclamations, Executive orders, and other Presidential documents released by the Office of the Press Secretary and published in the Federal Register.

The American Future

A History From The Founding Fathers To Barack Obama

Author: Simon Schama

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409018792

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 6216

The American Future traces the history of a country whose most enduring trait is its capacity for self-renewal, especially at times of disaster. Examining issues of power, race and immigration, religious fervour and prosperity, this masterful portrait of the world's most controversial superpower looks backwards and forwards to understand why now, more than ever, the fate of America, and by extension the rest of the world, is hanging in the balance.

The Audacity of Hope

Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

Author: Barack Obama

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0307382095

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 8772

In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. One phrase in particular anchored itself in listeners’ minds, a reminder that for all the discord and struggle to be found in our history as a nation, we have always been guided by a dogged optimism in the future, or what Obama called “the audacity of hope.” The Audacity of Hope is Barack Obama’s call for a different brand of politics—a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the “endless clash of armies” we see in congress and on the campaign trail; a politics rooted in the faith, inclusiveness, and nobility of spirit at the heart of “our improbable experiment in democracy.” He explores those forces—from the fear of losing to the perpetual need to raise money to the power of the media—that can stifle even the best-intentioned politician. He also writes, with surprising intimacy and self-deprecating humor, about settling in as a senator, seeking to balance the demands of public service and family life, and his own deepening religious commitment. At the heart of this book is Barack Obama’s vision of how we can move beyond our divisions to tackle concrete problems. He examines the growing economic insecurity of American families, the racial and religious tensions within the body politic, and the transnational threats—from terrorism to pandemic—that gather beyond our shores. And he grapples with the role that faith plays in a democracy—where it is vital and where it must never intrude. Underlying his stories about family, friends, and members of the Senate is a vigorous search for connection: the foundation for a radically hopeful political consensus. A public servant and a lawyer, a professor and a father, a Christian and a skeptic, and above all a student of history and human nature, Barack Obama has written a book of transforming power. Only by returning to the principles that gave birth to our Constitution, he says, can Americans repair a political process that is broken, and restore to working order a government that has fallen dangerously out of touch with millions of ordinary Americans. Those Americans are out there, he writes—“waiting for Republicans and Democrats to catch up with them.” From the Hardcover edition.

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Джефф Безос та ера Amazon

Author: Brad Stone

Publisher: Nash Format via PublishDrive

ISBN: 6177279651

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 1671

Книжка «Продається все. Джефф Безос та ера Amazon» — не лише історія успіху найбільш інноваційної світової компанії, а й свого роду посібник, інструкція для тих, хто хоче створити свій бізнес. Автор книжки, Бред Стоун, майстерно пише про зародження та розвиток Amazon — від моменту створення компанії на Волл-Стріт на початку 1990-х і дотепер. Ця компанія однією з перших побачила необмежені можливості інтернету та назавжди змінила те, як ми купуємо і читаємо. Також автор розкриває таємниці тріумфу засновника Amazon Джеффа Безоса, одного із найвидатніших керівників, невтомного генератора ідей. Стоун розповідає, як Безос дисципліновано і подекуди педантично втілює новаторські ідеї у життя, як ламає стереотипи, не визнає загальноприйнятих правил, а запроваджує свої.

Шосте вимирання

Неприродна історія

Author: Elizabet Kolbert

Publisher: Nash Format via PublishDrive

ISBN: 6177388035

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

View: 9878

Під час роботи над книгою авторка побувала майже на всіх континентах, відвідала наукові бази в тропіках Амазонії і на островах Великого бар’єрного рифу, спілкувалася з сотнями людей. Колберт шукає відповідь на питання, що станеться, якщо темпи вимирання прискоряться. Ця книга — не наукова праця. Вона — швидше велетенська стаття для природничого журналу зі світовим ім’ям, яку ми маємо можливість читати українською. Елізабет Колберт у своїй книзі нікого не повчає. Зрештою, навіть не попереджає про наслідки нашого бездумного користування планетою. Вона — майстерна і досвідчена репортерка, яка простими словами розповідає про складні речі, від котрих залежить майбутнє нашої планети і, зрештою, людської цивілізації загалом.

National Infrastructure Council Act of 1990

Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Water Resources, Transportation, and Infrastructure of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate, One Hundred First Congress, Second Session, on S. 2046 ... July 17, 1990

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Executive advisory bodies

Page: 93

View: 3964