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Science and the City: The Mechanics Behind the Metropolis (Bloomsbury Sigma) Hardcover – 11 Aug 2016

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Sigma (11 Aug. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472913213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472913210
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.8 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In one relatively short book, Winkless manages to seamlessly cover everything from the definition of a kilowatt-hour to an explanation of how machine learning could have a lasting impact on traffic-signal timing. (Science)

Offers a unique insight into the revolutionary thinking that is shaping big cities around the world. (Sunday Times)

Provides a fun and engaging insight into how cutting-edge technology is shaping our cities. Winkless's love of science and curiosity shines through. (Irish Independent)

If you are looking for a guide to the city, look no further than this book. Its got attitude and humour delightfully balanced by Winkless' insight and clarity. (Mark Miodownik, Professor of Materials at UCL, UK, and author of Stuff Matters)

This book is an engaging read, opening our eyes to the extraordinary science underpinning the urban world that is all too easy to take for granted. Looking both back, to how the cities have developed, and forward with a bit of informed crystal-ball gazing, the author conveys the challenges we face and the technology we have and need to develop to continue to thrive. (Dame Athene Donald, Professor of Experimental Physics and Master of Churchill College, University of Cambridge)

This book is a wonderful source of fascinating information. It is future-looking also, describing the technology that will change the world we live in. A very readable book, for all inquisitive folk! (Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Visiting Professor of Astrophysics, University of Oxford)

Fascinating, lucid and entertaining; her infectious enthusiasm for the subject lights up every page. (John O'Farrell, comedy scriptwriter and author of The Man Who Forgot His Wife)

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The science of the city, now and in the future.

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