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              Rust: The Longest War
               

              Rust: The Longest War (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Waldman, Jonathan

              • RRP: $30.50
              • $25.50
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              • Internationally sourced

              A thrilling drama of man versus nature-detailing the fierce, ongoing fight against the mightiest and unlikeliest enemy: rust.

              ISBN 9781451691603
              Released AU 1 May 2016
              Publisher Simon & Schuster
              Interest Age General Audience
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              Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-14 working days
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              SAM: One Robot, a Dozen Engineers, and the Race to Revolutionize the Way We Build
               

              SAM: One Robot, a Dozen Engineers, and the Race to Revolutionize the Way We Build (Hardback)

              By Waldman, Jonathan

              • RRP: $45.00
              • $43.73
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              • Internationally sourced

              A true story of innovation, centered on a scrappy team of engineers--far from the Silicon Valley limelight--and their quest to achieve a surprisingly difficult technological feat: building a robot that can lay bricks. Humans have landed men on the moon, programmed cars to drive t...hemselves, and put the knowledge of our entire civilization in your back pocket. But no one--from MIT nerds to Army Corps engineers--has ever built a robot that can lay bricks as well as a mason. Unlike the controlled conditions of a factory line, where robots are now ubiquitous, no two construction sites are alike, and a day's work involves countless variables--bricks that range in size and quality, temperamental mortar mixes, uneven terrain, fickle weather, and moody foremen. Twenty-five years ago, on a challenging construction job in Syracuse, architect Nate Podkaminer had a vision of a future full of efficient, automated machines that freed men from the repetitive, toilsome burden of laying bricks. (Bricklayers lift the equivalent of a Ford truck every few days.) Offhandedly, he mentioned the idea to his daughter's boyfriend, and after some inspired scheming, the architect and engineer--soon to be in-laws--cofounded a humble startup called Construction Robotics. Working out of a small trailer, they recruited a boldly unconventional team of engineers to build the Semi-Automated Mason: SAM. In classic American tradition, a small, unlikely, and eccentric family-run startup sought to reimagine the behemoth $10 billion construction industry--the second biggest industry in America--in bootstrap fashion. In the tradition of Tracy Kidder's The Soul of a New Machine, SAM unfolds as an engineering drama, full of trials and setbacks, heated showdowns between meticulous scientists and brash bricklayers (and their even more opinionated union), and hard-earned milestone achievements. Jonathan Waldman, acclaimed author of Rust, brings readers inside the world of the renegade company revolutionizing the
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              ISBN 9781501140594
              Released AU 1 Jan 2020
              Publisher Simon & Schuster
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              Sam: One Robot, a Dozen Engineers, and the Race to Revolutionize the Way We Build
                

              Sam: One Robot, a Dozen Engineers, and the Race to Revolutionize the Way We Build (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Waldman, Jonathan

              • RRP: $32.50
              • $27.09
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              • Pub Date
                26 Jan 21

              A true story of innovation that reads like a movie (Seth Godin), centered on a scrappy team of engineers--far from the Silicon Valley limelight--and their quest to revolutionize the traditional trade of masonry by building a robot that can lay bricks. Humans have landed men on th...e moon, programmed cars to drive themselves, and put the knowledge of our entire civilization in your back pocket. But no one--from MIT nerds to Army Corps engineers--has ever built a robot that can lay bricks as well as a mason. Unlike the controlled conditions of a factory line, where robots are now ubiquitous, no two construction sites are alike, and a day's work involves countless variables--bricks that range in size and quality, temperamental mortar mixes, uneven terrain, fickle weather, and moody foremen. Twenty-five years ago, on a challenging construction job in Syracuse, architect Nate Podkaminer had a vision of a future full of efficient, automated machines that freed bricklayers from the repetitive, toilsome burden of lifting, in bricks, the equivalent of a Ford truck every few days. Offhandedly, he mentioned the idea to his daughter's boyfriend, and after some inspired scheming, the architect and engineer--soon to be in-laws--cofounded a humble start-up called Construction Robotics. Working out of a small trailer, they recruited a boldly unconventional team of engineers to build the Semi-Automated Mason: SAM. In classic American tradition, a small, unlikely, and eccentric family-run start-up sought to reimagine the behemoth $1 trillion construction industry--the second biggest industry in America--in bootstrap fashion. In the tradition of Tracy Kidder's The Soul of a New Machine, SAM unfolds as an engineering drama, full of trials and setbacks, heated showdowns between meticulous scientists and brash bricklayers (and their even more opinionated union), and hard-earned milestone achievements. Jonathan Waldman, acclaimed author of Rust, masterfully reveals a world that surrounds us
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              ISBN 9781501140600
              Released AU 26 Jan 2021
              Publisher Avid Reader Press / Simon & Sc
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              Sam: One Robot, a Dozen Engineers, and the Race to Revolutionize the Way We Build
                

              Sam: One Robot, a Dozen Engineers, and the Race to Revolutionize the Way We Build (Audio CD / Audio, Unabridged)

              By Waldman, Jonathan; Read by Brill, Corey

              • RRP: $74.50
              • $63.72
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              A true story of innovation, centered on a scrappy team of engineers--far from the Silicon Valley limelight--and their quest to achieve a surprisingly difficult technological feat: building a robot that can lay bricks.Humans have landed men on the moon, programmed cars to drive th...emselves, and put the knowledge of our entire civilization in your back pocket. But no one--from MIT nerds to Army Corps engineers--has ever built a robot that can lay bricks as well as a mason. Unlike the controlled conditions of a factory line, where robots are now ubiquitous, no two construction sites are alike, and a day's work involves countless variables--bricks that range in size and quality, temperamental mortar mixes, uneven terrain, fickle weather, and moody foremen. Twenty-five years ago, on a challenging construction job in Syracuse, architect Nate Podkaminer had a vision of a future full of efficient, automated machines that freed men from the repetitive, toilsome burden of laying bricks. (Bricklayers lift the equivalent of a Ford truck every few days.) Offhandedly, he mentioned the idea to his daughter's boyfriend, and after some inspired scheming, the architect and engineer--soon to be in-laws--cofounded a humble startup called Construction Robotics. Working out of a small trailer, they recruited a boldly unconventional team of engineers to build the Semi-Automated Mason: SAM. In classic American tradition, a small, unlikely, and eccentric family-run startup sought to reimagine the behemoth $10 billion construction industry--the second biggest industry in America--in bootstrap fashion. In the tradition of Tracy Kidder's The Soul of a New Machine, SAM unfolds as an engineering drama, full of trials and setbacks, heated showdowns between meticulous scientists and brash bricklayers (and their even more opinionated union), and hard-earned milestone achievements. Jonathan Waldman, acclaimed author of Rust, brings readers inside the world of the renegade company revolutionizing the
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              ISBN 9781797102184
              Released AU 7 Jan 2020
              Publisher Simon & Schuster Audio
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              Rust: The Longest War
                

              Rust: The Longest War (Audio CD / Audio, Unabridged)

              By Waldman, Jonathan; Narrator Lane, Christopher

              • RRP: $34.50
              • $27.71
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              A thrilling drama of man versus nature detailing the fierce, ongoing fight against the mightiest and unlikeliest enemy: rust.It has been called the great destroyer and the evil. The Pentagon refers to it as the pervasive menace. It destroys cars, fells bridges, sinks ships, spark...s house fires, and nearly brought down the Statue of Liberty. Rust costs America more than $400 billion per year more than all other natural disasters combined.In Rust, journalist Jonathan Waldman travels from Key West, Florida, to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to meet the colorful and often reclusive people concerned with corrosion. He sneaks into an abandoned steelworks with a brave artist and nearly gets kicked out of Can School. Across the Arctic, he follows a massive high-tech robot, hunting for rust in the Alaska pipeline. On a Florida film set he meets the Defense Department s rust ambassador, who reveals that the navy s number one foe isn t a foreign country but oxidation itself. At Home Depot s mothership in Atlanta, he hunts unsuccessfully for rust products with the store s rust products buyer and then tracks down some snake-oil salesmen whose potions are not for sale at The Rust Store. Along the way, Waldman encounters flying pigs, Trekkies, decapitations, exploding Coke cans, rust boogers, and nerdy superheroes.The result is a fresh and often funny account of an overlooked engineering endeavor that is as compelling as it is grand, illuminating a hidden phenomenon that shapes the modern world. Rust affects everything from the design of our currency to the composition of our tap water, and it will determine the legacy we leave on this planet. This exploration of corrosion, and the incredible lengths we go to fight it, is narrative nonfiction at its very best a fascinating and important subject, delivered with energy and wit.
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              ISBN 9781501231377
              Released AU 22 Mar 2016
              Publisher Brilliance Audio
              Interest Age General Audience
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