• Nadella: The Changing Face of Microsoft

    A concise, insightful account of Satya Nadella the man and the professional, and what his appointment as the third CEO of Microsoft means for the future of the tech industry The appointment of Satya Nadella, the man from Hyderabad, as CEO of Microsoft Corp. has sent waves of curiosity, speculation and expectation through the tech world at home and abroad. What drives the man chosen to lead tech giant Microsoft into the future? What does Nadella?s appointment in particular herald for Microsoft and, indeed, for the tech industry as a whole? Nadella: The Changing Face of Microsoft brings together reportage, interviews and analysis to provide a comprehensive look at: ? Nadella?s years of growing up in Hyderabad ? his family, education and early influences; ? Microsoft?s recent history, with particular emphasis on the organization?s functioning and fortunes during the Ballmer era; ? Nadella?s constant engagement with innovation, his stellar achievements and rise within Microsoft?s ranks; ? Events within the organization that led to Nadella?s appointment, including an overview of the closest contenders for the post; ? The challenges and opportunities ahead for the Indian-born CEO of the fourth largest company in the world. Engaging and informative, this book will enlighten as much as it will inspire.’

  • What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

    Randall Munroe left NASA in 2005 to start up his hugely popular site XKCD ‘a web comic of romance, sarcasm, math and language’ which offers a witty take on the world of science and geeks. It now has 600,000 to a million page hits daily. Every now and then, Munroe would get emails asking him to arbitrate a science debate. ‘My friend and I were arguing about what would happen if a bullet got struck by lightning, and we agreed that you should resolve it . . . ‘ He liked these questions so much that he started up What If.

    If your cells suddenly lost the power to divide, how long would you survive?

    How dangerous is it, really, to be in a swimming pool in a thunderstorm?

    If we hooked turbines to people exercising in gyms, how much power could we produce?

    What if everyone only had one soulmate?

    When (if ever) did the sun go down on the British empire?

    How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live?

    What would happen if the moon went away?

    In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, studded with memorable cartoons and infographics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion. Far more than a book for geeks, WHAT IF: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions explains the laws of science in operation in a way that every intelligent reader will enjoy and feel much the smarter for having read.

     199.00 399.00
  • The World Is Flat: The Globalized World in the Twenty First Century

    “The World Is Flat” is Thomas L. Friedman’s account of the great changes taking place in our time, as lightning-swift advances in technology and communications put people all over the globe in touch as never before–creating an explosion of wealth in India and China, and challenging the rest of us to run even faster just to stay in place. This updated and expanded edition features more than a hundred pages of fresh reporting and commentary, drawn from Friedman’s travels around the world and across the American heartland–from anyplace where the flattening of the world is being felt.

    In “The World Is Flat,” Friedman at once shows “how and why globalization has now shifted into warp drive” (Robert Wright, Slate) and brilliantly demystifies the new flat world for readers, allowing them to make sense of the often bewildering scene unfolding before their eyes. With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues, he explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the twenty-first century; what it means to countries, companies, communities, and individuals; how governments and societies can, and must, adapt; and why terrorists want to stand in the way. More than ever, “The World Is Flat” is an essential update on globalization, its successes and discontents, powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists.

    (less)

     199.00 299.00
  • Unmasked

    Whether via the numerous media reports, 60 Minutes specials, Women’s Weekly cover stories or her first book, Everything To Live For, we know about the why, how and what of that fateful day in September 2011. We know how she died four times on the operating table and her tortuous road to recovery. We’ve had a glimpse of the love of her boyfriend, Michael, that sustained her, and seen hints of the inner-strength that has made her one of the most admired women in the country. But until now, the true essence of this most remarkable Australian, plus the toll her accident has all taken on her and those around her, have remained a mystery.

    How and why does she push herself to ever greater physical and mental limits? What does she see when she looks in the mirror? How does her sudden celebrity (for the most unorthodox of reasons) sit with her? What lessons has she learned in the past five years? And, crucially, how can each and every one of us take those lessons and apply them to our own lives?

    More than a simple chronology of events – and against the backdrop of a never-ending series of impressive physical feats, including climbing the Great Wall of China, walking the Kokoda Track and competing in not one but two Ironman competitions – this book unmasks the real Turia: funny, fierce, intelligent, flawed.

    With the benefit of hindsight and five years’ worth of getting of wisdom, Turia is only now able to account for how she prevailed where others might have faltered. And for the first time, in this book we get to know the people who – by Turia’s own admission – made her recovery possible.

    Unmasked will reveal the woman behind the headlines, and in so doing, uncover the grace, humour and inner-steel that gets Turia Pitt through every day – and which leaves the rest of us watching on in amazement.

     450.00 600.00

    Unmasked

     450.00 600.00
  • What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

    Randall Munroe left NASA in 2005 to start up his hugely popular site XKCD ‘a web comic of romance, sarcasm, math and language’ which offers a witty take on the world of science and geeks. It now has 600,000 to a million page hits daily. Every now and then, Munroe would get emails asking him to arbitrate a science debate. ‘My friend and I were arguing about what would happen if a bullet got struck by lightning, and we agreed that you should resolve it . . . ‘ He liked these questions so much that he started up What If.

    If your cells suddenly lost the power to divide, how long would you survive?

    How dangerous is it, really, to be in a swimming pool in a thunderstorm?

    If we hooked turbines to people exercising in gyms, how much power could we produce?

    What if everyone only had one soulmate?

    When (if ever) did the sun go down on the British empire?

    How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live?

    What would happen if the moon went away?

    In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, studded with memorable cartoons and infographics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion. Far more than a book for geeks, WHAT IF: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions explains the laws of science in operation in a way that every intelligent reader will enjoy and feel much the smarter for having read.

     199.00 399.00
  • The World Is Flat: The Globalized World in the Twenty First Century

    “The World Is Flat” is Thomas L. Friedman’s account of the great changes taking place in our time, as lightning-swift advances in technology and communications put people all over the globe in touch as never before–creating an explosion of wealth in India and China, and challenging the rest of us to run even faster just to stay in place. This updated and expanded edition features more than a hundred pages of fresh reporting and commentary, drawn from Friedman’s travels around the world and across the American heartland–from anyplace where the flattening of the world is being felt.

    In “The World Is Flat,” Friedman at once shows “how and why globalization has now shifted into warp drive” (Robert Wright, Slate) and brilliantly demystifies the new flat world for readers, allowing them to make sense of the often bewildering scene unfolding before their eyes. With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues, he explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the twenty-first century; what it means to countries, companies, communities, and individuals; how governments and societies can, and must, adapt; and why terrorists want to stand in the way. More than ever, “The World Is Flat” is an essential update on globalization, its successes and discontents, powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists.

    (less)

     199.00 299.00
  • Unmasked

    Whether via the numerous media reports, 60 Minutes specials, Women’s Weekly cover stories or her first book, Everything To Live For, we know about the why, how and what of that fateful day in September 2011. We know how she died four times on the operating table and her tortuous road to recovery. We’ve had a glimpse of the love of her boyfriend, Michael, that sustained her, and seen hints of the inner-strength that has made her one of the most admired women in the country. But until now, the true essence of this most remarkable Australian, plus the toll her accident has all taken on her and those around her, have remained a mystery.

    How and why does she push herself to ever greater physical and mental limits? What does she see when she looks in the mirror? How does her sudden celebrity (for the most unorthodox of reasons) sit with her? What lessons has she learned in the past five years? And, crucially, how can each and every one of us take those lessons and apply them to our own lives?

    More than a simple chronology of events – and against the backdrop of a never-ending series of impressive physical feats, including climbing the Great Wall of China, walking the Kokoda Track and competing in not one but two Ironman competitions – this book unmasks the real Turia: funny, fierce, intelligent, flawed.

    With the benefit of hindsight and five years’ worth of getting of wisdom, Turia is only now able to account for how she prevailed where others might have faltered. And for the first time, in this book we get to know the people who – by Turia’s own admission – made her recovery possible.

    Unmasked will reveal the woman behind the headlines, and in so doing, uncover the grace, humour and inner-steel that gets Turia Pitt through every day – and which leaves the rest of us watching on in amazement.

     450.00 600.00

    Unmasked

     450.00 600.00

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