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What If? - Randall Munroe
Call Number: Q173 .M965 2014
ISBN: 9780544272996
Publication Date: 2014-09-02
From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions. Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have an enormous, dedicated following, as do his deeply researched answers to his fans' strangest questions. The queries he receives range from merely odd to downright diabolical: What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool? Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns? What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City? What If? is an informative feast for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.

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Algorithms Unlocked - Thomas H. Cormen
Call Number: QA76.9.A43 C685 2013
ISBN: 9780262518802
Publication Date: 2013-03-01
Have you ever wondered how your GPS can find the fastest way to your destination, selecting one route from seemingly countless possibilities in mere seconds? How your credit card account number is protected when you make a purchase over the Internet? The answer is algorithms. And how do these mathematical formulations translate themselves into your GPS, your laptop, or your smart phone? In Algorithms Unlocked, Thomas Cormen -- coauthor of the leading college textbook on the subject -- provides a general explanation, with limited mathematics, of how algorithms enable computers to solve problems.

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