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Patrick Collison is an Irish billionaire entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CEO of Stripe, which he started with his younger brother, John, in 2010. He won the 41st Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in 2005 at the age of sixteen. Collison lives in San Francisco, California
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The Art of Doing Science and Engineering
Learning to Learn
by Richard W. Hamming (May 25, 2020)
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Provides the reader with a style of thinking that will enhance a person's ability to function as a problem-solver of complex technical issues. Consists of a collection of stories about the author's participation in significant discoveries, relating how those discoveries came about and, most importantly, provides analysis about the thought processes...
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Marvin Bower worked for and led McKinsey & Company for 45 years. He succeeded Jim McKinseys untimely death. He wrote Perspectives on McKinsey for McKinsey employees, and it is not available to the general public as it contains trade secrets. This account is his own unique view on the development of McKinsey & Company. Bower outlines the eleven key ...
The Enlightened Economy
An Economic History of Britain 1700-1850 (The New Economic History of Britain Series)
by Joel Mokyr (Oct 29, 2012)
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This book focuses on the importance of ideological and institutional factors in the rapid development of the British economy during the years between the Glorious Revolution and the Crystal Palace Exhibition. Joel Mokyr shows that we cannot understand the Industrial Revolution without recognizing the importance of the intellectual sea changes of Br...
Wittgenstein's Vienna
by Allan Janik (Aug 31, 1996)
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This is a remarkable book about a man (perhaps the most important and original philosopher of our age), a society (the corrupt Austro-Hungarian Empire on the eve of dissolution), and a city (Vienna, with its fin-de siecle gaiety and corrosive melancholy). The central figure in this study of a crumbling society that gave birth to the modern world is...
Tuxedo Park
A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II
by Jennet Conant (May 05, 2003)
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The untold story of an eccentric Wall Street tycoon and the circle of scientific geniuses he assembled before World War II to develop the science for radar and the atomic bomb. Together they changed the course of history.Legendary financier, philanthropist, and society figure Alfred Lee Loomis gathered the most visionary scientific minds of the twe...
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From Third World to First
The Singapore Story - 1965-2000
by Lee Kuan Yew (Oct 02, 2000)
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Few gave tiny Singapore much chance of survival when it was granted independence in 1965. How is it, then, that today the former British colonial trading post is a thriving Asian metropolis with not only the world's number one airline, best airport, and busiest port of trade, but also the world's fourthhighest per capita real income?The story of th...
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If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Fifty Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life
by Stephen Webb (Oct 03, 2002)
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FROM THE REVIEWS: Webb offers coherent, understandable, and sometimes humorous coverage of a diverse range of topics. He provides readers with non-trivial insights into research fields they may not have encountered previously . . . I think everyone who has ever considered the possibility that other intelligent civilizations exist elsewhere within o...
Patrick Collison
May 28, 2018
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Swimming Across
A Memoir
by Andrew S. Grove (Oct 31, 2002)
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Patrick Collison
Apr 09, 2016
Below are my favorite books and articles about the history of computing and Silicon Valley.     source
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The Dream Machine
by M. Mitchell Waldrop (Sep 24, 2018)
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Behind every great revolution is a vision and behind perhaps the greatest revolution of our time, personal computing, is the vision of J.C.R. Licklider. He did not design the first personal computers or write the software that ran on them, nor was he involved in the legendary early companies that brought them to the forefront of our everyday experi...
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The Rise and Fall of American Growth
The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War (The Princeton Economic History of the Western World)
by Robert J. Gordon (Aug 28, 2017)
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How America's high standard of living came to be and why future growth is under threatIn the century after the Civil War, an economic revolution improved the American standard of living in ways previously unimaginable. Electric lighting, indoor plumbing, motor vehicles, air travel, and television transformed households and workplaces. But has that ...
Patrick Collison
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A Culture of Growth
The Origins of the Modern Economy (Graz Schumpeter Lectures)
by Joel Mokyr (Nov 14, 2016)
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During the late eighteenth century, innovations in Europe triggered the Industrial Revolution and the sustained economic progress that spread across the globe. While much has been made of the details of the Industrial Revolution, what remains a mystery is why it took place at all. Why did this revolution begin in the West and not elsewhere, and why...
Patrick Collison
I really enjoyed. It’s basically a book about, why did the industrial revolution, start when it did and where it did?     source
Age of Ambition
Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
by Evan Osnos (May 04, 2015)
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Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction finalistWinner of the 2014 National Book Award in nonfictionAn Economist Best Book of 2014Winner of the bronze medal for the Council on Foreign Relations’ 2015 Arthur Ross Book AwardA vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformationFrom abroad, we often see Chin...
Patrick Collison
I flagged a few books that I thought were particularly great in green.     source
How Asia Works
by Joe Studwell (May 19, 2014)
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“Pithy, well-written and intellectually vigorous . . . Studwell’s thesis is bold, his arguments persuasive, and his style pugnacious. It adds up to a highly readable and important book.” —Financial TimesIn the 1980s and 1990s many in the West came to believe in the myth of an East-Asian economic miracle, with countries seen as not just development ...
Patrick Collison
A really good book.     source
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Bill Gates
Modern Operating Systems
by Andrew S. Tanenbaum (Mar 19, 2014)
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"Modern Operating Systems, Fourth Edition, "" is intended for introductory courses in Operating Systems in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Electrical Engineering programs. It also serves as a useful reference for OS professionals" The widely anticipated revision of this worldwide best-seller incorporates the latest developments in opera...
Patrick Collison
In the aggregate with other programming books hugely shaped me.     source
Genentech
The Beginnings of Biotech (Synthesis)
by Sally Smith Hughes (Apr 07, 2013)
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In the fall of 1980, Genentech, Inc., a little-known California genetic engineering company, became the overnight darling of Wall Street, raising over $38 million in its initial public stock offering. Lacking marketed products or substantial profit, the firm nonetheless saw its share price escalate from $35 to $89 in the first few minutes of tradin...
Patrick Collison
Below are my favorite books and articles about the history of computing and Silicon Valley.     source
Season of the Witch
Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love
by David Talbot (Mar 04, 2013)
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In a kaleidoscopic narrative, bestselling David Talbot recounts the gripping story of San Francisco in the turbulent years between 1967 & 1982—& of the extraordinary persons who led to the city’s ultimate rebirth & triumph. Season of the Witch is the first book to fully capture the dark magic of San Francisco in this breathtaking period, when the c...
Patrick Collison
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The Idea Factory
Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
by Jon Gertner (Feb 25, 2013)
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From its beginnings in the 1920s until its demise in the 1980s, Bell Labs-officially, the research and development wing of AT&T-was the biggest, and arguably the best, laboratory for new ideas in the world. From the transistor to the laser, from digital communications to cellular telephony, it's hard to find an aspect of modern life that hasn't bee...
Patrick Collison
Below are my favorite books and articles about the history of computing and Silicon Valley.     source
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Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens
Frank Oppenheimer and His Astonishing Exploratorium
by K. C. Cole (Aug 14, 2012)
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How do we reclaim our innate enchantment with the world? And how can we turn our natural curiosity into a deep, abiding love for knowledge? Frank Oppenheimer, the younger brother of the physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, was captivated by these questions, and used his own intellectual inquisitiveness to found the Exploratorium, a powerfully influenti...
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Dancing in the Glory of Monsters
The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa
by Jason Stearns (Mar 26, 2012)
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“The best account [of the conflict in the Congo] so far….The task facing anyone who tries to tell this whole story is formidable, but Stearns by and large rises to it.” —Adam Hochschild, New York Times Book Review “[A] tour de force, though not for the squeamish.” — Washington Post “This is a serious book about the social and political forces behin...
Patrick Collison
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The Beginning of Infinity
Explanations That Transform the World
by David Deutsch (Dec 31, 2011)
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The New York Times bestseller: A provocative, imaginative exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge"Dazzling." - Steven Pinker, The GuardianIn this groundbreaking book, award-winning physicist David Deutsch argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe--and that improving them is the basic regulating principle of all s...
Patrick Collison
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Anthropic Bias
by Nick Bostrom (Jun 19, 2010)
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Anthropic Bias explores how to reason when you suspect that your evidence is biased by "observation selection effects"--that is, evidence that has been filtered by the precondition that there be some suitably positioned observer to "have" the evidence. This conundrum--sometimes alluded to as "the anthropic principle," "self-locating belief," or "in...
Patrick Collison
I flagged a few books that I thought were particularly great in green.     source
Out of Mao's Shadow
The Struggle for the Soul of a New China
by Philip P. Pan (Jun 22, 2009)
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Now in paperback, an intimate, elegant account of a society in turmoil: the most important book in a generation about the Chinese people and their long, heartbreaking battle for political freedom. Out of Mao’s Shadow offers a startling perspective on China and its remarkable transformation, challenging conventional wisdom about the political apath...
Patrick Collison
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From Counterculture to Cyberculture
Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism
by Fred Turner (May 14, 2008)
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In the early 1960s, computers haunted the American popular imagination. Bleak tools of the cold war, they embodied the rigid organization and mechanical conformity that made the military-industrial complex possible. But by the 1990s—and the dawn of the Internet—computers started to represent a very different kind of world: a collaborative and digit...
Patrick Collison
Below are my favorite books and articles about the history of computing and Silicon Valley.     source
The Paris Review Interviews, I
by The Paris Review The Paris Review (Oct 16, 2006)
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How do great writers do it? From James M. Cain's hard-nosed observation that "writing a novel is like working on foreign policy. There are problems to be solved. It's not all inspirational," to Joan Didion's account of how she composes a book--"I constantly retype my own sentences. Every day I go back to page one and just retype what I have. It get...
Patrick Collison
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Making Silicon Valley
Innovation and the Growth of High Tech, 1930-1970 (Inside Technology)
by Christophe Lecuyer (Nov 17, 2005)
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I n Making Silicon Valley, Christophe Lecuyer shows that the explosive growth of the personal computer industry in Silicon Valley was the culmination of decades of growth and innovation in the San Francisco-area electronics industry. Using the tools of science and technology studies, he explores the formation of Silicon Valley as an industrial dist...
Patrick Collison
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Poor Charlie's Almanack
The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, Expanded Third Edition
by Peter D. Kaufman (Dec 31, 2004)
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Revolution in The Valley
The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made
by Andy Hertzfeld (Dec 15, 2004)
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There was a time, not too long ago, when the typewriter and notebook ruled, and the computer as an everyday tool was simply a vision. Revolution in the Valley traces this vision back to its earliest roots: the hallways and backrooms of Apple, where the groundbreaking Macintosh computer was born. The book traces the development of the Macintosh, fro...
Patrick Collison
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Masters of Doom
How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture
by David Kushner (May 10, 2004)
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Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce ...
Patrick Collison
There's a closely-related genre of great books (like Masters of Doom and Show-Stopper) that cover important projects in the industry's history.     source
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Nixon Agonistes
The Crisis of the Self-Made Man
by Garry Wills (Nov 13, 2002)
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From one of America's most distinguished historians comes this classic analysis of Richard Nixon. By considering some of the president's opinions, Wills comes to the controversial conclusion that Nixon was actually a liberal. Both entertaining and essential, Nixon Agonistes captures a troubled leader and a struggling nation mired in a foolish Asian...
Patrick Collison
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The Chip
How Two Americans Invented the Microchip and Launched a Revolution
by T.R. Reid (Oct 08, 2001)
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Barely fifty years ago a computer was a gargantuan, vastly expensive thing that only a handful of scientists had ever seen. The world's brightest engineers were stymied in their quest to make these machines small and affordable until the solution finally came from two ingenious young Americans. Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce hit upon the stunning disc...
Patrick Collison
Below are my favorite books and articles about the history of computing and Silicon Valley.     source
Dealers of Lightning
Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age
by Michael A. Hiltzik (Apr 04, 2000)
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The Barnes & Noble Review March 1999 While Gates, Jobs, and the other big boys of Silicon Valley are basking in the glory of the information age, renowned Los Angeles Times reporter Michael Hiltzik reveals how, back in the early '70s, a group of inventors at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) blazed the trail for all of today's indispensable ...
Patrick Collison
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Democracy in America
by Alexis de Tocqueville (Dec 04, 1999)
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Abridged, with an Introduction by Patrick Renshaw.Democracy in America is a classic of political philosophy. Hailed by John Stuart Mill and Horace Greely as the finest book ever written on the nature of democracy, it continues to be an influential text on both sides of the Atlantic, above all in the emerging democracies of Eastern Europe.De Tocquev...
Patrick Collison
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Art of Doing Science and Engineering
Learning to Learn
by Richard W. Hamming (Sep 30, 1997)
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Highly effective thinking is an art that engineers and scientists can be taught to develop. By presenting actual experiences and analyzing them as they are described, the author conveys the developmental thought processes employed and shows a style of thinking that leads to successful results is something that can be learned. Along with spectacular...
Patrick Collison
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The Inner Game of Tennis
The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance
by W. Timothy Gallwey (May 26, 1997)
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Patrick Collison
A really good book that I very highly recommend.     source
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Hard Landing
The Epic Contest for Power and Profits That Plunged the Airlines into Chaos
by Thomas Petzinger Jr. (Dec 23, 1996)
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Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
by Harold Abelson (Aug 31, 1996)
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Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs has had a dramatic impact on computer science curricula over the past decade. This long-awaited revision contains changes throughout the text. There are new implementations of most of the major programming systems in the book, including the interpreters and compilers, and the authors have incorporat...
Patrick Collison
In the aggregate with other programming books hugely shaped me.     source
This book is also recommended by
Paul GrahamMax Levchin
Mindstorms
Children, Computers, And Powerful Ideas
by Seymour A. Papert (Aug 03, 1993)
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The book that started the computer revolution in schoolsComputers have completely changed the way we teach children. We have Mindstorms to thank for that. In this book, pioneering computer scientist Seymour Papert uses the invention of LOGO, the first child-friendly programming language, to make the case for the value of teaching children with comp...
Patrick Collison
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The Mind-Body Problem
by Rebecca Goldstein (Feb 28, 1993)
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When Renee Feuer goes to college, one of the first lessons she tries to learn is how to liberate herself from the restrictions of her orthodox Jewish background. As she discovers the pleasures of the body, Renee also learns about the excitements of the mind. She enrolls as a philosophy graduate student, then marries Noam Himmel, the world-renowned ...
Patrick Collison
I flagged a few books that I thought were particularly great in green.     source
Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming
Case Studies in Common Lisp
by Peter Norvig (Sep 30, 1991)
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"Paradigms of AI Programming" is the first text to teach advanced Common Lisp techniques in the context of building major AI systems. By reconstructing authentic, complex AI programs using state-of-the-art Common Lisp, the book teaches students and professionals how to build and debug robust practical programs, while demonstrating superior programm...
Patrick Collison
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C Programming Language
by Brian W. Kernighan (Mar 31, 1988)
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This book is meant to help the reader learn how to program in C. It is the definitive reference guide, now in a second edition. Although the first edition was written in 1978, it continues to be a worldwide best-seller. This second edition brings the classic original up to date to include the ANSI standard. From the Preface: We have tried to reta...
Patrick Collison
In the aggregate with other programming books hugely shaped me.     source
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Computer Lib/Dream Machines, Revised Edition
by Theodore H. Nelson (Sep 30, 1987)
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Nelson writes passionately about the need for people to understand computers deeply, more deeply than was generally promoted as computer literacy, which he considers a superficial kind of familiarity with particular hardware and software. His rallying cry "Down with Cybercrud" is against the centralization of computers such as that performed by IBM...
Patrick Collison
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Metamagical Themas
Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern
by Douglas Hofstadter (Dec 31, 1984)
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The Little Kingdom
The Private Story of Apple Computer
by Michael Moritz (Oct 31, 1984)
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Mindstorms by Seymour PapertHardcover
by Seymour Papert (Dec 03, 1980)
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Seymour Papert was among the first to see that massive change was needed in the education system, particularly in the fields of math and science, and in the role that technology could play in learning. Mindstorms is the book born of these observations. Papert posits two central themes: that children can learn to use computers and technology in a ma...
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A Pattern Language
Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure Series)
by Christopher Alexander (Dec 31, 1976)
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At the core of A Pattern Language is the philosophy that in designing their environments people always rely on certain ‘languages,’ which, like the languages we speak, allow them to articulate and communicate an infinite variety of designs within a formal system which gives them coherence.This book provides a language of this kind. It will enable m...
Patrick Collison
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