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The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebo...
by Richard Preston

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English

Pages

450

Publication Date

March 14, 2012

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<b>The bestselling landmark account of the first emergence of the Ebola virus.</b> A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus. <i>The Hot Zone</i> tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, <i>The Hot Zone</i> proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
by Carl Sagan

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English

Pages

457

Publication Date

July 06, 2011

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<b><b>A prescient warning of a future we now inhabit, where fake news stories and Internet conspiracy theories play to a disaffected American populace</b><br /><br /><b>“</b>A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought.”—<i>Los Angeles Times</i></b><br /><br /> How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don’t understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions.<br /><br /> Casting a wide net through history and culture, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft, faith healing, demons, and UFOs. And yet, disturbingly, in today's so-called information age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction, channeling past lives, and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect. As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence, the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong turn but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms.<br /><br /> <b>Praise for<i> The Demon-Haunted World</i></b><br /><br /> “Powerful . . . A stirring defense of informed rationality. . . Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing.”<b>—<i>The Washington Post Book World</i></b><br /><br /> “Compelling.”<b>—<i>USA Today</i></b><br /><br /> “A clear vision of what good science means and why it makes a difference. . . . A testimonial to the power of science and a warning of the dangers of unrestrained credulity.”<b>—<i>The Sciences</i></b><br /><br /> “Passionate.”<b>—<i>San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle</i></b>
The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: How to Know What's Really Re...
by Steven Novella

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English

Pages

448

Publication Date

October 02, 2018

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<div><b>An all-encompassing guide to skeptical thinking in the popular "The Skeptics Guide to the Universe" podcast's dryly humorous, accessible style. </b></div><div><br /></div><div>It's intimidating to realize that we live in a world overflowing with misinformation, bias, myths, deception, and flawed knowledge. There really are no ultimate authority figures-no one has the secret and there is no place to look up the definitive answers to our questions (not even Google). But, by thinking skeptically and logically, we can combat sloppy reasoning, bad arguments and superstitious thinking. It's difficult, and takes a lot of vigilance, but it's worth the effort. <br /><br />In this tie-in to their incredibly popular "The Skeptics Guide to the Universe" podcast, Steven Novella, MD along with "Skeptical Rogues" Bob Novella, Cara Santa Maria, Jay Novella, and Evan Bernstein will explain the tenets of skeptical thinking and debunk some of the biggest scientific myths, fallacies and conspiracy theories (Anti-vaccines, homeopathy, UFO sightings, etc.) They'll help us try to make sense of what seems like an increasingly crazy world using powerful tools like science and philosophy. THE SKEPTICS' GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE is your guide through this maze of modern life. It covers essential critical thinking skills, as well as giving insight into how your brain works and how to avoid common pitfalls in thinking. They discuss the difference between science and pseudoscience, how to recognize common science news tropes, how to discuss conspiracy theories with that crazy coworker of yours, and how to apply all of this to everyday life.<br /><br />So, are you ready to join them on an epic scientific quest, one that has taken us from huddling in dark caves to stepping foot on the Moon? (Yes, we really did that.) Like all adventures, this one is foremost a journey of self discovery. The monsters you will slay and challenges you will face are mostly constructs of your own mind. With the SKEPTIC'S GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE, we can do this together.<br /><br /></div>
If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adven...
by Alan Alda

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English

Pages

210

Publication Date

June 06, 2017

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • Award-winning actor Alan Alda tells the fascinating story of his quest to learn how to communicate better, and to teach others to do the same. With his trademark humor and candor, he explores how to develop empathy as the key factor.<br /></b><br /><b>“Invaluable.”—Deborah Tannen, #1 <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author of <i>You’re the Only One I Can Tell </i>and <i>You Just Don’t Understand</i></b><br /><br /> Alan Alda has been on a decades-long journey to discover new ways to help people communicate and relate to one another more effectively. <i>If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?</i> is the warm, witty, and informative chronicle of how Alda found inspiration in everything from cutting-edge science to classic acting methods. His search began when he was host of PBS’s <i>Scientific American Frontiers,</i> where he interviewed thousands of scientists and developed a knack for helping them communicate complex ideas in ways a wide audience could understand—and Alda wondered if those techniques held a clue to better communication for the rest of us.<br /><br /> In his wry and wise voice, Alda reflects on moments of miscommunication in his own life, when an absence of understanding resulted in problems both big and small. He guides us through his discoveries, showing how communication can be improved through learning to relate to the other person: listening with our eyes, looking for clues in another’s face, using the power of a compelling story, avoiding jargon, and reading another person so well that you become “in sync” with them, and know what they are thinking and feeling—especially when you’re talking about the hard stuff.<br /><br /> Drawing on improvisation training, theater, and storytelling techniques from a life of acting, and with insights from recent scientific studies, Alda describes ways we can build empathy, nurture our innate mind-reading abilities, and improve the way we relate and talk with others. Exploring empathy-boosting games and exercises, <i>If I Understood You</i> is a funny, thought-provoking guide that can be used by all of us, in every aspect of our lives—with our friends, lovers, and families, with our doctors, in business settings, and beyond.<br /><br /><b>“Alda uses his trademark humor and a well-honed ability to get to the point, to help us all learn how to leverage the better communicator inside each of us.”—<i>Forbes</i></b><br /><br /><b>“Alda, with his laudable curiosity, has learned something you and I can use right now.”—Charlie Rose</b>
The Craft of Research, Fourth Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing,...
by , William T. FitzGerald

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

October 07, 2016

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<div>With more than three-quarters of a million copies sold since its first publication, <i>The Craft of Research</i> has helped generations of researchers at every level—from first-year undergraduates to advanced graduate students to research reporters in business and government—learn how to conduct effective and meaningful research. Conceived by seasoned researchers and educators Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams, this fundamental work explains how to find and evaluate sources, anticipate and respond to reader reservations, and integrate these pieces into an argument that stands up to reader critique.<br /><br /><br /><br />The fourth edition has been thoroughly but respectfully revised by Joseph Bizup and William T. FitzGerald. It retains the original five-part structure, as well as the sound advice of earlier editions, but reflects the way research and writing are taught and practiced today. Its chapters on finding and engaging sources now incorporate recent developments in library and Internet research, emphasizing new techniques made possible by online databases and search engines. Bizup and FitzGerald provide fresh examples and standardized terminology to clarify concepts like <i>argument</i>, <i>warrant</i>, and <i>problem</i>.<br /><br /><br /><br />Following the same guiding principle as earlier editions—that the skills of doing and reporting research are not just for elite students but for everyone—this new edition retains the accessible voice and direct approach that have made <i>The Craft of Research</i> a leader in the field of research reference. With updated examples and information on evaluation and using contemporary sources, this beloved classic is ready for the next generation of researchers.</div>
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War
by Mary Roach

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

June 07, 2016

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<p>A <em>New York Times</em> / National Bestseller<br /><br /><br /><br />"America's funniest science writer" (<em>Washington Post</em>) Mary Roach explores the science of keeping human beings intact, awake, sane, uninfected, and uninfested in the bizarre and extreme circumstances of war.</p><br /><p><em>Grunt</em> tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries—panic, exhaustion, heat, noise—and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach dodges hostile fire with the U.S. Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and survivability in combat. She visits the fashion design studio of U.S. Army Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a sniper. She visits a repurposed movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds. At Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti, in east Africa, we learn how diarrhea can be a threat to national security. Roach samples caffeinated meat, sniffs an archival sample of a World War II stink bomb, and stays up all night with the crew tending the missiles on the nuclear submarine USS Tennessee. She answers questions not found in any other book on the military: Why is DARPA interested in ducks? How is a wedding gown like a bomb suit? Why are shrimp more dangerous to sailors than sharks? Take a tour of duty with Roach, and you’ll never see our nation’s defenders in the same way again.</p>
Holenmerism and Nullibism: The Two Faces of the Holographic Unive...
by Dr. Thomas Stark

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English

Pages

333

Publication Date

May 10, 2018

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How do you put mind into science? You have to use two concepts called “holenmerism” and “nullibism”. These are very old ideas, familiar to philosophers for many hundreds of years. Yet science knows nothing about them. They have dropped off the intellectual radar even though they are the answer to existence. If you want to understand existence, you will have to learn what these two concepts mean. This book will provide you with everything you need to transform how you think about the world around you. You will discover that ideas that were mainstream until the rise of scientific empiricism and materialism a few hundred years ago were right all along, and were describing none other than ontological holography.<br /><br />No one in the ancient or medieval world would have found quantum nonlocality, quantum entanglement or quantum tunneling in any way surprising or weird. It’s only scientists – clueless about holenmerism and nullibism – that find quantum mechanics “weird”. It’s weird only if you’re a materialist and empiricist. Until a few hundred years ago, virtually no one subscribed to the worldview promoted by scientism. Even today, it’s a minority viewpoint, supported by an extremist group of free will deniers. It’s time to return science to the path it would have followed if scientists had supported Leibniz rather than Newton. Leibniz was right all along. The science he endorsed was scientific rationalism and idealism, not scientific empiricism and materialism. Leibniz’s science is all about mind, not matter.<br /><br />The “success” of science is a moot point. It doesn’t, and can’t, explain life, mind, the unconscious, consciousness, free will, the cause of the Big Bang, and causation in general. It can’t even define matter, time, space, energy, mass or matter. It can’t explain their ontology and epistemology. It can’t explain how they exist at all, what existence is, and why anything should exist at all. In other words, from a certain perspective, scientism is a spectacular failure, and wholly non-explanatory. It’s useful, but not true, instrumental and heuristic, but not analytic and definitive. It’s a kind of pseudo-knowledge, or sophistry, and all of its “success” comes not from science at all but from mathematics, which science regards as abstract, unreal and manmade.<br /><br />Science, before it embraced mathematics, was called “natural philosophy” and was not regarded as any kind of agenda-setting subject. It enjoyed none of the status it has today. Metaphysics was much more admired and influential.<br /><br />Mathematics is the successful part of science. Take away mathematics from science and it would instantly cease to be successful. Why has no scientist ever accounted for that stark fact? Scientists are not people of reason, they are people of the fallible, limited, unreliable human senses. Don't you want the actual truth rather than the sensory appearance of the truth, which is no truth at all? Then follow the path of reason and logic - rationalism rather than empiricism.<br />
Basic Physics: A Self-Teaching Guide (Wiley Self-Teaching Guides)
by Karl F. Kuhn

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English

Pages

316

Publication Date

December 10, 2007

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The fast, easy way to master the fundamentals of physics<br /> <br /> Here is the most practical, complete, and easy-to-use guide available for understanding physics and the physical world. Even if you don't consider yourself a "science" person, this book helps make learning key concepts a pleasure, not a chore. Whether you need help in a course, want to review the basics for an exam, or simply have always been curious about such physical phenomena as energy, sound, electricity, light, and color, you've come to the right place! This fully up-to-date edition of Basic Physics: <br /> * Has been tested, rewritten, and retested to ensure that you can teach yourself all about physics <br /> * Requires no math--mathematical treatments and applications are included in optional sections so that you can choose either a mathematical or nonmathematical approach <br /> * Lets you work at your own pace with a helpful question-and-answer format <br /> * Lists objectives for each chapter--you can skip ahead or find extra help if you need it <br /> * Reinforces what you learn with end-of-chapter self-tests
Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum
by , Art Friedman

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English

Pages

386

Publication Date

February 25, 2014

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<div><b>From the bestselling author of <em>The Theoretical Minimum</em>, a DIY introduction to the math and science of quantum mechanics.</b></div><div><br />First he taught you classical mechanics. Now, physicist Leonard Susskind has teamed up with data engineer Art Friedman to present the theory and associated mathematics of the strange world of quantum mechanics.<br /><br />In this follow-up to the New York Times best-selling <i>The Theoretical Minimum</i>, Susskind and Friedman provide a lively introduction to this famously difficult field, which attempts to understand the behavior of sub-atomic objects through mathematical abstractions. Unlike other popularizations that shy away from quantum mechanics' weirdness, <i>Quantum Mechanics</i> embraces the utter strangeness of quantum logic. The authors offer crystal-clear explanations of the principles of quantum states, uncertainty and time dependence, entanglement, and particle and wave states, among other topics, and each chapter includes exercises to ensure mastery of each area. Like <i>The Theoretical Minimum</i>, this volume runs parallel to Susskind's eponymous Stanford University-hosted continuing education course.<br /><br />An approachable yet rigorous introduction to a famously difficult topic, <i>Quantum Mechanics</i> provides a tool kit for amateur scientists to learn physics at their own pace.<br /></div>
Understanding Research Methods: An Overview of the Essentials
by , Michelle Newhart

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

June 26, 2017

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<P>A perennial bestseller since 1997, this updated tenth edition of <I>Understanding Research Methods</I> provides a detailed overview of all the important concepts traditionally covered in a research methods class. It covers the principles of both qualitative and quantitative research, and how to interpret statistics without computations, so is suitable for all students regardless of their math background. The book is organized so that each concept is treated independently and can be used in any order without resulting in gaps in knowledge—allowing it to be easily and precisely adapted to any course.</P><br /><P></P><br /><P>It uses lively examples on contemporary topics to stimulate students’ interest, and engages them by showing the relevance of research methods to their everyday lives. Numerous case studies and end-of-section exercises help students master the material and encourage classroom discussion. </P><br /><P></P><br /><P>The text is divided into short, independent topic sections, making it easy for you to adapt the material to your own teaching needs and customize assignments to the aspect of qualitative or quantitative methods under study—helping to improve students’ comprehension and retention of difficult concepts. Additional online PowerPoint slides and test bank questions make this a complete resource for introducing students to research methods.</P><br /><P></P><br /><P> </P><br /><P>New to this edition: </P><br /><UL><br /><P><br /><LI>New topic section on design decisions in research</LI><br /><LI>Additional material on production of knowledge and research methods</LI><br /><LI>Significant development of material on ethical considerations in research</LI><br /><LI>Fresh and contemporary examples from a wide variety of real, published research</LI><br /><LI>Topic-specific exercises at the end of each section now include suggestions for further steps researchers can take as they build their research project.</LI></UL>

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