February 27, 2024

Bionic Retail: How to Thrive in an Exponential World

Longtime retail executive and author of (among other titles) Building the Customer Specific Retail Enterprise, Gary Hawkins started his career running the family supermarket just at the time that early customer loyalty programs surfaced a need to collect data on shoppers who had previously been anonymous. This serendipitous entry into the industry informs the perspective […]


July 11, 2022

Beyond the Saga of Rocket Science: The Never-Ending Frontier

Walter Sierra closes his four-volume series and resumes his in-depth analysis of rocketry with Beyond the Saga of Rocket Science: The Never-Ending Frontier. In this book, he concludes his historical study while also giving editorial perspective and projections.

Sierra begins where he left off in volume three, covering the former Soviet Union and its space […]


June 27, 2022

Evolution Continues: A Human-Computer Partnership

The increasing impact of computers in our lives may change what it means to be human.” That’s the streamlined thesis of Evolution Continues, in which author William Meisel posits that the rapid evolution of computer technology is intrinsically linked to a concurrent type of human evolution, albeit not a biological one.

Instead, Meisel’s book contends, […]


May 23, 2022

Beyond the Saga of Rocket Science: Avoiding Armageddon

While some are familiar with the space race from the perspective of U.S. involvement, many may not have compared what was happening simultaneously in Soviet advancement. Walter Sierra does just that in volume two of his “Beyond the Saga of Rocket Science” series subtitled Avoiding Armageddon.

Sierra pulls back the Iron Curtain to look at […]


April 19, 2022

Innovation and Imitation for Nations: The Technological Gap Shock and Nations’ Urge to Imitate and Copycat

Mohammed Ahmad S. Al-Shamsi’s book, Innovation & Imitation for Nations, explores the notion of innovation, including historical case studies for ancient China, Greece, Sumer, medieval Europe, and the American colonies.

Al-Shamsi first writes about the economic motives for innovation, positing that developing countries don’t have the infrastructure to innovate, and hence must “copy” from developed […]


November 30, 2020

The Future of Buildings, Transportation and Power

With The Future of Buildings, Transportation and Power, Roger Duncan and Michael E. Weber deliver an impressively comprehensive analysis of what is both possible and practical for future buildings, energy systems, and modes of transportation, with an eye toward sustainability and global warming.

Each topic is given historical context. For instance, “at the end of […]


July 23, 2018

Billions Lost: The American Tech Crisis and the Road Map to Change

Presidential elections tend to elevate the national conversation about jobs, but once the hoopla is over, that conversation usually recedes to the state and municipal levels. Billions Lost author Hilarie Gamm argues that this fragmented approach is rooted in an American tech crisis that has substantially impacted today’s job market.

Drawing on her experiences as […]


March 26, 2018

Cybersecurity: A Business Solution

Mention “cybersecurity” to the owner of a small business and his or her eyes may glaze over. Everyone knows that hacking is a problem, but small business owners often think their companies are too insignificant to worry about such dark possibilities.

Not so, warns Rob Arnold, a cybersecurity expert and founder of Threat […]


February 26, 2018

Inventions that Built the Information Technology Revolution

The high-tech revolution continues to charge toward consumers at an ever-increasing pace. In Inventions That Built the Information Technology Revolution, author Rhys McCarney aims to put the upheaval into perspective, explaining the hardware inventions that laid the groundwork for the movement and the evolution of the software that has become ubiquitous to everyday life.

The back cover notes […]