Walk Through Fire: The Train Disaster that Changed America
Yasmine S. Ali, Citadel Press, New York, NY, $28, 272 pages, Feb. 2023, ISBN: 978-0-806-54218-8
A freight train derailment in Waverly, TN, caused one of the worst train explosions of the twentieth century, killing 16 people and injuring hundreds more. The incident, known as the Waverly Train Disaster of 1978, led to the formation of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) and laid the groundwork for the future of emergency management and disaster relief. Based on a decade of research and interviews with those involved (including the author’s parents), this book examines the incident and portrays how a terrible misfortune became the catalyst for radical change.
Moran’s Dictionary of Chemical Engineering Practice
Sean Moran, Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, $180, 654 pages, Nov. 2022, ISBN: 978-0-128-19599-4
This book is a comprehensive guide to the words and phrases used in the chemical engineering profession. It defines and disambiguates more than 10,000 terms. The book explains sector-specific differences in terminology and references relevant codes and standards. It includes short discussions of the various meanings of contested terms. The book draws on the input of more than two hundred chemical engineering practitioners to represent the current consensus on the language of chemical engineering.
I, Human: AI, Automation, and the Quest to Reclaim What Makes Us Unique
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Harvard Business Review, Boston, MA, $28, 208 pages, Feb. 2023, ISBN: 978-1-647-82055-8
How we use artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the biggest questions facing our society. AI is already changing the way we live, work, and entertain ourselves, and it will continue to become smarter and more human-like. Though it has the potential to change our lives for the better, AI can also worsen our bad tendencies. This book examines the AI landscape and offers a perspective on how to best utilize it.
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