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  • Mars Rover Curiosity

  • An Inside Account from Curiosity's Chief Engineer
  • By: Rob Manning, William L. Simon
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
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In the course of our enduring quest for knowledge about ourselves and our universe, we haven't found answers to one of our most fundamental questions: Does life exist anywhere else in the universe? Ten years and billions of dollars in the making, the Mars rover Curiosity is poised toanswer this all-important question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great insight into the team behind the curtain

  • By Tony on 04-03-2019

A great insight into the team behind the curtain

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Reviewed: 04-03-2019

I work in an earth based but surprisingly similar industry, albeit not even close to the same budget. we make prototype machines, write and test firmware then send them out hoping we've done enough. This book has been very interesting in the process of development and I've definitely picked up several points that I can put into my methods. And I can certainly relate to the nervous weight for the status report from a machine.

  • Algorithms to Live By

  • The Computer Science of Human Decisions
  • By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Brian Christian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
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All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book.

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-07-2017

a very dry book, some interesting details though

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Reviewed: 01-02-2019

I struggled to finish this book, the delivery was quite dry. There are some gems in the content but I felt they were spread too thin.

  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

  • By: Richard P. Feynman
  • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
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With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent reading by Raymond Todd.

  • By Varun Shukla on 11-09-2017

Great insight into the life & mind of a great man

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Reviewed: 08-12-2018

He had some of the same insecurities that I've had over the years and they were usually found to be unwarranted. I can relate to this man whom achieved many great things, and subsequently this book has boosted my confidence and ambition