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The Department of Mad Scientists : How DARPA Is Remaking Our World, from the Internet to Artificial Limbs

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From Smithsonian Books, The Department of Mad Scientists is the first trade book ever on DARPA--the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency--the maverick and controversial agency whose futuristic work has had amazing military and civilian application, from the Internet to GPS to driverless cars. Michael Belfiore, author of Rocketeers, visited science research sites across the country to provide this unprecedented look at the people who shape our country's future technology.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 295 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 45.36g
  • HARPER PERENNIAL
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0062000659
  • 9780062000651
  • 357,621

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"An inspiring book about a crucial government agency (DARPA) with a driving spirit to do the impossible and to do it fast. We all need to read this book."--John Seely Brown, Former Chief Scientist of Xerox and Director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) John Seely Brown, Former Chief Scientist of Xerox and Director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)
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America's greatest idea factory isn't Bell Labs, Silicon Valley, or MIT's Media Lab. It's the secretive, Pentagon-led agency known as DARPA. Founded by Eisenhower in response to Sputnik and the Soviet space program, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) mixes military officers with sneaker-wearing scientists, seeking paradigm-shifting ideas in varied fields--from energy, robotics, and rockets to doctorless operating rooms, driverless cars, and planes that can fly halfway around the world in just a few hours.

Michael Belfiore was given unpre-cedented access to write this first-ever popular account of DARPA. The Department of Mad Scientists contains material that has barely been reported in the general media--in fact, only 2 percent of Americans know much of anything about the agency. But as this fascinating read demonstrates, DARPA isn't so much frightening as it is inspiring--it is our future.
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