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Acknowledgments ix Introduction: Choice and Change 1 1 Making Apple Pie from Scratch 9 2 One in a Quadrillion 22 3 The Efficiency Paradox 36 4 The Emerald City 52 5 A Box Full of Lightning 67 6 Good and Good Enough 84 7 The View from Merriam's Peak 102 8 The Take-Charge Challenge 121 9 The Olive Green Revolution 135 10 The Default Option 150 11 Home Fires 173 12 Bigger Little 186 13 Good Citizens of the Grid 211 Notes 226 Index 279

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Maggie Koerth-Baker is the science editor at BoingBoing.net, one of the ten most popular blogs and the number one science blog in the world. A former editor for Mental-Floss, she has contributed articles to Scientific American, Discover, and other magazines. She is the coauthor of the Mental-Floss book Be Amazing.

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