XMAS for Techies

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The festival of love and presents is just around the corner. Yet what should you give your “favorite engineer” for Christmas without completely decimating the household budget? We have a few recommendations for you.

A book is one of the most uncomplicated types of gift, even in this electronic age. We have therefore dug up some last-minute reading material – that you might wish to receive, give to someone or treat yourself to.


xmas1. SOONISH! Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything

The subtitle “10 emerging technologies that’ll improve and/or ruin everything” describes the content of this cult book by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith pretty well. The two of them outline what we could be faced with in the future in a “humorous way” yet with the necessary depth of technical knowledge. Kelly Weinersmith is an expert in pop science topics and her husband Zach is the founder of the popular web comic “Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.”


Author: Kelly and Zach Weinersmith
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by Penguin Press
ISBN 13: 9780399563829



Xmas2. Cooking Manual for Engineers

Every cook moves about the kitchen in their own way. This different kind of cookbook therefore provides “flowchart-blighted” engineers with visualizations instead of descriptions. Ingredients are listed in a bill of materials stating exact quantities. Following a brief description that includes a wine recommendation, a flowchart then explains the steps you need to take to cook an appetizing meal. An innovative cookbook for a target audience that receives little attention!



Author: Stefan Palkoska
Ebook, 94 pages
Published December 6th 2013 by GRIN & Create Verlag



Xmas3. What if?: Serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions

The bestseller by Internet phenomenon Randall Munroe, the founder of xkcd.com, provides scientific answers to the weirdest questions. Munroe’s original responses explain everything from the probability of meeting the one person out of the world’s entire population that could be regarded as your soul mate to the number of humans needed to satisfy an adult Tyrannosaurus Rex’s daily calorie requirements.



Author: Randall Munroe
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 2th 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN-13: 978-0544272996






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