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The River of Consciousness
by Oliver Sacks

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

October 24, 2017

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<b>From the best-selling author of <i>Gratitude, On the Move, </i>and<i> Musicophilia,</i> a collection of essays that displays Oliver Sacks's passionate engagement with the most compelling and seminal ideas of human endeavor: evolution, creativity, memory, time, consciousness, and experience.</b> <br /><br />Oliver Sacks, a scientist and a storyteller, is beloved by readers for the extraordinary neurological case histories (<i>Awakenings, An Anthropologist on Mars</i>) in which he introduced and explored many now familiar disorders--autism, Tourette's syndrome, face blindness, savant syndrome. He was also a memoirist who wrote with honesty and humor about the remarkable and strange encounters and experiences that shaped him (<i>Uncle Tungsten, On the Move, Gratitude</i>). Sacks, an Oxford-educated polymath, had a deep familiarity not only with literature and medicine but with botany, animal anatomy, chemistry, the history of science, philosophy, and psychology. <i>The River of Consciousness</i> is one of two books Sacks was working on up to his death, and it reveals his ability to make unexpected connections, his sheer joy in knowledge, and his unceasing, timeless project to understand what makes us human.
Genesis: The Deep Origin of Societies
by Edward O. Wilson

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English

Pages

138

Publication Date

March 19, 2019

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<p><strong>Forming a twenty-first-century statement on Darwinian evolution, one shorn of “religious and political dogma,” Edward O. Wilson offers a bold work of scientific thought and synthesis.</strong></p><br /><p>Asserting that religious creeds and philosophical questions can be reduced to purely genetic and evolutionary components, and that the human body and mind have a physical base obedient to the laws of physics and chemistry, <em>Genesis</em> demonstrates that the only way for us to fully understand human behavior is to study the evolutionary histories of nonhuman species. Of these, Wilson demonstrates that at least seventeen—among them the African naked mole rat and the sponge- dwelling shrimp—have been found to have advanced societies based on altruism and cooperation.</p><br /><p>Whether writing about midges who “dance about like acrobats” or schools of anchovies who protectively huddle “to appear like a gigantic fish,” or proposing that human society owes a debt of gratitude to “postmenopausal grandmothers” and “childless homosexuals,” <em>Genesis</em> is a pithy yet path-breaking work of evolutionary theory, braiding twenty-first-century scientific theory with the lyrical biological and humanistic observations for which Wilson is known.</p>
La ciencia de la ciencia ficción: Cuando Hawking jugaba al póke...
by , Jordi José Pont

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Spanish

Pages

176

Publication Date

March 04, 2019

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En un famoso episodio de la no menos célebre Star Trek asistimos a una inusual partida de póker entre el androide Data y los hologramas de Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton y Stephen Hawking, el único que, por razones obvias, pudo interpretarse a sí mismo.<p><b>Como en el capítulo de la serie, en este libro también comparten protagonismo ilustres científicos junto con personajes tan peculiares como Darth Vader, E.T., Spiderman o Godzilla.</b></p><p>A lo largo de sus páginas nos planteamos si son posibles las acrobáticas piruetas del Halcón Milenario, las carreras supersónicas de Flash Gordon o los fenómenos temporales que se producen en Miller, el planeta que aparece en el film Interstellar.</p><p>La ciencia ficción, además de ser un apasionante entretenimiento, es también una manera idónea de aprender las leyes de la ciencia... aunque solo sea por la cantidad de veces que no las respetan los guionistas de Hollywood.</p>
The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: How to Know What's Really Re...
by Steven Novella

Language

English

Pages

512

Publication Date

October 02, 2018

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<div><b>A <i>USA TODAY</i> BESTSELLER</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div><b>An all-encompassing guide to skeptical thinking from podcast host and academic neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine Steven Novella and his SGU co-hosts</b><b>, which Richard Wiseman calls "the perfect primer for anyone who wants to separate fact from fiction."</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div>It is 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).</div><div><br /></div><div><div title="Page 2"><div><div> Luckily, THE SKEPTICS' GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE is your map through this maze of modern life. Here Dr. Steven Novella-along with 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-from anti-vaccines to homeopathy, UFO sightings to N- rays. You'll learn the difference between science and pseudoscience, essential critical thinking skills, ways to discuss conspiracy theories with that crazy co- worker of yours, and how to combat sloppy reasoning, bad arguments, and superstitious thinking. <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 setting foot on the moon? (Yes, we really did that.) DON'T PANIC! With THE SKEPTICS' GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE, we can do this together.<br /></div></div><div><br /></div></div></div><div><b>"Thorough, informative, and enlightening, <i>The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe</i> inoculates you against the frailties and shortcomings of human cognition. If this book does not become required reading for us all, we may well see modern civilization unravel before our eyes."</b></div><div><b>--Neil deGrasse Tyson</b></div><div><br /></div><div><b>"In this age of real and fake information, your ability to reason, to think in scientifically skeptical fashion, is the most important skill you can have. Read <i>The Skeptics' Guide Universe</i>; get better at reasoning. And if this claim about the importance of reason is wrong, <i>The Skeptics' Guide </i>will help you figure that out, too." </b></div><div><b>--Bill Nye<br /></b><br /></div>
The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science
by Natalie Angier

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English

Pages

306

Publication Date

April 03, 2008

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<DIV><B>The<I> New York Times</I> bestseller that makes scientific subjects both understandable and fun: “Every sentence sparkles with wit and charm.” —Richard Dawkins</B><BR />  <BR /> From the Pulitzer Prize–winning <I>New York Times</I> science journalist and bestselling author of <I>Woman</I>, this is a playful, passionate guide to the science all around us (and inside us)—from physics to chemistry, biology, geology, astronomy, and more.<BR />  <BR /> Drawing on conversations with hundreds of the world’s top scientists, Natalie Angier creates a thoroughly entertaining guide to scientific literacy. For those who want a fuller understanding of some of the great issues of our time, <I>The Canon</I> offers insights on stem cells, bird flu, evolution, and global warming. For students—or parents whose kids ask a lot of questions about how the world works—it brings to life such topics as how the earth was formed, or what electricity is. Also included are clear, fascinating explanations of how to think scientifically and grasp the tricky subject of probability.<BR />  <BR /><I>The Canon</I> is a joyride through the major scientific disciplines that reignites our childhood delight and sense of wonder—and along the way, tells us what is actually happening when our ice cream melts or our coffee gets cold, what our liver cells do when we eat a caramel, why the horse is an example of evolution at work, and how we’re all really made of stardust.<BR />  </DIV>
Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire: The Biggest Ideas in Science...
by The MIT Press

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English

Pages

405

Publication Date

November 09, 2018

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<P><B>Accessible and essential coverage of today's challenging, speculative, cutting-edge science from <I>Quanta Magazine</I>.</B></P><P><B><I>If you're a science and data nerd like me, you may be interested in "Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire" and "The Prime Number Conspiracy" from Quanta Magazine and Thomas Lin. - Bill Gates</I></B></P><P><I>These stories reveal the latest efforts to untangle the mysteries of the universe. Bringing together the best and most interesting science stories appearing in Quanta Magazine</I> over the past five years, Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire reports on some of the greatest scientific minds as they test the limits of human knowledge. <I>Quanta</I>, under editor-in-chief Thomas Lin, is the only popular publication that offers in-depth coverage of today's challenging, speculative, cutting-edge science. It communicates science by taking it seriously, wrestling with difficult concepts and clearly explaining them in a way that speaks to our innate curiosity about our world and ourselves.</P><P>In the title story, Alice and Bob—beloved characters of various thought experiments in physics—grapple with gravitational forces, possible spaghettification, and a massive wall of fire as Alice jumps into a black hole. Another story considers whether the universe is impossible, in light of experimental results at the Large Hadron Collider. We learn about quantum reality and the mystery of quantum entanglement; explore the source of time's arrow; and witness a eureka moment when a quantum physicist exclaims: “Finally, we can understand why a cup of coffee equilibrates in a room.” We reflect on humans' enormous skulls and the Brain Boom; consider the evolutionary benefits of loneliness; peel back the layers of the newest artificial-intelligence algorithms; follow the “battle for the heart and soul of physics”; and mourn the disappearance of the “diphoton bump,” revealed to be a statistical fluctuation rather than a revolutionary new particle. These stories from Quanta give us a front-row seat to scientific discovery.</P><P><B>Contributors<br /></B>Philip Ball, K. C. Cole, Robbert Dijkgraaf, Dan Falk, Courtney Humphries, Ferris Jabr, Katia Moskvitch, George Musser, Michael Nielsen, Jennifer Ouellette, John Pavlus, Emily Singer, Andreas von Bubnoff, Frank Wilczek, Natalie Wolchover, Carl Zimmer</P>
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2018 (The Best Ameri...
by Sam Kean

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

October 02, 2018

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<DIV>“This is one of the most exciting times in the history of science,” <I>New York Times</I>-bestselling author Sam Kean proclaims in his introduction to <I>The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2018</I>. “Things aren’t perfect by any means. But there are more scientists making more discoveries in more places about more things than ever before.” The twenty-six pieces assembled here chart the full spectrum of those discoveries. From the outer reaches of space, to the mysteries of the human mind, to the changing culture in labs and universities across the nation, we see time and again the sometimes rocky, sometimes revelatory road to understanding, and along the way catch a glimpse of all that’s left to learn.<BR />  </DIV>
Color Ontology and Color Science (Life and Mind: Philosophical Is...
by A Bradford Book

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English

Pages

448

Publication Date

May 21, 2010

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<P><B>Leading philosophers and scientists consider what conclusions about color can be drawn when the latest analytic tools are applied to the most sophisticated color science.</B></P><P>Philosophers and scientists have long speculated about the nature of color. Atomists such as Democritus thought color to be "conventional," not real; Galileo and other key figures of the Scientific Revolution thought that it was an erroneous projection of our own sensations onto external objects. More recently, philosophers have enriched the debate about color by aligning the most advanced color science with the most sophisticated methods of analytical philosophy. In this volume, leading scientists and philosophers examine new problems with new analytic tools, considering such topics as the psychophysical measurement of color and its implications, the nature of color experience in both normal color-perceivers and the color blind, and questions that arise from what we now know about the neural processing of color information, color consciousness, and color language. Taken together, these papers point toward a complete restructuring of current orthodoxy concerning color experience and how it relates to objective reality. Kuehni, Jameson, Mausfeld, and Niederee discuss how the traditional framework of a three-dimensional color space and basic color terms is far too simple to capture the complexities of color experience. Clark and MacLeod discuss the difficulties of a materialist account of color experience. Churchland, Cohen, Matthen, and Westphal offer competing accounts of color ontology. Finally, Broackes and Byrne and Hilbert discuss the phenomenology of color blindness.</P><P><B>Contributors <br /></B>Justin Broackes, Alex Byrne, Paul M. Churchland, Austen Clark, Jonathan Cohen, David R. Hilbert, Kimberly A. Jameson, Rolf Kuehni, Don I.A. MacLeod, Mohan Matthen, Rainer Mausfeld, Richard Niederée, Jonathan Westphal</P>
When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thoug...
by Jim Holt

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English

Pages

386

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<p><b>From Jim Holt, the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Why Does the World Exist?</i>, comes an entertaining and accessible guide to the most profound scientific and mathematical ideas of recent centuries in <i>When Einstein Walked with </i><i>Gödel</i><i>: Excursions to the Edge of Thought</i>.</b></p><p>Does time exist? What is infinity? Why do mirrors reverse left and right but not up and down? In this scintillating collection, Holt explores the human mind, the cosmos, and the thinkers who’ve tried to encompass the latter with the former. With his trademark clarity and humor, Holt probes the mysteries of quantum mechanics, the quest for the foundations of mathematics, and the nature of logic and truth. Along the way, he offers intimate biographical sketches of celebrated and neglected thinkers, from the physicist Emmy Noether to the computing pioneer Alan Turing and the discoverer of fractals, Benoit Mandelbrot. Holt offers a painless and playful introduction to many of our most beautiful but least understood ideas, from Einsteinian relativity to string theory, and also invites us to consider why the greatest logician of the twentieth century believed the U.S. Constitution contained a terrible contradiction—and whether the universe truly has a future.</p>
The Workshop and the World: What Ten Thinkers Can Teach Us About ...
by Robert P. Crease

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

March 26, 2019

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<p><strong>A fascinating look at key thinkers throughout history who have shaped public perception of science and the role of authority.</strong></p><br /><p>When does a scientific discovery become accepted fact? Why have scientific facts become easy to deny? And what can we do about it? In <em>The Workshop and the World</em>, philosopher and science historian Robert P. Crease answers these questions by describing the origins of our scientific infrastructure—the “workshop”—and the role of ten of the world’s greatest thinkers in shaping it. At a time when the Catholic Church assumed total authority, Francis Bacon, Galileo Galilei, and René Descartes were the first to articulate the worldly authority of science, while writers such as Mary Shelley and Auguste Comte told cautionary tales of divorcing science from the humanities. The provocative leaders and thinkers Kemal Atatürk and Hannah Arendt addressed the relationship between the scientific community and the public in in times of deep distrust.</p><br /><p>As today’s politicians and government officials increasingly accuse scientists of dishonesty, conspiracy, and even hoaxes, engaged citizens can’t help but wonder how we got to this level of distrust and how we can emerge from it. This book tells dramatic stories of individuals who confronted fierce opposition—and sometimes risked their lives—in describing the proper authority of science, and it examines how ignorance and misuse of science constitute the preeminent threat to human life and culture. An essential, timely exploration of what it means to practice science for the common good as well as the danger of political action divorced from science, <em>The Workshop and the World</em> helps us understand both the origins of our current moment of great anti-science rhetoric and what we can do to help keep the modern world from falling apart.</p>

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